Originally Posted by mcbear
I have found many to be really interesting. Most profess to be be Christian [such as Southern Baptist, Church of God and Pentecostals] and all that should entail but much of the teaching is Old Testament, fire and brimstone stuff. It is where we get the serpent handling by some splinters, speaking in tongues in others. Our own Governor, who is a whack job on so many levels, is a minister of a Baptist church that requires men to sit on one side of the church while women are on the other.
I fully understand the need for religion and to a much lesser extent organized religious institutions but to have watched folks who grab onto a specific verse or thought from the Bible [a translation of a translation of a translation of a translation] and build on it to a hatred and bigotry against either a nation or another religion or another point of view is beyond me.
If there is a God, I have to assume that he gave EVERYONE a brain to make their own decisions and make their own choices. The assumption that a religious sect with a mob mentality can selective pick and choose their beliefs to foist on others is beyond me. The same Bible that has the verse about homosexuality ALSO has volumes about feeding and taking care of the poor and those less fortunate but ironically I find the same people who take up arms on one verse seem to have missed those entire chapters.
You are right on ALL accounts BUT a person cannot by default indulge in homosexual activities and be a Christian, Muslim, or a Jew at the same time. There is no such thing as a Christian homo, or a Jew home, or a Muslim homo. A person can however be a homo and belong to some other religion. As far as Christ, than it was the same God, the God of Christ that destroyed the 2 cities. Do you think God would suddenly change His mind? NO. God never contradicts Himself as he is perfect. I am talking strictly theologically. How can you believe in God when you openly break His law, one of the biggest ones, the one that He hates the most and so much so that he gave us and ALL future man-kind an example by destroying cities and KILLING in the most horrific ways His own creation, HUMANS who were homos. To break God's laws is to denounce Him and therefore again by default one cannot be a Christian, Jew or Muslim.
The same can be easily said about terrorists. Killing is another big "NO NO" and in Islam there is no forgiveness for it and one actually become as non-Muslim by killing an innocent person and therefore there is no salvation for someone who has taken an innocent life, NEVER. Therefore, terrorism and murder of innocent people has no place in Islam. One can then conclude that these terrorists are by default "KAFIRS", "non-Muslims", "non-believers", and are the real "infidels."
Same goes for homosexuality as they break God's law by doing that which HE hates the most and so much so that He actually destroyed cities and killed humans over it.