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  1. Ronald

    Anonymous declares war on religion

    I always thought Anonymous tried to support freedom...?
  2. I thought I would try and get some peoples opinions on this, both male and female. I find that at work I am very pleasant to everyone, very easy going, you can usually find me with a smile. I am also a hard worker, I work in a Kindergarten classroom and take my work very seriously, I'm hardly a mean guy but when it's time to be firm I'm firm. I'm very confident and I think that leads to what my problem here is... Essentially I'm noticing that most of the girls who I work directly with are very short with me, for example; if I say something like "Good morning, how are you." In reply I get, "fine" and that's it. I feel like they gossip behind my back about little things, let's say I have a disagreement with one of the girls there, they'll go behind my back and discuss it with other staff that they're friends with. I only work with one other male in the entire school and he's not like this at all, I've noticed no guys are like this, even when I was going through school. I'm very confident, I honestly just go into "I don't give a hoot" mode when girls are push offish at work, but lately I've just wanted to ask straight out, "What's your deal with me, why don't you like me?" Because it's becoming clear to me that some of these girls at work do not like me, and for no reason. The problem is, I don't want them to know that it's on my mind, I would rather them think I couldn't care less what they think because that's the way I have always been. But now it's starting to bother me at work. Gah, thought I would leave that with you and see if anyone is, or has been in any similar situation and what should be done. Thanks.
  3. Ronald

    The bible and Gods forgiveness.

    James 3: 1 Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. Be careful what you say if you don't know much about what you believe matey. Aww Jag you beat me to it ^^
  4. I'm 0/6 so far. Went 0/13 last year...
  5. Ronald


    Perhaps not intentionally, I wasn't accusing the OP of doing anything to break the rules or to cause any problems. This however sounds like she did not know that Catholics are Christian: This is like saying, "my best friend is Christian and I am Christian" which I'm sure wasn't what the OP was trying to say. This is a common mistake among Protestants thinking that Catholicism is not Christian.
  6. Ronald

    Good Christian Theology Books

    Have you considered C.S Lewis, Wesker? Mere Christianity is a great read, among many books he has written. The dude is incredible.
  7. Ronald


    Please don't say Catholics aren't Christian OP. Catholicism is the origin of Christianity and all Protestant denominations are a break off of the original Religion that is Catholicism. As for your question, the word, "Protestant" is called such because of the word protest. Protestants are in protest of Catholicism, but we are all Christian. I am a Protestant by the way.
  8. More on Jerusalem and how it is now: Zechariah 8: 1 The word of the LORD Almighty came to me. 2 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.” 3 This is what the LORD says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the LORD Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.” 4 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. 5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.” 6 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the LORD Almighty. 7 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. 8 I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.” 9 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the LORD Almighty. 10 Before that time there were no wages for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safely because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor. 11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the LORD Almighty. 12 “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. 13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse[a] among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing.[b] Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.” 14 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Just as I had determined to bring disaster on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the LORD Almighty, 15 “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. 16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; 17 do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the LORD. 18 The word of the LORD Almighty came to me. 19 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.” 20 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, 21 and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the LORD and seek the LORD Almighty. I myself am going.’ 22 And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the LORD Almighty and to entreat him.” 23 This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” -------------------------------------- Those who stand against Jerusalem or want to take it from the Jews will be destroyed: Zecharaiah 12: 1 A prophecy: The word of the LORD concerning Israel. The LORD, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: 2 “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. 3 On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves. 4 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness,” declares the LORD. “I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. 5 Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, ‘The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the LORD Almighty is their God.’ 6 “On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a firepot in a woodpile, like a flaming torch among sheaves. They will consume all the surrounding peoples right and left, but Jerusalem will remain intact in her place.
  9. Jesus quotes straight from Psalm 22. In Psalm 22 you get a strong depiction of what Christs thoughts would be on the Cross, long before He was put there. Psalm 22:1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? 2 My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.[b] 3 Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises.[c] 4 In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them. 5 To you they cried out and were saved; in you they trusted and were not put to shame. 6 But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. 7 All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 8 “He trusts in the LORD,” they say, “let the LORD rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.” 9 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. 10 From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God. 11 Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help. 12 Many bulls surround me; strong bulls of Bashan encircle me. 13 Roaring lions that tear their prey open their mouths wide against me. 14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted within me. 15 My mouth[d] is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death. 16 Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce[e] my hands and my feet. 17 All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. 18 They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment. 19 But you, LORD, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. 20 Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. 21 Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. 22 I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. 23 You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! 24 For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. 25 From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you[f] I will fulfill my vows. 26 The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him— may your hearts live forever! 27 All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. 29 All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. 30 Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. 31 They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it! Moving on, Christ's Prophesy of the destruction of the Jewish Temple: Matthew 23: 37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.39 For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’[c]” Luke 19: 41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” Luke 21 20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city.22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written.23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. In the year 70, the Prophesy's given by Jesus 40 years later were fulfilled when the Temple of Jerusalem was destroyed and many were killed. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. I believe 24 is a Prophesy of the Jews regaining Israel after the six day war in 1967. Psalm 126 is after the War I believe. Psalm 126 1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of[a] Zion, we were like those who dreamed.[b] 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. 4 Restore our fortunes,[c] LORD, like streams in the Negev. 5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. 6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
  10. Daniel 9:20 While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel and making my request to the LORD my God for his holy hill— 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision: 24 “Seventy ‘sevens’[c] are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish[d] transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.[e] 25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One,[f] the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death and will have nothing.[g]The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed.He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven. he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him. Many scholars believe that one seven is equal to a period of seven years. Following this line of interpretation the time span amounts to a total of 490 years. Start of the '70 weeks' (490 years) The decree of King Artaxerxes (Nehemiah 2:6) the decree for the restoration of the temple. Nehemiah 2: 17 Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.” 18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me and what the king had said to me. They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work. 19 But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard about it, they mocked and ridiculed us. “What is this you are doing?” they asked. “Are you rebelling against the king?” 20 I answered them by saying, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it.” If we take this as the start of the prophetic clock we can count forward 7 weeks + 62 weeks= 69 weeks. 69 weeks multiplied by 7 years amounts to 483 years. That takes us to the time Daniel prophesied in Daniel 9:26 that the Messiah would be killed after 69 weeks. The death would not be for himself which could imply that the death would be a substitution for others. This brings us to a time between 29 and 33 AD. I copied this one from the movie I am watching, "Jerusalem the Covenant City" if anyone has any information on this or correction that would be great. ----------------------------------------- Christ greatly fulfilled this Prophesy: Zecharieh 9 Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. 10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken. He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River[b] to the ends of the earth. 11 As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit. 12 Return to your fortress, you prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you. 13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.
  11. Also wanted to post some early writings about Jesus: Pliny's Letter to Trajan Probably written around 80 AD: It is my practice, my lord, to refer to you all matters concerning which I am in doubt. For who can better give guidance to my hesitation or inform my ignorance? I have never participated in trials of Christians. I therefore do not know what offenses it is the practice to punish or investigate, and to what extent. And I have been not a little hesitant as to whether there should be any distinction on account of age or no difference between the very young and the more mature; whether pardon is to be granted for repentance, or, if a man has once been a Christian, it does him no good to have ceased to be one; whether the name itself, even without offenses, or only the offenses associated with the name are to be punished. Meanwhile, in the case of those who were denounced to me as Christians, I have observed the following procedure: I interrogated these as to whether they were Christians; those who confessed I interrogated a second and a third time, threatening them with punishment; those who persisted I ordered executed. For I had no doubt that, whatever the nature of their creed, stubbornness and inflexible obstinacy surely deserve to be punished. There were others possessed of the same folly; but because they were Roman citizens, I signed an order for them to be transferred to Rome. Soon accusations spread, as usually happens, because of the proceedings going on, and several incidents occurred. An anonymous document was published containing the names of many persons. Those who denied that they were or had been Christians, when they invoked the gods in words dictated by me, offered prayer with incense and wine to your image, which I had ordered to be brought for this purpose together with statues of the gods, and moreover cursed Christ--none of which those who are really Christians, it is said, can be forced to do--these I thought should be discharged. Others named by the informer declared that they were Christians, but then denied it, asserting that they had been but had ceased to be, some three years before, others many years, some as much as twenty-five years. They all worshipped your image and the statues of the gods, and cursed Christ. They asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so. When this was over, it was their custom to depart and to assemble again to partake of food--but ordinary and innocent food. Even this, they affirmed, they had ceased to do after my edict by which, in accordance with your instructions, I had forbidden political associations. Accordingly, I judged it all the more necessary to find out what the truth was by torturing two female slaves who were called deaconesses. But I discovered nothing else but depraved, excessive superstition. I therefore postponed the investigation and hastened to consult you. For the matter seemed to me to warrant consulting you, especially because of the number involved. For many persons of every age, every rank, and also of both sexes are and will be endangered. For the contagion of this superstition has spread not only to the cities but also to the villages and farms. But it seems possible to check and cure it. It is certainly quite clear that the temples, which had been almost deserted, have begun to be frequented, that the established religious rites, long neglected, are being resumed, and that from everywhere sacrificial animals are coming, for which until now very few purchasers could be found. Hence it is easy to imagine what a multitude of people can be reformed if an opportunity for repentance is afforded. Trajan's Response to Pliny: You observed proper procedure, my dear Pliny, in sifting the cases of those who had been denounced to you as Christians. For it is not possible to lay down any general rule to serve as a kind of fixed standard. They are not to be sought out; if they are denounced and proved guilty, they are to be punished, with this reservation, that whoever denies that he is a Christian and really proves it--that is, by worshiping our gods--even though he was under suspicion in the past, shall obtain pardon through repentance. But anonymously posted accusations ought to have no place in any prosecution. For this is both a dangerous kind of precedent and out of keeping with the spirit of our age. --------------------------------- Tacticus on Christians about a fire that swept through Rome in the 60's. Early evidence for Christianity: Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their centre and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. -------------------------------- Josephus on Jesus, lived 37-100 AD (the actual text is often debated, but we know that something close to this was written): Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day.
  12. Ronald

    Christian Ideas

    Hm, I never knew that the Jews interpreted their Scripture even close to the way Christians interpret ours. And if they did, I never knew they stopped.
  13. Ronald

    Christian Ideas

    You're saying that prior to Christs coming all practicing Jews believed in the Trinity?
  14. Ronald

    Christian Ideas

    Many Jews rejected the Trinity prior to Christs coming, because it wasn't revealed to them yet. Now that it's been revealed to us we can accept it, but those who don't are not switching to a new God.
  15. Ronald

    Christian Ideas

    I agree that they reject God, but the God that they worship is the same God Moses worshiped. They worshiped the Triune God without knowing Triune Theology, just as they do now. This is the best way I can explain it, so I'll end this here.
  16. Ronald

    Christian Ideas

    Are you claiming that Jews (Saul and Moses) were worshiping the wrong God prior to the existence of Christianity?
  17. Ronald

    Christian Ideas

    I disagree with this Selah. God has always been One, always the same, I don't believe Him sending His Son and His Spirit make Him a different God. The best example I can give for this is that Paul (previously Saul) was a Jew, he then became a Christian. He didn't however switch Gods because of this, his God stayed the same but he accepted a new truth. The best way I can answer the OP's question is as follows: 1. Christians believe in the Jewish God because He's the same God but has revealed more to us. 2. Christians do not believe in the Muslim God because what Muslims believe their God has revealed to them is false to us. 3. Jews do not believe in either God for the same reason Christians don't believe in the Muslim God.
  18. Ronald

    2 Questions...

    I agree with Selah. I would also like to add that it would be very strange that a devil would want to "Just mess with you" or scare you. The more the devil tries to scare you, the more it'll expose their existance and evil, thus causing you to turn to Christ for guidance; this is counter productive for demons. I believe that demons are more interested in making you believe there is no God, no good, no evil and are there to lure you towards lustful things. They're not there to pop out of the curtains and say, "Boo."
  19. No no no, I think you read it wrong. I was trying to say that I came here to post what you just posted, then did a non chillante whistling smiley.
  20. Ronald

    Catty girls at work...

    Thanks for this, I think you've hit it right on. I have been ignoring it but it's just sort of bothering me that these random people have some issue with me for no particular reason at all. On one side I want to continue not caring like I always have, but on the other hand I want to question what the deal is. I think it would be overall better if I just drop it, because I could see me bringing it up only making it worse; if they think they're getting to me and are intentionally trying to then I can't see them stopping.
  21. Ronald

    What does it mean to fear God?

    Gah, I couldn't find a video of it so I'll just post the transcript from Everybody Loves Raymond. I always think of this whenever the topic is brought up. From the episode, "Just a formality." [TABLE=width: 0] [TR] [TD]Hey, isn't he the guy who sells tie-dyed shirts at the beach?[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:23[/TD] [TD]That was just a joke.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:25[/TD] [TD]..[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:27[/TD] [TD]He's great. I have his book.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:32[/TD] [TD]..[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:36[/TD] [TD]..um-- - raymond is married. he has children.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:40[/TD] [TD]- Yes, I do, robert.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:41[/TD] [TD]- Good, good family.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:44[/TD] [TD]God-fearing, right?[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:46[/TD] [TD]Church every sunday.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:47[/TD] [TD]All of us, god-fearing people.[/TD] [/TR] [TR] [TD]00:10:49[/TD] [TD]We're scared to death.[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE]
  22. You can't see me sis bro!

  23. You can't see me bro!

  24. As a Canadian, I've been following this story closely; I'm glad justice has been served. http://fullcomment.nationalpost.com/2012/01/29/jury-reaches-verdict-in-shafia-trial/