reply to post by factbeforefiction
Could you please tell us exactly what Church you belong to, if any? Your theology interests me. It seems to me that many many of the thousands of
Christians denominations currently existing in our country today have spent countless man-hours in expunging almost all of Christ's teachings from
their doctrines. It would also seem that you, sir, have done the same where your own philosophy of what constitutes a true Christian attitude is
As you might have gathered from my nickname I am not a Christian. I have found that I do not require either the aid or the forgiveness of a "space
daddy" to be successful in life or a functionally decent human being. However I am a student of religion. I think that religions are fascinating. I
can honestly state that I, unlike so many of the proudly proclaimed Christinas that I have encountered in my life, have actually read the Bible. I can
also state that, atheist that I am, I have based much of my morality upon Christ's Sermon On The Mount.
So much of the New Testament is pure twaddle, don't you think? The Virgin Birth, The Ressurection, and so on, are really silly stuff. They are
retreads and copped from older religions. But the Sermon On The Mount, now here is something new! Here is something radically different from anything
seen in Levant theology before it was presented way back in whatever A.D. THIS sermon is the true teaching of the guy we now call Jesus. In point of
fact, copies of this sermon are the most prevalent scripture to be found in archaeological digs that predate the compiling of the Bible. This sermon
predates the Gospels by many many years. To my mind, it was this text, delivered by someone who we now call the Christ, that formed the very nucleus
of what would one day become the Christain Church(es).
And what a text it is!! What gets preached in it's lines are still as radical today as they were 2000 years ago! God is not to be seen as an
all-powerful, wrathful destroyer but, instead as a kind and loving father. All men and women are borthers and sisters and they should be treated as
such. The bounty that earth produces is intended by God to nourish and benefit all people, not just a few. Charity and forgiveness are the keys to
Heaven. In point of fact, if most people practiced what the Christ ( or whoever) wrote in this extraordinary sermon then we would all now be
experiencing heaven right here on Earth.
So, you see, I may be an atheist, and I may have no functional use for organized Christianity, but that doesn't mean that i do not have the utmost
respect for the founding principles and ideas that, at the time of their birth, set this religious philosophy apart from virtually every other
religion being practiced in the Middle East at that time. Charity, Forgiveness, Faith, Love, Sharing what we have so that ALL might have, Mutual
Respect, these were notions that were destined to set the Roman World on fire. They were notions that the men and women of the time were willing to
die for. Isn't it a pity that so many of our modern Christians seem to have nothing but contempt for these self-same ideals?