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Quote:My comment was directed at members who like myself, do not enjoy reading rubbish and can sympathise with my sentiments.
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The dictatorship of relativism? Where there is no absolute truth about anything? These articles sound good if one wishes to confuse oneself and everyone else too.
These articles sound good if one wishes to confuse oneself and everyone else too.
If this people, by its very existence, was a witness to the God who spoke to humanity and took us to himself, then that God finally had to die and power had to belong to man aloneto those men, who thought that by force they had made themselves masters of the world. By destroying Israel, they ultimately wanted to tear up the taproot of the Christian faith and to replace it with a faith of their own invention: faith in the rule of man, the rule of the powerful.
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Quote:The history of Christian-Jewish relations must be understood in this light, as must Christian anti-Semitism. By distancing himself from supersessionism and affirming that the Jewish people have remained living witnesses to God, the Pope went to the root of the problem. He embraced the notion of a dual covenant, one with the Jews and one with the church, which by implication eliminates Christian rejection of the Jewish people.
Jun 28 06 6:00 PM
Quote:The difference between the secular and the religious views may help us understand the opposing reactions of Jewish leaders to the statement Pope Benedict XVI made during his recent visit to Auschwitz. Secularists criticized the Pope for not speaking out explicitly against anti-Semitism. Religionists praised him because he distanced himself from supersessionism.Supersessionism is the "traditional Christian doctrine" that teaches that God has cancelled his covenant with the Jews and replaced it with the new covenant (testament) with the church. In this Christian theological scheme of things, Judaism was rendered obsolete and Jews were perceived as irrelevant relics. They were not to be exterminated, only humiliated. The history of Christian-Jewish relations must be understood in this light, as must Christian anti-Semitism. By distancing himself from supersessionism and affirming that the Jewish people have remained living witnesses to God, the Pope went to the root of the problem. He embraced the notion of a dual covenant, one with the Jews and one with the church, which by implication eliminates Christian rejection of the Jewish people. Jewish-Christian relations now become symmetrical, to be conducted without malice or prejudice, and in mutual respect. Theologically trained and religiously sensitive Jews understand this Pope, who is first and foremost a theologian, and they praise him for his stance.Implicit in the Popes rejection of supersessionism is the contention that anti-Semitism has also been a Christian problem. Speaking at Auschwitz, the epitome of Jew-hatred, he offered a clear message to his adherents. I hope they understood him better than his Jewish critics seem to have done.
Quote:"Pope Notes Link With Christianity and JudaismReflects on the Apostle James the Less", VATICAN CITY, 28 JUNE 2006:Benedict XVI highlighted the inseparable relationship that unites Christianity and Judaism, when reflecting on the figure of the Apostle James the Less. Addressing some 25,000 people gathered for today's general audience in St. Peter's Square, the Pope continued with the series of weekly meditations in which he is reflecting on the figures of the Twelve Apostles to illustrate the origin and identity of the Church. The author of one of the New Testament letters, James the Less intervened in the Council of Jerusalem, at the height of the apostles' debate on whether non-Jewish converts to Christianity should be subject to the Mosaic law, the Pope noted. According to the proposal, mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles and accepted by all the apostles present, circumcision was not necessary for Gentiles who believed in Jesus Christ. The converts were only asked to abstain from the idolatrous custom of eating the flesh of animals offered in sacrifice to the gods, and from "immodesty," a term that probably alluded to marital unions without consent, Benedict XVI said. "In practice, it was a question of adhering to only a few prohibitions, held rather important by the Mosaic legislation," explained the Pontiff. "In this way, two significant and complementary results were obtained, both still valid." On one hand, he clarified, "the unbreakable relationship is recognized that links Christianity to the Jewish religion as its perennial living and valid matrix; on the other, Christians of pagan origin are allowed to preserve their own sociological identity, which they would have lost if they had been constrained to observe the so-called Mosaic ceremonial precepts. "In essence, a reciprocal practice of esteem and respect was being initiated, which, notwithstanding subsequent unfortunate misunderstandings, sought by its nature to safeguard all that was characteristic of each of the two sides."
Jun 28 06 7:47 PM
Quote:I just do not believe that man should blame God for 'evil' when it has been made plain to us that the Devil also has a hand in things to do with this world.
Quote:Also, the rejection and rebellion against God can bring about evil against Mankind as we are taught in the Bible.
Quote:There is much evil in the world now, and God has to sort it out in his own way and in his own time as revealed in the 'Revelations' of Holy Scripture.
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Quote:Christ also calls Peter, "Satan"...
Quote:"...Certainly evil spirits make their appearance in the Bible, less in the beginning, but gradually it becomes clear that there are not only good angels but also spiritual entities that are evil and that enter into the world and into man, that they threaten him and, so to speak, try to drag him down with them.But we can Never say that God created Satan. The very point of the story of Lucifer, which gradually developed in Christian consciousness, is that such evil powers ---which become clearly visible in the world around Jesus when he drives out devils---are NOT as such created by God. God created ONLY what is GOOD. And evil is not an independent reality but is only ever conceivable as the negation of some entity that is itself good. Only thus can it maintain its existence, because pure negation can have no independent existence....I say it once more. God did NOT create a god of evil. He did not make an alternative counter-god. What He did create was freedom and the state of affairs that our judgement is often unable to hold firm under the pressure of that freedom.The perception of evil spiritual powers is explained in the Bible to this extent, that it is a matter of created powers who, as it were, hold a mirror up to us. We can to some extent recognize in them a kind of model of what this threat within freedom looks like. And the threat always develops in this way: the greater a being is, the more it want to determine its own life. It wants to be less and less dependent; and thus, more and more of a kind of god, needing no one else at all. This is how the desire arises to become free of all need, what we call pride....I would say that no one can demonstate the existence of the devil. But the realization that above and beyond human malice there are disorders and disturbances in creation, a kind of power of envy, which drags us along, and tries to drag us down, this is real for us and is explained by the Bible and by the Christian faith in this way. Certainly, we must Never allow the idea to develope of the devil as a counter-god, who can stand face-to-face with God and challenge him to combat. What is negative has no power in the end. Evil is indeed a constant threat and temptation but is in the end not a comparable alternative to God. We must always be aware that only God is God and that whoever builds on Him, therefore, need never fear satanic powers."...One certainly cannot say that Hitler was the devil; he was a man. But there are reliable reports by eyewitnesses that suggest he had some kind of demonic encounters, that he would say trembling: "he was there again", and other such things. We cannot get to the bottom of it. I believe one can see that he was taken into the demonic realm in some profound way, by the way in which he was able to wield power and by the terror, the harm, that his power inflicted.
Quote: Christ has, so to speak, taken the wind out of the sails of this question, which makes the world seem truly terrifying because it makes God seem terrifying. He did this by dying for our sake and thereby showing us the unfathomable depth of God's love. Thus, the Letter of St. James can say "There is no darkness in Him" (that is, in God); the darkness comes from elsewhere; we can on the contrary, rely completely on God; the demonic element, evil, can find no place in Him, and therefore the ultimate end of things, when God will be all in all, will truly mean liberation from the oppression of evil.The question then arises, of course, of where evil comes from, if it does not originate from within God. How can it have any existence at all? If evil came into existence without Him, then is He in fact the Creator of everything? We find ourselves again faced with a fathomless pit of difficulty. The Christian and the Bible answer says: It comes from freedom.It is in this sense that evil is not some new kind of creature, possessing its own reality, which could lead its own existence, for it essentially consists of negation, eating away at the substance of creation. It is not a kind of being---for being can indeed originate only from the wellspring of being---but a negative. That the negative can be so powerful is bound to shock us. But I believe it is also comforting to know that evil is not a kind of creature but is more like a parasitic plant. It live on what it takes out of the other being, and in the end it kills itself off, just as surely as a parasitic plant does when it completely dominates its host and kills it.Evil is not something with its own nature, its own being, but is simply negation. And when I take a step into evil, I leave the realm of the positive development of being in favor of the status of a parasite, of the corrosion of being and the negation of being.
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Quote:Matthew 16:23Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."Mark 8:33But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.
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