Which religion should I convert to?
Njoy You said, "I believe God's Grace is available to all of us, without exception, because I believe God's love is all inclusive, as opposed to being exclusive and available to only a few who say the "right" words at the "right" time & in the "right" place."
I agree with this sentence up to a point. The key word here is "availability". God is available to all without exception, that is true. But once He makes himself known to us and we reject what is said in the right context that it was said, then the availability diminishes because the heart becomes cold. If we knowingly deceive others as to the importance of God, we only deceive our selves. I believe there are many who seek the true God and are searching. God/Christ is available under what ever name that is given. That also should not be undermined by anyone. It is called honest pursuit. The seeker ! "Those who seek will find". When we find out the truth because of the help of God, we from that point on are obligated to help other seek truth in there own way. We have to come to realize that God/Christ is very much apart of the thought proses. By the way anonymous, I am not like Peter, he denied Christ three times, I never denied Christ once. Peter denied out of fear, not to make friends. I do not fear others or there thoughts. I may sound condescending but I know what I believe and why I believe it.
Nojoy you also said," I believe we can find God ourselves without any church going person's certainty reeling us in like a fish they've just caught, with the bait they understand is the only bait" A church going person is a seeker. The avenue that is being taken is by design, not only by man but by God. It is by man that we have the problems but it is by God the avenue to reach Him becomes available to many. Historically the Church has been a highway to heaven with a lot of road blocks to overcome. We still need the highway, the type of transportation needed varies, now we just need to make the right choice. I hope you get my drift. I know that I have made mine !
MikeC, a quote for you to help you understand my point:
[Often]..."Rather than opening ourselves up to new spiritual paths and possibilities, we've said up front that there is no exploring to be done. Why keep inquiring when we already had our "only comfort in life and death?" This comfort is very meaningful and satisfying for many. Yet it can seem--as it did in my case--to present an approach to spiritual living that is more concerned with making sure everyone has his or her set belts on, rather than whether or not the car is going anywhere. (Safety first!) Meanwhile, those who are genuinely seeking, those who are brave enough to leave the parking lot, are seen as "lost" and in need of "saving." Somewhat ironic." unquote
Njoy, I am going 500 mi. per hour. I have my seat belt on and have left the parking lot a long time age. I feel safe because I know what surrounds me and I also know what is under the hood. As far as human kind go's, we need to explore, we need to search and we need to find. I always explore for new answers to the same question. I am far from lost, but exploring is in my nature. Why not ?
Exploring is also in my nature MikeC. Thank God! If I had given in to that "old tyme thinking" way back when, I'd be preaching like AC...lol...If I had not explored on my own, I would be tethered the way Samuside was, and evidently this AC persona.
That's why preaching down to someone who is simply asking questions and musing about things, and telling them they need to shape up and think the "right" way, is so ungodly. That is why posting negative posts to anyone, even the idiots, is not taking the higher road. That is why some of us get so angry when we see others providing the stupid ones with more kindling. As you can see, some have decided to make me out to be a "snake" or otherwise "ugly" and "other than human..." This person or persons knows so very little that they do not warrant an answer from me until they can begin to act and post in a more positive vein. Reprimands to other spiritual BEings is arrogant and pompous, but of course, this person cannot see it that way.
Exploring is also in my nature MikeC. Thank God! If I had given in to that "old tyme thinking" way back when, I'd be preaching like AC...lol...If I had not explored on my own, I would be tethered the way Samuside was, and evidently this AC persona, The "right" way, which to me is so ungodly.
If I had given in to that "old tyme thinking" way back when, I'd be preaching like AC, The "right" way, which to me is so ungodly.
AC was right when he said that jameslee,faith, njoy were using false scripture and teaching it. The gospel of SELF is a New Age false Religion not for true Christians.. What a joke you are Njoy. No wonder you have to hide as jameslee and faith. You have no knowledge of Jesus Christ from the Holy Spirit the true word of God. You only have knowledge from a false spirit, the Anti-christ Get yourself a barf bag and stay in it.