quote:Originally posted by Empty Purnata:quote:Originally posted by DivineJoy:quote:Originally posted by Empty Purnata:
You believe that Pagainism is the reason of "moral decline"?
How has this country "morally declined"? Was there a time when it was better?
Individuals make a country. Individuals in this country have changed morally over the years because less emphasis is given toward pleasing God, and more on pleasure. Lying, homosexuality, rape, theft, murder, etc.
Although this things existed in the past, they are more commonplace now.
I would disagree, nothing has changed. You just have more access to hearing about these kinds of things now. In the past, these kinds of things were kept on DL when they happened because of shame culture in more Puritanical society.
Now, they are aired out into the open for everyone to see.
The 1950's were no more moral than now, Christian men and women had no problem hanging their Black Christian brethren and sisters. They had no problem promoting nuking non-White countries and had no problem killing Communists for God and Country.
People's minds were never on "pleasing God", they were MONEY. Money has always been America's God.
I can't believe that you, as an African-American, think that people were more "moral" in the past considering how terrible the past has been for us. Christians commit sin just like everyone else, many of these people doing bad things now are Christians.
And yes, I know the whole "Oh, but 'true Christians' don't to this and that" argument, but if that is so, then you could say every Christian is not really a Christian because all Christians do something messed in their lifetime, and continue to do so.
As Jesus said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone."
The most outstanding mark of true Christians is that they have real love among themselves. (John 13:34, 35) They are not taught to think that they are better than people of other races or skin color. Neither are they taught to hate people from other countries. (Acts 10:34, 35) 34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons:35But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Romans 12:19-21If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head." Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
So they do not share in wars. True Christians treat one another as brothers and sisters.-1 John 4:20, 21.
as a group they demonstrate how powerful a spiritual force for good true religion can be.
Ye have heard that it hath it said, thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you. (Matt. 5: 43-44)
Mt 24:4-Jesus told them, TAKE HEED THAT NO MAN DECEIVE YOU.
Mk 13:5-Jesus told them, TAKE HEED LEST ANY MAN DECEIVE YOU.
Lk 21:8-AND HE SAID, TAKE HEED THAT YE BE NOT DECEIVED.
13. Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate and spacious and broad is the way that leads away to destruction, and many are those who are entering it.
14. But the gate is narrow - contracted by pressure - and the way is straitened and compressed that leads away to life, and few are they who find it. [Jer. 21:8; Deut. 30:19]
15. Beware of the false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves. [Ezek. 22:27]
Matthew 7: Matthew 7:
There are many that may find they never had a chance. They lived according to mans ways, not Gods.