From: Zasetsu57 *****************************************************
Subject: Your rather pathetically assinine attempts to denigrate the faiths of others
I feel shame when the likes of you folks pervert and bastardize the Teachings of the Christ..and do so by attacking-insulting-denigrating-distorting all other faiths which are incongruent to your own spiritual bigotry and religious perversion of spirit.
Having been a 3 decade practioner of zen buddhism I can only shake my head in sorry and shame when I see the words of bitter and vile exclusionism...the very same sort of reasoning that the likes of you have used to justify genocide--culturicide--infanticide around the world throughout the history of you oft bloddy faith. Luckily the majority of good hearted and kind Christians I know would sooner die than associate with the self-righteous and sanctimonious swill you attempt to pass of as Chrsitian teachings. Surely your God has a very special place set aside for you in the deepest pits of the Hell you so greatly fear.
May All Beings Be Free From Suffering!
23rd April, 2003 - TCE replies:*****************************************************
When we receive e-mails of this kind we can only point out:
If the writer believes that we 'pervert and bastardize the Teachings of the Christ' are 'attacking-insulting-denigrating-distorting all other faiths' and are guilty of 'spiritual bigotry and religious perversion of spirit' - then he should try and prove this is true;ad hominem attacks he has simply proven that 'a 3 decade practioner [sic] of zen buddhism' goes on feelings alone and is full of the nature he accuses others of possessing;
Since, instead, the writer resorts to
When the writer accuses others of 'words of bitter and vile exclusionism...the very same sort of reasoning that the likes of you have used to justify genocide-culturicide-infanticide around the world throughout the history of you oft bloddy faith [sic]' - he should try and prove that Biblical faith is not exclusive of all other religions, that we are in any way 'bitter' or guilty of the crimes he accuses us of in this wild and illogical fashion, and that the Christian faith he believes he knows is the one guilty of these crimes;
But perhaps we come to the reasons for his errors and the true source of bitterness and bad-mouthing of others when he claims 'the majority of good hearted and kind Christians I know would sooner die than associate with the self_righteous and sanctimonious swill you attempt to pass of as Christian teachings'. If these 'Christians' are so 'good hearted and kind' how come they haven't explained the clear Biblical truth that your religion is - as the Lord Jesus Christ put it to the Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:22-28) - fit only for dogs (a true interpretation of his words as the Jews would understand them)! Read this passage and note that Jesus was harsh about the woman's religion but still gracefully gave her what she requested because of her faith in Him, although this says nothing of her eternal destination. The truth is that your so-called 'Christian' friends are either too ignorant or too arrogant to love you enough to tell the truth about your spiritual direction which is going to lead you to a lost eternity;
When you write: 'Surely your God has a very special place set aside for you in the deepest pits of the Hell you so greatly fear' you prove that you do not the first idea of Christian teachings, for those who put their trust in salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ alone are 100% confident that they have no reason to fear Hell which is reserved for those arrogant enough to trust in autosoteric faiths such as Zen Buddhism! Jesus spoke more about Hell than any other person in the Bible (e.g. Matthew. 8:12; 13:42; I Peter. 3:19; Mark 9:47, 48; Luke 16:23, 28; Rev. 14:10; 20:14-15; 21:8) - so why don't you know this? Because your 'Christian' friends don't know it or believe it either?
Finally you speak volumes - and show your full spiritual leanings - when you make the hypocritically pious claim - 'May All Beings Be Free From Suffering!' - after hoping that we will go to Hell!
We certainly don't hope that you or any other Buddhist goes to Hell but, as disciples of Christ, must warn you that salvation and eternal life is found in the Lord Jesus Christ alone and His sacrificial death at Calvary has bought freedom from sin and death for all who accept His free offer (John 1:12; Ephesians 2:10-12; Acts 13:38-39; Romans 3:24; 4:5; 8:17; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 2:16). Now is the hour of salvation and we pray that He will open your eyes to this precious truth.
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