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5 stars

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Jason
5 stars   Sunday, November 16, 2003 (4:50 p.m.) 

The score may not win an Oscar but it deserves a spot in your CD collection

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What does Born-again Christian bullshˇt have to do with The Last Samurai?   Sunday, November 16, 2003 (6:22 p.m.) 

> http://www.geocities.com/lilmacumd/escape.html

What does this link have to do with Hans Zimmer or The Last Samurai? Why do you stupidass Born-again Christians feel like you have to insert your outmoded and outdated garbage into everything?

From your site...


"Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive my sins. By faith, I give you my sins, failure and lifestyle and by faith I receive your righteousness into my life. I open the door of my heart and invite you in. Please be Lord of my life and I will serve you with my life. My life is completely yours. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins, Amen."

uh...

It is sad to see that there are still people like you who are ignorant and closed-minded about what Jesus really meant. You have no respect for other peoples' beliefs and for that you should be stoned... A fitting end for losers like you.

Jason



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Re: What does Born-again Christian bullshˇt have to do with The Last Samurai?   Monday, November 17, 2003 (5:33 p.m.) 

You have no respect for other peoples' beliefs and for that you should be stoned... A fitting end for losers like you.

Who's being ignorant and close-minded? Besides it's not a mortal sin for a person to finish their post up with a link to a favorite or personal web site. I don't see what the big deal is.

Anyways I really enjoy this sound track. I find the electronic elements really help the overall feel of the album and didn't really have any issue with their presence here. Also, as the reviewer stated, the whole album comes together nicely, it's very cohesive. I guess I'd reccommend it to anyone in the same category as the "Buy it if you..." notice at the top of the review.

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Re: What does Born-again Christian bullshˇt have to do with The Last Samurai?   Sunday, March 21, 2004 (2:42 a.m.) 

Well, perhaps he ment that WHAT was linked was the mortal sin..or so I think it was, not that it where something that WAS linked..none the less...


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Nothing but shame on my face for him   Thursday, November 27, 2003 (1:38 p.m.) 

> What does this link have to do with Hans Zimmer or The Last Samurai? Why
> do you stupidass Born-again Christians feel like you have to insert your
> outmoded and outdated garbage into everything?

> From your site...

>
"Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive my
> sins. By faith, I give you my sins, failure and lifestyle and by faith I
> receive your righteousness into my life. I open the door of my heart and
> invite you in. Please be Lord of my life and I will serve you with my
> life. My life is completely yours. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins,
> Amen."

> uh...

> It is sad to see that there are still people like you who are ignorant and
> closed-minded about what Jesus really meant. You have no respect for other
> peoples' beliefs and for that you should be stoned... A fitting end for
> losers like you.

> Jason

Nothing but shame on my face for him

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Re: Nothing but shame on my face for him   Monday, December 8, 2003 (4:36 p.m.) 

It has nothing to do with my post the link was a link at the END of the article. The intense anxiety/hatred/reflexive rebuke of anything related to Jesus Christ(that isn't a joke) is very very telling.

If I started spouting off quotes from Hare Krishna, Paganism, Islam, Occultism, Voodoo, etc....there is no way they would elicit such tirades. However, the mention of Jesus does spark something off. You know why? There is power in His name.

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Re: What does Born-again Christian bullshˇt have to do with The Last Samurai?   Sunday, January 4, 2004 (3:31 p.m.) 

> What does this link have to do with Hans Zimmer or The Last Samurai? Why
> do you stupidass Born-again Christians feel like you have to insert your
> outmoded and outdated garbage into everything?

> From your site...

>
"Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive my
> sins. By faith, I give you my sins, failure and lifestyle and by faith I
> receive your righteousness into my life. I open the door of my heart and
> invite you in. Please be Lord of my life and I will serve you with my
> life. My life is completely yours. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins,
> Amen."

> uh...

> It is sad to see that there are still people like you who are ignorant and
> closed-minded about what Jesus really meant. You have no respect for other
> peoples' beliefs and for that you should be stoned... A fitting end for
> losers like you.

> Jason

I don't pretend to know what the entire discussion is about, but I can say that releasing venom upon this person for stating his opinion is not the christian way to respond. He obviously is ignorant[meaning untaught or unlearned](not stupid) of what christianity is and what a real relationship with God entails. Here, my friend, is my answer to your question. Much like the samurai( which means one who serves) pledged their lives to thier fuedal lords, so we as christians pledge our lives to our Lord-Jesus Christ. Just as a Samurai would commit sepeku if his lord lost his life, we also in a spiritual sense end our own lives and allow Christ to live through us. That is what Jesus meant when he said "any man that gives up his life for my sake will surely find it." I don't know what anyone else may have told you, but there are many similarities between the way of the Samurai and the Way of Christ. The biggest exception is that "we wrestle not against flesh and blood,...". Perhaps that can answer the question that you posed so rudely. If you have any more please feel free to contact me. May God bless you and keep you. As for the rest of you remember the teachings of our Lord and do not respond to hatred or anger with anger but with love because that is the way of the world and we are not of the world.

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Re: What does Born-again Christian bullshˇt have to do with The Last Samurai?   Tuesday, March 9, 2004 (12:15 a.m.) 

It should be of note that a number of surviving "samurai", especially younger ones, incorporated christianity into their ways.

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Dr. Cespedes Defends the Christian Samurai   Thursday, April 8, 2004 (7:05 p.m.) 

This is in reply to Jason's comment about the "Stupid-ass born again Christians." You sound like a very young person by your reply, perhaps you are an adolescent. For example, the use of the term "stupid-ass" usually denotes physical, and mental immaturity. There are many more adjectives that you can use, Jason. Stay awake during your English class, you may learn something. The fact that you misspelled the word "stupid" is also indicative of a poor education. At any rate, Since I am a historian, a Ph.D. in Education, and a jujutsuka as well as a Christian, I will attempt to elucidate you. Don't be turned-off by the fact that I am (very likely) a lot older than you. There is wisdom in age. First, get a dictionary Jason, or an encyclopedia (better yet, get both). For more than 50 years Christianity was a leading religion in feudal Japan. Along with the goods brought by Portuguese traders in the mid-1500s came Jesuit missionaries, who spread the Christian word to the poorest farmers as well as samurai barons, and who persuaded the Shogun to grant protection and freedom from taxes to the missionaries and their churches. Christianity thrived under Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's great samurai leaders, and by 1580 there were an estimated 150,000 converts. Samurai were seen carrying rosaries, crosses on their helmets and, as swords clashed, cries of "Iesu" and "Santa Maria" echoed over the battlefield. I hope that the historical connection and perspective between Christianity and Japanese feudal society is clearer now. However, any real understanding of the Samurai must begin with the most important aspect of the Samurai: Bushido. Knowing about Bushido is how one knows the Samurai warrior. "Bushi" is translated as "Warrior" and "do" is translated as "the way." Thus Bushido means "the Samurai way of life." Bushido consisted of a rigid code of ethics that was to be followed devoutly with bravery, honor and loyalty as the most important aspects. The most revered Bushido tenet was "freedom from fear." A Samurai was to live every moment with no fear of death, thus giving them the freedom to follow the Bushido code without hesitation and without fail. This philosophy was to be held sacred, even if one had to sacrifice one's life to pursue these ideals. The parallels between these beliefs and the beliefs found in Christianity are evident. A part of the code of Bushido permitted the Samurai to draw his sword and execute any commoner who rendered an insult to him or his Lord. Therefore, as a Christian Samurai, your insult to my Lord and Master Kirisuto Iesu (that's Christ Jesus in Japanese, you dullard) requires me to immediately unsheathe my e-sword and behead you on the spot. Notice how the other Christian Samurai nod and smile as the head of this peasant rolls across the lawn. Smile, Jason. It was a joke. I will send you a stick-drawing later, so that you can better understand it all. -- Dr. J. R. Cespedes, Ph.D.


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dear christian doc: a little less jujutsu, a little more aikido please   Tuesday, May 18, 2004 (6:21 p.m.) 

yikes!

well, dr. j.r. cerpedes, i have no ph.d., but i'm a follower of christ and an avid reader, and it seems to me that for someone who likes to throw his "educated christian" weight around, you might have quite a bit to learn yourself!

you wrote (to jason):

> Stay awake during
> your English class, you may learn something. The fact that you misspelled
> the word "stupid" is also indicative of a poor education. At any
> rate, Since I am a historian, a Ph.D. in Education, and a jujutsuka as
> well as a Christian, I will attempt to elucidate you. Don't be turned-off
> by the fact that I am (very likely) a lot older than you. There is wisdom
> in age. First, get a dictionary Jason, or an encyclopedia (better yet, get
> both).

did they teach you in the course of your degree to insult people in order to teach them, brother? i bet you'll have better luck turning students off that way, or turning them into mindless regurgitators who secretly resent you.

the insulting reference you make to reference material is odd too, coming as it does from somebody who cribbed his post from the net!

did your eductaion degree teach you that plagiarism was OK too?

let's compare your words and national geographic's words:

you wrote to jason:

> For more than 50 years Christianity was a leading religion in feudal
> Japan. Along with the goods brought by Portuguese traders in the mid-1500s
> came Jesuit missionaries, who spread the Christian word to the poorest
> farmers as well as samurai barons, and who persuaded the Shogun to grant
> protection and freedom from taxes to the missionaries and their churches.
> Christianity thrived under Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's great samurai
> leaders, and by 1580 there were an estimated 150,000 converts. Samurai
> were seen carrying rosaries, crosses on their helmets and, as swords
> clashed, cries of "Iesu" and "Santa Maria" echoed over
> the battlefield.

very interesting.
very familiar, too.

national geographic's site reads:

"For more than 50 years Christianity was a leading religion in feudal Japan. Along with the muskets brought by Portuguese traders in the mid-1500s came Jesuit missionaries, who spread the Christian word to the poorest farmers as well as samurai barons eager to gain access to foreign guns and trade. In 1559 a Jesuit father traveled to Kyoto, the capital, and convinced Shogun Ashikaga Yo#####eru to grant protection and freedom from taxes to the missionaries throughout the country. Christianity thrived under Oda Nobunaga, one of Japan's great samurai leaders, and by 1580 there were an estimated 150,000 converts. Churches and seminaries sprang up in the larger towns, and samurai were seen carrying rosaries in the streets. In battle, the Christian warlords wore crosses on their helmets and, as swords clashed, cries of "Jesu" and "Santa Maria" echoed over the battlefield."

now, really, doctor!
what's with the extended cut n' paste scholarship?

what kind of scholar passes off another's work as his own?

more to the point, what kind of follower of christ relies on titles and insults to make his point?

sorry for my brother's behaviour, jason.
if i had to guess, i'd say he's a little insecure in his social position, and sometimes takes it out on random non-academics like you.

these kinds of posts always look harsher on the screen, too, where we can't read people's twinkling eyes or wiggling eyebrows. the good doctor probably thinks he was really clever and funny. watch out, brother doctor - you're liable to do more damage than good with sharp words.

anyway, jason, please don't let him or the fundamentalists or me or anybody else scare you away from christ's teaching, or even from "christianity" in its many interesting forms.

aaron

p.s. if the samurai way interests you, but you don't like the pomposity and the dependence upon intimidation and violence, check out aikido.

aikido's founder was a highly trained master of samurai fighting, but he was inspired by (among many other things) christ's teaching, and developed his techniques into new ways to stop attacks without hurting people or attacking them in return. it's a fascinating art! aikido's founder was not a "christian" as the good doctor would probably define that term, but i believe he was a true follower of christ's teaching. he'd do anything to resist evil EXCEPT imitate it. now that's what i call a christian samurai.


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Christian Samurai Advice on Offering Counsel   Wednesday, December 5, 2007 (10:47 a.m.) 

> you wrote (to jason):

> did they teach you in the course of your degree to insult people in order
> to teach them, brother? i bet you'll have better luck turning students off
> that way, or turning them into mindless regurgitators who secretly resent
> you.

> the insulting reference you make to reference material is odd too, coming
> as it does from somebody who cribbed his post from the net!

From the 'Hagakure' Courtesy of 'The Way of the Christian Samurai' (with permission, mind you)

------------Begin Quote---------------

One aspect of service to others is one another in order to help each other be the best servants of Christ that we can be. The Bible gives specific advice regarding giving such counsel:

"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.”
Matthew 7:3-5

"If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over.”

Matthew 18:15

The samurai also placed importance on giving good counsel, and stressed that the advice given should actually help the other person, and be given in a compassionate way:

“To give a person one's opinion and correct his faults is an important thing. It is compassionate and comes first in matters of service. But the way of doing this is extremely difficult. To discover the good and bad points of a person is an easy thing, and to give an opinion concerning them is easy, too. For the most part, people think that they are being kind by saying things that others find distasteful or difficult to say. But if it is not received well, they think that there is nothing more to be done. This is completely worthless. It is the same as bringing shame to a person by slandering him. It is nothing more than getting it off one's chest.

To give a person an opinion one must first judge well whether that person is of the disposition to receive it or not. One must become close with him and make sure that he continually trusts one's word. Approaching subjects that are dear to him, seek the best way to speak and to be well understood. Judge the occasion, and determine whether it is better by letter or at the time of leave-taking. Praise his good points and use every device to encourage him, perhaps by talking about one's own faults without touching on his, but so that they will occur to him. Have him receive this in the way that a man would drink water when his throat is dry, and it will be an opinion that will correct faults.

This is extremely difficult. If a person’s fault is a habit of some years prior, by and large it won't be remedied. I have had this experience myself. To be intimate with all one's comrades , correcting each other's faults, and being of one mind to be of use to the master is the great compassion of a retainer. By bringing shame to a person, how could one expect to make him a better man?”
From the Hagakure, Book 1
-------------------------End Quote----------------------



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Re: What does Born-again Christian bullshˇt have to do with The Last Samurai?   Sunday, March 21, 2004 (12:24 p.m.) 

> What does this link have to do with Hans Zimmer or The Last Samurai? Why
> do you stupidass Born-again Christians feel like you have to insert your
> outmoded and outdated garbage into everything?

> From your site...

>
"Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive my
> sins. By faith, I give you my sins, failure and lifestyle and by faith I
> receive your righteousness into my life. I open the door of my heart and
> invite you in. Please be Lord of my life and I will serve you with my
> life. My life is completely yours. Thank you for forgiving me of my sins,
> Amen."

> uh...

> It is sad to see that there are still people like you who are ignorant and
> closed-minded about what Jesus really meant. You have no respect for other
> peoples' beliefs and for that you should be stoned... A fitting end for
> losers like you.

> Jason

It seems like you have no respect for christians my friend. Calling Christianity bullsh!t is quite a strong statement. There is no need to post your anger. In fact, I don't think anybody cares what you have to say. You just posted another useless posting, just like I have to right now....so you can learn some respect. Be careful what you say..even if it is on the internet...there is a thing called internet etiquette. Thanks. Hansel.

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