“If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I have to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a na´ve faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.”
There's a quote from Gary Parker, I just thought it would be an interesting quote to have floating around here.
Why not come down himself?
'Sending people' does absolutely nothing.
I would never believe someone if they said they came from god with a message, and I doubt many people would. It would be just like what supposedly happened so long ago with Jesus.
Well, Jesus was an embodiment of God.
"I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, and then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Every one was beaten, tortured, stoned and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it weren’t true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world—and they couldn’t keep a lie for three weeks. You’re telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible."
This is a quote from one of Nixon's advisers that might offer a different perspective. While it's a little off-target from the argument (being that it was an act of God and not a message from God through Jesus), I think it's a fun quote nonetheless.
It's from this website, which considers the life of Jesus, the man:
Actually if you dont believe in God, no matter how good you are, you will go to Hell.
I know what you're thinking of, but you should read some of the links below. It might help you understand where I'm coming from.