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April 28, 2009 by erathoniel
Okay, so I'm writing again. It's been a little while since I've written a theology piece, but I've been playing some Dwarf Fortress (which means I get a lot of idle brainpower time), so I've prepared an article on "Feelgood Faith"

Imagine that there is a town named Feelgood. In this town people only do things when they want to. It's in a decent climate, and people don't complain that much. However, they find that there is a dearth of exciting new innovations coming out of their town, perhaps ...
August 5, 2008 by erathoniel
I've heard the "It's against my religion" excuse so many times. It's not a good reason. I'm gonna put a Christian slant on it, but this is probably universally true. If the reason you don't like something is because "it's against my religion", you need to reevaluate your life. Sure there are things that your religion may prevent you from doing, but, to tell you the truth, you should find them objectionable, or wrong, rather than just "against my religion". You should follow the rules, but if you...
August 3, 2008 by erathoniel
   Many people have asked why bad things happen. They ask what they did to deserve it, and they may become bitter or angry at God, the world, life, or other people. And, to tell you the truth, they're justified. But, they do not understand how a "loving" God would let them suffer. I present a number of reasons why bad things happen.

   First, we have free will. This is our greatest loss, for it leads to all our suffering. In other words, bad things happen, often, because s...
July 22, 2008 by erathoniel
       What is the image of God? The Bible preaches that man is made in God's image. So, what part of man is representative of God? There are proponents of the "body" theory, which states that our bodies are made in the image of God. This basically states that God is in form, a biped with two arms, two eyes, two ears, two nostrils, and whatnot. This is, however, a theory, though it can be theoretically reinforced by stating that it is written that "the body is the T...
May 9, 2008 by erathoniel
    On Desire for God   I believe that men are born with a desire for God that nothing else canfill. Granted, that's also Blaise Pascal's position, but ignore therelation between the guy my favorite programming language is namedafter and the article topic. I believe that when the world "gets usdown", it's due to this undiagnosed thirst. Yes, I do believe that Godis the answer to all our problems.

    I alsobelieve that this refutes evolution nicely...
May 8, 2008 by erathoniel
    On Time 

            What is it?   Now, this is a mixed philosophy-religion article.  So give me someslack here. Nobody will agree with all of this. Or almost nobody.

   Time is one-dimensional for us humans. In fact, we can only continueonwards, so it could be argued it's non-dimensional, merely aninfinitesmal blip on a timeline. This is how I believe we are not onlypredestined, but als...
May 2, 2008 by erathoniel
    God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit are the Trinity. They are joined in consciousness, although they are three seperate entities. They are one being in the physical sense. They are not vengeful, do not grow angry, and are just and merciful. They will forgive any transgressions. They will send those who refuse them to Hell. They will take those who follow them, and only them, to Heaven. They are our conscience and the source of our souls. They created the universe.

  &...
May 2, 2008 by erathoniel
    I believe, quite simply, that there is one way to Heaven, and it is a simple one. Unconditional belief in Jesus Christ (God incarnate) as one's Savior, with no others. One is not saved by deeds, but through faith, that none may boast. I also believe that there is damnation for those who profess that Jesus Christ is not the only way to Heaven. It might appear selfish to an outsider, but I believe that God made the universe, therefore He has given us one chance of salvation, and...
April 28, 2008 by erathoniel
I believe that God created the world with an infinite depth. We can go back 4M+ years with "science", but God gave us free will to allow an total world. Also, I do not believe that the world is necessarily terribly young. I don't know how old it is, but I do believe that it's probably older than the 6K some suggest. Though, I'm not ruling it out, I'm merely saying that God could've let us develop a long time. Also, in accordance with free will, I believe that God made plenty of evidence. I do b...
April 24, 2008 by erathoniel
Evil is any time man walks away from God, the Creator. This is anything from murder to "trivial" sins, such as gossip, or breaking the sabbath.

Man is born evil, and has no hope of salvation without Jesus Christ. The payment for accepting Christ is that we are allowed into heaven with God, and the evil in us is taken away by judgement. Then those who follow Jesus are allowed into Heaven, and given wonderful perfect life in a wonderful perfect world as the Earth was originally intended to be...
April 20, 2008 by erathoniel
    I do believe that any form of denial of the existence or omnipotence of God is a form of religion.

    Simply put, when you believe something without having undeniable evidence, it's religion. This applies mainly, but not exclusively to morals and creation. Morality is dictated by what? Religion. Any form of primary belief has some form of moral requirements. Therefore Atheism is technically a religion. Creation also determines whether or not an idea is philo...
April 19, 2008 by erathoniel
    God gave his only son that all who believed in Him might be saved, for God did not send his only son into the world to condemn it, but to save it, that all may have salvation. (Paraphrased John 3:16-17)

    Salvation is God's free gift to all who accept Jesus Christ, but only those who accept Him and His Son are allowed into Heaven. It's not hard, people. God gave us Jesus, who lived a perfect and blameless life to be the blood sacrifice that washed away all ...
April 19, 2008 by erathoniel
    I believe that death is a step into the perfect unknown. I also believe that death is not something to be taken into one's own hands. Death is simply a stepping block between Earth and the Final Destination (Heaven for the followers of Jesus Christ, and Hell for every one else, and some who profess falsely to believe in Jesus Christ). I believe that death is something ordained by God to happen at a specific time and date in a specific manner. Therefore I do not fear death, nor...
April 17, 2008 by erathoniel
    Mormonism and Christianity vary in many ways. It would not be too big a leap to say they're different religions.

Mormonism teaches that God achieved godhood by living a perfect life. Christianity (and Judaism) preaches that God is an infinite being, and always has been. "As Psalms 90:2 and 93:2 state, God has been God 'from eternity to eternity.'"Mormonism teaches that God is made of flesh and bones. Christianity (and Judaism)...
April 17, 2008 by erathoniel
Now, I'm not such terribly great a scholar, when it comes to Catholicism, but I'm gonna try to lay out some differences.

Catholicism has more rituals, Protestantism has virtually none.
Catholicism has a central leader, Protestantism has, again, virtually none (though large groups may adopt specific leaders).Catholicism took longer to adopt the native languages of the people, Protestantism was bred in these languages. Here are some similarities.Both are true-blood, believing Christians (unli...