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Whoever does not receive you, nor heed your words, as you go out of that house or that city, shake the dust off your feet.
"Any place that does not receive you or listen to you, as you go out from there, shake the dust off the soles of your feet for a testimony against them.
And as for those who do not receive you, as you go out from that city, shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.
3 And He spoke many things to them in parables, saying, "Behold, the sower went out to sow; 4 and as he sowed, some seeds fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate them up. 5 "Others fell on the rocky places, where they did not have much soil; and immediately they sprang up, because they had no depth of soil. 6 "But when the sun had risen, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. 7 "Others fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked them out. 8 "And others fell on the good soil and yielded a crop, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty. 9 "He who has ears, let him hear." 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 11 Jesus answered them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 "For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, `YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES, OTHERWISE THEY WOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.' 16 "But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. 17 "For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. 18 "Hear R486 then the parable of the sower. 19 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. 20 "The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. 22 "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. 23 "And the one on whom seed was sown on the good soil, this is the man who hears the word and understands it; who indeed bears fruit and brings forth, some a hundredfold, some sixty, and some thirty."
Originally posted by RANT
How long should an Atheist try to convert you? A Muslim? A Hindu? A Wicca?
Originally posted by skychief
My response to this is to simply offer up your beliefs but keep a watchful eye. If this person wants to know more then they will inquire if not let it go for the time being. The most important thing you can do for this person is to lead by example. Show them that this is the right way not by trying to "sell" it but by your life style. Be their friend and help them every step of the way but do not walk away from them just simply because they will not convert as you wish. We need to realize that arrogance is what has turned so many away from the Christian faith and that we are no better than any other people of this planet. Christianity is not a badge, or ribbon, to proudly wear it is a guide/rule that Christians must follow in order to achieve salvation. Discuss your beliefs, and theirs, and open up dialouge but never, ever, look down on this person for they have same right to be here as you do. Sometimes those that disagree with you can make the best of friends and help you strengthen your faith. Remeber, a simple rule of thumb is to abandon no one and help all.
Originally posted by ivanglam
well that all depends on how you view Gods appearence to you .. If you thnks he comes to you through Visions, Dreams, Nature, People, then decide how to live like Jesus through how YOU belive he would speak to you ... For me, God shows me whats right through Randomnedd.. i know it sounds really weird, but i get the "feeling' of something i had to do based on spontanious things .. like 'out of the blue' questions asked by freinds or a thought that comes into my head through nature... If you seardh for God, he will come to you.. He is everything and everyone... And like I said, it just depends on how you look.
You also asked why the christian movement promoted pride in the respect of 'makeing a difference'.. this is because it is our responsibility as christians to live like Jesus would.. thats t
he simplist i can put that.. WWJD ? What Would Jesus Do?
I hope this answers your questions and I hope for a reply back
Originally posted by Jonna
People are who they Are. You, me or anyone else should except a person for who it is that they are because to 'change' them is to make them who they are not. If a person changes themselves, then their change is truthful and honest otherwise it is just a mask that they place over who they are. It is about acceptence and humility.
Originally posted by llpoolej
I have actually had baptist "jokingly" tell me that only pieces of me will make it to heaven(I was sprinkled not dunked)