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The Question (ID Number 127)...

    Near beginning of "B" the point is made that people don't read & re-read the classic texts of their professions ... but many religious people do read & re-read their sacred texts, over & over. Why do you think religious people do this?

    ...and the response:

    The sacred texts represent a model of perfection they wish to attain. By constantly reading and rereading the texts, they are taking in the model and making it part of themselves, shaping their thoughts to be in agreement with it. The "true" Christian knows the sayings of Jesus by heart and is constantly applying them to his or her life and constantly measuring his or her life against them. This is how he or she BECOMES a true Christian.


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