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  1. I don't believe God does punish Christians for making mistakes, because that would nullify the sacrifice of Christ. And I agree that when it comes to salvation or hell, only God can rightly judge a person.
  2. Your conflating A&E with rape? That's does not correlate with any point I was making. The only fuzzy thinking is changing the narrative to something unrelated to the initial subject, which was forgiveness verses the consequences of sin. Point being, forgiveness alone does not eliminate the consequences of an offense, God could not be righteous if that were so.. i.e; It would be a sin for God not to punish sin.
  3. Thanks............ If a man rapes a woman, do you think God should just "let go of the issue"? You sympathy goes to the law breaker and never the victim, but a loving God can't ignore the victim at the expense of brown nosing her rapist.
  4. In my book, God makes all the rules.... Its common sense that a wrong must be made right, otherwise God would not be righteous. If you cause damage, hurt others, or have evil intent, those things must all be accounted for.
  5. It had nothing to do with forgiveness, the sacrifice was for the remission of sin. God did not have to do it, nor was it to appease God, but done out of love to sanctify us. God forgave people like King David in the old testament pre-Christ, but the damage (sin) wasn't dismissed until it was atoned for. i,e; You can forgive someone for denting your car, but forgiveness alone doesn't remove the dent, someone needs to pay for that. Christ simply paid the price to absolve us of sin.
  6. 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
  7. 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 Its the 'Living Word' and not an out-of-date ancient document.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
  8. 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.'
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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'