Originally posted by Deetermined
reply to post by SubAce
Anyone that is zealous for truth and right even when they are unknowingly doing and speaking falsehood should be forgiven, for they work with a lack
of faith and are in ignorance.
Stupid Girl's a pretty devout Christian as far as I can tell, so I wouldn't blame a difference of interpretation of scripture on "lack of faith and
ignorance". This is where it goes wrong. I hope we can all debate the interpretation of scripture without saying that anyone lacks faith, is
ignorant, or belongs to a cult.
When Paul stated that he lacked faith, and was ignorant, he was acknowledging that while he did indeed have a zeal for God, as a pharisee, although he
thought he was right, and all the teaching he was given gave him truth, he later realized that he was wrong.
Many today are the same:
(Romans 10:2) . . .For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God; but not according to accurate knowledge;
One can totally believe they are right, as Paul did. He had righteous indignation against Jesus' followers and hounded them, because they were
apostates of the Jewish faith, which owned the truth. Anyone confessing Jesus had to be done away with. Yet later he realized how wrong he was.
As the poster admitted, everyone's fruits are born witness to. And all rotten fruit will be destroyed. By their fruits you will recognize them.
Christendom's fruit has been rotten to the core. She has been exposed for who she is, and will continue to be until she is done away with.
While many are mislead by the clergy of Christendom, referred to in the scripture as the "man of lawlessness" many God-loving people still reside
within her grasp. They are innocent and need to learn the truth:
(Matthew 7:21-23) . . .“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my
Father who is in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your
name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU! Get away from me, YOU workers of
A Christian loves God's word. Even if it is revealed to them that what they have been taught is wrong, their love of God and his word will lead them
to humbly accept his truth and change.
That is where God's word reveals what the heart is:
(Hebrews 4:12) For the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two-edged sword and pierces even to the dividing of soul and
spirit, and of joints and [their] marrow, and [is] able to discern thoughts and intentions of [the] heart.
It is powerful and is able to cut into the very marrow, and reveal the intentions of a person's heart. When scripture is read how does one react?
Do they reject it, or do they accept it as it truthfully is, the word of God:
(1 Thessalonians 2:13) . . .you accepted it, not as the word of men, but, just as it truthfully is, as the word of God. . .
Honest-hearted ones love the truth, and love God's word. For it is alive and exerts power. If one is acting in unknowing ignorance of truth, that
is understandable. Yet if their heart is inclined to righteousness and right, how will they react when God's word is used to readjust them? For
God's wisdom is given to all whom ask for it, and without reproach:
(James 1:5) . . .So, if any one of you is lacking in wisdom, let him keep on asking God, for he gives generously to all and without reproaching; and
it will be given him.