J78, do you realize that all of these friends you mention of Jesus actually died for their belief in him. Every single person in that boat was either stoned, hung, had their head chopped off or was crucified themselves for their belief that he was the Son of God. Now, think about that for a minute. Do you really think these people would have been willing to die for a lie? SOMEONE would have cracked. Besides the Bible also states in that story that Peter walked out on the water to Jesus. Now if you know anything about the personality of Peter (which is easy if you read the Bible) you would know that Peter couldn't keep a seceret if his like depended on it.
MagicFreak44, I can understand you skepticism and you frustrations at the apparent "unfairness" of the Christian doctrine. I used to feel the exact same way. I used to believe the "if you are a good person, you're going to heaven" stuff. But one day someone said to me "You know, what basis do you have to believe that? Other than it's what you WANT to believe?. Just because you WANT it to be so doesn't mean it is. You're going to be dead a lot longer than you're going to be alive. And if you're wrong about this 'God - thing' then your eternity is really going to suck!" So I set out to figure it out myself. I studied the Bible, its history, its authors, its accuracy (there has never been one "missed" or wrong prophecy in the Bible, and there has never been a single archeological find to disprove anything in it., etc.) Here is what I found: The Bible says that there is no one "good, but One" (Mathew 19:17). It also says that all of our "good deeds are like filthy rags in front of a Holy and Righteous God" (Isiah 64:6) I also found that the Ten Commandments (the Law) were given to us to show us just how un-holy we are. It defines sin, and sin seperates man from God. Have you kept the Ten Commandments? I can tell you I'm a Christian and I broke thre of them today!!!
I know I've overstayed my welcome already and probably have most of you are ready to rip my head off. But I can't leave until I say this last thing. Christianity is the only religion that says "you can not EARN your way into heaven". Every other way says you have to do this and this and that and that and if you are GOOD enough (which no one ever can be) then you go to heaven. Christianity says " God knows you can't make it on your own, that's why his son took the punisment for our sins, (if you accept it - but you have to accept it Ephesians 2:8-9)
I know this is not the forum for this type of post, but I figued the moderator let it go on this long.........