You are by far one of the most thoughtful young christians I have come across! It really gives me hope for the future that fellow Americans carry themselves in this way, which I call "the American Intellectual Tradition". Just remember! Never stop trying to reason with other people! And not just about Christ, but about anything where understanding is flawed.
Because if Ben Frankling was right and this nation could only work if each of us was a "philosopher king", then wisdowm is the greatest thing any of us has to offer!
In response to J...its a longer story but yea its true. I hate it because I would be able to remember a lot more and study more if I didn't damage my brain with copious amounts of narcotics :/
Oh, and about:
PostPosted: Aug 29, 2:28 am Post subject:
lol yea sorry i'm an idiot. I do agree with you that you can find things from different religions that are useful but i think they are useful if they line up with christianity because there are bits of truth in other religions. The point is that if we are the ones who make the standard of truth than there will be millions of so called truths because everyone will find something different. So where would the standard be? How can man understand why he is here all by himself. he can't even gather one/miilionth of the truth in the universe. what makes people think they can understand the meaning of life when they can't even understand most of their personal problems. I'm just saying man is just like satan, man wants to be his own god and do what ever he wants or thinks is right because he loves himself more than anything else(that's reasonable if you don't believe in a god). And how can you trust so many sources don't you think out of all of them some would be false? I'm not sure what your view is of the after life or if you believe in one at all but there is only one way to heaven and that is jesus.
I get what your saying which is relevant in our society where there is no metric for truth and everyone merely holds some set of opinions in a "you have your truth I have mine" attitude, but I appreciate other religions in another way.
Have you ever heard the "story of the rings" or Gotthold Lessing's "Nathan the Wise"?
Basicly, in the story, there is a ring of great value in a family...It is passed on through generations, and three boys are waiting for their father to choose one of them.
After the father dies, eventually the boys discover that each one of them has an identical ring so that none of them can tell the difference!
After much frustration and bickereing they seek wise council.
They are told " Your father loved you all so much, that he couldn't bear to choose one of you to leave the ring! So he gave each of you a different ring, with the same value...the value which is the immeasurable love of your father"
I find different religions are like this...And that they don't destroy truth in this sense. Because the truth is like a city...You can photograph it from many different angles, and each photograph will be different....But it is still the same city