The Curse of Belief
Absolutely, the worst two maladies to have corrupted human beings are Religion & Nationalism... these two concepts have done more to destroy human lives than any other humanly held notions.
Aside from disease, wars over Religion & Nationalism have murdered the largest share of those deceased!
That you live in a land apart from the land I live in means, throughout history, I will try to kill you.. or you will try to kill me!
That we find each other to be different from each other, in any identifiable way means I will try to kill you.. or you will try to kill me!
That you claim to believe in a god different from the god I claim to believe in means, through the entirety of history, I will try to kill you.. or you will try to kill me!
For both Christians and Jews, the clear message from the religion for which they claim belief, love god and love your neighbor! The central message from the old and new testament of the Bible is to love god and to love your neighbor.
For Christians, the lesson of the 'good Samaritan' is to define that neighbor whom you are to love. Citizens of the United States who claim to be Christians must therefore love the people of the world, those believing differently, those looking differently, those acting differently, those 'others' out there in the world.
Those followers of 'The Prince of Peace' are clearly on the
front lines against the United States foreign policy of war!
Those who 'love Jesus' are moving to establish justice in our society!
Those believing in 'The Bread of Liffe" are the ones actively working
for the benefit of the poor!
Those following the 'Good Shepherd' are toiling tirelessly to eliminate racism from our culture!
In Truth, I don't see those claiming to be Christians acting Christ-like...
In Truth, those shouting 'His' name the loudest are those
whose actions are most far removed from 'His' teachings...
A huge problem: we're a nation of hypocrites!
Most practicing Christians have virtually no knowledge
of the history of their religion nor the history of the Bible.