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"I believe in love..."

Elsewhere noted your Galloway comment, which brought me here. I, too, haven't seen eye to eye with the church. I was dismayed a few years ago to read a statistic that the majority of Americans (predominantly Christian) couldn't even name the first book of the Bible (let alone had they read it). Frankly, I don't understand by what authority "the church" even operates any more, having so ignored the Great Commission - Catholic and Protestant both.

I don't understand some of the statements of the OP, how he could feel as he does if he'd read the Bible. I wouldn't know if your and my respective interpretations & beliefs would match, but this year I got two Christian friends to start reading the New Testament (NT-in-a-year). One was amazed to learn all that Jesus had done and to read a record of His actual words to see how *empowering* the message is - contrary to what she'd been taught via church. I've come to think there is a deliberate attempt to keep people in the dark (and therefore retain control). Bible illiterate people have no idea if what's coming from a pulpit might only be reflecting the opinions of a (fellow) mere mortal.

When I read your page, namely re the Fabian socialists, I thought of these words, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against..." I don't know if it's the same, but at times things have become rather heated within my family - re religion and also Ron Paul!

Off topic: I believe I travelled through Perth on my way (from the airport in Manchester) to Pennan, where Local Hero was filmed - the reason for my "pilgrimage" to Scotland. (Maybe you'll frown,:) but for years, my favorite dishtowels are those great terry-cloth tavern cloths we successfully begged for, to take home as souvenirs.) What a great message to that film - a case of the character Ben peaceably "changing hearts" - not unlike what Ron Paul has successfully been doing re so many different issues. Glad to see Scotland and so many different countries represented here at the Daily Paul.

Not that it applies to anything in particular, but reading this post and going through the comments, I kept hearing this song in my mind, by Australian Nick Cave:

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir