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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 decade ago

Formed From Sheer Frustration: Why do people attack the Faith and not the people (read before answering)?

When someone reads the Bible, Old and New Testaments, s/he can't help but find passages that s/he happens to agree with. Jesus himself is considered to be a nice guy, and his teachings both agreeable and worth listening to, even by those who aren't Christians. If one were to read the entire Bible seriously, s/he would find that every violent act that Christians have inflicted against others go against all their teachings. One would also find that God evidently cared so much for humanity that he devised a system in which anyone who honestly believes in it goes to heaven, and any that do not believe are not auomatically going to hell, but may indeed go to heaven depending on how much of a decent person they've been.

In short, if you have a problem with some people who happen to share a common faith, why do you blame the faith and not those people? I ask this in defense of all of the major (and most minor) faiths, and likewise ask this question to all who have this problem.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Lectio Divina is Latin for “spiritual reading” and represents an early monastic technique of prayer which continues in practice though less widely, intended to achieve communion with God as well as providing special spiritual insights and peace from that experience. It is a way of praying with Scripture that calls one to study, ponder, listen and, finally, pray from God's Word.

    History

    Lectio Divina was first expressed in the year 220 AD. It was found that to read the Bible profitably it is necessary to do so with attention, consistency and prayer. The systematization of “spiritual reading” into four steps dates back to the 12th century. Around 1150, Guigo II, a Carthusian monk, wrote a book entitled “The Monk’s Ladder” (Scala Claustralium) wherein he set out the theory of the four rungs: reading, meditation, prayer and contemplation. In 2005, Pope Benedict XVI stated, “This is the ladder by which the monks ascend from earth to heaven.”

    Method

    Lectio is typically practiced daily for one continuous hour. A selection from the Holy Scriptures is chosen ahead of time, often as a daily progression through a particular book of the Bible.

    Time

    Selecting a time for lectio divina is important. Typical methods are to pray for one hour in the morning, or to divide it into two half-hour periods, one in the morning and one in the evening. The key is to pre-select the time that will be devoted to the prayer, and to keep it. Using the same time every day leads to a daily habit of prayer that becomes highly effective.

    Place

    The place for prayer is to be free from distractions. This means it should be isolated from other people, telephones, visual distractions, etc. Some find a religious icon to be helpful. The same place should be used for lectio if possible, especially as one first begins to practice it. Familiarity with a location reduces the possibility of distraction away from the prayer. Some practitioners conduct other devotions, such as praying before the Catholic Eucharist, as a preparation for Lectio Divina.

    Preparation

    Prior to reading, it is important to engage in a transitional activity that takes one from the normal state of mind to a more contemplative and prayerful state. A few moments of deep, regular breathing and a short prayer inviting the Holy Spirit to guide the prayer time helps to set the tone and improve the effectiveness of the lectio.

    Once the stage is set it is time to begin the prayer. There are four phases of the prayer, which do not necessarily progress in an ordered fashion. One may move between different phases of the prayer very freely as the Spirit guides.

    The Four Moments

    Lectio

    Read the passage several times.

    Meditatio

    Reflect on the text of the passage, thinking about how to apply to one's own life. Gravitate to any particular phrase or word that seems to be of particular import. This should not be confused with exegesis, but is a very personal reading of the Scripture and application to one's own life.

    Oratio

    Respond to the passage by opening the heart to God. This is not primarily an intellectual exercise, but more of the beginning of a conversation with God.

    Contemplatio

    Listen to God. This is a freeing oneself from one's own thoughts, both mundane and holy. It is about hearing God talk to us. Opening our mind, heart and soul to the influence of God. Any conversation must allow for both sides to communicate, and this most unfamiliar act is allowing oneself to be open to hearing God speak.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't have a problem. God is imaginary. If your great and small cults understood that they would not be committing horrible acts in his name. If people had to assume responsibility for their actions instead of blaming it on a higher power most of the world wide terror would disappear.

    And the substitution of State or nation for religion is no help. all higher powers are equally suspect.

    The people trapped by the cult think are victims, they deserve our pity and compassion.

    If your friend became addicted to Crack would you try to beat them up or would you persecute the Crack dealers and try to get the drug removed from your city? Same thing.

  • 1 decade ago

    Some people blame the faith because they don't want to offend the person. It's like they're afraid the person might spread rumors, and they think that the faith can't hurt them. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that people are selfish. They don't want to have people talking about them, so they blame the faith.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I can agree with the gist of what you are saying, however, what good is a belief system if it's adherents only pay lip service to it rather than ACTUALLY living in the ways demonstrated by its founder? By the way, I think Jesus was great because he was a free thinker as well as a political revolutionary, both admirable qualities that I wish more people had.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Exodus 23:7 Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the wicked.

    That scripture purtains to not killing the innocent. For it is God who instructs His Christian people to destroy evil people. We are not to kill at our will.

    In this scripture below, God has instructed the people to destroy another people...

    1 Samuel 15:18 And the LORD sent thee on a journey, and said, Go and utterly destroy the sinners the Amalekites, and fight against them until they be consumed.

    If you read the bible, you would see that it is God who decided who is to go to war and kill the evil. But we are not to take matters into our own hands for our own personal vengence.

    Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    You have absolutely no idea as to what you are talking about. Your being a decent person as you put it, but without accepting Jesus as your savior will NOT get you into heaven.

    John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    To be born again is to accept Jesus as your savior.But those who do not accept Jesus shall not have eternal life but the wrath of God.

    John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

  • Regina
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    good point! after all, Jesus (pbuh) was sent to us as a gift to the human race - to teach us about unconditional love and peace.

    too bad that we tend to forget that

    by the way, when someone calls my prophet (pbuh) a pedophile, i don't go around accusing christianity - i accuse the nutty who said that

    peace and blessings

    Source(s): muslimah
  • 1 decade ago

    Maybe because it makes people ask long-winded, preachy questions.

    Source(s): my humble opinion.
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