I was once in discussion with some Mormon evangelists. Missionaries, I think they call them.
Anyways, the point was/is this. I asked them what they were offering me that I didn't already have.
They tried to explain the benefits of their religion, and the Book of Mormon, but they stopped short of assurance of Eternal Life. they could not confirm anything.
My Bible (actually, ANY version) tells me that Eternal Life is ASSURED to those who believe in Jesus Christ. And I do, so I have EL. If that is the ultimate quest of mankind, and I'm not sure it is for ALL, what can another religion offer me, or others like me?
What does your faith offer me/us?
Religion offers nothing and God told you so too. Thats why they hung Jesus, he exposed Religion for what its worth. Yes no man can enter eternal life but by Jesus Christ
It really is funny that by just placing a series of books in front of someone to choose from, they believe one holds eternal life. They are just books made of paper, binding and ink, folks.
That's true of every book in any library.
It's not the material of which it's made, but the content that counts.
And what is the content? Words. Nothing but words, written in ink.
I can take a book on physics and do any experiment presented in within and find conclusive evidence that agrees with it.
I can also take a book of fairy tales and find that animals do not think or talk like humans.
Notice that when the words in a book are compared to reality, it is easy to distinguish the contents as useful or just pure nonsense.
His words are LIFE. (eternal life).
His words are PEACE. In the worst of life's situations.
His words are encouragement to the down and out.
His words lift your spirit.
His words foster love for others.
Can you test these in a lab?? NO
How about romance books, can you test them? Sure you can, just not the way you propose.
Come" b", get real and take it for what it is. I don't expect you to accept it's contents, but at least treat them fairly. (if you can)
There is FAR more content in the Bible than what you would call "fairy tales". Do you know how to distinguish fact from fiction? you seem to imply you do.
Since you want examples all the time, here's one.
It covers the entire history of the Jewish people BC.
Is that "fairy tales" too?
So what? Lots of books are available with words equal to or greater than anything Jesus ever said.
No, but his words can be put to the test, just like any other words.
Romance books? Are you serious? LOL!
I can treat his words fairly, but I don't worship him.
There are some horrid words in the bible too.
Much better than you, evidently.
I see you are stuck in a mindset.
Oh well, can't say I never tried.
Yes, I can understand why believers will claim those who use their minds to think are "stuck in a mindset" when they themselves swallow up every fantasy that comes along.
And, I also understand this is something believers will offer when they are unable to form an argument beyond those fantasies.
Religions don't offer anything. It's only a placebo to take death graciously.
I think that all humans have eternal life, or no humans have eternal life. Eternal life can't possibly be assigned in the lottery of what part of the world you happened to be born in and what religion you were brought up in. And what about all those people who lived and died before Jesus (who historically has not even been proved to exist)- do they lose out on eternal life because of timing?
Most religion offers eternal life either in one form or another.
Their way is usually one of works, by which a law, as derived from their approved writings, as it is kept.
Christianity, though they denies this outwardly, once anyone approached them, you would see that their way is actually exactly the same.
They say turn to Jesus alone in faith alone, but since their Jesus isn't the reality of the Christ.
Most if not all will of necessity fall back of reading and believing their book the bible and keeping it as a law as every other religion does.
Thus making Christ into a book to be studied and memorized prayed etc etc.
There are so many varied religions represented here,
and not many coming forth with their BEST offer.
Don't you have anything To offer?
Here's your platform to state your case for all the rest of us.
I don't know that for sure, b/c I can't speak for others. If anyone would like, check this out and tell me if it has anything to offer you:
The primary draw of religion seems to be eternal life, but who in their right mind would want it?
In an infinitesimally small percentage of the time available you will have experienced every experience there is to have, and will have done everything so many times you will be sick of it. You will have learned everything there is to learn, and done so so thoroughly that you could quote for millenia all there is to know.
For the remaining indescribably large percentage of the time available to you, you will sit in a total funk, bored out of your mind. Or go mad from boredom and disinterest in everything.
all religions offer similar things...concept of eternal life or one step above that...nice concepts ...atleast that keeps hopes alive...
No religion offer eternal life. No one can live eternally, because it is not something we human beings have been created for. Religion teaches us how to live as good people in this world.When we will die we will go into an eternal life.
No religion offer eternal life
.When we will die we will go into an eternal life.
you are contradicting yourself....
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