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A Yeshiva Boy and Christmas

chipsmydog Wrote: Dec 25, 2012 6:58 PM
Dennis, My hope for you is that you would sincerely embrace Jesus Christ as Saviour and Messiah this Christmas season. Without Christ, Christmas is just another secular break from work. As for giving gifts, this has it's origin in God giving His only Son in love and mercy to His people. Please stop telling people that all "good" people go to heaven. This philosophy disregards the core claim that Jesus made about Himself, therefore making Him a false Prophet: "I am the way the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except by Me." As Paul said, Our Gospel is either true, or we are a people to be most pitied, because we believe a fairy tale and are actually condemned with the unbeliever.
Bondman60 Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 11:28 AM
Chips: I am fascinated by the fact that of the three Abrahamic faiths, only Judaism provides a theological mechanism for all mankind to be admitted to heaven in the afterlife. Islam, as we know, reserves hell for the unbeliever, the infidel. Christianity, for all of its emphasis on love and tolerance, promises hell for those who reject Jesus as the Messiah. But Judaism, in its normative form, provides a fairly simple pathway to Heaven for all mankind: The Seven Noachide Laws. Perhaps that's why you don't have Jews like Prager warning Christians that their beliefs will keep them from God's Heaven when they die. Ponder that, for a while, Chips, and then tell me which of these faiths truly preaches God's love for all mankind.
Bondman60 Wrote: Dec 26, 2012 11:30 AM
Of course, only non-Jews can take avantage of this path to Heaven, but still, non-Jews, according to Orthodox Jewish belief, are completely capable of receiving the same reward in the afterlife that a faithful Jew receives. Hmmm.
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