Thursday, November 18, 2010

Do you know Jesus?

I wanted to briefly talk about something more important than Magic.  I believe that heaven and hell are real, literal places and that the only way to get into heaven is to ask Jesus into your heart.  The common belief is that a person has to be “good” or do a few “good works” to get into heaven but the Bible says our good works are as “filthy rags”.  Nothing you can do (without Jesus) will get you into heaven. 

The only way to get into heaven is to ask Jesus into your heart and to ask him to forgive your sins.  If you have never read the Bible, start with Matthew which describes the life of Jesus.

I have been reluctant to talk about Jesus on my blog but since Jesus is the most important part of my life, I should talk about him more. 


Anonymous said...

I bet your favorite decks include Wrath of God and Armageddon :)

Anonymous said...

Please! Ajani, Jace and Chandra are as real as Jesus. You only have to "really" believe what others says to you.

This is not a place to discuss this. Is your blog of course, but if this kind of topic shows up again, you'll have one less reader.

Anonymous said...

How do you feel about Sol Invictus ( ) beliefs merging with early Christianity and creating the core of what we now think of Jesus? Knowing that fundaments of faith are 1700 years old PR stunt may change a point of view, it certainly did for me.

Hellfish said...

I would have branched this kind of thing off to a personal blog, but that's just me, and you're not gonna lose this reader over it either way (unless it all got too preachy with attempts at conversion of readers, but I think more highly of you than to fear that would happen.).

I most recently found myself intrigued by the philosophy of Cosmicism which,even though it's actually developed by H.P. Lovecraft for his fictional work, really meshed my previous mix of Atheism and Agnosticism. (It says,basically, that even if there is something beyond human in the universe, human's themselves are so small as to be insignificant to that something.)

Anonymous said...

Hey mtgrares,

I personally don't believe in God and havn't been baptised, but I think making fun of you because of you religion (as I expect people may do) is really disgsting.

Even though I actually dislike some christian rules and behaviour my best friend is christian and I (obviously) come along with him very well.

There's nothing wrong at being christian but still I could argue with my friend for hours and hours why (in my opinion) it isn't a good idea to trust ones life to something that you presumably never saw.

But, hey, Immanuel Kant disproved God's existence AND God's nonexistence.

Thanks for letting us know a bit more about you as a person ^^.

PS: I hope I didn't want to offend you in any way, if I did I'm sorry.

Anonymous said...

I support you.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see you sharing the faith man. Right there with ya. Applause for sticking your neck out there. :)

Psycho X said...

"You only have to "really" believe what others says to you."

Actually, you don't have to believe anything anyone tells you. The only thing you should believe is what you choose to believe. People can be intentionally misleading, or change the meaning intentionally to serve their own purpose or legitimatize their actions and outlook. It's better to find out do some research and find out truth for yourself, instead of taking for granted what others tell you and believing anything you hear.

Gabriel said...

I am a complete atheist, but if I believed Jesus was real, you'd better believe I'd be telling people about him.

Anonymous said...

Writer Robert Anton Wilson used to remind his lecture audiences: "We live in our myths; we only tolerate reality." That applies to all of us.... Anyone who really appreciates the amount of work mtgrares puts into the MTG program should be gracious enough to cut him a large amount of slack if he decides to express personal opinions (religious or otherwise).

Unknown said...

I commend you for posting that. It takes courage and conviction to proclaim ones faith in a world full of multiple religions.

Anonymous said...

I could make fun of your beliefs, but you write good blog posts. I won't unsubscribe to you merely because I know what you have to say is worth hearing.
But as far as Jesus goes, he doesn't relate to programming, or Magic: The Gathering, so try and keep him out of here. And those who don't know the massive, cultural influence regarding him have probably already heard of what he has to offer.
I feel sorry for those who follow this belief, however, since they must see this kind of random, off-topic discussion regarding Jesus or whatever, as repetitive.

The Turquoise Mage said...

God bless!!!

More people should profess their love for Jesus and this world would be a better place.

We Christians should not be afraid to let everyone and anyone know about Jesus.

I commend you on your honesty!!!

Your blog post title is exactly the title of the series we are following in our Bible study group going through the book of Hebrews.

Anonymous said...

You wouldn't post about MTG on your Jesus blog, so why post about Jesus on your MTG blog?

You are not going to convert a single person to Jesus, but you will certainly lose readers.

Forge said...

"Gabriel said...
I am a complete atheist, but if I believed Jesus was real, you'd better believe I'd be telling people about him."

I sense some sarcasm but I still laughed at your post.

"How do you feel about Sol Invictus (which relates to Sunday and Christmas)?"

Christians observe Sunday because Jesus was raised from the dead on Sunday. And I'm sure that Jesus wasn't born Dec 25.

Forge said...

All in all the comments were very courteous.

Anonymous said...

True Christianity is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ - to live a spirit filled life (with Christ as the head of your life)no longer bound by the power of sin. We as his witnesses through his love, power, and grace have the opportunity to share our friend Jesus Christ even on a programming forum.

God bless you.

Anonymous said...

What would be the criteria for falsification of the proposition that there is a God? In other words, if there wasn't a God, how could one show that?

Well formed, objective statements about reality usually have some criteria of falsification. If the statement "There is a God." doesn't have any criteria for falsification, then there are reasons to think that the statement is not a well-formed, objective statement about reality.

I will expand a bit on my above point.

What I'm asking is this. What would it take to prove that there was no God?

"If you can show '_______', than that would be evidence against their being a God."

If you can't fill in that blank with some criteria, then the statement that there is a God seems to be without content since no matter what the evidence was you would still believe in a God.

Anonymous said...

Aw come on... religion on a blog that has like NOTHING to do with religion?

Aw man... i hate to admit it, but as cool as ur prog is, u just lost some cred with me. :S

(I don´t always brag about not believing in god, either)

Psycho X said...

"What would be the criteria for falsification of the proposition that there is a God?"

People who have not experienced God and seen Him at work in their own lives have are not able to believe He exists, and therefore He does not for them. For those of us who have, what He has done for us in our lives is the evidence that He exists. It's not going to be the same for each individual.

Tez said...

Interesting. I meet very few people I would consider intelligent or even bright who self identify as religious, in particular, people involved in a field of science. So this entry actually comes as a surprise, though not an unpleasant one, per se.

I am an anti-religious atheist but I'm still a fan of your blog and programming and your faith in invisible cloud beings isn't going to change that. It's your blog, write about whatever you want. If people don't like it, fuck 'em.

I for one find it extremely easy to simply not click on blog entries about Y if all I am interested in is X. The people leaving complaints in the comments here are akin to the tards on StarCityGames complaining about Jamie Wakefield getting work as a columnist.

"This is not a place to discuss this. Is your blog of course, but if this kind of topic shows up again, you'll have one less reader."

If it means I'll see less stupid comments like this one, I for one am glad to see you go. I am all for publicly bashing religion but telling people what to write about on their own blogs with this obnoxious tone is tantamount to a big "fuck you." It's incredibly rude and completely unnecessary.

Anonymous said...

You know, I'm glad I stopped reading your blog, and I'm one of Forge's Devs.

Trevor Giesbrecht said...

I support you.

You did stick your neck out as was previously said and I love you for it.


A fellow fool to this world.

Anonymous said...

I was very surprised to see this post. If only there were more people like you to spread the love across the net in singularly unexpected places like a Magic the Gathering website.