a reply to: EternalSolace
It remains a matter of debate but remember Christ did not come just to save one person but the whole world, in fact he has but you have to come and
claim that by coming to him.
The story about Paul meeting a Jailor and converting him, Act's 16 is worth your time to read.
…30and after he brought them out, he said, "Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" 31They said, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you
and your household." 32And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house.…
There are many true scholars of the bible on this site who I am sure will more elequently tell you than I ever could but Christ is more merciful and
good than many portray him, when the crowd stood there with there stone's to stone a woman accused of adultary he simply picked up a stone looked at
them and then said not looking at her but at them, "Let he that is without sin cast the first stone", non are without sin except through his mercy and
at some deep level they knew there own hypocrisy, lucky for them or else he would have cast his stone at the first sinner to accuse that woman and
when they all dropped there stone's and walked off he simply dropped his own and said "Then neither shall I".
He also said Judge not lest YE BE JUDGED.
On the cross he prayed to God saying "Father forgive them for they know not what they do" so he was asking for they who did not believe in him to be
Christ is mercy and it is put like this, If you did not live under the law then you would be free of sin as you would not be breaking that law but
you do live under the law so sin is death but Christ took your burden of sin and died on your behalf, more than that he rose form death "Destroy this
temple and I shall raise it up again in three day's", this is so that you may rise in him and live eternally, but eternal life is not forced on you,
"Whosever thirst I will give of the water's of life freely".
Christ was a social justice reformer and he was arguably the first true socialist, indeed the early churches were actually more commune like than you
would think with shared wealth, they were not an institution but a group of family's pooling there asset's and sharing there wealth for the common
good, he said also "If you have two coat's and your brother has no give the one you are not using to him", and "It is easier for a camel to pass
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven", "Sell all you own and give to the poor then come and follow me", "Even the bird's of
the air have a place to rest there feet but the son of man has no place to lay his head".
(Can you imagine what the world would look like if the soviet union had not been anti christian in it's policy's and instead had adopted it as the
obvious state religion since marx and lennin stole there idea's form the christian original).
Many people hate christianity out of misguided perception's, they see organized religion and church institution's and hoarded wealth with strange
pervert's abusing alter boy's but that is not the church at all, that is a heirarchy that christ would never have called good, no the church is were
two or more are gathered in his name, were they talk about the gospel's and there meaning discussing them and how to apply them to there live's and
breaking bread and sharing wine as they remember christ sacrifice and the last supper but faith can and does make institutional churches acceptable to
him but only the faith of they who serve him in them and not the institutions themselves' with there entrenched corruption's though it has and does
serve a purpose in his world, a broken world that he is salvaging us from for a new world he has prepared.
So do not confuse christ and christianity with organized religion, modern born again and evangelical christian's are often closer to the true spirit
of the church but to really get to it find a christian community who truly care about one another and pitch in to help one another as there are in
many places in america and around the world because they are the true church of our lord jesus christ especially when they are poor or help the poor
and are not bigot's, we are all bigot's to some degree and to say otherwise would be hypocrisy.
Christ is about community, the first church's were more similar to a kibbutz than almost any modern christian groups but they did not cut themselve's
off from the world like some kind of sect, He is about people and about life not death, he cares about you even if you do not listen when he call's
you but you have a choice, you can choose to be saved or you can choose to not be saved.
I choose to be saved.
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