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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

The Secular Teachings of Jesus

In a unique essay, Lee Harris asks "Who Separated Church and State?". The answer is Jesus of Nazareth. Ironically, Jesus created the dichotomy of allegiance where political authority rests in the State but moral authority rests with God.

The Romans did not recognize a difference between the gods of Rome and the gods of other peoples. They followed the rule of tolerance. What was revolutionary was the concept that all gods were not authentic. Writes Harris:

Christians, like the Jews from whom they came, not only refused to accept other people's gods along side their own jealous god they didn't even think that other peoples' gods were gods at all. At best, they might be demons -- but in every case, what other men called gods were not, in the eyes of the Jews and the Christian, worthy of being worshipped. Their motto was not our god is better than your god, but our god alone is god.

Harris finds it an amusing paradox that the secular philosophy they follow means:

"Those who advocate the separation of church and state are trying to impose Jesus's teachings on their community -- and if this doesn't violate the separation of church and state clause of the Constitution, what would?"

Jesus taught that the higher authority was God's, not the State's. This is our difference with Statists that we regularly battle. To them, the State contains the answer. To us, it is the problem.

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