Quote of the day—Jeff Snyder

Although difficult for modern man to fathom, it was once widely believed that life was a gift from God, that to not defend that life when offered violence was to hold God’s gift in contempt, to be a coward and to breach one’s duty to one’s community. A sermon given in Philadelphia in 1747 unequivocally equated the failure to defend oneself with suicide:

“He that suffers his life to be take from him by one that hath no authority for that purpose, when he might preserve it by defense incurs the Guild of self murder since God hath enjoined him to seek the continuance of his life, and Nature itself teaches every creature to defend itself.”

Jeff Snyder
Nation of Cowards pages 16 and 17
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]


5 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Jeff Snyder

  1. “[I have nothing to add.—Joe]”

    May want to add a ‘1’ to the year, though. Unless there really was a congregation at Philadelphia before the rise of Charlemagne?

  2. I argue a similar point when talking about defense of one’s family. Even if you refuse to defend yourself, the Lord entrusted you with children, expecting you to raise them to be God-loving adults.

    If you allow harm to come to them before they reach adulthood, when you have the power and duty to prevent it, where does that leave you?

    • “…where does that leave you?”

      That leaves you in good favor with Progressives and the other authoritarians, who value power and advantage at the expense of human life and liberty.

      “The Kings of the Gentile exercise lordship over them, and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so…” — Jesus of Nazareth

      (“Ye shall not be so”…and he goes on to explain that the greatest among us are those who serve others [as opposed to asserting themselves as lords over others])– THAT is the defining concept of the United States, and of what the Marxists refer to negatively as “capitalism”, and of Judeo/Christian Civilization generally, which the authoritarian world opposes. That opposition, I believe, is the basis of practically all conflict at all levels, any and all excuses and rationalizations notwithstanding.

      No, Young Grasshopper; “Modern Man” has not forgotten these things.

      Jesus also said, “He who hath not a sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” His stated reason for this was that a prophecy be fulfilled, which said, “He shall be reckoned among the transgressors.” And so it is that any who espouse the concepts of liberty and willing service to others, and free exchange, and in so doing threaten the authoritarian system by their very existence, will be despised, and put down as criminals, and persecuted. Furthermore, that is as it should be, so take heart, IF you’re being attacked for the right reasons! That’s what I get out of it anyway.

      Or as Douglas Adams put it, using his character, Zaphod Beeblebrox, as nuclear-tipped missiles were converging with his ship, “Man, this is GREAT! We must really be on to something if they’re trying to kill us!”

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