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Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran
in response to reader comment: On the immuntability of Christianity

Submitted by xtian (United States), Feb 6, 2006 at 20:45

As I said previously, the purpose of Christ was his victory over death. Yet, he brought with him the teaching of love to many people. I agree with you that this was said before, Christ was a master of the scripture. Your versions of love are in conjunction with Christ's. What was broken was the basically non-existant afterlife in She'ol. Jesus allowed the physical resurrection to pre-fall Eden through his live giving Nephesh.

Please try and forget the historical. All institutions, although perhaps with perfect ideals, are riddled with imperfect individuals, war mongers, and profiteers. These men are not Christians, or Muslims, or Jews. Men like these exploit religion for their own purposes. I do not follow protestantism, but at the same time I know the Catholic Church has also taken its part in persecution (ie the Inquisition). The point is that these ideas are not in the doctrine of Christianity, they are the embodiment of paranoia and insecurity.

But now that we are on the historical, lets not forget that the Jews persecuted as well. The Israelites killed and displaced the Philistines and all others standing in their way. Every culture goes through a dark period, but the point is that all individuals are not all good or all bad. The Christians were persectued and did the persecuting too. Is any of it right? No. I will also tell oyu, that the Methodists in the South US believed in Racism, but then later apologized for it.

Jesus was Jewish. We base our lives on Jewish teachings. I agree with the Torah, and you will not see me or any other mainstream Christian (with any knowledge about his religion) disagreeing, or disregarding, with what is written there.

Every Christian that I know has never spoken evil against the Jews. Every Christian I know has always believed in the undying message of love, whether it is something strictly from the Torah, or from the Old and New Testaments combined. I do not need links to tell me what love is, but I also know that we are all sinners and hypocrites. I am no where near the level of grace that I want to be- and have a lot to work for.

To think is to do. If you think badly of a person, it is as bad as hurting them physically or talking bad about them. This is not agape (disinterested love) because if I was to help someone, but secretly hate them, then I would only be helping them because of my own self-interest. That is not love.

I do believe that it was the Christians who first said all is nothing without love. You could be a good person and act well and give to charity, but without love you are nothing. Besides eschatologies, I believe this is the difference.

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