Be wise as serpentsDecember 22 2008 at 4:50 PM
Vince (Login MoxiFox)
Response to That's not what I take from that allegory.
and harmless as doves ........
Pretty much sums it up for me.
If you're wise, you see these things coming and neatly side-step them in a tactful manner.
I think the thing about loving your enemy and being selfless is that you KNOW beforehand, what you might be in for. You "count the cost" and THEN make your decision.
To be blindsided by naivety isn't what the NTestament advocated. It was to make sacrifices in order to achieve a greater good.
When Jesus advised to turn the other cheek and to give your enemy what he demands, it wasn't for the sake of charity but for the sake of wisdom. If you refuse the person, he'll likely kill you ....... so there's no point resisting. Going overboard and offering him even more, is a reverse psychology stratagem: the fellow might change his mind completely ....... walking off and leaving you intact with everything you own.
I've maintained for a long time now, that the NTestament Christian teachings were largely psychological development and utilizing those techniques.
- I can't say that I've ever met a "wise serpent". - noob on Dec 22, 2008, 6:44 PM
- Good point - Vince on Dec 22, 2008, 7:44 PM
- I think it harkens back to old time religions - Mondo on Dec 22, 2008, 8:52 PM
- Also - Marge on Dec 23, 2008, 8:12 AM
- Actually - Vince on Dec 23, 2008, 1:29 PM
- Yeah yeah - Marge on Dec 23, 2008, 8:10 AM
- Selflessness - Mondo on Dec 22, 2008, 8:39 PM
- Good post - Marge on Dec 23, 2008, 8:14 AM