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|1||why is spirit growth difficult?||Gal 5:23||Sir Pent||129447|
Welcome to the forum. Galations 5:22-23 tells us that one of the "fruits of the Holy Spirit" is self-control. Therefore, if a person lacks discipline or self-control, that would be evidence that they also lack the Holy Spirit's leadership in their lives. It then goes without saying that it would be difficult to grow spiritually without submitting one's life to the Holy Spirit.
You have asked a large number of questions in a short amount of time. I am curious where these questions come from. Are you taking a class perhaps that has led you to ask these?
|2||References for Trinity Study||2 Cor 13:14||Sir Pent||128684|
|An alternative analogy ...............................................
You mentioned that you have been studying the Trinity, and directed us to a website that has one analogy to help understand it. I checked it out, and it seemed to be saying that God reflected on Himself and that reflection was so complete that it was also Himself, etc. Although that is an interesting idea, I did not find it to be a very helpful analogy of the Trinity.
However, I have previously posted an anology of my own that I find to be much easier to understand and more helpful. Perhaps you will find it of interest to your current study.
Please type the number 120478 into the "Quick Search" box at the top right corner of the screen to see my thoughts on this subject.
|3||is suicide a forgivable sin||Ex 20:13||Sir Pent||128624|
|Referral to another thread..........................................
Hello forever wondering,
This question has been asked before. Please type in the number 117275 in the "Quick Search" box at the top right corner of the screen. This will take you to a previous discussion on the subject. After reading that, please share any other ideas or questions that you would like to add to the discussion.
|4||Does someone have an answer?||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||128448|
Hi Elder Eva,
Welcome to the forum. I was in a discussion in another thread a long time ago about this subject. Below is my perspective: "…(Luke 22:36)… why would Jesus tell them (the disciples) to bring swords, and then when they were actually in the garden, tell them not to use them.
I do not think that Jesus wanted them to be able to defend Him. Jesus said that 2 swords was enough, (Luke 22:38) although that would obviously NOT BE ENOUGH to stop an entire company of soldiers. It seems that instead Jesus just wanted to make it obvious that He was choosing to allow Himself to be arrested. The fact that they had at least a couple of swords, but still didn't use them showed that Jesus was not taken against His will, but within it. This made His sacrifice for us and our sins even greater."
|5||Why must people be 18 to share ideas?||John 19:17||Sir Pent||128422|
Wow, I missed that requirement when I initially came to the forum. Thankfully, it does not apply to me (having just turned 28), but I am unclear as to what reason the Lockman Foundation would have to require people to be 18 years old to share their thoughts on the Bible. Do you know what their reasoning is on this matter?
|6||what is lasciviousness.||Jer 13:27||Sir Pent||128303|
The dictionary defines it as lewdness or lustfulness. Hope that helps :)
|7||Joshua marched around Jericho||Josh 6:3||Sir Pent||128299|
Joshua and the Israelites marched around the city of Jericho once a day for six days and then 7 times on the last day for a total of 13 times.
Out of curiousity, what got you interested in these questions about Joshua and King David? Welcome to the forum :)
|8||Who was davids best friend?||1 Sam 18:3||Sir Pent||128297|
David's best friend is generally thought to be Jonathan.
|9||Who do you love that you are unwill...?||John 13:34||Sir Pent||128236|
|Attempt at consensus..................................................
EdB, CDBJ, Steve, Stultis, and Xerxes,
Let's take a step back here for a moment guys. You all seem to be getting pretty heated, which is not helpful for this discussion. Also, I don't think that you actually disagree with each other to begin with.
All 5 of you believe that faith in Jesus Christ is essential to being a Christian, right?
All 5 of you believe that as Christians we are called to follow Jesus command to love, right?
All 5 of you believe that following that commandment means more than just saying we love other, but rather that we live out that love through our actions, right?
So if you all agree on these important points, can we exhibit some love in this thread by not being easily angered?
|10||Can you provide specific scriptures?||Bible general Archive 2||Sir Pent||128147|
Emmaus directed you to the verse that you were thinking of regarding their being no tears in Heaven after the end of time. This does not mean that God does not experience emotions however. In fact, your question led me to do a small study on the subject and here are some examples of emotions that God experiences:
Love (1 John 4:10)
Anger (1 Kings 11:9)
Pleasure (Matt 3:17)
Sadness (John 11:35)
Amusement (Psalm 2:4)
Jealousy (Ezek 36:6)
Delight (1 Sam 15:22)
Impatience (Jer 15:6)
|11||Armor of God : The Sword of the Spirit||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||128057|
Thanks for the compliment and also for the other verses you pointed to. It's good to share a thread with you again :)
|12||Ephesians 6:11||Eph 6:11||Sir Pent||127887|
EdB has given you a very good answer to your question. I would like to give you my answer as well. Your question also challenged me to write my thoughts on the subject please see type the numbers below into the “Quick Search” box at the top right corner of the screen to see what each of the pieces of the Armor of God means to me.
Belt of Truth - 127881
Breastplate of Righteousness - 127882
Shoes of Peace - 127883
Shield of Faith - 127884
Helmet of Salvation - 127885
Sword of the Spirit - 127886
|13||Armor of God : The Sword of the Spirit||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||127886|
|“Sword of the Spirit”
The Bible passage itself defines the sword of the Spirit to be “the Word of God”. This makes me think of the time when Jesus was in the wilderness and Satan tempted Him three times (Mat 4:1-11). All three times, Jesus responded by quoting scripture. I think that this is the example that Jesus wants me to follow. The strongest defense that I have against temptation is based on the Bible.
It is interesting that this piece of armor is the sword, which is the only one that can be used to attack as well as to defend. I apply this by also using the Bible as my primary authority for bringing others to a healthy relationship with God (Heb 4:12). It not only protects me but also can be used to “point” others in God’s direction :)
|14||Armor of God : The Helmet of Salvation||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||127885|
|“Helmet of Salvation”
I have found that one of Satan’s favorite ways to attack Christians is in their mind. A common technique is to bring doubts. In fact Satan’s first recorded temptation used this method. "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" (Gen 3:1) Another common doubt that Satan brings to people’s minds is “Are you sure that you’re REALLY a Christian”. Therefore I appreciate the assurance of salvation that God has given me. “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” (2 Tim 1:12)
It is interesting that this piece of armor is the helmet, which is the very thing that is designed to protect our heads.
|15||Armor of God : The Shield of Faith||Eph 6:16||Sir Pent||127884|
|“Shield of Faith”
The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.” (Heb 11:1) A common struggle for myself as a scientist is to get trapped into only believing what I can sense and prove. Therefore, it is my faith that protects me from the temptation to cease believing in God, who cannot be proved. (As a side note, I believe that although God cannot be proved, He is the most likely explanation for everything. Please type in the number 22206 into the “Quick Search” box at the top right corner of the screen for more details on this subject)
It is interesting that this piece of armor is the shield. In ancient times, there was a military strategy called a phalanx. It was developed by King Phillip II and used in dominating fashion by his son Alexander the Great. This strategy had soldiers in rows actually overlap each other’s shields. This gave them even greater protection. For more information please go to the following website. http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Macedonian-phalanx
Similarly, I find great benefit to being part of a Christian community such as this forum or a local church. When I come across Bible passages that don’t make sense to me, I can gain insight from my Christian brothers and sisters (for example post 127772 yesterday). When I struggle with not being able to see God work directly in a physical way, other Christians like Virginia Blakesly, who have had experiences where they actually have had angels physically being seen protecting their house can encourage me (to read more about that story go to the following website. http://www.backtothebible.org/gateway/today/19522).
|16||Armor of God : The Shoes of Peace||Eph 6:15||Sir Pent||127883|
|“Shoes of Peace”
I see two perspectives on this. The first comes from Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” The idea is that we should walk in the ways of peace (Prov 15:1). We should try to be a calming presence in places of strife and try to heal relationships that are broken (Prov 15:18). This is probably the most common perspective on wearing shoes of peace.
However, there is a different passage in Luke 12:51 “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.” Here Jesus speaks about how the Truth of Christianity can also divide. Just like the parable of the sheep and the goats, those who have a good relationship with Jesus are separated from those who do not (Matt 25:32-46). There is no middle ground there. You can’t be halfway pregnant and you can’t be halfway Christian.
So if we are to sometimes unite and sometimes divide, how can we always be wearing those shoes of peace? I see them like the sandals on Jesus feet when He was walking on the water (Matt 14:23-33). The waves were rough, and Jesus did not calm them until after He entered the boat. However, Jesus was at peace above the waves. In the same way, I try to have God’s peace within my soul whether the circumstances around me are peaceful or in discord (John 16:33).
|17||The Breastplate of Righteousness||Eph 6:14||Sir Pent||127882|
|I believe that righteousness is “being right with God”. Therefore, I apply this by trying to always be obedient to God’s will (Rom 6:16). This includes doing the things that God commands in the scriptures such as specific rules like remembering Christ’s sacrifice when I take communion (Luke 22:19), and general rules like “do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). This also includes not doing the things that the scriptures say to avoid such as lying, murdering, stealing, and committing adultery (Ex 20, Deut 5).
It is interesting to me that this piece of armor is the breastplate, which is designed to protect a person’s heart. This reminds me that I need to be righteous not only in my deeds, but also in my heart. If I lust after someone in my heart then it is the same in the eyes of God as committing adultery (Matt 5:28). Therefore I must guard my heart with this breastplate.
|18||Armor of God : The Belt of Truth||Eph 6:14||Sir Pent||127881|
|“Belt of Truth”
I always try to be honest. After all, it is one of the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:16). I also think that in the long run this is the most loving thing to do. Even if someone gets a bad haircut and asks me what I think; I tell the truth. It may cause slight pain in the short-term, but it also builds trust, without which one can never develop a deep and healthy relationship. And If I can’t be trusted to be honest in the small things, then how can I be trusted to be honest in the big things. If I am willing to compromise my honesty simply to spare someone’s feelings to be hurt briefly, then how easy will it be for me to be dishonest when something much larger is on the line.
At the same time, this honesty must be balanced with love (Eph 4:15). For instance, if I don’t like that person’s haircut, I could say that it looks like an ostrich made a nest on their head. That would not be a loving way to communicate the truth. Alternatively, I could say that I actually preferred the previous style, but was glad for them that they were enjoying their new look. This is honest and yet also kind.
It is interesting to me that this piece of armor is the belt, which is designed to hold everything else together. I have to be honest with myself to even know whether I am really wearing any of the other pieces of the Armor of God.
|19||"All things belong to you" means what?||1 Cor 3:21||Sir Pent||127778|
|Looking for more information..........................................
You are relatively new to the forum, but have already been prolific with your postings here. Welcome, and I have enjoyed reading many of the posts that you have contributed.
Your answer to my question seems to be that the Paul is referring to the Corinthians wealth (ie. developments), sin, and controversies. I am confused how you get that idea from the context of the passage.
Could you explain why you think that is what Paul means when he says "all things belong to you"? Or does anyone else have any ideas?
|20||Ezra , Artaxerxes comes before Darius||Ezra 4:23||Sir Pent||127774|
|My answer, referal to website.........................................
Hello Power of Grace,
This does seem to be a confusing topic. The problem is that there seems to be several kings named Artaxerxes (at least 3 in the Encyclopedia Brittanica), and also several kings named Darius (at least 3 as well). Perhaps the following information will be helpful for you. I found it at the website "http://christiananswers.net/dictionary/darius.html"
"Darius, king of Persia, was the son of Hystaspes, of the royal family of the Achaemenidae. He did not immediately succeed Cyrus on the throne. There were two intermediate kings, viz., Cambyses (the Ahasuerus of Ezra), the son of Cyrus, who reigned from B.C. 529-522, and was succeeded by a usurper named Smerdis, who occupied the throne only ten months, and was succeeded by this Darius (B.C. 521-486). Smerdis was a Margian, and therefore had no sympathy with Cyrus and Cambyses in the manner in which they had treated the Jews. He issued a decree prohibiting the restoration of the temple and of Jerusalem (Ezra 4:17-22).
But soon after his death and the accession of Darius, the Jews resumed their work, thinking that the edict of Smerdis would be now null and void, as Darius was in known harmony with the religious policy of Cyrus. The enemies of the Jews lost no time in bringing the matter under the notice of Darius, who caused search to be made for the decree of Cyrus (q.v.). It was not found at Babylon, but at Achmetha (Ezra 6:2); and Darius forthwith issued a new decree, giving the Jews full liberty to prosecute their work, at the same time requiring the Syrian satrap and his subordinates to give them all needed help.
It was with the army of this king that the Greeks fought the famous battle of Marathon (B.C. 490). During his reign the Jews enjoyed much peace and prosperity. He was succeeded by Ahasuerus, known to the Greeks as Xerxes, who reigned for twenty-one years."
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