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  1. At the time I became a "genuine" believer I did not know about this scripture, but it does explain my journey to Christ many years ago. And, today whenever I offer advice to someone who might be seeking answers about "believing" many times I will use Jeremiah 29:13. John
  2. Want to come back to God but at the same time I don’t

    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
  3. 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.
  4. An eternity in hell for being human?

    First question: Answer is, Yes, it is that simple - meaning that if a person believes the Gospel then he/she is born-again and has eternal life in heaven, but the "believe" part does not mean that the person simply says "I believe in Jesus" and then attempts to change himself/herself into a new person who is then fit for heaven. No one becomes a born-again Christian without the work of the Holy Spirit within that person. If and when that person, while under the influence of the Holy Spirit, comes to repentance & saving faith in Christ, "believes," then that person is changed by the Holy Spirit into a new person to a new creature in Christ. The Holy Spirit does the "changing." The Holy Spirit changes the way Christians think and act, but the new Christian must live in God's Word & in daily prayer to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord. Much more could be said about Christians' living a sanctified life, but all I will say about that matter is that we must stay in God's Word and seek the truth found there. Second question: Answer is - Actually Jesus DID show us the way to heaven. He said "I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one can come to the Father except by me."(John.14:6,KJV) A genuine born-again Christian could not become a genuine born-again Christian if he/she ignored His, Jesus', teachings. John
  5. 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
  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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Truth

    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
  10. Hello did you know God selects certain wise individuals to know that we are in the first months of the tribulation fb me Vivian Matthews I will only tell real Christians who have time to open the vault. 

  11. How do most Christians see atheists?

    Hello NiceAtheist, when I think of atheists I think of myself before I became a believer. No, I was not an atheist, but I wasn't sure if the bible was true or if God really existed. Now, as a believer, I understand that I was spiritually blind so that I could not see the truth. Actually, I did want to know the truth about God & Jesus, but I really thought that there was no way that I could ever know for sure that God was real & that I could know Him. John
  12. Why are Christians of today so worldly?

    Nudgee, Yes, there are Christians who don't live their lives in a way that is pleasing to the Lord or that would be considered to be the testimony of a Christian, but there are also people who claim to be a Christian who are not Christian. Jesus said that there would be tares with the wheat; that there would be unbelievers in churches along with true believers. There are people in churches who talk the talk and even walk the walk, but they are fake Christians. I am speaking as a Christian who was a "fake" christian before I became a true believer. As a fake christian I criticized other Christians, calling them hypocrites, when actually I was the hypocrite. The point I am trying to make is that your question "Why are Christians of Today so Worldly?" assumes that ALL Christians are worldly, but that is a false assumption. One could probably find both worldly & fake Christians in most churches, but there are many many real Godly Christians in most churches who aren't perfect, but they love the Lord, live in His Word, and fight the good fight to overcome self. Nudgee, if you were a Christian, a genuine believer in the Gospel message of the cross, and you read God's Word every day and allow the Holy Spirit to teach you the Truth found there, then instead of being so concerned about other Christians being worldly you would be so grateful knowing that when Jesus was nailed to that cross and your sins were also nailed to the cross with Him, so that you bare them no more, you would judge yourself instead of judging others. God bless, John
  13. 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. 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