You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not murder,’ and’ whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment.

You have heard that it was said, Do not be a suicide bomber,’ and ‘whoever suicide bombs will be subjected to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is dogmatic is subjected to judgment. Anyone who knows they are right and they do not take the time to sit down with the other to listen, responding in flexible love, these people have committed suicide already.

Anyone have any other modernized ideas to add?

[The Christian approach and attitude toward people of other religions] carries profound political, military, and humanitarian implications, and millions of human lives could be saved or lost depending on our response. Theologians, denominational leaders, pastors and other religious leaders too seldom remember that their work, if taken seriously, literally becomes a matter of life and death.

If we want to get on the right side of the life-and-death divide, we need to start with some somber, serious, old-fashioned repentance, starting with this admission: Christianity has a nauseating, infuriating, depressing record when it comes to encountering people of other religions (and a not much better record when encountering people of other brands of Christianity either).[If you ask Jews about Christianity’s track record with the other, they know. If you ask native peoples, they know. If you ask the descendants of slaves, they know. If you ask Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and New Agers, they know. If you ask atheists, they know. If you ask feminists and gay folk, they know too.]
Brain McLaren, A New Kind of Christianity, p208 [and foot notes].

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