ravindran

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  1. I think the controversy is slightly more than that. The court is not blocking some well known treatment. Remember, they have not even tested this treatment properly on mice. And now they want to try this on this little child? Just because they are parents and can afford it, does not mean any kind of treatment could be allowed. People are trying to politicize the situation by simply saying court is blocking treatment, without knowing details of the treatment.
  2. A few years back people would have wondered how something like this would have been even possible. This is from book of Revelation and about the two messengers. A decade back, people had so many theories on how something like this would have been possible. Today we know there is technology for this to happen! A simple Live stream on Facebook and 2/3rd of the whole population can watch it all happen live. With their aim to bring internet to whole world, they could get the entire world connected instantly. While I marvel at some of the technological advances, it is fascinating to see how they would influence some of the end time prophecies. We are getting so close to the end folks. Just a matter of time. Hang tight!! For three and a half days some from every people, tribe, language and nation will gaze on their bodies and refuse them burial
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  4. Even I wouldn't support some sort of conversion therapy. If there is some therapy for sin, then we can convert every person on this earth! Change in heart is brought only by Holy Spirit. The calling of believers is to preach and not convert. Proclaim God's word, not try to push it into someone's brain until they accept. Coming to the other point, everyone is a sinner. Just like how I am tempted by being attracted to women other than my wife, gay people are attracted to same sex. What we do with the temptation is what matters. Do we overcome the temptation or give into it? We read in Genesis 4:7. Sin is crouching at the door. It desires to have us. But we must rule over it. Sin takes different forms in everyone's life. The question is, are we ruling over it or it is ruling over us? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
  5. We were having this discussion the other day in our Church. A lot of this happens due to lack of understanding of Holiness of God. When we do not understand that, we think certain things are "okay". As long as it does not hurt someone, it is okay. It is personal business. They are created that way. All these excuses come because they take God's holiness out of picture.
  6. Few things which many have already highlighted 1) Prayers 2) More time in spiritual activities between the 2 of you. Not just spending time in men's and women's fellowship separately. That is good, but does not build your relationship with him. Spend time in Bible study, fasting, prayers. It would help 3) Marriage counselling 4) Burn the bridge to old things. Why those things are even there? Mails and stuff?
  7. Some preachers I love listening to - Charles Stanley, John Piper, Chuck Swindoll, Ravi Zacharias. Solid preachers who never talk anything outside of Scripture
  8. Quite an interesting question! I think there are quite a lot of differences. Belief is more like accepting. Believing something exists. Even devil believes in Jesus Christ and His existence. There are many unbelievers who believe Jesus was an avatar of God. Belief stops there. Faith is beyond belief. Faith involves a relationship built on trust. Having Faith in Jesus Christ is simply not believing that He existed and died on the Cross. Faith is accepting the ramification of His sacrifice, which is our redemption. Belief is more of passive acceptance. Faith is more of active trust.
  9. No wonder Bible says "Fix your eyes on Jesus Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith". I escape the lies by focusing on Jesus more and more. The more we focus on what devil does or what he can do, we allow him more in our lives. He knows we got a place for him in our mind that he can play with. Instead I try to fill my entire mind with Jesus and spiritual thoughts. That's one (and very effective) way to avoid being deceived.
  10. None of the religions handle the concept of sin. They either ignore that there is something called sin. Or they explain sin and provide something that only covers up and does not address the problem. Only Christianity explains sin, provides remedy through Jesus Christ and the Cross
  11. Gospel according to Jesus. That He is the only way. Yes, I am certain. Because it is as per Scripture.
  12. I would pray that Lord would strengthen you. Being a dad, I can only imagine what it would have been for you to go through this. I can keep talking about what Lord's love is and on and on. But you would never get the answer for "why". And in many cases, we never get the answer. That is the truth. When me and my wife went through losses ourselves, Lord spoke to me through this song. I was simply crying! Not just the words. The circumstances in which it was written. I hope this song encourages you and will continue to pray that Lord will strengthen you I will finish by saying this. Many times the only answer Lord gives us for the question why is - My grace is sufficient for you https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Is_Well_with_My_Soul
  13. Does not sound surprising. At the end of day, people at Church are all sinners in need of God's grace. Church is not a bunch of "perfect" people. Church is a place for imperfect people, who have understood their imperfectness and knows they can do nothing about it apart from Jesus Christ. As you get more involved in Church activities (deacon, board member, etc) you would see more politics and you would feel that Church is more of an organization than fellowship! That's what man has made Church to be. An organization and not a place of fellowship. Does that mean going to Church is bad? Let it be the last thing. In short, the point is - all churches would have some shortcoming. Pray and see where Lord wants you to be rather than the circumstances. I wouldn't call a Church as false Church just because of a few rude people. It would be teaching which would define whether a Church is false or not.
  14. But wouldn't it simply mean Paul spoke in tongues quite a lot simply because he was able to interpret it or someone else was there to interpret it? 13 For this reason the one who speaks in a tongue should pray that they may interpret what they say When I read this, I think Paul is saying everyone speaking in tongue should pray that they are able to interpret it if there is no one else to interpret. And Paul is saying, while I can speak and interpret quite a lot, I would rather not do it. because tongues as a whole is a sign for unbelievers and not believers. This is where I am quite lost. Today speaking in tongues are NOT a sign for believers. And there is no strong scriptural backing for "personal speaking in tongues" And Scripture is supportive that gifts of the Spirit are relevant today and I don't think speaking in tongues have ceased. So there is no much speaking in tongues today, without being aligned with scripture
  15. I will be meditating on this word at my Church for Good Friday