Seems like anything related to Islam are taboo in some regions of the U.S.
Werewolf wrote:I rest my case on self-deluding cherrypickers.
The normal Christians in this world are practically deists. They belive in Jesus The Good Guy and an Old Man With Magic. But they aknow that most of the Bible are fairy tales, not facts, and at least they know that creationism is bullshit.
For me, I am fine with that.
I am an atheist, though.
My suspect is that Jesus was a social/religious reformer, he saw that the old Judaism law were bullshit and the concurrent Jewish priests were pieces of trash. So he tried to do something.
Jesus still pretended to follow the old law to make his ideas seem legit. But he practically broke many of the old laws and kicked the a** of the Old Testament.
Of course, writings about Jesus were done decades after he died, so it's not like we can get an accurate image about what he really said.
^^^ Each person, imho, speaks from where they were born, and what they know by experience, or don't know.
In the USA, my parents' generation (born 1910-1919) was the last generation of Americans who most ppl, not all, but most, were Christians.
To be sure there were other ppl with other religious beliefs. but all the ppl I knew growing up, no matter if Anglo, black, or Mexicans (Latino) believed in God and Jesus Christ, and that (Christianity) was their religion. Then came the 60's, & the Viet Nam War, and progressed to where America is today, far from where it was when I was a kid. But in the South, (I can't speak for the North, East, or Western U.S., because I don't live there.) There are a LOT of Christians: Anglo, Mexicans, blacks, Asians, & from my experience, the Christians I know all believe both the New and Old Testament, but also believe they are under grace, not law.
I can't speak so much for Catholics, because I'm a non-denominational Protestant. I know nothing about the Catholic church.
I grew up in a strict denomination: no cussing, no drinking, no wearing shorts, no divorce, and boys and girls swimming in a public swimming pool.
But by today, all of that has changed in that denomination...
I had a friend who also grew up in a different strict denomination: no going to a movie theater, women wore long hair, and long dresses.
& I've been around Mennonite and Amish some, and there is no Christian Taliban. Altho the Amish are the most clannish.
We went to public school, anyone who could afford it went to college, & my Dad, & my Mother certainly didn't rear me to sit down and shut up, but to stand up and speak up!! & neither reared me to allow anyone to run over me.
Christians believe Jesus Christ is the only begotten son of God, God in the flesh, who was born of a Virgin, who came to earth, God with us, fully God, fully man, who was sacrificed for our sins, crucified, rose again, and is sitting at the right hand of the Father, in heaven, and who ever believes in Him, accepts Him, and His sacrifice, is born again, of God, has a new Spirit, Christ lives in them, and empowers them to live for Him.
and that He will come to earth again.
Revelation 1:7 Behold, he comes with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Persons have MISUSED Christianity for their own benefit, & they will be judged for their actions by a righteous Judge.
Re 11:18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
But on this earth, people are given FREE WILL by God, the ability to choose.....the gift of choice....not force...actions freely chosen...
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
I don't hate ppl who aren't Christians.
And...the deal is, we aren't worshiping or following some words written on paper which have no life (that was the law), but Jesus Christ is a living Spirit.
He isn't dead, and He can appear to persons on earth, reveal Himself....
Why do you think a Kuban Priest appeared on a video walking through Novorossiya with a cross?
Because they believe in a God, and a Lord and Saviour with power, that's why.
Ac 9:1 And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Ac 9:2 And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Ac 9:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Ac 9:4 And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Ac 9:5 And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Ac 9:6 And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Ac 9:7 And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
Ac 9:8 And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
Ac 9:9 And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Ac 9:10 And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
Ac 9:11 And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and inquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
Ac 9:12 And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.