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Religion & Theology / Religion - Religious - And Law
« on: April 10, 2014, 10:30:22 PM »
Religion - Religious - And Law

There are more Religions in the world now than there have ever been - There are hundreds of different Religions in India and Africa.

There are several hundred Religions in the United States - Most people do - {NOT} - permit their Religion to interfere with their sinning - Even if they desired otherwise - Religion could - {NOT} - keep them from sinning.

Although Religious sinners are restrained from certain immoral habits - there is - {NO} - cure for sin.

Religious endeavors frequently lead to - {Self Righteousness} - which is as much sin as is adultery or drunkenness or stealing.

Sin is human weakness - sin is a - {Short-coming} - missing the mark - But what is that mark??? - What does it mean to come short?

Every intelligent soul - whether Religious or not - acknowledges that the only adequate - perfect code of ethics - by which a thought or word or deed can be judged right or wrong - is the Law - which was given to Israel 3500 years ago - the Ten Commandments.

NO intelligent soul will think of challenging the perfection of that perfect Law - The one who would accept that challenge to perfectly obey that - {Perfect Law} - would display profound Stupidity.

The Greatest of all the Commandments contained in the Law was stated by Christ - the only One who ever perfectly kept all Ten of them - {Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart - might - strength and soul - and thy neighbor as thyself}.

If this is the Greatest of - {ALL} - the Commandments - and sin is the Transgression of the Law - then the Greatest sin is to transgress the - {Greatest Commandment}.

{All are guilty before God} - {By the Law is the knowledge of sin} - {By the Law let every mouth be stopped and let all the world become guilty before God}.

All religions - {except one} - followed by men during the past 6000 years - were established by a Very Religious Creature who is accused of deceiving the whole world - He is called - {the Prince of the world} - {the god of this age} - It is truthfully said concerning him that he is transformed into an angel of light.

The one exception is the Religion that God gave to Israel at the time He gave His people the Ten Commandments - {Thou shalt} - {Thou shalt not} - was the program for Israel for 1500 years.

It was under that Law that the - {Sinless Christ} - was made - He came to earth and lived among His people - He lived their Religion and kept the - {Perfect Law} - without offending in one point.

In spite of what Christ did - His own people had Him nailed to the cross - They were - {Religious Law Keepers} - and they were zealous concerning the Law - but they killed their - {Messiah} - {the Prince of Life}.

Note what became of their Religion:

{Colossians 2:14} - Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances - that was against us - which was contrary to us - and took it out of the way - nailing it to His cross.

{Galatians 3:13} - Christ hath redeemed us from the - {Curse] - of the law - being made a - {Curse} - for us - for it is written - {Curseth} - is every one that hangeth on a tree.

{Hebrews 7:19} - For the Law made - {Nothing} - perfect - but the bringing in of the better hope did - by the which we draw nigh unto God.

{Romans 10:4} - For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

Christ is - {The End OF The Law} - for righteousness.

The Law and Religion were inseparably united - The Lord Jesus Christ on the cross brought Law and Religion to an end.

God’s declaration is - the Law has been abolished - sin has been put away - Christ hath abolished death - {2 Timothy 1:10}.

The sacrifices of shed blood - under the Law - took care of the sins of the Lawbreakers until Christ went to Calvary to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

Christ died to save - {Religious sinners from Religion} - as well as from sin - Christ has removed - {ALL} - Religion from His spiritual program - declaring that Christ Jesus is - {Our Righteousness} - {1 Corinthians 1:30} - Christ's Righteousness is - {ALL} - that is required to receive your Passport to Heaven.

There is - {NOT} - one piece of Righteousness in Religion - Joining a Denominational church - {Never} - saved any sinner.

There will be - {NO} - Religious people in Heaven - Christ is the end of Religion for Righteousness to every one that believeth.

Christ is - {Our Righteousness} - Christ is the world’s urgent need to avoid the - {Second Death} - Believers are accepted and complete in Christ - That's what the Father said.

 Receive Christ as your Saviour right now by believing by - {FAITH} - {1 Corinthians 15:1-4} - Remember, tomorrow is - {NOT} - promised.

Religion & Theology / "but I am a good person"
« on: March 07, 2014, 08:50:09 PM »
You will say "but I am a good person" or "But he is such a good person". You are wrong on both counts. You are NOT a good person......and I am not a good person... and neither is he or she a good person. The Bible says Ro 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
 11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
 12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Religion & Theology / THINK ABOUT IT...
« on: March 01, 2014, 12:59:41 PM »
 Matthew 10:5
 King James Version (KJV)
 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not:

Religion & Theology / ✞ Salvation:
« on: February 26, 2014, 04:34:15 PM »
Religious Lie: "God only paid for sins until the next time you sin."

Religion & Theology / So much of religion seems to be about fear:
« on: February 20, 2014, 08:48:15 AM »
"So much of religion seems to be about fear:
 fear of going to hell;
 fear of having bad theology;
 fear of not satisfying your end of the bargain so God will favor you and bless you;
 fear of others finding out how much you're not really like the person you project and pretend to be;
 fear of trusting your own inner guidance and fear of thinking for yourself;
 fear of not upholding the expectations of your religious sub-culture;
 fear of sexuality;
 fear of people who are different;
 fear of the world;
 fear of messing up;
 fear of not being good enough... spiritual enough... godly enough.

 I don't know which is worse - the way religion makes us afraid to die, or the way it makes us afraid to live."

Religion & Theology / What is a Christian!
« on: February 18, 2014, 12:00:21 PM »

Religion & Theology / ...snake handlers...
« on: February 17, 2014, 10:05:45 PM »
Wrongly dividing the Word is rough on snake handlers. The bad thing is that the world is laughing at him and the word of God. It is just as bad to try to follow Israel's so-called great commission with it's signs following and water baptism for remission of sins, sell all, cast out demons, drink any deadly thing, kingdom gospel etc., etc. Kind of like believing in Al Gore's global warming.

Religion & Theology / I wonder...
« on: February 15, 2014, 07:13:01 AM »
I wonder how Adam felt, seeing most of his offspring denying God and living lives of corruption? Adam lived 930 years, and then it was only about 600 until the flood, where everyone but Noah had turned their back on God. Don't you think it was pretty much headed in that direction before Adam died? I would say it vexed his very soul to see his progeny denying the very one that Adam had walked and had fellowship with.
 (Noah was born only about 120 years after Adam died)

Religion & Theology / JUST A THINK ABOUT IT
« on: December 23, 2013, 09:40:26 AM »
JUST A THINK ABOUT IT: Will you embrace the full meaning of Christmas? Jesus didn't die just so you could go to heaven. He came to give you life - His life; an abundant life free from guilt, condemnation, and slavery to both sins and religion. He came to bring a grace revolution to the world and that is exactly what He accomplished. Now, that's a reason to have a Merry Christmas!  And a Blessed NEW YEAR, as you rest in these truths.

Religion & Theology / 100% Sure You Will Go To Heaven ?
« on: November 15, 2013, 12:40:41 PM »
100% Sure You Will Go To Heaven ?

 If you were to die today, right now, are you 100% sure that you would go to Heaven, or do you have some doubt?
 Some people may answer this question with:

 * "I sure hope so."
 * "I am about 90% sure I will."
 * "No one can know for sure they will go to Heaven."
 * "I'm probably not good enough right now to go to Heaven."

 The Bible declares that you can “know”, for sure! The Bible says that it was written so that "ye may ‘know’ that ye have eternal life".

 What do you believe it takes to get to Heaven?
 Some may answer this question with:

 * Being a loyal church member.
 * Being good and kind to others.
 * Keeping God's laws.
 * Getting baptized in water.

 The above list is a list of good things to do. Those are all good works alright. However, according to the Bible, doing good works is NOT what it takes to get to Heaven! In Ephesians 2:8-9, the Bible says, "For by *grace* are ye saved through *faith*; and that NOT of yourselves: it is the gift of God: NOT of works, lest any man should boast." (emphasis mine)

 So what the Bible says it takes to get to Heaven?

 First you must realize that you ARE a sinner, we all are.
 Romans 3:10 says, "As it is written, There is 'none' righteous, no, not one:"

 The Bible refers to two deaths. The first death is the physical death. The Bible talks about the second death in Revelation 21:8 and it says, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

 This list is speaking of one's *identity* not merely one's behavior. If a child of God tells a lie that does not change his "identity" from a child of God to a Liar. He is still a child of God that has told a lie but has not changed his identity form a child of God into a Liar.

 A liars lie because of their sinful identity(nature). Once you become a child of God, the Spirit of God resides within you and influences your behavior, you are no longer a sinner by nature or identity. After a caterpillar metamorphosis into beautiful butterfly he may go back to the mud and hang around with his worm buddies for awhile, but he remains a beautiful butterfly.

 Jesus paid the penalty of sin for us.
 Romans 5:8 says, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, *while we were yet sinners*, Christ died for us."

 Eternal life is a free gift.
 Romans 6:23 says, "For the wages of sin is *death*; but the 'gift of God' is *eternal life* through Jesus Christ our Lord."

 Romans 4:25 says: "Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

 This is the ‘gospel of Christ’ and what one must place their *faith* in to miss the lake of fire and spend eternal life with the Lord in Heaven forever. And of course "faith" is the conviction that something is true that we rely-on or trust-in and not merely intellectual understanding.

 Do you believe Jesus died to pay your sin debt, was buried and rose from the dead to give you the gift of eternal life? This is what is required to receive salvation.(1Cor. 15:1-4)

Religion & Theology / Q: What is the unpardonable sin?
« on: November 03, 2013, 04:03:37 PM »
Q: What is the unpardonable sin?

A: The phrase "unpardonable sin" refers to Matthew 12:31-32 when Jesus Christ said, "Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come."

 When trying to understand any Bible passage, you have to always look at when it is spoken and to whom it is spoken. In this case, it is spoken to and applies to unbelieving Jews before Christ went to the cross, and before the Holy Spirit was given to believers. They were under the law of Moses, whereas today we are under grace. When we are saved, the Holy Spirit seals us (Ephesians 1:13-14). That was not the case with people before the cross. It makes no sense to try to apply that verse to Christians today who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. In this present dispensation of grace, we are saved as soon as we believe the gospel. At that point, all of our sins, past, present, or future, are forgiven (Colossians 2:13 and 3:13). So the only thing that is unpardonable is unbelief.

Humor is the best Medicine / My FAVORITE Jokes
« on: October 25, 2013, 03:00:55 PM »
There was a new family that had just moved into town. Their son came to Sunday School but seemed upset. His teacher asked him if anything was wrong.
 The boy replied no, that he was going to go fishing but his dad told him that he needed to go to church instead. The teacher was very impressed with the boy's parents and asked the boy if his father had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing.

 The boy replied, "Yes he did. My dad said that he didn't have enough bait for both of us."

Religion & Theology / IMPORTANT INFO...
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:52:02 AM »
“As "you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make one drink," so also, "You can drag a Christian to the truth, but you can't make one think”

Religion & Theology / IMPORTANT INFO...
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:05:19 PM »
If the Institutional Church is in the will of God, and directed by God, can someone please explain why there are almost 40,000 denominations?

Religion & Theology / WORD FOR TODAY...
« on: October 22, 2013, 05:24:48 PM »
 Colossians 2:8
 King James Version (KJV)
 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

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