Originally posted by Thequ1ck
There's no hidden agenda here. I truly believe it more noble to
die for the love of fellow man without reward than it is to die for
a place in heaven. My point is that religion is severly disproportionate.
Dulce Et Decorum Est
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of tired, outstripped Five-Nines that dropped behind.
Gas! Gas! Quick, boys! - An ecstasy of fumbling,
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time;
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling,
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime...
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.
In all my dreams, before my helpless sight,
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.
If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin;
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Obscene as cancer, bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,--
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.
You are, however, quite right. Many people do die to save us, and we do not give them the honour that they deserve. However, it (dying for us) is not the only reason that we worship Jesus. Yes he saved us - but he saved us eternally. The stakes were so much higher. He also created us, he cares for us, and so on. There is no "one thing" that he did that makes us praise him. He did not die for the rock, and yet if we did not worship him, the rock would cry out in praise! His very being demands our worship!
He is God, the father of the universe. He is your
father. You do not love those soldiers who dies for you more love than your earthly father, do you? It is similar with Jesus, God, your heavenly father. 🙂