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My faith is in an all-powerful God of unconditional love who let's everyone enter the gates of Heaven to experience eternal bliss regardless of our Earthly sins.
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Human beings are created with imperfections.
Pass on the good news: Everyone is saved regardless of our Earthly sins.
28 It was the same as it was in the days of Lot. People were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building [carrying on business as usual, without regard for their sins]; 29 but on the [very] day that Lot left Sodom it rained fire and brimstone (burning sulfur) from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
originally posted by: whereislogic
a reply to: Sheye
Don't overlook the fact that child marriage is already legal in 49 states in the US (and most common amongst religious communities I recon). "Not only that, the parents in the US can force their underage pregnant daughter to get married, even if she's been raped." (quoting from 0:13 below)
1:29 "We at Unchained at Last, retrieved marriage license data from across the US and discovered that in just the decade 2000 and 2010, an estimated 248,000 children were married in the US, as young as 12 years old, possibly even younger. And almost all of them were girls married to adult men."
originally posted by: dfnj2015
a reply to: Sheye
More dumb argument based on hate.
There are sick people in the World. We have laws against pedophilia. What you are suggesting simply doesn't make any sense. Laws are not created to accommodate aberrant behavior. Stop suggesting laws against pedophilia are some how going to be change because you hate some group in politics. Nobody is going to vote or support pedophilia. Your whole argument is disingenuous.
I am not afraid of your judgment. You don't get to decide how God judges me. My God loves me in spite of everything you say or think.
When you sign your reply with "Peace" it makes me think you have hate in your heart.
I disagree with what you are saying. The weed was created by God. The weed cannot help it is a weed. Every living creature is part of God's plan.
This idea people are weeds is why Christianity is on the decline.
3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition
The story of Jesus is about each of us and our relationship to God. The story is about God and how God created each of us with imperfections
Christianity in it's present form is just too sadistic, or masochistic, for me accept.
You can continue to kneel before your imaginary God of hate. I will stick to having my faith in an all-powerful God of unconditional love.
I am not afraid of your judgment. You don't get to decide how God judges me.
originally posted by: Boadicea
a reply to: Blue_Jay33
Interesting (but faulty) premise...
The scripture you quoted does not refer to following "the Bible," but following Jesus and his "command." So what did Jesus tell us?
Well, Jesus gave us one commandment: To love one another as He loves us. John 13:34
Jesus also taught that we should not judge lest we be judged, that we should give to the poor, that he who is without sin may throw the first stone, that we should pay our alms in private...
I know of no instance in which Jesus told us to condemn the homosexual or anyone else.
So, please, enlighten me. At what point did Jesus command us to follow the Bible? And at what point did Jesus tell us to condemn homosexuals?
And please do not quote Saul of Tarsus. I am a Christian. I follow Jesus. I am not a Paulian. I do not follow Saul of Tarsus.[/quote
Jesus warned that He hadn't come to do away with the Law or the Prophets, but to fulfil it. He warned that anyone who broke even one of the least of the laws and encouraged others to do so would be least in the kingdom of heaven. The law shows us what GOD considers to be sin. If you don't like it, don't follow Him. But if you find your values and morals more tolerant than GOD's, you are as self righteous as the Pharisees who justifed themselves in their own way.