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The reason for this question. It kinda puzzled me that Adam and Eve that they didn't seem strange for a snake talking to them.
I confess to a degree of irritation with some of the "holiness" posts and so I want to clarify my objections.
Suppose you were able to take just one book of the Bible with you on a long journey? What would you take? Exodus? Deuteronomy? Maybe Hebrews? Personally, I would take Ephesians. You may ask why.
Paul starts His letter to the Ephesians with some wonderful declarations as to what we have and who we are in Christ. Then he encourages the believers, telling them that they are sealed in Christ with the promised Holy Spirit. He goes on to pray that the Ephesian believers will come to see the wonderful salvation that is ours in Christ. I'll not try to produce a commentary on Ephesians, that is not the point of this post.
When I read...
IF... my online friend who introduced me to an Agnostic variation of Multiverse Theory was actually explaining to me how Ezekiel 37
could perhaps happen again and again and again and again then I suspect that we could be on the verge of being able to present a powerful case for possible unity between Calvinism and Eventual Universal Salvation...... (or something astonishingly close to it)?
The key to the whole thing is this simple question.........
Is Messiah Yeshua - Jesus sufficiently powerful to take any moment in time since the fall of Adam and Eve and / or even before the fall of Adam....... and spin off more and more and more and more new time lines....... each of which would in my opinion fulfill Ezekiel 37, Revelation 20,...
I posted this to provide a biblical response to a question about our obedience to God. I was surprised at the push back on this verse and its clear meaning.
EZE 36 And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
My take (short) on this verse is - His work of giving, removing and replacing, and putting His Spirit has direct effects that are the direct appointed purpose of his doing. Which are causing us to walk in His statues, and obeying His rules.
Why do some people find this verse and its clear language...
BACs are new creations in Christ, they have the Holy Spirit.
BACs have the whole counsel of God (the Bible).
BACs have been set free from being slaves of sin, etc.
“God’s will is for you to be holy … live in holiness and honor
… God has called us to live holy lives, not impure lives.
So, anyone who refuses to live by these rules is rejecting God.” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-8)
“God has given us everything we need to live a godly life …
work hard to prove that you really are among those God has called and chosen …
It would be better if they had never known the way to righteousness than to know it
and then reject the command they were given to live a holy life” (2 Peter 1:3, 1:10, 2:21)
“God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we...
From the protestant point of view, please.
Romans 13 commands us to obey the government.
And 1 John 2:3-4 says: Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
So then can we fairly say that if someone is a speeder and they don't repent, and they do this for their entire lives, that they are not Christian -- even if they claim to be?
First of all, I am a Postrib Amillennialist. I am also an Idealist – meaning I believe Revelation consist of 7 recaps culminating in a climactic return of Christ.
Like Partial Preterists and Historicists, and other Idealists, I believe Daniel 9 has been fulfilled in and through the earthly Messianic ministry of Christ. Idealists also hold that a lot (but not all) of Matthew 24 Mark 13 and Luke 21 was fulfilled in AD70. For example, I believe the great tribulation mentioned in Matthew 24:15-22, Mark 13:14-20 and Luke 21:20-24 relates to the wrath of God being poured out on Jerusalem in 70 AD.
Saying all that, having debated with Partial Preterists over the years, and most recently on this site, I have many real deep biblical concerns...
“Failing well means ending something that is not working and choosing to do something else better.”
― Henry Cloud, Necessary Endings.
If you are the type that is reluctant to burn bridges, in what areas have you, or are willing to make an exception? How did you, or will you gain peace from the Lord about it?
Most Christian will say that you ask God to forgive your sins you repent of, and ask Jesus into your heart. That simple.
Or not. From what I've read here or have listened to what a street preacher says, even as a Christian, there seems to be a lot of fine print:
You repent of your sins. If you still sin, you are not saved, you haven't really repented. Hell. Next?
You ask forgiveness of sins you have done that week at church, or daily, but you didn't willingly sin. So, maybe you sinned against you will, or did it unknowingly. Maybe the devil made you do it. And that lie you told? Well, you are forgiven, so you're good, right?
You keep the commandments, no matter how arbitrary, like men and women not wearing the same garments (like...
Protests are springing up throughout Iran calling for the Ayatollah to step down.
Trump tweets support of Iranian anti-government protesters after Ukrainian passenger plane shot down
So what should be the response in America from both sides of the political isle? We know what President Trump's position on this is. He's given his support and encouragement for their cause and goal but what about the Democrats?
If these brave protesters caused the present government in Iran to go down and a new one to emerge one that allowed more freedom and liberty to the people would they the Democrats support it?
And if it did come about....would they finally acknowledge that something good and great did come from Trump's various actions.....the...