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it is the reading, meditating on and application of gods word in our lives that provides the opportunity for finding purpose, truth and salvation. Not merely reading it. The history of the bible shows it is the most printed book in the last 600 years but not the most widely read, sadly. Religious dogma has replaced truth of gods word, ritual and tradition. So obtain a good translation, read and seek to understand by letting the bible explain itself. Review key things because you will begin to understand who we are, why we need help and the consequences of not reaching out for that help now. Read, listen to gods word, obey and apply his principles then you will be blessed
30.03.2014 11:39
I wonder, if we can see signs of the Apocalypse coming, not only in social turmoil but in the natural world's decadence, Why is the church still encouraging women to have children? If we see millions of children without homes, How can it be good to encourage people to reproduce instead of adopting?
17.01.2014 18:46
If she is repulsed, there is no love. I guarantee that.
09.11.2013 20:36
IS PRAYING TO DEAD PEOPLE A SIN? Is it a sin to pray to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints? Matthew 4:10 Then Jesus said to him, "Go Satan! For it is written,' "You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.' " Praying to any person or anything is worship. WORSHIP DEFINED: To revere, stressing the feeling of awe or devotion. Adoring reverence or regard. Any worship of anyone or anything other than God is sin. The Virgin Mary is not God nor does she have the power to grant petitions of prayer. If men could pray to dead saints and get them answered, then why not pray to saint Moses, saint John The Baptist, saint Abraham, saint Job, saint Enoch, saint The Thief on The Cross or any other dead saint? Dead people cannot hear your prayers and if they could they would not have the power to answer them. Prayer is worship and only God deserves our worship. God knows our every thought. God is aware of every sin we commit. God knows our every move. God is omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Those are the attributes of God and what you would need in order to answer prayer. Neither the Virgin Mary, Moses, John The Baptist nor any other dead saint has the attributes of God. They cannot hear you nor can they answer YOUR PRAYERS. YES, TO PRAY TO ANYONE OTHER THAN GOD IS A SIN! YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. http:/
22.10.2013 02:53
well im confuse,, but ..people always want to hurt me.. n im tired of it
15.10.2013 07:47
THE DOCTRINE OF FREE-WILL The teaching that men do not have free-will evolved from the false doctrine that men are saved by grace alone. There is not one place in the Bible that has grace and alone in the same sentence. If in fact men are saved by grace alone and have no free-will, there are many things that would be true. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to have faith so they could be saved. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to repent. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to confess Jesus as the Christ. If men have no free-will, then God would have to force men to be baptized for the forgiveness of their sins. If men have no free-will, then God would be responsible for all of the sins of mankind. If men have no free-will, why did the men on the Day of Pentecost ask "Brethren, what shall we do?" (Acts 2:37) If men have no free-will, then why did the jailer ask Paul and Silas, "What must I do to be saved?" (Acts 16:30) If men have no free-will, then why did Saul ask, "What shall I do Lord?" (Acts 22:10) Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bring salvation to all men. God's grace is available to all men. Grace is not forced nor is it denied to any man. MEN HAVE FREE-WILL! YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG>>>>
04.10.2013 19:42
UNLESS THE FATHER DRAWS HIM John 6:44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. What is the meaning of John 6:44? 1. Does it mean only a few, who have been selected by the Father, will be saved? No, it does not. 2. Does it mean that men only respond to the gospel because of irresistible grace? No, it does not. WHO ARE THOSE THAT THE FATHER DRAWS? John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, 'And they shall all be taught of God.' Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. The Father draws all who hear and learn. The Father does not force anyone to hear or learn. Men have free-will. God does not impute faith into a few so they will believe and be saved. Faith does not come by injection. HOW DO MEN HEAR AND LEARN? Romans 10:13-14 for "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." 14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? Men need to hear the gospel before they can learn and believe. The Father draws men by the gospel. Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. Faith comes from hearing the gospel. Faith does not come because the Father selected a chosen few, before the world began, to be saved. All who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior are the chosen and that includes whoever accepts God's terms for pardon. Faith does not come because of irresistible grace. God the Father draws men to Jesus with the gospel. Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek, IT IS THE GOSPEL THAT DRAWS MEN TO JESUS! IRRESISTIBLE GRACE IS NOT THE METHOD THAT THE FATHER USES TO DRAW MEN TO JESUS. Romans 10:21 But as for Israel He says, "All the day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and obstinate people." Israel as a nation reject the gospel. How would that be possible if irresistible grace were in play? Israel turned away from God. Matthew 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. Jerusalem was unwilling to be drawn to Jesus by believing the gospel. They had a choice. John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; 40 and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. The Jews had the opportunity to believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, but they were unwilling. There was no irresistible grace in play. The Father draws all who are willing to believe the gospel. John 6:40 This is the will of My Father, thateveryone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day." IF YOU ARE READING THIS BLOG YOU ARE ONE OF THE "EVERYONE" WHO HAS A CHANCE TO BE BELIEVE THE GOSPEL AND BE SAVED. MEN REJECT GOD. GOD DOES NOT REJECT MEN DUE TO NO FAULT OF THEIR OWN. THE FATHER DRAWS MEN TO JESUS THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL. MEN ARE NOT DRAWN TO JESUS BECAUSE THEY WERE PRESELECTED FOR SALVATION! YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG.
24.09.2013 21:25
THE APOSTLE PAUL, THE SIN EXCUSE? Christians who are opposed to practicing repentance need a proof-text to support their sinful lifestyle. They open the book of Romans, skip a few chapters until they supposedly find the reason they are still practicing the same sins they were before they became a believer in Jesus the Christ. THE PROF-TEXT OF UNREPENTANT CHRISTIANS Romans 7:14-17 For we know that the Law is spiritual, but I am of flesh, sold into sin. 15 For what I am doing , I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate. 17 So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin dwells in me. The apostle Paul was sold to sin when he was trying to keep the Laws of Moses not when he was living under the grace of God. As a Christian, Paul was not sold into sin. As a Christian, Paul could resist sinning. As a Christian, Paul was not living a sinful lifestyle and then proclaiming the devil made him do it. Paul was not continually fornicating, stealing, practicing idolatry, engaging in homosexual activity, getting drunk, swindling others, murdering on a regular basis, he was not a member of a non-Christian cult like the Masonic Lodge? He was not living a unrepentant sinful lifestyle? WHAT DID PAUL SAY ABOUT CHRISTIANS AND SIN? Romans 7:5-6 For while we were in the flesh, the sinful passions, which were aroused by the Law, were at work in the members of our body to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin live in it? The apostle Paul did not live a sinful lifestyle. Romans 6:3-7...baptized into Christ Jesus...6 knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; 7 for he who has died is freed from sin. The apostle Paul was freed from sin when he was baptized into Christ for the forgiveness of his sins. (Act 22:16 Now why do you delay?Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.) Romans 6:14 For sin shall not be master over you,for you are not under law but under grace. The apostle Paul could not resist sin while he was under the Law of Moses. That was what he was talking about in (Romans 7:14-17). Romans 6:15-16 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? May it never be! 16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? The apostle Paul could resist sin. The man named Saul had a sin problem; because he was living under the Law of Moses. Christians sin by choice, not because the devil made them do it. Is there a way out? Yes! (1 John 8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) THE QUESTION REMAINS; WHERE WILL THE UNREPENTANT CHRISTIANS SPEND ETERNITY? YOU ARE INVITED TO FOLLOW MY CHRISTIAN BLOG. Google search>>> steve finnell a christian view
22.09.2013 00:29
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Why are there only 27 books in the New Testament?

1 oct 2010 | ora 13.58 Education | Priest Vasile Filat


Tell me, please, why are there in the Bible 27 books of the New Testament and not 26 or 28? Who decided it? Thanks in advance.

In the New Testament there are included only 27 books because only these 27 are inspired by God.

In the early Church

After the death, resurrection and ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, and after the Day of Pentecost (when the Holy Spirit descended on earth and the Church was formed), the apostles went and preached the Gospel message of the Lord Jesus, sharing their testimony and the Old Testament Scriptures. Then, being guided by the Holy Spirit, the apostles and some of their disciples, began to write the teaching preached by the Apostles. Another form by which the true teaching was spread to Christians were epistles, that were written messages of the apostles addressed to some individuals or Christian communities from different localities. Then these letters circulated and were read in the church at the worship services.

The emergence of pseudo-Christian writings

From its beginnings, the Church has faced attacks on sound doctrine left by Jesus Christ. They came mostly from the Jewish religion and Greek philosophy. There was often attempted to filter into the church bad, heretical teaching through books that were intentionally and falsely attributed to the apostles. Therefore, when the Church of Thessalonica was attacked by a heretical doctrine, Apostle Paul wrote them:

Now we request you, brethren, with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, that you not be quickly shaken from your composure or be disturbed either by a spirit or a message or a letter as if from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2)(NASB)

The followers of heretical teachings have produced a very large number of writings and through them they attempted to undermine the true teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ, but in the Church they knew very well the writings that were inspired by God.

Marcion’s attack

For the first time, the heretic Marcion tried to make a list of canonical books, by this he wanted to strengthen his destructive teaching. Moreover, by compiling this list, he attempted to deny the divine inspiration of many books in the New Testament that were already well known and recognized by the Church.

Around 140 AD, that Marcion, who was a businessman, began teaching a form of Gnostic heresy. According to this heresy God of the Old Testament was full of hatred and incompatible with the New Testament God of love. Thus, he rejected the Old Testament in its entirety. To be able to justify the heresy he had initiated, Marcion published a canon, i.e. a list of books that he considered inspired by God and they formed the Sacred Scripture. In this list he included only about two thirds of the Gospel of Luke and 10 epistles of Paul. It was this situation that created in the Church the need for understanding and defining of documents (scripts) that were truly canonical. We must specify that Marcion did not start the process of defining the canon, but he rather led to the intensification of a process already begun.

Defining of Scriptures before Marcion

At that time of Marcion, there were already assembled two sets of documents that were circulating. The first was a collection of four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and this collection was called the Gospel. Other collection included the epistles of Paul and it was called the Pauline corpus. Both these collections were regarded as Scriptures and mentioned by Ignatius, the bishop of Antioch, about the year 115 AD. The fact in itself implies that these writings were circulating before. It is believed that there was a collection that included the Epistles of Peter, John, James and Jude and the Book of Acts.

The Moratorium Fragment

Towards the end of the second century there was already settled the New Testament content. It was found a document called “The Moratorium Fragment” and is called so because the entire document has not been identified, but only a part, a fragment. It refers to the Gospel of Luke as the third (by default the first two were Matthew and Mark), then the Gospel of John, 13 epistles of Paul, the Epistles of Judah, John, and Revelation and all are listed as the Scriptures.

Origen’s testimony

Origen lived and worked in the third century. He was one of the great teachers of the Church. He said that the Church had four Gospels and heretics have a lot of them (the Gospels). Then Origen enumerates the list of canonical books: Paul’s 13 epistles, 1 Peter, 1 John and Revelation. He further stated that at that time it was at issue the canonicity of the epistle to Hebrews, 2 Peter, 2 and 3 John, James and Jude.

The testimony of Eusebius

Eusebius of Caesarea is the great Christian historian who wrote the first Church History. I highly recommend you to get this book and read it. Eusebius lists as canonical all New Testament books that we use our day except the epistles of James, Jude, 2 Peter and 2 and 3 John. He said about these books that they were questioned by some, but generally accepted by most Christians of that time.

The testimony of Athanasius the Great

In 367 Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, sent to the churches a letter with an Easter greeting and there he writes a list of the 27 canonical books of the New Testament, which we know today and have been always accepted by the whole Church.

The role of the Church Councils

At the Council of Hippo, which took place in the 393 and at the Council of Carthage in 397 there were once again approved the 27 books as the only ones that make up the New Testament Scriptures.

Who established the canon of the New Testament?

It is very important that every Christian knows that the New Testament canon was not discussed and fixed at ecumenical and local councils. At those of Hippo and Carthage canon that already existed for a long time was only approved (confirmed) once more. I like what Neil R. Lightfoot writes in this regard:

In conclusion it is important to emphasize that not the church councils have formed the canon of the Bible. It is not the Church, through its decrees (decisions) that gave infallibility to the books of the Bible. The Bible does not take its authority from individuals or groups of people. The Church does not define the canon but the canon defines the Church. Even if the church is the one that recognize the divine authority of the New Testament books, their authority does not derive from the Church, but is inherited in themselves. How a child identifies his mother, so the Church has identified the books known to have sole authority. (Neil R. Lightfoot, How We Got the Bible, Grand Rapids, 2003, p. 161-162)

New Testament canon was recognized by the Church in all times, so as today it is recognized by the Catholic, Orthodox, Protestant and neo-Protestant Churches. The division between these confessions did not come from Scripture, but from other writings that have been added or removed from the Scripture on the go.

Translated by Felicia Rotaru

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