Why Christians Tell This Lie (but It's Not a Sin, because ...)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
March 12, 2018 10:50am CST
I want to help Franklin (and all the other children- & followers of Rev. Billy) Graham 'fully grieve' the deceased evangelist. But it's difficult because of this 'lie': "... Billy Graham, went into the presence of the Lord ..." http://www.mylot.com/post/3162478/belief-in-heaven-is-just-a-tool-a-grief-disposal-program-the (If I were 'closer' to Brother Franklin, I'd be clearer on "what he meant by that"---'you mean we're not "in the presence of the Lord now? The Holy Spirit isn't a part of The Father and The Son? We were baptized to be children of a lesser god?' Maybe he'll clear some of that up below.) It's not exactly a "lie" since almost no one who says it knows that it's not true and -since those who know it's not true and say it anyway know that it is true from a certain point-of-view. (It's sort of like 'when parents tell their children that the family pet "was sent to a farm upstate"---no real reason to disbelieve the story, and it lets you get on with your life without worrying too much about the clean-up).
• Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
@NoorNoor That's one reason why people say "believe" rather than "know"---if they say they 'know,' then they have to provide "proof" (or else they're misusing the word); so they say 'believe,' and then it doesn't matter whether there's evidence to prove it