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I attend a Christian school over in Sydney, Australia.
In recent weeks, I've discovered quite a few homosexuals (which indeed surprises me for the nature of the school I attend), with one friend being gay himself.
I've felt their overly progressive values are attempting to pull me away from God. I'm a relatively conservative Christian, for those that do not know.
I've tried praying, but nothing is working as of yet.
What can I do to resolve this? As the majority of my year group is quite progressive, I don't want to call them out for being gay or tell them they deserve death as God himself requires, as I'll be labelled a homophobe and lose all of my reputation, a typical thing the left does to silence opposition.
If this is posted in...
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For nearly three decades, Hank Hanegraaff has been the “Bible Answer Man” to millions of evangelical Christians who tune in to his Charlotte-based radio program with questions – big and small – about Scripture.
“What does the Bible teach about debt?” they ask him. “When is divorce permissible?” And – the question that gets asked the most – “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”
Two months ago, Hanegraaff, whose faith had long been focused on exploring the truth of a book, went through a different kind of religious experience. It was, he says, “one of the premiere moments in my life.”
On Palm Sunday, he and wife Kathy and two of their 12 children...
Yes, that is what Jesus taught.
I've made the comment that Jesus told the prostitute off.
No, he didn't.
He told her to "Go, and sin no more"
It was up to her to figure out what that meant.
This was moments after telling off a group
who was deciding for themselves what was sin
and which rocks would fix it.
If I obey I am accepted
If I am good God will love me
People: Good and bad
Focus: What I do and don't do
Produces: Pride and Despair
Motivated by fear
Christianity supposed to be:
I am accepted so I will obey
I am bad and Jesus loves bad people
People: Repentant or not
Focus: What Jesus did
Produces: humility and confidence
Motivated by love
I had this poll in another thread but I decided to change the title because it didn't get many responses.
Ive been dating a woman for a while now and when Im not with her I miss her and want to be with her...even marry her...but when we are together in real life I feel cold...I dont want to be with her....I feel no passion....is that a sign of a fear? or just a sign that i dont want her
How do I overcome anxiety, fear, and intimidation? That has been what had been wrong with me. I need help in this situation. Basically, I need to learn how to stand up for myself. Should I pray and fast or just prayer? What kind of prayer should pray about this situation? Your help would be greatly appreciated.
I'm curious, because I remember seeing some say that if they found out there was no God, then they'd have no reason to have morals and they'd just go around destroying things and killing people because morals would no longer matter.
So I wanted to see what people's own views were on that. Personally I think such a view is horrible and really paints religion in a bad light.
So I'm finding, the more I'm getting closer with God, the people that claim Christianity, but actually, don't truly believe. They just claim Christianity. For no reason. It's a belief system, not a relationship. This shocks me, especially because of the people in my life that I've found feel this way. Paul says, with such a one, no not even eat. They're too close to my family, for me to do this so soon, especially since I've just found out about it. Is it because it lessens your faith? What do you think about why God inspired Paul, to say this? Are they reachable?
To those who believe the Bible threatens endless conscious torments (hell):
1) How do you know that anyone will suffer such a fate? Can you be hopeful of universalism, that is hope that all will be saved? Just as the Roman Catholic Church believes.
2) Assuming some do go into everlasting punishment, why then can't they also come out of everlasting punishment?
3) Assuming some do go into eternal torments, what's to say God won't change His mind, e.g. if they repent, and free them? Has God not changed His mind before in the Scriptures (e.g. see the account of Jonah), when people repent?
So what's stopping one who believes in the threat of endless conscious torments from being one who also hopes that Love Omnipotent may yet save all?...