You disagree with the fact that JW's are Christian. Fair enough, I will concede that point, as it isn't my main arguement anyway. Thousands of years have been spent in the Christian community where one denomination or sect argues with another over which one is in fact Christian. But that highlights my point on faith. Why are you right? JW's take those same scriptures, as do Catholics, Protestants, LDS, etc, they will look at the same scripture and DISAGREE! Its really amazing to see. I am nuetral as to what JW's claim to be, because they are a cult. It is an accident of history that the Catholics or Protestants today are viewed as mainstream, only because they have been around longer. The fact that you used the bible though Kate doens't answer my question as to why I should trust the bible, thus putting faith in it as the authority of truth and the nature of god.....
Here's the thing..I never said I was right. I said I have faith in Jesus, believe He was who He said He was, and have dedicated my life to Him. It is not my business if you believe the same or not. The only way that you are my business is that I am called to love you unconditionally just the way you are and to help you when you need help.
You mention religions, I do not follow any religion. I do not put my faith in any religion. I used the Bible just to show you that not all religions follow Jesus or believe him. As far as trusting the Bible that takes personal research. If you honestly research it and decide you don't believe so be it. The Bible is bigger than I am and doesn't need me to convince anybody of its validity. An honest search will bring honest unbiased answers.
Kate: The fact is as far as authentic Christian faith, it is not about the Christian but all about Jesus.
You: Thanks for sharing this. I would respectfully disagree for this reason...
Whether you disagree or not, she's correct. That is exactly what Christian faith is about. It's not about being a member of a religion or denomination. It's simply about Christ. Any faith that doesn't have Christ completely at the heart of it is not considered by any other Christian.
Respectfully, the reason I gave (which you did not include in your reply) is that Jesus said at John 13:35 ""By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." I thought the point was self evident, but you disagree. Ok, why? As you can see above, your reason is that "Any faith that doesn't have Christ completely at the heart of it is not considered by any other Christian." That in no way answered my point or contradicted it. If it isn't about the Christian as Kate said, why did Jesus say that a disciple, i.e. a Christian, would be identified by this criteria? Jesus himself set the criteria, why do you put it upon yourself to disagree with what Jesus said at John 13:35 Little Toe? Isn't Jesus saying here that it IS about the Christian? Please answer this.... If your answer is that you have the right to your thoughts on the matter, please know that I am happy that you do. It seems to me that such a belief about what it means to be a Christian contradicts John 13:35.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. This is how Jesus told us we will know authentic believers from religious fakers. Love is an action word. That does not mean that the faith is about the follower. By John 13:35 I can inspect the fruit, the actions of a persons life thus knowing if this person truly is a follower of Jesus Christ or not.
Matthew 19:21 Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mark 10:21 Jesus looking at him loved him, and said to him, "One thing you lack. Go, sell whatever you have, and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me, taking up the cross."
Luke 9:23 He said to all, "If anyone desires to come after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.
John 5:39-40 "You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify about me. Yet you will not come to me, that you may have life.
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, then I will come in to him, and will dine with him, and he with me.
In my life there has never been anyone like Jesus. In all of hisptory I do not see anyone like Him. This is my faith. Not everyone will believe but that will not change my love for them nor my purpose to make life better for them any way that I can with every moment I have, in the name of Jesus.
My faith in Jesus is not dangerous to me or anyone else, on the contrary it is the answer to all the worlds problems. People lie, cheat, steal, kill, hate, rape, beat, war..that's what people do. Follow people and end up in danger, follow Jesus and end up with a fountain of joy that never ends inside your heart.