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    Tattoos - Is it within God's will?

    I see that I am way late to the party on this one but wanted to see if I could generate a bit of light. "'Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD." [Leviticus 19:28] When Moses wrote those words, the Israelites were living in the lands of people who cut their bodies or tattooed them for religious reasons, meaning it was a form of worship to a god other than the God of the Bible. This practice was also used like a "good luck" charm to keep evil spirits away. God instructed His people not to do this because He wanted them to trust Him only - not some other god. Today, people tattoo themselves more for individual expression than to worship another god, so I don't believe this verse addresses the majority of tattooed biceps, wrists, and ankles we see today. Of course, there are people who still do this. My advice? Before considering getting a tattoo, think through these questions: 1) Have you prayed about it? 2) Does your tattoo honor God? 3) If you are under age, what do your parents think? 4) Are you willing to deal with the consequences of living with it for the rest of your life - or paying for the painful tattoo removal? 5) Will you be content with your tattoo if popular opinion changes and tattoos are no longer cool? I think the spirit of that verse is that we are to respect the human body for it is a gift from God to us to use, and that it is the temple of the Holy Spirit: "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body." [1 Corinthians 6:19-20] Since God said to honor your body, then Satan will try to dishonor it! We have seen the pagan cultures do all kinds of bizarre things to the body to honor their false gods (demons)--they cut their bodies, put rings in many places, paint and tattoo, and do other awful things. Is it any wonder, as our culture continues to turn away from the true God that we are beginning to degrade our bodies more and more. This was from a Q&A from John MacArthur a few years ago. It was good insight then and more so, now.
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    So is it possible for a person to be one n of the 4 horsemen?

    So far, first let me answer your question by stating, no, you nor anyone else is the "4th Horseman." You find the reference to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse starting in Revelation 6:2. If you note, the first horse is a white horse and it's rider has a crown and bow but no arrows. This rider has a crown showing he has authority and the bow indicating he has power but does not have to fire a shot to be able to conquer. Each following horse and rider is the result of the previous one. From the one who conquers leads to the Red Horse and war. With the whole earth involved in war, people needed for farming and manufacturing things are wiped out and you have the Black Horse of famine. The final horse in the sequence is the Pale Horse, which is pictured as a putrid green color. The pale horse signifies death due to starvation and disease. These things are part of trying to stay alive during the Great Tribulation which is yet future. As a final note, your avatar isn't really an appropriate one. You might want to consider a change with future posts. I look forward to discussing this with you further.
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    Youth Bible Trivia

    Good to see the youth making new roads! I may want to slip in with Nigel and see if we have enough brain cells to compete! By the way, a trivia question about the word "trivia." Where did that word originate and what is the meaning? I will be checking the answers to see how many copied and pasted the answer from a Google search .
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    Worry Sermon

    Wow Dan! Good job! I think I want to borrow it. There is one thing you might add which is an over used proverb that I "borrowed" from someone else. "Worry is the interest you pay on trouble before it comes." I don't see anything I would change. Thanks for posting it
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    New here

    Welcome CD! Glad to have you check out the site. I was wondering if you are talking about debating or discussing. Unless you have some "really out there" beliefs, you may find yourself in a great discussion! Either way, both of those topics are quite common here. I am looking forward to meeting you in the chat room.
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    Greetings to all fellow Believers in Christ.

    I like that statement of faith! Welcome to Worthy!
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    Silent, I was one of the chatters talking with you in chat a few days ago when you were talking about discovering what God wanted to do in your life. My goal at that time was to encourage you on your journey as my goal is now. But I am troubled as to why you would post a long and sincere post about what is going on in your life, what you are experiencing and how you feel, and not want anyone responding to your post to not do the same! quote: "Because I will be honest with you, if I get a response that i feel is meant in a way to tell me how I feel and what I am experiencing is wrong--then I am going to never come back here." I would hope that you were not merely seeking validation for your position! Instead of asking questions of other members of this site, I think you would benefit from searching what God's Word has to say on the subject. I for one would not and cannot tell you what you have experienced or felt because you were there when it happened, right? In the early days of the church, signs, wonders and mighty deeds were done to validate the message that chosen speakers were preaching. Once the Bible was completed, there was no longer a need to "perform" any kind of a sign because the completed Word was more than sufficient to guide and instruct the readers. 2Ti 3:16-17 All Scripture is God breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfected, thoroughly furnished to every good work. God will not disagree with His written Word. Based on that fact, I would invite you to find any Biblical support or evidence for what you believe is of God. thanks and God bless watchman
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    Hello I just Joined :)

    B13, good to see you in chat. Hope to see you as a regular and become part of the Worthy family.
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    What Baptism?

    Jesus is referring to His death as a baptism. This is made more clear in Matthew: Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able. Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father. Mark relates this same incident in almost the same words. It is plain to see that Jesus spoke of His own death as a baptism. And he said to James and John, two of His disciples, that they would also have to suffer in like manner. Baptism means
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    Are Seventh Day Adventists a cult or a denomination?

    One, you would not be standing in judgment of those who go through their doors, but warning them of what they are getting involved with! Here are just a few of the "differences" courtesy of Timothy Oliver: SDA teachings most clearly contrary to the gospel and unorthodox in nature are its insistence on water baptism as an essential prerequisite to salvation, its teaching about the end time significance of Sabbath observance to identification of true believers, and its doctrine of the Investigative Judgement.
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    (Quote) Purgatory (593 AD) Purgatory is an imaginary half-way place between heaven and hell, where unforgiven sin is purged away. This is a great evil because: It deceives Catholic people into a false sense of security that they may be lukewarm and easily avoid hell. It denies that Christ's blood sacrifice on the cross is sufficient to pay for all our sins. It says that Christ did not die for all our sins, so we must be punished for them in purgatory. It denies the Biblical doctrine of true salvation in Christ and certainly of eternal life, forcing a person to work for their salvation. Answer: The Bible states clearly that Christ purged our sins on the cross.1"When He had by Himself PURGED OUR SINS." Hebrews 1:3, and 2"There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1 and John 5:24) Why didn't the Apostles discuss purgatory? Did God and the Apostles forget to tell us something important? No. When a believer dies he is immediately present with Christ. 3"To be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord." 2 Corinthians 5:8. There is no mention here of having to spend time in purgatory. 4Jesus in Luke 16:19-31 reveals that there is a great gulf between paradise and hell. People cannot pass from one to the other. Catholics defend purgatory by quoting 2 Maccabees 12:40-46 where a "sin offering" is offered for dead soldiers who had committed the sin of idolatry. This not only contradicts the Bible, but also contradicts Catholic teaching, because idolatry is a mortal sin that would confine a person to hell. The Book of Maccabees has never been regarded as inspired by Jews or Christians. For the Roman Catholic, purgatory teaching is: 1. A terrifying prospect of entering a place of unspeakable torture. Millions of Catholics live and die in great fear of death, to spend an unknown number of years in purgatory. Christ came to "deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." Hebrews 2:15. Roman Catholicism is a religion of fear. a) Fear of purgatory. b) Fear of the priest. c) Fear of the confessional. d) Fear of death. e) Fear of consequences of missing mass. f) Fear of the discipline of penance. g) Fear of the righteous judgment of an angry God. 2. A great money raiser Suffering in purgatory may be shortened by gifts of money, masses, prayers by the priests, etc. Question: If the Pope or priest, really has the power to shorten or stop the suffering of souls in purgatory, why does he not, if he is a good man, render that service freely and willingly as a service to humanity? Purgatory is a "gigantic fraud" and a "colossal racket", because it deprives the poor of their last pennies and extorts large funds from the rich in exchange for NOTHING. Question: Mr. priest, how do you know when to stop saying masses, or if you've said too many? How do you know when the person is out of purgatory? Question: Mr. priest and Pope, when you die, where do you hope to go? Answer: I don't know. This message of purgatory offers NOTHING to a sad and perishing world. Problem: The purgatory doctrine represents God as a respecter of persons. Because of money, a rich man can pay more for prayers and masses, than can a poor man. The rich man therefore passes more speedily through purgatory and into heaven than the poor man. The Bible teaches that entrance into heaven is not based on one's wealth, but on one's response to receiving Jesus Christ as Savior alone. Compare death for a believing Protestant which is the joy of promotion to heaven. (Errors of the Roman Catholic Church by Keith Piper). watchman
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    Evil thoughts in heaven?

    I think everyone is still missing the question. Thysia and I were discussing this before she placed it on the boards for some added input. We know from Scripture that Eve was deceived first and then persuaded Adam to eat of the forbidden fruit as she did. Eve was deceived or "beguiled" by Satan; formerly Lucifer. Satan was the deceiver, so who or what was the deceiver in heaven that enticed or beguiled him? Or.........is it necessary to have a physical deceiver? Is it also possible that there was at least an even chance that Eve or Adam would have eaten of the forbidden fruit apart from Satan's influence? We are told in the Book of Revelation that during the Millennial reign, that Satan is "bound" for the thousand years and because of that, there is peace and harmony on the earth for that period of time. But when he is "loosed" then his evil influence once again tempts mankind to repeat the same mistakes of their parents. It was also mentioned in other posts that pride was Satan's downfall, and Scripture tells us that is exactly what did him in. So, is pride a part of the makeup of all created beings and if so, is there "good" pride and "evil" pride? One other thing.........Paul says that gods are really nothing. We know that darkness is really nothing but the absence of light. So is evil the result of when there is no good? When all this is taken into consideration, when or where did any or all of this have it's influence on Lucifer to plant the idea of even considering usurping God's authority? Well, it seems I have added nothing but questions instead of answers! I will be looking forward to anyone's input. in His grip, watchman
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    Wow, everyone seems to be all over the map on this one! Different ones have looked at whether it has any effect on salvation (which it doesn
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    Wow, everyone seems to be all over the map on this one! Different ones have looked at whether it has any effect on salvation (which it doesn