Should I point out examples in the bible itself then? LOL.. There are plenty examples I can go by to show it's a cult. Hardly a poor historian either because the 300 years of burning wasn't a magical fairy tale, neither were the Crusades.
Funny you should bring those up, as they weren't perpetrated by our church. Again, "poor historian," and linguist, to boot. Why must you be provided with even the most basic of information? From a sociological perspective, Orthodox Christianity, and Christianity in general, are not "cults." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult
It's Sociology 101, man - go back to school.
Really, please verify the core to your bible as being 100% truth. Ahh, you can't can you! GJ!
Straw man; Orthodox Christians don't bring 100% into the equation when comparing the Bible to history. Your argument - laughable as it is - is that 99% of the bible is false, a point I would contend is worthy of ridicule, and which you surely need to prove rather than assert.
Incorrect, it's better to know a lie than to blindly follow one. And love has nothing to do with this discussion.
There are no blind men (well, very very few, thanks to speech-to-text technology) on an internet discussion, and there's no lie presented by Orthodoxy. And, since we're talking about faith, Love has everything
to do with the discussion.
Like the regurgitating circular arguments made by posters here?
I've yet to see a circular argument in here; but I should admit that your tired posts have bored me enough to "change the channel" a number of times.
And sorry, nothing I've stated has been debunked by the most radical Biblical critics. Nice try though.
"We know where the Authors of the bible got their inspirations from, and that was from other religions and folklore/beliefs. It's entirely a cut and paste form of creative writing to which is a text book example of servitude to power."
Let me give you a basic one, since I have neither the time nor inclination to point out to you the volumes of work on the subject: critics have been claiming that Christmas on Dec 25th was in order to take over a pagan holiday; historians have demonstrated that the celebration of Christmas was on Dec 25th at least 1 century before the celebration for Sol Invictus was added to the Winter Solstice. Christmas has been a big attack point for those who wish to ridicule Christianity; while the "spirit of the holiday" may have been taken over by commercial interests for many people, the date has been "tradition" far longer than pagan celebrations during that period of time, and indeed has likely been a magnet drawing other attention to that season (e.g. the aforementioned feast for Sol Invictus' rise, the over-emphasis on Hannukah, which isn't even a top-5 feast for Judaism, etc.).
Im not rabid, I'm being very direct with you. And any animosity shown here in this thread is due to your circular self-invented avoiding arguments, or preaching. Not once have you actually addressed any points made here with any sort of honesty. When you can manage to drop the act and actually engage a discussion without being dishonest, you let me know.
There should be no animosity; you bring anger because you don't fully understand what you're arguing against, but you're dead-set against it regardless of the arguments. If you spent your "Christian" life as a Protestant, you have no clue what historical Christianity is about; even if you were RC, you've got no concept of where the Orthodox Christians are coming from.
Confucius say: When a person analyzes religion from the outside without immersing oneself within the rituals, it is as useful as trying to see through a brick wall. You act like I never was a Christian. Guess what I was, and it's the biggest bambazoole concoted by a bunch of charltans the world has ever seen.
You keep claiming you were a Christian; I'm sure your faith was well-informed and well-studied. *chuckle*
People escaped Jonestown when folks started dying. Yet, thousands and thousands have died for the Christian faith, including over 80 eye-witnesses to what you would have us believe is a hoax (the Resurrection). Would each of those people die for a lie - not just die, die painful, drawn-out deaths? Crucifixion, stoning, etc. - that's not lethal injection, or beheading. Their Christian faith led them to take care of society's undesirables, led them to take care of the extremely ill and poor, and led them to stand firm when others wished to persecute them out of existence. Say what you will of those who call themselves Christian but are so only in name; there have been many millions of Christians who have raised humanity from barbarism because of the convictions of their faith. We can go back to our pre-Christian society, if you wish: exposing our undesired children until they die, killing all our political dissidents and prisoners, raping our captives, neglecting our widows, enslaving our orphans, etc. Of course, since you hold a philosophical position contrary to the majority (i.e. atheism), you'd be among the first on the hemlock list...