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How do you describe the indescribable? If all the seas turned ink, all the plant to writing tools, and all the sky to parchment, it would not be enough to describe God's vastness. That's the God I serve.
If you're interested in learning more about God, you can leave a message here, you could go to this site and leave a message or you can read on.
God loves you (John 3:16).
God is holy and just. He punishes all evil and expels it from his presence (Romans 1:18).
God, who created everything, made us for himself to find our purpose in fellowship with him (Colossians 1:16).
But we rebelled and turned away from God (Isaiah 53:6) The result is separation from God (Isaiah 59:2). The penalty is eternal death (Romans 6:23).
God became human in the person of Jesus Christ to restore the broken fellowship (Colossians 1:19-20). Christ lived a perfect life (1 Peter 2:22).
Christ died as a substitute for us by paying the death penalty for our rebellion (Romans 5:8). He arose (1 Corinthians 15:3-4) and is alive today to give us a new life of fellowship with God, now and forever (John 10:10).
I must repent for my rebellion (Matthew 4:17).
I must believe Christ died to provide forgiveness and a new life of fellowship with God (John 1:12)
I must receive Christ as my Savior and Lord with the intent to obey him. I do this in prayer by inviting him into my life (Revelation 3:20).
There is no cost to your salvation comes to you freely (Ephesians 2:8-9).
But it comes at a high cost to God (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Ultimately your response is a life of discipleship (Luke 9:23-24).
If you want to look up the verses to the above passages, just click on them.
Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Have you ever wondered if you're really a Christian? This question plagued me for years. I was told I was saved at age 5 ( though I didn't remember it ), but I never knew for certian that I was going to heaven.
I was always haunted by these words, 'You know without a doubt when you are saved. If you cannot answer when asked if you are saved, it is like not being able to answer when asked if you are married.'
Luckily, I've gone to a Bible camp every summer. I always came out of it changed for the better, but I never had an answer to my question.
Finally, this last summer, my counselor said this, ( probably not even realizing how much I needed it ) 'Salvation is not
a feeling. Satan can trick you into thinking that you are not saved.' I thought about this more and more, thinking that it does sound like a trick the Devil would play. It would keep a Christian in a constant doubt, and therefore more depressed ( not what God wants ).
So how do you know wether other people are Christians? What is their lifestyle like? This is not always the best way to tell, though. ( i.e. they could be a new, struggling Christian, or going through a 'down' time ) Another way to tell is, does he/she let other people know that he/she is a Christian? ( though this also doesn't always work, many claim to be Christians that are not, for even demon worshippers wear crosses. )
say that you are a Christian, but do not live like one, then you are not living for God. God does not want Christians who shove their light under a bowl so that no one can see their light ( What passage was that? ). John 3 reads:
19This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."
And there I leave you.
Posted at 05:28 pm by Megiddo
February 2, 2004 08:24 PM PST
Of course He does! By cleaning us up in Purgatory... :)
Does this mean this is the end?
February 2, 2004 04:20 PM PST
This is such an interesting discussion, I hate to see it end ;(
And in answer to your questions "So, how can anyone get to heaven if all fall short of the glory of God? Even if you're Christian, you're not clean, so it doesn't seem possible, right?"
All I have to say is: "Ah, how God wipes away our sins and leaves us as white as snow!"
February 2, 2004 02:24 PM PST
Wow, that was a really good argument. These were the same passages brought up to me by a girl studying to be a missionary!
I do have something to say. First, how is this new view different from your old view? It's still salvation by faith, right? Also, Catholics don't believe anything contrary to that. We believe that, if you're a Christian, you have to have faith in God - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - to get to heaven. We add on to that that you cannot have a mortal sin on your soul at your death. This is why Catholics see Confession as a huge priority for a dying person. If a priest can't be gotten, then the person must confess to God. This doesn't apply to non-Christians who have never heard of God and cannot possibly confess Him as Lord.
When I was talking to the Baptist (let's call her Ann), she told me she believes a person has to be a Christian, or had to have been a Christian once, in order to be saved. However, she found it hard to believe that a merciful God would condemn people who could never have heard of Him. I agreed.
Then she explained how she was able to come to grips with this teaching. It was explained to her that a Holy God couldn't let anyone come to Him who was unclean. Apparently, she thought that a person was clean if they had once believed in God, even if they had gone back to not believing in Him later. The heathens, she explained, weren't clean, and therefore weren't worthy to enter the presence of God.
This didn't really make sense to me because she had just quoted to me the verse, "for all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God." So, how can anyone get to heaven if all fall short of the glory of God? Even if you're Christian, you're not clean, so it doesn't seem possible, right?
This is where the Catholic Church comes in. We also believe in Purgatory where souls are made clean again. It's like a sterilizing place to get rid of the grime from all the sin you've ever committed. That way you can enter Heaven squeaky clean :)
Ann pointed out to me that this teaching isn't in her Bible, and that's true. It's not in non-Catholic Bibles. However, Catholic Bibles contain six books that are not in Protestant Bibles. Two of those are Maccabees I and II.
If you go to the New American Bible, Maccabees II, chapter 12, Purgatory is supported. A battle has just taken place and there are quite a few dead Jewish soldiers who had sinned but been good men otherwise. Judas, the general, takes a collection to send to the temple in exchange for prayers for the dead souls.
"In doing this he acted in a very excellent and noble way, inasmuch as he had the resurrection of the dead in view;44 for if he were not expecting the fallen to rise again, it would have been useless and foolish to pray for them in death. 45But if he did this with a view to the splendid reward that awaits those who had gone to rest in godliness, it was a holy and pious thought. 46Thus he made atonement for the dead that they might be freed from this sin."
So there you have it. I'm not going to say anymore because I think I've said a lot. But ask if you have anymore questions. I'll try not to go on for all eternity :)
February 1, 2004 02:17 PM PST
Okay, I just changed my view! After some careful reflection on many verses, this is my new take on this.
*for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
*For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
*9That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
( and the classic ) John 3:16
*"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
My take on this is exactly as it says. Whoever confesses Jesus is Lord is saved. Now the Devil believes in God, but he won't confess Jesus is Lord ( he wants to overthrow God ).
The only unforgivable sin is to not confess Jesus is Lord at your grave. Up to that point, you have a choice.
And to tell who belongs to God and who belongs to Satan. I John 3:10-
*This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.
So your thinking, what if a Christian who says he has confessed keeps doing wrong? I John 3:6-
*No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.
Some more verses on this topic:
I John 4:2-3
*2This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, 3but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.
I John 3:7-8
*7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
February 1, 2004 12:51 PM PST
Well, I believe what the Catholic Church teaches.
If you are a Catholic Christian, you have to die in friendship with God. This means that you must believe in God and you must have no mortal sins on your soul. Basically, your salvation depends on the state of your soul at death.
In case you don't know what mortal sins are, the Catholic Church ditinguishes two types of sin, mortal and venial. Venial sins are little things, like little white lies, or petty thefts, or calling someone a name. Mortal sins have to be more serious (murder, adultery), you have to know that you are doing something serious, and you have to consent to it anyways. So, if you committed a big sin like murder knowing that it was a mortal sin and you consented to it anyways, you would have committed a mortal sin.
When you commit a mortal sin, you are basically breaking off your relationship with God completely and totally. This means that if you die in a state of mortal sin, while your soul is separated from God, you cannot be rejoined to Him after death.
For people who have never heard of the Catholic Church, like the heathens in Africa, their salvation depends on how well they follow their consciences and do what they have learned is right. Basically, if they try to live the most moral lives they possibly can, they'll go to heaven.
There's a lot more I could say, but this is long enough already. Just ask if you have more specific questions. It'd be easier to answer those than write a whole Catechism here. :)
February 1, 2004 08:34 AM PST
Sorry I confused you Hannah...
I do believe that God draws a line somewhere, but where it is, who knows?
If you believe in God and that his one and ONLY son died on the cross to pay for your sins, ( Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan were brothers, so Jesus wouldn't have been God's only son. ) and devote your life to serving God, and actually follow through on your promise, then I'd say your going to heaven.
Hannah, what do you believe concerning this topic?
January 31, 2004 08:32 PM PST
Well, now I'm really confused because I've heard so many Bible passages in which God tells us specifically what will condemn us. I mean, He has to give us some idea of what He judges us by because we have to know what to do in order to get to Heaven, right? If not, He'd just accept anyone and Satan never would have been condemned. At some point, there's a line that's drawn. Right? I know what the Catholic Church teaches on all of this, but I'm curious as to what you think as a non-Catholic Christian.
January 30, 2004 08:24 PM PST
By 'man's test', I mean the way that we percieve things. But, is it the way that God sees things? Man's test is really an intellectuel test, not a test of heart ( because we can't test the heart ). Man's test is man's best judgement, not God's.
Satan does know God, and trembles. He knows who God is and what he has done far better than we do ( I imagine so... ). But, Satan is totally opposed to God and wishes to overthrow him, just as a evil king from a distant land might wish to overthrow a good king.
Who goes to heaven and why, only God knows. Satan will go to hell and deep pits however, the Bible says so.
January 30, 2004 07:33 PM PST
I have a couple more questions. Where do you get "man's test"? Is it in the Bible that if you pass this test, you get to go to heaven? What about sinning? If you believe in God and believe that Jesus died to save your soul, but you're the worst sinner in the world, do you still go to heaven? If so, what are the commandments for? Earlier on this blog, you said that even the devil believes in God. He also must know that Jesus died to save human souls. Does that mean he gets to go to heaven, too?
January 29, 2004 04:53 PM PST
Hannah... you ask a hard question, as it is not for me to say how God judges. I guess I'll have to take my pastor's opinion on this.
Do you believe in God?
Do you believe that God's ONE and ONLY son died to take your sins away?
If you say yes to both, you pass 'man's test', but who can say how God judges? ( Since he is perfect and we are not )
But then, Christianity is not really a religion as much as it a personal relationship. We strive to be more and more like our friend, the King, Jesus.
January 29, 2004 04:46 PM PST
Sorry Taryn... let me specify what I mean by saying that more acurately.
What I said: "God does not want Christians who shove their light under a bowl so that no one can see their light"
What I mean is that God's desire is for you to shine like a beacon in this 'crooked and depraved' generation.
I'm sorry, I'm terrible at explaining things and coming off as I mean, but thanks so much for bringing that up so I could specify!
January 28, 2004 10:09 PM PST
You're right Taryn, but I think Brett was getting around to saying that God does not want evil. He doesn't want us to do the wrong thing. That doesn't mean He doesn't want us! He'll always want us, even if we choose hell.
Brett, I've heard from other non-Catholic Christians that that is a big problem... knowing when you're saved. Can you explain better what it means to be "saved"? I know that the definition varies from denomination to denomination. I talked to a Baptist a little over a week ago who said you're saved (i.e., you're going to heaven) if you even once believed in God. No matter what came before or after. Is being saved the same thing as going to heaven? What do you believe?
January 28, 2004 08:19 PM PST
Brett, I agree, but you said something I cannot let pass, because it's not true. You said "God does not want..." God wants everyone. God loves and accepts and wants all people.
This is what I have been taught:
Accept everyone. People who are black, while, Asian. People of every background, people of every history, race, color, origin.
God wants every one of these people. This is what we've been taught since day one. God loves and accpets everyone... right? The poor man the rich, the weak and the strong, the happy and sad... he wants us all. Yes, I'm certain that it is not God's wish to put aside our religion but he gave us free will for a reason: to choose and do what we want and we all know there are consequences!
Ok, I'm done... just had to get that all out.