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An honorary note regarding Martin Luther King and compassionate humility: Although King was a devout Christian minister and a giant amongst men he had the highest and deepest respect for Mahatma Gandhi, reflecting on how Gandhi's peaceful resolution had shown more Christ-like qualities than any human since. Gandhi was a Hindu while embracing all faiths, yet considered "all to contain both truth and error" - Rendered imperfect, having passed through the hands of men Gandhi's own conver- sion was largely influenced by his study and application of Tolstoy's The Kingdom of God is Within You (and the truth shall be written in your hearts to set you free) as conveyed by Jesus.

Early Christians were far more diverse in belief largely based on lost or excluded scriptures. Christís message and disposition inclusive and forgiving.

The Old Testament supported or accepted: Stoning, Sacrificing innocent animals, Slavery, Polygamy etc.

Wide-ranging real-life complexities, multiple text translations then interpretations and scripture stress reserving judgment to God, while past accepted injustices refrain literal interpretation.

Therefore, except for accessibility of previous viewpoints and introduction of new insights or ideas, it would seem a misconception of duty to try convert others to one's particular faith, especially when intimidation is used: Fear, condemnation or through the promise of reward in the afterlife etc, when what is really needed is to begin with culling the narrow mindedness and error within while expanding and integrating the truths found in all religions, philosophies and otherwise. - bk

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