the--maggot, on 17 May 2012 - 09:15 PM, said:
teflonfanatic, on 03 August 2010 - 09:26 AM, said:
Alikhy, on 01 August 2010 - 02:58 AM, said:
This is where I'm at. I'm Catholic. People may not like my religion, fine, that's their right, BUT don't look down on me or make mean remarks about me or my family just because of our religion. I've never lost a friend over religion. These friends are my definition of TRUE friends. I have friends who are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Wiccan/Pagan, and even friends who are Athiest and Agnostic. They don't preach to me and I don't preach to them. That's them. That's what they do. I am in NO position to judge ANYONE about what they believe in. It is their lives, they're not hurting me, why should I care what religion they are or what they believe in?
I just read a story about a church in Florida that plans to burn copies of the Qu'ran.
Florida Church Burning Qu'ran
Stuff like this makes me mad. I don't think one religion is better than the next. All religions have had their share of violence either present or past. I believe that there are many belief systems across the world, but that the higher power we all pray to or look to for guidance is one and the same. Just with different names and images. I know people won't agree with me on that and say I'm a hypocrite, that's fine. Your opinion. This is just mine. Which is why I would never judge someone or put down their beliefs.
There's a difference between judging and letting your holy book steer you away from what it says is false. As for interfaith, at first they all seem to promote the same thing, but when you look at where it came from you can clearly see the difference. For example, the assyrians used the same symbol Islam uses today. The Egyptians and many other cultures used the same symbol christendom uses today the cross. As for separation of families that's supposed to happen, it's been happening since Heaven and will continue to happen(Separation of the then Lucifer and God, then Cain and Abel, Jesus and Judas etc). As for violence I agree there was a time when there was violence but that has been put away and now the bible attributes ALL modern day violence to "spiritual babylon"(Revelation 18:25)
Know the 6 traits of babylon below and try to aviod it.
1. The human soul survives death
2. Spiritism or talking with the dead
3. Use of images in worship
4. Use of spells, practically against demons
5. Trinities or triads of gods
6. Rule by a powerful priesthood
But don't take my word for it, research yourself and prove for yourself what I said is true.
Proverbs 14:15 reads 15 Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps.
Number 2, isn't talking to Jesus the same as talking to a dead person? or people seeing angels, etc.? And wouldn't a blessing to 'cure' an illness as many religions have also done, be against number 4? they may not be called spells, but praying away something with use of holy water is technically a ritual and can easily be deemed magic.
and there is already a powerful priesthood. its called the Vatican, and its a huge money maker.
Anyway, religion is man made, and christianity originated from Zoroastrinism which was THE first religion to have a good vs. evil concept, apart from religions like the Egyptians or Romans or Greeks who just had a crap load of gods they worshiped. The tax free for all religions started in China to convert more people to their religion. No taxes? Good incentive to join! How it spread every where else I'm not sure, but I find that extremely interesting.
Religion is a hope that you 'live' into a second live, via heaven or hell. Which means people don't take the time to enjoy the life they have now. I mean what, you're transported into another world? Reincarnated into another body? Sit on fluffy clouds or burn in fire? Really now. Those are stories to scare people into behaving. Why not stop and say 'hey, i may not have a second chance at living, so i should enjoy the life I have now!'.
The Maggot, to address your 'concerns',
Talking to Jesus is not considered talking to a dead person because Jesus is not dead. He was crucified and on the third day he rose again, ascending to heaven a little later. A prayer is not a spell. When casting a spell you are trying to accomplish something through your ability or an ability to you. A prayer is a communication from you to God.
One of the biggest things people like to pull on us Christians is that Christianity or the Bible was man made and doesn't count.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."-2 Timothy 3:16 KJV
Religion is not a hope that you will live in a second life. Some religions don't believe in an after life. I can tell you that Christianity is the KNOWLEDGE that your soul lives on forever. You will either spend eternity in heaven or hell. What you do here on Earth effects your life in eternity. It is very simple to go to heaven. You can't get there from donating money or going to church or any such thing. To get to heaven you must ask Jesus into your heart to save you from the bad things you've done. See, that's why he died on the cross, to save you.
Now in closing, I know all of you have been ranting on how you hate people trying to 'convert' you and I will agree people sometimes go too far, but this is something to consider. I'm not sure about other religions but I know if a Christian doesn't try to 'convert' people they are selfish or hypocritical. It takes a lot of guts to ask someone to church so if someone does it means they really care about you. Anytime a Christian is concerned about my spirtual state I smile inside.
I hope all of you discover God's love and have a wonderful RELATIONSHIP with Him because that is really what it is all about.