History teaches us that America’s greatness has come from the willing cooperation of people of all faiths and philosophies working for the common good.

Father Bernard McGarty’s own works are testimony to this, and yet he writes a column that sets the good works of Christians above all other faiths and philosophies (Saturday’s Tribune).

Now, more than ever we need our leaders to bring us together, not drive us apart.

Granted the good listed in his column is real and highly commendable, but to attribute all the good things of the world as only because of Christianity is divisive

These are the teachings we can be reasonably certain came from Jesus’ lips:

  • Love God and love others.
  • Love all people, not just those who agree with you.
  • Make peace among people.
  • Forgive without reservation.
  • Do not judge others.
  • Be a servant to all others.
  • Model Jesus’ teachings so people are drawn to you spiritually.
  • Listen to the Holy Spirit speaking directly to you.

In this season of love, shouldn’t we all encourage the love in one another, celebrate the goodness in all the life around us, and work together for a more just, equitable and kinder society?

Isn’t that what Jesus would want us to do?

(5) comments

Seriously Now
Seriously Now

As usually, Nappy with is weird obsession, likes to use texts that were examined and removed from standard accepted Christian theology. There have always be religious "urban legends" and people who attribute something to somebody famous in order to reinforce their point. But if you are obsessed and have a lot of time on your hands, you can cull through 2,000 years of writings from all kinds of sources and find things to make fun of.

Napoleon
Napoleon

Seriously Nuts: "As usually, Nappy with is weird obsession, likes to use texts that were examined and removed from standard accepted Christian theology."

The Christianity you know is watered down, the Christianity you know is Christianity Lite. A bunch of ill-qualified Roman-era censors used their clout to make a muddle of the Christian religion (or, better said, more of a muddle than before). Today's Christians are mere mutants, are fake Christians.

Therefore you've never been a true Christian, you have turned your back on the true word of Christ, the Gospel of Thomas. You heretic! You infidel!

"This is the parable of the lost sheep in Thomas 107 SV"

"107. Jesus said, "The kingdom is like a shepherd who had a hundred sheep. One of them, the largest, went astray. He left the ninety-nine and looked for the one until he found it. After he had toiled, he said to the sheep, I love you more than the ninety-nine.""

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gospel_of_Thomas

MidwestAtheist
MidwestAtheist

Good letter, susan. McGarty's column was a myopic piece of garbage, and it is nice to see a believer agree, at least in part.

Anonangel
Anonangel

lol, right. Not gonna happen here in lax. I try to be positive , but watching how you all treat each other is horrible.

Napoleon
Napoleon

McCurdy: "These are the teachings we can be reasonably certain came from Jesus’ lips:"

That part of the Xtian bible most likely to have come from an actual Jesus' lips was banned long ago... The Gospel of Thomas is supposedly what the 'real' Jesus said, yet the Xtians banned it, and slaughtered anyone who wouldn't abandon it.

The Gospel of Thomas

"These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded."

http://gnosis.org/naghamm/gosthom.html

"7. Jesus said, "Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human.""

"11. Jesus said, "This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away."

"47. Jesus said, "A person cannot mount two horses or bend two bows."

"About Gnosticism"

"It is for exposing the War of essences repeatedly that the Gnostics were mercilessly slaughtered."

http://rense.com/general95/gnos.htm

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