Salvation, therefore, is secured through service, rather than through theological beliefs.
I believe, as it says in the bible, that it is not by works, that it is by faith.
As im sure you know, the greatest commandment is Love your neighbor as yourself...that doesnt just mean 'hey i love you even though you are homeless', its showing love and compassion for those who are not as fortunate. Just as Jesus did...he hung out with the lepers, he chilled with the greatest of sinners in those times...he showed them love and compassion of the father.
If the Christian God (either a Unity or a trinity) exists, why would he condemn people to hell before they are born? The faith traditions that A! Elbereth and _ofunsoundmind both belong to are theologically conservative Protestant movements, meaning that they believe in predestination.
The predestination concept:
yet Different doctrine of predestination have been formed.
1.doctrine holds that God singled out the saved because he foresaw their future works.
Got knows all, and he probably knows who is going to turn to him and who isnt, but he doesnt single them out, he gives everyone free will...he can't be like 'your supposed to be saved, so dont do that!' he himself said he gave us that choice for a reason.
2.from eternity God has determined the saved and the damned, regardless of their merit or lack thereof. (Calvin)
I believe this is very untrue, cause god made us to have a relationship with him, and its our choice...and going by this means basicly your already damned so it doens matter what you do, cause God already decided your fate....basicly says we haven othing to live for.
This is just my take on that.
As a Unitarian Universalist Christian, I believe in the Unity of a loving, forgiving God who punishes only justly--that is, for the actual sins that we have committed, rather than some obscure theological dilemma. I believe in universal restoration of every soul with God--each person coming to know their sins and repenting. Thus, it's a forgiving but rational system that makes sense.
Hey, thats your belief, and i respect that...but question.
If thats true, then what was the purpose of the Adam and Eve story? it was written to show how sin came into the world...im sure you know the story and how from then on we are all born with sin...but that what Jesus came for...to free us from that...so that we can ahve eternal life. Thats what teh bible says.
this is just what i believe...not trying to bash or prove your belief wrong.
well its late chickadees so i will talk mroe about this 2morrow....got to get sleep for school
Im a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast.I have stepped over the line.The decision has been made. Im a disciple of His.I wont look back,let up,slow down,back away,or be still...
My face is set,my gait is fast,my goal is heaven,my road is narrow,my way is rough,my companions are few,my Guide is reliable,my mission is clear. I cannot be bought, compromised,detoured,lured away,turned back,deluded,or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice,hesitate in the presence of the adversary,negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity,or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I wont give up,shut up,let up,untill i have stayed up,stored up,prayed up,paid up,preached up for the cause of Christ.I am a disciple of Jesus.I must go till He comes,give till i drop,preach till all know,and work till He stops me; and when He comes for His own,He will have no problem recognizing me-my banner will be clear!
-African pastor in Zimbabwe