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originally posted by: windword
a reply to: infolurker
You answer my question with a freshman question? I'll rephrase. How does the concept of "Freedom of Religion" conform to the Bible?
The importance of every single individual in God’s sight is a dominant theme in the Bible. The fact that humanity was created in the image of God, and that Christ sacrificed himself for all of humanity, reveals the universal love of God and His all-inclusive plan of salvation. This equal access to salvation reveals God’s equal treatment of all people as anyone at anytime in their life has the freedom to choose life.
Because of the reality of Christ’s sacrifice that brought salvation to humanity, because Christ died for them on the cross. Jesus Christ reveals that the essence of the Old Testament law is included in the commandment, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself ’” (Matthew 22:37-39). The two commandments, equal in importance, define the relational system of Christianity. Even if one’s neighbor was to have adverse interests, religious, or political views.
Non-discrimination, the promotion of social peace, equal treatment, etc., have mandatory biblical references, which are all absorbed by the golden agape command of Christ.
The Bible sets the standard high, introducing the sacrificial love of Christ, a starting point that should entirely reshape the Christian’s perspective on religious freedom.
This goes far beyond concepts such as respect, tolerance, empathy, non-discriminatory attitudes, no-harm, etc., that are often used in the discourse on religious freedom.
There is, in fact, by far, no equal or comparable term to the love of Christ when talking about the relationship between neighbors. The Bible reveals that God guarantees religious freedom for all people. God does not force anyone to choose him, but gives all a free choice in the matter of religion.
That does not mean that Christians will not try to bring you to Christ, it means that we live in peace with our neighbors.
Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself.
In His plan of salvation, everyone has the option of being fully restored into His image, lost by Adam’s sin, available through Christ’s sacrifice.
This restoration in Christ enables Christians to practice the love of Jesus in daily life. By doing that, Christians can practically improve their relationships with other Christians or non-Christians, which will not only guarantee religious freedom, but will also (and currently does) produce harmony and social peace in society.
The Bible reveals that God guarantees religious freedom for all people. God does not force anyone to choose him, but gives all a free choice in the matter of religion.
If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9 You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10 Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11 Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.
2 John 1:9-11
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.
2 Corinthians 6:14
Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?
2 John 1:7 (
Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.
Because of the reality of Christ’s sacrifice that brought salvation to humanity, because Christ died for them on the cross.
If I ran for office and made a law that said murder was illegal and gave my rationale as being based on the Commandment, you would be all for murder because how dare I shove my religion down your throat.
If we are a representative Republic, then people of faith deserve a place in government as much as secular people do. And if we are obsessed with making sure every skin color is represented as well as male and female and will celebrate every person of sexual diversity, then it is no more inappropriate for people to see those of their faith representing them.
I think the reason for some of these threads is the question of a muslim president holding beliefs in sherias law would stand in contrast with our collective morality which resembles Christian views.
originally posted by: reldra
originally posted by: Klassified
originally posted by: reldra
originally posted by: Klassified
a reply to: crustyjuggler27
Well, some seem to think so, but since our government is secular, and not theocratic, no. Religion has no place in our government in any way, shape, or form.
this is not a bash the other guys religion thread. if i see it i will remove it
Psssst. You have to be a mod to remove posts.
I think you can edit your OP to be blank. Or ask that it be removed.
Yes you can, but the OP was talking about removing other members posts. Not your own.
Ohhh...ok. Reporting is not the same as 'having it removed'. So I have no idea what he means.
The conspiracy gorws.....lol.
I am not being mean...but reg in 2008 and OP could have had a better score just by being asleep. Though there are lurkers...7 years????