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Posted by rayww on December 4, 2002, at 23:05:06

In reply to Re: white-out, posted by rayww on November 28, 2002, at 13:37:00

> Yes bold statements, but don't ignore the fact/opinion/idea that there is real and counterfeit in every religion.
> 9-11 Islam belief
> Catholic Priest scandal
> our own back yard and house
> lets not point fingers, but acknowledge that every religion has its own problems. The reason for which religion exists in the first place is to make bad men good and good men better.
> Or - - to seek divine acceptance for today and work toward a brighter future for tomorrow. Religion is supposed to elevate not to oppress, illuminate not smother, enlighten not stifle, and in so doing, open the conduit back to the presence of God.

oracle, you take offense to my suggestion that there is a right and wrong way to worship in every religion. Are you saying it is all right to pray to Budah while you stab your brother in the back? Or that it is all right to bow with your mind full of thoughts of abuse?

Do your religious rituals and ordinances mean something or nothing to you? If they mean nothing, you are a counterfeit Budhist. If they mean something you are a true Budhist or Catholic, or Protestant, or whatever.

We don't have to be living exactly as the religion teaches in order to be a true member. In my opinion, we just need to be trying to do our best, and moving in the right direction. After all, religion is there for a guide and a light. Take care




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