brain sizes: Einstein's and women's

John Knight jwknight at polbox.com
Fri Sep 6 22:07:38 EST 2002


"Cary Kittrell" <cary at afone.as.arizona.edu> wrote in message news:albba1$j5$1 at oasis.ccit.arizona.edu...

> <John, I've noticed that some Christians are able to accept that they
> <(again, according to their myths) are "adopted" sons of Abraham
> <without trying to push the "firstborn" out of the way. And I've
> <noticed that some who claim to be Christian seem to think that the
> <only way that they can "prove" their "fitness" is to dispariage the
> <Jews. Which category do you fall in?
> <
> <That's a serious question, John -- not a flame, an insult, or a troll.
> <
> 
> Please, then, allow me: John falls into a noticibly distinct group --
> nominal Christians who are nowhere near ready to go in for all
> that Jesus stuff -- mercy and charity and self-sacrifice and
> loving those who hate you -- they're by temperament far more
> comfortable with the Old Testament ambiance, all that smiting 
> and abominating and all-around tribalistic xenophobia.  Reflexively 
> exclusive, not inclusive, by nature, they look about for something to 
> support their us-vs-them tendencies, and it's obvious where that's
> to be found.  Only problem: YWH clearly wasn't talking to us.
> As a matter of fact, YWH spends a great deal of time warning the
> Chosen against the likes of us.  So what's a bigot to do when
> faced with such roaring cognitive dissonance?  
> 
> You've seen the answer to that.  Not pretty, is it?
> 
> 
> 
> -- cary

Sooo, you want to stick to the "New Testament" and throw out the "Old", cary?  Why exactly would that be?  Would you mind explaining that?  No?

So let's play along with your game to see if we can get you to admit what's wrong?  Is the following what you "think" is "Not Pretty"?  Is this what you don't like to hear?  Does thinking about this really bother you all that much?:

  1.. You know the commandments: `Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.' Mark 10:19 
  2.. In our law Moses commanded that [adulteresses] must be stoned to death, John 8:5 
  3.. Does this mean that we do away with the law by this faith? No, not at all; instead we uphold the law, Romans 3:31 
  4.. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail, Luke 16:17 
  5.. Do not think that I came to annul the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to annul, but to fulfill, Matthew 5:17 
  6.. "...we command you, brethren, on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us", 2 Thessalonians 3:6
  7.. "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14
  8.. "You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father's desire. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies",  John 8:44 
  9.. The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?", John 8:48

Does that sound at all different from the following?:

"You shall not show partiality in judgment; you shall hear the small as well as the great; you shall not be afraid in any man's presence, for the judgment is God's", Deuteronomy 1:17

John Knight
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