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Message 169 9/15/01 11:10 pm
Above is the link to my Religious and Christian Ethics post.

Message 191 9/28/01 11:29 pm I'm trying to get through the Genealogy of Morals. I'm trying to deal with the horrible tragedy of September 11th and knowing that over 200 of my former colleagues are missing. And I'm trying very hard not to fear my upcoming trip out of the country. It's a mere 13 days away. Our tickets still show us flying into LaGuardia, NY, and sailing from the port in Manhattan. I'm sure that will not be the case. I'm having such a horrible time trying to concentrate I can't even begin to think to post. Because of the horrible worm that infected our computers at City Hall. All access to this site and others have been blocked. I'm sure there are many others who are having a difficulty time getting through this, as well.

Message 192 9/29/01 12:23 am There seems to be a deep chasm between Christian and Non Christian beliefs. It appears that Buddhism seems most closely related, as the forbidden acts of Buddhism are similar to Catholicism: Killing, stealing, illicit sex, wrong speech, drunkenness, to name a few. It seems that the goodness of and to man is important. From this Internet article, I get the impression that the other faiths appear to be pro themselves with dislike and even hatred for non-believers??? firm belief that Muslims possess the one truth has led to much violence on the behalf of Allah?? as well, as the oppression of women as evidenced by the Islam article that stated, ?? horribly degraded position of women in Arab Society?? What I think the article failed to mention is that these faiths are probably all quite good, but certain human beings have soured or turned certain teachings into their own personal viewpoint, such as Osama Bin Laden. He preaches hatred and violence, as the world witnessed on September 11, 2001. Perhaps if I studied the non-Christian faiths in detail, I might learn the true intention of Allah, Buddha and the other named gods. Perhaps I would learn that their true teachings are similar to Jesus Christ's teachings, but changed over time.

Jesus' teaching was never other than love, both the love of the Father in Heaven and love of our brother. I suppose I could take up a sign, decry a cause and say it is in the name of the Catholic Church, but it would not be true. Look at the so-called pro-lifers who, in the name of God, kill abortionists and bomb abortion clinics. That is not what Jesus compels us to do. That is in direct opposition to calling themselves pro-lifers! It is not the Christian way. Killing in any form is wrong.

Message 193 9/29/01 12:23 am Thomas Paine is as off base as one can be. His views are sad and reveal a closed heart. In order to legitimize his views, he tries to lead readers into believing that Christianity is horrible, viscous and murderous. Paine speaks of biblical atrocities, but out of context, and without the complete picture. He said the sword founded Christianity. His views are skewed.

Paine states Christians pretend that Christianity was established by the sword. Jesus Christ is Christianity; He established Christianity, and certainly not by the sword or violence. It is true that professors of Christianity waged wars, but they were, after all, merely human. We all know the frailties of humankind. Leading wars in the name of the Lord did, in fact, take place. That is not to say that Christianity compelled such wars.

Paine further uses the history of events to denigrate the Old Testament. The Bible is an accounting of history. History did not use the Bible to plot its course. There is much in the Old Testament from which Paine could draw conclusions, but as I said, he has a closed mind. Paine would have us believe that since Christianity has the Old Testament as its foundation, and because there was violence in those days, that hence violence formed Christianity. Christ formed Christianity, and again I say there was no violence in Christ.

I am unclear as to what Paine is trying to say in the fifth paragraph of his article, but maybe he is inferring that the Bible does not say enough on the subject of morality. If this is his intent, he is mistaken? case in point, Sodom and Gomorrah. Adultery was also addressed

Lastly, Paine criticizes one of God?s most difficult of His two Great Commandments -Love thy neighbor as thyself. Love is what Jesus Christ advocates and loving our enemies seems nearly impossible right now. Paine does say something provocative, ?It is incumbent on man, as a moralist, that he does not revenge an injury; and it is equally as good in a political sense, for there is no end to retaliation?? This is especially profound at this particular moment in history, for what we are witness too today is one of the most gut-wrenching, horrific scenes we have ever seen, and will long remember.

Message 194 9/29/01 12:27 am I believe in God and in His omnipotence. I believe in Jesus Christ, that He was crucified for our sins, and that He rose from the dead. I believe in the saints and martyrs. I believe that it is wrong to kill, steal, lie, and put yourself above others. Part of putting oneself above others is vanity, bearing false witness, slander, gossip, greed and so many other things that tangle us in a web that keeps us away from God. I believe in prayer.

God is an all-powerful, all knowing and all loving God. He sent His son, Jesus Christ, to redeem us, save us from sin, and show us the path to heaven. Sadly, His son was rejected, and put to death. However, His very death is the foundation of my belief, for if Christ had not been put to death, he could not have risen. The resurrection of Christ is our salvation. It is the greatest feast of the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Church, in keeping with Christ's instructions, encourages us to pray. I believe that prayer, especially united prayer, accomplishes more good that we can possibly imagine. For centuries, Catholics prayed for the conversion of Russia. Today, Russians are free to practice their faith openly and without fear of reprisal from their government. The effects of prayer are not only far-reaching, but provide a tremendous relief to our soul.

The soul, I believe, is where our inner resolve resides. It is what makes us who and what we are. If we cherish and nurture our soul, we would be living in a Christian way. We would be walking the talk. While everyone has a soul, not everyone believes in savings one's soul. One source of damage to our soul is immorality.

Immorality is a terrible sin that leads to much turmoil and pulls the soul further away from God. Immorality diminishes fortitude, and may lead to other sins. I believe that because I have a soul my body is a temple of God, and as such should be cared for and properly nurtured. Following in Jesus' footsteps is the only way to nurture a soul.

I believe in heaven, purgatory, and hell. I know heaven exists because Jesus told us His father is in heaven Paradise. Before Jesus died on the cross, he told us of paradise. Jesus also told us about the fires of Hell and banishing an archangel to the fires of hell. It is a place I would hate to spend eternity. More information on the existence of hell can be found at

I believe in the pope and his infallibility as it pertains to the Catholic Church. I also believe in the Blessed Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

Message 195 9/29/01 12:27 am How would a Muslim agree or disagree? Because Muslims look upon Western culture as perverse in and of itself, they probably associate Western ways with Christianity. They most likely have a great disdain for Christians. Muslims believe that their ways is the only way. They probably resort to violence toward any other belief, much as Western fanatic pro-lifers do when they kill abortionists and bomb clinics. I think it is more out of a horrible pent up frustration and a lack of knowledge.

Since Muslims believe women cause men to sin, only tells me they must be weak and unable to control their sexual urges. Because of this weakness, the Muslim women are covered from head to toe. Modest dress is perfectly acceptable in Christian ways.

Our Ten Commandments are not denigrating to either sex, so our women are treated much better. (Of course, there are exceptions.) A Muslim would disagree with our Ten Commandments because they do not differentiate the laws are the same for every man woman and child. For instance, one of our Commandments is "Thou shalt not kill." Some Muslims believes it is ok to kill in the name of Allah. Here is where I have a problem. Muslims say it is ok to kill in the name of Allah, and we say it is ok to kill a convicted criminal or an unborn baby. In a way, Westerners are qualifying our kill rule.

Christians do not have "clear cut" duties, as the Muslims appear to have. Therefore, in that respect, Muslims would probably consider our Ten Commandments as a weak set of rules. We Christians act of our own free will. Muslims kill in the name of Allah. If you kill in the name of anyone in the U.S., you're a criminal.

Muslims would disagree with my belief in saints and probably with our priests and pope, as well. Muslims do not have mediaries, but rather pray directly to God. (They also do not believe their God is the same as our God.) What Muslims may not understand is that Christians pray directly to God too.

The website I found talks about praise and glory to god, yet some Muslims practice the opposite of what god is. God is love. The web author speaks of Westerners misunderstanding Muslim ways, yet the website itself makes a mockery as it harshly criticizes nearly every non-Muslim faith. Rather than expressing criticism, why not just expand on the glories of the Muslim faith and allow tolerance toward others?

In conclusion, I do not think there are any similarities between the Muslims and the Christians. It would certainly be interesting if I could meet and speak with a Muslim as I did with my Jewish neighbor. Perhaps I could have more insight, and I would not have misguided beliefs about them. I don't know a single Muslim.

Message 196 9/29/01 12:28 am How would a Buddhist agree or disagree?
A Buddhist would disagree wholeheartedly with the basic philosophy of Christianity in that Buddhists do not believe in a supreme being. Because belief in a supreme being is non-existent, it holds that no teaching of Christ would exist for a Buddhist. If there is no god, there is no heaven, or hell, or saints or martyrs to intercede. There is no prayer to whom would one pray?

Everything I believe in as a Christian means nothing to a Buddhist. Self-denial and suffering on earth are stepping-stones to heaven as far as a Catholic is concerned. One of the four Noble Truths of Buddha is "to be fully understood" one of the eight beatitudes of Catholics is that it is not as important that we be understood as to understand. Buddhists want to attain Nirvana in a new life. Catholics want to attain heaven after death.

Buddhists believe strongly in reincarnation. Catholics only believe that we have one life on earth, and after the death of that life, we will go to Heaven, Purgatory, or hell. The Eightfold Path (right understanding, thinking, speech, conduct, livelihood and effort) are good concepts and probably hold to the Christian beliefs, but when coupled with their other beliefs, they differ considerably from Christians.

I am sure there are very devout people in all of the religions of the world, just as there are non-followers of each faith. There are certain Christians who also believe that unless you are born again you are condemned. I believe that Catholicism is the true religion and that I am so fortunate to have been raised as a Catholic. That is not to say that not anyone who is non-Catholic will be saved. I believe that good people will receive their just reward, just as truly evil people will receive theirs. Justice is mine says the Lord, and I believe He will hand out justice such that we have never seen.

It would be interesting to see a side-by-side non-partisan comparison of the lives of Jesus Christ, Mohammad, and Buddha. There must be a theologian somewhere who has done that. Dr. Diem, this was a very enlightening exercise.

Message 197 9/29/01 12:29 am Summer Yahoo Club Link

Message 198 9/29/01 12:31 am [this is unfinished -it's my outline] What impressed me the most was the diverse subject of tolerance. The museum was not just focused on the holocaust, as I originally expected, but rather it focused on almost every form of intolerance that humanity has suffered.

Interestingly, the subject of terrorism did not have a predominant focus. However, in view of the events of September 11, 2001, I believe the terrorism aspect in the Museum of Tolerance will assume a more significant prominence. Sadly, given the number of dead in such a short span of time, the events of September 11th as well as what is sure to follow, will become a prominent section of the museum.

The holocaust section is the most dramatic. For some people it brought back painful memories. The setback in time coupled with the final ac was a unique way to truly enlighten those of us who did not live during that terrible era. One can only describe this section as chilling. It is almost incomprehensible that this could have actually happened.

The education offered by the museum should be broadcast to everyone! In view of our current events, people need to be educated against the commission of hate crimes. It is not up to us to single out a person or group and extract revenge on them for the deeds of September 11th. That kind of ?justice? is not justice, but a crime! If for no other reason that the educational aspect of the museum, everyone should visit this museum. Not only visit it, but re-visit it two or three times more!

Message 199 9/29/01 12:35 am I'm sorry I blurted out my emotions. I realized after than poor me post that I had not posted a single link to my essays, nor the essays themselves. I decided to focus on this class, and go back and post my work.

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