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What is the Gospel?


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Initial post: 3 Nov 2013 12:43:35 GMT
SJB says:
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Posted on 3 Nov 2013 12:50:53 GMT
Fiction?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 13:02:06 GMT
Ancient and subjective texts, written by superstitious believers, it can be contradictory, has dated badly, and though there are some universal and profound truths they are generally accepted by all human societies. It contains nothing to suggest it's origins aren't entirely human, quite the contrary.

Posted on 3 Nov 2013 13:11:56 GMT
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Posted on 3 Nov 2013 13:19:06 GMT
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Posted on 3 Nov 2013 13:24:12 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 14:08:41 GMT
You do realise preaching scripture isn't proof or even evidence of anything, don't you? Subjectivity of it's contents aside, if it claims something metaphysical exists or occurs then where is the evidence?

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 16:07:59 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 18:05:28 GMT
Alfonzo says:
SJB "But what is the Gospel?"

That there is a purpose to life after all.
That you are loved by someone prepared to die for you.
That you can have hope for the present and the future.

Posted on 3 Nov 2013 21:01:46 GMT
SJB says:
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In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 21:49:15 GMT
It's a complete fiction, utterly unevidenced, just like all the other religions humans have invented as comfort blankets.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2013 23:33:47 GMT
george scott says:
And control mechanisms.

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Posted on 4 Nov 2013 10:27:31 GMT
What's your idea of the gospel, SJB?

Is it that being anti-semitic, instantly turns any man into a knight in shining armor?
Or perhaps it's the teaching that each and any nation is intrinsically morally superior to the nation of Israel?
Is it the idea that anyone who does "good" action, automatically/unquestionably has nefarious/evil motives?
Is it that we are "born sinful" - yet at the same time are expected to conform to Christ's [alleged] death?

Maybe it's a kind of inescapable double-mindedness, where one can't choose Gentile nor Yahoodi team?
Good question, SJB.

While I'm here:
Do you have any idea as to why Paul expressed hope to preach only to men of high standing? Thanks.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 10:38:21 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 10:46:03 GMT
SJB says "... done for His sheep ...." Very good term that 'sheep'. Describes the role of the theist within the religion exactly. And of course we all know what sheep are there for don't we. To be shorn... and they are.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 10:53:55 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 11:10:11 GMT
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thank you. galatians 2:2

please, what would inspire a person to write that?
also: who would qualify there as a leader or person of high standing?
and why would their conversion or hearing gospel, matter more than for the average joe?
thanks

Posted on 4 Nov 2013 11:27:00 GMT
Bearman says:
While reading SJB's posts as he baths in the glory of quoted bible verses, I wonder how someone can give up logic and reason so completely in blind faith. He is only a christian because of the country he was born in, and the family he grew up with. Had the accident of his birth resulted in him being born to a farming family in rural china, he would not be a christian. If he was born in Saudi Arabia, or India, he would not be a christian. Choose your country/nationality and that defines your relgion. Yes I know that there are converts from one (or no) religion to another, but lets face it, that is a rarity, and tends to only occur where impressionable people face indoctrintation by others (Islamic peer pressure, or Catholic charity - "we'll give you food or other aid, but at the cost of listening to our preaching).

BTW I am not intending to pick on SJB here, it is equally applicable to all people of faith.

Posted on 4 Nov 2013 11:42:48 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 11:43:24 GMT
so nation is synonym with religion? interesting.

if I am born in a secluded nation; would it then be fair to say that a different nation - one at the crossroads of the worlds - was better (or worse) equipped, in terms of the wisdom it can share? And to what extent do / would I benefit from knowing both points of view? why?

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In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 12:05:46 GMT
would you suggest each nation build an iron fence topped with barbed wire, around its perimeter - to let nobody in nor out?

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Nov 2013 12:19:22 GMT
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