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Freedom in Christ

Posted 06-30-2023 at 09:29 AM by snowduck

Galatians 5:1 - It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.- Most of us know that Independence Day is coming up when we celebrate our freedom. But real freedom comes from knowing Christ. Because of Him we don't have to suffer in Hell. He came to save to save anyone regardless of who they are. All we have to do is reach out and accept His free offer of eternal life in Heaven. It's kind of like the fourth of July. What About Jesus?
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    This showcases the deep irrationalism of Christian belief. This is not at all like the Fourth of July. There is no freedom in the choice, believe in me or burn in hell forever (which is, by the way, a profoundly depraved act of pettiness).

    I wish someone would point out to me what, if anything, the Bible has in common with Enlightenment human values, the actual foundation of our country. The Old Testament sanctions slavery, in fact, its central purpose appears to be to demand worship, a slave-like act. Justice in the Bible is punitive and arbitrary, far from fair. It implies inferior status and describes the genocide of certain peoples, far from, "all men are created equal", Heaven is the polar opposite of a democracy, it is a tyrannical dictatorship of one. Certainly, the Old Testament and most forms of Christianity will brook no free thought, open debate and compromise, the backbone of American democracy. The best it can do is call it a sin and forgive it ( under very strict conditions). Democracy is built on the proposition that humanity has inherent value and dignity. Christianity preaches that we are all broken and require redemption. America was founded on Enlightenment reason, and Christianity was founded on irrational faith. In America we demand the separation of church and state, the Bible really promotes a theocracy. And on and on.

    And one cannot take refuge in the New Testament. Despite it recording Jesus saying many wise and good things it also records him validating the Old Testament

    “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17–19)

    "The Scripture cannot be broken" (John 10:35).

    He referred to Scripture as ‘the commandment of God’ (Matthew 15:3)

    I have always thought the idea that America is a Christian nation, founded on Christian principles to be bizarre and absurd, a prime example of cognitive dissonance. I believe the founders claim a certain inspiration from Jesus
    and certainly, the country was settled predominantly by Christians but it was decidedly not founded on Christian principles. For me, the irony and the wisdom displayed by the founders not to do that is truly something to be thankful for.
    Posted 06-30-2023 at 05:40 PM by ckpage ckpage is offline

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