RE: #6. I have accepted him as my Savior and have been born again(anōthen
G.born from above).Signs of a true Christian experience (Born
again/which comes froms God)conversion) of unity love and devotion is
qualified by an awareness of a great gulf between sinful creatures and an
absolute Holy being. i.e.. Is 6:5 Woe is me! ..for I am a man of unclean
lips(sinner). A higher devotion for Jesus and a thirst for the
Bible. Johnathan Edwards .E.g.. ,Amazing Grace God saved a wretch like me.The Holy Spirit Bears witness of Jesus and that Jesus sends the Holy
Spirit (John 15:26). The Jesus of the Bible will send the Holy Spirit. If you
don't have the right Jesus they can't have the true Holy Spirit, and
your testimony is invalid.” E.g…, “In the
beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was
God”.(John 1:1) Verse 14,God becomes man not men become gods.RE:
I am fine with reaching level 2. I would have gone to level 3 if you had
written, "one of the most beautiful philosophies." I also admire many of
the teachings of Lao Tsu, Confucius, Buddha and Marcus Aurelius. I would feel
like it would be intellectually dishonest to go any further than level 2. I use
many of teachings of Jesus as a guide in trying to be a better person. If a
decent person has to accept the divinity of Jesus to be saved, I would not
consider that to be beautiful at all.
Good column. I'd like to add two thoughts.First, Christ is
indeed the Son of God and our Savior. But LDS standard works show that he is
also the Father and the Son, he is the God who possesses "all power"
over the earth, he is the God who answers our prayers, and he is the only source
of eternal life.Second, a quote by Dietrich Bonhoeffer: "The
disciple always looks only to his master, never to Christ and the law, Christ
and religion, Christ and the world. He avoids all such notions like the plague.
Only by following Christ alone can he preserve a single eye. His eye rests
wholly on the light that comes from Christ . . . "