From: Wade T.Smith (email@example.com)
Date: Sat 09 Nov 2002 - 18:45:27 GMT
On Saturday, November 9, 2002, at 01:21 , Lawrence DeBivort wrote:
> Grant may be talking about what people who call themselves Christian
> as being 'God's word.'
> Wade is talking about 'teachings of Christ' that presumably are derived
> the Bible.
> You could both be right, no?
Grant has great gobs of rightness, until he claims people are using the
'words of Christ' to support war. And then he's not right, he's not even wrong.
I _am_ talking about 'the teachings of Christ' as those _are_ his
(reported) words. They cannot be used to foment war.
What someone who _calls_ himself a Christian does or asserts or claims
is not even close to 'following the words of Christ'. That cruel deeds
are done in the _name_ of another is mundane. Following teachings,
however, requires some actual show of _following teachings_, and,
cruelty is not one of the treatments mentioned in the words of Christ.
Or the words of Buddha, for that matter. Or the words of Confucius. And
perhaps not in the words of other ethically philosophical leaders and
teachers, myriad as they are.
But the words of Allah/Yahweh/the Lord God, as reported in the Koran and
the Torah and the Old Testament?- oh yeah. Lots of cruelty, lots of
times. Followers of Yahweh are well cloaked in excuses for obliteration.
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