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Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 3:16pm On Sep 23, 2009
1 Thessalonians 5:21:
21 but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good.


The above quoted scripture is one i find very instructive and hold very dearly too. A lot of us hold on to certain beliefs just becos we were born into it and made to believe it is the "truth". For the christians amongst us we hold unto the bible as the gospel truth, our muslims counterperts hold on to their quoran whilst our atheist friends hold on faithfully to their delusions. But the question be asked who amongst us can say that he as scrutinized his/her belief system and understands it 100%? As the above captioned verse states how many of us have put our beliefs to test and understood it before dogmatically holding on to it as truth? I am a christian and as i understand christianity better i would be makng more references to the christian belief system as i progress on this thread. As a believer i took time out to study, scrutinize and criticise by belief system and today i believe i am better off for it and have a better understanding than someone who just beliefs becos he is afraid of going to hell or he wants to make heaven. My studies took me back to study the history of christianity, the history of the bible, the make up of the various books of the bible. The effects of translation errors on doctrine [some of these errors are deliberate] The use of bible concordance to understand the bible better, why christ really came and his true gospel, our purpose in life and our future in the cosmos. The studies are endless and continous but i believe studying with a critical out of the box mind set is crucial for us to be able to truely understand and hence justify whatever we believe in and i encourage others to do same. My findings have reformed and defined my understanding of christianity as opposed to popular church version and i truely pray we all come to the understanding of the truth one day which really is out in the open if we truelly want to find it.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by posakosa(m): 3:24pm On Sep 23, 2009
I have definitely criticized. definitely! I have had and experienced my stages!



and I have reached the conclusion that I am incomplete without my spiritual actualization and realization. I believe in God and the truth that there is a higher power,
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by Recognise: 3:35pm On Sep 23, 2009
@Post

With the former? Yeah! Affirmative, 100%

Proverbs 4:7 and Proverbs 25:2 gives me the boldness
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 3:42pm On Sep 23, 2009
posakosa:

I have definitely criticized. definitely! I have had and experienced my stages!
and I have reached the conclusion that I am incomplete without my spiritual actualization and realization. I believe in God and the truth that there is a higher power,

But religion as it is practised today goes beyond belief in God and higher power hence we have several different opposing religions and various sects practising the "same" religion, in fact most religions consists of doctrines of men that have been established as divine. How do you tell the difference?
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by olabowale(m): 3:48pm On Sep 23, 2009
so guys which is one is true and test proven to be held between "Your Servant Jesus Whom you sent" and "Jesus is God" both said by post Jesus ascension people? What litmus did you apply to the one you chose, since they are 180 degrees to each each oter, they cant be both 100% right or can they?

You guys came out of the gate with your subjective acceptances, so we know what your leanings are. That in itself is dishonesty. No? And you did not give educated process of how you arive at what is truth and worthy of holding on to. Critical analyss is to be expected before you give us example of what you deemed worthy to be held.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by Recognise: 3:49pm On Sep 23, 2009
KunleOshob:


But religion as it is practised today goes beyond belief in God and higher power hence we have several different opposing religions

and various sects practising the "same" religion, in fact most religions consists of doctrines of men that have been established as divine.

How do you tell the difference?


The sheep knows the voice of the Shepherd

The Spirit of Truth's guidance is the key
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 4:05pm On Sep 23, 2009
olabowale:

so guys which is one is true and test proven to be held between "Your Servant Jesus Whom you sent" and "Jesus is God" both said by post Jesus ascension people? What litmus did you apply to the one you chose, since they are 180 degrees to each each oter, they cant be both 100% right or can they?
I am not one of those christians that subscribe to the trinity concept as i believe it is one of the man made concepts that found it's way into christianity and it does not have any sound biblical or logical basis rather it oozes of overzealousnes on the part of the proponents. The bible makes it clear that Jesus is the son of God and that his father is superior to him. As per the case of Islam, i have also scrutinized and i can confidently say it is a 90% man made religion with a few truths plagiarized from the bible and the torah.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 4:09pm On Sep 23, 2009
Recognise:

The sheep knows the voice of the Shepherd

The Spirit of Truth's guidance is the key
And who is the sheperd in this case, is it God, Jesus or religious leaders who are notorious for distorting the word of God as is evidenced in the various sects of christianity we have today with opposing views.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by Recognise: 4:37pm On Sep 23, 2009
KunleOshob:


And who is the shepherd in this case, is it God, Jesus or religious leaders

who are notorious for distorting the word of God as is evidenced in the various sects of Christianity we have today with opposing views.


@KunleOshob

- KunleOshob

"And who is the shepherd in this case, is it God, Jesus or religious leaders"? you asked

In tandem with your question. This shepherd is the religious leader whereas this Shepherd is Jesus.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by JeSoul(f): 4:38pm On Sep 23, 2009
Kunle,
   I believe you are condensing two very seperate and distinct issues into one over-simplified statement.

1. Paul taught us to scrutinize and test everything against and in the light of scripture.
2. This is very different from testing the scriptures itself. This is an undertaking (while in itself may be somewhat profitable) I do not think we are tasked with in/by the bible.

   We are preached a gospel, and subsequently expected to choose to believe it or reject it - not necessarily charged with the mission of researching and finding means to either prove or disprove it. The gospel of Jesus Christ was not meant to be proven - but rather simply believed and accepted from "start to finish", by faith.

 Extensive historical studies on christianity and the bible are definitely good, I'm not condemning that all. But let us not elevate such extra-biblical hobbies & assignments to a level the scriptures do not necessarily give them.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by mazaje(m): 4:51pm On Sep 23, 2009
JeSoul:

Kunle,
   I believe you are condensing two very seperate and distinct issues into one over-simplified statement.

1. Paul taught us to scrutinize and test everything against and in the light of scripture.
2. This is very different from testing the scriptures itself. This is an undertaking (while in itself may be somewhat profitable) I do not think we are tasked with in/by the bible.

   We are preached a gospel, and subsequently expected to choose to believe it or reject it - not necessarily charged with the mission of researching and finding means to either prove or disprove it. The gospel of Jesus Christ was not meant to be proven - but rather simply believed and accepted from "start to finish", by faith.

 Extensive historical studies on christianity and the bible are definitely good, I'm not condemning that all. But let us not elevate such extra-biblical hobbies & assignments to a level the scriptures do not necessarily give them.

Don't you feel that there is a lil bit of double standard here? Christains claim that the bible and most of it's claims are to be accepted purely based on faith but go around attacking other religions and trying to disprove them through their historical claims, contradictions and errors that abound in their religious claims etc. . . when christains are shown their own historical errors and, contradictions and inconsistencies that abound in their own scriptures they say that faith alone is what matters. . .Is it faith that matters more or knowing that what you believe in is actually the truth?. . . .
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 4:54pm On Sep 23, 2009
Recognise:

@KunleOshob

- KunleOshob

"And who is the shepherd in this case, is it God, Jesus or religious leaders"? you asked

In tandem with your question. This shepherd is the religious leader whereas this Shepherd is Jesus.  
You got me a bit confused with the above highlighted could you expantiate?
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 4:58pm On Sep 23, 2009
I do not belong to the school of thought that christianity is purely based on faith, there are a lot of factual and obvious truths involved which Jesus and the apostles went to great lengths to prove, Jesus actually went around doing miracles partly to prove his divinity and the apostles also performed miracles as evidence, they just didn't tell people to believe based on faith.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by Recognise: 5:17pm On Sep 23, 2009
Recognise Today at 04:37:55 PM]

@KunleOshob

- KunleOshob

"And who is the shepherd in this case, is it God, Jesus or religious leaders"? you asked

In tandem with your question. This shepherd [/b]is the religious leader whereas this [b]Shepherd is Jesus.

[/quote]

[quote author=KunleOshob:



You got me a bit confused with the above highlighted could you expantiate?


@KunleOshob

- KunleOshob

Confusion wasn't intended. Our God is not a God of confusion.

I initially mentioned Shepherd but you brought up shepherd. Remember?

Shepherd with small case letter "s" is not the same as Shepherd with capital letter "S"

I was answering your question and distincting shepherd and Shepherd
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by mazaje(m): 5:20pm On Sep 23, 2009
KunleOshob:

I do not belong to the school of thought that christianity is purely based on faith, there are a lot of factual and obvious truths involved which Jesus and the apostles went to great lengths to prove, Jesus actually went around doing miracles partly to prove his divinity and the apostles also performed miracles as evidence, they just didn't tell people to believe based on faith.

Interesting. . .The only evidence that Jesus was a miracle worker is the gospels and that is self is not an evidence. . .because if you read the works of other greek authors you will see where the write or talk about miracle working people. . .even josephus said that one emperor he wrote about died and ascended into heaven. . .

By the way did jesus not say that those that believe in him will do more wonders and magic than him so that people will see and believe?. . . .Why is it that people like you that truly believe in him are unable to do any of the things(wonders and magic) written about him even though you truly believe in him?. . . .
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by JeSoul(f): 5:31pm On Sep 23, 2009
mazaje:

Don't you feel that there is a lil bit of double standard here? Christains claim that the bible and most of it's claims are to be accepted purely based on faith but go around attacking other religions and trying to disprove them through their historical claims, contradictions and errors that abound in their religious claims etc. . . when christains are shown their own historical errors and, contradictions and inconsistencies that abound in their own scriptures they say that faith alone is what matters. . .
  But Mazaje these supposed inaccuracies and constradictions are debatable - with "experts" from both sides, neither willing to bend to a foreign viewpoint.

 But nevertheless I personally do not point to the "inaccuracies or inconsistencies" in other religions when evangelising mine. The bible claims an exclusivity to the truth, this is a bold and arrogant claim - from a secular perspective - and I believe it not because I have evidence but by faith. And I do not shy away from proclaiming it though I cannot prove what it is I proclaim with unshakable confidence.

Is it faith that matters more or knowing that what you believe in is actually the truth?. . . .

Both! I heard the gospel, I believed it by faith, and all through my life I have seen the unmistakable result of believing in this gospel, I have experienced things that cannot be explained by science or rationale. This mazaje, is my evidence to me and only me, that the gospel is true. The path to truth is not a universal road, we all get there differently - some will find it in time, others will not.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by JeSoul(f): 5:34pm On Sep 23, 2009
KunleOshob:

I do not belong to the school of thought that christianity is purely based on faith, there are a lot of factual and obvious truths involved which Jesus and the apostles went to great lengths to prove, Jesus actually went around doing miracles partly to prove his divinity and the apostles also performed miracles as evidence, they just didn't tell people to believe based on faith.
mazaje:

Interesting. . .The only evidence that Jesus was a miracle worker is the gospels and that is self is not an evidence. . .because if you read the works of other greek authors you will see where the write or talk about miracle working people. . . .
  Excellent response from Mazaje  smiley. Kunle can you prove Jesus infact did those miracles? don't you accept Jesus came, died and rose solely by faith?

  The bible teaches to believe by faith. However once you believe and begin to walk with God and in accordance with the scriptures, you will experience things, see your life and heart transformed in a supernatural way - these subsequent events are what fortify and increase ones faith in God and Christ but they are not the basis for them - or else the pharisees and co would have embraced Jesus after all the wonders he did.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by bawomolo(m): 6:02pm On Sep 23, 2009
But Mazaje these supposed inaccuracies and constradictions are debatable - with "experts" from both sides, neither willing to bend to a foreign viewpoint.

a few are debatable a few aren't. One has to question how perfect the bible if it even leaves openings for misinterpretations or contradictions.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by JeSoul(f): 6:12pm On Sep 23, 2009
True and I will readily concede transcriptional or translational errors. But you must admit, the bible as a whole body of work is very consistent and has matched up pretty closely if not perfectly with many archeaological findings (though these findings to me are not what make it credible).
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 9:09am On Sep 24, 2009
mazaje:

Interesting. . .The only evidence that Jesus was a miracle worker is the gospels and that is self is not an evidence. . .because if you read the works of other greek authors you will see where the write or talk about miracle working people. . .even josephus said that one emperor he wrote about died and ascended into heaven. . .
By the way did jesus not say that those that believe in him will do more wonders and magic than him so that people will see and believe?. . . .Why is it that people like you that truly believe in him are unable to do any of the things(wonders and magic) written about him even though you truly believe in him?. . . .
My belief in the deity of christ goes beyond biblical evidence and church doctrine, as i said i scrutinized the whole concept a lot, even to the point of loosing my faith becos of the complex and difficult to understand truths but i thank God today my faith is now stronger even though slightly different from the pulpit inspired christian folk. I know it would be very difficult if not impossible to explain my understanding on this forum so i won't even bother. Considering the second question you raised, i would make this statment 99% of those of us that profess christianity are not practrising true christianity. How many christians can sell all their possesions and give it to the poor as Jesus recomended If they truely believe why don't they practise it? As i said the issues are to deep to discuss on this forum and it is a private journey which every man must work out for himself.

PS: I am also far from being a perfect christian so don't think i am speaking from a position of self righteousness
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by posakosa(m): 1:04pm On Sep 24, 2009
KunleOshob:

But religion as it is practised today goes beyond belief in God and higher power hence we have several different opposing religions and various sects practising the "same" religion, in fact most religions consists of doctrines of men that have been established as divine. How do you tell the difference?


I don't and I am least concerned with opposing religions, and various sects. I am least concerned with the various forms of religious dogma. I believe in the existence of God. I am a Christian. I feel like I practice Christianity my WAY, lipsrsealed
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by olabowale(m): 2:27pm On Sep 24, 2009
@KunleOshob: « #6 on: Yesterday at 04:05:09 PM »
I am not one of those christians that subscribe to the trinity concept as i believe it is one of the man made concepts that found it's way into christianity and it does not have any sound biblical or logical basis rather it oozes of overzealousnes on the part of the proponents.
This is the cornerstone of the Christian part of the Bible; Gospel, Trinity, death and resurrection and blood atonement and salvation! If you are not a believer in the Trinity, then why are you a Christian? I would not remain a muslim if I see a thing that I completely disbelieve its possibility in Quran. Quran makes humanness possible; the happiness, the sadness, the anger and the love and all emotions inbetween them! It also allows me to know that I could not have more than a single Creator, a God full of power, knowledge and always alive! This makes Him very Unique and I will not fall for a person in the street now, or if I were alive 5,000 years ago, or after that time or anytime that a man walking about, looking like me telling me that he created me, gave me life, while he and I share same human characteristics!

Only the most gullible fall for such a belief! My mother was able to willingly leave Christianity when I asked her why are you a Church goer, a Christian, a Bible reader, etc, if you do not believe all of these that Christians do believe? Alhamdulillah and I did not have to force anyone but God sees the heart and made it easy for those Whom He made Muslim!




The bible makes it clear that Jesus is the son of God and that his father is superior to him. As per the case of Islam, i have also scrutinized and i can confidently say it is a 90% man made religion with a few truths plagiarized from the bible and the torah.
Kunle, you need to realise that God is Unique and above all imaginations that man puts on Him, in their desires; God does not have parents and He is not a parent, which will destroy His Creatorship on one hand and the other His Uniqueness, not having a resemblance to man or man to Him! Your assertion that Quran has anything to do with Torah or Gospel is unfounded, similar to me having anything to do with you except the obvious; history of mankind, yorubas, and nothing else!
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by GEW: 2:32pm On Sep 24, 2009
KunleOshob:

My belief in the deity of christ goes beyond biblical evidence and church doctrine, as i said i scrutinized the whole concept a lot, even to the point of loosing my faith becos of the complex and difficult to understand truths but i thank God today my faith is now stronger even though slightly different from the pulpit inspired christian folk. I know it would be very difficult if not impossible to explain my understanding on this forum so i won't even bother. Considering the second question you raised, i would make this statment 99% of those of us that profess christianity are not practrising true christianity. How many christians can sell all their possesions and give it to the poor as Jesus recomended If they truely believe why don't they practise it? As i said the issues are to deep to discuss on this forum and it is a private journey which every man must work out for himself.

PS: I am also far from being a perfect christian so don't think i am speaking from a position of self righteousness

saint kunle how can you say that?

is it poverty you are in love with or just arguments?
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by Nobody: 4:44pm On Sep 24, 2009
gew is funny
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 7:23pm On Sep 25, 2009
olabowale:

@KunleOshob: « #6 on: Yesterday at 04:05:09 PM » This is the cornerstone of the Christian part of the Bible; Gospel, Trinity, death and resurrection and blood atonement and salvation! If you are not a believer in the Trinity, then why are you a Christian?

I have read your post enough on this forum for me to know that you know that trinity is NOT a cornerstone of the christian belief and neither does it exist in the bible. I am a christian because i believe in the true gospel of our lord Jesus christ the only begotten son of God almighty. Whom God sent to this planet to teach us the way of truth and the secrets of being admitted to his Kingdom, sadly humans have succeded in twisting this gospel for selfish and greedy motives. Also the core teachings of his gospel have been neglected for man made doctrines yet his name is used to gain credibilty. Your prophet also used his name when he invented his own religion. tongue
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by noetic4: 9:21pm On Sep 25, 2009
@ Mazaje

By the way did jesus not say that those that believe in him will do more wonders and magic than him so that people will see and believe?. . . .Why is it that people like you that truly believe in him are unable to do any of the things(wonders and magic) written about him even though you truly believe in him?. . . .

what makes u think these words of Jesus are FALSE ? are u sick? are u an amputee?
I will give u my address. . . . .once I lay hands on u in the name of Jesus, ur arms will grow back or ur sickness will disappear. . . , dont hide ur shame, . .come get ur healing. grin
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by posakosa(m): 9:47pm On Sep 25, 2009
@ noetic were you bannned, , shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked






lipsrsealed lipsrsealed undecided undecided undecided
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by noetic4: 10:08pm On Sep 25, 2009
3 times today by mukina and jarus. . . . they are angry at the constant ridicule of allah
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by posakosa(m): 5:00pm On Sep 28, 2009
noetic4:

3 times today by mukina and jarus. . . . they are angry at the constant ridicule of allah


wow! shocked shocked shocked shocked
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by MyJoe: 5:08pm On Sep 30, 2009
I find this post as interesting as it is relevant.
I used to be a Bible-spouting Christian, belonging to a group that insists it is the genuine article as far as Christianity goes, and believing most of the things KunleOsbob believes. One day something happened - pure accident - that made me pause to re-examine a particular dogma. I found I had been lied to all my life! (Much like Einstein told us about about his coming upon scientific facts which made him realise that the state was lying to the youth by presenting the Adam fable as the true story of the beginning of man.) My findings made to be reaxamine everything, that is, my whole relationship with God and men who exercised so much influence in my life because they claim devine appointment. I found that the core of what I had held as sacred since birth was nothing but an empty shell. I found that what I thought was a bridge between God and man was nothing but some terrestrial bridge. I was devastated. It was the first time I had subjected by beliefs to serious scrutiny and it fell flat like the wall of Jericho.
My conclusion today is that religion is an empty shell. I find Humanism to be far superior. Yes, you can be good to your fellow man for the sake of being good rather than to please God. And, yes, I now agree with Freud that the idea of a big daddy up there who will come and solve my problems for me is a childlike fancy.
But nothing I have said here should be taken to be gospel. These are private views which I do not intend to package for export or propagation. The only thing I have against most religious folk is that they believe blindly. Those who can adduce a sound basis for their beliefs, I respect.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by KunleOshob(m): 5:22pm On Sep 30, 2009
@myjoe
Thanx for the conytribution, much appreciated.
Re: Have You Scrutinized/criticised Your Belief System Or Do You Just Believe? by nuclearboy(m): 11:19am On Nov 24, 2009
@myjoe:

Would you be willing to let us know what this accident was and would you say being good to others "to please God" is right? Maybe the allegory is extreme but its (to me) like saying if your wife were to be driving drunk and hit and kill 4 children standing by the side of the road, she'd be right since she, of course, is your wife. And of course, the day you quarrel and separate, she becomes wrong!

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