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originally posted by: mandoCubed
a reply to: Peeple
First off I'm not anti-semitic or anything of the sort. I assess every person I encounter individually by their character and take care to avoid stereotyping. I wanted to put that on the record before I continue with the main text of my reply.
This whole thing of saying the Jewish people are God's chosen people....disenfranchises all the other people's of the Earth. You find this claim everywhere in 'holy books' such as the bible. The story goes that a covenant was made between the creator of the world and a Jewish paternal figure who lived in the city of Ur. A promise that his people will be God's chosen people. The statement that has been perpetuated and repeated in various places and in various forms. Preached in the churches and temples to the very young from as soon as they begin to understand spirituality and religion. The clear implications of which are discriminatory. That even though all men were created by the same divine being, some people/tribes/races are more special than others. That there is a chosen people. The rest of us are second rate human beings.
This belief has been used to brainwash billions of Christians around the world that there is a master race/tribe on this planet. That unless you were born Jewish, you are not, nor can you ever aspire, to be among the chosen few. Now we can all agree that where one is born is beyond the control of any man. Nobody chose to be born in the specific part of the world where they found themselves. We are all pawns in the grand master plan of the divine and are born where fate decrees. How then is it fair to say that those with the fortune of being born in a particular geographic location, or among a particular ethnic community, are somehow more important than others? This is why a familiar question always pops into my head every time I hear perfectly sane, educated, intelligent and informed people state that the Jewish people are God's chosen people. WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF US? What are we and what did we do to not deserve being among the chosen?
As I prefaced by saying, I am not anti-semitic or racially arrogant. Who I am and where I was born do not allow me to be so. But I feel like this belief in the existence of a master race/a special peoples, is prejudiced, biased and fundamentally flawed. I would invite anyone who harbors such a belief to explain to me why they hold such a belief. Especially if they are not ethnically Jewish. And I would like this argument to be phrased from the perspective of the natural world, and not simply justified by saying "because it is written" in some holy book.
originally posted by: pthena
Don't forget the most important people, the ones who cry on camera, "G-- allowed all these people to die so that I would repent and be saved, G-- really is all loving!"
originally posted by: pthena
a reply to: TzarChasm
what findings are there to be discussed?
I was kind of thinking of what percentage of posts had everything to do with poster's personal agendas rather than the concerns of the OP.
Stuff like that.
originally posted by: Raggedyman
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
a reply to: TheChuckster
"God" is just a control mechanism to deprive you of your freedom of self.
Have you any scientific evidence God doesn't exist or are you just going by your beliefs, faith in atheism
Just asking, don't get upset