A bit of a spin off of a few of the questions today -
The heart of Christianity is that you believe Jesus is your savior. Period. End of story. Every faction and division has it's own little auxiliary rules and hoops to jump through, but in the end, that's what it comes down to. 2 entities, 3 possibilities: you believe he exists and that he's a savior, you believe he existed but was just a man, or you don't believe he existed at all. Never are there more than 2 entities in that equation - Jesus and the person deciding if they believe or not.
So why is there so much concern over what other people are doing? There are scriptures saying to "spread the word". As we've established here repeatedly, on CM at least, you aren't going to find a single person who hasn't already heard about the idea, and most of us, no matter what religion we do or don't practice these days, started out as some variety of Christian. That's true of most Americans, and safe to say, most people in the Western Hemisphere. Even those raised Jewish or Muslim still learn some or all of the bible and are aware of the concepts even if they don't believe the same way, and those raised atheist or agnostic, or another religion, are still steeped in Christian culture, because it's integral to education - you cannot learn history, music, art, literature, or even science, without also learning the historical impact of the church setting policies and laws that directly impacted each of those areas.
So with all that in mind, why are there still SO MANY people who get bent out of shape over other people examining that 2 entity relationship and not making the same choice they did? For that matter, why are there still so many people who can't even comprehend that there are other people who aren't Christians in some form, and that everyone doesn't fall into practicing or lapsed, but that there are millions and millions of people who practice other religions entirely (or none at all) and are perfectly happy about it?
At what point does "accept Jesus" and "spread the word" transform into "put yourself in the middle of everyone else's relationship with Jesus" and "force the word whether they want it or not, even after they've already heard it"? Is it truly fear for someone else, or is it fear that the believer might be wrong? Insecurity or concern? What exactly is the thought process that takes someone from "I must work on my relationship with Jesus" to "I must work on someone else's relationship with Jesus"?
(sorry to have closed it the first time, it did have a few good answers, shame someone felt the need to derail it from the start because it was too complicated for them)
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 5:55 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by pixie_trix at 5:56 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by pinkdragon36 at 5:56 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by ochsamom at 5:59 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by pixie_trix at 6:03 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by pixie_trix at 6:20 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by anime_mom619 at 6:35 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
Answer by Renee3K at 6:41 PM on Apr. 16, 2011
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