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  1. Again and again scripture shows us that works are a testament and evidence of our salvation. We are called to LIVE and BEHAVE as Jesus told us to live and behave. To be an example to others. Where then is the evidence that we belong to Christ if we are living a life of sin? Of course we are all sinners - we are faulty! We can fall into sin. The difference is, we repent, we ask forgiveness, get back up and with the grace of God, we continue on our journey. We are called to give up our sinful lives and follow Jesus. We are called to walk away from sin and follow after Christ. To leave our old ways. That does not mean we won't fall INTO sin, or slip up, or that we do not have faults, but we GET BACK UP and continue our walk. It is with God's grace that we are able to overcome the sins in our lives. Peristance and cooperation with God's grace on our part, which makes holiness possible for even the worst sinner. Prayer is essential! We cannot do this by our own strength, but we can in Christ. Even if one wants to disregard what I've said here - let's simply read what God's word has to say. Here is just a few examples:
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    Oh come on Ron, give it a few million years!
  3. That's just absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful God
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    Dead Fish And Birds?

    Yep, I believe this and the earthquakes (the intensity and regularity) is very very probably the birth pangs Jesus spoke about. I have also noticed a sense of time speeding up. I first noticed this around 1998 - 1999. I am far from the only one as many people from very different age groups (young/old/middle aged) have spoken about it. There was even a webpage up about it at one stage. People say it's "age", yet I have to wonder why they say this? I was very young (25) when I first noticed it. Plus, nobody ever spoke about time speeding up when I was a child (neither middle aged or old people). I asked my parents have they ever noticed it before? They said "no, not until now", nor had their parents or anybody else back in the day. Time always went much the same. You might get a day that seemed to go quicker, or an hour, but never the weeks/months/years, as they seem to now and so many people commenting about it. If it was to do with the aging process, then why did all of us feel the same way around the same year? Even though we all differ in age? Technology? Well, my life hadn't changed at all. Still using the same old stuff and doing much the same thing in life. The only aspect that felt different was the pace of time. My lifestyle has not really altered. I can personally pinpoint noticing this sense of racing time in the late nineties. Some are only just noticing it in recent years. Funnily enough, both my brother and my cousin admitted they noticed it in the same year as I did, as did my parents. People mention how the things they used to accomplish in the same amount of time, they can no longer fit them in (even young people). Yet they'll get up the sametime and have the same routine set down, but can't get the same things done. I find it inexplicable!
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    Perhaps Im Not An Athiest

    Interesting? I'm sorry, but to me it's non sensical. I think Gilbo pretty much echoed what most people must be thinking. How can anybody exist in the future to create/seed a non existent past, if they themselves have arisen from that past in order to make it into the future and create....
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    Richard Dawkins

    No amount of evidence is enough for those opposed to creation because its not about whether it's correct or not' it's about what you believe to be true despite evidence to the contrary. And that is the definiton of faith. Yep Ron, that fits quite nicely when its tweaked a little, it sure does work both ways. I'd like to add the evidence presented for evolution is the same for creation. The difference is the interpretation and the interpretation of evolution has not yet been backed up sufficiently, or even NEARLY sufficiently, given what we do find when we actually look at the fossils. Surprising statis showing little to no change, despite the millions of years they've had put upon them. The fossils (the ones that are complete), show full formation, rather than anything on its way to becoming someting or in a clear state of transition in the stages we would expect (ie. dinosaur to bird). Just because an animal becomes extinct and we've not had the opportunity to observe it in our time or history, does not automatically make it an early transitional form of something else. There are plenty of fossils dated millions of years old that show time and time again that the same animals existing today have barely (if at all) undergone any significant or even minimal changes, despite the length of time. It is not enough to use nebulous examples of fossils, put them together and claim one evolved into the other. We need CLEAR unmistakable examples (ie limb to wing, scale to feather etc) to show that such a feat had indeed taken place, as this is a dramatic claim and something we have not observed, nor tested to show that it is even possible.
  7. Exactly! In fact, surely one of the greatest offenses to our Lord is when we think our sins are greater than His mercy.
  8. No I dont' believe that his sins, as horrific as they are, are unforgiveable - unless he refuses to repent sincerely and rejects the mercy of God. Jesus died for ALL sinners, even the worst of them. When we reject that grace/salvation offered to us by denying Christ, denying salvation, we automatically incur the sheer justice of God, because that is exactly what we deserve when we face Him without the saving blood of Jesus Christ. ALL come short of the glory of God. It is only thanks to Jesus Christ that we have hope of eternal life, rather than the punishment our sins really deserve.
  9. You're welcome Ophilolite, Well, I have had a few opposing parties challenge me to actually find specific words in scripture (that did not exist back then). I kid you not! So you'll have to forgive me for assuming you might do the same. The bible is clear on the humanity of the unborn child (even at conception) and is clearly against murder (abortion is murder - it takes the life of the child in order to terminate the pregnancy). So, I can't imagine what you might feel is missing or inadequate....but I appreciate you acknowledging the time I've taken. Thank you!
  10. If you're looking for the word abortion, you won't find it, as you won't find a number of other words that were not used until much later. But we know from scripture that the unborn child is acknowledged and valued as a baby/child. We know from scripture that murder is wrong - specifically the innocent. So it is clear that abortion (the killing of an unborn child) is wrong. First, we find in scripture that the unborn child is acknowledged as human, and valued. Psalm 13913 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Ps 139:16 "Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be." Job 31:15 Did not He who made me in the womb make them [Job's servants]?Did not the Same One for us both within our mothers? Luke 141 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Luke 1:44 -- 44 For behold as soon as the voice of your salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Psalms 127:3 -- 3 behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb. (Jeremiah 1:5)“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee..†Isaiah 49:1 -- 1 Give ear, you islands, and hearken, you people from afar. The Lord has called me from the womb, from the bowels of my mother he has been mindful of my name. Jeremiah 1:4-5 -- 4 And the word of the Lord came to me, saying: 5 Before I formed you in the bowels of your mother, I knew you: and before you came forth out of the womb, I sanctified you, and made you a prophet unto the nations. (Ps.22:11-12). “You have been my guide since I was first formed . . . from my mother’s womb you are my God†Next, we are warned against the murder of others: (Ex.20:13, Deut. 5:17) “Thou shalt not kill,†[Proverbs 6:16-19]"There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers." Matthew 19:18 -- 18 He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: You shall do no murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness. Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; Ex. 20.13 · Deut. 5.17 and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: (2 Kg. 17: 17-18). “They mutilated their sons and daughters by fire . . . till the Lord, in his great anger against Israel, put them away out of his sight†(Ps. 106: 35, 37-38) “They mingled with the nations and learned their works . . . They sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons, and they shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, desecrating the land with bloodshedâ€ÂÂ
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    Richard Dawkins

    Forums/websites like this help to expose and challenge a theory being taught in the science classrooms around the world to many youths as though it is a fact. It allows for challenges/exposures and debate and may at least be one area where both sides are allowed to be discussed/debated, rather than an uneven playing field where there is "evolution only". If it is indeed scientific and a fact, rather than faith, then the believers/supporters/teachers should be able to come up the evidence, which would and should easily silence all arguments to the contrary. Yet what we do find is, it always leaves more questions than answers....
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    Fred, if God has limits in being present anywhere/everywhere at the sametime, that why would He tell us this in the quote below? Matthew 18.20 God is present, right in the midst of Christians who are gathered in His name, anywhere, anytime, any place. And we know this because He told us so! So even if there were many Christians around the world in different places around the sametime gathering in His name, He can be with all those people at once, despite being in different places all around the world, because He is God. He is not bound by space, place, or time. He can indeed be in many places at once if He so wishes. - Luke 18:27...
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    I take that to mean that their hearts were always far from Him.
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    Keep Me In Your Prayers Please.

    Hey Spectre, I am so sorry to hear of this . You can be sure of prayers for you and you can be sure that God is in control, regardless of the outcome. But I know what I'll be praying for! Keep praying and hold on tight to His hand, He's with you every step of the way in this, that you can be sure of. Take care and God bless
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    I believe that God Himself exists inside AND outside of time, for He "IS". The "I AM". For He is existing in an eternal state and cannot be bound or limited by time, because He is uncreated and has neither beginning nor end. We exist inside of time, because our lives can be measured from a beginning. I cannot see it any other way because any other way would mean that God exists moment by moment from a beginning point, and is therefore not existing in an eternal state. One would have to ask how much time elapsed before God started to make the world? Which would then mean there was time, it was measurable and God had a beginning Himself. This makes no sense to me. I believe that God exists in eternity, but has created a beginning and therefore an end, which is measured in time. I believe that time will give way to eternity when we pass from this life to the next.
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    A genie that has no laws and won't judge us after we're dead
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    Good response Ron. It's interesting that one can claim "no belief in God" yet then blame all evils on this "non existent entity", but on the next hand, give no credit to this same God they "don't believe in" for all the good in the world. So God is to be "acknowledged" only to point a negative finger at, but ignored and not acknowledged when it comes to the blessings in life.
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    An An Inconvenient Truth?

    Thanks Mama elephant.
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    An An Inconvenient Truth?

    Just to alert other readers here. Here is the quote in full when it's not taken out of context in order to misrepresent me: A sinful world is an imperfect world, so handicaps/deformities/illness and death are the fruits of a world not yet restored/renewed to its original dignity and glory by its Maker. Such people suffering under the weight of this imbalance, perhaps more than their share, are no less loved or valued by a God that has already gone before us and been nailed to a Cross. If anything, they may in fact serve as victim souls. We are, afterall, called to follow Christ and that includes the way of the Cross. Why would you as a Christian expect otherwise? God is NOT responsible for this mess, our first two parents are, and we are too with our own personal sin, disobedience and self centredness. What I HAVE tried to convey is, such sufferings do not have to be in vain, not when we understand the meaning of the Cross and are an expected result of a fallen/imbalanced world in sin. But through Christ, even our sufferings can have value! If you like, I can provide you with quotes in scripture that talks about the value of suffering. Let me know. Does God allow sufferings? Yes, or they wouldn't occur. But only as far as He permits. Does God send sufferings/chastisments? In some cases, YES. Please read scripture! Read the book of Job, read about Sodom and Gommorrah, the city of Ninevah, etc. Such pains/sufferings are NEVER permitted or sent without the possibility of a greater good as the outcome (if one responds in faith). All these things serve to test our faith and sometimes to the extreme, but we trust that God can bring a greater good out of them for those who trust Him and respond in faith, despite not always understanding "why". I see you talk about physical deformities/sufferings, which do not, in themselves, send a person to Hell, but rather are temporary sufferings of a temporary existence in fallen/sinful world. And all such things will be healed and wiped away oneday by a loving God to those who desire to be with Him. What about those things that destroy the soul? Adultery, fornication, h*m*s*xuality, peodophilia, murder etc etc. These are the REAL sicknesses. Unrepented of, have no cure and send a person to Hell. Do you realise that God places far more importance on the fullness and health of the soul? Here is how serious sin is: To add insult to injury, you use the scriptural quote above to accuse me over something that I haven't said (except your own misrepresentation of me) Please provide my quote in full context where I have said that God is the author of sin and temptation. I'll await this response. I'll try again and repeat what I've already repeated a number of times. People are born into a fallen/sinful world, both from the disobedience of our first two parents, and the sin/sickness/death that came into the world thereafter as a result. We are not promised paradise on earth at this time, until the earth is renewed. Rather we (especially as the body of Christ) expect tribulations of some kind in a fallen world not yet restored by its Maker. So yes, ANY kind of deformity/suffering/sickness is possible in a world tainted with sin. But we, as Christians, have the hope and promises from Christ. All who die in Christ will be restored. All sickness/sadness will be wiped away and will be thought of no more. God sent His only begotten Son to die on a cross in horrific suffering for our sin. But it was man's sin that was the cause. Suffering itself is not evil, nor is God. In fact, suffering can be redemptive when united in Christ. The "I fear for your soul" line appears to be insincere and a form of posturing, rather than genuine Christian concern. I'd suggest getting more familiar with scripture, understanding sin, the effects of sin and sufferings/death which are a part of a world affected by it. Maybe, before you point fingers at me and suggest that my soul is in grave danger, you might want to take a harder look at yourself. Now, I've already asked you to show me where in scripture does it say that we are an accident? Since you say you study scripture, and you like quoting parts out of it from time to time. I'd be interested to see you back up your belief that we're a mere biological accident with scripture
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    An An Inconvenient Truth?

    It appears not only have you not read my post properly, but you're now attempting to twist what I've said in some attempt to make God appear hateful. This is what I would expect from an atheist, not a believer. If you really knew scripture, you would understand these things about suffering. In fact, you'd only have to take a look at Christ on the cross to understand love, suffering and redemption. We are all born into a fallen world, a sinful world that has yet to be restored. So we are all suseptible to these effects, as are the animals. The effects of sin are permitted to be evident. It is necessary to see their consequences, or nobody will ever wake up or change. Jesus Himself was a victim of sin, though unlike us, He had commited no sin Himself. Yes, the sufferings that come away are permitted by God. Perhaps in some cases, sent by Him, but never for our ultimate destruction, but so often for our awakening or to become ever closer to Him in the cross. God is all about saving souls. God can bring a greater good, even out of the evil we may have done, or someone may have done for us, if we turn to Him and trust Him. Because nothing is beyond Him. We are told to love oneanother, but how many really do this? We cannot expect God to prevent every evil intention of another from playing out and revealing its evil effects. But God is not abscent from the abused victims of the world, but rather in the midst of their pain. God also expects people to feed the hungry, help the sick. This is where we are called to exercise charity. And there are many organisations whom do this. But there is also alot of wealth and greed and those who have the means to do great good, but do not. Many are the victims in this world who are victims of other people's selfishness. So whilst you try and blame God, it is time each person looked at themselves and amended our own lives. There is alot of finger pointing. Much change and good would come if each person would turn from their sins and turned to God. But we need to start with ourselves. If you expect a suffering free existence, then you would in turn expect a sinless world. Many people continue on in sin and do not turn to their creator and obey His word. The world would be a different place. We cannot have our cake and eat it too - carry on in sin, and expect an earthly paradise. The weight of the sin in this world is great. Many are the victims of this world who may not be the worst sinners. In fact, alot of times it is the innocent who suffer. I refer to such people as victim souls. Jesus is the ultimate victim soul. Again, we are to keep our focus on eternal life. The sufferings of the present can hardly be compared to the glory to come, especially for those who have undergone a wretched existence, through often no fault of their own. The bible tells us the first shall be last and the last shall be first! So your idea that God is partial to those who live in comfort, but unfeeling/hostile to those who suffer is TOTALLY incorrect. You need to read scripture to understand more about suffering and even the value thereof. Perhaps Jesus on the cross should be the biggest reminder to you that suffering/agony/death does not = being hated by God.
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    The Definition Of "vestigial."

    Hi ME, Could you give us a little more than this so we can read some of the article and take a look at the evidence they have for this? If this is so, it would only show a loss of information, rather than a gain. However, I'd still need to have a look at the evidence and how they have arrived at their conclusions. Because as we know, wings can serve other purposes than flight.
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    An An Inconvenient Truth?

    Hmm, I think it's probably closer to number one personally. I have often wondered about this statement too. I've always took it to mean those who are content with little and being little, rather than seeking after wealth/fame/materialism of the world. Those who are simple and perhaps deprived of the worldly things. So it could mean materially poor, but it may also mean those who are spiritually poor in the respect that their desires are poor, pure, simple and humble. Perhaps even those who suffer spiritually too. They maybe deprived of spiritual consolations, united closely with Christ and His sufferings in a spiritual manner. Basically a kind of poverty within where one empties themselves of the world for the sake of the Kingdom and is more intimately united with the cross.
  23. Well, I think you do have a point here. But I've also seen people get upset over puppies being aborted from a mother dog (whom don't care about babies being aborted). So again, I still cannot make sense out of such double standards, especially when it comes to a human child.
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    The Definition Of "vestigial."

    Yep, that is what I was taught also and that is how the word was used (when read in context). I believe it has been modified/added to. Certainly, there is no doubt that some organs have been referred to as being "leftovers" and having "no function" or "useless" from our evolutionary past. This has been discovered to be wrong, as we find such organs do indeed have function and often very important ones. It makes it alot easier to deny ever suggesting such organs were useless if you find a meaning of vestigial that gets further away from "useless".
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    A Challenge To Evolutionists.

    Hi Ron, yes, I saw that. I'm still interested to see if there is any substance behind such claims that the eyes external parts had any previous function. I can't personally imagine what or how, because it appears they are designed to perform this very function and that's just what they do. If it has ever been any other way, then I'm curious to see it shown.

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