Re: I want to be like Christ.
you know, this is a much more interest conversation than the original one I think. Its true i dont love god, I dont believe a God exists, which I dont think is so horrible,its a matter of evidence or revelation or spirit something or another all of which are not out of the question. anyway, love that one really cuts to the quick because it is a thing that i do believe exists but have tonnes of trouble defining. I tend to think that christian love or , the type we are talking about here would be better described with other words. i mean dole out love rather sparingly, that deep emotional connection with another human being isn't something i can just sprinkle about at will...and i argue a healthy person cant. but if a person needed my help, i could offer a helping hand even if it was to my disadvantage, because i have empathy and respect and a yearning to help my fellow man. This imo is not love, I dont have a deep emotional connection with this specific person, i have a deep emotional connection with the human condition. it does transcend the fact of whether i like the person or not, whether we have similar interests and whether i expect any reciprocation...so in that sense i think the distinction is moot....or possibly nonexistent,of course many Christians will claim that there is some ineffable aspect which i'm not capturing...well i have no way to evaluate such a thing, so i have no reason to believe it. The parts you claim are special, are also inaccessible. So in that you are correct i do not have incentive to attempt to act as if my behavior has some divine aspect, but on a simply natural behavioral level,there are all sorts of reasons to emulate Christ, or dare i say attempt to build upon his example
Originally Posted by markedward
" Fellas, this visit's top secret, so no one is to know about it except the senior officers, scientists, and one conspiracy nut no one will believe. " -Probably Barack Obama