Religion requires moral absolutes

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The Augusta Chronicle's Oct. 3 Faith section article on the Wiccan belief system ("Proud to be pagans") merely revealed what many postmodern religions are made of, and compels a response.

Wiccans seem to espouse a "what's right for you" mind-set. Isn't this an extension of relativism and existentialism? Man is the measure of all things? Whatever you believe? Don't worry as long as you don't hurt anyone else or yourself in the process? Is this nothing more than a desire to assert the importance of man's individuality and freedom and with it, a denial of accountability to a Creator?

How can one live a consistent life if the target of what's right and wrong is always moving? Could you imagine a football game without sidelines? Without rules? How confusing. How ironic that we send students to universities and teach them this relativism, but when they go to Wall Street and practice their relativism, we put them in jail.

There are many types of logic, but only one accurately reflects reality, and that is the law of non-contradiction. Yes, absolutes. Either right or wrong, not both. Whether you agree with Christianity or not is your choice. I do not pretend to force my beliefs on another, but would ask one to consider the great questions of life -- questions of origin, of meaning, of morality and of destiny. It is not sufficient to answer one without consideration of all. Only Christianity answers individually with a cohesive bond to all.

It is more accurate to say that all religions are wrong than to say all religions are right. The embrace of all the world religions will merely cause one to suffocate. Paganism will lead to a vacuum in this country, allowing other world religions to swoop in and fill it. After all, nature abhors a vacuum.

Larry Moore

Evans

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wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 10/08/09 - 03:11 am
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Larry doesn't "pretend to

Larry doesn't "pretend to force his beliefs on others",but he sure can say that any belief other than his is wrong.

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hirg_cola 10/08/09 - 04:01 am
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Great LTE, very well written.

Great LTE, very well written.

HotFoot
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HotFoot 10/08/09 - 04:48 am
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"Post-modern" religion,

"Post-modern" religion, Larry? Not exactly. As some others pointed out in their posts following the Pagan Festival article, early Christianity borrowed much from Paganism.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 10/08/09 - 05:53 am
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if everyone has the truth

if everyone has the truth there would be no truth by definition.
that is why christians believe in objective revealed truth as stated in scripture. i always marvel at how so many say that christianity borrowed from other religions i always looked at it just the opposite. but the central tenant of chritianity is not borrowed by any other religion that is God saved man from their own sins by grace and not man by doing good works. if truth does not exist there is no moral mandate of any kind. truth as stated by scripture has to originate by GOD not man otherwise there is no truth.

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southernguy08 10/08/09 - 06:13 am
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Yawn...this sounds like
Unpublished

Yawn...this sounds like another letter writer with too much time on his hands.

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/08/09 - 06:14 am
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Moderation in all things,

Moderation in all things, including moderation. (Petronius)

TechLover
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TechLover 10/08/09 - 06:23 am
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What does nature have against

What does nature have against my Electrolux?

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/08/09 - 07:18 am
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They both suck?

They both suck?

avesposito
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avesposito 10/08/09 - 07:37 am
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What if we discovered that

What if we discovered that life is really complicated and all the answers don't happen to be in an Iron Age book?

WhippingPost
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WhippingPost 10/08/09 - 07:39 am
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Or is it that life is really

Or is it that life is really complicated because all of the answers don happen to be in a pre-iron age book?

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justus4 10/08/09 - 07:53 am
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Absolutes, eh? Ol' Larry
Unpublished

Absolutes, eh? Ol' Larry failed to correctly identify "Christianity answers individually with a cohesive bond to all" which was used to justify the institution of slavery during the country's founding. That failure to identify the flaws of humanity and condemn such laws demonstrated the gapping flaw in ol' Larry's religion. Treating humans as animals, then passing laws to enforce such treatment which lasted over two hundred years. Wow! What kinda spiritual fool is at work here, so please keep your moral "absolutes" because for some citizens, "we've" been there before.

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WhippingPost 10/08/09 - 07:59 am
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flash news justus. Blacks

flash news justus. Blacks weren't the first slaves, nor were they the last. Most races and social groups have gone through both sides of the slavery issue sometime in history. I will say that blacks were the whinniest of all that went through the experience, though.

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nofanofobama 10/08/09 - 08:01 am
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no where does scripture

no where does scripture justify slavery.
.... what it does talk about is a historical record of revealed truth and it is true some chritians found their lot in life as slaves but christianity deals with a relationship with God no matter what your lot in life is.. so dont confuse historical narrative on society as an endorsement of slavery.

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teharper428 10/08/09 - 08:06 am
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Seems to me that anyone can

Seems to me that anyone can twist Biblical scripture to read how they want it to. So who's version is right? Guess we'll all find out at Heaven's gate.

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Steve Wylie 10/08/09 - 08:09 am
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Poppycock. People don't get

Poppycock. People don't get thrown in jail because they practice relativistic thinking. They get thrown in jail beause their thinking and judgement are poor. In a world of multiple absolute religions, relativism is the obvious avenue for those who really care and who have the mental capacity to tolerate ambiguity. Not every human easily tolerates ambiguity; some must have absolutes. This does not make those absolutes correct, however, it just demonstrates what type of person one is. Each approach to information processesing has value, but clearly one imposes more limitations on the individual.

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Roeschen 10/08/09 - 08:12 am
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Larry, I hate to tell you

Larry, I hate to tell you this but my beliefs (Native American) have been around about 6000 years before Christianity was introduced. And we have very definite rules about right and wrong. While I have studied Christianity, I doubt if you have a clue about my beliefs so you cannot say what my beliefs state about "questions of origin, of meaning, of morality and of destiny". Each one of those questions, and many more, have been answered in my beliefs. So please, until you know all you can know about the different religions and beliefs, do not make blanket statements. You will only sound ridiculous. BTW - most of the world's population is not Christian & surprisingly, many different pagan beliefs exist.

teharper428
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teharper428 10/08/09 - 08:21 am
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Whippingpost- your comment of

Whippingpost- your comment of 8:59 was uncalled for. For blacks in America, the abolition of slavery did not end their plight. For the next 100 years they had to contend with jim crow laws and discrimination. To this day, in every part of the U.S. there are towns that heavily "discourage" African-Americans from living in their community.

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akajenfer 10/08/09 - 09:38 am
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Many Christians are the most

Many Christians are the most closed minded people. They automatically say that anyone who doesn't agree with them or their same beliefs is wrong and damned. Religion around the world is a cultural thing, and saying that religion is wrong basically says that 1000's of years of culture is wrong. That is truly sad. If these closed-minded Christians would take the time to learn about other cultures and religions then they would see the good. Take Buddhist Monks for example, they live a lifestyle so pure and good that some of these hypocritical people couldn't even start to understand it, much less dream of living a life like it.

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disssman 10/08/09 - 10:02 am
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I don't recall reading about

I don't recall reading about dinosaurs, cavemen or any of the other things from our distant past in the bible. I guess the writer dosen't consider the fossil remains as proof of evolution does he. Or the different races of people who have evolved over time although the bible says we were made in Gods image?

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daddyfrog1 10/08/09 - 10:46 am
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Wicked things have been done

Wicked things have been done by wicked people using God to justify their acts.They were not Christians.If you wish to see what a Christian should be, look to Jesus Christ.Many Christians have not followed Jesus's example,& they will answer for it.But by & large Christians are trying to be like Christ,and it is a challenging process.People often get mad when we try to tell them the Gospel(Good News),but we are obligated to do it.That was Christ's last command to us.As far as the Bible is concerned if you read it trying to find fault with it, you will find fault and nothing else.If you read it trying to understand it,you will find understanding and faith.

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mable8 10/08/09 - 10:50 am
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Mr Moore: If YOU espouse to

Mr Moore: If YOU espouse to the religious tenets of organized religion, then sobeit. However, others believe in the Ultimate Creator in a different manner--just who do you think you are to condemn them for doing so? Your lack of respect and condemnation of those who believe and practice a different set of tenets is appalling, to say the least; it certainly shows that you are lacking in some major precepts of your own religious tenets, namely unconditional love for your fellow man and religious tolerance. Since you obviously believe in Heaven and Hell as espoused by your religious precepts, I believe you will be very surprised on your Judgement Day to find more of those you oppose are entering those 'pearly gates' than there are of those who profess to be 'christian.'

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howcanweknow 10/08/09 - 11:20 am
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Mable, again you don't really

Mable, again you don't really know what you're talking about. Christianity does encourage diversity -- everyone is welcome. But, the theme of Christianity is that there is but ONE way to God, and that's through Jesus Christ. That's it. Is that intolerant? Youbetcha. It's not wrong to just quote that Christianity does make the very bold claim that it is the ONLY way for salvation. You don't have to agree with it, and you may not believe it. But, you really shouldn't berate Christians for simply restating a central belief of their faith. Again, you don't understand unconditional love. It's not about sacrificing truth just so you can make folks happy. It's about stating the truth, no matter how offensive, in order to try and help save people. THAT is true love. Not throwing away truth just so people don't get mad. According to Jesus, relative few will enter the "Pearly Gates" as you say. I'd be more worried about myself than the letterwriter, if I were you.

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soldout 10/08/09 - 11:23 am
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Jesus said He was the way and

Jesus said He was the way and the only way. You either believe it and recieve it or doubt and do without. He won't over-ride your free will to live for the devil or with him forever. It is all very simple. He says trust me, try me, prove me. He is up to the challenge and you will never regret accepting His way.

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corgimom 10/08/09 - 11:27 am
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Freedom of religion is a

Freedom of religion is a Constitutional right. Period.

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The Big O 10/08/09 - 11:30 am
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teharper428 - based on

teharper428 - based on statistics do you think there is a viable reason why many neighborhoods, communities, and towns "discourage" blacks from moving near them?

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InChristLove 10/08/09 - 11:46 am
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Christianity (those who

Christianity (those who believe that Jesus Christ is God) makes up about 1/3 of the worlds population. But of course this is only an estimate because no one really knows how many truly believe and how many are just performing lip-service. Only God knows the heart.

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Minnemama 10/08/09 - 11:59 am
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Why is it that Christians

Why is it that Christians think their ten commandments were the first and only set of rules associated with a religion? Every religion has rules. In the letter writer's example, the people who are arrested are NOT following the rede, "An ye harm none, do as ye will". The were arrested because they did harm to the people they cheated, and harm to themselves by breaking the law and getting arrested. They did wrong, therefore it came back to them - the Threefold Rule. Is that so difficult to grasp? Look up the Nine Noble Virtues of the Asatruar. They're more comprehensive and cover more ground than the ten commandments do.
Your bible says there is only one way to god. Fine - for you. I do not believe your bible is the inerrant word of the only god. You choose to believe it and follow it. Many do not. I do not expect a christian to follow the rules of any other religion. Christians have some nerve expecting everyone to obey the teachings of a book that many of us do not find credible.

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Don KING 10/08/09 - 12:07 pm
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Why such hostility toward Mr.

Why such hostility toward Mr. Moore? those of you proffesing to be "open minded" and accepting of all religions, have somehow forgot your open minded attitude when dealing with Christianity.

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InChristLove 10/08/09 - 12:11 pm
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My thoughts exactly Don KING.

My thoughts exactly Don KING. I'm thinking, man there are a lot of angry people on here. Mr. Moore just stated his opinion. No one is standing over anyone brow-beating them with the Word of God. He just simply made a statement concerning his belief.

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soldout 10/08/09 - 12:18 pm
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The name of Jesus has power.

The name of Jesus has power. No other name upsets people. That's because there is a void inside them that can only be filled with Jesus. Only the truth upsets folks, lies never do.

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