I like the short one (open YOUR_HEART ...). Some thoughts; not intended to offend; intended to contemplate.
Hardly possible without 'require'
"And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; (...); they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well." (Mark 16, 17)
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"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power." (2 Timothy 3, 1:4)
"For I know the plans I have for You," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper You and not to harm You, plans to give You hope and a future." (Jeremia 29, 11)
There are over 1.4 billion (with a 'B') Muslims in the world today, according to Muslim Demographics. The VAST majority of them, just like the vast majority of the 1.9 Billion Christians (according to InfoPlease), are law-abiding, peaceful, tolerant people. Unfortunately, we only hear and see the more radical elements, cause those are the vocal ones. Just cause they shout loudest doesn't mean they are the true representatives of a given group.
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This all sounds nice, yet the fact is ... the level of fanatism is much higher in the muslim world. No surprise if the priests keep inducing fire. If a christian priest ever tried to speak as bad about muslims as the muslim ones do every day about christians and jews, he'd end up in jail. My English is not fit for political discussion and I feel I can't express myself as clearly as I would like to, anyway the fact that most of the terrorism you hear of is islamic, that there is virtualy no single place where there is no turmoil anywhere where muslims mix with anyone else (be it christians, hindus, jews or others), surely does mean something.
We do handle (or at least try to) our fanatics. You can't say the same thing about them. (The "We" in the previous sentence doesn't mean christians, since that would not include me. It means the western civilization.)
I really don't see why this merited so many down votes. It's moderately clever, and it'll compile to boot.
Because, even if you're a believer, it would be better written as open YOUR_HEART ">to_Jesus" since both believers and non-believers die - it's just the former get to go to a nice place if they've been good.
Because I don't like being told that I should die if I don't believe something. I don't tend to respond well to threats - and that's what it read like to me.
"Because, even if you're a believer, it would be better written as open YOUR_HEART ">to_Jesus" since both believers and non-believers die - it's just the former get to go to a nice place if they've been good."
Yes, open YOUR_HEART ">to_Jesus" or goto HELL; would've been better :)
Jesus changed my life before I died physically (obviously). It started with changing my heart; this made me more sensitive to the world around me; my social isolation decreased; I was poor as a youngster, earn well today and survived a recent lay-off wave.
Many of these events were out of my control.
The opposite of 'death' is 'life'. I became alive and a source of life for other people - through Jesus Christ. That's his message for everybody, e.g. to You. Knowing the difference, I don't want to return to my former way of living, which kept me more dead than alive.
Jesus is a gentle one; so I'm not imposing anything upon you. But I thought you should know, at least. Sorry for sounding fanatic. I'll try learning from this feedback.