First God is not a fictious character. He does and always will exist whether you or I choose not to. I would invite all who disagree, to study the Shroud of Turin very carefully. Yes I know some are already saying that its a hoax due to carbon dating putting the shroud in the 13 century or so, however this has already been refuted due to the samples being taken from the corners which were repaired using an interesting process (Pretty impressive when you think about it).
Kindly provide links to the source you cite here, especially the interesting process you describe. You need to provide as much solid evidence as you can, not just say that the evidence exists.
Besides, even if the Shroud of Turin were 2000 years old instead of 700, it wouldn't actually prove anything other than its age.
1. Why would God follow laws of men? When I see the history of the bible from what is revealed, God sometimes is very silent about events happening on earth and sometimes he is very vocal. Yes, the reasons for this are really unknown. I think its shows a lesson to be learned. Whenever laws are created by man, they are never perfect nor do they benefit man in reality. Moreover they weaken with time. The Jewish people were chosen by God not for any other reason but because Abraham was the first to acknowledge God as a spirit. Now God shows Mercy and Grace to Abraham from the very beginning. At this time he does not give him any laws other than to separate himself from his family. This is found directly in Genesis 12: 1 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation;I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
You are the one who said "Remember God is just following the laws of man at the at time". Yet here you contradict your earlier statement. Which is a more accurate summation of your belief?
Also, the fact is that God made it very clear that he did not actually trust Abraham to abide by their agreement; the most notable sign of this was when God commanded Abraham to sacrifice his only son. The fact that God gave him a last-minute reprieve is not precisely what I would call "grace and mercy".
Note how God promises that ALL Families of the earth will be blessed through Abraham, that is Because Jesus came and died for all our sins. Also note no laws are given this is free. Abraham has committed sins but God is not even looking at them.
No, it is not because of Jesus. Jesus was probably not even descended from Abraham, assuming one accepts the logic of the virgin birth, since Mary's lineage was not given. The fact that Christians decided this after the fact does not make it true, and the ludicrousness of trying to prove that lineal descent by giving Joseph's lineage is not even worth commenting on.
When does God actually provide laws? Well if you see carefully, Abraham disrespected God when he had sex with a slave Hagar to get children rather then trusting God to provide those children through his wife Sarah. With this disrespect came laws of circumcision. Salvation is given to the old testament people by blood of Jesus Christ. Even today all families of the earth shall be blessed includes salvation for all. In reality your's and mine faith is not expected by God to be strong enough to accept Christ on earth to the full extent. This faith can only come after you and I both die. That is Christ will come to you even after death to ask if you will accept his sacrifice on the cross for all of your sins. If you are bent on keeping those sins, you will go to hell.
Where in the Bible does it say that God commanded Abraham and his household to circumcise themselves because of Ishmael, Abraham and Hagar's son? If God had thought this to be disrespectful, he would not have blessed Ishmael; this is the same God who said that the sins of the father would be passed on till the seventh generation, yet God said that Ishmael would be fruitful and would be the father of twelve rulers, etc.
There was no grace or mercy involved in the covenant between Abraham and God. It was simply, "worship me and abide by this covenant and I will make you and your descendants great". The fact that God said that he would do this earlier without attaching conditions at the time does not make it an act of grace and mercy.
2. Salvation is a free gift from God. A gift needs to be aaccepted. You do this with faith. Either now or when you die its your choice.
No, you accept gifts with gratitude
. Faith is the act in believing in something that you have no proof of. If faith (willingness to believe in something unknowable) is required to receive salvation, then it isn't a gift, because Christian doctrine holds that you have to give faith in order to receive salvation. In other words, faith is a payment for salvation.
3. Christianity is not a religion. IT IS A FAITH in the finished work of Jesus for all sins. There is no work to be done to earn salvation nor is their a prescription plan to live your life. If you come to Jesus in this life, the Holy Spirit will fill you with Grace and you will in your own heart do what is right because you feel you want to, not because you are following the law! When you do wrong you will have no guilt if you confess the sin and ask Jesus to forgive you. The cleansing power of his blood is better then any cleaner on earth. Therefore you will be able to have peace on earth and have the abundant life. Not many people trust Jesus however and that is fine. As I said you have one more chance at the time of death!!! Choose Jesus now and benefit today from his grace and truth.
A religion is a system of beliefs held to with faith. Faith is required for something to be a religion, so calling Christianity a faith instead of a religion is meaningless. Also, whether or not you consider faith to be work, it is something you have to do in order to receive salvation. Therefore, salvation isn't free; you have to earn it. Nor is it a gift, as I stated above.
The rest of this is proselytizing and I see no point in commenting on it.
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First off, a disease or condition is defined as rare if it affects less than 1 person in 1500...but that is still more than 200,000 people. So your condition of eating skin off of your hands is hardly going to be so rare that nobody else could suffer from it. I doubt there are anywhere near as many as 1500 active members here, but nonetheless I would bet you a large sum of real money that at least one person here had or has the same condition (eating skin off their hands) as you did.
Second, your "test so hard only God could answer" is anything but. The story you relate of Tilton mentioning someone with a problem with his hands and skin on his show after you prayed about it is not proof of anything, because I do not doubt that there are other problems involving the skin and hands that are not the same as yours. I would not be surprised to find that Tilton mentioned different (rare) medical conditions regularly on his show, and the odds are that one of his viewers would either be suffering from it or would know someone was suffering from it and would assume God had told him about it. And if nobody was, nobody would call him on it; for sure, his viewers wouldn't be comparing notes with each other to see when he happened to be wrong in his prediction. I'll also bet that he got 'donations' for telling people that God would heal them.
My friends Jesus begs for your faith in him so that you can come home. The God of this universe as big as it is, loves a creature that is so small on earth, that he was willing to die for his most wonderful creation YOU! God has given us free will and that is by itself the most powerful miracle on the face of this entire universe. Choose Him today and live a life of peace and Joy. Stop worrying about tomorrow or what science will do to refute the bible. The bible has survived pretty well for over thousands of years. More importantly the testimonies of lives changed is even better. Pray the prayer of forgiveness and ask Jesus to come into your heart and wash you whiter than snow. Nothing compares to that feeling of submission to the eternal father who always loved us. Only we never trusted in that love and received the worst for it. Live in Heaven for free and forever!!!
More proselytizing. The only thing I will comment on is: "nothing compares to that feeling of submission to the eternal father who always loved us". My father, who is on Earth, never tried to get me to 'submit' to him as you claim God wants us to, certainly not while claiming to love me at the same time. I love and respect him now, as an adult, because he gave me the room and time I needed to grow into my own person instead of an emotional cripple, reliant on him to give meaning to my life. I certainly expect no less from God, who you say is the eternal father, because good fathers allow their children to grow up and go their own way in life.
So you're right, though not in the sense you mean; the feeling of mutual love and respect between me and my parents doesn't 'compare' to the "feeling of submission" you describe. But that's because it blows it completely out of the water.