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Vox Populi?

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If Jesus Christ would resurrect now He would be a follower of the Fuhrer

The popular statement in the German schools in 1933-1945

Whenever we talk among us, fellow- immigrants from the former Soviet Union, whenever we discuss the US politics I always say the same thing over and over and over again,

- Folks, be aware, please, that we as people are in a unique situation. We had never experienced a religious mentality of the nation. We were born in atheism, so where our parents and grandparents. That means that no matter how much we now pretend to be the opposite, we in reality are atheists and as atheists we will die. For us forever the Bible will be just an interesting book, Jesus Christ- just a figurehead and Moses will be Charlton Heston. That makes us unique in sorts because all the other immigrants to the US come from the countries with some religious mentality in place, even the ones from China. They thus have a chance to adopt and absorb that mentality here; we don't.

The religious mentality manifests itself in many ways but one of them is very distinct- it is the association of personal goodness with the religious belonging. I would dare to say that in the Western Christianity it is more a Lutheran thing; Catholic Church acknowledges the burden of sin of an individual and thus has an institution of confession. LutheranChurch is first and foremost a Service, a convenient shell for the group of people to perform certain rituals whether in a comfort of their own homes or in the special buildings if they choose. In both cases it is like a Superball; the belonging is more important than a substance. It makes you comfortable, cozy, content and" good, not to worry. Here is a quote from the "Handbook To The Bible' as I call the book by Oswald Chambers "My Utmost For His Highest',

- Believe God is always the God you know Him to be when you are nearest to Him. Then think how unnecessary and disrespectful worry is!

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The writer is 67 years old, semi- retired engineer, PhD, PE. I write fiction on a regular basis and I am also 10 years on OEN.

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