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I don't think that authentic unbiased evidence exists that Jesus ever lived. If anyone knows of such evidence, I'd like to read about it.
I was a little surprised at the positive response I got from Muslims. I have since learned that this idea is consistent with Islam since there are at least two places in Qur'an that mention God taking Jesus Christ unto himself.
It could be that my definition of "cult" isn't standard dictionary. Mine would be: a sect devoted to a specific system (that much is standard) of theology, defined doctrines peculiar to that sect and outside of normative Christianity.
Define cult and define what you consider blessings,
I seriously doubt that since "over the years" I have changed my views considerably.
I know your tricks dewey, I've been a reader of ATS for years and I've seen you here for a long time saying the same nonsense over and over.
What would you imagine as a motive I would have for doing whatever it is you are accusing me of? I am not recruiting for membership in the SDA denomination. And I am not recruiting for a cult following me. I think I would have a normal motive like having discussions on topics that interest me. I also participate in other forums on musical (for example, and among others) topics. I find this particular forum the best for religion because of how few posts I get removed by moderators compared to others where I sometimes get banned.
It's a real sleigh trick you try to pull,
I don't pretend to be the voice of God like some posters.
But myself and other True Israelites call you out on your phoniness,
"WE"? Sounds like you admitting that you are in fact a cult.
and your typical reply is that we are "cultish"
Sorry that you take being defined as an insult. If you feel that way, my suggestion is that you strive for normalcy.
Is that the best insult you can think of to hurl at the believers in the One who's Name you claim?
I don't know where you get your information from but I don't know any Adventists who think that. There may be some who do but they don't go to my church and they are free to form their own congregation with people who feel the way they do. It is not so monolithic as you may imagine it and I doubt you know anything about it other than from sensationalist attack blogs.
It seems to me that _you_ are the one who's been "brainwashed" into a very small, tight knit group who thinks they have the "only" truth,
How do you feel about the synoptics?
You don't feel they are witness testamony?
The "evidence" exists according to how you feel when you read his words...
10 But into whatever city you enter, and they don’t receive you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust from your city that clings to us, we wipe off against you. Nevertheless know this, that the Kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 12 I tell you, it will be more tolerable in that day for Sodom than for that city.
The times of refreshing and the times of restoration are the same thing.
19 “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, so that there may come times of refreshing from the presence of the Lord, 20 and that he may send Christ Jesus, who was ordained for you before, 21 whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God spoke long ago by the mouth of his holy prophets.
Feelings! That's your evidence?
Well, you're right of course once you get to the bottom line.
However, to back up a bit: I also think, and I also react when reading.
When I read Matthew, I react quite negatively every time I read phrases like: "and thus was fulfilled the scripture that says ..." eg. 2:17 followed by some completely nonapplicable verse from OT.
And that genealogy at the beginning: give me a break! That's merely a list of Judean kings with the necessary deletions in order to come up with a 14 - 14 - 14 numerology scheme. For what purpose? To "prove" Jesus was the rightful king of the line of David. Why? Again, because some OT Psalms and prophets said so! My general impression of Matthew is that some person not particularly well versed in the OT, could have invented a character to "fulfill prophecy
Luke presents a character who seems to regard himself as the rightful king, and woe to all who refuse to accept him sight unseen. eg Luke 10:10
So no, I don't think or feel that the synoptics are particularly good witnesses. Although I don't have as many problems with Mark.
Back to the bottom line, How do I feel? I feel that I don't really know this hidden man, and it isn't my place to say anything either good or bad about him, because that would be bearing false witness. I attempt, at least, when discussing him or his purported sayings, to do so in an objective manner.
I often fail, due to my Christian background that assumes that all the New Testament claims about him are absolutely true. An assumption that I think and feel are not warranted.
im just trying to get down to the original question... "how do you feel" when you read those books...
. . . I don't think I would have thought he was Messiah leading people into the kingdom of God.