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I often visit the website Pray As You Go, which, through spoken daily readings and related questions, encourages people to view the teachings of Jesus from their own personal standpoint - to be alive to thought, as you say. It's a very thought-provoking and helpful website. Every day's session starts with some music and then leads into the spoken bit.
it's great to see the leader of a branch of Christianity saying that building walls is not Christian.
Yes - I agree - but perhaps I wish that people might say it even more often and _mean_ it! Perhaps change it to Oh My Creator! Best wishes David P
I wish the church would highlight the widespread flippant and offensive use of the initials OMG.
: Good afternoon, Mr. LaRouche, this is D— from the Bronx. I have a very touchy question to ask. It's in regard to the closing of churches. In the past, I'd say three years, four churches were closed in our 20-block area around the church that I attend. Have you any idea, could you give us any insight as to what's causing it and what we can do to keep them open? Because as one of the only means by which people in the community...?LAROUCHE: Well, you've got one real problem to deal with. First of all, the degeneration of the morals, of the citizens of the United States, since the beginning of the 20th century, that is since the birth, so to speak, of Bertrand Russell, there has been a consistent degeneracy in every respect, not just in this religion or that, but in every respect, which has been becoming worse, and worse, and worse. And that's the problem.Yes, the religious question comes in. But it is not clearly understood what the religious question is. There is a meaning, but, what's the meaning? What's the basis of the existence of a baby? How does a baby come into existence, and what is the consequence of the baby existing? Well, if the baby is smart, the baby will be smarter than its parents? And it will be an actual achievement, not some kind of boo-boo this or that, boo-boo that.So therefore, when people are being religious, there are two kinds of religious. One is a concentration on understanding of the meaning of mankind's life, from the birth to the termination of that life; and that termination of that life is the instrument which brings mankind into improvements, in the understanding of what mankind's mission is in the universe. And if you can look at it that way, which is I think is the only short-term way of expressing it, you have the solution. You have to understand what's the requirement? What is the goal of man's existence, after the parents of the man or so forth, have died? Is the man who lived after the parents had died, did that have a meaning? Is there some causal effect of that? Yes! And the question is, how does society help mankind realize that opportunity?Q: [follow-up] Thank you very much for the information, sir. And I hope that things progress in our affair here in New York City.LAROUCHE: Good. Very Good.Q: Hi, Lyn. Just on that, in fact, adding on what we've been talking about before, I wanted to brief you on what we've been doing in Brooklyn to build this Messiah we're doing on Easter Sunday. And the idea, what I wanted to communicate is, this church we're going to be performing at, is in an area quite similar area to the last one. And, in fact, what's happened in this area, since those two performances we did in December, of the Messiah, there's been a great reverberation in these communities around these two performances that we did. And that's having now an impact on what we're doing now to build this next one, which is at a church which has—which was almost shut down in 2011. Right now they're resurrecting this church, which is about 30 years older than the Statue of Liberty. And it has amazing acoustics.And so right now, what we're doing, is creating a major field in this area, where you have now a lot of people very excited about the process. In fact, one lady told me, because I've been going to her place of business for the whole time this has been going on, she told me that "I like seeing this saga unfold, what you guys are doing." So there's a whole development that's being shaped by this. And you can see, as we're going through this whole process, you can see that the more we have of this music program, the more you're actually going to create a real process of development, much like Lorenzo Da Ponte did in shaping the Italian culture in New York in the early 1800s, where he actually created the opera culture.I've been thinking about that, on top of also doing this whole process as well. So I wanted to see what your comments were on that.LAROUCHE: No the point is, this kind of process is well known. The relationship to the Italian model, is really very significantly known, and it's distinctive. There's a German version, which is also somewhat differently tuned, but it's the same kind of thing.So these kinds of forms, they're not based on religion as such; it's not explicitly religion, as such; it's on the idea that mankind has a role beyond its society, and that is the role. It takes the form that's often called religious form. But you have to be very careful about this, because there are religions, and there are religions and so forth and so on; and you've got to make sure you've got the right message. But the point is, yes, there is a process of this nature.But the key thing is, you've got to get people to stop thinking about looking at the graveyards. They've got to look at the future embodied in the human being. And we have to take the child, the child of parents; is this child going to be a creative force for mankind? That's the issue! The purpose is to have people who are good people. But! what you really need, what mankind needs, when you think about how many evil people there are running around in the United States right now, you say, "Wait a minute!" This is not just a name, something to name. The point is that you want people, young people, who will develop themselves into becoming a creative force for the future of mankind. And if you don't have that, you've lost the message!