quote:Originally posted by henry38:
I do not know whether you know anything about world history, if you did you would find most of the wars in the world were fought under those conditions you have outlined and the Bible or Christianity played no part in it. It is more to do with human nature. For example check out the wars of conquest by the Persians, the Greeks under Alexander, the Roman domination of the world and more recently the Germans and the Japanese.
I don't know about you but I would rather be on a slave boat than have my enemies slaughter me like a piece of chicken and use my body parts as trophies.
Yes, Henry38, I have some knowledge of world history, but I do not find that because Germans, the Greeks, the Japanese or anybody else, nor their wars erases the fact that Bible-toting Christians used to murder in the name of religion simply because they felt they were superior to those they were killing. It's not a tit-for-tat issue to me ... those other people did it so it's okay if the Christians did it too. That's passing the buck and not acknowledging the wrongs done in the name of your Christian faith.
Your point of killing being an essential part of African traditional religion again points to a notion of ill-conceived ritual. My point of killing to show domination or out of sheer hatred points more to intentional malice ... or evilness.
You would rather be on a slave boat? Well, please believe it would be your enemies, as well, who put you there. And you would not have to worry about your parts being used as trophies ... because they would not care in the least bit about your parts nor your death nor anything about you. At least through ritual, your death is thought to be important.