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Old 06-14-2003, 06:08 PM   #61
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Bama, that's sadly funny and true!
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Old 06-14-2003, 06:29 PM   #62
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And just so we aren't in conflict with any of the passages in the Bible which command us to share our faith with others, maybe we could get the same super-smart and all-knowing theologians who brought us "The Jesus Seminar" to do a sequel where they go through and say that all of the evangelical passages aren't really evangleical and really mean something else if taken in the "proper historical context." They can prove all of this by simply throwing beads of various colors into bowls to prove all of these evanglical proclamation to be myths no more relevant than the tooth fairy.

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Old 06-14-2003, 06:48 PM   #63
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Why fix what ain't broken, U2Bama? The same people who brought America evangelical Christianity also brought us the myth of our Founding Fathers being Bible-thumping Christians. "The Truth"? Who needs "the Truth" when we can just keep on living out 19th century-style Romanticism?

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U2BAMA Christianity is A very sincere form of religion. Im sorry its a religion that doesnt fit everyones pollitically correct views. Christianity is What i call myself cause of not just what i say i am, but more what i say, therefore i do. I am asked all the time why i do the things i do and i tell them straight out. I dont say ''no comment.'' Its Jesus's servant spirit I act upon. Jesus wants to give all life of a spring of very cold water. Jesus is the the son of God and the only way to God. I suggest everyone read the Bible especially the new testiment.

In this world today things are different. Times are different, its a point today that MAN is his own God and there is no higher being that made us or rules this world. Many people all over the world are choosing a religion that fits their lifestyle. however this is unfourtantly very sad. Its also a major point today to not say there is only one correct religion but rather say all of them are correct to make everybody happy. The truth is not going to be pretty or pleasant but i tell everyone today that Jesus is the only truth that you can stand on. Politcally correctness takes the truth that is hard to swallow and bends and forms it to fit everyone as a whole. Everyone is always worried about being offended by someone else therefore being pollitically correct makes the whiners happy. people would rather believe in something that is easy to believe in or a beliefe that meets their needs. I personnally have a beliefe that is a hard one. it is hard to live the life of jesus and live my life for others, Im glad i just dint pick a belief that fits my comfort zone, im glad i dint pick a belief that was created to make me comfortable in how other thought of me. my religion i get put down for it all the time. I get persecuted constantly by many other religions. personnally i dont care what other think of me. i will take my ministry everywhere i go whether you like it or not. '' ILL TAKE IT TO THE STREET IF I HAVE TO''
in conclusion christianity is not a well liked religion but its the only true salvation. christianity is the only religion that has a deity that was alive died and rose again. see the truth in the bilbe people and spread the good news that we are not judged for our sins we dont have to pray to olla 5ooo times a day to be redeemed or all these practises that many religions have come up with. i dont go to church on sunday i dont even pray all that much, but i believe and thats enough for me and please let it all be enough for you. I dont have to eat my cheese seperat from my meet. i dont have to wear some piece of religious clothing. i dont have to cover my face for all not to see. i dont have to do anything that is what is so great. i do make mistakes and all i have todo is just know that i am allready forgiven by jesus. he forgave me before i commited my sin. he knows im not perfect therefore he made me perfect, not perfect as in any way on earth or sinless it just makes me perfect in his eyes and this is all that matters.
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Old 06-14-2003, 07:04 PM   #65
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megadrum2002, U2Bama is being sarcastic.

BTW, I think that's the same logic that fundamentalist Islam has.

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Old 06-14-2003, 08:15 PM   #66
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Islam views Christians as People of the Book. The unbelievers or infidels it speaks of are polytheists.
If I am not mistaken, the Christian Faith is viewed as Polytheistic because of the doctrine of the Trinity.
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Dreadsox, Islam teaches that Christians and Jews are people of the book, that is that the one God had revealed himself to them first and as such, they are allowed to practice their own religions without interference (this in theory, rather than practice).
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Why fix what ain't broken, U2Bama? The same people who brought America evangelical Christianity also brought us the myth of our Founding Fathers being Bible-thumping Christians. "The Truth"? Who needs "the Truth" when we can just keep on living out 19th century-style Romanticism?

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But it IS broken! It's strayed from everything it's really about, right? Never mind the fact that the church I attend follows the message of Christ; I must be drunk during the services if I believe that. We all know that Christianity today, especially the Protestant variety down here, is all BAD BADB BAD! What we need to do is close our doors and not let new people join us. Don't want to screw up their culture now, do we?

As far as your myth regarding the Founding Fathers, I always learned in my history classes in public schools down here in the Bible Belt that separation of church and state was one of their main goals, and I also learned in middle school that some of them were deists. I may not agree with their religious views entirely, but I also don't agree with their tolerant views towards slavery. That being said, I do not recall any history courses, from kindergarten through college, informing me that the Founding Fathers were a bunch of Southern Baptists who sought independence so that they could create yet another theocracy.

The Jesus Seminar has given us "The Truth!" It's been proven! They even said so on ABC News!

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Bama, I like you more and more with every post!
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When it comes down to it every religion believes itself to be "the truth", right? But my question is this. If you are _____ religion and you believe your religion is the only way to God(and let's hope you believe in a loving god) how do you explain the fate of those individuals who live is a distant far off place who have never heard of your religion? Does your loving God ignore those folk? This has always been my issue with conversion. If they believe that their neighbor is going to hell because they don't believe in the same religion as them, then what happens to those who never got the chance to even learn about their religion? The God I believe in, wouldn't leave it to chance like that, so God may come in different forms.
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Hmmm

I was just going to read the posts through here but I had to add my 2 cents. I am NOT an evangelist..I was raised by one parent who was catholic and one who is protestant...I saw light through both doorways. I made my own decision about what I believed.

..as far as the interpretation that all religions are somehow from a different God?

I believe all religions have the same God and many different names, idealistic images and prophets for him. (To me this is pretty much the same as admitting that no matter how much pigment you have in your skin you still belong to the same species of man.)

..as far as someone that will say that they don't believe in God?

I see these individuals with the same high moral standards as well as traditions they are passing down to their children that are pretty much the same as the ones offered by a religious centered household. (To me this is like sitting in a room and stating you are a different animal...you really aren't man after all...you believe you are a kite.)

the rest? bible thumpers? sins? marriage laws?

we all have our own interpretation of what is said in the Bible, between the lines of the Bible..and how many books there are in it..and what was left out..that does not make it right..it is simply an opinion based on interpretation and not an easy street marketing tactic (you know...I do not recall with all the reading I did anywhere it stating that there should be little printed envelopes stating I owe anyone cash that don't come from the IRS or that somehow one godly person should have a dramatically painted ceiling or gold commode in order for me to get to heaven...do you?)

My curious thoughts?

I believe in the golden rule..I believe in God and I believe that Christ died for our sins.

I believe in one God as a centralized energy of brilliant white/blue light interlinked with all our lives in a similar way that a galaxy and it's planets circles the sun in a predictable pattern and yet we still feel the warmth of the suns rays, whether we believe or not. I believe that our brain is not functioning at capacity for us to understand the wonder of this and that we are probably all interlinked somehow through an intricate web of thought and ideals much the same as our computers are, but wireless. I believe that we have a capacity for foresight and somehow knowing when something is to happen and what to do about it is a blessing (this isn't a psychic witch hunt of lore) and we know when we do somethign wrong that we should not have done it. This last thought comes from many episodes of people having the same thought as me at the same time...or soon after.

What are your thoughts?
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This idea that Christians are the most persecuted of any religion in countries like the UK and US is laughable. How many of you have ever been spat because you look like a Christian? Have you ever been confronted by members of the National Front (roughly equivalent to the KKK for people in the US) because you look like a Christian? Have you ever been physically assaulted because you look like a Christian? Has your church ever been covered in racist grafitti because it is a Christian church? Have crowds of people ever gathered outside your place of worship and shouted insulting comments as people left?

All of those things are experiences that Muslim and Jewish people I know have had in the last year or so. I know Muslim women who are afraid to go out wearing the hijab because people will shout at them and intimidate them. Have any of you ever been scared to go out wearing a symbol of your Christian religion?

I know there are a lot of people who are hostile to people talking about the Christian religion, and I'm sure that's frustrating for people who want to discuss their religion, but this idea that it's only Christians who are treated badly because of their religion is plain silly.

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They want to argue that Christians are the most persecuted of any religion, because then they feel "virtuous" and it can explain why they believe it is near the end times. And it also explains away their own intolerance for damn near everything.

"Judge not, lest ye be judged." Well, after 2000 years of judging others freely and unabashedly...

It's a joke, though. They feel like an oppressed group, because we won't legislate their narrow-minded beliefs, but that doesn't mean that they can't have them. Creationism may be dismissed as a pseudoscience, and, thus, public schools won't teach it, but nothing says you can't use the rest of the day outside of school to teach your children these beliefs. But then it comes back to that conversion crap. Yes, life should be 24-7 forced conversions and seven year-olds are ripe for the picking!

I'm sorry. I have seen where U2Bama is coming from in writing how it seems okay to convert to any other religion besides Christianity. I cannot support conversions merely because I cannot support the Christian denominations doing the converting. If the whole world became conservative and/or fundamentalist Christian, it would be an utter nightmare of epic proportions. We'd plunge back into the Dark Ages.

As a Christian who has zero confict between science and religion, I find it disturbing how flat out ignorant the religion has become. But I guess if it were "the end of the world," I could think of no other more diabolical way for it to go out.

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When it comes down to it every religion believes itself to be "the truth", right? But my question is this. If you are _____ religion and you believe your religion is the only way to God(and let's hope you believe in a loving god) how do you explain the fate of those individuals who live is a distant far off place who have never heard of your religion? Does your loving God ignore those folk? This has always been my issue with conversion. If they believe that their neighbor is going to hell because they don't believe in the same religion as them, then what happens to those who never got the chance to even learn about their religion? The God I believe in, wouldn't leave it to chance like that, so God may come in different forms.
I am not of the belief that people who haven't heard the truth necessarily go to hell (they don't necessarily go to Heaven, either). The Bible implies that if you do not know right from wrong, then you are not held accountable. That is why children who are not old enough and do not understand the big issue of sin go to Heaven, as do mentally retarded people who have the same understanding issues. As for the perrson in some dark corner of teh world who has never heard the name "Jesus"? Well, the Bible tells us that this type of people have the law written on their hearts, and also that the truth is revealedin nature, and it seems to be implied that they are judged according to their response to what they do know of Christ.
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melon,
Christians in this country are certainly not persecuted, when compared to the way Christians are slaughtered, imprisoned and tortured in other countries.

However, you are blind if you do not see that in the media, in the arts and in almost every area of American society, the Christian faith is constantly ridiculed and verbally "spat upon".
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