Within most Christian denominations we are taught that Jesus, the Christ came to this earth, died and was resurrected. He took upon himself the sins of the world and thru him we have an opportunity to return to YHVH and go to heaven upon our death. If we don't choose this the alternative is eternal separation from God via damnation in hell.......
The tenants of Christianity have changed millions of lives over the last two thousand years giving people hope and reason enough to seek the things of YAHWEH. This is the message that my children heard every Sunday for much of their childhood. Many millions of people have suffered as a result of the deception that has also been raised up in this earth over the last 2000 years via religion as well, including Christianity. Particularly the Jewish people who in the name of Christ have been slaughtered for much of these 2000 years
One of my boys (25 years old) recently said to me: "So, God lays out all of these rules and if I don't do them I go to hell? Why should I follow a God who treats me like a chess piece on a game being played by him and the devil......?
Our son is raising our five year old granddaughter. He absolutely adores his child and so do we.
You love your daughter right? You provide a place for her to live, you provide food, clothing and do the best that you can raising her to be safe, to know that she is loved, correct. If your daughter was playing out in the street you would tell her not to do that because she might get hurt or run over. You would surround her with rules for her safety, for her protection, right? You would try to teach her the right way to do things as opposed to the wrong things, yes? He agreed, 'across the board' to every question that I asked.
Suppose you did all of these things for your daughter only to watch her grow up in your house treating you as though you did not exist. She did not listen to you, did not talk to you, and responded to you as though you were treating her like a chess piece on a board because YOUR rules meant that if she broke them she would face consequences but, if she kept them everything would be okay with you. How would you feel if your daughter thought of you in the same way you thought of God?
Suppose you found out that your daughter, now in her early twenties was the slave of a pimp who was selling her for sex. You found out where she was knowing that she wanted to be rescued. You go and "RESCUE" her. Do you then beat her down screaming and yelling at her or do you embrace her, love her, and try to reassure her? My son said that he would do the latter, of course!
I wish that I had not taught to my children the story of Christianity with out first telling them about the plans of God to bring his Kingdom here to the earth through Israel...
No church that I took my kids to taught us this Bible Story
My son said, "I have never thought about it like this Dad"
I keep praying for my children. Like millions of kids raised in the church, they fled the gospel message as soon as they became adults. I would submit that YHVH is reconnecting the message they heard back to its foundation, his laws!
Exodus 16:28 Yahweh said to Moses, "How long do you refuse to keep my commandments and my laws?
Psalm 119:1 Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to Yahweh's law.
Within Christianity we are taught that YAHWEH'S laws are fulfilled through Jesus Christ....
Perhaps this is why so many of our kids are playing in the street with pimps?
The God of Israel is laser focused on saving his kids and destroying the Pimps