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We all have them, but they are unique to each. Where you are at in your soul travel so to speak is what you will experience for your spirit. It may be hard but we all have to know that we have people cheering us on in other realities.
I think each story is meaningful. How we each overcome matter is important to our growth.
I went to a church that told me that if we are alive when Judgment Day comes we need to be living a sinless life. I doubt that there are any churches today that teach that, and are too busy trying to be popular, and so a lot of people will be caught unawares, and fail judgment.
So, how did you get from childhood to now, jmd?
Originally posted by FlyersFan
I KNOW there is a God... I know these things from experience. My beliefs are fluid based upon my experiences.
Originally posted by Rustami
thanks for reminding me of what I consider an important detail - He spoke at the exact moment I began to open a Gideon New Testament, which I think was "written" in the 80's?
"At that time of the day, nobody was at the house. My family, my brothers plus my grandmother, they had all gone somewhere else, up the hill to do something. And I was spending time in one of the rooms of the house, alone, just reading my Bible, and after a while, I just laid out on the floor and was praying, and kind of reading the Bible, and I heard a voice speak to me, it sounded like a male voice, it was audible, and it said "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you."
Working With Angels
At age 12, his growing awareness of God led him to the Bible and he started reading it from the beginning. Halfway through Deuteronomy he decided that it was full of rules and regulations and didn’t want anything to do with it. Just as he shut the Bible he heard a voice say, “Put your hand on top of the table and pick the table up.” Ian put his hand flat on the table top and it rose, sideways off the floor.
“It was an amazing power rush,” Ian explained. “Suddenly, I walked in power.”
Excerpt from Shifting Shadows of Supernatural Power
Praying all night in the mosque, he asked God to help him. Suddenly he felt drops of oil falling on him and even smelled its fragrance, he says. He claims another time he heard an audible voice telling him to read a Bible—an abomination to a Muslim. “We would not touch a modern-day Bible,” he says. “This voice immediately put a desire in my heart. It is so vivid, so clear, so overwhelming. Still today, I could not forget that voice.”
For example, one man in a nation hostile to Christianity says he heard a voice telling him, “Find Jesus, find the gospel.” He didn’t know what Jesus was—a chair, a tree, an animal? But the voice told him exactly what city and house to go to, so he traveled for two weeks, arriving directly at the door of one of only three believers in the city.
Why Revival is Exploding Among Muslims
Half way through my tour I am on leave in my Dad's house all alone. In the living room of the house I notice a huge white catholic Bible sitting on the coffee table so I sit down and open it.
- When I opened it I had an incredible supernatural encounter and I was given instantaneous knowledge that the book I was looking at was written by GOD. I KNEW that it had to be a supernatural book because this knowledge instantly came into my mind when I touched this book.
What gets translated as "religion" in the New Testament means to do service as an expression of devotion to the deity you believe in.
The root meaning of the word religion means to connect with God but religion does exactly the opposite.
I would recommend listening to the Feb. 10 episode of the Paracast, to Richard Smoley, author of "Supernatural: Writings on an Unknown History." He explains how everything is alive (or has a consciousness, as he puts it). That's not the same as everything being God, though that's not what you said exactly. I think it is important to keep a distinction between the spiritual and the physical.
I began to understand that god is in everything, and really know it
Being a long-time SDA, I can say that the two things would seem incompatible.
The big thing in my post-SDA life has been the discovery of Universal/Ultimate Reconciliation.
Originally posted by jmdewey60
What gets translated as "religion" in the New Testament means to do service as an expression of devotion to the deity you believe in. For Christians, it should be doing things that help people in need.
"Everything is backwards; everything is upside down. Religions destroy spirituality."
“Religion, from religare, signifies to tie or bind, because by true religion the soul is tied or bound, as it were, to God and His service.”
Museum of Antiquity A Description of Ancient Life
"...the etymological root of religion is the Latin religare - which means 'to tie, to fasten, to bind' "
GreenCine Daily: SFIFF, 4/27
The derivation of the word religion has been a matter of dispute from ancient times.
Religion, from Latin 'religare' meaning 'to bind', describes our connection to God as the One thing which exists.
Lactantius derives religion from religare (to bind): We are tied to God and bound to Him [religati] by the bond of piety, and it is from this, and not, as Cicero holds, from careful consideration [relegendo], that religion has received its name. (Lactantius)
St. Augustine himself was not satisfied with it, for in his 'Retractions', I, xiii, he abandoned it in favour of the derivation given by Lactantius. He employs the latter meaning in his treatise 'On the True Religion', where he says: 'Religion binds us [religat] to the one Almighty God.' (St Augustine)
Overview: Philosophy of Religion