Originally posted by avalanchethecat
Sure, but then, christians used to torture people and burn them at the stake didn't they? That was never part of their scripture either. The Hindus and Sikhs I met seemed genuinely good-hearted and sincere and entirely free from prejudice, and when asked about the caste system they rejected it firmly. I'm not naive enough to believe that's the sam (among others), on the other hand, actively preaches certain forms of prejudice doesn't it?
they are not therefore not christians, quite simply because they do not practice the teachings of Christ, that is after all what a Christian is, is it not? this is not the case with Hinduism, ask yourself the question, why are the Dalit shunned, on what basis? they are leather workers? the cow is sacred to Hinduism, is it not? thus they are considered impure on the basis of a belief.
I am proud of 'my brand of Christianity', we have killed no one. In all wars we have refused to take up arms against our fellow human beings, choosing, note that word carefully, choosing in the case of WWII to be incarcerated and in many instances killed in Nazi concentration camps because to us, life is sacred, can the same be said of Sikhs (many of whom fought for the Nazis) and of Hindus (you should check out how many persons were killed in the partition of India in 1947, between Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims) shall we go on to talk about Catholicism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Russian and Greek orthodox??? how many persons they have killed? shall we?
Your talk of prejudice is really cheap and i would ask you to consider your words more carefully in future. We are not in the habit of dragging people in off the street, the requirements for being a witness are high, i would be pleased if you shall remember that.
you may be taken in with the temples in some leafy suburb of Birmingham, the reality elsewhere is somewhat rather different.