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Other | Persecution: Endo
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Without living in persecution, I think we, as North Americans, have no concept of what our forefathers endured. However, what brought me closest to understanding was reading Shusaku Endo's book "Silence." He used factual historical information to write a fictional story about the Japanese Christians that were persecuted, what they endured, and the endless loss of life. An amazing read by an award-winning author.

Langley, BC Canada
3/5/2009 10:49:00 AM
About Mennonites |
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Hi Ed,

We are both united, by faith, in God. I do not speak for all anabaptist/Mennonites, however I beleive that all Mennonites believe in the divinity of Jesus. As for who will go to hell. A lot of Christians I speak to seem not to believe in a literal hell, but interestingly they do believe in heaven. I am one who believes in a literal heaven and hell, and I also believe that all people can make, or others can make life here on Earth a hell for others. As for the literal hell that I believe in. Well, I know that our 'spring board' to heaven or hell depends on our faith or lack thereof. As a Christian, I also believe that confession of faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ and faith in the one who sent him is also important in order to enter into paradise. Having said that, I do not believe that all those who confess 'Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour' and are baptised will enter into paradise either. With out forgivness of others and love to all, regardless of who they are, and repentance for their sins, a Christian, in my view, will not enter into heaven. I also believe that a Muslim, who is not merciful to others,as Allah, is merciful to we humans, will not enter into paradise either. In the New Testament that we Christians use, I look to 1 Corinthians 3 verse 13, 'Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,....'the fire' shall try every man's work of what sort it is'. Of course as a Mennonite I also put a lot of emphasis on 1 Corintians 3:11. However I do not presume to know everything about God as it is impossible to know everything about God, so as to who God finds acceptable, that, I believe, is in the hands of God.
I remember that those that Jesus is said to have healed, or made 'whole', in the Gospel stories were not Christians, and probably did not think too deeply about Jesus except that they praised God for the miracles and through whom they came.
But this is just my opinion for which other Christians will probably disagree and condemn me.


Logan, Qld Australia
3/5/2009 2:50:00 AM
Beyond the News: Mennonites and Muslims | mennonite view on Jesus?
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I was brought up as a Lutheran, but Christian theology never made that much sense to me. When I was in college and free to choose for myself, I became Muslim. The reasons for choosing Islam as my faith were partially theological, and partially personal. First of all, I must state that Muslims hold Jesus in the highest esteem. He is considered to be one of the most important prophets after Muhammad(peace be upon him). However, we do not believe that Prophet Jesus is a god, nor do we believe that he is the son of God. We believe that he was a man with much to teach us, but he was merely a man nonetheless. I decided to post because I want to get an idea of how Mennonites view those who do not believe in the divinity of Jesus in comparison to other Christian denominations. To phrase my question in a more direct manner, do Mennonites believe that those who reject the Trinity are destined for Hell? Unfortunately, this often seems to be the viewpoint of other Christian denominations that I have encountered.

Thanks for reading,

Valdosta, GA
3/3/2009 9:11:00 PM
Beyond the News: TV Violence |
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The web address for Mennonite publishing Network is (not mph).


2/26/2009 6:23:00 AM
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The reference for DD Whedon's commentary for Genesis 9:6,from Christian Light Publishers should read page 136.


2/26/2009 6:04:00 AM
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