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When I hear professing Christians say that since God is love He would never violate our free will (btw, a concept not found in the Bible)... my first thought is to ask:"So you are troubled that God did for you what you couldn't do for yourself? Is Hell better than being saved? In everyday life we keep our children back from things that would harm them. Why? We do it because we love them. If this is true for our children, how much more God? So if God rescues us, in spite of our willful disobedience, it springs from His great mercy and love. But if His love toward us were based on a condition we have to meet, it would, by definition, be neither loving nor gracious."It is better to reach important doctrinal positions by being biblically informed, rather than relying on unaided human reason or emotional appeals.The Epistle to the Ephesians declares"...even when we were dead in our trespasses, (He) made us alive (quickened us) together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—" - Eph 2:5Now, God is not doing violence to our will any more than God violated your will when he gave you life, or gave you eyes, or ears. But He certainly rescued us regardless of our disposition at the time because, llike any good parent, he knows better what is good for us. Some may raise the objection: but does not God say he does not want anyone to perish, but rather everyone to come to repentance?
Before being crowned Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund struggled with anorexia and finding her identity, but a reading of the Bible, specifically the book of Psalms, changed her forever, as she shares in a new "I Am Second" video prior to the Sept. 11 airing of the Miss America 2017 pageant.
Doctors in a coastal town in northwestern Peru have rescued the innards of a 38-year-old man by removing 17 metal objects -- among them nails, a watch clasp and a knife -- that he ate. Luis Zarate was taken to the regional hospital of Trujillo earlier this week by his family after complaining of sharp stomach pains. Doctors took X-rays of his chest that showed his insides littered with screws. "There were 17 strange objects found at the level of his stomach and colon," said Dr. Julio Acevedo, one of the surgeons who operated on Zarate. The black-and-white scans showed Zarate's skeleton interlaced with things like bolts, barbed-wire and pens.
Some may find this a harsh comment, but it would seem plausible to me that if you looked up heretic in the dictionary it could well say, Please see 'Bishop John Shelby Spong' . Why do I say this? Well, I first came across his completely non-Christian views on this post at the Christian Research Network - John Shelby Spong on “Old Evangelical Language…Badly Dated” (http://christianresearchnetwork.com/?p=8764) Here are some quotes from that article: When you ask about “believing in Jesus Christ as your personal savior” you are using stylized evangelical language. That language has no appeal at all for me. To assert the role of savior for Jesus implies a definition of human life as sinful, fallen and helpless. It assumes the ancient myth that proclaimed that we were created perfect only to fall into sin from which we need to be rescued. It was a popular definition before people understood about our evolutionary background. We have been evolving toward humanity for billions of years. So the idea that I need a savior to save me from a fall that never happened and to restore me to a status that I never possessed is in our time all but nonsensical. It is because we do not understand the nature of human life that we do not understand the Jesus role. I see in Jesus the power of love that empowers us to be more deeply and fully human and so I do not know how to translate your questions. So, there you have Spong's ideas about salvation. If you were to look around his website, www.johnshelbyspong.com, you will find what seems a complete rejection of all the major doctrines. From the papers I have read this morning I have seen what amounts a rejection of a literal creation, Christ as the Son of God, a literal resurrection of Christ and the list goes on. I cannot fathom why the man continues as a 'Christian' minister when all he seems to do is tear down Christian beliefs. How does he do this? Well, it seems he approaches Christianity from a completely different perspective than ourselves. He believes the Bible is not the result of direct inspiration resulting in a perfect Word of God, but rather part inspired and mostly corrupted recordings. In fact, Spong seems to go along with the Jesus Seminar who teach that 85% of the recorded words of Christ in the New Testament are in fact not the words of Christ but statements inserted hundreds of years after His lifetime. Why am I writing about this? Well, because it ties in with the general theme in our day of rejecting the Absolute Authority of the Bible. The ideas of men and women are the basis from which many start, rather than the revealed Word of God. Many things contrive to bring about doubt concerning the Bible and we must ever be on our guard against anything that makes us doubt or second guess the Scriptures. Just as the serpent was in Eden so he is in the Christian camp whispering his lies. We must trust God's Word absolutely.
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