I would like to start a new discussion with its emphasis on inquiring minds asking believers to tell their story and present their case for Him. But the emphasis should really be about informative and inquisitive dialogue in a friendly and serious fashion. Confirmed non-believers have plenty of other forums to choose. Those who are truly open to the possibility of God, but are still wondering, can interact with believers to better assess the possibility.
TO ALL THOSE WHO PONDER THE POSSIBILITY OF GOD, AND ARE READY TO ENGAGE IN SERIOUS POSITIVE CONVERSATION, READ ON. I would like to point out that the above content was my original message which started this forum. It was immediately met with numerous negative posts presented from a person with multiple pen-names, a person who appears to be a non-believer intent on disrupting any positive dialogue between those who believe and those who are truly wondering the possibilities. Since then I wrote a response to someone who had also exposed the multiple-identity hacker. In response to that person, I convey that, "It was so easy to figure out (that it was a multi-identity hacker)....." But by the end I make my main point; which is, my recommendations for you in proceeding forward with your potentially life-changing questions and journey. Below is the content of that response. FINALLY, I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME YOU ON YOUR NEW JOURNEY.
"It was so easy to figure out, and the real point is this. If you must covertly hide behind many identities in order to childishly disrupt genuine, coherent, and potentially beneficial converstion by people that may be truly searching their inner selves for clarity, it clearly indicates at a minimum, a typical immaturity often associated with extreme liberal atheists, or on a larger and more probable scale, an obsessive fear of the unknown. If that person, under any of his/her many identities, were truly confident in his beliefs, he would leave this forum and begin his own, perhaps entitled, "Come and Understand Why There is no God." But he doesn't. He stays here disrupting like a kid who needed attention that I remember from third grade. This person is probably searching for answers himself. That is the only logical explanation as to why he would be on a forum directed toward those who believe and those who truly wonder, unless he is unstable.
If atheism had such a powerful message, an atheists' post would be a bloggers magnet. But atheism has no message. Instead of being able to present what's so wonderful about being an atheist, they feel a need to denigrate and destroy that which they realize has a powerful message. That's what inwardly bothers atheists, but they are not wise enough to see this. They may claim that, "No! What bothers us is we don't want to see a false message proposed." But let me reiterate, if they weren't concerned about the strength of the message, they wouldn't be so concerned about destroying it; and since they have no message, that is what they apparently do in a childish manner.
There is a difference between intelligence and wisdom, and that difference is clearly on display when seemingly intelligent people have zero tolerance for the other point of view, and instead continue to maliciously and chidishly interupt what might be truly life-changing dialogue for some. If they had true wisdom, they would realize that their position is tremendously weakened by an approach that often has nothing more to offer than, "Oh, and if you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you." Come on, is that all ya got?
I'm quite sure when true soul searchers come to forums that offer that type of worthless nonsense, they leave and seek out more reputable forums that have a more mature audience. There are many, in case anyone is wondering.
For those who are truly interested in exploring the possibilities of a Loving God whose MESSAGE HAS PROFOUNDLY IMPACTED MANY, I suggest you begin by reading what's called a 'Concordance Bible'. Concordance Bibles present the Bible with interpretive guidance as well. Then, if you remain interested, find a church that is very Biblically oriented, and begin to meet people whose love and help will be obvious and perhaps perplexing for you, a love that will be unlike the emotions expressed BY ATHEISTS in the notes that will probably follow this one. BUT REMEMBER, IF THEY HAD A MESSAGE, THEY WOULDN'T NEED TO DESTROY THIS ONE, AND WOULDN'T EVEN BE ON A FORUM MEANT FOR THOSE CONSIDERING THE POSSIBILITY OF GOD."
FINALLY, YOU WILL DISCOVER THAT THE MESSAGE OF CHRISTIANITY IS THE FOLLOWING - CHRIST'S LIFE CONFIRMED THE LOVING GRACE OF GOD, WHICH WAS DELIVERED THROUGH THE GIFT OF SALVATION OFFERED BY CHRIST'S DEATH AND RESURECTION - AND ALL THAT IS ASKED OF US IS TO OPEN OUR HEARTS AND BELIEVE, WHILE TRYING TO LIVE EACH DAY MORE LIKE THE PERFECT EXAMPLE SET BY CHRIST. THAT IS, WHILE MAINTAINING OUR FAITH AND BELIEF IN HIM AS OUR RESURRECTED SAVIOUR, WE SHOULD STRIVE TO BE MORE LOVING, GIVING, FORGIVING, CARING, HUMBLE, THOUGHTFUL, SERVING, AND RIGHTEOUS. THAT WILL DEMONSTRATE AND CONFIRM OUR BELIEF IN HIM. AN ETERNAL LIFE ENTIRELY MAGNIFICENT, UNIMAGINABLE, AND IMMEASURABLE AWAITS THOSE WHO DO - THAT IS THE WONDERFUL MESSAGE OF CHRISTIANITY!
Good luck on your journey, and may God be with you!
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