The Christians who believe in gay marriage or the ones who believe gays should be put to death? The Christians who won't cut their hair or wear pants, or the Christians who will? What about the ones who use faith healing - the ones who have a child die without medication, are they still getting in? If they are, are the ones who do seek medical treatment going in their place for having less faith? Pedophiles, if they really believe, will they go, or will their victims go? Could they both? Talk about an awkward eternity. The ones who believe in the Trinity, or the ones who don't? Methodists or Episcopalians? If the Catholics get in, will it be Roman or Eastern? Will they both go? Do they take the Episcopalians with since they're kinda sorta Catholic? How about the Gnostics? Very different set of rules there, so potentially a lot of wrong, or potentially a lot of right.
What about the Jews? They don't believe in Hell, the Christians do, but they also believe you have to believe in Christ to not go to Hell, so do all the Jews automatically go to Hell? Even though they wrote the main rules to begin with? Without them you wouldn't have the parts of the OT you argue over including or not in the first place. And then there are also the Christians who, based on that OT, don't believe in Hell either. Can they be sent somewhere they don't believe?
If the answer to any of these is "I don't (or can't) know", how can you possibly justify sharing your specific rules set with anyone and call it truth, with or without a capitalized "t"? How can you judge other belief systems as right or wrong in comparison to your own, when you don't know if yours is right to begin with? Even if you believe your deity is infallible, obviously the interpretation of his wishes is, or there wouldn't be literally thousands of different interpretations. What if your own set of rules is the one just far enough off base that you have a one way ticket and don't even know it? Do you want to be the one that takes someone else with you because you were just trying to help?
And having established that there is no way to know which denomination might have it right or wrong, how can you then take that potentially flawed set of rules and apply it to examining other faiths outside that one? If you don't know which rules you have right and which you have wrong, how can you know which ones are appropriate when comparing to other faiths? How can you cluck at others for not raising their children in a faith you can't even pin down yourself, or suggest that they might be tools of an entity they don't believe in, and that you can't even figure out what he is or isn't in charge of?
Answer by scout_mom at 3:11 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by SeasideNative at 3:13 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by MommaClark3 at 3:23 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by SeasideNative at 3:24 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Keep voting me down, it won't matter, you still want to be Christian!!!!!! Which is why you are inquiring!!!!
Just forgive yourself for whatever it is that holds you back and makes you feel lke you might be sent to hell.
Answer by SeasideNative at 3:28 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by SeasideNative at 3:31 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
God is the one who chooses who goes to hell and who goes to heaven. If you wanna give people a hard time because they choose to be a Christian or you wanna feel superior and point out little things about a certain religion I suggest you keep it to yourself.
Follow your faith your own way and I will do the same with mine.
Answer by Anonymous at 3:32 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by SeasideNative at 3:33 PM on Jun. 4, 2011
Answer by SeasideNative at 3:34 PM on Jun. 4, 2011