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Christianity is tolerance

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Submitted by j.m. (United States), Jan 27, 2006 at 01:38

From my understanding, Christ taught forgiveness. Any Christian shudders at the desecration of the Hagia Sophia and Alexandria, but above all, we teach forgiveness. It is easy to retaliate and to hate. However, violence begat violence. I believe the Catholics are right in there doctrine. We are not laying down and dying amidst the Muslim onslaught, and we are not retaliating. We are exhorting the good people.

There are good people and there are the sinful anywhere. Sometimes it is easier to make generalizations about people and not just the religion. There are good people within Islam, good religious, God-fearing people. These people are not doomed to Hell (in fact there is none), just like Christians are not.

Catholics are exhorting the message of Christ. Be good and be reasonable, and you can see that this is right. We are not saying that militant Muslims are going to heaven, we are saying that good people are united with God. ..
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