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#1 yano

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Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:38 PM

If someone held a gun to your head and asked if you believed in God, would you lie to spare your life? or would you say yes and let him shoot you, and go meet God.

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Posted 07 July 2006 - 04:08 PM

I would say Yes immediately. If I said no than I don't believe in God or my faith.

Kind of like in my Dojo with certain weapon removal techniques. If you don't have the faith do some of them blindly(and some are actually blindly) you will fail .. And yes I would try the technique.
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Posted 08 July 2006 - 01:19 AM

I would say no.... simply because it was telling the truth. If he was going to shoot me for saying NO, then i'd say yes to spare my life. I just don't take religion seriously, so if saying i believed in a god would save my life, i'd say it. How is that any different from lip-service :thumbsup:

Another thing: Would saying yes, even if you clearly knew it would end your life, count as suicide?

Another thing: Would saying that you don't believe in god, while still knowing in your heart that you're pure christian and still believing in him really affect your faith? Is it that fragile that you can't say a simple "i don't believe in god" to save your life? Wouldn't god know that you were doing it simply to enjoy the rest of your days, or would he expect you to become a martyr?

Edited by Heretic Monkey, 08 July 2006 - 01:23 AM.


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Posted 08 July 2006 - 07:05 AM

I would say yes. Even if it meant that I would be killed.

Another thing: Would saying yes, even if you clearly knew it would end your life, count as suicide?

It is not suicide if you are not the one pulling the triger. It does mean that the gunman murders you.

Another thing: Would saying that you don't believe in god, while still knowing in your heart that you're pure christian and still believing in him really affect your faith? Is it that fragile that you can't say a simple "i don't believe in god" to save your life? Wouldn't god know that you were doing it simply to enjoy the rest of your days, or would he expect you to become a martyr?


Jesus stated clearly in the four Gospels that if we denigh him then he would denigh us before the Father. In other words if we denigh him in public (ie in front of other people eve if it is just one person with a gun) we never truly believed in him to begin with, IMHO.

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 08:06 AM

i would probably say no, even though i do. i don't consider it denying God; i consider it trying to not get blasted through my brain. who wants that to happen? but then again, i'd probably be to scared to speak anyway, what with a gun against my head and all. . .

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 12:59 PM

I would ask the gunman or gunwoman,"Which God?".
Then we could go through a long list until I got shot or set free.
Once a dialog was started,the person & I would interact.
Once interaction begins,pulling the trigger may become more difficult.
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Posted 08 July 2006 - 01:10 PM

Lol, would a filibuster really work if your life is on the line?

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 03:35 PM

I believe in 'survival of the fittest'..... if that meant lying to save my life..... then so be it.
To me... religion wouldn't come into it, my life is precious and i'd keep it.

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 08:56 PM

Yes I would say yes.

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Posted 08 July 2006 - 11:07 PM

That was basically the question asked to the Cassie Bernall (17) in the library at Columbine High School.

Cassie was in the library with several students when two student gunmen turned it into a shooting gallery on April 20. One of them approached Cassie, asking her if she believed in God. He shot her when she answered yes. She died instantly.


She stood up, in spite of the fear, and proudly proclaimed she believed in God.

I would too.

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Another thing: Would saying that you don't believe in god, while still knowing in your heart that you're pure christian and still believing in him really affect your faith? Is it that fragile that you can't say a simple "i don't believe in god" to save your life? Wouldn't god know that you were doing it simply to enjoy the rest of your days, or would he expect you to become a martyr?


Peter denied Christ 3 times - "Before the cock crowed" to save his life. I think God knows what is in the heart, and a moment of fear cannot change that.

Edited by rigel, 08 July 2006 - 11:12 PM.

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Posted 12 July 2006 - 07:52 PM

I think I would not lie. Like I don't beleive in God, I would say no.
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Posted 17 July 2006 - 11:26 PM

I would say yes, because I do, and it would be going against my faith, if I said no.
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Posted 14 August 2006 - 09:53 AM

I would ask the gunman or gunwoman,"Which God?".


Good answer...

I would calmly turn and say, "could you please be more specific?"

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Edited by locally pwned, 14 August 2006 - 09:53 AM.

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Posted 15 August 2006 - 08:48 AM

I'd answer:
That depends on what the definition of 'definition' is.
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Posted 17 August 2006 - 12:31 AM

While I admire the great and deep faith of so many that would answer 'yes' to this question, I hope so much that if the gun was being held against one of your children's heads and their life or death would be dependent on your answer ... surely your God would understand if one said 'no' so a precious child could live on?

And if you were with your child when this gun was held to your head, again, surely your God would understand if you said 'no' to spare a precious child the sight and ongoing horror of seeing your brains blown all over the sidewalk in front of him or her?

A compassionate and all-understanding God would know that you weren't 'denying Him'in your heart, rather you were saving a child's life, right?
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