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“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.” (Revelation 1:3, ESV)
The book of Revelation is supposed to be a blessing. For many, however, it has been a book of mass confusion and contention. This forum will explore how to understand this complex book and show how this book is indeed an incredible blessing that challenges and changes us in ways unlike any other book of Scripture.
1. The book of Revelation is cyclical.
This book was not written chronologically. It consists of a series of visions that depict the same span of history from different vantage points. Thus, the book is similar to the...
20 But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar?
FACT! No, Abraham was not! ---- according to the scriptures He was accounted righteous (JUSTIFIED) before God several years earlier, *** BEFORE the birth of Isaac, and before he had done anything to "prove" his faith in God.***
4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, "This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir."
5 Then He brought him outside and said, "Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number...
[SIZE=18pt]CHRIST THE CENTRE OF THE BIBLE.[/SIZE]
To have a correct view of God`s word, I believe, brings clarity to the study of the Eschatology & the Prophetic aspects.
Now when we read God`s word we often focus on what it meant to those when it was written, & what life lesson it can give us. While these aspects are important the reason God the Father wrote His word, was to reveal His beloved Son to us.
From Genesis – revealing Christ in prefiguration, through to the book of Revelation – revealing Christ as He is known in the heavenly realms – glorified & exalted, Christ is the centre....
I have read this passage before but never put much thought into it since divorce is all to common in our society.
Mark 10: 7-12 CLEARLY says one commits adultery if they re-marry. It seems there is no remedy or path to divorce if your marriage doesn't work out when Jesus says, "What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate."
Both parties can always separate and live apart but how does a Christian get re-married in a Christian Church? It happens all the time but how do church leaders allow it or justify it based on what Jesus said?
For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20
Since the word of God states that some of God's Attributes are Clearly seen in Creation is it right for us to practice natural theology? It is some amazing stuff and using Logic we can know with undeniable logic some of God's Amazing Attributes. I believe is shines light on some of the doxology in the bible. But it is not practiced must in my opinion in christian circles.
We are called to love God with our heart and mind. Thoughts?
I recently heard someone excuse his rather obnoxious behavior by saying something along the lines of "well, you are just a faceless entity on the internet".
And it pulled me up short, if you know what I mean.
We need to realize...each "faceless entity" is a real person, just like us.
Do you treat people in the "virtual" world of the internet differently than you treat people in the "real" world?
Do you think that because we cannot see each other as we discuss our faith in these threads, that God cannot see us?
I don't get it: why it is that the US has the greatest military on Earth (despite the Administration's efforts to downsize us) and yet we are not annhilating ISIS
I don't get why Iran is getting away with making nukes against the world's wishes, and our president doesn't seem to care
Wel, he does live in Hawaii. Why should he care what happens to the mainland once he leaves office?
hmmm... Then i think about how there is so much bloodshed in this once Christian nation. OK, so we were never perfectly Christian. Who ever is? But we are killing millions and millions of...
God is the origin of all life.
In fact, God is life.
God has always existed.
Therefore life has always existed
because God is the origin of life.
God did not create Himself.
Therefore God did not create life.
It always existed.
Because God always existed.
God is a Spirit.
John 4-24 :God is a Spirit:
The Spirit of Life.
God did not create Himself.
Therefore God hence the Spirit of Life has always existed.
Therefore God is the origin of all life.
Note*** There are no dead spirits.
God did not make Himself come alive.
Is God the Father of all spirits?
[SIZE=10.5pt]. . . because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land. Hosea 4:1[/SIZE]
[SIZE=36pt]God’s 7,000 Year Plan[/SIZE]
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day with the Lord [in heaven] is as a thousand [earth] years, and a thousand [earth] years is as one day. [in heaven] 2 Peter 3:8...
As a Christian missionary, abroad representing Christ, Rome's poster child,
Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu (a.k.a. Mother Teresa) is a terrible disappointment.
It turns out Teresa was a remarkable actor. Her public image bore no
resemblance whatsoever to the secret life of her inner being.
Below are some quotes taken from her own private letters; and excerpts of
her statements from other sources. You be the judge: role model or role
player, believer or make-believer?
"Only pray that I keep up this joy exteriorly. I deceive people with this
weapon-- even my Sisters."
"When I try to raise my thoughts to Heaven, there is such convicting
emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my