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I personally see nothing wrong with tattoos, to an extent. As long as the tattoo isn't obnoxious, vulgar, or obscene, then what's the harm? I already have one tattoo that I got when I wasn't walking with Christ but now I'm planning on getting a second. I've prayed about it and firmly believe there's nothing wrong with a reasonable tattoo.
I know the bible says to help others but don't tell anyone but I wanna make a point.
If I see I homeless person, I give them some cash if I can but I know not all of them are genuine. Often when I give someone something it feels right but sometimes I get this feeling of regret because I think they weren't actually homeless. Obviously I can't give to every homeless person I see but how do I know who to give to. Sometimes I just walk past them and I feel bad but what if they're not genuine and I give my money to someone when someone else needed it more. Do you give money to homeless people and beggers?
Many believers who truly love the Lord have found themselves trapped in a Romans 7 existence. They truly want to do good. They hate the sins that drag them down, yet as hard as they may try, failure is still their inevitable result.
They read the words Paul writes in Romans 8 where he tells us there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in a Christ Jesus, but sadly, that is all they are..... words. In my own case, for almost 38 years, I lived in abject failure, bound by an addiction to pornography and masturbation. This was no ‘every once in a while’ slip. It was a daily battle to try to resist, but the harder I resisted, the more it tightened around my brain. I was the poster boy for Romans 7, a man most miserable....
I had a post removed by the staff because initially they said I was supporting the Open Theism and later they said I was supporting God not knowing the future and now said I could not post my ideas in General theology, because it is Open Theism.
I am begging all of you and the staff for help with this since: What the staff said: I am proclaiming is just the opposite of what I feel I am proclaiming, so please just show me where I being Open Theism. Just tell me: OK (consistent) or Not OK to believe, (if you say Not OK it would be wonderful to know why):
Normally I would just ask questions but here is what I support at this point in my spiritual growth:
1. Time is relative, God could have created the existence of...
I have often heard Anarchism and Monarchism. What do you think?
What do you think its? I am a born again christian and since I found faith I didn't believed in this things,but in 2006 summer I first time witnessed this experience. Where me and my brother seen 7 lights it was still very light only 6 evening ,no clouds,no stars or near airport.
My brother said he wanted to go to the room to take something,but as if someone in his mind said go outside and look to the sky. I witnessed UFO at least 7 times,because i often used to watch to the sky with expectancy to see something one time. I even asked God once to show me. Everytime it was very different ,but so unbeliebable that even till this day when I remember what I seen just out of this world.Nothing like seen before. When I lived in UK I went from...
Some good points came out from various posters, in a thread on this subject, in another thread. I will try and encapsulate some of that, for anyone's consideration.
-> 'Seek first the Kingdom of Heaven, then all else will be added to you'
'If you keep the word of the Lord, then you have the Spirit, and God keeps you'.
So, yes, if you have made your salvation sure, and keep the word of Jesus, with the Spirit bringing to mind his word, everyday, then you have found the Kingdom of Heaven.
But, there is a Rabbit Hole, and that hole is deep & wide.
There are many Rabbit Holes, and God will not put you down ones which you do not need to go down.
Atheists like to claim we believe without evidence. If you have found the Kingdom, and just...
The bible says God originally created a perfect world with no death, sin, disease or suffering. People did not kill each other and animals did not kill each other- man and animals were vegetarian. However god created a world with free will. He wanted mankind to chose to love and obey him rather than be obedient robots. With free will comes the chance for sin, the first man Adam sinned against god and this sin caused separation from a holy perfect God who cannot dwell near sin. As a result of this separation from god, all the once very good creation know is falling apart. Death and disease are know part of creation and everything is wearing old. God is perfect and cannot be around sin or even look upon sin.
For You are not a God who...
1) Genesis tells us God created all animals (dinos included) and humans in the same week. God created an already mature creation with adult humans, mature fruit-bearing trees, and starlight already reaching earth to be appreciated by Adam even though the stars are located billions of light-years away.
2) Using the various Biblical genealogies and documented lifetimes, it appears the earth is about 6000 - 7000 years old.
3) There is no error-free way to date the age of ancient items such as rocks, etc.. Various radiometric dating methods ALWAYS include multiple NON-provable steady-state assumptions in the calculations. This is why volcanic debris has been dated as millions of years old when it actually formed on a known date of an...
While I do compare versions, I only hold the King James Version of the Bible to be my source of scripture. To give an example of why I am "KJV only" :
"Universe" is mentioned 4 times in the NLT, 4 times in the NIV, 2 times in the ESV, 2 times in the CSB, 4 times in the RSV, and 1 time in the HNV.
I'll use only the NIV for sake of example:
NIV: 1Co 4:9 - For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.
Greek word: kosmos - translated from "to the world".
NIV: Eph 4:10 - He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill...