Re: Machine Gun
- From: StephenCalder <calder9@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2008 18:15:53 +1000
"StephenCalder" <calder9@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
Justice and punishment not compatible? I disagree. What philosophy advocates justice without punishment?
The one that says "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do".
Isn't that the same one that says "And he that killeth any man shall surely be put to death"?
(In that example the English word "kill" is oversimplified, with the original text referring to a "murder" or intentional, wrongful killing).
Old Testament. Superseded.
Perhaps not. Fortunately, ultimately we are not human but divine.Only love works. I'm talking about love in its pure sense; the kind that leads to a desire for only the highest good for all.Not attainable in humans.
If "we" aren't human then who is?
In reality, you are not a body but spirit.
I agree, but I'd like to maintain my body as long as it practical before passing on.
I'm not concerned about how long the body lives. In fact, I'm not concerned about anything.
Do you suggest that if a man chooses to kill me that it is God's will and I should submit? What about the notion that God equipped me to defend myself?
Defend yourself or not, it doesn't matter. What's important is to be filled with love and have no hatred at all.
My experience of that love is that it is all encompassing and has no opposite.
Unless you're one of a rare few extremist-idealists out there who is willing to die needlessly for principle I bet your opinion on this might change if you, or someone close to you, was victimized in a way that enlightened you to the reality of the evil that walks among us.
I know I can't die. I can't be a victim. I can't judge by appearances.
Extremist pacifism can teach painful (albeit brief) lessons if it meets the right person. I hope you never meet him.
My example survived the extreme lesson. So would I.
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