Debate

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An evangelist, highly commended by the church, teaches and insists that both he and the Church teach us to love our enemies. For the Lord Jesus says, in the Gospel of St. Matthew 5, 43-48: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of our Heavenly Father.”

The psalmist said, “Attend, my people, to my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable” (Psalm 78,1-2). Does not Christ, perhaps, fulfill what was said by the Psalmist? Isn’t the New Testament full of parables and idioms?

When Christ asserts that we are to love our enemies, does he say so figuratively or literally?

When Christ commissions the twelve apostles, he tells them: “As you enter a house, wish it peace. If the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it; if not, let your peace return to you. Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words—go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet. Amen, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town” (Matthew 10, 1-15).

Who does Christ punish: the enemy or those who love him? If Christ punishes the enemy, then why does He say, in Matthew 5, to love your enemies?…for enemies can not enter the celestial Kingdom.

Is it perhaps that if we’re enemies of God, then we might be permitted in his glory? I desire mercy, not sacrifice: I say to you, mercy does not mean to despise our enemies or even less so, that we may trust them. If Christ punishes the enemy…then, why does the Church insist on loving our enemies? The question is: What is Christ talking about?

Isn’t Christ speaking figuratively here? Because certainly, we can not love our enemies; but we can be compassionate towards our enemies, and we can even pray for them.

One thing is very clear: Being enemies of Christ, will separate us eternally from God’s life; but loving one’s enemies, “paradoxically” puts us next to God, for all of eternity. While God’s enemies perish, those who obey God’s Laws will be eternally blessed. For the Church has never taught us what Christ is talking about here! If the Church knew Christ, then she would know very well what the Master is talking about!

What do you think?

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