"'Never once does God say one denomination is better than
another,' Archuleta said."---------------That
statement seems very naive and ill-informed.After 63 years of
speaking with people who are/were members of all sorts of
religions/churches/sects/etc., all over the U.S. and many other countries, the
message I got was that many, if not most of them them believed they are/were
members of their religions/churches/sects/etc. precisely because they think
"God" told them, in various ways, mostly non-verbal, that their
religions/churches/sects/etc. were "better" than the others.In fact, it would seem silly to belong to ANY organization that you
didn't think, at least at the time, was "better" than the
alternatives.The point of it all to me is not which organization is
better than any other but rather which idea of "better" is better.In other words, it's most important to me to know I've got the
right criteria for determining WHAT is better, not which organization's
tenets agree with mine. Consequently, if I find a group of people (an
organization) whose beliefs agree with what I consider the truth then,
**great**. If not, great.
Joel Osteen has a positive message. A message about changing one's life
for the better. This message is in contrast to those that preach that God is
going to stomp on us if we make a mis-step. Perhaps both messages point us
toward changing one's life for the better. The difference is being
motivated by positive encouragement and the other being threatened by
condemnation. I prefer the positive motivation instead of being threatened by a
not so friendly God.
According to the teachings I have learned, Jesus was a poor carpenter. He was
not paid to preach, nor did he use his capabilities to get rich. He could
perform miracles, yet never used them to financially enrich himself.While Joel Osteen may have a positive message, amassing $40 million of
personal wealth seems contrary to any religious teachings that I have seen.Who would put money in the basket knowing it would go strait into the
pocket of the messenger?Bottom line? - I don't trust religious
leaders or Religions for that matter that are extremely wealthy.
Man... I guess I am in the wrong profession. Let me read to you from the bible,
and you pay me to do so, then I can be rich too. What a scam!