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: i dont have a problem with different denominations (Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians)...ive got my own views on whether or not they are right, but in the long run they're all right on the major issue...i dont however believe that Catholics should be considered a denomination of Christianity...i believe it is a completely different religion...i dont think Protestants and Catholics agree on the major issues
You really don't like the Catholics. Seems typical of American Protestantism, though. I do think that the Catholics think too highly of themselves, but it's the American Protestants who tend to be the most bizarre.
: "If Jesus was alive today the last thing he would be is a Christian" - (not sure who said it, but i agree with it...but i guess thats another argument all together, that's more about "second-chair" Christians than Catholics)
Even Martin Luther (without whom there may not be Protestants) said his followers should not name themselves after him because he was no better than worm food once he was dead. And here we are today... not only are there Lutherans, but there are different denominations of Lutherans!
:: OK, so what are you arguing here? It seems to me on one hand you're saying why would a supreme being give a darn about puny mortals, then you're saying that there is no logic in the idea of God not having compassion towards us. Or is this not what you meant?
:thats what it sounds like to me too...
I never said "GOD" shouldn't give a darn about puny mortals. In fact, if GOD = LOVE as you Christians so love to point out, then I would expect GOD to give much more than a darn about us. What I said was that it doesn't make sense that such a being would need adoration by said puny mortals.
:: : Does a painter paint only for bragging rights or to make money?
:: Question wasn't addressed to me, but I program for fun and it's my job too, so I program for money...
:i assume youre talkin about artistic painters...and if you are ...thats self-gratification...why paint? most art is done to express oneself..
Art isn't necessarily self gratification. You're trying to force an analogy. You're trying so say that GOD must need glorification from humans because humans need glorification from what they create. Neither your premise nor your conclusion is correct, IMO.
: and just in case if youre talkin about a painter that paints for money...so what...still gets money out of it...hes gettin somethin out of it...thats why we do things..to get something out of it...i dont understand your logic
Doing something to get something out of it is not compassion. Doing something so others get something out of it is.
: correct... "The lust of money is the root of all evil"..but money's a great thing..i wouldnt turn it down
I would, depending on the source.
: i believe in absolutes...sounds like youre saying what's wrong is only wrong if we think its wrong...or like if we dont know its wrong then its not..ignorance...im not sure if thats what youre sayin, but if so i disagree...i believe in absolute truths
I don't believe in absolute truths. I believe in absolute facts. Unfortunately, the only way to know those facts absolutely would be to BE GOD, so the best we can hope for is a very close approximation, however tentative it may be.
:: By rising to life after death?
:not sure if i like the logic behind that...
I don't either. It also reminds me of another problem I have with this part of the story. If a being has the power to come back to life perfectly, of what significance is giving up that life? Life, and the giving up thereof for the benefit of others, is so precious precisely because we don't have a "reset" button. I personally think the "resurrection" part of the story detracts from the nobility of Jesus' life.
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