To whom it may concern:
I would appreciate your reading this, and hopefully your response.
I found your website by accident, actually, while searching for information
on Buddhism. Before I begin, I want to tell you that I am not a Christian,
though I have attended two years of seminary, mostly because I don't accept
views from a singularity, but more from "every piece of the pie."
I also want to say that I respect your website because it is
all-encompasing as well as logical. You state your position fairly and and you
obviously have great faith, which, as Jesus often mentioned, is a noble
I want to make this as quick as possible, so I'll try to be concise.
I guess my biggest problem with what you've said is that you believe in
"absolute truth." Faith is a belief in something that cannot be seen or
proven, and I understand all that that entails. However, I do have an issue with
the idea of absolute truth.
Truth is an abstract, just like faith. Science can be considered a faith
because we have faith that an inch will always be an inch; that a mile will
always be a mile. We have faith in the knowledge that technology exists, and
that we can manipulate energy. But it is not truth, because at any moment, it
Why? Because God exists, though I do not believe in the same patriarchal
God as Christians. The Bible cites quotes from God, assertions of his desires,
contentions about the nature of his existence. The Bible is a book of stories
told by men who felt the need to share their perspectives with the rest of the
world. It is impossible for man to know God, to see God, to hear God, because
God does not speak to us (I am speaking literally). He is a positive energy
force - as explained by science - the purest form of positive energy, which does
not exist on earth. Jesus was the highest level of positivity known to man,
which was why he could manipulate energy (i.e. miracles).
Science and Christianity do not oppose one another, just as evolutionism
does not oppose Christianity. The Bible states how God created the Universe, but
since no one was around to see him do it, I fail to see how its accurate. But if
you do oppose science, then you shouldn't reap its benefits, which by creating
this website you already have. I believe in people living by their faith, which
you do not, if you so radically oppose scientific theory.
Furthermore, there is not a single person on this planet who lives by
Jesus' teachings, which is why I can't understand Christianity. The greatest
lesson that Jesus had to teach, the most important one we could ever follow, is
the one everyone so righteously ignores, myself included. What was the one thing
that Jesus NEVER had in his possession?
He even spoke against it. We can either go to McDonald's and order a Big
Mac, or we can go to the forest and pick an apple off a tree. Its the same
thing. We can easily survive without money, and yet we contribute to the system
by using it.
It seems to me that Jesus was not concerned about Christianity, or
politics, or the system, or the internet, or anything else. The original aramaic
text of the Bible holds secrets most cannot even begin to imagine, and I know,
because I've read it. Even the Greek text holds interesting oppositions to the
English version of the text (NIV or KJV or NASB), including a much different
representation of John 3:16. If you respond and are interested, I would be happy
to share with you what I know.
I have more, but I don't want to waste my time unless you are interested.
>From what I've read, most of the questions posed in the "Mailbag" are
ignorant and defensive, and your answers are also defensive and one-minded. But
life is about asking questions and hearing what others have to say - not just
hearing, but listening - and conceding to alternative possibilities. I know
quite a bit about the Christian faith - are you interested in mine?