Albert Einstein's Historic 1954 "God Letter" Handwritten Shortly Before His Death To Be Auctioned Online
Few people have had access to the thoughts and uncensored opinions of this brilliant mind as it relates to his personal views on God and religion. The personal nature of the letter and the timing of it in Albert Einstein's life adds to the implication of the certainty with which he wrote it. The sureness of his script and the methodical nature with which he chose his words lend to the documents weight. The ideas expressed are the culmination of a lifetime of work exploring the most principle questions of existence.
Key Passages From Einstein's Letter:
"... The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. No interpretation no matter how subtle can (for me) change this. These subtilised interpretations are highly manifold according to their nature and...
As for a church, I was planning on joining a Baptist one not far from me. As far as I can tell, their statement of faith is most inline with the Bible. I can handle differences of opinion concerning pre and post trib, Bible versions, and the like within the denomination, but I don't see anything fatal. I just hope they are not ecumenical.
At first, I was full blown charismatic but realized that some of what's going on there isn't quite right. One example was the use of tongues. As far as I can tell, tongues was always a foreign language used to witness. Today's tongues seems to be random babbling that proves to be of no use. Since I didn't know what I was saying I would always wonder how I can be sure I wasn't blaspheming God or something.
Then, there was the faith healing, slaying/laughing in the spirit, everything and anything bad, like a habit or whatever, had a demon attached to it, etc.
Christopher000 wrote: John UK, that opening comment was intended for John Y. I'm only mentioning it because it would otherwise appear as if I was instructing you.
Ah, thank you Chris for mentioning that. Perhaps Johnny Y might like to respond to that post, then.
I am no theologian and always willing to learn from anyone who has a good scriptural argument, no matter how young in the faith, but I thank you for your encouraging words.
The greatest blessing to me in my new life in Christ (1979) was being given a Bible Calendar written by Robert Murray McCheyne, which lays out a reading scheme for scripture, taking you through the OT once and the NT twice in one year. I did this for about seven years, and it helped give me a basic background to the Bible's main themes. Within about a year of following this plan, I saw in scripture the biblical doctrines of free and sovereign grace. At the time, it threw me a bit, but being helped by Ingleesi Spurgeon, who wrote excellent little articles on these subjects, I soon came to love and be blessed by these wonderful biblical truths.
John UK, that opening comment was intended for John Y. I'm only mentioning it because it would otherwise appear as if I was instructing you.
I think Jim, Mike, and Marty? have the politics arena covered and the converse very intelligently on those matters.
There are a few Good commentators concerning doctrine, scriptural analysis, and general biblical application of various topics.
I have to say though that you and Frank blow me away at times with your depth of knowledge and how you apply it to various news segments and the answering of questions. For example, I can always come back with a verse or two to combat error, etc, but you guys seem to be able to use the Bible as a whole to paint pictures of the answers to doctrinal errors, etc.
I always thought I knew so much about the Bible, well, I kind of do, but you guys have the depth of knowledge where you can properly wrap up questions, comments, doctrines, etc into tidy little packages that make sense and leave little room for argument.
I never thought I was a know it all but I did think that I was much more Biblically literate, depth of knowledge and wisdom wise, than I really am.
I don't mean to leave anyone else out because there are several good comments made by KJV? and others.
Luke 7:21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Many believe they can sort of use our Lord and Savior as some sort of vaccine at the judgment. But, clearly Christ says that there are those who call Him Lord and He is in fact not their Lord; therefore their sins remain. He never knew them and since His standard is perfection, these folks are noted as lawless. How much clearer can this be?
A genuine born again believer cannot understand Catholicism and embrace it or proselytize it in any way. The RCC is Satan's church and has mislead billions of people.
Christopher000 wrote: Hi John, The Bible shouldn't have to tell someone who becomes born again to relocate from darkness and into light They do it because they no longer have anything in common.
Yes I agree with all your post. There is also an initial coming out of spiritual darkness by God's grace; this is something he does. Then a process of leaving behind all that is wrong, and it takes years sometimes.
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:18 KJV
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 1 Peter 2:9 KJV
For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Ephesians 5:8 KJV
hence: Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Corinthians 6:14 KJV
The Bible shouldn't have to tell someone who becomes born again to relocate from darkness and into light They do it because they no longer have anything in common.
Many of the RCC doctrines, rituals, and beliefs are easily proven false with the Word of God and many of them are fatal:
Purgatory: gives people a false sense of security, sending many to their destruction.
Indulgences: reducing time in Purgatory/praying for the dead
Praying to Mary/Saints: this is no different than praying to a false god, etc.
The Mass: this is a continual,literal, yet bloodless, re-sacrifice of Christ because His sacrifice on the cross wasn't sufficient
Eucharist/Transub: when a priest is ordained, he is given the power to literally pull Christ out of Heaven and put him into a wafer which is then worshiped.
Confession: we have direct access to God thru Christ. A priest can't forgive or mediate sin and they are not to be called "father".
Pope: infallibility, successor to Peter...rubbish and easily proven false
Veneration of Mary? In theory...not in practice, Mary is indeed worshiped and deified. She co-redeemed mankind, she co-mediates alongside Christ, she is necessary for salvation, given 1/3rd of Heaven, Jesus has to do what she tells him, she is omniscien
Unproftiable Servant wrote: The Bible also reminds us you cannot serve two masters. Why would I want to be part of a church that persecuted, tortured and condemned those who were the true followers of Christ?
A believer would not, US. Which leaves you wondering why Johnny Yurich is still there. He has already claimed tonight to be a Catholic, which does not bode well for him.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
The Bible also reminds us you cannot serve two masters. Why would I want to be part of a church that persecuted, tortured and condemned those who were the true followers of Christ?
1 Corinthians 1:22. For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23. but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness, 24. but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 26. For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27. but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, 28. and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, 29. so that no man may boast before God. 30. But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31. so that, just as it is written, "LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD."
Yes, Einstein wasn't very wise at all. How can someone look at the life of Christ and think that it never happened or is folklore is beyond comprehension. Even the 1st century Jews didn't deny His miracles.
Jim Lincoln wrote: Yes, John Y., that word "repented," is a necessary action such as Come out of the Catholic Church you know that person hasn't truly accepted Jesus. It is required you quit evil practices such as aiding and abetting the whore Romish Church, if you actually have repented you would, even it costs you financially.
It is not a requirement for one who has embraced Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior to come out of the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church or Mainline Protestant Churches and unite with an Evangelical Protestant Church. Nowhere in the Bible is church membership in any church mentioned as being required for salvation. When everybody stands before Jesus after they pass away He will not look at the church that one attended in determining who will enter Heaven. He will only look at if one had embraced Him as their Lord and Savior. Nothing else is required for salvation and gaining entrance into Heaven upon ones demise. So you and every other Evangelical Protestant on here who keep stating that when one embraces Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior that they have to leave the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and Mainline Protestant Churches and untie with an Evangelical Protestant Church is unscriptural.
Unless Einstein repented and embraced Jesus Christ as his Personal Lord and Savior before passing away then he is in Hell. To all you Evangelical Protestants on here who state that I am not a Christian because I have not left the Catholic Church and have not united with an Evangelical Protestant Church. Why do you guys keep stating that it is a requirement for salvation that when one embraces Jesus Christ as their Personal Lord and Savior that they leave the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church and Mainline Protestant Churches and unite with an Evangelical Protestant Church? Nowhere in the Bible does it state that church membership in any church is required for salvation. When everybody stands before Jesus after they pass away He will not look at the church that one attended in determining who will enter Heaven. The only thing that He will look at in determining who will enter Heaven is if one had embraced Him as their Savior and Lord. So if Jesus will not look at the church that one attended in determing who will enter Heaven then why do you guys believe that the Holy Spirit would guide someone to leave a Non Evangelical Church and unite with an Evangelical Church? That belief is so utterly unscriptural.