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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.

peace


Logan, Qld Australia
3/5/2009 2:50:00 AM
Beyond the News: Mennonites and Muslims | mennonite view on Jesus?
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Greetings,

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,
Ed


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 www.mpn.net (not mph).

Eric

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

Eric

2/26/2009 6:04:00 AM
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Hi,
I thought I might post this to help Australians work their way through the confusing and fragmentation that is anabaptism.
I have been reading various anabaptist material from various anabaptist publishers for a while now, both conservative and progressive. What I have found is a confusing array of beliefs and practises. So much so that one truly has to wonder what exactly anabaptism is all about.
For example I have bought commentaries from Mennonite Publishing Network, 'home of Herald Press...' (www.mph.net) In their commentary of Genesis, page 71 states for chapter 9:6, "This interpretation is understood to grant to the legal system the right of capital punishment.....In spite of the history of its interpretation, Genesis 9:6 does not authorize and promote capital punishment..."
Now, when I read a conservative commentary, (by D.D.Whedon) on Genesis 9:6 that I bought from Christian Light Publications, a conservative anabaptist publisher (www.clp.org), I read on page 186:"This is the reason for the stern and stringent command. He who slays a man slays God's image (my understanding is that Whedon is referring to God making us humans in His image), and God demands blood for blood. The muderer's life is forfeited, and it is not only the right, but the duty, of the magistrate, who "bears the sword", to fulfil the ordinace of God."
There are other examples of contradiction, such as: There is one group of anabaptists who will not watch TV and another anabaptist group who will have not much to say about TV. You will have one group of anabpaitsts who will not vote at all, and then you will have another group of anabaptists who will not only vote but will actualy support a political party's campaign. You will also come across anabaptists who will encourage you to take part in protest marches and another group of anabaptists who will have nothing to do with protest marches or street demonstrations. You will find anabaptists who will tell you that originally, anabaptism was based on non - resistance, another group will tell that anabaptism is about being pacifists, and yet another group will tell you that anabaptism is all about active peace making ( I interpret this as 'in your face and protesting anabaptism'. So, you, perhaps like me will be wondering just what anabaptism is all about? -should you watch TV or not?, should you take part in protest marches or not?, is anabaptism non - resistance right, or should anabaptists attend protest marches and lobby on justice issues. Should anabaptists try to save the life of convicted murderers or should we let the State kill them? At times, I find various types of anabaptism so contradictive and confusing I am tempted to throw up my hands and say Enough already!!!! Tonight I had thoughts that in comparison the anglican communion seems more united than anabaptism, (not sure about this one).
So if some north american anabaptist tries to tell you, 'THIS is anabaptism', the most logical question to ask them 'what type, conservative or progressive or something in between?'.
I recommend you save time, money, and effort and simply observe the golden rule, 'don't do to others what you would not like done to you'.And, I beleive that anabaptism is about the golden rule and non -violence. For me, after years of purchasing and reading expensive books and the like, anabaptism is as clear as mother's milk. As for the rest, it is merely very expensive commentary. Hopefully, anabaptist missionaries from North Amercia will decide just what anabaptism is, then they can let the rest of us know how to practise it. If anabaptist in this country stick to non - violence as the essence of anabaptism I guess this is what we, as Australian anabaptists should aim for. Hopefully, anabaptists in Australia will be saved from the fragmentation that has plaqued North American anabaptism and I suppose, anabaptism in general.
By the way, I am an anabaptist and I am against capital punishment for justice reasons, not religious reasons - innocent people have been put to death by various governments. I wonder what God will do with those in North America who have legally, based on the available evidence, put innocent people to death?
Thankfully, here in Australia, we do not have the death penalty, even for arsonists.
One is innocent until proven guilty.


Logan, Qld Australia
2/26/2009 5:58:00 AM
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