Originally Posted by laureen227
my mother has an interesting viewpoint of the differences/similarities in religions. she says that she is more prone to believe in the Judeo-Christian religion because it is the only one where man is completely unable to 'earn' his way into heaven. all of the others [unless i'm forgetting about one] are works-based - if you just live right/do right/etc. you'll be rewarded. Judaism states only God can forgive your sins - atonement is required, not works. Christianity is similar - God forgives, entry into heaven is based on belief, not acts.
& i don't think you're picking on me! btw, i agree with your turnip analogy.
actually, He may not actually say it, but he does state that it is true - assuming you believe the Bible is true, of course. here is the main reference: Luke 22:
66 At daybreak the council of the elders of the people, both the chief priests and teachers of the law, met together, and Jesus was led before them. "If you are the Christ," they said, "tell us." Jesus answered, "If I tell you, you will not believe me,  and if I asked you, you would not answer. But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God."
They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?"
He replied, "You are right in saying I am."
Then they said, "Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from his own lips."now, if you say to me, "you are a woman" & i say "you are right" wouldn't you say i had said i was a woman?
I didn't say he never said he was the son of god, I said he also said that his deciples were the same and also seated at the right hand. Something about 'as I am, so are you', though thats not a direct quote.
What I'm saying is that he never claimed to be equal to god. Seated at the right hand is far from being equals. He also never claimed to be divine. Thats all I'm saying.
I know the first part of your post wasn't directed at me, but here's my 2 cents.
The faith vs. works thing is one of the major contradictions in the bible. In one area, it says by faith alone. In another, it say faith alone won't cut it.
The 600 or so commandments given to the hebrews (many of which were borrowed from surrounding cultures like egypt) cannot be broken. If they are, a man has sinned and the wages of sin are death (or however that goes).
Besides that, the reality is that the way judeo-christian religions are often practiced is very much based on works. I grew up catholic, so you can't convince me otherwise. Ever hear of 'catholic guilt'???
BTW, I want to thank everyone for allowing me and everyone else to talk about this in a civilized manner. This topic is often 'flame-bait' and I very much respect you all for being understanding of each others (and especially my) view points!