> Paul Mallon wrote:
> > In my experience those who would find cause and time to
> > criticise Christianity are people who nurture a great
> > ignorance of the religion while enthusiastically embracing
> > ill conceived factitious stories that basically go a long the
> > lines what all those religious people who have spent time
> > studying their religion in an informed manner are wrong and
> > this wild idea from this philosophical conjurer who is
> > probably got as many good intentions as a paedophile on heat.
> This has got to be be one of the most offensive posts I've
> seen in a long time.
Let me begin by offering my apologies for any offence I may inadvertently caused. I was in no way suggesting that people who are not practicing Christians are like paedophiles on heat. That was not my intention. My intention was to draw a derogative comparison with the writers of the anti-Christain propaganda who would have us believe variously that:
1. Christ did not live.
2. That Chrsit lived but salient books of the NT have been maliciously left out by the Pope and his descendants.
3. That Christ did live and fathered a brood of children with Mary...
4. Christ did not live and there there is no evidence of him having lived and that the Jesus story is based on pre-existing pagan traditions.
The negative analogy I created because I would question the motives of the writers (by that I mean published writers) of the anti-Christain propoganda. Further I was also suggesting taht people who do hold to such ideas harbour a grudge against the Christain faith or in some way have come to hate the Christain faith.
I would recognise that many people who would chose to discuss the ideas of the 'philosophical conjurers' are or have been brought up in the Christian faith and have now come to question it. Further, I was asking people on this those who would discuss the ideas of such writers to ask themselves how much they know of their own Christin traditions . I sometimes get the impression that their knowledge is based on the anti-christain texts and not on the teaching of the Bible or any Christian Church.
> Is it fair to suggest that anyone who is engaged in a
> spiritual journey of discovery, which includes questioning
> the authenticity of organized religious beliefs be branded
> ignorant or a paedophile in heat?
Just to restate you have misread and misinterpreted my post.
> Or is it fair to suggest that adherents of other religions
> who do not accept Jesus Christ as a historical figure or as
> their saviour also be branded ignorant or a paedophile in heat?
As above. I was specifically refering to the writers who spend time creating the anti-Christain propogsnda.
> A "paedophile in heat" is a VERY strong and INAPPROPRIATE
> term to use as far as intentions go, for a Zen Bhuddist,
> Taoist or a Hindu. Even a Bahai would be offended by such
Again I was not refering to people who practice other Faiths
> Under these circumstances, it seems to me that this thread
> should have been deleted when it started. It is an insult to
> every other religious belief system which, btw, represents
> 3/4 of the world's population.
My post was deliberately provactive. But in know way should it have been read as an attack on any other religion.
Thanks for reading my post and taking the time to reply to it.