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Fanaticism, a negation of true religion

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11/18/2012 10:41 AM
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Fanaticism, a negation of true religion
Fanaticism, a negation of true religion

"There are fanatics in every religion who not only claim to see the Creator's reputation attacked everywhere they look, but who imagine that it is their mission to defend Him. As if God were so weak that He needed to be defended! Well, this is what they believe. And so they condemn, persecute, and massacre people who are often superior to themselves. If they were honest, they would ask God's opinion, and they would hear God, who is love, reply: 'Do not concern yourself with this, it is not your affair. If they really wish to attack me, they will destroy themselves, and that will be sufficient punishment. Leave them alone. Or you too will offend Me.' When we truly wish to defend the Creator, we must manifest patience and love, as He does."

"You must never choose a path because of the ordeals that you will meet along the way, with the idea that in doing so you will gain the admiration of others and the approval of heaven. In Bulgaria we have a proverb which says that a saint who is too zealous is even disliked by God. Yes, for this zeal is suspect. Some people, because of their temperament, are moved to sacrifice themselves for noble causes. It is their ideal of generosity which drives them, almost in spite of themselves, along this difficult path. It is this same ideal which keeps them from becoming discouraged, and at the same time it allows them to remain humble and full of love no matter what they accomplish. We must recognise, however, that these beings are rare. So, beware of the fanatics who seek the glory of martyrdom in crazy actions! They should not imagine that this is the way to attract heaven's blessings!"

« Some people are so convinced that God's good name is under attack that they are always taking up arms in His defence. As though the Lord were a weakling who needed to be defended! Well, this is what they seem to think: they go in fear and trembling that His reputation might be besmirched and are ready to defend it at all costs, so they issue their anathemas and persecute and burn and massacre. Why do they never ask the Lord what He thinks about it? They ought to begin by asking His permission:

- "Look at all these unbelievers, heretics and blasphemers, Lord; may we punish them? May we burn them at the stake or cut off their heads?"

But they don't pray or ask the Lord what He thinks about it. They don't want to ask because they are not sincere. The Lord is Love and they have no desire to hear His answer:

- "No, leave them alone. It's none of your business! If they are really wicked they will come to a bad end without any help from you."

In spite of their claim to take up arms in defence of the Lord, they don't really care a jot for what He thinks about it. Do you really believe that these people are defending the Lord? Not a bit of it! They are simply defending their own affairs, their own prestige, influence and authority. What hypocrisy!

If they really wanted to defend the Lord they should do as He does and manifest patience and love. »


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Re: Fanaticism, a negation of true religion
Looks like the Good Lord established a common sense governor to inhibit wacky and ugly fanaticism.

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And if I should have prophecy and should know all mysteries, and all knowledge, and if I should have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing