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The book of Revelation mentions 144,000 chosen here,
Then I heard the number... 144,000. (Revelation 7:4 [NIV])
These follow the lamb, who is Jesus Christ, wherever he goes,
...They follow the Lamb wherever he goes... (Revelation 14:4 [NIV])
Just as the elect, who are gathered at the second coming of Jesus Christ, will then always be with the Lord,
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 [ESV])
The 144,000 are also...
Is rape within a marriage valid in biblical terms?
I know there is a recent societal move against it and there can also be legal repercussions, but from a strictly biblical point of view, is there anything wrong with a husband forcing himself upon his wife?
Any scriptural references one can use to determine whether it is wrong or not? Maybe it just falls into the general realm of "being a good person", so to speak.
ive been trying to figure out what to do with my life I us to be really into business and still kinda want to pursue starting a business one day but I feel like I'm going after money rather then god if I do that. I don't know what god wants to me to do in my life and its really bothering me I 21 about to be 22 and I really need to start moving forward
im also having a hard time figuring out what to do in my spare time I seem to be spending most of it trying to figure out what I said above....
A major argument atheists make is that its absurd to teach young children who can barely count to 5, about God. Do the atheists have a point here? Should young children be taught about God when they probably can't even understand anything in the bible? Also can't this lead to the child eventually rebelling once they leave home for college, and ending up an atheist?
I personally kind of feel uneasy about the whole thing, because it leaves children with way more questions than their parents...
I believe that the natives of America were all Polynesian and that there are no Arab, European, Jewish, or otherwise settlements. I believe that the vikings may have tried to settle America, but were unsuccessful.
Scientists find genetic link between Native Americans and Pacific Islanders
If we hold that Adam and Eve started out in ancient Mesopotamia and then humanity spread out from there... how did Native Americans and other people in the "western" continent get all the way over there? I mean, it was hard enough for people after "ancient times" get a boat over there without dying on the way. How did they even get there???
Unless we can accept the Pangea theory that all the continents were one big continent and that continental drift is a real thing (which I don't think...
Forget the flat earth, the existence of evil spirits is causing me more cognitive dissonance than anything before it.
So I've been a Christian for quite some time but I was kept from understanding just how intrusive and prevalent evil spirits are.
I had always thought demons (aka evil spirits) were a rare case if at all.
Or that you needed to practice black magic or take hallucinogenic chemicals to encounter fallen spirits.
I've been very sceptical regarding them.
And I never...
Any thoughts on whether this is a helpful way to figure out what the Bible teaches about some topic?
1 John 4:1 Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
I know the scriptures help us "test the spirits," but Christians don't always agree on what some scriptures teach us.
So I wonder if using the Socratic Method is a good way to help two or more Christians figure...