posted on May, 25 2011 @ 04:34 PM
reply to post by boondock-saint
My advice: do not put your trust in man or clergy.
Don't lose faith
I look inwards for wisdom, where my faith is also rooted.
“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own
common sense.” - the Buddha
Originally posted by boondock-saint
God challenges Christians to be fishers of men.
It is their mission to inform others of the salvation
that Jesus Christ offered mankind. Part of that
salvation means that if rejected by man, the alternative
I honestly can't say I believe this statement though. The alternative (another religion for example, or belief in many more than a single religion)
is not eternity in hell, the alternative is just another view of the top of the mountain. We all go there eventually. And the heavens are what decide
which fish go back down here and which get to stay longer in the above. That kinda thinking that only a few can be salvaged while the rest are fodder
is what is keeping us from oneness, and that's what they want. Unity, oneness, love - these are things they fear. Love is God's "religion", Jesus
preached this - and even for your enemies or those who's beliefs differ from yours. You accept the Christ when you accept love for all.
God's infinite love would dictate that the whole "If you don't believe this you are going to burn forever." story is inaccurate. Would Jesus cast
Muslims into a lake of fire for eternity because they don't view him as God? Or a Hindu for not reading the Bible? Such thoughts are preventing us
from truly being open to each other, and it has for a long time. It creates arrogance in us or makes others feel inadequate. This is "Satan", the
ego, the I, the self ("Get thee behind me Satan: thou art an offense unto me. For thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of
men."). The crucifixion is a great act of crossing out one's ego. You don't have to believe any of this though, unless it makes a lot of sense to
you as it does for me.
Sorry for going OT. Although, this whole attack on "born again" Christians is another way of splitting us apart, making some feel inadequate, and
inflating other people's egos.