Do you know about how different tribes of Native Americans have been treated? Or some of the history of life on some of the Reservations? The "Trail of Tears", "Wounded Knee" or the "Baker/Marias Massacre"? There's plenty of unfair and cruel treatment to go around when there is any kind of group that is different in some way from another. It's a very Human thing unfortunately to put down those who are not like oneself.
A link to information on the "Baker/Marias Massacre" http://www.dickshovel.com/parts.html
It is a Godless and cruel nature that harbors frustration and intolorence for others just because they have a name like "Hell" or "Hitler" or any other label such as being a "black person" or "white person". If this describes what you call "humans" than you have put a real point to task which I would like to entertain slightly.....
Humans are the most fragile living element on earth (a little too cold or little to hot...bang! dead). We never stop to think of the fact that the earth, the universe even can do without us. We have know part to play in the natural order that is around us. We are like parasites. Even an ant has more power and worth in the natural order than we do. Remove ants from the balance of nature and watch what happens. Christ used the ant as an example for us to follow.
So to me saying "we are only human" is not a reason at all.
Racism is very bad behavior and is most concernedly 'GODLESS'.
It shocks me to see and hear racists and bigots talk about God. I wonder why do they even bother.
People who want to intentional create bad results for good efforts by Good people are wicked and satanic.
When a Christian person feels good that they are white and not black and thus does not have to worry about the bad treatment, loss and disenfranchisement blacks have to endure (from whites primarily and others); they are by nature 'counter-christians' (my own term). They are willing to live with corruption, forsaking the Christian way "to love not the world" and to "seek yee first the kingdom of Heaven".
Being Human is know excuse for sin and Godlessness.
We are to follow Christ. He taught us to do this becuase He knows that we do not posses virtue on our own.
A Christian must....MUST be ready to keep the straight ("Ortho") way ("doxa") and persue it with diligence; unrelenting. This is the essence, the fount of Christs Church which is "Orthodox".
We are one faith without a lable or defining border.
We must see ourselves as The Church -
of Bulgaria, The Church
- of Greece, The Church
- of Russia, The Church
of - Corinth, The Church
- of Thessalonica, The Church
- of Rome, The Church
- of Ethiopia, The Church
- of Egypt.
We must simply see ourselves as The Church.
Christs Church is labeled by His Body and His Blood; not a country.
Are we kidding ourselves when we think that our "churches" are "national" churches? I say YES!
The church that Christ heads is One, Holy, Universal, and Apostolic.
We have found walls for ourselves and reasons of "distinction" of our own making with labels such as Greek Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox
etc. Putting the most important aspect of who we are or should be second which is: "Church". Who decided this? Is not clear that we are the "Church" first.
The Church is our name, Identity, label and way of life. Our national origin is subject to the Church not the other way around.
Sadly;These distinctions have (althought unwittingly) has imprisoned us from each other and the world that so desperately needs the hope and the love that is present in the Holy faith.
So much for names and labels.
The name "Hell" is not the problem at all.
The word Love is.
God Help Us!
Deacon Amde Tsion