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shaming shame

July 10, 2012

Shaming comes in many forms: anti-selfishness shaming, anti-pride shaming, anti-ego shaming, anti-fear shaming, anti-grief shaming, anti-vulnerabiliy shaming, anti-violence shaming, anti-passivity shaming, anti-hostility shaming, anti-homosexuality shaming, anti-homophobia shaming,  anti-Republican shaming, anti-Democrat shaming,  anti-negativity shaming, anti-evil shaming, anti-crime shaming, anti-poverty shaming, anti-shame shaming and so on.

<Published on: May 2, 2012>

All of those targets of shaming are just possible targets of the mode of relating calling shaming, which is basically a type of fear or distress or hysteria. Anything could be the target of shaming, and the targets vary with age or developmental maturity as well as within cultures and subcultures. Popular targets of shame could include:  anything socially unusual (especially if it is physically visible, like disfigurement or the inability to walk), nudity (especially of physically mature females), feces, snot, blood, farting, accents and speech impediments, place of origin, skin color, obesity, diet, religious affiliation, political affiliation, sexuality, death, emotions, thoughts, species, star systems, geographic locations, colors, temperatures, numbers, shapes, poverty, wealth, “the love of money,” etc….

For instance, in music the harmonic relationship called a “flat fifth” is considered too disturbing (dissonant) for certain audiences and thus was considered shameful to use, at least in the midst of sensitive or immature audiences. In 18th century Europe, that musical interval was widely known as the devil’s interval (or Satan‘s interval). The sound was considered repulsive, “oppressive”, “scary”, and “evil.”

See Tritone – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

 

Likewise, other targets of superstition (or alert) in western cultures are the number 13, which is considered “bad luck,” and the number 666, which is a number invested with tremendous power and associated with shame in some cultures, as is the swastika (at least the clockwise Nazi variation). Here are a few shapes, some of which people in various cultures have been taught to associate with shame (terror, hysteria, etc):

 A written character of the Chinese language representing the number 10,000.

 http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/34/3413.html

 http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/15/151.html

 http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/13/131.html

http://www.symbols.com/encyclopedia/13/132.html

English: Swastika in NATOsymbol Deutsch: Swast...

English: Swastika in NATOsymbol Deutsch: Swastika im NATOsymbol (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Shaming is also called things like the spirit of divisiveness and antagonism and contentiousness and hatred, or the diabolical spirit of the devil. In Christian terminology, the English word shame is not often used in the New Testament translations, but Jesus repeatedly references the behavioral process of shaming:

” I am saying to you, that everyone who will be angry against his brother without cause is condemned before the judge, and everyone who will say to his brother, ‘I spit on you’, is condemned before the assembly, and whoever will say ‘You fool.’ is condemned to the Gehenna of fire [the hell of distress or rage or animosity or resentment].” Matthew 5:22

http://aramaic-plain-english.scripturetext.com/matthew/5.htm

 

Note that I consider that above common translation in to English as potentially erroneous. Momentary anger is natural and normal. However, blame, resentment, jealousy and contempt are dangerous. Anger itself is not impure. “To the one who  is pure, all things are pure,” right? However, contempt is distinct from a momentary anger resulting from disappointment and fright. Consider the parent angry with their child for walking toward a busy intersection with automobiles. That moment of anger (“HEY!”) is loving, with fright present as well. That is not the sinful contempt or “shaming” that Jesus was actually referencing in Matthew 5:22.

 

Not only is Jesus warning people away from the activity of shaming, but he is also threatening them with punishment (shame) in the form of condemnation by the assembly, the jury, the congregation, and one’s peers. Jesus repeatedly shames the Pharisees as orthodox hypocrites whose worship is vanity (pretentious idolatry) and he also shames those who are gathered to execute someone who has been accused of the death-penalty crime of prostitution:

They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” http://bible.cc/john/8-7.htm

“Do not condemn.” http://bible.cc/luke/6-37.htm 

Matthew 7:1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” 


Romans 2:1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

The English word shame appears only 3 times in the New Testament (at least in the following English translations). The first quote contains the word shame twice:

27For God has chosen the foolish of the world to shame the wise, and he has chosen the weak of the world to shame the mighty.”http://erv.scripturetext.com/1_corinthians/1.htm

“I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues?”http://bible.cc/1_corinthians/6-5.htm

See http://bible.cc/search.php?q=shame

Note that those uses of the word shame are in regard to rebukes, not contempt or personal animosity and a divisiveness of spirit.

If there is shame regarding a particular pattern, such as the imperialist tyranny symbolized by the Nazi Swastika to Westerners, then the shame would prevent the recognition of one’s own involvement in a system of imperialist tyranny or even from recognizing the presence of the such an imperialist tyranny. Note the rage typical of “reactionary patriots” as they trace back the reality of tyranny through the history of their own home nation: current tyranny, recent tyranny, distant past tyranny, original tyranny, etc….

In the US, those ashamed of tyranny tend to represent tyranny as being something in the distant past (prior to the American Revolution and conducted only by those evil British loyalists or perhaps those rebellious slave-owning Confederates, not to be confused with the slave-owning founding fathers such as Thomas Jefferson, considered to be the primary authors of the Declaration of Independence). Further, those most hysterically ashamed of tyranny consider it something that must be constantly guarded against as a possible future, which tends to be an extremely exhausting use of energy and attention.

For those who have the maturity to perceive, new dimensions of reality may be revealed. For those who argue in terror and shame that they already “know it all,” they may eventually learn otherwise.

St George Swastika

St George Swastika (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Swastika It symbolizes Harmony, Lord Ganesh ha...

Swastika It symbolizes Harmony, Lord Ganesh has it on his right hand. Differs from other uses of swastika by the four dots inside each of the four arms. Also, it is always drawn with the four inner arms at 0, 90, 180 and 270 degrees on the compass, unlike other inscriptions where the inner arms are in the form of an ‘X’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Double swastika from the wall of the XII c. church in Kruszwica. Polski: Podwójna swastyka na ścianie kolegiaty z XII w. w Kruszwicy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Vlad III, Prince of Wallachia , more commonly known as Dracula, was a three-time voivode of Wallachia, ruling mainly from 1456 to 1462.

Historically, Vlad is best known for his resistance against the Ottoman Empire and its expansion] and for the cruel punishments he imposed on his enemies. In the English-speaking world, Vlad III is most commonly known for inspiring the association of the name of the vampire in Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel Dracula.

Vlad’s Russian surname Dracula, the name he was referred to in several surviving documents, means “Son of the dragon”, and points to his father, Vlad Dracul, who received that epithet from his subjects because he had joined the Order of the Dragon. Dracul, from the Latin word Draco, meaning “dragon”, is derived from the Greek word Δράκων (Drakon), though in modern Romanian Dracon means “devil”. His other epithet Tepes or Impaler originated in his killing opponents by impalement. In Turkish, he was known as “Kazıklı Voyvoda” which means “Impaler Prince”.

On September 26, 1459, Pope Pius II called for a new crusade against the Ottomans and on January 14, 1460, at the Congress of Mantua, His Holiness proclaimed the official crusade that was to last for three years. His crusade failed and the only European leader that showed enthusiasm for it was Vlad Tepes, whom the Pope held in high regard.

In the West, Vlad III Tepes has been characterized as a tyrant who took sadistic pleasure in torturing and killing his enemies. Estimates of the number of his victims ranges from 40,000 to 100,000.

Above: mutilated bodies left on public display as a warning near the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

http://www.jalaybi.com/2009/05/25/bloody-intersection/

Lynching in the US (Indiana) on August 7, 1930.

http://www.nathanielturner.com/strangefruit.htm

the common roots of anguish, angst, anxiety, anger, and arrogance

May 8, 2012
An anxious person

An anxious person (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I am an expert on both bitterness and arrogance. My extensive first-hand experience with those patterns of experience makes me an authority on those subjects… and, by the way, I am not just being arrogant when I claim this distinction.”

In fact, I have had at least a few people repeatedly tell me that I was arrogant. Without being told, I already knew when I was bitter, but arrogance is one of those things that people may be hesitant about claiming for themselves. People who are being arrogant may prefer other terms such as “justified” or “right” or “righteous,” which reminds me of the term “self-righteous,” which reminds me of the terms “antagonistic” and “arrogant” and “rude” and “jerk.” (As for those who are thinking of the term “righteous” as in spiritual purity, note that I prefer the term “spiritual purity.”)

Notice how rare it is that someone would say,” Of course I am being a jerk, but it is entirely justified!” People tend to just skip the middle part and focus on “I AM…JUSTIFIED!”

When I have been arrogant, I always had excellent rationalizations for being arrogant. “I am only being an arrogant, self-righteous jerk because of the following excellent justifications. I’d like to tell you about them now and I’d like to be very loud as I do so. Are you ready? No? Well, that is your problem, not mine. Here I go….”

Once a Jerk, Always a Jerk

Once a Jerk, Always a Jerk (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Being arrogant can be an interesting way to invite attention to one’s self. It is an advertisement of a dominant concern with being the deliverer of some particular communication, typically a criticism that includes a condemnation.

By the way, criticism does not require condemnation. Criticism can simply identify anything that might be missing as well as anything that might be excessive or less than the best possible, according to whatever perspective or interpretative system.

So, when I am being arrogant, I want someone to listen to me. I want someone to understand me. I want sympathy. I want someone to help me deal with an underlying issue or anxiety or fear. I am testing to identify someone who can assist me in  handling my distress, for arrogance (AKA “righteousness“) is fundamentally an indicator signaling distress.

I recently wrote to someone these words: “You are not just bitter. You have also been arrogant.”

“When I was arrogant, you have even been bitter that I was arrogant, rather than just noticing the arrogance. Are you offended when a frightened idiot displays arrogance, or do you just notice it?”

“Arrogance is a lot of fear covered with a brief [sudden] surfacing of anger… whenever the fear is recognized. When the arrogant anger subsides, the basic anxiety and paranoia is still present- the fear of fear itself.”

Notice that the words “anguish, anxiety, angst, and anger” all have many letters in common.

ANGUISH

1175–1225; Middle English anguisse  < Old French  < Latin angustia tight place, equivalent to angust ( us ) narrow + -ia -ia; compare anxious;  akin to anger

anguish 

early 13c., “acute bodily or mental suffering,” from O.Fr.anguisse, angoisse “choking sensation, distress, anxiety, rage,”from L. angustia “tightness, distress,” from ang(u)ere “to throttle, torment” (see anger).
[C13: from Old French angoisse  a strangling, from Latin angustia narrowness, from angustus  narrow]
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/anguish?s=t

ANXIETY 

1520s, from L. anxietatem (nom. anxietas), noun of quality fromanxius (see anxious).

http://dictionary.reference.com/cite.html?qh=anxiety&ia=etymon

anxious 

1620s, from L. anxius “solicitous, uneasy, troubled in mind,” fromang(u)ere “choke, cause distress” (see anger). The same image isin Serbo-Croatian tjeskoba “anxiety,” lit. “tightness, narrowness.”
[C17: from Latin anxius;  related to Latin angere  to torment; see anger , anguish ]
ANGST
1840–50;  < German Angst  fear, anxiety, Old High German angust (cognate with Middle Low German angest, Middle Dutch anxt ),equivalent to ang-  (akin to eng  narrow, constricted) + -st (suffix)

angst 

1944, from Ger. Angst “neurotic fear, anxiety, guilt, remorse” fromO.H.G. angust, from the root of anger (q.v.). George Eliot used it(in Ger.) in 1849, and it was popularized in Eng. by translation of Freud’s work, but as a foreign word until 1940s.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/angst
ANGER
1150–1200; Middle English  < Scandinavian;  compare Old Norseangr  sorrow, grief, akin to Old High German angust  ( German Angst fear), Latin angor  anguish
anger
[C12: from Old Norse angr  grief; related to Old English enge,  OldHigh German engi  narrow, Latin angere  to strangle]

anger 

c.1200, from O.N. angra “to grieve, vex;” the noun is mid-13c.,from O.N. angr “distress, grief, affliction,” from P.Gmc. *angus (cf. O.E. enge “narrow, painful,” M.Du. enghe, Goth. aggwus”narrow”), from PIE base *angh- “stretch round, tight, painfully constricted, painful” (cf. Skt. amhu- “narrow,” amhah “anguish;” Armenian anjuk “narrow;” Lith. ankstas”narrow;” Gk. ankhein “to squeeze,” ankhone “a strangling;” L.angere “to throttle, torment;” O.Ir. cum-ang “straitness, want”).
Anxiety

Anxiety (Photo credit: Rima Xaros)

All of those words are related to exasperation, like being out of breath or having trouble breathing, being exhausted, desperation, despair, and terror. Rage is like being squeezed tight. The tension can be… suffocating, similar to a panic attack of asthma.
Here is what Jesus said about anger and the raging fires of the hell of rage:

20For I say to you, that unless your goodness will exceed that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. 21You have heard that it was said to the ancients, “Do not murder, and whoever murders is condemned to judgment.” 22But I am saying to you, that everyone who will be angry against his brother without cause is condemned before the judge, and everyone who will say to his brother, ‘I spit on you’, is condemned before the assembly, and whoever will say ‘You fool.’ is condemned to the Gehenna of fire. 

http://aramaic-plain-english.scripturetext.com/matthew/5.htm

Note that I think that a better translation might be “contempt.” The issue is not just the natural spontaneous anger that is normal for any child, but the danger of blame, animosity, resentment, contempt, rage, and hatred.
James 3:6 “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” (From a letter written by one of the disciples of Jesus).
Anxiety

Anxiety (Photo credit: Alaina Abplanalp Photography)

Arrogance has a function. So does anxiety. It may not be most functional to “avoid” them (as in totally repress or deny them).
The old Biblical saying “turn away from evil” implies to withdraw from what is terrifying or disturbing, but not to condemn it or judge against it, but to complete the disturbance and experience peace and even courage and appreciation.
Avoiding arrogance and anxiety could keep you stuck in them. Until you get firmly planted in admitting your own arrogance, you cannot step beyond it.
It is like being in Oregon and trying to cross the border in to Colorado. There is a problem with that idea. Oregon does not border Colorado. One can go through Idaho and Utah to get from Oregon to Colorado, though.
So, when you step in to arrogance fully (and humbly!), then you will have the opportunity to experience anxiety directly and learn its value. Until then, anxiety may remain something for you to avoid and deny.
There may also be a sense that other people should never be anxious, like even children: “why are they so anxious sometimes!?!?!” That is an instance of arrogance.
You cannot have a sense of humor about anxiety until you can admit arrogance without needing to fall back in to bitterness, which is a wonderful thing to experience until you are ready to openly enter anxiety. If you ever master anxiety, then your experience of living may dramatically shift, like stepping out of hell in to heaven- which allegedly is similar to stepping out of Utah in to Oregon, but not quite the same.
Remember that the one who enjoys life the most loses the game of hell. Beware of enjoying hell or it may turn out to be  a dream from which no one can escape without sacrificing bitterness, arrogance, and even anxiety, angst, anguish, and anger.
Robert Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions

Robert Plutchik’s Wheel of Emotions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

song recording: already real (the real you)

April 26, 2012
Triumph of Faith over Idolatry, by Jean-Baptis...

Triumph of Faith over Idolatry, by Jean-Baptiste Théodon (French, 1646–1713). Church of the Gesù, Rome, Italy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

You               I                   love.             why?
don’t know     don’t care      don’t need    more prayers

Mine is the faith        that raises mountains                 mine is the faith        that makes you feel
mine is the faith        that moves the oceans                mine is the faith        already real

Truth              I                   am.                lies?
won’t hide       won’t trick     won’t make a lick of difference

Mine is the faith        that raises mountains                 mine is the faith        that makes you feel
mine is the faith        that moves the oceans                mine is the faith        already real

show me something pure        show me something true            show me something perfect             show me the real you
the only one you are               the holy child of God                 the birth of a new star                      a flower opening

hear these words       write them down             in a good book              spread it round
change the language  for each audience           translate new sounds    but keep the spirit       whole and faithful

Mine is the faith        that raises mountains                 mine is the faith        that makes you feel
mine is the faith        that moves the oceans                mine is the faith        already real

show me something pure        show me something true            show me something perfect             show me the real you

 

 

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is 

 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect
Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect
//bible.cc/matthew/5-48.htm – 15k

 

Romans 11:16 If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is 

If the part of the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, then the whole
batch is holy; if the root is holy, so are the branches. 
//bible.cc/romans/11-16.htm – 16k

 

1 Peter 1:15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in 

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; …. 
//bible.cc/1_peter/1-15.htm – 16k

 

1 Peter 1:16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” … 
//bible.cc/1_peter/1-16.htm – 16k

 

Acts 19:2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when 

and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered,
“No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit 

Leviticus 11:44 I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and 

I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy
You must consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy

Leviticus 20:26 You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am 

You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart
from the nations to be my own.  You must be holy because I, the LORD, am holy
//bible.cc/leviticus/20-26.htm – 16k

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
And if I have prophecy, and I know all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have all faith so that I may remove mountains, and I have no love in me, I would be nothing.

 

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”


Matthew 21:21 Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.


Mark 11:23 “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him.


Acts 13:1 In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul.


Romans 15:14 I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another.


1 Corinthians 11:4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head.


1 Corinthians 12:9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,


1 Corinthians 12:10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.


1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.


1 Corinthians 14:1 Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.


1 Corinthians 14:2 For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God. Indeed, no one understands him; he utters mysteries with his spirit.


1 Corinthians 14:4 He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church.


1 Corinthians 14:6 Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or prophecy or word of instruction?


1 Corinthians 14:29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said.


1 Corinthians 14:39 Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.


1 Corinthians 15:51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed–


2 Corinthians 12:11 I have made a fool of myself, but you drove me to it. I ought to have been commended by you, for I am not in the least inferior to the “super-apostles,” even though I am nothing.

Titus 1:15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are 

To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe,
nothing is pure Everything is pure to those whose hearts are pure
//bible.cc/titus/1-15.htm – 17k

 

2 Samuel 22:27 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the 

to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. 
//bible.cc/2_samuel/22-27.htm – 17k

 

Psalm 18:26 to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked 

to the pure you show yourself pure, but to the crooked you show yourself shrewd. 
//bible.cc/psalms/18-26.htm – 15k

 

The Ten Commandments of Perfectionism

April 9, 2012
Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments, painting by Rembrandt (1659) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Ten Commandments of Perfectionism

#1 Always avoid the appearance of perfectionism. Avoid appearing to be a perfectionist because only people who believe that they are not perfect already would display any of the traits of perfectionism, and the whole idea here is for other people (all of them) to perceive you as perfect. By the way, obviously, the only certain way to do this is to completely avoid other people.

#2 Hold on. Forget I even said that. Here’s what we are going to do instead. You are going to go around and fix all the imperfections of everyone else. If you ever notice people displaying any idealism, first criticize them for it. People obviously should not be idealistic, right? So, as a demonstration of your having finally perfected post-idealistic realism, you must plan to spontaneously ridicule and suppress the idealism of other people (yes, all of them) because anyone else displaying idealism clearly interferes with me pretending to be perfectly beyond idealism, so then I am forced to get in to arguments with them about how they should not be so idealistic, or at least not in the ways that threaten my most sacred idealisms, such as my idealism about whether or not I am already perfect. Anyway, that has been taking up a lot of my time and energy, so naturally I want you go out there and handle that for me while I wait here. By the way, when you come back, then I will tell you the other 8 commandments, so you better hurry.

Matthew 5:48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is 

Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect But you are
to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect
http://bible.cc/matthew/5-48.htm – 15k
"Veritas" ("truth" in Lati...

“Veritas” (“truth” in Latin), hand tattoo, Connor MacManus (actor Sean Patrick Flanery), gun, Boston; The Boondock Saints, film: calm, religious vigilante idealism (Photo credit: Wonderlane)

Leviticus 19:2 “Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.

<< Matthew 5:48 >>

New International Version (©1984)
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

New Living Translation (©2007)
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

English Standard Version (©2001)
You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

International Standard Version (©2008)
So be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
Be therefore perfect, just as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect.”

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
That is why you must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect. Don’t Do Good Works to Be Praised by People

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

American King James Version
Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

American Standard Version
Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.

Darby Bible Translation
Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.

English Revised Version
Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Webster’s Bible Translation
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

Weymouth New Testament
You however are to be complete in goodness, as your Heavenly Father is complete.

World English Bible
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Young’s Literal Translation
ye shall therefore be perfect, as your Father who is in the heavens is perfect.

turn away from evil

March 28, 2012
“but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil” Matthew 5:39
“To the pure, all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and without faith, nothing is pure. In fact, both their minds and consciences are corrupted [troubled, shameful, shaming].” Titus 1:15
(The audio includes extra commentary.)
“I am conscious of this, and am certain in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself; but for the man in whose opinion it is unclean, for him it is unclean [troubling evil, shameful].” Romans 14:14
“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth…. the words you speak come from the heart—that’s what defiles you [troubles you].” Matthew 15:11,18
“You have knowledge that it was said, Have love for your neighbour, and hate for him who is against you: But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you. [whoever you consider wicked, unjust, troublesome etc]” Matthew 5:43-44
“You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church http://www.stjohnsashfield.org.au, Ashfield, New South Wales. Illustrates Jesus’ description of himself “I am the Good Shepherd” (from the Gospel of John, chapter 10, verse 11). This version of the image shows the detail of his face. The memorial window is also captioned: “To the Glory of God and in Loving Memory of William Wright. Died 6th November, 1932. Aged 70 Yrs.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

will be in danger of being judged. But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment [resentment, etc]! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court [and punished for slander]. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.”

Beware of contempt. Do not add fuel to your own frustration.

 

Matthew 5:21-22
“…Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. 6The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.7All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, 8but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth doth come forth blessing and cursing; it doth not need, my brethren, these things so to happen.” [praising God yet cursing God’s creation]

James 3:5-10

“My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” James 1:19
“but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil” Matthew 5:39
      The source of so much suffering is ill will. If something troubles you, y

Stained glass panel in the transept of St. Joh...

Stained glass panel in the transept of St. John’s Anglican Church, Ashfield, New South Wales (NSW). This scene depicts Mary holding a young Jesus. They are framed in front of a background of indistinct faces. The window is approximately 1m in diameter. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

ou might turn your attention away from it. If something disgusts you or sickens you, you might abstain from focusing on it. This has been the teaching of so many elders for many thousands of years. Turn away from what repulses you, what you detest. Turn away from evil.

 
But what exactly does it mean to “turn away from evil?” Repent, by the way, means “turn away.” What does it mean to turn away from sin or to turn away from wickedness or to turn away from corruption or to turn away from trouble?” Does it simply mean to turn away from what disturbs, what enrages us, what disgusts us?
 
“A wise person turns away from evil and is cautious [responsible?], but a fool is hotheaded, careless and overconfident.” Proverbs 14:16
“Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom [conceit, arrogance, opinions]. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil.” Proverbs 3:7
“…Turning from evil is disgusting to fools.” Proverbs 13:19
“…‘Behold, the fear of the Lord, that is wisdom, and to turn away from evil is understanding.’” Job 28:28
“Turn away from evil, do good, and live forever.” Psalm 37:27
“Turn away from evil, and do good; make a search for peace, desiring it with all your heart.” Psalm 34:14
“And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.” 1 Peter 3:11
“[S]eek ye first the reign of God [the Kingdom of God] and his justice [peace?]…” Matthew 6:33, Luke 12:31
And having been questioned … when the reign of God doth come, [Jesus] answered them, and said, ‘The reign of God doth not come with observation; nor shall they say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ for the reign of God is within you.'” Luke 17:20-21
Please note that my use of scriptures only from the Old and New Testament is, to me, trivial and purely incidental. I have personally found so far that the teachings of the Christian ministers that I have personally known have been far less in harmony with the above scriptures than the teachings of certain presenters who, to the best of my knowledge, have not labeled themselves as Christian. 
“Do not make any vows!” Matthew 5:34
New International Version (©1984)
But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.New Living Translation (©2007)
But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.English Standard Version (©2001)
But I say to you, Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.

New American Standard Bible (©1995)
“But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

International Standard Version (©2008)
But I tell you not to resist an evildoer. On the contrary, whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English (©2010)
But I am saying to you, you shall not rise up against an evil person, but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him also the other.

GOD’S WORD® Translation (©1995)
But I tell you not to oppose an evil person. If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him as well.

King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
But I say unto you, That you resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

American King James Version
But I say to you, That you resist not evil: but whoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

American Standard Version
but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:

Darby Bible Translation
But I say unto you, not to resist evil; but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;

English Revised Version
but I say unto you, Resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Webster’s Bible Translation
But I say to you, That ye resist not evil: but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Weymouth New Testament
But I tell you not to resist a wicked man, but if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other to him as well.

World English Bible
But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Young’s Literal Translation
but I — I say to you, not to resist the evil, but whoever shall slap thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other;

Published on: Feb 6, 2011
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