Originally posted by wildtimes
The time came when I had to find out why I believed. The Christian faith hangs or falls on one premise and one premise only. The ressurection.
If Jesus of nazareth didn't raise from the dead then it is all a bunch of crap and I don't need Christianity. On the other hand, if he rose from the
dead then everyone had better take a scond look at this individual. Did he or didn't he?
That is the crux of the matter.
I've NEVER believed he did.
God still raises people from the dead in the name of Jesus.
Go google the miracles and accounts of it happening.
There are more reasons than just the scripture to believe it's true.
We still see the proof of it's truth today in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The things we read about in the book of Acts never stopped happening.
there is/was a member of the boards who once said,
'Jesus taught us the way, but instead of following In His Way, We Followed Him.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to
where I am going.”
5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you had known me, you would have
known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what
is that to you? You follow me!”
He Himself IS The Way.
You will find elsewhere in scripture that the only way you can actually follow in His ways is to follow Him, to abide in Him, to be led by His Spirit.
Never in scripture is there ever an implication that you can replicate Jesus's perfect life of obedience to God's will on your own. Righteousness, as
we see in Romans 8 and John 15, is entirely dependant on a relationship with Jesus where He manifests His righteousness through us by the Holy
Originally posted by ddaniel
This is one of the best quotes I've seen in a long time. You just summarized my thread in a sentence... Thank you!
I am somewhat dismayed at how some people are quick to applaud things which can be easily proven false by a couple scriptures.
In another thread I saw people rushed to applaud something about Constantine creating the bible, as though this was some great truth; when actually
the entire premise of the original post could be shattered by showing simple proof that the gospel of John as we know it today existed at least over a
century before Constantine.
Originally posted by temporalchameleon
Jesus is the way to get to the Father, but is that connection meant for everyone or just his disciples?
For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the
And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.
I think it's rather presumptuous to assume we can become part of that inner circle just for the asking.It's like walking up to an old shaman
and expecting him or her to reveal all the secrets of their underworld. There's no way in hell he or she would volunteer that information.
Your concept of God that is not true. He is generous, loving, and gives freely. We don't earn anything God gives us.
What Father wouldn't want to lavish His children in all the wisdom they care to seek, so that they can grow, do good, and avoid harm?
He always intended to give us these things, but we've got to ask and have faith.
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who
seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
9 “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you
are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
14 Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your
adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
he is a shield to those who walk in integrity
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