So, what are your views about the Bible? Nov 12, 2006 1:41:23 GMT -5
Post by thedudeishere on Nov 12, 2006 1:41:23 GMT -5
growlygenet said:I don't believe in forgiveness or the removal of shame from myself. My belief is that I am , at the core, only the sum total of my actions. I also believe that if I commit some crime, I should d*** well pay the price for it. If I did something so bad it required a million dollars to get me off the hook, then I guess they'd better throw me in jail. That million could be best spent on someone else - maybe a lot of someone elses considering how much poverty and pain exist in the world today.
What you're basically saying is that God is too merciful. I agree somewhat. God's love and mercy towards us in His offer does not make sense to me. I do not understand why God the Father loved me enough to send the Word (another way of calling Jesus) to die for me, because he is the God of the Universe, and is above all 80 billion lightyears of it...and I...make up probably 1X10^-50 of the space of this universe. Yet God loved me enough to die for me...despite my offenses against him. It's like...somebody dying to save a pile of ants in the comparative nature of it. It's so wonderful to me...I know that most everyone else on this thread right now would disagree. And I understand. I lived in opposition to Christianity myself for a while, so I can sympathize with everyone who also does now. May God bless you all. I am going to sleep. Great talking with you people.
EDIT: Also, about you doing something that would require a million dollars, if Christianity is true, then every sin that we commit is going an infinitely high God. Furthermore, sin in general does not require any third parties to the situation (in that it does not require a party outside of us and God). The Bible says that God was reconciling the world to himself. We are being reconciled to the righteousness of God by his offer to us. God loves us so much that no sin that we commit can ever divide us from God. We do have to repent (which, in the Greek, translates literally as to turn your back on something. We have to give up our former ways), believe in Him, and let Him do the rest. I think it's beautiful.