reply to post by wildtimes
" How do you implement your goal of teaching tolerance and actual adherence to Jesus' teaching? How many mistaken Christians have you managed to
'straighten out', so to speak?"
I've got to be honest, no more than a few. (And I don't mean by any means that I straightened them out which is the word you used. But they spend time
learning from me what they could and I learned from them as well and became friends. And they placed value in my wisdom.) The message I preach is very
different from what society has heard up until now and it doesn't come in the most attractive package. I have a friend that insists if I prettied it
up I would make more progress. But I said just recently, we must confront as Christian people that if we lead even ten to Christ in our entire
lifetimes that we have done a tremendous job. So I'm not looking for numbers but tremendous growth among those I do reach. Over time my contacts are
constantly shifting. There are just simply far too many that are not ready for my witness but I would say that I have made a difference in perhaps
three or four peoples' lives and that to me is a victory.
God said that judgment would start first in the house of God. My word to the church: You have been damning your enemies for so long now, it is time we
damn the fakes in our ranks and call them out.
And thanks for your kind words Benevolent Heretic. I truly believe that many reasonable people do not accept my faith because it is has approached the
stage of being unreasonable. It is presented through illusory and parabolic language that results in too many logical contradictions for many
reasonable people to be expected to accept. I will share with you why I believe that is by way of a parable or example.
We have twenty standing in a line starting with the leader who passes a message to the second behind him, and the second to the third behind him,
etc., until it reaches the end. It is the telephone game you might have played as a kid in school. It makes a marvelous point about slander and gossip
about others as well as many other points I'm sure you could take from it.It goes without saying, the message deteriorates according to the further it
passes down along the line until it reaches the 20th sequence where it is very often unintelligible, or if intelligible, represents very little the
content of the original message.
I suggest to you, that there is in fact a God, that we are many times removed and many schisms past the old days where the message went unpolluted,
and I suggest there are people alive today who are as qualified as many of the Old Testament or even New Testament figures to argue these
We went through many progressions with early churches and Catholic, breaks between Orthodox denominations, the Protestant Reformation, then schisms
among Protestants such as Calvinists and Arminians, Presbyterians and Anglicans, and it compounded and compounded.
What you have today, many of us recognize are many messages, each message suiting the one delivering it, and there are new ones everyday, that if they
make sense at all (and some we say do not), that they represent very little of what the original message was.
The true nature of my calling is to restore the Gospel to its original state and my position is very much like being near the front of the line.
You might think the Christians should be ecstatic that my sort have finally arrived to bring this about. They are not. And when my kind were here back
thousands of years ago, they were not received by the people either. It was only a few who listened and that is the way it will be today.
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