Curtains, thank you. Poignant verse there in Ephesians.
Designs, , my friend. What I shared wasn't about scripture or doctrines or what church leaders teach or anything like that. Those things can teach me about something. But it was an experience that taught me understanding... and this revealed the truth about the sacrifice, the amends, and the love of Christ for us.
We've done this before, but I'll repeat... Christ did not advocate hatred for the jews, nor persecution - nor was He the cause of it. People may have done that in later days, but then they must also have missed Christ weeping for Jerusalem, that His disciples and apostles were Jewish, that He asked for forgiveness for them, and that He did indeed love them. (all in the gospels you don't like) They also missed love and mercy being the more important matters of the law. Paul also loved his people, and said that he would have rather been cut off for their sake. He stated clearly that he believe all Israel would be saved. I'm not sure how Mark 12:17 is showing sympathy toward Rome, and anger toward Jerusalem. Maybe you meant a different verse.
Joey, its hard for me to discuss your points without you providing an example :)
PS - I don't see the 'non-evidence' of the existence of Christ, and I don't:
believe that his death was a blood sacrifice to appease a morbid, twisted vengeful god who had an insatiable thirst for blood.
He carried our sins and made amends for us by doing for us what WE should be doing. That is how I understood it. So that to the point of torture and even death, he forgave us and also asked forgiveness for us from His Father. He took all of our sins/weaknesses onto himself out of love, and then did what we should have been doing but were not were... FOR US.
Streets - I think because you're looking at it as a tit for tat kind of thing - and perhaps not realizing the time we have here in this life as important? Regardless, it was more like someone saying: "Please put my brother's wrongdoing onto my shoulders... forgive him and let him go his way in peace... and let me make amends for what he has done."
Was - I hear you, and return your love. We don't have to be in agreement on all things... just remember that love despite those disagreements.
Syl - love to you also.
I don't think I missed anyone :) Thank you for all your comments, and taking the time to read.