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originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: yuppa
The cross was a pagan symbol long before Jesus was crucified on it, Christianity adopted a pagan symbol as their own.
Christianity is a pagan sun god cult promoted as original and unique. Nothing more and nothing less. Ever heard of Bacchus? He is only one of many pagan gods that Jesus shares qualities with.
originally posted by: yuppa
a reply to: Tangerine
Actually not all christians do the drinking of blood and the eating of flesh thing. thats those heretics in the catholic church and a few others.
ALso Science has not proved or disproved the existence of God yet SO to speak as if you know the answer is very self centered correct?
AS for what a christian is. They are belivers in the life and sacrifice of Jesus and the word of his Father God. SImple eh?
originally posted by: PeterMcFly
a reply to: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
Me think Christianity is one of the most effective control mechanism for the mass ever invented.
Just think of the confession, a village priest will know everything that append in the village and repport anything of interest above in the hierarchy. Everyone, even the most vile crook is accepted and pardoned if he confess all his sins!
originally posted by: Xtrozero
originally posted by: windword
My kids love Halloween, and so do I. They go get their candy and I setup a haunted house, lots of fun. Now I'm sure someone would suggest we were celebrating a Satanic/pagan holiday too, and I would say ,no we are having fun...nothing more nothing less.
You're a bit confused. Hallowe'en is a distortion of Samhain, a Celtic pagan festival that has absolutely nothing to do with Satanism. You didn't think Satanism is a pagan religion, did you?
Why do you say "many Christians are so inclined"?
I would say that how a person lives their lives is a personal thing and whether they fear death or rejoice life is something deep within them. In my whole life I have never seen anyone try to use Christianity as a fear of death tool, or death cult scenario. I do agree there are fringe churches that may, but they are rather limited in their following.
Just like if one actually went to a Christmas mass one would not see/hear anything devoted to paganism. Another example is Halloween. My kids love Halloween, and so do I. They go get their candy and I setup a haunted house, lots of fun. Now I'm sure someone would suggest we were celebrating a Satanic/pagan holiday too, and I would say ,no we are having fun...nothing more nothing less.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: greyer
Jesus was not God, he never claimed such a thing. Jesus was just like every one of us, he just had a way with words. We can all become like Jesus, all it takes is love for others.
This people draweth nigh unto Me, with their mouths, and honour me with their lips, but their heart is far from me, for in vain do they worship Me teaching and believing, and teaching for divine doctrines, the commandments of men in my name but to satisfy their own lusts.
Its interpretation concerns the Wicked Priest, who pursued after the Teacher of Righteousness to swallow him up in his hot fury, even to his place of exile, and on the occasion of the sacred season of rest, the day of atonement, he appeared among them to swallow them up and to make them stumble on the fast-day, their sabbath of rest.
Its interpretation concerns the Wicked Priest: because of the evil done to the Teacher of
Righteousness and the men of his council, God gave him into the hands of his enemies
Its interpretation concerns the last priests of Jerusalem...
The interpretation of this saying refers to the Wicked Priest, to repay him his recompense as he recompensed the poor. For 'Lebanon' is the council of the community, and 'the beasts' are the simple ones of Judah, the doers of the law. God will condemn him to destruction even as he plotted to destroy the poor.
[Their interpretation concerns the Teacher of Righteousness: he it is who teaches the law to his
council and to all those who offer themselves willingly to be gathered among the elect people of
God, practicing the law in the council of the community, who will be saved from the day of
To walk therewith during the whole epoch of wickedness, and apart from them they will
not grasp instruction until he who teaches righteousness arises in the end of the days.
originally posted by: jonnywhite
People believe what they believe. I don't think there's a one answer for everybody. All I can do is say I wish good for everybody and everything, but I can't guarantee anything beyond these simple words.
originally posted by: undo
a reply to: Tangerine
protestant communion is a metaphor, though, as protestants don't believe the wine is actual blood nor the bread, actual flesh. it's more symbolic than anything else and it isn't symbolic for the embracing of cannabalism, but the end of human sacrifice.
originally posted by: Tangerine
I didn't mention the ritual cannibalism. Someone else did. But protestants take communion, too.
When someone makes a claim of fact (ie. God exists), the onus is on them to prove it with testable evidence.
It's the Christians who constantly claim that someone else who claims to be a Christian isn't a real Christian.
Who are we to question the ways of our Lord?
originally posted by: ParasuvO
originally posted by: Nochzwei
Jesus had to die on the cross and be raised up again, for if He did not ascend into Heaven, The Holy Spirit would not be in this world and true Christianity would be non existent.
So we should be thankful for His sacrifice on the cross, as He Himself said, to this end He was born.
Praise the Lord
So first he had to descend into Hell, and then back to Earth, followed by a 30 day waiting period and then Ascend to Heaven to make it all work ????
What mechanisms exist that create the need for such a bizarre system ??