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LexM5
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Wed 06/25/08 08:54 PM
I believe mirror was saying that converting people from Islamic practices to Christian practices isn't worth dying for.
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Tue 06/24/08 02:52 PM
I would say that correctness is never truly the point of religion. That all religions are only an aspect of some 'big picture'. However, how would it be possible to move a person's mind to your religion without taking the stance of 100% righteous correctness?

I personally believe in what I call God. But how can I take the stance of correctness when all religions (except scientology tongue) have an equal amount of evidence supporting them.

Would I become a martyr for my beliefs? At this point in my life, no, but i would never deny them.
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Tue 06/24/08 02:34 PM
Well the answer to that question is a complicated one. I was born in a Christian household and raised Catholic. However, there is so much hypocrisy in the church that I did my own search for God. The only conclusion that satisfied my logic is that there is(are) a higher being(s) who we can never truly understand. Religions try to bridge the gap between us and this higher being. Therefore to me, in a sense, religion is real. It is man's attempt to understand something that by its nature isn't understandable.

Just my $0.02.
Edited by LexM5 on Tue 06/24/08 02:36 PM
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Sun 06/22/08 06:10 PM
Wow...just...wow....

I just want to say that all religions, at least at some point in their existence, were considered cults. There's really nothing else I can say about this. It's just incoherent rantings with no basis in fact or theology.
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Sun 06/22/08 09:59 AM
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LexMS I disagree with the first part of your post but agree with the last. I think the Bible IS the word of God. The Holy Spirit influenced men to write it and those words have been around for 2000 years and longer. I know of no other book in history that has been around so long and in so many copies.

We are all entitled to our own beliefs, of course, but I believe the Bible is the true and inspired word of God, infallible and eternal. We might not always exist, but the word of God still will. It will not return to God void and it will accomplish what God pleases and it will prosper in the purpose for which he sent it.

I think that a book written by mere men without true and correct imspiration would not inspire me as much as the Bible does.

JMO, of course.

GS


Yashafox, before you can say that a book written by mere men wouldn't inspire you, you really have to consider the subject matter of the Bible and the impact it has had on our society. I'm not saying that the Bible isn't an amazing book, or that we shouldn't live by a lot of the things put forth in it. What I am saying, however, is be very wary when making that book your sole avenue for knowing God.

The Bible, in most cases(especially in the old testament), is a collection of stories and parables that were passed by word of mouth long before they were ever written. The people whom they are about are very seldom the ones writing the books. Since it was written and compiled, it has been interpreted(and edited) many, many times. Even though at some point it was the Word of God, through these editings and interpretations, things in the book have changed a lot. The bible, however, is still probably the best starting point for a person's walk with God.
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Sun 06/22/08 01:53 AM
Upon reading this thread, there is just something that I would like to point out. Pagan was a term thought up by Christians to describe any religion that didn't believe in God. It's an umbrella term that technically covers such large religions as Buddhism and Zoroastrianism. My last name is Pagan, so I did do a little bit of research on the subject.

So I was just wondering why 'pagans' would name their own religious practices after a seemingly derogitory term. And I'm very very sorry if I'm being ignorant.
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In Christianity, denominations are formed not because of different beliefs, but because of different practices of those beliefs. And each of those different practices is taken from different interpretations of the Bible. The Bible, however, is not directly the Word of God. It is the Word of God written by the hands of man, and therefore is subject to all the 'shortcomings' of man's mind. I brought that up to ask a few questions. Who is it that's going to judge you for interpreting a book differently. Do you really think that your God is so petty that he needs you to worship him in only one very specific way? If so, why do you trust the people who came up with that specific method of worship? And most importantly, in the end, is it really going to matter which denomination you were if you really and truly believed and worshipped?
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Sun 06/22/08 12:43 AM
Something like this has actually happened to both me and my sister. We used to live in a 'haunted' house. Also, my sister used to see her guardian angel.