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The Other Side of the Coin

Love, I am told, is the basis of Christianity.

Then what is love? Does the word not describe the good feeling we get from something? Have you noticed how we only love that which lifts our spirits? Do we ever love those things that bring us unending pain? It should be clear from this point alone that love is entirely selfish, even if it is in the name of some God.

There is another side of the coin to love - hatred and violence. And just as one side of a coin is inseparable from the other, love is inseparable from hatred. Wherever there is love there is also hatred - hatred of the loss of love. And wherever there is hatred there is also violence, for hatred is violence.

It should not surprise us that Jesus himself despised all nice sounding things. He said that he detested all things valued by men (Luke 16:15), and I ask you, what do men value more than love? To be sure, the more popular or appealing a thing is, the more false it is bound to be. Jesus said "Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword." (Matt 10:34). The true love of Nature is such a sword; I bid you forget your petty love. Don't be fooled by sugar-coated words; seek only men's bread, bitter bread.