Explanation of FaithLet me explain the problem science has with religion.' The atheist professor of philosophy pauses before his class and then asks one of his new students to stand.
'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?
'Yes sir,' the student says.
'So you believe in God?'
'Is God good?'
'Sure! God's good.'
'Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?'
'Are you good or evil?'
'The Bible says I'm evil.'
The professor grins knowingly. 'Aha! The Bible!'
He considers for a moment, 'Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?'
'Yes sir, I would.'
'So you're good!'
'I wouldn't say that.'
'But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't.'
The student does not answer, so the professor continues.
'He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm?
A True Christian . . . .A True Christian . . . .5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
A True Christian does not calls Christianity a religion, but a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. (John 15:14-15, Hebrews 13:5, John 10:27-28, Proverbs 17:17, Job 5:19, Psalm 37:39)
A True Christian does not do good deeds so that he/she can get to heaven (for through Jesus Christ, he has a place in heaven), but so that you can take care of you fellow man and to love one another. (Romans 3:9-31, John 15:17, Luke 10:25-37, Ephesians 2:8-10)
A True Christian does not condemn others for their sins for God did not sent his son to the world to condemn it, but to save it through him. (John 3:17, Luke 6:37, 1 Peter 2:22)
A True Christian sings, dances, and praises God not so that he/she can impress other people or God, but because he/she loves God and his son. (Matthew 22:37-39)
A True Christian speaks for those who can't speak for themselves. (Proverbs 31:8-9)
A True Christian does not hate people, but sins. For those
Why is there a Hell?Now, there are some of you who are asking:Why is there a Hell?5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"If God is a loving God, then why did he made Hell?"
There is a reason for it.
Hell was not originally made for us.
It was made for Satan and the angels who follow him.
But we have been tempted and fallen to the point of going there.
Satan was once a beautiful angel, probably the most beautiful around. He was a twinkle in God's eye and was a angel of light. He was a magnificent creature, glistening with all the colors of the rainbow as he stood close to the throne of God.
But, that wasn't enough to Satan or Lucifer.
He was not satisfied with what God gave him. Pride led him to envy, jealousy, hatred, rebellion, and finally to ruin. He tempted 1/3 of the angels of heaven to join him and try to overthrow God from his throne and become God himself.
For he has said in his heart "I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides o
Tolerant LoveI am a ChristianTolerant Love5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
And I love what our God loves
And hate what our God Hates
Now, I look in the news and such, and I see people who call themselves "Christians" walk with signs of hate. This makes me mad that they went like that and they claim to do God's deal. And sadden that it's situations like that gives God a SERIOUS BAD name. I will tell you what God loves and hate.
God hates murders, but he doesn't condemn the murderers.
God hates homosexual behavior, but doesn't think ill of the gays.
God hates rapes, but does not hate the rapers.
God hates abortions, but watches over the doctors who do them.
God hates sin, but he sent his only son to Earth so that those who believe in him and follow his ways shall not die, but will have everlasting life.
I have a friend who was once a rapist, but he is reborn and is now my brother in Christ.
I have a couple friends who are gay, but I do not condemn them. I dislike their homosexual activity, but
A Loving Friend......A Loving Friend......5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Jake has been a church going child ever since he was a boy.
He loved going there and is a true Christian.
He loved singing in church.
He loved doing what God wants him to do, that is to spread love.
He loved being a Christian.
But there was one thing that he wanted, but didn't get at the time.....
A pleasant face-to-face conversation with Jesus.
He knows that he'll see Jesus in heaven, but he wants to see him before that.......
Jake was just walking down the street to visit his pastor.
He was only suppose to meet him a hour later, but Jake likes to go there a bit earlier (old habit of his).
As he walked down the street by the park, Jake decides to sit on the bench so that he can clear his mind. Then, a homeless man came and sat by Jake. He has ragged clothes and looks like he would be in his thirties.
The man looks at Jake and says "Hello there."
Jake replied "Hello sir."
"Nice day, isn't it?"
"Oh yes it is, sir. The Lord must be happy today
Keeping your SalvationWhen you receive salvation, can you lose it?Keeping your Salvation5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Some churches will say that to keep your salvation, you must obey the laws.
But that is wrong.
When you have received Jesus' salvation, truly received him, you are saved.
As it has been sang:
"No power of Hell, no scheme of man can ever pluck me from his hands."
But, this does not mean that Jesus did not left us rules.
For that he came to Earth not to abolish the laws, but to fulfill them. He has placed some new laws not so that we can keep his salvation, but so that we can be good Christians and so we can understand what God would want us to do in several situations and conflicts when we hear him.
You will still be tempted to sin and Satan will try to get you to rebel against God, but stay strong in the Lord.
But, the question is "Have you been received his salvation?"
When you prayed for forgiveness and you truly meant it, you might not feel any different than before. The next step to this is to start living Ch
Saved . . . . .Maykala and Michael have been a couple since high school.Saved . . . . .5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Even though they're not married, they live together in a apartment.
They are pretty lovey dovey to each other, but they used to fight a bit too much at time, to the point of getting on each others' throats.
They are also not religious. They both think that church and the stuff they teach is a waste of time.
At least until one day . . . . .
Maykala is at a hospital room, beside the beaten-up body of Michael, who is in a coma.
From what she heard, Michael was jumped in a alley by a bunch of punks. After they took his money, they decided to finish him off. Then, a couple of alley cats attacked them and scratch the living daylights out of the punks.
Then, cops came to the scene and both called an ambulance for Michael and catch the punks who hurt him (they didn't get very far due to their faces).
The person who told the cops was a unidentified homeless person who
Calling from Darkness and Pain Even in the dark I hear your voiceCalling from Darkness and Pain5 years ago in Traditional Fixed Forms More Like This
in every single action and choice
always here for me
even though I cannot see
I am your greatest treasure
your love is beyond measure
even though I keep you out
I hear you continue to shout
you are all that matters
when my heart just shatters
you're all I need
even though I don't follow your lead
you are so caring
you are so sharing
and when I call to you
you come in and make me new
you hold the key to my chains
you know all my pains
you reform my heart
and now we'll never be apar
Love Each OtherLove Each Other5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgement on disputable matters.
One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.
The man who eats everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him.
Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.
He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord.
He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to the Lord; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God.
For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.
If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we bel
I've seen his passion....I've seen his passion....6 years ago in Spiritual & Occult More Like This
"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life."
I opened my eyes and I noticed that I wasn't in my room anymore and I wasn't even in my pajamas either.
I was in some kind of worn-out robes I've seen in Biblical movies and I'm wearing some kind of sandals. Also, it seems that I am in some kind of alley with old Middle-Eastern texture. Also, it looks like it is the middle of the day.
As I walk outside of the alley and into the street, I see people just minding their business and all. Some people were sweeping, tending to lambs, selling fruit, or just walking around.
I walked up to a kid, who was tending to a couple lambs and asked "Excuse me little one, but what city is this?" Then, I thought that this kid won't understand me. But the kid just looked at me and replied (either he can speak En
LoveIf I go to church every Sunday,Love5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
pray the longest
and worship loudest
but have not love
how can it please God?
If I spend my days serving,
giving to the poor,
and feeding orphans
but have not love
what do they get from it?
If I preach the word of God,
evangelise to strangers
and teach the faith
but have not love
why should they believe?
What is speaking in tongues
and walking through fires
if in the end
they don't see Christ,
if in the end
they see only rules,
a cold institution,
Faith, it healed us
Hope, it bears us
Love is the centre
but WHERE have we put it?
What is Important?What is really important to us?What is Important?5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Having the religion or the faith?
Those who call themselves Believers, but do not believe are liars. For it is a sign that they are not truly saved.
They will think that they are righteous by deeds. They will say that they know him, yet do not. They will put on a mask of kindness only the day of the Sabbath, but take it off on every other day. They will say that they know every verse from the Bible and can, but they do not take it to heart. They say that they trust in the Lord, but they mostly trust on themselves. They will do good deeds only 'cause they think that it how you get to heaven.
But God will bring everything that has be done in both mind and by hands, even the hidden things that are either good or evil into Judgement.
By the deeds of the Law, no flesh shall be justified in his sight. But by grace, you are saved, through faith. Faith is a gift of God, not b
The Existence of GodThe Existence of God:The Existence of God5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I know that God has shared with me that there are some people in the church who continue to go to church and still question God's Existance.
Now if you were to be on the side of logics: either everything came from nothing (which is impossible 'cause nothing can only make nothing) or something always existed.
A lot of people are still confused and ask such fallacy's such as: who created God?
now: no one created God 'cause he wouldn't be God if someone created him.
He created everyone and everything.
In the first chapter and verse of the book of Genesis, it talks about the creation of the heavens and the earth.
it says: "In the Beginning, God created the Heavens and the earth."
Now if you look closely at these set of God-given words, it talks about something a bit surprising, but also explains into further detail of God's existance...
In the beginning - TIME
God Created the heavens - Space
and the Earth - Matter
so: in other words... God created
Religion or Faith?Religion or Faith?5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
I've been thinking about a few things and this just came to me:
What is important?
Faith or Religion?
Now that I think of it, I would say that Faith's important. Religion is just a Earthly classification, just a title. People can be called Christians, but they put their Faith only on their own power.
I may be called a Christian and some of my friends may be called Catholics, Baptists, or Evangelists. And we would get into arguments about different ideas and such, but we both have the same Faith and it is this:
"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God." I John 4: 14-15
In short, I am not "just a Christian", I am a "Follower of Christ".
The next you ask someone what their religion is, ask what is their Faith instead.
Climbing a Cliff . . . . .Climbing a Cliff . . . . .5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Me and Mark are about climb a huge cliff of a plateau, in the middle of a desert.
'Cause we heard that there is a beautiful oasis there and there's a beautiful sight up there.
Mark already started climbing and I was about to start climbing.
Then, we heard a voice from behind.
We saw a nice-looking man saying that it's impossible to reach up the path on ourselves and he even offered to take us up there.
Mark, in his usual bull-headed way, said that he can do it and kept climbing on the cliff.
The man asked me to get on his back and let him do the climbing.
I told the man that I might be too heavy for him to carry me.
He just smiled and said that it's okay.
I agreed with him and climbed onto his back.
When he starts climbing, he seriously surprised me.
He climbed up the cliff's face with the greatest of ease.
I said to myself "Spiderman, eat your heart out."
The man laughed at my joke.
Practically not much later, we caught up with Mark . . . .
And he was seriously in trouble, practi
Testify to Love . . . . .Testify to Love . . . . .5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
THIS IS NOT A HATE MESSAGE. IN FACT, IT'S THE OPPOSITE. THIS IS A MESSAGE OF LOVE!!!!!!
DO NOT SUE OR ANYTHING OF THE SORT!!!!
I am watching tv.
And I see something that I REALLY dislike.
Two groups are shouting out comments of hate towards each other.
One group are from a Baptist church and the other group are a group of homosexuals.
I am a Follower of Christ, I am not liking what this church is doing.
I hate homosexually, but I DO NOT hate the homosexuals themselves.
As they continued to speak hatred towards each other, I practically yelled "HEY! This is not what God wants!!! If I was there, I would tell them that!!"
Suddenly, I found myself not in my room anymore, but at the location where the two groups are fighting.
I was extremely surprised by this, but I realized that God must've sent me here and I gotta to settle this down.
As I noticed that the groups are about to go on each other for blood, I loo
Free WillFree Will5 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Why did God gave us Free Will?
Wasn't Free Will the thing that got us to be deceived by Satan and got kicked out of the Garden of Eden?
But that's cause we've used it in the wrong way.
Then, why do we have it?
Imagine yourself as a parent with kids.
When your kids are in trouble, do you want them to come to you 'cause they have to . . . .
Or 'cause they want to?
Do you want your children to love you 'cause they have to . . . . .
Or 'cause they want to?
Hmmm, I choose . . . .
That's why God gave us Free Will, so that worship and love him because we want to.
He doesn't want us to be like drones or like mindless machines taking orders,
Only Satan wants that.
That's why Satan hates Free Will, because we can chose to sin or not and whether to follow God or not.
The next time someone tells you that being a Christian is like being a slave with no Free Will, tell him/her that God has gave us more freedom than you think.
God did his part in sending
GOD -pomems I said 'God it hurts'GOD -pomems6 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
And God said 'I Know'
I said 'God I cry alot'
And God said 'That's why I gave you tears'
I said 'God I get so depressed'
And God said 'That why I gave you sunshine'
I said god I feel Alone'
And god said 'That's why I gave you loved ones'
I said 'god my loved one is dead'
And God said'I watched mine nailed to the cross'
I said God 'Where are they? '
And God said 'Mine is on my right and yours is in the light.
I said 'God it hurts'
And God said 'I know
and now - today i waited and waited and waited, and you never said anything beautiful at all.and now -5 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
 today i clicked 'i'm feeling lucky' on google. the screen went blank except for two words - are you?
 today i saw a man planting daffodils beside the highway. i asked why. he told me yellow was the color of happiness.
 today an old woman patted my cheek with a wrinkly hand and told me everything was going to be all right, after all.
 today a boy i see everyday on the ten-fifteen bus to central station told me i had beautiful eyes.
 today i wrote 'i love you' in twentysix languages, each somewhere in the city. i didn't want to exclude anyone.
 today i fell down the stairs. I scraped my knee, but i was okay.
 today when i
Counting the TearsI know that you miss me,Counting the Tears7 years ago in Songs & Lyrics More Like This
I can see you standing there
You keep looking for me,
Even though you know I'm not here
I see you look into the night,
Oh, how I wish that I could guide,
All the steps that you take...
But the only time I can come to you,
Is when you're not awake...
Even though I'm gone,
My heart still breaks...
Don't give in to your fears,
I will always love you,
And I am counting the tears,
As they fall down your face,
Oh, how I wish I could erase,
All of your pain...
But I am no longer with you,
Only my memory remains...
You are far stronger,
Than I ever knew you to be
I wish I had seen this,
When you were with me
But now we are separated,
By a distance too far to conceive
I can't believe I'm not with you,
I feel like I've been deceived
Because I see the love,
You still have for me...
You still believe...
Don't give in to your fears,
I will always love you,
And I am counting the tears,
As they fall down your face,
Oh, how I wish I could er
Part Dream-Part Reality?Part Dream-Part Reality?6 years ago in Academic Essays More Like This
Now, (seriously) what I am going to tell you is true and I have experienced it. But it was in a dream, but part of it felt TOO real to be a dream.
Maybe, but I do know something for sure:
God must've given this to share with you.
= Dream =
My sisters, mother, step-father, and I were driving on top of a cliff in a land-cruiser.
It was bumpy.
Then, suddenly, after a hard shake, we fell down the face of the cliff.
My sisters cried at this fact, but my mother and step-father told that it's alright and that it'll end soon.
=here it is . . . . . . . .=
As we descend to the ground, everything went white.
I can't exactly explain it (in typed or verbal words) well, but it wasn't like a bright light was appearing or the everything was fading away.
It was as if. . . . . . .
Things have become pure white, but wasn't "appearing" there, it was just. . . . .
Then, it was like my emotions, anxiety, fear, need