Religion - A Delusion<quoted text>
Thanks again for link.
The Beatitudes in Matthew are wonderful, full of hope and joy.
Then we have "woe to you...
... who are rich, for you have already received your comfort.
... who are well fed now, for you will go hungry.
... who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
... when everyone speaks well of you, for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets."
Forgetting the Communist overtones and any concerns about your standing with God as part of the richest, best feed Christian community in history.....
My question is, who were the false prophets?
There are examples of false prophets in the Old Testament, and this is a pretty broad topic.
I think Jesus condensed this saying, from Deuteronomy 13:1-5, but it was more for the individual.
Following someone who promises pie in the sky in the name of God, rather than following and loving God with all one's being, will lead to a lot of woe individually, and collectively.
Consider all politics. Even well meaning, a lot of grief in the world.