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Righteous indignation is typically a reactive emotion of anger over mistreatment, insult, or malice of another. It is akin to what is called the sense of injustice. In some Christian doctrines, righteous anger is considered the only form of anger which is not sinful, e.g., when Jesus drove the money lenders out of the temple (Gospel of Matthew 21).
With all that is going on at the moment I have been this morning trying to square the circle concerning righteous anger and this does appear to be the case above according to Christian doctrine. Though I am not a Christian I would say that Christianity is most certainly the root of my teachings. At a young age I attended Sunday school and was known affectionately by others as and identified as a bible basher.
(Bible-basher noun informal Britishnoun: Bible-basher; plural noun: Bible-bashers
- a person who expounds or follows the teachings of the Bible in an aggressively evangelical way.)
Then at Secondary school during my A Levels I went on to study Christian Theology. My grades were very poor put I did pass the course. At that time I had lost faith in the concept of Jesus Christ as my personal saviour and so had a very sceptical view of Christian Perspectives and motives. I appreciated Christianities Theological Righteousness, but had no concept of a living breathing Jesus in my heart or in the world or accepting him as my own personal saviour.
One of many things that pushes me away from all mainstream religions is that they all claim to offer you a pass to heaven and God if you do exactly what they say, teach and preach and that there’s is the only true God.
I know many good people that have passed and if they have gone to your hell to me hell can’t be as hellish as you claim it to be. According to each religion I am sure I would be able to point out millions of souls over the millennia that will never get a chance to go to your heaven and millions of souls that can obey your rules and go to your heaven that might in fact ultimately be very bad people.
So this concept of defining who does and does not go to heaven or hell, does generate within me a certain Righteous indignation.
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