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Firstly, If you think that you never lie, thanks for looking. This thread is not for you.
For the rest of us liars, I'm asking that we are intellectually honest with ourselves and get to the bottom of why we lie.
Now, don't get me wrong, I do not tell lies very ofter, but if there were such thing as a truth meter, would all of my words on any give day register 100% truth?
I'm interested in the kinds of lies and exaggerations that just seem to come out in conversation, not completely premeditated lies. The ones that shock us when they seem to slip from out tongue.
In their final analysis of whether there is animated & conscious life after death (before the resurrection), many a conservative Christian theologian concludes: "in scripture, no one, born of a man and a woman, has ever returned from the dead confirming that conscious & animated existence is preserved after "the soul" is separated from the body upon death". It is also pointed out that Jesus never affirmed the proposition...and both Jesus & scripture use "sleep" as a metaphor to describe death = there is no consciousness or activity in respect of that external to the individual.
Most (if not all) Christian theologians agree that it is the soul (Hbr=neshamah not ruah; LXX=psyche not pneuma) that provides consciousness to the body (cp....
The Tribulation Focuses on Israel
The Bible teaches that the tribulation is a time of preparation for Israel's restoration and conversion (Deut. 4:29-30; Jer. 30:3-11; Zech. 12:10).1 While the church will experience tribulation in general during this present age (John 15:18-25; 16:33; 2 Tim. 3:10-13), she is never mentioned as participating in Israel's time of trouble, which includes the Great Tribulation, the Day of the Lord, and the Wrath of God. Gerald Stanton explains:
The Tribulation does not deal with the Church at all, but with the purification of Israel. It is not the "time of the Church's trouble," but the "time of Jacob's trouble." The emphasis of the Tribulation is primarily Jewish. This fact is borne out by Old Testament...
I'm hoping someone could give me some Christian advice on how to stop caring for someone so much. Nearly five years ago I fell for a colleague who was 20 years my senior (I was in my mid-30's). We kept it quiet and unofficial because we were at work, but I loved him and he said he loved me. We took a break at one stage and he ended up getting a girlfriend while on holiday in Thailand (same age as me but doesn't speak English). My self image has never been that good but this made it plummet. I'm a bubbly person but not overly chatty and I'm a good listener so it's not like I ever chewed his ear off, and my friends reassure me that I'm pretty so I couldn't understand what was so great about her that he had to go all the way overseas and...
I suffer from Asperger's syndrome, the stupid kind where I get all the weaknesses but none of the strengths. As part of the package, I get meltdowns like you wouldn't believe. I suffered greatly because of my disability to the point of bitterness towards God. I have kept hearing about God collecting my tears in a bottle and that He would compensate me for all my suffering with glory and treasure in Heaven and whatnot.
But my concern is that we have to endure suffering patiently which is something absolutely impossible for me. When I get stressed or suffer, I have a meltdown that I cannot control. I read articles like the link below and realize that I do not endure suffering with patience. It's physically impossible with my neurology....
This is perhaps the most important question in all of Christian theology. This question is the cause of the Reformation, the split between the Protestant churches and Catholic Church. This question is a key difference between biblical Christianity and most of the “Christian” cults. Is salvation by faith alone, or by faith plus works? Am I saved just by believing in Jesus, or do I have to believe in Jesus and do certain things?The question of faith alone or faith plus works is made difficult by some hard-to-reconcile Bible passages. Compare Romans 3:28, 5:1 and Galatians 3:24 with James 2:24. Some see a difference between Paul (salvation is by faith alone) and James (salvation is by faith plus works). Paul dogmatically says that...
And her words actually emboldened me. I replied and said, "No, talking about GOD is not inappropriate, you are just a non-believer and that is why you are saying that."
In my family, we talk about Jesus, GOD, the Holy Bible, all the time, every day. We read the Bible every day. We are not ashamed about Jesus.
I hope I didn't come across as sounding mean or anything, I just remember that her e-mail to me really angered and emboldened me. She actually told me I was stupid. That angered me as well. It's not nice to call people names like that. She kind of hurt my feelings as well. I guess when you are not saved, the sin nature runs rampant and you can say all kinds of mean and hurtful things.
So you guys pray for her (that she will...
How do your churches respond, if it is acknowledged, pastorally to the spiritual and congregational needs of asexual parishioners?
A conversation about relationships outside of marriage reminded me of this subject which is oft left undiscussed and little understood. Since civil marriage, in most legal systems, assumes or stipulates sexual intimacy, a marriage can be annulled if one of the partners testifies that they have not expressed that kind of intimacy. Yet, most countries do not offer a parallel or equal status like civil partnerships (known as civil unions as well) for couples who are at variance with civil marriage including some asexual couples.
Asexual couples may be opposite-gender couples or same-gender couples, and they,...