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recycledit said...

It seems disingenuous to me to speak of racism and fear as something you are against pastor Tim, while at the same time, saying that you believe that scripture is the word of God and it should be spread around to help young people turn their lives around by accepting it as the only truth.

Scripture, not just within in Christianity but many religions, encourages even demands intolerance. How moral was it for Lot to offer up his two daughters for the townsmen to rape instead of his houseguests, even if they were Angels, in Genesis 19:7-8? What about the blatant disregard for women that is portrayed throughout scripture including the Levite who handed over his concubine to a mob which "knew her and abused her all the night" so they wouldn't have had the male house-guest instead, in Judges 19:25-6? In the Book of Numbers during the battle with the Midianites, was Moses of your scripture not sexist when he ordered all women who were not virgins be killed, but the women "that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves"?! Racism, intolerance, and sexism prevail in society because religion has been a wedge that has long been used to keep people divided. When a specific scriptural book or belief system is promoted as "the one truth" it inevitably leads to people feeling that they are superior to anyone who doesn't believe the way they do.

If you truly want to help people, I think you should re-examine your beliefs. Faith is essentially asking people not to think critically. What these young people need is an education and an ability to think critically. Then they can examine their lives, hopefully discover what the root cause of their problems are, make a personal decision to change, and live a fuller existence knowing that they had the power to help themselves within all along.

January 8, 2012 at 12:59 a.m.

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