i bet if you abandoned your mosaic cosmogony in favor of just embracing the love for humanity demonstrated by that there jesus guy you'd get an incredibly open and welcome response to your posts as they reflected it, rather than confirming the option of christianity rightly held by people who rightly despise religion
Where are you coming from with this? I 've insulted no one cept maybe the anime guy, and for that I am sorry. I'm willing to help anyone who needs help and would hope they would do the same for me. We have a pair of lesbians that attend our church. I take their son (part of my RA's class) out on many activities he lacks a father to do. Not that they can't do it. They just don't play ball, fish, or hunt. Do I hate them? No. Do I treat him/them any differently? No. We have black kids in my class(almost all white church though we have tried to reach out around the community). Infact 2 of them are some of the best students.
You all read my words and draw up some kind of back woods hillbilly never seen the light of day hick who despises anyone not christian and you have me all wrong. Untill you all realize this my words are pointless. i was demonized from the starting gun. Maybe I do come off with a strong opinion on somethings. That would be because I'm frustrated with societies opinions on the whole subject. Yes there are bad christians out there. Yes they do bad things. Yes a lot of them go about "conversion" in the wrong manner. We just want the best for everyone. I want the best for you.(please do not take that as "holier than thou" its not)
If I seem defensive and in turn offensive its caused by the nature of people with no respect for my beliefs " sky fairy" I'm only a man and I will snap from time to time and I've got a urgent need to spread the news and patience is not my strong suit.
Nobody outside of christianity wants to try to live outside of sin. They don't wanna stop doing the things they like. Even though they know deep in their hearts that they are morally wrong. Morals given to us by god. I lived in that sin shunning people like me for approx 14 years from 10-ish to 24. I knew deep down I was doing wrong and the day came when I had to go back. My life has been so much better since then. I dont need all those other things. Was it a struggle? It certainly was, but we all have free will. in that will is the strength of perseverance.
Do non christians know how much of that money we put into the offering plate goes out to communities? To gay familys? To poor mexican, black, white, whoever has a need? I'm sorry I know I saw someone post somewhere in the tinderbox that they were on the treasury committee and saw some shady money stuff. I'm sorry you saw that, but your dealing with humans and with men involved there will always be bad things. You shouldn't let that determine your opinion on the whole religion just like you shouldn't let "pushy" christians define all. Just like you should not let bad black people define all black people. I post a little opposition to Gay rights notice I never said they didn't have the right to anything. I guess if they want get married and do it in the traditional bond with god wedding then they can. That will be between them and god.(yes that was me putting on the brakes and hitting reverse a little bit) You have to understand the passion involved in this. You can't imagine the feeling of living free from the things you don't need. I have possesions and they are more dear to me than they should be. We all have our failings.
Just embracing the love of humanity? that will not get you into heaven as it is mentioned in the bible many times that just being a good/decent person is not enough. You cannot just act like Jesus to get into heaven. Your supposed to try to do that after being saved. Are you saying I should worm my way insome first then hit them with the zeal? lol
Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast."
Romans 6:23 (KJV) "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
John 14:6 KJV
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
"If you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be Saved"
Last words I'm sorry if these is a rant. I got plenty of work to do and I want to get some non rant on message board free time in. I'm gonna go play some CS GO good night to you huddlers.