Re: virus: Re: heaven's gate kooks

Eric Boyd (
Fri, 07 Jun 1996 19:55:44 -0500

Ken Pantheists wrote:
> I think what you are sensing is a lack of, for lack of a better word,
> "lack" in the lives of most North American Christians. Here,
> Christianity is an insitutionalised mainstream ideology. Any christian
> has a lot to lose if they try to usurp, supplant or work outside of the
> Law. (Waco). In the days of saints and martyrs, the early christians
> gambled with state execution because they chose an ideology that united
> the slaves, women and disenfranchised of the affluent Roman Empire. Like
> all underground movements-- the ones that foster martyrdom anyway-- thay
> invest a lot of energy into the idea that somehow your life will no
> longer be as miserable as it is. The prerequisite, of course, is a
> genuinely miserable life. And the conviction to make it better by taking
> absolute control over it (choosing to end it if it comes down to it).

"Lack of lack"... so sweet. I agree completely. The Bible talkes alot
about "perserverence in the face of prosecution" and I don't see it
around these days. Instead, they are the ones prosecuting most of the
time! I just wonder if that has much of an effect on the validity of
living life as a "Christian".

(really this question boils down to an issue like: would Jesus have been
in favour of a "Christian Institution"?)