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In so much of our media and entertainment such as books, television shows, movies, video games and even music, magic is something that isn't used sparingly throughout the list of "creative" ideas to the world. In fact, it's getting harder to deter away from entertainment that doesn't contain some type of occult idea that defies the Truths of God.
When I first became a Christian, this was a big conviction for me as I wasn't into practicing anything occultic nor did I even believe it was true, however I was influenced by occult ideas based off of the media I was consuming, whether I had known it or not. As this was one of my very first convictions and I was strongly led by the Holy Spirit to turn from these things, I quickly saw how this...
"Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" This is what the Philippian jailer asked in Acts 16:30. "Saved" from what? (Obviously the guy wasn't a theologian, let alone a Calvinist. So the terms he's using may not be in line with Calvinism) I think the consensus would agree that he's asking about being saved from being hell-bound.
Now according the "Uncondition Election" doctrine of Calvinism, the elect are chosen prior to birth and that not based upon God's foreknowledge of anything they will chose to do in the future. Such people are born eternally secure in their heavenly fate. And no time in their life, from birth to death, are they in any danger of being hell-bound.
The jailer was asking as to how you get into that state in which you...
Simple question if you truly understand the "full omniscience from the beginning" part...? Or the "fully omniscient before anything was created or made" part...?
How do you reconcile free will with a fully omniscient from the beginning God...?
Or a fully omniscient from the beginning God with free will...?
And I do mean "how do you reconcile or reckon it/them", because they (the two concepts) are in conflict...?
So, how do you do it...?
I could tell you how I do it, but how do you do it...?
I would like to hear how you do it or have done it, reconciled the two, ect...?
Last week I was in an intense work-related training and one night I went to sleep and “before” falling asleep, on my back, I felt someone getting into bed with me (I was in a private dorm room) so I tried to react and see who it was and I couldn’t respond. I then felt something lay on top of me. A very heavy heavy weight on me. My mind panicked and I tried to push it off. But again, I couldn’t move. I truly believed like someone was going to assault me. Suddenly, I felt these extreme sexual emotions, almost to the point of ... . In my mind I was trying to react, get it off of me and I was trying to yell for help. But, I couldn’t respond. This may have lasted like a minute? Not sure?
I’m a life long chrisitan, I study,...
Hello friends I have a question that's been nagging me for a very long time as Christians we are supposed to be generous and compassionate to our fellow man And live our lives according to the Bible
However I'm finding it hard to justify the practice of capitalism because at its very core is the idea that greed is good, not to mention its effects on our culture from the idolization of the wealthy to the normalization of gluttonous lifestyles
so I guess my question is as a Christian how does one live their life according to the Bible while also while participating in a system that is inherently sinful?
I would love to hear your thoughts on the matter and please note that I'm not advocating for any political ideology
Wow loads on Free Will discussions in this forum alone. However, when discussed we sometimes leave out what the Bible says about choices and what or Who governs them. This thread is in reference to Romans 6 where the apostle Paul tells us we are either enslaved to sin leading to death or enslaved to God as instruments of righteousness to God. There's no middle road here. It's an either or and truly Paul is communicating the dichotomy.
So your thoughts? How free is "free will" truly if we are enslaved to either sin and death or God and righteousness?
Romans 6: NASB
1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know...
In short, I don't believe in Calvinism because I see free will is taught in the Bible.
We are given commands, and men have disobeyed them not because God wanted them to, but because they chose to disobey. Also, why have a judgment if God was the one who placed them there and they had no choice to be there?
In a wave of fresh new sanctions against Iran (in retaliation for downing an armed US drone over international waters) the Treasury department has targeted Iran's Ayatollah and his office. The foreign minister of Iran will be sanctioned soon. The Ayatollah's have long been suspected of aiding and abetting Hamas, Hezbollah, PLO and the likes. Given that the Ayatollah of Iran is their Supreme Leader, is this a good move? I think it is. Immediate outrage not withstanding, it'll weaken the religious zealots who're probably robbing the Iranian people of a genuine democratic republic. How should we Christians pray about this? Your comments are welcome. Peace in Christ.
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New US sanctions on ayatollah mean the end of...