Americans are the most creative people in the world when it comes to religion. Lately, because of the wild growth of the Internet, there has appeared such new doctrines that boggle the mind. I don't think there is such a variety of doctrines and belief systems anywhere in the world. All this creativity has made it necessary to declare 'freedom of religion' as the most important freedom in America.
As freedom goes, my high school civics teacher, John Adams, used to say, 'You're free as long as your freedom doesn't interfere with someone else's freedom.'
If one religion's doctrines calls for the conversion of other religions then the concept of 'religious freedom' doesn't work. Accordingly, Christians shouldn't try to convert Muslims to Christianity, and Muslims shouldn't try to convert Christians to Islam.
Moreover, Christianity and Islam were never compatible and, therefore, Islamic principles cannot become doctrines of American Democracy. Neither should have the doctrine of 'Judeo-Christian Culture' been introduced, because it entails the denial of Eashoa Msheekha as the true Messiah; nor should 'Manifest Destiny' have been practiced by the American settlers to dispossess the Native Americans of their life.
Religious Freedom should never become a contest for religions of opposite values.
Religious Freedom in America, therefore, is a term that makes sense only with respect to Christians tolerating differing interpretations of the Bible. Therefore, setting aside Judaism, Islam, and other religions, Christians should allow religious freedom for all denominations of Christianity in America.
The Ancient Aramaic Church (AAC) translation project offers the authentic Scriptures as read by Eashoa Msheekha (Jesus the Messiah) in the synagogues of Judea and the New Testament Scripture recorded by the Disciples in the spirit of the freedom of religion. So why is it that none of the American churches are considering this translation project as legitimate?
I think creativity is wonderful in art and literature; but as for Christianity, the words of Eashoa Msheekha should be adhered to more than the doctrines of man. This is what my translations of the Old and the New Testaments are all about.
Have a great celebration of the birth of Maran Eashoa Msheekha.
December 25, 2015
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