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How far might it be possible to be saved without an explicitly conscious knowledge of Christ?
There was a pagan village called Tubunaus about three miles from Soe. One day a pagan priest called Sem Faet, who also had leprosy, was giving a sacrifice to his “blood god.” Jesus came and revealed Himself to this pagan priest. “I am the God you are seeking,” He said,. “This is not the way to worship Me.”
“Lord who are you and how do you want to be worshipped?” the priest asked. “I will tell you my name and how you are to worship Me later,” Jesus said. ” First you must gather all your images and witchcraft materials and burn them. When you do this, I will visit you again and tell you all about myself.” Then the Lord disappeared.
The Lord came to him again and said, "My name is Jesus." Jesus explained to Him the passages of the Bible concerning salvation and the Christian walk. The man also was healed from his sickness. The priest could not read or write, and the Lord told him to go to Soe. "When you get there, buy a pencil and pad of paper," Jesus told him. He obeyed the Lord.
When he returned to the village, God took his hand and wrote Bible verses in his book. He did not use normal Timor writing but a type of hieroglyphics. The Lord gave him many stories found throughout the whole Bible. (A photo of this exact writing appears in the photo section of this book.)
Like a Mighty Wind
Melisa: But surely no one would choose that if they knew you really existed?
Jesus: Not so, nobody goes into hell blindfolded. In one way or another, I've revealed myself to everyone.
Melisa: But if they could just see you...
Jesus: Not even that would be enough. Look at satan, he stood before me in the very throne room of God. But he thought the beauty and the power bestowed was somehow earned. Gave himself over to pride. Scratch any sin and just below the surface you'll find pride...
Jesus: "I'm a gentleman Nick, I'll never force myself on you or anyone. Nick, what would be more unjust and unfair, for me to steal you at the moment of your death and force you to live in my presence and in my will for all eternity. Hell on the other hand is a place where you'll be completely free from all of my "though shalt nots"... FOREVER."
Source: The Encounter
As to those who live in tribes without God’s Word, God has revealed Himself in the hearts of all men. Through general revelation, man can sense God’s existence and see His power. www.tillhecomes.org...
I sure hope so! When I did the first one I had remarkable experiences, not weird and supernatural, just understanding His heart in a new and unique way. And the same thing happened with “The Encounter.” At the end of the film when the guy makes the choice to go his own way, I just spontaneously broke down weeping, profusely. It was a little uncomfortable for a lot of the crew!
Some of them had a hard time picturing Jesus being affected like that but it helped me to understand the depth of his heart in a fresh and unique way. There were two projects I turned down. Jesus has to be loving people and crying tears over their pain. If people don’t understand that, they’re missing the point. In another one they hired a director who didn’t know the Lord. How can someone direct that story if he doesn’t have access to the spirit of God?
Interview: The Actor Who Plays Jesus in “The Encounter”
The non-believers who worked alongside you when you played Jesus were affected by how you portrayed Jesus. Can you share how their lives changed?
Even the believers were blown away. It was the depth of love, both in Matthew and the Encounter. There was a moment in the Encounter where one of the characters rejects Jesus. In character, I began profusely weeping as the character walks out the door. You could hear a pin drop when the camera cut...the guys were blown away. That's how Jesus feels. Imagine how your heart breaks when your kids make bad choices.
Multiply that times a ka-billion, and there you have the heart of Jesus. The mother of the young girl in the movie told me later that her daughter asked her, "is that really how Jesus feels?" This scene did not make the final cut. It did show Jesus weeping because of the pain He felt.
Bruce Marchiano Plays Biggest Role of His Life
You also had a brand new actor, Madison Gibney, on the set. It was lovely to have her there. Madison didn't know the Lord, and she was really impacted by some of the scenes. There were a few scenes where I'm holding her face in my hands and just conveying the love of Jesus. Driving home she asked her Mom, “Did Jesus really act like that? Does He really love me that much?” You can't ask for more than lives being touched with the reality of Jesus as opposed to religiosity.
Bruce Marchiano Interview
originally posted by: DISRAELI
So the real starting-point for this quest was finding a definition of the nature of sin.
The solution which I have evolved and adopted is that sin is a relationship problem. The human will has come out of alignment with the will of God, and this misalignment impedes our knowledge of God and our contact with God. We are born with independent wills, and that is the state of sin.
originally posted by: dfnj2015
The way our "will" works has NOTHING to do with sin. The idea that we have to have "alignment with the will of God" is just wrong. The problem is people in power will claim they are the ones who "know" the will of God.
You see Christ himself says the Scriptures testify of Him. You see even Jesus Himself says the scriptures all of them from beginning to end Testify of him. The Scriptures are all about him it is History Past, present and future. The future is what everyone should be looking too, for the prophecies to come will reveal the Truth about Christ and his Glorification.
John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
BTW the tree of life was never lost... Tree of life has always been with God it will once again be on the New Earth Located in the New Jerusalem.
see the tree of life today is the cross of Jesus Christ.
1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare DISRAELI'S sins in his own body on the tree, that DISRAELI, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes DISRAELI is healed.
originally posted by: DISRAELI
My next series will be on the characters found in Proverbs.I suppose I ought to be safe there from the danger of breaking any of your rules.
originally posted by: ChesterJohn
Not one original thought will come from it that you could claim to be your own.
I should hope not. I wasn’t attempting to do anything more than present the fundamental message in a way that might be better understood.