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The bible wasn't written by a pagan king, but was written by Pagans.
20.04.2014 18:34
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:/steve-finnell.blogspot.com
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>>>>http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com
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. http://steve-finnell.blogspot.com
24.09.2013 21:25
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It was the Father's good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Jesus Christ (Colossians 1)

30 dec 2007 | ora 14.15 Doctrine | Priest Vasile Filat

Who is Jesus Christ? His person and work was the subject of theological discussions and debates during centuries. The most heresies began and begin because some people didn’t understand and didn’t even want to realize the truth about the person and work of the Savior. Others wanted to understand it only with the mind but they didn’t choose to believe the truth of the Holy Scriptures from their heart. This was the case of the church from Colossae that, together with the rest of the churches from the ancient world was the object of the attacks of gnostic heresies. These people were doubting the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ or, inversely His humanity and they were denying many basic truths with respect to the Savior’s person. Apostle Paul didn’t know Christians from Colossae personally because he had never visited them before he wrote to them the Epistle to Colossians. Being imprisoned in Rome Paul was visited by Epaphras, the one who it was supposed to be the founder and the spiritual leader of the church from Colossae and who told to Paul about the condition of the church and the danger it was exposed to. The Apostle didn’t hesitate and he wrote this epistle full of wisdom and profound truths about a life with God and the main object was the teaching about the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is welcome to follow up what Paul teaches in this epistle about Jesus Christ in this period of year when we all celebrate the Birth of the Savior. I want to write an article for each of those four chapters of the book and to follow the teaching about Messiah. This first chapter will be a study upon those written in chapter 1 of the Epistle to Colossians.

Who is Jesus Christ?

In the first chapter of the Epistle to Colossians it is mentioned for three times the phrase “He is” refering to Jesus Christ and each time it is described a very important aspect of the essence of His person. The first reference shows the diety, or divinity of the Lord Jesus who is described as Creator.

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. (Epistle to Colossians 1:15–16)(NASB)

The second mention of the phrase “He is” describes Christ as eternal and sovereign God.

He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)(NASB)

And the third mention of the same phrase presents our Savior as creator and lord of the Church that is made up from the assembly of those who believe in Him.

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:18–20)(NASB)

All these three references show that Jesus Christ is God having the same divine qualities that God the Father has and they are: creator, eternal and sovereign.

The Lord Jesus is the essence of God’s mystery too, as Paul writes:

The mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26–27)(NASB)

People of all nations long for reconciliation with God. In their efforts they created teachings, gave up many things, practised asceticism, invented religions but they could not realize that reconciliation because there was a mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and which God willed to make known only through Jesus Christ. He is the esence of God’s mystery and His personal knowledge as Lord and personal Savior gives us a strong hope that we will inherit the future glory. This is a hope that does not deceive.

The work performed by Jesus Christ

In the previous paragraph we saw that the Lord Jesus was directly implied in the creation of the world and the foundation of the Church. Another very great work done by Him in past is that of our reconciliation with God.

And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach… (Colossians 1:21–22)(NASB)

Our reconciliation with God was possible only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross where He paid the punishment for all our sins. Now, by faith in our Savior we can have full peace with God and a complete forgiveness.

What does the Lord Jesus do in present?

Our Savior performed an eternal and perfect salvation for all people when He died on the cross from Golgotha. But, this salvation is available in one’s life only when this person believes in the Lord Jesus’ person and work from all his heart. For this exact reason the Lord Jesus continues the salvation ministry spreading this news through His servants. Apostle Paul was one of them and he presented himself this way from the beggining of the chapter when he talks about himself and about Timothy:

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother (Colossians 1:1)(NASB)

Reconciliation with God was performed through sufferings. The Lord Jesus continues to suffer for His servants so that each man can hear the message of the Gospel and can be saved. Apostle Paul says the following with regard to this:

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions. Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God. (Colossians 1:24–25)(NASB)

The Lord Jesus develops the power of His strength in His servants to whom He entrusted the preaching of the message of the Gospel and Apostle says:

We proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we may present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me. (Colossians 1:28–29)(NASB)

Who is Jesus Christ for you? Did you accept His salvation? Are you reconciled with God or do you continue to carry the burden of your sins that reminds you always that you are condemned to hell? Or maybe you want to reconcile with God respecting your own conditions? You can not act this way! You have to accept His conditions and He says that you can have peace only by Jesus Christ.

For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross. (Colossians 1:19–20)(NASB)

And if you have received the peace of God, choose to work and to strive according to His power, which mightly works within you!

Translated by Djugostran Felicia

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