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    • Evolutionists screw up on video!
      By JohnD · Posted
      Another point. If the universe is 13 billion years old... The proper distance – the distance as would be measured at a specific time, including the present – between Earth and the edge of the observable universe is 46 billion light-years (14×109 pc)(pc=parsec) making the diameter of the observable universe about 91 billion light-years (28×109 pc) can we see the light from stars more than 13 billion light years away? It just doesn't add up.            
    • Can anyone tell me how to cleanse the inside of the cup and the plate?
      By simplejeff · Posted
      .... " ..... Initially, this sounds like a terrible thing to do, but this strange command is in the context of giving bread to our enemies when they are hungry and water to our enemies when they are thirsty.

      Pastors and other Bible teachers have noticed this connection, and many have gone into great hermeneutical contortions trying to explain how it would be a good think to light your enemy’s head on fire.

      I even heard one pastor say that when we were kind to our enemies, but they refused to repent and become a Christian, this would only increase their suffering in hell.

      Isn’t that nice?

      Aside from the troubling idea that anybody who is not a Christian is our enemy (!!!), what sort of person only serves others so that their future suffering in hell will intensify?!

      This is probably an extreme Christian view (I hope so anyway), but most commentaries I have read on this text interpret the burning coals in some sort of figurative way so that it refers to something along the lines of the convicting work of the Holy Spirit, or a searing of the mind with the truth of God’s Word, or bringing upon your enemy a red face of shame, or something like that. Regardless, most Christian teachers believe that heaping coals on the head of your enemy refers to some kind of pain or punishment inflicted upon your enemy.

      A while back I decided to study Proverbs 25:21-22 for myself.
      Proverbs 25:22 and Burning Coals

      As it turns out, heaping coals on someone’s head is not figurative after all. And it is definitely not talking about hell or anything negative.

      To the contrary, the statement about heaping burning coals on the heads of our enemies is parallel to the statements about blessing our enemies with food and water. When this Proverb was written, people heated their homes and cooked with fire. But sometimes, a person’s fire would go out during the night, and before they could cook their breakfast, they had to go to a neighbor’s house to get a coal so they could relight their fire.

      So Proverbs 25:22 teaches that if the fire of your enemy goes out, and they come asking for a coal to relight their fire, instead of turning them away or giving just one, we should be be extravagantly generous. How? We must keep one coal for yourself, and give all the rest of the burning coals to our enemy.

      One commentary that gets it right is the Bible Knowledge Commentary on Proverbs. It says this:

      Sometimes a person’s fire went out and he needed to borrow some live coals to restart his fire. Giving a person coals in a pan to carry home “on his head” was a neighborly, kind act; it made friends, not enemies.

      Proverbs 25:22 instructs us to give our enemy so many burning coals they have to carry them the way burdens are carried in the Middle East: in a container on the head. Then they can go back and immediately bake their bread without having to wait for the wood to become suitable coals for cooking.

      burning coalsThis is quite different than setting someone’s head on fire.

      This understanding of the burning coals makes more sense, doesn’t it? Yes, and especially in light of Jesus’ instruction in the Sermon on the Mount to bless our enemies and pray for them. Jesus points that God sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous and the sun to shine on the evil and the good and we should do the same (Matt 5:45). And of course, this is exactly how Paul used the passage about burning coals in Romans 12:20-21, where he concludes by saying, “overcome evil with good.”

      This reminds me of how Abraham Lincoln responded when asked why he did not seek to destroy his enemies, but showed them leniency instead. He said, “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
      We are to Love Our Enemies

      God does not want us to be nice to my enemies so that their judgment will be worse in the end. That is not love. He wants us to show love and kindness to our enemies simply because our enemies are people too and God loves them just as much as He loves us. Though our enemies may never turn to Jesus as a result of our kindness, we are to love them just the same... " ....
    • Is it just me...
      By the_patriot2015 · Posted
    • Can anyone tell me how to cleanse the inside of the cup and the plate?
      By bopeep1909 · Posted
      It is symbolism.There is a lot of it in the Bible.
    • President Obama’s 'Faith'
      By other one · Posted
      I don't know for sure what his faith is, but looking at his fruits, it looks as though he's working for the devil.  
    • Can anyone tell me how to cleanse the inside of the cup and the plate?
      By hmbld · Posted
      Hard to grasp that heaping coals on someone's head is being kind to them!  Just sounds like the opposite.  
    • Derailing thread
      By KPaulG · Posted
      Does anyone know what x is if 21x+72=24x?   God Bless you.   Your brother in Christ, KPaulG.
    • Derailing thread
      By KPaulG · Posted
      LOL.   God Bless you.   Your brother in Christ, KPaulG.
    • Can anyone tell me how to cleanse the inside of the cup and the plate?
      By bopeep1909 · Posted
      Yes,don't ask for a transfer to another department give that person to Jesus.Proverbs 25:22 For so you will heap coals of fire on his head,And the Lord will reward you. Then kill them with kindness.
    • President Obama’s 'Faith'
      By bopeep1909 · Posted
      Obama is not a born again Christian.Is he a Muslim?I don't know.
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