Is the morality of Jesus sound?


To answer this question, we have to look over our shoulders and pretend there have been no questions asked regarding the historicity of Jesus. We will for the present case act like he traversed the earth for the duration that we are told he did, please you atheists don’t ask me how long that period was. With all that behind us, it is time now to attend to the question and to answer the question, we will look at those passages attributed to Jesus and we will, with the stated assumption, believe he said them, shall we?

To do this, I intend to use the book attributed to Mathew as our guide. I will acknowledge there could be some splendid things he said or taught. The ones am going to choose here, are to show that, if he was a god as we are told, he was in many ways not very knowledgeable or great and grandeur! I have no such belief.

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The catholic bible that I use has a commentary for most of the passages and below these they say poor in spirit is social poverty or asceticism, giving up everything for god. Pause a moment and just consider? Where would our world be without the pursuit for truth and wealth? Would there be any progress?

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted

Tell me who is going to fight oppression in the here with such a lofty promise?

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth

Who would resist slavery with a teaching to be submissive? With the promise that you shall be the king, who would care to rebel? Who will say with Camus, yes and no, up to this point yes, beyond no?

6 Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

If righteousness is whatever god wills, how can this be about how fellow men? If god wills we stone our children for disobedience or our neighbors for working on the Sabbath, I don’t want such a teaching!

10 Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Tell me please, how would oppose oppressors, tyrants if we believed that in a short while we will be in heaven? How would we improve our institutions?

21 Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire.

How can we not be angry? What docility is this we are told is taught by the greatest of the teachers? And what great moral teacher threaten people with hell fire for the crime of calling someone a fool? Please, even the worst of our tyrants do not send men to dungeons for calling the next man a fool!

resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Imagine such a world? A world where we are not to resist evil, a world where we are not to stand up against oppression. Christianity is a slave religion and the founder had slave mentality and morality. He must have intended his followers to remain as slaves besides he preached the world was soon going to end, what business is there resisting evil?

Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Let the churches not collect offerings. Why do they worry about tomorrow? Do they believe Jesus was mistaken?

The great moral teacher speaks in parables to confound his listeners and is proud of it! It is written, when asked by his disciples why he speaks to the men in parables, he responds

because the knowledge of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven has been granted to you, but to them it has not been granted. To anyone who has more will be given and he will grow rich; from anyone who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

Tell me friends, if that is a great teacher?

Elsewhere he says

Whosoever causes on these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.

Now tell me, friends, you are condemned if you cause the believer to doubt. If you disturb his sensibilities about the credulous, you deserve a cruel death! How does this suggestion stop the christian who believes in his god and has the power from carrying this out?

The great moral teacher, when asked about paying census tax, what does he do? He asks for the coin inquires about whose imprint is on the coin then gives this response

Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.

Is everything with Caesar’s inscription his? And how are we to know what belongs to god if god is the maker of everything? Is this not to make us slaves of the earthly emperor and the celestial master?

A righteous teacher does not threaten humanity with eternal damnation.I would rather the Buddha’s teaching of a person being reborn in some form till he arrives at the state of Nirvana, a point of no rebirth! What does Jesus tell us

Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!

Give me a Plato, give me a Nietzsche but not a Jesus! What morality, what goodness, what grandeur, what saviour, what god sends his creation to eternal damnation? Not a moral one I promise!

Throughout his earthly mission, he was very provincial, teaching his message to the house of Israel, the house he came to save. It is not possible that the passage at the end of Mathew is his. It has hard to believe that a teacher who consider Gentiles dogs or less could after dying say

All power in heaven and on earth has been given me[MAK: Who had them before]. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the father, and of the son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.

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About makagutu

As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

5 thoughts on “Is the morality of Jesus sound?

  1. The Jewish religion had no hell, until Alexander and his Greeks, with their concept of a Hades, conquered the Levant.

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    • makagutu says:

      Question is why would a great moral teacher, the son of a god to boot, not save man from eternal damnation in one swoop? Was too hard and why again is it that there is little if anything unique about his teaching?

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  2. aguywithoutboxers says:

    If the deity is as omnipotent as proposed, why not end all the mischief and games, separate the chosen ones from the damned, deliver them to heaven and hell, and move on to the next stage of mythology? Great argument, my Nairobi brother! 🙂

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    • makagutu says:

      why would a deity, an omnipotent one at that, feel slighted by what we do here for a fleeting moment to warrant eternal punishment?
      There is something seriously wrong here. The problem either is with their god or it’s creators. But a problem all the same!

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