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Church Sign displayed reads " Annihilate Islam "
Islam is a false religion. It cannot offer eternal life.
Oh, no, definately not. Nor would the mother of Jesus want us to annhilate anybody except satan himself, perhaps...of course we know..the people who live around us who are Muslim are very wonderful people and they're a very peaceful people.
The five-hour battle was fought at the northern edge of the Gulf of Patras, off western Greece, where the Ottoman forces sailing westwards from their naval station in Lepanto met the Holy League forces, which had come from Messina. Victory gave the Holy League temporary control over the Mediterranean, protected Rome from invasion, and prevented the Ottomans from advancing into Europe. This last major naval battle fought solely between rowing vessels was one of history's most decisive, inasmuch as "after Lepanto the pendulum swung back the other way and the wealth began to flow from East to West, a pattern that continues to this day", as well "as a 'crucial turning point in the ongoing conflict between the Middle East and Europe, which has not yet completely been resolved.".
"My kingdom is not of this world," said Jesus. "If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would fight, so that I wouldn't be handed over to the Jews. As it is, my kingdom does not have its origin here."
Pursue peace with everyone
I find statements such as the one forming the basis of this thread embarrassing, frankly. The thing is I would come under the label of 'evangelical' insofar as I believe Christ's message and accept the Bible as inspired by God himself. Although 'evangel' is just Greek for Good News/Gospel it sounds foreign and odd to me, so I just call myself a Christian (or someone who follows Christ's teaching).
Evangelicalism is a theological movement, tradition, and system of beliefs, most closely associated with Protestant Christianity, which identifies with the Gospel. Although evangelicalism has been defined in a number of ways, most adherents consider belief in the need for personal conversion (or being "born again"), some expression of the gospel through evangelism, a high regard for Biblical authority, and an emphasis on the death and resurrection of Jesus to be key characteristics.
Evangelism is the Christian practice of proselytisation. The intention of most evangelism is to effect eternal salvation to those who do not follow the Christian God; others believe it is to inform others about the Kingdom of God. Evangelism is done in obedience to the Great Commission, a command from Jesus to his disciples to proselytise, according to accounts in the New Testament. Christians who specialise in evangelism are known as evangelists, whether in they are in their home communities or acting as missionaries in the field. Some Christian traditions consider evangelists to be in a leadership position, and they may be found preaching to large meetings, and in governance roles. Christian groups who actively encourage evangelism are sometimes known as evangelistic or evangelist.
The communication of Christian faith to new geographical areas and cultures is often referred to as evangelisation, or specifically, world evangelisation.
I suspect what has happened in recent times is that the American fundamentalist movement and 'the Christian right' have largely become synonymous with 'evangelicals' in the minds of many - and there is indeed a large crossover, particularly in the States, I believe. Unfortunately it is the most vociferous and extreme protagonists of these movements that come to typify these streams in the minds of many. Yet I know/am acquainted with thousands of people who believe as I do yet who also cringe, as I do, when they see/hear money-oriented televangelists and political activists who supposedly represent them.
If there are those who claim to be Christian but whose words/deeds are typified by hate, they are what Christ called the 'tares' - weed-like church-goers who misrepresent his disciples. ex]
Yes, hypocrites who can moralize killing hundreds of thousands of innocents in the name of country and god. And there are more than I'd like - as a matter of fact the cabal sitting in whitehouse describes these moralist evangelicals who are of the 'tare' variety.
The 'wheat', as he called them, are your average Joes who follow Christ in sincerity & have no interest in material gain or 'holier-than-thou' pontifications which are based on twisting the Bible's plain teaching, summed up in those 2 great overriding principles
Again, I too believe a majority of christians are good people who do not want harm in others lives, as long as it doesn't conflict with their faith - this is transparent, obviously, but it is a point. All religions are the same in that fact - even buddhist monks are taking up guns (Monks with gus - here on ats somewhere) I see a transition in general sentiment towards a growing acceptance for bias and racism within the religious right and it is indeed disturbing - more wheat, less tares!
Thanks again for the discussion - good to do it without my fingers shaking in anger!
Edit -went back and still my quotes at the bottom are strange but my preview says it's ok...sorry about that. wt...still working on it.
[edit on 25-10-2008 by ColoradoJens]
[edit on 25-10-2008 by ColoradoJens]