Re: RFEP/methodological naturalism

John Neal (nealjw@one.net)
Sun, 29 Mar 1998 23:49:20 -0500

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"Christianity or Atheism, same thing; it's a simple choice, assume it as =
basic or
not."

This is just wrong, plain wrong. You speak of Christianity as some =
kind of system of belief or something. Christianity is individually =
personal. It's knowing God himself. Many may give some kind of assent =
to God's word and God's Son, but Christianity is being like =
Jesus...being, and not acting. Christianity is not so much about =
becoming, as it is about being. There is a becoming, but once this is =
done, there is only being and growth. If you are becoming a follower of =
Christ, you still have a way to go before you actually are one.
Another thing is that no one chooses Christ. It's impossible. How =
can you choose that which you cannot perceive? And if you perceive Him, =
consider how you came to perceive Him. He chooses us, not the other way =
around. We can only know God from His calling us out of the world. =
Until He calls us, we may give assent to that which we do not actually =
do not know, but the simple fact remains that we still do not know Him. =
He is hidden. That's why He must reveal Himself to us through His =
precious Holy Spirit. Paul said, "I know and am persuaded by the Lord =
Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself." The point being, that =
Paul knew and was persuaded by the Lord Himself. =20
=20
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

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"Christianity or Atheism, same thing; it's a simple choice, = assume it=20 as basic or
not."
 
   This is just wrong, plain wrong.  You speak of=20 Christianity as some kind of system of belief or something.  = Christianity=20 is individually personal.  It's knowing God himself.  Many may = give=20 some kind of assent to God's word and God's Son, but Christianity is=20 being like Jesus...being, and not = acting. =20 Christianity is not so much about becoming, as it is about being.  = There is=20 a becoming, but once this is done, there is only being and=20 growth.  If you are becoming a follower of Christ, you still have a = way to=20 go before you actually are one.
   Another thing is that no one chooses = Christ. =20 It's impossible.  How can you choose that which you cannot = perceive? =20 And if you perceive Him, consider how you came to perceive Him.  He = chooses=20 us, not the other way around.  We can only know God from His = calling us out=20 of the world.  Until He calls us, we may give assent to that which = we do=20 not actually do not know, but the simple fact remains that we still do = not know=20 Him.  He is hidden.  That's why He must reveal Himself to us = through=20 His precious Holy Spirit.  Paul said, "I know and am persuaded = by the=20 Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself."  The = point being,=20 that Paul knew and was persuaded by the Lord Himself.  =
  
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you=20 free.
 
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