So "to read more into this then is there is to add to God's word and is intellectually dishonest" but you're saying you know exactly who Jesus is talking to in Luke and exactly what he meant..... I would argue that all of them were Romans, the Pharisees were Romans. They lived in the Roman Empire.
I believe the Bible can be twisted around and has been altered or meaning as been lost in translation. If God would stop man from changing his Word then why didn't he stop 9/11 or Sandy Hook? Mohammed said Christians corrupted the word of God, that's why many Muslims believe the Quran should only be spoken in Arabic and never translated.
I'm more of a Deist, I believe in God but I don't believe He interferes with Earth often. However I do think he does intervene at times. The Lord works in mysterious ways. Like the watchmaker, God built the watch but He doesn't control the gears, but must repair them every once in a while.
I could also give you a lot more verses that show how radical Jesus was. How about washing the woman's feet? How about acquitting the adulteress?
I in no way believe that Christ is the only way, nor to I believe that anyone deserves heaven. We are all sinners, Jesus made that clear in the sermon on the mount.
I live in the Bible belt, you have no idea how many times I've been told I'm going to hell for not going to church and not hating Muslims. I also think you're right that no one can be certain of the truth about God. I believe he exists, but I'm not certain. If I knew for a fact that God existed I would live a much better life and so would everyone else.
The individual who refuses to defend his rights when called by his Government, deserves to be a slave, and must be punished as an enemy of his country and friend to her foe. - Andrew Jackson
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