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|1||Philippians 2:12 - Fear and trembling||Heb 10:25||Ancient||127404|
My opinion on what is clearly being presented by you as a predestination argument is that God called everyone. Whoever believes on Jesus will not perish but have everlasting life.
I choose not to argue this topic. Let me just say that if predestination is a factual case in scripture, then it is up to us to bring the truth to everyone, lest they miss their predestined calling. Since we don't know who is predestined and who is not, we must assume that everyone we meet is of the predestined persuasion, and we would be remiss in our duties to God to not do his stated will to preach the Gospel in all the world and make disciples of all men.
Love to you,
|2||why are so many defying Gods word||Lev 18:22||Ancient||126997|
I don't agree with the tolerance our country has sunk into any more than you do, but you must always keep in mind that religious freedom was designed to protect us from the spiritually corrupt that have been placed into positions of power.
True Christianity, if practiced by all, would create an absolute Utopia, but when you add the elements of corruption to it and place absolute control in the grasp of this corruption, the result is terror.
Just a few examples would be the Spanish Inquisition, the Crusades, the Salem Witch Trials, the stories of Scarlet Letters, sins forgiven by paid indulgences, etc. The list goes on.
The religious freedom we have gives us the right to worship, but frees us from the corruption in the church. We have a right to speak our mind if someone is wrong or corrupt. We have a right to leave.
With this right comes also the right to not worship at all, and the right to be homosexual. I do not agree with homosexuality. I think the Bible is quite clear on the subject. But it's a small price to pay to live in a nation that gives me the freedom to believe.
In the end, God will judge those that are worthy of his judgment. Homosexuals being married does not affect my walk with God, however much I disagree with it.
|3||Lucifer kicked out of heaven||Bible general Archive 2||Ancient||126996|
There was never an angel named Lucifer. This word is a Latin word that means "light-bearer," and was, in the second century, taught by Origen in "The First Principles" to be the "identification" of an opposing power (though he quoted it more than specified it as a name) that rose up in rebellion against God.
The passage this theory comes from is Isaiah chapter 14, but many scholars are in agreement that the prophetic statements are referring to the fallen king of Babylon.
Another passage often used to describe the fall (though the person in question is not called Lucifer here) is Ezekiel chapter 28. These prophetic statements are of the same ilk. Other scripture, if carefully observed, will show that this passage, too, is relating to the stated subject of the passage; the king of Tyrus.
The only clear reference we have to Satan being kicked out of heaven is in Revelation chapter 12. Here, the dragon is identified as being the devil and Satan, and at the conclusion of a battle between himself and his angels against Michael and the host of heaven, he is finally cast down to the earth.
The events of these happenings, based upon the earlier passages of this same Revelation chapter 12, relate this event as taking place after the ascension of Christ. The woman, commonly recognized by many as being Israel, brings forth a manchild that will rule all nations with a rod of iron. If you search the scriptures, you will find that Jesus is the one commonly spoken of as being ordained to rule in such a manner. Then this woman's child is caught up to God and to his throne. The woman flees into the wilderness, "and there was war in heaven."
It is not my intent to provoke a discussion of premillenialism/preterism, but to address the question.
According to the chronological order of events in Revelation 12, Satan falls after the ascension of Christ. If Revelation 12 deals with the future, as premillenialists hold to, then it hasn't happened yet, and perhaps the manchild is a symbolic reference to the church being taken up to God and his throne. If Revelation 12 is a forgone conclusion, then he fell after Christ ascended.
Either way, I haven't read anything to positively conclude that Satan fell before the creation of man. All other scriptures indicate that he still spoke with God, and that he was "going to be" punished in the Great Day of the Lord.
See Isaiah 26:16-27:1 for a comparison to Revelation chapter 12. The two correlate well.
Thanks for your patience. This, as always regarding Revelation based topics, is my view according to what I have seen, not absolute fact. I hope I was able to edify you.
|4||Loud Mouthed Christian: Help!||1 Cor 13:1||Ancient||126917|
I have three possible answers for you having dealt with a situation just like this before.
1) Try the spirits. Consider the possibility that she's telling the truth, and learn what you can. If it so happens that she really is gifted by God, perhaps you aren't listening. Be careful also not to ridicule the Spirit of God if that is in fact the case. Again, try the spirits. If what she says is sound, then maybe she's being truthful, however irritating it might be. If some of what she says does not conform to the doctrine of Christ, rebuke her sharply, with sound, contextual scripture, and tell her plainly that she is mistaken. Hear no more on the subject so she will get the point.
2) With a spirit of love, endure all things, be patient, kind, and longsuffering. If this thing makes her happy, endure it for her sake. If she is bothering everyone around her, try option number three.
3) Prov 26:3 "A whip is for the horse, a bridle for the donkey, And a rod for the back of fools." In other words, stop beating around the bush trying to be nice about it. If she's driving people away, or saying things she ought not to, tell her plainly to be quiet. Don't request. The time is past for that if you are on this option. Tell her to be quiet. This will hurt her feelings, so it is the least desirable option, but when all else fails, this is sometimes the only thing that will work. Sometimes it takes the shock of having your feelings hurt to wake you up to what you're doing. The liklihood is high that despite all the admonitions she's received, she hasn't gotten the point that she's irritating people. She probably doesn't believe it to be so. This is the reason for the shock. Few people ever humble themselves or learn humility. They are humbled and learn humiliation.
My options are not the only ones out there. If they can be of help, I'm glad to be of assistance.
|5||Where is God?||1 John||Ancient||126914|
|1st John 4:7-12 "Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God."
John 13:34-35 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."
John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him."
1st John 2:7 "Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard." ... 1st John 3:23-24 "This is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. The one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. We know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us."
Love those around you with sincere love, and you will both know and feel the presence of God in your life.
1 Peter 1:22-25 "Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart ... And this is the word which was preached to you."
|6||Please stop laying blame -Marylin Manson||1 Cor 13:1||Ancient||126898|
|You know Henry, perhaps if Marylin Manson was for the Lord, he wouldn't be having the problems he's having. Defeat is such a woe.
My Bible says that the gates of Hell will not prevail against His church.
Gates do not attack, they defend. If the church is kicking down the gates of Hell and taking morality to the immoral, I guess that's just too bad.
The darkness hates the light, because in the light their deeds become evident.
Marylin Manson's problem isn't the Church, but their own hate and lust, as Brad pointed out. If they were desirous for truth and life, they would receive what has been taken to them.
|7||Gnostic gosples||Bible general Archive 2||Ancient||126683|
The Gnostic gospels are considered New Testament Apocrypha. There are books available that contain most of them.
Higher learning is an admirable goal, but I wouldn't recommend polluting yourself with that stuff unless you are well read. Some of them can be quite convincing if you don't recognize why they are flawed, and why they were rejected as canon.
The one I have here is: The Apocryphal New Testament, A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation based on M. R. James. Edited by J. K. Elliott. From the Oxford Press.
Again, I do not recommend it lightly. Please take such literature with a grain of salt.
|8||is remarriage possible||NT general Archive 1||Ancient||126672|
|John 20:23 If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.
Matt 18:32-35 "Then summoning him, his lord *said to him, 'You wicked slave, I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not also have had mercy on your fellow slave, in the same way that I had mercy on you?' And his lord, moved with anger, handed him over to the torturers until he should repay all that was owed him. "My heavenly Father will also do the same to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your heart."
Matthew 19:9 And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for fornication, and marries another woman commits adultery.
It would be my opinion based on the scriptures provided that it will be okay for him to remarry. If she has left him for another man, then he is not bound to her and can "put her away," albeit involuntarily on his part if he wants her back.
I would advise that he be forgiving, however hurtful the situation.
But I would conclude from scripture that he can remarry unless the information you gave is not correct.
|9||Things people THINK in the BIBLE but not||Bible general Archive 2||Ancient||126635|
|I think I have an answer to the fruit thing.
In The Song of Solomon 2:3 is says "Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest, so is my beloved among the young men. In his shade I took great delight and sat down, and his fruit was sweet to my taste."
Some early church speculations, Gnostic if I'm not mistaken, suggested that the original sin was sexual in orientation. Hence, Adam's "apple" in correlation with the passage in Song of Solomon which uses familiar terminology for a man's love.
I don't know that I hold to this view as truthful, but in the pursuit of truth, I at least consider the possible credibility of the concept. I'm undecided.
Hope this sheds some light on where the phrase came from.