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Restore respect for our own Truly Holy Text

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Submitted by Joseph Morrow (United States), May 6, 2019 at 09:35

Why do we keep falling for the notion that those who commit suicide can be referred to as "martyrs"?

Haven't you heard the saying, "The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun"? Meanwhile, there are folks who are living according to what they refer to as a "holy" book. The only citizens of our Republic who can resist and defeat such folks are those who diligently and cheerfully live according to our own Holy Text, instead of banning it from our own schools and public discourse.

The Holy Bible is not a religious text, concentrating rather on matters of law and government, health and prosperity. The subject of condemnation in our Text is surrounded by practical action words of justice and mercy. The sun shines, and it rains on, ALL, regardless of race, religion, or national origin. The followers of the God of the Bible are typified by their treatment of others better than they deserve, while the general behavior of the world requires that others be treated worse than they deserve.

A true living martyr is one who demonstrates by his personal behavior how much he deserves to live rather than die. Only such a one who is forced into death prematurely is worthy of the designation "martyr". Those who blindly fall for the notion that taking their own lives, along with as many other lives as possible, are simply murderous and suicidal. There is nothing holy about these.

The Holy Bible ITSELF teaches no "afterlife", where the dead are really still living in some other form or location. It rather teaches that the dead are actually dead, our True Hope being in the Resurrection of the Dead, of which Christ's own Resurrection was the Prototype. He came as our Lord, Savior, and Example, not as our nanny. He only does for us what we could never have done for ourselves. We cannot forgive ourselves for our past transgressions of The Ten Commandments. Jesus died in our place to make possible our forgiveness from those. The larger picture states that Christ came to TAKE AWAY the sin of the world, not just to forgive it. He came to destroy the WORKS of the devil, which include our lawless behaviors. Those who repent and turn to the keeping of the Commandments are the only ones for which forgiveness becomes available. All others practice lasciviousness, foolishly equating their lawlessness with the grace of God.

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