Rudi, have read a few of your posts over several months but for some reason
have really gotten into them the past few days. Read your journey Parts I
through V. Your vivid descriptions of what you experienced and your
feelings and beliefs regarding them are a healing to anyone reading them.
Please continue to keep your keyboard and happy fingers going.
I too was raised to believe that anyone who didn't believe as I was taught
was wrong with all the hell and damnation ramifications that go with it yet at
the same time knew that I was "wrong" because I was also very
imperfect. It has taken quite a few years and lots of meditation to come
to a very similar view of Christianity that you have posted above. Your
response is outstanding. You so smoothly point to the passage where Jesus
said that men are gods, and that's one of my favorites of his teachings.
Yet those who project the "only begotten" mantra at me deny it and say
it is out of context, which it isn't. You obviously know your bible and
the difficulties with Greek and Hebrew, and that's why I like some of the
passages of the NT that are translated by Kenneth Wuest - a professor emeritus
of NT Greek at Moody Bible Institute. He jumps through hoops trying to get
a "correct" interpretation of the NT and his John 3:16 passage reads
"...uniquely begotten son" and not "...only begotten."
Thought I'd pass that on. He's not the only one to translate it that way.
I like Gandhi's writings and philosophy a lot, although I too am a
Christian. My parents hated him (they lived at the same time he did) and
called him a devil. Yet he read the Christian bible from end to end, read
"The Kingdom of God is Within You" by Tolstoy, and used it as his road
map for his non-violent opposition to Great Britain. If I remember right
he even said: "I am Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Jew" - and I believe
I served in combat in Korea and it has taken me many years to grieve not only
for the men on "our" side, but also the Chinese who bled and died
around me - just like men in my unit. They too are children of god.
They too experience love and compassion from friends and relatives just like we
do. They too went into combat like I did programmed by the elite to kill
in the name of some kind of almighty patriotism that in fact has no real meaning
when viewed from the perspective of the all loving god, regardless how you view