An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Jesus and Torture

Against, ostensibly, the tide of scriptural wisdom of the day – a frail but Saintly Jesus proclaimed:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:38-39)

and as if not satisfied… reiterated:

Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you. (Matthew 5:38-44)

Churches, we are told, preach the gospel of this Saintly soul.

Well, if a recent study by Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is any indicator.. then the propensity to back up torture amongst regular Church-goers is significantly higher than those who seldom or never go to any services.

54% of those who attend a church said the use of torture against suspected terrorists is “often” or “sometimes” justified. However, 42% of those who “seldom or never” go to services agreed to that option.

Ok, here is the rub – the more one swears by Jesus Christ and wears this religious affiliation on his/her sleeve.. the more one is in favor of torture!

White evangelical Protestants – 60% supported torture
People unaffiliated with any religious organization – 40% supported torture

Interesting irony.. huh!?

Reference Links:

1. Survey: Support for terror suspect torture differs among the faithful

Get Drishtikone Updates
in your inbox

Subscribe to Drishtikone updates and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.

4 Comments
  1. vk says

    There is no inconsistency here. After all the Bible says God caused the first born of every family in Egypt to die when he cursed them in anger. (Search online Bibles by Googling for ‘Moses Pharoah curse Egypt’) Also Christians don’t have to be responsible for their own actions – one only has to submit to Jesus who will readily take up any sins of the ‘believers’. That’s why there are no constraints in killing animals for flesh though St Francis made it clear it was a sin. Beware the believers in Christianity and Islam – they come with indemnities!

  2. vk says

    Jesus would likely be denied a visa to enter the U.S. or West European country. He would be qualified as ‘Middle eastern man with no income’.The philosophy of ‘turning the other cheek’ sounds so ‘chicken’ in a world where ‘Power Yoga’ books outsell plain vanilla Yoga.

  3. vk says

    There is no inconsistency here. After all the Bible says God caused the first born of every family in Egypt to die when he cursed them in anger. (Search online Bibles by Googling for ‘Moses Pharoah curse Egypt’) Also Christians don’t have to be responsible for their own actions – one only has to submit to Jesus who will readily take up any sins of the ‘believers’. That’s why there are no constraints in killing animals for flesh though St Francis made it clear it was a sin. Beware the believers in Christianity and Islam – they come with indemnities!

  4. vk says

    Jesus would likely be denied a visa to enter the U.S. or West European country. He would be qualified as ‘Middle eastern man with no income’.The philosophy of ‘turning the other cheek’ sounds so ‘chicken’ in a world where ‘Power Yoga’ books outsell plain vanilla Yoga.

Comments are closed.

Get Drishtikone Updates
in your inbox

Subscribe to Drishtikone updates and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.