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As a young boy, being raised Christian I remember asking my father this same question. How do I know Christianity is the right religion? Cuz I wanted to make sure I go to heaven too! His answer was different from my beliefs today. This bothered me and made me question my religion. Much of exactly like you described here in your post! I learned that while there are many religions and viewpoints, they all ironically tend to lead to the same generalized beliefs!

Religion is a human creation, god however is not. The way one person to the next may see the same thing very differently. But in the end, they still saw the same thing. In this case the big picture of all religions. I do not believe any one single religion is completely right or completely wrong.

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That religion should not be over analyzed and picked apart word for word. I am a very peaceful person and love all human beings from all walks of life and religions. Much like racial discrimination. This inferior complex often leads to hate towards others of different beliefs and religions. Perhaps the world would be a more loving peaceful place if more people had the same viewpoints that you and I share. Peace and love to all men and women of all religions! Is there an actual name to this sort of belief that all religions will lead to god in their own way?

These are my true beliefs, so when asked about my religion from others, is there a word for it? Or do I have to go into the whole explanation of my beliefs? Thank you sooo much again! But Omnism is defined recognising all religions and having an equal amount of respect for all religions by pretty much believing that they all hold some truth or at least some lesson we can learn from. I hope you also find this information useful Lee! I appreciate you taking the time to thoroughly explain your position to everyone who asks as well.

You are very open and respectful, even when others are not. For that, you have earned my respect. I wish people would learn how to agree to disagree so thay we can peacefully all just be. By saying you believe all to be right, when they say different things, does not make sense. If you are a Muslim following the Quran , you believe a particular group of things, many will contradict with what you believe if you are Christian following the Bible , for example; they say completely opposite things in places. And you cannot believe what a Muslim believes and believe all are correct, nor a Buddhist and believe all are correct, nor a Christian, etc etc and believe all to be correct.

When they all say something different. What people believe will always overlap somewhere, but it is what is different about what people believe that sets Christianity and the religions apart from one another. They are certainly not the same. Personally, I am a Christian, and you cannot believe what the bible says and at the same time concluded that all religions out there are true, because, to do so, you would have to then claim to not believe what Christianity teaches what Jesus taught.

So calling yourself a Christian-Omnist makes no sense to me. I cannot be a Muslim and a Christian and the same time. Why not Muslim-omnist, or Buddhist-Omnist? Or Athetist-Omnist if such a thing could exist. You have perplexed me. I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. Here Jesus teaches us that anyone who has love for one another is among his disciples.

That, according to Jesus Christ himself, is how we can know that someone is a follower of Jesus. Plus in a way if there are some contradictions in e. Omnism is the closest thing I know of, which is the respect of all religions. Thanks for your long and thoughtful comment. I enjoyed, and agree with, your thoughts.

A lot of our time and effort here on Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life is to present a broader and deeper view of Christianity—one that affirms the goodness of other religions while also highlighting the finer points of true Christianity. In general, the more fundamentalist wings of every religion tend to be exclusive and combative about their religion, the moderate wings tend to be middle-of-the-road and more accepting of people of other religions, and the mystical wings tend to see God as equally present in all the religions of the world. One classic formulation of the commonalities on the mystical end of all religions was published in by Aldous Huxley: In my own tradition there is a phrase covering it: Thank you lee for your response, and shedding some more light on the subject.

I appreciate you taking the time to respond to my comment in great detail. You have a very good insight on your beliefs, along with a very good knowledge to back up what you say. So many people will say something regarding religion, and when asked why? They have no problems condemning and judging others for their beliefs or lifestyle, sexuality, etc… And many go to extremes of telling someone that they are bad people, are going to go to hell, or even say that god hates them.

Ironically going against everything that they claim to be as religious, loving, godly people! From what I gathered from the bible basics is that god is a very loving, caring person. I just wonder how happy god will be with those who put false hateful words in gods mouth, when they come to meet their own judgement day. I truly love thy neighbor for the way that god created them. Perhaps if more people lived their lives that way, the world would be a more loving and peaceful place. Yes, people do get very sensitive, and sometimes very defensive, about their religion.

When their beliefs are questioned or challenged, it can feel very personal to them. It is also very common for people who have adopted a new set of beliefs that they find very exciting to want to tell everyone about it—only to find a solid wall of resistance and rejection from almost everyone they talk to. Sad to say, it is sometimes necessary to seek out and find a whole new circle of friends who share similar views, or at least are more open-minded and interested in different perspectives. When discussing and debating religion with others, keep in mind that people stick with one set of beliefs or another because they need those beliefs to keep themselves on track spiritually.

Speaking of intolerant views people adopt based on their view of the Bible, you might enjoy this post: What is the Sin of Sodom? I was touched because I, myself is very defensive when someone overrides my belief. Until one time, I got doubt of mine. I am now very excited to behave and openly accept different views of religion. It has just so very complicated until I have eated all bites of this article.

Thank you for your beautiful comment. It gives me joy to know that this article has provided some delicious and eye-opening spiritual food for you. I love believing in a God who loves people of all religions. This is a belief that helps us to love one another even though we may be very different from one another. I do have to say Lee, everything you wrote on this page makes complete and absolute sense to me. Its crazy to think that I was lead to this page, to open my eyes a little wider. May God bless you. Thanks for your kind words.

I am glad you were led to this page, and that my words brought you a little more light. Blessings on your spiritual journeys! Thanks so much posting this. I consider myself on the agnostic side, but am deeply interested in all religions. Growing up in the U. S, I was raised with a Christian attitude but was a person who traveled and read a lot, thus was curious of other religions. I see his teachings everywhere, but the cruelty I hear has made me doubtful of ALL my beliefs and frightened of damnation. I want to find god everywhere in the world and love him, not follow him through fear.

This post really brightened my day and helped me feel gods love again. Thanks for your thoughts. It is unfortunate that many Christians have gone for a rather black-and-white, fear-based version of Christianity. For a more faith- and love-based version of Christianity, I invite you to browse the various articles on this blog. Wow, lots of comments on this one.

From scripture, even Jesus acknowledged that those who did not know him could enter heaven. Here are the passages that I had found, before knowing about Emanuel Swedenborg:. Servants who did not know of their master were punished less than those who did know Luke So with more knowledge comes more responsibility. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were already in heaven before Christ Matt. Jesus had no problem with those who did not follow him and yet were able to cast out demons Mark 9: So to say just one religion saves is very narrow minded.

All who do this will enter heaven. While everyone knows the truth through their conscience, Christianity knows that this same truth became incarnate in human form. Why not a direct personal relationship with the One, instead of an abstract one? I have a hundred questions for God, only if they can be all answered honestly I will feel so much better. But my questions are not normal questions, ok wait they are normal but nobody would dare to ask the questions I tend to ask people. So anyways back to the real topic, my thoughts on this subject are I believe that there is one God and he told men to find ways that they can keep their children and women safe.

They Religion are written rules for safety. If there were none we would all be the same. God Bless to all. I am kinda glad to have found your site — mulling it over a bit. Thanks for stopping by, and for your good comments. I will give you a response on your longer comment, but it may take a little more time. You ask some great questions! Generally, one God which I believe who is capable of allowing his only begotten son to be sacrificed for the benefit, salvation, of anyone whom will believe, would be capable of any other way to give people a chance to believe. Specifically however, please enlighten those of us who remain confused by reincarnation.

As an example, Krishna conciousness teaches an absolutely beautiful and devoted life to God whom appears in any way he chooses but still only ONE god. I understand that this could be once per each human life and I have considered that each human life, even reincarnated, is once. Please provide your take on this. Thank you for this forum and the ability to search for truth rather than search for ways to verify an opinion. Hi again, just to clarify my question, it seems to me that anywhere our God is, that IS the final destination or highest attainment.

And that Jesus walking the earth is an amazing proof of the love our God has for us. Jesus showed us exactly, by example, what a perfect human life is all about. Believe and act, love each other, love God the most. In the end, ALL whom believe and act and love each other all seek exactly the same attainment, which is everlasting life with our God. I am so interested in hearing your views regarding reincarnation.

Thanks for your comments and questions. The Bible is fairly clear that we have one life on earth—and that is the belief of the major religions based on or related to the books accepted as Scripture in the West: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Meanwhile the major Eastern religions, such as Hinduism and Buddhism, generally teach that we go through multiple lives on earth before moving on to a state of eternal union with God.

I do agree with you that the most important thing is not what particular religion we belong to or what particular doctrines we believe in, but whether we act on our beliefs by loving each other and loving God the most. Still, there are many valid reasons people believe in reincarnation, and those reasons need to be taken into account in any response. Reincarnation is a major issue for many people. Certainly I do not mind waiting while you consider this topic.

I realize it is quite a task to tackle! As you say, reincarnation is a major issue for many people. So, I learned a lot. Still, I found myself gravitating to Jesus… likely due to my existing relationship with Him. Thanks for your patience. I have now written and posted a major read: The Bible, Emanuel Swedenborg, and Reincarnation.

I hope it answers your questions! Feel free to continue the conversation there if you have further thoughts, ideas, or questions on the subject of reincarnation. Even if people do group together to share common faiths, each one of us has our own pathway to God. Thanks for stopping by. Hi, Just wanted to ask would you label yourself a Christian?

Yes, I am a Christian. My version of Christianity is probably quite different from what you grew up with, however. Or simply spend some time looking through Spiritual Insights for Everyday Life to find out more about how Annette and I view Christianity. I do agree with your thoughts. We must be free to follow the spiritual beliefs and take the spiritual path that work best for us. If we live a good life according to our beliefs, showing love and kindness to other people and serving them in our own unique way, we are building a life of heaven for ourselves.

We are living by the spirit of what Jesus Christ taught, even if we may not label ourselves Christians. My own beliefs are strongly Christian. And as I have said in this and several other articles on the website, this means that I believe God is loving, merciful, and wise, and has provided a path toward heaven for everyone, everywhere, each according to their own character and culture. True Christianity is not just about beliefs. It is about loving God and loving our neighbor, as Jesus Christ taught.

Thank you for the time and effort you put into addressing reincarnation. I have tried to understand the thought process of it and still do not. Your study is thorough and I appreciate this very much because I want to understand as much as I can! For me, in all my limited studies nothing compares to prayer. Without going into details, I receive gifts that would mean little to nothing to anyone else, but to me are meaningful and priceless and could not originate from anywhere else but the spiritual. Either than or I have a lot of irony in my life… and irony never crosses my mind at those times.

I believe in God, and Jesus, and prayers are heard for those who believe. This is my path. But no matter how it was explained, even though I tried to understand, I just could not accept reincarnation. It is quite clear to me that trying to understand the entire spiritual realm or whatever work fits your comfort level in the human condition is at best, limited. We have all the chances we need in this one life! Thanks for taking the time to explain further. It sounds like you and I have come to similar conclusions, even if we arrived at them by a different route.

I completely agree with you that people who follow other religions are not engaging in idol worship. Their religion is just as real to them as ours is to us. Assuming they are genuine and sincere, they are truly following God as God appears to them. And about reincarnation, I, too, cannot accept it. I know it provides them with a sense of justice and meaning in life, even if I think that reincarnation is unnecessary and that there is greater meaning and justice without it. Thanks again for your thoughtful comments! If you have any further thoughts to share or questions to ask, feel free to post them in a comment or to submit a Spiritual Conundrum.

Having travelled the world and experienced people from different religions in different settings, it is obvious that there are many who have found God through diverse paths. It is also true that religion is man made, however, when we examine the founders of each faith there are marked differences, and ones that could ultimately poison the well, so to speak. Whilst I am certain that heaven will be filled with many from different faiths and cultures, because they followed Gods ways, there is only one being that claimed to be the way the truth and the life who actually lived his entire life worthy of that claim.

This is happening on a massive scale in the Middle East and Africa now because of his commands and because he is the perfect example, according to this religion. Ultimately, I find people who claim that truth is a movable feast according to perception are building their spiritual homes on shifting sand. Truth, counter to popular, fashionable, opinion, is often, if not always, black and white and can be answered by a simple question:.

Does God exist…yes or no. Is god a clearly defined being who although perceived differently by men, is one consistent being…yes or no. Did Jesus, according to the accounts we possess, perfectly represent God? Likewise, because of the huge differences between the life and teachings of Jesus and the life and teachings of Mohammad, for example, the religions that base themselves on these men are not the same and cannot equally represent God.

Thanks for your thoughtful comment. I am glad that you and I agree on this point. It is vital to understanding God as a universally loving and just God. The truth itself is eternal and does not change, because it is part of the being of God. We humans, though, perceive that truth in various ways. And though I do think we can have clearer and less clear perceptions of the truth, it would be hubris for any human being or religion to claim to have the absolute, pure truth.

Only God has that, because God is truth. If ten artists get together and paint the same scene, each painting will be distinctly different, even though they are painting the same scene. And each painting will express some unique human take on that scene. Further, every person who views each painting will also see something different in it. Religion is more like a painting than a snapshot. And each religion expresses to its followers some unique perspective on the eternal truth that is God.

About Christianity in comparison with other religions, I am a Christian, and there are many reasons for that. If I thought a different religion offered a better and clearer expression of God, I would join it. However, to be fair, Christians have just as much blood on their hands historically as Muslims or people of any other faith.

Even today, there are Christians slaughtering Muslims in various parts of the world. Recently, a report surfaced that the navy SEALS who killed Osama bin Laden unloaded over a hundred bullets into him after he was already lying dead on the ground. I do not condone such violence by Christians, Muslims, or people of any other religion.

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But it is a fact that the people of various religions, including Christianity, have interpreted their Scriptures and their founders—including Jesus—as condoning war and bloodshed against those who do not share their faith. Jesus himself engaged in armed violence in the incident of clearing the temple with a whip John 2: The Bible is full of violence—and that violence is not confined to the Old Testament. In the book of Revelation there are vast wars involving millions of combatants.

Personally, I interpret the wars and violence of the Bible as referring to spiritual battles of good against evil. But many Christians interpret them quite literally. They believe that their religion commands them to take up arms against any who oppose their faith. And right up to this day, various groups of Christians have done just that. And they have done it, not only against people of other religions, but against fellow Christians who happen to belong to a different branch of Christianity. I once attended an impassioned speech given by an American Muslim Imam saying that Islam is a religion of peace, and that those who are taking up arms in the name of Islam are misrepresenting their faith, and giving it a bad name.

He stated bluntly that the religion they are preaching and acting upon is not Islam. The fact is, every religion has its zealots. Christianity is no exception. And every religion has its advocates of peace and harmony among the various races and cultures of earth. It is not fair or objective to judge other religions by their fundamentalists and zealots, while judging our own religion by its moderates and mystics. In short, every religion has its beauties, and every religion provides its people with a unique human perspective on the eternal truth that is God.

Only God has that. This the absolute heart of the issue. Some things are Black and White, and Jesus asks us to make that choice about him. With regard to your second response, of course, I am familiar with the oft quoted passages that suggest that Jesus condoned violence, although I have never heard anyone before say that he engaged in armed violence.

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Do you read about a battlefield covered with the bodies of the fallen? At worst a couple chaps might have got a red mark on their backsides…but that is the extreme case scenario. Rather he says for them to shake the dust off their feet and move on. At worst one might construe this command as a reason to have arms for self defence, but given the turn the other cheek command, even this is a stretch.

While these very few passages might be used by those who are seeking to be violent as a justification or for pluralists to somehow demonstrate that Jesus was just as violent as the next crazy prophet from that region , not only are they ignoring the context of the passages, but also just about everything else that Jesus taught, and most importantly did. Do you, as a Christian minister, really conclude that the life and teachings of Christ justify the bloody deeds that have been committed by people in his name?

That seems to be what you are saying in part, which I find odd. Of course the Old Testament is a different matter, but Jesus abrogates the nasty stuff, part of the reason he got on the wrong side of the teachers of the Law. In my original remarks I talk specifically about the prophets themselves, not the followers, but if you are to relate the two, I think that anyone who reads the gospels would conclude that those who engage in violence of any kind are generally not following the teachings of Jesus, so you could argue they are not true followers.

Does the same argument apply to him? Are you familiar with the life and teachings of Mohammed? Are you aware of the fact that in the Hadiths his own faithful followers describe accounts of him slaughtering Christians, Jews and pagans in the thousands, raping captive women, and having sex with his nine year old wife?

You could argue that those who commit atrocities in the name of Islam in the Middle East, in Africa, in Burma, in Russia, in Europe, in China, in Indonesia, in India etc are doing exactly what Mohammed told them to do and did himself. The difference between Mohammed and Jesus and just about any other prophet, except possibly Moses is night and day. Therefore, to conclude, while I agree with your analysis that atrocities have been committed by people from all religions, the facts show that Christians who do so are directly disobeying Christ. Muslims, on the other hand, are obeying their prophet.

Using words like moderate or zealot are irrelevant, really you need to define people as true followers of Christ or true followers of Mohammed. Thanks for your reply. To respond to your last point first in good Biblical fashion, I would suggest that if you really want to understand Islam, you speak with Muslims who are not fundamentalists.

Not to be rude, but it sounds like your view of Islam comes more from fundamentalist Christian apologetics than it does from reputable Muslim sources. In short, before coming to all of these negative conclusions about Islam in comparison with Christianity, I would suggest expanding your view of Islam by learning more about it from moderate Muslim sources. About Christianity being a religion of peace, and Jesus not literally commanding war and bloodshed, that is my view of Christianity, and it is apparently your view of Christianity as well.

We can interpret these things spiritually and metaphorically all we want. Why would someone carry a sword—or a gun, for that matter—if they had no intention of ever using it? If you would never, under any circumstances, use a gun, it would be better not to carry one.

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And practically speaking, as I already said, Christians have engaged in, and continue to engage in, just as much violence as Muslims or people of any other religion. Presumably Christians who engage in this violence do not believe that they are violating the tenets of their religion. And no matter how wrong you or I may think they are, they will have just as strong a belief that you and I are wrong.

We are simply weak Christians in their view, unwilling to put our lives on the line for our faith.


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And the Christian scriptures themselves certainly do not make an open and shut case for it. Once again as I already said, the Bible is full of violence, and that does not stop with the Old Testament. The belief that no single explanatory system or view of reality can account for all the phenomena of life. I naturally think my own explanatory system can account for all the phenomena of life. Pragmatically, though, none of us is really that smart or that broadly experienced. We are not God with infinite knowledge and experience of reality.

And probably a lot of things of which I am totally ignorant. That is where I do think multiple systems and approaches will help us to gain a better understanding of reality than one system alone. When many people approach the same problems from different perspectives, through comparison of the results of those various approaches we gain a better understanding of those problems than if we approached them from only one perspective.

As I have said several times before, I am a Christian. I do believe what Jesus taught. However, I have a very different view of the meaning of what he taught than that of many traditional Christians. The universe does have black and white in it. However, it also has many shades of gray, and a nearly infinite variety of colors.

To limit Christian belief only to the blacks and the whites is to subscribe to a flat, monochromatic posterization of a complex and highly nuanced religion. This is not the place to provide a full explanation of why I think that particular black and white view of Christianity is mistaken and short-sighted. But here are two articles that will provide some of the basics:.

Can We Really Believe the Bible? Some Thoughts for Those who Wish they Could. I think we are going to have to agree to disagree, but before I sign off I will point out that I have gained my understanding of Islam from visiting and spending time in many Muslim countries Pakistan, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Aden and Tunisia and from living in the UK most of my life where there are many more Muslims per head of population than the US, so I have not gained my understanding from Christian fundamentalist websites, but rather by experiencing first hand the suffocating, oppressive and unfair societies that this vile religion spawns.

I have also gained my understanding by reading the Quran, the Haddiths and speaking with devout and secular Muslims. It is often the latter who have the most negative things to say about Islam and how the West is tying a noose around its own neck. But enough,because I know all too well that I am wasting my breath. If you can come to the conclusions, and say the things you have about Jesus after years of contemplating his life and teachings, then I know there is no logic or argument that I can create that will make you see the light. Unfortunately, in Muslim countries, and in many Muslim communities around the world, a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam is the dominant one.

This is akin to what the Christian nations would be like of the Christian fundamentalists were in the majority and controlled those nations. They would be very different nations than they are now, with moderate and secular Christians largely in control. About Jesus, for the most part in these comments I have not said what I personally believe. Only what many fundamentalist Christians—whom I strongly disagree with—believe. My own belief is expressed in the article I linked in a previous comment.

I believe that Jesus is God with us as the Bible says. I do not believe that there is any parallel in the usual sense between Jesus and any human prophet, such as Moses or Mohammed. All the rest are merely human. Unfortunately, a large segment of Christianity believes in Jesus in a very different way. And they do take very literally the Biblical—including Gospel—statements about swords and warfare. This, at least, you must admit if you have spent any time at all with the Christian fundamentalist zealots who parallel the dominant Muslim fundamentalists in the Middle East.

From everything I have read on here you are a gentle man who loves peace and wishes harmony between people of different religions, and that is an incredibly Godly approach to take. I can see that you believe the same about Jesus as I do, but maybe because of our different personality types, express that differently, so I will continue this discussion and will try to be as open as possible.

From my observations of Islam in the wider world, the vast majority of Muslims are ordinary people, just wanting to get on with daily life without trouble. They are incredibly hospitable, something I have experienced many times, but their religion has a fatal flaw that will inevitably lead societies that adopt Islam down a certain path. That flaw is Mohammad. He said a lot of good things early in his prophethood, but he turned pretty nasty later on. I am not exaggerating when I say that the Hadiths record genuine atrocities committed by him.

He also commanded his followers to treat unbelievers harshly, and even to kill them. He was particularly viscous towards the Jews he beheaded a thousand in one day after they surrendered to him. Now here is the heart of the flaw…Mohammad is upheld as the perfect Muslim, the one towards whom all young men must look to as a model of perfect behaviour. Since in Islam all his early commands are abrogated by his later ones, it follows that a true Muslim will adopt the same detestable behaviours that Mohammad did in his later years.

This is why so few Muslims openly condemn the atrocities that are happening in the Middle East and Africa at the moment. To your point about Christian fundamentalists…it must be an American thing. Since I became a Christian over 20 years ago, I have never encountered the type of Christians you are talking about. I went to a number of evangelical churches in the UK and now attend one in Canada, and find loving communities that detest violence.

I agree to a point that when Jesus told his disciples to carry a sword when they went into the surrounding country, this could, and maybe was intended to be interpreted as a license to have a weapon for self defence. However, the only time that one of his disciples was actually violent, Jesus stopped him, and healed the soldier. Unlike Mohammad, Jesus never ever commanded or participated in genuine aggression the temple was from all accounts a visceral reaction to seeing the house of God turned into an extortion racket gouging travelling worshippers. I honestly believe that you, and the many well meaning people like you who wish to see harmony, who suggest there is no difference between true followers of Christ and true followers of Mohammad are in fact playing straight in to hands of the enemies of Christ.

To be clear, I am not saying that there is no difference between true followers of Christ and true followers of Muhammad. In fact, the main point of the article is that different religions are required on earth precisely because of the differences among people and cultures. If Christianity had been a suitable religion for the people who founded and adopted Islam, they would be Christians, not Muslims. I know Christians like to think that their religion would work for everyone. But God is in charge in this world, not us. And I believe that God has provided the various religions for the various cultures of the world because God sees the character and personality of each culture, and provides for it the particular religion required to reach the people of that particular culture and character.

In short, true followers of Christ and true followers of Muhammad are different, and that is why they are Christians and Muslims, respectively. As you say, most Muslims are good, thoughtful, hospitable people. For them, this is what their religion teaches them to be. And they live by their religion as they understand it. You make a very good point that their leaders are the ones who tend to vitiate their religion.

If they are living under fundamentalist zealots, they will tend to be pulled in that direction. If they live under more moderate and peaceful regimes, they will live more peaceably. As a group, American Muslims are much more liberal and peaceful than their counterparts in much of the Middle East. This is both because they live under more peaceful conditions and because they choose to live in a more liberal country due to their own approach to life. We have many Christian fundamentalist zealots in the U.

Usually they are suppressed fairly quickly. But if they were ever to grow greatly in numbers and gain power, we would be living in a very different country—a much more violent and intolerant one, similar to the countries that are ruled by Muslim fundamentalists. Meanwhile, Islam has its moderates and even its mystics. The mystical Sufi branch of Islam has a broad, tolerant, peaceful view of humanity. It views the war and bloodshed in Muslim scripture and history not as a pretext for literal violence, but as an expression of the spiritual warfare of good and justice against evil and injustice.

Islam originated at a very violent time in human history. But just as Judaism has left behind its early practice of animal sacrifice at the tabernacle and then the Temple, which was central to its religious practice in pre-Christian times, and instituted a synagogue system and a concept of personal sacrifice to replace literal animal sacrifice, so Islam is able to change and grow beyond the violence of its early years.

And he went into the synagogue and spoke boldly for three months, reasoning and persuading concerning the things of the kingdom of God. These are my only fellow workers for the kingdom of God who are of the circumcision; they have proved to be a comfort to me. But as the first century progressed, the intense focus on the Kingdom began to wane as false beliefs began to creep into Christianity. Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some.

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them,. Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;. May the Lord repay him according to his works.

You also must beware of him, for he has greatly resisted our words. But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

The understanding of the true gospel and the focus on the Kingdom of God were minimized and lost over the centuries after the end of the New Testament era. Historian Justo Gonzalez writes: This idea was also promoted by the theologian Augustine of Hippo in his highly influential book The City of God: This belief became known as amillenialism and is a dominant belief in different forms in mainstream Christianity today.

After the true biblical teaching of the Kingdom of God was removed, the gospel message was changed from the message about the Kingdom to a message primarily about Jesus Christ.

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In other words, Christianity kept the name of Jesus Christ, but abandoned His message. The true gospel is not a minor issue. Repent, and believe in the gospel. Skip to content God is not the author of confusion, disorder, or chaos, but of peace 1 Cor I recently heard of this disorder… This may not be as strange as it sounds because the Apostle Paul addressed the spiritual reality of this condition related to the Body of Christ… One […] More Jesus, Less Religion: Ironically, this little verse about unity has caused more fighting, more division, and more heartache than almost any other verse… Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond […] Mankind has divided and conquered!

God is not impressed.