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January 17, 2013

MAY: Pride and prejudice

(Continued)

Nazareth was the run-down trailer park of its day. Obscure. Podunk. One stop light. No Starbucks. One couldn’t trust Jesus because he came from the other side of the tracks.

Do you have any prejudices when it comes to religion and faith? 

One prejudice of sorts that must be overcome is the attitude that family had toward faith. If your family made light of the importance of the religion, it will be very difficult for you to overcome that influence. If your family displayed faithfulness consistently, your commitment to God will come much easier.

One of the strongest prejudices in America today is seen against older people. That same prejudice can creep in as we look at religion today. How could ancient religions know anything of our era? How can I relate in any way to someone who lived 2,000 years ago? After all, it’s been said that a child born in 1900 has more in common with Moses than with a child born today.

Perhaps your prejudice comes from science. There isn’t a way that the authors of a religious book could have known about the items of science that are available to us today. Maybe accepting things of faith is difficult because you are used to taking things out and examining them. 

“Can anything good come from Nazareth — are you from Galilee too?” 

Yeah. And proud of it.

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