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Submitted by Michael S. (United States), Aug 1, 2014 at 03:23

Hello, Tom, and thank you for taking the time to comment.

"You should honestly read ancient history."

I actually have, and this should be obvious to you. Just what are you getting at now? I said the Assyrians destroyed Damascus, long ago; and you insisted that it hadn't. A little surfing yields this:

"The Assyrian response to king Ahaz's request was devastating. In 734 B.C. Assyria attacked Syria's chief city Damascus and put it under siege. King Rezin was slain, their nobles were impaled upon stakes and the city was burned and every city in the region was leveled. Over 800 citizens of nobility were led away as captives to Assyria."

-- http://www.bible-history.com/destruction_of_israel/destruction_of_israel_assyria_attacks_damascus.html

What part of that is so hard for you to understand?

Now, you've gone on to another topic altogether. Let me see...

"Christians and Jews have experienced persecution"

Did I say they haven't?

"Ever notice how the Roman Catholics bow before statues and have a different set of 10 commandments which leaves out the commandment about bowing before idols?"

Get a life. Catholics, Protestants and Jews teach exactly the same "Ten Commandments". They just divide them differently. Pardon me for seeming like a know-it-all, but I was brought up Catholic, became a Protestant and studied to become a Jew.

"Haven't you ever studied the United States was founded upon Christians escaping Roman Catholic's pope's persecution in Europe?"

Tom, please snap out of it. Yes, I have studied about the founding of the US. My direct ancestors were on the Mayflower -- to whit, Elder William Brewster. He left England for Holland, and later for America, to be able to worship in a way he saw fit. He did so during the time of Elizabeth and James, two Protestant monarchs. The Catholics had very little say-so in either Scrooby, Leyden or Plymouth.

"Many American Christains support the nation of Israel have you noticed?"

I have noticed. What of it?

"Have you also noticed the Vatican sending waves of Roman Catholics illegally across the US border regions?"

No, I haven't noticed that. Sent by the Vatican? Indeed! You, know, it's been so many decades since I attended Mass, I've just been out of the loop.

"Roman Catholic priests support this illegal move."

Amazing! And Protestants too, I'll bet, and even Jews! In the Sixties, it was Civil Rights; now this! Where will it ever end!

"Have you noticed Roman Catholics like Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry spewing out hatred for Israel?"

Frankly, I haven't followed Nancy Pelosi at all. I remember John Kerry from the Vietnam days. I also remember Jane Fonda, who was a heck of a lot cuter. You'd be amazed, what a good-looking woman she was in those days! As for "spewers of hatred for Israel", though, I just can't keep track of them all. Some of the ones with the most spew are Jews; and the Presbyterians aren't far behind.

There's some sort of disconnect here. Your post here seems to be in response to my "Painting" post, which I recall was in response to some rant (of yours?) about "painting all Christians with one brush". What's your point? That Catholics are creatures from Hell, and Protestants are the "true believers"? That's hogwash, if that's what you're trying to get across. That sort of thinking is rooted deeply in false pride. There was a time, when Catholics burned Protestants at the stake and the Protestants drowned the Catholics. They both killed any Anabaptist they could lay their hands on. The Anabaptists went on to inspire hundreds of independent churches, all claiming to have "purer than thou" doctrines and practices. That's why I asked how many brushes you think I ought to paint with -- there are so many sects, so many colors.

Shalom shalom

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