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  1. This makes sense to me. It reminds me of Romans 1 where it goes into how people gave themselves over to the worship of idols and exchanging natural sexual relations, so God gave them over to their own desires.
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    Broken cisterns

    Gideon, what do you mean by the mystery of Godliness?
  3. So are you saying that Pharaoh hardened his own heart and made himself an object of wrath? This could be true. But didn't God also have a hand in hardening pharaoh's heart? Even though Exodus has multiple accounts that say Pharoah's heart was hardened. But Exodus 9:12 says that the Lord hardened Pharoah's heart. Even if you would say that God did not choose to create Pharaoh for the purpose of wrath and destruction, how would you explain how why the Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart?
  4. It says so in verses 22 and 23 22 [n]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, The purpose of making vessels of wrath is to display His glory. This does not diminish the redemptive nature of God at all. Because of Adam's sin, we were all objects of wrath. It's by God's mercy and grace that any of us are chosen for anything else besides wrath. You say God gets no glory by destroying a vessel, but Scripture seems to be saying God is willing to demonstrate wrath in order to make His power known. God is love, true. He is compassionate and slow to anger but He will by no means let the guilty go unpunished. That is just as much a part of His nature as love. Or rather, because He is love, He cannot allow sin to go unpunished.
  5. I will look that up to see if that is true. You could be right, except, in the next few verses, the image of a clay pot seems to imply that we do not prepare ourselves. Metaphorically speaking, that would be impossible.
  6. How can a "vessel of wrath prepared for destruction" be referring to someone who is saved?
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    Broken cisterns

    Last night, I my church small group leader showed me Romans 9:14-24 and I thought of you. What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed[k]throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel [l]for honorable use and another [m]for common use? 22 [n]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. If I am an object of mercy, than that is a lot more solid perspective on what my true nature is than my perspective. If I am made an object of mercy so that God can demonstrate His love, than I can say to sin, "You have no real power on me."
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    Broken cisterns

    If I had to summarized the Bible in one sentence, I would say it is the account of God's plan to restore creation and come back into right relationship with mankind. In Eden, we have right relationship with God, God institutes the Law with Moses and His Covenant with Israel because He wants to dwell among His people in the Holy of Holies. Christ comes and redeems our sin nature so that He can dwell inside of us. And in the future we will be among God in perfect communion forever in the New Heavens and the New Earth. So I love when you say that the purpose of salvation is to know the Lord. Because the Lord, in Scripture is moving towards us. So we should seek Him. I also agree that doctrine is no substitute for knowing the Lord. It is one thing to know about water and another to drink it. I have seen many mean and hateful doctrinally astute people on this forum and elsewhere.
  9. Last night, I was in my church small group, and the leader showed me a verse in Romans 9 that answered my question, which was "If God chooses who is saved and who is not, why are we responsible for our sin?" Romans 9:14-24 says in NASB: What shall we say then? There is no injustice with God, is there? May it never be! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” 16 So then it does not depend on the man who wills or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy. 17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I raised you up, to demonstrate My power in you, and that My name might be proclaimed[k]throughout the whole earth.” 18 So then He has mercy on whom He desires, and He hardens whom He desires. 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” 20 On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? 21 Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel [l]for honorable use and another [m]for common use? 22 [n]What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? 23 And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us, whom He also called, not from among Jews only, but also from among Gentiles. Not very man-centered is it? From the perspective of people, we should always feel accountable for choosing God or not. But God has His own perspective. He exists outside of time. If He wants to make me an object of mercy, than I still have choices and, in my opinion, limited free will. But my nature has been decided by God. And He Has redeemed my nature to demonstrate His mercy, kindness, and love. This simply amazes me. By limited free will, I mean that there are some choices that I have in life, but they are limited to my nature. Just like a tree may grow a certain way, but cannot change itself into a rosebush. That is how I feel about salvation. We are born again into new natures, and just like the tree, we cannot change back into the flesh nature once we are reborn. It is the Lord's decision.
  10. I've always wondered something. In verses like Exodus 34:6-7, it says in the NASB, Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and [d]truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” However, in another verse in Ezekial, Scripture seems to suggest that a son won't be punished for a father's sin if he is righteous. Ezekiel 18:19-21 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 19 “Yet you say, ‘Why should the son not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity?’ When the son has practiced justice and righteousness and has observed all My statutes and done them, he shall surely live. 20 The person who sins will die. The son will not bear the punishment for the father’s iniquity, nor will the father bear the punishment for the son’s iniquity; the righteousness of the righteous will be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked will be upon himself. 21 “But if the wicked man turns from all his sins which he has committed and observes all My statutes and practices justice and righteousness, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Does this mean that there are generational curses that God sees fit to allow, but a righteous person won't be judged for the sin of their parents? What do you think? I look forward to the answers I'll get.
  11. If it's up to our own righteousness to justify us, we wouldn't make it. Thank God that He looks on Christ and pardons us. The transforming effect of this sacrifice taking hold of our lives is what really makes us holy.
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    Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

    By religions, do you mean those within Christianity or other religions?
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    Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

    I wonder if the ecumenical movement has anything to do with the doctrinal decay of my home church's denomination. The pastor considered himself Muslim, Jewish, and Christian. Liberal and politically charged theology seem to have led to a decline in the church I was raised in. I visited them today. Rather than focused on Christ, the message was more of a motivational speech. Thankfully, the church my husband and I attend now seems solid in their faith. However, some of these seminaries seem to be teaching their students to disbelieve in any doctrinal truth, including the resurrection of Christ.
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    Learning Python...

    After learning more about Artificial Intelligence, I decided I wanted to learn Python with the goal of being able to work on natural language translations. So to start, I'm practicing the basics on Codeacademy for free. Does anyone out there know Python or care to share any advice on learning programming languages?
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    Today I am thankful for......

    Today, I am actually thankful for the time I've had away from work and school. I've refreshed my prayer life. I've done creative projects and dreamed, learned about myself. My dream is to stay in the city where we are and build a life with children and involvement in the community. To see my husband grow and live out his dreams as well. At first all I could do was obsess over getting a job. But there's great blessing in the time of transition when there's time to reflect and relax.
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