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originally posted by: purplemer
a reply to: RussianTroll
I had to look up the Vologda region. I did not know where it was. It looks lovely. Can you get your mate Putin to sort me out a small farm holding somewhere nice and quiet with woods and bears please.
originally posted by: JimD350
My family originates from Karelia Finland which was overtaken by the Russians in what is known as the 'Winter War'. The Russian's moved in and burnt down all the churches, and to this day churches still 'mysteriously' burn down all by themselves.
originally posted by: openminded2011
a reply to: RussianTrollwww.businessinsider.com...
How absolutely Christian of you guys! A 200 megaton nuclear Tsunami weapon. Will you be putting a picture of Christ on the side of it?
originally posted by: 42Degrees
This is insanely idiotic. It just goes to show the moral ambiguity of the emotionally weak.......to think you would rather skip town when your home country hits a rough spot rather than taking a stand a fighting for change.....its sick...reading through this thread i really hope its a joke.
originally posted by: RussianTroll
For the first time, the name of the Sovereign Emperor Nicholas II went around, though not by much, the names of the main gods of the Bolshevik-Stalinist religion. Ten years ago it was hard to imagine such a thing, ...
The Bible’s answer
The antichrist is not merely one individual person or entity, for the Bible says that there are “many antichrists.” (1 John 2:18) Rather, the term “antichrist,” ... comes from a Greek word meaning “against (or instead of) Christ,” ...
How to identify antichrists
- They promote false ideas related to Jesus. (Matthew 24:9, 11) For example, those who teach the Trinity or that Jesus is Almighty God actually oppose the teachings of Jesus, who said: “The Father is greater than I am.”—John 14:28.
- Antichrists reject what Jesus said about how God’s Kingdom operates. For instance, some religious leaders say that Christ works through human governments. Yet, this teaching contradicts Jesus, who said: “My Kingdom is no part of this world.”—John 18:36.
- They say that Jesus is their Lord, but they do not obey his commands, including the one to preach the good news of the Kingdom.—Matthew 28:19, 20; Luke 6:46; Acts 10:42.
The Bible’s answer
No, God’s Kingdom is not merely a condition in the hearts of Christians. The Bible identifies its true location by calling it “the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 4:17, King James Version) Consider how the Bible shows it to be a real government that is ruling from heaven.
- God’s Kingdom has rulers, subjects, laws, and a mandate to establish the will of God in heaven and on the earth.—Matthew 6:10; Revelation 5:10.
- God’s government, or Kingdom, will rule over all “the peoples, nations, and language groups” of the earth. (Daniel 7:13, 14) The authority for its rulership comes, not from its subjects, but directly from God.—Psalm 2:4-6; Isaiah 9:7.
The Bible does not teach that the Kingdom of heaven is in your heart in the sense that it rules through a person’s heart. However, it does show that the “word of the Kingdom” or the “good news of the Kingdom” can and should affect our hearts.—Matthew 13:19; 24:14.
What does “the kingdom of God is within you” mean?
Some people have become confused about the location of the Kingdom by the rendering of Luke 17:21 in some Bible translations. For example, the King James Version says that “the kingdom of God is within you.” To understand this verse correctly, we must consider the context.
Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, a group of religious leaders who opposed him and shared in arranging for his execution. (Matthew 12:14; Luke 17:20) Does it make sense to think that the Kingdom was a condition in their obstinate hearts? Jesus told them: “Inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”—Matthew 23:27, 28.
Other translations accurately clarify Jesus’ statement at Luke 17:21: “God’s kingdom is here with you.” (Italics ours; Contemporary English Version) “The Kingdom of God is among you.” (New World Translation, footnote) The Kingdom of heaven was “with” or “among” the Pharisees, in that Jesus, the one designated by God to rule as King, was standing before them.—Luke 1:32, 33.
originally posted by: whereislogic
a reply to: ManBehindTheMask
So Russian nationalism is not OK (Beck says "this is one of the most dangerous human beings on the planet today"; just before he mentions "to incite Russian nationalism" in the video you used), but US nationalism, or when it's conveniently rephrased to patriotism, as if it's only harmless love of one's country and nothing more sinister or has nothing darker lurking beneath the surface, is fine?
In the Christian Greek Scriptures there are two words commonly translated “knowledge,” gnoʹsis and e·piʹgno·sis. Knowledge (gnoʹsis) is put in a very favorable light in the Christian Greek Scriptures. However, not all that men may call “knowledge” is to be sought, because philosophies and views exist that are “falsely called ‘knowledge.’” (1Ti 6:20) The recommended knowledge is about God and his purposes. (2Pe 1:5) This involves more than merely having facts, ...; a personal devotion to God and Christ is implied. (Joh 17:3; 6:68, 69) Whereas having knowledge (information alone) might result in a feeling of superiority, our knowing “the love of the Christ which surpasses knowledge,” that is, knowing this love by experience because we are personally imitating his loving ways, will balance and give wholesome direction to our use of any information we may have gained.—Eph 3:19.
E·piʹgno·sis, a strengthened form of gnoʹsis (e·piʹ, meaning “additional”), can often be seen from the context to mean “exact, accurate, or full knowledge.” Thus Paul wrote about some who were learning (taking in knowledge) “yet never able to come to an accurate knowledge [“a real knowledge,” TC; “a personal knowledge,” Ro; “clear, full knowledge,” Da ftn] of truth.” (2Ti 3:6, 7)