Originally posted by whodey
If we choose to invite Christ into our lives he can save us. [...] Hell is merely a seperation from God and is what men choose. It has nothing whatsoever to do with Him hating us.
I always thought of the bible as a collection of bedtime stories meant to
teach our young ones certain lessons about life (or more like prepare
them for certain eventualities).
For instance, the idea that inviting Christ (the representation of good
will and forgiveness) into your heart will save you from eternal
condemnation in the hands of Satan (the representation of all that
makes our lives miserable), is metaphorical in concept. If read literally,
the point is sort of lost. So, in my eyes, it's more about finding some
meaning to life (whatever that may be for you) and not worry so much
about what everyone else is up to.
It's about being able to truthfully say: "So what if my best friend just
sold me out to get into the pants of the woman I love? Bah! Big deal."
And in saying that, you realise that if the woman you adored fell for
old trick, then perhaps she's not who you fooled yourself into
thinking she was. Time to move on then, to greater and better things,
completely unaffected by the setback, and still as naive and innocent as
ever you were.
However, if, at this time, you allow yourself to be consumed by hatred
and malice, seeking ways to revenge your hurt pride and restore it to it's
former glory from the black pitthole of personal humiliation in which it
now resides, you are condemning yourself to a lifetime of emotional
pain, a constant reminder that he was better than you, and she had you
completely fooled. That can only lead to trouble, mostly for you to
begin with, but in the end, when you finally crack, people who happens to
be around you (guilty of hurting you or not). On the other hand, if you
say: "I forgive you" and get on with your life, leaving the past behind,
everybody with a superficial view on life will see you as a loser. Of course,
if you're able to do that, it won't matter what
anyone else thinks.
Because you've found strength in yourself. Enough so to get by without
the love and tender care of the woman you thought you needed so
much. You have found a higher and stronger form of love, and it rests
securely on your ability to be ignorant towards the rest of the world. It
relies on an undeniable sense of self worth. It works on the basis of you
being a pronoid.
(Women, feel free to substitute the woman you love with the man you
love. No, really, please do. And love me.)
So, Jesus is just a character representing a part of what it means to be
an emotional being, not some entirely separate entity that will guide you
in life from his throne up in the heavens. And only those who are weak
inside needs to know that Jesus, God and the twelve little fairies of
Simmerdale are "real" in the way that they can affect our physical world
and not only our perception of it.
Well, that's what I
think. You feel free to take the bible (or your
new Qur'an), literally, if you want to.