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People spend a great deal of time debating the creation of the Earth and the creatures upon it. Some say the Genesis account is literal--God did it in six 24 hour days, Adam was the first man, Eve was the first woman. Others say that God used evolution to create man. Many fall somewhere between these two positions. Sometimes discussion here gets fairly heated.
My question: Does it really matter? Is this an issue that will determine one's salvation? If not, why do we spend so much time...
About the only piece of scripture I could find when searching the bible that would even support the idea of the Trinity is (John 10:30) when Jesus said "I and my Father are one". But, in the same chapter a few verses later in John 10:36 Jesus says "Say yet of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said I am the Son of God?"
In other words, Jesus said "I am not claiming to be God. I am claiming to be the Son of God."
In fact, nowhere else...
Not sure why I see it this way. Practically nobody else does.
It seems to me that when Constantine demanded that Christianity be reduced to a written formula (AKA belief-based system) that he changed everything.
Outside of changing feast days and locations of historical events, he created a system where one was a member of the official religion if one believed certain facts and adopted certain practices.
I even suspect that this may have been the person Daniel spoke of. And think...that...
I noted this fact here, but it bears emphasizing: the political and media elites are doing all they can to mislead you into thinking that the problem of jihad terror is not as large and urgent as it is. Even if the Munich killer turns out to be the deranged Breivikian of media fantasy, the fact that the BBC omitted mention of his Islamic name is suspicious in the extreme, and demonstrates that the media has an agenda far beyond simply reporting the facts. . . READ MORE...
Hello Brethren and Sistren,
So this is triggered by 2 Corinthians 5:14,15,
"...the love of Christ compels/controls us ... ... that we should no longer live for ourselves .."
But we also believe that Christ has set us free, John 8:31,32 and Galatians 5:1.
So if we are controlled and compelled, in what does our freedom consist? How are we free?
As Christians we should never think of ourselves as independent. We believe that we are totally dependent on God for everything and that we are each...
Many Christian households around the world (Including mine) swear by the 1611 First Edition King James bible and refuse to read or hear any other translations of the bible. This phenomenon has been dubbed in Christianity "KingJamesOnlyism".
A rather silly and stupid term But, I'll use it. So, to explain and defend KingJamesonlyism and to debate why so many Christians are "converting" to KingJamesOnlyism I'll lead with this.
Out of the multiple bible choices that exist in the world today,...
I am a little confused about this verse.
"Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
The word that was translated to "meats" actually means "food". So to me, it looks like this bible verse is saying not to tell people to abstain from certain foods. But what does that mean exactly?
I THINK the word "abstain" means to not let yourself do something, even if you feel like doing...
"I have faith in God" seems to always be able to be translated in two ways:
1) "I have trust in God because evidence suggests he is trustworthy"
2) "I have evidence which I find compelling for God's existence"
Faith and evidence are closely linked.
In the first case, faith is akin to trust in God's abilities. This is wholly separate than faith that God exists. Consider the analogy that I have faith that my wife will come home on time versus the faith that I have that my wife exists.
I am greatly disturbed and at odds as to how to resolve this issue. This election in November has been characterized by American voter's as a choice between "two evils". Should Christians be voting in such an election ? Wouldn't we be voting for "Evil" in either circumstance ?...
I've heard plenty of CF members express their conviction to vote for one or the other of the candidates. I did the same a few weeks ago, but now as the election draws nearer, my conscience is saying NO....
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