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Originally posted by aarbrock
I am actually on the internet trying to find illustrations for a lesson involving belief vs. unbelief in God. I'm a devout Christian, and I'm actually Worship Leader at my church. I think a large problem with today's Christians is that some of us are very abrasive. We push God on people until it makes them hate Him (and us), and we end up with boards like these (although this one is extremely mild-mannered). There IS no reason to argue about religion. None. We are all entitled to our own beliefs...that's what makes America great. Is Christianity pushed? You better believe it. Do I tell people about God's saving grace and love? Absolutely. My experiences with it are amazing, and there's nothing in the world that I would trade my relationship with Him for. It just hurts me to see the damage that some Christians have actually done by TRYING to tell people about God. My viewpoint is that I hope the people I talk to will listen. If they do, it's an opportunity. If they don't, it's their choice and it's my obligation to respect their requests. They didn't ask for me to talk to them about Jesus. If they don't want to hear it, they have that right. I just hope this board doesn't turn into a God-basher being a Christian doesn't mean shoving God down someone's throat. It means setting an example through the way you live. Then, people ask questions about why you're so optimistic in bad situations, or how you can smile when you just lost your wife. God's been amazing to me, and I know some of you don't even believe in God...and that's okay. It's not my decision to choose your beliefs. I do pray that your eyes will be opened to the awesomeness that I've been given, but if that doesn't happen, I am not entitled to shove it down your throat until you do.
God bless all of you. I will probably only get back on this board to see what kind of comments I get back, but more than likely, I won't reply.
Originally posted by aarbrock
A man was lost in the desert and was near death for lack of water. Soon he came across a pump with a canteen hung on the handle and a note. The note read as follows: "Below you is all the fresh water you could ever need, and the canteen contains exactly enough water to prime the pump."
Originally posted by seagull
Howdy, BH. Been a while since we've chatted...
The one common thread of those multitudinous faiths is the ability of faith to keep us going through the bad times as well as the good...
I've gotten really tired of the self righteousness of both sides of this argument.
I've been on both sides of this divide, so I know it can be crossed.
I like most all of you .
I suppose what I'm saying is if it gets you through the bad, and makes you appreciate the good, who cares what you call it.
If there's nothing after, what is the point?
What you make of it here and now is all that matters because even if there was something after you die, you don't get to come back and tell people. So what's the point of that?
Originally posted by MajorMalfunction
Prove there's such a thing as a soul, slymattb. Then maybe I'll listen to you.
Have you any concrete evidence there is such a thing? Or just the word of your church and the bible?
Originally posted by slymattb
Why waste words. You wont believe nor will you ever. Just remember nor can you disprove my beliefs. ... Life experence will show the truth. You blind yourself not to see what around you. Look around then you will see. But there is much more than that.