a reply to: Kandinsky
I suppose it depends on how one slices the terms.
It is accurate to say that the NEW Testament IS THE founding document of CHRISTIANITY.
It is also accurate to say that Christians consider and treat the OLD Testament as God's Word as well.
That, as we all know, opens up a ton of hot button issues. Some would think that's reasonable and fair and some would not.
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Related . . . but also difficult to articulate and discuss rationally . . .
is our Western culture and the oligarchy fostered particularly American RELIGIOUS DOGMA
"there is NO RIGHT OR WRONG, ALL IS RELATIVE; Man is nothing more than a rat, a pigeon, a radish or a rock."
Given THAT RELIGIOUS dogma . . . and it's vast and deep impacts . . . it has become, in the public square, virtually archaic to think that it might
even be remotely possible
for there to be
an ALMIGHTY GOD YEHOVAH who created AND DEFINES all the rights and wrongs that truly and lastingly exist in any sense of the word.
IF, as I am utterly convinced of,
The God of the Bible (OT & NT) truly exists and truly is ALMIGHTY SUPREME GOD ABOVE ALL GODS,
Whatever HE declares and does, by definition, as outlined in the OT OR NT . . . is right and good.
That includes the genocidal destruction of tribal groups that were polluted with fallen angel DNA.
I understand that THAT brings forth much frothing at the mouth and raging rants about how cruel etc. God must be etc. etc. etc. I understand their
That's not my experience of HIM.
I think it is somewhat the height of arrogance for mortal man to judge God. We don't have enough information. We have not been there in the beginning.
We don't have a perch high enough. We don't begin to have enough authority to judge God.
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In terms of Islam vs Christianity . . . EVEN IF one considers the violence Yehovah ordered in the OT . . . it is
STILL ENORMOUSLY DIFFERENT
from the BLANKET EXHORTATIONS in many dozens of verses in Islam's founding documents to exterminate all unbelievers who will not convert. That's as in
Not several tribes with fallen angel DNA--ALL--humans who will not convert to Islam.
Denial of that distinction is . . . hypocrisy, imho.
It has been said that . . . Oh, but Christianity teaches that after Armageddon, there will be no other religions; all evil doers will be removed from
the planet etc.
But WHO does all that? It is certainly NOT mortals running around loose & willy nilly doing their own thing with sharp, bloody blades in the name of
Christianity a la after the pattern of Islam.
Yehovah and His angel armies and evidently Believers will battle at Armageddon. But it IS God's doing, not individual "true believers" doing their own
thing with a sword.
And, Armageddon IS the ultimate battle of all battles between good and evil--though it's hardly a battle of equals. It's more to be a dramatic
squashing of satan and his forces--fallen angel and mortal humans.
So in that sense, it is the special case of all special cases.
My main quibble is an utter 100% EQUATING
of things that are far from 100% EQUAL.
edit on 2/7/2016 by BO XIAN because: grammar/word choice