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  1. Good question .... I think there's confusion over what being Jewish is? If a Jew is a Christian, are they still a Jew? To me a Jew is a Jew, no matter what they believe, e.g; Jonathan is Jewish.. Doesn't being a Jew just mean that your of Jewish ancestry? Like being a Benjamite just means that your from a different tribe? Judaism was the common Hebrew Abrahamic religion among the 12 tribes, so a person can't be Jewish if they haven't descended from Judah. A Jew can be a Christian and remain Jewish, but a gentile converting to Judaism doesn't make them a Jew. Actually, I believe Jonathan
  2. Not much to comment on when someone says, "I don't know and I don't care".. Being apathetic defines a person who is void of substance.
  3. The video attempts to associate obedience towards God as being contemptuous towards sin. That much is true. God hates sin, but insinuating that Christian love is disguised as something hateful is disingenuous to say the least. Its really promoting the necessity to endorse evil, because that's the loving thing to do. Conflating Christian love as something hateful just because it doesn't approve of sin is insisting that one must love bad along with good. Ridiculous!
  4. Excuse me, but who quoted 2 bible verses in the first post of this thread? In fact, you quoted a total of 5, while I quoted 2. A case of the pot calling the kettle black?
  5. "God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light" (Genesis 1:3). There was light prior to day 4 (plants) "And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it" (Revelation 21:23). So, "God is light" (1 John 1:5), a different kind of light from the sun.
  6. Atheist and all can have compassion and moral values, but they are based on nothing but what they think, which means that their morals can fluctuate on a whim. Believers have a solid foundation of unchanging morals based in a Truth that eludes nonbelievers. That's the difference.. It has nothing to do with bigotry, but simple biblical absolutes. Your all searching for answers from a fictional Star Trek episode while simultaneously suggesting that Christians are delusional Its been 2000 years since Christ brought the truth and it hasn't burnt out yet,
  7. Well, finally found something we can agree on...
  8. You also fail to understand free will.. As long as a free thinking individual has the ability to change their mind, their future is not set in stone. God knows all things and God knows the future, but he created us as independent thinkers, which means that no ones fate is predetermined until time ends. While God knows the beginning from the end, every person is a work in progress, God is the potter and we are the clay, the future can be molded just as a lump of clay. If God already knew who would be saved and who would be lost, why would He call on us to believe in Him? This whole
  9. You fail to comprehend 'free choice'. We were created with it, which means we are not programmed robots. As long as people are capable of having a change of heart (mind), we are not predictable, even to an all-knowing God. That's why in Noah's day it grieved God that he had made man because of the total wickedness He saw. Also consider what God said to Abraham just prior to him attempting to sacrifice his son Issac, "And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine on
  10. Its not a threat, its a biblical promise (Mark 16:16, John 3:36).. He is only a loving God to those who don't reject him, He's a God of wrath to all others.
  11. I'm pretty sure that others did not see the previous quote with the irony that I did either, "As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly." Returning to the same ole argument repeatedly with no new understanding.
  12. Then by all means stop... You have no argument, all things biblical are not your strong suit, that's why its futile. "Do you see a person wise in their own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for them." (Proverbs 26:12)
  13. You have a tendency to take a few words out of context in order to radicalize the bible.. Sorry I had to correct you too. I disagree... Jesus did not preach to the gentiles, that would have broken every prophecy about him. Where did he deem gentiles as neighbors or brothers? His purpose was to preach deliverance to Israel. it was only later that Paul took the gospel to the gentiles at Jesus request. "A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
  14. In context, the verse is specific to a brother, meaning a fellow Jew sharing the same faith. The keys words are "without a cause" or good reason. This to me implies a false accusation that's based on nothing, its essentially wheeling a mean spirited judgement and groundless charge to intentionally hurt an innocent person. But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
  15. Interesting... I never met a conservative atheist before. I didn't think it was possible, but very refreshing to see.
  16. That's pretty much what I've been saying.. The counter argument has been that no sacrifice was necessary because forgiveness alone is enough.. That's what I disagree with. You can't nullify Christ, if forgiveness alone removed sin, then the sacrifice of Jesus was in vain. The Pope is an idiot, he misses the whole point of Christianity, which is that Salvation comes only through Christ, reject him and the door is closed. "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6).. And of course John 3:16, "Whosoever believeth
  17. The world was good, "God saw that it was good" (Genesis 1 :25). And God is good (Luke 18:19). So if your free choice is to reject and rebel against God, then how could your choice possibly lead to good? There's good & evil, you can't have it both ways. If you chose to murder a dozen people, how would that chosen path be good? What's sadistic is wanting evil choices to be considered as something good. We live in a Fallen world separated from God, and in our fallen state with the introduction sin, the world that was good had to change. This was necessary to demonstrate the other
  18. Ever hear of free agency? We were created with free will and the ability to choose. Our inability to be obedient to God is no reflection on His perfection, but on our preference to rebel. I'm not the one repeating myself, I'm the one answering the same repetitious remarks with the correct answer.
  19. Hades is the other side of Paradise, its where the lost wait until final judgement. After judgement, those condemned go into the Lake of Fire, that's the second death, which is the final death when body soul and spirit are permanently destroyed. Being sentenced to damnation is the final death. So my position has been unchanging, the only thing consistent is your unfamiliarity with biblical terminology.
  20. Christ came in the flesh and died in the flesh for the sins of the flesh.. Only an unblemished and perfect sacrifice could suffice, another sinner wouldn't. Christ is life, those who deny him are dead to sin. I never said anything about a non-intervening God, not sure what your referencing? That was my point, Buddhism has no Savior, nor does any other religion. A&E fell from grace, but where are they now? Paradise or Hades? Yes they paid for their disobedience, but from a spiritual perspective, which is all that really matters, they repented and were sa
  21. Who else took the burden of sin upon himself to sanctify the repentant? Sure wasn't Muhammad or Buddhism. No, I'm talking about anyone guilty of sin. Satan was the first to rebel and Eve listened to him. From what's written, it worked out pretty well for A&E, they repented and demonstrated obedience after their initial screw-up.
  22. That's what you took from that? Point was, there's no alternative to Christ. So what actions should a loving Father take against a rebellious child who has nothing but sin and evil in their heart? Stand idly by and watch that child destroy, pollute, deceive, and encourage all the other children to attack, rebel, and even kill their Father? The psychopath isn't God, but those who defy Him. The test was never so much to punish mistakes, but to establish faith, trust, and obedience towards your Maker. Those who deny and rebel against Him have no
  23. As can a child of God trust God to help them when they fall short and make mistakes. But without consequences, wrongdoing is dismissed without penalty. When you don't pay your mortgage or make a car payment, your home goes into foreclosure, your car is repossessed. Break or damage something and your required to pay for it. There's no magical law that makes the damage disappear into thin air, whereby there is no alternative interpretation, debts must be paid or damages are incurred. Its the same thing spiritually, when morals (God's laws) are violated the penalty is death. Unless of
  24. The existence of God is accepted by faith. His rules, not mine. The only evidence is creation itself, or as you call it, a miraculous happenstance . Asking for forgiveness demonstrates faith, the recognition of sin, regret, a desire to repent, and accepting responsibility for being disobedient. If God does not forgive you, then there is no remission of sin and the sacrifice of Christ is not applicable. Forgiveness and atonement go hand in hand. God would not be righteous if He did not require atonement for sin. If a child acts up, the parent could
  25. It doesn't, but believing in Christ does, because he paid the price for sin. “But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)