From A Closet of Sin to Hope In Christ"We gays can't help that we're born as we are" I’ve heard it said. We humans can't help that we're born into a fallen world any more that we can help the bullying environment of sin that’s forced onto us. Sin is like a spiritual cancer; that if not dealt with in time, will kill us. Yet in the same instance it’s so pleasing to indulge we don’t even know we’re dying.From A Closet of Sin to Hope In Christ7 months ago in Emotional More Like This
All sin, no matter the form it's in, is addictive, and if we choose to submit to it, it becomes our addiction. And often we find ourselves submitting to it; sometimes purposefully, sometimes without even realizing it till it’s too late.
I will gladly admit that I'm addicted to it just as everyone else is, because I’m human. But because I’m human, because I’m made in the image of Christ, I don’t want to be addicted to sin. I want freedom; I want Christ.
That said, there is a contrast between the LORD’s followers and the followers of the world. The Christian's g
A Christian NowI hated Christianity for so long. But I got in a serious talk with Jessica on Skype and she had told me some things that I hadn’t thought about before. I was still skeptical of Christianity still since I saw nothing of God when my dad was in the hospital and then died. But while my mom has been in the hospital, I read the Bible for the first time and in Matthew I think. It was beside her bed after all and then I watched the link from Jessica’s church and I decided to become a Christian.A Christian Now7 months ago in Personal More Like This
I hate my life. It has no purpose except to find things for myself and what is mine. I want more and I felt peace for the first time in forever when I made the decision today. Thank you, Jessica-Rae-3 , for talking to me on Skype. I hope to see you this coming Sunday with mom. She’s out of the hospital.
This will mean that things will change on this page. ^^ I don’t want to write porn stuff of late and I really don’t want to any more. There w
CompletionShe wasn't there.Completion4 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
He could barely bring himself to register the truth of it. His mind was quieter if he just kept moving, meandering through the camp, stepping around the prone bodies of wounded men and ramshackle stacks of supplies, ignoring the stink of blood and the ugly sounds of suppressed pain, searching every face. There were too many young striplings in this army, too many lads of her build and height; every time he saw one he tensed, peering beneath hood or helmet only to feel something twist in his chest when it wasn't her because she wasn't there.
The others dearest to him were already accounted for. Coll was tending the wounded in one of the makeshift tents. Gurgi gathered firewood in the surrounding forest. Fflewddur was assisting in organizing weapons and supplies under the watchful golden eyes of Llyan. His heart had swelled full at sight of each, but there was no time, in all the bustle, for anything more than a fervent clasp of the hand, a few encouraging words,
Aphorism: Prayer as RevelationPrayer is not just communication with God, it is also a sort of self-reflectiona mirror that allows us to see, in a manner of speaking, the one who speaks to God. Between God and us lie our inmost thoughts. We need to reflect on our obsessions, our desires, and our struggles. Sometimes our zeal and our fervor become a greater spiritual poison than outside influences. Though prayer often times allows us to see enemies around us, we may be surprised to see the enemies withinif we listen to Godif we listen to ourselves.Aphorism: Prayer as Revelation3 years ago in Philosophical More Like This
Are we taking on too much? In such a world as we all live in this day and age, so much we've become over encumbered by. So much has piled itself within our lives and at our feet, that so often we find ourselves choking, sputtering and struggling to stay a float. Are we taking on too much? Has the world become so abundant in its requirements that it leaves no breathing room for Life? Perhaps it could be a little of both.Are we taking on too much?5 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Then to add to the confusion, we know in our hearts that the act of human kindness and love to our families and neighbors (that's strangers too) is so greatly needed within the dredges of the world around us that reaching out to make a positive difference has become one more exhausting thing to add to a never ending list of needs, wants and obligations. Much of this loving service seems to get lost and forgotten--sometimes long before we walk out the door in the morning. How can all
What happens when we dieWhat happens when we die?What happens when we die4 years ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
To understand what happens when we die, we have to understand what the soul is.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. ~ Genesis 2:7
The scriptures tell us that the soul is not something we have inside our bodies. The soul is the person itself. When God created Adam, He didn't give Adam a soul. Adam became a living soul.
We are a soul. That's why we read that souls are born (Genesis 46:18), souls eat (Leviticus 7:20) souls sin (Leviticus 5:17, James 4:4). Souls learn (Proverbs 19:2). Souls can get sick (psalm 41:4) Souls can die (Job 33:22) Souls can be touched and killed (Joshua 11:11, 1 kings 15:29) souls can be buried (psalms 35:7, Jeremiah 18:20). We don't have souls, we are souls.
We (souls) are not immortal or eternal.
Something eternal is something without beginning or end; lasting forever; always existing. Therefore we (souls)
The Worst Thing a Christian Could Say(3/15/2014)The Worst Thing a Christian Could Say8 months ago in Philosophical More Like This
Came across this old blog from 2012 that was responding to the deaths of children in December, basically describing the worst thing a Christian could say following that tragedy:
As much as I can empathize with the pain of those who have lost their loved ones--and perhaps the wording of that Christian's statement could've been better--what the blogger doesn't quite understand is why Christians respond with hope to things that people would typically see as tragic. Yes, Christians do feel pain and miss their loved ones just like anybody else does, but the reasoning behind it is different.
The thing is, an atheist sees death as the end and nothing more after it. But a Christian knows that the spirit lives on because there is life after death. To the Christian, the difference b
Old Covenant vs New Covenant?Has anyone out there ever considered the extreme significance of Leviticus (er all the laws given to Israel aside from the 10 Commandments) and what it suggests? After randomly looking at a few verses a veil was removed: It's written that the law is abolished in Christ's flesh but do we actually 100% understand what that means and have considered it? Much of the law speaks against the pagan customs that Israel had adopted while in Egypt. God's Law (which was the heart/kind of summery of the Book of the Law) describes His character and what sin is. "Through the Law we become conscious of sin," as it is written.Old Covenant vs New Covenant?3 years ago in Emotional More Like This
Well...if all those laws speaking against pagan habits/customs embodied sin, and the way the law system was set up (don't do it, but if you take an ox/lamb/goat/bird it will be a temporary sacrifice for your sins), and how once Christ died, "abolishing in his flesh the law" then giving us his Holy Spirit, then aren't the customs and practices the law speaks against that of
The LORD'S Plea of SalvationThere was no other way for me,The LORD'S Plea of Salvation3 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
To redeem my children lost.
The means of which to do this feat,
Was sending you my Son
Down I sent him to your midst,
An infant first, the Son of Man;
He walked among you with my love,
With him I was so pleased
But as he showed you who I AM,
Through miracles and wisdom deep,
Your hearts of stone sang hatred bold;
Redemption was at hand!
I gave him over to your plot,
Fulfilling all I said I would.
You beat and mocked him, laughed and spat;
My Lambyou slaughter him!
But through his blood spilled in your stead,
The path to cleanse your sin is him,
From death to life, again; he lives!
This plea I bid to all
Turn, repent and dwell with me
My Son's gift is for you.
And as new hearts each day are wed
Unto meour spirits one
With leaps and bounds my yearning grows
To take you home my bride.
Hell doesn't exist?Hell doesn’t exist?Hell doesn't exist?5 months ago in Articles & Interviews More Like This
The punishment of the wicked… what people call hell.
Definitions of hell:
--- The place or state of punishment of the wicked after death
--- Hell is a place of suffering and punishment in the afterlife.
--- Hell is a place of eternal damnation for those who rejected the Gospel of Christ.
Several things don’t click in my mind when I hear about hell that’s going on right now and eternal suffering. I had my own list but found another in Review and Herald, 1963, more complete and it had some of the points I wanted to talk about:
1. Eternal life it’s a gift from God, (Rom 6: 23).
The wicked don’t have this gift: “they won’t see life” (john 3: 36) “no murderer has eternal life in him.” (1 john 3:15).
If they have eternal suffering that means they have eternal life, and that doesn’t make sense.
An eternal torment would immortalize sin, suffering and pain, and that would be in contradiction with