--- In FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: > > > In a message dated 9/3/06 1:26:49 A.M. Central Daylight Time, > [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: > > > > > --- In [EMAIL PROTECTED] (mailto:FairfieldLife@yahoogroups.com) > , Rick Archer <groups@> wrote: > > > > on 9/3/06 12:09 AM, shempmcgurk at shempmcgurk@ on 9/3/06 > > > > > > Bill Maher did a bit on his show this week about converting to > Islam. > > > Unlike, say, Judaism which is a long, drawn out affair if you want > to > > > convert to it -- you gott take classes, study the religion, etc. -- > > > according to Islam you just say two sentences and you're in! > > > > > ³There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his prophet.² > > > > Surely true on some level. > > Well, it's true, the Jews do seem to complicate things (I'm Jewish, so > I can say that)... > But Jesus, who evolved Jewish thought: > His message of love and forgiveness, conquering all; > And: > According to most of the Christians and especially the Billy Graham > type evangelist's say, from my experience say the same thing; > That you just have to except Jesus as the Son of G*d, who died for > your sins, > And, > Accept Jesus into your heart, and that's it: simple... > Funny how we fight wars over this stuff; > Or maybe not so funny? > R.G. > > > > > > > Robert, I don't think that many wars have been fought over > such a simplistic idea as my God is better than your God, > at least in recent times. Usually the matter is political > or ethnic and the people on the opposite sides of the > political spectrum just happen to be of different religious > backgrounds thus it is perceived as a religious war. Religion > only tends to galvanize the underlying causes of the tension.
Well put. > Your assessment of what it takes to be a > Christian is also a bit simplistic as well. While praying the > Sinners Prayer, admitting to God that you are a sinner and > asking Christ to atone for your sins and come into your heart > and guide your life, is only the beginning Some flavors of Christianity don't even require that. There's a liberal nondenominational church in NYC where all you have to do is say "Yes" to the statement, "Jesus Christ is Lord," in front of the congregation, and presto, you're a Christian in their eyes. But as you go on to point out, it's expected that you will do your best to *follow* Christ after having made that affirmation. To subscribe, send a message to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Or go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ and click 'Join This Group!' Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FairfieldLife/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/