Me ~ Many people today think that Christianity is about submission and it requires a person to be enslaved to an unknown entity that only wants to be glorified. However, that is far from the truth. How would you answer their question which is really about freedom? What does it means "freedom in Christ"?
John ~ It means connecting your mind to God and that does not mean you are submerging your identity to or in Him, you are linking to an infinite intelligence with infinite ability. I am not sure we can understand that, but it is greater than anything we can imagine. Connecting with God means we free our mind, our soul and spirit by becoming one with Christ who is God. By doing so we open ourselves to infinite possibility, we actually free ourselves to greater potential. More than we could ever have in this world of finite limitations.
God is not a finite person, He is infinite having infinity knowledge, insights, potential, creativity... why would anyone in his/her right mind refuse that.
Me ~ I think that they as in non believers are describing what you describe as being possible here... they think that they just have to discover the means to do get that kind of infinite knowledge here and now. Perhaps, that is why we can see developing the trans-humanist agenda. Do you agree?
John ~ I think that the trans-humanist agenda is evidence that human beings see themselves as limited in this world. They recognize that there is a greater reality than here and they seek to escape it - the cycle of futility that we surly see/experience in this world and our lives. Unfortunately, one does not attain infinity through finite means. We have to allow God to plug into us. He made us and individually He knows what is best for us. Why would I settle for anything less than the best for me which only He knows.
Me ~ So, how do we plug in to God or allow God to plug into us?
John ~ Through His Son - Jesus. Asking Jesus to come into us, into our hearts and mind.
Me ~ People are scared. They think that if God were really out there, then we would not die. Maybe that is why they don't allow God to plug in.
John ~ Death is the means by which God keeps evil from over running the world. You have only so many years to be evil. We cannot have eternal life until evil is conquered. Jesus came to bring us life and he is coming again to put an end to evil. Would you want Hitler's living forever? Death is God's favor to us in the fallen state that we are in.
Me ~ What is the resurrection? Will we be resurrected?
John ~ Everyone will be resurrected. Some will be resurrected to eternal life and some to eternal separation from God.
Me ~ Essentially, then everyone who believes in Jesus is free indeed!
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36 and
also what we can read in Galatians 5 - Freedom in Christ ~ "It is for
freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let
yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery".
"Do not put your trust in princes or mortal men who cannot save." Psalm 146:3