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23 January 2006 @ 11:00 am
name- Kevin Collier
location- Glendora/La Mirada, CA
age- 19
religious association- Baptist
anything else you'd like to tell us- I'm a bible student at Biola University, so I joined this group to learn stuff.
20 October 2005 @ 07:42 am
Anachronism, from the Greek words meaning to invert time, is the deliberate or subconscious substitution of facts related to time. From the perspective of The Bible, it's most-often seen as the interpretation of the original Holy Scriptures to reflect one's own country or era. This was also often present in art, where, for example, Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ was portrayed as an Italian peasant by Italian artists, or as a Flemish housewife by Flemish painters. Anachronism, using the Scriptures as a reflection of one's self, may well be the greatest reason that humans have so many different interpretations of the same words of the Scriptures relating to Christian Living, Bible History and Prophecy. Like actual mirror images, personal interpretations of The Holy Bible may be "clearly" seen, but in reality they may also be up-side-down or backwards when it comes to the Truth.

"First of all you must understand this, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, because no prophecy ever came by the impulse of man, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their licentiousness, and because of them the way of truth will be reviled. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words; from of old their condemnation has not been idle, and their destruction has not been asleep." (2 Peter 1:20-2:3 RSV)

"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before Him no creature is hidden, but all are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with Whom we have to do." (Hebrews 4:12-13 RSV)
30 September 2005 @ 09:10 am
There is some difference of belief between various Christian denominations as to what exactly "speaking in tongues" means. Does it involve the uttering of sounds that no one can understand (sometimes even including the person doing the "speaking"), or does it mean speaking in another genuine human language as a tool to spread The Gospel? What does The Bible really say about it?

From the Biblical point of view, the word translated as tongue in English originates from two New Testament Greek words- dialektos from which we get the word dialect, meaning a recognized language. glossa, meaning the tongue, but through actual usage, describing the speaking of a language for communication between people.
On that now-famous Pentecost, known as the "birthday of the church," many people suddenly began to "speak in tongues" as The Holy Spirit enabled them. But, they spoke in real languages that natives of each particular language could understand -

"All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as The Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome, both Jews and converts to Judaism; Cretans and Arabs - we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!" (Acts 2:4-11)

The ability to speak in tongues, other languages, was a gift that God gave to some so that the Gospel could be preached to those nations. The "tongues" were actual languages -

"Now, brothers, if I come to you and speak in tongues, what good will I be to you, unless I bring you some revelation or knowledge or Prophecy or word of instruction? Even in the case of lifeless things that make sounds, such as the flute or harp, how will anyone know what tune is being played unless there is a distinction in the notes? Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me." (1 Corinthians 14:6-11)
27 September 2005 @ 11:52 pm
name- jessie
location- houston
age- 19
religious association- other.
anything else you'd like to tell us- i'm here for the educational part in this. i'm angry at god and i plan to keep a hold of this until i'm done grieving. but i'm extremely open minded, slightly combative, and i hope anything i say won't go to heart. i won't "bash" you, i just like to really make you think about what you're saying.
26 September 2005 @ 12:39 pm
The Holy Bible is the greatest book that has ever been written. Great, but not always easy to understand, even for those who were meant to understand up to now. Physical human minds, even those with the Holy Spirit upon them, cannot perfectly comprehend the mind of almighty God, so there can be much honest disagreement between students of the Bible as to the correct translation of the original Hebrew and Greek manuscripts and the subsequent meaning of what is written in the many Bible versions that are available. We must seek perfection in our imperfect human way.

commas, contradictions, and timing. oh my...Collapse )
21 September 2005 @ 08:08 am
The Fourth Commandment is to observe the seventh-day Sabbath. All of the righteous people of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, including Jesus Christ Himself (Luke 4:16), observed the Sabbath. No where in the Bible, including after Christ's resurrection, will you find people observing the first day of the week, Sunday, as a replacement for the Sabbath.

This reality was freely admitted by Roman Catholic Cardinal Gibbon in his Faith Of Our Fathers: "But you may read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, and you will not find a single line authorizing the sanctification of Sunday. The Scriptures enforce the religious observance of Saturday, a day which we never sanctify."

So, why do so many Christian-professing churches use Sunday for the Sabbath? And the big question, should they be doing so?

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20 September 2005 @ 09:56 am
The question is often asked, "If there is a God, a loving, merciful God, why does He allow people to suffer? How can He allow humans to experience the terrible accidents, illnesses, crime, wars and troubles that are so common in this world every day? Doesn't He care?"

God does care. He knows when humans suffer. But, let's remember, God isn't a mere human. He is God. His perspective is infinitely greater than ours. He sees the "bigger picture" - that our experiences as mortal humans, however painful or unhappy, will be to our eventual benefit. Make no mistake, the good and loving Creator would not allow such things to happen otherwise.

When a parent takes an infant to the doctor for a regular vaccination to prevent some childhood disease, it's because the parent cares for and loves that child. The young child however will almost always see things very differently. When the doctor's needle goes into that little arm, the child will often cry out and howl from the pain. It may look up at the parent, with those big innocent eyes, in the most pleading and pitiful way, as if to say, "Look at the horrible thing that's happening to me! Don't you care about my terrible suffering? How can you just stand there and allow this to go on? Don't you love me?"

The parent however knows better. He or she is aware that everything is going to be all right in a very short time (even though it almost always has an emotional impact on the parent to see the child distressed in such a way). A minor, brief pain is the price the child pays for a healthier life later.

Just as an infant cannot possibly understand the motives of its parent while it is still only a child, so too we cannot appreciably comprehend God's will for us while we are still as we are. It's a matter of perspective - the brief few years of a physical human lifetime, versus the eternity, time without end, that will follow.

God is our ultimate parent. He knows all about the problems we often have, but He also knows that our experiences with pain and suffering, along with all of the good experiences that we may have, will, among other things, help to make us more understanding and compassionate - necessary qualities for those who themselves may one day be granted the power to create worlds.

No human tragedy that has ever occurred is yet final. No one who has died an untimely death has been lost. None will be left out, from little ones who died in infancy to old ones who never had the chance to learn of God. Everyone will have a fair chance in their appointed time as described in the prophecies of end times. God is not about to willingly abandon any of His children for whom the price of life has been paid. Loss will only occur as the result of a knowing, deliberate refusal to accept God's offer of life.

Jesus Christ Himself, when He died for our sins, did not die without terrible suffering. He did not die peacefully in His sleep. He was not executed by painless lethal injection. Even though He had lived a perfectly sinless life, and had committed no crime, He was brutally beaten, flogged and crucified in great agony before being gored with a spear.

Let's remember that even the longest human life is merely like a single grain of sand on the infinite beach of the eternal life to come. After we have become immortal, even a century of the worst human pain and suffering would seem to us as almost insignificant, a momentary jab with a vaccination needle, and we will surely be the better for having experienced it.
19 September 2005 @ 09:38 am
Throughout the world, there are a great number of magnificent works of art based upon The Holy Bible. Many are beautiful, inspiring, and very often helpful in the study of Bible history. If dedicated to the glory of God, they can only be good, right? Not always! Christianity is about truth and obedience to God. Art that does not adhere to those righteous principles is misleading, thereby actually harmful to God's people.

Honesty and Accuracy

There is nothing wrong with an artist's interpretation, but there is a lot wrong with something that is grossly inaccurate and deceiving. One of the most common examples of this is the "halo."

The heads of Saints didn't really glow as is so often portrayed in religious art. The use of the halo, or nimbus, originated with the pagan Greeks and Romans to represent their sun god, Helios. Later artists adopted it for use in Christian images.

The halo is actually just the sun behind the person's head. It's easy to recognize once one realizes what it is, although it's also often stylized to make it less obvious. Originally a very devious way of mixing idolatrous sun worship with Christianity by converts who were not all that converted, the pagan halo became an unfortunate tradition in Christian art.

Images and Idolatry

We do not know what Jesus Christ looked like, and that is no accident. While of course there were no cameras at that time, we do know what many people of 2,000 years ago looked like from drawings, statues or coins that were made of them. And yet none of the many Christians who actually saw Jesus Christ ever produced such an image of Him that we can see today. Why? Because it would be idolized, something that God commands that we are never to do. We are to worship, bow down to, and pray to God, not to some lifeless picture or statue that is not God or His Son.

No mere picture or statue could ever represent Almighty God. In the case of Jesus Christ, while we don't know what He did look like, based on the Scriptures we can be quite certain that He looked nothing at all like the manner in which He is nearly always portrayed in Christian art.
18 September 2005 @ 12:53 pm
name- Amanda
location- Kenosha, WI
age- 16
religious association- Um... im Babtist... but i just like to think of myself has being close with God... i dont like being labeled my religion
anything else you'd like to tell us- Well... im not your ordinary christian or person for that matter... ive been through a lot and i still am close with God... cept in the period when i decided i was a lesbian and he wasnt real... but i quickly came to my sences and decided how stupid i was being... so now, i have given up on dating girls for God... and its really hard but hey, id do anything for the big guy upstiars ^-^
Current Mood: creative
18 September 2005 @ 12:58 am
name- jade is what i go by on here
location- illinois, usa
age- 17
religious association- nondeoniminational christian
anything else you'd like to tell us- hmm...well..i love music and writing...two things that are like air. i consider myself a christian punk...just meaning that i am nontraditional. i dont think that things such as clothing and mostly outward things matter so much as the conviction on the inside. i have a community about it. but anyways...i love religion and i've been a christian a long time. that's about all i can think of. glad to be here! :)