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  1. Faber

    What is the purpose of a 'Christian Forum"?

    A good place for encouragement and insight on Christian doctrine and living.
  2. Faber


    Welcome to ChristForums! I think if you have all this energy and strong sexual desire then it is great that you can share all of it with your husband. I think that it is wholesome and good. I pray to the Lord that you are a good testimony to Him for the salvation of your husband.
  3. Couldn't it be that God accurately told us what they said thereby being the word of God?
  4. I think though that confessing Jesus as Lord was a doctrine that they viewed as correct (1 Corinthians 12:3). Anyone that refused to do so was not part of the Church.
  5. Do you believe any of the authors of the books of the New Testament were universalists? If so, which ones?
  6. Do you think the demand to avoid such answers is simply a ruse employed to hide what one really believes?
  7. Faber

    Christian Virtuousness

    That's great to hear. I was wondering what kind of opposition you encountered that by God's grace and strength you were able to overcome.
  8. Does anyone know of any group or groups that claim to be Christian but deny that Jesus was conceived and born of a virgin (Mary) as found in Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:34-38? I know quite a few groups deny the Trinity but I never heard of any group that denied this doctrine. Many years back I read 'The Virgin Birth of Christ' by J. Gresham Machen which I thought was very insightful.
  9. If you were fluent or close to being fluent in one of the languages how difficult would it be to (a) understand the other - and - (b) learn the other?
  10. How much is Aramaic and Hebrew similar and how much are they different? Perhaps Origen is best to answer this but anyone can reply if they happen to know.
  11. Faber

    Is it proper to worship the Holy Spirit?

    How "holy" is the Holy Spirit? My answer is that He is absolutely holy. He did not derive His holiness from anyone/anything else. He always was, is now and forever shall be absolutely holy. That the Holy Spirit is absolutely holy forms the basis for rendering worship unto Him.[*1] Revelation 15:3-4[*2] (3) And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and amazing are your deeds, O Lord God the Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O King of the nations! (4) Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (ESV) One of the reasons that God alone is to be worshiped is because God alone is absolutely holy. Since the Holy Spirit is absolutely holy then the Holy Spirit ought to be worshiped. [*1] That He fully knows the hearts of all (1 Corinthians 2:10) is a foundation for praying to Him. 1 Kings 8:38-39 whatever prayer...is made...then hear in heaven...for You alone know the hearts of all the sons of men. (NASB) [*2] The prayer of Hannah found in 1 Samuel 2 also connects with Revelation 15:4 in that the worship of God is inseparably linked with His absolute holiness. 1 Samuel 2:1-2 Then Hannah prayed and said, My heart exults in the LORD...There is no one holy like the LORD. (NASB)
  12. Faber

    Is Bible God's Word?

    That's exactly what I thought when I first read what was written. That was how the OP was started so it must quite important to this person even though it is total garbage.
  13. Money is more important to many instead of freedom and truth. It really is disgusting. The thought was years back if we opened up the markets to China this will improve the chances of democracy there. It didn't work. In fact, the grip of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) is getting worse. Xi Jin Ping just appointed himself leader (dictator) for life. The "real China" is Taiwan.
  14. Faber

    Is it proper to worship the Holy Spirit?

    The underlined below is mine. Isaiah 6:8-10 (8) Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” (9) He said, “Go, and tell this people: ‘Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.’ (10) “Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed.” (NASB) Acts 28:25-27 (25) And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers, saying, (26) ‘GO TO THIS PEOPLE AND SAY, YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; (27) FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES; OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I WOULD HEAL THEM.”’ (NASB) The fact that the Holy Spirit spoke "through" Isaiah the prophet does not at all detract that they are still the words of the Spirit in Isaiah 6:9-10. For we see that within the same book of Acts that Luke also records the words of the Holy Spirit speaking "through" Agabus and yet they are still the words of the Holy Spirit. In fact, "thus saith the Holy Spirit" is used in an equally authoritative manner when in the Old Testament a prophet declared "thus saith the Lord..." Acts 21:11 And coming to us, he took Paul's belt and bound his own feet and hands, and said, "This is what the Holy Spirit says: 'In this way the Jews at Jerusalem will bind the man who owns this belt and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles.'" (NASB) In the Old Testament when a prophet announced, "Thus says the LORD..." it was a proclamation by the prophet to what God had spoken through him. Likewise, the Holy Spirit communicates His sovereign will to Agabus and spoke through him in order for him to relate it to Paul. 1. Friedel Selter: In Acts 21:11 Agabus (like the prophets of the OT; cf. Isa 20:2; Jer. 13:1 ff.) carried out a symbolic action with Paul's girdle (a long cloth worn about the waist), to indicate the coming arrest of Paul. "The accompanying word of interpretation 'Thus says the Holy Spirit!' corresponds to the OT 'Thus says Yahweh!'" (E. Haenchen, The Acts of the Apostles, 1971, 602) (NIDNTT 3:121, Ready). 2. John Gill: and said, thus saith the Holy Ghost; who was in Agabus, and spoke by him, and foretold some things to come to pass; and which did come to pass, and is a proof of the foreknowledge, and so of the deity of the blessed Spirit. http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/acts-21.html
  15. Faber

    Is it proper to worship the Holy Spirit?

    The Holy Spirit was still involved (Acts 1:24; cf. 1:2; 20:28) and by the way I did write in the OP that I believe that the prayer is primarily in reference to the Son but that doesn't mean exclusively in reference to Him. I never asserted that the Holy Spirit was crucified for us so your argument is simply a straw man. 1 Corinthians 2:10 refers to the Holy Spirit in that He "fathoms everything."