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Why are lukewarm Christians referred to as Christians when Jesus meant specifically that they are not truly Christians, but only professing? They are in the church, but they are either "Christians" in name only or they profess Christ, but have never been truly saved. That is just my take.
16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
It appears to me that Sola scriptura is basically Sola-Paul for Protestants. Jesus promised of the Holy Spirit, not new writings that deviate from His words. Relying on deleted, added, manipulated, mistranslated, etc. of versions of the Bible is disputable.
I am who some may call a 'seeker' but have grown discouraged. Grew up in a religious household and now am in my late 20s.
Its easy to see the God exists. Creation makes that evident.
I feel like I know God. I've felt His presence. I don't know doctrinally who He is... the God of Abraham; Mohammed; or the Trinity.
I'm sure he is not 100% pleased with me and the way I live but I can only do so much in this skin. I have many ingrained desires and wants which, without supernatural help,...
I would be interested in hearing a Muslims definition of freedom.
1) What is true freedom?
2) How does a Muslim view of freedom compare and contrast with a Christian view or the Western Liberal notions of freedom?
3) Is freedom a priority in the Muslim world?
4) Do Muslim societies model the Muslim view of freedom?
To start the thread I will offer a Christian definition of freedom which people can improve on during this thread and a Western Liberal definition also.
For example, is it sinful to spend hours watching movies when you could study the Bible etc.? I sometimes regret things like that and confess them as sins, because my mind is not centered on God during them.
I think that the Bible doesn't have much to say about entertainment, but here's some verses: Philippians 4:8, Colossians 3:17
Okay, so long story short I came to Christ about three years ago. During those three years I haven't been able to do very many good works aside from giving money to Charity. I give money to charity regularly but since this is a good work that's really easy to do, I haven't really considered it a work that's good enough to be called a good work worthy of entering heaven. I really should be doing more than giving money to feed and clothe the poor I should be out there feeding and clothing the...
Were Christians heavily persecuted in Paul's day or is that exaggerated? Was Paul imprisoned or was he merely placed under house arrest?
The conservative view is that Rome imprisoned Paul and fiercely tried to stamp out Christianity. This view is important to Christians because it is believed that during this time the apostles were martyred, and in fact it is generally argued that the apostles were given the chance to recant and go free but yet declined.
If this is all true, why did the...
One thing I am interested in exploring is the increasing trend of clerics in major denominations who express theological perspectives generally at odds with those denominations, collectively. For example, within several mainline denominations, I have been troubled by an apparent increase in equivocation on core Nicene theological principles.
In this thread I would like to collect examples of this and discuss specific cases.