Well I have reviewed your site and find it to be of little comfort. I am a serving police officer. I suppose if I don't believe in Jesus I am doomed to a life in hell. The last thirteen years of my life have been hell. The choice to be a police officer was a hasty and most foolish one. If I could rollback time and change my life Ii would most certainly not choose a life of service. I suppose if your site gets one person to change their mind about police officers it has served its purpose. I hold little hope in the human race. The world is fuelled by greed and selfishness. No document including the Bible will dictate how I will conduct my affairs. I live and die as an individual. If people find comfort in the Lord I won't fault them. My faith comes from within not from a document of questionable origin. I conclude that the world is an imperfect place. the human race is just another part of the animal kingdom. The unfortunate part is that animals have more honour and respect for each other than their human cousins. The degradation of the human race that I have seen leads me to believe that the human race isn't worthy to inherit a planet as beautiful as earth. I believe the Bible and Christianity are a crutch for the weak to lean on. By doing this they won't have to face the cold reality that death is imminent and life is fleeting.
My response is in Green:
I am sorry you did not get any comfort out of my site. I am afraid you are right, if you don't believe in Jesus you are doomed to eternity in hell. I did not say that God said that. (John 3:16-18 NIV) 16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.
(John 3:36 NIV) 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."
(John 5:22-23 NIV) 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.
(John 14:6 NIV) 6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
But the opposite of that message is the good news. If you do believe in Him you will have eternal life. But it is up to you. You said you don't believe in the Bible or in God, and that they are just crutches for weak people. Okay, I understand what you are saying, but maybe you should start looking at this like a cop.
Why not prove the Bible is questionable and not just listen to what people say. You have proved a lot of it true by your message to me. You saw the same things I saw. When I started in Law Enforcement I actually thought I could make a difference. I thought if I put enough of the bad guys in jail the world would be a better place. But like you I got a rude awakening. The world is evil.
You said that animals have more honor than humans do. I agree with you. See we are not just like the animals, we are not just another animal. I found that people kill and hurt each other because they want to, and because they enjoy it. Animals don't do that.
You did realize that your view and mine go against everything which is taught today, right? The world believes that all people are born good and it is their environment which causes them to become evil. You and I have seen that, that is a lie. People do the things they do because they are evil. Do you want to know what the book with the "questionable" origins has to say about it? Genesis 6:5 (NIV) 5 The LORD saw how great man's wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. And a second time: Genesis 8:21 (NIV) 21 The LORD smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: "Never again will I curse the ground because of man, even though every inclination of his heart is evil from childhood." One more: Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV) 9 The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?
Sounds like God knows the same thing you know, doesn't it? I also agree with you that I hold out no hope at all for the human race. My hope is in God. Without God we are all doomed and evil will continue to get worse and worse. We call what is good, bad and what is bad, good. I am not telling you anything you don't already know, you see it day in and day out.
The bottom line is this. You stated that no one and no book would dictate to you how to live. That is your problem, you are rebelling against God. That is part of that evil selfish heart. That is what keeps people from accepting the free gift that God has for them, they don't want to have to answer to Him. The problem is, they give up what He offers them but they only postpone the answering to Him part. One day, and I believe it will be soon, we will all answer to God. Every knee will bow and every person will confess that Jesus is God and they are not.
You enforce man's law, but there is a greater law out there that is just as valid. You would not accept from a person that they don't believe in the law. If you caught them doing something wrong you would make sure they were punished. They can deny you have any authority to arrest them or make them abide by the law, but does that stop you from doing just that? You can deny God's authority or even His existence but it won't make any difference in the end.
I don't deny that life is fleeting and that death is imminent, but I do deny that death is the total end. We will all exist in one place or another for eternity. You can pick to be in a world with is just as evil as the one you are in now, or in one which is the way it was created to be, where mankind's heart has had the evil removed. It is up to you. God loves you and sent His only Son to die for your sins, but it is up to you to accept it or reject it. Be a cop and investigate it for yourself.
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