sorry, but what does the Christian Bible say? I suppose I'm a little biased, being a Christian and all, but I look at what everyone is saying on here and it seems as though you're all pointing to something that you know is there, but can't quite see. It's like skiing a mountain that you haven't scoped beforehand. You know you have to get to the bottom, but you can't decide which line to run.
In differing opinions, I have taken the hard path, and the easy path. My hard path is dealing with ignorant people who WON'T see any other point of view but their own, and are so closed to God that that tranlates into being closed to me. I don't like that. I like being friendly with everybody. My easy path is knowing, again in my opinion, what's going to happen when I die, and also knowing that things which happen while I'm on this world are all working together for my good. Going back to my mountain example; you're turning around a rock, but in doing so, you hit your slough and tumble. The nurse that comes to your aid ends up being the woman that you fall in love with... I believe that everything happens for a reason, and that reason is to bring glory to God.
Why the Christian faith (religion is different) and not Roman Catholisism, Buddhism, Taoism...? The God of the bible is the only God who claims to be Creator. To me, the earth is a testament to that. I can't stand at the top of Stratton, or Blue, and look over the hills, trees, water, grass, animals, and the sky without being drawn to thoughts of a higher being. To think some people believe that it was all an accident, or some freak of science...
The God of the bible is the only God who defeated death. Mohummed died, didn't he? did he come back to life? And what about Buddha? Can you kill a spirit? Can you find out?
Oh yes, there was a comment in the article about the pedophile Catholic priest- try telling me I'll never be married, never have sex, live by myself, never drink, never smoke, never watch tv. I think what happened was inevitable! When a CHURCH tells someone that they have to pay money or go to hell, it's time for a reformation. For a church that says they believe in the bible, and yet put a priest as an earthly representative of Christ to forgive sins- that's not the Bible. Jesus alone can save souls.
Sorry if I sound like I'm preaching, because that's definetely not what I am. These are Biblical views, therefore my views. I couldn't possibly cover every topic that was presented in this thread, but I hope I shed some light on the ones I did. Please write back with your thoughts, and I know you guys are cool enough to not take this as a bash to anyone; I love all of you.
the more you know, the greater becomes your surface contact with the sphere of ignorance.
take it on back to the blackjack
dw d w
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