The Bible teaches that God calls many to Him. How will one know if they are being called? The Spirit of God will allow these called indivdiduals to understand the truth of His ways. Those not called will never be able to understand. This is why Christ spoke in parables and even told his apostles, it is not for them to know. God does not call everyone. However, for those He does call, the Bible states that the gate is narrow and the path is wide leading to destruction. Of course, this does not mean that those who are called and have failed are necessarily doomed. No. God is merciful. However, if one responds to the calling, they will have a high place in the Kingdom of God.
As I said before, I am either truly being called by God, or Christianity is bogus. Why? Because after all of my studying, the ways and traditions taught by christianiy, in my mind, are nonsensical and full of contradictions and stupidities. So, if I am not being called, there would have to be, in my mind, no true religion, therefore, I would lean to my agnostic views.
But at times, such as these, it seems through fate that I get "pulled" into these types of discussions where then this knowledge that I have flows through me so easily - clear as a crystal lake on a cold sunny day. So maybe, I am being called and am failing...I am not sure. I will say this...since I am spreading the knowledge that I received (and again, I didn't choose to belief this way, you all may find that hard to believe, but I never chose to believe what I believe), maybe this is what I am called to do. As time goes by, I am sure to find out.
So, as for now, since I know of no church that believes what I believe, and if what I believe is the truth, I will remain scattered from the little flock. I take it one day at a time, and for sure, never will I partake in mainstream christianity, because if I have been called and then partake in traditional christianity, that would surely be my demise.
[This message has been edited by Opeth (12-03-2002 11:26 AM).]