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View Diary: Struggle and Faith: How Occupy Has Taught Me To Tolerate Religion (231 comments)

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  •  The Bible is a sacred circle (0+ / 0-)

    You don't even need to take a death oath to step into it-- just pick it up with an open mind!

    •  I did pick it up and read it from cover to cover (6+ / 0-)

      with a clear mind.  I found the stories often immoral, the "savior" unsavory and the "God" a petty tyrant whose system of "salvation" is nothing but a divisive ruse.

      I used a clear mind instead of an open mind because sometimes having an open mind causes one to let anything fall into it, especially unevidenced nonsense and woo.

        •  It would appear (0+ / 0-)

          you haven't actually read it yourself.

          But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

           - Jesus, in Luke 19:27


          I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.

           - Jesus, in John 15:6


          But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

           - Jesus, in Matthew 8:10-12


          The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

           - Jesus, in Matthew 13:41-42


          Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. ... And these shall go away into everlasting punishment.

           - Jesus, in Matthew 25:41, 46


          And that servant [slave], which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.

           - Jesus, in Luke 12:47


          And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as [Jesus] sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
          And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
          And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always.

           - Mark 14:3-7 (italics added)


          And from thence [Jesus] arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid. For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet: The woman was a Greek, a Syrophenician by nation; and she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter.

          But Jesus said unto her, Let the children first be filled: for it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it unto the dogs.

          And she answered and said unto him, Yes, Lord: yet the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs.

          And he said unto her, For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And when she was come to her house, she found the devil gone out, and her daughter laid upon the bed.

          - Mark 7:24-30 (italics added)

          ...And all of that is just Jesus. If you've read the book at all, what else have you turned a blind eye to?

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