Immersed in a cloud of unknowing?
I was approached by a team of Mormon Elders on the street, proselytizing kids sent out to "spread the word". I told them I was strong in my beliefs. To his credit the young gentleman who approached me didn't go into his rap. He then asked if there was anything they could do to be of help, a novel question by my lights. So I asked him about the book of Mormon and it's referal to the "fact" that darker skinned people are "cursed with the sin of blackness"; how that seems quite anti-Christian- at least quite anti-Jesus.
The young missionary said " We can't please everybody"
I walked away, feeling bad for these young people, brainwashed with religious racism.
Joseph Smith was not the first con man to usurp the words of Jesus (as an aside, the LDS church has actually changed it's scripture which is supposedly innerant to work out the mis-spellings and textural inconsistancies of it's founder).If you are conversant with Christianity you'll note that Paul of Tarsus "channelled" Jesus after having a vision- and Paul's words conflict with those of the man he purportedly followed. the article Paul versus Jesus by Davis D. Danizier is also illuminating in this respect.
The infamous Reverend Moon of South Korea is another case in point. I have touched on the Bush family involvement with this cult leader here and herein past writings. Pretty scary...
I think Kurt Vonnegut says it well in his article "Cold Turkey:
For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that’s Moses, not Jesus. I haven’t heard one of them demand that the Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, be posted anywhere.
“Blessed are the merciful” in a courtroom? “Blessed are the peacemakers” in the Pentagon? Give me a break!
Sadly, it seems we live in a world where (in the micro) a woman would pour boiling oil on her boyfriend in an argument over a Bible verse and (in the macro) US Christian fundamentalists are driving Bush's Middle East policy , as the article "The Jesus Landing Pad" also points out.
"God's declassified Papers by Gabriel Ash fits the tone of what I am speaking of. I found it linked at Fantastic Planet, where I would urge you, if you are Christian or a spiritual seeker, to read the Gospel of Thomas translations offered there; you'll find them in the right hand upper corner of the page. A good counterpoint to the gloomy fundamentalism I've discussed here today.
A quick taste of the work Jeremy offers:
78 Jesus said, "Why have you come out to the field? To see a reed shaken by the wind? And to see a person dressed in soft clothes, [like your] rulers and your powerful ones? They are dressed in soft clothes, and they cannot understand truth
Remember the Prince Of Peace when you hear the word God bandied about to support intolerance murder and crusade.
* Gleaned just now from the always excellent Mousemusings- A Christian Fundamentalist group is advocating that they and their intolerant coreligionists should move en mass to either Alabama, Mississippi or South Carolina with the express purpose of dissolving the states bond with the United States- making a "Christian Nation.
One question: Would the Christian Exodus folks treat the non-Christians in the "host" state Like Israel treats the Palestinians who populated the land initially?...