What are some good Christian Books to read?

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Postby poohcarrot » Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:29 pm

Fljotsdale wrote: bearing in mind the whole time that the bible also says it is 'impossible for god to lie' (Hebrews 6:18 ),

...but how do you know that is true? It could be a lie. :D

God wrote: woman he punishes with pain in childbirth and with subordination to man: "your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you;"

Is this bit true? :shock: :lol:


Is this the bit you mean....?

"The same easiness of temper, which betrays some godly persons into friendship with the declared enemies of religion, renders it very dangerous to them. They will be drawn to wink at and countenance such conduct and conversation as they ought to protest against with abhorrence. Whithersoever a good man goes, he ought to take his religion with him, and not be ashamed to own it when he is with those who have no regard for it."

.....because that could be taken to mean Christians shouldn't read Terry Pratchett. :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby cols » Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:38 am

Fljotsdale wrote:I think the best thing you can do is to read the bible VERY CAREFULLY and very thoroughly, without any input from other writings, be they fiction or non-fiction, theology or science.
One small bit of the bible I suggest you read and think about, and then think about and read again, and read again and think about, is 1st book of Kings chapter 22 verses 19 to 23; bearing in mind the whole time that the bible also says it is 'impossible for god to lie' (Hebrews 6:18 ), and seriously contemplate on the action he took as written at 1 Kings 22:19-23.
It's a good starting point, anyway. :wink:


And He doesn't lie, He does permit a lie but He himself cannot lie!

Pooh. Yes that bit is true, women are meant to be lead by men who in turn are supposed to treat their wives as they would their own souls , to protect them, lay down their lives for them , love them as they would love God
No the last bit (I can't do multiple quotes) does not mean christians should not read Pratchett or any others for that matter. It means we should , when conversing with non christians , not be ashamed to declare we are and not to be drawn in going against our faith.It may sound straight forward but it isn't easy as people can see faith as mindless obedience and unintelligent and so it a constant struggle.
Becoming a Christian is like entering a storm , you constantly feel like you have to defend your faith, which you do.But you also battle your own ego : no one wants to be viewed as unintelligent :D
But I am a Christian, it is the core of who I am and healthy debating like this help me to keep grounded :D
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Postby Fljotsdale » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:54 am

poohcarrot wrote:
Fljotsdale wrote: bearing in mind the whole time that the bible also says it is 'impossible for god to lie' (Hebrews 6:18 ),

...but how do you know that is true? It could be a lie. :D



Oh yes, indeedy! :lol: That is the whole point of the bit of the bible I suggested the thread starter should read.
I should also have mentioned that the bible says 'God hates a liar' and the liar is castigated frequently in scripture as something detestable to god.
Yet, there, in 1 Kings 22:19-23, we have god commending an angel who suggests - following a request by god - that he go out and deceive the prophets of an enemy by giving them false prophcies to speak; the passage ends thus:
"And now here God has put a deceptive spirit into the mouth of all these prophets of yours; but God himself has spoken calamity concerning you."

Hmm... maybe god didn't actually speak the lie himself... but to ask an angel to go out and tell lies for him? Looks to me like a crook getting another crook to do the dirty work so he can keep his own hands clean. And he certainly takes the dubious 'credit' for it!
And when you take into account all the comments the bible makes about liars being detestable to god, and not entering into his kingdom,,, where does that leave that dutiful, obedient angel (or spirit)?

The bible says that, concerning the Holy City (Heavenly Jerusalem, as described in Revelation) "Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and eveyone liking and carrying on a lie." (Revelation 22:15)

So, if nothing else, the bible god is something of a big fat hypocrite, imo.

Now tell me this: Who does the bible tell us is the Father of Lies? And where does that leave the bible god?

Another thought has just struck me. The bible calls god the Alpha and the Omega - the beginning and the end. But it could also mean opposite poles, couldn't it? Good and Evil, for instance... Go(o)d and (D)evil, maybe...

It's a thought.

Not that I believe in any of 'em, personally. I'm an Anti-Theist. :P
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Postby Fljotsdale » Mon Feb 08, 2010 11:55 am

cols wrote:
And He doesn't lie, He does permit a lie but He himself cannot lie!



See my response to Poohcarrot. :)
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Re: What are some good Christian Books to read?

Postby Fljotsdale » Mon Feb 08, 2010 12:30 pm

ashtonfarell wrote:I was wondering what are some good Christian books that I can read to supplement my bible studies?


If you really wat religious fiction, you could try Lloyd C Douglas "The Robe" and I think he also wrote "The Big Fisherman"

There is also Marie Corelli's "Barabbas" which might be an intersting read.

I read and enjoyed all three of these when I was a teen.
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:12 pm

Fljotsdale wrote: Good and Evil, for instance... Go(o)d and (D)evil,


Oooh! I liked that! :P
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Postby Dotsie » Mon Feb 08, 2010 1:46 pm

poohcarrot wrote:
God wrote: woman he punishes with pain in childbirth and with subordination to man: "your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you;"

Is this bit true? :shock: :lol:

Bugger that!


cols wrote:Becoming a Christian is like entering a storm , you constantly feel like you have to defend your faith, which you do.But you also battle your own ego : no one wants to be viewed as unintelligent :D

Sounds exactly like being a scientist :lol:


poohcarrot wrote:
Fljotsdale wrote: Good and Evil, for instance... Go(o)d and (D)evil,

Oooh! I liked that! :P

Sounds like The Bible Code to me :wink:
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Postby Fljotsdale » Mon Feb 08, 2010 4:21 pm

Dotsie wrote: Sounds like The Bible Code to me :wink:


Saw an interesting bit about that on QI a few days ago, actually; and interestingly, you can do exactly the same thing with any book you choose and get equally comprehensible 'messages'. Any book at all, from the bible, to Shakespeare, to Conan Doyle, right down to Winnie the Pooh. And in books in other languages, too.
Imagine secret messages from God in, for example, Enid Blyton's Famous Five! Or even a book of pornography... :lol:
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Postby poohcarrot » Mon Feb 08, 2010 10:15 pm

...or even The God Delusion. :lol:
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Postby daemonium » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:03 pm

is god not like father christmas .
when you grow up you realise hes not real ....i would refer you also to the tooth fairy and the easter bunny ..

pfft jesus was just a hippy and as all hippys are downtrodden by the authorities for even thinking they can change things then it makes sense its all relevant .

and jesus said to the masses " drink wine get stoned " and the romans took it literally .
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Postby mystmoon » Thu Mar 18, 2010 7:44 pm

If it weren't for Paul, Christianity would never have grown to the massive thing it is today (even if he was sexist :evil: )
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Postby alexdwsn12 » Tue Jul 27, 2010 3:52 pm

Here is some great books :

- Velvit Elvis by Rob Bell
- Crazy Love, by. Francis Chan
- Love by Francine Rivers
- The Shack by William P. Young
- Wild At Heart - John Eldridge
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Postby AndieKry » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:40 pm

Gods,
I thought that was aboot just Discworld - looks very serious - hope we are the people and religion is not something ....... separating us.
In any case, I am PAGAN - an enemy for Judaists/Christians/Muslims - they even preach to kill us in their prayers/preaches - and this is not a sin for them - this is like a deed for their god.
Listen - if we go that far we can end up like a boring forum of digging in our pockets...
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Postby poohcarrot » Wed Jul 28, 2010 2:46 am

Have you read this whole thread Andie?

I'd class it as far from boring (apart from the first post! :lol: )

I'm just a boring atheist. Being a Pagan sounds too much like being part of an organised religion. :D
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Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Jul 28, 2010 12:21 pm

I know some Pagans pretty well (quel surprise! :shock: ) and in fact it's a very broad church 8) and probably more like buddhism in that it does take much account of nature and it's seasons, treating the world and inhabitants with respect and geared to finding your own path. True that Wiccans are more organised than some of the others, but it's not too prescriptive.

The parts that give it a bad name ('voodoo' dolls or wicker men) are in general those that early christians mucked about with, or were geared towards the punishment of criminals and not sacrificial as such, although there was ritualisation when offering animal tribute to the gods (who were far less trashy than the Greek variety for instance). :lol:

As a lifestyle white witching equates to Magrat (as Queen not Maid) and Nanny. Best of all it doesn't try to boss you about too much on who you can love and how to live - it's the oldest of philosophies and therefore it's not surprising that it generally attracts intelligent adults who don't like being treated like idiots or babies. :wink:
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