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Aurora theater shooting at The Dark Knight Rises: Jessica Ghawi, radio intern, ID'd as victim


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Jessica Ghawi at a Rockies game.
"Late Night Thoughts on the Eaton Center Shooting" by Jessica Redfield (Jessica Ghawi)

I can't get this odd feeling out of my chest. This empty, almost sickening feeling won't go away. I noticed this feeling when I was in the Eaton Center in Toronto just seconds before someone opened fire in the food court. An odd feeling which led me to go outside and unknowingly out of harm's way. It's hard for me to wrap my mind around how a weird feeling saved me from being in the middle of a deadly shooting.

What started off as a trip to the mall to get sushi and shop, ended up as a day that has forever changed my life. I was on a mission to eat sushi that day, and when I'm on a mission, nothing will deter me. When I arrived at the Eaton Center mall, I walked down to the food court and spotted a sushi restaurant. Instead of walking in, sitting down and enjoying sushi, I changed my mind, which is very unlike me, and decided that a greasy burger and poutine would do the trick. I rushed through my dinner. I found out after seeing a map of the scene, that minutes later a man was standing in the same spot I just ate at and opened fire in the food court full of people. Had I had sushi, I would've been in the same place where one of the victims was found.

My receipt shows my purchase was made at 6:20 pm. After that purchase I said I felt funny. It wasn't the kind of funny you feel after spending money you know you shouldn't have spent. It was almost a panicky feeling that left my chest feeling like something was missing. A feeling that was overwhelming enough to lead me to head outside in the rain to get fresh air instead of continuing back into the food court to go shopping at SportChek. The gunshots rung out at 6:23. Had I not gone outside, I would've been in the midst of gunfire.

I walked around the outside of the mall. People started funneling out of every exit. When I got back to the front, I saw a police car, an ambulance, and a fire truck. I initially thought that maybe the street performer that was drumming there earlier had a heart attack or something. But more and more police officers, ambulances, and fire trucks started showing up. Something terrible has happened. I overheard a panicked guy say, "There was a shooting in the food court." I thought that there was no way, I was just down there. I asked him what happened. He said "Some guy just opened fire. Shot about 8 shots. It sounded like balloons popping. The guy is still on the loose." I'm not sure what made me stick around at this point instead of running as far away from the mall as possible. Shock? Curiosity? Human nature? Who knows.

Standing there in the midst of the chaos all around us, police started yelling to get back and make room. I saw a young shirtless boy, writhing on a stretcher, with his face and head covered by the EMS as they rushed him by us to get him into an ambulance. The moment was surprisingly calm. The EMTs helping the boy weren't yelling orders and no one was screaming like a night time medical drama. It was as if it was one swift movement to get the boy out of the mall and into the ambulance. That's when it really hit me. I felt nauseas. Who would go into a mall full of thousands of innocent people and open fire? Is this really the world we live in?

Police start yelling again "GET BACK NOW!" Another stretcher came rushing out of the mall. I saw a man on a stretcher, the blanket underneath him spotted with blood. Multiple gunshot holes in his chest, side, and neck were visible. It's not like in the movies when you see someone shot and they're bleeding continuously from the wound. There was no blood flowing from the wounds, I could only see the holes. Numerous gaping holes, as if his skin was putty and someone stuck their finger in it. Except these wounds were caused by bullets. Bullets shot out of hatred. His dark skin on his torso was tinted red with what I assume was his own blood. He was rushed into the ambulance and taken away.

More people joined the crowd at the scene and asked what happened. "There was a shooting in the food court," kept being whispered through the crowd like a game of telephone. I was standing near a security guard when I heard him say over his walkie talkie, "One fatality." At this point I was convinced I was going to throw up. I'm not an EMT or a police officer. I'm not trained to handle crime and murder. Gun crimes are fairly common where I grew up in Texas, but I never imagined I'd experience a violent crime first hand. I'm on vacation and wanted to eat and go shopping. Everyone else at the mall probably wanted the same thing. I doubt anyone left for the mall imagined they witness a shooting.

I was shown how fragile life was on Saturday. I saw the terror on bystanders' faces. I saw the victims of a senseless crime. I saw lives change. I was reminded that we don't know when or where our time on Earth will end. When or where we will breathe our last breath. For one man, it was in the middle of a busy food court on a Saturday evening.

I say all the time that every moment we have to live our life is a blessing. So often I have found myself taking it for granted. Every hug from a family member. Every laugh we share with friends. Even the times of solitude are all blessings. Every second of every day is a gift. After Saturday evening, I know I truly understand how blessed I am for each second I am given.

I feel like I am overreacting about what I experienced. But I can't help but be thankful for whatever caused me to make the choices that I made that day. My mind keeps replaying what I saw over in my head. I hope the victims make a full recovery. I wish I could shake this odd feeling from my chest. The feeling that's reminding me how blessed I am. The same feeling that made me leave the Eaton Center. The feeling that may have potentially saved my life.

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sallydr
sallydr

How sad, the public deserves to be protected.  We need laws that require the immediate release of the names of the "alleged" psychiatric meds and the "alleged" prescribers any crazed gunman is on immediately at the time of arrest.

kathyago1
kathyago1

Jerks-have some respect and compassion! great job clogging the Internet with your aggression and hate. get a life!

tommy_vanmeel
tommy_vanmeel

How did such a terrible and awful event lead to talking about "god"? A human being did this terrible thing, there was no “satan”, there was no god that did this. This is a human being. Not all of us are happy, not all of us do good things, and there is nothing about god in any of the things that happen. We are animals, some of us have problems and if these people don't get help then they end up doing stuff like this. We need to stop blaming "god' or "satan" and take a look in a mirror. These things happen because we are not perfect, we are creatures that kill or hunt, we do bad things, even religious people do some of the worst things this world has ever seen because they think that their "god" told them what to do. Stop putting blame on stuff that can't be seen or things that are like the Easter Bunny, we, us, human beings, are the problem. We do bad things and try to blame others for what we have done. We need to open our eyes and take responsibility for what we do and not try to look at "god" for answers, because if we do well I hate to say it but you will be sitting a long time in silence wondering why "god" doesn't talk back!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Another one of the NRA's "Law Abiding Gun Owners" ...

 

... right up to the moment he pulled the trigger.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Violent American Gun Culture comes Home to Roost !!

 

200,000,000 Guns in the U$A is Not Enough -- America Needs More Guns and More Violence in its Culture and Entertainment !!

MsBurgundy
MsBurgundy

I agree. A person who is capable of killing and whom is violent, has issues. It has nothing to do with glamorizing Satan...It's purely psychological. I'm sorry but blaming this imaginary evil for everything that goes wrong in the world is completely ignorant. Actions are solely based on the wellness of the mind and body. There are no forces conspiring against us to make bad decisions, if anything...your just sick in the head.

female
female

so sorry for everyone's loss.....ok ppl when are we going to stop producing violent, sexual, sadistic movies that glamorize satan...he is obviously in control here...satan is living inside the shooter...we have become a sick society....we produce movies that put sadistic ideas inside of ppls minds....i do not look at, watch, nor ever PAY to watch movies of this kinds....we need to read our Bibles....especially the Book of Revelation....i pray for peace for every family,,, and i pray that those who lost their lives our now in Heaven with God....God Bless Everyone and may no more weapons formed against anyone prosper!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @kathyago1 

 

So who's forcing you to read the comments that you don't find appealing?

 

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DoucheMcGee
DoucheMcGee topcommenter

 @female You do not need to read the bible to be a good person, and as shocking as it is - a good person can watch anything they want and not be affected by it.

Tangible666
Tangible666

 @female Think of how many people Christianity has killed in the past.  Just sayin'.  

tommy_vanmeel
tommy_vanmeel

@female movies don't make killers, people make killers, put the blame where it belongs, this is an act of a messed up person. There are tons of people that watch movies that have violence and death, and they don't do anything like this. This is a product of a person that needed serious help, most likely mental problems and a bad upbringing. "God" or "Satan" had nothing to do with this!

haroman8
haroman8

 @female violent movies , sexual, sadistic movies that glamorize something thats not real are not the problem. we dont need to run to our bibles and read a bunch of crap, everything happens for a reason there will be good that comes from this whether its new gun control laws or makeing the wait for a gun longer. but running to our bibles is not the way to go.

female
female

 @Douche McGee ppl dont read the Bible to be a "good person"..they read it to gain wisdom and to get answers to everyday problems...there is a spiritual warfare going on that us humans cannot see.. a person who is "good" in nature can become quite the opposite when their senses are exposed to evil, negative things..James Holmes said he WAS the "joker"...would this thought have ever crossed his mind had he never been exposed to violence and evil by way of the media???  BIBLE means basic instruction before leaving earth....man tends to lean upon his own understanding....i also said a prayer for James Holmes...satan is waiting to suck each and every one of us in...by the comments here, its either lack of knowledge education and wisdom, or satan is brutally attacking.

joefaia
joefaia

 @Tangible666  Which part of "Christianity" are you blaming.  The part where Jesus says, "Love your enemies and pray for those that persecute you."  Or is it where Jesus says, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."  Then again it might be where Jesus said, "bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."  Nowhere in Christianity's teachings in the New Testament will you ever see low character advocated as a way to treat anyone, and certainly not violence.  Rather the very opposite is true.  Those that have chosen to carry out their evil intent, in history, knew nothing about the transformative power of Christ in their lives.  They were religious without the power thereof.  Christ condemns them;  the New Testament condemns them; Christianity condemns them.  Just because someone can speak English doesn't automatically mean they're from England!  Nor is it true that just because someone says they are Christian that they have experienced any transformation in their lives.  Jesus said, "You shall know a tree by its fruit."  If the fruit of a person's life is bad you can be completely sure that they are not connected to God in any way.  A connection with God can only occur through Jesus (He said, "I am the way, the truth and the life"; and "no one comes to the Father but by me")  So no matter how religious a person is, God is never impressed, nor does it mean there's anything of any real substance going on on the inside.

joefaia
joefaia

 @haroman8 I was okay with you saying, "we don't need to run to our Bibles"  Where you more seriously erred is when you felt the need to add, "and read a bunch of crap."  Maybe you should read the Bible again and discover your misconception.  Maybe you haven't read it at all.  A serious, but common, mistake.  Get better acquainted with it and unveil truths you will find nowhere else.  Opinions are a dime a dozen, and man's wisdom throughout history cannot come close to what Scripture reveals.  You were put here for a reason.  Scripture reveals it to you.  You matter to God, and He loves you.  Scripture reveals that to you.  Etc., etc., etc.

joefaia
joefaia

 @DonkeyHotay I have placed reason before you and your reply is, "Meaningless piffle"!  That's quite astonishing to me for I fancied you a thinker.  Disagreement, forged out of careful analysis, would've been acceptable, but dismissiveness doesn't belong in a thinker's discussion.  You're better than resorting to simply throwing words around.  You've settled for less than is yours to have and to give.

 

You've had reasonable points and I tried to address them.  In so doing I did not resort to any other avenue but that of reason.  I've tried to be careful in my wording so as not to unintentionally convey error.

 

My aim here, with all the discussions I've had with you, is not to win an argument.  I have no interest in it.  The need to win an argument doesn't come from a good place and is an emanation of the self.  It is born in the need for self-glory and degrades, by default, the person who falls prey to it.

 

My purpose is simply to put reasonable, well-thought out positions for your analysis.  They aren't necessarily right.  Of course, I think they are, or I wouldn't be bothering you with them.  I have long ago learned that none of us are completely correct in everything that makes up our worldview, or our perceptions of reality and truth.  There are always wrinkles to iron out and errors to correct.  I am always open for those possibilities.  I cannot, and do not, presume infallibility.  I urge the same mindset of you.  True thinkers (to which group I hope we belong) must always be ready to change course when the weight of evidence warrants.  This requires humility.  Pride will forever be our enemy, keeping us stalled in our "safe" zones, where we have invested self-esteem.

 

I urge to venture out into the possibility that you are wrong about God, the Bible, Christ, the need of man for salvation, etc.  That takes courage.  It isn't for the easily daunted.  For a man to re-examine a lifetime of beliefs, when there is some reason to, is to supercede, by sheer force of the will, the binding urges of the ego to protect the self. 

 

The vast majority will always succumb to the road of pride, not only at the cost of reason, but ultimately at the cost of a better place.  And, in this case, a life where the weight of guilt has been removed, and forgiveness experienced; a capacity to live with character; a knowing, with assurance, of an abundant hereafter; a life now filled with meaning, and purpose, enriched with peace and joy.

 

Imagine that's all true.  Imagine just for a second that's all true.  If it is.........it's a high loss for being wrong.

 

If I am wrong it costs me nothing.  If you are wrong it costs you everything.

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @joefaia 

 

" Any prophet who claims to give a message from another god or who falsely claims to speak for me must die." -- Deuteronomy 18:20

joefaia
joefaia

 @DonkeyHotay When God separated a people unto Himself, through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, He was going to use them to illustrate truths, eventually to all of mankind, but more immediately to them.  Truths that man cannot divine on his own.  His intellectual skills take him  far but not far enough into deciphering all the truths he needs to know.  God used the process of interaction with Israel to communicate and instill those truths via revelation, because revelation would be the only way for man to discover who God was, who man was, and the condition of man before God.

 

When it came to penalties such as you cited:

 

"All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense."  Leviticus 20:9

 

and

 

"If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death."  Leviticus 20:10

 

as well as a myriad of other seemingly harsh sentences,  God was indicating in no uncertain terms exactly how He felt about sin and the true nature of its seriousness.  Sin is always a challenge to God's Holiness and a defiance to His Nature.

 

Additionally man continually did evil.  Evil is destructive and benefits no one.  It will, if unchecked, be the undoing of any society.  It will indiscriminately hurt people, and eventually cause far more harm than any penalty designed to still its rampage.  God had every right to take away to take away a life that he had given in the first place.  Additionally, death was coming to those who were condemned.  This was simply an acceleration of the inevitable.

 

Naturally we might feel it quite harsh given the nature of the trespass.  But that's because we are skewed in our assessment of the nature of evil.  Evil is never satisfied with just a little.  It will never stop with the small stuff.  Immediate precautions need to be initiated to halt the process.  When a dam begins to leak no one says, it's only a few drops, because you know it will only get worse.  When cancer appears in a body, no one says that it's nothing.  Immediate measures are undertaken to avoid a much greater problem later.  So it is with how sin must be dealt with.

 

Let's never forget that because God chose to so harshly call sin, "sin", and penalize it with death, that He willingly went to the Cross Himself, refusing to bypass the very condemnation that He enacted, so that you and I might have hope, and a chance to avoid the very same result.  Love is always at work when God does something.  Often His justice must come to the rescue of His Holiness but never at the expense of His Love.

 

 

 

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @female 

 

Still waiting for you to cite chapter and verse for your 10 Commandments ... in the NEW Testament.

 

female
female

 @DonkeyHotay i was once like you until I had no one to turn to except God...now I am so thankful for that....i have not read the whole Bible and am not ashamed to say it..I am a work in progress....what I do know is I was baptized in water (full immersion) and then baptized in the Holy Spirit.  It has been a tremendously wonderful transformation..  I hope you can experience this one day

 

For me it has been one step at a time...

 

Yes, you are right...the 10 commandments are listed one by one in the old Testament....but I am also not so wrong because they are listed throughout the New Testament..

 

Its not a good feeling to be judged and critized and you have become critical, defensive, and almost angry...which goes back to my original post way at the top...I was the first to post a comment that had anything to do with satan....so here is another situation where anger comes into play........i forgive you and pray that you find Gods mercy just like I have....God Bless You and i have enjoyed sharing part of my experience with you

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @female 

 

You really have no idea what you're yammering about, do you?

 

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @female 

 

So where -- exactly -- do the 10 Commandments appear in the New Testament?

 

LOL!

 

Typical "christian", too clueless to read, much less comprehend, their own Holey Baable.

 

female
female

 @DonkeyHotay  @Douche McGee those are the old testament laws....those laws were effective only during the old testament...pls read the 10 commandents in the new testament...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @female  @Douche McGee 

 

All who curse their father or mother must be put to death.  They are guilty of a capital offense.  -- Leviticus 20:9

 

If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death.  -- Leviticus 20:10

 

Obey Your God's COMMANDS !!

joefaia
joefaia

 @BackOffImStarving Precisely why no one's faith and trust should be placed on institutions.  My personal conviction is that out of nominal Christians around the world about 10 percent are genuine.  It's part of our nature to cleave to cultural norms.  They are familiar and we attach something of our self-identity to them.  That type of attachment to Christianity occurs all the time.  Yet, Scripture knows nothing of nominal attachment.  It is rabidly assertive and protective of the notion that man must be born again.  Any attachment to God by name only, without God Himself having entered into a person, is outright rejected.  This is why Jesus said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven." 

 

Your concern about the wrong-doing, and/or passive permissiveness in standing against evil is exactly what you get from unchanged men who wear the garment of religion.  It never works.  Religion is powerless to change a man.  It has never succeed.  This is why so much evil can be done, and has been done, for religion, and within religion.

 

God has a better way.  Instead of religious attachment , which leaves a man unchanged, why not transform a man from his imprisonment to sin?  Why not set him free from the tyranny of sin?  This is exactly what Jesus does to a man who comes to Him.  There is no other way, no other hope, no other provision.

 

It's either a man being propelled in a new direction

 

Jesus always resisted man's predilection for religion.  Man has always had a bent toward that kind of construct.  Jesus refused time and again to be imposed as a religious leader.  He came to transform lives, not to set up another religion.  It is man that has formalized, what Jesus started, into a religious construct.  I'm not saying there should be no churches, they are good and profitable.  But this business of thinking you are "good with God" because you call yourself one thing or another would be laughable were it not so tragic.

 

People live in willful ignorance of the truth because they, having access to it, pretend that they are too busy with life to bother.  They are ultimately responsible for their choices.  We cannot plead innocent ignorance in our day and age.

 

As far as your comment about "spouting scripture" is concerned, I'm not sure if that's in reference to me or someone else. 

 

If it's to me I can only simply reply that none of what I've said has been in reference to the terrible tragedy in Aurora.

 

If it's in reference to someone else I can't really comment on that.  Each person brings to the table their convictions, and whether misguided or not they have obviously felt a need to go there.  Hopefully it's born out of a genuine desire to contribute profitably to a discussion, even if it falls short of the intended end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

 @joefaia There is a huge difference between what the Bible says and what mankind has done in God's name to fuck up the good advice it contains.  That's what I was referring to.  The Church's stance of non-action during the Holocaust, priests touching kids, the Spanish Inquisition, retards like those Westborough Baptist fuckers, televangelism, and all of the killing, torture, raping and cultural eradication that has occurred in God's name all lead me to question the nature of those who spout scripture in the temporal proximity of tragedies like these.

joefaia
joefaia

 @DonkeyHotay Both Deuteronomy 18:20 and Zechariah 13:3 parallel a like problem.  To me this is probably the worst sin man can possibly engage in.  Anyone pretending to speak for God, when he knows that he is but representing himself, best think twice (check what happens even today with some TV preachers, but that's another story!).  Imagine the terrible consequences for the people if they believe, in good faith, that the deceptive utterances of a false prophet is in fact from God.  That could never be permitted.  We mustn't only look at the punishment meted out.  We must try to understand the totality inherent in the picture.  We must see all that is involved in these strict and harsh penalties.

 

Why won't God tolerate sin, resulting in these these penalties?

 

1. He is Holy

2. He is Just

3. He is Merciful

 

How is it that He is merciful in being so harsh?  Because...

 

1. The sinner himself will be harmed by his own sin (in some cases, depending on the sin)

2. The sinner's sin will negatively affect others.  Often leading to a chain-reaction of damage.

 

And so it is that God nips the problem in the bud.  He will not tolerate a rot to set in.  If He does, then He has been neither Holy, Just, Merciful/Good.  And man himself suffers most.

 

 

 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @joefaia 

 

" If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, 'You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord.'  When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through." -- Zechariah 13:3 

joefaia
joefaia

 @DonkeyHotay All Scripture must, by default, be read interpretively.  There is no way to get around that.  Human beings have to interpret, and add meaning, to anything that crosses their senses and into their minds.  The mind functions that way.  It's how it processes and properly files information.  There is always a certain subjectivity that can misguide a well-intentioned reader.  However, common sense and an eye to context makes Scripture readily understandable.  I'm not ignoring some problem passages that require deeper delving, but that's very small percentage-wise.  The passage you quoted is not referring to all of Scripture, per se, but specifically to its prophetic elements.  Not its teachings, not its historical accounts, not its poetic or philosophical compendiums, only prophecy.  Furthermore, and more importantly, the context surrounding that verse exposes the meaning.  verse 21 says, "For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit".  So, the context illuminates what was meant in verse 20.  It's not referring at all to OUR interpretation of it, but to its source not being from the prophet himself, but from God.  That's why the NIV translation clarifies things by translating verse 20 this way:  "You must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things."

 

Having said all this, the passage we talked about where Jesus talks about the Law and appropriates, clearly, its accomplishment to Himself, hardly needs any interpretation at all.  It's very self-explanatory.

joefaia
joefaia

 @DonkeyHotay I am not saying that the moral instructions of the Law are of no value and do not apply to the Christian.  What I am saying is that the Law is no longer a means to God.  It has been abolished in that regard.  Access to God is through Christ who fulfilled the Law, not through the Law which has proven to be an insurmountable barrier.  The Law now is in operation internally, and automatically.  Just like a computer program of sorts.  It emanates from desire and not from obligation.  However, it still involves the will.  It is in this respect that man is still to keep it.  But if he is in Christ he now desires it, whereas before it was a burdensome obligation because it didn't mesh with his nature.  That nature being transformed, in Christ, now affords man with a capacity to not only keep it but desire to keep it.  So, the Law still applies, in a radical new way.

 

Any attempt to keep God's requirements in order to connect with Him is the very foundation of religion and is abhorrent in its very essence.  Its purpose was never to achieve that end but to reveal to man the degree of his fallenness.  That he has tried to keep it and can't is the very message being sent by its existence.  In frustration man was driven to an another solution, which is his only alternative -- Christ.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @joefaia 

"Whoever curses father or mother shall die"  -- Mark 7:10

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @joefaia 

 

"Know this first of all, that there is NO prophecy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretation."

 

-- 2 Peter 20

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @joefaia 

 

So ignore Jesus' unambiguous words to Follow All of God's commands,  and the Old Testament entirely, including the 10 Commandments?

joefaia
joefaia

 @DonkeyHotay That was in reference to the requirements of the law in the Old Testament.  If you read the passage again (Matthew 5:17-18)  You will realize that Jesus Himself fulfilled what couldn't be fulfilled by ordinary man.  He didn't say his people had to keep it, he said He had to keep it.  He then said, that He had kept it, thereby fulfilling the gargantuan requirements of a Holy God.  If you are in Christ, Christ's fulfillment of the incredible weight of the Law, applies to you as credit.  Christ's victory over the Law is credited to the Christian, because he is, "in Christ".  Anyone who decides to go it alone, and rejects Christ, is still bound by the requirements of the Old Testament Law.  Good luck with that, and let me know how it works for you!  No one has ever kept it, and no one ever will.  God gave it as a means of communicating to man just how distant he is from Him.  How incapable, how desperate, and how completely dependent he is on God's mercy. 

 

In other words, man is dependent on what Christ has accomplished, precisely because man himself is in a state of moral bankruptcy that incapacitates him from availing himself of any recourse to rid himself of his sin.  If man could do it himself Christ would not have been needed.  God having communicated man's proper state to him then proceeded to reveal, and put into action, a better way.  Let Christ do what you couldn't, and by Christ entering your life, the credit is then applied to you.  With no further requirements of any kind (this is where religion, ritual, superstition, and the law are abolished).  God undertakes a genuine transformation on the inside of the person, freeing him from the tyranny and control of sin, and being able, at long last to enjoy life to a much better degree.  This is why God said, "I will put my law in their minds and write it in their heart" (Jer.31:33).  This was looking forward to the days of Christ when He would introduce a new way of dealing with the law.  It would not longer be a requirement, and would no longer be external, and ritualistic.  It would now be the very heartbeat of the Christian making its morality a thing of desire and not of obligation.  This is why Jesus said, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light".  That's because man would now be free from trying to live a life weighed down by religious requirements and the oppression of his own sin.

 

God put you here and He loves you and offers you the same thing.  All it takes is a simple acceptance that Jesus died for you.  Acknowledge to God that you can't go it alone and that you need Christ, that He is your only recourse.  Invite Him in and watch the miracle.  A transformation begins to occur where religion plays no part.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @female  

 

So you haven't actually read The Bible, have you?

 

Typical pseudo-christian.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @joefaia 

 

Your Jesus said to NOT IGNORE any of the Old Testament Laws and Commands of God! ... not a single one!

joefaia
joefaia

 @RobertChase Institutional Christianity can certainly be religious.  I'm referring to the New Testament version of a human interaction with God.  There is no religiosity involved.  Jesus condemned the religious zealots of his day.  Look carefully at the teachings of Jesus and you'll see no religion.  You have misunderstood the vibrant dynamic that is a relationship with God in Christ.  I don't like religion because its a poor representation of what is available in Christ.  It just gets in the way and muddies the waters with confusion.

 

It's within human nature to build religions and to be religious.  It always starts with man.  True Christianity, not the christendom around the world, starts with God, and that's what gives man hope.  He is no longer left to his darkened imaginations of what he things his deity(ies) require.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

"DonkeyHotay You and I are not so far apart on our assessment of religion." -- When I read this, I knew that you were crazy, but of course you are only repeating the deracinated fundamentalist evasion that Christianity is not religion -- wrong!

joefaia
joefaia

 @DonkeyHotay You and I are not so far apart on our assessment of religion.  I, on the other hand, am not prepared to mistreat or ridicule other people.  People have value, whether or not they are misguided.  My assessment of religion is that it is man's ways of trying to access and appease a God they do not know.  Therefore, it is full of ritual, superstition, and shots in the dark.  Christianity, is God reaching down to man; revealing Himself; indicating a solution to man's greatest need, his sin; and providing a way to change that person's life, without that person having to engage in any religious, or ritualistic nonsense.  The following video illustrates escape from religion into a real, meaningful relationship with God, through Christ:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuLMVzGMpc0&feature=share

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 @joefaia 

 

Religion = Superstitious Nonsense for Ignorant Imbeciles.

 

Period.

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