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How do English readers understand the verb ‘command’ in Jesus sayings?

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by KerimF, Jun 22, 2022.

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  1. KerimF

    KerimF New Member

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    The essence of what you like telling me here I usually hear from my Muslim friends after I replace the word God (of Christians) with the word Allah (of Muslims) and I replace the name of Jesus (of the Gospel) with the name of Mohammad (of the Quran). If they do good to someone they do it just because their Allah says to do it. Also they were told that by grace of Allah, all their sins will be forgiven if they have observed all what they are supposed to do to please Allah.

    I wrote many posts here to show, briefly, what I learnt from Jesus (not from anyone else). Naturally, I have no more reason to accept Jesus in my life by faith after He helped me discover the logical answers of 'all' important questions about life which I was looking for. In other words, Jesus came to save me from my greatest weakness 'ignorance' which every human baby is born with. Naturally, as I mentioned earlier, Jesus is indeed my 'Light of knowledge' under which I was able to walk, without confusion and fear, on the Path that leads to God’s Realm of Love.
    As you see, I can't call myself a Christian because a Christian in any formal Christian Church or Denomination around the world (with no exception) is not supposed to see in Jesus the Divine Perfect Teacher (the all-knowledge God). So I am just an independent student of Jesus taking advantage of what I learnt from Him to feed my soul with the growing joy of God's Love while I live God's Unconditional Love towards all others {Matthew 5:44-45}.

    Real teachers don't command (don't need to impose their knowledge on their students).
    For instance, imposing rules (said social, religious or political) on the multitudes is necessary in the material world only. And these rules are based always on the human instincts (actually of the rulers). These instincts are simply God's instructions embedded in every living thing (including the human flesh) for the survival of its species so they have nothing to do with God's Unconditional Love.
     
  2. fhansen

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    Im not sure what you’re getting at here at all. God has the right to command; He’s the Creator. And yet we disobey and cannot obey to the extent that we’re apart from Him, so it’s a sort of catch-22. We cannot do the good we know that we should do. Christ is the answer. He comes to us and reveals the true God, a God worth believing in, the God of love who’s always been on man’s side while rebellion and enmity came from us, not Him. We turn to Him as we lose faith in ourselves, loving Him in return. Then obedience begins to flow of its own accord, for the right reason now.
     
  3. KerimF

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    There is nothing wrong in what you say.

    By the way, my Muslim friends also used to tell me what I hear you say now:
    "Allah has the right to command, He's the Creator".

    After all, it is natural for them to say this because they are supposed to see their Creator as the Powerful Supernatural Ruler/King who created the huge universe in order to look for obedient followers and slaves; among humans Created on one of the zillion planets, we call Earth. By the way, this is mentioned clearly at the beginning of their Quran; as being one of the most important/crucial statements in Muslim's faith. Therefore, talking about the One Will/Energy of the Father in Heaven and Jesus, unified since before Creation by the Divine Spirit of Love (the Holy Spirit) is the greatest blasphemy in Islam's faith.

    I mean; if you learnt from Jesus that you are created to worship and glorify God (so you likely also believe that our Creator is just the Father in Heaven) you have no choice but to also learn from your Church/Denomination how to do it properly. And I assure you that you will feel great while you observe, as possible, whatever is supposed to please the Powerful Creator you know. For instance, my Muslim friends, for example, feel the same while they observe the rules/rituals commanded by their Allah.
     
  4. bling

    bling Regular Member Supporter

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    I have also, been led to do much more than I knew how to do.
     
  5. bling

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    Your analogy sound like it came from an engineer and I hear what you are saying.

    Faith and Love go together, so we might start with little faith and little Love, but using the faith and Love we do have, allows them to grow.

    I am really trying to address initially obtaining Godly type Love with very little trust (faith) in God/Christ, but enough to humble one’s self to the point of accepting pure undeserved charity.
     
  6. fhansen

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    Alright, thank you. Thoughtful post.
     
  7. KerimF

    KerimF New Member

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    Good news.
     
  8. KerimF

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    Perhaps I understand the word 'faith' wrongly. It sounds to me like trusting (or believing) in someone rather 'blindly', for one reason or another, with the hope this trust/belief is worth for one to have it.

    This is why I don't say I have faith in Jesus because I believe His message of Love based on my personal experiences and logical analyses exactly as I believe in many scientific ideas. Therefore, as I take advantage of my scientific knowledge to gain my daily bread (and of those who assist me at work) I also take advantage of what I learnt from Jesus (directly from the Gospel) to feed my soul continuously with God's Love towards others while I live without confusion and fear (also thanks to Jesus hints about how the 'real' world runs, by design).
     
  9. bling

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    Let us just think about it logically:

    If coming to Christ could scientifically logically be rationally thought-out and thus done intellectually then the uneducated and not so smart people would be at a disadvantage, but if “faith” is the requirement then the lowliest mature adult could come to Christ as easy or maybe even easier than the intellectual. This also makes coming to Christ a really humbling experience, because any mature adult can put their trust in a benefellent Creator.

    Faith and the humility it requires is enough humility for an individual to humbly accept God’s charity as undeserved charity, so faith is needed.
     
  10. KerimF

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    When I wrote you, it is just about me. I have no reason, at all, not to respect whoever (or whatever) someone may have faith in. Every adult human is responsible of self. On the other hand, I even do care of those who are created to play my enemies; they helped me realize that I can be real free by not following, as a programmed robot does, my natural instincts of survival, superiority, selfishness... etc. In fact, Jesus refers to this as 'being not of this world'.

    In brief, a human may have, at best, just ONE free will in every situation; following his natural instincts of survival, superiority and selfishness to name a few or react with love/care unconditionally.
    For instance, one of the beauties in the human creation is that while someone follows his instincts (mainly the rather complex God's instructions of conditional branching... if... else... else... etc.) he is also programmed to have the impression/satisfaction that he has free-will in every decision he makes. So I wasn't surprised when I read on Luke' Gospel:
    "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do".
     
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