The word “Jehovah” means “Covenant God.” That, according to H. C. Heffren, is the distinguishing difference between Christianity and all other religions. That Covenant relationship is lacking in Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, et al.
It is true native Americans believed in a sort of animism. That is to say they believed everything had a spirit. If they went over some rapids in a river, they dropped something in the water to appease the spirit of the rapids. Then they could go and scalp somebody. Their religious offerings had nothing whatsoever to do with changing their lives.
This same principle applies to all religions other than Christianity. For example the people of India measure their length in the sand for hundreds of miles, and drink the filthy water of the Ganges, and perform all kinds of things to appease their gods, but they go back and live in the same state of degradation and spiritual darkness as before.
You can’t do that, however, when you come to the God of the Bible. Your belief changes your life. Walk before me, and my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me (Exodus 19:5). Jesus summed it up for a certain lawyer (Luke 10:27), offering two points that he said will thoroughly satisfy the demands of both the Law and the Gospel: 1) love God supremely, 2) love your neighbor as yourself.
The Pauline gospel (if you will allow me to call it that) affirms not a word from Paul but the words of Jesus (Galatians 5:14): For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF (NASV).
This is totally inconsistent with American political patriotism, which has given itself to theories such as “preemptive strike” and “just war” (used by Bush-41 to invade Iraq).
Although America spends 57% of its annual budget on military related agenda, and American military distribution spent 46.5% of the 2009 global distribution against 14.7 by the rest of the world, we continue to support military spending, knowing full well it cannot guarantee our security.
How do you define insanity, someone asked. The answer was, taking the same path and expecting a different result. War is the most insane of insanities, but we protect it as if it were divinity itself. The biggest defenders are those who make the most money from the production of weapons of war - “socialized murder“ (yet we abhor socialism).
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