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Originally posted by TheMythLives
reply to post by OldThinker
I personally do not think that religion or faith is here to control the masses. Religions, such as christianity, christianity allows you to make up your own mind...
Originally posted by lernmore
While I decline to participate in your survey...
Originally posted by jdposey
reply to post by OldThinker
I suppose the one thing that separates the Word of God from any other book in the world, it is the only book which, when you are reading it, you come to discover, it is reading you .
James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, [and] to keep himself unspotted from the world.
a) free from censure, irreproachable
b) free from vice, unsullied
When Christ ascends, He sends the Holy Spirit in his place (John 16:7-8, 20:22; also Acts 1:5,8; Peter's own words in Acts 2:33; 1 Peter 1:12).
For some details on how the Spirit is sent by Christ to continue Christ's work, see John 14-16. Especially see John 3:34; 7:39; 14:26; 15:26; 16:7. The Spirit shows us what we can't otherwise know about Christ.
The Spirit is at work, showing us what Christ has done, and how that makes a difference in what's going on around us. The Spirit's witness to Christ doesn't function like a hypertext link. One doesn't click one's mouse on the Spirit's doings and get taken to the front page of Jesus' Cybersalvation Web Site. First of all, your mouse-clicking takes more initiative than you can take in restoring your relationship with God (or, in church-talk, it's God's grace in Christ's work on the cross that saves you, not anything you do). Second, the Spirit leads us into Christ's presence and Christ's character, two things that don't pop up on a screen and say 'I'm here'. Then, the Spirit works to get our own Web Site to take on the character that others would recognize as Christ's, for instance, by removing the annoying banner ads for the causes and ideas we're stuck on, or the irritating pop-up windows with our excuses, or the sneaky spy cookies that gather the information we might want to use against others. The Spirit is trying to push this Body of the Scared past their fears into full contact with the rest of reality, especially with other people who are not aware of Christ, or who hear the Name and yawn.
Originally posted by napayshni57
.....Oh gee not sure if I got side tracked here..sometimes I just start rattling.
One question..does it really matter if there is a rapture or not? I mean if your in the right place in life won't God take care of you?
I love to read those rapture no rapture debates. I figured I'm covered either way thats what counts.
Originally posted by CloudySkye
I'm curious about something, I know it's off topic but its as relevant here as any other thread that you've responded to.
I noticed in a another thread you started that you again rolled out the "Jesus was either the Lord or a complete idiot and a liar" line.
I know when you replied like this to me I didn't take to it very well as it appears to me to be a very extreme view, and I'm not very fond of extreme p.o.v's. I'd really like for you to tell me why you take this view without rolling out any scripture or external links, I'd like it to just be written by yourself.
Th reason I ask is because I don't really like picking people's beliefs apart because if it works for them personally and I feel that we left things on the wrong note as I have nothing against what you believe in.
In turn you can question me as much as you like about my beliefs.