posted on Feb, 28 2006 @ 09:49 PM
(quote)In North America, there are about 1,500 Christian faith groups, all saying they are the true faith. By that reasoning, 1,499 groups are headed
up by antichrists on that continent alone.
I am not sure about the numbers of Christian faith groups in North America but I think he is onto something. I don't agree with him about Paul. I
think Paul was not an antichrist. However the fact that many of the Christian faith's in the world label one another as antichrist is unfortunate. I
think we should think about it this way... it is not our church it is Christ's Church.
What if Jesus visited some of our churches in disguise. If He turned water into wine in the fellowship hall He would be thrown out of just about every
Baptist church. If he picked up a guitar in most Church's of Christ he would be thrown out for playing a musical instrument. If He shouted halelluah
in a Presbyterian church I'm sure He would get a few suprised looks. What I'm getting at here is that our understanding of the way God is is based
on what we've been taught as well as what is the most comfortable way for us to worship God. People are different. Some people learn by seeing. Some
people learn by reading. Some people learn by doing. I think it is the same way for how we worship God. God's ways are higher than our ways and His
thoughts are higher than our thoughts. I think we are arrogant when we think that everybody has to think the way we do to be a Christian. I will list
my references later but for now I want to move on.
I was raised Baptist. I still believe they are about 75% correct on everything but the whole issue of the rapture and the end times really bothered me
a lot. So I found out that some people interpret revelations as dealing with the time just after Jesus left, AD 70 or that it deals with Church
history symbolically. I researched the issue and I have peace about it now. I don't worry about a rapture and what happens during the seven years of
tribulation. It is comforting to me to know that Jesus will return but not have to worry about the details. I think there are many antichrists. Read
about Jesus then the opposite of Him is an antichrist.
I found these verses on antichrist:
1. 1 John 2:18
Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that
it is the last time.
1 John 2:17-19 (in Context) 1 John 2 (Whole Chapter)
2. 1 John 2:22
Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
1 John 2:21-23 (in Context) 1 John 2 (Whole Chapter)
3. 1 John 4:3
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye
have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
1 John 4:2-4 (in Context) 1 John 4 (Whole Chapter)
4. 2 John 1:7
For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
2 John 1:6-8 (in Context) 2 John 1 (Whole Chapter)
(Can't we all just get along?)These verses deal with ecumenical issues:
38And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth
39But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me.
40For he that is not against us is on our part.
41For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.