posted on Mar, 7 2008 @ 09:53 PM
I've been sitting back and watching a lot of the posts. I think there's some confusion between the historocity of the Old Testament and the law
that was given there, and the new Testament where a new covenant was given in Jesus.
You see, the law was given to show man how bad he was and what things he needed to do to get along with his fellow man and live good healthy lives.
When Jesus came, he did away with the law of the Old Testament and broke it down into two laws, which both consist of loving one another as we love
ourselves, and loving God. So those ugly things you have brought up like stoning, were all condemned by Jesus. The people of the day STILL didn't
understand the law that had been given to them several hundred years before. Jesus made it simple.
Now, as far as hell, I'm still out on that one. I too hate the fire and brimstone sermons I grew up with. And, I don't think Jesus meant for us to
live our lives in fear. He was a proponent of love, not fear.
My take on hell, is that those who reject the love of God are simply given what they have wanted all along at death...A life away from a loving
creator. Perhaps the whailing and knashing of teeth we read about is the unbeliever's anxiety and regret for having made a decision he is no longer
Someone asked why we feel the need to post about our religion. I don't try to preach to anyone, but I do enjoy explaining my beliefs, just as you
enjoy explaining about yourself. Don't we all like a little attention? And I enjoy posting with those who can talk about opposite views without
feeling the need to become hateful. I think this thread, for the most part, has been very good about that so far.