I pulled the picture to the right off of a web-site that displayed these same two bumper stickers in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I don't know if they're quite as popular today as they were when they first appeared in the public eye, but they, nevertheless, serve as a sad commentary on the human condition.
Are people supposed to tolerate one another? Is that the only hope for mankind... that the best that we can do is coexist? What kind of a planet do we live on?
As Peter and Gordon artfully put to music...
"I don't care what they say, I won't live in a world without love."
That I disagree with you has no bearing on my willingness to give you all the freedom in the world to
disagree with me. Please do. I'd just like to engage you in reasonable dispassionate discussion.
"On that day (the day when peace comes to our planet) the Lord shall be One and His Name shall be One".
So what is my motivation for doing what I'm attempting to do? I'm motivated to a large extent by the strains of the "Oleynu"... a prayer which is recited regularly in the synagogue and which is actually extracted from the 14th chapter of the book of Zechariah, in the Tanakch.
Those who are wishful thinking among us hope that we human beings are capable of demonstrating tolerance and coexistence (personally, I don't think that we are). Some among us would hold that all religions and/or belief systems are just another way to God. I disagree. I am Jewish and I believe that the only way to God is through Y'shua (Jesus) the Messiah. Instantly many of those who hold to the creed of "tolerance" and "coexistence" will resort to calling me a bigot, racist or "homophobe" People like that seem to be intellectually incapable of handling the prospect that they could be wrong so they resort to ad hominem attacks. In a sense, they have their heads in the sand. To me, they're sort of like the silly people in the illustration to the right.
As I see that text, there can be no peace on this planet until there is a universal consensus concerning who God is, what He is like and what He expects from us. Such consensus can neither be attained by force, disrespect, or dismissive attitudes. I do believe that we can come to the truth through dispassionate, respectful and honest debate that is free of cognitive dissonance. Personally, I'm of the opinion that the Messiah will return (or come, if that's how you're so disposed), before, this proposal has made the rounds. Nevertheless, this, I believe, is a step in the right direction. Are you willing to engage with me in this?
Sincerely, - Benyomin Ellegant
An Invitation to an Important Discussion
I hate to say it but we and our children and our grandchildren have not only inherited a world without love, but we've also come to live in a world of mistrust. Most of us take our "religion" and limit it to the Temple or Church or Mosque. The most fervently orthodox among us, it seems, take their zeal to the streets... some in a rather demonstrative fashion, others even violently. Dare I say, understandably, such actions have contributed dramatically towards this dis