Originally posted by SilentKoala
Originally posted by Renegade2283
Originally posted by SilentKoala
I have no fear of death, and I lean in favor of God existing,
Well, that is what I am saying. Of course you have no fear of death, you believe in god, it makes perfect sense. I am not saying that this is the case
for all, but most. Many never develop any fear of death because they have been conditioned their whole life to believe in god and an afterlife. Also,
I have no intent to present this as fact, rather a personal opinion.
Both religion and atheism have conditioned people to fear death. Atheism, because the person loses the only life they have. Religion, because they
are then at the mercy of another being who will either torture them forever, or grant them entry to a "paradise" where they can do the bidding of that
person forever, not quite as bad as the torture, and only if they lived a certain way on earth.
This begs the question, why has mankind been so thoroughly conditioned to be afraid of death? The only explanation that makes sense to me is control;
in reality, if you think about it, the ONLY power any authoritative entity (government, religious structure, whatever) has comes from the fear of
death and that alone. The power to issue a fine, for example, comes from the power to imprison is said fine is not paid, and that power just comes
from the power to kill a resistor to imprisonment, and that power is only effective as a control mechanism if people think of death as a thing to be
afraid of. Remove the fear of death, and mankind is utterly free to do as they please.
What in death is there to fear when people so strongly believe that it's going to save them from what they call 'hell on earth"?
I believe that God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit exist and are real entities, I believe that Satan and the Antichrist and Demons exist and are real
entities. I believe that heaven is real, and I believe that hell is real. Does all of this believing mean that I think I'm going to heaven, no! I
know what sort of person I am and I know that I deserve death. Does admitting that I'm a sinner mean that I've done a good deed and am now justified,
no! I'm just as guilty as if I've never told anyone, because who I am on the inside hasn't changed no matter what I say on the outside. And another
thing, am I more benevolent just because I hold myself responsible for my actions? No, demons know what's coming to them, they know they have an
appointed time for their torment too.
I believe that God exists because I've seen my proof, I've experienced that which MANY don't even know exists, a love that is pure, indestructable and
unforgettable. God's love is unexpected, it is above what anyone can even think to ask for and it doesn't cost a single dime. ALL the money gold
silver gems food and water in the world can't compare to it and so it is a heinous crime to me that people would think to preach for money because God
is not a prostitute. God isn't going to shower you with gifts if you give a preacher some money, you can't buy prosperity from God.
What God does expect, however, is a faithful partner. In a partnership, one side doesn't do all the work because believe it or not, work needs to be
done. Jesus said "Greater works will they do because I go to the Father."
How will believers go about doing these "greater works"? Do they turn into mindless robots who automatically know what constitutes as work or do they
need instuctions as we do with any work.
If I decide that I'd like to be a gardener and immediately thereafter started referring to myself as a gardener, will I be struck with a sudden green
thumb, knowing how certain plants function and their specific needs or, would I need to be instructed on gardening?
People who don't meet requirements don't graduate. Do you suppose that God is going to enlarge our amount of good, if we treat the good that we have
And do people build houses without first having a completed blueprint with all of the necessary materials and tools and know-how? Likewise Jesus said
not to dabble in his line of work without first understanding what they are up against. Christianity is famous for getting people involved in
Christianity first as a member, THEN they start teaching about what it means to be a Christian, that's the main reason Christianity is mocked and
People who say that "works are like dirty rags" don't care very much about what Jesus did and they certainly aren't doing greater works than him
edit on 10/01/11 by Wonders because: To add.