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originally posted by: glend
a reply to: chr0naut
I don't see as great a divide in religions as you do. The east as well as Kaballah recognize a distinction between the manifested conciousness/reality and the unmanifested nature of God. The west, perhaps dealing with increased egoism of western mentality only alludes to our real nature in scripture....
Colossians 3.11..."Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all".
Certainly the gate is narrow to God conciousness so only few have found it. But many more have been given a small taste of that reality. Clearly, it is something the egotistical mind will chase but can never achieve. So its hidden in the symbolism of 144,000 for that reason.
what I have experienced is when someone doesn't know their "range" gets too close then starts yelling that they are the lord jesus christ at the top of their lungs as in "I am the lord Jesus Christ!" it's a curious but also stupid phenomenon that has happened six to seven times in my presence.
Much of revelation describes Johns journey to the crown. Which confirms the truth in Jesus words.
It's just been at random the age bracket has been i'd say between 11 to 14 years old and approximately no more than 14 feet away and no less than 10 feet away.
Not a lot of Buddhism is correct as it isn't "cannon" but studying and meditating was a practice for over 25 years until I went to see an abbot known to be a living saint and he said nothing we can teach you and basically gave me the big ol boot of you're through. He suggested I go to India and sort of disappear for an easier/quieter life.
The lack of evangelizing on the part of churchgoers has been cited by some authorities as related to the decline in church membership among mainline religions. Concern over this problem in 1988 prompted the United Church of Christ to adopt as a four-year priority the issue of “evangelism and membership growth.”
The St. Petersburg Times reports that other mainline denominations in the United States, including the Presbyterian Church and the Episcopal Church, have acted similarly. However, a recent survey of over 200 congregations of the United Church of Christ revealed that many of its 1.6 million members manifest little interest in talking to others about their faith. One member asked: “Why do we have to talk to others if we’re doing good?” Another said: “If you live your faith, you don’t have to talk about it.”
Yet, in his book American Mainline Religion, coauthor Wade Clark Roof admitted that “how people talk about their religious and spiritual lives is integrally related to the survival of faith itself.”
If “doing good” and having “faith” is enough to please God, why did the apostle Paul write: “Woe is me if I did not declare the good news”? He explained to fellow believers in Rome: “If you publicly declare that ‘word in your own mouth,’ that Jesus is Lord, and exercise faith in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation.”—1 Corinthians 9:16; Romans 10:9, 10.
originally posted by: whereislogic
Earlier in this century, countries of Eastern Europe turned to atheistic Communism. Why? In 1960 the dean of a religious faculty in Prague, Czechoslovakia, observed: “It is we, we Christians alone, who are responsible for Communism. . . . Remember that the Communists once were Christians. If they do not believe in a just God, whose fault is it?”
originally posted by: Quadrivium
a reply to: FlyInTheOintment
Many Christians (of which I am one), want to beat people over the head with 'Christ'.