Then it might interest you to know that the idea that Christianity is only about the bible and nothing else (what is known as "Sola Scriptura" or "Bible Alone") is only held by Non-Catholic and Non-Eastern Orthodox Christians (aka Protestant Christians, loosely speaking). Ask the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches or Christians in the 12th century, 8th century, 3rd century and they well tell you that God's truths come through the bible and the Church that Jesus (God) established to carry on his mission, which he has given authority to guide the faithful in the proper interpretation of the bible and God's word ".
HOW DO YOU KNOW THE BIBLE IS GOD WORD ?
" Yes, it does appear contradictory, doesn't it ? But as I have pointed out, if you read the entire bible holistically, and understand the historical context of what is written and God's plan for salvation, you will begin to understand why things are not as contradictory as they seem. Read points 1 to 4 that I set out in post #144" .
SORRY TO SAY THAT ITS STILL CONDTRADICTING IF YOU READ THE WHOLE BIBLE . I WILL START UP A THREAD ON THAT IF I HAVE THE TIME DONT WORRY .
" I fully agree that those "religious ppl" who commit all sorts of atrocities should be shot . They would have to answer to God when they exit this world. So why would God create less than perfect human beings ? What God created were human beings to whom he gave the gift of free will, allowing them to freely choose to love or to hate. Think about this: If God had created perfect human beings who could not choose to do wrong, they would be equivalent to robots, wouldn't they ? Is real love (i) a robot that is programmed to love and be with you (but who did not make the choice on its own), or (ii) someone with free will but who has freely choosen to love and go with you through thick and thin ?
God is love and he chose to give the gift of free will to mankind. But with this gift, we must also accept that there will be persons who will choose evil and reject his creator (God). That person freely chooses to separate himself from God (aka hell). God does not send anybody to hell; they freely choose that path ".
FREE WILL ? WHAHAHAHHA . ACCORDING TO YOUR BIBLE ..YOUR INVISIBLE MAN WILL ALLOW YOU TO HEAVEN IF YOU BELIEVE IN HIM ...YOU MEAN THAT IS A FREE WILL ? ITS JUST LIKE IM HOLDING A GUN IF YOU DONT GIVE ME MONEY I WILL SHOOT YOU BUT YOU STILL HAVE A FREE WILL NOT TO GIVE ME MONEY RIGHT ? IS THAT WHAT YOU CALL FREE WILL ?
" Since you brought up the quote by Pope Leo purporting to promote violence and murder, I was offering a different perspective for readers to consider.
You would think that Christianity and the bible teaches you to "kill your children", "kill those who don't believe in god", torture this group and that group and so forth, if you read bible passages in a vacuum without knowledge or consideration for the historical context of what you are reading and of the full Gospel message. But as I have explained in post #144, you will begin to see a very different message coming from God through the bible if you read the bible holistically and take guidance from the Church ".
OH YES , YOU LIKE TO PICK AND CHOSE THE CONTENTS OF THE BIBLE AND LEAVE OUT THOSE EVIL ONES ? WELL DONE .
" A kill is a kill ?? That is a very simplistic, almost naive way to look at killing. Society takes the lives of convicted murderers; a policeman might have to take the life of a criminal threatening to harm a mother and her child; you might have to use deadly force as a last resort against a criminal entering your house and threatening your family. Are these actions morally the same as someone who kills a woman that he has just raped to silence her ? Or a person who kills his business rival to get ahead ' ?
YOU MEAN YOU COULD GET AWAY FROM MURDER IF ITS GOD WORD ?