Posted 28 July 2011 - 03:05 AM
"what is right and wrong"
"Jam 4:17 Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn't do it, sins"
Maybe the definition of 'good' was in the 'context' which you appear to have taken this quote out of?
"Mat 22:36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
Mat 22:37 Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
Mat 22:38 This is the first and greatest commandment."
Excuse my french, but what the fuck has that got to do with right or wrong?
"Mat 22:39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself."
Amen to that but why is this secondary to loving god? Besides it contradicts this:
If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die."
Before you claim that it's OT, last time I checked the Christian Bible begins with Genesis.
"Rom 13:9 The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Rom 13:10 Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."
This I cannot argue with, personally I think it's great advice! As I already pointed out though, there are parts of the bible which directly contradict this mantra. I also think it's perhaps a little simplistic to reduce everything to 'love' (reminds me of that scene in donnie darko)
Rom 13:13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.
Rom 13:14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
A little strange to condemn drunkenness when Jesus himself turned water into wine. And how are we defining sexual immorality here, should we use what the bible tells us?
But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die.
If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days."
"Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Gal 6:8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature [fn] will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Gal 6:9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
Again, why are you offering this as a definition of what is good? This just explains that doing good reaps rewards.
"Gal 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."
"what happens after we die"
"Rev 21:6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.
Rev 21:7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
Rev 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars--their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
Ok, but I think we've probably all lied at some point, we've probably all had moments of cowardice, in fact we have all sinned. What happens if you did one of those things but repented? What happens if you had faith that Jesus had already paid for this sins, is that not covered by (your quotes!)....
"Rom 5:12 Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--
Rom 5:21 so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."
"Jhn 3:14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,
Jhn 3:15 that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.
Jhn 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jhn 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."
Which in turn contradicts this...
"Rev 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.
Rev 20:13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what he had done.
Rev 20:14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.
Rev 20:15 If anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire."
"how we achieve salvation"
I'm not going to go over this again since it's the same contradictions as above.
"Again, it comes down to free will. God is not going to force people to believe anything or follow rules. They will be held accountable however. Try it this way:
"So what use are books filled with laws if the majority of people are going to do whatever they want, which may violate these laws?"
If you commit murder because you think it's ok that you do so, will you still not be held accountable if you're caught? "
I think you are missing the point that I'm trying to make. Look at it this way, are you telling me that the only reason why you wouldn't murder someone is because it tells you not to in the bible, or is it because you yourself feel that murdering another human is not a good thing to do? Do you really need a book to tell you that murdering someone is wrong? Without it you would think it's ok? You wouldn't be capable of realising the consequences of your actions? I highly doubt it. Even with it some Christians think it's OK!! I am therefore inclined to conclude that you and many other Christians have your own ideas about what is right and what is wrong, the bible is superfluous for determining this. If the bible said that murder was ok, I don't think you would do it. Just because there are things in the bible which agree with your sensibilities doesn't mean that that the bible is the source of your sensibilities. And just because we have laws doesn't mean those laws are the source of our sensibilities. For example, it's not due to the fact that rape is illegal that I don't rape people, it's because I don't want to and I know that inflicting harm on another person is wrong.
Please, give yourself some credit.
@Machaira - I agree that we should all be afforded the same opportunities, personally I think the 'fairest' way would be to judge everyone based on their actions. But hey, I'm not omnipotent so what do I know.