Originally Posted by LX
yeah - you made my point better than I could Ligeia. I have no horse in this thing. I have been personally fucked over by organized religion, but I can respect people that have a vigorous faith in anything that provides meaning for them, while they remain open to doubt. It's quite hard for me to fight both sides, or support either side's need for total rejection.
your observations about texts to Toraps is true to a degree, but the nature of pretty much all religious texts is quite indirect, requiring personal interpretation in ways that relate to living from day to day. the rules and dogma are usually quite external to the actual texts. that's why I think the problem is essentially one of power that gets used and abused, and unfortunately when that happens it happens on a large scale.
One again LX understands me.
Perhaps I just haven't studied enough religious text but I don't recall ever seeing mayhem and hate being promoted in ANY kind of religion.
That comes directly from the mouths of the people.