Well I am glad I could bring some joy into your life with my absolutely relevant analogy.
I chose it simply because of the nature of the forum that we are on. True, it may not be perfect but I believe that my point is well visible, as humorous as it may be. I'll simplify it. Mustangs, despite having some ugly years, have been a very successful vehicle. Just because a 73 Mustang is ugly does not mean an 80 model is.
In the same respect, just because some 11th century pope decided to misrepresent the true nature of the Bible to fit his agenda does not mean that the whole of Christianity is tainted. Follow?
What were the Crusades all about anyway? Spreading the love and gospel of Jesus Christ? No sir.
Here is a 3 sentence summarization of how I understand it: After the Turks took control of Jerusalem and prevented pilgrimages, Pope Urban II and Emperor Alexus I of Constantinople decided that that was not going to work. So they set off to destroy the enemy who was preventing them from entering their "Mecca" (for lack of a better term). So you see it was not to spread the triumphant news of Christ's resurection. It was to gain politcal control of a very important piece of property.
In Pope Urban's rallying cry he made this unfounded claim to all those who would enlist in the fight:
The West must march to the defense of the East. All should go, rich and poor alike. The Franks must stop their internal wars and squabbles. Let them go instead against the infidel and fight a righteous war.
"God himself will lead them, for they will be doing His work. There will be absolution and remission of sins for all who die in the service of Christ. Here they are poor and miserable sinners; there they will be rich and happy. Let none hesitate; they must march next summer. God wills it!
Doesn't seem to jive with Ephesians 2:8-9 very well does it.
Absolution of sin for figting and dying in a Holy War. Hmmmmm....Seem familiar? Sounds like the same controlling nature of radical Islam today. Throw 10 virgins in there and it sounds like Osama talking.
So tell me what the Crusades, aside from being in the history of Chritiandom, has to do with the actual belief system itself. Absolutely nothing.
Another question: How can you equate a smear on the history of Christianity with the fundemental necessity of Jesus' virgin birth?
One last thing in my defense, I never said 79 mustangs were ugly, just underpowered. I was speaking more about the model prior to the Fox chassis. Yours fast as my Saleen? Depends, how fast is yours without the motor and transmission? LOL