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29 / M / St. Louis, Misery
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Can anyone explain how Jesus dying on the cross supposedly absolves humanity from its sins? Isn't God the one saying what sins are? So shouldn't he have the power just to grant absolution from sins, in a way that doesn't involve his son dying? I mean.... humanity lost a great man in Jesus, Son of God or not. Not trying to start any arguments.... just legitimately want to know the Christian view.
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But just kidding, Only thing I worship is Harem anime, such as "A bridge to the starry skies", being my fave <3
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I'm a Catholic who didn't attend mass every Sunday but I will.
In my opinion, when you have a religion, it will affect to your life, how you act, how you thinking. if not? you didn't have a role model to become better every day.
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I'm not religious nor am I atheist. I have my own beliefs and I believe that's the way it should be. I don't knock anyone else's beliefs. Religion is a belief not a show and tell competition. I agree a lot with the teachings of Christianity and such. Any religion really that teaches about living well and respecting life and others. I believe it's mean't to be something like a compilation of fables. Stories that make you want to do good, not take completely literal and push it upon people! I like the teachings of Buddhism because it's just that, "teachings"! Not commandments and such. Their not threatening to kill you or send you to a fiery pit of doom for eternity for not following it. Plus like everyone I want to believe i something after death. I am a realist though when it comes to life and I mostly believe in just eternal sleep and peace. Basically lights out means just that. But if I had to choose and frankly I want to believe in reincarnation. I don't believe we get off that easy and just get judged and sent to either or place. I believe we have to do it again and again until we get right.
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cronozj wrote:

Can anyone explain how Jesus dying on the cross supposedly absolves humanity from its sins? Isn't God the one saying what sins are? So shouldn't he have the power just to grant absolution from sins, in a way that doesn't involve his son dying? I mean.... humanity lost a great man in Jesus, Son of God or not. Not trying to start any arguments.... just legitimately want to know the Christian view.


While i'm no theologian and i'm definitely not qualified to give a good answer to this question my interpretation is that God views sin and the ability to sin as a function of free will and denying people the right to sin would be denying them free will. At least that's always what i've always thought the argument in favor of having both sin and an omnipotent God was getting at.

As for Jesus dying on the cross... You ever seen those Super-Dickery comics? The comic covers that'll have Superman throwing Lois Lane out a window to teach her some bizarre lesson about not replacing the toilet paper roll? God seems to like to teach people lessons and make points in "mysterious ways". I've always interpreted Jesus dying as being symbolic of the Christian idea of self sacrifice for God and the greater good.

Like I said though I was never a very good Christian and i'm definitely not one now so this is most likely wrong.
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cronozj wrote:

Can anyone explain how Jesus dying on the cross supposedly absolves humanity from its sins? Isn't God the one saying what sins are? So shouldn't he have the power just to grant absolution from sins, in a way that doesn't involve his son dying? I mean.... humanity lost a great man in Jesus, Son of God or not. Not trying to start any arguments.... just legitimately want to know the Christian view.


While i'm no theologian and i'm definitely not qualified to give a good answer to this question my interpretation is that God views sin and the ability to sin as a function of free will and denying people the right to sin would be denying them free will. At least that's always what i've always thought the argument in favor of having both sin and an omnipotent God was getting at.

As for Jesus dying on the cross... You ever seen those Super-Dickery comics? The comic covers that'll have Superman throwing Lois Lane out a window to teach her some bizarre lesson about not replacing the toilet paper roll? God seems to like to teach people lessons and make points in "mysterious ways". I've always interpreted Jesus dying as being symbolic of the Christian idea of self sacrifice for God and the greater good.

Like I said though I was never a very good Christian and i'm definitely not one now so this is most likely wrong.


Wait, so if sin is necessary for free will, then being truly pious and good natured would mean that you can't have any free will??? Somehow, what you say doesn't add up, at least for me.
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I am an Atheist and I have been since I was about 12 when things started to not add up for me when reading the bible. That is when I started to seriously get interested in science as well. Things just continued to add up over the years.

However, I have no problem if you believe in a god or what not. Though if you try to push you believes on me then I will have to say something. Living in the Southeastern United States I have had to deal with a large amount of ignorant people when discussing religion and have gotten tired of the topic most of the time.
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No, not anymore. The thought of cults creeps me the fuck out (especially their attitude towards women in every one I've heard about) and most major religions are just larger cults that are 'acceptable'.

Funy enough the thing that started to turn me away, aside from boring mass, was reading the bible. What a horrible person God seems to be.

Plus I've never felt anything 'divine' and then there is all the little 'delights' the Catholic church inflicted on my country in the past 70 years, truly vile crimes that I won't get into here.
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I`m a Christian but not one of the extreme ones. Some Christians believe anime and manga is wrong to watch but I love to watch it. I will probably be always a christian that loves anime and manga.
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Nope as I feel absolutely no need for religion in my life.
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Not at all because God told me that I'm a good person.
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The power of Christ compels me.








i'm lying. i don't care about religion since they wouldn't let me drink wine in church, but Lucifer lets me so i like him more<3
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i'm not religious because i just think religion is ridiculous and unrealistic. i am a WAY more scientific kind of guy. science just makes so much more sense.
this is an example of a dumbass thing that happens with me and religious people ALL THE F**KIN' TIME= someone asks me about my religion, (usually christians, because that's all there really is around here) and i say, "oh. i'm atheist. i just think religion is kinda silly." and then the christian says, "dude! but if you don't believe in god, you'll go to hell!" and i say, "how am i going to hell if i don't even believe in religion?" and then they or i usually walk away.

although i do find some religions as interesting stories.


Funny a group of Catholics said the same to me about not being able to go to heaven. I don't mind religious people as a few of my close friends have their personal faith, but I don't believe in god because I simply can't find one god that I believe is "godly" enough in everyway. I've always said that god didn't create people, but people created god as a way to manipulate and control people.
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Ha, no.
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yes, because I want to go to heaven
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