Here is an email I received in response to one of my essays.
I am writing you regarding your website. I gave your site a chance; please give my letter a chance.
I do not agree with you on any of your ideas, however, the bible teaches us that we should not judge ( Matthew 7:1-2). We are all human and no matter who we are or how faithful we are to God’s word we are corruptible, we are not infallible.
I want to talk to you about my belief, I am not pushing it on you at all. The base of a good Christian faith is the Bible, period. No other book can substitute it or add to it. (Revelation 22:19 speaks about taking words out of the bible.)
Yet you offer nothing to back up this outrageous assertion. You dismiss all the other holy and scientific books of the earth without even reading them. I can barely contain my contempt for such arrogance. Though I admit the Bible does contain some sublime wisdom (mostly in Matthew), it is mostly blithering nonsense and meaningless trivia. It could not possibly be the work of the Almighty. To claim so is to insult God. From your extensive quoting, it appears you must have read it. How could you fail to notice that? You have read the verses pointed out in the Bible Study Guide have you not?
I have seen on some sites where atheists have blamed God for the way the earth is, when the real blame lies in our hands, but yes God can saves us, he has many millions of times throughout history.
If you want to give God credit for the way the universe is, He has to take the blame as well, since He supposedly created us the way we are. My view is this may well be the best of all possible worlds. The problem lies not in the world, but in our unrealistic expectations of it.
In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth,
(Genesis 1:1). Our Father, the Father of all creation, created us all in his image ( Genesis 1:27). Our father so loved us that he gave us the earth and all that is on the earth ( Genesis 1:26).
A lot of Atheists mention that we are either his slaves or we burn for eternity. This is so wrong. God does not desire his children to be slaves. In fact in Exodus he freed the slaves of Egypt and gave land to the Israelites. All he asks is that we love him above all else and follow his word. Is this not what any good father asks? Revelation 22:14 says: "Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city."
Revelation 22:17 adds: "And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely."
Deuteronomy 30:20 says: "That you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice and cling to him, for he is your life and the length of your days."
God does not force any of his children to follow him. He wants that to be a choice made individually. He has given us many gifts, one of which is freedom to choose. We can choose to do right or wrong, he has also not hidden anything from us, we know that our choices have outcomes, either good or bad. (Deuteronomy 30:16-19) God desires to know you and to be a part of every aspect of your life.
Fine. God created a universe for you to look at to understand His ways: Job 12:7-9 "But ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee."
Yet Christians perversely and deliberately ignore that verse and refuse to look at the universe directly. Instead they bury their noses in a book written by corrupt and fallible humans — the Bible. They feed its silly fables as fact to their children. They deliberately lie about God’s creation. How could God possibly approve?
God saw that we had turned from him and those who wished to find him again had no way of repenting. So because he loved us and longed for us to be close to him he sent us his son. This wonderful man came to earth and preached the word of God. John 1:17 says: For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
In order for our sins to be forgivable He chose to offer himself as a sacrifice to God taking the sins that had been committed and those not yet committed, including yours and mine. Dying, he rose again and was lifted to heaven to sit in a throne by his father to await our arrival. Jesus brought us grace. (Revelation 22:21, "The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all."
I find that so disgusting. Blood sacrifice should have disappeared with the Aztecs but you ruddy Christians work so hard to keep the nutty concept alive. Killing and suffering does not make things better!
He gave us the simple ability to say God forgive me, my sins, and he will. Not only forgive but forget they happened, in God’s eyes we are his perfect children.
The Lord has anointed his children, those who give him their whole heart. Psalm 20:6a says: Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed.
All anyone has to do is love Him with all you heart, he already loves you with all his. He is waiting patiently for you and all his children who are unbelievers.
If you are ready to receive the Lord your God please pray this prayer:
"Lord I come to you today as your child. You have already accepted me into your life, I desire to accept you into mine. Lord forgive the sins I have committed, wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. Lord I have heard of your loving grace, I want to accept the grace and find my place in your flock. Oh Lord allow me to feel your love, anoint me with the Holy Spirit, I will follow you with all my strength. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen."
I find that prayer mawkish. It is insulting to Allah, though I’m sure God has a tough skin after all the silliness done in His name. Surely the Almighty wants you to lead a righteous life. That was never in debate. What is in debate is whether the Bible, which demands killing for all manner of petty offenses, which teaches all manner of wickedness done in God’s name, is a reasonable guide to living a righteous life. Are Christians more or less righteous than other people? In my experience, they are usually less so. They are meddling, judgemental and insufferably self-righteous. They totally ignore the lessons of Matthew. Consider Matthew 7:16. It applies to Christianity itself. Christianity has brought forth mostly corrupt fruit even if that was not Jesus’s intent.
I have prayed for you and will continue to do so. I hope that I was able to help. Please email me with any questions. If you have decided to follow God let me be of help to you.
I repeat. That is not the issue. The issue is whether the Bible is a reasonable guide to God’s will. I will likewise pray for you to open your eyes to the full wonder of the creation and to open your mind to what is truly ethical behaviour.
Thank you for your time, God Bless you. Your Father loves you and he does not desire you to hurt or live without. He is there for you and so am I.
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