reply to post by ahnggk
Your OP doesn't make sense. Why would Paul go to his death to end it with beheading by the Romans when all he had to do was recant? Kinda stupid to
walk over 2000 miles on foot, sleeping in the snow and cold and always being half starved to lead people away from Jesus. So your interpretation must
be wrong, because no man can call Jesus Lord unless it be by the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols,
however you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus
is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was only sent to the lost sheep of Israel, the Word was later given to Paul to give to the gentiles because the jews kept refusing to believe.
The only Apostles to the gentiles chosen was Paul. The "Jerusalem 12" were given only to Israel, although Peter had a penchant for helping Paul. I
don't see why you reject someone Peter and the other 12 accepted.
38 Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he
does not follow us.”
39 But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. 40 For he who is not against
us is on our side. 41 For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no
means lose his reward.
The first cencury christians were not dirt poor, they all would sell off their properties and then give it to the church and the church would
redistribute the proceeds equally amoung members while they lived in a communal setting.
16 Now behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?”
17 So He said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the
18 He said to Him, “Which ones?”
Jesus said, “‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ 19
‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ ”
20 The young man said to Him, “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?”
21 Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come,
22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
With God All Things Are Possible
23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 And again I say to
you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?”
26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
When Jesus said "it will be easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to go to heaven", he didn't say it was
impossible, just difficult. The "eye of a needle" was in reference to a particular market in Jerusalem that was so noisy it would scare the camels and
they would fight going in it.
Serving Mammon means your mind is only for obtaining and hoarding more wealth. You can be poor and still serve Mammon if youre desires are for
gaining more wealth instead of focusing on Christ. What you gain after becomming a christian are blessings from him.
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these
things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His
righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own
things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
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