Libertarian Philosophy (Paul, Rand, etc) v. The Sermon on the Mount

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[Faith] is a sign of a psychological weakness . . . I regard it as evil to place your emotions, your desire, above the evidence of what your mind knows. That’s what you’re doing with the idea of God.” Ayn Rand

The Pink Flamingo believes, very strongly, that a person cannot be a practicing libertarian and a Christian.  The two are as incompatible as Christianity and Islam.

““According to the Christian mythology, [Christ] died on the cross not for his own sins but for the sins of the non-ideal people. In other words, a man of perfect virtue was sacrificed for men who are vicious and who are expected or supposed to accept that sacrifice. If I were a Christian, nothing could make me more indignant than that: the notion of sacrificing the ideal to the non-ideal, or virtue to vice. And it is in the name of that symbol that men are asked to sacrifice themselves for their inferiors. That is precisely how the symbolism is used. That is torture. ” Ayn Rand

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In the Sermon on the Mount Christ condemns superficial materialism.  Ayn Rand’s entire life was based on selfish, superficial materialism.    Christ warns that we are not to judge others before judging ourselves.  We are to reject false prophets and the fact that humans, without God, are unable to do right in this world.  All of this is completely contrary to Rand.

“…Jesus condemns the “good works” of fasting, alms, and prayer, when they are only done for show, and not from the heart. The discourse goes on to condemn the superficiality of materialism and call the disciples not to worry about material needs, but to “seek” God’s kingdom first. Within the discourse on ostentation, Matthew presents an example of correct prayer. Luke places this in a different context. The Lord’s prayer contains parallels to 1 Chronicles 29:10-18.”

Rand, on the other hand, believed in abject selfishness.  Michael Gerson, on Atlas Shrugged.

“…None of the characters expresses a hint of sympathetic human emotion — which is precisely the point. Rand’s novels are vehicles for a system of thought known as Objectivism. Rand developed this philosophy at the length of Tolstoy, with the intellectual pretensions of Hegel, but it can be summarized on a napkin. Reason is everything. Religion is a fraud. Selfishness is a virtue. Altruism is a crime against human excellence. Self-sacrifice is weakness. Weakness is contemptible. “The Objectivist ethics, in essence,” said Rand, “hold that man exists for his own sake, that the pursuit of his own happiness is his highest moral purpose, that he must not sacrifice himself to others, nor sacrifice others to himself.”

…Rand cherished a particular disdain for Christianity. The cross, she said, is “the symbol of the sacrifice of the ideal to the nonideal. . . . It is in the name of that symbol that men are asked to sacrifice themselves for their inferiors. That is precisely how the symbolism is used. That is torture.” Yet some conservatives marked Holy Week by attending and embracing “Atlas Shrugged.”

Reaction to Rand draws a line in political theory. Some believe with Rand that all government is coercion and theft — the tearing-down of the strong for the benefit of the undeserving. Others believe that government has a limited but noble role in helping the most vulnerable in society — not motivated by egalitarianism, which is destructive, but by compassion, which is human. And some root this duty in God’s particular concern for the vulnerable and undeserving, which eventually includes us all. This is the message of Easter, and it is inconsistent with the gospel of Rand….”

MATTHEW 5-8
Matthew 5-8

The Beatitudes

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3 ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 ‘Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 ‘Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 ‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
8 ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
10 ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 ‘Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light
13 ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

14 ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden.

15No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.

16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

The Law and the Prophets
17 ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fullfil.

18For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished.

19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Concerning Anger
21 ‘You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not murder”; and “whoever murders shall be liable to judgement.”

22But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgement; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, “You fool”, you will be liable to the hell of fire.

23So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you,

24leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.

25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison.

26Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Concerning Adultery
27 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery.”

28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

Concerning Divorce
31 ‘It was also said, “Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.”

32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Concerning Oaths
33 ‘Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.”

4But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

36And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.

37Let your word be “Yes, Yes” or “No, No”; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

Concerning Retaliation
38 ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.”

9But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also;

40and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well;

41and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile.

42Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies
43 ‘You have heard that it was said, “You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.”

44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous.

46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax-collectors do the same?

47And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?

48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Concerning Almsgiving
6‘Beware of practising your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2 ‘So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

3But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

4so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Prayer
5 ‘And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

6But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

7 ‘When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words.

8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9 ‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10   Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11   Give us this day our daily bread.
12   And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13   And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
14For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you;
15but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Concerning Fasting
16 ‘And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face,

18so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Concerning Treasures
19 ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;

20but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.

21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Sound Eye
22 ‘The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light;

23but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

Serving Two Masters
24 ‘No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Do Not Worry
25 ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

27And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?

28And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,

29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?

31Therefore do not worry, saying, “What will we eat?” or “What will we drink?” or “What will we wear?”

32For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 ‘So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

Judging Others
7‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.

2For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.

3Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?

4Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Let me take the speck out of your eye”, while the log is in your own eye?

5You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.

Profaning the Holy
6 ‘Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.

Ask, Search, Knock
7 ‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.

8For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 9Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?

10Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake?

11If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

The Golden Rule
12 ‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

The Narrow Gate
13 ‘Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.

14For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit
15 ‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

16You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles?

17In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.

18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.

19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

20Thus you will know them by their fruits.

Concerning Self-Deception

21 ‘Not everyone who says to me, “Lord, Lord”, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only one who does the will of my Father in heaven.

2On that day many will say to me, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many deeds of power in your name?”

23Then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; go away from me, you evildoers.”

 

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