I would like to begin this article by stating that I am an atheist; I believe in neither a God nor an afterlife nor anything similar. My interpretation of the Gospel of Matthew thus aims to make its verses applicable to a secular red pill context.
My decision to write this article was inspired by both Jordan Peterson’s interpretations of verses from the Bible in his book 12 Rules For Life and Paul Elam’s video ‘Red Pill Jesus‘. In that video, Elam contends that the life of Jesus Christ represents a nearly perfect life for red pill men to emulate – a point upon which I intend to expand here – and criticises the modern Church for doing a mockery of teaching its followers – especially the men, of course – to live as Christ did.
The need to live like Christ
Elam’s criticism of the Church is reminiscent of that of Nietzsche, who, according to Peterson, contended that the Church had, over time, “watered down the idea of the imitation of Christ,” (page 189) to such an extent that the lives of average Christians barely came to resemble that of Christ at all. Peterson then mentions the story of, “The Grand Inquisitor,” (page 190) from Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, which reaffirms this idea that the Church patronisingly, “diluted,” the message that Christians must aspire to act like Christ in their daily lives because this was – so the Church claimed – too much responsibility for the average man to bear.
The Church, it seems, took the easy route when it came to outlining the criteria for who could be considered a Christian, much to both Elam and Nietzsche’s displeasure.
Alone in the desert
Chapter 4 of the Gospel of Matthew contains one of the accounts of Christ wandering in the desert for forty days and forty nights; during this time in the desert, Satan appears and tempts Christ three times to persuade Christ to obey him, but Christ refuses, which prompts Satan to leave. Verses 1-4 describe the first of the three temptations:
Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
This story is also discussed by Peterson in relation to the 7th rule of 12 Rules For Life, which is to do, “what is meaningful,” and not, “what is expedient.” (page 201) The dichotomy between the two is evident in this story because what is meaningful for Christ consists of obeying the word of God (or rather, doing what his conscience tells him to) and what is expedient consists of doing what Satan tells him to (or rather, doing what his base instincts tell him to). Turning the, “stones,” into, “bread,” is also expedient because that bread will only offer a temporary satiation of Christ’s hunger.
We red pill men face the same dichotomy when we are in a conflict with a woman and our values are being put to the test – we can choose the difficult yet worthwhile path of sticking by our values (I’m using, “values,” and, “conscience,” as synonyms here), or we can choose the easy yet unfulfilling path of giving that woman whatever she wants in that moment. There is also a temporal point worth making here – sticking by our values is a strategy that will work for as long as we live as red pill men, but giving women whatever they want whenever they want is not sustainable, and that kind of expediency will cause us a great deal of suffering in the long run.
The sword of truth
Verses 32-34 of Chapter 10 – arguably the most important verses discussed in this article – read:
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
When Christ talks about approving people for his, “Father which is in heaven,” think about what huMAN says towards the end of this discussion with Paul Elam – he urges red pill men who are assessing a woman’s behaviour to detach from themselves and act as if they are assessing how a woman is treating their own son. We can also think of God as being akin to one’s conscience – when a woman behaves in a particular way, we can pay attention to what our conscience tells us about her, and be ready to leave her if our conscience disapproves of her character.
The, “sword,” that Christ mentions at the end alludes to the effect of his ideas and presence on those who oppose him; he is a force of chaos to counter a tyrannical order, and red pill philosophy bears that same relationship to blue pill philosophy and feminism and gynocentrism, all of which are allied in their claim that all there is to be known about men and women is already known and that no further thought should be given to the matter.
All red pill men pass through a period of chaos – characterised by grief, rage and nihilism (to an extent) – after their blue pill philosophy is shattered by an instance of suffering that we would describe as a red pill experience. However, we cannot remain in that realm of chaos forever, and eventually we must establish a new order, one that values the truth over women instead of the reverse.
The target of tyrants
Chapter 2 of the Gospel of Matthew describes how Herod, king of Judaea, lies to his, “chief priests and scribes,” in telling them to go seek out the newborn baby of Christ because he wants to, “come and worship him.” The commentator Albert Barnes – whose notes are recorded on Bible Hub – describes Herod as a, “wicked,” tyrant (having taken power, “by great crimes,” and by, “shedding much blood”) who wants to kill Christ because of the threat that this newcomer could pose to, “his reign.”
This means that, from the moment that it is known that he has come into the world (Herod hears about Christ through the arrival of the, “wise men,” in Judaea who, “are come to worship,” Christ), Christ is identified as being at odds with brutal tyranny. The transition which men undergo when they take the red pill involves the death of the old blue pill self and the birth of the red pill self – the Christlike self – in its place; red pill men are the prey of the blue pill world, just as Christ is that of Herod, because we have seen its inherently corrupt nature and never intend to ally ourselves with that world ever again.
Verses 13-14 of Chapter 7 reaffirm this juxtaposition between the many who lie and the few who speak the truth:
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Our goal as red pill men is to ensure that we remain walking along, “the way, which leadeth unto life,” because we have seen that the alternative path will lead to the, “destruction,” of both our bodies and our souls. We can protect both of those by keeping the sword of our values, our knowledge of red pill philosophy and our willingness to act on these in the real world as sharp as possible.
- Jordan B. Peterson – 12 Rules For Life: An Antidote To Chaos
- The Bible (King James Version)
Original Story on AVFM
Author: Jai Singh
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