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Politics vs Religion

Political figures affect our lives for a small number of years... Religious figures affect our lives, and possibly our death, for the whole of our lives...

Yet Political figures are picked apart in order to find every little flaw in their lives and beliefs and Religious figures are blindly trusted without research in to their lives.


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Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 10:51 PM on Sep. 5, 2010 in Religious Debate

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  • Because politcal figures have control/legal say-so/strings to pull,etc. that we, as a people can't change on a whim. Religious leaders are held to standards, private lives scrutinized, too, but we aren't legally bound to their 'word'.

    Answer by dullscissors at 11:01 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • I'm not really talking about religious figures like Priests, but rather religious figures like Jesus or Luther... Those whos words have influenced full movements...

    Comment by SabrinaMBowen (original poster) at 11:03 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • Perception. Religious leaders are perceived to live up to a higher standard, and to be living a more christ-like life so to speak. They are also percieved as having more knowledge in religious matters than the average person and therefore more understanding. They are perceived as being able to guide us to a more humble and christian-like existence. Since they are perceived as being more christ-like, few see any reason to check into their personal lives in any way.

    Politicians on the other hand are generally perceived as rich, money grubbing liars without morals.

    Answer by meriana at 11:08 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • I don't agree. I think just those two examples you have have had their teachings and beliefs picked apart for years/centuries.

    Answer by ceallaigh at 11:28 PM on Sep. 5, 2010

  • ceallaigh has the right of it ... religious figures have been the focus of more study than anything else in history.

    ... which is appropriate, because the ideals taught by religious figures are basically our roadmaps for choosing our paths in the world, and our lenses for viewing what goes on in the world, so we want to understand the ideals.

    Today I heard this great phrase: "... without knowledge of these "spiritual rules" we are handicapped ... "

    We want our kids to understand the rules and potential consequences of things like credit cards or committing a crime or getting drunk or buying a house / car ... It would be stupid to force them to have to learn the hard way from buying a car without a mechanic's checkup, or from drinking and discovering that they cannot drive alertly.

    We should also share with our kids the spiritual guidelines which have proven to be true for generations, so they can make beneficial decisions

    Answer by waldorfmom at 4:56 AM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • its implicative of how people are. We want good leaders but don/'t trust anyone, unless they are religious leaders whom we just assume must be good people, which is not always true

    Answer by Zoeyis at 5:15 AM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • Because politicians openly admit to trying to control our lives while members of the clergy do not. 


    Answer by beeky at 7:30 AM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • I follow neither blindly, thanks. I know all about politics and what Jesus has to say about them. Jesus gets my vote.

    Answer by 2tinyhineys at 11:03 AM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • Why?

    Jesus = perfect, flawless, infallible, God the Son, Creator, overcame sin, death, and the devil,

    Politicians = imperfect, full of flaws, fallible, creatures, sons of men with corrupt nature whom are incapable of overcoming sin, death and the devil.

    Government = Our particular government was established as a servant of the people (not a ruler or master of the people), under the authority of God (like or not). As citizens we are obligated to hold our servant-government accountable to the law. So careful attention to the actions of politicians is required, and vocal dissent obligated.

    Why don't we question God/Jesus? Because He has proven Himself trustworthy and consistent; He is the Creator - we are His creatures. He is not subject to our criticism.

    Answer by Gal51 at 12:06 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

  • PS .... Luther was questioned ... at the Diet of Worms ...

    Answer by Gal51 at 12:08 PM on Sep. 6, 2010

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