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    Chair, I take it that you do believe in the God of the OT correct?.....and that you try to live by His word?....

    If so, when Jesus was asked in the NT what was the way to be saved, He said it was by obeying the laws of Moses...and then He cited part of the 10 commandments. He was speaking to a Jew when He said this....a Jew who specifically asked Him what he must do to be saved. I know you don't believe the NT, but just for the sake of argument, let's say it's true....

    So, based on what Jesus said to that Jew, do you see yourself as "saved"?

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    I am still with Knight AND daddyugi, who both correctly pointed out that the opening statement was an open-ended invitation to failure. The very premise was faulty and would thus render the whole exercise a waste of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo
    Chair, I take it that you do believe in the God of the OT correct?.....and that you try to live by His word?....

    If so, when Jesus was asked in the NT what was the way to be saved, He said it was by obeying the laws of Moses...and then He cited part of the 10 commandments. He was speaking to a Jew when He said this....a Jew who specifically asked Him what he must do to be saved. I know you don't believe the NT, but just for the sake of argument, let's say it's true....

    So, based on what Jesus said to that Jew, do you see yourself as "saved"?
    the term "saved", as you use it, does not exist in my lexicon. We are not "saved" or "unsaved". THose ideas come from a Christian view of the world that I don't have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pastorkevin30
    I am still with Knight AND daddyugi, who both correctly pointed out that the opening statement was an open-ended invitation to failure. The very premise was faulty and would thus render the whole exercise a waste of time.
    Pastor,

    I already backed down on my request for short posts. That was a technical requirement that some here found hard to deal with.

    A. I am willing to discuss the premises. What in particular is faulty to your mind, and why?
    B. I am curious as to what you would consider a fair set of premises for this discussion. Go ahead, start from scratch.

    Chair

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    Quote Originally Posted by chair
    the term "saved", as you use it, does not exist in my lexicon. We are not "saved" or "unsaved". THose ideas come from a Christian view of the world that I don't have.
    I know the concept of "salvation", as in being saved from sin to go to heaven when you die, doesn't exist in your religion, but I also know that the word "saved" is in the OT...and many times God "saved" the people of Israel....so the term is there in your beliefs, even if it has a different meaning.

    So, why DID a Jew obey the Mosaic Laws? If it wasn't to be "saved", then why? To be in a right standing with God correct?

    From a Christian perspective, that is also what it means to be "saved"....it means to be in a right standing with God. Judaism and Christianity just get there by different means.

    So what do you make of what Jesus said to the Jewish man who asked Him how to be saved?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Echo
    I know the concept of "salvation", as in being saved from sin to go to heaven when you die, doesn't exist in your religion, but I also know that the word "saved" is in the OT...and many times God "saved" the people of Israel....so the term is there in your beliefs, even if it has a different meaning.

    So, why DID a Jew obey the Mosaic Laws? If it wasn't to be "saved", then why? To be in a right standing with God correct?

    From a Christian perspective, that is also what it means to be "saved"....it means to be in a right standing with God. Judaism and Christianity just get there by different means.

    So what do you make of what Jesus said to the Jewish man who asked Him how to be saved?
    I am not sure what to make of this. Being saved in the Old Testament was generally something that happened to the nation, not individuals.

    My impression is that Jesus was talking pretty much like any Rabbi of his time would. I am trying to type "yes, I am saved", but my fingers just won't do it, because the term has such heavily Christian connotations that I just can't.

    What is your point thoiugh? What are you driving at?

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    Without Christ, one cannot be saved. Jesus said, "I am The Way, The Truth and The Life." He is The One and Only Way to The Father. Anyone who tries to approach God any other way, Jesus said, is a theif and a robber. If you knew The Father, you'd recognize The Son.
    "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." -- Amos 3:7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aimiel
    Without Christ, one cannot be saved. Jesus said, "I am The Way, The Truth and The Life." He is The One and Only Way to The Father. Anyone who tries to approach God any other way, Jesus said, is a theif and a robber. If you knew The Father, you'd recognize The Son.
    Do have any idea at all how little your statement means to me? It is very nice that you have this faith, but so what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chair
    I have read a small part of the Book of Mormon, and some of the New Testament. I may read more. But I won't ask God to tell me that if it is true. I am not seriously considering this as true, and I wouldn't bother god with every bit of religious literature that is thrown at me.
    Besides which, my Bible warns me about foriegn gods, ones that my fathers did not know, and all brands of Christianity (inlcuding Mormonism) fall into that category.
    Unless Mormonism is what it claims to be. In which case the other manifestations of Christianity and Judaism already are the very foreign gods and elements that your fathers did not know and 'Mormonism' is the restored purity of the very faith that Moses and Abraham had. Elijah is held up in Judaism. Why not take a test that in essense is the same he gave for discernment between the living God and a false one(s)? Why not use asking of God and receiving a response to judge which God is God? Will you pray to God and ask him if you are in the proper faith and have a proper view and a proper worship of him? Will you ask him if your reading and understandings of his words are correct? This doesn't need be a limited to simply asking God for negation of false faiths but can be used as a confirmation for perceived potential correct ones.

    Will you pray and ask God if your view of him is correct and sufficient for salvation?
    "For a man to be great, he must not dwell on small things, though he may enjoy them."

    Thy mind, O Man, if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation must stretch as high as the utmost heaven, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss. Thou must commune with God.

    --Joseph Smith Jr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustard Seed
    Unless Mormonism is what it claims to be. In which case the other manifestations of Christianity and Judaism already are the very foreign gods and elements that your fathers did not know and 'Mormonism' is the restored purity of the very faith that Moses and Abraham had. Elijah is held up in Judaism. Why not take a test that in essense is the same he gave for discernment between the living God and a false one(s)? Why not use asking of God and receiving a response to judge which God is God? Will you pray to God and ask him if you are in the proper faith and have a proper view and a proper worship of him? Will you ask him if your reading and understandings of his words are correct? This doesn't need be a limited to simply asking God for negation of false faiths but can be used as a confirmation for perceived potential correct ones.

    Will you pray and ask God if your view of him is correct and sufficient for salvation?
    If Mormmons claim, as you seem to be doing, that Moses and the Israelites were essentially Mormons, then Mormonism is just plain silly. Is this what you are saying?

    Now, I live on the Carmel Mountain, convenientally enough. Should I take a couple of bulls, slaughter them, label one "Mormon" and the other "Judaism", and see if a fire reaches down from heaven for one of them? That is what Elijah did - Except fo ron emajor point. Elijah never even started thinking that the Baal worshippers were right. The test wasn't for himself- it was a demonstration to other Israelites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chair
    I am not sure what to make of this. Being saved in the Old Testament was generally something that happened to the nation, not individuals.
    Yes, but there was also an individualized personal standing with God wasn't there? For instance, Moses and those who stood with him survived the wrath of God after the golden calf episode, and those who opposed Moses were destroyed. So that was more an individual "salvation" based on each person's CHOICE of whether or not to stand with Moses or oppose him....God's wrath being lifted from those who chose Moses and God's wrath falling on those who opposed. Correct?

    My impression is that Jesus was talking pretty much like any Rabbi of his time would.
    Yes, that's probably true. He was a rabbi...they called Him "Rabboni" which means teacher. Don't you think this is rather odd that He would tell the Jewish man to obey the law of Moses (the 10 Com) rather than have faith in Him to be saved? Why do you think that is?

    I am trying to type "yes, I am saved", but my fingers just won't do it, because the term has such heavily Christian connotations that I just can't.
    Yes, it does have a strong Christian meaning....but it also had a meaning in Judaism and had a meaning when the Jewish man asked Jesus "what must I do to be saved?". Based on the Jewish meaning....what exactly do you think that man was asking Jesus?

    What is your point thoiugh? What are you driving at?
    Not really driving at anything. Just trying to look at this from a different perspective. Maybe you and I can both learn something eh?
    Last edited by Echo; October 8th, 2006 at 11:11 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chair
    Do have any idea at all how little your statement means to me? It is very nice that you have this faith, but so what?
    When you see a cross which covers the sky, from one end of the horizon to the other, and millions of Christians being snatched up, to meet with The Lord Jesus in the air, and are left behind, to face the worldwide control of this earth by Satan's incarnation, you'll consider The Son of Man in a different light. In that day you will see an entire nation (Israel) become Christian in one day, as The Lord prophecied. In that day though, the price of Christianity will be martyrdom. Those who will not receive the mark of the beast (which many believe to be a mind-controlling chip implanted in thier flesh) will be beheaded. Lots of luck with that.
    "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets." -- Amos 3:7

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    Quote Originally Posted by chair
    If Mormmons claim, as you seem to be doing, that Moses and the Israelites were essentially Mormons, then Mormonism is just plain silly. Is this what you are saying?
    The worshipers of Baal and Pharoah's court thought Elijah and Moses respectively were just plain silly, until, of course, they could no longer do such.



    Now, I live on the Carmel Mountain, convenientally enough. Should I take a couple of bulls, slaughter them, label one "Mormon" and the other "Judaism", and see if a fire reaches down from heaven for one of them? That is what Elijah did - Except fo ron emajor point. Elijah never even started thinking that the Baal worshippers were right. The test wasn't for himself- it was a demonstration to other Israelites.
    It's basically the same. I do not need another demonstration for myself. But let you call upon your God to give you an answer as to the sufficiency of your knowledge and present efforts to gain salvation and I'll do the same.

    I don't think you are correct, yet I challenge you to apply the same test to your claims of God that I do.
    "For a man to be great, he must not dwell on small things, though he may enjoy them."

    Thy mind, O Man, if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation must stretch as high as the utmost heaven, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss. Thou must commune with God.

    --Joseph Smith Jr.

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    BTW--

    One of my best friends is Bahai. I've always wanted to see their building and gardens there on Carmel. Is it as good as the pictures chair?
    "For a man to be great, he must not dwell on small things, though he may enjoy them."

    Thy mind, O Man, if thou wilt lead a soul unto salvation must stretch as high as the utmost heaven, and search into and contemplate the darkest abyss. Thou must commune with God.

    --Joseph Smith Jr.

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    Hi Chair.

    Thanks for dropping #4. This is going to require a little time and dialog so there will be
    more than a few post, and since I have a family, lead a Bible study, and work, it may not
    be as timely as you want. For this, I apologize. I do need to know where you stand on a
    few items. Do you believe what the Bible (we have the same Bible with the exception of
    the New Testament and I think the 4 books of the Maccabees, I've not read the Torah, so
    I'm not certain about the 4 books of the Maccabees) has to say about 1) creation, 2)
    Adam's sin, 3) the Bibles account up to Abraham, 4) what your belief about the Messiah
    and what His purpose is for coming to the earth? I need to know this, so that I know
    how to start our dialog. I am not going to set out to prove to you your need of a Saviour
    because you have already made up your mind, but I will share my beliefs with you so that
    you might come to understand what I believe and why.

    As to your first point: I am a Christian - I follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. You find a
    large portion of His teaching in the Old Testament (the Torah) and His new teachings in
    the New Testament. My view of Christianity is, in a nutshell, this: To live a holy life before
    God and before my fellow man. To love the Lord my God with all my heart, mind and soul
    AND to love my neighbor as myself. To hate sin and to do good. If this sounds familiar, it
    should. You find this in the Old Testament. The difference between Judaism and
    Christianity is the view of the Messiah. The Jews look forward to their coming Messiah,
    and Christian look forward to the 2nd coming of their Messiah.

    As to your second point: The evidence/reasoning of my belief you find in the Bible and
    also find in history, archeaology, geology, medical science, astronomy, and personal
    experience which you discount, so I won't use unless you decide differently. I look
    forward to our dialog.

    God bless you.

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