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Originally posted by Mykahel
reply to post by dPD89
Well, actually the Bible forewarns of people claiming to be the Christ, and that false Messiahs would come claiming to be him. So in that sense, to reject somebody as savior after they have made the claim is not denouncing your faith, but actually testing and refining it.
Matthew 24:4-6 (New International Version)
4Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. 5For many will come in my name, claiming, 'I am the Christ,[a]' and will deceive many. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Faith is also not simply a matter of having it or not having it. There are also degrees of faith. Some are more convinced than others, but many would absolutely love to see some kind of sign to help encourage what they believe.
Back to the claiming to be Christ and its relation to faith. I think you would find that most Christians believe that when the Son of God returns, it will be unmistakable and there will be no doubt. He will not need to claim who He is, because we will know. The resounding of trumpets and bright glory like none other might be a good clue as well
Hope that helps a little. That's my take anyway.
[edit on 2-4-2010 by Mykahel]
Originally posted by piedsniper
reply to post by socrates271
Dude, when an amputee follows your instructions in relation to prayers why do you refuse to keep your word did you lie or are you imaginary ?
Originally posted by dPD89
I find the notion of "faith" quite interesting, especially concerning religion. If, lets say a Christian, has faith in his religion and faith in his God, this person has a confident belief without proof or material evidence. Roughly around 2000 years ago, some people had faith in Jesus Christ, whilst others didn't. Those who had faith did not question him, they did not ask for proof.
Now I propose this question to those who rely solely on faith in their belief in God; if I was to claim to be the second coming of Jesus Christ himself, would your faith in your religion, your faith in God forbid you from questioning my claim to be your saviour.
Originally posted by 911stinks
I figure Jesus will know who has faith, and who doesn't, so there will be no need for people accepting him.
I disagree that Jesus is somehow not on earth.
The Bible is mis-interpreted by the popular Christian religion.
The Bible says, after Jesus was crucified, he returned in a different form. That is why Peter did not recognize him, when he returned to sup with Peter.
So, Jesus is always on earth. In fact, there have been 22 reincarnations of Jesus.
It a number that coincides with chromosomes.
As Jesus walks the earth, he looks for good souls. He travels the planet as a homeless man. And those that help the least of them, have helped Jesus.
The 23rd Jesus will bring war and destruction to the earth, and only the most faithful will inherit the leftovers, with a new understanding of our importance to the universe.
Originally posted by dww25
reply to post by dPD89
The issue for you my friend is that just because you say you are Jesus Christ what proof do I have?. Jesus Christ was a charismatic character of his time who died on the cross for his belief. What have you done and what are you prepared to sacrifice?