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What a great post! I found your insights to be very informative. I was raised Catholic and see such similarities between religious groups, like the Jehovah's Witnesses and others who have top down leadership such as; a pope, governing body, prophet, etc. , which they look to and are expected to follow. I also appreciate your thoughts concerning denominations. At one time I was a member of a religious group that prided itself on the fact that everywhere in the world the Sunday school classes were on the same lesson. This was pointed to as being better than all the variation of denominations of Christendom and proof they were the true Church. It wasn't until after I was saved I realized the difference between conformity and the unity with diversity that exists in the Body of Christ.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
No, I am afraid I don't really agree with Reformed theology. I went to a reformed church for four years though and did get a pretty good understanding of that perspective.
Why it is not possible, please? It is a place here on earth where people from Jewish ancestors live. There are people there who claim they are off-springs of Jesus. Mary also rests in a grave in a town who has been named after her called Murree a hilly resort near Islamabad capital of Pakistan.No questions.. I don't see how its possible for Jesus to have lived and died in Kashmir, however I think its a harmless belief... I am not troubled by it.
Why it is not possible, please? It is a place here on earth where people from Jewish ancestors live. There are people there who claim they are off-springs of Jesus. May also rests in a grave in a town who has been named after her called Murree a hilly resort near Islamabad capital of Pakistan.
There are many clues in the NT Bible itself to that effect. For instance Jesus' fervent prayers to G-d in the Garden of Gethsemane to save his life. Right, please?
I respect one's tradition and heritage, but one should note that the supplications of Jesus in the Garden could not go unheard by G-d. And for this there is also a clue in the NTBible itself:I understand why you would question the crucifixion, but my tradition is very old and its part of my training and heritage.
I respect one's tradition and heritage, but one should note that the supplications of Jesus in the Garden could not go unheard by G-d. And for this there is also a clue in the NTBible itself:
New International Version
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.
Hebrews 5:7 During the days of Jesus' earthly life, He offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the One who could save Him from death, and He was heard because of His reverence.
In fact it should be a good tiding for the followers of Jesus that his life was saved from the death on Cross. Why should not accept these good tidings?
Well, its a bit of a stretch since Mirza Ghulam Ahmad wasn't born until the 1830s.