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  1. We have insight into these matters:  "Then the Lord went down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men had built. God then said: “Look! They are one people with one language, and this is what they have started to do. Now there is nothing that they may have in mind to do that will be impossible for them" (Genesis 11:5,6). With the advantage of communicating in a single language and with dwelling together in cities, humans were becoming capable of impressive feats and accomplishments, some of which could have been benign, but others which were clearly against divine wishes (hence, the confusion of the languages). Had God not thwarted those world citizens, they would have created advancements that would have been both impressive and fearsome. I always ask myself this question: Had the industrial revolution occurred, not in the late 1700s, but 1,000 years earlier, would our world be a better place or worse place? I fully believe that with our imperfect state as humans, we would have killed off ourselves long ago with our evil nature, just as human induced global climate change will eventually kill humankind in the future. God was of course at the time of Noah not desirous of His time-plan to be meddled with by Nimrod and we continue on God's time path. At some point, God will intervene in earth's affairs or we will eventually destroy ourselves with all the science and technology we have created
  2. We have insight into these matters:  "Then the Lord went down to see the city and the tower that the sons of men had built. God then said: “Look! They are one people with one language, and this is what they have started to do. Now there is nothing that they may have in mind to do that will be impossible for them" (Genesis 11:5,6). With the advantage of communicating in a single language and with dwelling together in cities, humans were becoming capable of impressive feats and accomplishments, some of which could have been benign, but others which were clearly against divine wishes (hence, the confusion of the languages). Had God not thwarted those world citizens, they would have created advancements that would have been both impressive and fearsome. I always ask myself this question: Had the industrial revolution occurred, not in the late 1700s, but 1,000 years earlier, would our world be a better place or worse place? I fully believe that with our imperfect state as humans, we would have killed off ourselves long ago with our evil nature, just as human induced global climate change will eventually kill humankind in the future. God was of course at the time of Noah not desirous of His time-plan to be meddled with by Nimrod and we continue on God's time path. At some point, God will intervene in earth's affairs or we will eventually destroy ourselves with all the science and technology we have created
  3. There is no doubt that Christmas carols have catchy tunes and conjure up strong emotional feelings from our childhood, but I sometimes question the Biblical veracity of the lyrics of these songs. For example, the Bible indicates that Jesus was born, not in late December when the hills around Bethlehem are usually cold and rainy, but earlier in the fall when the nights are warmer. Luke assures the Bible writer that at the time of Jesus’ birth there were shepherds with their flocks in the fields around Bethlehem. This could not have been late, wintry December. So when Christmas carols move the time period of Jesus’ birth inaccurately to winter, does this create a problem for the Christian who desires to serve God with spirit and truth (John 4:24)? Many other examples could be proffered, but even if we are all moved by the glorious harmonies and delightful melodies of Christmas carol, we should not ignore that many of these lyrics promote a false narrative around the birth of Jesus.
  4. Good morning Samuel: There are several issues here: A) It would NOT be proper and legal to drive a vehicle that is not covered with insurance, as that would not be in accord with Jesus' mandate of pay back to Caesar what is Caesar's (Matthew 22:21). Still, if that vehicle has insurance, it would probably cover you if you are licensed, which I know you are; a quick check with an insurance agent would confirm this fact. B) They are taking advantage of your magnanimity. Your time and energy are valuable and you should be duly compensated for your driving time and skills in this arena. We are reminded at 1 Corinthians 13:4, that love "does not look for its own interests;" so have a brief heart to heart talk with your relatives and remind them that you are glad to help out now and then, but that you should be compensated for your time commensurate with the going rate. Best,
  5. Good Morning samuelg1: God wants us to worship him publicly in association with other true Christians. The Apostle Paul reminds us in Hebrews: “Let us consider one another so as to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking our meeting together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you see the day drawing near” (Hebrews 10:24, 25). When we gather with fellow believers at Christian meetings, we have a wonderful opportunity to praise and worship our beloved God. We also build one another up and encourage one another. As we associate with other worshippers of God, we strengthen the bonds of love and friendship in the congregation. It is important that we look for the good in one another, as God looks for the good in us. Do not expect perfection from your fellow believers. Remember that all are at different stages of spiritual growth and that every one of us makes mistakes (Colossians 3:13). Seek to build close friendships with those who love God intensely, and you will find yourself growing spiritually. As mentioned earlier in this thread, as soon as we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect, because we have now joined it.
  6. In the hustle and bustle of a large group of people leaving together, such as in a likely caravan, a parental oversight (or lack of communication) could occur regarding the exact location of Jesus. Joseph and Mary also were likely distracted by their other younger children and likely assumed that their eldest son, Jesus, was either ahead of them or behind them in the caravan. This caravan would be comprised of donkeys, mules and perhaps attended by dogs. Children were running ahead and lagging behind, as kids are to do while walking in a group. So the logistics of this scenario are logical, and many 12 year old boys are totally capable of fending for themselves for a long period of time. BUT, bear this in mind: do you not think it highly likely that this event was orchestrated by God? It is an important event and the only one recorded in the childhood of Jesus and it provides insight into his spiritual inclination, even at a young age.
  7. True forgiveness stems from the heart, but it is a quality that does not come naturally, as we are reminded in Jeremiah 17:9: "the heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate.” Jesus further elucidated on the challenge of working against our natural heart inclination (that works against forgiving) in Matthew 15:19: "Out of the heart come wicked reasonings, murders, adulteries, fornications, thieveries, false testimonies, blasphemies." Still, our heart can be trained to do what is right. However, the training we need must come from a higher source. We cannot do it alone. (Jeremiah 10:23) A psalmist recognized this and prayed for God’s direction. He beseeched God in prayer: “Teach me your regulations. Make me understand the way of your own orders.”—Psalm 119:26, 27. According to another psalm, King David of ancient Israel came to “understand the way” of God. He experienced it firsthand and learned from it. Hence, he was able to say: “God is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abundant in loving-kindness. As a father shows mercy to his sons, God has shown mercy to those fearing him.”—Psalm 103:8, 13. We need to learn as David did. Prayerfully study God’s perfect example of forgiveness, as well as that of his Son. Thus, we can learn to forgive from the heart.
  8. Willa, you are spot on! I think the same way whenever I hear that beautiful song; the song is so haunting and mournful, but when one ponders the lyrics, they are really anti-bibilical. Sadly, many people really pursue that life style and and take pride in their singular endeavors that do not include God's thinking whatsoever. Another beautiful song that I love for the melody, but contains lyrics that are contrary to God (but reflect the thinking of so many people) is the lovely song by Sammy Davis Jr: "I Gotta Be Me." This song reflects the worldly thinking of so many people today who believe that "truth" comes from within and that they just have to find their internal truth. But the Truth comes from the exterior: God.
  9. Some may cast aspersions on the wisdom of the world, but this worldly wisdom has accumulated throughout the millennia by humans from all cultures and this wisdom has some value; for the Christian there is need to know the right attitude to adopt toward such wisdom. In an illustration of an unrighteous steward who manipulated his master’s accounts with certain debtors so as to gain a secure future, Jesus described the steward as ‘acting with practical wisdom [phro·niʹmos, “discreetly”].’ This shrewd foresight, however, was the practical wisdom of “the sons of this system of things,” not that of “the sons of the light.” (Lu 16:1-8, Int) Earlier, Jesus praised his heavenly Father for hiding certain truths from the “wise and intellectual ones” while revealing them to his disciples, who were by comparison like “babes.” (Lu 10:21-24) The scribes and Pharisees, educated at rabbinic schools, were among such wise and intellectual ones.—Compare Mt 13:54-57; Joh 7:15. In that first century, the Greeks were especially renowned for their culture and accumulated knowledge, their schools and philosophic groups. Probably for that reason Paul paralleled ‘Greeks and Barbarians’ with ‘wise and senseless ones.’ (Ro 1:14) Paul strongly emphasized to the Christians at Corinth, Greece, that Christianity is not reliant on nor characterized by “the wisdom [so·phiʹan] of the world,” that is, the world of mankind alienated from God. (1Co 1:20) Not that among the multiple facets of the world’s wisdom there was nothing useful or beneficial, for Paul sometimes made use of skill learned in the tentmaking trade and also quoted on occasion from literary works of worldly authors to illustrate certain points of truth. (Ac 18:2, 3; 17:28, 29; Tit 1:12) But the overall outlook, methods, standards, and goals of the world—its philosophy—were not in harmony with the truth, were contrary to ‘God’s wisdom in the sacred secret.’
  10. We all battle the mice problem, but since this is a Bible based forum, I thought I would insert something from the Good Book: It seems that apostate Israelites ignored the prohibition of the Law against eating mice-see—Isa 66:17. It seems that eating these critters would be against the natural nature of humans anyway, although there are legendary stories of Magellan's men and other mariners who, in desperation during times of hunger, were compelled to eat the mice and rats aboard their ships.
  11. In the Bible record, God’s servants adopted different positions when praying. Some kneeled; others stood. Nehemiah prayed while he was standing before the king of Persia. Jonah cried out from the belly of a huge fish, and it would be difficult to say what position he was in at that time, as he was no doubt tumbling around in the entrails of the fish! (Daniel 6:10; 1 Kings 8:22; Nehemiah 2:1-5; Jonah 2:1, 2) So while we may wish to adopt a position that will help us to concentrate, as mentioned earlier, the important thing is to have a sincere desire to approach God in prayer. We can do this at any time, in any place and under any circumstances.—Ephesians 6:18.
  12. Those charged with oversight of a congregation are described in the Bible as being males. The 12 apostles of Jesus Christ were all males, and those later appointed to be overseers and ministerial servants in Christian congregations were males. (Matt. 10:1-4; 1 Tim. 3:2, 12) Women are counseled to “learn in silence with full submissiveness” at congregation meetings, in that they do not raise questions challenging the men in the congregation. The women are ‘not to speak’ at such meetings if what they might say would demonstrate lack of subjection. (1 Tim. 2:11, 12; 1 Cor. 14:33, 34) Thus, although women make valuable contributions to the activity of the congregation, there is no provision for them to preside, or to take the lead by instructing the congregation, when qualified men are present.
  13. Christ Jesus shows that two groups emerge in the judgment: “He that is doing unrighteousness, let him do unrighteousness still; and let the filthy one be made filthy still; but let the righteous one do righteousness still, and let the holy one be made holy still.” (Rev. 22:11) These commands are not urgent appeals to those practicing unrighteousness to repent and to clean up. Rather, the thought is, let them go ahead in the course that they have pursued, if that is what they want. If a bad course, let them know that they will get their due recompense for this course, at the latest when the Lord Jesus comes to fight “the war of the great day of God the Almighty.”—Rev. 16:14. God considers holy those who have made a dedication to him through Jesus Christ and who are practicing righteousness. His name is upon them. If one of these makes a practice of unrighteousness, he is therefore bringing reproach on God's name. Consequently, he is of no value to God or to his fellowman and will lose all the credit that he has built up in previous righteousness and holiness. (Ezek. 18:24) On the other hand, if a man has practiced corrupt things, but turns from these to become a dedicated servant of God, if he keeps on in righteousness and holiness, he will at last have an accumulated credit with God. “He will positively keep living,” is the utterance of the Lord.—Ezek. 18:5-9, 21, 22.
  14. Life is a gift from God, and God’s Law given to the Israelites imposed serious penalties if a life was taken accidentally. (Exodus 21:29; Numbers 35:22-25) God’s people were thereby encouraged to be safety conscious. (Deuteronomy 22:8) Christians today likewise have an obligation to show respect for life. Engaging in sports that involve high levels of risk, even if one takes the many precautions involved with best practices, can "put God to the test," which is not where a Christian wants to be (Matthew 4:5-7). This is a cautionary tale for all. Best wishes Trace as you work your way through these challenges of life.
  15. The answers previously have all been spot on, as we have to be careful of what we consume through our minds, and even more so with music, as it has a powerful influence over our emotions. Our musical choices, be they the lyrics or the anti-Christian angry singing styles, either overtly or covertly, can gradually warp our thinking. From experience, I don't always pay attention to the lyrics, but when I do, I am shocked at myself for listening to certain songs. For example, I used to love the hauntingly beautiful Frank Sinatra song of "Strangers in the Night;" but one day I began to focus on the lyrics and it is about a man who is planning on having a one-night stand, which is hardly a message for a Christian to consume. Now, I change channels when that song comes on. Of course, when we broach this issue of which songs to listen to, what pops into my mind is the content involved in the movies and TV programs that are out there. Although I have Netflix, I spend a lot of time scrolling, trying to decide what is worth two hours of my time and more importantly, what is Christian worthy.
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