The currently espoused dichotomy between politically conservative and liberal is false.
The conservative of today is a traditionalist: Preservative and protective of his human traditions. His traditions are not God's. The commandments of God as given by Jesus are the traditions of God. The fruits of the conservatives are the antithesis of the fruits of keeping the commandments of God. Keeping the divine law (the spirit of the commandments) results in people giving and sharing all. It results in no oppression or neediness for lack of compassion. Yet, we see much oppression and starvation on the planet, and we find that traditionalists dominate, and have dominated, the planet throughout recorded history. There have been very few possible exceptions to the domination of traditionalist anywhere at any time in recorded history.
The current age goes back to A.D. 73. It is also a part of an even longer age going back to the first rulers in selfishness and willfulness. They began the tradition that is still supported today by the elitists who are the conservatives and especially the new brood, the neoconservatives. They believe they deserve more, because they have more, regardless of how they came by what they have. They believe that by virtue of their willingness to take what they want, they prove themselves entitled.
The first of their breed, the first rulers, lost sight of the connection with the divine origin of everything that makes clear and plain that all things are given for the benefit of all and not just those who are greedy enough to strip it away from the smaller or weaker. They stopped being thankful for the gifts of God and started praising themselves as the suppliers of the people's requirements. They lauded themselves. They set themselves up by usurping God's dominion. They took control by being more self-centered. From that point on, right up to the present, willfulness has ruled the world. Many of the current rulers are the heirs of those very first willful bullies who took the food out of the mouths of others leaving them in need. It is the lower spirit, the selfish spirit.
The conservatives and self-styled neoliberals will say that the lack of their economic system is the root cause of starvation and other evils. Well, before their system there was plenty. Their system spoiled it for everyone. We could have had a fully giving and sharing planet except for that greedy spirit. Those traditionalists seek to preserve and protect the wrong things. They just call for more of the same evil ruination.
Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. (Nehemiah 9:6).
It is in this sense of preserving the planet by being good stewards of earth that humans may be true preservationists and protectionists and in keeping with the traditions of God.
The tradition of the false conservative today is to rape the planet for monetary and material gain at the greater expense of the whole of the planet and every living thing. Meanwhile, others who are starving ought to be fully sharing in the fat of the land which should be allowed to rest naturally as needed to recover and tended with respect for the gift that it is from God. Nevertheless, the conservatives will defend their system and even call all of their ill-gotten spoils a blessing of God.
They will defend their system with prideful boasting. "In the mouth of the foolish is a rod of pride: but the lips of the wise shall preserve them." (Proverbs 14:3). Their pride blinds them to the truth about their traditions.
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables. Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands? He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:3-9).
Lest anyone be confused, Jesus was referring to ceremonial cleaning. That kind of washing was meant to purify in a perfunctory sense. Jesus was not preaching against washing, per se. He said the following:
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. (Matthew 6:17-18).
If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. (John 13:14).
The ceremonial cleaning of pots, etc., did not actually cause a spiritual cleansing. Keeping the new commandment causes cleansing. Jesus washing his disciples feet represented the new commandment. It represented humility, being least, serving that made Jesus great and first. He was telling them that they all ought to be so humble and great in earnest and not in a contrived or conceited way. He told Peter that Peter had to come to understand that he had to receive Jesus's humility for the sake of righteousness.
The conservatives certainly do keep their traditions regardless of their hypocrisy.
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid. (Isaiah 29:13-14).
Jesus was a marvelous gift from God. He confuted everything the false conservatives and false liberals said. Even today, the Holy Spirit comes to us and confutes all their positions. Their positions are indefensible. They are hypocritical positions. Honor, respect, and reverence for God are not shown by following the traditions of men but rather the divine law of God. God wants us to be reconciled to God and merciful, compassionate, kind, and tender especially to those in need. All the public and private rituals and ceremonies in the world are worse than in vain when the commandment of God for mercy is not kept. Church worship, per se, will account for a debit (drawback, detriment) for the unmerciful. Woe to the churches of the unmerciful.
It is traditional for people, even in ostensible churches, to be unmerciful, not to give and share all. Therefore, through greed, theft, hoarding, neglect, and abuse, people go without. It is traditional for conservatives and many self-styled liberals to put themselves and then their immediate family members first. Despite professing Christ, conservatives hoard against the family in spirit while heaping expensive gifts upon their closest flesh-and-blood. This is confusion.
The real meaning of words lies in the truth. The truth of a word traces back to God. Reality lies in God. The real traditionalists uphold the truth of God's sharing and merciful spirit. The real liberals are the upholders. They are preservationists of God's footstool that is earth. They are the spirit of, the embodiment of, beneficence for the sake of righteousness and not personal return in any form, including notoriety.
Everything that is good and proper in real conservationism and liberalism meet in godliness. They are of the same spirit. They are not dichotomous. The notion of there being a dichotomy between real conservatism (conservationism) and real liberalism is a result of the fracturing of the language, the truth, by the agents of falsehood. A confused language makes the people more fractious. That fracturing of the language has been compounding up to the present.
All the major arguments between what are seen as philosophical and theological schools of thought may be boiled down to false dichotomies and false paradoxes. This includes the philosophy of science as well, even pure mathematics. God is the solution to all of those arguments seen as dichotomous or paradoxical.
There is complete conflation via the Holy Spirit of truth (giving true meanings) of all those ideas seen as dichotomous or paradoxical. Selfishness has corrupted the language for affect. All answers lie in unselfishness. The Holy Spirit of truth will tell one everything one needs to know.
You need to know that God is proven by definition, by manifestations of prophecy, and by our very existence. God is proven by the truth that following the commandments as Jesus said will result in heaven and earth conflating. How could it be otherwise? Does anyone believe that were all to be Christlike the result would be hell on earth rather than heaven? By extension, since these things are true, the other things Jesus taught are true as well, for truth hangs upon consistency. There will be the resurrection and salvation of all worthy souls as measured against the righteousness they grasped and either turned from or toward in feelings, thoughts, words, and deeds.
You need to know that the ideal is the most rational. Idealism and rationalism are not at odds. They are not dichotomous. The ideal is the sanest by definition. It is the ultimate standard. How can the sanest be irrational? The sanest thing to do is seek the ideal. That is what Jesus did. He exemplified, showed, and embodied God. He was at one with God. He was God with us.
The ideal is first felt. The ideal is burned into the soul through the overwhelming emotion of repentance. It is translated into words and deeds. Those words and deeds then, in turn, enlighten.
There is no dichotomy between faith and reasoning. There is no leap accept from fear to truth. All true doctrines are based upon consistency. Contrary to the teachings of John Duns Scotus, the failure of reasoned consistency within faith lies in humanity and not in the revelation. Also, SÃ¸ren Kierkegaard was mistaken that the revelation contains anything irrational. On the contrary, the revelation is the most rational thinking there is. Jesus was perfectly rational. There is faith in reasoning. There is faith in science. There is reasoning and science in faith. These are not mutually exclusive. In fact, they are inextricable.
Faith is confidence. It is confidence in the logic of the self-evidence of God. God does not require proving. God is that apparent. This does not mean that God is not provable. As has been said elsewhere, the prophecies that have unfolded have provided ample proof.
Whenever anyone attempted to tempt Jesus or to justify himself to Jesus, Jesus invariably silenced him with perfect thinking. He used empirical evidence in his parables to teach the revealed truth. People knew the truth of what he spoke from their own observations. Once they realized he was cutting through the obfuscations of his detractors and revealing truths people had never understood before, many realized they could trust him in all matters. He didn't fail them. None of this is contradictory. Jesus taught people based upon the experiences of those people. He gave them examples and asked them what they concluded based upon their experiences in life.
Also, when were any of Jesus's detractors ever correct? They were not. One doesn't need to make a leap to this. One needs simply to pull the wool from off ones eyes placed there by the traditional thinking and indoctrination and socialization of lusting, prideful, fearful, and iniquitous people who themselves were earlier led astray by those same spirits.
Pulling the wool from off ones eyes means finding the divine via the real free inquiry. One finds that the only proper hierarchy is the result of the uncoerced choice to follow the lead of teachers and exemplifiers and not the result of any threat or violence. One finds other things as well.
The harmony of the whole and the least part together is the only proper balance. The intent of the secular laws hangs upon the spirit of the divine law that is the real and natural law. The human made law of both the self-styled conservatives and self-styled liberals that runs contrary to the divine law is the contrivance or unnatural and unreal law. It is out of balance. There can be no ultimate harmony in keeping only to those secular laws, because those laws fall short of their own intention. They are inherently hypocritical. Their letter always falls short of the spirit. Keeping to the spirit that is the new commandment is the only way not to violate the non-hypocritical law. The secular laws are not the real law any more than the manna was the real bread. They are better than being even further from the kingdom; therefore, we are not to advocate revolt. Nevertheless, those laws by human beings are not close enough to the kingdom. Just as Jesus said that people must exceed the Pharisees in righteousness to enter the kingdom of heaven, we also need to exceed the secular laws in righteousness. The ceremonial, liturgical, traditional are as lip service. We must do the deeds, the works, by which we shall all be measured.
For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven. Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. (Matthew 5:20-22).
Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:27-28).
It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery. Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 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. (Matthew 5:31-39).
Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-45).
You should read in those verses that the law was enhanced and hypocrisy removed. Now, how can we call for wrath rather than love? How were the first Christians knowingly taken to die in the arenas without fighting back? They were patient and did no offense. They lost their temporary flesh but held their souls and gained their real life for not having fallen into the temptation of selfish flesh.
All contrivance is unreal, disharmonious, and fractured. All such laws are demands of those who cannot otherwise convince the people to be unselfish. Many such laws are deliberate schemes or corruptions of the spirit of intent to lessen the impact on selfishness. Those include the laws of the unrighteousness of mammon. They are laws actually of, by, and for the most selfish. The laws of humanity are only as valid as they are consistent with the spirit of the divine. There is no real law that is hypocritical. That is the meaning of real.
The secular laws and the other aspects of the status quo as of the time of this writing are built upon hypocrisy that is selfishness. For instance, both power and wealth have been arbitrarily taken by force against the known teachings of righteousness. People live in sinful excess while others go without because of it. This is true of both the so-called conservatives and so-called liberals: The false conservationists and the false liberals. The adherents of both of these so-called modern ideologies have colluded with each other in creating the current woeful state of the earth.
The detractors and misinterpreters of the faith have failed to see the rationality even in the new commandment. They certainly will have trouble with the following.
By logical extension that is consistency, it is the height of rationality to believe the truth of God's power over all matter. It is perfect sense to believe Jesus concerning that power of God, because Jesus and the prophets before him prophesied correctly and taught in a way that unfolded or revealed the same God and because Jesus performed miracle after miracle through that power of God. Such power would not run through someone who used it only for good only for us to find out that he was false. That would render everything beyond belief. In what could anyone trust? Could one have faith in anything?
No signs beyond the mundane are necessary to come to this understanding that God has power over all matter. Signs beyond the mundane are given though to those who ask for answers but are not necessarily looking for what others would call supernatural signs, wonders, or portends. Those asking in earnest for unselfish reasons are given such signs. They know it when it happens to them. It happens all the time in the world, but people do not speak of it openly because others call them irrational.
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. (Matthew 7:6).
This is why Jesus did not transfigure in front of the whole city of Jerusalem. He took only three of his disciples with him when he transfigured. In doing this, he made it a matter of trust for the rest so they could be separated into the believers who were the fertile soil and those who were not fertile soil for the seeds of truth and the resurrection of the just. The rest could either see or not that his transfiguration as reported by the three was completely consistent with everything else that they knew firsthand since Jesus was performing miracles all about that even the Pharisees were not disputing.
The people who ask and receive are able to make the logical connections between the occurrences and the expressions of God over-and-above what is the commonplace of the selfish non-seekers of truth. They come to realize that knowledge of God is the highest knowledge. There is no real knowledge or intellect absent God. All that is called knowledge and intellect that rejects God is falsehood. It contains inherent hypocrisy.
Do the following:
When you are alone, soften your heart, feel for all those who are suffering in the world including yourself, and ask God and Jesus, in earnest, whether what I am telling you here is the truth. You will receive the answer. Evil may tempt you to disbelieve the very answer you receive. Look that square on. It is your opportunity to overcome temptation. You will then see the stark contrast between good and evil that is unselfishness versus selfishness, and, therefore, God and Satan. Do not turn away. Do not backslide. It will be the beginning of your awakening. You will then go on to magnify the good. The skeletons in your closet will be removed, turned to dust, and discarded being permanently displaced by love so as never to return. There will be no room for them in the Holy Temple of God within you. You will repent and be forgiven. You will realize why Jesus went to the cross for you and for many: So that you might see and hear and walk on the path of righteousness and do the work of God; so that you might know how much of what kind of love atones.
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. (Matthew 7:7-8).
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And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free. (Matthew 17:24-26)