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|1||what steps did abraham make||Gen 12:1||pcdarcan||137121|
|Gen 12:1,4 "The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. ... So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out for Haran."
Obedience, at the expense of convenience, is one important stepping stone in Abram's (aka Abraham) journey in serving God and thus one that comes to my mind quickly.
Reminds me of other scriptures whereby obedience to God is prized much higher than any sacrifice. (Compare 1 Samuel 15:22)
|2||What's God's plan for Syria ?||Acts 10:34||pcdarcan||137073|
|Do you have a Bible verse or reason for your question?
Perhaps this will answer your question: "Then Peter began to speak: "I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism, but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.""
|3||I would like to know the original prayer||Matt 6:9||pcdarcan||136437|
|Whatever version you chose, its important to remember that Jesus said, "Pray, then, in this way" and not pray 'with these words'.
On another occasion, Jesus’ followers said to him: “Lord, teach us how to pray.” In answer, Jesus offered a prayer containing thoughts similar to those in the Lord's Prayer, but he used different words. (Compare Luke 11:1-4)
Moreover, Jesus warned us: 'When praying, do not say the same things over and over again.' —Matthew 6:7.
So, Jesus provided a model for the contents of what our prayers should focus on; contemplating the thoughts contained in this model prayer will help us to pray from the heart - which btw, is more meaningful to God as opposed to repeating the same prayer by rote.
Lastly, God listens to prayers in harmony with His will: "This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14 (NIV)
|4||Thy will be done, statement or fact?||Matt 6:9||pcdarcan||136267|
|A request of sorts in a prayer.
"This is how you should pray..."
Of course, this would line up our prayers in harmony with God's will. "This is the assurance we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, he hears us." - 1 Jo 5:14 (NIV)
|5||the gifts and the calling of God are irr||Heb 10:26||pcdarcan||136229|
|Q. "So the believe and the sayins of ones saved forever save does nt work here.?"
A. Of course, Hebrews 10:26,27 highlights that one can spurn/reject and eventually fall from God's grace "after" once willingly accepting it... thus the clear warnings from the Bible:
"For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgement and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries." - Hebrews 10:26,27 (KJV)
"Wherefore let him that thinkenth he standeth take heed lest he fall." - 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV)
Some would fall away from God's grace (which is a free gift) and follow man and his corrupt fleshly teachings - instead of Christ's teachings:
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgement now of a long time lingereth not and their damnation slumbereth not. ... But these [false teachers who arise amid the Christian congregation, Vs 1] shall utterly perish in their own corruption." - 2 Peter 2:1-3,12 (KJV)
"For if after they [false teachers and those that follow them] have escaped the pollution of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ,they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter is worse with them than the beginning.
"For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them." - 1 Peter 2:20,21 (KJV)
|6||the gifts and the calling of God are irr||Heb 10:26||pcdarcan||136204|
|Q. "So the believe and the sayins of ones saved forever save does nt work here.?"
A. "See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. - Hebrew 3:12-14 (NIV)
"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment..." - Hebrews 10:26 (NIV)
Q. And what does grace have to do in our daily walk with Christ after we been save by grace?
A."For it is by grace you have been saved... the gift of God... For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works..." - Eph 2:8,9. (NIV)
"It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift... if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace." - Hebrews 6:4-6 (NIV)
|7||for by grace you have been saved through||Heb 10:26||pcdarcan||136198|
|Here's the skinny of it - I know these scriptural points helped me immensely.
First off, this is a great question because almost every reader of the Bible (esp. new ones) will come across these seemingly contradicting statements.
Regarding Eph 2:8 and 9, the entire provision for salvation is an expression of God’s undeserved kindness.
There is no way that a descendant of Adam can gain salvation on his own, no matter how noble his works are. Salvation is a gift from God given to those who put faith in the sin-atoning value of the sacrifice of his
The new Christian arrangement, did away with this notion that 'works', including the 'works of Law' could (alone) save someone.
Paul's reminds the Ephesians 'we are saved not by our own works' - but through the greater sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
A good cross-reference for Phil 2:12 'work out your own salvation' (where Paul was urging them not to be overly confident but to realize that their final salvation was not yet assured) is Hebrews 10: 26, 27 (NIV):
"If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment..."
|8||who could have been taken up like jesus||2 Tim 3:16||pcdarcan||136186|
|Could you please clarify your question, and perhaps reference the scripture in question? Thank you...|
|9||what does Psalm 110:3 mean?||2 Cor 10:4||pcdarcan||136184|
|God's servants would offer themselves willingly in a spiritual warfare as Christ's disciples (Compare 2 Cor 10:4, Ephesians 6:10-17, and Matthew 26:50-52; 28:19,20).|
|10||Which scriptures are about volunteering?||1 Thess 1:9||pcdarcan||136181|
|A nice scripture is: 2 Corinthians 9:8-12|
|11||How is Paul an example?||Phil 2:18||pcdarcan||136170|
|Vs. 17 indicates that Paul was glad and rejoiced with all of the Philipians because as he says in vs 16 "I did not run or labor for nothing."
Note what Paul says in vs 3: "I thank God every time I remember you... I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now..."
|12||being held accountable for preacher||Lev 5:1||pcdarcan||136092|
|An important area is the maintaining of the moral and spiritual cleanness of the congregation, both by our own conduct and by reporting cases of serious sin that come to our attention.
Although Christians are not under the Law (Jesus fulfilled it and provided the superior blood sacrifice once for our eternal benefit), note the principle in Leviticus 5:1:
"If a person sins because he does not speak up when he hears a public charge to testify regarding something he has seen or learned about, he will be held responsible."
|13||God has given: What is eternal life?||1 John 5:11||pcdarcan||136087|
|Q: "Do you have any other thoughts concerning the eternal life that is given to us?"
A: Revelation 21:3,4 (New Internation Version) "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe out every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the older order of things has passed away.'"
"Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven." (Mt 6:10)
"For this is what the Lord says - he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty." (Isaiah 45:18)
"Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth." (Mt 5:5)
|14||did we pre-exist as a spirit being?||Job 38:4||pcdarcan||136067|
|There are no scriptures to support that thought. Before man was created, he created angels in heaven - referred to as stars in Job 38:4-7.
And eventually, man was created in a perfect body to live forever on the earth (Gen 2:15).
Good practice btw... to start out simple and build from their - always supporting the discussions with scriptural proofs.
Its helpful to read through the Bible - even though you don't understand everything the first time around - and sometimes studying it by topics is helpful as it teaches you to examine cross-references which help put each individual scripture into the context of the entire Bible - key point here for proper understanding (Biblical context is everything!)
Some topic examples: 'Why do we grow old and die?', 'What issue was raised by the serpent in the Garden of Eden?', 'Who was the serpent?', 'Why did Adman and Eve disobey God?', 'What was the result of their sin'? 'What provisions did God immediately set out to bring about his original purpose for mankind?' - hint: Gen 3:15)
|15||2 corn. 4:4 the god of this world hath b||2 Cor 4:1||pcdarcan||136011|
|Part 1 - "exceedingly unlikely" - but not definitive and here's why:
"Here is what Clarke says about this question in his commentary:"
Let me go line by line and decipher what Clarke is saying and where I and many others disagree about his conclusion. (I believe many will find this interesting... its a long read, but I think you'll enjoy the scriptural points.)
Capital letter stands for Direct quote from Clarke
Lower-case stands for restatement of Clarke's quote for clarify or counterpoint (if applicable)
A. "I must own I feel considerable reluctance to assign the epithet, The God, to Satan;"
a. Clarke is reluctant to call Satan "the god" of this world" (2 Cor 4:4).
B. "and were there not a rooted prejudice in favor of the common opinion,"
b. Rooted prejudice? - strange way of saying 'many believe Satan to be the god of this world' and they do this based on the Bible, just look at the posts in this forum using scriptures to back up their reason. Interesting that a synonym of prejudice is "narrow-mindedness". It sounds like Clarke is using this phrase "rooted prejudice" in a derogatory sense - both judgemental and condescending.
C. "the contrary might be well vindicated, viz. that by the God of this world the supreme Being is meant,"
c. Note how Clarke goes from "the god of this world" small "g" in every Bible translation I have ever opened, to Capital "G" in his comment "God of this world" (that's not how Bible translators render the case of "g").
D. "who in his judgment gave over the minds of the unbelieving Jews to spiritual darkness, so that destruction came upon them to the uttermost."
d. And, Jesus showed it was their hearts (their motivation) that led to this judgement in Matthew 15:7,8 (New International Verions) "You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me'".
E. "Satan, it is true, has said that the kingdoms of the world and their glory are his, and that he gives them to whomsoever he will; Mat_4:8, Mat_4:9. But has God ever said so?"
e. Absolutely. The Almighty God - who is the author of the Bible - inspired his secretary Matthew to pen this account and God says so. How do we know? Don't forget, Jesus was in a perfect position to contractict Satan and set things right if Satan was lieing about possessing the kingdoms of this world and their glory. Additionally, this temptation makes no sense unless Satan possesses the kingdoms of this world. Finally, Clarke only partly quotes Matthew 4:9! ... and leaves out the "condition" that Satan sets before Jesus for giving him the kingdoms of this earth, namely: "If you fall down and do an act of worhip to me...". That sounds like something "the god of this world" would say, 'if only you would worship me'. (Please see my recent post about the internal evidence in Corinthians which shows Satan to be 'the god of this world' - posted Wed 10/27/04, 12:45pm in response to the topic: 2 Cor 4:4.)
F. "and are we to take this assertion of the boasting devil and father of lies for truth? Certainly not."
f. Why not? Jesus did, for he didn't refute or contest Satan about this matter one bit *and* you can be sure he would have if Satan was lying! Instead, Jesus redirected worship from 'the god of this world' to Almighty God. Mattew 4:10 (New International Version) "Jesus said to him, 'Away from me Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord God, and serve him only.' Yes, Jesus' response - alone - should clear up any confusion about whether Satan is "the god of this world".
G. "We are not willing to attribute the blinding of men’s minds to God,"
g. And, rightfully so. Jesus is the 'light of the world' (John 1:9); why would his Father go around blinding innocent people's minds.
H. "because we sometimes forget that he is the God of justice,"
h. Never. That's one of his 4 main attributes: Love, Justice, Wisdom and Power.
I. "and may in judgment remove mercies from those that abuse them;"
i. Yes, from "those that abuse them". Many of the Corinthians were practicers of wickedness (abusing God's mercy if you will) "before" becoming Christians (idolaters, drunkards, prostitutes, homosexauls, etc.) - I don't believe the Creator blinded their minds because of these wicked practices and abuse of his mercy. How do we know? They responded to the gospel and ceased practicing these: "And that is what some of you were [practicing]." Please compare 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11a.
J. "but this is repeatedly attributed to him in the Bible,"
j. But, what is the context? Read on...
K. "and the expression before us"
k. that would be Clarke's expression "[God] may in judgement remove mercies from those that abuse them;"
|16||How many years passed until Job was rest||Job 42:17||pcdarcan||135948|
|I'm not sure the Bible details this, it doesn't appear as though it was a short period of time as James 5:11 comments about his endurance - so it must have been quite some time and perhaps that's why God extended his life... anyone else?
God Almighty turned back the captive condition of Job, blessing him in double amount. His brothers, sisters, and former friends return to him with gifts, and he is blessed with twice as many sheep, camels, cattle, and she-asses as previously. He again has ten children, his three daughters being the prettiest women in all the land.
His life is miraculously extended by 140 years, so that he comes to see four generations of his offspring. He dies “old and satisfied with days.”—42:17
|17||Jesus ( immediator)||1 Tim 2:5||pcdarcan||135929|
|I believe Romans 8:26,27 is the one you want, rendered this way in The Amplified Bible:
"So too the (Holy) Spirit comes to our aid and bears us up in our weakness; for we do not know what prayer to offer nor how to offer it worthily as we ought, but the Spirit Himself goes to meet our supplication and pleads in our behalf with unspeakable yearnings and groanings too deep for utterance."
"And He Who searches the hearts of men knows what is in the mind of the (Holy) Spirit - what His intent is - because the Spirit intercedes and pleads [before God] in behalf of the saints according to and in harmony with God's will. [Palms 139:1,2]"
God knows are hearts and uses his powerful spirit to assist us in prayer when we are too weak to speak, don't know what to say, or we are suffering from depression.
This is another golden nugget from the Bible!
|18||Why did Satan obey?||Ps 94:11||pcdarcan||135892|
|Satan (a fallen angel) exercised free-will and became a "resister" - the meaning of the name "Satan" - against God and God's character.
Those same chapters in Job (1 and 2) contain an interesting point. Before being ousted from heaven (Rev 12:7-9), Satan still had access to heaven and God's throne. He taunted and questioned God about the motivation for Job's faithfulness. (Compare Job 1:6-11)
To allow for Job to prove his faithfullnes, God Almighty "allowed" Satan to severely test Job - short of taking his life. (Compare Job 1:12)
In a way, we are all Job's - worshippers of the only true God. Satan challenges of our faithfulness - even putting us under test - much like Job. Remember, he even challenged Jesus - when he was in his physically weakest state (Compare Matthew 4:1-11).
An interesting proverb exists that can spurn us on to hold faithful to God. It's Prov 27:11 (KJV) "My son, be wise, and make my heart glad, that I may answer him that reproacheth me." This applied to Jesus - a perfect being - and to us, imperfect beings (like Job was).
Yes, we can make God's heart glad - imagine that! - when we refuse to allow Satan to use us to support his taunt, 'We only worship God for selfish reasons'.
However, Almighty God will not allow Satan to go on forever with these taunts against sincere worshippers of integrity. By and large, worshippers of God have been proving Satan's taunts to be empty, as they hold on to their integrity (despite the tests and trials of this world under his control).
So, we are urged to make God's heart happy and ultimately God will respond at his timetable, as prophesied in Revelation 20:1-3 (KJV) "And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled..."
btw: There's plenty of posts in this forum which provide further background of Satan. Search for "Satan".
|19||What does this mean?||Deut 15:7||pcdarcan||135843|
|When God founded the nation of Israel, he gave them a law that lovingly made provision for the poor. First, it is noteworthy that the law did not establish an “upper” or a “lower” class. How did the Law help then?
It did not recommend handouts. But it did recommend a spirit of generosity on the part of others. Hence, at the seasonal festivals, Israelites were urged to include 'the fatherless boy and the widow' in their celebrations.—Deuteronomy 16:9-11.
If a poor man was in need of money, his fellow citizens were encouraged to lend to him whatever he needed, doing so generously and without interest. (Deuteronomy 15:7, 8; 23:19, 20) In this way, the wealthier citizen would not profit from the hardships of his brother Israelite. But, on the other hand, the poor man would feel the obligation to repay the loan.
At harvesttime, poor Israelites were allowed to glean in other people’s fields and vineyards after the harvesters had finished. They could thus work to get needed provisions for their families. If a man was deeply in debt, he could sell himself into slavery for a limited period of time. This was not so bad as it sounds. His interests were protected by law, and he could thus pay off his debts, getting security for his family while he was doing so.—Leviticus 19:9, 10; Deuteronomy 15:12-15.
God told the Israelites: 'Someone poor will never cease to be in the midst of the land.' Nevertheless, the way was open for the poor to be helped to work their way out of poverty. As long as the people showed faith in God, these provisions worked. (Deuteronomy 15:11; Psalm 37:25)
|20||Interracial marriages? Bible says what?||2 Cor 6:14||pcdarcan||135624|
|The Bible does not specifically discuss interracial marriage. It does, however, show how God views humankind and it provides guiding principles for those considering marriage.
God accepts as his approved servants people out of all races, without discrimination. The Amplified Bible tells us “And He made from one [common origin, one source one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth... So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us." (Acts 17:26, 27) “...God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he who venerates and has a reverential fear for God, treating Him with worshipful obedience and living uprightly, is acceptable to Him and sure of being received and welcomed [by Him]."—Acts 10:34, 35.
So, the Bible nowhere implies that racial differences in themselves have anything to do with the properness of marriage. Of the remarriage of widows, the apostle Paul wrote: “A wife is bound to her husband by the law as long as he lives. If the husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she will, only [provided that he too is] in the Lord" (1 Cor. 7:39) Thus the Christian is free to marry anyone who is Scripturally and legally free to do so, as long as that one is truly a fellow believer.
Are there any other factors, then, worth considering? Yes, for Christians seek to exercise good judgment and wisdom in all they do. Among other things, they are encouraged to "Behave... wisely - living prudently and with discretion - in your relations with those of the outside world [the non-Christians].—Col. 4:5.
In many areas interracial marriages are becoming increasingly common. People are traveling more, and often find the ways and customs of people of other lands attractive. War, too, has played a part, and many European and North American soldiers have married Asiatic wives. There is, then, a somewhat broadened viewpoint on the part of many toward interracial marriage.
Nevertheless, not all worldly persons share this broadened viewpoint, nor do all appreciate Bible standards. Many deep-seated prejudices remain in the world of mankind. A Christian, being realistic, must face life as it is — not as he wishes it might be.
One fifteen-year-old girl - the child of an interracial marriage - often feels caught in a virtual vise of prejudice. She says: “If I associate with blacks, then the white students feel I don’t want to be with them. However, if I associate with the white students, the blacks feel that I think I am better than they are.”
So, Biblically there's nothing wrong with interracial marriages. Its a personal choice, but as mentioned above, 'a Christian, being realistic, must face life as it is — not as he wishes it might be' and then make their decision.
Hope this helps...
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