Comment: Love the sinner, hate the sin.

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Love the sinner, hate the sin.

I love how you used the clip of the Hindu being more familiar with the Christ than the Christian is. Not that Christians don't know the Christ. Many do. Many people throughout the world know the Christ by another word. For example, you may know Christ as Chi. Jesus is the manifestation of the Christ.

As to your questions, as a Roman Catholic, I think that love and hate are just two sides of the same coin. The opposite of love is NOT hate. The opposite of love is indifference. My belief is that the Christ Center is in all of us, regardless of religion or culture. It is what makes us the sons and daughters of God. When that Center is surpressed, no good can come from a person. The more supressed it is, the greater the evil that they do.

Not recognising the Christ in another person can mean that person has supressed the Christ within. On the other hand, believing that another person doesn't know Christ because that person doesn't subscribe to your particular religious sect (or lack thereof) is also a sign that the one not seeing the Christ in the other has more to learn about the Christ.

There is actual power in prayer. Love your enemies means to me to pray for them, so that their Christ Center can gain strength within them. Love the sinner and hate the sin. Forgiveness comes with repentance. It's not simply a matter of forgive and forget. Without repentance, the sin is still there and the Christ is still (somewhat less, perhaps) surpressed.

Just my take on things. Sorry for the long comment.

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