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Thread #77771   Message #1390473
Posted By: PoppaGator
27-Jan-05 - 04:21 PM
Thread Name: BS: The Religious Left
Subject: RE: BS: The Religious Left
Jesus Christ did not try to appropriate the power of the state to impose His views on everyone (as do today's right-wingers who profess to be His followers). Authoritarianism of any kind was never part of His message.

When the Prince of Peace said "Come follow me," He was inviting us all to follow His example. He wasn't asking for "worship" (i.e., lip service), and He certainly wasn't asking His followers to slaughter unbelievers in His name.

Sadly, I can't think of a single Christian sect or denomination where this point of view is acknowledged. Almost every church has a *minority* of members who understand the message of Christ the way I do, but none of the church leaders seem to have their primary focus on much of anything beyond the assertion of their own authority.