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Just because you go to church, read a bible, pray maybe even a Deacon.
It means nothing if you dont submit to God
"everyone has their own idea"...
Relativism. For me, this is becoming a dirty word. It's evil.
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
There IS such a thing as objective truth.
Subjective truths are often (and should be) irrelevant. This is why God, and by extension, mankind...has the concept of Authority.
Objective Truth: 2 plus 2 will ALWAYS equal 4. A red light means EVERYone must stop. Murder is always wrong, killing is not always wrong.
originally posted by: Ignatian
a reply to: Prezbo369
......"A one size fits all answer that explains absolutely nothing."
Of course, it can't be explained, that's why it's "mysterious".
Murder is always wrong
2 + 2 will ALWAYS equal 4.
originally posted by: Raggedyman
The rules in the nt are only applicable to Christians
Anyone can read it, doesn't mean anyone can understand it
I am sure there were many popes that were not Christian, you being a deacon proves nothing to me
It's not about positions you hold in the church, it's about the heart
I am not saying who can and can't read the bible, what I am saying is that many of the secular understandings that people apply to it are incorrect, it is a spiritual book.
Jesus was not a communist, he was not political, Jesus cared about people. He wanted Christians to care about others as well
Try and comprehend The Trinity, and good luck.
What you are talking about is not exactly early Christians (in today's meaning) they were messianic Jews hiding in caves and migrating into Egypt, Rome, Greece etc. running away from the Romans who destroyed their land and persecuted them.
They were militant and did violent acts of revolution against Romans (and pagans in general), who send a lot of them Messianic Jew rebels to the lions. (supposed christian persecutions, and martyrs) They were called messianic because in their secret synagogues they spread the message of a Messiah who has come to free them from Roman tyranny. That's why there are so many stories of different Messiahs at that time. It gave inspiration and morality to them. They were gaining people from other ethnicities also suppressed by Roman Occupation.
There were no Christians outside Roman Christianity, They were messianic rebel Jews not ''Christians'' and their Messiah was supposed to save them from the Romans ,save Judea and rebuild their temple. through militant actions and war just like David did in the past.
Its not my fault a good portion of Christianity don't know their own book... that is what I've found in my experience with Christians and it is extensive Lets just say lately I've had a short fuse when it comes to fanatics of Christianity... for good reason
You know, IF Christians didn't tell people the bible is meant to be taken literally... or the whole "every word is from God" shtick... secularist wouldn't attempt to read it in such a fashion In any case non religious people seem to know more about the bible then religionists do anyways
originally posted by: Seede
a reply to: Dr1Akula
Act 11:26 And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
As you can see this was long before the Romans formed their Christian organization. This name was given unto the Greeks and not the Jews. By Greeks is meant the people who were influenced by the Greek language and culture. As was stated before, the Messianic Jews of James did not accept any suggestion of the influence of the Greek culture which did include the Roman culture. Some would reference this as Gentile influence.
A short fuse is very dangerous. Play safe and get longer fuses.
You do know what a religionist is?
Its a judgment from you to many people that you have never met or ever will meet. Wipe the egg off your face and get a life.