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      Quote Originally Posted by Stravinsk View Post
      Oftentimes the way a news event is reported includes rhetoric that is meant to make the person exposed to it feel, or made to think they should feel - part of "the collective consciousness" in whatever agenda they are selling. Certain statements are presented as if they were common knowledge even though they may not be necessarily true or mostly true and not exaggerated. When looking up this gentlemen's death just on youtube - I found a news story that was just the kind of thing I think fits your description of "hero worship". It's full of flowery praise and exultation of a person - and it immediately makes me suspicious. Of course - everything they say could be true - but I'm wondering why they are making the deal of it that they are - ie: what other info are they trying to sell me by appealing to my emotions and empathy first? Can't always figure it - but it's often there somewhere.
      My sentiments exactly. I hadn't expected the whole day to be a big to-do about it. I searched you-tube a bit, and found an interview with him from last year to get an idea of how he viewed himself. Not at all how he's being portrayed now. I watched a humble guy, struggling with his memory, and worried for his kids and family when he passed away. He kept working because that's all he knew to do. He seemed sort of mystified by all the adulation
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      Is there a difference between memorializing someone and hero worship? I kind of think so.
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      Quote Originally Posted by jsimms435 View Post
      The people who are of this world and not saved are getting all of the reward they will ever get during this lifetime and then they experience hell. While the saved often get no reward or little on this earth and then get eternal life and reward in heaven. I would rather be in the second group. The world can worship whoever they want. It makes no difference to me. I'm looking for the Lord's approval and heavenly rewards
      Amen to that.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Lämmchen View Post
      Is there a difference between memorializing someone and hero worship? I kind of think so.
      I think so. I was considering this for a bit. When I was a teenager, I was all broken up about a bass player who had passed away due to a bus accident while his band was on tour. He was a favorite of mine - an 'idol' you might say. To my teenage mind, it was hard.
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      The Lincoln memorial isn't the site of a temple for the religious worship of Abraham Lincoln. Anybody who believes that it is is likely to be a bit crazy.
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      I recall being saddened when Keith Green died in an airplane crash. His music was a blessing to many Christians in the late 70s and early 80s.
      I also was/am quite sad to hear that Nabeel Qureshi died from stomach cancer this fall. He was a great source in bringing the gospel to Muslims and explaining Islam to Christians.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MennoSota View Post
      I recall being saddened when Keith Green died in an airplane crash. His music was a blessing to many Christians in the late 70s and early 80s.
      I also was/am quite sad to hear that Nabeel Qureshi died from stomach cancer this fall. He was a great source in bringing the gospel to Muslims and explaining Islam to Christians.
      I remember Keith Green, I was a young fellow back then. You must be old!

      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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