beating a dead horse tied to the "Hitchen" post
For the real central 'dogma' of Jesus see Matthew 22:36-40.
At “Freedom Fest” Christopher Hitchens claimed the central dogma of Jesus was ‘take no thought for tomorrow’ , which comes from Matthew 6:34. This was after "granting" what can only be described as several miracles (for the sake of argument) but 'give you that' he did. He then misunderstands 17th century English (athiest love the King James read in a modern way for sure) and critiques Jesus on what a silly idea 'take no thought for tomorrow' is.
Keep in mind he 'gave' several non scientifically explainable events proclaimed in the Bible. "Rational"?....or just faulty logic? He gave them though...and I am going to stand by that.
He left out verse 27 “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? (New American Standard)
In a time of over the top materialism, keeping up with the Joneses, popping pills to get to slip, "bad economy", a culture designed to make you unhappy because you need the latest and the greatest......seems like Jesus is not out of step at all.
verse 28 And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.(New American Standard)
Can anybody say 'fashionista'? Got to have this.....got to have that material item to make me happy.....buy buy...spend spend.
From Barnes Notes on the Bible:
“No thought - The word "thought," when the Bible was translated, meant "anxiety," and is so used frequently in Old English authors. Thus, Bacon says, "Haweis died with 'thought' and anguish before his business came to an end." As such it is used here by our translators, and it answers exactly to the meaning of the original. Like many other words, it has since somewhat changed its signification, and would convey to most readers an improper idea”
This is not unlike Nietzche, who condemned Jesus quite harshly for "blessed are the meek" from the Beautitudes but was oblivious (or dishonest) about the older English meaning of "meek". Is not the classic Western hero "gentle"? he is not spiritless or docile...but even Superman is 'gentle and kind' most of the time, until the bad guys show up!
humbly patient or docile, as under provocation from others.
overly submissive or compliant; spiritless; tame.
Obsolete . gentle; kind.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Matthew 5:5 New American Standard