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  1. Placable37

    Does the Bible condone slavery?

    Is it possible to prove that nothing exists apart from empirical evidence?
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    Does the Bible condone slavery?

    Amazing Grace is a 2006 British-American biographical drama film directed by Michael Apted, about the campaign against the slave trade in the British Empire, led by William Wilberforce, who was responsible for steering anti-slave trade legislation through the British parliament. The title is a reference to the hymn "Amazing Grace". The film also recounts the experiences of John Newton as a crewman on a slave ship and subsequent religious conversion, which inspired his writing of the poem later used in the hymn. Newton is portrayed as a major influence on Wilberforce and the abolition movement. Amazing Grace (2006 film) - Wikipedia EN.WIKIPEDIA.ORG
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    Do We Have Free Will?

    Because I'm interested in this topic I am choosing to respond to it. I am caused to be interested in it because I exist in an environment that makes me interested in things. I have also been educated to understand that education helps me understand. There is a dimension of predetermination in the nature of things, and a dimension of freewill in the nurture of things, I do believe as a result of all things working together.
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    Well that escalated quickly

    So that's why the chicken crossed the road!
  5. These early days of Christianity are very special to us, and have been a comfort to those in the body of Christ who have been blessed in numerous ways with God's gifts through the years.
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    Burning like wood, hay, and stubble.
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    Martin Luther.png

    I prefer to say life humbles us as God allows testings and gives us the realisation, or else the paradoxical implication is that our salvation depends on our working to humble ourselves until we realise it is God alone.
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    How I manage my anxiety

    Hi fastlife10, Welcome. Hope you will go from strength to strength in your relationship with God our Father, through the love of Christ our Saviour, by the Holy Spirit our Comforter. 2Ti 1:7 For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
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    Last minute conversions

    The word of God is at work Hi glf, Welcome. Good point. The quickness, power, and sharpness of God's word makes it a very effective instrument of judgment, useful for salvation just as much as for condemnation. Heb 4:12-13 (12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (13) Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
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    The Arminian Controversy and the Synod of Dort

    The term you are looking for is "might is right". 💀
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    Dan 7:28

    Also Dan 7:15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. and Dan 8:27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it. plus Dan 10:8-11 (8) Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. (9) Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. (10) And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands. (11) And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had spoken this word unto me, I stood trembling. Hi clark, I'm sure there are things that trouble us and cause us to seek God for relief and deliverance. In his narrative Daniel is experiencing some very intense and supernatural episodes that were not understood by others (Dan 8:27). You mention shock and I would add trauma to this where the result is Post Traumatic Shock Syndrome - PTSD. Some people prefer not to speak of their ordeals and have difficulty being around those who are likely to bring past bad experiences to mind. On the other hand some people continually recount their nightmare experiences and thrive on reliving them to anyone who will listen. Out of our own times of desperation and disturbance we are able to minister to those in similar circumstances. Generally I believe God wants us to have peace of mind and tranquility of spirit coupled with a fervent desire to diligently do His will. 1Th 4:11 And that you study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;
  12. Hi Just Mike, For the first 17 years of my life at home in a family of 6 children and 2 parents, every night after meals the Bible was read and prayers said according to a family oriented schedule. As well we each had to follow a personal schedule of daily Bible readings and devotions from BRF notes. (Bible Reading Fellowship). As a result I make a point of avoiding scheduled readings, devotions, and prayers, except when I have Christian radio on during their time slot. (eg. Bob Gass) I have a 34 year old "breakfast Bible" open on the dining table at all times and often write my gleanings in a notebook which I later refer to during gatherings. Also I spend hours most days using technology to study the Word and words about the Word simply as the Spirit leads. I maintain Bible study should not be a drudge or a ritual, but a joy and a habit.
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    Religious obsessive compulsive disorder

    Hi Lucian, Many Christians experience thoughts that are incompatible with the desirable standard of purity for a disciple of Christ, but there is a remedy every time they occur. As a discipline it is necessary to immediately reject and renounce the unrighteous thoughts and praise God in spiritual warfare against the source and strength of them regardless of other theories and diagnoses. Php 4:6-8 (6) Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Jas 4:7 (7) Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 2Co 10:4-5 (4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
  14. I have read the Jerusalem Bible and some reviews and criticisms of it are worth noting, mainly its Roman Catholic bias and apparent errors that amount to false doctrine. What is the Jerusalem Bible (JB)? A Review of the Jerusalem Bible
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    Should A Minister Charge For His Ministry?

    I too am a PK, (Preacher's Kid) as was my father. In fact I trace further back to a number of clergy ancestors including a bishop (of Waltham in the UK). I've been out of the so-called Anglican Communion for 34 years now but I can tell you their clergy get paid a stipend, which is a fancy word for "living allowance". As well a free house is provided, a vehicle depreciation allowance, a travelling allowance, and a book allowance. The "church" pays for any improvements to the dwelling and around the property which usually but not always includes the "church building". There is a pension plan. The injunction given to those on a stipend and in charge of a parish is "to occupy and fufill the duties of a priest". They are thus said to have "the living" at that particular location. We could argue this is not biblical, but we won't change the fact of it. As treasurer for a local Nazarene congregation I set up all the allowances and payments for whomever, for whatever, and for how much according to how the board voted in line with their national and international regulations. I don't miss this demanding task, especially not the tedious requirements of meeting government financial reporting for charitable organisations. I was in effect the employer of the "pastor" and any paid staff. On that score I donated more to the organisation than I paid myself from it. Truly the labourer is worthy of their hire in practising good stewardship and seeing that all things are done decently and in order, but "the fool's gold, the flesh's gratification, and the pharisee's glory" are all too tempting and so easily succumbed to by many who set out with good intentions but end up following the way of Balaam... 2Pe 2:13-15 (13) And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; (14) Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: (15) Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;