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  •  Taught 4th grade religious ed today (12+ / 0-)

    Today my lesson focused on "faith, hope, love.  And the greatest of these is love..."  I told the kids that when they make choices based on love then they will always make the right choice.  I was educated by nuns and Jesuits - many good, intelligent men and women who truly tried to inspire us to make the world better.  It is hard for me to see so many false prophets spreading hate and intolerance in Jesus' name.  But...we know what Jesus thought of the hypocrites.

    "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." St. Augustine

    by wsbuffalo on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:07:29 AM PDT

    •  That's all many of us non-believers can ask (8+ / 0-)

      Is for those who believe in the redemptive messages of their faith to spread those beliefs.   I commend you for your work to spread a positive message :)

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:12:50 AM PDT

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      •  Somehow I think (4+ / 0-)
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        you and I may be closer in our beliefs than our labels suggest.  I commend you for writing this diary:)

        "Find out how much God has given you and from it take what you need; the remainder is needed by others." St. Augustine

        by wsbuffalo on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 11:24:36 AM PDT

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        •  Jesus the son of man (0+ / 0-)

          was a bit schizo on who, exactly, he was imparting the teachings to, and to whom he was offering salvation. He was a Jew preaching to Jews, though was quite indiscriminate in his healing and forgiveness miracles and didn't mind gentiles in the audience.

          After he was killed his brother James became head of the sect in Jerusalem, and insisted all wannabe Christians must follow all the traditional Jewish laws. IOW, become Jews in order to become Christians.

          Paul universalized the faith outside of Judea proper, and won the debate with James on the issue. But even Jesus told the parable of the good Samaritan, and made mention of people outside the Jewish tribe/tradition and faith altogether as being good people worthy of salvation.

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