God On The Net
God laid down a set of moral laws and said all people must follow them, and whoever doesn't will be severely punished forever. See What God Requires of Us, particularly Things God Hates. If the Bible is true, then we need to do what God says.
Why are you 'so intolerant' of the lifestyle of serial rapists, drug pushers, crackheads (people who regularly use "crack" cocaine), drunks, habitual drunk drivers, child molesters, etc.?
Jesus said He is God.
John 14:6 Jesus answered,
"I am the way and the truth and
the life. No one comes to the Father except through
me". Either He was who He claimed to be—the Lord,
or He was a liar, or He was a lunatic. (See The
Trilemma) The evidence indicates He was telling
the truth. In that case, every other religion will lead its followers
to eternal punishment—period !
are Christians to tell me that my religion is wrong?"
Simply put, the guy in charge of everything
told us to do it!
Let's consider the following scenario:
What would you do?
Would you say "Oh, well, I told him . . . Let him die."
Or would you repeatedly try to tell him how he can be saved—even if he thinks you're wrong?
Obviously, many people are Christians because they were raised
Christian. However, many people accepted Christ after examining the
evidence. Most people who came to Christianity did not
accept it immediately. Many people had to hear the
Gospel of Jesus Christ and the evidence
for years before they finally sank in. I
was one of those people. See About
the Author. I was raised believing that all Protestants
are going to Hell because the Catholic Church is the only true Christian Church
and Protestants follow the teachings of people who were excommunicated (kicked
out of the Catholic Church). I was raised believing that I had to earn
my way into Heaven by not committing sin and by earning enough
"grace" by doing "good things", attending Mass, participating
in sacraments, etc., and that if I didn't do enough
I would go to Hell. Finally, I found out that we
are justified (saved) by faith
in Jesus Christ. "Grace" means "unmerited
favor". It isn't possible
favor! Salvation is a gift
from God because He loves us so much. The deal is that if
we accept Jesus and try
to live "right", God gives us credit
for the "right" life Jesus
Christ is like gravity—either it's true for everybody
or it's true for nobody. Jesus told us His rule—accept
Him or be punished forever. He didn't say "If you believe
in Islam you will be judged by the rules of Islam. If you believe in Scientology,
you will be judged by the rules of Scientology. If you believe in Shintoism,
you will be judged by the rules of Shintoism. If you believe in Hinduism,
you will be judged by the rules of Hinduism. . . ."
If I say "I'm an honest man" but I routinely lie, steal, and cheat, am I really an honest man? What if I consider myself to be an honest man?
If a student frequently makes math errors when adding and subtracting, does that make the rules of math false?
To really be a Christian a person must sincerely try to live his life the way Christ said to live it! Many people who consider themselves Christian are fooling themselves.
James 1:26 If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
Luke 6:46 Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
Galatians 5:19-21  The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;  idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions  and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
God didn't say " '. . . his religion is worthless.', '. . . will not inherit the kingdom of God.' unless he's a Christian."
(c) 1998-2011 by Rick Reinckens