Originally Posted by RedJeepXJ
but why that over every other religion, what makes it any more valid? The question was a different level then some people are answering it at. I was not curious about what in whatever is in a holy book that says the religion is valid; every religion has that. But I was wondering what makes it any more logical or correct then any other religion out there?
is it blind faith? just what your parents believed, was there any hard evidence or true experience that lead you to believe in it? or again just blind faith? did you compare other religions? in depth? how do you dismiss most religions and choose one?
OK...as I thought, the internet void prevails, but here goes..........
Your question "but why" was on my mind last night. I mentioned Hebrews 11:1 in my earlier post but I appreciate that that is not "the" answer for you. Nor is it for many others. How about this......I came to this forum because of the Jeep Forum. I like Jeeps, especially my '95 YJ. If you asked me "why" I'd say something about the lines of it, or the simplicity, or the reliability, or...you get the point. Now, there are other Jeep lovers on this forum that would give different reasons for their love of a/their Jeep and their reasons would be just as valid. You could say, in a way, that their love for their Jeep was relational
. I never take my Jeep off-road. It stays in the garage most of the time covered up. I relate to "a" Jeep differently than the person who only off-roads but I to relate to one. Now, at the same time, their are Jeep HATERS on this forum. They are very open about their hate and they tell you about it. While I can't explain or appreciate the hate I do understand it. I relate
to a Jeep differently than they do. There is nothing I can say or do that will change their Jeep hating state. That is within them and they'll have to deal with that relationship
as they see fit. The Jeep has never done a bad thing to the HATERS...in fact it is just waiting to help them in some way.
So, while I am somewhat uncomfortable with using a Jeep to God in a comparison that might help to explain "why". It boils down to "relationship". It is a good one or a bad one based on our perspective, not God's (or the Jeep's). There will be those who just will not give God (or the Jeep) a chance, and their will be those that they'll have to watch through the lens of a lifetime to see the benefits of God (or the Jeep), and there are those that will love God (or the Jeep) without a second thought. We all come to God or reject Him for different reasons. He (God) or the Jeep doesn't reject us.
As I said in the earlier post, I've investigated most all other religions (and cults), for various reasons, but I was and am drawn to the One True Supreme Creating Loving and Graceful God. The God I learned about from the bible, through nature, and most relationally, through my heart (not physical, but within my very being). I can make a connection with Him, intellectually and relationally. Scripture can help us to relate to God or it can push us further away. It has been my experience in defending my faith that some the most versed people on the bible are atheist. While I disagree with their interpretation I understand and accept their positions......much like I do the Jeep haters. They just don't have the ability or desire to relate (to God/Jeep) as I do.
I am called to pray for those that can't or won't believe. But I do so with confidence that their rejection is of themselves or possibly that of the Holy Spirit (their eyes and ears have not been opened to receiving the truth). Either way, I know their belief, or lack of, is not of me and that it is my responsibility to live my life according to my "relationship" with God/Christ.
There are many many many levels of doctrinal explanations and historical and traditional teachings but that is it in an obtuse nutshell.
Again, if I have stepped on some doctrinal toes...I apologize! Post and I'll explain.