New Age's "All religions preach the same thing, and we must accept one another for what we are" is flat wrong.

Sometimes (even often), I put so much into Facebook comments that I feel compelled to get them out here on the blog where things are set to "dofollow" [As of September 2, 2010, I'm turning off the dofollow plugin because it hasn't helped the quality of comments at all.] and where Google and others will pick them up. Facebook doesn't let Google crawl my posts and comments even if I want them to. My privacy settings are as wide open as I can get them in terms of allowing people to see what I write on Facebook, but the comments and posts don't show up anywhere but Facebook unless I go out of my way to drag them out of there and into a wider place. Even then, Google and the others layer everything according to how much money one has and is willing to spend with them to increase exposure.

I long for the days before Google when search results returned things from off the beaten path. Now many others have taken all the hard work of those pioneers and packaged them as if they are original with those "richer" folks, and Google and the others point to those people rather than to the sources. What a shame.

I'd love to see a search engine that would go back to before Google. I'd use it even if it returned tons of ads, just so long as it had the core results in the right column and not under "sponsored" links and so long as those results were not the results of "popularity" but relevance.

Anyway, here's a comment thread from a Facebook Status Post of mine (very unusual for a Status Post to get so much interest too):

Tom Usher said:

I have 3 fewer Facebook "friends" just in the last hour. I wonder what I said that they couldn't take it anymore? I don't feel any smaller.

Yesterday at 12:38am • Comment • Like

Commentator #1 said:

I know that happens to me too- hahhhahahahahahha

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Commentator #2 said:

Tom FB lfamily loves u just for being the wonderful you....

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Commentator #2 said:

We must learn to accept one another for what we and who we are..the world is not a heavenly paradise just an eathly paradise with turbulences that we must brave through...
i think you are a wonderful acquaintance.

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Tom Usher said:

Commentator #2, I don't accept war criminals for what and who they are. I reject what they are. Don't you? I reject the unrepentant war criminals. I distance myself from them even while I go into the center of the world to call out for peace.

I don't accept many things that various people are. Don't you reject certain behaviors, or is everything fine that everyone and anyone does?

You are a kindergarten teacher (a school teacher at some level), right? How would you react to someone molesting them?

I would appreciate it if you would answer my direct questions rather than popping around to various of my posts to leave these sorts of comments.

I'm not here for one-sided touchy-feely and warm and fuzzy. I'm not suggesting that we all need to run roughshod over each other, but I'll be damned (literally) before I go all mushy in the face of all the evil in the world that includes oil burning (thanks in no small part to the nation where you are living right now, Saudi Arabia, with its multi-multi-billionaire absolute worldly monarchy) and leaking.

I'm here to influence for real peace, the giving and sharing all political-economy, and all the harmlessness and true beneficence I can muster.

I'm not a Theosophist, Commentator #2. I'm a Christian.

I hope I've been clear here. I would have thought you would have caught on to this days ago since you've been reading my posts and comments and replies for many days now.

The "we have to accept everyone for what they are" is absolutely wrong. People who are being wicked need to change, not be accepted as wicked-doers who need not expect the rest to expect them to change. If you disagree, then are we truly friends and can you really love me and think I'm a wonderful acquaintance? Really!

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Commentator #2 said:

Oh yes Tom u r ryt and of ocurse i know that u are a Christian and are very good and very brave to be able to put your cards on the table....
I was rasied n an environement not knowing the difference between christian muslim etc...
Xmas was part of our lives as much as the Id festivals and other celebrations...
Honestly I do think you are a vey good acquaintacne adn you do impart a lot of facts and fighres which are certainly true..thats my opinion about you.
very straight.
If we ever meet and have a dialogue (healthy) we may become great friends.
I am 61 and my journey is nearing its end so there's not muc time left.
Yes I was aMusicc/Speech/Drama teacher and now a KG Coordinator and was Principal at one time..
I started a school of my own in the year 1999 with only 80 students and it has grown to over 700...of which 250 are KG's and the rest from grade 1-10.
We have two buildings and our own school private busses.
But i didnt get there over nyt
It was and still is an emotional battle and have had sleepless nyts..With much.... i guess magical words had to be spun to win the parents teachers over to my methodology (Dr. Maria Montessori's) and psychology ways of thinking...
Every information we give our infants from the time of conception matters a great deal...The brain is like a sponge and absorbs every minute detail that it is exposed to ..the curriculem we offer
thats why i cant fyt the world but i can win the young ones toddlers by helping them acquire many things in life which will bring in good end results.
thats why i believe all Relgions preach the same thing... the way of life.
TC Tom
n good luk

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Tom Usher said:

Commentator #2,

All religions do not preach the same thing, far from it. Where have you gotten that idea?

Yes, I knew you were Montessori. That's why I brought up Theosophy. Do you know about Montessori and Theosophy?

Do you know who Blavatsky was and what she espoused that was exactly anti-Christ?

Do you understand the difference between humanism that seeks to license all hedonism, no matter how unwholesome, on one hand versus the humanism of Jesus Christ, on the other hand, that seeks to raise all people into righteousness that is pure wholesomeness (wholeness, health, life eternal uncorrupted and incorruptible)?

19 hours ago • Like •

Commentator #2 said:

I do know cos i have read about it...
There are many things Tom to discuss share and implement but FB is not the place and of course time is not sufficient...
Although i am on holiday i have doemstics to attend and put them in order.
Ok Tom I do believe that all religions preach the same divine messages but in the way it has been understood.
i wish and prefer to hold onto the belief that i have been raised and understood which brought happiness to my life.
Believe me Tom i did stray away and thought i was a bad Muslime and even gave away my Piano and my Photograph album presented to me by my dad when i was 10 years old...
In the mick of time i returned back to the path that i belonged..sadly i lost those living years.
My childhood days: we grew up as one family we had people from different faiths and different nationalties ...
We had British neighbours...They lived just opposite my house and we parked our cars side by side there was no discrimination and he was there to help us put our home in order when my dad was brought home dead.
We had Russian neighboiurs where we used to go and watch moveis ..on their projectors...one of them happened to be the Beatles 'Hard Days Nyt'...and Japanese neighbours they used to go fishing and bring home fish cut and distribute to all of us after having smoked them cos e refused to eat raw fish.
Sadly todyaafter many decades i awake to the sadness that people are fighitng about different faith...which is creating many unpleasanteness in this world.
I was also interested in the World Body and did an exam to enter the UNICEF cos even as a 19year old i love chuildren and the elderly folks.
I wanted to do so much for the children of the world.
You asked me about sufism...
Well I do know about it thats it.
I have studied on Dr. Maria Montessoir and many other child psychologist and realise that if we do not give a sound curriculum for our kids from the time of conception then we fail in our duties by them....
To reorganise and relocate the curriculum willnot bring in the results that we expect but there maybe some good end results.
Children Lean what they live and live what they learn...
Please bear n mind nationalities and faith..relgions do not dominate my mind..
the sweetest fragrance of faith trust love loyalty ...the values of life is what matters most.
Tom ....We are all reaching for the same goal and same heaven in different ways and then the two worlds collide.
Believe me i am glad our paths met....I am now going into areas where i have missed out and hidden in the palygorund of my mind.

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Commentator #2 said:

Tom i want to be a good citizen of the world a good muslim and a good mentor to the people ...friends teachers chuildren parents who consider me an asset.
I want the world to be filled wth the sweetest fragrance of faith trust love devotion loyalty considerationunderstanding respect for people land sea and air and alll the plus points in life...the values of life which i hold sacred...to be our best government....
We may be able to reach the hearts of many...and we also can fail...
then i reallly need understanding not sympathy to help me pick up the fallen pieces and move on....
My program is designed to meet that goal
I sincerely hope that it is not wrong in wanting to use those ingredient to acheive my goal...
Dr. Montessori's theory captured my heart.
In fact as a toddler i did go to a Montessori school when she visited Sri Lanka and implemented her progra. It was actually meant for the handicapped.
It worked well after all we are not perfect...
Today Montessori Methdology some are of course distorted cos of the 'crash course' is domiinating the educational world
your words do worry me now...

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Tom Usher said:

Look, perhaps you are ill-prepared to converse with me since I do not agree with you that "FB is not the place."

The whole point of Facebook is that it is the largest networking site in the world now. Is there another place where so many people can network, even though Facebook is highly compartmentalized and working toward money making via advertising, etc.?

Facebook is exactly one of the places where people must speak up and discuss things so that important ideas can spread to correct the ills of society. I don't like this idea that Facebook is not the place to discuss Blavatsky and Theosophy, Luciferianism, Satanism, war, greed, pollution, etc., and all their opposites: all the good.

So, you "believe that all religions preach the same divine messages but in the way it has been understood." I reject that statement. Jesus and Mohammed did not preach the same message. Mohammed denied Jesus was who Jesus says he is. Everyone who has bothered to look into it knows this. Persisting in what you are saying is to be spreading falsehood. If you don't accept Jesus on Jesus's terms, then you'll be in with many, many other people; but at least you won't be trying to gloss over the huge differences between the teachings of Jesus and Mohammed.

Jesus was a total pacifist. The only time he used any coercion was to clean the Temple of the evil moneychangers (the capitalist bankers of that day). Even doing that, he was never charged with it as a crime. He was never charged with having drawn even a drop of blood. He simply put the fear of the-wrath-to-come into them. He cleaned the voluntary place to be that had clear rules against exactly what those moneychangers were doing. He didn't force anyone to enter the Temple, which figuratively and spiritually stood for the kingdom of God. The wrath did come in the form of the Satanic force wiping out the country and leveling the Temple. He warned them out of love, but they refused to listen.

Mohammed raided caravans, killing many, and divided the spoils of war, including slaves, with his army. Jesus preached exactly against that sort of thing. Surely you know this.

One does not enter the kingdom of Heaven, which is the abode of the God of Jesus Christ, by doing exactly what Jesus preached against. That's something that everyone who knows about Christianity knows, whether or not he or she will openly admit it or not.

I don't know what you are trying to accomplish here with me. I know about Montessori, and self-paced inquiry certainly has its place; but there is more going on with her than meets the eye. That's why I brought up Blavatsky and Theosophy, as Montessori lived with the Theosophists and disagreement never came out, of which I'm aware anyway.

Blavatsky worshipped Lucifer/Satan, and I don't mean the real bringer of light of the New Testament but the one Jesus calls the liar from the beginning. There is a whole One-World Religion Movement called New Age that is trying to turn humanistic libertinism into the replacement for real Christianity. They want to kill not just the historical, traditional, dogmatic churches that have done evil in the name of Jesus and against Jesus's wishes, but they want to kill Jesus (again but spiritually this time) as well so that they may be self-licensed to do anything they want no matter how depraved.

So, while you have suggested that it was a mistake for you to forgo certain worldly possessions or whatever, you need to be mindful that what they want to keep from you is the real treasure of which Jesus speaks in the Gospels.

Now, it is my understanding that Muslims may read the Old Testament (even have copies in their houses) but that except for perhaps certain Islamic scholars, they are not allowed to read or have copies of the New Testament of Jesus. So I put it to you. Have you read the Gospels? If not, are you planning to or would the religious police there in Saudi Arabia arrest you and punish you if they were to find out? If so, how can you believe that they feel that their teaching stands on its own feet when compared directly, idea-for-idea?

Christians are not forbidden from reading the Qur'an or Vedas or Sutras, etc. Why is that? We are not afraid that our beliefs can not stand up to scrutiny or competing religious ideas or philosophies. That should tell you something. It should tell you everything.

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Commentator #3 said:

"Ž@Tom....you go man!!!!

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