Posted by Julia from graendal.at.northwestern.edu (126.96.36.199) on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 11:08AM :
In Reply to: Julia posted by Stella from ? (188.8.131.52) on Friday, May 24, 2002 at 10:18AM :
: ****Julia, when you say somethinglike "Jesus is the only way to God" you're making a judgement right there. That comment creates a way of thinking that makes you believe that because you believe in him, you have the upper hand to others; or you feel that you're in favor with God while others haven't "gotten it" yet. THat's a judgement.
++++Absoultely not true. In no way does my belief in an absolute truth endow me with the right to have an upper hand with others, whatever that means. Some people believe in an absolute truth and others believe in a relative truth. Just because i believe in an absolute truth in no way lends me to have the right to adversely affect the livelihood of people who do not share my belief. I do pass a "judgment," in this sense: if a person does not believe in jesus Christ, I believe that person does will not see heaven according to my understanding of the Bible. This is a judgment in the sense it is my evaluation of what I believe to be facts. However, I don't DO anything to people who don't share this belief. Belief in the oneness of god, the divinity of jesus christ does not preclude me from being a civil human being to others. Just ask muslims who also believe in an absolute truth as well.
If you want to talk about this idea, we can get together and do that....but I just wanted to make it absolutely clear that millions of people in this world have an absolute, versus relative, faith in god, and they don't go around killing each other. Why? Their holy books remove judgment from their hands and leave it only in the hands of their God.
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