|you are right about that! Hence it is called religion. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img] I guess the only way to truely prove it right is when you die and see for yourself. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img][/QUOTE]|
I TOTALLY agree!! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
here is another theory about religion I have..could be true, might not be..but it makes sense to me, and I believe God would like this idea..
suppose ALL religions ARE true??
suppose the sweet old grandmother dies, She has loved and worshipped Jesus Christ all her life, she has lived a fine Christian life, She believes when she dies she will BE with Jesus in heaven for all eternity..
well....she SHOULD be!! She earned it! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
Her version of heaven CAN work out exactly the way she expects it will..because God can easily give her that..
suppose also that a good Hindu dies..He has believed all his life that when he dies we will be blessed to be reincarnated and come back at a higher level if he led a good life..
so he CAN come back! and keep on going up levels in various reincarnations until he reaches perfection!!
God can give him that..
suppose a good Viking died 1,000 years ago..he believes that he will go to Valhalla and live with Odin..well, He is still there today! whooping it up in viking heaven!
Native Americans who died thousands of years ago are still with their Great Spirit.
dead wiccans are with their Goddess..
all the dead pharaohs went to be with Ra when they died, they are still there..the Christian God concept hadnt been invented yet when they were alive..God had a different form to them way back then..their God was the Sun, Ra.
was God wrong back then?
Did he lie to the ancient Egyptians about his nature?
I doubt it..
perhaps ALL those various Gods are simply different versions and variations of the ONE real God??
who is to say God has to have only one form??
who is say only the "christian God" is the only real God?
who says God cant do whatever he feels like doing??
or be whatever he feels like being?
anyone who ever says "there is only one true religion, and its MY religion" is insulting God! they are making God small..forcing him into only one tiny box, forcing him to BE only one particular concept!! who are we to impose those rules on God? telling him He can only be ONE thing and nothing else??
He laughs at us all!! *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] *[img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]
... You dont earn your way into heaven! [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/tounge.gif[/img]
"The Christian God concept hadnt been invented yet when they were alive"
He wasn't 'invented'. he's been there for eternity, and will be here for eternity [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif[/img]
I didnt say "God wasnt invented yet"
I said one particular concept, or idea, of God hadnt been invented yet..
its true that Christianity didnt exist before 2,000 years ago..
so anyone living before that time could not have been a Christian even if they wanted to..
but there was still a God before Christianity existed right?
therefore, if anyone alive before 2,000 years ago wished to "know God" they could not have known him in your Christian sense..they must have known him in a different form..
Ra, Odin, Zeus, "Great Spirit" etc..
my point is that there ARE different intrepretations of God, there have been throughout history and there still are today..
any are just as valid as any other.
"your" Christian God might be the same God all those other people throughout history worshipped..they just knew him in a different way than you do..
thats not their fault, God revealed himself to them in a different way..They got to know God as best they could, just as you do now...
Do you mean to say they didnt really know God if they werent Christians??
if so, how do you know they didnt?
isnt that between them and God alone?
Ok, I just have to reply, because I just studied the Greek/Roman worldview. *The Greek's gods just didn't cut it because they were man-made creations. *They based there morality and ethics on the gods, which were actually just super humans. *There gods had passions like humans, fought among each other, lied, deceived, double crossed and basically set the standard for corruption rather than righteousness. *The Greek civilization fell apart from the inside out as their morals and standards were corrupted. *So when the Romans took the Greek gods into their system and adopted them as their own, guess what happened? *They fell apart from the inside out, and the whole civilization split.
On to the next point. *Besides Jesus Christ saying, "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." *I guarantee you the Hindus don't believe that Christ ascended from the dead and payed for their sins.
Are you saying that everybody goes to heaven? *Even murderers, dictators, and other scum? *Are you willing to go to the same place as Hitler or Stalin?
These religions have existed for hundreds of years, but only one has stood the test of time. *Christianity. *Evolution has only been around for 200 years, 1/300th of what Christianity has. *If Christianity has yet to be proven wrong, why side with the theories that rise and fall as the Greek gods and goddesses?
|isnt that between them and God alone?|
[/QUOTE] *You bet it is. *You're betting your whole soul on it.
|They got to know God as best they could[/QUOTE]|
What if their best effort is not enough? [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif[/img]
|Did he lie to the ancient Egyptians about his nature?|
Maybe it wasn't God that lied to the Egyptians and got them to worship false gods. For all you know, the driving force behind those gods could be demons!!
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