Jim Rutledge wrote:
TerryAnne wrote:PJ...do you know ANYTHING about real Islam? As in...the Koran is totally up for grabs in interpretation?!? Who cares what it says...your mullah tells you what it really says anyway.
So, let us change the context:
TA . . . . do you know ANYTHING about real Christianity? As in . . . the New Testament is totally up for grabs in interpretation?!?
Who cares what it says . . . your priest, reverend, minister, tells you what it really
WTF?!? Are you even a Christian? Oh, wait, let me guess...you disowned all religion as a teen in the 60s as a way of fighting against your parents...and have yet to grow up.
Yes, there are various 'interpretations' of the Bible (I use quotes here, becuase you are obviously using the definition of that word very loosely). However, we on the more enlightened side of religion (i.e. non-Muslims) have divided them into legitimate categories of Protestant (i.e. Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, etc.) and Catholic. All men and women who will be leading a church in either Protestant or Catholic churches MUST attend a school; for us Baptists, we call it Seminary.
Muslims....nope. Anyone can call themselves or be 'promoted' to Mullah status. Asshat Osama is considered a Mullah by some of his devout followers.
Christians all believe the same basic tenants, although Catholics' reverence of the Virgin Mary and Saints doesn't translate as strongly to the Protestant side. We, unlike the Muslims, don't fight over who should be the next grand poobah, or who/who not to kill, or how women should dress, or how long your beard has to be, etc.
I have yet to go to a church that tells me something outlandishly different than what I have learned in previous churches. Yes, I have moved from being a more centrist Baptist to being a Southern Baptist, and, yes, the SBs take the Bible more literally than what I'm previously used to....however, they don't go around saying that, "Well, when God said 'Honor thy Father and Mother', he meant that you should only say something nice on their gravestone". The principal fundmentals are the same throughout.