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JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010

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  • August 26, 2014 at 9:52pm

    keres:
    From previous posts you allege you were a Christian at one time. Now that is an oxymoron as one cannot get un-born again any more than they can get unborn from their mummy and daddy. So, that being said, your option is to continue as you are and be essentially an illegitimate child, not knowing his Father, and gaining Heaven without any rewards garnered in this life. “Keres, Keres, why persecutes thou me? It is hard to kick against the goads..” to paraphrase another who defied God at every turn, all the while convinced he was correct. You can find it as you have the resources to do word studies, yes?

  • [1] August 26, 2014 at 9:47pm

    Roscoe:
    No explanation will be necessary when the time comes and you bow. Every knew shall bow… you can do it voluntarily now or be compelled later; your choice.

  • August 26, 2014 at 11:41am

    Keres;
    Pity for you, even if you don’t wish it. I still maintain for my own reasons that you missed some vital part of the whole equation. Bear in mind that I am not one to berate you for your decision as you will stand or fall all on your own and no matter of ‘propping up’ from me is allowed.
    I can say that I am one who came from the other direction, having been raised in a “logically minded, highly scientific family”. My father was a medical chemist and my mother apart from being “Mom” was trained as a bacteriologist who later became a high school science teacher. There was no discussion of religion in my home, and for that I am actually thankful as I didn’t have a lot of unlearning to do. Christianity was presented to me in college and I made a logical choice to embrace it. Later in my life I was shown how the Bible is logically and very tightly assembled and for me, no man could have ever accomplished that feat. I still reject much of the fluff that I find in the “religion” of Christianity, as mankind just can’t help adding to and subtracting from the simplicity of Christianity.
    No judgment on you from me, only sorrow that you could walk away..

  • [1] August 26, 2014 at 10:22am

    Is there something wrong with ‘thou shalt not commit murder’? Or, how about thou shalt not steal? Basically all laws are based on some variation of Judeo-Christian “laws”. I would like to see what variations you would put in their place.

  • August 25, 2014 at 10:31pm

    slave:
    “Hell” is the word for grave, or the state of being dead, if you want to get technical. Are you planning on living forever? Because this is the only way a person can avoid ‘going to Hell’.
    If by Hell you are referring to the place of judgment, I can see quite well why you might want to deny it’s existence..
    And, FYI Christianity is all about God’s making a way out of ‘going to hell’ , as His efforts through His Son is all about giving mankind a way out (eternal life) if they will only take it.

  • August 25, 2014 at 10:25pm

    Keres;
    Can you really speak for what Christianity believes and teaches?From what I read, you “used to be a Christian”, whatever that means. How does God feel about your willingness to ‘speak for Christianity’?
    What is your take for example on God’s assertion that Christians are ‘sealed with the Holy Spirit’ , and, the many statements that even though a Christian would deny Him, yet He does not deny us?
    It sounds to me as though you missed a few critical lessons somewhere along the way as it appears that whatever it was that you were taught didn’t get mixed with faith as you were apparently talked out of whatever it was.. just saying. And, forgive me for saying this bluntly, but you don’t need to speak for me as I can do quite fine without your help.

  • August 25, 2014 at 9:48pm

    Precedent if established upon a false claim, is therefore false in its entirety. A measure or ruling that has what is called the ‘color of law” is no law; it only looks like one. I wait for the Court with the holy boldness to strike many of these false rulings because the FFRF, ACLU, Blinknight Fan Club, yada, yada, yada always forget the second part of the First Amendment which states in plain English that apart from ‘establishing’ a religion, there also can be no restriction on the free exercise thereof. These rulings and intimidating threats of lawsuits are doing precisely that: they are prohibiting the free exercise of one’s faith, in this case. praying in public.

  • August 25, 2014 at 9:20pm

    @Vision:
    I am not sure how by lovingly pointing out discrepancies in what you and others have “assigned’ interpretations to various verses in order to support doctrinal positions held by your church is somehow “tearing something down”. Perhaps you can elucidate? It is not good Biblical scholarship to take one difficult verse and interpret the many clear ones in light of that one verse, nor is it wise to insist on an interpretation (here John 10:16) and twist it to say something it does not.
    You must know if you have actually done your two year mission, how to speak to those of us who disagree with you, other than to suggest as some have done, that we are “haters’ or that we are tearing down your church.

  • August 25, 2014 at 8:58pm

    Slave:
    I didn’t know Darwin’s theories were that old! Who woulda thunk it?!

  • August 25, 2014 at 8:29pm

    @Michelle;
    I had some of my comments zinged as well. I didn’t think I was being a bad boy and wondered.. is this the reason mine disappeared into the ozone as well?

  • August 25, 2014 at 8:27pm

    Something you should endeavor to understand is that not everyone who disagrees is a “hater”. I have and do disagree with the LDS Church but I do not hate any of them. To label those who differ with you as haters is to demonstrate your own brand of intolerance in my opinion.

  • August 25, 2014 at 11:05am

    Mars Hill was the place in Athens where the smart dudes went to debate anything and everything. It is recorded in Acts 17 that Paul presented to them “the unknown God” there. I believe this church took its name from that place and event, but as to why I have no idea.

  • [-1] August 25, 2014 at 11:04am

    Thanks for your post and link. I did not read yours before I posted mine!

  • [3] August 25, 2014 at 11:02am

    The model for the Church has been given in the book of Acts and mega-church isn’t in the description. Small groups that met in homes was the way the early Apostles took the gospel over the known world in a comparatively short period of time, when compared to the nearly 2000 years since then.
    The pyramidal structure of the Church also is not found in Acts or anywhere else in the Bible. The model is the olive tree, which as it grows and matures, sends out shoots which surround the parent tree and when they grow to maturity, support the older one.
    Scripture warns against becoming ‘lords over God’s heritage’ which inevitably is what happens when the corporate model (Babylonian in origin..) is used. This is the pyramid where one dude eventually ends up at the top of the pyramid, who is usually spoken of as the ‘final arbiter’. Repeatedly, the ‘leadership’ in the NT is spoken of as ‘fellowlaborers with Him’, in other words, working together and not going to the head (unless it was Jesus Christ) to get the final say. One (1) time it is recorded that the Church deferred to one man’s decision and ironically it wasn’t Peter, but James that made the final call. But, it says that the others agreed with his decision.
    Mega Churches get into trouble for so many different reasons, and it is my opinion that the above gives several of them.

  • [1] August 24, 2014 at 10:37pm

    @Texas Thanatos;
    Galatians 1:6-8 gives a stern warning about following “another gospel” (which is another of a different kind). It further says that there is not another gospel (of the same kind), but only that which they (Paul and company, that is) preached. Verse 8 is of particular interest as it says if even the Apostles or “an angel from Heaven” preached another gospel that they were to be anathema or cursed. Harsh words perhaps but that is what the Word says.
    In addition, the word ‘testament’ comes from the Greek word ‘diatheke’, meaning covenant. There is no need for yet another covenant at least from God’s perspective as the one He made with mankind, namely to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you shall be saved has never failed, no matter what Joseph Smith may have said. If by using the word testament the LDS Church means witness, then their witness as described in the Book of Mormon should line up exactly with the Bible, as the Bible is the standard and not the other way around.

  • August 24, 2014 at 10:23pm

    @Vision Harry,
    Your interpretation of John 10:16 rests on no scriptural proof. However, it can easily be shown in retrospect that Jesus was referring to the Mystery of God, namely that He intended to let the Gentiles in on the party as it were. This began to unfold in Acts 1:8 when the Lord told the disciples that he would send THEM (not Himself, as he was set to ascend back to the Father),”…unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts records this where the Apostles left Samaria and entered into Asia Minor. The Gentiles were first approached with the gospel in Acts 10 with the House of Cornelius, which is the beginning of the fulfilment of what the Lord said in John 10:16. Paul later reveals this ‘mystery’ in full in Romans 16, 1Cor.2 and the Book of Ephesians to be more specific. Don’t make the Scriptures say things that are not there.

  • [1] August 24, 2014 at 10:12pm

    Unfortunately you are likely to be proven correct. However, anyone with an ‘elemental’ understanding of chemistry could tell you that CO is unlikely to remain very long in that state without soon becoming CO2. There are so many profoundly ignorant people in the Media these days.

  • August 24, 2014 at 8:43pm

    tiger:
    Well I like culture and **** like that.. I prefer to drink my wine through a straw…

  • [2] August 24, 2014 at 8:40pm

    Blink:
    Profound yes, it is. I’m glad you are beginning to see. The mere fact you mock it demonstrates it has already set itself firmly into your being.
    It will be interesting to see how the world looks in a few years. I rather don’t care if I am in the majority or not. Most of my life I have not run with the crowd as it were. The funny thing about Truth is that it remains so even if all are opposed to it. The irony I see is rather different from your perspective as it is ironic that the truth often hits you in the face and yet you would because of your stiff-necked pride, still refuse to accept it. How anyone could rise in the ranks of the scientific and still be so woefully ignorant of other matters… “Professing themselves to be wise they became fools…. who changed the truth of God for the lie and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever.” (Ro. 1:22 & 25) It truly is a pity that you insist on using the intelligence God gave you to oppose Him in so many ways.

  • [-1] August 24, 2014 at 4:37pm

    Christos:
    The devil is the god of this age for those that still belong to him (the unsaved). You are correct that any believer can say “get behind me Satan” but how many do and do it with the faith required? Those who refuse to use the authority given us by the Lord, or are ignorant of it, de facto fall under the authority (albeit stolen authority) of the ‘god of this age’. The devil operates today upon the stolen authority the Church in its ignorance of Satan’s devices has given back to him. The Church by in large refuses to use the manifested power of the Holy Spirit the Lord sent us on Pentecost.

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