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Comment: No. But the statement stands on its own

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No. But the statement stands on its own

whether spoken by Jesus or anyone else. And it applies to just about anything. (Another way it's said, in advertising: "Fly it up the flagpole and see who salutes.") Ever feel like you were banging your head against the wall last year talking to some Romney- or Obama-supporting friend or family member about the national debt, Fed, undeclared wars, our interventionist foreign policy, or erosion of our rights - only to have the person throw back some meaningless cliche as if he hadn't heard a word you'd said? Whereas, others listened and ultimately became fellow Ron Paul supporters? I, for one, had that experience. Well, it's pretty much the same thing where Jesus is concerned. If you don't have ears to hear what He said - or as you'd say it, what Jesus is purported to have said - about Himself, about how we should conduct ourselves, about the power we have if we could muster the faith, and other things in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, so be it. I said I accepted that others don't believe. What I don't understand is why you would mock the belief that I do have. Btw, there are others who've had some of the same issues you apparently do, including an editor at the Chicago Tribune. If you are interested, here's the book he wrote on the subject:

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