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  1. I don't mind being challenged to think, or rethink. It is good to reexamine Scriptures in the process. Whatever gets me to dig into God's Word and examine what was really said versus what I assumed was said, has to be good and beneficial. When I used to paint I became aware that the things we assume to be of one color are actually filled with many different colors. My grass is going to seed. It has brown, yellow, orange, green, bluegreen light green and chartreuse. Even if skin may be considered white, it has pinks, browns, yellows, greens, blues lavenders and more. Color is a wondrous creation of God. Sometimes we assume we are seeing one when in reality we are seeing a myriad of colors. It opens a whole new world to observe closely, and marvel at the complexity of nature. We serve a marvelous God. So there is nothing wrong with exchanging ideas. It may bring us closer to truth and dispel misconceptions. But it can be marred by sin, like anything else. When pride gets in the way, anger, name calling, belittling, dismissing, and the like, we can make something evil out of what was originally good. My dad loved to debate and would try to get me to take the opposite view and then change sides defending the other view. It irritated me at the time. But I learned that there is more than one aspect or perspective to consider. It opened me to seriously consider the views of others and to try to see things through their eyes.
  2. Interesting thoughts. Deep has also been translated "expanse" ore "vault". Primordial soup is never mentioned. It seems to be a vast empty space. We are told that God is light in in Him is no darkness at all. So I have to believe that created light differs from that which He is. H4325 (Word Study) מַיִם mayim: A masculine dual or plural noun meaning water. It indicates water in its various functions: as a basic element of the earth (Gen 1:2); All translations indicate that the Spirit of God hovered or fluttered over the the face of the waters. This indicated the presence of chemicals of hydrogen and oxygen if not other gasses or elements that were created by God. But they were not yet formed into compounds, perhaps. It is interesting to speculate but hard to do so without transgressing what was literally written. We will have much to ask the Lord when we come into His Presence.
  3. God's Word is pretty black and white. It has endured for centuries as a standard for measuring civilization. Today we measure the Bible by our social norms instead of measuring the social norms by the Bible. It shows how our uncivilized our civilization has become. The Bible is a book of law and order. Our culture has been growing toward anarchy with the followers of Allinsky, the community organizers who seek to capitalize on every opportunity whether true or not, to create political unrest, dissatisfaction marches and riots. Their goal is a Marxist society which casts aside Biblical truths. So for the last 80 years Harvard has been teaching that there is no black or white--just shades of gray. This thought has pervaded the country. The Bible, according to them, cannot apply to our civilization because, we have been brainwashed to believe, we are modern, advanced, and shades of gray. 70 years ago students were trained to be independent thinkers and were rewarded when they challenged what they were being taught. Today students admit that they had quickly learned to parrot back what the professors believed. Those that challenged were failed. So we have a society with no roots, that can be swayed by every wind of teaching or doctrine. It can easily be swayed by the mass hysteria being promoted at our political conventions, for instance. I once did a term paper on propaganda techniques which turned out to be one of the best things I did in school. It opened my eyes. For one thing, advertising techniques are very similar. It helps to recognized the wiles of the enemy, to be as wise as serpents but as innocent as doves. So our society has been trained to believe that the Bible does not apply to today. We are too sophisticated. We are technologically advanced and broad minded. We are inclusive of sin and exclusive toward Biblical morals and those who uphold them. And we are blind to the gross harm and degeneration that is befallen our society by such sin. The values of the 60s with its free love has destroyed individuals physically, mentally and spiritually. Children are unwanted victims. Human life is no longer valued. The young and the elderly are expendable. The end justifies the means and truth and justice are arbitrary. What a mess!. The only answer is the Bible, which was inspired by our Creator. It alone is a compass that shows the way out of our cesspool. It points to a loving Creator Who came in the form of a man to show us the way out of the mess. It starts with individuals changing their minds about sinful lifestyles and coming to Christ for forgiveness; we must trust in His death as payment for our sins. granting us forgiveness, and belief in His resurrection makes us righteous in the eyes of God. His Spirit comes into our lives to transform our ideas and beliefs, our values and attitudes as we read the Bible. He conforms us slowly into the likeness of Jesus. Heb 4:12 ESV For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. :13 And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. God is not dead, nor is His Word, the Bible. We are only fooling ourselves if we think it does no apply to our society.
  4. A few days ago the mormons came knocking again. This time they asked if they could do anything for me. I grinned and told them they could paint my house. He jumped at the opportunity saying sure they will. I mentioned that it would cost close to a thousand for the paint. And by the way, I have no interest in the mormon church. He asked why. I told him that Father God is spirit without flesh and bones. And Jesus existed eternally with the Father as the Word and together they created the universe. He cut me off at that point, shook my hand and left. Hmm. y'think their house painting had strings attached?
  5. I am a Caleb. I look squarely at the Anakim, the giants in the land, and say "Give me this mountain." Our God is greater than the giants. He goes before us. It is He who conquers. We have only to walk in obedience, doing what we know to do, and keep our heads low. God fights the battle. We need to hold the ground. We don't have to ignore the bad report. We just need to remember how big and powerful our God is!
  6. 1Co 11:30 AMP That [careless and unworthy participation] is the reason many of you are weak and sickly, and quite enough of you have fallen into the sleep of death. 1Co 11:30 NKJV For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. 1Co 15:51 AMP Take notice! I tell you a mystery (a secret truth, an event decreed by the hidden purpose or counsel of God). We shall not all fall asleep [in death], but we shall all be changed (transformed) 1Co 15:51 NKJV Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY." These are some post resurrection scriptures that refer to death as sleeping. Is this what you are referring to? I agree that people in Christ's day were under the law. I am at a loss as to where you might be trying to correct me. You are not quoting the portion you are challenging, if that is even what you are doing. I am dense. You must spell things out for me. Soul sleeping in the grave of the saved is not scriptural. I know of only two denominations that embrace this doctrine. 7th Day Adventist and Christian Advent. The former can become cultish in those who consider all who worship on Sunday to be following the antichrist. Not all believe that extreme doctrine or are legalistic. Christian Advent I would not call a cult even though I cannot agree with their soul sleeping in the grave doctrine. They seem to be like a Christian Church (independent) or a Baptist church but for that doctrine. Please be more explicit if you see something else in which you think I have erred. Remember that I didn't quote any scriptures till this post. It is Pierre who posted the OP. So I didn't post any pre resurrection scriptures at all. Thank you for mentioning the souls under the alter. Those who believe in soul sleeping that I have encountered believe it sleeps in the grave till the resurrection. Rev 6:9 NKJV When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?" 11 Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. This I can accept. We are told that we will be with the Lord. As stated before. Soul sleeping is one of the "non essential" doctrines. People can believe this sort of thing and still be Christians.
  7. I am confused. At what point do you take exception to my post? I do agree with all that you said. I will be glad to post scriptures to back up my statements, but sometimes people get tired of my posting a page or two. So tell me which statements you want me to back up with Scripture. It is very possible that I am wrong on some point and more possible that I didn't express myself well. But I first read through the New Testament in the 50s and began studying the Bible in depth in the early 60s. So how am I supposed to "stick to the post Jesus scriptures" in a better way? Please elaborate.
  8. Pierre,we can agree that Christians refer to death as being "asleep". No where do I find that this state is referring to the soul. It is only the body that awaits its transformation when Jesus returns. Our souls go immediately to be with our Lord. If your faith only allows your soul to await Christ's return asleep in a mess of putrid, stinking rotting flesh, I grieve for you. These are hardly words that you can encourage us with. Hopefully you at least believe: 1. that you are saved by grace through the gift of faith, and not by works lest anyone should boast. Hopefully you believe that: 2. Jesus was God the Word Who existed in the beginning with Father God and that the universe was created by them; 3. God considers us righteous due to our faith that God raised Jesus from the dead. These beliefs are the very core of the Gospel. Denying these tenants can cost you your salvation. It doesn't matter as much how you think you will await the resurrection. We can disagree on this but still be born again brothers and sisters in Christ.
  9. It does look like the coastal redwoods. Very quiet there.
  10. The biggest reason (other than the price) that we decided not to keep him was that the owner said he attacked her husband every time he walked in the door. He had attached himself to her and was very jealous. So her husband had told her to choose between him and the bird. He was very sweet to me and demanding of petting. Very affectionate. But our dogs hated him as well. She said that he ruled over the dogs at home, giving commands that they obeyed. Can you imagine a big guard dog taking orders from a parrot? Theirs did.
  11. We also have men's only and woman's only forums that are password protected if you don't feel comfortable asking personal questions here. Do consider these.
  12. Of course not. We need first to apply the word to our own lives. God's word is the vehicle of the Holy Spirit to wash us and change us to be more like Jesus. We should never point it at others. That is God's job. But we should share God's love with others and help to meet the needs we see in their lives. Sometimes people need a friend--someone to listen. Sometimes they need help with repairs or child care. We can all reach out to our neighbors.
  13. Welcome to Worthy, Kenji. God's method of reaching each of us is never the same. He taylor makes it to turn each of us to Himself. It is amazing to me that anyone can resist His persisting love. Bless His holy Name!.
  14. Joh 17:14 AMP I have given and delivered to them Your word (message) and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world [do not belong to the world], just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that You will take them out of the world, but that You will keep and protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world (worldly, belonging to the world), [just] as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them [purify, consecrate, separate them for Yourself, make them holy] by the Truth; Your Word is Truth. 18 Just as You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And so for their sake and on their behalf I sanctify (dedicate, consecrate) Myself, that they also may be sanctified (dedicated, consecrated, made holy) in the Truth. Joh 17:20 Neither for these alone do I pray [it is not for their sake only that I make this request], but also for all those who will ever come to believe in (trust in, cling to, rely on) Me through their word and teaching, Even intercessors aren't told to withdraw from the world the way monks do. We are in the world but not of the world. How can you become aware of what God wants you to pray for if you don't interact with people in the world? Intercessors are often very much engaged with with people, sharing God's love in whatever manner God has gifted them or wherever they see needs. It is God who puts people and situations on our hearts to pray for. He calls our attention to them. By praying without ceasing, we may see an auto accident and pray for all involved and their families, medical staff, officers, etc. Once I was at an stop light and watched a parachuter dropping to the ground with an unopened chute. I prayed for him and the family never dreaming he would survive, since I had known people who were found several feet underground in those circumstances. But he did, I learned later. Every bone in his body had been broken but he still trusted in God that he would walk again. This story never hit the news, to my amazement. Unless we are out and about in the world, encountering people who need the Lord, we will be pretty ineffective as Christians. Monks say written prayers and repeat rosaries and Our Fathers without end. That doesn't mean they are intercessors. If a person is in forced isolation, like in jail, what a goldmine of people who need Jesus to pray for!. Pray for safety and salvation of guards as well. By the way, praying God's promises and praying in the Spirit are the most effective ways I know to pray. By doing this we know we are praying according to His will. So we claim His promises and stand on His Word. There is an old hymn: Standing On the Promises. Amen. So be it!
  15. Miss Peep, thank you for your Rockwell posts. Hubby got me a 2 volume coffee table collection one year because he knows how much I love Rockwell. He was a great illustrator of Americana.