Dan56

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  1. I agree that the wine & bread are emblems of the life and sacrifice of Christ taken in remembrance of him, they were never meant to represent the actual blood & body of Christ. "This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me" (Luke 22:19). I rejected Catholicism because it mixes old testament law with the New Covenant. Example, Christ taught to confess your sins to God, and that he became our intermediator, but Catholics still require sins to be confessed to a Priest, that's Old Testament where the Priest would then make a sacrifice for sin. But all th
  2. I personally believe the bible is 100% valid, that it was inspired by God and written for all times. Its the 'Living Word' and not an out-of-date ancient document. Little if anything was lost in translation, a good concordance can help reveal the exact meaning of the Hebrew/Greek words translated into English. Everyone has questions and don't understand it all, but studying and getting answers will certainly help to solidify your faith. Teachers don't perform miracles or rise from the grave, Christ was Messiah. Bottom line is that belief in anything is ultimately a choice. I've obv
  3. Just a little sarcasm to brighten your day ... Its the respond I would have gotten If I had posted a verse from that ancient old bronze age book written by a bunch of uneducated sheepherders. 'In the Bible hedone, hedonism, is always descriptive of selfishness, the kind of selfish pursuit of pleasure that leads to the desire for more pleasure, which leads to lust, which leads to temptation, which leads to sin. In every passage where it is found, hedone (the pursuit of pleasure) is called sinful.'
  4. Sounds like a very self-centered and selfish way to approach life (me, my, mine, myself and I). There's more to life than pleasing yourself, so its a pretty narrow pursuit. I wouldn't find hedonism to be fulfilling.. jmo
  5. Nothing to misrepresent, Atheist believe in no God or deity, nothing complex about that, so what's there to learn? You have repeatedly said that you believe in nothing and don't care about anything (Apatheism). It doesn't take a genius to comprehend the depth of that statement. If you refer to my first 3 post on page one of this thread, I didn't mention God or my belief. So I stayed on topic until you guys brought the biblical God up. When I remain steadfast in my belief, its not an attack or an expectation that others see things my way, but rather an explanation of
  6. This isn't your bully pulpit, its open to all.. How many Christians have fled this forum after being attacked? No one is forcing you to accept the bible, so stop condemning people who believe it. "We don't want to hear it... It doesn't fit our view". I didn't know it was an exclusive club limited to atheist? Yes, I disagree with people who condemn and mock my God. As my first post in this thread said, "You have no argument because you believe in nothing and have nothing to defend". So I doubt your frustration is with me, but emanates from within yourself.
  7. Of course, any real Christian believes there is one way, one truth, and one life that leads to eternal life (John 14:6). Nothing wrong with that, its called monotheism. It doesn't force you to do likewise, so don't be afraid. America is already a predominately Christian nation, I simply endorse those values and have no desire to 'force' others to do likewise. Part of my belief entails testifying of the faith, not running away, hiding, or being bullied into silence. I need no support to be a Christian, my faith isn't based on numbers, but 'One Solitary Life'
  8. Of course I believe it.... 100% How am I a problem? You seem to have a ton of animosity towards Christians and I'm guessing your an Anti-Semite too. Your hostility towards those who believe in something beyond the here and now reveal a hateful character. If a bumper sticker angers you, get some help. No offense Pete, but I suspect you've always questioned your thoughts and never really fully accepted Christ as your Savior. You've always questioned the bible and didn't like much of what it said. Everyone has their own truth, the
  9. Not at all, I get the concept of evidence... But the concept of faith seems to elude you. Your criteria is objective verifiable proof, while God's criteria is faith and trust. Having undeniable facts to confirm a truth requires no belief. We are here to make a choice (John 3:16), irrefutable evidence defies the necessity of choice and negates free will. Talk about conflating! Washington may have had 5400 soldiers who crossed the Delaware with him, but Jesus fed 5000 is a single afternoon. And once all the 'eyewitnesses' are dead and gone, it could all be construed as hea
  10. I'm aware that you don't believe in God, my point was that by your own criterion, you don't believe in George Washington either.
  11. As usual, you guys missed the point.. By your criteria, you can't believe any book that can't be proven. Whereby, all history is myth, the Constitution is a fabricated lie, the Revolutionary War never happened, etc. We only know that George Washington crossed the Delaware River on December 25, 1776 because of a written record and witnesses. Its the same with the bible, yet you believe one and not the other. That's selective belief, because you accept that Washington crossed the Delaware with no verifiable facts, no physical evidence, and no scientific proof, while using those same qualificati
  12. Some people accept a written record of past events as evidence. Even courts accept sworn transcripts (affidavits) as evidence. So what your really spouting is that the written testimony of eye witnesses is not acceptable. You have concluded that something is false with no evidence to support your conclusion. If proof really matters to you, then you shouldn't be so quick to discount something without the necessary proof to prove its fraudulent. That's like saying, "Well I don't know if this guy is guilty or not, but just in case he did it, someone get a rope." You have fai