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    the Hebrew Scriptures ("Old Testament") and pull up quotes about "smash their idols and cut down their sacred groves" -- those were instructions to the Jews for what they should do inside the land of Israel (then Canaan). Those verses are the basis for current dispute over whether Jews should allow Christians to have icons in Jerusalem, but they have absolutely no bearing on anything anyone does anywhere else in the world; they're entirely about how the Jewish People could maintain its purity inside the Land of Israel. This is one of the big differences between Judaism and Islam in terms of doctrine concerning how to deal with outsiders -- Judaism doesn't have a call to subdue the gentiles all over the world, only to occupy the Land of Israel. Christians, on the other hand, do have a charge to bring the Good News to the entire world, but not to kill, torture or in any way coerce anyone. I won't deny that some Christians get confused on that point, but I don't see anywhere in the Bible that Jesus told us to go out and twist arms.

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    by Noisy Democrat on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 01:59:00 PM PDT

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