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  1. Actually, the question is, “Am I judgmental, and does God hate me?” God doesn’t want us caught up in arguments that don’t truly exalt Him. When I would do so in the past; it’s funny, no one ever got saved or left the conversation like, “Man, Christ is awesome!” Rather it was, “This dude’s an a- hole,” and it likely drove them further away from Him. I wonder if there were many people clapping in heaven as a result. Not quite the Christ impression. When Jesus hung on the cross and people didn’t “get His point,” His response wasn’t a display of anger, insensitivity, hatred, or rage, (which is at the heart a spirit of murder); it was compassion. Luke 23:33-34 33 When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. There was an interesting article I read today that really drives this point home. The details are graphic, so please read at your own risk. Some of you may remember this story about three men who were tortured and martyred savagely for their faith in Turkey and a widow’s response. Here’s the article: https://mattpapa.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/martyr-monday-tilman-geske-1961-2007-necati-aydin-1975-2007-and-ugur-uksel-1978-2007/ This woman was a Christian; she had the heart of God (Matthew 5:43-48). She shames me as I think of the things for which I allow myself to become hateful and resentful, even belligerent, causing more damage to relationships and separating people. God hates me if I resolve to live this way (Psalm 5:4-6; 11:5). So as I look on the recent decision to allow same-sex nation in our nation, instead of asking, entertaining, or discussing the question, “Does God hate gays?” How about if we take the position of Christ and this widow and pray for the heart of our nation, stop arguing, and simply get involved with people, introduce them to Christ, and then let Him do the work. 2 Timothy 2:23-26 23 Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights. 24 A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. 25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. This article is not an indictment against standing up for truth; rather, it is a measuring stick by which we can judge our actions to see if we’re doing things God’s way or exalting our own opinions to the detriment of saving souls. Let’s preserve our witness. #LovePeople #Pray #GetInvolved #GodRocks Always love, Mr. MJ
  2. I've only been on CTF a few weeks but I've seen a lot of... well, what is to me semi-disturbing... "facts" about other religions (such as my religion of Buddhism) made by members. Some of these statements were simply not true. Of course, I doubt these statements were made in malice to intentionally spread lies. The fact is that such statements could lead to misinformation among CTFers about other religions. I think a lot of people become so focused on their religion/denomination that they have little information about beliefs which are different than their own. So, I was thinking maybe a non-Christian version of the Ask A Christian version may be a possibility? Or maybe simply a discussion forum specificially for interfaith topics? This forum would not promote other religions. It would simply ask questions about religions that are not Christianity, such as Judaism, Hinduism, Jainism, Humanism, etc. The purpose of the forum, I think it would promote theological knowledge for people who are simply interested it. I highly doubt it would lead to the conversion of members from Christianity to other religions. If that were a worry, it could be password protected perhaps? Knowledge about other religions can help promote interfaith discussion and education, thus promoting tolerance and understanding. Theological discussion is also beneficial for learning religious history, which Christianity is apart of. For example, Judaism is apart of Christianity's religious history because it wouldn't exist without Judaism as a pre-text. And religions like Islam, Sikhism, and Baha'i would not have existed without Christianity. So, it could very much enchance education about Christianity's impact on the world and other faiths. Thanks for reading, -Vince