Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Whose God may we mock?

Pat Buchanan wrote in Townhall If "such lies and errors had been directed at the Koran or the Holocaust," said Archbishop Angelo Amato, the Vatican's secretary for the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, "they would have justly provoked a world uprising."

That is certainly true. Jay Tea sarcastically wrote on Wizbang:
If they REALLY wanted to garner the respect of the world and silence its detractors, here are some of the things they should have done first:
  1. Issue a death sentence against Dan Brown, the book's author.
  2. Hold massive riots against the book and movie.
  3. Issue death threats against Tom Hanks and everyone else involved in the film.
  4. Kill several people, such as book store employees who sold the novel, by beheading or some other gruesome manner.
  5. Burn down book stores that stock the book.
But Christians follow Jesus Christ, who would be horrified if we responded that way. I wish Moderate Muslims would seek to bring their faith into the 21st century, and discourage violent responses like we hav seen recently from members of their faith. However I question Pat's title for this article. The God of Jews, the God of Christians, and the God of Muslims is the same God, the God of Abraham. I don't like to see Him ridiculed, or to have false books published about Him, but I believe that He will deal with those that do those things, at Judgement Day, and we should all focus on conforming our own behaviour to one that He would approve of.
The archbishop was speaking of "The Da Vinci Code," the Ron Howard film that debuts at Cannes and opens worldwide this week, and is expected to gross $500 million by summer's end. The archbishop's point is undeniable. Blasphemous cartoons of the Prophet with a bomb in his turban, published a few months ago in a Danish newspaper and reprinted on the front pages of Europe's major papers, ignited demonstrations in Muslim communities across Europe and violent and deadly riots across the Islamic world.


Seven Star Hand said...

Hello Don and all,

It is quite a joke that the Vatican and Catholic Church have the gall to accuse the author of a novel of attacking their fantasies and dogma. Remember that this is the same organization that manufactured fake relics and miracles for many centuries. This is the same group that massacred and tortured people for seeking the truth and having a mind of their own. This is the same group of deluded deceivers that makes more noise about a fictional book and movie than about child raping priests, aids, famine, or even the Holocaust! At what point does the Vatican's behavior go from the absurd to simply purely evil?

It is undeniable the New Testament is framed by symbolism and allegory. The same is evidenced in the Dead Sea Scrolls, Gnostic texts, biblical apocrypha, and other related texts. All ancient religious, mystical, and wisdom texts have been shrouded in mystery for millennia for one primary reason: The ability to understand their widely evidenced symbology was lost in antiquity. How do we finally solve these ages-old mysteries? To recast an often-used political adage: It’s [the] symbology, stupid!

It's amazing the Vatican still tries to insist the Gospels are literal truth. It is beyond obvious they are replete with ancient Hebrew symbology. Every miracle purported for Jesus has multiple direct symbolic parallels in the Old Testament, Apocalypse, Dead Sea Scrolls, and other symbolic narratives and traditions.

Likewise, the following Washington Post article ( The Book of Bart) describes how many changes and embellishments were made to these texts over the centuries, unequivocally demonstrating they are not original, infallible, or truthful.

What then is the purpose of "faith" but to keep good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom? It's no wonder the Vatican fears the truth more than anything else. Now comes justice, hot on its heels... (symbolism...)

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Don Singleton said...

You are entitled to your beliefs, as I am entitled to mine.