Jesus clearly states in the Gospel of John, chapters 14 and 15, how to Love God, how to be His friend. But how do you love God?
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Yes i totally agree with you.
Some unbelievers would ask me to show them proof of God,s existence through science. Only the spirit of God can help them see God.
I believe that if the Holy Spirit "pulls us," His intention is to save us. We choose Him because He first chooses us. Unless He "drags" us to Himself, we would all go our own way like dumb sheep. It is all sovereign grace, not our acceptance.
We can only love Him acceptably when "our concept of who He is" approaches the truth of what He says of Himself in the Bible. Every Christian's love of God is therefore only as pure as is his concept of Him.
Webster's dictionary describes an agnostic as one who holds that an ultimate reality, God, is unknowable and unreachable. As a former agnostic, I agree with this description for many humans and God. After death God is the only reality.
yes. very true. also very true that we seem to be faced with the same battles everyday. but we will win with Christ in us. He is our answer. our hope.
I cannot agree. Love is not an emotion; it is an attitude, an act of the will, that sometimes results in emotion. Please do not put Jesus on the level of an "avatar" with other personalities. He is infinitely above Gandhi or the Buddha.
"He is infinitely above Gandhi or the Buddha."
How do you know? A staunch Gandhian will say Gandhi is above Jesus. A Buddhist would say Buddha is far above Jesus and Gandhi! 'For a crow, her little crow is golden' says a Tamil proverb!
Gandhi was a mere man who died and remains in the grave; the same with Siddhartha. The Hebrew Scriptures long foretold Jesus' coming. Christ is the infinite personal God-man who proved it by rising from the dead. "Jesus loves me, this I know . . ."
Your love for Jesus is quite right, acceptable. But it does not mean God-man like Jesus never existed anywhere. Many yogis in India can get themselves buried and come back to life after several days. It does not really make them God.
cjrajan--try crucifying them on a cross and piercing their side with a sword and i can guarantee they wont be back. what a foolish comparison you made.
You claim there is no "happy ever after" for you. If you stay in your current status, that will certainly be true. But what happens if there is an after-life? My! what a gamble on a whim! God gives common grace to all so that even atheists can love.
One things is for sure, eternity is what it is; what we choose to believe, not believe, boycott, befriend, or become God's enemy makes not a jot or tittle of difference once we have died. He and it has been there for eons regardless.
The Big 5:
1. Love God with all your heart and soul.
2. Treat your neighbor as you would be treated.
3. Carry the message to the still suffering sinner.
4. Pray a blessing over every meal .
5. Baptize in the name of the Father, Son , and Holy Ghost.
You have some overlap in your "Big 5"--you can do #2 by doing #3. As important as it is to thank God for your food, I would not place #4 in the same category as the first three. Number 5 comes somewhere between the first three and number four.