reply to post by Ralphy
That's a good question, I was going to answer with belief and behavior here. Then I saw your point.
I was going to say you can tell a Christian by their behavior - they are hostile, judgmental, negative, destructive, hateful, hoard money, get angry
at helping the poor with social programs, and the like.
Yet they believe in being kind, helping the poor, being a positive force on the world, being non-materialistic and the like.
I think it is safe to bet that if they believe in God, God doesn't exist. Ha - just kidding, maybe not... but they lost their way, and if God exists,
he isn't happy with them
See, the problem is this belief B.S., you can't believe
you are acting some way, you have to simply act that way or not.
Believing you are acting a certain way doesn't make a difference if you don't act that way. Look, I just went to church last weekend for the first
time in years, and the people there were singing songs and reading Bible passages that they had no understanding of the meaning behind.
No one wants that, God isn't pleased about that, they might as well not go. The feeling of being around people reading Bible passages that are
basically condemning their actions and they don't even realize it or understand what they are reading is just profound.
Why they recited things they didn't even understand the meaning behind is beyond me! Maybe these people would be better off not being religious, and
discovering these things through human interaction, I HONESTLY BELIEVE THIS.
Religion is not about rules, it is about reading something and saying "Oh, I get that, you know, that would have helped out this social interaction
wow!" Obviously, the idea of having these rules doesn't work, so we might as well try the other option.
After some real life experience getting to know themselves and one another, maybe religious peeps can come back and read the stories and understand
that it is just a story, but a story with meaning, meant to bring a community together, and understand the power the story really has - until then, I
don't even know what the majority of the Christians in America are doing besides hiding behind a false faith to get away with bad behavior.
If you are asking who is going to get into Heaven if they signed the contract, it is the people who behave a certain way, even those who don't
The Catholic faith and some others do allow for confession, which I think is helpful. But see, this is about humbling oneself. If you confess that you
hate other people and judge them every day, I think that should be forgiven. But who is confessing that? Anyone? So it's really a moot point, that
confession thing, if someone doesn't even know to confess what they did wrong.
That's just the way it is. If you steal a car and get arrested, even if you believe
it's your car, it doesn't matter unless you plead insanity.
So if you are saying Christians might be able to plead insanity to get into Heaven, you might be onto something.
Wow, I love your question. I'm not even sure if I answered it right.
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