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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. Willa

    Intro

    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
  3. 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.
  4. 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?
  5. EJT

    Intro

    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.
  6. 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
  7. Cletus

    How can a person be TRULY saved in this situation

    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.
  8. missmuffet

    How can a person be TRULY saved in this situation

    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.
  9. 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.
  10. MorningGlory

    Can a Catholic be saved?

    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.
  11. Shilohsfoal

    King of the jews

    Scripture,shows the kingdom will be taken from the beast and given to the saints.
  12. Daniel 11:36

    King of the jews

    "No, those are not cold hard facts. It is racist, anti-Semitic garbage produced by sloppy, incompetent handling of Scripture." No doubt
  13. Shilohsfoal

    King of the jews

    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.
  14. simplejeff

    King of the jews

    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.
  15. GandalfTheWise

    Day 11, the good samaritan

    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
  16. Tristen

    How can a person be TRULY saved in this situation

    "Be patient. You'll know in 10 seconds"
  17. creativemechanic

    pray for 2 friends

    havent spoken to them really
  18. KPaulG

    Help!

    Praise the Lord!!
  19. Shilohsfoal

    King of the jews

    http://biblehub.com/luke/13-28.htm 2000 years ago , the tenants of the promised land had the heir of the promised land killed.Today the children of those tenants claim it to be their own and claim,it shall always belong to that government that calls itself Israel. What is the Israeli government referd to in scripture? The nation that once was , and was not,and yet is?
  20. TheAimes

    ABBY_JOY(SON needs PRAYER)

    Continued prayers!
  21. Wayne222

    Cindy

    Thanks NOONE7 for your faithful prayers for the many. Such is the kingdom of God.
  22. enoob57

    Objective morality

    note the portion I quoted... that is where my comment lies The Scripture you quoted doesn't mean what you think it does but is Pauline thoroughness saying even if no Scripture is available the creative work of God Himself is enough for every person brought into existence to know that God 'IS' and is held accountable by that. It is obvious that God 'IS' by what is here! The only thinking module 'evolution' is now so far debunked that anyone holding to it appears so foolish both scientifically and mathematical probabilities through chance evaluated!
  23. SueZQ

    ABBY_JOY(SON needs PRAYER)

    Praying in Pennsylvania for this young man
  24. Mea kakau

    Can god heal anxiety

    I used to have extreme PTSD and that included anxiety. As I healed from childhood abuse, those symptoms dissipated. Though I still have anxiety here and there. My prayer for my PTSD, from the time I first became a Christian, has always been; Lord heal me in Your way and Your time. I've had faith in Jesus that He would do exactly that. I've accepted that I may have to live with some after effects of what occurred years ago. I still can't get some images out of my mind no matter what I pray. At least they're not as intense as before. And this last summer I discovered some of my anxiety was due to food allergies. Never knew food allergies could cause anxiety.
  25. Woman_At_The_Well

    Can god heal anxiety

    I agree, it is easier said than done. Right now I am going through some things which is causing some anxiety. However, I just cry out to God and remind Him, You are not going to give us more than we can handle. His ways are not our ways ( thank God)! Give Him everything and HE will see you through. Rest in His Faithfulness. GBU The Spirit is willing, but the Flesh is weak. Philippians 4:6-7New King James Version 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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