Re: Fanatics & Fundamentalists
Originally posted by Scrawly
Interesting topic.. And it is one that is universally discussed and we kinda get the feeling like we have heard this all before.. I guess throughout history there are those who are always bringing about new things and there are those who take things to the Nth Level..
One of my favorite verses for this topic is Christ saying: ""With All things come good and evil"" It's really when does something go from Good to Evil and Vice verse... Often times people are motivated for various reasons and often that is the case for us all.. That often is what happing with people when the attack a specific thing as if its evil.. Christ statement tells that there isn't any one such evil thing but rather anything can be a potential problem.. Fundi's most often are easily identified as such people..
There are different strokes for different folks.. Just as there are different people with different reasons that motivate.. Some people speak out to raise an awareness that something is wrong.. Some will narrow mindedly make things into what they want.. Some do it because they are losing their grip on the world.. Generally that is when it becomes the topic of the day.. Two strange scenario's in the Bible from statements like.. ""This world is passing away"" Few seem to know what it was suppose to look like after it was gone? Second, which cares were we suppose to get caught up in?
For the Israelite/Jewish hearers of the Day we should be able to identify what was going down in most cases.. First rule of translation.. Who's talking? And who's being talked to? It's Israel's Messiah don't forget.. And it's their world that is fixing to go away. Too often people today pick up the Bible and read it out of context.. Christ was being specific at times.. Folks generalize when they shouldn't and they're specific when it's not.. People read into things their Motivating praxis.. Gods will becomes theirs? What God meant is what they mean? Actually they make God out in their image and their likeness. The world often meant different things at different times. The world can be any number of things that keep us from becoming the Children of God if that is our calling? But not all are chosen. Too God so put it in the world that we would be without excuse.. That was said then and I guess it still rings true today? So there were things in the world but he was talking to Jews for the most part.. He was their messiah.. Often suffering is at the heart of matters.. It's one of the most important aspects of the christen faith in that we share with the world because no one is immune from suffering..
Peace and Godbless
He that is convinced against his will is of the same Opinion still.