Originally posted by whaaa
Just for clarification...
What is the purpose of these religious tirades?
Is it witnessing for the Lord?
Looking for strokes from other Christians?
Not necessarily; rather to encourage other believers in their faith.
"look at me, I can quote the Bible"
No, God gave us the Scriptures ( The Bible) as a means to an end; It is an instruction manual, if you will. They give those who want and need them
guidelines for living and interacting with fellow believers and non-believers. They tell us what God thinks about certain things as well as a history
of the faith and a vision of what the future will be like ( remember that God is omnicient as well as omnipotent).
I'm with dgtempe; what's with all the Bibleospeak, scripture quoting? Is it really necessary to get your point across?
Yes because without the proper frame of reference it's dificult to even make a point at all!
Spiritual Arrogance...sheesh...it's so thick and ugly and unmistakable.
Arogance in any guise, whether spiritual or not is not a good thing. Christians who have any maturity in the faith recognize that there is nothing to
be arogant about. We are all sinners; none of us get to Heaven based on our own merits or goodness, because the only "real" Goodness is found in the
love and forgiveness of God, through His Son, Jesus Christ as revealed by the Holy Spirit, through personal experience and also through the Scriptures
( The Bibleospeak of which you..er..speak).
Are these religious rants somehow cathartic to somehow release yourselves from guilt, hoping that maybe the good Lord will see how pious and
holy you are by trying to win converts?
No. The Lord had commanded all of those who believe to be a witness of the Gospel (The Good News) to the entire world; not to give offense but to give
you the information you need to make an informed consent or rejection of God, Himself.
Are the rants fear based and some kind of preparation for the Apocalypse?
Most evangelical Christians believe that the apocolypse is coming and preperation is needed but because the time is short, there is all the more
reason to tell everyone who doesn't know or believe that there is still time to change your mind...if you will. Remember, it's your choice, in the
end; we can tell you where to look and what to seek, but, ultimately, only you can make that decision. Comprende?
Why does the same ground need to be covered over and over?
Because, some people are hard-headed and some are hard-hearted, as far as their viewpoint on religion in general and Christianity in particular are
concerned. Many have become convinced that becoming a Christian means emptying their sculls of all their brains and common sense, while others would
like to believe but choose not to so they don't lose their friends and family(It has been know to happen). If we (Christians) don't keep reminding
you, you will just forget about the subject and perhaps never receive another chance to make the greatest single decision of your life: "Where will I
spend eternity". Please, believe me when I say that to a practicing authentic Christian the idea of winning souls for Jesus is more about your
welfare and future than it is about winning brownie points with God.
Personally my beliefs are between me and my Higher Power and don't need to be worn like an Armani suit for all to admire. But that's just
Yes, your beliefs are yours to decide. So, in that case nothing that is said on this board should have any bearing on your spiritual belief system. My
question to all of you non-believers & Atheists is this: if you hate hearing about the Christian experience and being acosted by scripture-spouting
believers, why do you continue to come back to the same threads, over & over again? Maybe, just maybe, it's because you haven't made up your mind
yet after all. Is that possible? Just asking because I care.