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Is it true that God so loved the world that He left the proclamation of the gospel up to flawed people who imperfectly delivered the message?
If so, they really didn't do such a great job because billions of people have lived and died without ever hearing the message, many millions didn't understand the message well enough to respond, and millions more saw Christians acting in some hypocritical way, so they were "turned off" to Christianity by Christians.
All of these people God loved so deeply and dearly, yet they are all in Hell. That's the "gospel" according to most of evangelical Christianity.
Are you and your "witness" all that stands between a sinner and Hell?
Right now I'm kind of freaking out. I am afraid that I do not have the Holy Spirit/ghost. I'm very worried that my repentance is out of fear and that my coming to Christ was not a calling from God, but me trying to save myself. Come to think of it when I did come to God I was very afraid of hell and I still am. There have been times where I have been filled with joy and happy to serve the Lord because of how overjoyed and sure I was with Peace knowing that I was saved. I have aknowledged that I am a sinner and I need God to forgive me through Jesus's sacrifice on the cross. I know that I have to trust him and have faith in him for my salvation. I believe in Jesus but I can't tell if my belief is real or not, I have faith in Jesus but I...
I recently saw a David Platt video where he was talking about NDE's like visitations to heaven/hell etc and I'm sure he said there was no scriptural basis for them.
He felt that these were either hallucinations or demonically inspired.
I am sure he even referred to the Heaven Is Real story. Todd Burpo, a pastor, his son had a NDE for those that are unfamiliar with the story.
I wish I could find the link David Platt's video here but I wondered what others thoughts on this were.
What he said makes some sense. Once we die we are gone from this world with no way back. The veil is too thick so to speak.
Today, I stopped for a burger, and decided to sit down to eat. I don't usually, but this time, I felt like celebrating. I had just deposited a very nice paycheck in my bank account.
So, I ordered and sat in a booth...
Right behind me sat 3 ladies, waiting for their food.
I couldn't help but hear everything they talked about.
Who they were discussing, I did not know, but everything they said was cutting and mean.
Then they mentioned another name, and the conversation continued to slice and dice people down to size.
When their food came, They said a few choice words among themselves about the ineptness of this establishment's management.
Suddenly, they all bowed their heads, and the most beautiful prayer thanking the Lord for...
I've seen or heard statements like that for the past decade. As the years go by I hear it more frequently.
Although Ive heard this from all types of people, the common thread is that these people, a) think that statement is logically sound, and b) they think that they stand on some moral higher ground.
What say you? Is the title of this thread contradictory to what scripture teaches?
To this day, Christian baptism requires a person to solemnly" renounce the devil and all his works" and to accept exorcism. Rereading biblical and extra biblical accounts of angels, I learned first of all what many scholars have pointed out: that while angels often appear in the Hebrew Bible, Satan, along with other fallen angels or demonic beings, is virtually absent. Source: MY COPY of The Origin of Satan by Elaine Pagels, introduction xvi, Copyright 1995
So why does anyone even want to think there is a supernatural being such as a Satan that can never die and would have to be immortal if he was equal unto the angels and still lives after 6,000 years, when Luke says those that obtain resurrection Neither can they die any more: for...
Heaven: Is it a SPIRITUAL REALM?.. NOT the equal/opposite of "Hell"/"Lake of Fire": A SPIRITUAL REALHeaven: A SPIRITUAL REALM?.. NOT the equal/opposite of "Hell"/"Lake of Fire": A SPIRITUAL REALM?
NOTE: all citations are NASB
out of heaven...Hebrew 8064....shamayim / shamayin (Aramaic) ...as the abode of God
Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah
brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven,
Then "the angel of the LORD" called to Abraham a second time from heaven,
“He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders
In heaven and on earth,
Who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”
of heaven ...Greek 3772....ouranos...
realm "above" the "sidereal heavens",
the seat of order of things eternal (spiritual)
and consummately perfect where God and other heavenly...
Gunmen kill at least 26 Coptic Christians in central Egypt
Militants in military-style uniforms opened fire on a bus carrying Coptic Christians in central Egypt on Friday, killing at least 26 people in the latest bloodshed targeting the country’s Christian minority, officials said.
I'm sure few of you even care. Cue all the folks that will try to make this about the Crusades, will blame America, or will make Islam and Muslims the victims by defending that Satanic ideology, or whatever foolishness they can find to ignore this, or whatever. Most probably won't even respond to this news at all. That's how these threads go, right? More Christians were killed by Muslims just for being Christian. You and yours are doing swell wherever...