“Acts 4:15-22 All the care of the rulers is, that the doctrine of Christ spread not among the people, yet they cannot say it is false or dangerous, or of any ill tendency; and they are ashamed to own the true reason; that it testifies against their hypocrisy, wickedness, and tyranny. Those who know how to put a just value upon Christ’s promises, know how to put just contempt upon the world’s threatenings. The apostles look with concern on perishing souls, and know they cannot escape eternal ruin but by Jesus Christ, therefore they are faithful in warning, and showing the right way. None will enjoy peace of mind, nor act uprightly, till they have learned to guide their conduct by the fixed standard of truth, and not by the shifting opinions and fancies of men. Especially beware of a vain attempt to serve two masters, God and the world; the end will be, you can serve neither fully.
Acts 4:22 Commentaries”
“That passage is almost as lame as Trumps speach last night. Just bragging and trust me blah blah blah. Now pass the plate.”
If Jesus had any power he would put a pox on Trump.
I know ME, I am missing the nuances and subtitles of the Bible. I can read and don’t need a preacher to interpret for me.
Wasted words, ain’t never been heard.”
Mary Elizabeth, in response:
“We each either, ultimately, have to choose the path of the world, as exemplified in Donald Trump, or the path of the spirit, as exemplified in Jesus Christ.
At least, the election of Donald Trump as America’s president has demonstrated that clearly.”
Another Poster’s Response to MES:
“You are missing the other paths for a good lifestyle.
Buddhism, Hindu, Rastafari, or no god at all.
Christianity has a my way or the highway doctrine.
Faith in Jesus or burn for eternity.
That can’t be true.”
MES, in Response:
“I don’t interpret the words of Jesus to mean that he is the only way to God, skydog. I try not to think in dichotomies.
The way you interpret his message is a message of fear not of love. Love fosters growth not fear, anger, hate, death.
There are many paths to God in my opinion. Jesus Christ exemplified who God is through his life. Love and growth. One cannot close one’s mind to inquiry and grow. Fear is the opposite of both love and growth. Jesus espoused love not fear in the heart nor fear in the soul.”
Another Poster’s Response:
“The Bible clearly states, the ONLY way to heaven is by ones FAITH in Jesus. Not maybe, probably, or could be. ONLY.
I am glad you have cherry picked the book to your liking.
Cherry picking Nostradamus is fun too, but not a way base your life.”
“I don’t interpret literally many things. Jesus is the way to God because God lived in him. Learning how that happens is a spiritual quest of many spiritual paths, not just the path of Christianity. Jesus is the way and he is correct in saying that no person comes to know God except through him. That does not mean that other great spiritual thinkers have not, also, found how to internalize God from spirit to human manifestation.
Again, God is a God of love and enlightenment not of fear and exclusion, as I interpret God to be.”
Another Poster’s Response:
“You are side stepping the elephant in the room.
Believe like I do or burn in hell is the doctrine.
I do believe Jesus had some great teachings, but excluding all others is wrong.
I understand the selling point though. It’s about the cash mostly.”
” ‘Burn in Hell’ is the doctrine of fundamentalist Christians, but not of all Christians who, like myself, believe that God allows for the freedom of thought.
Thanks for the dialogue. Perhaps others, also, have benefited from reading the thoughts in our discussion. I hope so.”
My personal testimony related to Christianity which I first posted on Jay Bookman’s blog on March 9, 2018:
“Today, I saw the film of P. T. Barnum’s life, ‘The Greatest Showman,’ with Hugh Jackman. It was wonderful. I urge everyone who has not seen it on the big screen to see it as it is on its last leg in movie theaters, having opened last fall. I want to share this spiritual testimony about this film with this audience. My dear sweet, younger Evangelical Christian sister reminded again by phone to see it yesterday, so I made the point to see it today. A couple of weeks ago, as some of you may remember, I predicted that the tipping point of consciousness on this planet would be moving forward into this century and beyond into understanding the need for egalitarianism of thought toward all human beings and solving mutual world problems through rationality and empathy rather than through war and brute power of any kind. This film exemplifies what I have believed spiritually since I was a child, that there are no ‘freaks’ of human beings, that every soul has merit, and that some day our eyes would be open to see that collectively. Of course, this concept fulfills the words of Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln for America as a model for the world, for I believe that no person can be free to be who he or she is, innately, on the world’s stage, as an equal to every other human being, in any society that is not free. That is why we must keep America free from dictators of any kind.
When I was in my early 30s and my sister was in her early 20s, I thought how could we come together as a family in that she and her growing family had found God through fundamentalist Christianity, and God made me to be a liberal Christian. I’m a Democrat. She is a Republican. We have always been close personally, but now I understand that only God could have blended, through love, two sisters who not only are happy together and love one another in the Holy Spirit, but each true to herself still, and each also giving the other breathing room to be herself. I think it is very telling that my sister was the one who recommended that I see this beautiful, imaginative, egalitarian film. She loved it, and so did I. God brings all things together in Him.”