Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by Rockpuck
So if I am a model Human, I give to charity, I never commit a crime, I do everything I can to be a good person ... but I reject your fairy tales... I
go to hell?
This is my main argument with Christianity, and most Christains do not even realize this is the very definition of what makes them a "Christian"!
Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the light. No one gets to the Father, but through me."
Therefore, if Jesus is infallible, then he is excluding every other religion and condemning them to hell!
My own mother is a lifelong Christian, but she does not have an answer for this. She does not believe it to be true. She thinks all "good" people
are going to heaven, but by definition, that makes her no longer a Christian!
I believe most American Christians are in fact "Deitists" which is very much in line with Masonic Philosophy.
I have a comment in regards to "The way, the truth and the life" and hope it will give a different view that is both for Masonry and Christianity.
It is just a general comment and not directed at "getreadyalready".
Something that it seems very few Christians know or understand is the NAME of "Jesus". Christians pray, "IN THE NAME of Jesus", yet it appears
most of them do not understand what they are saying.
The name, like all names, has a meaning and if the meaning where to be installed over the name "that it is in" then, perhaps Christians could begin
to understand what the "good news" actually is.
The name Jesus is taken from Yeshua, which is to say Yah is salvation. Yah is translated, "self existent"/"I am". Shua is translated
"Salvation". Put that together and you have the meaning of the name of Jesus, "In whose name we pray...Self existent Salvation".
SELF EXISTENT SALVATION....is the name. How does this differ from what Masons are teaching?
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
Not every one that saith unto me (the name), Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth
the will of my Father which
is in heaven.
Jesus spoke to the people openly yet said,
He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Does the above scripture differ from what the Masons hold dear, that the mysteries they hold are not given to outsiders?
I am not a mason, nor am I a christian, but I do seek to understand. I don't think you have to be either to understand that the name of Jesus applies