Well, you see where I was going with that question, for how you answer it informs your answers to various questions which have been brought up in this thread.
I will say this much - and let it be a sort of confession:
I believe that regardless of how you view such things - whether you view certain texts as historical fact or metaphor, or both - whether you view demons and the devil as objective entities, or subjective aspects of your own human beingness - whether you are possessed with fear, lust, envy, ANY passsion, or whether you are tormented by Satan himself and possessed of demonic entities- whether you view hell as a physical place or as a state of being - Christ will save you from all this and more.
I believe that our Lord is a redeemer, a rescuer, a deliverer, and the salvation of all, and I believe that no matter what ails you
, or how you view it, or what your theology is-- I believe that if you call out to Him in His Holy Name - He will save you and lift you out of your low estate, no matter what it is. NO MATTER WHAT IT IS. If you need help He will deliver you.
And I believe His saving grace extends well beyond the grave - that it is something in which you may abide here and now, no matter what you think about these things.
Lord, save me!
Jesus came to me in a time of hardship, and it is unfortunate, in a way, that this is often the case. But I believe that even the hardest atheist, when they sink to such a low that they cannot go on, and yet they muster enough faith to call on Him and mean it, that they can and will be saved by Him.
I hardened myself up with pride to such an extent that I had to be broken down in agony before I called to Him and I'll never forget it. The world weighs a lot. He will lift it.
In some schools of thought, the cross is representative of the four elements earth, water, air, and fire. In ancient Greece they reckoned all of material existence, the world, to be fashioned from these four basic elements. And since we are material beings, you may say, in a sort of metaphor, that we too bear a cross of materiality, the world itself; existence IN the world is our burden and it is heavy indeed. He will lift it from you no matter what you think
it is- just ask Him.
Lord, have mercy.
I could just as well post this in the "Atheist" thread over in convert issues. These are the things I believe.
Sorry, I said I don't like preaching and now I'm ranting, but that's the mood I'm in right now. (And I certainly won't go over 5 minutes