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‎"No! I won’t trust in God." - Arizona Shooter, Jarod Loughner

just another 'friendly' and 'good hearted ' atheist, eh?

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@stevecpfc

I can't put a link up because JT won't let me but try googling "faith, spirituality, psychology & health"

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We musy have sympathy for people like this gentleman. They need rules to live and ro feel happy. They want us to be like them but i think only the insecure or depressed would do so.

Scientific studies have PROVEN that people who practice ANY form of religion perform better on physiological tests in the area of happiness, self worth, confidence and general well being. Furthermore, medical studies also prove that the live longer and have less health risks.

Perhaps they should feel sorry for you!

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Religion is the bane of the world today.

Actually no, it would be the people themselves who live by the law of "do as thou will" and deman that there would be no consequences.

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Columhcille,

As humans slowly become more and more educated with more and more information at their fingertips, religions will become weaker and weaker. It has already started...thank God! (I mean thank goodness).

Been tried aand failed. Just as the Soviet Union, East Germany and China. Mankind will never progress beyond the need for God.

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@martyman,

No permit is needed in Japan to express religious thoughts or ideas in public (witten, spoken. or brodcasted) . Authorities have tried to force BDL to get permits before but BDL has challenged it in court and won under the freedom of religion and free speech enshrined in the Japanese constitution.

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Sorry everyone, I wont be answering any more questions. I hope you all find peace with God and your beliefs.

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@ Zenny,

BDL does evangelism as do a few other christian faiths, but I don't recall the big christian faiths practicing it as BDL, Jehova's Witnesses, etc do.

Good question. The first reason is that there is a price to be paid for doing evangelism this way and most are not willing to count the cost of doing that. For example, I myself have had death threats made on myself (and my family), I have been beat up and almost thrown in jail . Also since my ministry is public anyone can google me and deny me employment (it's happened in Japan and in the US)

The second reason is that many in the Church world think evangelism is a "gifting" so others should do it.

The third reason is that people prefer what is called "friendship evangelism" which is going out and making a friend and then switching to Mr.. Ms. Christian on them and try to wrestle them to christianity.

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Fine exercise your religion in public. BTW, how do you that? What is the practice of any religion beyond prayers and deeds?

It's called evangelism and it is part of Christianity and a commandment by Jesus himself.

Sorry, trying to convert others is not practicing religion for me, ditto for telling them that YOURS is the only and true way/method.

You dont have to listen then. You have free will right?....just walk away.

Moderator: Readers, please stop going around in circles and bombarding this thread with repetitive posts. Also, please do not mock those with opposing points of view. From here on, any post that does so will be removed and any post that goes over the same ground will be removed.

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see the big speakers on top of the sign the guy holding? That's what Steve is complaining about. And yea, me too.

The speakers are hardly big...15 watts at the most. BDL takes care to not be to loud and overbearing. Thats more than I can say for the nationalists.

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I did not say underground, i said in private

Saying is should be private IS trying to forcing it underground. I say REAL progressive forward thinking individuals should should be against any suppression of free speech and exercise of religion even if it is done in private or public

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I think what repentinjapan is trying to say in his/her less than friendly way is that no-one is perfect

I don't think I am being unfriendly...just firm. Also Jesus said "be ye perfect as your heavenly father is perfect" so perfection is possible (unless you want to call Jesus a liar)

Many people talk about someone finally "being at peace" when they die, but fail to comprehend that they could have easily found that "peace" while still living - the "born-again" movement tries to grasp on to this concept by encouraging followers to seek out and obtain their own personal spiritual awakening.

Well said papasmurfinjapan, but personal awakening can only be done though Jesus.

..... but has unfortunately been distorted into one of despair, hate and bigotry.

Only because the non Christian world has tried to paint us into that corner. True Christians have never been anything close to what they are accused of.

Repent, can I hear your opinion on my question too? Do you have to believe in God in order to secure place in heaven? Or if you don't believe, no matter how good of a person you are, the only destination is hell??

Goodness is defined by God not man. Only those who are in Christ Jesus truly do good because they do good out of the right motives.

Belief in God in itself does also not save you. The bible says the devil belives in God and trembles with fear so just simple belief is not enough. You need to believe unto the point of obediance and submission to his will then you have salvation.

Jesus said this : "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him."

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According to repentjapan's post above Heaven will be an empty deserted place if all those peoples are excluded which I would say covers about 99.997% of Humanity.

Yup, you are right on the money. The road that leads to life is a path that most have no desire to follow by ones CLEAR CHOICE not by God's designed will. (John 3:16)

"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and MANY enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and ONLY A FEW FIND IT." (Matt 7:13-14)

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no sexual immorality (whatever that is - what goes on in the privacy of my bedroom is no one's concern but mine),

Would you say that about everyones sexual issues? Would pedophilia that is done in the privacy of someones bedroom be no ones concern also?

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For me, Im enjoying the discourse, I could talk/listen to it all day.

I wish I had all day to answer questions and concerens. Sadly, many Christians do a poor job defending and expaining what they believe in a way that is meaningful to none-believers. That's what I am trying to do on this tread...explain....although it may seem like evangelism to some.

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I meant "to be morally rescued" ;)

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@ GW,

Being "saved" actually means 'to me morally rescued' in the Greek text (look it up)

I know MANY people who have been saved from a lifestyle of all forms of wicked sin through Jesus and NEVER go back to it again.. The list includs drunkenness, all forms of sexual immorality, drugs, prostitution, anger, rage, spouse abuse, rape, extortion, murder...and the list goes on.

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but you could associate it with birth of a child.

Thats EXACTLY what the bible calles it...being "born again" and yes it requires submission to Jesus and a willingness to be transformed by the word of God.

This is where, despite the suggestion that I may be coming at it from the wrong end, and that non-believers from that angle cannot sin

It's a nice thought.. but the bible makes it clear ALL have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Our conscience confirms it even if we deny it.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:8-9)

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I have to ask you a favor, could you learn how to use the word "their", please?

Noted. Thats a huge flaw for me. Thanks for being patient Peacewarrior.

BTW, I've actually enjoyed reading about your ideas and as strange as they sound to me, you represent a large portion of the world's population and it's good for those of us who don't feel a need to believe to see how you think.

Thank you. I just wanted people to understand that the Gospel is not just "heaven" or "hell" but it is also a lifestyle in the here and now. It transforms a person into one that loves there neighbor as themselves and Loves God above all else. Personally I enjoy seeing less selfish wickedness in this world.Thats not such a bad thing right?

If you do evangelism and you use the BDL evangelism materials, wouldn't you agree that it is easy for us to 'falsely' think you are part of the BDL?

I agree and in most cases its not a problem if they do. I am not ashamed of BDL. They are a partner with my ministry so in many ways we work together and most likely always will.

@plasticmonkey

I never claimed my discourse to be civilized. I am not terribly civilized in this particular context, and for that I apologize.

It is not a problem dude.... this kind of discussion people tend to be hot and passionate about and that's ok. I appologise if I insulted you in any way. We all can learn from each other if we listen. I felt some of the things you were saying about my BDL brothers (and christians in general) was not useful at promoting understanding of my faith. I hope you have better dialogs with christians in the future over topics of faith and values.

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Plasticmonky,

I guess you are trying to say that I am part of BDL? you would be wrong (and you just broke a commandment against me called "bearing false witness) I do evangelism in much the same style as BDL so I know the group very well and they have supplied me with my evangelism material. I have seen there whole operation and I have much respect for them. They don't deserve the black mark you are trying to paint them with.

I mentioned my daughter to prove a point. You said that kids are "roped" into doing evangelism as if they were victims of some wicked form of child abuse. Ridiculous assumption and very slanderous on your part.

You talk about the bible and God and yet try to tie the hands of any believer that wont go along with your simpleton explanation of scripture by demonizing them. Yet you insist that you discourse is civilized. hmmmm really?

Have you sacrificed any goats recently?

Didn't you "christian" parent teach you that Jesus, the Lamb Of God is the final sacrifice for sin? If not let me educate you a little with some scriptures.

“God made him [Jesus] who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor 5:21)

"Such a high priest [JESUS] meets our need—one who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other high priests, he does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when he offered himself." Hebrews 7:26-27

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And I can tell you there are many christians I know that are against BDL.

Yes there are. My question to them is this :

What is to about the bible being spoken about in public that bothers you? Perhaps because your not living what you believe it and dont want others to know about it? If so.. REPENT!

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Zenny,

Funny it looked like a BDL evangelist in the photo...was this a thread for rocket scientests and I messed up? If so Mea culpa!

The more you mention your views the more you push them onto peoples and tend to drive them away. Not about what you decline to mention, etc.

This tread is for ALL... not just the ones agaist this type of evangelism. I could care less if people are "driven away". Im not trying to evangelize in this thread. I

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If that is your view & actions I respect them but your posts here show otherwise.

My purpose on this tread is to discuss about BDL and try to explain why Christianity is relevant against some really hateful criticism. I have purposely avoided topics on atheism and any other "ism" as I know it is just a bated trap for someone to flex an overactive inflated sense of personal intelligence.

@plasticmonkey

There's really no use having a reasonable discourse with you if all you can come up with is Bible quotes.

Reasonable discourse? You have made widely inaccurate claims against Christians. The BDL of Japan, the bible, and against God Himself and you want me to reasonable and not quote from the book your defaming???...give me a break! You may have grown up in a "christian" home (and I doubt that) but I don't think you have ever understood the first thing about Christianity. Only those with incredibly simple minds would think that Christianity is just about heaven and hell. No disrespect intended, but I think you really have nothing to teach me at all sir.

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I am an evangelist & a missionary but I'm not out to convince anyone that has there mind made up that there is no God. I don't wring my hands and pace up and down the street wondering what to do. I don't beg, gravel, change my tactics or water down the bible in order to "save" someone that just does not care. I

I'm out on the street for the one person who needs me, not the 99 who say they don't.

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More sins (you name it, its been done) has been commited in the name of Jesus (buddha, jehovah or whoever you believe in).

@ Adam B.......If I do a sin in your name does that make you to blame? Should I say Adam B made me do it? Of course not!...everyone is responisble for there OWN sin by there OWN CHOICE. The God of the bible is not to blame. He never commanded such things in his word!

it killed the most progressive people and scientists, it stopped development of the world for many years, it makes people obsessed...

Dude, Im not sure where you come up with stuff. Christinity has helped develop every country that has adopted it (An asian example is Korea). The early founders of American procliamed this all the time and why we have "In God we trust" on our money. Have you ever cracked open a history book?

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What is he saving us from, then?

Jesus saves us from sin!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to name him Jesus, because he is the one who will save his people from their sins." (Matt 1:21)

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Again, This man holding this sign said NOTHING about hell. Why all the fixation on hell? Someone explain it to me?

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"BDL has been giving Christianity a very negative image in this country."

Why people are offended at the bible is a spiritual problem, not a presentation problem. We could be holding signs that says "Jesus wants to make you rich" and people are STILL are offended. Why? The bible answers it in this passage:

And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that does evil hates the light, neither will they cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. (John 3:19-20)

There you have it... sinners wont come to the light because they don't want to be exposed and they don't want to submit to truth, not because we didn't make the message "acceptable" enough by dipping it in honey. Compromised truth is no truth at all.

I sincerely encourage you to find a more effective method of evangelism.

BDL does not care about being effective in human standards but rather being BIBLICAL in God's standards. To them thats all that matters.

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The good news of the Bible is enough? Well, I guess that takes a big load of responsibility off you, then. No need to use your noodle to convince anyone of the truth. Just throw some scripture at the wall and see what sticks?

Jesus said HE is the way, THE TRUTH and the life. It's the Holy Spirit that convinces people of truth, not human wisdom. Anyone who bends there knee to JESUS is truly wise.

I do feel sorry for those kids who are roped into working for a cause I doubt they truly grasp.

I do believe kids can grasp the truth better than you. They submit to the truth and you just fly the middle finger at it. Also, all evangelism is not a "cause" it's a commandment by Jesus himself. Its not a protest nor a way to harass people its our religious expression protected by the Japanese constitution. In addition, all evangelism done within BDL is volunteer..nobody is 'roped' into it, kids included (my own daughter choses not to participate)

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Their trucks look not much different from the right wing thug-mobiles.

There trucks look MUCH different than the right wing thugs. They are black and white it bible verses. This is a HUGE difference that the black with iron coverd glass windows and HUGE flags you see on right winger trucks. Nationalist dont even like the BDL folks!

The voice over the PA is monotone and carries not one ounce of good cheer. BDL uses a PA voice and tone that can carry a long distance. They want to be heard and thats it. They are not our to manipulate human sences with "good cheer". The good news of the bible is "good cheer" enough.

Almost all these BDLJapan people look miserable. Try standing on your feet for 12 hours in the COLD while holding a sign while people like you snear at them, cuse them out or just plain ignore them. Then maybe you could understand why maybe they dont cast a smile your way and be of "good cheer"

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