Originally Posted by mysteriouspoet
I definitely believe in God, but I don't believe in a God who punishes people for being human, for experiencing the range of human experiences. I believe in a God who made us the way we are and that's okay--so if we lust after someone, that's okay. If we feel envy or get pissed at someone, that's okay too. I don't believe in so many rules. I believe as long as we aren't doing things that are clearly wrong, such as murder, stealing--things that our own inner moral compass would advise against--there should be no fear of punishment, of ending up in hell.
I found that so many Christians who define themselves as such go to church and worship and avoid "sin" because they are afraid of hell, not because they love God. I challenge each and every Christian here to tell me that's not the case. Because for the most part I believe it is. Christians are imperfect slobs too. They're scared of hell not because it means separation from God, but because it means eternal torture and hellfire, et al. This is my main argument against the kind of Christianity that was shoved down my throat when I was a kid.
I am Chrsitian. I believe there's a God and I believe in God.
Hi MP. How are you? I hope you're well. I am well also. I was reading what you said. You said some interesting things. For me, I use to be afraid to go to hell. I didn't want to go. As many many Christians don't. I hope. This is real. Many many people do not believe in God because they don't see him. He is here. You have to think in a spiritual way. Not in the phsycial way.
You don't see God physically because he is spirit, but he's here. Look all around you. Look at the humans (I know that humans do bad things). But look at how our bodies are. God fixed everything so that it would run and function. Look at the birds, and dogs and all the animals in the world. I mean really look at them. Who or what made them? How did we all get here? God is miraculous. I see him everytime I look outside. Look at the grass and flowers and trees. They are awesome aren't they?
What being could create all of this stuff. Look at you. You are a miracle. Who would creat somthing like you.
He made everything in this world.
About fearing God. we are suppose to fear Him. Not in the sence of saying, ooooh no, I don't want to go to hell. Not like that. We should fear God because we know how powerful he is. We know that he is a gracious God. A loving and forgiving God. Fearing God like that gives us faith in him. It helps us to do what we need to do for God. Yeah I was afair to go to hell, but now I understand what this is all about. It's about servicing God.
Somebody wanted to know want God and gods mean. God referes to the all mighty God. The one that is above all others. The (god) here means gods that are made by MAN. You know like status or anything that is made or has been made by humans that they worship. Gods that or made by hand. There is only one God (capital g), but there can be many many gods. You understand that? Hope God. GBY.