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  1. Running Gator

    scriptural support for free will belief

    So, after Jesus spoke the words did Peter still have the freedom to not deny Jesus? Could he have changed his mind after that point?
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    scriptural support for free will belief

    And yet the debate on this topic has waged for centuries with neither side being able to put it to rest
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    scriptural support for free will belief

    But there is still free will in choosing God, after he reveals His Son to a person, correct? It seems that the answer lies between calvinism and arminianism, in that God only reveals His Son to a select few, but those still have the free will do say "no thanks"...which is why one can find verses to support both sides of the argument.
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    One of two categories.

    Most tactics that overwhelm an enemy involve deception, especially when the enemy has superior numbers.
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    Rewards and Punishment

    Will there be a sense of “man I wish I had more rewards”...almost an envy? I ask because the idea of different levels of perfect paradise does not make a lot of sense. If the main reward is being with God for all eternity vice burning in hell for all eternity...will anyone care if they are with God in a small mansion vice a larger one?
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    One of two categories.

    I am a practical person, not a deep thinking philosopher, I try to live in the reality of the situation. In the Bible God himself directed Gideon to use deception to overcome an enemy. How could it be wrong for me to do so to save the lives of innocents?
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    One of two categories.

    Rahab is not the only example we are given by God of this sort of thing. The mid-wives lied about killing the male babies, the Jewish people mislead(lied) when they asked to “borrow” gold and riches from their Egyptian neighbors, Elisha lied when he told the soldiers struck blind by God that “this is not the road and this is not the city”...
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    One of two categories.

    Question for you, had you been in Rahab’s position, would you had lied to save the lives of the spies?
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    One of two categories.

    It is what she is most known for. Ask 100 Christians who Rahab is and I bet greater than 90 of them mention the lie that saved the lies of the spies.
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    One of two categories.

    We live in a fallen world, if I had to choose between telling a lie and the death of innocent people, the lie will be told every time.
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    One of two categories.

    And yet Rahab is in the "Faith Hall of Fame" and her main claim to fame is her lie.
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    One of two categories.

    We can only judge by what we know and what we are. We are the fallen creation, thus there is a mixture in us.
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    One of two categories.

    All things have degrees, as it were. Light and darkness has varying levels of both. Most people have never seen total darkness. While there is no darkness is God, we are told that there are things that He calls abominations, and other things that He does not term that way. Lying is "evil", except when it is done to save the lives of two spies in the Bible. God list things that He loves, seemingly more than other "good" things. Very little in life is black or white.
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    Prayers for my mother

    Wanted to give you all an update. He is doing well and still going strong. They have even started some light hiking again. thanks for all your prayers
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    Prayers for my mother

    He is home from the hospital after receiving 7 units of blood in a 4 days. They have found cancerous lesion on his spine which were causing most of the pain. Other than that his situation is about the same, he could last another 6 months or he could be gone tomorrow. For the post above, sadly I am not close but my sister and her two sons and their families all live on the same mountain as my mother so they will be there for her every day when needed so that is a blessing
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