What benefits and hope for the future does being a Christian offer to those that subscribe to that way of life?


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DDX Project answered

Why, just look at Mississippi. They open assemblies in certain public schools with prayers. They celebrate students who score 22 on the Act by praising the  lord. 22 on the ACT is a cause for celebration for kids in Mississippi, LOL!  (It's a terrible score btw) They allow people to pass out bibles to school children. There's a framed "In God We Trust" in every classroom.

What does it get them? Mississippi ranks at the very bottom in terms of education, and just about last in everything nation-wide except things that you really don't want to be first in.

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Didge Doo answered

It offers hope. Hope that wrongs will be righted, hope that we will survive death, hope that there's a guy-in-the-sky who wants to be your buddy.

Karl Marx probably said it best. He wrote, "Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people."

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sm cl answered

True Christianity not only offers the hope for a world with better living conditions than those that currently exist, but one of the main benefits is the moral standard that Christian are to adhere to. Regardless of how anyone feels about the religion, those who practice it correctly become better equipped to act favorably, in most cases.

Galatians 5:22,23 "On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law."

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sm cl
sm cl commented
I don't know who doesn't, I just don't want to exclude anyone.

I can't say that a society of people who display "love..peace..and kindness" is dysfunctional though. As someone who has read the Bible, though, I would like to find out why you feel as you do because I can't seem to understand.
Cookie Hill
Cookie Hill commented
The benefits is a close relationship with our Creator, so we can have a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
Ray Dart
Ray Dart commented
That's a very bad "out of context" quotation. That is a specific statement to the exiles, and to quote it without the preceding verses is to misuse the "word of god", surely?
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Cookie Hill answered

The Bible offers a wonderful hope for the future,first the removeal of all wickedness from the earth. Psalms 37:9-11,29 after that the righteous will live on the earth forever, without sickness,pain and death. Revelation 21:4,5.  What a wonderful future God has promised those who are obedient to him.

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Tom Jackson answered

An accurate roadmap for living your life, individualized with your point of origin and mapping out how to get to your preferred destination.

You can find this on the internet. I have found it accurate.

I used to think of God as my observer and my judge Who kept track of everything I did wrong and it was written in the Book of Life.  Only He knew if I would merit heaven or hell.  I really didn't know Him well until I met His Son, Jesus Christ.  Later on it seemed as though life was rather like my tandem bike with two sets of pedals, with me in front pedaling and Jesus pedaling behind.

I don't know just when it was that He gently suggested we trade places, with me giving Him the lead. At first I was skeptical as I wanted to do things my own way.  But since the day I changed places with Him, my life has not been the same.  When I had control and thought I knew the way, I noticed that the roads I took seemed filled with dead ends and no matter where I turned, the road remained full of thickets and sharp branches that I could not easily pass through.

HE took the lead from me and showed me delightful long cuts, up mountains and through rocky places at breakneck speeds.  It was all I could do to hang on!  Part of me was frightened and yet my faith in Him slowly grew even though what He did looked like madness.  And yes, many frightening times I did cover my eyes in fear.  I could hear Him turn to look back at me, and He said ever so quietly, "Keep pedaling!"

I was worried and anxious and I asked, "Where are you taking me?"  My Lord smiled and didn't answer, and for some reason, my trust in Him still continued to build.  There was something about His manner of assurance that touched me.  And when I said, "I'm scared," He leaned back and smiled.

He took me to people who gave me gifts that He said I should have; gifts of healing, gifts of hope, acceptance, and joy.  These people also gave me other gifts to take on our journey.  And so, we were off again on an endless ride but this time it seemed we were headed toward some very special place.

He said to me, "Give the gifts away; they're extra baggage, too much weight."  So I gave them all away to the people we met as we bicycled, and I found that in giving I received, and our burden became light.  I knew He was quietly controlling my life.  He took me to localities I had never seen before.  He pedaled faster and faster and I tried to keep up as I held on tighter.  I thought He would wreck my bike with all his fast maneuvers, but He knew that bicycle well.  He knew how to make it bend to take sharp corners, knew how to jump over high rocks, and how to make it fly to shorten scary passages.  I learned to pedal behind Him to the strangest places with excitement.  For some reason I felt safe in His hands and I was beginning to enjoy the view and the cool breeze on my face with my delightful and constant companion, Jesus Christ, Who continued to carry me through many unusually beautiful areas.  Just when I was positive I could not continue and could not follow any further, He nodded, squeezed my hand and said softly, "I am with you always. (Matthew 28:20)  Don't be afraid.  Just keep on pedaling."

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Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
Wow, you wrote a lot buddy. Need to make some hot tea to sit and read it.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
You'll find various versions of this. I first came across a version in the book "Holy Sweat."
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Darik Majoren answered

You can be one the few to take part in a literal dying belief system. If you were born into it and indoctrinated in it's ways (as I was), You are counted among the many AND the dwindling.

What it offers is a vacation for any real taxing cerebral effort, and a scape goat for the triumphs in your life. Sit back and relax. Take a load off your troubled brow, and just let things "magically" be explained for you, rather then engage Reason and Logic for such trivial things. Get an "A" on your report card, or be voted most valuable player on a sports team, you can use your handy-dandy Scape Goat to take all the credit . . . no credit for you, give it to God. Without Him you are a lowly worm. What? No credit at all for you? Perish the thought . . You get to be responsible for all your FAILURES . . . It is your Adam nature that gives in to Satan that is the cause for any BAD things that happen to you. Good stuff = God . . Bad Stuff = YOU. Don't bother trying to get that promotion . . . If it doesn't happen, that was God's Will . . . Not much you can do there . . .

Feel free to look FOWARD to your death so you can start you eternal life with a new body (Or maybe disembodied spirit depending on church doctrine) . . The Earthly (Temporal) things will pass away, so no hard work for any "Bling" for you mister . . . Focus on getting others to believe in the same waning myth so your not standing alone once judgment day comes . . . After all . . We need more numbers to entertain that conformation bias . . . Keep the Faith . . Or a reasonable facsimilie.

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Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
Keep making comments. You are doing a great job of solving the dilemma I have just alluded to.
Tom  Jackson
Tom Jackson commented
I suspect you could make as accurate an argument to uphold Hitler's claim that the Jews were responsible for everything he accused them of.
Darik Majoren
Darik Majoren commented
Yes, those comments support EXACTLY what I told you above. No dilemma just facts. Derived from pagan origins and warped into a supernatural meaning that can only be from God by the Christians.

Interesting how Hitler gets brought into conversation when talking to an Atheist . . usually its to try and cast us in his shadow . . . weird that you would do so knowing full well that Hitler was in fact a catholic . . . a believer.

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