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|461||Are we do pray to Jesus?||Matt 6:9||Sir Pent||14296|
I am going to say somthing here, and I ask that you please consider it. My purpose is not to offend you, but hopefully to help you to be a more effective witness for Christ, in this forum, and in your life. The first instinct will probably be to get defensive, and come back and attack me. But I know you, and am confident that if you take some time to think about these things, you will understand my perspective and will be able to rise above that.
One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control, and there are times where certain posts of yours do not exibit this characteristic. I have seen several examples, which I could quote for you if it will help, but this is a good example here, and I would prefer not to pile them up on you.
Just looking at this example, Steve asks a question about whom we should address our prayers to according to scripture. This is a question that I have heard other Christians ask me before. It was not that they questioned the Deity of Christ, but rather that it seemed to them that prayers should be specifically addressed to the Father. There is some biblical basis for this in that the Lord's Prayer (Jesus recommended example) is addressed to the Father. Also most churches teach that Jesus' purpose was to bring us to the Father, therefore, Jesus interceeds for us, making it possible for us to pray to the Father. That is why many people start prayers with "Gracious heavenly Father" (acknowledging who they are addressing), and end them with "in Jesus name, Amen" (giving credit to Jesus for making it possible).
There are of course other scriptures, which do seem to indicate that it is appropriate to pray to Jesus also like Acts 7:59, where Steven prays to Jesus as he is being stoned. However, it is possible that Steve was not aware of these verses. In fact that is the whole purpose of this forum. To allow people to ask questions in a place where others may be able to help them find the answers in scripture. I therefore appreciate rextar?s response on this topic.
Now contrast that with your own response. Instead of trying to see Steve's point of view, it appears that you make a very big assumption that he is questioning Christ's deity. Then instead of asking him to clarify his intentions, you immediately jump to the drastic recommendation of barring him from the forum. This shows an apperant lack of self-control, and is not treating him with dignity or respect.
I realize that I'm new here, and possibly Steve has in the past made statements, which have strongly affected your perspective of him. However, even if that is the case, today is a new day, and this is a new post which seems to be genuine and potentially of interest to the community at large. In conclusion, Nolan, you are a strong defender of the faith, and have much wisdom to share with others (which I have seen in many of your posts). Please consider taking a little more time to wrap this in a package, which others will be willing to sign for.
|462||Are praise and worship different?||Ps 63:4||Sir Pent||14270|
I regret that you too are so offended by my chosen screen name. I have a three perspectives on this issue.
1. I believe that you are wrong to be so apperantly judgemental towards another person just because of a screen name. Especially when the name has been clearly defined in a biblical perspective in both the user profile, as well as by other forum members (thanks for your defense Joren). I would also submit that when God created the serpent or snake (as part of the overall creation), He said it was "good". And in the verse that I reference in my profile, Jesus encourages believers to emulate the positive attribute of wisdom modeled after the serpent. Besides this, my user name is not even Serpent, as such, emphasizing that side of things. But instead is Sir Pent, emphasizing the ideas of chivalry and knighthood. The combined word is only a secondary meaning.
2. My second perspective is this. You are a fellow believer in Christ. I know this from your postings, and from other knowledge which will at this time remain unspoken. Therefore, as a Christian, you must allow the Holy Spirit to guide your life. If just writing my user name in a post is somthing which the Spirit convicts you as being sinful, then I support your decision to refrain from doing that.
3. My final perspective is this. There is a biblical precedent for "judging a tree by its fruit". I would encourage you and all other members of this forum to read several of my responses to others questions. I believe this should give a much more accurate perspective on where I'm comming from than just deciding based on my screen name.
|463||book of barabus||Bible general Archive 1||Sir Pent||13954|
|I had never heard of this book, however, I found a site on the internet where you could go read it (and other texts) if you like. From what I could find out, the text was only discovered in the 1900's and was translated and published in 1908. It was never included in the Bible, and has been surrounded by controversy almost ever since it was discovered. I hope this helps out.
|464||IN 1Cor.3:15 Is it the person or the wor||1 Corinthians||Sir Pent||13769|
|I'm glad to be able to help. We all can benefit from the ideas of others, and often that is how God speaks to us.|
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