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Originally posted by JesuitGarlic
reply to post by arpgme
The idea of a savior - son of god - is WAY older than the story of Jesus... (Horus)
Within a few verses of humanity's first sin (creating the need to a redeemer/savior) described in Genesis chapter 3 we come across God's first promise indicating that the matter would be resolved
Considering this promise to man takes place while there is still but to people on the whole earth I would say that the idea of a savior was WAY BEFORE the Egyptian empire and their theology!
But, WHY do you choose it? Is it because you are scared of hell? Is it because of fear?
The Bible offers 3 metaphors that teach us God's view on life: Life is a test, life is a trust, life is a temporary assignment.
Life on earth is a test. As seen in the stories throughout the Bible, God continually tests people's character, faith, obedience, love, integrity and loyalty...Character is both developed and revealed by tests. You are always being tested. God constantly watches your response to people, problems, success, conflict, illness, disappointment, and even the weather! He even watches the simplest actions such as when you open the door for others, when you pick up a piece of rubbish or when you are polite towards a clerk or waitress. We don't know all the tests God will give you, but we can predict some of them, based on the Bible. You will be tested by major changes, delayed promises, impossible problems, unanswered prayers, undeserved criticism and even senseless tragedies. A very important test is how you act when you can't feel God's presence in your life.
Life on earth is a Trust. Our time on earth and our energy, intelligence, opportunities, relationships and resources are all gifts from God that he has entrusted to our care and management. God evaluates each one according to his responsibility and rewards them accordingly. Jesus said, From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (2 Corinthians 4:18)
Life on this earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production...Earth is the staging area, the preschool, the tryout for your life in eternity...This life is preparation for the next.
"The Adventists are the only body of Christians with the Bible as their teacher, who could find no warrant in its pages for the change of day from the seventh to the first. Hence their appellation," Seventh-day Adventists. "They're cardinal principle consists in setting apart Saturday for the exclusive worship of God, in conformity with the positive command of God Himself, repeatedly reiterated in the sacred books of the Old and New testaments, literally kept by the children of Israel for thousands of years to this day, and endorsed by the teaching and practice of the Son of God while on earth." -Rome's Challenge, page two
"Is not yet too late for Protestants to redeem themselves. Will they do it?... will they indeed take the written word only, the Scripture alone, as their sole authority and their sole standard? Or will they still hold the indefensible, self contradictory, and suicidal doctrine and practice of following the authority of the Catholic church and wear the SIGN of her authority? Will they keep the Sabbath of the Lord, the seventh day, according to Scripture? Or will they keep the Sunday according to the tradition of the Catholic church, -Ibid, page 31
Why would Jesus say he was coming to bring not peace, but a sword? How does this fit with a nice rapture?
Why must one hate one's Father, Mother, and Children in order to follow Jesus? (Matthew 10:34-37)
Why did God ordered killing of human beings? (Lev. 26:7-8, Num. 25:4-5)
Firstly though I need more information on where these '18 other Gods and two Goddesses in the Bible' are.
We are supposed to repent, but why did God often repent? (Ex. 32:14, 1 Sam. 15:35)
Why did God sanction slavery? (Ex. 21:20-21, Deut. 15:17)
I have looked up other translations of the Ex. 32:14 and commentaries and an alternative word presented for 'repent' is 'relent'.
If God says no Gods before me, then why are there 18 other Gods and two Goddesses in the Bible?
Why did God made false prophecies? (Jonah 3:4. Gen. 5:10)
Similar situation to the 1 Samuel 15:35 verse, other translations use words like 'regretted', 'was grieved'
The earliest God mentioned in your list in Exodus 6:3, Yahweh/Jehovah, and it is the only one mentioned by God to worship.