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Submitted by trans-parere (Canada), Apr 7, 2008 at 03:06

Dear Sir,

I believe spiritual success is knowing to differentiate between that which we intuitively understand as just and pleasing to God, and that which religionist are conditioned to believe as part and parcel of their system of belief. I am confounded by those religionists who go about sanctimoniously praising their cultural/ethnocentric God/religion to a public audience and who are in no way conflicted by the idea of killing in the name of their God or their religion. And I'm not talking about any historical example of conquest. I'm speaking as of this 21st century man who should have intellectually and socially matured given the recent lessons of the 20th century and the examples of two world wars.

There is no room for evangelism today. We have progressed out of tribalist constructs and are facing a global union of mankind. The emphasis should be on the protection of the rights of the individual over the assumed rights of any system manufactured to control the thinking of individuals. Have your religion by all means but, please respect the right of the individual to be free from any religious-political harassment [a.k.a. evangelism/proselytism].

If you quietly live your life as a good and just person, that will be an example to others, and you will do more of Gods work than any work of conversion could ever accomplish. Irregardless of your personal preference of religious system. Having the world all Christian would be as moribund as having the world all under Islam. The idea of an Ummah, under any religion, is to stop the world as God created it. Filled with diverse life. It would be a crime against God as great as murder or suicide. Counter to the hard lesson we as mankind are learning today vis a vis our planetary eco-system and the loss of about one species of animal or plant every day.

Matthew
6.1.Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven.
6:5. And when ye pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, that love to stand and pray in the synagogues and corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men: Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.
6:6. But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret, and thy father who seeth in secret will repay thee.

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