Topic I Am An Atheist. (Does that offend you?)
03 Dec 2013 15:34
Christians are driven to tell others about Jesus because of the consequences of the God of the Bible being real. If judgment/salvation are real then isn't it important for everyone to know the facts and be able to make a reasoned opinion.
Conversely I think atheists should have open discussion with Christians, because as Paul says in the Bible you should pity Christians as they are wasting their time if Jesus did not come back from death.
Religion has eternal consequences and we need to have open discussion about it. I can't think of anything worse than someone facing Jesus on the last day, and exclaiming that they were never given reliable information on him.
Topic Religion, Bad or Good?
11 Oct 2012 20:46
In general, I believe that having people follow a book that was written over a thousand years ago as a basis for their everyday foundation is short-sighted at best, dangerous at its worst. I will admit that I do not know all religions. However, as a recovering Christian, I do know that the majority of the Christian believers are not truly worshiping their God and Jesus, they are worshiping their Bible and how their denomination decides to implement the certain aspects of the bible they believe in at that time.
Any religion that teaches that anyone is less of a person for being born a certain way is a very bad thing. Most Christian churches make a negative judgement about homosexuals. Islam puts women in a status less than man. It is beyond my comprehension that, if there is a God Creator, that He/She/Whatever would want one of His/Her creations to treat any other creation with such indignity and in some cases downright hostility and violence.
Your arguments are really interesting. Personally, I think the Bible is God's words to us, it is how he reveals himself to us, and invites us into relationship with him, so in that sense as God is everlasting so is his word, the Bible, it transcends time. In that sense I'm unsure how one could worship the Bible, if what it does is reveal God to us. If they were to legalistically follow it in order to appear good, or earn their passage to salvation, I don't think that they could be Christian or in a relationship with God.
Additionally as a Christian, I am dismayed to see some churches criticising homosexuals as they do. You could count the references the Bible makes to homosexuality on one hand, illustrating it is not as big an issue that some make it out to be. The bigger issue is that salvation through Jesus is open to anyone regardless of their sexual orientation.
Sorry to hear that you no longer see yourself as Christian, is there any way I can be praying for you?
Hope that helps!