reply to post by ProfessorChaos
As Christians, we are called on by Christ to judge ourselves for our actions, not to judge others. Be responsible for yourself and your family,
everyone else will have to answer for themselves, it is not your place to pass judgement on anyone else, let alone a non-believer, I mean think about
it for a moment, would that type of behavior win you over to someone else's cause? Of course not.
What I am trying to say is this: We should know from the bible that true Christians are and always will be the extreme minority in this world, get
used to it; otherwise, you'll actually be hurting the cause of Christ rather than helping it. Share your faith with those that want you to, don't
force it on those that do not. If someone is going to be in the Book of Life, they'll get there in their own time.
Again, I need examples. I don't see this on ATS much. Most of the threads I read are very pleasant to read. They are examples of Christians
seeking truth. I do see the attacks and the occasional Christian comment that is filled with condescension. This happens. Many people make the
mistake in thinking that the Holy Spirit is something we possess currently. While many are holy, the Spirit is given to mankind next on the timeline.
Because of this, the Spirit is simply a comforter at this point. When you have the Holy Spirit yourself, you will be changed instantly. No sin will
be possible. When does this come on the timeline?
First, Matthew 3 states it clearly. That baptism comes when Christ returns.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to
flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. 9 And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our
father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree
that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.
11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will
baptize you with[c] the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into
the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
The baptism he offers now is into the first resurrection. That's where we are today. The baptism of the Holy Spirit comes by Christ during the
"Day of the Lord," or last 1000 years.
Here is the timeline.
Epistle of Barnabas 15:4
Give heed, children, what this meaneth; He ended in six days. He
meaneth this, that in six thousand years the Lord shall bring all
things to an end; for the day with Him signifyeth a thousand years;
and this He himself beareth me witness, saying; Behold, the day of
the Lord shall be as a thousand years. Therefore, children, in six
days, that is in six thousand years, everything shall come to an
2 Days -Adam to Abraham 2000 Years of Age 1 (FATHER)
2 Days -Abraham to Jesus 2000 Years of Age 2 (SON)
2 Days -Jesus to Today 2000 Years of Age 3 (HOLY SPIRIT)
1 Day -Day of Rest (Day of the Lord) 1000 years (SALVATION)
7 Days (7000 years - Approximately 6000 have passed)
At the end of each age, a new aspect of Creation is given to mankind. We currently have the Father and Son. The Holy Spirit is a comforter, but at
the last age, we receive this by the blood.
Today, we are ALL the ones that lack. Christians have no positional good when it comes to knowing God or possessing the Spirit in holiness. I do
agree with your comments, yet I see why patience with all is necessary. We are all on this path to the same place. It's not about what we do, but
what is being done for us.