Early Fundamentalists

Wednesday June 13th, Galatians 1: 13 For you have heard of my previous way of life in Judaism, how intensely I persecuted the church of God and tried to destroy it. 14 I was advancing in Judaism beyond many Jews of my own age and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers. Today, Paul would have been know as a fanatic fundamentalists. He had right on his side, he had the power of the state on his side, he had knowledge of scripture on his side, and he knew how to use it. He was ready at a moments notice and without further thought to risk life and limb (at least someone else’s) to protect the word of God. The only trouble is that back then, and through the ages down to today, the main thing the word of God needs protecting from, are those who wish to protect the word of God. We too live at a time when it is not so much a conflict between Christians, Muslims and Jews, but rather between fundamentalists Christians, Muslims and Jews and those of all faiths who wish only to live their lives in decency and respect for the many ways God comes to us.


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