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If God desires all men to be saved, why aren't they? Is it that He isn't trying hard enough?
Please answer the following question without changing any of God's attributes. Why aren't all men saved, if indeed God desire all men (without exception) to be saved?
* I do not believe that God has ever intended to save all people, but many people do, so I am interested in their replies.
I think I know the answer to this question. But I'm not always sure.
I watch a lot of TV to escape reality. I love my TV shows and movies. I spend hours upon hours watching TV. Well, actually I don't have cable but I watch a lot of Netflix and Hulu Plus, and even Amazon. But it's still television. I mean they are TV shows and movies from TV Networks.
But watching TV helps me cope with a lot of things. I forget how cruel the world can be. Except I watch cruelty on TV, but of course it's TV, so there is always a happy ending.
How do you feel when somebody says that to you?
To me, this comes across as very patronising. As if the person giving it, is on equal terms with God, and has special privy to such information. And the person receiving the advice, is lowest on the food chain, one step from Hell perhaps.
Maybe I need to look at it in a different light. It can depend on the tone of voice too. Perhaps a parent saying that to a young child, might be appropriate. But I'm not sure about adult to adult.
I have a close family member who is taking my pain meds away from me and I've prayed about it for years and it only gets worse. Why? Why? Why? Why is it that God doesn't stop this? It has caused me to stop going to church or almost anywhere and it's horrible. I never thought anyone would do this to me, let alone the closest one to me who I loved so much. I've prayed for over 5 years and I've got to where I'm scared to pray because I know when I do it will get worse. Can anyone explain this to me?
Have no idea if there is anywhere else to post this... so I apologise in advance for probably posting in the wrong place like last time. Please be gentle with me as I'm not fond of debate.
1) What are soul ties? I had never heard of them until someone from my old Church phoned a couple weeks ago and told me that the new Pastors at my old church were setting up in ministry to loosen them or something.
2) Is there any biblical basis for separating them at all?
3) Any traditional Church basis?
Thank you very much. At the moment from all I have read I only see a one flesh relationship and God said no man should separate. So feel like God gave me a new Church home at the right time. However, it keeps coming up in my mind...
Is it true that God so loved the world that He left the proclamation of the gospel up to flawed people who imperfectly delivered the message?
If so, they really didn't do such a great job because billions of people have lived and died without ever hearing the message, many millions didn't understand the message well enough to respond, and millions more saw Christians acting in some hypocritical way, so they were "turned off" to Christianity by Christians.
All of these people God loved so deeply and dearly, yet they are all in Hell. That's the "gospel" according to most of evangelical Christianity.
Are you and your "witness" all that stands between a sinner and Hell?
On the other thread about what Catholics believe about Mary, the conversation drifted, largely as a result of my own involvement, to Purgatory.
This thread is being offered as a better place to discuss the unique doctrine of the Catholic church, known as Purgatory?
What is it? What is it not?
Is it a place of torment and suffering through fire?
Is it like a refreshing shower one anticipates before going to a lovely banquet?
Or, is it something else?
Is Purgatory temporal (entailing specific amounts of time) or non-temporal (entaiing nothing of the dimension of time)?