posted on Mar, 8 2008 @ 03:59 AM
I believe in the Bible as the inspired word of God, but I am not what the word Christian defines. First off, the Bible was NOT meant for all men.
Second, a person can not become a believer by his own choice. God chose in Himself His people, predestined to the ressurrection into Heaven by Jesus
according to His own purposes. Third, you know what in the Bible is literal and what is simplified explanation of occurrences by understanding who the
author was, who he was writing to, and the occurrence he writes about. Fourth, the Jews were not chosen by God as His people because they had more
faith or were better believers, in fact, the opposite is the truth. God saw that everytime the Jews were left unguided they made a total mockery of
God by resorting to idle worship and losing faith in God. The only exceptions to this were Abraham and Moses. God took the Jewish people under His
proverbial wing because He knew that, if left to their own desires without His constant guidance, they would be destroyed as a people. Think of this
as taking in a stray puppy because you can't bear the thought of it having to face the world by itself. Fifth, nowhere in the Bible is the concept of
Hell ever taught as the punishment for non-believers. The word SHAOL is the word most often translated as HELL. Shaol is the Hebrew word for GRAVE.
The wages of sin is death without ressurection, not eternity in a place of torture and damnation. God is jealous but HE is not cruel. Sixth, the
Catholic Church was founded on a false belief that Christ appointed Peter the first pope when He said, "Thou art Peter, upon this Rock I shall build
my church". Christ had just told His followers that anything built on sand could not stand long. Peter asked what Jesus considered he, Peter, to be.
Chrisat answered, "Thou art Peter." He then said, "Upon this Rock shall I build my church". Notice the capitalization of the word Rock, a
consistant indication of a word pertaining to Jesus. Jesus, not Peter, is the Rock.
The Bible has no contradictions if the Cause/effect of Belief/Salvation is understood correctly. This means that it was written to be the owner's
manual of life on Earth for the reborn believer and NOT a roadmap to Heaven for all who want it. When a person feels within himself that something
higher and more powerful than himself is acting upon his life, and believes that it is God Himself causing that belief, that is the cause. This is the
voice of the Creator speaking to His own chosen. If the person believes and follows the voice a change takes place. He sees himself as powerless to
change his own sinfulness and understands that only through forgiveness of his sin by God can he be saved from an eternity without God. He is,
thereby, made to be immensely greatful and relieved, actually incapable of any action that could cause eternal redemption. Feeling that he has been
treated, quite undeservedly, to a commutation of sentence as a sinner, he lives his life in a more caring, tolerant, and amiable way. Essentially, the
old man dies and a new man is born, hence, born again. NOTE: The grace of God was the cause and being a new person was the effect, NOT vice versa as
is taught exclusively as the Christian belief.
You might have noticed mine is not the traditional Christian theme. My belief came from Christ Himself. My group that you would call a religion are
not protestants or reformists. When Christ had the last supper, He told His followers to "Do this in remembrance of Me". It was the only ritualistic
rule or trasitional obligation He ever required of His followers. What He meant was they were to have a "supper" with wine and unleavened bread on
the eve of passover. They were to act as a servant to their fellow believers and, as Christ did, wash the feet of the those who also did this in His
remebrance. Since that day, the group I belong to have called themselves Baptists (the first to do so) and have never been a part of the Christian or