Ten hard Questions by a Skeptic. #7
Welcome to my blog post entitled "Unveiling the Zeitgeist". Recently, I had the privilege to answer 10 questions from a friend about the nature of God and spirituality in general. I am sharing the ten-part Q&A with my friend's permission. I have titled this very first series "Ten hard questions by a Sceptic". I hope that this blog post series helps all the skeptics out there that wrestle with the existence of God in their minds and in their hearts. Friends, It's time to leave the fence!
God did not force anyone to believe Him. If that was the case, He could have created us programmed just like robots to believe God.
#7. Isn't believing Christianity is the religion and Jesus Christ the one and only a rather arrogant thought? What right do we have to denounce the religion of the Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc?
God did not force anyone to believe Him. If that was the case, He could have created us programmed just like robots to believe God. But He didn’t. We each have free will. When Christians are saying that we have to believe God it is because God said in the bible that I am the way, the truth, and the life. As to whether people believe that God who proclaimed Jesus is the only way to God, it is up to the people.
Life is about choices whether you enter a candy store or Disneyland, you have to make choices. Is this candy tastier or is that ride more exciting? Without data points, even a choice will turn into a burden. The informed mind (intellect) poses questions and seeks out answers (data points) to drive an informed choice. Likewise, it is with various religions. It is a luxury to be able to make a choice of what you want to believe. In some countries and communities, it is not granted but forced on you. Worse yet, you can’t believe in anything as Karl Max once said “Religion is the opium of the people. It is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of our soulless conditions.” Only the first portion is quoted often in the former Soviet Union, China, and North Korea of today. The point I want to make is that choices always come at a price. What is worth something will cost you something. Lastly, Christianity is not for everyone. Many have rejected the gospel and have refused Jesus the Messiah repeatedly. But the love of God is extended to everyone [Is there an impossibility with God? God is able to save those he chose. Romans 8:15 and the whole chapter.]
Not to contradict my first point but to offer you a different perspective. Let me pose a controversial viewpoint just to draw a crass example and by doing so we can hopefully establish the point more clearly. If God is who He is and He is alive and actively working in the midst of our society, then the opposite must be also true which is the existence of His enemy, Satan.**** Now, if Satan is real then we can easily infer that he has no good intentions. Let us understand who Lucifer is and what his end goal is and what role Christian play and non-believers play. Satan goes by many names such as Beelzebub (Lord of the Fly), Lucifer (The name of the Fallen angel), etc. He is known to be the accuser of the brethren and the liar and deceiver. He only comes to kill, steal and destroy. What is important is that Satan has full dominion of this world we know, Earth. His chief goal is to keep the church irrelevant, dormant, and inactive. His greatest accomplishment is that he has fooled the world to believe that he does not exist. One way he did this is to portray himself in movies to be so obscure and ancient that speaking about him earnestly in real life will attract ridicule. Another way he did this is to promote extreme religious freedom and equality and hide behind names, agendas, religions, ideology. This had to be said first to establish the base for my next point. What if what the enemy is doing is consistently reflected in the disguise of religions? Terror, hate, oppression, dominion, murder, slavery, polygamy, pedophilia, homosexuality, and political and religious governments? Perhaps, this may sound to you as conspiracy stuff but before you reject it, let me tell you that this is not the broad viewpoint of Christians, but I am putting up an extreme case to show you what has to be considered when you think about Satan’s schemes and deception.
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