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The Question (ID Number 695)...

    Daniel, I've got a million questions for you... such as why you mentioned in Ishmael and The Story of B jesus' sermon on the mount("behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not nor do they reap..."), yet then you include him with the "salvationists"? In the bible (read post-Ishmael) jesus describes religious leaders as "the blind leading the blind, and when the blind follow the blind, both shall fall into the ditch." It just seems to me that the ideas of jesus were used by religions/salvationists to serve their own needs and all the while mother culture tells us that salvation and jesus are one and the same. Along the biblical theme Why no mention of john the "B"aptist? I understand now why jesus wished to be "baptised" by john the B, for when asked by the scribes who he was, john the B replies, "I am he who cries from wilderness." And thanks for going over the "great fall." Powerful story i had never "saw" before. But my real question is Have you ever realized how similar the concepts of Ishmael are to the music of the doors? "Cancel my subscription to the resurrection, send my credentials to the house of detention, i've got some friends inside... what have they done to the earth? what have they done to our fair sister? ravaged and plundered and returned bitter, stuck her with knives in the side of the dawn and tied her with fences and dragged her down, i hear a very gentle sound we want the world and we want it NOW!" I hear parallels between Ishmael and much of the doors music. Is this a question you've been asked? Am i simply "seeing" Ishmael in everything?

    ...and the response:

    The statement you quote from the Sermon on the Mount is an admonition not to be concerned about feeding and clothing yourself--nothing to do with salvation. Jesus certainly was not silent about the need for salvation, as in this passage from Matthew: "'Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.' When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, 'Then who can be saved?'" Why should I mention John the Baptist? There are thousands of people in the bible that I don't mention. I'm afraid the only Doors lyric that ever registered with me was "Baby, won't you light my fie-yer!" I AM inclined to think you're "seeing Ishmael in everything" (sort of the obverse of seeing everything in Ishmael!).

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