• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

37 Excellent

1 Follower

About daughterofGrace

  • Birthday May 9

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Ontario, Canada
  • Interests
    Reading -- fiction (mysteries), non-fiction (theology, history, biography), poetry;
    Music -- I play the trumpet and piano;
    Baseball -- I'm a Toronto Blue Jays' fan
  1. Thanks for the response, ghostdog. They actually won another game just last night. That makes only three for the season. But it's a start, eh? In the meantime, I'm watching the hockey play-offs, rooting for all the Canadian teams. I don't watch hockey during the season because I get sick of all the fighting. But in the play-offs, they put that nonsense behind them. In a seven-game series, nobody can afford to give the other team a lot of chances to score goals on a power play. So they set aside the fights and just play hockey -- as they should!
  2. I'm glad it helped, Spock. Thanks for taking the time to say so. I appreciate it. God bless you!
  3. Hey, mat0007. I can relate to what you're saying. When I committed myself to Jesus, the Holy Spirit started showing me how he wanted me to spend my leisure time. I would be watching television and a scene would come on involving the occult or sometimes graphic sexuality or something else that was less than godly. The Holy Spirit would prompt me to change the station or turn the movie off. I started to realize that I had watched things and read books in the past that did not honour God at all. So I agree with one of the previous posters -- the Holy Spirit is showing you some of the clutter from your past and is encouraging you not to partake of that junk any more. Also, as one of the previous posters suggested -- take all of it to the Lord. Ask him to cleanse you of all that stuff and of the negative ways it has impacted you. Ask him to protect you from that kind of influence and to lead you as to what you watch and read, etc. Ask him how he wants you to spend your time. He'll tell you -- and then follow his lead. Glad to see you here, mat0007. There are a lot of good people here who are willing to help you in your walk with Jesus. God bless you!
  4. You're absolutely right about that, BK. Modern science has its epistemological roots in Christianity. Herbert Butterfield, in his book entitled The Origin of Modern Science, lists the following as the three main assumptions of modern science: the universe (world) is orderly; this orderly universe can be known; and there is a motive to discover the order. He elaborates, saying that only the Christian worldview has these three assumptions. The Greek and Romans religious beliefs focused on fickle gods whose motives and actions couldn't be figured out. Hinduism involved equally capricious gods in a never-ending cycle of life that was unpredictable. Islam considered God to be unknowable and his universe equally so. Those interested can read more about that here: http://www.leaderu.com/science/helweg.html
  5. Thanks for your response, Bob. Would I be correct in assuming then that a Oneness Pentecostal sees God as manifesting himself as God the Father in the Old Testament and then as Jesus Christ in the New Testament and then, finally, as the Holy Spirit from Pentecost on? In other words, there is one God who manifests himself in different ways at different times whereas, for the Christian, there is one God who exists as three persons simultaneously throughout the ages?
  6. I wasn't implying that all scientists know they're finding out how God has done things and see that as their quest. I'm simply saying that, whether they acknowledge God or disavow him, scientists' endeavours amount to the same thing -- finding out how God did things.
  7. I am a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, something it isn't pleasant to be right now with them having a 2 and 10 record to start the 2017 season. Injuries aren't helping them -- their closer, Roberto Osuna, started the season on the 15-day disabled list. Two of their starters -- Sanchez and Happ -- have injuries. And their MVP third basement, Josh Donaldson, aggravated his calf injury. It's a tough way to start a season, especially when they have been in the play-offs the last two years and everybody is expecting them to get there again. I have followed the Blue Jays since their very first game which they played in a snowstorm -- so happy they are in a stadium with a retractable roof now. Would anybody care to make a few predictions about who will end up in the World Series this year? Will the Indians get there again (they have ex-Blue Jay Edwin Encarnacion who is a hitting machine on their team this year)? Will the Cubbies be able to go for a repeat or have they dealt too many good players away (like Dexter Fowler -- boy! Would I ever have liked to see him in a Blue Jay uniform as the team needs another outfielder). Will somebody who hasn't been in the play-offs for a while surprise us all?
  8. What is science but people trying to find out how God has done things?
  9. I'm interested in how you came to leave that church, Bob. Did you start to doubt what they were teaching? What doctrines did you start to question and why? And if I were to witness to a Oneness Pentecostal adherent, where would I begin? Thanks in advance for your response.
  10. The Pharisees certainly knew that Jesus was claiming to be the Messiah as stated clearly in this passage from John 10: 22 Then came the Festival of Dedication[b] at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was in the temple courts walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. 24 The Jews who were there gathered around him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all[c]; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 Again his Jewish opponents picked up stones to stone him, 32 but Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father. For which of these do you stone me?” 33 “We are not stoning you for any good work,” they replied, “but for blasphemy, because you, a mere man, claim to be God.” There is a real danger for all of us -- for Christian and non-Christian. We will make a statement that we have heard somebody else say or we have read somewhere. It lines up with our beliefs so we just accept it and repeat it. We don't take the time to do some research and find out if it's really true or not. If the person posting the initial question had done the research, he or she would have found out that what he/she was saying isn't true. He/she shows his/her ignorance of the subject in doing so. But, as I said, we Christians can be just as guilty of that. It behooves all of us to do our homework and make sure we know what we're talking about.
  11. I find myself wondering if Muslimbr really wants to know the answer to that question or if he/she is hoping to use this as an argument against the Bible and its truth and reliability. I guess that's my experience in dialoguing with non-believers in apologetic forums talking. I know that Muslims will say that the Quran that they have today is identical to the one Mohammed dictated. However, that isn't true. It has been altered down through the years. Apologists David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi (an ex-Muslim) have a lot of good information to share about this here: http://www.answeringmuslims.com/p/quran.html
  12. I'm a writer as well, Jacob. So good to meet a fellow wordsmith here.
  13. One should never assess Christianity on the basis of those who say they are Christians. Some people who wear that label are not following Jesus at all and do not honour him with their lives at all. And those of us who are wanting to serve Jesus and others in his name are all imperfect so we are going to fail you in some way or another. That's why I always tell people to judge Christianity on the basis of who Jesus is, what he has done, what he wants to do in one's life, and not on flawed people. There are only two camps in the world -- one belongs to God and the other belongs to Satan. I have had some miserable times in my life, but I always knew that, if I rejected God, I'd end up in even worse circumstances in the devil's camp. Here's the thing about being a Christian. If someone accepts Christ and is converted, meaning that the Lord brought his dead spirit alive in Christ, then it is impossible to stop being a Christian. Once you have been born again, you can't be "unborn" spiritually any more than you can be "unborn" physically. Being a Christian isn't simply a matter of attending a Christian church and giving some intellectual assent to the idea of a divine being. It's about entering into a relationship with God through the person of Jesus Christ by the infilling of the Holy Spirit. I know people who have been disappointed with their church and with God so they have turned their back on him. But their lives didn't improve because of it. Here's the thing: As soon as a person commits his life to Christ, the devil attacks. He will do everything in his power to make that person turn his back on God and walk away. I always think that mature Christians do new Christians a disservice by not warning them about this and by not teaching newbies about spiritual warfare. I know one thing: Jesus won't let the devil steal anybody from his hand if that "anybody" is truly born-again. That means if Spark is born-again, Jesus won't let him go.
  14. I have a few other sites and sources you might enjoy. For quality Bible study check out this: https://bible.org/ For straightforward, simple answers to questions there's this one: https://www.gotquestions.org/ For apologetics (defense of the Christian faith), try these: http://www.str.org/ http://rzim.org/ http://coldcasechristianity.com/ My suggestion is this: Study God's Word and get a good grounding in it above all else. Build your relationship with the Lord and grow in it. As you get to know him, your faith will increase. Don't ever be afraid of attacks against Jesus, the Bible or Christianity. I have found that, in searching for responses to attacks, my faith has only increased. God always has intelligent, valid answers to the nay-sayers.
  15. The levitical laws were given to point out what sin was and how the people were to live as followers of God. But there was nothing in the laws themselves to empower someone to avoid sin and live a holy life. Hence, the need for offerings as everyone failed to lived entirely as they should as the people of God. But Jesus fulfilled ALL of the requirements of the Law on our behalf with his death and resurrection. When we accept that sacrifice in faith, we are given right-standing with God. So there is no need for any more sacrifices. Once we are born again, we should enter into a life-long process of sanctification in which the Holy Spirit points out what sin is and then empowers us to resist it. Note that I said it's a life-long process which will not be completed until the next life. I always say that, while there are no perfect Christians on this earth, there should be all kinds of Christians being perfected here. I have found that, over the years, the Holy Spirit has worked with me, pointing out one area of my life that required change and helping me to effect it. Then he has pointed out another and another and another and I am gradually "cleaning up my act" -- but only with his insight and empowerment. I am interested, Sight, in your conclusion that you haven't truly accepted Christ because of what these verses say. Yet you call yourself born-again. If you are born again, then you have accepted Christ because there is no other way to be born again. I wonder if what you're saying is this -- you feel condemned by what these verses say because you haven't been able to live up to them fully. To me, the very fact that you recognize that you have not been able to live totally as God would will shows that you are indeed born-again. If you weren't, then you really wouldn't care whether you please God or not. Bear in mind what Paul said about there being no condemnation in Christ (Rom. 8:1). The Holy Spirit will prick your conscience when you fail, but not with condemnation (although you will probably feel godly sorrow). Then the Holy Spirit will encourage you to try again and succeed according to God's plan for you -- at least, that has been my experience and I don't think I am alone in it. And when you do fail, always bear in mind what John wrote in 1 John 1:9, that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and will forgive us. I hope that helps.