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Discussion 8 to Talk Back 95
A Reply to Kristine Robinson

by: Michael Frank

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Kristine: (Discussion 2 to Talk Back 95)

I truly appreciate your openness and honesty about spiritual experiences and faith in your life.  I can tell that you truly do have faith in things of the spirit world.  Faith in things spiritual is good, and many people don’t even have that.  But, it is essential that you go one step further and come to have faith in Jesus Christ, and faith that salvation comes only through His sacrifice. 

I positively believe that the Christian Bible is the divinely inspired collection of books that it is collectively and conclusively God’s revelation to man.  I cannot honestly say, however, that the spiritual books of other religions are false or are not divinely inspired.  They indeed may contain truth, in large or in part about spiritual things, and I certainly don’t doubt that they lead you to spiritual awareness and even to some level of faith.  When I write, I sometimes feel divine inspiration, but I certainly don’t consider any of my writings to be of Biblical stature. *L*

I don’t feel the need to judge other people or to insult their texts.  Many Christians are far too dogmatic about their beliefs.  I believe we need to just preach the love of Christ.  Without Him we have nothing, His sacrifice and atonement for our sin is totally central to Christianity and it’s what makes Christianity unique.

Many other religions tell us of a path that we can take to get to God (or Heaven). 

But Christianity says that there’s nothing we could ever do to pay for our sins!

But it’s only by the voluntary sacrifice of a sinless innocent being that we can be redeemed.  All we have to do is receive and accept His great love, His sacrifice.

(John 14:6)  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Christians argue between themselves endlessly about the religious details of understanding God and His kingdom and creation, but to me it’s all really about true love.

 (Mark 12:30-31)  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  And the second is, this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these.

What can demonstrate true love but an undeserved, selfless act of sacrifice?

(John 15:13)  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

He just wants for us to love Him back.  What more does any one need than true love??

So how do we love Him back?  By living for Him.  How do we live for Him?  By loving and helping others!  What a better world it would be if a few more people understood that concept!  It would be like Heaven on Earth!  …Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven… *S*

very best wishes to you in your journey – Mike