Originally posted by sad_eyed_lady
I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth:
And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord:
Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary:
Suffered under Pontius Pilate; was crucified, dead and buried: He descended into hell:
The third day he rose again from the dead:
He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty:
From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead:
I believe in the Holy Ghost:
I believe in the holy catholic church: the communion of saints:
The forgiveness of sins:
The resurrection of the body:
And the life everlasting. Amen.
I believe everything you've said, except the bit about the Catholic Church. I don't know enough about the Catholic Church to believe in it. Neither do
I consider myself a Christian for just about the same reason I don't believe the Catholic Church. I do know that God has spared my life on more than
one occasion, the most profound time being when I drowned as a child of about 9 or 10, during a four day summer Bible camp. Pardon me for not
remembering exactly which year, I just remember telling my dad about it after I came back from that the next year I wanted to go back so I asked my
dad and he said he didn't want me to go I put up my arguement then asked him why, he said, "You might get hurt......YOU MIGHT DROWN!" My mind
processed what he said with the memory of what happened and in my defense, I said, "But...I WAS SAVED!" God is Good, the bible says that God devises
ways for us that we might achieve everlasting life.
2 Samuel 14:14 -All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not
just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.
God wants us to separate from the world and conform to his standards. When one door shuts another one opens. God sent his only begotten Son, that
whosoever believes what is true has eternal life. There are many things which are true, when people are relying on half truths and misunderstandings,
the outcome is deception.
God, the Garderner, says that He is the Vine and we are the Branches, anyone who does not bear good fruit will be chopped off and thrown into the fire
where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Jesus, Truth, came to teach, he didn't come to merely silently know all things, he came to act on that which he knows to be true. To merely know what
God wants and not act upon it comes from a life that reaps carnal/temorary satisfaction. I mean look at the book of Jonah. Because of that, many
people assure that he SUFFERED for the things he said and that those who believe in what he said are subject also to derision. To those who decide to
live by the truth, as they grow in the knowledge of what is true, they accept the truth and then grow further. Jesus sends the Holy Spirit, the
Counselor of Truth, to GUIDE US INTO all Truth.
John 16:7 But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I
will send him to you.
John 14:26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I
have said to you.
John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever--
God kicked Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden because they had knowledge of good and evil. Now, having a knowledge of good and evil does not make
one evil, God knew the difference between good and evil when he found evil in Lucifer did and he cast Lucifer and those who agreed with him out of
heaven. It wasn't the fact that Adam and Eve had knowledge of Good. It was because Adam and Eve's action agreed with the Serpent's. Because there was
now knowledge of God (God is Good) AND choice to obey or disobey MIXED IN with the WILL to disobey God, and instead rather believe that which the
Serpent (The father of all lies) says, knowing that the if blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch, the deciever and the decieved. Jesus
said that wisdom is shown by her children, that is, by the Good results, the good fruit of that which is capable of behaving according to what one
knows to be right, a person of good conscience. Adam and Eve saw that they were naked and they were ashamed.
John 16:8 -And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the coming judgment.
The bible says that there is a time when intervention will cease.
Genesis 6:3 -Then the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred
and twenty years."
David of the Bible vowed that he would not give rest to his eyes nor touch his bed until he was abiding in Truth, it is said that David was a man
after God's own heart.
edit on 10/01/11 by Wonders because: to add.