In my posting Bones of Jesus & Mary Magdalene found! reader mich said “As much as I feel ‘hurt’ when KTemoc has his strong opinion on Christianity …”
Well, I would be lying if I were to bull that I didn’t know what I was getting into, because religion is always a very sensitive subject, with individuals handling it in various manner.
Yes, I didn’t help much by being irrelevant in my comments when it comes to religion, any religion. But why do I pick on poor Christianity?
To be honest I didn’t, but because I was educated in a Methodist school I have a little (not much, mind you, just a wee iota) knowledge of the Bible, and in that I feel a little comfortable talking about its contents.
If you look at my posting again, you’d find I didn’t question the Resurrection. I wrote what newspapers in the Western world had written, with of course a bit of the usual KTemoc-ish irrelevance to spice up the posting.
I challenge anyone - now’s my turn to challenge you guys ;-) – to point out where I had questioned the Resurrection, other than to report what the media had reported.
But there were three reasons why I posted the subject two days after it appeared in the press when I could have done it immediately I read that article.
One – I waited for Malaysian newspapers to report that, but alas, there’s tight-assed self censorship. Is it healthy for our society?
Two – Malaysian Christians [some of whom are my friends – I hope they still are] feel pissed off with bloody blasphemous biased(?) KTemoc. But that’s precisely how Muslims or Hindus would feel too if the very foundation of their religions were challenged. For example, when I questioned Buddhism once, my mum slapped me, so yes, I am aware that some people like my mum couldn’t handle it.
Three – Malaysian Muslims may wish to know that the news of the bones of Jesus and family have been and are openly discussed in the West, without Christians rushing out to burn anything or kill anyone - of course we get the usual suspects lambasting James Cameron and gang.
Compare this issue with ‘One’ above and also the terrible pressure one local actress must have felt when she made a fairly innocuous remark about the wife of the Prophet (pbuh) in the (no longer live) TV show Sensani.
Basically if your faith is strong and resilient - and all religions (even Buddhism) are based on faith - you don’t worry about others questioning your beliefs. So I hope mich and Y1 and indeed Ranger (I think I know who you are) won’t be demoralised or too upset.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1
then good ole Luke had this to say:
Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
If then God so clothe the grass, which is today in the field, and tomorrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith? - Luke 12:27-28