The very fact Zeb that you have to keep coming back to defend yourself against all these apparent Athiests means that your concepts could well do with some quality time turning themselves into realities. In the end, there is no Heaven without a Hell, if you keep thinking you can keep people out of hell by preaching, Heaven will dissapear and then what will happen ? Good luck.
Interesting. I don’t think I disagree with your thought process initially.
But I’m afraid it’s the concept that cannot be “sold” any other way. In other words the message can be a harsh one. And to somehow “twist” it so that it’s not, smacks of dishonesty to me. And I’m not sure that as a Christian I should be doing that.
Also, I think when it comes to Internet conversation people are naturally less inhibited about their feelings. And I think that works for both sides of the religous fence.
We Christians are more apt to say “you need Christ right now…repent, or you’re going to Hell!” on the Internet.
When in our “real lives” face to face we might say something on the order of “have you considered taking a look at the Bible, I’ve really found some great help there.”
And of course those who oppose Christianity will spew just about every vile thing that comes into their mind when conversing on the Internet with a Christian.
They are equally brave as they know nothing can happen to them, outside of one more post in their direction. Which is of course why they spoke that way to begin with anyway.
But when face to face they might simply say “I’m just not into religion.” Or something equally harmless.
So, I think we can blame the mode of communication for much of the “heat” that occurs regarding religous threads.
Back to Christianity.
The only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ. That notion alone can spark much heated debate, name calling and much more!
People really don’t like to hear that one.
Because it means two things:
First, they are wrong and no one likes to be wrong, especially in 2006 when we are supposed to not tell anyone they are wrong. It’s politically correct to simply shut your mouth and nod politely. And I can do that, but I don’t see that as helping anyone.
As to the vitriol toward those testifying regarding Jesus Christ This really should not be a surprise to you, me or anyone else. And I don’t think it’s any specific persons fault. It is the nature of things.
They crucified Christ!
What did he do to deserve death on a cross? He merely came claiming the truth and they killed him for it!
Paul was beaten many times and imprisoned. Eventually he was beheaded.
Peter when he knew death was imminent begged to be crucified upside down as he stated that he was not worthy to suffer in the same manner as Jesus. I believe they obliged.
James was killed by the sword.
Many many others met equally violent ends.
Were they bad people?
Did they rob or commit other crimes?
Every one of them simply spoke the truth about Jesus Christ (including Christ himself).
I find that part of Christian history fascinating.
Every one of them gladly gave their lives for their belief in Jesus Christ.
Very few men will die for the truth. But for so many who were obviously in their right mind, dying for a lie? Not likely! But they did die for the truth!
Anyway what’s a little abuse on a message board compared to all of that?
Not much huh?
Thanks for the conversation.
You have made some very salient points which I will consider as I move along.