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And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.
Matthew 21:21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
Matthew 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
16:19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
6 He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.
7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?
8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
9 And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
13Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
I've heard all sorts of stories of sicknesses being healed...yet none of them have ever been verified. And...amputees. This verse begs the question of why god won't heal them.
Oh, and apparently they can raise the dead too
Originally posted by WhoTheCapFit
meditation and prayer charge water into shape.
you seem to be on the bible trip. depending on your perception your interpretation will be different context can be taken many ways. we are intuitive to truth. everything literally is vibration and frequency the language of god. its not a superman thing.
we are beings of light experiencing low vibrations to experience a perceived separation from god. even physicality through quantum etc, is god. there isnt and cannot be anything but god, IT the mother/father one god infinity, everything, and anything. we are made of it and are in it. but what a wonderful thing to be and to discover and in your own way the same thing, and through karma and free will, law of intention you cant ruin anyone else surprise and you wouldnt want to anyway, the glory is overwhelming it is a tru awakening to feel complete finally awake as if you were sleeping your entire life till dark turned to light, you are out of the tunnel.
who the cap fit let em wear it, UNI-VERSE = ONE-SONG
no matter how hard anyone tries to have a problem whether they like it or not they are going to be ok.
power of love. do some research on it and not the fragment of the NIV bible thats only half the story of our history a serious diluted verion but the messsage is there.
love everyone, and love god with all your heart and strength soul, and you will live. luke 10:25, Luke 12:22
Originally posted by chrismarco
reply to post by madnessinmysoul
I’m not quite sure why someone is always bashing religion?
This site has its share of supporters of religion but in my opinion it seems to have more people calling into question the legitimacy of religion.
Who cares what others believe in…you can’t continue to bring up rape in the church because rape simply happens everywhere, at the daycares, at the after school programs, neighbors and relatives houses etc.…
Is it more justifiable or less serious if an atheist rapes someone because expectations are different for some people?
To be sure, the Bible contains the direct words of God. How do we know? The Moral Majority says so. How do they know? They say they know and to doubt it makes you an agent of the Devil or, worse, a Lbr-l Dm-cr-t. And what does the Bible textbook say? Well, among other things it says the earth was created in 4004 BC (Not actually, but a Moral Majority type figured that out three and a half centuries ago, and his word is also accepted as inspired.) The sun was created three days later. The first male was molded out of dirt, and the first female was molded, some time later, out of his rib. As far as the end of the universe is concerned, the Book of Revelation (6:13-14) says: "And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind." … Imagine the people who believe such things and who are not ashamed to ignore, totally, all the patient findings of thinking minds through all the centuries since the Bible was written. And it is these ignorant people, the most uneducated, the most unimaginative, the most unthinking among us, who would make themselves the guides and leaders of us all; who would force their feeble and childish beliefs on us; who would invade our schools and libraries and homes. I personally resent it bitterly.
People will use whatever tool they can to achieve their means whether for good or negative reasons. Plenty of people collect money for the implied act of donation when in fact they keep it…should that take away from everyone else who want to help contribute to their cause???
Just as we shouldn’t judge all African Americans as being drug dealers or all Italians as mobsters or worse Jersey Shore like lets just allow people to practice their religion as they choose without persecution.
As far as the bible goes some of it may be too amazing to even theorize but so is believing in aliens or ghosts and although I may have thought I had seen them I can’t really say for sure what was seen.
I also know when my friend who was and still is an atheist recently dealt with his son going through a very bad fever slash flu where he was hospitalized over night and my friend at the hospital said that in conversation “ I hope to god he gets better as he was welling up” Why did he say that because I believe when the rubber hits the road people have some connection to this and you might say it’s grasping at straws but I would disagree…it will always be a heated topic but I thought my input might be a bit relevant to the post…
Enjoy life while you can because sometimes we run out of mulligans..
Originally posted by madnessinmysoul
I'm trying to help people grow and mature.
Originally posted by kinglizard
A mature confident man doesn't spend the majority of his tine attempting to convince the world his view is the only correct view.
A confident mature man is secure enough in his beliefs that he can accept others that may not agree with him.
The older you get the more you come to accept you don't have all the answers.
You mean like insulting people who didn't agree with him?
You mean condemning those who didn't want to follow his teachings?
You mean emphasizing devotion to him?
You mean making people leave their families destitute and fatherless?
Sure, the guy said a few good things, but he also did some horribly silly things.
And again, the things he said aren't new. I've many examples of people who lived much better lives than he, who did more good for the work.
Genesis 1 is (to my knowledge) the alleged inspired information from the creator of cosmos, and as such it should be rather precise. You would expect a creator to know his creation. It takes the peculiar paths of a creationist mindset to make genesis 1 into anything even slightly resembling cosmos as we know it to be through science/logi
Genesis 2 has as many interpretations as is possible, but after some threads here last year, where it was chewed over from all potential perspectives, the only option which held water, was to make 'original sin' a question of 'disobedience' to an entity, which in rational terms seems to be a control-freak with a clear schizoid paranoia/megalomania syndrome.
As this kind of insane personalities ofcourse never are 'wrong', the blame for whatever shortcomings in the universe had to be put somewhere else. And in spite of a totally confused chronology, this blame is put on Eve, Adam and the talking snake, to make the character of the creator-sociopath go free from responsibility.
Pauline redemption: To appease the wrath of this alleged creator-entity's tantrums, but still keep a control-grip on the situation, a new bondage-doctrine arose as an extension of the old one. Though NT still depends on OT to have 'meaning'.
A closer analysis of this is presently beyond the point, so I'll just direct attention to (without being a buddhist myself), that e.g. buddhism's compassion/empathy version of a 'golden rule' is far better than the christian version. The buddhist version is unconditional, its scope is broader, and best of all, you don't have to include any imagined supernatural being into the equation. You can be a 'good' person without hallelujahs or any sneaked-in supernaturalism as a sales-argument.
Personally I also consider utilitarian morality superior to the christian model, but this would probably sidetrack the whole thread, taken up as parallel topic.