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Sunday, 7 February 2010

Rendering unto Caesar

Conscience has a right to freedom. For centuries, as churches attempted to force on men Christ's work with the methods of Herod, the rights of those whose consciences rejected such teaching were often lost on the rack and in the faggot pyres. Post Enlightenment, we recognise the rights of individual conscience of all those who choose not to take the teaching of Christ, but we're now in danger of imperilling the consciences of those that do.

A valid act of faith is a choice interior to man; we can sign a contract, join a firing-squad, pronounce an oath of allegiance all without any interior consent, but unwilling belief is an impossibility. Our bodies may serve Caesar, but our souls are God's.

No Christian need be under any obligation to heed the assumptions behind Harman's Equalities Bill in so far as these violate the sanctity of individual conscience and faith; being true to one's conscience is one of the greatest duties we owe to our interior selves, and this is not a realm where Caesar has any authority.


dickiebo said...

Excellent post. I hope you don't mind, I have featured this as a Guest Post on mine - cross-referenced here, of course.

Anonymous said...

Could any Christian in the vicinity possibly explain to me exactly what Jesus Christ has to say about homosexuality? In fact, could any Christian in the vicinity possibly explain what Jesus Christ has to say about sexuality in any form?

Anonymous said...

He didn't condemn sheep shagging either, or choking yourself wearing a gimp mask while chained to the wardrobe ... On the other hand, he blessed marriage between man and woman at Cana. Some things don't take much working out.

Elby the Beserk said...

Spot on.

Raedwald - am still awaiting your address so that I can send you a copy of Penda's Fen - send me your work address if that suits you better.

Anonymous said...

Some things don't take much working out.

The doctors of the church and nearly 2,000 years of theological inquiry say otherwise.

Still, we shouldn't expect people like you actually to understand the religio-ideological bullshit you claim to espouse, should we?

By the way, you ever worn any cotton-poly blend clothes? If so, Leviticus 19:19 says you burn for it is an abomination in the eyes of the LORD. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to beat my slaves who, in accordance with Lev. 25:44, were purchased from France.

Anonymous said...

he blessed marriage between man and woman at Cana.

And he turned water into wine.

Some things don't take much working out.

You're right. Christ was an alcoholic and supports alcoholism in others. The next time some chav pukes all over the pavement in town, I'll remember that he's only obeying the will and example of Our Lord and Saviour.

But, seriously, though, you were dropped on your head when you were a baby, weren't you? And I don't mean once - I mean repeatedly.