Xeno, you are probably correct that it is difficult after all this time to know what Jesus actually taught. For me he embodies agape. So any teaching that deviates much from that principle, I don't trust it as coming from him. I think early on his actual teachings got hijacked for other than spiritual purposes. I seem to have grown a cynical streak in myself!
On Saturday, January 18, 2014 4:32 PM, "anartax...@yahoo.com" <anartax...@yahoo.com> wrote: There are a few splinter Christian churches that do not follow the idea that we are inherently sinful, but are instead, inherently good. One such church is the Unity Church of Practical Christianity. On the other hand the majority of Christian flavours do indeed seem to regard our species as base and vile in some way. Should a creator that makes such defective merchandise really be revered for attempting to patch its mistakes? It really does not make much sense. OK, y'all are bad, doomed, so I'll send my son and kill him for your benefit. After all this time it is hard to tell what Jesus actually taught; it may have had a more esoteric meaning in the beginning, but it is that more abstract way of interpretation that tends to get lost as time marches on. ---In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, <authfriend@...> wrote: I do believe I said "Christianity," not "Catholicism," Share. I'm astonished you weren't aware that it's Christian doctrine across the board. As I said, if we weren't defective, there'd have been no need for God to send Jesus to redeem us and make us acceptable in God's sight. I'm not saying you or anybody else should believe this. It was just an aside, a reminder that this is what Christianity says.