Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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Another thing I've wondered about is the false religious leaders of the world (who are of course hailed by many people I know). I know a lot of people who assume that every Xn teacher is a holy man, for example, and many who were excited to buy tickets when the Dalai Lama was scheduled to speak at our school. I've found myself angered lately whenever I see a picture of that man: palms together as if in prayer, as if to be constantly saying, "I am humble, I am holy". I was wondering if this was that righteous anger from God you had told me about, because I actually feel like he (the Dalai Lama) knows he is misleading people, and revels in the exaltation. I think the same thing about the Pope. Do you think they really know that they are imposters, and that they haven't heard from God (or whatever higher power the Dalai Lama may credit)?
I do not believe, Gail, that they know they are imposters, but my experience with such men is that they believe no one else has really heard from God either; therefore, they are just as right as anyone.
This attitude of assuming "no one else has heard from God either" will lead to accepting anything as being right, possibly. And we see that liberal attitude growing everywhere by leaps and bounds. Only those who have truly experienced something from Jesus will be able to stand against the growing tide of accepting anything as possibly OK. Every time President Bush refers to Islam as "a great religion", he adds pressure on the nation to accept every religion as being of God, and he exposes himself as a deluded Christian.
Well, I hope all is well. Thanks for everything!
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