.. . .Yes on second thoughts I didn't want to unfairly single out the Jehovah's Witnesses for having 950 million bucks (Wiki's figure) in the bank in 2001, so I deleted it.
Fact is, most organised religions and cults are sitting on big bucks.
Neologist said re JW cash: Somehow, there always seems to be enough money
Somehow, there always seems to be enough money
Hey here's a thought- JW's won't fight in wars, so maybe anti-American elements (commies, muslims etc) are secretly donating to JW coffers to make JW-ism grow, in the hope that when they invade America in years to come every American will be a JW and won't oppose them..
your logic is both astounding and inspiring at the same time. With arguments like that I still cant work out how religious people are able to sustain their faith.
Keep plugging away Mikey
It is not and never was God's purpose for man to die. If we believe God's purpose cannot be derailed (Isaiah 45:18), then it is reassuring to know that God promises that those "sleeping in the memorial tombs" (sheol) will be resurrected.(John 5:28) Then, once the earth has been restored at the end of the time allotted in the book of Revelation, it is comforting to know that even death and Hades (sheol) will be destroyed.
It's reassuring because that's what people WANT. They want to keep being the same person after they die. It's a side effect of being alive in the first place, we want a part of us to keep living because we all know what happens when we see someone else die. They cease to be as they were known, not alive like they were before. It scares people due to the fact that all we've ever known is what it's like to be alive. Most people can't imagine not being alive and I'm sure early Man couldn't either.
Every once in a while you make a legitimate point
Yes it's inevitable that once in a while one of your cockamamie Jehovah's Witness beliefs accidentally coincides with mainstream Christianity..
Mainstream Christianity on the whole generally sticks with Jesus and as long as they don't deviate from him they won't feel my fist..
Romeo said: Mainstream Christianity on the whole generally sticks with Jesus and as long as they don't deviate from him they won't feel my fist.
Farmerman said: so say the priests and ministers who ostensibly make up the rules you believe in and follow like the lambs you are.
Neologist said: But Romeo dos not adhere to any group. He does not want to be told what to believe.
Mainstream Christianity on the whole generally sticks with Jesus and as long as they don't deviate from him they won't feel my fist...
It's absolutely fine for people to have no religion as long as they LIKE JESUS!
By simply liking him, they're making the vital bond/connection/mindmeld with him, and that's all that matters.
For example I don't belong to any church or religion, so in that sense I have no religion, but I LIKE JESUS and that's all he wants from any of us and it beats me why atheists don't like him!
Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’ (Matthew 7: 22,23)