Originally posted by Res Ipsa
Would a child understand anything you were saying? You sound like any other Pharisee to me.
God is Love. Love one another. Do on to others. These are concepts better understood by little kids than it is to people like you.
Another group you sound like is those that read the Constitution and proclaim to be Constitutional scholars. There isn't a human alive that can read
it and give a universally accepted interpretation of it, not even from the guys that created it. The 9 so called experts we have can rarely get more
than 5 to agree at a time.
I'm pretty sure the NT mentions something about the heart of a child. Christianity comes hard to the elitist and even harder for those that rely on
line after line of scripture that has been twisted to fit their justification for evil.
Jesus didn't spend his life preaching to the choir. Fundamentalist "christians" do.
On topic......This pope seems very humble to me, so it might matter
Really? Actually Jesus spent his entire life preaching only to the choir. He did not preach to the ones who were not reserved for eternal life. The
only thing He did is reveal to them their hypocrisy.
But everyone to whom He preached, those that He healed, and called to discipleship and to teaching; these are the ones to whom He preached.
What point is there in preaching that which is good to those that are reserved to death? Except to be a witness against them at their judgment.
God is not bound by your definition of love.
You think I sound like a Pharisee? But I do not force any law upon you, nor cause you to refrain from speaking. But you were telling me to keep my
mouth shut if I claim to be a follower of Christ. Which did the Pharisees do?
Interpretation of God's Word belongs to GOD ONLY. Not to you to interpret as you please; and not to man to take from it only what he will. And so
then does it bother you that because interpretation belongs only to God, that I interpret properly? What does that say about me to you then?
We are to be little children in vengeance, that is true. We are indeed to love and to let perfect love have its vengeance. That is indeed true.
However, we are not to be little children in understanding. Even a child can understand that God will destroy, with violence, and great vengeance,
all those who have hurt His little children and denied their Father and denied His Son. God said it. You've read it. What is your problem with it?
Except that you are convicted by it, but not to righteousness, but to defend yourself still so that you may feel comfort. Your comfort isn't going
to last very long at all.
If you are lost and astray, and you are walking the wrong path, and that path is certain death, and the words of your friend cannot convince you that
you are about to fall into a pit to your death; is your friend a better friend for letting you walk into the pit so that you lose your soul? Or is
your friend a better friend if he pushes you on your behind, and picks you up, and carries you against your will, away from the pit, until and if you
are willing to heed understanding?
If you are in a theater, and you see a crowd full of innocent people, and then you notice before any one else does that a man with a weapon is about
to open fire on the crowd; do you kill him to save everyone else? Or do you say to yourself, "Let him kill everyone else. It is better to love than
to kill." But then, this one who is murdering, he is killing people at this moment. Who do you love? The one who hates or the innocent ones? And
yes, it is said, that we should love our enemy as we love ourselves, truly.
So then if you are lost and astray, and you become angry and depressed, and you lose all your understanding, and you set it in your heart to murder
people, because of your pain and suffering -- would you rather that someone were to put you out of your misery before you murdered many people,
possibly securing your soul before you murdered many people? Or would you rather that people let you murder them and have upon your soul the burden
of many murders; from which a human soul barely returns from hell, and from it doesn't heal.
Do you not see that the love of which you speak, you have absolutely no understanding of it? You are paying attention to the flesh, still. You are
following the corruption that has been implemented over time into His words.
Now if you are a child of God, and you are taken away to be executed for your faith, THEN it is love to let that one die, because their patience is
manifest, and their time is complete, and they go to sleep until the time of their resurrection and redemption. And to the one who executes, it can
be forgiven, and it is an honor, but a shame afterwards. And God converts the executioners many times.
Do you pay attention to anything besides the flesh? How can you hope to know the Kingdom of God if you cannot halt your physical eyes?