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Religious Paradox
I'm [re]realizing something about Christians, and religion in general. For all their preaching about how you shouldn't be into material objects and wealth, the very thing they appeal to is a material status.

For example, heaven is supposidly a place with roads paved with gold, large mansions, and you'll get a jewel in your crown for every person you win over in this pyramid/matrix scheme. At the same time, they preach having worldly goods is a Bad™ thing and everyone should strive not to have them in exchange for heavenly goods, which are described in ways of worldly goods. Except, when you tell this to a Christian (for example, my parents) they'll then reverse it by saying it is a coded message only understood by chosen people. Talk about a selective elite snob group.

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queenexodus From: queenexodus Date: October 10th, 2005 02:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I think you should not classify or generalize the term "christians" until you understand(at least have and idea) what being a christian is all about. Only then can you know who is striving to be a Godly christian and who is just a professing christian. Example: Christ says to love one another as He loves us, John 15: 12, Christ also says that we are to love those that hate us and that despitefuly use us, Matthew 5:44. You will know a true "Christian" by their heart felt actions. That doesn't mean that christians are perfect but instead that we are trying and striving to be Christ-like. I, as a christian do not wake up in the morning and have visions of walking down streets of gold. I follow Jesus and strive to obey Him because I have found peace in Him. As a "reward" I will be able to spend eternity with Him. Christ does say "love not the world neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John 2:15-16 God is not talking about material possession per say but rather the love of anything which you cherish above Him and also the things which are not of God. So you must understand the meaning of a true christian before you can say they appeal to material goods.

mrtrblmkr1 From: mrtrblmkr1 Date: November 22nd, 2005 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)

it's the bible flipping one...

how dare you pull out the bible, it's not a weapon!
*pulled from Saved!*
and notice, it's still and IT, it being the book, AND
the words upon it. they have no meaning what so ever,
they're just a bunch of stories.

I was a practicing Roman Catholic up until I realized three (3)
(1) I can't follow through with this since I don't
fit the mold [I have yet to 'confess' my sexual sins for starters]
(2) I don't believe, morally, in my own heart, that I should
live a false image, to not confess my sins, and live with this
pact between me n god (yhwh, adonai, allah, whomever) where I had
supposedly confessed my sins?, nu uh, and
(3) I do NOT want to be apart of some bleh thing, if I die, I die.

I had converted to Judism for awhile (partly for my mother's sake)
[she's Jewish] but that was just not working, the classes where
a bit much at the time, so was the snippet.

I believe very much RIGHT to general christians, they're all the same
but with slightly different codes/laws, not beliefs, not values, laws.

Plus, Judism or some other non-christian religion is way more better.

And for sake of this aurgument, I was also a practicing Wiccan, and still
practice some of its aspect even though I consider myself Agnostic.
mrtrblmkr1 From: mrtrblmkr1 Date: November 22nd, 2005 05:21 am (UTC) (Link)
excuse me, GENERALIZE christians.
they're just as bad as the nazi's,
except the nazi's had style.

(i'm soooo gonna get creamed for that,
but i likes bukkake anyway)
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