Sunday, May 23, 2010

Self-unawareness is a beautiful thing... we see here:

What a crazy world we live in. We say that we are good Christians, or moral people. We say that we follow Christ's teachings. Then when it's reported the doctors in Texas are dropping Medicare, people say, “Those poor doctors.” What? Who has ever even heard of a middle class doctor, much less a poor one? Get real. Christ said, “What so ever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” Doctors, do you understand the meaning of those words?
...There is still such a thing as living in a civilization as civilized people. Christ's laws still matter and they have never included hate for anyone. Remember the one about a greedy person — it is easier to pass through the eye of a needle than to get into heaven?
I don't know what exactly Jean Klein is trying to say here, but it seems that she begrudges doctors their high income. It strikes me that she either doesn't know or doesn't care about the risks doctors take to get that income, or even to get to their particular station in life. And I also sense more than a little bit of hate here, with a nice, hot side of envy -- and that last thing, as everyone knows, is one of the seven deadly sins. However, even though the "seven deadly sins" is a medieval Catholic concept, I am sure Christ still frowns upon them.

And then, of course, there is the misquotation AND misinterpretation of Matthew 19:24. I showed this letter to Sabra and she mentioned that her religion professor pointed out, the whole "camel through the eye of a needle" thing actually referred to a narrow opening in the wall around a certain town. (So, theoretically, it IS possible to get a camel through the eye...)

Beyond that, though, according to Dr. Jon Mundy, a professor of philosophy and religion at the University of Buffalo, "When Jesus says, it is harder for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, he is talking about excesses of the ego and our thinking that our own worth is superior to that of others." In other words, Matthew 19:24 had nothing to do with riches in and of themselves, but with rich men's attitudes vis-a-vis their riches and how said riches affected their worth as compared to other people. It could very well be argued that the medical profession requires more humility than just about any other, as doctors and nurses both deal with what Christ called "the least of my brothers" on a near-daily basis. But coming to such a conclusion would require one to think, and of course we all know people who misinterpret the Bible as we see here are wildly disinclined to do THAT.