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We should not hate those who are different from us

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Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 am

We are constantly made aware of a human’s capacity to hate anyone who isn’t just like them, or anyone with whom we disagree. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of a colorblind world, but it was just a dream. As long as we continue to perpetuate the belief that we are more valuable than someone who is different or has different beliefs, the hate will continue.

The only answer is to teach our children that everyone has equal value, whether white or black, Hispanic or Asian; gay or straight; Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist or whatever religious belief or non-belief; rich or poor; highly intelligent, average or mentally challenged; free from addiction or addicted to something; employed or unemployed; physically fit or disabled, fat or skinny; clean or dirty; and conservative or liberal. Children have the capacity to love anyone, with the only criterion being how they are treated. We take away that capacity by teaching them our own prejudices.

If one believes in the Bible, the only commandment Jesus gave us was to love — love God, love everyone else. If we all lived by that, what a beautiful world it would be!

Diana Kline

Lodi

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17 comments:

  • Walter Chang posted at 4:26 pm on Mon, Jul 22, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1161

    I'll check availability

    [beam]

     
  • John Lucas posted at 8:47 pm on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    I am always amused when Jerome lectures on the subject of being a follower of Jesus.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:54 am on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Walter: Jerry doesn't like to include everyone in his circle of love. [rolleyes]

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:51 am on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Diana Kline wrote "Children have the capacity to love anyone, with the only criterion being how they are treated. We take away that capacity by teaching them our own prejudices."

    That is so true.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 10:37 am on Sat, Jul 20, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 458

    You have an astonishingly deceptive vast array of knowledge, Walter. I'll have that Chang beer now ,if the offer still stands, instead of my Mickey's Bigmouth.[cool]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 5:01 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1161

    Bob, I didn't need artist or song name, I knew from the lyrics!!

    [lol]

     
  • robert maurer posted at 3:05 pm on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 458

    Ed. Of course nobody knows what Christ looks like. The "pics on the wall" "The Crucifiction"are artists' renditions, probably taken from places such as the 11th century mosaic from the Monastery Church in Daphne, Greece, that we still see today.In Revelation, Christ is nothing as we may imagine him to be.

     
  • robert maurer posted at 9:42 am on Fri, Jul 19, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 458

    Wow,Walter!! what blast from the past. "Fat kids,skinny kids,kids that climb on rocks:tough kids,sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox... I can almost hear the children singing and seeing the pantomime to that decades old Armour hot dog commercial. Here is the last phrase from Rush's song Witch Hunt from their Moving Pictures album from the early 80's which I think is timeless and relevant to Ms. Kline's letter: ...Quick to judge,quick to anger,slow to understand that ignorance and prejudice and fear walk hand in hand.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:48 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1161

    Diana not Diane. Sorry.

    [smile]

     
  • Ed Walters posted at 6:20 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    the old dog Posts: 609

    I can picture Christ today in two different ways, if he or she was in a human form, either as a hippy from the 60`s or a Wall St. Banker in a three piece suit. Who knows, do you, of course not. The pic on the wall was most likely photo-shopped.

    Walter: I`m afraid I can`t go with Mark 12:31, I like my neighbors but that`s about as far as it goes, I love my wife and that`s good enough for me.

    Joanne: One to many maybe`s.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 5:00 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1161


    "angst"

    Everything bothers Jerry.

    Diane writes a beautiful letter about Jesus' "greatest commandments" and love.

    She paraphrased the scripture incorrectly and used the word "only" in place of word greatest.

    Jerry suggest that she is ignorant of the faith and is destined to remain in the dark (Hell bound).

    Why? Because she misquoted scripture? No, but Diane obviously understands the premise better the Jerry.

    It's because she INCLUDES EVERYONE!

    "white or black, Hispanic or Asian; gay or straight; Christian, Jewish, Muslim, atheist or whatever religious belief or non-belief; rich or poor; highly intelligent, average or mentally challenged; free from addiction or addicted to something; employed or unemployed; physically fit or disabled, fat or skinny; clean or dirty; and conservative or liberal"

    [thumbup]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 4:57 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1161

    Jerry, these passages are from the New Testament. You may not be familiar with them.

    Matthew 22:37
    "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment."

    Mark 12:31
    "The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

     
  • robert maurer posted at 3:19 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    mason day Posts: 458

    Here is a question for the faithful Christian: If Christ were alive in human form today and came to your door with long hair,a beard, smelling like he hadn't bathed since his baptism, and was lugging around a huge,heavy wooden cross, would you let him into your living room? Would you do what you could for him? If another God of a different religion under similar circumstances, came to your door, would you treat him the same or differently?If you answered "yes", and "the same", then you've earned my highest respect,for whatever that's worth, for we are made in God's likeness and He has emphasized that we should love all others as we love ourselves.Hate evil, but at least try to help the misguided before we too, become evil. Good letter,Ms. Kline. Thank you for reminding me, and hopefully, others too.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 1:41 pm on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1591

    Nice letter. I think where many people err is when they think Christ's message was about lifestyle and not about acceptance and love.

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:26 am on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Maybe the "lack of knowledge of the Faith" IS the problem here. Maybe those who think OTHERS have a lack of knowledge cause themselves angst because it is actually THEY who lack the knowledge and mistakenly believe they HAVE the knowledge.

    If our resident Christian was actually a Christian, then he wouldn't be picking on little girls and making blanket statements about women with who he is not acquainted.

    Maybe, just maybe, one could leave one's little imaginary world where everyone else SHOULD be like him and understand that people have different lives and experiences.

    Either one's spiritual advisor is as close minded, or one has not bothered to speak openly with him or her.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 7:15 am on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2367

    While I would agree with Ms. Kline’s underlying premise of her letter, she errs when stating that the “‘only’ commandment Jesus gave us was to love — love God, love everyone else.” In fact, Christ commands much of us if we are to truly be followers of Him.

    It’s this lack of knowledge of the Faith that causes me the most angst especially for those who have not yet decided whether to follow Jesus or to remain in the dark.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:10 am on Thu, Jul 18, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1161

    Fat kids, skinny kids, kids that climb on rocks…

    Tough kids, sissy kids, even kids with chicken pox…

    [thumbup]

     

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