southerninfidel, this is an interesting issue with quite a bit more going on than most folks are aware of.
First of all, you are absolutely correct; we should all remember the parable of the 10 virgins – 5 were ready & 5 were not. And, yes, this is the most important point.
Secondly, you are also correct; folks have been predicting the end since the beginning. However, looking at the historical evidence and so forth I’d conclude we actually are at the point in history where the end of that period that has been called, “The Time of the Gentiles” or “The Age of the Church”. That is, we are approaching that time when God turns His attention and focus on Israel.
Daniel also predicts TO THE DAY when Jesus will return *** HOWEVER *** what we do not know is the day when that particular clock start and as Jesus said, no one else knows either. But, we DO KNOW that when a certain event takes place, as per Daniel, that there will be 3 1/2 years going forward.
To be candid I do NOT want to know that day as it would mean I am in the middle of the Great Tribulation. No thank you. I’m just saying that there are things we can know and should know but we should also NOT ever say what that day is.
We can not know the day of the Rapture, for sure, but we do know the "season" we are in. Those that choose to go through the Tribulation by rejecting Jesus, will be able to count down when His Return will be, that is if they survive it...
November 19, 2015 at 10:33pm
You are an uninformed idiot.
I know Greg personally and have sine we both graduated from Newport Harbor High School in 1970. Do your research and you’ll find that someone “pranked” the ceremony and the sprinklers came on.
I have also been a Christian from 1970 as well. and even lent him my car one day when he was going out to Riverside to do a little bible study. Where did that end up?
Stupid people like you , particularly those of the faith, should be ashamed of themselves. Or has God suddenly become smaller and needs your help?
Shame on you.
 November 19, 2015 at 10:28pm
I’m sure He’s writing all of this down to use as guidance going forward and will, no doubt, ask you for help at some point to discern between the sheep and goats.
No you don't get my drift. I am saying to the people, not to God, to the people that don't seem to realize that God doesn't need us to build up PRIESTCRAFTS where people promote the gospel to get GAIN, and do not care for the poor. If they did, they would use some of those millions to help the poor. But they took DONATIONS and used it for luxuries for themselves.
Try and imagine how luxurious your life would be if you had a $500,000 per year SALARY. And then try to realize that you also got to live in the housing provided by the church, because you could call it an office. Also that your cars are business expenses. So you have $500,000 per year to use as you want. That's $1,400 per day to spend. That's $41,000 per month to spend. On things. Just you.
Simple question: If he DID provide you this proof would you believe?
Not knowing is different than choosing to not know.
If not then your issue is moral depravity not intellectual purity. You’re not honest in other words because if you were you’d simply follow the facts as they were you would conclude there is a God and you are responsible to your maker.
If you honestly do not know where to look or are turned off as a result of being burned by all of the religious charlatans that would be totally understandable. I say this as an evangelical that most are ostensibly in the evangelical community. God hates hypocrisy, particularly of the religious sort.
But if it is a sincere lack of knowledge please ask; there are lots of resources available for the HONEST skeptical mind and none for the dishonest skeptical mind. Get the point? You make your own spiritual bed (which you will lay down in for eternity) by your attitude.
“If he DID provide you this proof would you believe?”
What a silly question, of course if evidence is provided and and is vetted by scientists and scholars and found to be true then yes, I would believe.
WE need evidence to convict criminals, we provide and require evidence of our qualification when applying/hiring for a job, everyday we look for evidence to make the right decisions in our lives, but when it comes to religion we just allow our selves to be deceived with a con man’s feel good line, “YOU CAN TRUST ME, I’M TELLING THE TRUTH” all you need to to is abandon critical thinking and reasoning and to have faith in the 2000 year old story that’s full of barbaric teachings we no longer think of as moral.
Religion requires people to be intellectually dishonest in order to believe the claims that they make.
I have five degrees in engineering/physics and the truth is that the only God we have is Mother Nature and we are making her very angry, because we are desecrating her lovely earth because of greed.
I want all of you Jesus freaks to defend slavery and Jim Crow as Christian behavior. You hate President Obama because he is black and far more intelligent and honorable than any of you white trash from the Dixie cesspool.
1 cor.3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, "He is THE ONE WHO CATCHES THE WISE IN THEIR CRAFTINESS"proverbs 21:30 There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.
Think about what? WHERE IS THE EVIDENCE?
5 degrees ? It took all those years to figure out that God is an angry woman? Are you not aware that She has the blueprints (approved) sitting on Her throne, as we speak, for the new earth renovation? Good ol mother earth, way ahead of the game. So pal, you need not fret over the dixie pools white trash any longer. Sit back, listen to the police scanner, and watch for the demolition to start.
 October 30, 2015 at 9:48am
Darkness cannot abide light. And WILL not.
At the end of the day it is a simple matter of choice. There are two groups; those who want the truth and those who do not. All the verbal pretending (religious or not) they they want truth is shown to be the hypocrisy it is by the evidence of their lives.
Read John 5:40 again.BibbeHub.com is a great place to see various translations and interpretations. They help give a better “flavor” of the depth of meaning found in the original languages. Here’s a link for John 5:40 http://biblehub.com/john/5-40.htm
[-1] October 30, 2015 at 9:41am
J-Mo, you really should do a little more research.
Science would not even exist as an intellectual discipline as we know it were it not for one simple presumption; that (my words) careful observations and tests, done repeatedly using the same criteria will product the same results. That whole notion is based upon one simple assumption: order. Do the same thing the same way – always get the same results.
Order violates the OBSERVED and proven decay in the universe. Order requires thought. You take it from there skippy.
Galileo was nearly burned at the stake because he believed the earth revolved around the sun.
Religion is a shaky house of cards.
God, however, is not a house of cards.
Jesus is The Changeless Rock which is never come tumbling down like a house of cards.
The universe is a lot of chaos and a little bit of order. The mere fact that matter can be organized and have 'order' proves nothing but that matter can be organized and have 'order'. It does not prove any religion, or god, or any other supernatural belief system. The fact is, there are only so many ways you can assemble molecules out of the 92 natural elements. There are only 4 forces we have found in nature, and they pretty well explain the physical world we know pretty well.
"The universe is a lot of chaos and a little bit of order. The mere fact that matter can be organized and have ‘order’ proves nothing but that matter can be organized and have ‘order’. It does not prove any religion, or god, or any other supernatural belief system. The fact is, there are only so many ways you can assemble molecules out of the 92 natural elements. There are only 4 forces we have found in nature, and they pretty well explain the physical world we know pretty well"
Explain to me exactly how "matter is organized"..........
"Order violates the OBSERVED and proven decay in the universe."
No, actually it does not. Entropy can decrease provided sufficient energy is present -- and we see that this indeed happens.
You take it from there, Skippy.
 October 6, 2015 at 11:41pm
It is absolutely amazing how completely tone deaf Mrs. Clinton is.
Not really, she's always been like this. Kind of like, hmmm, Obama!
It's not tone deafness. It's called narcissism. It's a pathology.
 October 5, 2015 at 10:19pm
Yes, of course, and “gun free zones” only protect the self-righteous egos of those who are stupid enough in their arrogance to think others, especially law breakers, actually care what they think.
 October 5, 2015 at 10:18pm
The way this young man’s life has ended has, for him, such a terrible consequence and such a terrible waste of human potential. The Lord doesn’t want anyone to go to hell AND those who do are there by their own choice. Naturally, he shouldn’t have done this and of course there should be swift and severe consequences for his actions.
And, of course, the survivors now have to deal with almost incalculable grief. I know some of them Jesus personally and I know He will provide comfort. He can because He was also murdered. He “gets” it.
Oh, that men would worship the Lord and give thanks for His goodness. Gratitude brings great healing and true forgiveness removes the ability of others to hurt.
chucketuna, I’d suggest a distinction with a difference in the words you’e used.
Some things are so wonderful that human words would not do them harm by virtue of the incompleteness of the content of those words. That Paul was unable to put what he saw into words what he saw is not the same as being forbidden to utter a description of what he saw – only that his description would miserably fall short.
I had such an event take place in my life some 45 years ago. No accident or horrible event. I, with two other fellows, were in prayer. Nothing special or out of the ordinary – just thee guys praying.
Remember the camera shutters? They’d be closed and pressing the button would open and close extremely rapidly. “F stops”. Typically in the range of 1 second to 1/1000 of a second, or more.
My experience was about the speed of a normal camera shutter – and that’s it; nothing more. However, what I saw was the outline of a human-shaped figure of pure light. Imagine a human shaped form with light radiating out in a complete sphere sort of deal. Now, to try and describe this “light” I find impossible as there are no words for it. I can string a few measly words together (clear-colored-light life substance love knowledge awareness holiness purity joy warmth fear total beauty-everything). My reaction? Matthew 5:3 – Filthy blessed wretch. 45 years later it is still as powerful as then. I confess – I am lovesick as a result – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rZ8k9m2hwo
 September 7, 2015 at 11:55am
Sort of like your thinking process – a staged event?
 September 6, 2015 at 12:10am
[smile] It will be fools day for those who turn their backs on God – sadly. – regardless of what month or day.
Death is certain. Giving an account of one’s self to God is certain. Neither you nor I will escape that event. I believe that what Jesus accomplished, and only that act, will provide me a way to escape certain judgement for my sin. That God would love me, such as I am, is a wonderful amazement to me and for which I give thanks. I would love to be able to persuade others to look at the evidence but most folks care more for this life than their eternal destiny. Again, sad.
Many people believe in Jesus but do not believe Jesus. I could no more force someone to believe than I could hold my nose and float in the air. But, to encourage others to take these matters seriously is a great privilege.
 September 5, 2015 at 11:25am
That would be wrong to do in any case whether driven by religious fervor or the fervor of material gain. I suspect in the case of the Indians it is more likely the latter.
How does that stack up against the over 100 million people murdered in the name of the religion of man; also known as Humanism, Atheism, Socialism, Communism or Fascism? Or Islamism?
I don’t recall Christians ever roasting people on a spit or putting them in cages and tossing them into water.
And, what, pray tell, are you actually doing about this? Or are you just using this as an excuse to avoid the very real and hard issues of life. Easy to talk and pretend you’re smarter and more morally correct than others I suppose.