Why would The Klingons accept Christ?
Christianity fits well into the Klingon culture, though first impressions may seem to be to the contrary.
Klingons are warriors, first and above all. The Klingon's devotion to the empire, to one's family and to personal honor, is well established. Along with this particular attention to honor is a strong attachment to duty, even to the point of death. For the Klingon, death is not feared. Remember the the Klingon proverb, "Today is a good day to die."
Klingons are not satisfied in peace, even a "peace of the brave," as the Palestinians and Israelis are presently engaged in discovering. For the Klingon, peace is a catastrophe, for it leaves no opportunity to cover oneself in glorious deeds. There is a Klingon proverb, "Pity only the warrior who has defeated all his enemies."
So, where does this leave the Klingon who is at peace with the Federation, who is surrounded with species that will not fight, with Romulans that hide behind a neutral zone, with Cardassians who are cowed and the Dominion who are a dying people? Without an enemy, is it true that Klingons will fight amongst themselves and destroy the empire? It cannot be.
Christianity is a warrior's religion. It offers the Klingon enemies worth fighting: Sin, Death, Satan and his legions. And the greatest holy war of all, a jihad to thrill the heart of a true warrior, the war to dominate one's own will. This is a glorious fight, and one that any true warrior relishes. "If a Klingon does not fight, he does not breathe."
As Paul, that most Klingon of apostles told Timothy, "Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses." (I Tim. 6.12) A Klingon is attracted by such language. But there is more. In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, written by John, it is told, "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven." (Rev. 12.7-8)
And Paul tells of these Jews and their warrior hearts. "And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and Barak, and Samson, and Jephthae; David also, and Samuel, and the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection. (Heb. 11.32-35)
Look at this section from a letter written by Paul to the Ephesians and say
that Christians are not warriors!
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:" (Eph. 6.11-17)
Indeed, Klingons accept the teachings of Christ as part of a warrior tradition. Christ brings not peace, but a sword. And this batlh'etlh is a sword of honor indeed!
Isn't Jesus the humble suffering servant?
Is the image of Christ as the humble and suffering servant compatible with Klingon attitudes? More to the point, how would a Klingon warrior react to the fragile, demure, and subjugated figure of Christ hanging upon a cross? Ah! Of course a Klingon would reject such a figure, presented as it has been by countless Renaissance artists and Sunday School teachers over the years.
But that is not the true picture of Christ. Christ was a robust and strong man, capable of fashioning a whip out of cords and using it to drive the corrupt moneychangers out of the temple area, all the while overturning heavy tables. He went fishing at a time when fishing was hard labor indeed. But this pales in comparison to his endurance and courage at the end of his life.
After enduring the taunts of his captors, their beating him with fists, being
trundled roughly from one judge to another, Christ is beaten close to death with
a Roman flagellum, a whip with each leather lash weighted with a heavy piece of
metal, or sometimes bone, that would rip into flesh, bruise the muscle, and then
tear the flesh as it was pulled away. After stretching him on a pole so that his
skin was taut, the flagellum was used by a trained Roman guard to flay his skin
from his back. People often died from this abuse, but Christ survived.
The Roman soldiers fitted a crown of thorns roughly onto his head. These Judean thorns were like spikes often an inch or two in length. They placed a heavy robe on his back and taunted him with more beatings. When they removed the crown and robe, the coagulated blood would have been pulled away and all of his wounds, especially the raw flesh of his back, would have been re-opened. Medical experts predict, at this point, that Christ's loss of blood should have at least put him into shock, possibly killing a normal man.
This man, Jesus, carried a heavy piece of timber to the place of crucifixion. The blood-loss was so severe that after stumbling several times, an observer was pressed into carrying it for him part of the way.
Jesus was then pinned to this rough wooden cross, which undoubtedly opened his back wounds again. Through each wrist, a large iron spike was hammered. Medical experts conjecture that this was done mostly to cause unendurable pain, for the nail would surely pierce the radial nerve, causing a burning pain throughout the arm and shoulder and chest. The Roman guards, well-trained and adept at causing maximum suffering, would put another spike through the front of both feet.
Christ was so exhausted by this ordeal that every word he spoke was torture. To take a breath, even a shallow one, required that he lift his weight onto the nailed feet, an excruciating ordeal. As he tired, he bought each breath with pain.
To the Klingon, this illustrates a feature of Christ's personality that is often neglected. The Klingon Rite of Ascension requires that the initiate walk between two rows of warriors armed with pain sticks. This is sometimes called The Way of Blood. It is a test of a warrior's commitment and courage. Christ satisfied this requirement and much, much more. And this act was no punishment for a criminal, as the Romans intended, nor was it a rite that had only a symbolic meaning.
Christ did not run from this pain; he welcomed it. His sacrifice was an act of will. In this crucifixion, Christ defeated his enemies. And this is what makes him a suitable savior for the Klingon as well as the human and all races.
Ephesians 6:10-13 The Equipping
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand
LUKE 10 19-20 We have Authority given to us through Christ Jesus
19Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. 20Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was
called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12His
eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name
written that no one knew except Himself. 13He was clothed with a robe
dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14And the
armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white
horses. 15Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He
should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He
Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
16And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Satan the enemy Bound; the
Thousand-Year Reign; Final Judgment
1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; 3and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.
The Saints Reign with Christ 1000 Years
4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5But the rest of the dead did not live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.
Satanic Rebellion Crushed
7 Now when the thousand years have expired, Satan will be released from his prison 8and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, whose number is as the sand of the sea. 9They went up on the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them. 10The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.
13:11-14 Put on
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts
8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
2And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
"whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved."
17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
"I am the door, if anyone enters by me, he will be saved..." John 10:9.
The Bible says:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13.
16For God so loved the world
that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not
perish but have everlasting life. 17For God did not send His Son into
the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
Prayer of Salvation:
"Dear Jesus, I believe in You. I believe You are the Son of God, that You died for my sins, and that You were buried and rose again as written in the Bible. I'm sorry for the things I've done that hurt You. Forgive me for all my sins. Come into my heart, take charge of my life and make me the way You want me to be. With Your ever present help, I renounce all my sinful practices of the past. Cleanse my heart with Your precious blood. Write my name in Your Book of Life. I confess You now as my Lord and Savior. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Thank You, Jesus! In Jesus' Name, Amen."
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