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I can say what I wish, if I unintentionally hurt someone, I will apologise for that hurt, even if I don't apologise for the words. That is part of being reasonable and adult during a discussion
The Bishop of Myra did not have flying reindeers, a gaggle of elves that worked to make toys in the north pole, nor was he omnipresent able to deliver gifts to children worldwide.
originally posted by: BuzzyWigs
a reply to: drevill
People should be subjected to (presented with) all sorts of ideas. Your version is not so special. It is conjecture. It is not "fact."
What is FACT is that many adults use these scriptural "tenets" to terrify their kids; to teach them that people who 'don't believe what they believe' are doomed and going to this horrid, unspeakably awful place called "hell."
The very use of "Santa Claus" and "Tooth Fairy" rather than beings like "Zeus" or "Hera" confirms it. No one ever truly thinks that Santa or the Tooth Fairy are real except for when they are very young - children. Those are infantile beliefs.
originally posted by: Deny Arrogance
a reply to: BuzzyWigs
I have lived this horror!
Just last week my adorable young nieces and nephews were ecstatic for Christmas and excited for the arrival of horrible Santa!
They were so happy and on extra good behavior.
It was ghastly and unbearable!
I have not left my safe space since!
originally posted by: windword
Christians do it everyday. Try checking out any reincarnation thread and see how far you get before some Christian comes in and tells everyone that they're following Satan!
That is hardly an example of "trying to define a Buddhist concept".
originally posted by: TonyS
a reply to: nwtrucker
Or put another way......they dump on Christians, then they dump on Santa.
But, odd, isn't it......they never dump on Allah.