Comments on: Priestly turf wars in the Holy Land http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/ Religion, faith and ethics Sat, 23 Apr 2016 23:25:07 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Deacon Pete http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/comment-page-1/#comment-3159 Fri, 25 Apr 2008 14:20:27 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/#comment-3159 Religion, per se, is an invention of humankind in response to faith. Faith, i.e. what we believe, should be our life’s guidance. Because religion is a translation of faith into action by humans, it has a tendency to become institutionalized and, unfortunately, can become distorted in its purpose over time. I understand the vehemence expressed by Luc and Mr. Kokonas. The arrogance and intolerance that form the undercurrent to most religions today are not appealing to people who see the disconnect between a benevolent God who loves us and religions that can make our lives hell. It is faith that must be our compass.

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By: Luc http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/comment-page-1/#comment-3141 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:02:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/#comment-3141 @Carla: I’m afraid I partly have to agree with John K. Religion is a stupidity, and a vicious one at that. You just need to look at all the harm that has been done in the name of “religion”. And it’s not the occasional evil person that hides behind religion, it’s the system which demands blind obedience and cult-like adherence to the rules of brotherhood that causes the harm. Have the catholic popes all been evil persons because they have all closed their eyes for the well-known abuses of all kinds of vulnerable classes of people throughout history? This has nothing to do with beliefs or faith. I consider myself religious in the sense that I believe there is a higher “system” and that I should live according to some moral principles (actually, just one that encompasses them all: “do no harm”), but I shun “religion” as the plague it is.

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By: Carla http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/comment-page-1/#comment-3134 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 10:44:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/#comment-3134 John K.
At a time when religious tolerance, human rights etc is most pertinent, isn’t it narrow-minded of you to denigrate people’s beliefs just because you don’t have any?
Did it ever occur to you that if all humans followed their religions with piety, given that most religions are about peace and love, there would be no wars?

People tend to think that religion causes wars, but what they do not seem to realise is that evil people hide behind religion to carry out evil acts, which in themselves go against their professed religions.

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By: John Kokonas http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/comment-page-1/#comment-3130 Wed, 23 Apr 2008 06:39:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/#comment-3130 Wake up humanity. This is another example of the stupidity of religious faith. Muslims, Christians… everyone is wrong. Get over it and devote your energy to reality.

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By: Jim http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/comment-page-1/#comment-3108 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 17:27:51 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/#comment-3108 I think that feud is a very strong word for this, Besides there isn’t total agreement on the fact that this is the actual site.

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By: Don Daniel Ortiz http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/comment-page-1/#comment-3102 Tue, 22 Apr 2008 16:19:34 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2008/04/22/priestly-turf-wars-in-the-holy-land/#comment-3102 That religious figures are so passionate about holy sites is no surprise. If one’s entire identity is based soley on one’s beliefs, (which can change), then the ego literally percieves any challenge to that identity as a life or death struggle. However, isn’t there more to the story of Jesus of Nazareth than just the religion he inspired?

Don Daniel Ortiz
Author
“The 99 Success Secrets of Jesus”

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