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Christians - why the disagreement?
July 24, 2012
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Greeney touched on the important things. Christ, the Son of God died on the cross as the ultimate sacrificial offering on our behalf; and if we but have faith and trust in Him, we will be with Him in the afterlife. We are commanded to love God and love one another. ALL the rest of it, much of which you consider to be of primary importance, is secondary.

Predestination is, and always has been, a matter of serious debate within the Church. Same thing with the doctrine of Election, the Protestant doctrine of Faith alone which includes the importance of works and sacraments, the doctrine of Irresistable Grace, the doctrine of Original Sin, and on and on.

Once the Word was translated into a multitude of languages, which happened as a result of the Protestant Reformation, Hebrew and Greek meanings had to be extrapolated using the languages being translated into. And we have seen that depending on the mindset of the translators, words were translated this way or that way.

In the end, God doesn't care one way or the other if we believe in predestination, election, or any other secondary doctrine. We come up with our secondary doctrines because we are trying to understand all of it; because we care about it and are very interested in it. But it has no bearing on our salvation.

To me, the Reformed Christian Theology makes the most sense and much of that has to do with my personal experiences. But I could be mistaken and that's fine.

Every one who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe-a spirit vastly superior to that of man. - Albert Einstein

July 24, 2012
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Greeney, no, St. Josephs is in North Buffalo and I grew up on the West Side. I've been there a few times though.

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July 24, 2012
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Frrostedman there is another point of total agreement within all Christian religions, which is the concept that it is never too late for redemption. The door is open 24/7 right up to your dying breath.

July 26, 2012
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"humphreys" wrote:
When speaking to Christians they would have you believe they are in direct communication with God,

Yes, they are. it's called prayer.

"humphreys" wrote: and that God allows them to understand the Bible in a way that skeptics cannot.

The Bible, on its surface, can be understood by anybody. The difference is in revelation.

"humphreys" wrote:
But then, most of them cannot agree on many things of importance at the core of the own religion, like predestination, or what the exact qualifications for heaven are.

Not true. You will not find a Christian who does not believe in the atonement of their sins through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross. There is no other fundamental belief that pertains to salvation. Some churches may try to add things to that, but that is the very essence, and all CHRISTIANS agree.

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If you talk to God, why don't you just ask him, for instance, whether Calvinism is true?

You are right. It is that simple. And so is the answer. There are many voices competing for our attention. The voice of the enemy, the voice of the world, the voice of people that we respect whether they are right or wrong, not to mention our own voice along with the voice of God. For those who are not on solid food and who have not trained their senses will have a much more difficult time discerning God's voice from all the others. Even those who have walked with the Lord for a long time can fall short from time to time. We aren't perfect. Many are babes in Christ, and remain that way, even though we are exhorted to move on to maturity.

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Why don't you know already? Why would we have a book written for followers of God where they cannot even agree on something so central? There are so many different interpretations among believers, many about very important things, and yet we're led to believe these people are so certain they communicate with God.

This seems like quite a discrepancy to me.

Like I said, we agree on the core, which is the most important.

"humphreys" wrote:
I think when a believer claims to be in communication with God, all they are really doing is speaking to themselves, internally, whilst having the feeling that God is listening. This is not quite the two-way communication they imply exists between them and God.

It seems that the only evidence they have for the existence of the Biblical God, at the end of the day, is a feeling that he exists, and a fairly mundane experience where nothing supernatural actually happens, that they attach great meaning to, and that's generally about it.

I can't speak for others but not in my case and, I suspect, not for many others as well.

"humphreys" wrote:
I really feel that the gulf between skeptic and believer is a lot narrower than many suggest, with both sides lacking real certainty and conviction. Believers seem much more willing to declare great confidence in their beliefs when in reality they must have great doubts, because the evidence just isn't there. Internal conviction is one thing, but the rational mind must always be aware that their beliefs are not based on anything sound. Faith is good at shutting up the rational mind, but it must still be present.
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Believe what you want but, if I was a gambling man, I would bet that more Christians than not have the evidence THEY NEED.

July 27, 2012
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They disagree because no one can have the same delusion. :whistle:

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July 27, 2012
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You, and countless millions, all have the same delusion.

July 27, 2012
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"qmark" wrote: Laugh

You, and countless millions, all have the same delusion.

Hey, that's not very mature of you. :naughty:

Out of all the thousands of delusions about "God" over thousands of years, which delusion is the right delusion? :eh: Every believer believes his/her delusion is the right delusion.

Is there even such a thing as a "right delusion?" Laugh

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July 27, 2012
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Not surprisingly, I see it differently.

There is only one delusion, although it takes many forms, and that is the delusion that God does not exist. The enemy has done his job well, in my opinion. Consider yourself . . . . deluded.

July 28, 2012
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So...all the other Christian denominations, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and those of every other religion that ever existed are all deluded. Just you and your particular clan are the only ones with your heads screwed on right? Unbelievable. 😯

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July 28, 2012
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No, Qmark said there is only one delusion, which is the delusion God does not exist! That would be you EH, not the rest of the world.

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