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Peace be with you.
Your new order of business now that you are a member of the Grand Army of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Well I watched Heaven Is for Real, it was not really a Christian film at all. Of course... Hollywood.
Discussing the validity of Genesis, and the non-compatibility of the evolution theory with Christianity. A response to 'Evolution and Christianity.'
Discussing the theory of evolution and Christianity and why the two do not conflict.
A story, a moral, a game, and a question no one wants to answer.
I am a Christian. I am a son of God and Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for me. I believe in the Triune God Father, Son and Holy Spirit who is distinct, but not separate from one another. "As you see me you see the Father, He and I are one" (if I paraphrased I am sorry) I welcome those to test my spirit and ask me about my faith. (1 John) because I want to be with Christians who can accept me as a metalhead, who loves the Lord and plays Doom without worrying about adhering to the culture that has invaded churches driving out those who truly love the Lord because someone wears a Black Sabbath t-shirt. In the end I want the Lord Jesus Christ to call me a faithful one. If I can be accepted please reply and if you want to ask me questions please do so. I look forward to it ^_^ Galatians 2:20.
Of course your accepted. The very basis of Christianity is anyone can be accepted, whatever their creed, background, appearance. The gospel is for any and all. Not a select few.
Try Revelation 21:6. Should clear things up nicely. :-)
It would probably be best to ignore those who don't accept you just cause of your apparel. The thing about true Christianity is we don't hate people or judge them based on appearances, but at the same we don't always approve of what they do.
Love the sinner, but hate the sin. As human beings though were making judgements on a daily basis. So it's difficult not to behave in that manner. Which is another reason our walk to be like Christ is a lifelong one that never really ends till we go to be with the Lord. You just have to remain faithful in your heart, as long as you remain faithful there, it will also begin manifesting in your actions. Which gradually begins changing to who God wants you to be. But just remember, it's a lifelong change and journey...
The only perfect Believer who ever existed was Jesus Christ himself. We are made perfect only through believing in what he did for us at the Cross. He paid the debt, the debt for every evil we'd ever committed. So we are in fact sanctified through believing the message of the Cross, not our actions, not our appearances.
Thank you brother, I have been frustrated because in my family we have had to be "perfect" (to not show our faults)and so my faith has suffered because of it, as if I always had a standard to live up to. I know of Grace but I do not live it out. How can I live in Grace and not be legalistic anymore?
Well, the Bible doesn't teach sinless perfection. A Catholic priest once came across this very issue. His name was Martin Luther. What he did to fix it sent shock waves through the Catholic Church and started what we now remember as the Protestant Reformation.
During his time, the Catholic Church was heavily into "works" as a way of Salvation. The were very strict and religious in there ways, just like the corrupt priests back in Jesus day. Priests who religious mentality is what nailed Christ to the Cross.
What Martin understood about the Bible was this, it never taught sinless perfection, the Bible taught we believe in what Christ did for us for salvation. Through his blood, we are justified before God, but only if we believe in what Christ, God incarnate did for us.
Because of that sacrifice, Christ is now our high priest, like the ones in the the old testament, except now it is God himself. Ever interceding on our behalf before the Father. Because of him, when you sin, you are not casted out and still accepted by God. You still should ask God for forgiveness because it's right, but also don't fret, for you are still made just before God, because of Christ.
Back to the point, so Martin did something that still sends shock waves through the Church to this very day, he put his 95 thesis to the front door of the most prominent Catholic church at the time. And the biggest point that was on it, THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY FAITH. He made that very clear to them. And now we have the Protestants because of it.
We are justified by faith. And faith in Christ Jesus alone...
Ever since I saw star wars episode two I can't help but imagine Christians in stark white battle armor like knights of old or something. Except this time they have blaster rifles...
If you want an excellent example of science and Christianity just imagine how expansive this universe is. As far as our scientists know it goes on forever, after all our telescopes and satellites can only see so far... Then compare that to how small we all are. On 1 planet, in a galaxy surrounded by many others, surrounded by thousands of star systems, and myriads and myriads of other stars out there. And yet God knows everyone of them by name.
To top that off there are billions of other people like me and you on this one planet (imagine if all planets were inhabited in such a way). Take that into account and now consider your worth. The Bible claims were are all like precious jems to God of immense value. That itself is remarkable. There are so many of us its a question of does he really care that much for so many on an individual to individual basis? But of course, there is a reason He is called "Almighty". For He is the only one capable of all things...
Just pondering I guess...
Great quote I came across.
"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality. When we recognize our place in an immensity of light-years and in the passage of ages, when we grasp the intricacy, beauty, and subtlety of life, then that soaring feeling, that sense of elation and humility combined, is surely spiritual...The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both."
-- Carl Sagan
Internet atheists can't seem to stop talking about religion. Do you think that some of them still yearn for it?
I suppose it depends on the person. I'd imagine it's a no from most of them though.
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