Posted by rayww on February 22, 2007, at 0:06:41
In reply to Re: little by little » rayww, posted by Michael83 on February 21, 2007, at 5:27:41
> My problem is that I have asked, and the response I've gotten is my now Deist beliefs.
> My concern is that I have millions of other humans telling me I'm going to hell for simply following my logic.
> I have a sound answer to my religious beliefs, but with everyone in this world constantly running around pointing fingers and telling everyone they're going to hell, it's hard to hold steady in my own understanding.
<<<I can't see why any person would think they knew who was going to hell, when only God can judge. What is hell? Does anyone even know???? If hell is the same as damnation it is simply being in a place that is dammed up away from the presence of God. It is hard for me to imagine what it would feel like were God to completely withdraw his spirit from this earth. I feel close to Him and sustained day by day. I don't know how it would feel to not have Him close by. But I guarantee I would not like to be separated from God.
> May I ask, does He expect us to choose Him? Or if we're wrong in who we choose, will he blame us for that mistake?
It isn't Him blaming us for our mistakes as much as it is our grouping ourselves with others who think the same as we do.
The God of the OT seems harsh, critical, demanding, and strict, while the God of the NT is loving, compassionate, and kind. Why do you suppose that is? Are they different Gods, or are they different because of the people's perception? The OT people were rebellious, while the NT people believed in his miracles. If you rebel you will likely find God to be different and more distant than a person who tries to submit to His will, who prays, exibits faith, and loves Him.
Someone said they thought God would be pro-choice rather than pro-life, because He gives us our choice, and hopes we choose right. You have your agency and are free to choose whatever God you want. BUT....the God whose world this is hopes you choose him. You are free to choose whatever you want, as long as you are happy with the consequenses of being eternally grouped with others like you.
I believe in the kind compassionate God, and I believe He will not leave anyone in the dark forever.