I think the original topic post makes some very valid points. I'm just gonna recap a bit some of the wrongs I've seen posted so far...I will try to
Christ himself did not make a living preaching his theology.
- Wrong. He did. Matthew 8:18 - When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake. Then a teacher of the law
came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go. Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of
Man has no place to lay his head."
There are many other references in the New Testament about Jesus and His followers being people who traveled around being accepted in and fed by those
who believed and listened to Him. His job as a carpenter was before He started His ministry that's why you see Him referred to as "the son of Joseph
If they were doing God's work, they would be doing it for free.
- Ever tried to preach to a crowd of 5000 without a sound system? They don't grow on trees to say the least. The pastor of a church has devoted his
life to spreading the message of Christianity...most churches, the pastor's income is very known and even voted on. He has a family, kids and bills
too ya know.
It's most difficult to be a Christian because you believe something that isn't true.
-I don't think the poster meant it as its tough being a Christian...but more of why is it constantly attacked. My response is that there isn't ONE
facet of my life that isn't hated by at least somebody. I'm white, Christian, pro-gun, former cop, current Marine, like cats over dogs, not anti-gay
or abortion (but I personally don't agree those two are for me), etc etc. I think it's just a fact of life to have people who aren't gonna like you
in this world. I wouldn't have it any other way.
There's a whole lot more biting statements made in this post so far that sting. I'm not really gonna go through them all but I will leave with this
one simple point.
The root, and I mean the ABSOLUTE root, not of evil, but of general discontent and malice, hate crimes, genocide, big problem this and that is NOT
religion...it's selfishness. Simple selfishness. And it's not gonna ever go away until this world does. The Bible teaches how to care for yourself
spiritually and it also shows how to treat others. You can't just read the Old Testament Jewish law books and decide that you don't wanna follow a
religion that won't let you hook up an oxen to a goat or whatever that one post said. (I'd like to read that verse in the whole context btw) And as
for the sleeping next to a woman whos menstruating, if you can't understand that that means not to have sex with a woman during that time of the
month...lol i'm sorry then because that's what it means. Personally, I think thats great, because if not, to me, thats pretty gross. So next time
you hook up your oxen to your sheep, realize that the Old Jewish law isn't meant to be taken literally today. That was for the Israelites then. This
is Christianity now. The other side of the full circle that makes up the Christian God. And that is well written and very relevant today in our
society coming from the NEW Testament.
If you give up the rational of thinking how this is all gonna benefit ME, what am I going to get out of this, and I'm not giving up any of my hard
earned money for other people attitude, then you got all the basics steps down for Christianity. That's it. No sacrificing of clean cattle, taking X
number of steps on the Sabbath hoping not to "work", or even attending church regularly, then you've got the gist of Christianity thing down.