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Discussion in 'General Theology' started by timewerx, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. timewerx

    timewerx the village i--o--t--

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    Real faith changes the heart and a changed heart will: (read the succeeding verses)

    Galatians 5:6 (Paul said this! :eek:)
    For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.

    1 John 3:16-18
    This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

    I expect everyone to be shocked at this!

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  2. timewerx

    timewerx the village i--o--t--

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    Can someone who doesn't have such faith have salvation? Can someone who doesn't love God be saved?

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  3. Mel333

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    I think maybe reading the book of Romans will help you find the answers you are looking for...
     
  4. Danielwright2311

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    If you are chosen by God then you will have faith and also love for God, we do not choose him, its impossible to in our sin filled life, he chooses us as his children.

    With that said you are asking something only God can answer.

    Jesus said the father will send his people to him to be saved nothing about if you do not have faith you are not saved.

    Faith or love does not save you, God saves you with Jesus.

    But God is love.
     
  5. timewerx

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    Teachings in Romans can't be literally interpreted or it will contradict other teachings in the Bible.

    Christianity in big trouble? You bet. This is prophesied anyway, the majority will be deceived.
     
  6. timewerx

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    Jesus gave only two commands, Love God and Love your neighbor.

    This agree with what Paul said concerning faith in Galatians 5:6.

    "It's the only thing that counts...."

    I don't think it can be interpreted in any other way. Just many Christians don't wish what I'm saying is true because they can't love their brothers and sisters in the way God wants us.
     
  7. Mel333

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    Accusing Christianity and Christians is not love on this forum.

    Encouraging and edifying them is key to the message of Christ. Not rip them apart.

    Romans has the answer to your question on faith.
     
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  8. timewerx

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    Telling the Truth is love.

    1 John 3:18
    Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
     
  9. Mel333

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    Are you saying it is right to rip Christians apart with accusations?

    Accusations that you've stated are:

    "Teachings in Romans can't be literally interpreted or it will contradict other teachings in the Bible."

    "Christianity in big trouble? You bet."

    "Just many Christians don't wish what I'm saying is true because they can't love their brothers and sisters in the way God wants us."

    Not much edifying going on these sentences.

    Romans answers your question on faith very clearly.
     
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  10. Danielwright2311

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    Yes, i agree, But my position was we are saved by Jesus not our self, that was my whole point here.

    We do not ask can we not be forgiven, we ask how do we become forgiven for sin and saved from hell.

    We all sin and there is no greater sin then another.
     
  11. timewerx

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    True.

    But after we are saved, our hearts are changed. We at least begin to desire to love God and our neighbors.

    It is also written in the Bible if one does truly love God or their brothers and sisters.
     
  12. RDKirk

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    James already said all that.

    In Romans, Paul asserts that it is through faith we are saved.

    James describes how that faith looks in a Christian.

    The author of Hebrews emphasizes that such faith is not a mere philosophical concept, but is a palpable substance, an effectual object, even though invisible to the eye.
     
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  13. RDKirk

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    Some Christians need to be accused, and some of them need to be cut off from fellowship.

    In the US right up to my own personal memory, we had "Christians" openly committing murder and rape and going to church the next morning. They didn't need "encouraging and edification," they needed to be cut off from fellowship.
     
  14. timewerx

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    Truly addresses the topic at hand.

    That is sadly the part where most Christians are confused.

    We also have to note that Paul is also speaking to a diverse set of gentile audiences throught his epistles. This is why Paul's teachings may appear incoherent at times. Paul had to adapt his teachings depending on the culture of his audiences.

    Paul actually explained his method in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. This clearly means, we cannot always treat Paul's teachings literally or try to understand them plainly.

    It's no surprise the greatest divisions among Christians involve Paul's teachings, particularly the teaching regarding faith.
     
  15. timewerx

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    If you interpret every teaching in the Bible in literal terms, you will come across plenty of contradictory teachings.

    It is a fact. This is why we must carefully consider the context of every teaching if they can be interpreted literally or not.


    My observed response of many Christians I've discussed with concerning the matter. Including close relatives.

    I don't take delight in this when my loved ones have same issues.
     
  16. JohnRabbit

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    you have example(s)?
     
  17. timewerx

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    One example is between the teachings of Paul and James about faith and salvation.

    Another example, is between Solomon (Proverbs) and Jesus on things about material wealth.

    There's more but I don't have time to post them all here.

    The Bible cannot contradict itself so clearly, one teaching cannot be treated on literal terms.
     
  18. Mel333

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    I'm talking about accusing the Christians on this forum.
     
  19. Mel333

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    Truth that is relative to yourself is not the Truth of the gospel which is Christ.

    John 14:6
    I am the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father expect through me.
     
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  20. RDKirk

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    See this recent (now blessedly closed) thread about that:

    Japheth is white. Genesis 9:27
     
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