Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Jun 2012 23:07 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Two weeks ago, my grandmother passed away - the last grandparent I had left. As those of you with experience in dealing with deceased family members know, the funeral is only the start; the next part is taking care of the deceased's affairs, which includes going through all their belongings to determine what to do with them. I took care of my grandmother's extensive book collection, and while doing so, I hit something that fascinated me to no end: a six-volume Christian Encyclopaedia from 1956. In it, I found something I just had to share with OSNews.
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Sorry for the religious discussion
by 3rdalbum on Sat 9th Jun 2012 04:40 UTC
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A quick disclaimer: I'm an ex-Christian, with a partner who is Christian.

Mostly in America, but partly in other countries, are groups of people who I call "New Jews". They claim to be Catholics or Baptists or other sorts of Christians but they seem to completely miss the message.

There's a passage in the New Testament where the character of Jesus basically says that he's wiping away all the laws and teachings of the past, and replacing them with one: "Love one another as the Lord loves you".

All through the New Testament are references to God loving everybody, and being an object of love rather than an object of fear.

The New Jews miss this entirely. They use God as an excuse to say "We're loved, and you are hated". They miss the sentiment that "Love one another" is the only rule, and instead they backtrack to the Old Testament's laws that no longer matter in the Christian world.

That's why I call them New Jews - they believe in the existence of Christ, and call themselves Christians, but prefer to ignore his teachings in favour of the old Jewish teachings and rules. New Jews "fear God", Christians love God. New Jews say "God hates you because you are X", Christians say "God loves you no matter who you are".

It's little surprise to me that your Christian Encyclopedia from 1950s Europe is so accepting of evolution. Christianity says that the Old Testament isn't necessarily the truth, or relevant, or important anymore. After the start of more enlightened times, but before the New Jews came along with their firebrand of extremism, Christians were quite accepting of science.

Just to reiterate, though, I'm no longer a Christian (so don't start calling me that!) but I do have a Christian partner who I take to church. I see practical Christianity at work every week, basically.

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