Essays Section:

Essays #1, #2, and #3:

 

Essay #1: Breaking bread 

It has been said that in ancient Israel times, the cutting of bread represented violence;

Whereas the breaking of bread represented non-violence.

Therefore, allegedly, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and His disciples broke their bread before eating it, possibly related to the righteous principles of Hosea 6:6 and Luke 9:56a:

Quoting from the Blue Letter Bible of the Internet:

Hosea 6:6, New King James Version (NKJV) - "For I desire mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings."

Luke 9:56a , New American Standard Bible (NASB) - "For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.”

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Essay #2: A female lioness and the Sacredness of Life

Category #1: A female lioness, when it comes to obtaining food, often, or possibly nearly always, very maliciously kills her prey. For example, she may often outright murder a wildebeest or a gazelle by biting its neck until it either suffocates or bleeds to death.

Category #2: However, then later, in stark contrast, she  grooms her cubs’ fur in a very kind and loving manner, and gives them their food that they need.

Such a dichotomy is, concerning Category #1, very disappointing and extremely undesirable insofar as the life of the prey animal is concerned.

Reverence for Life should be sacred.

Life should not be injured, killed, murdered, destroyed, or in any way else harmed at all.

Life should be preserved and defended, if at all possible.

Each and every one of the wildebeests, gazelles, rabbits, and each and every one of all the other "prey" animals, and animals in general, and we human beings, should be allowed to live without being harmed in any way at all.

Furthermore, as in the second case, Category #2, of the female lioness’s showing love and concern for the well being of her offspring, that occurrence is all well and good. It is even very well and good.

However, hopefully she could also learn to show love and concern for the lives and well-being-nesses of her potential prey animals as well as showing love and concern for her own cubs: in order that she would not harm such prey animals in any manner whatsoever; but be kind to them instead.

However though, how could she provide food for her offspring and for herself without harming anyone else in the process of doing so?

For that matter, how could we Christian human beings, or anyone for that matter, do such providing of wholesome food and care for our dependents and ourselves without harming anyone else, including without harming any of the other creatures of the world, in the process of doing so?

With God's help, we need to exert effort to be kind and to be non-injuriously rescueful and helpful to each and every one of all God's beloved and precious creatures.

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Essay #3: A law unto themselves

When the Gentiles, who do not have the law of God, (presumably when they have not yet had the law of God preached to them): and/or when they do not yet have the portions of the law relating to morality and ethics, i.e., "the moral law", either the moral law of holiness, purity and righteousness through the sin and death tenets of the law given by/through Moses; or the moral law of holiness, purity and righteousness through the agape' love and forgiveness tenets given by/through our  Lord and Savior Jesus Christ: when the Gentiles do by nature according to the moral precepts of the law, whichever law is meant, whether the law of God by/through Moses or the law of God by/through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, but who do not yet have the law given to them, and possibly if and when they do not have the moral law at all, then "They are a law unto themselves."

Please read Romans chapter 2, of The Holy Bible, particularly Romans 2:14:

From The Blue Letter Bible of the Internet:

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Rom 2:1

Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.

 

Rom 2:2

But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.

 

Rom 2:3

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?

 

Rom 2:4

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

 

Rom 2:5

But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

 

Rom 2:6

Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

 

Rom 2:7

To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

 

Rom 2:8

But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,

 

Rom 2:9

Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

 

Rom 2:10

But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

 

Rom 2:11

For there is no respect of persons with God.

 

Rom 2:12

For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law;

 

Rom 2:13

(For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

 

Rom 2:14

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

 

Translations for Rom 2:14

KJV

 

For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:

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NKJV

 

for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves,

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NLT

 

Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law when they instinctively obey it, even without having heard it.

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NIV

 

(Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.

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ESV

 

For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.

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HCSB

 

So, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, instinctively do what the law demands, they are a law to themselves even though they do not have the law.

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RVR60

 

Porque cuando los gentiles que no tienen ley, hacen por naturaleza lo que es de la ley, éstos, aunque no tengan ley, son ley para sí mismos,

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NASB

 

For when Gentiles who do not have fnthe Law do fninstinctively the things of the Law, these, not having fnthe Law, are a law to themselves,

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RSV

 

When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law.

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ASV

 

(for when Gentiles that have not the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are the law unto themselves;

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YLT

 

For, when nations that have not a law, by nature may do the things of the law, these not having a law -- to themselves are a law;

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DBY

 

For when those of the nations, which have no law, practise by nature the things of the law, these, having no law, are a law to themselves;

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WEB

 

For when the Gentiles, who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law to themselves.

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HNV

 

(for when Goyim who don't have the law do by nature the things of the law, these, not having the law, are a law to themselves,

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VUL

 

cum enim gentes quae legem non habent naturaliter quae legis sunt faciunt eiusmodi legem non habentes ipsi sibi sunt lex

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MGNT

 

ὅταν γὰρ ἔθνη τὰ μὴ νόμον ἔχοντα φύσει τὰ τοῦ νόμου ποιῶσιν οὗτοι νόμον μὴ ἔχοντες ἑαυτοῖς εἰσιν νόμος

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Rom 2:15

Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

 

Rom 2:16

In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

 

Rom 2:17

Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and makest thy boast of God,

 

Rom 2:18

And knowest his will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law;

 

Rom 2:19

And art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness,

 

Rom 2:20

An instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law.

 

Rom 2:21

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?

 

Rom 2:22

Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege?

 

Rom 2:23

Thou that makest thy boast of the law, through breaking the law dishonourest thou God?

 

Rom 2:24

For the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

 

Rom 2:25

For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law: but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision.

 

Rom 2:26

Therefore if the uncircumcision keep the righteousness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?

 

Rom 2:27

And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law?

 

Rom 2:28

For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:

 

Rom 2:29

But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

 

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The Authorized Version or King James Version (KJV), 1611, 1769.

Outside of the United Kingdom, the KJV is in the public domain. Within the United Kingdom, the rights to the KJV are vested in the Crown.

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These verses suggest that:

Firstly, at least as far as the ethics and morality of some of the religious tenets of non-Judeo-Christian religions go, that possibly insofar as some of those tenets agree with the Judeo-Christian law, ("the moral law", probably), whether the moral part of the law of sin and death given by/through Moses, or the moral part of the law of agape' love given by/through the Lord Jesus Christ; Insofar as they agree, then followers of those religions may possibly, at least if and when until the teachings of the law arrive at where, and in a manner such that they can be considered by any such Gentile, heathen, or pagan individual, that they may possibly may be just as the biblical text says, "a law unto themselves."

Secondly, apart from any formal non-Judeo-Christian religion; Gentile, heathen, or pagan individuals seemingly may, in the course of their ordinary lives, come into interaction with "the vicissitudes of life"; and thusly each may develop a sense of morality that could be thought of as a subset of universal morality (if there is such a thing; but which it seems as though there is); i.e., a subset of universal moral law, with absolutes of, as well as relativities of, ethics and morality.

Possibly it would be of use to compile a list of 1. Such non-Judeo-Christian religious ethics and morality tenets, and 2. Non-Judeo-Christian, "vicissitudes-ic" experientially-developed ethical tenets; and then to compare them to Judeo-Christian tenets; whether similar or whether different.

One particular such tenets-comparison that may be worthwhile to consider is the Christian concept of Christian "Reverence for Life" (to use Albert Schweitzer's terminology); and the either Buddhist and/or Hindu/Jainist concept of "Ahimsa"; which apparently means something similar to that; i.e., Non-violence to all Life.

Please read The Holy Bible, Luke 9:51-56, particularly Luke 9:56; Matthew 12:1-8, particularly Matthew 12:7; Hosea 6:6; Hosea 2:18 ff; Isaiah Chapter 1, particularly Isaiah 1:11; Jonah 4:11; 2 Samuel 12:1-25. Also see Hebrews 7, 9 and the first and last parts of Hebrews 10: (However, the middle part of Hebrews 10 has a "poison" section which if mis-read can be possibly mis-interpreted with the possibly erroneous idea that God does not forgive persons if they sin "willfully" even after they have become Christians. See Hal Lindsey’s books, one of which is The Late, Great, Planet Earth, in which he discusses the concept that the only sin that is not forgivable is the sin of not accepting the forgiveness of our sins that is freely offered to each and every one of all of us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and his Father God Jehovah because of, or possibly in spite of, his voluntary death on the cruel Roman Calvary cross in Jerusalem about 2000 years ago).

Also please see A Place for Revelation; Sermons on Reverence for Life, by Albert Schweitzer, Translated by David Larrimore Holland, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, c.1988.

Also please see "Blood vs. Water"; which is Essay #7 on this website.