Church looks at questions for God

If you could ask God any question, what would you ask?
Matt Westerhold
Feb 23, 2013

Will I be saved? Does everything really happen for a reason? Are my deceased loved ones doing OK?

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Send these queries, and more, to a local church's leaders, and they'll try to provide the answers.

Grace Community Church in Fremont begins its third "#GodQuestions" series today, kicking off a month-long program dedicated to tackling tough issues surrounding religion and faith.

Comments

John Harville

True Believer,huh? Then you know Jesus already rescued you some 2,000 years ago. Yes?

John Harville

"Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father" John 14:9

Gotta be careful which Gospel you choose, Con. Each writer had a different purpose... and different memories.

shucks

Here john Harville, here's a gift for you also :

http://www.gotquestions.org/diff...

You would be wise to get into it.

John Harville

4-shizzle... thanks!... for edifying much of what I've said here.

Now for you - if yoou're man enough. "Jesus without the Miracles" - Thomas Jefferson's Testament.

Jefferson argued Jesus was a premier politician - without all the mystical trappings. A truly enlightening read by the 'hero of the Tea Party.

BTW... never had questions. Quite secure in my faith without religion.

Contango

@ JH:

Most scholars place the writing of the Gospel of John at around 90-100 CE. Long after the death of Jesus.

Outside of Paul's writings it is the most aprocryphal with heavy Greek influence.

shucks

You imagine yourself as a great spiritual teacher.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

Nope. Religion is largely the refuse of hucksters and charlatans.

Read Philo, the Greek influence in John is very evident.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philo

The NT is a mishegas of ancient philosophical thought.

shucks

LOL !!!

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

For one, read up on the origins of the concept of H*ll. It ain't Jewish - it's Greek.

shucks

...and it's hot !!!

Who do you imagine you are now?...Annie Wilkes?...that you can't say Hell ?

freethinker1

I would remain amiss if I didn't put in a good word for The Flying Spaghetti Monster. May the Pasta be with you all....

starryeyes83

I'm more partial to Godzilla and Marvin the Martian, myself.

:)

Just Sayin IMHO

Why, when I try so hard... am I always getting it wrong... when can I come home?

John Harville

Is this where we insert the question about David and Jonathan being lovers?

John Harville

Question: If the questions were so answerable, wouldn't we long ago have gone on to Eternal Bliss - rather than this ignorant bliss of thinking one man has the 'keys' Jesus gave to Peter? This entire series is a farce.

John Harville

"Thou shall have no other gods BEFORE me."
N O T
"Thou shall have NO OTHER gods."

Even God didn't say there was only one.

Tootsiemomma

Why is our country going to hell in a hand basket??

John Harville

tootsie... because there are so many people trying to put their God-Spin on things and make laws God and Jesus and Allah never intended. That's why we're in the handbasket.

G_Richardson

I would like to know the question to Life, The universe and everything. I have the answer already (42), I just need the question.

Contango

@ G_Richardson: lol

wiredmama222

God, can you explain to me why, when you get really close to dying, a person suddenly believes there is something out there "bigger" than themselves? That they want to have some help before they die and they want to get right with that "being" they claim not to believe in during their last few breaths? Just curious?

John Harville

After years in the field, I have noticed is's usually the believers who need verification. Atheists and others know there is nothing beyond and are quite satisfied.

Contango

Nothing is as it seems and neither is it otherwise. - Zen koan.

We are the product of stars that exploded eons ago.

That IMO, should be mysterious enough for most simian brains to ponder.

shucks

Egotistical Zen nonsense.
Yea, stardust magically formed human life.
I've got stardust that is magically turning into a bridge to sell you.

John Harville

4shizzle... in this one thread you have done more to turn people away from the Triune God than anyone I've ever read. You should put your name in to succeed Pope Benedict - and carry on his mission to drive the faithful from religious practice.
I think, for that I thank you.
As Ghandi said, "I wish your Christians were more like your Christ."

shucks

John Harville

The bible (according to you ) clearly reveals the deep darkness that you are in.

Matt 22:29
But Jesus replied to them, You are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures nor God’s power.

John Harville

Talk to us about Lillith - the FIRST woman - created equally with Adam and the other animals from the mud. But, according to Hebrew tradition (and they have the keys to the oral history), Lillith was too demanding of her equality (she wanted to 'top' once in awhile)and Adam asked for a replacement who would 'obey'. So God banished Lillith, put Adam to sleep, and took some of his DNA to create Eve (I think today it's called cloning?) from under his arm to be protected.
It's about time to take this thread down, right?

freethinker1

If there were a God (and there isn't), I would ask why he allows babies to die of cancer, starvation or other slow, agonizing deaths? Next I would ask him why there are so many people who actually believe the weak weak weak excuses religion provides for why God allows such atrocities.

shucks

Because of sin.

Contango

“Sin” is nonsense, not unlike the imaginary beings you talk to.

Love me or I'll send you to H*ll. Nice dysfunctional deity ya got there.

What should you expect from a god who crucified His own son?

John Harville

Actuall, crucified himself. John 1:1-5

John Harville

freethinker... those who believe know the Triune God is not about death, illness, sorrow, pain, and all that garbage.
Our decisions utilizing the gift of Free Will (not 'sin' as 4shizzle would shout to you) to make unwise decisions. God doesn't just sit on a cloud and decide.. "Oh, let's send cancer down there with an ample dose of polio and crippling disabilities, and....". If God is looking down at all (Jefferson and other Deists believe God created and moved on) God must be saying "What WAS I thinking?"

shucks

Romans 5:12
New American Standard Bible
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—

shucks

You don't understand.

Who is your diety...besides yourself?

How does dust and rocks turn into people ?

John Harville

I provided sperm for my wife's egg. Which of those is rocks and which is dust?

That slamming door you just heard is another 100 confused Christians running away from your absurd attitudes.

shucks

LOL

John Harville

4shittzle... who is YOUR deity?
Seriously, please enlighten us. Cuz I wanna get as far away as possible from such an uncaring, unloving, restrictive deity.
....and hordes are following me, thanks to you.

shucks

Awwwwww, you are calling me names and gnashing your teeth.

shucks

John 8:24

Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 That is why I told you that you will die in (under the curse of) your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He [Whom I claim to be—if you do not adhere to, trust in, and rely on Me], you will die in your sins.

Contango

@ 4shizzle:

I don't understand astrology either, but so what?

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

- Hamlet, Act 1, scene 5

Have a good day Sunshine.

shucks

Why do you quote heavy thinkers?...to take up your slack?

shucks

How many times are you going to sign off ?

shucks

John Harville, Contango

Romans 8:5-7

5 Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. 6 So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. 7 For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will. 8 That’s why those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.

That would be you two.

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