The following opinion started out as my reply to a comment from (dcgalaxy) on (firefly's) review of "The Word". Only the last two paragraphs were my reply. The rest grew out of those thoughts.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly non-believers criticize and condemn the Christian religion. In my e-pinion, many of the individuals who portray Christianity to the uninformed, or should I say other un-enLightened individuals, believe Christianity to be fraught with absolutes, an exclusive club to which membership has been denied them. Many stereotypically view it as an insufferable, inflexible tyranny. They may feel threatened by the fire and brimstone scare tactics stylized by so many "Holier Than Thou" presenters of "The Word". (Many Christians operate under a similar misconception.) So they turn away, or hover longingly at the edge.
Assuming that comprehension was a part of their reading skills, had they actually read and absorbed the material they were so blindly condemning, each critic would discover that God allows all of us to be individually and collectively imperfect. He has very permissively given each of us free will and choice's to make.
God's Word is actually a collection of truth and wisdom designed to challenge our minds and invite us to decide for ourselves what we would choose to do with our souls, with text included on how to make the right choices in this life..
The only absolute involved is that in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, You must truly believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that the terrible death by crucifixion that He suffered here on earth, at the hands of his own people, was the ultimate sacrifice to our Father in order that we might be forgiven for our sins. And that three days later He rose from the dead. (Not such a hard concept to grasp for the multitudes who already blindly believe in ghosts, mediums, $3.99 a minute psychics, reincarnation, out of body experiences, and contacting the spirit world) One other thing, that He ascended to Heaven and has gone on before us to prepare a place in our Father's house for when we arrive.
Again, it is Your choice. Believe it or Not! All I'm suggesting to anyone, who is not yet a believer, is to be open to the concept and research it. I think that had I taken the time to explore the truth for myself instead of having been blindly influenced by others, I would have become born again at a much earlier time in my life.
If you are so sure of yourself, and of your disbelief, then don't feel threatened! Don't be afraid! Pick up a copy of "The Holy Bible", or at least the New Testament in print or on tape, and experience first hand, " The Truth. The Whole Truth, and nothing but The Truth, so help me, God!" (And I don't say that in jest.) Check out the facts. John 3:16 is a good place to start. I recommend the New International Version of "The Holy Bible." It's written in plain English, easy to read and for the most part understandable the first time.
Check out the book of Proverbs too, which if written by an author of today might have been entitled "Everything I Ever Needed To Know About How To Live My Life, But Didn't Learn From My Parents!"
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