Brittany

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  1. To put it simply, there's too much passive-aggressiveness within debates. I've only started two of them, and all I really see is a bunch of passive-aggressive speech against each other. This is not how we treat brothers and sisters in Christ. If someone has the wrong idea of Scripture, first you need to double-check your own stance and why you hold that stance (because you're only human just like them, and you could very well be the one that's wrong if you aren't careful), and second you need to try to lead them to the truth WITH LOVE. I don't see that. I see pride. I don't hate any of you, and I'm not judging any of you. Not everyone here is guilty of this, either. But there's just too much of this going around, and this site isn't quite the spiritual edifier I first thought it would be. I'll be praying for all of you, and I ask that you pray for me as well. I'm still learning about God and the doctrines of the Bible, and I think I'll continue to learn until the day I die. Prayer would be much appreciated for this, since I tend to get very confused when trying to figure out which doctrines to believe. I guess I just need to learn to leave it in God's hands to help me, instead of trying to do it all myself. God bless
  2. Do not keep your faith from others. The Bible tells us to tell others about the Gospel. But also do it in a loving manner.
  3. Then we'll just have to agree to disagree. I do believe that we should give God our time, and make Him first in our lives. But can you give me a single Bible verse that supports that people who do not read daily will go to hell?
  4. Universalism is the belief that every man will be reconciled with God eventually - that people don't go to hell (permanently, at least). I myself am not a universalist, though with reading the Bible, I am finding more support for it (or possible something that just seems to support the doctrine). So, I'm not making this thread so that I can debate others, but so others can give me their reasoning for being universalist or for not being universalist. So, do you believe in universalism? Why/why not? This thread is to help me understand more about universalism. I personally will not be debating, though others are free to debate, and I may ask a few questions from time to time. God bless!
  5. Welcome! I speak from much experience when I say that reading books, blogs, and articles about different interpretations of Scripture will only cause confusion. If you want an answer to a theological question, the best place to look is the Bible, since it is God's Word. About a month or so ago, I was so frustrated with myself because I was so confused on all kinds of theological doctrines - Is hell really eternal? Is God really triune? Was the universe really created in 6 days? I had so many questions, and I still have a lot of questions that are unanswered for now - but I found the source of my confusion. I was reading so many different interpretations and opinions about Scripture that I was confusing myself. Almost everything I read seemed right because it seemed to have Scripture to back it up, and I got really confused because even though most of the things I read said something totally different, they all seemed correct due to their use of Scripture. If you twist Scripture just right - which is what I believe most of the stuff I was reading was doing, though probably not intentionally - you can make any doctrine seem like the truth, even if it's far from it. You don't have to be right to be convincing, you just have to know how to sound smart - and that is why it's dangerous to rely on the works of man to decide on theological doctrines. I suggest reading the (entire, if possible) Bible for yourself if you have not already, because the Bible is God's word. It is God-inspired, written by man but not OF man. It is much better than anything a man can write. Satan is the author of confusion, not God. And by the way, if you plan on reading the Bible if you haven't already, you might wanna start pretty soon. I've been reading it for a little over 9 months now and I'm still not finished yet, though I'm very close, and getting closer each day. Will pray for you! God bless you! Remember to rely on God's understanding, not your own! And pray for yourself as well!
  6. There's no set time you have to read the Bible, or how much you have to read it. As a Christian, it is strongly recommended that you make time to read as often as possible, since the Bible is basically our roadmap to a good relationship with God. But, if for some reason you can't read on a certain day because you're very busy, you're not going to be damned to hell for that. Now, if you have time but you choose to do other things instead, that might imply that you are putting other things above God, and that'd be a problem. I don't think reading the Bible is considered a work like helping the poor or helping a lady cross the street. It is very beneficial to our souls to read out of God's refreshing word daily, but it's not the same kind of work as mentioned.
  7. Hi, Person17. First off, I wanna tell you that you're not alone in this. I have very few friends, and the friends I do have are atheists, aside from one Catholic and my boyfriend, who is a Christian as well. I don't talk to people usually, and although I used to enjoy it, there have been times when I've felt extremely lonely. I've considered suicide at one point in my life as well, and let me tell you, that was not a fun time. I went about 4 years being totally depressed, to the point where I actually became numb to everything for quite some time. I'm out of all this now, thanks be to God. But, I know what you're going through. I'm 16, I'm really bad at math, and I never talk to people. So, the whole point-of-our-existence thing. To begin with, we (and everything else that exists) were created for God's glory, as we see in Isaiah 43:7 and 1 Corinthians 10:31. That's why God made everything; for His glory. Well, then Adam and Eve went and screwed it up. That's why there's suffering in the world. That's why we have to work for what we need. That's why there's sin. That's why not all of God's children are always rejoicing. Because sin brought pain and suffering. Now, aside from glorifying God, we have another job as well - to try to point others towards the spring of living water who is Jesus Christ, God's only Son. One thing I've learned during my time in high school is that, if you wanna talk to people, you usually have to initiate the conversation. You have to be willing to let people know that you are okay with talking. Because if you always sit in the corner all by yourself and you never make an attempt to socialize, people might think that that's how you prefer it, thus not wanting to bother you. That was the case with me. I actually found out that I seemed to others that I'd rather not talk. A lot of people thought I disliked them because of how closed off I was, even though I didn't mean to come across that way. So, step out of your comfort zone! YES, it will be uncomfortable. YES, you will feel weird at first. But that's how you get comfortable, by stretching your boundaries a little bit! If you feel that your prayers are going unanswered, here are some possible reasons from the Bible why this may be happening: 1. Maybe you're just not being patient enough. Maybe God plans on answering "yes" to your prayer, but He has a certain time for it, and that time just hasn't come yet. We need to trust in God's timing, because it's perfect. The first verses of Ecclesiastes chapter 3 says that there is a time for everything. 2. Maybe you have some sin in your life that you just keep hanging on to and refuse to let go of, or maybe you're disobedient to God. These things may cause God not to listen to your prayer. Read Psalm 66:18 and 1 Samuel 8:18. 3. Perhaps you don't have faith that God will take care of you. James 1:6 talks about how a man's prayer without faith is like an ocean wave, tossed around by the wind. Another good verse to read is Matthew 21:22. 4. You may also be asking for the wrong reasons. If you're asking for selfish reasons, you won't get it. An example would be a million bucks or a fancy car, or maybe even good looks and fancy clothes. Read James 4:3 and 1 Timothy 2:1-2. 5. You could also be asking for something that's not in God's will. Something that's not in God's will won't happen, and if it's not in God's will, THERE'S A GOOD REASON! Even if we don't see that reason at first, there's a good reason. Read 1 John 5:14. Have you been reading your Bible? If yes, keep on reading, and praying that God will help you to understand what you're reading. If not, START! There is a LOT in the Bible that actually encouraged me when I was in the same place you are now. There is something in the Bible that will help you. Also, the Bible tells us that we are going to be hated for Christ's name. If you go around talking about how certain things are sinful and how unsaved people aren't gonna make it to heaven, it's natural to get some backlash since people are going to get offended. Though, if you're doing it hatefully, that's a problem. If you're doing it with love, however, then keep on doing that! Since the Bible tells us that we are going to be hated for Christ's sake, there would be a problem if everyone in your school liked you, unless you went to a strict Christian school. I'm not usually good with giving advice, so I'm sorry if this doesn't help you much. But, I'll pray for you, and I encourage you to read your Bible and keep on praying and trusting in the Lord! We won't always understand why He does things the way He does or why He sometimes seems to wait so long to do those things, but there is a good reason behind it all, and if you endure until the end, you will reap the rewards and be given a crown of life. Hang in there. God loves you.
  8. James chapter 2 talks about how our works perfect our faith... I'm having a little bit of trouble understanding exactly what that means.. could someone who understands please explain in a way that a kindergartner could understand it? I've already seen the Abraham + Isaac and the Rahab the harlot examples, but I still don't really understand.... do our works make our faith bigger, or fuller, so to speak? Or do they just prove that we have saving faith?
  9. Ah ok, thanks!
  10. I've seen quite a few atheists do good works though...? thank you both for your replies!
  11. Hebrews 12:2 says Jesus is the perfecter of our faith. James 2:22 says good works are the perfecter of our faith. I'm just really confused... which is it? or am I misunderstanding the meanings of these verses?
  12. Yes. The mother actually lied about the child and is being charged with falsification. The mother's car was stolen, and the mother falsely claimed that her child was asleep in the backseat at this time in order to have her car found faster. Her children were taken into protective custody. Thank you all for praying, and I thank God that the little girl was alright after all.
  13. a young girl in an area near me has been abducted this morning. I saw the Amber Alert. please pray for her safety, and for her family.
  14. one of my issues with abortion when the mother's life is in danger is that, 99.9% of the time, abortion is not the only solution to the problem. emergency c-sections can be performed. abortion is never medically required, although abortion is in some cases the convenient solution.
  15. God never mentioned abortion directly, but there are verses that mention God knitting us together in the womb and knowing us in an intimate way before we are born. Also, the times God has killed have been for justified reasons. Killing an innocent baby for no reason is not OK.