Really, my point is simply that we can rely on actual words written, along with their context, to determine what is being communicated.
Words are not enough. It seems like this point has been over a bajillion times. I don't know why at this stage of the game you fail to understand the point. Yeah, there are words, but they are not clear and unambiguous and interpretation is necessary
. And as is demonstrated by the 33,000 denominations of xianity, there is no single, clear, agreed upon interpretation. You seem oblivious to this fact. You seem to think that everyone should be able to come to the same (correct) conclusion as you. Yet they do not. Thus your statement, and your point, is shown to be obviously false.
It seems to me a perfect god would communicate perfectly. Yet, it has not. Why do you imagine that is? I see only a couple of possible conclusions. None of them are compatible with your funny beliefs.
It's certainly true that a person who has asked Jesus to be their saviour should strive to live as God desires. However, being a Christian doesn't automatically turn you into a saint as far as behaviour is concerned.
Who said anything about it being automatic? Your response - "assholes are assholes regardless of religion" - indicates religion is more or less useless at making people better. Your quote from your funny book (which you take very seriously) indicates the same. My point was it should
help you be a demonstrably better person in some
way. It could give you practical strategies to stop being suck a dick. It could give you meditations to be more selfless. It could include mandates to help other people and stop being so selfish.
Yet your thesis seems to be, it doesn't. And I agree.
Instead, it does nothing for your behavior and according to your funny beliefs (which you take very seriously), allows you entrance to a place for good people without having to have been one
. The whole point of xianity is "people suck, being good is hard, but believe in this magical jew and get eternal rewards despite being a despicable asswipe!"
Woo-hoo! Of course people like that. It's magical, deep fried ice cream covered with chocolate and sprinkles that causes no weight gain or tooth decay
. It is cheap grace. And people wonder why shysters and con men become preachers and fit in so seamlessly. It's because this "philosophy" is practically designed to attract the narcissistic and selfish.
There are other religions that actually make you a better person. I've posted this elsewhere, but I'll repeat it because I think it is important. In Buddhism, their version of "heaven" is [wiki]Nirvana[/wiki]. It is when the Buddhist has realized an "imperturbable stillness of mind after the fires of desire, aversion, and delusion have been finally extinguished".
There are Buddhists who are called [wiki]bodhisattvas[/wiki]. They have promised to not enter Nirvana until all sentient life can also attain buddhahood. Can you imagine that? Have you ever heard a xian say "I'm not going to enter heaven until everyone can join me?" Of course not. Actual selflessness is a completely foreign concept to xianity. Xianity is at its base an inherently selfish
religion. It's all about someone else picking up the check for you.
yeah yeah yeah, "what about jesus?" He didn't actually suffer and he certainly didn't die, so get over it. Bodhisattvas are infinitely better than xians. They just are.
So then, I myself in my mind am a slave to God’s law, but in my sinful nature[d] a slave to the law of sin.[/i]
heh. Slave. The weird, sadomasochistic metaphors of xianity. Let me know if you'd like your screen name changed to something like "LeatherXian" or "Spanked4jesus".
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