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  1. com7fy8

    What is the doctrine of the Trinity?

    I agree with what the article says. And I think we can find more, in the scriptures. For example > "God is love" (1 John 4:8&16). I would say that the one substance of the Trinity has to do with how God is love. Among other things, we have > "rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God." (1 Peter 3:4) So, if our Heavenly Father is so pleased with the "incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit", I would say God in His love is gentle and quiet. And this can have a practical meaning, while we are at it > God is never silent, but quiet; so we are wise to be quiet in order to share with Him and communicate personally with Him. Quiet includes how "There is no fear in love" (in 1 John 4:18). Fear is noisy, against our sharing with and submitting to God. So, it is good to know what is true about the one substance of God, so we share with Him in this, in His love. And love is personal, not just a nice feeling. God is conscious and feeling; so we do experience, in His love, how He is personal with us and kind and caring, but quiet, not only giving us some rush of pleasure, but being personal. We have three Persons . . . of this love > our Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit. And these first two Persons have names of Family Persons. God is the Supreme Being of Family caring and sharing love, then, I would consider. There is more than one Person in Family loving. And man was made in God's image, and man is a family being of three basic persons > father, child, mother > like to Father, Son, Holy Spirit. So, there are different scriptures which I think can give us more about the Trinity. We learn more as we grow. But the Holy Spirit is not called the Mother or Wife. Why? He is called "He". Why? He is personal, in any case. And the Holy Spirit shares God's own love with us > Romans 5:5. I consider that only God can be the Spirit of His own love; so this helps confirm that the Holy Spirit is God . . . therefore He is love - - - He is a Person and personal in love. So, certainly He is not a force; love is not just a force!!!! But lust can be a forcing thing, driving us; but love is gentle and quiet and personally caring and sharing in God's Family way. Now, I consider how the Holy Spirit does adopt and care for children of God; this is what a Mother does. And the Holy Spirit prepares us the Bride Church for our Groom Jesus > again, bridal preparation is what Mom does. But the Holy Spirit is not called "She" or "Mother", but "He" > because all Persons are strong in almighty power, plus, really, in God there is not male or female. "He" confirms, then, how They are of the same one substance. And we see how the Holy Spirit had Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy relating "as a nursing mother cherishes her own children", and they say "we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children." (see 1 Thessalonians 7&11) So, in the Holy Spirit's love . . . God's love . . . there is the best of how both a mother and a father care for their children. So, in Jesus we also are, really, not male or female but we can relate in the best of how a father and a mother can relate. Moms and Dads are created from the same God who is love, and so we can be both fatherly and motherly, and we see how two family persons can come from the same one love. And children can come from this love, so there can be three persons of the same one love. So I think there is the love meaning of the Trinity, which we learn and grow in.
  2. com7fy8

    Mental Illness

    I understand that emotions and mental activities have spiritual roots. There may be a physical effect, but deeper our character can have a lot to do with what can happen in us and what we can give in to, within us. So, it is not only about if there are demons involved, but if our nature is making us available to Satanic feelings and reacting and emotions and drives . . . and motives. Jesus is gentle and humble, "and you will find rest for your souls." (see Matthew 11:28-30) Our character, I think, has a lot to do with how we can see things; if we can give in to worry, we can believe and see things the way worry has us perceiving. And worry is a pathological liar and so abusive. But God's love casts out worry with its "torment" > "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love." (1 John 4:18)
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    I don't know what to do

    Oh yeah . . . and worry is a pathological liar.
  4. com7fy8

    I don't know what to do

    Controlling your situation is not what will get rid of worry. Only if God changes us to be strong in His love, we can overcome worry. However, you do not have to go along with wrong people. So, make sure you are at home with trusting God and prayer 😊 And in His peace we find out what He has us doing.
  5. Well, I can blame some prosperity gospel and pastor and other people. But there is the question of if I am with Jesus so I can tell the difference and not be fooled. And am I ready to forgive? If I am not ready to forgive and first care about people > it is possible I am ready to get myself into things which I can be unforgiving about; what we are ready for can be what our character gets us into. Even so, Jesus who is ready to forgive got onto the cross; but what did Jesus do . . . on the cross?
  6. I understand that Jesus did not come to destroy men's lives, but to save. And the one who lives by the sword will perish by the sword. So, I am not in a hurry to assume that ones involved in conquest are really Christian people. Culturally in some way, ones might be, but having the label does not make us stable in God's way of loving. Possibly, you mean we are the salt of the earth, and therefore our prayer and obedience is used by God to keep the lid on things, as much as He pleases. In any case, what we do with God accomplishes more than all which secular leaders of all history have done. "'In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.'" (Genesis 22:18) So, thank You, God, for however You make each of us this important 😊
  7. com7fy8

    more indept study of Armenian and Calvinist

    First, I think you are who God knows you are. If you have trusted in Jesus and now you are growing in how to please God, in how to submit to how He rules us in His own peace, and how to love any and all people > if you are growing in this, you are a child of God. I personally do not try to figure out what earlier history preachers and teachers have said. I did not personally know any of them, and I'd be mainly interested in knowing how each one really lived. Were they pleasing to God, in His gentle and quiet love > 1 Peter 3:4? Did they submit to how our Heavenly Father personally ruled them in His own peace > Colossians 3:15? Did they tenderly and humbly care for one another > Ephesians 4:2, Ephesians 4:31-32, 1 Peter 5:3? Did they love any and all people, with hope for anyone to become adopted to be a child of God > Romans 8:15, Matthew 5:46? Did their beliefs help to feed people to so live and love? Was pleasing God and submitting to Him and so loving all the result of their beliefs? And so, is this the main thing they talked and wrote about, versus only giving ideas which they then promoted and defended? Where did their beliefs and scholarship take their attention, then? First, then > how does your belief help you to grow in Jesus and become loving like Jesus while becoming more and more personally pleasing to our Father? "And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma." (Ephesians 5:2) This is a basic of how our beliefs in God's love will feed us to live and love, I would say. Or else, our attention maybe is being taken the wrong way. So, if I test a belief, it is not so I can know which group or category I belong in, and I basically care not at all if it is something that some early church person has said, since I don't know the person's example which went along with what the person taught. It seems ones are saying that a number of big-name people used their beliefs as a reason to kill and torture and ostracize people who believed differently, but we have ones whose beliefs feed them how to share with God and one another as His family, while reaching to even enemies in order to adopt them to join us. I can easily accept predestination, going by the Bible - - and also because we humans have not been getting ourselves to choose to become like Jesus and love any and all people. We have desperately needed how God has been correcting us, while we have not been constantly seeking this correction . . . in my opinion. So, yes we have had free wills which were free from God so we have lived in love-dead stuff. And our selfish nature was our dictator to keep us making selfish choices, I would say. So we have needed our Father to have mercy on us. In our free wills of sin, we were "dead", not alive in love to choose the way God desires > Ephesians 2:1-3 < and, here, Paul says we were "just as the others". So, how could we make a totally different choice, if really we were just as other evil and selfish people? The thanks is purely to God > Romans 6:17 < so this is not only an intellectual issue, but who is getting the credit that we became willing to be loving? > Philippians 2:13, by the way, with 2 Corinthians 3:4-5. But I do believe in loving each human as though he or she has a free will, meaning I am not to try to lord myself over the person, but win the person by example and depending on how God is able to do all which is so good in the person > 1 Peter 5:3. So, here is how the idea of free will, for me, has a love meaning 😊 Even so . . . I do not accept the idea that the atonement of Jesus on the cross is for only certain people > I offer 1 John 2:2, in context with 1 Timothy 4:10, which to me means that Jesus on the cross has somehow gotten every person to get God's mercy, though not all have become reconciled with God and saved by His mercy. And Jesus died with hope for any evil person, at all; therefore, we need to have hope for any and all people > love "hopes all things" (in 1 Corinthians 13:7). So - - - whatever we believe, it needs to have love application.
  8. First, what our body is is not our identity. And it is not better to be a man or a woman. God has us using what we've got, for His purpose. And Paul and Silvanus and Timothy discovered something, I think > here is what they say, in 1 Thessalonians 2:7 > "For we were gentle among you, just as a nursing mother cherishes her own children." So, I see from this, that they saw how nursing mothers care for their children, and they learned from this how God would have them care for the Thessalonians. So, these great men of God were certainly taught something by Christian ladies, I would say. They were taught how to love! Does this mean they had to get a sex change, in order to love so kindly and cherishingly the way God wanted them to love His children? They also say, "as you know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every one of you, as a father does his own children," (1 Thessalonians 2:11) So, in God's love, they also discovered the best of how a father loves and cares for his children. The best of mothering love and fathering love both are in the Holy Spirit of God who is all there is of real love. So, in God's love we have His best of everything, then. And this does not depend on which genitals and genes we were born with. So, there is nothing which is better because of having male or having female anatomy. But this world has made it seem as though the two are somehow competing with each other, and/or that one can be better than the other. But in God's love we have the best of how both a mother and a father love and share and relate . . . the way Paul and Silvanus and Timothy loved God's children, and this is our example of how we love one another. This shows how the evil world can get people's attention away from all which is so good and superior, and have people struggling between two desires which both are not really about love and true identity.
  9. com7fy8

    "Paul's thorn"

    I understand that Jesus left Heaven itself in order to be here with us . . . including so Jesus could go through things we go through, so that now Jesus can feel for us > Hebrews 4:15.
  10. com7fy8

    Spiritual Warfare In Mental Illness

    I have been diagnosed with chronic undifferentiated schizophrenia, acute paranoid schizophrenia, and Asperger's Syndrome. Maybe ones would say I have differentiated > gotten more specialized. Well, I looked up Asperger's and was astounded how it had so many items which were a match for my ways. However > I noted > all the ones which applied to me had to do with me not being a loving person the way Jesus wants. So, right away, I kept trusting God to change me so I am more and more genuinely loving the way the Bible says we all need to become. And I read the comments of doctors who diagnosed me. Whether or not their diagnosis and treatments were correct, I could benefit from however they might point out something that really was wrong with me. But, before all this, I had been a bully and planning to live a life of evil for the sake of it. But during the eighth grade, I was changed from that, but then I became a religious screwball who did not relate well. Then I trusted in Jesus, and years later I watched reality shows about predators, in order to see if any of their ways might be like mine. I might not do what they might, but their ways of sin could be like mine > like how what makes a grandfather tick can be the same principles as what makes a wristwatch tick. And I was very surprised, at how a predator can be very intelligent and charming and able to communicate, and uses this in order to get victims to trust the predator and get isolated where the predator can do whatever the predator pleases to the person. So, the predator, I could see, depends on intelligence and charm and smart talking because the predator has no love for getting what the person could be getting by means of love. And the person is trying to use people. Well > no, I was not trying to hurt anyone, but I could depend on intelligence and charm to get what I want from people. And so I could be trying to use people. After all, we all have sinned. Satan's ways can be in all of us. Love does not have us just using anyone.
  11. com7fy8

    Need advice

    It is impossible . . . on our own. But > "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." (in Luke 18:27) "'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.'" (Matthew 11:28-30)
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    Worthy Experiment!

    "Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers." (Ephesians 4:29) "speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the Head---Christ" (in Ephesians 4:15) But yes there can be cases in which we need to point out how a belief or person is wrong. Even so, though, we are not only to deal with what is wrong, but speak what helps us to grow "in all things" of Jesus . . . all which is so right. Therefore, we are not only on the defensive against sin problems, but we are growing in Christ and how His love makes us more and more immune to sin-sick stuff in us, and also makes us pleasing to our Father like Jesus and able to care and share as God's family while also caring for ones who need to join us.
  13. com7fy8

    "Paul's thorn"

    I have considered that Paul was loved less because he said what could correct people. But correction is not only pointing out wrong doctrines and wrong church leaders. Hebrews 12:4-14 Most of all is all I need within myself, in my own character, so I become more like Jesus.
  14. com7fy8

    Hi . . . God bless you; I am Bill . . .

    creative welcomes ☺️
  15. com7fy8

    Question for you all regarding prayer

    While I am imagining a problem with someone, I can tend not to first care about the person in prayer. But as I get more into grace, I can readily bless people in prayer and not let them get to me.