One of Kelly's Statements in the Debate with Kirk and Ray
First off i would like to say i am a theist, more specifically a Christian. I am not posting this to engage in heated debate over evolution, existence, etc.. I am merely posting in response to something Kelly said (which I will paraphrase) on the Debate with Kirk and Ray...
I had to watch the debates online since i missed the tv ones so it tended to end suddenly and mess up for whatever reason which i have no idea....that said
During some point in the debate, Kelly ended up saying something to the affect of you can do whatever you want to and as long as you ask forgiveness/repent then its good..Someone maybe can enlighten me on the full quote but i believe that was the main jist of the statement.
That is simply not what the Christian faith is. If you are a true follower of Christ you will not want to sin. It does not mean that you will not sin, but the goal is not to see how much you can get away with, but to see how much you can strive to be like the example Christ set. Everyone will mess up at some point or another. Now as a believer in Christ it is important not to judge people. God does the judging. There is a difference between judging and telling a friend they messed up when you know the facts and their circumstances. No one has the right to judge someone else for an act that was committed.
That also being said, if you believed what Kelly stated, for sake of an example say hypothetically you are a person who believes they can do whatever they want and pray and it all be good. Why are you committing these acts that upon searching, if needed, you would find would not be pleasing to God? If your motivation is to do whatever you want to do then examine yourself. Is God more important than you? Or are you just "Christian" because you have gone to church all your life or your parents are?
This example makes the obvious assumptions that yes there is a God and yes you believe in Him. I believe that motivation is the key in this situation. If you believe that you can do anything you want to as a Christian then your representation of the Christian faith is off.
I say this example to help explain that if you happen to believe in something else, what the Christian faith is about. It is not about serving your own ways, doing what you want to do, when you want to do it, and how you want to do it. It is a life of servitude, putting God first and everyone else before yourself. " Mark 12:28-31 shows this.
Now I am not trying to say you can't do anything (like literally)
You can do absolutely anything you want to. It does not mean it is the best choice, or a right or wrong choice, but you can do whatever you want to. From a Christian's perspective though, although you have the liberty to do whatever you want to, God is more important than yourself as well as others. Focusing all your attention on your own wants and needs is not what the Christian faith is about.
So in response to Kelly's statement, I would just like to say search it out for yourself. I am happy to try to help with your understanding of any issue, but i will be the first to admit i will not have the answers to everything. I am not going to pretend to be some answer guru that can answer any question possible. If i can not answer it i will try to find out the whats and whys, but in the end, I would just ask that you search for yourself also. That is why i encourage checking this issue outfor yourself. Dont just believe something because someone tells you, know why you believe something yourself. Actively search for the answers to the questions you seek.