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To be dishonest,

Is a crime or sin.

"If you do not yet know Christ and find contradictions in the Bible all you need to do is tell Him you want to know and understand Him and ask for wisdom, which He freely gives to those with a genuine desire to learn and know Him."

The viewpoint you have of Him, expressed in words, is to me a foreign viewpoint, as far as I can tell. I don't know that the creator of all is a Him, so that explains, in words, some of the differences in viewpoints.

"I'm not exactly clear of the meaning of your last statement. Are you saying that you have accepted Him or not?"

I do not know what you mean by the words "accepted Him," as explained above the concept of me knowing what is, or is not, the creator is foreign to me, so I don't know that the creator is a Him.

"Knock and He shall answer, seek and you shall find."

I can write volumes of text in the vain attempt to record every time I have this idea that the creator of all is sending me messages. Just last night, for example, there were these obvious coincidences that cannot be explained rationally, and of what use would it be for me to explain precisely why I see these things the way I see them?

At no time have I assumed that the creator is a Him because at no time have I understood the coincidences (beyond possible odds of randomness as far as I know) as a message that says to me, "Hi, I am a Him, and I am Him speaking to you with these messages," and so I look for such things, but such things do not reach me.

Should I stop looking?

Should I stop asking?

If you say all I have to do is ask, and then I do not get an answer, then there is an accurately measurable problem.

It is possible that I am not honest with myself, as I know, once someone is successful in lying to themselves, there is no turning back, success is what it is, success is not failure.

I don't, as a rule, work at lying to myself, as far as I know, so a measure of trying can be understood as self deception when I see myself "rationalizing" things that I do that are destructive. I think I can still see when I am "rationalizing" wrong actions that I want to do, even though I know that my actions are measurably destructive. Part of this process is in some way explained with this concept of "Jesus dying for our sins," if I can be so bold as to begin to understand that message in some Bibles, and that message offered by some people who speak of the messages in some Bibles.

Does that make sense?

"As a side note, I do not think that because one believes in God that one should then stop fighting against evil, in fact I think the opposite is true, but I also believe without God's intervention there is little hope in stemming the tide of evil as well as comfort in knowing that no matter which way it goes, you will have the certainty of one day living in a world where evil will no longer be allowed, and that brings true Peace."

I think long sentences are good, when they are well constructed. Thanks, I see so much to agree with, and little to disagree with in your welcome words.

Count me as someone who would like to believe all the words in The Bible are words from the creator, and none of the creations have dishonestly altered the message.

Please try to consider the possibility that I am not claiming that your beliefs are wrong. Please try to consider the possibility that I am not claiming that the words in the Bible are lies.

Which Bible?

Which words?

Who put the words in print?

Is it possible that someone, a creation of the creator, misread and then mistranslated the intended message?

Those are not statements of facts, those are questions that have not yet been answered as far as my ability to know, and understand, the messages that I receive as answers to those questions.

I do not claim that Jesus is not the son of God.

How could I make such a claim?

There is no evidence I can find that confirms, to me, in my ability to know, one way or the other as to what Jesus was, is, or will be, in time and place; therefore it is accurate, and honest, for me to deny anyone who claims that I claim that Jesus is not the son of God.

I cannot make such a claim without lying. If I make such a claim, then I am lying. If someone claims that I make such a claim, then what does that mean as far as they are concerned?

Joe