Originally posted by Light Being
The way I see it, people haven't learned how to properly agree to disagree, and so this has been used as a means of manipulation when it comes to
The main problems with organized religion are:
A. The mention of free will, but no regard with respect to opposing belief systems.
B. The impulsive nature of humanity to insist they can speak and comprehend the truth without hegelian dialect and quantum philosophy.
C. Blind faith, dogma, and the inability to question authority.
Let's start with your number 1
: free will is not only a Christian doctrine, (though it is not adhered to by all who call themselves
Christians); it is a basic part of our created make-up.
A very familiar verse which points this out is John 3:16, which reads "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life
For purpose of this discussion, the "whosoever believeth in Him" phrase is the point: "Whosoever" clearly speaks of choice. Therefore, the
assumption inferred in your statement is incorrect.
"Free will" is the choice of humans to choose to believe in the Christ or not. Not
the option of choosing another way to everlasting life.
Since this verse also shows the way to everlasting life is by Jesus Christ, Christians don't believe Buddha or some other wannabe Christ will save
anyone from death and hell. Hence their insistence that Jesus is the (only) "Way, Truth and Life". (John 14:16 Jesus saith unto him, I am the
way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me
As for your number 2
: your use of esoteric words is a visual of your intellectualism, but what do Hegel's techniques or any of man's
philosophies of whatever kind have to do with the Truth? Assuming you do have knowledge and use of both, and so feel you are equipped to "speak and
comprehend" the truth, what Truth have you discovered?
Ps 19:7 says, The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple
Do you know the law of the Lord or His testimony?
, "Blind faith, dogma, and the inability to question authority"
Faith, yes, if you mean Christians believe in Christ, period. Faith in Christ, who is not seen with physical sight in our times, would by that
definition have to be believed in blindly, wouldn't you say?
And if you really meant ignorant faith, which is probably closer to your intention, not even. It can take considerable time reading and hearing the
Word before faith "cometh", (Rom 10:17) which is why it was required that Jesus send us the Holy Spirit: (John 16:13) Howbeit when he, the
Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and
he will shew you things to come.
[Not that some blessed souls have come to a saving knowledge of Christ and His Cross sans preaching or teaching or even having a Bible, but those are,
it would seem, very special cases. Ie, Paul on the Damascus road in Acts 9.]
Dogma as defined in a dictionary is "A doctrine or a corpus of doctrines relating to matters such as morality and faith, set forth in an
authoritative manner by a church". But your intention in using the word probably assumes the meaning of "stubborn adherence to wrong-headed
beliefs", so prevalent among disputers, and, as it was probably intended to trigger a reaction by its use, I don't think I'll deal with it, except
to point out that dogma comes in many forms, not all related to matters of the Spirit.
Absolutely wrong principles (doctrines) are quite often "set forth in an authoritative manner" even by well-educated posters.
As for the "inability to question authority", you are entirely wrong. Your purported knowledge of religious doings should have made you clear on
Also, let me make a "dogmatic" statement here: I question your authority (or right, for that matter
)to state what is "wrong with organized
religion". If you want to be a part of "religion", it is very easy, nor does it require a membership in a church, "organized" or not, at least
not in order to be saved from eternal damnation. I gave you the Way from John 3:16. The rest is up to you and your free will.
I pray you will call on the Name by which you must be saved!
Acts 4:10 "let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
, whom you crucified, whom
God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole.
4:11 This is the 'stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.' 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for
there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."