How Americans feel about religious groups
Interesting. Here is one area that I wonder if the poll considered. Many Jews
are in fact athiest or agnostic. Being Jewish does not automatically infer a
belief in God and or religion as it does with any other religious group.
The coziness between Jews and Evangelicals is due to the idea that the Jews
returning to the Holy Land was foreordained in the Bible, the Book of
Revelations, and absolutely necessary for other events to occur. The Jews must
possess the Holy Land in order for Jesus to return, according to
Evangelicals.Thus, Evangelicals support Zionists, and Jews
reciprocate by feeling warmly toward Evangelicals.Strange,
isn't it? . . . . How the Book of Revelations can actually determine the
course of world events . . . and perception becomes reality at least to a
point.In the 1980's, Israel's Ministry of Tourism started
offering American pastors low-cost trips to the Holy Land, and that turned out
to be a very effective means of dispersing pro-Zionist propaganda. The
dispensationalism movement, that had first taken root in the 1970's,
quickly spread.This was all a huge contrast to previous years when
anti-Jewish beliefs prevailed in Protestant America, with such high-profile
figures as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh expressing their antisemitic
The Washington National Cathedral is an Episcopal facility. The Catholic
Cathedral is St Matthew the Apostle. The Basilica of the National Shrine of the
Immaculate Conception is also Catholic, just not a cathedral. Edit, edit, edit
Jesus would have considered everyone, of every stripe warmly.So much
for Christians being Christ-like.
RE: GaryO, The dispensationalism movement, that had first taken root in the
1970's. But,Amillennialism is by far the most dominant
eschatological position in the history of Christianity. ("Eschatology"
refers to the doctrine of "last things," meaning the end times.
“Latter Days”.) The view is held by the Roman Catholic Church, the
Greek Orthodox Church, Lutheran, and by a large segment of Protestantism. In
recent years, amillennialism has seen an increase in adherents due in part to
the decline of dispensational premillennialism. Christians should
support Israel", And I will bless them that bless thee and curse him that
curseth thee; and in thee shall all nations of the earth be
blessed."(Genesis 12:3) "For if the Gentiles have shared in
their (the Jews) spiritual things, they are indebted to minister to them also in
material things." (Romans 15:27). Jesus never denied his
Jewishness. He was born Jewish, He was circumcised on the eighth day in keeping
with Jewish tradition. He kept the law of Moses. He died on a cross with an
inscription over His head, "King of the Jews!
Religion, then, is what divides us.
Re Gary OVirginia Beach Virginia"Evangelicals support
Zionists and Jews reciprocate by feeling warmly toward Evangelicals>"I guess you have never been to Israel. It is against the law for
Evangelical missionaries to search out Jews to teach about Christ. It is almost
like the prohibition in the Islamic Nations.As I remember even BYU
students at the Israel Center have to sign a written pledge not to teach about
Mormonism.This does not sound to friendly to me.
>>So much for Christians being Christ-like.That article
doesn't support that assertion. A careful reading shows that the study
evaluated how a multitude of variables affected public views of religious
groups; one's own religion was just one of many factors affecting how other
religious groups are perceived. The lone example in the article of Christianity
affecting a view of another religion showed that Evangelicals viewed Jew more
favorably than the reverse, which would run exactly counter to your assertion.
>>Religion, then, is what divides us.That's
a massive over-generalization.
Religion doesn't divide us any more than any other thing people associate
with divides us. Some people love football and dislike baseball, but we
don't say that sports divide people it's an absurd notion. what truly
divides people are areas where people try to force people into a particular
point of view or stance which ought to be a matter of free choice and liberty.
Americans are cool to any religion which fundamental to its doctrines are:
supplanting rule of law with religious law, a blatant disrespect of other
religions to the point of outlawing them wherever it becomes dominant,
extinguishing free conscience and free speech, relegation of women to second
class citizenship and acts of terror worldwide and particularly in areas where
it has a significant but not majority portion of the population. This divides
people for sure because most people resist restrictions on liberties guaranteed
in our constitution forced upon them in the name of religion. Our First
Amendment never contemplated a religion which has as a fundamental doctrine
subjugation of other faiths and for that matter people by force? I'm
permanently glacial to it.
Didn't Jesus teach "love thine enemies. Rate warmly those who believe
differently than you. Don't be cold toward those who are just like you in
every way except they don't believe in any god?"I'm
sure I read that somewhere.
Could it be that public opinion can be molded by who has the best public
relations campaign?Are there attempts to mold or manipulate public
opinion by foreign countries?
Mormons would have scored higher if people who aren't mormon know you. We
don't know you. You spend all your time in church, activities related to
church, with fellow ward members. Your interaction with the rest of us is
knocking on our door because you want us to be mormon. The new rules for
missionaries to remain in contact after baptism is a good call. When our
children marry your children they elope in the temple with the other side in
attendance and have a reception for all, rather than be sealed separately as
done in some countries that require a separate civil public service. You are
missing out on a great opportunity. Wedding, then temple sealing ASAP. That is
what the ancestors did.
Jews lead the list because both extremes have reason to like them: the secular
liberals, because they are (1) themselves liberal, and (2) historically
persecuted, and liberals love victims (until they stop being victims; see
Israel, self-defense of); and evangelicals, because modern evangelical teaching
has evolved from disliking Jews to viewing them, properly, as God's chosen
people.Mormons, on the other hand, take flak from both directions:
from evangelicals, for being heretics (and, more importantly, effective
competitors for the same market); and from secular liberals, for being
unapologetically *not* secular liberals. Frankly I'm surprised
we are as close to the Hindus as we are.
Scientist:Jesus taught the ideal. He set the example. That His
followers fail in living up to is is simply proof to me of His Divinity and the
help He offers us to be better than we can be by ourselves.That
atheists hold up the example as a means of ridicule and judgement shows that
even they make Jesus the standard for conduct and behavior....
Wow so many made up quotes for Jesus on this comment list. Mark 8:15 And he
charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of
the leaven of Herod. That doesn't sound like he rated them warmly.
To A Scientist and RanchHand:I wonder how warmly the money changers
felt while Jesus was turning their tables and chasing them from the temple.
There are Mormons who ARE evangelical Christians who belong to the Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The study should've differentiated
between that church and apostate Mormon groups who belong in jail.
Whip out that broad brush! Gotta love being chastised for not being
as "christian" as some think you should be. Because, we are all sinners
and fall short...
In Europe it seems antisemitism is more popular. Hard to understand why Jews
tend to vote left wing when right wingers seem to like them. I would think they
would want to cultivate their supporters.