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Faith or Works ?

  1. donnaisabella profile image83
    donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago

    As a Christian, tell us who you give to, what you work  you have been involved in the community or at church and tell us why. What has God been teaching you about these things lately?

    1. Sa Toya profile image87
      Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      For me, it's a combination of faith and works not just works on its own. And work could be anything from voluntary work, charity work,donating,buying things from organisations like cancer research but even the little things like, helping someone take their shopping to their car, helping someone lift their heavy suitcase up some stairs. I think little things are just as important, whether someone believes in God or not.

      1. donnaisabella profile image83
        donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yes, whether one believes in God or not, it is just as important. I would like to hear a lot more from Christians because it is about faith and works.

        1. Sa Toya profile image87
          Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I believe it is a combination of faith and works because we need to believe in the existence of God and Jesus Christ or even the belief in all that is good.
          Then we put our faith into action by doing the 'work'. We exercise that belief in showing love for our fellow man.

          [I can see your heart in the things you do and I pray that more of us have a heart more like yours]

          Thanks *I'm blushing* I like helping but I'm NOT perfect or a full blown saint I still make mistakes and I think because we all make mistakes and sin that's where faith steps in even more, it helps us understand forgiveness and mercy big_smile

        2. wesleyacarter profile image60
          wesleyacarterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          are you not interested in the faith and works of other religious people? or is this forum meant only for Christians?

          1. donnaisabella profile image83
            donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            It is meant for Christians because I would like us to encourage one another as Christians in our faith. Thanks for asking.

    2. DogSiDaed profile image59
      DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      What about as an atheist? We can be quite giving you know.

      1. donnaisabella profile image83
        donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I believe that with my whole heart. And, I do not mean to discriminate against anyone, it is just that as Christians we are called to specifically make a difference and I would like to hear from other Christians how they are doing.

        Thank you for sharing. There is no harm though in you becoming a Christian, it is not as if being an atheist is irreversible!

        1. DogSiDaed profile image59
          DogSiDaedposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks, but it is when you're me tongue

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      Tduncan212posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      The Word of God says that faith without works is dead. Our works do not get us to heaven. Only the Lord Jesus Christs finished work on the cross. For example if I were to say that I was starving to death and I believe that there is food in the fridge, but I never looked inside to check. Then it's obvious that I really don't believe that's there food in the fridge. I know that is a horrible example, but it's the only one I can think of at this time.

    4. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I don't consider myself a true 'Christian' though I do profoundly believe in God and the message that Christ gave us. I really just wanted a reason to post this to you.
      I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU, I LOVE YOU...
      because You, just yesterday, followed the teaching of Christ. You touched me, and I wanted to thank you for that. Mikel

      1. donnaisabella profile image83
        donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Whatever it was Mike, thank you very much. I love you too!

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      cosetteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      you make me want to go to mass. which i will because it is the holidays and something has been pulling me there for a long time now but i keep ignoring it. which is why i love St. Mary's Basilica. anyone, believer or not, can walk in there and meditate quietly, unmolested. i still refer to the church as "God's house". not those sanitized fluorescent-lit buildings on every street corner in America. but these real, old churches with the stained glass and statues of The Blessed Virgin, and the mahogany pews inside and the huge bell towers outside, chiming at the hour.

      i have no idea where any of that came from but i am going to run with it. ciao for now.

      http://farm1.static.flickr.com/227/492911815_fca254cef0.jpg

      1. donnaisabella profile image83
        donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this
  2. alexandriaruthk profile image54
    alexandriaruthkposted 7 years ago

    buying cards form UNICEF to help children

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for sharing. Do you mean Seasonal greeting cards or a different type of card? Tell us more about it, that is very interesting.

  3. SandyMcCollum profile image79
    SandyMcCollumposted 7 years ago

    I work the nursery, the rummage sales, every single activity I can, and my husband is the Sunday School teacher and a learning deacon. We learn a lot about how to treat others, and if everyone lived like the people in our church do, the world would be a better place.

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Yes if everyone in the world lived like the people in your church, the world would be a better place. Very well said. What would you say about the faith of the people in your church? Why do you do the things you do?

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    Machinistchestposted 7 years ago

    Works has absolutley nothing to do with it. We can`t be that perfect, or do enough to plaese our Lord, so stop trying. As christians we are saved by faith and faith alone. Do you believe that Christ died for your sins? do you accept Christ as your savior? This is It!! It`s based on the condition of our hearts, not our works. No one can work their way into heaven based on what they do!!! it dosent work that way .Do you really believe, is the question.

    john

    1. chambersgirl21 profile image61
      chambersgirl21posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Matthew   16 : 27   For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

      1. Make  Money profile image73
        Make Moneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah we are saved by the Grace of God.  Faith without works is dead (James 2).

        I sponsor a foster child from India, give to the Covenant House sometimes which is a youth homeless shelter and support my church's charities.  Every little bit helps.

        Good question donnaisabella.

        1. donnaisabella profile image83
          donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Yes every little bit helps and sometimes little is a whole lot.

      2. donnaisabella profile image83
        donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Amen,let the word of God speak for itself. Thanks for sharing.

        1. earnestshub profile image86
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          As you wish!

          Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the LORD your God must be put to death.  Such evil must be purged from Israel.  (Deuteronomy 17:12 NLT)


          Better have the right god then! lol

          1. donnaisabella profile image83
            donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Better have the right god then. You are right, our God is righteous and that is why He is the right one. Thanks for your quote.

    2. getitrite profile image80
      getitriteposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      This sounds very selfish!!!

    3. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for your contribution John. True, no one can be saved by works. As you said, stop trying to do that. However, as saved children of God our faith is made evident by our works, that is why Jesus tells us to take care of His sheep, to feed and to love them. This is the kind of works I am looking for. How are you showing your faith? We know you are saved but how will the world know that? Remember we are ambassadors until Christ comes, we are His body that should show forth the praises of Him who has called us out of the Kingdom of darkness into His marvellous light. I would like to know what is happening in the lives of my fellow Christians in relation to their faith and works.

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    sneakorocksolidposted 7 years ago

    We are involved in service projects for those that need help. We tithe and donate to projects we feel are worthy and we are helping a family with their Christmas.

    1. earnestshub profile image86
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good onyer sneak! smile
      Religious loony that you are, you somehow remain a good bloke! smile
      Seriously, our city would be sunk without the work of the churches here. We have a mass of things to be grateful for.Funny thing is I have never heard any of these people preach. They are just good people and they would be doing good no matter what they believed.
      My son who is now twenty was a chorister in Melbourne's Anglican church choir for 5 years. He is adopted and born to an atheist family in China.
      When he left, the church head gave him a book she thought he may like to read, written by a devout atheist. She is typical of the doers I know in the church. I could go on. They all know I think their religion is ridiculous and my son never hid what he believed. many of us still see each other at outings often, all these years later.Have a great Christmas and spoil them kids! smile

    2. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for sharing. It is so amazing how many creative and blessed ways God's children are being led to be the hands and feet of our Lord. I thank God for you and may you prosper spiritually too even as you do His work.

  6. angelicwarriors profile image68
    angelicwarriorsposted 7 years ago

    God has blessed me and my wife greatly,

    I dont want to list the things my wife and I do, but through our Faith we have learned a few lessons, the most important one is you can never out give God, with anything, being money, time, or whatever it is...

    to give you an example, we gave an extra 50 bucks to the youth group at our church, the next day I won a raffle from the high school my daughter attends... it was $1000.00...

    because of this winfall we were able to buy enough socks and underwear that every man at the local rescue mission will get a set for Christmas... nearly 200 men stay there nightly...

    NWe were also able to give a few giftcards to the womens center that helps battered women start their lives over...

    Now I am not saying everytime my wife and I give we get some lottery winfall, but the blessings keep coming....

    If we dont receive our full rewards from God here on earth my family knows that we will in Heaven...

    I know many people think we are crazy, but we follow our beliefs not try to impress or gain the approval of others...

    Of our time we do SUnday School, I do boys basketball, mens retreats, prayer groups, and ride with the Christian Motorcycle Assoc on as many charity events and witnessing ralleys as my family can....

    We are hoping before long to start doing mission trips to South America and Russia....

    So for me and my family we will continue to follow the Lord no matter where he leads us, we will hold fast through any storm, and bless his name through the calm...

    Lord today I am yours, use me as you may
    angelic warrior

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Lord today I am yours, use me as you may;

      I can see your heart and feel the love of my master in you my brother. I am so blessed to hear your testimony. It is the encouragement I believe we all need to keep running the race of faith, evidenced by our works.

      There is a sermon in your short message and thank you so very much for taking time to share it. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. How many things will the master not do with people who are so surrendered to Him? The prayer of surrender comes from those who have yielded themselves completely to Jesus, they know Him intimately and trust Him wholeheartedly. May His love continue to shine in you, your family, your ministry and the many people you touch.

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      (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You truly are blessed by your god.

      The thousands of children who die daily of starvation also think you are truly blessed by your god.

      Amen to that.

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        thetruthhurts2009posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        This is the atheistic double standard. You believe in evolution which by definition means survival of the fittest, violence against the weak etc. So by what standard do you attest the death and starvation of these people to be wrong? You're have to borrow from Christianity to try and refuted it. You have to sit on God’s lap to slap him.  At least try to be consistent.

        1. donnaisabella profile image83
          donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You have to sit on God's lap to slap him. Hahaha, made me laugh after all even if it is a serious topic!

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          (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Can you show me that definition where it states "violence against the weak" or did you make that up yourself?



          YOUR standards, of course.



          I can spit in your gods eye from anywhere in the universe and hit it dead square (kicking him in his 'happy sack' is more fun, though)

          1. earnestshub profile image86
            earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            The fittest are the fittest because they are the ones who help the weak survive, that is why they are the fittest, not the biggest bastards! smile

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        SirDentposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Do you blame God for your own shortcomings?

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          (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          No, but I do blame religion for what it's done to you.

          1. mohitmisra profile image60
            mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            He  is unable to understand the scriptures properly and warps it , the religion is really not to  blame.There are many who speak in the name of god and have absolutely no idea what god is or who they are .

            1. mohitmisra profile image60
              mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Jesus never taught what he does.

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              (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I understand scriptures better than you, so why don't you just shut up?

              1. mohitmisra profile image60
                mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                Was talking about Dent. be nice .

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                SirDentposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                I wonder if you ever try to listen to what you say or write.

                1. mohitmisra profile image60
                  mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  Simple things like "the kingdom of go is within you" "I tell ye you are all gods" Jesus seems too difficult for you to understand.
                  Ranked over the Bibles off course such people don't think like you do.

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                    SirDentposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    Go and sin no more.

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            SirDentposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Who is at fault when you mess up? Who taught you how to lie when you were a small child, etc. . . ?

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          (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          No, but I do blame your religion for destroying your ability to think.

      3. Make  Money profile image73
        Make Moneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        (Q) are you doing anything to alleviate the thousands of children who die daily of starvation?

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    lyricsingrayposted 7 years ago

    Helping others and giving to the community does not necessarily dictate that God is involved, it may in your case but not for all of us so I think you would get far better post in this thread if the two were separated.

    However there has already been 3 threads on what we are doing to help others during the holidays or at this time of year.

    Thank you, just my opinion.

    1. Sa Toya profile image87
      Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I agree, anyone could help anyone whether they believe in God or not. For me, from the Christian point of view it's a mix of faith and works, but taking the whole world into account-faith and works are essentially separated.

      I'm a believer in God and while I do have faith and do 'works', some of the things I do, are not always down to my belief in God, I'm just nice like that....lol

      If you get what I mean some people can be nice and good sans faith so I guess I agree with you combining the two could be hindering the number of posts this thread could get, but I think that depends on the target posters. *shrugs shoulders*

    2. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Your opinion is most welcome because this is a public forum. I do not mean to be discriminatory; the topic of this forum was directed to Christians so we could challenge one another. Sometimes we need to understand why we do what we do. I know of a lot of people who are not Christians who are doing great and wonderful things. I applaud them.

  8. Lady Guinevere profile image60
    Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago

    One has to have faith in what he about to do and then he has to follow through to make it happen and that is the works.  One cannot have no faith in what he is going to do without the works and if there is no fatih then there most likely will not be works.

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good reasoning.

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    SirDentposted 7 years ago

    We are saved by Faith, but rewarded for works.

    I am part of the praise and worship group at my homechurch. We have fed people and given clothes away. We are always trying to do something for the community. 

    Personally I give to the Salvation Army, I have helped old people at the supermarket before. There are a lot of things that are too numerous to mention here.

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      We are save by Faith, but rewarded for works. Amen to that!

      Thank God for all that you are doing. The goodness of what most people are sharing on here is that many of us (hopefully), who are at a loss what to do will realize that there are so many ways we can serve God and worship Him with the works of our hands or flesh.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Seems you're talking in cross purposes. You say your works are for the community but you're only doing it to get rewards from your god. You do the works for your own selfish purposes.

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        SirDentposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        And you know my heart better than I do? I don't recall ever revealing it to you or anyone else on HubPages for that matter.

  10. pmccray profile image82
    pmccrayposted 7 years ago

    As a Christian I've learned that you don't live by works alone.  It takes a long time to develop faith in the Lord.  We're so used to handling things ourselves that we leave God out of most that we do. 

    Working two jobs my husband and I don't get to church as much as we use to so I give money and material items to several charities.  I study my Bible and anything on faith growth and spread the word when I can.

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I feel you my sister. I feel your heart's desire too. As you said "we are so used to handling things ourselves that we leave God out of most that we do." It is best to always remind ourselves even when things get a little crazy what God may be saying in the circumstances.

      May God grant you and your husband the wonderful opportunity of meeting with fellow believers as much as possible so that you may be refreshed by the living fellowship of the Saints. All these things we do will eventually pass away, only what we have done for the Lord will remain, that keeps me on my knees seeking to know His will.

      Thanks for sharing.

  11. Presigo profile image59
    Presigoposted 7 years ago

    Ah the endless debate !

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      indeed!

  12. thevoice profile image60
    thevoiceposted 7 years ago

    god speed

  13. SwiftlyClean profile image33
    SwiftlyCleanposted 7 years ago

    Hey Mike That is so great thax.The world dont get that enough.

    1. Mikel G Roberts profile image88
      Mikel G Robertsposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      smile

  14. avangend profile image60
    avangendposted 7 years ago

    Works are the byproduct of faith - a faith without works is an empty faith. Works do not necessarily lead to one having faith, but a strong, legitimate faith should be reflected in one's actions. This does not mean one must go on missionary trips and serve food at homeless shelters - though those are both good things - but it does means living as Christ instructed us to live: with an "others-centered" focus. If your actions - your works - are not consistent with the faith you claim to have, then you need to stop and reevaluate if your faith is something "authentic" - or merely cultural.

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Amen! I just loved that. 'Preach the word, if possible, use words!" (C.S. Lewis, I believe)

      Thank you so much for your contribution, it ministered to me in ways you will never know are possible. Be blessed,live your faith and teach it to all of us,as many as you possibly can or as many as God leads you to.

  15. Lady Guinevere profile image60
    Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago

    Do you blame God for other shortcomings that have brought on such events as natural disasters?  Do you blame Satan when someone gets an incurrable disease?

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      I believe in the sovereignty of God = nothng catches God by surprise. As a Christian I am going through what many might call a trial that would shake my faith if I did not know my God as I know Him today. God exists in light, but He is also there in the deepest darkness.

      This is a topic on its own so I should limit my comment to this even if I know it may just raise another storm. But, to tell you the truth, God is there in the storm too, to calm it. Amen.

      1. Lady Guinevere profile image60
        Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        So you do blame everything on an exterior being.

        1. donnaisabella profile image83
          donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          I talk about the God I know as I know Him. Thanks Lady Guinevere.

          1. Lady Guinevere profile image60
            Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago in reply to this
  16. Theophany profile image59
    Theophanyposted 7 years ago

    We are justified BY FAITH ALONE. But faith is never alone. It is always accompanied by works.

    Therefore, no one should regard themselves as having saving faith, unless the evidence of works is there.

    This summarizes the Catholic and Reformed views on justification:

    Catholic: Faith + Works -> Justification
    Reformed: Faith -> Justification + works

    1. donnaisabella profile image83
      donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Hey that equation has made me curious, I should find out more about it.

      1. Make  Money profile image73
        Make Moneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Actually we are not justified or saved by what we do but by God's grace as both Ephesians 2:8 and Acts 15:11 say.

        Ephesians 2:8 "For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, for it is the gift of God;"

        Acts 15:11 "But by the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we believe to be saved, in like manner as they also."

        But we need to have faith and do good works.

        The debate between faith and works started when Martin Luther placed James in the back of his Bible unnumbered.  The book of James is where it says "faith without works is dead", in chapter 2.  James was placed back in the proper order 80 years later <snipped - no promotional links to your Hubs in the Forums>).

        Catholics and some other denominations do not follow the precept of once saved always saved.  There are some historical figures that can show this, Judas Iscariot being one of them.  Both Matthew 10:22 and 2 Thessalonians 2 also show this.

        Matthew 10:22 "And you shall be hated by all men for my name's sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved."

        2 Thessalonians 2:14 "Therefore, brethren, stand fast; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle."

        1. Theophany profile image59
          Theophanyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Look carefully at Ephesians 2:8, which you quoted already:

          "For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God"

          Notice you are saved by GRACE, but the mechanism of receiving that grace is through faith. And then he says "THIS" is not your own doing. What is the antecedent for "THIS"? According to the grammatical structure in the original Greek, the antecedent of "THIS" is "FAITH". Therefore, we may conclude that even FAITH is granted to us as a gift. You don't even EARN your faith; it is given to an undeserving sinner. Therefore, we can rid any merit for receiving God's grace - even the seemingly virtuous act of believing.

          If you are required to maintain your good deeds and faith in your own strength to attain salvation, you're back at square one trying to fulfill the covenant of works in the Old Testament. The New Testament covenant of grace is so beautiful because Christ does it all for us. And God chooses who he will grant faith and thus who he will save by his sovereign grace. In this way, some receive mercy, and the others receive justice. No one receives injustice. (See also Romans 9)

          So, be careful when you say "We need to have faith and do good works." If you're saying we "need" it in the sense of it being a prerequisite of salvation, your theology is not Reformed at all. That was exactly what the Reformers were protesting over and against Rome.

          Having faith and good works is EVIDENCE that you are born of the Spirit, which is an act of God alone. Your regeneration precedes and CAUSES faith and good works. Your faith and good works does not CAUSE your regeneration (See John 3). Thus, James is essentially saying to his audience: Do not REGARD yourselves as having true faith unless good works accompanies it. A true regenerate soul necessarily produces faith AND good works.

          1. donnaisabella profile image83
            donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Theophany, Thanks for the input, lets have another forum for this, I would really love for us to talk a little more about this.

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            (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            It would be quite a sad state of affairs if believers only did good things because they wanted to attain salvation. Isn't that rather selfish?

            And, then they have the nerve to accuse atheists of not having any god given morals and ethics, and that we should all be running around drinking blood and eating babies for breakfast. Yet, atheists do a lot of good things for others and are not looking for salvation. They simply want to help their fellow man.

        2. donnaisabella profile image83
          donnaisabellaposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          At last some uplifting input! Thank God. I have a lot of interest in this subject not because I doubt how we are saved but because of the divergent views there are in Christianity.

  17. Bovine Currency profile image61
    Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago

    what is the requirement for calling oneself a christian?

    1. wesleyacarter profile image60
      wesleyacarterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      get a membership to a christian church and pay tithes is one way.

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      another way would be to study closely the principles laid down by Jesus Christ in the Bible (and other select works) and attempt to channel his sense of truth and just action.

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      another way is to buy a copy of the bible, never read it, but tell everyone else they are wrong.

      1. Bovine Currency profile image61
        Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I fit #2.  I have studied the bible for many years.  I have an understanding of the principles and believe the truth of christ is an inherent truth in all individuals.

        Am I christian?

        1. wesleyacarter profile image60
          wesleyacarterposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          i would say you are. it is not impossible to hold several religions at once. like a martial artist, one would be a fool to take one art as truth. part of you is Christian if what you say is true.

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          or, was Jesus Christ simply a good person without a religion?

          BLASPHEMY!!!!

      2. Lady Guinevere profile image60
        Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I agree but just joining a church is NOT being a Christian, it is being a Churchian. Church tells them what the Bible says, but they never read the bible for themselves.  They are told what the scriptures are supposed to mean by the Churches doctrines and how they are so full of sin that they MUST go to chruch to get saved.  That is NOT what Jesus taught in that Bible.  They wil use the words only for their own purpose and not for how it reads as the whole paragraph for the people's of that time period.  Their purpose is to keep their clergy and parishioners in the dark abut such things as mdical and scientific advancements.  That is a silly guilt trip.  Jesus also did NOT teach that if you can read the bible for yourself and other books of that time.

        1. Bovine Currency profile image61
          Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Jesus didn't write the bible lol

          I am sure you could see the point of my questions Lady Guinevere.  I have read the bible countless times.  I find it a very easy task to baffle supposed experts. 

          The church is anti-christ.  I.e. Christ was against the church.

          1. Lady Guinevere profile image60
            Lady Guinevereposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Yes he was.  It also states in that Bible that the Bible was inspired by Satan too--in revelations as it was pointed out to be on one of the hubs I responded too--or was it a forum--no matter--it was pointed out to me when I asked if Satan could have written that Bible.

  18. Bovine Currency profile image61
    Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago

    according to your definition I am a christian.

    Does being christian mean I hold religion?

  19. Theophany profile image59
    Theophanyposted 7 years ago

    We must remember that being a Christ-follower is not merely knowing the truths of Scripture or simply believing the truth claims of Jesus. Guess what? Even the demons acknowledge the truth claims of Jesus. They know who he is - probably more certainly than some of us!

    The difference here is: Do you CHERISH Christ? Do you TRUST on Him to save you from your sins? Do you LOVE him the way he loved you and gave his life for you? From the heart of a truly regenerate Christian, the answer to all 3 questions is a resounding "YES!" The unbeliever, though having a thorough knowledge of Scripture and the truth claims of Jesus, would say "no".

    1. earnestshub profile image86
      earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      And how well do you know the scriptures you base your belief on Theo? smile

      1. Theophany profile image59
        Theophanyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Well enough to the point of putting my full trust in Christ. Like C.S. Lewis put it: Jesus is either a Lunatic, a Liar, or Lord.

        1. earnestshub profile image86
          earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          For some indoctrinated individuals that is not much. smile

  20. Bovine Currency profile image61
    Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago

    As a reference to God, the bible is nothing but a sick and disturbed merry go round.

    1. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      There are many great passages in the Holy Bible which make up its essence.

      1. Bovine Currency profile image61
        Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        You have some big words but you space a lot of hot air between them.  I am still waiting for proof to convince me you are anything but a fraud.

        1. Bovine Currency profile image61
          Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You either a) do not have the capacity to realise you misinterpreted my bible reference or b) have barely enough capacity to realise the truth of my statement and reply with more of the same rather than engage in intellectual debate (which you may or may not be capable of, I am yet to see any proof).

          1. mohitmisra profile image60
            mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Write a better book, put all your intellect down on paper.smile

            1. Bovine Currency profile image61
              Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              I write better books to wipe my arse with

              1. mohitmisra profile image60
                mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                According to ?

                1. Bovine Currency profile image61
                  Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  God.

                  1. mohitmisra profile image60
                    mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    Great so your book should join my book in the top 10 books soon.

  21. Sa Toya profile image87
    Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago

    It's getting heated in HERE!!!

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    B52 Bomberposted 7 years ago

    Mohit, guys like you are a dime a dozen. Your writings are just childish jibberish.Good for starting fires.

    1. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      So write and get ranked over my work, I challenge you to do so.Till then sorry you are just cheap talk like Bovine.

      1. Bovine Currency profile image61
        Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        lol

        1. mohitmisra profile image60
          mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Truth.

    2. tantrum profile image61
      tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      lol

      It's getting so boring!
      But.... Ignorance is Bliss! that's why he's so 'enlightened' ! lol

      1. mohitmisra profile image60
        mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I have said this before you can join them and try and write a better book together.This is just cheap talk.

      2. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Can you see now ????
        lol

  23. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    @mohit

    Coming over and over again after my posts, only cheapens you the more.

    1. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Look whos talking about being cheap.Is it not possible for you be be nice, just normal ?

      Its so hot they couldn't photograph my face?

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        .
        lol
        you lost credibility even among religious people. See the posts above.
        You're not doing your 'thing' well!

        And no, it's impossible for me to be nice and normal ,with such a proud human being!!!

        and what's that about your face ??? lol
        My face has been shown in this forum for quite a while, So everybody knows how I look

        Still after me ?? yikes

        lol lol lol

        1. mohitmisra profile image60
          mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You are to cheap and as usual have absolutely nothing intelligent to add.Hopefully all atheists are not as rude as you and use some of the intelligence god has given them.

          Try being nice and you will see I will reciprocate.I do have qualifications irrespective of whether you like them or not.People will believe me over you as you have absolutely no qualifications where spirituality is concerned.
          Who has taught you this behavior?

          1. Bovine Currency profile image61
            Bovine Currencyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            lol lol lol

  24. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    Still, still, after me !!!!
    WOW!
    I'm so important !!!

    do you want an autograph? big_smile

    lol lol lol

    I'm not replying to your rude comments.

    1. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Who taught you to go on a religious forum and abuse religious poets ? You say I am rude lol

      You butted in so how that make me after you, isn't it the other way around?

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        I didn't post to you. I post to other hubber. Don't you know how to read, or you're blind ? Too much light, sometimes is no good ! lol

  25. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    Still after me !

    I will begin to feel proud myself ! lol

    1. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      You are just such a sweet person its incredible and you call believers and religions  bad  lol ruin every thread with your crap.
      I can see you have no pride at all. lol

      1. tantrum profile image61
        tantrumposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        It seems you don't know what irony and sarcasm, means ! lol

        1. mohitmisra profile image60
          mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          You are too kind .smile

  26. tantrum profile image61
    tantrumposted 7 years ago

    you're too easy for me. just like your poetry.
    I'm moving on, as I'm getting bored!

    1. mohitmisra profile image60
      mohitmisraposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Good get lost, you will not understand to begin with  smile

  27. Make  Money profile image73
    Make Moneyposted 7 years ago

    By works a man is justified; and not by faith only.

    Are they my words? smile

    1. Theophany profile image59
      Theophanyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      So the work of Christ is not enough to satisfy God? Show me Scriptural evidence that God imputes the righteousness of Christ onto the sinner's account on the basis of his works.

      1. Make  Money profile image73
        Make Moneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Well we both agree that we are saved by the grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

        I will show you where I got my previous quote from.

        James 2:21-26


        Theophany we are basically saying the same thing, just like Martin Luther and the Catholic Church were saying the same thing 492 years ago.  Regarding grace, faith and works there was no need for a reformation.

        <snipped - no promotional links in the Forums>

        Merry Christmas
        Mike

        1. Theophany profile image59
          Theophanyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          Mike, we have 2 seemingly contradicting passages. Therefore, we have to look at both of them and find one model or formula of justification that works for both passages (assuming you believe in the infallibility of God's word). Look at Romans 4:

          "If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness."

          Paul is pointing out that if God declared us righteous on the basis of our works, then the gift of salvation is no longer a gift; it would be an obligation. But since God wants the glory to himself and he wants us to cherish his gift, he declares us righteous on the basis of our faith alone, not anything we could work towards. For that confusion among countless others, yes there was a need for the Reformation.

          So, how does this fit in with the passage in James? Like I said, if the Scripture is proceeding from the mouth of the same God, it must not contradict itself. What is the explanation that allows both passages to coexist? Well let's see what James said:

          "Seest thou, that faith did co-operate with his works; and by works faith was made perfect?" (v. 22)

          "For even as the body without the spirit is dead; so also faith without works is dead." (v. 26)

          In other words, Paul was saying that you are justified on the basis of faith and James adds to the equation by reminding the believers that this true faith is ALWAYS accompanied with works. The works is the tangible evidence that you do, in fact, possess the faith that justifies you. In this interpretation, both passages can coexist without contradiction. If you have another interpretation with no contradiction, please explain.

          At this point, you might still be saying we're arguing the same thing. But we're not. The way we understand this doctrine affects all aspects of our service to God. If we knew it was by faith alone that we are saved, we would be compelled to honor and serve the Lord with our works because we cherish him so much and we want others to experience the same gift. Now, if we believed that we are justified by works, we would then feel obligated to do good deeds and live in fear that we haven't met that obligation. I know many Catholics who are not sure about their salvation, not because they don't have faith, but because they don't know if they've satisfied the Lord with their good works yet. Our work and labor in the Lord should be done out of gratitude, not fear of not making it to heaven.

          Merry Christmas to you too, Mike. And I hope this helped.

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    Audreveaposted 7 years ago

    Works. Better to be a force of good in the world than to sit around waiting to be saved.

  29. Make  Money profile image73
    Make Moneyposted 7 years ago

    Hi Theophany, I trust you had a nice Christmas.

    I agree, there is no contradiction with James.

    But I have already mentioned on page 9 of this thread that we are not saved by what we ourselves do, whether by faith or by works.  We are saved by God's Grace (Ephesians 2:8 & Acts 15:11).  By God's Grace we have faith in Him.  And also by God's Grace we do good works.  If we have faith in God and we do good works then we know we have God's Grace.

    We receive God's Grace mostly through the 7 Sacraments.  The Holy Bible mentions all 7 Sacraments.  Catholics do not believe in the Bible alone (solo scriptum) because Jesus promised He would send His Holy Ghost to guide His church, which He did.  Members of Jesus Christ's universal church existed before the Bible was written so they did not follow solo scriptum.  Members of Jesus Christ's universal church wrote the Bible.  Catholic is the Greek word for universal.  Just because Catholics do not believe in the Bible alone it does not mean we do not follow the Holy Bible.  We do.   

    <snipped - do not promote links in the Forums>

    See what I am saying, the reformation didn't add anything, it took things away.  In particularly most of the 7 Sacraments that we receive God's Grace from.

    Theophany when you say "I know many Catholics who are not sure about their salvation" you make me believe that you think Catholics believe in 'one saved always saved'.  Catholics do not follow the doctrine of 'one saved always saved' and you shouldn't either.  I mentioned this earlier on page 9 and I'll post it again because it fits in with what I am saying.  I mentioned Judas Iscariot as an historical figure to show that 'one saved always saved' is not a true doctrine.  Two other historical figures that come to mind to prove this are Hitler and Stalin.  I believe both Hitler and Stalin received a Christian Baptism.  Now only God will be judging someones salvation but ...  I think you get my point.

    We receive God's Grace through the Sacraments continually throughout our lives.  We stand fast and persevere unto the end.  Do you see how God's Grace through the Sacraments and faith and works all fit together?
               

    So from what I posted above you should be able to see that your understanding of the Catholic faith that you posted earlier that I pasted below is not right.  It is much more than that.

    1. Make  Money profile image73
      Make Moneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

      Well that does it.  If we can't post links that explain with Biblical verses the 7 Sacraments or anything else to do with Christianity in these forums anymore then it's time to look for another forum to hang out in.  It would be different if it was a hub (I have seen many hubs posted in these forums) or some other commercial site but when it comes to not being able to post non-commercial Christian links to explain what you are saying then it's time to go some where else.  Even direct links to the Bible and blocks of text are being snipped now.  I'm going to post the links to the 7 Sacraments again here.  If they get snipped again then that will be the last you'll see of me.  I don't like discrimination.

      The 7 Sacraments
      Baptism
      Confession
      Holy Eucharist
      Confirmation
      Holy Matrimony is covered extensively in the Bible under 4 categories (divorce & remarriage, contraception, homosexuality & husband as the head of the family)
      Holy Orders
      Anointing of the Sick

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        (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

        As a Christian, you discriminate. So, it would appear that your complaint is in vain.

        And, there's something appropriate here about a door hitting the posterior as one exits. I can't seem to recall it, though...

        1. Make  Money profile image73
          Make Moneyposted 7 years ago in reply to this

          (Q) as a militant atheist you discriminate in every single religion thread you attack in here, whether it be Christian or any other religion.

          It's been asked many times "why does HubPages allow discrimination against religious threads in these forums by militant atheists?"

          Maybe they haven't heard of the United Nations resolutions against religious discrimination.

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            (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

            No, I treat the hypocrites here equally.



            The answer to that should be self-evident if the violence, hatred, racism and oppression of the Abrahamic cults exhibited for centuries has anything to do with it.



            Maybe they have and they understand your assertions are complete bullocks.

  30. Onusonus profile image86
    Onusonusposted 7 years ago

    Faith and works are required by the Lord. Good works being the product of true faith which is the assurance of a just, Merciful, and righteous judgment from a perfect God. Faith is perfected by obedience to the gospel of Christ; it is a principle of action, it is the means by which people attain a remission of their sins. By faith miracles, visions, healings and all of the other gifts of God are manifested.

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      (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

      "Good works" comes from compassion, something we all share.

      To replace compassion with the 'righteous judgment from a perfect god' only allows the corruption of appealing to the invisible and undetectable an easier solution than helping your fellow man, and justification to not do so.

      1. Onusonus profile image86
        Onusonusposted 7 years ago in reply to this

        Not all people have compassion.

        compassion is a rightous judgment, not a replacement.
        prayer is only half of the solution. Noone is ever justified in doing nothing when they possess the power to act in faith and rightousness, which is something one would need only a particle of faith to exercise.

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          (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

          They do, but they have decided to not use it in favor of looking out for their own salvation.



          Nonsense. One does not judge compassion based on righteous indignation, they act on it without any thought to whether or not they'll be judged.




          Prayer is not a solution at all, it is a lack of a solution. Action, not wishful thinking offers solutions.



          Clearly, you don't get it. No one needs one iota of faith and righteousness to act on compassion.

          1. Onusonus profile image86
            Onusonusposted 7 years ago in reply to this

            Atheists aren't usually concerned with their own salvation.


            You are implying that I think people act out of compassion based on how they will be judged and not out of the good nature that were inherently born with. sometimes people are faced with the decision of weather or not to do the right thing.




            Prayer is the best solution it opens the door to divine guidance, and guids the troubled soul to a state of happiness and salvation.




            Indeed the world has a lot to learn about compassion and it starts with thoughtful prayer. Remember on the day of judgment that the saving grace of our Lord encompasses all, everyone sins and comes short of the blessings of heaven. there is however a solution to sin and it starts with geting on your knees and asking the Lord for frogivness.

            1. earnestshub profile image86
              earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Frogivness? Sorry I know it's just a typo, but funny! lol

              1. Onusonus profile image86
                Onusonusposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                We must froget if we are to frogive.big_smile *ribbit*

                1. earnestshub profile image86
                  earnestshubposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  lol lol lol
                  I will file that under religious humor that is actually funny! smile Mind you, MakeMoney has done some funny ones intentionally (and unintentionally now I think of it!) lol

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              (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

              Exactly.



              Is that not what you've been saying?



              True, while others are faced with the decision of doing whatever it takes for personal salvation.




              Wonderful, I'll pass on your words of advice to those troubled souls who pray for food while you and your god take solace in your impotent idleness and self-gratifications.


              Standing on a soapbox and bleating out the gospel sermon on the mount speech while ignoring what others say does little but demonstrate that seeking personal salvation is seeking want and ignorance in the face of your fellow man and his impoverishment.

              Jacob Marley walks the earth this day as a result. wink

              1. Onusonus profile image86
                Onusonusposted 7 years ago in reply to this
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                  (Q)posted 7 years ago in reply to this

                  That vile and contemptible remark is only equaled by the vast emptiness of your words, your integrity and your mind, and is in stark contrast to the reality from which you've escaped.

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                    sandra rinckposted 7 years ago in reply to this

                    What reality are you living in? You seem to be saying that giving thanks for being alive is vile.

 
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