Christian Principles

United States
February 22, 2009 4:58pm CST
I was at church today and the pastor talked about how Jesus was a radical in the way he preached. He talked about how Jesus taught to not only Love God with your whole being, but to love you neighbor just as much. He also explained to us about how Jesus taught to also love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. All these things make sense to me although it is harder to put into practice. I had my best friend come down this weekend and we had a chance to hang out. He was surprised that I had become Christian. He said that the concept of "God" and all of religion was created by man because we are just intelligent enough not to be satisfied. And so his argument was that we as human beings need something to grasp and hold on to. Thus, religion. My point and question is that no matter what you believe, it seems the things Jesus Christ taught in the New Testament are things that would better humanity and the relationships we have with each other. I understand that people have done some terrible things in the course of history in the name of Christianity. But do you think if we as a human society take a closer look at what Jesus taught, that we might all live in a better world? I know that may seem inconceivable to people who do not believe in Jesus or God or anything religious, but I ask the question looking for opinions from all angles.
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@1hopefulman (27470)
• Canada
24 Feb 09
As far as I can see, Jesus epitomizes what a human should be. He is a great example of humility, kindness, love, concern, unselfishness, and I could go on and on. I like this verse: 1 Peter 2:21 (New Living Translation) 21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. A Christian is only a Christian if he does that.
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@miamilady (4924)
• United States
17 Sep 09
I think that's a great concept. I have my doubts about the details in certain religious, but I also think that religion (whether you believe or not) does serve a purpose, and at it's best it can teach followers to live a better life. Unfortunately, many people don't follow the advice of the religion they are preaching. Rather than "loving their enemies" they choose to judge their neighbors.
@ronharold (555)
• Philippines
24 Feb 09
I don't think that just by taking a closer look in the teachings of Jesus we can make a better world. This world as what 2 Corinthian 4:4 said is being governed by Satan. What God wants is not a better world but for us to enter His kingdom. I strongly believed that Jesus' teaching are not for our character reformation only so that we can achieve a better world but i think it is for us, man, to be restored to our original position in God.
@syankee525 (6295)
• United States
24 Feb 09
my thing is for real, everyone has differnet belife in this world. some look at jesus different, so not everyone who may not think like you or think that it's us humans that do what we do and others think it's jesus. but as long as we go out there and treat and respect everyone the way we want to be treated is what it's all about. no matter if your friend think it's human or jesus. we all have different out look on life and things. it's how we deal with the ones who belive different then you.
@Adoniah (7515)
• United States
23 Feb 09
If you read the Tanach, which you would call the old testament, you would find that all of the teachings of your christ are in there. You know of course that your christ was a Jew, and that what he knew was the teachings of the Jews. Shalom~Adoniah
@katb28 (225)
22 Feb 09
i belive that if eveyone lived by the scripture, love the lord you god with all your heart with all your mind and with all your soal and love your neaiboure as yourself. then there would be no poverty, no war, no crime and everyone would live in peace working together to build a much better futcher
@Spook619 (335)
22 Feb 09
Well, I can give you an opinion from one angle.. Jesus taught a way of life, he taught a way of life which is hard, you know as well as I that it is sometimes very hard to feel even the slightest compassion for some people. However, I belive that if we all could live within the guide lines he said, effectively love everyone, the world would be a much happier place; war wouldn't happen, racial hatred/violence wouldn't exist. Yet that is a life which we can only dream of.