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Marcus Aurelius

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    How can I read the Bible more?

    just open it up and read it? another thing. You are NOT unspiritual because you do not read the Bible, so do not feel guilty about the fact that somehow you are not living as your should. But honestly, just pick it up, and read it. When you do not understand something, think about it for a while. a quote I heard from a pastor a long time ago. It is not important to go through the Bible once in a year, but for the Bible to go through you, once in a lifetime.
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    Ahmadinejad speaks at the UN

    WWWWWWWWWWWWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GO Iran! hows that for a safe post?
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    Favorite sport?

    This poll is not Canadian friendly :< I jest of course :] oh these it would be baseball though.
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    Giving birth to two generations.

    but what love that women has. Perhaps some people would have aborted the baby, but the 49 year old mother carrying her daughter's baby? That is pretty fantastic.
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    Olympic Badminton Players Booted for Playing By the Rules

    It gave our country the best finish we ever had, so no complaints here :]
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    Can someone briefly explain to me the Bible please?!

    Testament is another word for Covenant. The Old Testament is a compilation of writings ranging from early writings like Job and the Pentateuch (Genesis through Deuteronomy) to later writings of the prophets like Hagai. It has different writings styles from poetry (psalms and some of the prophets) to wisdom literature (proverbs, Job, Ecclesiastes, etc) to historical writings (Joshua, Chronicles, etc) and the law/instruction (Torah means both law or instruction). Probably the most important question that the Old Testament answer is "Who is God?" The Old Testament is one story whose main character is God and His dealings with humans mainly a small group of unimpressive size and strength called Israel. Probably the most important parts of the Old Testament are the Patriarchal narratives (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in Genesis) The Burning Bush (where God reveals His Name to Moses, and in their culture name = identity) The Exodus and Wilderness stories The story of David The message of the Prophets. What is mostly untaught in many congregations in North America today is that a vast majority of Christian thinking (doctrine and Theology) is from the Old Testament. Most of what Jesus taught was from the Old Testament and many of the New Testament writings are grounded in the Old Testament. We should not go the way of the Heretic Marcion who believe the God of the Old Testament was evil and cruel, while the God of the New Testament was loving, because the God of the Old Testament is the God of the New Testament. WE use the words "the LORD" but that is more or less a translation of a barrier put around the word "do not take the Name of Yahweh in vain" so the Israelites believed if they never spoke God's name they would not transgress. God's name is YHWH (we don't actually know the vowels) and we assume it is pronounced Yahweh. Yahweh is actually a verb in the Hebrew language meaning (I am who I am, or it can mean I will be who I will be), and it is the Name of God. Jesus who is the Anointed One (Messiah/Christ) to save all man is Yahweh in flesh. The same God who deals with Israel in the Old Testament is the same who comes down to live among us in the New Testament. Now let's not go the way of Jewish legalism, Christians are not bound to the Torah of the Old Testament for we have new hearts and the Torah (law/instruction) is written on our hearts by God. This means we don't out of obligation do the law, but out of our new Nature it is God who gives us the grace to naturally keep the law. We don't need the law because we are no longer law breakers (the law is really made against those who go against it, and does not affect the law abiding person), we are no longer bounded by the sacrificing of the Israelites, nor their worship nor feasts, for our sacrifice is Jesus and our worship is "Spirit and Truth" and our "feasts" will be in Heaven. The Christian is thus bound by the nature of God dwelling in us "mercy, compassion, grace, long-suffering, full of steadfast covenant love and faithfulness, justice, and righteousness (see Exodus 34:6-7, and Psalm 89:14). In the Old Testament man is invited to know God as Yahweh (I WILL BE who I WILL BE, or I AM who I AM). This means we know God by what He does and what He has done. The knowing of God is through God's actions and promises and deliverance. God says this is His name forever and a remembrance to all generations. It`s the idea of taking a deep look back on what God has done, and seeing around you what God is doing, and looking forward in expectation to what God will do, while at the same time observing yourself and humbling yourself before Him. In the Old Testament man is called to submit to Yahweh and worship Him while participating in the pouring of God's blessings on "all families of the earth." The Old Testament shows us God's ultimate plan for every human. It was God's promise to Abraham which is key "through you all nations will be blessed" (genesis 12). Yahweh is a God who desires to bless (to bring life) to all nations and families. Man is called to be a participant in this work of Yahweh. The New Testament goes deeper than the Old Testament, for in the Old Testament man was invited to know God as Yahweh, while in the New Testament man is invited to know God as "Father" through eh blood and the death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ. Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit while living on earth and was the only man to fully worship God as man ought to. Remembering that Jesus is both man and Yahweh, literally Yahweh reproducing Himself as a man. He knew God as Father and was the first human ever to know Yahweh as Father. None of the major characters in the Old Testament (patriarchs, Moses, David, Major Prophets) knew God as Father, but Jesus knew God as Father, and invites us into the same relationship. at the Ascension of Christ He was given the title of Yahweh, and while the greek word kurios means also Master, there are cases in the New Testament where it means "Yahweh" so Jesus is called Jesus, Yahweh the Anointed One. Through the redemption of His blood man is cleansed from the infection and the perversion of sin that has tainted our nature since the first days of mankind. Jesus takes away our infection of sin and replaces it with the nature of Yahweh. Literally we are invited to give up our sin and its infectious effect on us in order that we may receive the nature of God in its place. This is done by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, also called "The Spirit of the Sonship of Jesus Christ" by whom we as in God and God is in us just as God was in Jesus and Jesus in God. In effect we become "Mini Jesus'" here on earth (1 John 4:17, Philippians 2:5). Thus man becomes a new creation a mixture of the created man and the indwelling Spirit of God. By this man is truly able to worship as God is seeking (John 4:23). Our worship is not sacrificing bulls or calves, but the living as a Child of God knowing God as Father. It is only through The Spirit of The Sonship of Jesus Christ dwelling in us and who changes and molds us to become more like Jesus here on earth overcoming the ingrown habits of sin. Thus we are a living worship, we are the sacrifice of worship to God, not dead but alive in Christ who died for us. The New Testament invites man to this life. Man is invited more than to bless all nations but to be the light of God to a world in darkness, a hope to the hopeless, a strength to the weak, the arm who feeds and clothes, and the feet who go bringing good news. We become (in a sense) God's action in this world. While in the Old Testament man is invited to look upon the works of God through a few individuals and His mighty power, the New Testament invites us to be the works of God in the world. This is not an a legalism that forces us to do so, but our new nature gives us a new love for God which was once not there, and out of our free will we willingly lay down ourselves to bring the Kingdom of God to this world. Obviously the Bible contains more than this, but it is wrapped around God and His great love for mankind, but this love is far deeper and far more amazing than anything we've ever known.You should really read it because it is a beautiful collection of writings, and it changes people.
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    Favorite Psalm(s)?

    with no joking Psalm 88 is one of my favourite. There are like 5 that I really like but this one is the only one I cna think of at the moment.
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    Questions

    because Jesus spoke to me and told me myown christianity was a lie and i was going to Hell, and thatI needed to be saved by the grace of Jesus Christ alone!
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    Old Testament and Violence in Christianity

    the idea that the God of the Old Testament is violent and the God of the New Testament is not, is a heresy called Marcionism. Read Exodus 34:6-8 for an amazing proclamation of who God is. Realize that God allowed 400+ years for the Canaanites to repent yet they didn't. They sacrificed children as was their religious custom. Read the prophets and how they speak of justice and righteousness and read the Pentateuch to see that God wants obedience to His word in love, and faith to believe Him.
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    A Challenge

    The problem is with the heart, and cannot be attained through wearing a bracelet no matter what that bracelet symbolizes. You need to have an overcoming heart that is being renewed daily by the Holy Spirit. Also try being thankful in the little things; in every little thing from everyone. A heart of thankfulness will not be quick to judge.
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    Who should we think of Jesus as?

    Romans 8:29 says that Jesus might be the first born with many brothers and sisters and many places God is referred to as Father. The question is though, can you prove that Jesus is your brother or Father by your life?
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    Borrowing Faith and Being Stuck up.

    There are many "Christians" who live with their head and knowledge yet they really don't know Christ at all. There are many "Christians" who take the name of Christ and do not know Him at all. Jesus Christ isn't a Doctrine but a being who is more concerned with your heart than your head. (health of soul versus knowledge) Jesus came so that we may know Him and the true God personally, so that He might take away all our sins and immerse us with His Spirit and His presences. These are promises for every believer (Matthew 3:11, Matthew 1:21 John 17:3), just ask and be honest with God. God desires an honest heart more than a knowledgable brain.
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    Darkness

    fear of darkness is normal. I have it, and I sleep with a nightlight, well at least when I am home, at university I don't. courage is doing something even though you are completely afraid to do it. It may be something you struggle with but everything will be just fine, trust the light who has conquered the darkness, and the darkness will become like light so that you will no longer be afraid.
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    Teens and the Pagan Movement

    on an individual level yes there is a mid ground between a Christian and a Wiccan it is called friendship. Friendship is a wonderful thing. For a bigger scale like on a faith basis, there is no middle ground. I'm no crusader and am not wanting to attack and take you down. Honestly I don't know you so how can I ever try to shape you or convince you of anything? so I won't, and plus I'm no good at that. I'm not going to try and make you believe or think a certain way, but I'm gonna be honest whether you like it or not. There is no such thing as an ex-Christian because you cannot become a Christian on Monday and decide it isn't for you and leave on Saturday because that isn't what Christianity is at all. If you truly were a Christian than it is impossible to become an ex-Chrsitian. Because what happens to the rescued soul is that it is radically transformed at its very core. The very center is cleansed from sin and is made Holy and justifiable before a God who is Set Apart (Holy). You believe God in within all things but God is set apart from all things but is interactive with all things. He is far and above all things, so that He isn't in a tree or in the sea or in the rocks or animals like you believe, but He is set apart in the way that He is distinct and separate from the trees and rocks and sea and animals. They are made in some image of Him to some degree, or come out of His imagining but he is not in them and they are not housing Him. Although separate from all His creation God sustains all His creation. he sustains the wild animals and the plants and all life. From His hand they eat and live. What many people call "the problem of evil" is really not a problem at all. You don't believe in Satan because it is convenient and it makes more sense that way, but Satan isn't a doctrine, he is a being. It is like saying I don't believe in Satan because I don't see the point in the holocaust. You say your God is the culmination of all things bother pure, good, and evil. Yet evil and purity cannot coexist just like bitter and sweet water cannot come from the same tap. Love and evil cannot come from the same source because that which is love is in total opposition to that which is corrupted by evil (evil cannot create only corrupt). Also love cannot be for one person. It is something that can only exist between 2 or more beings. If you say your God is the culmination of love then say how and who can your god love? How does your god love humanity? This problem is deeper than surface issues of being a good person, but delves deep into the very center of your being and my being. Has your god craeted all the stars and knows them by name? Has your god seen every seed planted and grown and takes care of every type of plant? has your god seen and planned out the lives of all men, and women, seen them corrupted and the people He made for love turn their backs on Him and yet He still loves them? Can your god have her heart broken and still die for humanity to take away their corrupted nature, and still have humanity turn their back on her? There is only 1 true God, and all other gods are false gods. The only true God humbles Himself to gaze upon the earth, He humbled Himself further by gazing upon a humanity corrupted by sin He humbled Himself further by caring for them, even further by coming among them, even further by living as a servant, even further by dying for them, even further by dying as a criminal on a cross, and even further by rising from the dead and offering freely to any who would accept the gift of His Salvation. To have a restored nature which can never be corrupted by sin, a complete change of lifestyle and habbits. Being as it were a completely new creation created anew by the blood of Jesus Christ. This is why there can be no middle ground between Wicca and Christianity. It isn't personal beliefs that we are being stubborn about and saying we are right to everyone but because of what God Himself has done. Because of what He has done it is clear that there is no other way.
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    The Dawkins Delusion

    I think a friend of mine has it, but I myself have never read it. Apparently (this friend of mine thinks) it is a really good book, but I can't comment as i've never read it
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