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  1. The details of the passage are interesting, more so, if you know more Bible than just this section. Jesus tells a story to those "testing" Him. He does the common rabbincal custom of turning it around, asking a question of his own. He was asked about what one must do to inherit eternal life. I find that wording particularly interesting. I did not check the Greek to see if that word "inherit" is accurate, but on the assumption it is, it is an interesting word. He could have asked, "What must I do to "earn" or to "deserve" eternal life. Earning would focus the reward as due to the actions of the receiver. However, to inherit something, you do not earn it, you receive it as a benefit of being, perhaps, a child of a father of means. Certainly, you can see where I am going with this. However, that is not all that is captivating about this passage. While the teacher of the law is testing Jesus, Jesus turns it around and asks him: “What is written in the Law, how do you read it?”., As we might say in our time, "What does the Bible say, how do you interpret it?" The man gives a good answer, and Jesus says as much. About loving his neighbor though, the man asks, "and who is my neighbor?" What an opening! As you know, Jesus tells a story about a man who finds himself among thieves, he is stripped of his clothes, beaten and abandoned. He told about people, who are held in high regard for their religiosity, who just walk by the victim, ignoring him, wanting nothing to do with him. Finally a Samaritan happens by and has compassion on the man, and takes it upon himself to not to ignore the injured man. Now, here is where it helps to understand the historical context of this tale. The Samaritans, were a group of people who were tribally different from the Jews, but shared some ancestry. They believed most of the same things, but they believed that a different mountain, was the proper focal point of worship of the true God. That is one thing that divided them. The Jews also saw the Samaritans, as half breeds, having gentile bloodlines, and so had a disdain of them. This is just more ignorant, irrational racism, that has existed among mankind commonly. For a Jew, such as this teacher of the Law that Jesus was adressing, to have the Samaritan emerge in the story, as the nice and compassionate man compared to the religious Jews in the story, was probably not a good thing to hear, practically an insult. However Jesus, again puts the pressure on with a question: “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The the expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” Now, Jesus has answered the man's question, on how to inherit eternal life, how to apply the commandment to love you neighbor. Here, I am going to toss something in here, not original with me, but I think worthy of consideration. We already noted, that in the parable, that there was a victim, who "finds himself among thieves and he is stripped of his clothes, beaten and abandoned" Does that remind you of anyone else in the New Testament? In case anyone is not tracking with me here, I will point out, that Jesus was stripped, and was beaten, he found Himself among thieves, and He was also, abandoned. At the same time, this Samaritan man in the parable, perhaps personifies as being part Hebrew and part Gentile, that God is the God of both and that God has accepted both, who are loving of Him, so that they can have an inheritance, eternal life as children of God. Just a thought! Thank you for reading the Bible with me and others, and for hearing what it says to us, and sharing in that, as family. I appreciate you all.
  2. TheAimes

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    Welcome aboard.
  3. NOONE7

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    Hi and welcome!! Hope you like it here!
  4. I also believe Catholics can be saved if they are born again....truly trusting in Christ alone as their Savior. However, since alot of the Catholic church's teachings are wrong and can mislead people, it would be best to leave that church and seek a loving church where the Bible is taught. But I guess they need to see the need to leave it themselves...
  5. Willa

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    Welcome, Erik. One of the places that some of our writers have used for stories is "absolutely Positive" for inspirational stories. After you have replied to our welcomes a few times you will be allowed to post in other areas. Blessing, Willa
  6. I know some catholic folks that i know are saved. this one lady stands in front of planned parent hood and holds up signs of what kinds of horrors they do there and prays against this place. you can feel the Holy Ghost all around her. she is catholic. another good friend of mine and his wife are catholic. they are saved. but the thing is, God dont care to much for religion. James 1:27 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
  7. I am happy and thankful my daughter came home safe. She gave me a big hug. No more worrying about her being in the streets alone at night. The holy spirit told me God would bring her home. I felt his voice at times. Now if she would be saved and loved Jesus. I am hoping.
  8. So, my question is if a Catholic can still go to a Catholic Church, practice their traditions and still be saved thanks to their faith in our LORD Jesus Christ?
  9. EJT

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    Hello this is Erik. This is my first time joining a Christian chat room/forum. I have been a Christian since I was 16 years old. Today I am 39. I am married. I live in the Bay Area of California. I would like to post a story. Let's see how this goes. Thank you and God bless.
  10. I like the Parable of the Sheep and Goats Matthew 25:31-46 This parable is a part of the Olivet Discourse and it concerns Jesus' return to glory to set up His kingdom at the beginning of the 1000 year millennium. All those at that time will be brought before the Lord and He will separate them. The sheep on Jesus' right hand are blessed by God the Father and given an inheritance. The goats on Jesus' left are cursed and will experience hell-fire. The parable teaches that salvation is by faith through the grace of God and not by our good works. The good works mentioned are not the cause of salvation but the effect of salvation. The core message is that God's people will love others. Good works will result from our relationship to the Shepherd. Followers of Christ will treat other with kindness. The goats can perform acts of kindness but their hearts are not right with God.
  11. It shouldn't be. Opinions come and go with the wind. Burn up like dry grass on a hot day and they're gone. The followers of Jesus are not to follow any other voice, only JESUS THE SHEPHERD. There are dozens of posted posts that are heresies today on the forum, maybe hundreds over a few days. Those are "opinions" NOT to be listened to, but solely warned , warned strictly, against. This includes every false gospel (which are not flagged to know for visitors: so visitors beware, be in prayer constantly) ...
  12. Annette

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    Welcome Erik. Hope you soon feel comfortable here. I love the wisdom gained from those who have experienced life more, and the joy of those relatively younger. Blessings.
  13. Thanks to all you guys and gals out there who served, that stand in the gap, perhaps putting your life on the line. And the families of those veterans, always on the move, not knowing where. Thank you very much for your service. And may God bless you this Veterans day weekend.
  14. Who You Gonna Call? For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13 Jesus~! Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Psalms 23:4
  15. Daily Reading 11 If you prefer, you can look up the following verses in your own Bible, of by whatever means and in whatever version you choose. Luke 10:21-42 Genesis 18 Psalm 11 Audio 5:40 Audio 5:40 Audio 0:59 The above addresses are linked to Bible Gateway. That is an easy way to read (or listen to) the Bible verses, and choose your version. Personally, I prefer witten, that way I can go at my own pace, on think about it, before moving on. Nothing wrong with doing either or both. The Bible says faith comes by hearing. See the picture below to get an idea of what to expect if you follow the about links. Thank you Lord for making the your word so accessible for us in these times. Amen
  16. The Only Way Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: Romans 3:22 Any Sinner Can Be Saved Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. Romans 3:28 Is By Their Faith In The LORD Jesus Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1-2 Period~! Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: Romans 11:20 ~ Love, Your Brother Joe
  17. Calling someone a follower of the beast is unacceptable, removed from thread.
  18. There is so much strife among Christians because we are blinded by excessive intellectual study of the Bible and don't understand that love is above all.
  19. SueZQ

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    Hello and welcome to Worthy!
  20. when i was apprehended and when God used me to speak and pray with someone so He could save them, or even when a minister prayed with someone and they received Jesus and i walked in the room seconds later.... there is a special and unique sweetness in the air. not like when you worship. or pray. you just know.
  21. If the man spoke those words and was sincere about it then he was saved. The minister would have to give the man the most honest and true answer and that amount of time. Only God knows if a person is saved.
  22. Yes I believe so, if they truly believe that Christ died on the cross to redeem us of our sins and was raised from the grave and is alive and seated on the right hand of our Father God. Only God knows for sure the hearts of every person.Catholic or non Catholic. Certainly Catholics are taught about Christ Jesus and why He came and died for us. The Catholics do believe the basics of redemption through the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, just the ad-ons are the problem, but those come from the added-on twisting add-on from the higher ups hierarchy of the church and not from the message of who Christ is that is correctly taught despite the add-ons. The confusion comes along if the people in the congregation begin to embrace Mary or the saints more so than Christ Jesus.
  23. Anyone can be saved, M atoo. But the best thing for a Catholic is to leave that church because they do not have sound doctrine and they worship idols. Simple really, just leave.
  24. Scripture,shows the kingdom will be taken from the beast and given to the saints.
  25. "No, those are not cold hard facts. It is racist, anti-Semitic garbage produced by sloppy, incompetent handling of Scripture." No doubt
  26. And those who are chosen Will not worship the beast or receive his mark.Many of those messianic Israelis will die for their testimony ,they will be resurrected and Israel will reign with Christ for 1000 years in,peace. As for the Israeli government.It is the beast.
  27. As so often happens on open forums , open to the world, whenever a lot of people bring the teachings of another group to post them, instead of seeking the Truth ,instead of seeking Yahweh's Kingdom, instead of abiding in Jesus, instead of the teachings of the GOSPEL OF JESUS, OF SALVATION, there can only be confusion and more people led astray. To find the TRUTH, seek YAHWEH and HIS KINGDOM. Read the BIBLE , not forums, if you don't want to be further confused. Testing everything, read the worthychristianlibrary.com, where there is Scriptural lessons, truth without confusion, without arguing and without bickering and without heresy like you every day find on forums.... WORTHYCHRISTIANLIBRARY.COM is peaceful, joyous, righteous leading to JESUS, HIS WAY, YAHWEH'S WAY. Still always test everything before accepting it, keep testing until proven true.
  28. Nice post! I'll add 4 points here. 1. commenting on "inherit" as used elsewhere in the NT. 2. commenting on "neighbors". 3. commenting on Samaritan history. and 4. a retelling of the parable in a way meant to help Christians understand how some of Jesus' audience might have emotionally reacted. 1. With regard to inherit (κληρονομέω), it seems to be used in both its literal sense (inheriting an inheritance) and a less literal sense (receiving something). It occurs (in verb form) in the following verses in the NT: Matt 5:5, 19:29, 25:34, Mark 10:17, Luke 10:25, 18:18, I Cor 6:9-10, 15:50, Gal 4:30, 5:21, Heb 1:4, 1:14, 6:12,12:17, I Pet 3:9, Rev 21:7. I've included those verses at the bottom of this post in a small font face. 2. I don't have the references handy and my memory is hazy on the details so take this point with a grain of salt. Many years ago, I read the Mishnah. It is basically the written form of the oral tradition of the law of Moses. As I recall, there was often the sense that a good Jew would not associate with unclean people. As I recall, there were a whole set of rules and principles for guiding one's associations with those who were either outsiders or did not keep the law. The question about "who is my neighbor" does to some extent reflect this question about who they were supposed to associate with and how to maintain ritual purity while doing so. This is not too much unlike our own "do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers" proof text for not forming close ties with the wrong crowd. As far as I can tell, to the Jews of that time, the term "neighbor" did not merely mean casual acquaintance, person living next door, or work colleague, it also seemed to include a deeper relationship of that person being a member in good standing with the community and part of the Jewish ritual life and observing rules about clean and unclean things. 3. It's interesting that the Samaritans were the descendants of those specifically mentioned in the OT as largely being under God's curse. Recall that Samaria was the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel (in contrast to Jerusalem being the capital of the southern kingdom of Judah). This was after the civil war and split of the 12 tribes under David's grandson Rehoboam. Samaria was the home of such greats as Ahab and Jezebel. God's final judgement of the northern kingdom was the Assyrians carrying them into captivity. The Assyrian empire treated its conquered subjects by forcibly removing them to some other area that they had just conquered. Probably the idea that it was easier to maintain their empire when their subjects were not left in their home region and were scattered around. The result was that the Assyrians shipped in a lot of non-Jews to Samaria and the northern Kingdom. See II Kings 17 for this entire story. Here is a pertinent excerpt. 29 Nevertheless, each national group made its own gods in the several towns where they settled, and set them up in the shrines the people of Samaria had made at the high places. 30 The people from Babylon made Sukkoth Benoth, those from Kuthah made Nergal, and those from Hamath made Ashima; 31 the Avvites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites burned their children in the fire as sacrifices to Adrammelek and Anammelek, the gods of Sepharvaim. 32 They worshiped the Lord, but they also appointed all sorts of their own people to officiate for them as priests in the shrines at the high places. 33 They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods in accordance with the customs of the nations from which they had been brought. 34 To this day they persist in their former practices. They neither worship the Lord nor adhere to the decrees and regulations, the laws and commands that the Lordgave the descendants of Jacob, whom he named Israel. II Kings 17:29-34 NIV Later, after the return from captivity in Babylon, Nehemiah addresses this issue (Neh 13) of marrying foreigners. Also, there was always the issue that God had commanded all sacrifices to be done in the temple at Jerusalem. Those in Samaria never did that. They kept offering sacrifices at unapproved locations. The Jewish dislike of Samaritans in Jesus' time had a long history (which did include God's explicit rejection of the Samaritan practices). It was not completely racial and cultural, but was also rooted in rejection of the Samaritans' original idolatry and sacrificing in unapproved locations. We see some of this where Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman and she brought up the long standing argument if Jerusalem was the only approved place to offer sacrifices or if they could do it there. In other words, she was probably referring to the OT practice of "sacrificing in the high places". 4. At the risk of igniting a firestorm, I once read a version of the parable of the good Samaritan where someone attempted to recreate the same emotional response in Christians that some of the Jews would have had when they heard Jesus tell this story. The priest was replaced with an evangelical. The levite was replaced with a pentecostal. The samaritan was replaced with a militant atheist. Basically, fill in any group that you consider to be unclean spiritually and under God's judgement and that's the effect this story probably had on its Jewish hearers. Jesus was extending the idea of "neighbor" beyond those who were spiritually acceptable to those who were spiritually unacceptable. Here are the verses "inherit" appears in. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matt 5:5 NIV And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[a] or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life. Matt 19:29 NIV “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. Matt 25:34 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Mark 10:17 NIV On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 10:25 NIV A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Luke 18:18 NIV Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. I Cor 6:9-10 NIV I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. I Cor 15:50 NIV 30 But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.” Gal 4:30 NIV and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God Gal 5:21 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. Heb 1:4 NIV 14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? Heb 1:14 NIV We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Heb 6:12 Afterward, as you know, when he wanted to inherit this blessing, he was rejected. Even though he sought the blessing with tears, he could not change what he had done. Heb 12:17 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. I Pet 3:9 NIV 7 Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. Rev 21:7
  29. gosh what a time ago this thread was. but yeah still pressing into God and studying God's word and that is what got me through a very tough grueling family situation. however the anxiety is almost off the scale just lately. im having to believe for healing LORD please help my unbelief. is it chemical is it spiritual is it learnt who really knows for sure. i know i dont
  30. Some very good advice here. If you can do it all you will not have time for anxiety.. and that is what I tend to do. Sometimes for me feeling that way was like my mind spinning in circles. Like you are stuck on the kiddie's round-about in the park. So for me, doing something to get my mind in another groove and not suck on that one helped. Spiritual, medical, physiological.. all can upset the system. Just stay away from the shrinks if at all possible. If your doc suggests something that might help, by all means try that and whatever diet helps you as well. If you get worried about how dumb you are - there is always somebody dumber than you are.. and so it is with most phobias and comparisons. One of the things that I grew up with was built-in inferiority which is a real downer if you are a type A personality. Although I do no hold much store in profiling personality traits, you can always ask yourself the questions and find out your HOT buttons and your COLD buttons. What do you really like to do and feel comfortable with, and what gives you the cold-sweats. Write down your fears and then do a web search for scriptures that directly speak to those things. I was so anxious when going for my Citizenship final interview that all I could do on the way up was to sing, "I will sing unto the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously, the horse and rider thrown into the sea". Must have sung it at least 150 times. But it let my mind be active in praise and less prone to wander aimlessly in the deep dark canyons of concern. God can and does heal all kinds of mind issues and phobias.
  31. THAT is the answer. right their . IF that man was even drawn to Christ , sir you would not have even come LEST ye were drawn . Marvel not at this , For no man can come unto ME, lest the Father draw him. FOR ITS BY GRACE YE ARE SAVED. Who led us , who drew us in our inner conscious to even come to Christ. I GAURANTEE it was not our flesh, IT WAS HIS SPIRIT at work within us . ONLY my advice remains the same WE better continue in him, we better obey His spirit , or we will be cast out . lest any man fail of the grace of GOD. obey the SPIRIT and you shall NOT fulfill the lusts of the flesh.
  32. He is both the cornerstone of the foundation, as well as the finishing capstone. It is Christ crucified.......until He comes as our resurrected King. Looking forward to that Day.
  33. Well, there's that. Then there's this: Php 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Feel better already..............................
  34. Because it is God's Spoken Truth that He wanted us to know... I think you'll need to take that with Him! As for me I think this fully describes it's value 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) [16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. according to this it is absolutely all that we need here...
  35. How many would you say? The prodigal is no really a good example. He took his inheritance and left the safety of his house. He then acted as one in a fallen state. How many times did his father forgive Him? How many times would you say that you need to seek forgiveness? Would it be everyday. Would you say that you ever walked one day perfectly. How many times should we ask for forgiveness?
  36. How many times did the prodigal son stumble or fall short of the Lord's will ?
  37. They have. Scientifically, matter and energy does not appear from nothing without cause. Yet here it all is. This proves that the First Cause is from outside our current system of existence.
  38. We ask for forgiveness once and then we walk away from that sin.God will forgive you. Yes, God may give you consequences for your sinful behavior especially if you continue to commit that sin. Where is your heart on this? Are you sincerely sorry for what you have done? God knows your heart and He knows if your repentance is sincere and genuine. It sounds like you have a lot of doubts about God. You need to give all of this to Him and lay out everything that is on your heart. Also you may also ask God to help you with your porno addiction.
  39. So you believe Christ has come and have gatherd the dispersed of Israel . Do you believe Christ came in 1948? http://biblehub.com/luke/13-28.htm If Christ hasn't come and gatherd Israel into his land then who is this that came before Christ ,who all the world has followed?From all nations tongues and peoples. If Christ has not come than who is it that these people have followed into the promised land?
  40. Wayne222

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    Thanks NOONE7 for your faithful prayers for the many. Such is the kingdom of God.
  41. God's written Word is objective as it comes and by it we know...
  42. Hello...When i run across this type of issue(even though his might be different) i always like to tell what happened when i got this big headache about a year ago out of no where..I will keep it short...It lasted about 6 weeks and 3 days i think....or 5 weeks and 3 days...it was definitly strange feeling to say the least...what ever it was it was no joke...i went to er also but they couldnt read the scan because i got shot with shot gun in my head before...all the metal messes up the picture....Anyway it got really bad at times..it was even messing with my mental state in some strange way ....the doctor said i was dehydrated even through i was drinking waters back to back for days.....i was just telling myself Blessed be the name of the Lord no matter what happens....and sure enough one day where i had the headach pain the most it started fading away and in that same spot it started itching from healing...never did know what happened ...but ive been fine since... But Praying now for him.Agape
  43. God Loves You, and He Love You Very Much. It's as simple as that. :-). You all have a blessed day. 😁
  44. I think I understand what you are feeling. I suffer with anxiety a lot, not only that... I feel extremely uncomfortable in many places I go, to the point of willing to go back home as soon as possible. Not to mention some "comments" people make about me that used to make me feel really sad. Now, I would just pray before leaving home and with the expectation that no people will treat me with respect or in a lovingly way and do what I have to do. And put into practice what I have learned from Jesus. "And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell." As for your question: "Can God heal anxiety?" Yes, because all things are possible with God. Please, anyone feel free to correct me as needed.
  45. Same, caffeine makes my anxiety spike but I'm just natural anxious more on the neurotic scale -- before God came into my life i was in and out the hospital BC of hypochondria... It was such a struggle... Tbh its still a struggle now but its never as bad as it was before Christ...its still hard but.. It is what it is.
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