posted on Jul, 25 2010 @ 02:51 PM
Re: No King but Jesus
Being interested in something is different from believing in it blindly. Having years of interest in comparative religion and existential philosophy
behind me, I have information and knowledge on many subjects. But I don't have to be a believer of any kind to do that.
E.g. I am interested in christianity as well as in buddhism, gnosticism, islam, the philosophy of science, cosmogony, cosmology etc.
I have a devout christian girlfriend, lovely christian familymembers and neighbours and I have the greatest respect for the person, who started this
thread. I have no quarrels with such people.
The reason I sound as if I'm bashing christians is, that christianity both in deed and doctrine is one of the most potentially violent ideologies in
historical times. And with the often confused and selfcontradictionary content of the bible, there's 'justification' for practically all kinds of
behaviour ranging from totalitarian, predestination, puritan 'christian soldiers' to compassionate and tolerant individuals.
Pushy christian fundamentalism has for almost 2000 years regularly and eventually manifested as a threat to non-christians, and the 'springcleaning'
of christianity suggested by the originator of this thread is applauded by me, though I don't think, it'll be an easy job.
I do not fight any individual's right to believe in whatever he/she wants, no matter how bizarre I may find it. Where I draw a line, is when one-way,
simplistic, demagogic missionary attitudes turn up. Ofcourse free speech should make it possible for everybody to state opinions, nonsense or
no-nonsense in my book, but I have an equal right to defend liberal principles by pointing out what I find propagandistic or dangerous.
How many times haven't I heard: "Why do you pick on us?". Don't forget who started these invasive methods app. 2000 years ago. (I'm quite
wellinformed about christian history and doctrine, if anyone wants to debate this with me).
From 'The books of Bogomil':
"You can possibly profit by reading Bogomil's words, but if you're dumb enough to believe in them on faith, you'll be reincarnated as a christian