What would YOU want to hear at church?


JLM
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#91
Quote: Originally Posted by adoptedView Post

Hi, okay, you do believe in ethics, so I presume you also believe in God...

Since when does believing in ethics have anything to do with believing in God?
 
Cliffy
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#92
Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Why I Hate Religion But Love Jesus Spoken Word - YouTube

Jesus, if he existed at all, was a great teacher. Nothing more. He taught tolerance and love of all people. Christianity is a religion, created by men, about Jesus as a divine being. In the original texts, Jesus supposedly said he was a child of god and that we are all children of god. He never claimed to be the only son of god, that was added in long after he died by Constantine. The whole deification of Jesus is borrowed completely from much older religions. If Christians knew anything at all about Jesus and his teachings they would know that he was against religion all together. That is why he harassed the self righteous religious types of his day.
 
Serryah
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#93
Quote: Originally Posted by adoptedView Post

What about the Creator?

I personally have no issue with the Creator; rather it's the idiot humans who think they have the "inside scoop" on who It/She/He/They is/are. No one has the inside scoop on it. They have faith, they believe, they have opinions, but that's all, and their faith/belief/opinions are no right or wrong just as mine aren't right or wrong. The only time a faith/belief is wrong is when it does harm; that is where it's not faith or belief, but brainwashing and indoctrination.

As to the Op, okay, my question (questions, rather) would be "Why does it matter to you so much what God, or version there in, I believe in? And why does it matter to you and/or people of your congregation who I sleep with?"
 
Cliffy
#94
Beware the self righteous! We can measure the damage done by the rapist and the murderer, but we have no way to measure the damage done by the self righteous.
self-righteous
holier-than-thou, pharisaic, pharisaical, pietistic, pietistical
Synonyms
sanctimonious, pharisaical.
 
Machjo
#95
Quote: Originally Posted by adoptedView Post

If you walked into a Christian church off the street, what question would you like to hear answered?

I wouldn't want any of my questions answered necessarily. I'd go to a Q&A session for that, not a church. I guess I'd just like them to recite or chant Bible passages and that's it. Maybe answering questions is the problem, since it involves answering based on a person's interpretation.

For the record, I don't profess the Christian Faith, but if Christians actually learnt the Bible things would be much better.
 
Cannuck
#96
Quote: Originally Posted by gerryhView Post

Abortion is wrong. It is taking a life. Man does not have the right to take anothers life.

Our legal system says otherwise. Suck it up sunshine. We all know you just hate women.
 
SLM
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#97
Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Jesus, if he existed at all, was a great teacher. Nothing more. He taught tolerance and love of all people. Christianity is a religion, created by men, about Jesus as a divine being. In the original texts, Jesus supposedly said he was a child of god and that we are all children of god. He never claimed to be the only son of god, that was added in long after he died by Constantine. The whole deification of Jesus is borrowed completely from much older religions. If Christians knew anything at all about Jesus and his teachings they would know that he was against religion all together. That is why he harassed the self righteous religious types of his day.

It's the message that's important, whether one believes him to be the son of God or a mere man, he had a beautiful and important message, imo.

I really can't understand how so many people who claim to follow him can so totally miss the message.
 
Cannuck
#98
Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

BTW, I have been in almost every denominations' churches.

List of Christian denominations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You are either incredible stupid and have no idea how many denominations there are, you think everybody else is stupid and don't no how many denominations there are or spend an incredible amount of time visiting churches. Given your complete lack of understanding, I'm tossing out the last option.
 
TenPenny
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#99
Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

It's the message that's important, whether one believes him to be the son of God or a mere man, he had a beautiful and important message, imo.

I really can't understand how so many people who claim to follow him can so totally miss the message.


And the message is?
 
JLM
#100
Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

It's the message that's important, whether one believes him to be the son of God or a mere man, he had a beautiful and important message, imo.

I really can't understand how so many people who claim to follow him can so totally miss the message.

Churches are merely buildings erected by man, so I'm not even fully convinced that that is where you would find God or any of his answers in the first place. They are just places to hear man's preachings, fire and brimstone!
 
SLM
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#101
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPennyView Post

And the message is?

Acceptance.

Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Churches are merely buildings erected by man, so I'm not even fully convinced that that is where you would find God or any of his answers in the first place. They are just places to hear man's preachings, fire and brimstone!

That would depend on the man, they don't all preach that.
 
Cannuck
#102
Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

Churches are merely buildings erected by man.

Church | Define Church at Dictionary.com


Quote:

3.( sometimes initial capital letter ) the whole body of Christian believers; Christendom.
4.( sometimes initial capital letter ) any division of this body professing the same creed and acknowledging the same ecclesiastical authority; a Christian denomination: the Methodist Church.
5.that part of the whole Christian body, or of a particular denomination, belonging to the same city, country, nation, etc.

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No need to thank me JLM
 
JLM
#103
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Church | Define Church at Dictionary.com


No need to thank me JLM

I wasn't going to.
 
Cannuck
#104
Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

I wasn't going to.

I'm sure you weren't. Why am I not surprised?
 
TenPenny
#105
Quote: Originally Posted by SLMView Post

Acceptance.

Acceptance of what, everything?
 
JLM
#106
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

I'm sure you weren't. Why am I not surprised?

So why mention it?
 
Cliffy
#107
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

List of Christian denominations - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You are either incredible stupid and have no idea how many denominations there are, you think everybody else is stupid and don't no how many denominations there are or spend an incredible amount of time visiting churches. Given your complete lack of understanding, I'm tossing out the last option.

My dad taught me to never lower myself to argue with a fool because "they will beat you every time with experience".
 
Cannuck
#108
Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

So why mention it?

Sarcasm.

Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

My dad taught me to never lower myself to argue with a fool because "they will beat you every time with experience".

So I guess it's option one then.
 
Cliffy
#109
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Sarcasm.



So I guess it's option one then.

Knock yourself out, if that's what gets your rocks off.
 
JLM
#110
Quote: Originally Posted by CannuckView Post

Sarcasm.



So I guess it's option one then.

I was taught at an early age that "sarcasm" is the weapon of the weak.
 
SLM
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#111
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPennyView Post

Acceptance of what, everything?

Acceptance as opposed to judgement, particularly where there is no harm.

Look I don't even know what my own personal beliefs are, whether God is real or a concept. But when I see people holding signs saying "God hates..." or some individuals claim that the way two people choose to live their lives where no harm is being done to anyone is somehow evil or sinful and yet say they follow the teachings of Jesus, I just need to shake my head.

From what I recall, Jesus was the guy who hung out with the poor, the prostitutes, the lepers. All of societies rejects. And he gave them love and understanding and accepted them as people. To me that message doesn't jive with judging and denigrating the lifestyle of two unmarried adults who live together, for example.
 
Cannuck
#112
Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

Knock yourself out, if that's what gets your rocks off.

I'd bet your bob and weave tactics really impress JLM.
 
JLM
#113
Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

My dad taught me to never lower myself to argue with a fool because "they will beat you every time with experience".

You don't think that profound statement might have sailed right over his head?
 
Cliffy
#114
Quote: Originally Posted by JLMView Post

You don't think that profound statement might have sailed right over his head?

There is a reason he chose the most annoying avatar on the forums.
 
Cannuck
#115
It's understandable why some want to make the discussion about my avatar. They think it will direct attention away from their dishonesty.
 
JLM
#116
Quote: Originally Posted by CliffyView Post

There is a reason he chose the most annoying avatar on the forums.

I'd bet he didn't have to fight off any competition for it!
 
Machjo
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#117
If only I had a time machine, I'd go back, pick up Tolstoy and William Blake, bring them back, and take them to a contemporary Church and see what they'd think of it.
 
Dexter Sinister
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#118
A first century Jewish zombie who's his own father will arrange for you to live forever if you eat his flesh and drink his blood and tell him telepathically you accept him as your absolute master, then he will remove an evil spell from your soul that we all have because a woman he made from a rib and a pile of dirt was once tricked into eating the fruit of a magic tree by a talking snake. Makes perfect sense.
 
Spade
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#119
Christianity lost its way by emphasizing myth rather than brotherhood and good works.
 
JLM
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#120
Quote: Originally Posted by SpadeView Post

Christianity lost its way by emphasizing myth rather than brotherhood and good works.

Methinks the emphasizing may have been done by those who are trying to pass themselves off as Christians.
 

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