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To: mountn man

I see that you perfectly see my assessment of what is missing from a [sadly large] portion of America’s ‘Christian’ church.
You can take Buddha out of Buddhism, you can take Confucius out of Confucianism, you can even [arguably] take Mohammad out of Islam, but you cannot take Christ out of Christianity: He is the ‘cornerstone,’ if we were talking about arches He would be the keystone (the piece on which the whole structure is dependent).

Jesus’s purpose was to reunite man (who is/was sinful*) with God (who cannot abide the abhorrence and evil of sin). The act of that reconciliation is utterly insane when considered by human standards: The Timeless, Infinite, Powerful, Life-giving and Unassailable God, seeing that sin and Righteousness cannot co-exist, decided that He loved us so much that “If someone is going to die, it’s going to be me.” And so He died.

*I say “is/was” because the conflict of describing time and eternal/timelessness can get in the way of understanding the underlying for some people. When God said that we are a ‘new creation’ He means it and we ARE... but right now we’re ‘trapped in time’ with an odd warring between already & not-yet; this is [I believe] Paul’s observation about “seeing things darkly, as in a glass.”

Now, the story would be rather sad if it just ended there with God dead and man left on his own against a uncaring universe and a host of malevolent angels. That’s not what happened, thank God, instead He overcame His own death and lives *now*. {All three ‘persons’ of God claim responsibility for the Resurrection of Jesus: the Father, the Holy Spirit, and [Jesus] the Son.} And, as a *living* savior, Jesus Himself, intercedes as High-priest between God and man... and *that* is very good news indeed.


14 posted on 07/27/2010 12:36:56 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OneWingedShark

You did an EXCELLENT job summing up the Gospel.


15 posted on 07/27/2010 12:39:44 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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