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Opposites: Vanity vs Edification

Posted 19th November 2013 at 11:41 AM by vahavtah157
There is a phrase used here that isÖ questionable. I assure you, it is necessary for the point. Please pardon any offense.

There are two words that are opposites, but I donít believe that we understand the true meaning of either of them. One of them has adopted a modern definition which warps its ancient usages. The other has been completely lost in modern speech.

What does it mean to take the Lordís name in vain? Is saying a phrase like,...
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Can we truly discern God's specific will for our lives? Part6

Posted 19th November 2013 at 05:14 AM by christbearer38
However, as far as the sin of offering sacrifices to the wrong God- the intent is both the same. To please God or the gods, and bring about their favor. The fact is, we donít know what all people sacrificed to their gods in pagan cultures. Perhaps some watched others with fear and anger as they sacrificed their children, thinking, if only those people could understand how much pain they are putting their children through! Perhaps they participated in rituals, sacrificed animals to the Gods,...
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Can we truly discern God's specific will for our lives? Part5

Posted 19th November 2013 at 05:13 AM by christbearer38
When I obsess over Christianity, and start reading the Bible for hours at a time, I am highly susceptible to losing touch with the rational world. When I adopt paradigms derived from the bible- such as the idea that God communicates directly with us through our thoughts, or answers prayers by giving us feelings of conviction, I once again become highly susceptible to all manners of magical thinking and irrational thought. Many people who do not possess any type of mental disorder find peace and...
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Can we truly discern God's specific will for our lives? Part4

Posted 19th November 2013 at 05:10 AM by christbearer38
Perhaps one of the root causes of our compulsions to pray is the inherent instability of our own minds- our own inability to interpret external reality in an absolute, unchanging, and true fashion. Think about it, when you were a child, your entire world changed every time you learned a new skill, or learned a new word. Your reality was widening and becoming enlarged day by day with each new piece of knowledge you acquired. Your parents basically formed your world, they were the center of your...
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Can we truly discern God's specific will for our lives? Part3

Posted 19th November 2013 at 05:06 AM by christbearer38
So what are we left with? You may feel I have painted a pretty dismal picture about the possibility of communication from God. Some out there may be saying- havenít you forgotten miracles? Certainly that is a definitive proof that we have received some communication from God. Healings, miracles are basically unexplained occurrences that we donít fully understand. If miracles are viewed as direct contact from God, then how do you explain people who are spontaneously healed who are not religious?...
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