Maybe you're misunderstanding the whole "more likely" part of my statement. The reasoning behind the Christian support of the death penalty, despite the fact that almost no church is in agreement with the general American Christian public, is precisely because they think the Bible promotes it. "Eye for an eye" is the most common reasoning used to support the death penalty.
The bible promotes it? But the bible also promotes "love thy neighbor".
So I guess it all boils down to one's interpretation of it.
If someone tries to break in my house, I guarantee that he will be severely injured or killed.....
Yep, that's really valuing life.
So you would just lay there as someone enters your house and tries to kill you and your family? And then you'd probably call 911 and 10 minutes later (when the police arrive), you and your family are dead. :(
If that's the case I respect your opinion.
Sorry but I'm not a gelded sheep. I still have my male instincts to fight back.
Sorry, but this statement and everything after it is a load of horse shit. People do not have a deep rooted spiritual nature. It is something we pick up from our environment and learn throughout childhood. Morality is the same thing. You learn it and it isn't always tied to your spirituality. Christian morals are all over the map, even within particular sects. You would think if people had a predisposition to acting a certain way, then everyone would, but that isn't the case.
What about the Nazi soldier who refused to take part in killing Jewish women and children and instead requested his superiors to have him fight the Russians? I saw that in a history channel documentary.
What about the Israeli and Palestinian who would work together even if both of their people are fighting one another? I saw that on CNN.
The point is, these people have been indoctrinated throughout their youth to hate the other side. Why is it that they managed to break through their brainwashing? What is it in the human that manages to get them to cut through the matrix of their respective brainwashing?
Blame the environment? Blame the childhood?
My past experiences could have driven me to the dark side. You know, things like drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, shooting up a school... Yeah I guess I would be justified to do those things because of my past experiences that weren't really so nice.
I guess all the Naruto bad guys who had terrible childhoods are suppose to be the good guys then because afterall... its all the fault of their terrible childhoods.
But you know what. I chose to serve the light.
I hate repeating myself but here goes. We don't need spirituality to define us as humans. We already have so many advantages over other forms of life on this planet, that it is very clear that we do stand above the rest of nature. The belief that God chose us as superior beings is not necessary and is for the most part a destructive quality of religion. It is that train of thought which has led various religions to claim superiorty over non-believers. It is that train of thought that has led to the multitude of holy wars in this world and also contributes to the issues we have in the modern world. This vain belief that we are chosen by God to stand above the rest is what leads to the greatest amount of conflict in the world.
Religion is NOT EQUAL to spirituality.
Religion has a system of set rules and dogma and doctrine.
Religion though, serves as a crutch to spirituality because not all people have the same level of spiritual development.
That is why personally, I strip out all the dogma and go down to the basics which is meditation and reincarnation. I don't need a middle man to tell me if this is the right way to God or something. I just read the bible and other articles by various people and leave it up to my sense of discernment to decide which is false or true.
Like the bible says: "You shall know them by their fruits" (Matthew 7:16)
Or perhaps divorce rates are so low in the Philipines because it's ILLEGAL there. Families stay together because the government FORCES them to. And here I thought you were all for more freedom. I'm sure if we took away things like alimony and tacked on a fine that only the rich could afford, the divorce rate would plummet here, too.
It is not illegal there but rather its much harder to do it there because of the attached stigma to doing it because of a 90% catholic country that frowns on divorce.
But lets say what you said is true that its ILLEGAL over there.
What about the families in Canada, USA, etc. I've worked with some Filipino community groups over here and have met quite a number of families. Why is it the same? Why are they more intact? Its very easy to divorce in the USA and Canada. But why is that?
I can imagine it, but I still see no benefit unless there is something to gain. Keeping the people dependent doesn't lead to any personal gain, just a lot of hassle. Why would I want to spend all this money just to watch people? That's stupid and, quite frankly, not possible. What you're basically saying is that there is this evil conspiracy backed by big business that wants to subjugate us all "just because". There is no financial gain to be had from it since they would have to pay for everything and they would lose the potential for an effective work force and buying class. Sorry, but the world doesn't work that way. Big business has more to gain from a strong economy.
They'd know everything about you. More than what you know about you. They'd know every move.
You think government is stupid for putting that there? They're not stupid. Thats why they're in control.
And profit? What is money anyway?
Money is just energy. Its all an illusion. It doesn't even have real value as its not even tied to gold. Its just numbers on a screen.
Do you honestly think that the Illuminati WANT money? They have all the money in the world. They can print it out of thin air using the Federal Reserve.
No. They have their own religion which is EUGENICS. They honestly believe that majority of the world population needs to be eliminated.
And why does the UN want to control the population?
And why does Henry Kissinger call us "useless eaters"?
And why do the masons call us the "profane"?
THINK ABOUT THAT. Is greed and profit the main driver of those things?
Hence the gay bashing and white supremists, not the mention the still pretty prevalent hating of the Jews and Muslims.
Those are for political reasons.
But have you met Christians who believe that homosexuality is a sin and therefore preach that homosexuals deserve God's mercy because God is merciful to sinners and tie it up to forgiveness of sins?
White supremacy? Ok. I guess I'm a white supremacist then. I'm a brown man and I'm stupid and gelded enough to believe the superiority of the white man over me. lol!
Actually, he didn't. He died. He discouraged his own followers from standing up against a government that everyone thought was ruthless and corrupt. He was killed because the Romans and Pharisees saw his followers as a threat and mistook him for a revolutionary, which the Bible clearly shows he had no desire for political power or to lead an uprising against the Romans.
He was more of a peaceful resistance. Just like Gandhi. Just like Martin Luther King.
Peaceful resistance is actually more effective than violence.
After Jesus death, alot of people elevated him to godlike status (I personally believe Jesus is a higher spiritual being-- not sure if he's an extraterrestrial or interdimensional being-- who came to earth to help raise the vibration of humanity... but for arguments sake lets say he's just a man who had bright ideas and a talent for speaking)
Also read the work of Ã‰tienne de La BoÃ©tie. Back in the middle ages, he advocated peaceful resistance. He advocated simply not supporting the tyrant so the tyrant will be gone.
The people power revolution of 1986 actually took out the dictator Ferdinand Marcos.
If the mass of the people rise up and say NO to the system, the system will collapse and there will be a new era of freedom to all of humanity. No need for violence and blood in the streets. Besides, its too messy to clean up. :)