Re: Theological clarification, was:Re: Mother Teresa

From: Michael S. Lorrey (
Date: Sat Jun 03 2000 - 20:50:34 MDT

Zero Powers wrote:
> >From: "Michael S. Lorrey" <>
> > > Any clue as to how the good doktor responded? Come to would
> >ANY
> > > fundamentalist or even any professed christian or jew respond?
> > >
> >
> >No idea, and I don't even know if it was actually sent to her (though I
> >imagine at least a few people have emailed it to her to make sure she
> >got it). I'm sure fundamentalists are sure to start making noises about
> >the 'context of the time and place, etc' over this, if they dare say
> >anything.
> Actually the fundie line is that that was a different "dispensation". Since
> the death and resurrection of Christ, we are now in the dispensation of
> "grace" and those old rules that are *really* hard to live by don't really
> count anymore. Granted there is nothing in the text of the scripture which
> sanctions this, but come on we can't go around stoning our kids for
> insubordination in this day and age, now can we?

So what about the fun stuff in the new testament? You've got the
anti-witch stuff, of course, so I'd like to know what the proper way is
to 'suffer not a witch to live'? Do I crucify her (a Roman method
reserved for political enemies and traitors) or burn her, or what? Then
there are the anti-capitalist bits, like when Christ rampaged against
the merchants in the temple (rather reminiscent of the degree to which
the names of all the new sports stadiums are sporting corporate names,
eh? Sports is the national religion, right? Notre Dame and all..) Then
you've also got the part where Jesus tells his followers to sell their
clothes and go naked in order to buy a sword. So S&M is ok with God?
Then there's the part of 'giving to ceasar what belongs to ceasar'. God
fearing people shouldn't bitch about paying their taxes then. So the
question is, how much belongs to ceasar?

Mike Lorrey

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