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To: Tribune7
Thanks for your assurance that my statements haven't been offensive. I feel more than a little bit nervous about expressing religious views in public. Regarding your questions: all I can say is that Christians tell me that Jesus did all these things, but Jews tell me something different. It must, in the end, be a matter of faith whom I believe, as we are impossibly far away from the events to know what happened from a historical or physical record. You can't even prove to me that Jesus existed; you can only demonstrate that it is difficult to see how he could not have done, given the historical record. I certainly can't base my experience on the fact that you and many like you feel you have had a personal experience of Jesus; many others feel they have had a personal experience of Allah; others still that they have personal experience of the absence of G-d. My faith is a matter of my own making.

Now for something really radical: Hasidic thought teaches that G-d is not really omnipotent, at least not in the Western meaning of the word. It even teaches that there was a problem that occurred during the process of creation. That is, in some ways, the starting point for the concept of tikkun olam, repairing the world (you may have heard the term "klipot", shells, bandied about by dabbling Kabbalists). I say this by way of demonstrating that we are a very long way apart in terms of our basic assumptions about theology and how the world works.

505 posted on 11/30/2001 6:36:56 AM PST by slhill
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To: slhill
I feel more than a little bit nervous about expressing religious views in public.

You do it articulately and you spell better than me.

My faith is a matter of my own making.

But God is not. Mad Magazine once described Jesus as a nice Jewish boy who went into his father's business. That's not a bad way of looking at it.

I say this by way of demonstrating that we are a very long way apart in terms of our basic assumptions about theology and how the world works.

Of course we are. But, and this is important, our values are almost exactly the same. If the Jews were to take over entirely and impose Judaic law and Jewish values on this country and I suspect I could still live her quite happily although I guess that would depend on how much of a prohibition there would be for me to witness. I suspect there wouldn't be.

Now if the Druids took over and I was subject to their law (Druidaic law?) I would not feel that way. Which may be why I might be seem a tad intolerant to the new age, postmodern types.

Regardless, law should be applied equally no matter what one's religion is.

508 posted on 11/30/2001 9:10:57 AM PST by Tribune7
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