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August 25, 2006

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george

So Rollins says "Rollins says that "those who exhibit a genuine love know God, regardless of their religious system..."

In other words Rollins is saying "Jesus is unecessary". If you are loving you know God.

Who gets to decide if you're "loving enough"? Hitler loved his dog and his girlfriend, does he get in?

Why should we desire your objective "May we be an aroma that makes people hungry for the way, the truth, and the life."

Why not just explain to them that as long as they have a path and are loving that is all they need. There is no longer any need for Jesus

Bill

I don't think that Rollins is saying we don't need Jesus. He's saying that we need to think outside the box of "religions."

As I pointed out in the post, Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father except through me." My question is what constitutes having a relationship with Jesus? Are there certain "right beliefs" we have to have? Is it possible that someone could be following Jesus, but not actually know much (or anything) about him?

Jennie

Don't know if I'm following completely, but the key words seem to be RELIGION and RELATIONSHIP. I don't have a religion. Religion is man-made. I have a relationship with Jesus Christ and through Him with God. People can be different "religions" and still have the same core values, i.e. believe the same things, can they not?

The greatest of all is LOVE - isn't this truly the way to show non-christians what God is all about? Isn't that going to compel them to ask "what you have that they don't?" The problem is, most christians tend to only show love to those who are living by their rules. And turn to the rest of the world with a judgemental, "i'm better than you" attitude.

In answer to one of your questions Bill, I think that the most important thing we need to know about Jesus is his loving attitude towards those around him, including sinners. It's important to see how he lived day by day with the non-perfect people around him. It's kind of humbling to realize that he hung out with people most of us would thumb our noses at. Makes me wonder, would he have hung out with me?

Bill

"The greatest of all is LOVE - isn't this truly the way to show non-christians what God is all about? Isn't that going to compel them to ask "what you have that they don't?"

I just went for a run and I was thinking about that very thing. I've got an idea for a survey where I will ask people to rate what things Christians tend to value. It would be interesting to see how high something like "love" ranks if we're really honest with ourselves.

Ish Engle

I think we would need to know about the character of Jesus, how He loved us "to death", how He chose the way of love over the way of rules. To extend your "aroma" metaphor, we need to understand the way that He smelled the stench of sin and the fresh breeze of heaven.
Knowing this about Jesus, IMO, is crucial to having a relatoinship with Him.

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