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Debating the Merits of Our Two Religions
« on: September 08, 2010, 08:02:54 PM »
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A personal text exchange between a devout Christian and an ardent Hindu

IN THE FALL OF 2009, FRIENDS POOJA PATEL (POOJA.PATEL.MP _@_ GMAIL.COM) AND MCKENNA SMITH, BOTH 13 AND IN 8TH GRADE AT ABELL JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL IN MIDLAND, TEXAS, DISCUSSED ONE EVENING BY TEXT MESSAGING THE MERITS OF THEIR RESPECTIVE RELIGIONS, HINDUISM AND CHRISTIANITY.

Pooja: Hey, I had a question: you know how we were talking about the whole religion thing earlier today and about people who don't believe in Christ going to hell?

Mckenna: Yes.

Pooja: That applies to everyone, right? No exceptions. Like even if you're a really good person, but you haven't accepted Christ?

Mckenna: Yes. Everyone. It doesn't matter how "good" of a person we are. No one deserves salvation, but that is why grace is so awesome. Grace is literally defined as an undeserved gift. We don't deserve God, but He loves us and wants us, regardless.

Pooja: So, do you think Gandhi burned in hell?

Mckenna: I don't know enough about Gandhi to say.

Pooja: Well, isn't his not accepting Christ as his savior enough to know that he couldn't have gone to heaven?

Mckenna: Yes.

Pooja: So even though he brought India to independence, inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world, led nationwide campaigns to ease poverty, expand women's rights, build religious and ethnic amity, end untouchability, and increase economic self reliance, he still burned in hell--but someone who has a child out of wedlock can still make it to heaven just by accepting Christ?

Mckenna: Yes. It could have been that easy for him, too. It's so easy, and it's painless and instantaneous.

Oy. ::) McKenna is clearly not Orthodox. :o
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Re: Debating the Merits of Our Two Religions
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2010, 08:14:11 PM »
I call urban legend. Everyone knows the National Religion of Texas is High School Football.
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Re: Debating the Merits of Our Two Religions
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2010, 08:52:47 PM »
I call urban legend. Everyone knows the National Religion of Texas is High School Football.

Good point! Plus, it says this was done through text messaging. Everything seems to be spelled right and they use punctuation. Not bad for some 13 year old kids!

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Re: Debating the Merits of Our Two Religions
« Reply #3 on: September 08, 2010, 10:04:16 PM »
This sort of understanding of redemption really makes me wonder how these sorts of people could explain pre-adolescents being saved.
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Re: Debating the Merits of Our Two Religions
« Reply #4 on: September 08, 2010, 11:06:47 PM »
I personally know of at least one person who converted away from Christianity because of what he had been taught about the cross as a protestant. He understood it as an act of vengeance on an innocent person and not as a rescue mission accomplished by self sacrifice.
And FWIW, these are our Fathers too, you know.

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Re: Debating the Merits of Our Two Religions
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2010, 02:31:49 PM »
I call urban legend. Everyone knows the National Religion of Texas is High School Football.
One reason why I've known for some time that I should live in Texas. ;D  Go Euless Trinity!
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