Will almighty Jesus/Yahweh say that he saved us all, or just some?


#103

Did you create your God or is it only me who created one


#104

It’s my observation and my thoughts on the matter.

Just as you cannot understand faith as it was discussed here, I cannot see the point in pressing your argument with someone who holds faith. It’s certainly not convincing in any respect to someone who has faith in God.

Clearly we don’t understand each other. (You should agree with me on that.)


#105

Nope.

Of course not.


#106

You call it “pressing”. I call it discussing…yes i have noticed that religious people can be very defensive and not put honest effort into understanding alternative viewpoints. When atheists try to understand by asking questions, its “pressing”. When Christians go to africa or door to door its “spreading the word” … but if you have faith and you think you are more in tune with some spiritual realm that other people just cant understand and you dont appreciate philosophical exploration of alternatives, thats certainly your right. Faith to me seems limiting and its something i gladly abandoned years ago.


#107

Why did you say i created a God?


#108

In Meriweather’s posts here I read all of the Catholic’s church’s rationales that allowed it to acquire it’s vast wealth and, in an earlier time, immense temporal power.


#109

It’s not the questions.

It’s the misinterpretation and mischaracterization of the responses.

How many times have I said, “I didn’t say that …”

You’re not trying to understand. At least you don’t come off that way.

It gets old.


#110

Not a God.

A god.

You are dictating how god should be. That’s your creation.


#111

This does not accurately describe faith, which is based on reason. The Beatitudes are an example of this. A person reads through this, and while some of them may not sound logical, that person takes a leap of faith and incorporates these teachings in his/her life. At that point, a kind of ‘laboratory’ work can start. One can observe what happens and/or how life and relationships change when teachings are put into practice. One thing that happens is that the love of the Lord increases. When love expands, it expands to others we come into contact with.

Faith begins with a thought the size of a mustard seed, and then with one small action after another. Our goal is to grow in love and towards Love.


#112

Im not creating a god. I think you are creating a god. Lower case g. Plus, since i say so, it must be so.


#113

this just sounds like “happy thoughts bring happiness”. So, if i just keep repeating in my head “jesus loves me god is real” over and over, i can eventually convince myself its “real” because it makes me feel emotionally better. It doesnt mean it reflects reality outside of my own emotions. Brain has powerful imagination. And really, christians arent inherently any happier or more loving than another group of people. Its just another religion where people think they are special and imagine a reality to feel better about the mystery of being. Being “loving” isnt unique to jesus teachings.


#114

christianity and belief that jesus was god is not necessary to do this.


#115

people take drugs and they feel more love… is that God? Someone gets a good nights rest they feel more love. Is sleep god?

What separates christianity is belief that jesus was divine and rose from the dead…watering it down to “just love each other” isnt really factual…a lot of people preach that across many religions


#116

That sounds more like the calvinist approach.


#117

Not what I said. The Beatitudes (or Jewish Law for others) are not about “happy thoughts”. You said that, I didn’t. Both are about implementing and following a way of life. They are both about acts and actions–not “happy thoughts.”

Did I claim we were happy or special? I did not. Again, this is something you said, not anything I said.

Finally, did I claim Jesus’ teachings were unique? No…Again, something you said, not what I said. Jesus’ teachings were simply a different approach to Jewish Law. Jesus told us this, that the Commandments are based on love of God and love of neighbor. The other six hundred plus items of Jewish Law–and the Beatitudes–are based on these two Commandments.

Good luck with a mantra that simply repeats Jesus loves people. It is not something I would advise (at least not on its own), but perhaps it works for others. I suspect not. I suspect you tried it, found nothing, and decided to toss religion altogether. I know I might have.

The reason discussion is hard with you, is not due to any “pressing.” It is because of taking what someone says and telling them what they “really” said. Perhaps in the future, keep this quote in mind:

I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant. Keep in mind that in your case, it wasn’t even what I said. You addressed an argument against your own already formed conclusions–and an argument against your conclusions is not what I presented.


#118

Who are you arguing with? This not anything I said or claimed.


#119

No one has watered it down to “just love each other.” I recommend following the Beatitudes. Where in the Beatitudes does it say, “Just love each other?”

Since God is love, it doesn’t surprise me one iota that love is the foundation of many religion. Duh.


#120

I’d say thinking you are in tune with and following the will of God is an implicit claim of being special. So you do good things for people and you love people. Great. So do a lot of other people who arent Christian. The difference is that other people dont think jesus rose from the dead or was “god”.


#121

Thats what you are doing to avoid the logical/empirical question. Your response was that “faith” is action based and it gives “results”. That was your “reason”. It certainly isnt a good reason to assert that jesus died for our sins and rose from the dead. It certainly isnt “christianity”. Its just being a good person.


#122

Except you subscribe to only one.