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originally posted by: mamabeth
a reply to: The angel of light
It is great for someone to apologize to their past victims as long as the apology
is genuine and not for show.
St Matthew 7, 2"For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3"Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? 4"Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye?…
St John 8, …6They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.…
"You know, they are fooling us, there is no God...all this talk about God is sheer nonsense" in E. Yaroslavsky, Landmarks in the Life of Stalin, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow 1940
Karl Marx, "Religious suffering is, at one and the same time, the expression of real suffering and a protest against real suffering. Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."
Adolf Hitler, "I realize that man, in his imperfection, can commit innumerable errors - but to devote myself deliberately to errors, that is something I cannot do. I shall never come personally to terms with the Christian lie. Our epoch in the next 200 years will certainly see the end of the disease of Christianity."
As a Christian I have no duty to allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter for truth and justice. ...And if there is anything which could demonstrate that we are acting rightly, it is the distress that daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people.
And when I look on my people I see them work and work and toil and labor, and at the end of the week they have only for their wages wretchedness and misery. When I go out in the morning and see these men standing in their queues and look into their pinched faces, then I believe I would be no Christian, but a very devil, if I felt no pity for them, if I did not, as did our Lord two thousand years ago, turn against those by whom today this poor people are plundered and exposed.
I wonder how the RCC defines faith .They dont seem to be the only denomination that runs into this problem .If God gave His Son to be a sacrifice for our sin and believing that we have eternal life then how is it possible for someone to be born into the faith ? Its a choice to make and no amount of "Holy Water" can get around it . Just as the Hebrews could become a Jew so too the Gentiles can become Christian . Its a faith issue not a birth right .
Hitler was possibly a nominal Catholic by birth, since he was born in Austria, but there is no evidence whatsoever that he practiced this religion in his adult life nor being Leader of the Nazi Germany. As a matter of fact many biographers coincide that he might be even the extramarital son of a Jewish.
How about the daily human sacrifices that Paganism promoted in either in Ancient Mexico, Central America in Prehispanic times or under the Celtic rule in Stonehenge in Britain for centuries?