Originally posted by dbrandt
Originally posted by seraph5
I do not think it my right to tell another that my religion is right, and theres is wrong.
It would be a sadistic God who would not want a person to know the truth. Since there is only 1 God who is a real God, and that is not an attribute
of Him we can rule that out. Jesus Christ wants us to know the truth. So He has given us the Bible so we can find out who He is.
You either read it or don't read it.
If you read it you either believe it or don't believe it.
If you believe it you either respond to it, what God says or you choose not to respond.
If you respond affirmatively and accept Christ then you are no longer stuck in sin, you have been freed from it's power.
God then begins to mold you into what you can truly be, and you agree to take on responsibilities given to you by God Himself.
One of those responsiblities is to tell others about Christ, to pass on what you know to others, so that they realize they must make a choice also.
As a christian, that is one of the things that changes about you. You HATE lies and want to know the truth only. The Bible is the truth about God,
there is no way to be politically correct so that everyone gets a warm fuzzy feeling inside.
The Bible is about embracing Jesus Christ as the one and only God.
[edit on 14-5-2005 by dbrandt]
Now for one, every single religion believes that they are correct. Christians, Catholics, Jehova Witness, Jewish.......... So, you can say that YOU
are right, and everyone else is wrong? For a fact, for certain? See, I have faith there is a God. He created us. He gave us everything alive today and
everything that once was. What I CANNOT SAY, IS THAT MY RELIGION IS 100% CORRECT AND EVERYONE ELSE IS WRONG!
Have you ever heard about the elephant and the three blind men? Well, here is the story
One day, three blind men who lived together and were friends all their lives, heard that there was an elephant in the area.
"Let us go find this elephant," one of them said, and the other two agreed.
Soon, they came upon the elephant. One blind man grabbed the elephant by the trunk and noticed how it resembled a snake.
Another blind man grabbed the elephant by the leg and noticed how solid and like a tree trunk it was.
The last blind man placed his hands upon the elephant's massive sides and noticed how it resembled a solid wall.
After, they all came together to discuss what they found.
"An elephant is like a slithering snake, contorting and moving," one said. The other two exclaimed in potest.
"no it is not, an elephant is like a tree trunk, solid and round"
"You are both wrong, the elephant is like a wall that rises and falls"
The three blind men argued over this until they finally stalked away, never to talk to each other again.
So what I am trying to say is, WE are the blind men. We are all talking about the same God. And, we see only part of God's plan, a plan that was
simplified and put in a way that was understandable to people of thousands of years ago. To say that God is as simple as what is written in the bible,
well, I don't think that would be giving him enough credit.
I do not think the writers of the Bible would have had any idea what God was talking about if he wrote "And I created the world in 4 billion years.
You started as tiny microorganisms, moved on to this and that......" Whatever, all i am saying is that science as we have it today did not exist at
these times. We now know much much more about the laws of the universe, the process in the history of life, all things we came to after many other
scientific findings. As our knowledge has expanded, we are beginning to understand some of the mysteries of God, hwo he decided to do things.
God gave us something called "reasoning". We can look at a situation, analyze it, come to a conclusion. He is the one who gave us the ability to
perform science, and to say that although science has brought us vaccines, medicies, disease treatments, electronics, everything that you use today,
but that science is wrong about everything that pertains to the origin of life, well that is picking and choosing pieces of info that back up what you
want to prove.
To sit and say that we are all wrong and you are right, well, that is one of the biggest things of Fundamentalist Christians i have come across that I
really don't like. How do you know the Bible is correct even? You say it is, you have faith it is, but all it is is words written on paper. And,
there are different translations and books even for each religion. So what makes you so sure yours and only your Bible is 100% correct?
I do admire you for you faith, but be careful when telling people that they are wrong in their beliefs. It is not fair, and I think entirely
incorrect, to say that only Christians will go to Heaven, that all nobelievers will go to hell. Who are you to say. And, Jews don't even believe in
Jesus Christ and THEY are God's chosen people.
I believe we are all looking at the same God, and it is a human trait to want to fight and argue about whose image of God is correct. And most don't
seem to see that many or even none may be the correct idea. Just believe in God, follow your heart, you were given a conscience so you could
distinguish between right and wrong, and know that HE did all, sees all, and LOVES all.
[edit on 14-5-2005 by seraph5]