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Jun 8 17 7:41 PM
To correct the mosque issue...
Jun 15 17 6:32 PM
Really? "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." Mt 10:34
Yes, really. After all of the examples I gave, which are so well known that I didn't bother citing chapter and verse, the best you can come up with is Jesus making a prediction of what would happen in the world because of belief in His name. I notice you left out the following verses that show this "sword" is not something that He introduces or wants from his followers but quite the contrary, will come against His followers themselves. I think the citing of this verse shows both the strength of my position that Jesus is not known as a role model for violence and suggest bias on your part.
The fact is all religious texts can be corrupted by self interests. If you think Christianity is founded in peace I urge you to read the OT. It is replete with genocide, war, extreme punishments, incest, rape and all sorts of atrocities done at the behest of god.
You urge me to read it, huh? Okay, there, I've read it. The criticism you are attempting to make is mitigated by an understanding of the relationship between the "Old" and the New Testaments and what types of literature you are dealing with. Catholics understand the "OT" to be written as a record of the history of salvation played out in a nation; Israel. They told their nations histories, many years after the facts, and told them from the perspective of people who believed God had guided their nations history. The New Testament contains "kerygma" or a basic proclamation. The substance of what the Apostles witnessed, and then the further development of the texts in the believing communities. In the OT case, this took centuries, in the NT case, it took decades. Taken from this point of view, it takes on a different light.
Your argument seems to be predicated on Catholics reading the Bible as Muslims read the Koran. As the literal, word-for-word "WORD OF GOD".
As you know, this is a Catholic board. Not a Pentecostal or Westboro Baptist board.
Jun 15 17 6:50 PM
Your argument seems to be predicated on Catholics reading the Bible as
Muslims read the Koran. As the literal, word-for-word "WORD OF GOD".
Jun 15 17 6:53 PM
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