reply to post by adjensen
Thanks adj, yes, I saw that she has been linked to Maria Monk (another person of whom I have never heard).
See the problem with religious bickering and slander and misrepresentation and outright lies? NONE of them can be believed!
Just as Ms Keckler's story mirrored Maria Monk's (I haven't read it yet, but will do so), so do the Bible Stories mimic previous stories told by other
cultures, people, and eras. It's ironic - don't you think?
And whether she was lying and a fraud or not, SHE DID IMPACT PEOPLE's lives, thoughts, beliefs, and minds. That is the problem. Anytime we "believe"
someone on their word alone, or on their writings or stories alone, we are misled. To whatever small degree, we ARE MISLED.
My husband likes to repeat anecdotes, and has told me many of his youth, presenting them consistently and credibly. We've been long enough now,
however, that we have SHARED experiences which he remembers differently. I have heard him tell people about things that he exaggerated - still
believing it was truth, while I KNOW it was not -- .
No matter how much we love someone or want to believe them, that does not make what they say true. I love him no less, I simply now realize that all
of his prior-to-our-acquaintance anecdotes may NOT be like he described them.
IF this is true for Charlotte Keckler, Maria Monk, or any other fraud or con-man lying for whatever reason -- delusion, madness, corruption, greed,
chicanery, or simply mistaken belief --, AND it is true of my husband, who is not
deliberate in his errors of memory or his exaggerations, IT
IS DOUBLY SO FOR SCRIPTURE.
Certainly the RCC has committed horrible things; this IS PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE, and proven. So, it doesn't take much to take Charlotte''s story at face
value. The things she describes mimick the Inquisition's Torture Chambers, the witch hunts, the torture of myriad people.......which ARE TRUE. So,
how do we discern?
It's a mess. That's why I choose to believe none of them. NONE of the stories that were passed down to people who wrote them much later, or who
heard them from others, or had dreams, visions, fugue-state epiphanies.....
NONE of them are trustworthy, no matter how seeming credible. Could these horrors have happened to Charlotte? YES, they could have. Bad enough that
it is humanly possible to invent and carry out such atrocities.
But to insist that IMPOSSIBLE things happened based on equally sketchy hearsay is partly the fault of the person choosing to believe them.
Thanks for contributing!
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