Christianity: the greatest love story ever told

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Christianity: the greatest love story ever told

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Post by Noah1201 » Thu Aug 05, 2021 1:43 am

I'm not a Christian, although I was one for a short time. During that period, the most fascinating argument that I heard in favor of Christianity was the one I alluded to in the thread title; that the Jesus story is the greatest love story ever told, in fact, it's the greatest love story that ever could be told. And it's hard to imagine that something so powerful, beautiful and mind-boggling could have been thought up by some people two thousand years ago.

Why am I writing this post? I am thinking aloud because this argument still fascinates me to no end and I obsess about it on a daily basis. And I want to hear other people's thoughts on this.

So why is this the greatest love story? You can measure the love of an action by the distance that the lover crossed for the beloved. The Jesus story is a story of a God who crossed an infinite distance for the beloved who couldn't deserve it less. Why an infinite distance? Because the same God who created the incomprehensibly large and beautiful universe, bigger and more majestic than the human mind can conceive, willingly became a crucified criminal after being mercilessly whipped, tortured, slapped, spat in the face and mocked, and He did all this for the sake of those very people who put Him through all that suffering.

The heavens declare the glory of God. So let's take a look at the heavens. The same God who created this:

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crossed an infinite distance to become this:

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For what? From whom? For all of us, but even for those who nailed him on that cross.

True or false, it is the most beautiful, most powerful, most mind-boggling story ever told. That the Creator God, the ruler of all the universe would go to such lengths to save this race of rebels, it's beyond words.

In fact, for those of us who aren't Christians, I think we ought to at leat pause for a second and think: could human beings have made this up? It's the beauty of all beauty, the love of all loves.

In fact, I think you can put this in the form of a philosophical argument, but I will do this with caution and humility, because I've never had a single class in philosophy in my life.

1. God is by definition the greatest conceivable being
2. Love is the greatest perfection a being can have
3. Therefore, God must possess love in the highest degree possible

1. If God exists, the conception of God that portrays him as having the greatest degree of love possible, must be true
2. Christianity portrays God as having the greatest degree of love possible
3. Therefore, if God exists, Christianity is true

Yes, I am obviously aware that the argument presupposes that God exists. But you know what? The vast majority of people believe in some kind of God. So if my argument is sound and valid, all those people should instantly convert to Christianity.

Well, food for thought.

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Re: Christianity: the greatest love story ever told

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Post by RickD » Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:20 am

Noah1201 wrote:
I'm not a Christian, although I was one for a short time.
Sorry, I don’t believe this.

Your believing that God exists, and your believing in Christ’s divinity doesn’t mean you were a Christian anymore than my believing that my wife exists, and she’s human, makes me married to her.
John 5:24
24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.


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Re: Christianity: the greatest love story ever told

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Post by Noah1201 » Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:53 am

RickD wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:20 am
Noah1201 wrote:
I'm not a Christian, although I was one for a short time.
Sorry, I don’t believe this.

Your believing that God exists, and your believing in Christ’s divinity doesn’t mean you were a Christian anymore than my believing that my wife exists, and she’s human, makes me married to her.
You're off-topic, so I reported your post. Both your post and this one I just wrote should be deleted.

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Post by RickD » Thu Aug 05, 2021 6:10 am

Noah1201 wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:53 am
RickD wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:20 am
Noah1201 wrote:
I'm not a Christian, although I was one for a short time.
Sorry, I don’t believe this.

Your believing that God exists, and your believing in Christ’s divinity doesn’t mean you were a Christian anymore than my believing that my wife exists, and she’s human, makes me married to her.
You're off-topic, so I reported your post. Both your post and this one I just wrote should be deleted.
Off topic? I responded to the very first line you posted. You started the topic, I responded to what you posted, and somehow that’s off topic? :pound:
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Re: Christianity: the greatest love story ever told

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Post by Nessa » Thu Aug 05, 2021 11:25 pm

Noah1201 wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:53 am
RickD wrote:
Thu Aug 05, 2021 4:20 am
Noah1201 wrote:
I'm not a Christian, although I was one for a short time.
Sorry, I don’t believe this.

Your believing that God exists, and your believing in Christ’s divinity doesn’t mean you were a Christian anymore than my believing that my wife exists, and she’s human, makes me married to her.
You're off-topic, so I reported your post. Both your post and this one I just wrote should be deleted.
You would report a post for being off topic?

That's not report worthy... It's emoticon worthy

:offtopic:

Is talking about being off topic, being off topic or being on topic? y:-?

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