Christians: Why do you refuse to obey Jesus when he has called you to do the things listed in the video (i.e. - the things in the bible)? Please note that in your attempt to respond to this we will be anticipating the "out of context" or "misinterpretation" charge. No, we aren't misinterpreting the bible. You are. But let's have the debate anyways!
Sure, let's. I'll use Marshall's Titles.Commandment 1: You should love your enemies
Marshall quite justifiably draws this conclusion, but then asks the red herring, "So why does America have a military?" Having a military does not imply one must hate (or "not love") enemies. A military is a necessary security requirement for most nations; its mere existence does not imply any love or hate of another. As with many things, it's not the thing itself but how it's used. When and how a military can act in ways that still uphold love for others is central to the discussion of just war theory
.Commandment 2: You must sell everything
Matthew 19: 21-24 - Verse 21 does not say "If you want to go to heaven, " it says, "If you want to be perfect." 21-24 is the setup to Jesus' teaching. The actual
teaching is found in verse 26. Basically, the rich man in the story wants to earn his way into Heaven, and Jesus responds by highlighting exactly why humans are not perfect enough to earn their own salvation; which plays into the much larger theological point of redemption and salvation through Christ that forms the entire backbone of Christianity. But why go into that when we can just quote mine?
Luke 14:33 - This verse is in the context of a passage about recognizing the potential costs/benefits of discipleship and recognizing it as an all-in or all-out proposition. Jesus is stating God must be first, above families, possessions, etc., and thus the disciples must be willing to give those things up as central priorities if they want to follow Him. This is reflected in the numerous analyses of this chapter found online (I'm not going to regurgitate it due to length.) He does not say each possession must be literally sold and/or given away.
Matthew 6:19, 24 - Again, this verse is about priorities. This verse summarizes the 18 verses before, where Jesus is comparing doing good things for Earthly recognition to doing them because they're good. Jesus is saying that God must come first, not that no possessions can be kept. This is reiterated in verse 24, when Jesus says money should not be served as a "master." Again, He is not saying His disciples can never touch money; He's saying they can't serve
money because, as Marshall rightly points out, wealth is a deceitful master.
Luke 12:33 - Jesus is again talking about priorities, this time with respect to trusting God, as evidenced in verses 22-32, which in turn are based on the premise in verse 21, which specifically identifies the target audience as someone who is pursuing earthly possessions while
ignoring duties towards God, which of course is the moral to the parable cautioning against greed for Earthly possessions to the exclusion of God as expressed in verse 15, which was a response to the ignorant question in verse 13 that did not get the entire point Jesus was trying to make in verse 1-12. Now, I won't accuse this verse of being "out of context," but I will say that it's impossible to understand this verse properly without recognizing the dependencies noted above, plus the verse after it, plus the second half of the verse (Marshall only quoted half).
The point being, of course, that someone whose trust is in God does not need to worry about possessions, and very well could sell all of them without fear as long as they have faith in God. Nowhere in that chapter does Jesus identify that act as necessary for salvation.
Wellp that's enough to generate a half dozen responses. It should be plenty to get us started. I'm off to bed.