Posted by Stella from ? (126.96.36.199) on Thursday, May 23, 2002 at 10:58AM :
In Reply to: Re: I agree posted by panch from host-148-244-221-7.block.alestra.net.mx (188.8.131.52) on Wednesday, May 22, 2002 at 6:50PM :
Your hatred for anything in an authoritative position is very well known among this forum and the Assyrian community...no need to rewind the tape and play it again.
In order for religion to be helpful in the world, it has to be a public thing. There has to be community. It's not effective in a positive way if it's a private personal thing that one should keep to one's self.
Jesus shared the experience of God's grace and love with those around him. He recognized that what the others were doing were moving them farther and farther away from God. Focusing on details like purity laws, heirarchy, etc, stuff like that prevented you from being a good person to others. Others that heard about his experience shared what they heard to others.
Christianity is the institutionalization of one man's experience of God. I'm not saying it's the only way to experience that sense of wonder and compassion that have been around way before monotheism. However, it has been a great way though for most people to understand and share their own experience.
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