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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #10 - Oct 9th, 2017 at 7:39pm
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.. This is my Jesus year...
  

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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #11 - Oct 10th, 2017 at 2:42pm
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Limey wrote on Oct 9th, 2017 at 7:39pm:
.. This is my Jesus year...


So what did you think of the book?
  

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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #12 - Oct 12th, 2017 at 9:59am
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Limey wrote on Oct 9th, 2017 at 7:38pm:
I am here to be converted.


Seriously.


I would love to have the certainty that my grandmother had.


But, as a bolshy atheist, I tend to annoy here on the Christian forum... Less so on Religion and all holds are legal in Politics.


Exclude me?


Well, taking you at your word that you are "here to be converted," I would simply advise you to read God's word.  If it were me, I would stick with the New Testament.  Two of the 4 gospels with one of them being Luke, Acts, Romans, and Ephesians would be good places to start.  CS Lewis's work "Mere Christianity" wouldn't hurt anything.  You may be familiar with him what with him being a fellow Briton.  I believe he was an atheist until a young adult, too.  Another fellow you might find interesting is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M%C3%BCller

There are several books on this guy, some better than others.  I have one that I think is particularly good but I can't recall which and an internet search didn't ring any bells.  If I run up on it next time I am perusing my somewhat disorganized "library" I will post the title.

Even if you don't embrace the faith as a result, I think you'll find some of this interesting. 

And I don't care if you hang around on the Christian forum.  Religion forum is good enough, too.  When I want to discuss things with non-Christians as well as Christians, I prefer to use that forum.
  

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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #13 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 8:40pm
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EF wrote on Oct 10th, 2017 at 2:42pm:
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So what did you think of the book?


I thoroughly enjoyed it, until about 65% of the way through at which point my boy, tidying up, has filed it under "what book?"


Mr. Cohen really reminds me greatly of Bill Bryson, who I would strenuously urge anyone to read.

Similar style, definitely a good thing.


When it reappears I will let you know what I think.


Lovely warm decent writing so far.


I anticipate that he remains Jewish, has good friends from within Christianity, and fuzzes over any issues about forcible settlement in Palestinian land
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Reply #14 - Oct 13th, 2017 at 8:52pm
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EF wrote on Oct 12th, 2017 at 9:59am:
Well, taking you at your word that you are "here to be converted," I would simply advise you to read God's word.  If it were me, I would stick with the New Testament.  Two of the 4 gospels with one of them being Luke, Acts, Romans, and Ephesians would be good places to start.  CS Lewis's work "Mere Christianity" wouldn't hurt anything.  You may be familiar with him what with him being a fellow Briton.  I believe he was an atheist until a young adult, too.  Another fellow you might find interesting is:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M%C3%BCller

There are several books on this guy, some better than others.  I have one that I think is particularly good but I can't recall which and an internet search didn't ring any bells.  If I run up on it next time I am perusing my somewhat disorganized "library" I will post the title.

Even if you don't embrace the faith as a result, I think you'll find some of this interesting. 

And I don't care if you hang around on the Christian forum.  Religion forum is good enough, too.  When I want to discuss things with non-Christians as well as Christians, I prefer to use that forum. 


Thank you.


I am a massive fan of CS Lewis and have read most of his stuff, because as a Sci Fi Loon I wanted to get the references... See these evil prosletysers and their schemes...


I dwell, in reading terms, in the 20s and 30s quite a lot.

Because it's you, right, I will even look at the Books you mention.
Although I know Luke quite well, I did exams on that for Methodist Sunday School and when the Anglicans (my other Granny) found out, I got extra tuition.

Something about being born in an inn?
  

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Limey wrote on Oct 13th, 2017 at 8:40pm:
I thoroughly enjoyed it, until about 65% of the way through at which point my boy, tidying up, has filed it under "what book?"


Mr. Cohen really reminds me greatly of Bill Bryson, who I would strenuously urge anyone to read.

Similar style, definitely a good thing.


When it reappears I will let you know what I think.


Lovely warm decent writing so far.


I anticipate that he remains Jewish, has good friends from within Christianity, and fuzzes over any issues about forcible settlement in Palestinian land


I don't want to spoil it for you but will if you want me to.  Let me know if the book never surfaces.
  

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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #16 - Oct 17th, 2017 at 8:51am
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I always say that when people like Muckster knock the Bible, they're actually reinforcing it without even knowing it. The Bible says many times that those that follow Christ will often be persecuted.
  
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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #17 - Oct 18th, 2017 at 4:56am
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Muckster wrote on Oct 3rd, 2017 at 12:59pm:
I have issues with people who seem to think knowing the bible equates to being a Christian. So I'm asking Christians what they think it means to be a Christian. Seems none of them in this forum actually knows since I've gotten no responses other than yours, which wasn't a response.


I think most Christians can tell the difference between honest questions and silly trolling.
Jesus commands Christians not to cast pearls before swine.  The meaning being don't persist in sharing the Gospel with those that simply want to blaspheme and ridicule it. 
I realize Christ's command here sounds harsh but part of the reason is for mercy's sake. It would just be helping the unbeliever incur more judgment upon himself and would not be doing such person any favors.
  

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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #18 - Oct 18th, 2017 at 1:16pm
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fair-minded know it all wrote on Oct 18th, 2017 at 4:56am:
I think most Christians can tell the difference between honest questions and silly trolling.
Jesus commands Christians not to cast pearls before swine.  The meaning being don't persist in sharing the Gospel with those that simply want to blaspheme and ridicule it. 
I realize Christ's command here sounds harsh but part of the reason is for mercy's sake. It would just be helping the unbeliever incur more judgment upon himself and would not be doing such person any favors.

Best explanation of this verse I have heard.
  


"Without morals a republic cannot subsist any length of time; they therefore who are decrying the Christian religion, whose morality is so sublime and pure (and) which insures to the good eternal happiness, are undermining the solid foundation of morals, the best security for the duration of free governments."

Charles Carroll, signer of the DOI
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Re: What Does It Mean to be a Christian
Reply #19 - Oct 18th, 2017 at 1:38pm
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Thanks for the reinforcement Muckster.
  
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