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10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commands and remain in his love.
1 John 4
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
13 But go and learn what this means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice.' For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, "My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine."
33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices."
31"But regarding the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was spoken to you by God: 32'I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB '? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
16 so that you do not become corrupt and make for yourselves an idol, an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman
15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
Gospel of Thomas
(12) The disciples said to Jesus: We know that you will depart from us; who is it who will be great over us? Jesus said to them: Wherever you have come, you will go to James the Just, for whose sake heaven and earth came into being.
5 However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
a reply to: daaskapital
Yeah, Christianity is a tool used to divide us, not to bring us together, the 20,000+ denominations agree with that premise. Christianity is the most divided community around today. Jesus wished for unity, not 20,000 different interpretations that cause discord between believers.
If God is love then to love others is to know God
“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he had witness borne to him that he was righteous, God bearing witness in respect of his gifts: and through it he being dead yet speaketh” (11:4).
How did Abel present his sacrifice unto the Lord? It was by faith. Moses did not write that Cain offered his sacrifice by faith, and no New Testament writer comments on the faith of Cain demonstrated by this offering.
If Cain did not offer his gifts unto God by faith, then how did he worship? The opposite of faith is by sight (2 Cor. 5:7), that is, through human intuition .
Cain worshipped according to “sight” — according to what his own senses and wisdom dictated would be an honorable gift unto the Lord.
No doubt, his produce was lovely to look upon. No doubt, he labored over those crops until the harvest. No doubt he anticipated that all the hard work, time, and care he had spent on those offerings would be acceptable.
originally posted by: AreUKiddingMe
Another Christian-bashing thread. The un-enlightened one seems to like doing this. Have at it, have fun, it's a waste of breath here for me to stay.