(NOTE: This is not a group for the bashing, belittling, or debunking of other people's beliefs).
Peace be with you.
After a discussion between MattmanDude, CrazyOldTeenager, and myself, a short (but to the point) series of rules will now be coming into effect for this...
Basileus Basileon Basileuon Basileuonton. Translated as "king of kings, ruling over rulers"
Just a message from an old wanderer passing through.
Lot of information for new recruits packed into a mere article. Also has three medal of honor soundtracks to listen too while reading if you want. Enjoy.
Your new order of business now that you are a member of the Grand Army of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I'd have to say that of all the Christian forums I've been on (and seen), this is the best Christian forum. I've seen Christian forums censoring people and heavily moderating everything and these aren't forums where it's "Christians only", these are forums where there's debating sections.
The worst things I see on these forums is where a Christian has come with a certain interpretation of a verse and then others disagree with him and call him a heretic (literally, a heretic). These Christians evidently forget about the "Do not judge" commandment. Well it's that or they're ignoring it altogether.
The atheist forums are just as bad as the atheists there simply attack religion and God and in rather non-constructive ways (as you've seen with the images on the atheist group here on Moddb).
However the point here is that no matter what belief or religion you're part of, you can still be bad, judgmental, lying, violent or whatever. Turning away from wrong takes commitment. I also noted to myself that humans are generally like babies. We don't seem to ever learn and the knowledge we do possess as an individual is rather insignificant and there's just so much knowledge out there that we never will learn in our lives. Meanwhile we make mistakes and everyone occasionally acts on their emotion rather on reasoning.
Everyone is a baby and those that keep making mistakes or doing wrong are big babies.
When you refer to humanity as children it infers that you see us as naturally submissive. I disagree
We don't even know about 1% of this universe and while humanity as a whole knows a great deal about the earth and how everything functions, an individual human alone doesn't. One might be skilled in several things but be clueless in others. Meanwhile, every human who has existed is prone to anger and will let their emotion guide them even in "adult" hood. Some humans are better than others when it comes to controlling emotion but even the most level-headed human will let their emotion control them if the circumstance arises.
Jesus saw humanity as children. There is a reason why.
Well said, Knight of Ecclesia! No matter what group or religion a people can be affiliated with, there will always be whackos who insult people. This is not because the entire group or religion is downright evil, but because the individual's actions are wrong.
Believe it or not, I don't believe all atheists are stupid. A few are, but most of them aren't. Many of them are bright, intelligent people who like us, are on a never-ending search for knowledge. The problem however, is that they are looking in the wrong direction. They have taken the good principle of rationalism to an extreme. As Christians, it is not our place to mock them, or condemn them for their actions; rather, we must try to make them realize that they're on the wrong road. Face it people, mocking and insulting them is not going to convert them any time soon. Instead, we should counter their arguments with logic and humility. After all, the Bible urges us us to be "wise as serpents, and harmless as doves". We should apply this to our conversations with atheists. It is every Christian's solemn duty to be a guide, not a troll.
What we shouldn't be saying:
ATHEIST: If God is a loving God, why does he allow evil and injustice in the world?
CHRISTIAN: Heretic! How dare you blaspheme against the Almighty! For your sins against Him, I guarantee that you will burn in HELL!!!
What we should be saying:
CHRISTIAN: That's a very interesting question. I think that if you read the Bible a little more, you'll find the answer you're looking for. If you have any questions about this, feel free to ask for our opinion.
Moral: While the second answer may not give you the feeling of crushing an atheist into the dirt, it's definitely the most logical and Godly answer. Just keep reminding yourself that we're not supposed to be trolls, we're meant to be helpful guides.
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
- Matthew 5:9
Are we could always tell them the Truth on why there is so much evil and injustice in the world. Take for instance this story I like to tell everyone.
A man went to a barber shop to have his hair cut as usual. He started
to have a good conversation with the barber who was cutting his hair. They
talked about many things and various subjects. Suddenly, they touched
the subject of God.
The barber said, "Look man, I don't believe that God exists!"
"Why do you say that?" asked the man. "Well, it's so easy, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God does not exist. Tell me, if God existed, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be no suffering nor pain? I can't think of loving a God who permits all of these things."
The man thought for the moment, but he didn't want to respond so as to keep from causeing an argument. The barber finished his job and the man went out of the shop. Just after he left the barber shop he saw a man in the street with long hair and a beard. It seemed that it had been a long time since he had his hair cut and he looked so untidy.
Then the first man again entered the barber shop and he said to the barber: "You know what? Barbers do not exist!"
"How can you say they don't exist?" asked the barber. I am here and I am a barber and I just got done cutting your hair."
"No!" the man exclaimed. "You don't exist because if you did there would be no people with long hair and a beard like that man outside."
"But, I do exist, and that is what happens when people do not come to me."
"Exactly!" - affirmed the man. "That's the point. God does exist, and see what happens when so many people don't go to Him and do not look for Him? That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world.".........
Great story and soo true.
So true, and of course I agree with this! I was just trying to stay on topic, :D.
This song sums up my feelings as a Christian:
In my opinion, there's nothing worse than a hypocritical Christian. I'm so happy that I've been able to meet all of you guys, you are all very genuine and compassionate. May God bless you all.
- Daniel Riether
A great video:
Yet more evidence that God has wonderfully created us. It's just so ridiculous for people to believe that Christianity defies logic and science.
Blog above proves how atheist theories teach that a god exists.
Are you retarded!!!
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