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  1. Badjao33

    I bought lottery tickets

    John, who was in financial difficulty, walked into a church and started to pray. ''God,'' John said. ''I know I haven't been perfect but I really need to win the lottery. I don't have a lot of money. Please help me out.'' He left the church, a week went by, and he hadn't won the lottery, so he went to church again ''Come on, God,'' he said. ''I really need this money. My mom needs surgery and I have bills to pay. Please let me win the lottery.'' He left the church, a week went by, and he didn't win the lottery. So, he went to church and started to pray again. ''You're starting to disappoint me, God,'' he said. ''I've prayed and prayed. If you just let me win the lottery, I'll be a better person. I don't have to win the jackpot, just enough to get me out of debt. I'll give some to charity, even. Just let me win the lottery.'' John thought this did it, so he got up and walked outside. The clouds opened up and a booming voice said, ''John, buy a lottery ticket.''
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    Once again: And this is what I believe.
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    Of course I don't believe in reincarnation, but we can know what people thought in the first century because there is a lot of first hand written history and personal accounts recorded from that era in addition to the Bible. With Jews being one of the oldest cultures, there's is a wealth of information about their history available.
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    There is only one gospel. Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)(Acts 16:31)
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    I don't see anything confusing and the people living in the first century wouldn't either. It was always known that Israel was a special nation to God and that He had a covenant with them. It wouldn't be confusing at that time if certain restrictions were placed on Jews who were under the law and the gentiles who weren't. In fact it would make perfect sense as to why that would be. I agree 100% Anything that requires effort on out part is what I would consider a work. Keeping the law or baptism is something that the Jews had to put effort into to achieve. Then why was this practice allowed to continue? Rather than saying that it's the same saving faith that brings salvation to both the Jew and the gentile, why was there no mention that circumcision was not required? That's a pretty good point, I'll give you that one, but it also shows that the Jews continued to put themselves under the law.
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    I agree with this with the exception that Jesus taught Israel that they had to keep the law and be baptized. While not a requirement for salvation, those hearing this message would have not known this. I'm pretty sure it was the gospel of grace that faith alone saves that was the mystery. Paul says that His ministry that He received was to testify the gospel of grace. “But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. (Acts 20:24) Here Paul refers to the mystery being faith. Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine cor fond of sordid gain, but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. (1 Timothy 3:8–9) The original disciples would have never said anything like this below, because they remained committed to the law. For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. (Romans 6:14) If the original disciples knew that "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes" (Romans 10:4), why were they still teaching the law? There were many mysteries that were revealed to Paul other than faith alone saves. Not only the mystery of the Church that you mentioned, but also of the Resurrections which the original disciples never taught. It's also important to remember that the Jews who believed that Jesus was the Messiah were not looking for spiritual redemption, they were looking for a redemption of Israel and an earthly king that they expected to reign in their lifetime. And the Lord will be king over all the earth; in that day the Lord will be the only bone, and His name the only one. (Zechariah 14:9) The word which Isaiah the son of moz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. Now it will come about that In the last days The mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains, And will be raised above the hills; And all the nations will stream to it. And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, To the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion And the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He will judge between the nations, And will [d]render decisions for many peoples; And they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war. (Isaiah 2:1-4) The original disciples reasons for wanting Israel to repent, be seen as righteous in God's eyes, and have their sins forgiven was not to go to Heaven, but to usher in God's Kingdom on earth. They weren't concerned about what was going to happen to them after they die, they were expecting to reign with Christ in their lifetime. This is also why the message being shared with the Jews by the original disciples was so much different than the message Paul shared with the gentiles.
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    Since James was writing this to Israel, it makes sense that his letter would include the works of the law. James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings. (James 1:1) Why would God have the same message for the Jews and the Gentiles? Yes, the same faith saves them both by God's grace, but the Jews were under the law and the gentiles weren't. Another question that must be asked is why did the original disciples only teach among the Jews? If it were the same message, why not go to the gentiles in the region? Yes, there is no disputing this. If the original disciples knew the mystery that faith alone leads to salvation, why was peter saying things like this? Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:3 Why wasn't the teaching of circumcision rebuked at the Counsel at Jerusalem? Some men came down from Judea and began teaching the brethren, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” (Acts 15:1) And why were restrictions placed on the gentiles? Therefore it is my judgment that we do not trouble those who are turning to God from among the Gentiles, but that we write to them that they abstain from [j]things contaminated by idols and from fornication and from what is strangled and from blood. (Acts 15:19-20) All of these teachings would be rejected today. So you feel you are 100% correct and without error?
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    Thank you for taking the time to do this rather than just accusing me without evidence. I stand corrected, I did in fact say that Jesus taught salvation by works and I apologize for saying that I didn't. Since this is what I have said and after reviewing the scripture further, I will say that yes, in addition to the original disciples, Jesus also taught the Jews that works were required for salvation. The reason being: but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; (1 Corinthians 2:7-8) What would have happened if Jesus would have openly started teaching that faith without the works of the law lead to salvation prior to His death and resurrection since the Old Covenant required obedience to the letter of the Law? “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until the heaven and the earth shall pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no way pass from the Law until everything has been fulfilled” (Matt. 5:17-18). We can look back now and understand His teachings because we have knowledge and understanding that the disciples had not yet acquired. We know that it has always been about faith and not works. However; there's no way that the disciples would have known that salvation comes from faith alone prior to Paul exposing this mystery. As Jews they would have naturally thought that keeping the law and its required works were a condition of salvation. This is not just speculation on my part because the Bible confirms that the Jewish believers were devout followers of the law well after the death and Resurrection of Christ. While they were teaching the same saving faith as Paul, the message that the original disciples shared had baptism and the law attached to their teachings.
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    I have never been ashamed to admit that I am not always right and have said this several times on this forum going back almost to when I first joined.
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    I'm not sure what you are saying here. can you better clarify it for me?
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths” (Proverbs 3:5–6). We can't read the Bible like we would a novel or a history book. It can't be read properly without reading it spiritually. This is why I said earlier in the tread that we have to completely put away our 21st century mindset when reading the Bible and forget what we already know. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words. (1 Corinthians 2:12-13)
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    Show me where I said that Jesus taught that salvation was acquired by works. I did say that Jesus taught the law, and a simple reading of the Sermon on the Mount found in Matthew 5-7 will show that keeping the law was something the Jews had to do. Jesus wasn't teaching this as part of the plan for salvation though. It was probably written before the Council at Jerusalem and this is probably why James would still teaching about works. There were two different audiences for the gospel. One being Jews and the other gentiles. The Jews were under the law and the gentiles weren't. It shouldn't be that hard to believe that the messages given to each would be different. If they were the same. then Jesus wouldn't have told His disciples to only go among the Jews, and after the Council in Jerusalem, it wouldn't have been decided that Peter and the apostles in Jerusalem continue teaching among the Jews and Paul and his group go to the gentiles. That's not where Paul got the gospel of grace from. The gospel I preached is not devised by man. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:12) Yes he does because He had been enlightened that faith alone is what leads to salvation. He like us today can clearly see this now that the mystery had been revealed. That's impossible since it was only revealed to Paul many years after the death and resurrection of Christ. but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; (1 Corinthians 2:7-8) Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery which has been kept secret for long ages past, (Romans 16:25) This is not what I have said. I said the apostles didn't understand what Jesus was talking about and I explained in an earlier post why that was. Jesus spoke the truth, He is the Truth, however, the mystery of the gospel was divinely hidden from them until the appropriate time. They heard the truth, but they couldn't yet comprehend it. Peter and the original disciples were teaching baptism, circumcision, and keeping the entire law. Those are works. The Bible tells us that Paul received the mystery of the gospel that brings salvation. Salvation by grace through faith alone has always been what saves since creation, but there was no way for anyone to know this prior to it being revealed to Paul. Had it been known in advance, the words of the prophets would have failed. God revealed this mystery to Paul long after His death and resurrection. The evidence that the original disciples didn't know this mystery prior to Paul sharing it with them can be found throughout the book of acts. I am not a liar nor would I ever intentionally deceive anyone. Do I have everything 100% correct probably not, is everything you share on this forum 100% correct? probably not. Does that make either one of us a liar for sharing what we believe? No it doesn't. I have defended my position the best I can with supporting scripture. That's the best I can do. I suggest no one believe anything either one of us says on this forum and search the scriptures for themselves concerning these matters. In fact, I would go even further and say that no one should rely on what anyone else tells them about the Bible. We should all be like the Bereans "these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11)
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    Where did I say it wasn't? That's why I said we must pray before we ever open our Bible. Prayer will open our eyes through the illumination of the Holy Spirit so we may understand the revelations from Bible. Once we do start reading we will become immersed into it with the help of the Holy Spirit to a point that we can see ourselves in the crowds surrounded by the people in that day, we can smell the smells, hear the noises, the animals, the waves of the sea crashing in the background and when we hear the words it becomes as if we are watching from the sidelines as we see and hear the conversations taking place. All Scripture is a testament to Jesus Christ and through regular reading of the Bible, it will apply His truth to our hearts.
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    Fall is upon us. Comfort food! Yum

    Sounds like a walking taco. Rather than eat it out of a bowl you get one of the small bags of fritos, add a couple of spoonfuls of chili. chopped onions, cheese, and salsa, grab a plastic spoon and go out the door with it. I used to have this on the menu at my restaurant. There was a dance studio nearby and it was one of our top sellers with the young students.
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    I asked Jesus what must i do to go into heaven

    Yes, I agree. I actually know of some of these movements here in the Philippines. They still reject Paul's teachings about grace and that faith alone leads to salvation. They are also teaching believers the same as the original apostles were teaching in Jerusalem for many years after the death and Resurrection. The difference between the two is that the apostles were ignorant at the time because all truth had not been revealed to them as of yet and those teaching this way today can't use that excuse because they have the Bible which leads them to the Truth of all things concerning the gospel. But the way I see it, the Jews who heard Jesus teach and later what the original apostles taught in the first century would have heard things much different than we do today because they remained ignorant of the mystery that was revealed to Paul and lacked the scriptures we have today that tell the complete story. So when they heard someone like James teaching and when we take into consideration that he wasn't talking to the Church in 2018, had we been living at that time, we would have believed that the works of the law were a requirement for salvation after hearing the following: What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,” and he was called the friend of God. You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? (James 2:14-25) While we can look back at the scriptures today and clearly see that the good news of faith alone leads to salvation can be found from the very beginning of time, we can only do this today because the Bible is complete. The Jews in the first century couldn't do this and had to rely only on what had been revealed to them up until the time they were living. Based on the knowledge they had at the time, the redemption that the original disciples and the Jews were looking forward to was not the same as what we know it to be today. To these He also presented Himself alive after His suffering, by many convincing proofs, appearing to them over a period of forty days and speaking of the things concerning the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3) So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6) They were looking for a conquering Messiah who would redeem them from the bondage of the Roman rulers and establish a new kingdom on earth beginning in Jerusalem and eventually encompassing the entire world. The good news for the Jews was that the Messiah had come and would soon establish His Kingdom fulfilling the prophecies of His reign from Jerusalem and the original disciples were expecting that they too would reign with Him within their lifetimes. It wasn't a spiritual redemption, but a physical redemption. While Jesus spoke of a spiritual redemption during His ministry, those hearing Him couldn't understand what He meant at the time. Since they were expecting a physical kingdom to be established during their lifetime, they believed that they had to be obedient to the law in order to prove their faith and to enter that kingdom. Because of this, this is what the disciples taught and what the new believers believed and followed before Paul revealed the mystery that it's faith alone that saves. So what I'm trying to say is it's not about what we know today, it's about what they didn't know then and what they would have believed based on what limited knowledge they had been given. While we know that works are not a part of the plan of salvation, they didn't and followed a works based plan of salvation which included things like baptism, circumcision, and other works required under the law.