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NB: not a thread about suicide
I mean as Christians, we are supposed to ponder on the shortness of our earthly life versus eternal life.
I tend to be obsessive about it though. Wondering about the last hour of my death. How much faith I will have. How much courage. How close I will feel to God.
Some will see it as negative I suppose. But I think it is only natural to be concerned about it.
I think about it every day, to be honest. Oh dear!
14 years ago I started my spiritual search. I read books on buddhism and eastern philosophies and never got nothing out of it. Last year some verses of the Bible caught my attention and I read the book. And even study it and tried to believe. None of the approaches, western or eastern has satisfied this thirst in me for truth.
Now, dissatisfied with it all, and probably knowing I might not get the answer here, I'll ask how am I to quit this search for the unatainable, the transcendence for...
So I married my wife when she told me that she was a Christian. All things about her were lovely but when it was revealed that she was a Christian I was sold. Only to find out a month in the marriage that she might be the very people I despise...
The Counterfeit Christian.
How do you love a woman who doesn't even LOVE GOD the way you do. Who is not on your level yet bites your hand off when you try to highlight the errors that are keeping her from GOD. Wants to pounce on me with the don't...
Hi.I am in a relationship with the same sex, but want a renew life as i know from the very start that samesex is a sin.My problem is i cant leave her because she needed me, she is my bestfried before the relationship started and she harms herself everytime i tried to ,specially her mom has a cancer now and we both miles away from our family because we are working in abroad.I asked God to give me a sign, and if her mom will not continue with chemo ill break the relationship, but her mom is on...
I am teaching an adult class on the parable Matt. 18: 21-35 “The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant” and would like your comments on this parable.
A lot of commentaries (especially Calvinistic Commentaries) tell us what this parable does not teach, but give little support for what it does teach, so what is it teaching us?
What can we hopefully agree with from the information given and please give other options if you have them and scripture to back it up:
It starts off ““The kingdom of...
I'm heterosexual so I don't mean are you gay? I'm married and relate well to my wife. I think what we both understand is anxiety. It is a common ground which really helps us have empathy for each other.
But I think there is a trust factor between males that goes beyond a male/female friendship.
I don't relate well to opinionated, overly confident people of either sex. But I especially don't relate well to a man's man type. Tough, pub atmosphere guys talking about sexual conquests or how...
I need advice. How does one overcome a prideful, selfish heart. Once again my heart has hardened, I know this because I am more concerned about myself than others to the point where I could care less about other peoples struggles, nor do I care about my great uncle having esophagus cancer..... Yeah.... I know....(please send him a prayer if you can, his name is Dave) and how it affects my dad or grandma. I guess this is the result of not accepting humility when I should have before. I'm not...
Christians should NOT be judgmental
Matthew 7 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
1 “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. 2 For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. 3 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? 5 You...
In 1 Corinthians Paul speaks about divisions in the Church. How some were saying they were of Paul, others Apollos, others Cephas. When addressing this he asked, "Are we not all of Christ?" Meaning just because it was the message of Paul or Apollos that lead someone to Christ, that doesn't mean they are a follower of Paul or Apollos.
In 2 Peter, Peter writes that some of things Paul writes about are hard to understand and some folks twist them like they do other scriptures.
Wondering everyone's thoughts what is and is not permissible and still, in all honesty, consider yourself a Christian. I'd like to keep the topic is non-judgmental as possible, so when considering the definition of a Christian, use yourself for said examination. In other words:
"If I did <X> I couldn't consider myself to really be Christian." Define X. Be as general or specific as you wish, but please back up any claims with Scripture.
You can't be a Christian and hate your...