Cornerstone Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 7

describe a culture of opportunism and corruption as well as sexual immorality. We find the same blatant hypocrisy in the Islamic State, as we would probably do in any other similar structure. As such, it is perfectly reasonable to say that Christ’s teaching is incredibly explicit about fanatics. Christ has no time for Pharisaical hypocrisy, and this applies perfectly to terrorist groups. To a degree this answers my question--Christ’s teachings fundamentally differ from the foundations of fanaticism and terrorism. Christ has no time for Pharisaical hypocrisy, and this applies perfectly to terrorist groups... Christ’s teachings fundamentally differ from the foundations of fanaticism and terrorism. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, at our core as Christians we are not following a static code. Christ calls us to follow him as the fulfillment of the law. If one believes in a resurrected Christ and the Holy Spirit living in us, one is no longer blindly following a religious code, but understands the exact opposite--that the law is not the be-all and end-all; rather, it is fulfilled by Christ and made complete (Matt 5:17). Then, Christ’s violations of the law-miracles on the Sabbath, not fasting--make sense and we begin to understand that we are not following a static code at all, we are not blindly convicted in a religion; rather, we ar