In my OP I asked 11 questions over 5 paragraphs. In your response, you ask 13 questions in just 1 paragraph. Why so many questions, indeed!Why so many questions? Why not just one question? Or maybe two questions or less? Who are you asking? Atheists? Christians? Both? Neither? Why are you asking? Do you need the answers right away? Is it very important that you get the answers? Does your life depend on getting the answers? Or is your inquiry merely academic?
Let me see if I can answer the legitimate questions one at a time.
As I said quite clearly in my post, I am asking whomever wants to discuss.Who are you asking? Atheists? Christians? Both? Neither?
Because this is a discussion forum. Why are you asking?Why are you asking?
No. I don't need answers at all. Questions are just one good way to spark discussion.Do you need the answers right away?
No. See above.Is it very important that you get the answers?
I wouldn't say "merely academic." See above. I think it's a good way to spark discussion.Does your life depend on getting the answers? Or is your inquiry merely academic?
So you believe that "saved" equates with "ticket to heaven." Why do you believe that?So if you are a baptized believer, you get a ticket to heaven.
Also, there seem to be some contradictions?
On the one hand, as you quoted, if you believe and are baptized, you're "saved."
On the other hand, if you believe (saying "Lord, Lord," implies you believe) and are baptized, Jesus might still deny he ever knew you and throw you into the lake of fire.
Seems to me being saved is different than going to heaven. According to the Bible, you can be "saved," and still end up in the lake of fire.
Either that, or the Bible is wrong.
Which is it?
Where in the Bible does it define what a "true" Christian is?Now, all "true" Christians are saved, but the phonies won't make it.
"no doubt."As far as "true" Christianity is concerned, that's anybody's guess, but no doubt it involves belief in the Bible God and recognizing Christ as his son.
Well, you had Bible verses for everything else, but this you're just making stuff up?