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Re: Why are people offended by God?

Posted by rayww on September 2, 2004, at 18:23:51

In reply to Why are people offended by God?, posted by Miss Honeychurch on September 1, 2004, at 15:31:37

People are offended by the mention of God. Even more so by the mention of Jesus.

Most associate God with the Judeo-Christian beliefs, as in God in the Bible. In the Bible God is pretty clear that He is God, and the rest of us aren't. He lets us know that He's in charge, and that if we want eternal life, as well as blessings in this life, we need to do things His way. That becomes a problem when His way is not our way.

Political correctness insists that ALL ways lead to God and that all ways are equally "right", but God says only His way is right.

Further, He says that Jesus is the only way to Him. No other way is given by God, except through the salvation offered by Jesus.

Since no two religions teach the same on this matter, it is easy to see why there is offense taken, but I wonder how much of this offense has to do with pride, ego, conscience, and misunderstanding.

I personally believe we are born with a conscience that is near to heaven. It is very easy to teach a baby to pray. The first jibber jabbers can be their version of the blessing on the food. Amen is another first word. God is so easy for a child to comprehend. The other is a learned behavior, and if you leave out the teaching how will they learn?

I can 100% guarantee that no young child in my circle will take offense to the use of the name, "God". Why else do we have the Bible if not to teach the children? It is not just a true historical record. My memories of being taught stories from the Bible are very dear. They gave me a good foundation, and good feeling because they taught me right from wrong, and so many other valuable lessons. What parent hasn't been taken back by the questions and comments of a child? If you want to know about God, ask a child.




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