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To: IronKros
"Wouldn't the believers be obligated to follow in the same military history of Moses and Joshua?"

In a sense, we are. Jews and Christians alike are willing to die for their beliefs, if need be. But such true martyrdom would, (and did), take place under persecution, not warfare.

In the case of the Crusades, they should be seen in light of the aggressive invasions prior.

"Jainism is far from new."

Zoroastrianism is another fascinating ancient religion. It's parallels with others is remarkable.

23 posted on 11/24/2009 12:47:43 PM PST by Enosh (†)
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To: Enosh
Ok, back on topic. :)

A person who "knows" there is a God as opposed to "believing" there is a God, will do whatever they think their God wants.
This includes all of the "Do Nots" in the UMC.

That is what I meant by Religion can pervert the UMC.
Not every atrocity in Abrahamic Religions was committed for self preservation.
25 posted on 11/24/2009 1:01:41 PM PST by IronKros (Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition. ~Adam Smith, The Wealth)
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