crazymonkie_ wrote:Well, it's also true that until Dispensationalism and a literal reading of Revelation (yeah, it sounds funny to me too) took hold, at least in the U.S. (mid-1800s and later) that wasn't the case. But now? In my home country, I'll find myself bumping into people who truly, honestly believe that there are only 144,000 human beings, ever, who will get into Heaven. They're obviously mostly people who also believe in predestination, despite the really clear theological blind alley of that particular belief.
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s ... urn false;
5From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
6from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
7from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
8from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
I think it was David-Ben-Ariel who tried to fit in all the Anglo-Saxons and other white men of his choice into one of the above mentioned 12 Jewish tribes and thus proclaim them to be superior.When I see so many muslims in my city with their moustaches shaved and with big beards,somehow that along with their eternall hell book irritate me.Slowly I got used to it.Total abstinence from shaving both might mean saving valuable natural resources and hence praiseworthy,but what is this pseudo-tradition/pseudo-measure?