Religion: Good and Evil
Christopher Jones writes: According to the Cathar's doctrine, the Tsunami was the work of Lucifer. In their dualistic approach which pitted the perfection of God against material imperfection of Lucifer, God did not create the Earth and therefore is not responsible for its disasters. They believed they could refute the major tenets of Catholic dogma: Not only was the world a place where evil was pitted against good, but also against the absence of good. The three violent monotheistic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam are based on the concept of a violent God, who is quite capable of blowing up the world. This is best found in the Old Testament. The Cathars rejected this and returned to the "mazda-ist" idea of duality. A good example of this violence found in the three offenders can be found in the El País article from Bandar Aceh, that John Heelan has submitted. The muftis and marabouts in Sumatra are clamoring for the application of Sharia law in the devastated areas, justifying this by labeling the Tsunami as an act of a vengeful Allah. As for the Jews, the Cathars thought that they had literally mistaken Jehovah for the devil himself. In many writings, they explained that God who is spiritual and metaphysical would never have revealed himself to Moses in a burning bush, which is physical. God, who is good would have never provoked the Great FLood or obliterated Sodom and Gomorrah. The Jewish Jehovah of the burning bush is not God, it is the anti-Christ -- Lucifer.
RH: Christians have been violent, but, unlike Judaism and Islam, Christianity is essentially non-violent.
Ronald Hilton 2004
February 2, 2005