CigarDoug wrote: addams wrote:
CigarDoug wrote:Why did you create THREE different religions, and set them up to constantly be at war with each other?
I can't tell.
So much inflection is lost to the written word.
Are you American?
I know there are Americans that believe Judaism, Christianity and Islam are three different Religions.
Yes, but it has nothing to do with me being American. My question is only partially tongue-in-cheek. The God of Abraham is the same God for Jews, Christians and Muslims. Simply put, the Jewish Torah is the Old Testament for Christians and the Old Testament equivalent for Muslims. We all believe in the Garden of Eden, Noah, Abraham, and Moses. We diverge at certain points. Jews believe the Torah tells them what God wants them to do. They are waiting for the Messiah to return. Christians believe Jesus is the Messiah, and the rules changed. Muslims believe that Jesus was not the Messiah (don't quote me, but I think they consider him a prophet or something), but neither was Mohammed, but the rules changed. I honestly don't know if Muslims are waiting for the Messiah or not.
The holy lands for all three religions are in the same general area, and each religion tells its adherents that THEIRS is the only correct one. So, we are positioned to be at odds with one another, as history has shown. I am leaving out the internal differentiations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims; those all appear to be man-made. God may well tell me that man made these distinctions, but if you take all three books at face value, they each say "This is the only way". So either man rewrote the books to suit himself, or God set us up, for what purpose I cannot understand.
I have also heard the theory that ALL religions are separate paths up the same mountain. I'd like to know the reasoning for that. The reason I left out the thousand+ other religions because none of them claim to be the God of Abraham. I am curious, addams, do you NOT consider these to be three separate religions?
I do not consider Judaism, Christianity and Islam to be three different religions any more
than I consider Catholic, Mormon and Seventh Day Adventists to be three different religions.
I Know! Don't tell Them that!
Do you know how testy those people can get?
Not all of those people get testy.
Some are quite open minded and simply surprised to learn that Catholics are Christians.
Do you really think those are three separate religions?
We can not neatly divide the world up that way.
I took a shot at dividing the world up into MonoThesits and PolyThesits.
I learned a lot.
The Logic broke down when the PolyThesits and the MonoThesits became the same darned thing.
If you divide the world into three religions then that is the lens you see us all through.
I am sorry. Some of us might not fit.
Like the star shaped peg fitting into the round slot.
Life is, just, an exchange of electrons; It is up to us to give it meaning.
We are all in The Gutter.
Some of us see The Gutter.
Some of us see The Stars.
by mr. Oscar Wilde.
Those that want to Know; Know.
Those that do not Know; Don't tell them.
They do terrible things to people that Tell Them.