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You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Originally posted by taccj9903
reply to post by SuperiorEd
Thanks for your well thought out reply. It is true there is some bias on my part possibly due to unrelenting verbal abuse by those Christians my post is directed towards.
Maybe I’m just not getting it, or I just don’t fully understand the bible, but isn’t love one of the key attributes the Christian God supposedly has? If this is true, then can someone please tell me why love is so hard for so many Christians to fully comprehend?
I hope that anyone reading this post, both Christians and non-Christians, understands that hypocritical behavior can be an affliction to more than just an individual; it can tarnish the reputations of entire groups of people.
Originally posted by mysticnoon
Christianity seems to foster an elitist spiritual egotism which I imagine must be a challenge to some of the Christians.
Originally posted by NOTurTypical
reply to post by taccj9903
Well, to be quite honest, being born again doesn't mean you become perfect. Christians are still sinners, when we slip and fail and the Holy Spirit convicts us we seek forgiveness and try hard by the grace of God not to make the same mistake again. Since you've stated in the OP that you used to be a Christian then you should know full well that we will never get rid of our sin nature until we receive a glorified body at the resurrection. Being born again doesn't mean we never make mistakes, a honest Christian will admit they have done you wrong and seek your forgiveness.
Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as wordly--mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still wordly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not wordly? Are you not acting like mere men?
Christ is the end of the law for all who believe..we who are many parts make up One body
And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? If I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of
For you, brethren, have been called to liberty
To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.
But everyone shall sit under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one shall make them afraid; For the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken.
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
To be found in him, not having mine own righteousness by works of the flesh, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith
He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
Even that question came up only because of some so-called Christians there—false ones, really—who were secretly brought in. They sneaked in to spy on us and take away the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. They wanted to enslave us and force us to follow their Jewish regulations. But we refused to give in to them for a single moment. We wanted to preserve the truth of the gospel message for you. NLT
For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. These things command and teach.
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Is it a fast that I have chosen,
A day for a man to afflict his soul?
Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush,
And to spread out sackcloth and ashes?
Would you call this a fast,
And an acceptable day to the LORD?
“ Is this not the fast that I have chosen:
To loose the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the heavy burdens,
To let the oppressed go free,
And that you break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out;
When you see the naked, that you cover him,
And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Then your light shall break forth like the morning,
Your healing shall spring forth speedily,
And your righteousness shall go before you;
The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer;
You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’
“ To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?”
Says the LORD.
“ I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams
And the fat of fed cattle.
I do not delight in the blood of bulls,
Or of lambs or goats.
“ When you come to appear before Me,
Who has required this from your hand,
To trample My courts?
Bring no more futile sacrifices;
Incense is an abomination to Me.
The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies—
I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.
Your New Moons and your appointed feasts
My soul hates;
They are a trouble to Me,
I am weary of bearing them.
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things; And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth
Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Remember what the bible said divisions in the church?
Originally posted by Akragon
reply to post by NOTurTypical
That parable isn't about seperating people...
just so you know
"Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Originally posted by NOTurTypical
Actually thats exactly what it means. Jesus tells the disciples the meaning of the different idioms later in the chapter. It describes what will happen to the righteous children of God and the wicked children of Satan at the end of the millennium.
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
38 The field is the world,
and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom.
The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
Originally posted by NOTurTypical
No, the only thing happening right now is tares mixing with wheat. The separating will happen at the end of Christ's 1,000 year reign on Earth from the throne of David. That's why it says: "the harvest is the end of the world".
Gabriel promised Mary that Jesus would rule from David's throne and His rule would be eternal. David's throne didn't exist at the time Gabriel made the deceleration, Israel was ruled by the Rome when Christ was born.