At one point in time I believed and felt, "saved". But now, even when I try to reconnect, I don't "feel" like I am anymore. Perhaps, I am so longer saved, and perhaps, I never ever really was. What am I missing here?
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Man: "Grace & personal effort" doesn't mix! Read Eph 2:8-9! Move "Beyond the Cross!" Gal 2:21 "I do not make void the "GRACE" of God; for if righteousness come by the LAW (self effort), then Christ is dead in vain!"
Fine, I am a servant, and a gentle one. You are God's child, not mines. I would be really happy as long as you do what gives you joy.
You are very welcome Joel. I truly hope you find your way. May God bless you and your family always!
Totally understandable, Joel. I can relate. Christianity can provide a frame of reference but it cannot answer all questions in a satisfying way. The conundrums are staggering. I hope you choose to exercise Reason as you go forward.
Salvation is freely given to ALL who are called by the Holy Spirit. Joel, I think in your case God is convicting you to come back to him and eternity in Heaven. PLEASE do not listen to an atheist on this VERY serious life decision.
Jeff, your opinion is just an opinion, like mine. The Bible has been interpreted in thousands of different ways by hundreds of differenct sects. If you ignore Reason, you ignore your tool to decipher truth.
Robert--Your response brought this to mind by M. Luther, "“Reason is a whore, the greatest enemy that faith has--" Therein lies the problem.
CJ, without faith---an irrational acceptance of claims without evidence---religion could not hold on to the masses. It's quite revealing that as societies become more knowledgeable and educated, religion declines.
CV: Yes, they'll get there. For "that's the way of life!" All will be reconciled to the Creator, Jesus!
Lady... could you please provide proof of what you are saying about Paul and Christ? Is it not Christ's blood which has saved us?
I will not to you. I do not and will not feed your insatiable need to cause trouble here. Look it up yourself.
Cause trouble? I was just curious as to how you came to this conclusion. Remember, if we are to claim to be Christians we are to act as Christians. Thank you Lady. This is precisely what I thought about this horrendous accusation.
In case you don’t know but you are not saved by the blood of Christ, but by His Life (Romans 5:10).
“For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we “shall” be saved by his l
flpalermo.... I agree. We are saved by what Christ has done for us and his blood that was shed on Calvary. We must accept this of course in order to be saved.
Flpalermo and Jeff...thanks for illustrating just one of the thousands of differences in Christian doctrine. Christians have discussed these things for thousands of years and never have come to unity.
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So we are all supposed to be blind and follow whatever we hear? Listen to the small voice inside of you for that is the voice that is GOD for that is where God and the kingdom is...WITHIN you. 4 each it is a diffferent answer. U an God Never leave.
Well said Sir!
"Backsliding" is the evangelical Christan explanation for someone who is trying to exercise their Reason while also trying to make Christian doctrine make sense. Those who are not totally devoted to the fantasy are looked down upon.
Robert, you described an apostate. LG, there is only one voice of God but many different voices. Learn which is real and which are deceitful.
Same to you SirDent. Learn which things are Brainwashing and which are not. Perhaps you could read my hub about how the church keeps you and learn their tactics.
LG. brainwashing. Do what you want, all will be well. Jesus said, "Follow me." You call me blind but who is really blind?
SirDent, why do you do this? I am not better than you and you are not better than I. Just stop trying to pick a fight. I won't fight you and this only shows that you are AFRAID to read my hub.
Your posts always seem to want confrontation. You never agree with anything if it doesn't agree with your world view. I am not trying to pick a fight but trying to stop one.
Really? I cannot help the way that you read my posts. I do not mean to do that and you know that else you would not call me a friend. I have been thru hell and back. I walk my talk and talk the walk.U talk as if I know nothing.
I am also friends with some atheists. Doesn't mean I agree with their lifestyles. You come off like you are an authority. You tell people they have to do nothing, they will be in heaven anyway. You are wrong.
SirDent, No I do not and who says anyway. I can read the Bible and I Know what Jesus said about heaven and how to love they neighbor and all that. You changed from when I first started talking to you on Yuwie. It was not a subtle change either.
Believe what you will. I see what I see even if you can't see it. Best to let it be.
Jesus never said anything about being un-saved. He never said anything about believing blindly either. He did say Seek and Ask and he didn't say in the Bible ONLY. Not Everything is in the Bible and that is in the Bible. I believe Jesus's words.