- Sylvia Lange
- San Diego, CA
- United States
Why it is generally accepted to quote, display, etc. ideas or icons regarding various Eastern religions but not okay to talk about Jesus?
I find that in media, internet dialogue, shoot, even at cocktail parties... that it is okay to subscribe to and TALK about leaders and teachings from new age thinkers, Eastern religions, or whatnot... but if Jesus is mentioned, it is suddenly treated as something stupid or not serious. And people who believe in Jesus are painted as stupid or not serious because that is what they believe. I would love to hear thoughts about why.
Closing Statement from Sylvia Lange
Every religious group has its fanatics that tend to get more press than the "mainstream" followers of that religious group. But in the name of "tolerance", the western culture today has pretty much zero tolerance for Christians. In the media. In schools. In everyday life.
Case in point: A hair salon in my hometown has a larger-than-life Buddha right at the entrance. If that was a crucifix, the shop owner would be criticized to no end. On the walls of nearly every shop in the town, there are Hindu, Buddhist, etc. paintings and icons displayed and it's all accepted because it's a "new age", hippy-kind of town. But iI\n the same town, a local artist recently painted a beautiful mural of a surfing madonna on a wall and the controversy over the religious overtones has gotten so hot it's now on the evening news. Double standard? I think so.
What is it about Jesus that freaks people out so much? Some of His followers, well now, I can understand the criticisms! But every single group has its whacko's. But why the intolerance and sometimes hatred of HIM?
I am a simple Christian. I love and believe in Jesus Christ and the saving act He did when he was killed that night so many years ago. I don't have all the answers in life and instead, live by faith in Someone unseen. I make no apologies about that. But what grieves me is that to just say that, no matter if you're a more "quiet" believer like me or an outspoken bigot like those we see in the media... it's not tolerated and I can't understand why.
Thanks for the dialogue folks. Leave it to TED for a good forum. :)