Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
This seems to be talking about the church in my opinion.
The rulers, the authorities.
Isn't Satan supposed to be the ruler of this world?
He masquerades as an angel of light.
- The pope looks like the Emperor from Star Wars, looks like pure evil.
- Isn't catholicism a perverted hybrid of paganism and christianity?
Just writing down some thoughts, would love to get some feedback from someone knowledgeable as I'll admit I'm in a bit over my head here.
Originally posted by Phenomium
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
Originally posted by malcr
Oh, and quite relaxed about death!
Well, there is no need to worry about death. It is nigh!! I look at it one of two ways.
1. Either I am right and there is life afterdeath and we just continue our journey.
2. I am wrong and death is the end. In that case, it doesn't matter because we won't even know that we existed at all.
Either way, death is not to be feared.
Ahh, but there's one option you left out that makes a big majority of the world consider their actions on a daily basis. What if the Bible is right
and those who don't accept GOD's sacrifice of his son as their personal saviour, suffer eternal damnation because of the enmity between man and GOD.
Much like not having a lawyer and being tried as a murderer, one suffers a great deal of agony right here on earth. I would hate to make a spiritual
miscalculation and have to deal with the eternal horrors that sum from the separation of me from the light and my GOD. That is to say Jesus.
I'll take my chances, if I end up in hell I guess my only chance would be to team up with Satan in a bid for the throne. *ducks flying object*
Christianity is not the only religion with a hellish realm, you might end up in some other religions hell, wouldn't you hate to make that mistake
What makes christianity so much more appealing and trustworthy?
If I had to guess I would say it's because you were raised in a christian setting or country, if you were born in Sweden you would most likely have
been an atheist or agnostic. GodHatesSweden.com
Thomas Jefferson sums it up pretty well in this quote:
"Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a God; because, if
there be one, he must more approve of the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear."
- Thomas Jefferson
The evidence of the bibles authenticity is just not there, it's that simple.
I'm supposed to be tortured by this all loving god for all eternity just because I don't believe in a book that is widely regarded as a fanciful
It was written by humans, changed and rearranged, it is a pain to interpret, full of contradictions, translated and edited for centuries, based on
Why would I blindly believe it? Just because it is a religious authority and lots of other people believe it?
It becomes a circular argument because the bible is its own authority. Basically, the bible is true because the bible says so. You can't argue
Though.. I must say, that I feel it in my heart that there is some significance about the bible, I just don't know what and I can't put my finger on
As for my personal belief, I believe in reincarnation, as did Jesus according to some.
Originally posted by Blue_Jay33
reply to post by TheLaughingGod
What you fail to understand is that, Jesus sacrifice gave God considerable more latitude in dealing with humans, he could forgive them more easily for
a variety of crimes against his moral code. Everything that was punishable by death was now forgivable. That is a huge change.
Jesus shed blood and sacrifice is not that well understood by many, even some Christians.
When Jesus was on the earth he forgave many sins, and is shown to be very kind and loving. But he did get angry on one occasion making a whip of ropes
and overturning tables in the temple area. He was mad at the greedy commercial sellers.
Jesus will be leading the charge in front of the Angels when the time comes to get rid of the greedy commercial system of our day too. He didn't like
it back in the first century, and he doesn't like it today.
I'm not sure Jesus even existed, not 100% sure that is, though I'm leaning heavily towards it.. and some part inside of me wants to scream blasphemy
at the thought that he's made up.
Long story short: the bible adds nothing but confusion to my life.
I wish everything was transparent and clear, free of all the deception this world seems to be built on.
Sometimes I think I'm trapped by an evil demiurge on a prison planet.
Edited to add answer to Blue_Jay33
[edit on 8-2-2010 by TheLaughingGod]