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Person Believes In False God

When a person believes in a false god, like the Hindu's or the Muslem's, does that mean that their thinking process in other areas of their lives is corrupt since they're believing in something that isn't the one true God?

Moderator - Yes.

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yes god is the living god, we should worship no other god but him.
---matthew on 10/8/07

Think back in Moses' time. He worshiped God Almighty, Pharoah worshiped some egyption golden god. But Pharoah couldn't figure out why his god wasn't as powerful as Moses' God. I believe Pharoah got mad, that is why he sent a plague for death to take the first born of every house. Moses and his family was safe because of the Lamb's blood. Pharoah's son seen death.
---Rebecca_D on 3/18/07

They answer to another god other then our God.Only our God can save them. Otherwise they are with the Pagan world.
---candice on 3/18/07

.grace, you err. We do judge the appearance, when I see with my eyes someone bowing down to a statue or a person and worshipping and kissing them, I judge them rightly as an idolater. I am always quick to judge every false way. And when I express hate against wrong, it is perfect hatred and it is of God, for God does express perfect wrath and hatred for the wicked. Please read Hosea 9:15; Mark 11:15-17; John 2:15,16.
---Eloy on 6/12/06

Eloy, excellent verse, John 7 21-24. "Stop judging by mere appearances...and make a right judgement". So, this means that we are not to make judgements based on external appearances, including religion. The 'right (correct)' judgement is for God to make, based on the internal state of someone's heart. There are verses that literally state that we are not responsible to judge others. Why are we so quick to hate and judge?
---Grace on 6/10/06

grace, pet beliefs are irrelevant, for absolute truth is supreme, and any beliefs not lining up with the absolute truth is error. Religions do not receive and worship Jesus Christ as the Christian does, neither do they do so by calling him other names while identically meaning Jesus Christ. Religion's concept of God, and the born-again Christian's concept of God are not identical, for that would be like trying to compare reality with imaginations.
---Eloy on 6/10/06

grace, You wrote that it doesn't matter what 'Name' a person uses for God. But grace, it does matter what 'Name' you use, for to reach the only living God, you must call upon Jesus Christ, for he alone is the only real and everlasting Mediator. Jesus is not a representative of the truth, instead he is THEE Truth, all other religions are false, completely and 100% false. Islam is in no way connected nor related to Christianity. Also Jesus commands us to judge righteous judgment. Please read John 7:24.
---Eloy on 6/10/06

Jesus was all about tolerance and compassion; Jesus didn't just teach it, he lived it, and we are expected to live in the same manner. My position is that we don't have the right to judge whether someone is corrupt based on the name that they call God, or their religion for that matter. We don't have this responsibility; why are many so quick to pass judgements? We know not the state of someone's heart and soul. I see it as complete injustice.
---Grace on 6/10/06

Your right I can use the bible to justify everything I say as long as what I say lines up with what the bible says. There is not one opinion that will save a soul from hell.
---Exzucuh on 6/9/06

You can use the Bible to justify your judgement, but I believe we don't have the right to determine if someone is corrupt just because they don't call God by the same name as we do. It is not the way of compassion and tolerance. We can witness best by our own actions and behavior.

Moderator - Jesus was not about tolerance either. He taught Biblical truths.
---Grace on 6/9/06

Grace Eloy is right were not to Judge according to our judgement but what the word has judged we can confess to others to save them from a sin unto be silent is a sin and we will be judged for not warning people of the err or their ways
---exzucuh on 6/9/06

Eloy...I never said all religions are the same....and Jesus teaches us that we should not judge others. My response is one of compassion, and my belief is that God will make use of all things, even other religions. It is through truth that we come to know God, and Jesus is a representative of truth. Jesus not only talked, but lived as an example for us on how to conduct ourselves in compassion, not self-righteous arrogance, judgement, assumptions and hate.
---Grace on 6/9/06

grace, We know what is in a person's heart by the fruits that they bear. And we can judge the state of a person's heart by what they worship. God's Word is very clear, if anyone worships a false god rather than the living Christ, they are idolaters. Jesus alone is the Salvation, and there is no other name given among men, whereby we must be saved. Preach Christ, only he can save.
---Eloy on 6/9/06

grace, but you are deceived and believe that all religions are the same, when in fact there is only one Jesus Christ, only one real everlasting and sinless Savior, and his name is not Allah, Buddah, Brahama, Vishnu, Krishna, Mohammed, Joseph Smith, Virgin Mary, Peter, Paul, Sally, Jesse, Raphaelie, Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, etc. Jesus said, "For if you all believe not that I am, you all will die in your sins." John 8:24. Please read what Jesus says in John 10:8,9; 14:6.
---Eloy on 6/9/06

"the eternal fire of hell"? I won't even start on that! Back to the point....the God I understand is about compassion and creation. When I said positive, I meant that nothing is lost, it is useful. God creates, grows and develops using all things (even other religions), which is positive. My point was, that we cannot judge the state of someone's soul just because the name of their God is difference from what we know. Only God knows their soul and heart's intent.
---Grace on 6/9/06

grace, yes, God is all about the positive, for God himself did made a positive lake of fire, the eternal fire of hell, to destroy all idolaters.
---Eloy on 6/9/06

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Grace: Jesus would look upon the world of christian missionaries, the time our families spend in fellowship ,he would hear the choirs . Look upon the green valleys and huge crops of food ... . How many young people are listening to the Holy Spirit and studying to do His commandment.2Tim.2:2 .Because He Lived,it is better for us , we are a result of His sacrifice,and the Word of God.Lulac3895
---Lula on 6/8/06

continued...Native American children were removed from their parents to 'save' them. I could go on and on.....We need to respond with compassion. I believe that God will use every method, every incident that happens to a positive end, including other religions. We know not the true state of someone's heart. Only God does; therefore, judge not.
---Grace on 6/8/06

Pharisee.."Hindus revere cows and rats to the detriment of their own people.
Muslims kill anyone who doesn't agree with them. Bosnia?" These are very generalistic statements, and are not fair or true of all Hindus or Muslims. We can certainly name countless incidents in which Christians have persecuted others in the name of God. Africans were enslaved and it was condoned by Christianity and Bibilical literal intrepretation. continued..
---Grace on 6/8/06

Mima, if the destination is to know God (destination=city), God recognizes this as a true spiritual connection, and leads us along the road. Some people take longer to reach the destination. We get distracted, and sometimes the journey is hot and we get tired. God is one of understanding, and no, I do not think we have the right to condemn others for the road that they are taking. God hears all voices who call out to him, who seek him......even if they call out in another lanuage or name.
---Grace on 6/8/06

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dear is that very verse you quote that taught me who Jesus is. Jesus brings us, through his teachings, the truth. It is the truth of these teachings that is our salvation; emphasize 'truth' instead of 'me'. If we do not seek the truth, then we cannot grow in our relationship with God. The basis of my response is one of tolerance; I don't think one has the right to pass judgement on whether someone is a Christian or not just because of a difference in intrepretation of doctrine.
---Grace on 6/8/06

MikeM! You said it perfectly! I have often wondered what Jesus would think of Christanity today! That is what I find most amazing....the discrepancies between what I understand as teachings of Jesus, and the behavior I see of many Christians and organized Christianity. I see something based in negativity, and Jesus was all about the positive. Jesus taught unconditional love, but many followers are unable to comprehend it.
---Grace on 6/8/06

Most things are relative. Jesus made some rather exclusive claims. "What is truth" a secular leader asked Jesus. One has to look at those claims historically, and in the end, personally. Jesus is an island of truth is a relitivistic ocean. Good non-Christian people have done good things. Evil people have done vile things in Jesus name. That does not impure Jesus, only those people or groups(religions) who do bad.
---MikeM on 6/8/06

micro; This is a mixed bag. Some great things happen to some people who become Christian. Better marrage, better values, etc etc. Then some use religion as a springboard for their demagoguery, using it to control women and others. 'Some' become myopic and closed minded, against education as it might threaten faith. I have seen good and bad, both extreme. I wonder if Jesus would recognise Christianity in America as in any way relating to Him.
---MikeM on 6/8/06

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I disagree. Marco; 'Corrupt thinking processes?' Lets see has a nation ever been better, mor free, when most everyone was Christian? You have 1700 years of Christian history in Europe, what were the results? Corrupt Popes, holy wars, pograms, intolerance, ignorance, persecutions(Christians attacking other Christians. The irony is what sectarian Christians hold up as the best goverment, Democracy comes from pagan secular Greece, the result of 'corrupt thinking.'
---MikeM on 6/8/06

To Grace; the statement all roads lead to Rome is only true for those who are traveling the road in the right direction. Is it intolerant and unfair of me to judge what direction people are taking on that road. We must live and die by our direction. Those who are traveling west will never reach the East.
---mima on 6/8/06

No Grace, there are not many ways of arriving at the truth. "I am the way, the truth and the life, NO MAN comes unto the Father EXCEPT THROUGH ME" said Jesus. Anyone who cannot accept that statment as absolute truth has no right calling themselves a Christian. The bible also tells us that 'at the name of JESUS every (note EVERY) knee shall bow, EVERY tongue will confess that JESUS is Lord.' But by then, for many, it will be too late because they will be awaiting the judgement.
---f.f on 6/8/06

No, people who believe in a false god does not mean that there thinking process in other areas of their lives are also corrupt. For example, If I wrongly believed that buddah was Jesus, and buddah created me and all things, but I also believed that the "haves" should share with the "have nots". Well then, clearly my false belief does not make my other belief wrong: for my latter belief is righteous, but my formal belief is the sin of idolatry.
---Eloy on 6/8/06

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Faith in Jesus Christ influences every aspect of our lives and also our decision making. Their thinking process in other areas is not led of the Holy Spirit and therefore not of God.
---Pat on 6/7/06

Sorry Grace your dead wrong, broad is the way to hell the straight gate leads to life, Jesus is the only way, the only door and the only life,it is the AntiChrist doctrine that excepts many ways to God and will be the downfall to all who believe it.
---Exzucuh on 6/7/06

Of course believing in a false god will cloud every area of one's life. Jesus said that what is in the heart will come out of the mouth. Whatever one believes that is false, one is going to take that path in their life. "There is a way that seems right to a man, but it's end is the way of death" Proverbs 14:12.
---Helen_5378 on 6/7/06

Any religion contains enough truth to make you think it's all true, but that testifies against them because they show within themselves that they CAN recognize truth.

The problem is that they never knew the author of truth, and so the entirety of their truth is compromised for lack of knowledge.

Hindus revere cows and rats to the detriment of their own people.
Muslims kill anyone who doesn't agree with them. Bosnia?

The wrong practice comes from wrong teachings about God.
---Pharisee on 6/7/06

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Grace, there are many ways to arrive at the truth?

Matthew 7
13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

John 14
6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Have I been misinterpreting these verses?
---Loree on 6/7/06

Do you think that God's finished with any of us, including Hindus or Muslims?

Do you not think that if there is the LEAST inkling to fear, obey, and love God in someone's heart, God has all eternity to work on that spark if He's allowed?
---Jack on 6/7/06

Grace ... What was it that Jesus said? I paraphrase: "There is no way to the Father except through Me"
---a on 6/7/06

I do not think we have the right to judge someone else' definition of their God. There is one truth, but there are many ways to arrive at that truth. Example: There is a city, but there are many roads that lead into that city. Again, I think it intolerant and unfair to group people together and pass a judgement on their spiritual relationship with God. Again, only God knows the true state of a person's heart.
---Grace on 6/7/06

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Does it really matter the 'name' that we use to define God? The teachings of Jesus are universal and apply to all people. Hinduism has many Gods, but they are actually representatives of characteristics of one God. Islam theology is very closely related to that of Christianity. Truth can arrive to people in many different ways. Just because someone doesn't call a rose by the same name as you, doesn't mean they are in moral distress.

Moderator - There is only one truth. Truth isn't relative.
---Grace on 6/7/06

Man has always wanted to make his own gods, because he could live the way he wanted to instead of living the way God wants us to.
---Rev_Herb on 6/7/06

God might not be as legalistic in this matter as some of the people who post here are.

(Note I'm saying "might"--I don't pretend to know.)

But don't you think He will be stricter with Christians? We have the Truth.
---Jack on 6/7/06

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