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« on: December 20, 2010, 11:41:24 PM »

I've been having some issues dealing with someone who considers themselves a Baptist (he used to go to church all the time, did some sermons etc; still listens to Christian radio programs and such) and we are always conflicting with certain views. This evening I brought up hypothetically if I won the lottery I would buy all the foreclosed homes and give it back to the people that lost them. He went on about how I shouldn't do that and that people need to learn a lesson for their "bad decision".

He is very machavellian and not an ounce of humility. He'll go off on monolouges and not even listen to your opinion, and have a response already created before you even finish. He's all about the profit motive, which is not a Christian virtue, and all about the wealth.

Yet he thinks he will just get the red carpet when he faces God and gets into Heaven. He is so arrogant that he could argue his point to get into Heaven.

I don't know what could get some sense into him, but any sort of an argument, let alone a conversation, is lost on this person.

It's a shame to see people like him who claim they are Christians and go against their very principles. It amazes me how much the West has watered down the Christian faith.

Sorry for my rant.
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010, 11:53:43 PM »

Didn't Christ say something about "He who is without sin cast the first stone"? And what was that whole parable about the Publican and the Pharisee?

Perhaps rather than ranting on the internet about your acquaintance, your time would be better served praying for him.
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010, 11:57:20 PM »

Didn't Christ say something about "He who is without sin cast the first stone"? And what was that whole parable about the Publican and the Pharisee?

Perhaps rather than ranting on the internet about your acquaintance, your time would be better served praying for him.
Amen!

your friend seems quite content on justifying himself. So he can join the Pharisees.  He worrys only about his own salvation. Christ worried about saving others.
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« Reply #3 on: December 21, 2010, 12:30:20 AM »

For what it's worth, I notice that relatively few American Christians truly understand Christianity. I don't mean that they are mere hypocrites--after all, like a hospital, the church is a place for sick people--I mean that they really don't understand how to interpret the Bible, and they have virtually no awareness of the original church. The Orthodox understand it best of all (in my opinion), but many of us are, nevertheless, caught up in legalism and internecine ethnic struggles--but that's another thread.

The only thing we can do is pray for greater understanding for us all. St Paul tells us to avoid arguing with those who won't listen, and I think that's good advice. Let's trust in God and remove the log from our own eye first. Living in imitation of Christ is the hardest thing a person can do.
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