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Originally posted by balanc3
I remember a part from the bible where Jesus says something along the lines of " Say what you want about me but don't blaspheme the Holy Spirit"
And now there's this uproar about someone's negative depiction of Islam and Muhammed.
I also remember hearing about a movie where the premise was something along the lines of Jesus being gay.
Why does it seem (as portrayed by the MSM) that Muslims are so suceptible to angst and rage towards those who misrepresent their faith and Prophet?
Do the words of "blasphemers" have any real effect on the potency of the God in which they believe? Do those that spread hate like the makers of those films really detract from the effectiveness of the positive messages contianed in Christian and Muslim Holy books?
I think there is a functionality lacking in the teachings of those churches or religious gatherings where the followers find themselves enraged over the words and actions of hateful, racist, bigoted individuals. Two films that spread ignorance and hatred.....a form of protected speech in this country.....can't diminish the power of Faith in my opinion, except in those with weak faith from the beginning.
What man, movie, government can hurt God? NONE!
What man, movie, government can steal the effectiveness of God's truth shared through His prophets? NONE!
The whole mideast protests are only showning how weak these Religions are when misused. All those angry people are just harboring negative feelings.....they have Chosen to be offended IMO.
As a person of Faith, I believe I get to choose how to feel about what I encounter in life, that my choice of emotions can be separated from "gut" reactions so that I can maintain a positive emotional disposition. When I heard someone wanted to do a movie about Jesus being gay, at first I felt sad about the idea....then I didn't care. When I heard about the movie bashing Muhammed, I felt the same way at first and then didn't care either.
In the insulting of these prominent religious icons, two things have become clear to me. People of enduring rage may not be as strong in faith as they seem, more dogmatic if anything.....and second that internalizing the hatred expressed by others is very dangerous.
This serves as yet another validation of the concept of "turning the other cheek" and the value of forgiveness in that there is strength when one doesn't consume a belly full of the other guys hatred.
for Jews: You've got the Real God who does mighty miracles and chose you...just follow ALL the rules
for Christians: That same Real God loves you and will inhabit your spirit, forgive your sins, and grant you new life.... if you let it!
for Muslims: The same God who does mighty miracles won't do them for you. Do your own fighting and killing. Vengance is no longer mine.......have at it and see.
Muslim put Muhammad above the Messiah. Bad mouth Jesus hey won't do anything but if a cartoonist draws a political cartoon of Muhammad theyre ready to spill blood.