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12/24/2010

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John D

Have a happy holiday, Dave. All the best for the coming year.

Jason

Dave & his blog followers...Hope you all have some peace this holiday season.

Mikeb

One thing about the Beatitudes:

Luke's versions of these saying are usually recognized as the "correct" ones. Both Luke and Matthew were copying from a document scholars call "Q" or Quelle, German for "Source." The sayings don't match in Matthew in Luke so one of these writers altered them. Luke was concerned with the literal poor and destitute and grieved. Matthew altered this concern to make it more abstract.

Here's "real" Q material from Luke:

Blessed are you poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you that hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you that weep now, for you shall laugh.

Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, on account of the Son of man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

But I say to you that hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.

Morocco Bama

In otherwords, be faithful and obedient servants to your sadistic Overlords. What a cunning strategy. Give them hope where there is only despair but always maintain their deference to a higher authority.

There is no historical evidence that Jesus ever existed....or the Apostles. Not that it matters, because the Word that was crafted in his name is as much a reality as his potentially fictional self that cannot be overlooked or dismissed. If you look closely at the message of the New Testament, it's brainwashing to convince the Masses to accept their plight as eternal plowshares.

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