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Monday, June 24, 2024

The Bible tells me so



Dalai Lama, Jason Collins, Leviticus and You.
By Robert De Filippis

Books of the Bible

From the Dalai lama, “The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticize others. How much am I doing about my anger, attachment, hatred, pride and jealousy? These are the things which we must check in our daily lives.”

Let’s see, how can we fracture that advice this week? Oh, Oh, I know, let’s criticize and condemn Jason Collins for being the first openly gay NBA Player. Hey, while we’re at it, let’s condemn all homosexuals and quote a selected verse from Leviticus to justify our condemnation. Let’s ignore all the other verses in Leviticus that condemn much of what we all do as abominations.

Oh you say, you’re not a Buddhist and don’t care what the Dalai Lama says? Okay, let’s check what else the Bible says. “Judge not,” “Love your neighbor.” You know, all the stuff about taking your own inventory and not everyone else’s.

I’m sure I could go on finding holy text from many different human religions to condemn or redeem Mr. Collins. That’s not my point.

Agnosticism is my point. As a militant agnostic, I admit I don’t know and I don’t think you do either. But because I freely admit I don’t know, I am able to accept or reject judgments, assessments and condemnation based on someone else’s “truth” without need to defend my belief system. In this case, a religious belief system.

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