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Originally posted by Marilyn
I am a Christian...a firm believer in God, Jesus, the Bible, and the upcoming End Times. I try not to judge others and certainly would never make fun of non believers. What another person chooses to believe or not believe is their own business. There are a lot of anti Christian threads/posts here at ATS and that's fine too. What is not okay is seeing a non believer poke fun, make snide remarks, or tell the believer they are wrong for their beliefs. Whatever a person believes should be respected.
Originally posted by swimmer
I have lived in communism, where churches were destroyed, and it seems that those times are coming back again.
All of you "atheists" have been brainwashed. I have seen it before, and there is absolutely no difference in your thinking and the reasoning of the communists who had killed millions of Christians.
The funny thing is that you believe in "science"...and yet you are not able to see that your "science" is just another, cheap religion.
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
So, lets transmit the blame from those who are "weak" minded, to religion?
Originally posted by MarilynNot all Christians are like the ones you encountered.
As you approach a town to attack it, first offer its people terms for peace. If they accept your terms and open the gates to you, then all the people inside will serve you in forced labor. But if they refuse to make peace and prepare to fight, you must attack the town. When the LORD your God hands it over to you, kill every man in the town. But you may keep for yourselves all the women, children, livestock, and other plunder. You may enjoy the spoils of your enemies that the LORD your God has given you.-(Deuteronomy 20:10-14)
If a man is caught in the act of raping a young woman who is not engaged, he must pay fifty pieces of silver to her father. Then he must marry the young woman because he violated her, and he will never be allowed to divorce her.
You should not let a sorceress live. (Exodus 22:17)
"If a man lies with a male as with a women, both of them shall be put to death for their abominable deed; they have forfeited their lives." (Leviticus 20:13)
A man or a woman who acts as a medium or fortuneteller shall be put to death by stoning; they have no one but themselves to blame for their death. (Leviticus 20:27)
Kill Sons of Sinners
Make ready to slaughter his sons for the guilt of their fathers; Lest they rise and posses the earth, and fill the breadth of the world with tyrants. (Isaiah 14:21)
...and the list goes on and on
Originally posted by Marilyn
IMO, a true Christian is not going to try to force you to do or accept anything. They will show you with actions and will hope you see something in them that will enlighten you to ask questions.
"Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! "But you ask, 'What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?' "You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says the LORD Almighty, "I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it! Let me prove it to you! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not shrivel before they are ripe," says the LORD Almighty.-(Malachi 3:8-11)