Ok, so how can you go from that to saying ALL religions teach the same thing or that all people should go to heaven? Do all religions tell of a Jesus Christ who died to pay for the sins of the WORLD? Of course not. Do all religions have a Jesus Christ who resurrected on the 3rd day and ascended back in to heaven to sit at the right hand of His Father? Of course not. There is but ONE Savior of the world. God did not send multiple saviors - He sent His ONLY Son. Jesus Himself said: "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by me."
Those were His words, not mine.
He is many things with many attributes. None of them conflict with each other. He is merciful and loving, but He is also just, righteous, and demands perfection. If a person will not accept His offer and provision for the sin issue, then what alternative does He have? He does not change His rules to fit the situation. If His rules are not met His way, then His judgment and wrath will be brought upon any and all who missed His instructions.
Did what I say about God disagree with what you know to be in the Bible?
Going to heaven is not based on being good. Check out what the Bible says about the matter. Going to church or being a good person does not get people in. And it is not about your good deeds outweighing your bad deeds. It is about who you know and what He did for you. All humans are sinners in the eyes of a perfect just God. He requires sinlessness and perfection to enter His heaven. Since we as humans are not capable of such, He sent the ONLY sacrifice who was able to fit the requirement - His Son, Jesus Christ. When people turn from their way to follow the way of Jesus, and put their trust in Him, then they are forgiven and can go to heaven. It is His blood and His sacrifice that will get people in.
1) of course not. Getting to know him is a process and will come the more you work at the relationship. God accepts you into his family as soon as you take that first step and begin that relationship.
2) No human will ever stop sinning completely, I promise you that. But hypothetically, God would most definitely still loves us. He doesn't love his because we sin. He loves us because we are his creation. Plus, Jesus never sinned and God still very loved him.
3) that's not even comparable. A human did not create this universe and all the things in it, including me. A human will never completely love me unconditionally. No human will ever be worthy of all my praise. The only one that was died on a cross for me.
I definitely agree. And Islam is very similar to Christianity in the way that we believe that we need to continue to grow in our faith, but we don't believe we need to continue to seek salvation. That is already given to us freely if we are reborn again in Christ. But gaining salvation freely doesn't mean we don't still need to follow God's word and do our best to walk as Christ did
Well I don't think theists are egotistical at all. If EVERYONE is special to God then everyone is equally special. Just because you're special doesn't mean you're EXTRA special. God loves everybody. I think atheists are more egotistical because they're like "ha you believe in a god and there's no scientific evidence to his existance lololol I'm above you because SCIENCE and No god ftw" basically
This post is pretty much right on. If you actually believe in eternal damnation (which I find a difficult thing to even reasonably believe, much less choose to believe) then you should be very active in evangelism. You would literally be saving lives if that's what you believed in and took that belief seriously. Unfortunately, many Christians, for example, pretend that this doctrine doesn't exist. If you adhere to part of a religious doctrine, you should adhere to all of it. But the "pushy" Christians shouldn't always be seen as jerks, often they are simply being the best people they can be based on a difficult belief system
So basically religious people are offensive no matter what they do.
There should be a different day of the year where they could celebrate.
For an atheist to celebrate a Christian holiday shows just how selfish people really are.
I don't celebrate other religions holidays? I'm not going to celebrate
Hanukkah because I like the concept of it.
If people love spending time with the family and spoiling each other with gifts, that's fine.
I just don't like the fact that they think they're celebrating "Christmas"
There are 364 other days when you can participate in family time.
I'm not close-minded just because I've decided to devote myself to something I.veiw as good. Do I.believe that Christianity is the only way to heaven? Yes. Do I believe that it's the only way to live your life? Absolutely not. I would like to point out that if you call what I'm doing arguing, then you are arguing as well. It was not my intention to get into a huge argument. I just wanted to state my opinion (I'm pretty sure that's what this site is for) and to express how happy I am to be a Christian. People got offeneded, and I defended myself. I'm sorry once afain if you were offended. I'll try to shut my mouth when it comes to opinions when I'm on this site...oh, wait...
Thats the thing, though. Not everyone believes God is imagery. He's just as real as His creations. You can be logical and use reason and still believe in God.
And you're purposely attempting to be cruel to me? That right there gives me a small idea about how happy your life really is.
It's so depressing to me that you said there is no meaning to life. I understand how you could turn that around and say "I can have the meaning of My life be whatever I want it to be", though. But you can still do that in religion.
There obviously IS such a thing as free will, that's why you believe what you believ and why I believe what I believe. God GAVE everybody free will. I'm not saying you have to praise God for your free will, but please be thankful for your free will.
Thank you for what you said in that last paragraph. I agree, let's stop the argument because it could go on forever and we won't know who won until we're dead.
Maybe Catholism isn't for you. I've been to quite a few masses that have been held at Catholic churches, and personally, I absolutely hate them. They're too long and boring. I also don't agree with some Catholic beliefs. I'm a Methodist. It works for me. It also helps that I found a really good church that is welcoming.
The feeling I get whenever I realize how happy I am that there's someone who will always love me, and loves me so much that he gave his life for me,who has a plan just for me that I will do good things, who through I can find joy and strength , who will never abandon me or leave me alone, who will never destroy me and who forgives me if I ask, is hard to explain. I don't think I ever got this feeling until I completely believed and devoted myself. Some people call this feeling "the holy ghost".
1. You shouldn't have sex if you're not ready for the responsibility of a baby. So before you start having sex think about the "larger scale"
2. It's more than a few cells. It's a living oraganism with brainwaves and a heartbeart. Not to mention, during the abortion you can clearly see the baby fighting for its LIFE...i dont think you would see a "few cells" struggling twisting and turning in order to survive.
3. so you think killing a human being is more acceptable than an irresponsible young adult living on the streets (who probably isnt making any contributions to society anyway)
4. And if a child ends up being mistreated, at least there's hope for them to live. It's better than just killing them off, dontcha think?
Okay, I really doubt anyone is going to read this comment, but if a life has never existed it can't be extinguished. Therefore, not being pregnant is not the same thing as killing innocent children, whereas abortion still is.