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#1 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

Sample like Yogurt? You sound like you are against spiritual exploration. How can you commit so easily? Do you ever question or doubt your beliefs? I do all the time. Many people don't as it's the very foundation from which they stand.

Rekunta

I have been redeemed by Jesus Christ. I am convinced He is the Son of God, who died on the cross for mankind. Also, I believe the Bible is the Word of God. According to the Bible, there is no other way to Heaven than through Christ. Why would I waste my time with false belief systems?

However, I do often test my faith, but never "sample".

2Co 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?
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#2 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

Because it's strict adherence to what I see as a very linear path of belief frustrates me.

Rekunta

Well, then Christianity isn't on the same level as every other belief system to you, as you previously claimed. You have preconcieved misgivings with it, thus placing it in the last possible slot.

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#3 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

Why should it be my first?

Besides, that's not what I said. My statement could be applied to any belief system. Christianity is on the same level as every other that I've explored, and the same rule applies to them as well. As of present I'm a Naturalistic Pantheist, with a bit of Taoism, Hinduism, and Buddhist beliefs thrown into the mix. That will probably change in the future (I'm sure it will), but as of now it's what makes sense to me.

Rekunta

Moreover, Christianity isn't something you sample like yogurt in Sam's Club. If you accept Christ on terms of a Free Trial, it will not be a true salvation and consequently will have no effect on your life. True salvation only comes once you realize your sinful state and your dire need for a savior, which was provided by Jesus Christ on Calvary.

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#4 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

Why should it be my first?

Besides, that's not what I said. My statement could be applied to any belief system. Christianity is on the same level as every other that I've explored, and the same rule applies to them as well. As of present I'm a Naturalistic Pantheist, with a bit of Taoism, Hinduism, and Buddhist beliefs thrown into the mix. That will probably change in the future (I'm sure it will), but as of now it's what makes sense to me.

Rekunta

I never said it should be your first. I merely questioned why you would happen to choose Christianity last-only after you have explored EVERY other option.

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#5 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

well, in short, things that would impair our species survival are consiedered immoral by most people, regardless of belief system. Like killing. Pretty much everyone knows and feels that is wrong. And that would obviously hamper our ability to continue as a species.

NaiKoN9293

That is an incorrect assumption. Not all immoral actions would be malevolent. For instance, acts such as polygamy and adultery are generally accepted as immoral and wrong. However, the more mates someone has, the more offspring he will leave. This is beneficial to the species' survival, and, if your statement was correct, should be accepted as common universally. It is not, so obviously your assumption is wrong.

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#6 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -
[QUOTE="blackregiment"][QUOTE="Rekunta"]

Wow, I'm surprised the first post in this thread didn't start out with: "Let me ask you a question: do you consider yourself a good person?"

Whew.

As for instructions, I don't have any, which is partly what makes life grand. I'm not referring to morals (or lack thereof) either, but moreso about exploration throughout my life to decide what's right for me and to find out who I am.

Rekunta

A personal relationship with Christ can make one's life fulfilled and joyful, provide many blessings, and help keep us from error.

That very well may be true, but I'll not commit to that until I have explored every other possible option out there.

Why, exactly, is Christianity your last option? Why are you willing to try every single belief system in the world before Jesus Christ? This sounds like the words of one who afraid of the Bible's truth, and is desperately hoping to avoid it.

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#7 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

evolution explains most things to me. Morality is explained by evolution, NaiKoN9293

How does evolution explain morality?

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#8 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

[QUOTE="Ingenemployee"]I have a question for you Christians, how do you know that your religion is correct. There are so many other religions with the same amount of credibility, what makes yours so special?blackregiment

The evidence that God's Word is truth through hundreds of fulfilled prophecies in Christ who foretold His death and resurrection. He suffered died and was buried and arose again on the third day in fulfillment of the Scriptures.

From the beginning, the chief evidence for the truth of Christianity has been the resurrection of Christ, as told by Paul...

1Co 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

1Co 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
1Co 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
1Co 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.


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#9 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

Instructions? I do things based on what I think is right and what I know I need to do to succeed. I don't need instructions (on how to get the instructions for the enclosed instruction book.)super_mario_128

So, in essence, you believe everyone has the power to decide what is right for them and can apply that to their life situation? Then, what if I think it is right for me to rob you to escape financial ruin? What is your objective source that you use to decide whether something is right or wrong?

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#10 Posted by mrcong (3929 posts) -

This is a response to the original post...

Starvation is a result of the fall of man. Before Satan led Adam and Eve into disobedience of God's command, there was never any disease, death, or starvation at all. However, after the fall, God brought the curse upon mankind, and made them harvest their food from the earth...

Gen 3:17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;

God here is telling Adam that the ground would no longer be perfectly fertile as it was in the Garden before the fall, but now it was cursed with barrenness, and as a result man would have to toil greatly to cultivate their sustenance.

As for starving children in Ethiopa, I do not know the specifics of the situation. However, I do know that God isn't here to solve all of mankind's temporal problems. I do know that he has already prepared bread bountiful enough for everyone to eat of, the bread of life. God sent Christ to earth for fallen man as he sent manna for the famished Israelis. All those who accept his sacrifice and put their faith in Him are saved from spiritual starvation. A lifetime of famine is better than an eternity of suffering in Hell, and God has given them the oppurtunity to be filled eternally in Christ, the divine bread of life.