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11 Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
14 And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
I've found that most Atheist's are just as willing to help others, give to charity and be peaceful as any believer would... In fact in many cases Atheists are much more kind to a wider variety of people, races, or cultures then "the religious"
So the question becomes, would God condemn a man who has been good all his life but has no belief in God?
And the answer my friends is NO...
I think you have to factor in that all of Jesus followers were looking for the ruling King Messiah
reply to post by kauskau
Where do you think the term "Christ consciousness" comes from?
This isn't some new age idea... it comes from "the way" Jesus taught...
Christ consciousness comes from the heart, this is why when one reads the gospels, his words "ring true" in ones heart
reply to post by Akragon
When He started his ministry he read from the book of Isaiah and stopped part way through the verse and closed the book and said this proficiency is fulfilled this day . You may want to read the rest of the passage he read . You are correct that a lot of the Jews rejected Him and that was also a fulfillment of prophecy as well . And there is a coming day when the whole nation of Israel will acknowledge Him but at this time there eyes are blind until the fullness of the gentiles . Then He will turn back to them .
The bible is a code...It would have been destroyed if it would have been said in a clear way.
to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
If by "Paul" (different from his letters) you mean Paul according to Acts, then what you are referring to is a fictional character in what amounts to historical fiction, and not the actual Paul.
... these of course are based around Paul and his letters...