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  1. john14:6

    Searching for meaning

    Aftermeaning, I grew up in church where I heard about God, heaven, hell, sin, & Jesus all of my childhood. When I became a young adult I wasn't convinced that all the things I had heard & had been taught about God & the bible were true so I forgot about God and Jesus. I finished college, started my teaching career, and got married. My wife and I did not attend church. I still remember turning out the lights one night when 2 men came to visit us from the local Baptist church so they would think no one was there. Several years later I began having thoughts about God & Jesus and considered that if I was wrong about not believing the truth of the Bible then I could be facing a horrible eternity, and the thought of spending eternity in hell scared me. Another thing that I considered was that our children would also be facing the same eternal fate I was facing. Those thoughts drove me to search for answers about the truth of the Bible. I began my search by attending the same church that I was forced to attend as a child. I talked to the pastor & to our Sunday School teacher, but found that nothing they said could convince me that the bible was true. Next, I found several books written by well known Christian authors. Those books used many scriptures that I had heard in church as a child. The authors used many illustrations of people coming to faith in Christ. I read those books over & over, but found nothing there that convinced me that the bible was true, or that God was real, or that Jesus was the person he claimed to be. Although I was skeptical about the truth of the bible, I still had a very uneasy feeling deep down inside of me about my inability to find the truth. I was looking for something that would completely convince me that the bible was true. I wanted to believe in God & I wanted to believe in Jesus. I would try to work up a sense of strong faith & tell myself that I believe, but that never worked for me. After living in misery & fear for several years I thought that there was no way I would ever know how to really believe in God or in Jesus. One night as I lay down to try to get some sleep, I just gave up on myself and looked up at the ceiling of my bedroom and said a simple prayer to the God I wasn't sure existed. I said “God will you show me the truth about you and about believing in Jesus?” I slept better that night than I had slept in several years. The next day I did something I had never done outside of church; I found the family bible, dusted it off, and opened to the Book of John, the Gospel of John. I started reading in chapter 1, and by the time I had read to chapter 6 God showed me exactly the things I was looking for so that I was convinced that the bible IS true, that God IS real, and that Jesus was waiting for me to come to Him so He could change my life. I found my answer that day; not in books written by preachers, but in the book written by God Himself. God Himself convinced me of the truth of His Word and He gave me the faith I needed to become a believer. My story took place about 40 years ago, and today I still have the assurance and peace that I found that day. The change that takes place in the life of an unbeliever when that person become a true believer is like the change in a blind person's life when he/she is suddenly given the ability to see. It is life changing. If you are interested in reading similar stories about other people below are links to 3 stories about unbelievers whose lives were changed after they found the truth about God. From Atheism to Christianity; A Personal Journey https://www.bethinking.org/is-christianity-true/from-atheism-to-christianity-a-personal-journey The Case for Grace https://www.theblaze.com/news/2015/03/03/atheist-journalist-lived-a-narcissistic-profane-life-until-he-embarked-on-a-two-year-investigation-into-the-bible-that-changed-everything A Former Atheist Became a Christian https://www.quora.com/Would-any-former-atheists-who-became-Christian-explain-why-and-how-they-made-this-change John
  2. The movie is about the circumstances in Bart Millard's life that led to Bart writing the song "I can Only Imagine." I haven't seen the movie, but plan to see it soon. I live in Greenville, Texas and although I knew Bart when he was a small child and when he was in high school, I did not know the details of his childhood that led to this song & movie until I recently did some reading about the movie. John
  3. I did the same thing, and had I continued to reject Jesus in unbelief, that would have been THE sin that sent me to hell. Regards, John
  4. M My take on this is exactly what Jesus says. Unbelief is rejecting His free gift of forgiveness of sin & that rejection is unbelief. If/when a true born-again Christian doubts, that is not rejecting the pardon Jesus bought for us with His blood. Notice I'm talking about a true born-again Christian; someone who has received the free gift of forgiveness of sin from Christ. Their doubting is not unbelief. John
  5. John 8:24 " I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." Jesus paid the penalty for all of our sin except for the one sin that will send us to hell; the sin of unbelief. John
  6. Hey, JesusisLord92, you might find something in my testimony that would be of interest to you. I have listed a link to it here at Worthy if you care to read it. John
  7. john14:6

    When are we born again of the Spirit

    No one is born-again without the work of the Holy Spirit in that person. The moment that person trusts Christ's finished work on the cross, His shed blood there, and His resurrection the Holy Spirit moves into the new believer's life.
  8. john14:6

    Reluctant new believer with some challenges

    Hello Stillseeking. I have read much of this thread and I can identify with many of your fears. After many years of living in confusion, fear, doubting, unbelief, a life of misery, and searching for answers about what repentance really means and what believing in God & Jesus means, I found the truth about God's Way of saving us which led me to experience real faith, saving faith, in Christ alone. I began my search by talking to pastors, Sunday school teachers, and Christians, and by reading several books & tracts about salvation. I could not find any answers that convinced me that the bible was completely true and/or how to really repent of sin and believe in Christ. I found the truth that I needed that did convince me that the Bible is true, and about how to repent & how to believe when and only when I turned to God & His Word, the Bible. That was many years ago, and I found a lasting peace & assurance that I still have today. I can see that you are concerned with certain things that you do which might be a sin against God. You seem to think that if you commit a certain sin and don't repent of that sin or that if you don't love God and your neighbor in the right way that you will be separated from God. You said, “I don't understand what is and isn't sin, because it seems that such would be defined by the Bible, which is interpreted in many different ways. That is troublesome, though, since not knowing what sin is means that I'll not be able to repent for it. If I can't repent for it, then I can't ask for forgiveness for it, and it will forever separate me from God. I'm very troubled by this and coming to the conclusion that loving God with ALL my heart and soul and loving my neighbor AS MYSELF must necessarily mean that I need to sell everything I own or give it to the poor, live in absolute poverty, and dress in only modest and unattractive clothes so as to avoid inciting lust.” Stillseeking, God's Word is very clear about the matter of “believing” or about salvation. Consider the following scriptures: Acts 16:31,“And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” John 6:29, Jesus answered and said unto them, “this is the work of God that you believe on Him whom He hath sent.” These verses are saying that you must “believe” the Gospel to be saved. They don't say anything about selling all you have and giving to the poor. They do not say anything about loving God or others. They do not say anything about having to remember every sin and confessing/repenting of them. Yes, we should love God and others, and we should confess our sins, but that is part of sanctification; not justification. Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and He says in the following scripture that there is only ONE sin that will separate us from God. John 8:24, “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” Do you see what Jesus said in that verse? Do you see that Jesus is saying that the ONLY sin that will cause anyone to be separated from God & spend eternity in hell is the sin of UNBELIEF? Therefore, if you are a genuine believer, if you have realized your need of a savior and come to Jesus to receive His forgiveness then your sins are forgiven, you have the Holy Spirit living in you as a born-again new creature, and you have eternal life. (remember John 3:16?) But, if you have not really “believed” or if you are not sure about that matter, then maybe you need take care of that matter first. If you are interested in reading 2 excellent articles about the real meaning of repentance, faith, and believing the Gospel, I'm listing links to them below. Finally, I want to comment on bible verses that seem to contradict each other which leads to confusion about the truth found there. First, I must admit that I am NOT a bible scholar, am NOT a minister, nor am I formally educated in the bible. I am speaking from my personal experience through which I began as a new Christian with very limited understanding of the scriptures except for those that God used to draw me to believe the Gospel. I have found over the last 40 years of daily Bible study that there are scriptures that I do not understand, but I have learned to not fret over them because I know that my salvation is secure in the finished work of Christ on the cross so the other scriptures that might confuse me do not frighten me into doubting my salvation. That has been settled, it is a done deal. Something I have learned about studying the Bible is that many times one verse might seem to contradict a teaching found in another book or chapter, but if I will read the verses preceding or those verses following that specific verse in question that those verses explain that one verse so that there really is no confusion at all. Also, by studying all of scripture under the influence of the Holy Spirit one will learn that the Bible really does explain itself and there is no confusion. Again, I am not saying that I completely understand all of the Bible. But, I am saying that I do understand the main message of the Bible, and that by studying God's Word everyday I learn more about how to live a life that is acceptable and pleasing to God. Hope you won't be offended if I suggest that if you are not soundly grounded in your faith that you should not go through the bible and purposely pick out certain scriptures that appear to obviously contradict each other or a specific teaching. Doing that could easily lead one to confusion and doubts about the truth of scriptures. Make your salvation sure, then let the Holy Spirit help you understand the Bible as you study to learn to live a life that is pleasing to God. These links are to the 2 article about salvation. They were written by a well known evangelist many years ago. His name is Dr. John R. Rice. I recommend his articles because he explains salvation in the same way the Holy Spirit showed me as I read the Gospel of John. 1. What Must I do to be Saved, by Dr. John R Rice http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=10572 2. How to Come to Jesus, by Dr. John R Rice http://www.sermonindex.net/modules/articles/index.php?view=article&aid=10522 Sorry this was so long, hope you were not annoyed by all of it. John
  9. john14:6

    John 6:44 question

    Yes, Willa, I understand that God works in people in different ways. God used scriptures to draw me to Him.
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    Can you lose your Salvation?

    You asked for our thoughts, so without quoting scripture I will express my thoughts, but my thoughts ARE based on scriptures. Jesus said that we must be born-again or be born from above. That means when a person is genuinely saved he/she is born from above into God's family through the work of the Holy Spirit. God is our Father and we are His child. Now think about your relation to your earthly father & mother. You are their child. If you rebel against your parents and decide that you do not want to continue being their child, and you walk away from them, are you then not their child? Can you become unborn? Of course not, and in the same way you cannot become unborn from your earthly parents, neither can you become unborn-again from God's family. You might rebel against God, you might commit a horrible sin, you might decide that you do not want to be a Christian and walk away from the Christian life, but if you were truly born-again you are still born-again. You won't lose your salvation, but you will lose fellowship with God and will probably suffer some undesirable consequences as a result of your decision to turn from God. If I thought for a minute that I could lose my salvation because of something I did or did not do, then my life would be one of constant fear & misery. But, I don't fear, because my salvation rests not on anything I have done or could do to get God to save me; my salvation is secure in the finished work of Christ on the cross where He shed His blood to pay the penalty for my sin; "paid in full." I have been born-again for 40 years, and for 40 years I have had no fear. For forty years I have had absolute peace and security in the message of the cross.
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    John 6:44 question

    The next verse, verse 45, and Romans 10:14 explain verse 44. Unbelievers can not believe the Gospel if they have not heard that message. Once a lost person hears the message of the cross, the Holy Spirit uses that message to convince that person of the truth of God Way to save them. Some choose to ignore the message, some choose to reject it, and others allow the Holy Spirit to use the message of the Gospel to accomplish His work in their life and to draw them to Christ.
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    Yes, my peace is unshakeable, permanent, and with joy, and has been for 40+ years. The reason I have a settled lasting peace is because it rests not in anything I have done or can do, but my peace rests only in the work of Jesus on the cross. Just before He died on the cross Jesus said "it is finished." He was saying that my sin debt is "paid in full." I don't need anything more than His Word about the matter. John
  13. john14:6

    Looking for answers

    I agree with Kevinw. Don't know if you have children or not, but if not then you might consider getting out before children are involved. John
  14. john14:6

    Is Mormon considered to be a Christian?

    My daughter was married to a Mormon man for 8+ years. Omegaman is right about Mormons. I learned much about that false religion during that time. My 18 year old grandson is still screwed up over the way he was treated by that man. There is more to the story, but I won't bore you with the details. John