reply to post by Chainmaker
Jesus clearly said that salvation was only through him. He clearly commanded his followers to spread that message.
He was an ultra-radical who was radically polarizing. He pissed off lots of people, by declaring himself The Son of God, The Messiah, and saying he
was equal to the Father, and saying no one could come to the Father except through him.
His credibility is valid. He is the Son of God. I do not doubt His claims, as many have, and while I believed through faith originally, that was
rewarded through prayers answered and genuine communication in the years since. The heart and mind has a way of discerning sincerity in goodwill and
truth of intent, and time tests the matter. I have no doubt in my mind that Jesus Christ still lives, and works through those who are faithful to Him,
and seek to follow the practices which are pleasing to God as found in the Bible.
The kind of telepathy one experiences with a partner? That can also be found among gifted people of the Christian Faith through the Holy Spirit. The
limit is only dependant upon the giftedness of the persons involved imo. Could you ask for any more "proof"? I've also been made aware of many wise
points in my soul that I might have remained clueless to, thanks to the messengers of heaven, especially as pertains to the minutae of daily details
and personal relations among friends and family. Nothing world-shaking, rather, matters within our scope.
There was a book out recently (last couple of years) by a man who tried to live every letter of the Old and New Testament Law, right to the point of
growing a beard, observing Sabbaths and sacrifices, "be fruitful and multiply" - his wife humoured him, and other practices, especially around the
rituals surrounding Christ's resurrection. Obviously that fell short of "stoning" people, and he wisely took the stance of certain rules applying
to certain cultures where the culture did not forbid them. Perhaps the point is, that we shouldn't sin against God, rather than examining whether we
should have rules againt sins.
He was completely intolerant of any other beliefs about spirituality other than what he was preaching. But he said to witness to others by
showing love, by emulating him.
Ideologies are dangerous, as evidenced by Gnostic and Rosecrucian heresies that have infiltrated certain sects of the church (and have effectively
rendered them as "dead branches" which are not empowered or guided by God any longer). They exist as scarecrows to us, or ill totems of false
doctrine. Most Christians wisely avoid them.
Jesus ended up pissing off so many people with his radically intolerant and exclusionary and divisive claims, that people eventually decided
that they had enough and they killed him, even though he had never committed a crime, only had helped people.
Jesus preached what He preached, and people made the decision themselves to grow angry. This happened where much evil was in place, similar to Pauls
trials that led him before Caesar in Rome (the Book of Acts). He also preached before thousands who loved His words, and adored him. The fact that so
many love Him today, and find strength in the true faith that is Christianity, is no mistake, is not a by-product of political tailoring, and would
not have lasted without having full worth. Not with so many extrordinary claims. The simple fact is, we are empowered and loved by God, thanks to the
sacrifice of His son for us.
Many people who call themselves Christians are horrible hypocrites, priests molesting kids being the prime example.
The church has been infiltrated by the Jesuits and the Rosecrucian Dynasty, by Illuminati orders (who go so far as to hold child sacrifices under the
Vatican - hear the interviews of Svali), by Lucis Trust through the UN who presently set the stage for the theosophical religion of the elites, and
perhaps by the occasional evil man without such affiliations.
Please be assured that the media is well behind this, to make it look like honest bishops and priests are to blame, and to cover up any workings
behind the scenes which would show off the power divisions of men of the white cloth who adhere to the faith, and those of scarlet rags who work for
the corrupting powers. This is a demon-possessed world.
The Devil is very real, and so are his followers. If you don't believe that now, I'll simply say that I hope you aren't too shocked when you
discover this is true.
Many people who call themselves Christian tell other people that they are tolerant of other religions, and say they don't need to witness to
other people, that people from other religions can be saved without Christ.
They become a law unto themselves, as spoke of in Romans, because the laws of God are already writ in the hearts of every man, woman, and child on
earth. We have small excuse not to listen to our conciences, or to sear them to the point where they no longer instruct us. If someone seeks a way
besides the way God gave us, then I say best wishes, and may God bless them! I don't think it's the best way by any stretch, I think it will be
much, much harder to live as a sinless human being. But power to you to try.
Those people are hypocrites just the same as the child-molesting priests.
To wish a person well is not a crime. To be tolerant of other religions is reasonable to a point. All matters of wise concern need to be addressed,
not simply a parroting of a few verses. An entire sermon could be given on hypocrisy. Thing is, the person outside the church usually resorts to
slander and discredit, while a follower of Jesus would rather turn the other cheek, take the abuse, and carry on in a loving fashion to address the
world. There's also love to be found in speaking against heresy - it shows you care about the other enough not to let it go without saying something.
Take the dominating methodology of Satanism for example - utter selfishness backed by war. A religion? I scoff. An abomination of death-causing sin
that degrade man as he casts himself and others away from God. Utter foolishness. Love the sinner, hate the sin. Some people are just incorrugable in
their natures however, and ultimately, why worry about it. God will judge, not us, and no need to fret about it.