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    There are such amazing differences in the purpose and role of faith, deeds, and outcomes.   Are we saved by faith and faith alone?  Do our good works temper or invalidate our baptismal gift?

    And those are just the challenges of Christianity.  

    The Lord, says the bible, doesn't need your outward protestations of faith, your demand to be  heard because of all your praying.   God, at least to Christians, can see your heart and judges it as so.  (1 Samuel 16:7)

    For Children, the pure of heart, to be assessed in such a way by those who want "prayer in school" rejects so much of their own core belief; God in most of the major faiths of the world demands little in major shows of public protestations of faith - in fact, for the new testament, islam, and bhudism, you are assessed by the merits of your heart.

    The protestation of "if only there were prayer in schools.." puts a great fault on the hearts and souls of so many.. it says that in some ways, their failure to recognize the truth of faith in their life has created a situation in which they could be killed.

    I am not religious.   But I have no qualms with those who find that religion does something for them.

    But I would remind them: things like this "happen" not because God is allowed in schools, but because, as all religious teachers have told us, we are beings of free will who must choose our outcomes, not puppets who are sent to entertain a deity in a bloodbath or a set of rewards; if we were, evil would never succeed and good would always prevail..

    The children who were murdered were pure of heart spirits who found their life ended far too soon.   Children in school who go to learn do not need to learn faith from a teacher; they can learn it from their parents and grow to accept or reject it within their own hearts.

    I've known powerful men of faith.  I've known powerful advocates of atheism.  And I'm mostly agnostic.   But I know this.. blaming a teacher, a school, or a child for not praying enough is not the right answer, it divides and not joins us.

    In the end, no matter what faith you are, there is one universal truth to all religions:  Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself.

    Live in that world, and things improve.  Decide you want to force things on others, and they don't.

    Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

    by Chris Reeves on Sun Dec 23, 2012 at 04:58:11 PM PST

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