quote:Religions that don't emphasize faith and conversion of others do not survive and go extinct much like animals go extinct.
That is exactly how it works i think. Christianity advocates a blindly trust. One may not be critical about god. The best example of this is the story of the tower of Babel; people will be punished when they examine god.
I added "i think" on purpose. Else i would present it as a fact, and i know it isn't.
With all respect, but it's not like i know little about the bible and christianity. I've been brought up with it, i've been to courses several years, i've talked a lot with people about it and i'm always trying to understand it and learn more. Of course that doesn't automatically mean rightness but it's not like i've read one sentence in the bible and come here to proclaim things.
I don't get why you would judge me ignorant and indicate that i need to learn more (till what, till i reached what you believe?) just because what i say doesn't stroke with your opinion apparently. Instead you could come up with real arguments and go about the contents.
Well you made an unqualified statement, "Christianity advocates a blindly trust." which, while it might be true for some sects, is not true of Christianity as a whole, so it seemed a comment was certainly in order.
Instead you could come up with real arguments and go about the contents.
Actually, if you read the thread I think you will find I have commented on the topic beginning with Message 3.
quote:Well you made an unqualified statement, "Christianity advocates a blindly trust." which, while it might be true for some sects, is not true of Christianity as a whole, so it seemed a comment was certainly in order.
Christianity as a whole use the bible, that is pretty safe to say. There are many interpretations of it, and the way i see it is as i said.
quote:Actually, if you read the thread I think you will find I have commented on the topic beginning with Faith is not important to God (Message 3).
With "go about the contents" i meant the contents of my post that you quoted since i felt you disagreed with it. But to discuss on that would probably go off-topic. There's not really a topic on that, is there? Perhaps we can have a great debate thread if you like.
I don't think that quite answers the question. The question was: Why does God choose faith to judge people, rather than judging them on how good, kind or loving they are?
Actually I have addressed that as well many times here at EvC. You will be judged on your behavior not on your faith. Faith is just for us, it is something we use. See Who can be saved? A Christian perspective for my position on that.
I most certainly disagree that "Christianity advocates a blindly trust." I don't doubt that you see Christianity as "Christianity advocates a blindly trust" but that is simply wrong. Yes, to discuss that would likely be off topic but it is also something I have addressed many times at EvC.
As to the Bible, you have to remember that there is no such thing as "The Bible", rather there are many different Canons and so different lists of what should be in a Bible. I'm not talking of version, or translations, but rather the basic content that makes up "Bible". There is no such thing as "The Bible."
Actually I have addressed that as well many times here at EvC. You will be judged on your behavior not on your faith. Faith is just for us, it is something we use. See Thread Who can be saved? A Christian perspective for my position on that.
The problem is that faith has several different meanings and nuances, which confuses this type of discussion (see iano's response for verification). Perhaps "belief" is a better word since it has a more concise meaning.
Yes, God does provide evidence. The bible, the world, the Holy Spirit is all evidence of God. But is it not proof. You cannot prove God, so you must "take a leap of faith" to believe He exists.
The bible is not evidence of God but evidence that humans tend to worship themselves, their culture and anthropomorphically envision God as some sort of royal warrior alpha male.
The bible repeatedly refers to "belief" as essential for salvation. Why would that be?
Why would God require and value "belief" and provide insufficient and conflicting evidence? The fact that the evidence is insufficient, incomplete and conflicting is easily demonstrated by the thousands of different religions, creeds and denominations.
Consider how many different laws of gravity are there? There is one. If God wanted us to know God and God's nature it would be similar to the law of gravity. No guess work required.
What is interesting, and this is my major point, is that meme-complexes, false theologies and cults require and demand "a leap or faith" based on beliefs without evidence. Why would the real God also require the same?
Once you take that leap, you must continue taking that leap, otherwise you are not really believing.
Again why would god require "believing". A leap of faith will land you further from God IMHO. Cults and false religions all require a "leap of faith".
RR I don't want to sound too critical here but I think this underlying implied premise is not very often considered or questioned.
Faith and Belief are not something GOD needs, they are things we need. We need to believe that we can accomplish things, have faith when we are striving with insufficient information that we can make the right decisions.
Faith and Belief are necessary tools for US, not something God requires.
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In my defense, I created two identities because I felt I needed some moral support. I also thought it would help to promote some points that I could not do alone.
In view of this obvious breaking of a clearly defined rule, there can be no excuses, no claims of innocence because the truth is:
I did not read the rules.
I prefer to judge myself and implement the consequences myself. I prefer to be my own judge and jury. In this case the punishment is a life time ban. I will retire DAMEEVA as from 1.2.08 (just to give myself time to pack my bags) unless a higher authority decides otherwise, in which case authority has the final say.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this forum and have learned a lot that otherwise I would not. :)
Haven't read through the thread so forgive me if this has already been mentioned. Faith can be thought of as a perspective. God's faith is His perspective. There is more to faith, but let's stick with that for this discussion.
Unfortunately, sometimes people cannot understand, or fully understand, something without a change in perspective. What did Morpheus say about the Matrix? No one can explain it to you, you have to see for yourself. Coming to an understanding through faith can be like that. You can hear some words and know they are true, and even understand some things, but at some point, you have to move into the thing itself to grasp the perspective.
Maybe this can break it down a bit more. If you believe, and I certainly do, that the spiritual world is real and that God is real, it is still very difficult to grasp certain spiritual things without changing your perspective, and by that, I mean experiencing them. When a person believes something, their perspective changes. In the spiritual arena, believing at least for some things can be thought of as spiritual travel. You have a spirit, and you believe with your heart, which your spirit is part of. So believing something spiritually relevant puts you into a different perspective within the spiritual world. You literally move into that place and experience with the rest of your being including your mind follows.
So if you want to understand the things of God, you basically cannot do so without faith because they are of such a nature that you need to see it for yourself to a degree and you cannot do that without exercising your faith and moving into that arena.