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C.S. Thanks, Joan, for finding this! If we had more of those people, what a wonderful world this could be!

D.J. Great Thoughts! But Jesus said it first! "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will inherit the Kingdom of God...." 

Joan Denoo  I am not a great fan of Dalai Lama or Buddhism because I read some of his earlier writings and translations, and read reports of his activities in Tibet. Surely this man has been through a lot of trauma in his life, greatest of which was being named the Dalai Lama when he was four years old. That had to impact how he thought and acted. Some of his Buddhist teachings make sense to me, but I also know the cruelty of Buddhism in Indonesia, murders, tortures, and terrorism. Also, this statement and others preceded Jesus by at least 500 years. 

Joan Denoo The "peacemakers" reveal murders in New Testament killings: Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, for not giving all their money to the church; Herod Aggripa, for not giving all the glory to God; and Jesus, because God needed someone to kill as a sacrifice to himself. 

Joan Denoo If you read the old testament, it was one slaughter of innocents by god after another. The new testament is supposed to be a testament of love, and I can't find how burning in hell is a loving act. Or allowing killers, rapists, terrorists to have access to the promise if they acquiesce to the imperative to claim christ upon their deathbed. Cheap theology to me.


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