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    • Is Jesus God?
      Sorry, but there is absolutely nothing backwards about saying God is Lord. For some, God is not their Lord. Lord is a word which means to have authority and power. If a person believes in God, and recognizes God's power and authority over their lives, then God is Lord to them. If a person denies God, they do not accept God's power and authority or His being Lord. Now, your argument is backwards. If God is my Lord, and Jesus is not God, Jesus is not my Lord other then a possibility of a human king. I believe your argument was that Jesus is God, until He came to earth in the flesh, when He ceased to be God. Many people have already tried to show you the error of this statement, and probably phrased in much better then I will. If Jesus was God and ceased to be God, that is impossible. God is eternal so if God can cease to be God, then that god was never god to start with. God is Spirit, and before Jesus was come in the flesh, He was Spirit. If the Spirit Jesus who is God, ceased to exist, Jesus was never really God.  A human King can be  and 'adon'. You are saying that Jesus was always human and never God? Just FYI, since so much has been said to you that I agree with, I see no reason to continue. I was responding to a different statement on this thread, so continue with those whom you have already discussed this with.  
    • FresnoJoe Please pray Gods healing and protection over him
      Hi All; I just felt led to put this out there. Please keep our fellow member FresnoJoe in prayer for Gods divine healing and protection. form one of his postings, he mentioned something about getting result by the end of march concerning perhaps having to go into surgery for his intestines.   Father God in heaven, thank you for today, thank you for the gift of life that you have given us, that we sometimes don't fully take the time to appreciate. Please Father God, you know brother Fresno Joe, his life and all his concerns. Father God I just ask you to keep blessing our brother in the Lord, keep him safe and if healing is needed in his body please heal our brother FresnoJoe and give him good health so that he continue to be with us, here on worthy spreading the good news of your wonderful plan of Mercy and Grace, I ask this in the blood name of your only begotten Son Christ Jesus. Amen! Amen! Amen! Isiah 53: by His stripes we are healed
    • Messiah
      No offense taken Joline,,,,,,,,,I'm not sure what you are talking about by referring to Brother Ezra? In all the years I've known him & we've had many discussions I never recall him categorizing any specific "group" in a derogatory manner & it is not something he would partake in anyway.......    Seems no one grasped what I'm talking about really,,,,in any event,back on Topic,,,,,,,& I am not offended & also ,I don't think you need to worry about how anyone discusses the "they's" & "those" if you are not part of it,,,,,,,,,,God Bless you & Peace to you as well,Praise Jesus!                                                                                                           With love-in Christ,Kwik
    • Gnosticism
      Question: "What is Christian Gnosticism?"

      Answer: There is actually no such thing as Christian Gnosticism, because true Christianity and Gnosticism are mutually exclusive systems of belief. The principles of Gnosticism contradict what it means to be a Christian. Therefore, while some forms of Gnosticism may claim to be Christian, they are in fact decidedly non-Christian.

      Gnosticism was perhaps the most dangerous heresy that threatened the early church during the first three centuries. Influenced by such philosophers as Plato, Gnosticism is based on two false premises. First, it espouses a dualism regarding spirit and matter. Gnostics assert that matter is inherently evil and spirit is good. As a result of this presupposition, Gnostics believe anything done in the body, even the grossest sin, has no meaning because real life exists in the spirit realm only.

      Second, Gnostics claim to possess an elevated knowledge, a “higher truth” known only to a certain few. Gnosticism comes from the Greek word gnosis which means “to know.” Gnostics claim to possess a higher knowledge, not from the Bible, but acquired on some mystical higher plane of existence. Gnostics see themselves as a privileged class elevated above everybody else by their higher, deeper knowledge of God.

      To discredit the idea of any compatibility between Christianity and Gnosticism, one has only to compare their teachings on the main doctrines of the faith. On the matter of salvation, Gnosticism teaches that salvation is gained through the acquisition of divine knowledge which frees one from the illusions of darkness. Although they claim to follow Jesus Christ and His original teachings, Gnostics contradict Him at every turn. Jesus said nothing about salvation through knowledge, but by faith in Him as Savior from sin. “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). Furthermore, the salvation Christ offers is free and available to everyone (John 3:16), not just a select few who have acquired a special revelation.

      Christianity asserts that there is one source of Truth and that is the Bible, the inspired, inerrant Word of the living God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12). It is God’s written revelation to mankind and is never superseded by man’s thoughts, ideas, writings, or visions. The Gnostics, on the other hand, use a variety of early heretical writings known as the Gnostic gospels, a collection of forgeries claiming to be “lost books of the Bible.” Thankfully, the early church fathers were nearly unanimous in recognizing these Gnostic scrolls as fraudulent forgeries that espouse false doctrines about Jesus Christ, salvation, God, and every other crucial Christian truth. There are countless contradictions between the Gnostic “gospels” and the Bible. Even when the so-called Christian Gnostics quote from the Bible, they rewrite verses and parts of verses to harmonize with their philosophy, a practice that is strictly forbidden and warned against by Scripture (Deuteronomy 4:2; 12:32; Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18-19).

      The Person of Jesus Christ is another area where Christianity and Gnosticism drastically differ. The Gnostics believe that Jesus’ physical body was not real, but only “seemed” to be physical, and that His spirit descended upon Him at His baptism, but left Him just before His crucifixion. Such views destroy not only the true humanity of Jesus, but also the atonement, for Jesus must not only have been truly God, but also the truly human (and physically real) man who actually suffered and died upon the cross in order to be the acceptable substitutionary sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 2:14-17). The biblical view of Jesus affirms His complete humanity as well as His full deity.

      Gnosticism is based on a mystical, intuitive, subjective, inward, emotional approach to truth which is not new at all. It is very old, going back in some form to the Garden of Eden, where Satan questioned God and the words He spoke and convinced Adam and Eve to reject them and accept a lie. He does the same thing today as he “prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8). He still calls God and the Bible into question and catches in his web those who are either naïve and scripturally uninformed or who are seeking some personal revelation to make them feel special, unique, and superior to others. Let us follow the Apostle Paul who said to “test everything. Hold on to the good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21), and this we do by comparing everything to the Word of God, the only Truth. http://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-gnosticism.html
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