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I believe sin is an evil concept. For without the idea of an inevitable pulling towards the dark side we can trust each other easily. And with trust you will see the true nature of man. And it is so beautiful, so far from evil.
21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, p‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’ 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, qbut he will not return to me.”
Let's look at sexual behavior. For a young man, when he's in his sexual prime, his mind is on sex. That's not Satan. It's not sin. It's absolutely normal and healthy to have a sex drive when you're a young man, just as it's natural to want to procreate because your body is telling you it's time. These are natural urges. They have nothing to do with evil/sin. Satan is not 'tempting' you.
Jesus does not mean you have to hate your family and friends to be his disciple... This is an analogy meaning "the spirit is more important then the flesh"... which is a concept found throughout the gospels...
Its not saying the spirit is more important than the flesh, but that the spirit is battling the flesh(sinful nature).
Actually Christians are baffled by my responses because they're logical... and make a lot more sense then Christian doctrine...
there is an obvious reason why Christians run from me... or they just give up because they have no reply that would make sense once the holes in their theology are exposed
You however are actually bringing forth a claim muslims have made for years, and it is always your little fall back plan whenever you have nothing of real value to say. I will be honest occasionally you bring up good point, but when you can't you bring up the Paul issue everytime.
The truth is most of us can tell your not trying to have a conversation but rather just discredit anything to do with traditional Christianity.
Not gonna insult you or anything I don't care if you want to post dishonestly all the time. Just don't get mad when I point it out.
To be honest I really don't like using the word flesh to describe Sin. Sin is rooted in the flesh, but the flesh is not always sinful. Sin starts in a man's heart as Jesus said "Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin." Anytime the Bible talks about sin and the spirit they are in complete opposition. Yet above you are trying to preach that the Bible only tells us one is more important than the other and while that is true that is not the bulk of the message
Only those born of the Spirit can enter heaven. Because flesh until then is a slave to sin. Only through Christ can that bondage be set free.
originally posted by: NOTurTypical
a reply to: Akragon
OF COURSE I missed you... Geez man!!
I was just giving you a few years to catch up to my post count. lol
Why would you think he would make such a claim... He didn't say "I was a Pharisee"... He said I AM a Pharisee...
The interesting thing is... He didn't need his stature as a Pharisee anymore anyways... He was the leader of the new religion... even the founder of it... He certainly had some issues with the OT laws, but that still doesn't explain his claim...
Well, I don't want to get in the absurdly rigid subtleties of the Koine Greek, but if you demand a past tense reference then see Philippians 3:5.
I don't agree with that, Jesus was the "founder", and even that I only agree to for the sake of argument. Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law and prophets. And it was Him who sent the disciples out to teach the gospel of grace.
Furthermore, Paul had his conversion after the others even Stephen. He was just the apostle sent to the gentiles. Peter wanted that assignment, but he was sent to Iraq and the large gathering of Jews who lived at that time in Babylon.
Except Jesus said nothing of Grace... that was Paul that taught "grace