• Do people know that the bible is all a metaphor not meant to be taken LITERALLY?

    Perhaps in your opinion. However, the Bible IS literally God's Word. The messages, events, statements and explanations in the Bible all reveal God's plan for those who love and worship Him and accept Jesus Christ as His Son, who is our Lord and Saviour. Believers discern and perceive God's significance through the teachings in God's... show more
    Perhaps in your opinion. However, the Bible IS literally God's Word. The messages, events, statements and explanations in the Bible all reveal God's plan for those who love and worship Him and accept Jesus Christ as His Son, who is our Lord and Saviour. Believers discern and perceive God's significance through the teachings in God's Word. These words give those who believe in God their guidance through every aspect of their lives - for their entire life. Jesus Christ is certainly no metaphor, nor are the miracles that Jesus put into effect while He was on the earth. He gave sight to a man who was blind from birth. He cured a woman who suffered from a serious blood disorder for many years (just by her touching the edge of His robe as He walked by). Jesus also fed 5,000 people and, on another occasion, fed 4,000 people by the power of His miracles. Jesus also walked on water and had also turned water into wine while attending a wedding celebration. These are only a few of the miracles that Jesus executed. All of the Bible is the truth. Those of us who believe are led by the Holy Spirit and know this. Why doesn't the world know about it? They do not acknowledge the Holy Spirit, therefore they won't know the truth.
    20 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Isn't it a huge relief to know that the christian god is not real?

    There is only ONE God. He takes care of ALL His creation - even those who do not acknowledge Him (Matthew 5:45). And the only ones who would literally think that it is a "huge relief" by believing such drivel, obviously has no idea who God really is. Such a shame.
    There is only ONE God. He takes care of ALL His creation - even those who do not acknowledge Him (Matthew 5:45). And the only ones who would literally think that it is a "huge relief" by believing such drivel, obviously has no idea who God really is. Such a shame.
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Do you think that atheists are deceived?

    To be deceived, one must cause to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage; to fail to admit to oneself that something is true. God gives everyone minds and hearts filled with His laws (Hebrews 8:10-12) and more than enough love to see them through whatever their circumstance(s) are. Atheists choose not... show more
    To be deceived, one must cause to believe something that is not true, typically in order to gain some personal advantage; to fail to admit to oneself that something is true. God gives everyone minds and hearts filled with His laws (Hebrews 8:10-12) and more than enough love to see them through whatever their circumstance(s) are. Atheists choose not to acknowledge God - for their own reasons.
    23 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Christians: Jesus said this, look in your Bibles, what do you think of it?

    In Matthew 10:32-39, Jesus is saying that if we put anyone else before Him, we are not worthy of Him. There are many examples of families being divided because of even one household member believing that Jesus comes first in their life, ahead of anyone else in their own family. In order to be acceptable to Jesus, however, we must love Him more than... show more
    In Matthew 10:32-39, Jesus is saying that if we put anyone else before Him, we are not worthy of Him. There are many examples of families being divided because of even one household member believing that Jesus comes first in their life, ahead of anyone else in their own family. In order to be acceptable to Jesus, however, we must love Him more than ANYONE else and follow ONLY Him. I have a family like this - divided. There are some family members who vehemently disagree with my earnestness and sincerity to Jesus and to God's Word. They do not believe in the Bible; saying that most of it is "contradictory" and "inconsistent". Their views do not change the fact that I will always put God first in my life and follow the teachings and commands of Jesus, emulating Him as much as I want to. I choose to love Jesus more than ANYONE else and want to be like Him more and more every day. I pray that God will bless me for doing so and not listening to the doubters.
    30 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Is it wrong to believe in God only because you feel obligated to?

    Your personal belief system should not be determined by wanting to make your family 'happy'. As an example, telling your family that you want to become another "lawyer" in the family just because your relatives were all lawyers, you think this will make everybody happy. However, you secretly desire to work in graphic design more... show more
    Your personal belief system should not be determined by wanting to make your family 'happy'. As an example, telling your family that you want to become another "lawyer" in the family just because your relatives were all lawyers, you think this will make everybody happy. However, you secretly desire to work in graphic design more than anything. Obviously, this would NOT make your family happy. God does not accept "obligation" as true worship. One either completely believes in Him through faith, or does not. Faith is belief in the one, true God without actually seeing Him. We need complete faith to please God. He tells us that it pleases Him that we believe in Him even though we cannot see Him. A key part of Hebrews 11:6 tells us that "he rewards those who earnestly seek him."
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Christians, what would you do if you found your friend is gay?

    If I had a friend who claims to be a Christian and then tells me afterward that he is gay, I wouldn't have any faith or trust in him. Why wouldn't he have told me at the beginning of the friendship that he was gay? It would feel like a betrayal. For those who follow Jesus, sexual conduct is limited. Rather than take a permissive view of... show more
    If I had a friend who claims to be a Christian and then tells me afterward that he is gay, I wouldn't have any faith or trust in him. Why wouldn't he have told me at the beginning of the friendship that he was gay? It would feel like a betrayal. For those who follow Jesus, sexual conduct is limited. Rather than take a permissive view of sexual immorality (and divorce), Jesus affirms that people are either to be single and celibate or married and faithful to one spouse of the opposite gender. Jesus considers any other expression of sexuality sinful, including same-sex activity. Therefore, since following the teachings and commands of Jesus is the foundation of Christianity, this friend would have to choose. To be either a heterosexual Christian OR a homosexual. He cannot be both.
    13 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Christians, If man is the image of an all loving God, why do humans kill each other and make others suffer?

    When God created the first humans, they were made in "His" image and were given a beautiful sanctuary to live in, residing in the Garden of Eden. They lived under the solicitude and protection of God and had a direct relationship of friendship and fellowship with God. However, as the Bible states, Adam and Eve disobeyed God's command... show more
    When God created the first humans, they were made in "His" image and were given a beautiful sanctuary to live in, residing in the Garden of Eden. They lived under the solicitude and protection of God and had a direct relationship of friendship and fellowship with God. However, as the Bible states, Adam and Eve disobeyed God's command of not eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:15-17). They ate of the tree, lured by the serpent, and brought sin into the world. God banished Adam and Eve from Eden and they lived outside of God's grace, even though He still kept watch over them. Adam and Eve passed the "sinful nature" onto their offspring, and down through the history of mankind, we are all possessed with the same nature at the time we are born. All evil acts and deeds are extemporaneously part of the sinful nature. Every person has the ability to sin. At just the right time according to His plan and purpose, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, the only human born into to this world WITHOUT sin, to save us from our sins. Those who choose to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, following His teachings and commands, gives them an advantage against sinning deliberately. Sin will always be within each of us as long as we are in our present bodies and the sinful nature remains until we physically die. Humans kill each other make others suffer because they do not acknowledge or adhere to Christ's teachings and commands. If every person followed Christ's teachings and commands faithfully and earnestly, there would be no more murder, suffering, war, etc.
    15 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Is it a sin to marry someone who is not for me?

    First, you'd have to figure out WHY you don't think that she's the one for you. If you are both Christians and have the same moral beliefs, why do you think this girl is not the one for you? If she has the qualities you are looking for, then there must be some other reason that you don't think she is right for you. It IS possible to... show more
    First, you'd have to figure out WHY you don't think that she's the one for you. If you are both Christians and have the same moral beliefs, why do you think this girl is not the one for you? If she has the qualities you are looking for, then there must be some other reason that you don't think she is right for you. It IS possible to marry the wrong person, even if it is not considered an actual "sin". A lot of people do not spend enough time getting to know each other before they marry. Culture also plays a role in influencing people to marry the wrong person. Our society has portrayed marriage as a temporary arrangement that can be adapted or forsaken at will. Since exiting a marriage is not typically a big deal in todays' society, neither is entering it. The fantasy is promoted that marriage should meet all our needs — the emphasis being on meeting one's own needs, not the needs of one's spouse. Conventional wisdom says that, when a couple's marriage is tested or when one of them feels unmet needs, they should just get a divorce. Rather than work out the problem, many couples at odds conclude they don't love each other anymore and end the marriage. All too many say their vows without a real commitment to their spouse or to God. God has given human beings a free will to make choices - even wrong choices. There are other ways to marry the wrong person. For example, marrying someone who is abusive, immature, selfish, or codependent is going to result in serious problems in the marriage. Also, marrying someone who has untreated addictions or is living in unrepentant sin (showing no regret for one's wrongdoings) will sooner or later result in the awareness that marrying was a definite mistake. The single person should concentrate on becoming the individual God wants him or her to be and commit to dating only those who are also strong, growing Christians. To avoid mistakes, it's necessary to heed God's Word (Luke 11:28), seek godly counsel, pray for wisdom (James 1:5) and be honest with God and others.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • As far as i know most historians agree jesus did exist Outside the Bible the earliest testimony of him came from a man born around 50AD?

    Jesus lived and walked on earth for about 33 years in the early years of the 1st century AD. For most of his life he worked, probably as a carpenter, in the obscurity of Nazareth, a busy town in northern Israel. It was only during the final three years of his life (beginning at age 30) that he ministered as a teacher and healer, attracting both... show more
    Jesus lived and walked on earth for about 33 years in the early years of the 1st century AD. For most of his life he worked, probably as a carpenter, in the obscurity of Nazareth, a busy town in northern Israel. It was only during the final three years of his life (beginning at age 30) that he ministered as a teacher and healer, attracting both followers and enemies, and also the ordinary people, who gathered in large numbers to hear his words and seek his healing powers. About the time of Jesus' birth, Emperor Augustus gave orders for the names of all the people to be listed in record books. These first records were made when Quirinius was governor of Syria. Excerpts and copies of the Romans' records can be found online. For example, "The Roman Empire In The First Century": http://www.pbs.org/empires/romans/empire...
    11 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • What is the stem of all human problems?

    SIN is the stem of all human problems. Every one of us is born with the "sinful nature" because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve against God's command in Genesis 2:16-17. Through their offspring, Adam and Eve passed down this 'sinful nature' throughout all mankind, with only one exception - Jesus Christ. He is the only human... show more
    SIN is the stem of all human problems. Every one of us is born with the "sinful nature" because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve against God's command in Genesis 2:16-17. Through their offspring, Adam and Eve passed down this 'sinful nature' throughout all mankind, with only one exception - Jesus Christ. He is the only human ever born in this world who was WITHOUT sin. Each of us possesses this sin nature and it is the root of all humanity's problems. Every one of them. If Adam and Eve had not sinned against God, then we would be living just as they first did, in a peace-filled sanctuary, having direct contact with God in friendship and fellowship. As described in the book of Revelation (chapter 22 in the New Testament) when Jesus Christ returns, life for all who believe in Him and accept His free gift of salvation, we will be reconciled with God and life will be restored as in the Garden of Eden.
    6 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Hey chrisians any advide for a depressed teen it seems like my life is empty its to much to explain but is there any words of encouragement?

    No matter your age, people are discouraged about life's discouragements and discontent. The Bible gives us great advice about encouragement: Psalm 138:3 As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Romans 15:4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and... show more
    No matter your age, people are discouraged about life's discouragements and discontent. The Bible gives us great advice about encouragement: Psalm 138:3 As soon as I pray, you answer me; you encourage me by giving me strength. Romans 15:4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God's promises to be fulfilled. God has given us His written Word to revive us and offer us hope. He meets our needs just at the right time and forgives our sins. By reminding people of what they can do, God gives encouragement of what HE can do, and wants to do, for you and through you.
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Why are my friends all dickheads that only talk to me when they want to say something?

    Best answer: These people you are currently associating with are NOT your friends. No real friend would disregard what you have to say, especially if it's something important to you. Find new friends. Make sure you get to know them IN PERSON first. Having only 'text buddies' or 'online friends' are not genuine friends. People... show more
    Best answer: These people you are currently associating with are NOT your friends. No real friend would disregard what you have to say, especially if it's something important to you. Find new friends. Make sure you get to know them IN PERSON first. Having only 'text buddies' or 'online friends' are not genuine friends. People can say anything they want on an electronic device. Most online so-called 'friends' say whatever they want and are typically selfish and rude. If you meet your friends in person, you will get to know them more intimately and be better able to judge whether or not they are sincere. And, no offense intended, but you might want to curb the crude language. No one wants to be friends with people who use coarse language in ordinary conversation.
    5 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Why have so many intelligent, rational people found evidence of a Creator?

    There are many people who believe in God that are intelligent and rational, yet have no "evidence" to support our Creator. Believers don't require "evidence" of a Creator; we accept that God is the Creator of ALL things - including the particulars of logical thinking. The difference between the believers and non-believers is... show more
    There are many people who believe in God that are intelligent and rational, yet have no "evidence" to support our Creator. Believers don't require "evidence" of a Creator; we accept that God is the Creator of ALL things - including the particulars of logical thinking. The difference between the believers and non-believers is "faith". The Bible has much to say about faith and how important it is. In fact, it is so important that, without faith, we have no place with God, and it is impossible to please Him. According to the Bible, faith is belief in the one, true God without actually seeing Him. God designed a way to distinguish between those who belong to Him and those who don't - it is faith. Believers need faith to please God. God tells us that it pleases Him that we believe in Him even though we cannot see Him. A key part of Hebrews 11:6 tells us that "he rewards those who earnestly seek him". This information about faith does not differentiate between intelligence and rational thinking and a simple truth. There is nothing in this simple truth that is unwise or inaccurate.
    26 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • How do you know the Bible is true?

    No typical human being could possibly express or articulate so eloquently such extraordinary words and put them together in one book that everyone can easily access, regardless of where they live in the world or from whatever culture or societal background they reside. For example, the book of Psalms is a masterpiece of text unto itself. David... show more
    No typical human being could possibly express or articulate so eloquently such extraordinary words and put them together in one book that everyone can easily access, regardless of where they live in the world or from whatever culture or societal background they reside. For example, the book of Psalms is a masterpiece of text unto itself. David wrote most of the Psalms, and in them, there is a LOT of information about who God is, why God is, what God promises and what God's standards are. The words themselves, flowing like poetry and song-writing together, are exquisitely written. No common person has the capability of writing such brilliance. Only God's divine inspiration to the writers of each book of the Bible could possibly bestow such ethereal artistry.
    16 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Is there beauty in the emotion sadness?

    2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, "My gracious favour is all you need. My power works best in weakness". So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults,... show more
    2 Corinthians 12:8-10 Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, "My gracious favour is all you need. My power works best in weakness". So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That's why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. We cannot understand why God doesn't always take away our pain, but we do know that our weaknesses are great opportunities for God to work His power through us. Even Jesus purchased our redemption through suffering. Put your faith, trust, and expectations in the Lord. Because He created you, you can only learn from Him what He has planned for you.
    3 answers · Psychology · 2 years ago
  • Was the Bible written by God or by insightful human authors inspired by God?

    It is accurate to say that God wrote the Bible, according to 2 Timothy 3:16. However, saying that God wrote the Bible does not mean He took pen in hand, grabbed some parchment, and physically wrote the text of Scripture. His "writing" of Scripture was not a physical action on His part. Rather, God's authorship was accomplished through... show more
    It is accurate to say that God wrote the Bible, according to 2 Timothy 3:16. However, saying that God wrote the Bible does not mean He took pen in hand, grabbed some parchment, and physically wrote the text of Scripture. His "writing" of Scripture was not a physical action on His part. Rather, God's authorship was accomplished through the process of inspiration, as human writers wrote God's message. Not every book of the Bible specifies who wrote it. For example, the author of the book of Hebrews is unknown. For many books of the Bible, there is simply no way to be certain who the human author is. But that doesn't change what we are certain about, namely, who the Divine Author is. It is accurate to say that 'inspired men of God' wrote the Bible. The inspiration of Scripture essentially teaches that God "superintended" the human authors of the Bible so that their individual styles were preserved, but the end result was precisely what God wanted.
    17 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • What is the sword of the spirit and the holy sword?

    Best answer: The "Sword of the Spirit" is God's Word and is one of the spiritual armaments of "The Armor of God" which believers use to defend themselves against 'the struggle against the rulers and the authorities and the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms'... show more
    Best answer: The "Sword of the Spirit" is God's Word and is one of the spiritual armaments of "The Armor of God" which believers use to defend themselves against 'the struggle against the rulers and the authorities and the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms' (Ephesians 6:12). These are a list of the tools of God's Armor: Ephesians 6:13-16 Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
    7 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Can Spirt's have sex with you?

    No, but they do have the power to utterly mess with your mind and subjugate your intellect if you let them: Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. show more
    No, but they do have the power to utterly mess with your mind and subjugate your intellect if you let them: Ephesians 6:12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
    8 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Is it a sin to convert Atheists if God made them to be that way?

    Atheism is the view that God does not exist. It is not a sin; it is a perspective. Atheism is also not a new development. Psalm 14:1, written by David around 1000 BC, mentions atheism: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'." Recent statistics show an increasing number of people claiming to be atheists (up to 10 percent of... show more
    Atheism is the view that God does not exist. It is not a sin; it is a perspective. Atheism is also not a new development. Psalm 14:1, written by David around 1000 BC, mentions atheism: "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God'." Recent statistics show an increasing number of people claiming to be atheists (up to 10 percent of people worldwide). So why are more and more people becoming atheists? The existence of God must be accepted by faith, but this does not mean belief in God is illogical. There are many good arguments for the existence of God. The Bible teaches that God’s existence is clearly seen in the universe (Psalm 19:1-4), in nature (Romans 1:18-22), and in our own hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11). With all that said, the existence of God cannot be proven; it must be accepted by faith. To make the absolute statement "God does not exist" is to make a claim of knowing absolutely everything there is to know about everything and of having been everywhere in the universe and having witnessed everything there is to be seen. Of course, no atheist (or anyone else) would make these claims. However, that is essentially what they are claiming when they state that God absolutely does not exist. Atheists cannot prove that God does not, for example, live in the center of the sun, or beneath the clouds of Jupiter, or in some distant nebula. Since those places are beyond our capacity to examine, it cannot be proven that God does not exist. It takes just as much faith to be an atheist as it does to be a theist.
    3 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago
  • Christians: Christianity is a religion. Do you deny this?

    Religion is "the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods". In that respect, Christianity can be classified as a religion. However, practically speaking, Christianity has a key difference that separates it from other belief systems that are considered religions. That difference is... show more
    Religion is "the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods". In that respect, Christianity can be classified as a religion. However, practically speaking, Christianity has a key difference that separates it from other belief systems that are considered religions. That difference is relationship. Most religions are similar in that they are built upon the concept that man can reach a higher power or state of being through his own efforts. In most religions, man is the aggressor and the deity is the beneficiary of man's efforts, sacrifices, or good deeds. Paradise, nirvana, or some higher state of being is man’s reward for his strict adherence to whatever tenets that religion prescribes. The grace-based relationship between God and man is the foundation of Christianity and the antithesis of religion. Established religion was one of the staunchest opponents of Jesus during His earthly ministry. When God gave His Law to the Israelites, His desire was that they "love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:37). "Love" speaks of relationship. Obedience to all the other commands had to stem from a love for God. We are able to love Him "because He first loved us" (1 John 4:19). However, by Jesus' time, the Jewish leaders had made a religion out of God's desire to live in a love relationship with them (1 Timothy 1:8; Romans 7:12). Over the years, they had perverted God's Law into a works-based religion that alienated people from Him (Matthew 23:13–15; Luke 11:42). Then they added many of their own rules to make it even more cumbersome (Isaiah 29:13; Matthew 15:9). They prided themselves on their ability to keep the Law — at least outwardly — and lorded their authority over the common people who could never keep such strenuous rules. The Pharisees, as adept as they were at rule-keeping, failed to recognize God Himself when He was standing right in front of them (John 8:19). They had chosen religion over relationship.
    10 answers · Religion & Spirituality · 2 years ago