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|1||DEPRESSION AND CHURCH ATTENDANCE||Bible general Archive 3||rodent_tamer||183237|
|When you said "it seems all the people in my group were not well", what do you mean?
Are you still on meds and receiving treatment?
I can understand what you feel regarding clinical depression and not wanting to be around people. Social withdrawal is one of the symptoms of clinical depression. I don't know what your experience has been, but I know, from my own experience, that unfortunately many christians are very ignorant regarding clinical depression and so often alienate those experiencing this terrible medical condition. I pray and hope that you find the support you need. I don't think it's a sin that you don't go to church, but I would also want to encourage you to find caring supportive christians who can help you with your condition because it is dangerous to disconnect yourself. The more disconnected or socially withdrawn you become, the worse your depressive condition will become. Have you considered perhaps finding group therapy? Perhaps you may want to find at least an online support group of other christians who struggle with clinical depression. I will pray for you and know God will open a way for you.
|2||Can you be married without love?||Eph 5:22||rodent_tamer||181984|
|I don't know if you will ever get this answer since it has been so many years since you posted this, but I just came across it. Hopefully you are still married and have resolved this issue.
First I'd like to recommend an excellent sermon series I'm currently listening to on marriage and it touches a lot on this question. I have it downloaded on my pc and if you are interested I'd be happy to send you the mp3 files free of charge.
You can email me at email@example.com
Love is not merely a feeling it is a decision. Feelings come and go, but when you married your wife you vowed to love her in the future, not just in the present. You may have felt love for her when you married, but when you enter into a marriage covenant you promise to love her, to cherish her, to serve her, to be faithful, etc until the day you die regardless of the changes that may arise through out the years. The only time you are justified to be free from this covenant is if the other spouse breaches the contract through infidelity or dissertion. Love her through serving her first and the feeling of love will follow. Our modern culture has really fed us lies as to what love is. There are times you may not like the person or even feel affection, but love is unconditional and it is a verb; an action. Love is not something you fall into, a fever you catch, it is a decision of the heart/mind. Think of a child. As parents we love our children by giving and giving to them without getting anything back. A baby needs and takes from you. You take care of the baby and "serve" him through out all his life. By the time that child is 18, he could be the most degenerate person in society, but, for you, that love bond is so strong because you loved him through service and the feeling of love is the outcome even though you may not always be pleased or even like your child.
I don't know your situation, but it is not a sin to stay married to a wife you are not choosing to love, the sin lies in the fact that you are not honoring your covenant by not loving the wife you promised to love. Don't delude yourself into thinking that love is merely butterflies in your stomach. That's sentimentality, not love.
Hope this helps.
|3||Taking medication/Giving medication?||Phil 4:6||rodent_tamer||180909|
|1 Tim 5:23 No longer drink water exclusively, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.
Here Paul recommends that Timothy take a little wine for medicinal purposes because of his stomach ailments.
In answer to your question, I think this verse best fits. Obviously mood disorder medication did not exist at that time so it is impossible to find a verse that addresses this specifically, but using this verse as a guide, it is logical to surmise that scripture does encourage us to welcome "medicines" that help to alleviate medical conditions. Of course we are also instructed to pray and receive healing by the laying on of hands, but I think the overall idea is that both go hand in hand, not one or the other.
Just use common sense. If you have a headache, you take an aspirin. If diabetic, you take insulin. As Christians we are also encouraged to pray for healing, but God, for whatever reasons, ultimately chooses whether or not we receive healing. We live in a fallen world, still trapped in fallen bodies that age and die. The brain is an organ just like any other organ in the body. Mood disorders are real and well documented. Our brains function well with a balance of certain chemicals, but if the brain malfunctions and causes an imbalance of those chemicals, then a mood disorder may develop if left untreated. Mood disorder medication inhibits the malfunctioning parts of the brain to produce the balanced amount of chemicals needed for the brain to function properly. Some of those medications such as mood stabilizers are actual natural chemicals that may be lacking in our brains. Many Christians are against the idea of mental illness and don't understand the difference between normal "fretting" and the clinical abnormal form of "anxiety, depression and despondency" caused by a biological physical malfunction of brain chemicals. If you were appropriately diagnosed and suffer from a medical condition, I encourage you to take your meds as they may help you. If you were diagnosed with diabetes, would you hesitate to take the proper medication because there wasn't a verse to support it?
I am a devoted Christian who prays and believes in healing. I also happen to suffer from bipolar disorder. I take my meds and they help immensely. Without them, my moods are unbearable and the effects devastating. I thank God that I live in an age that these meds exist. The meds, therapy, exercise, support from loved ones and, most of all, comfort from God all work together to treat my condition. Perhaps one day God will heal me, but I also believe that God has used my illness to comfort and minister to others who are going through the same thing.
I hope this helps.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions that may help you to understand mood disorders.
I am happy to help in any way I can.
|4||Help||Bible general Archive 3||rodent_tamer||180866|
|this is happening to me too.
I tried to submit an answer and it won't go through stating that my submission contains certain characters. My submission does not contain any of those characters. The reason those characters are prohibited are because those are characters hackers use. Could this site be experiencing a glitch in the system or is there hacking going on?
|5||Why was Jesus hung on the cross?||Is 53:10||rodent_tamer||180654|
|Are you asking why did he die or why did he die by crucifixion?|
|6||Should I separate from a sinning brother||Rom 3:23||rodent_tamer||180651|
|(part 2 of my original answer)
Let me share with you briefly my conversion experience. Several years ago, after a number of experiences I encountered with God outside the assistance of a church, God finally led me me to one day walk into a local church. Now, though I was being drawn to God and Christ, I was still living a habitual lifestyle of "sin" because I didn't yet understand that my lifestyle was sinful. Thank God this church, who was full of converts like me, welcomed me, embraced and showed nothing but love to me. Their focus was not on my lifestyle. Their attitude was not that of judgment. They didn't approach me with this legalistic "holier than thou" attitude and say "well first before you can learn about the teachings of Christ, you first have to check off this list of "to do's and "not to do's", THEN we will teach you." Thank God this was my initial experience. As I came to know and understand what Christ did for me and how he wanted me to live, I began to gradually change. It was the work of the Holy Spirit that set me free from that destructive lifestyle. I didn't change because the church cast me out and thereby "taught me a lesson". If they would have done that, oh my God, that would have been such a violent perpetration against my soul....the harm that action would have caused would be the REAL sin.
(Remember, that when Paul instructs the church in Corinth to cast out that man was because that man was claiming to be a believer and did know better. He knew better and was not only commiting this sin (incest), but proud of it in a boastful manner. This is a specific matter that Paul knew about and should not be used as a set formula to apply to every nonchristian who is sinning.)
I hope I didn't come across as too harsh or presumptive. I'm not saying that you are a pharisee, I don't know you, but this is a topic that is very close to my heart and I beseech you to be very careful how you handle this matter and seek God's heart as to how your attitude and treatment of your brother should be.
p.s. Out of curiosity, when you say "continues to outwardly sin" what is this or these "outward" sins he is committing? I'm just trying to get a gauge for what kind of behaviour he is exhibiting. Have you talked to him about it? I really hope you don't tell me something like he is smoking cigarettes. lol
|7||Should I separate from a sinning brother||Rom 3:23||rodent_tamer||180650|
|(part 1 of 2 answer to this question)
I totally agree with Hank.
First of all, when you say "brother" do you mean your sybling? or a brother of the church? I'm assuming your sybling. Also, does he consider himself a Christian? I mean, is he coming to know Christ? If he is wanting to attend your bible studies that is fantastic and should make you excited regardless of his lifestyle. I think his lifestyle is none of your business. It's between Him and God. It is God to judge not you. If he is being drawn to Christ and comes to Christ, God/Holy Spirit will change him and transform his heart. A bible study or a church should be a place to get well, a place of healing, not a place that points out your failures and then excommunicates you because you are not at the same level as more mature Christians. You come as you are. It's like saying at an AA meeting that those of you who are struggling with alcoholism should leave and not to come back until you no longer struggle with alcohol. Do you think Christians have a monlopoly on morality? All that differenciates a believer from a non-believer is a state of repentance. I don't know what your brother is doing that you deem sinful, but if he doesn't know Christ, how can you be judgmental of him for living this lifestyle? I mean, he doesn't know any better. Do you think your "righteousness" or what enables you to live a so called less "sinful" lifestyle is of your own doing? Do you think God loves you more than your brother because you, perhaps, don't curse, have sex or do drugs? Christ teaches us to be kind because he is kind to us...to be merciful and forgiving because He is merciful to us. Jesus sat and ate with prostitutes, tax collectors and "sinners". What did he say to the Pharisees who questioned and condemned him for this? He said: It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: "I desire mercy, not sacrifice." For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Matthew 9:12)
When Christ quotes scripture saying: "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice", I think he is saying what is more important is showing love, humility and mercy rather than following these "outward" empty acts that represent a clean life. That is to say, what good is all your perfect church attendance, your strength in resisting cursing or premarital sex when in your heart you are judging and looking down your nose at sinners whom Christ died for and loves? This is why Christ so harshly condemned the Pharisees, because they claimed to "see", to be righteous because of their deeds, but all the time in their hearts they did not have the love of God in their hearts. They had no mercy or forgivness for others, only a hypocritical attitude of condemnation. Through out my Christian life I have been so hurt by militant, angry, judgmental "Christians" who saw themselves as very righteous simply because they didn't drink one sip of alcohol, dance or go see "R" rated movies. Outwardly, they looked the part, they never missed Church and passed out tracts diligently, but their hearts were so merciless, condemnatory and full of arrogance. There was no "fragrance" of Christ, no gentleness, no love of God. Thank God for God and other "real" brothers and sisters, because I would have completely rejected Christianity based on the harshness of these so called "godly" holy rollers.
|8||how can we know children go to heaven?||Acts 16:31||rodent_tamer||180598|
|(Part 1 answer to this question) Read this part first and the 2nd part of my answer after. Sorry about confusion.
Baptism is an act that symbolically demonstrates that you have repented from your sins, washed of your sins and have been spiritually resurrected with Christ. It is a sort of public ceremony that announces your acceptance of Christ's atonement. Now let's suppose a person hears the gospel,(i.e "The good news of Christ's atonement), and has planned to be babtized the next morning. On his way to this ceremony, he gets hit by a car and dies instantly. Do you think simply because he did not make it to the ceremony of baptism he did not make it to heaven? Of course not. Remember the thief on the cross who believed Jesus was the Messiah and asked for mercy? Jesus told him: "today you will be with me in paradise". He did not say, but first get off the cross and get baptized in order to ensure your entrance.
The early church did not baptize children or infants, this ceremony began much later. Only people who understood their acceptance of the gospel were baptized. The idea that an infant who died without being baptized would go to hell is absurd and places the importance on a ritual act rather on what that ritual stands for---it places the very attainment of salvation on a physical ceremony rather than on the cognitive realization (and acceptance) that Jesus is the promised Messiah who came to die for the atonement of your sins and ransomed you from eternal condemnation.
An infant or a young child does not understand why he/she is being baptized, so the act by itself does not save or the lack of it does not condemn.
Someone on this thread pointed out what Jesus said regarding some children who wanted to come near to him.(This is in one of the gospels.I forget where.) He said: "Do not hinder the little children from coming to me, for theirs is the kingdom of God"
I find this verse to be quite comforting to your question.
My conclusion: if a child is too young to understand the gospel, he does go to heaven even if he is not baptized. Baptism, the act by itself, does not save. If a child is old enough to understand the gospel and hears the gospel, but rejects it, then I suppose it would be consistant to say he would not go to heaven even if he was baptized. Baptism again is not what determines eternal life. Baptism simply demonstrates your acceptance of the gospel. There are a great many people who have been baptized and do not follow Christ. (and by "Follow", I don't mean the old addage: "living a good life").
Remember, to say you believe Jesus is the Messiah does not mean you follow,love,trust and obey the Messiah. Even the demons acknowledge He is the Messiah and shudder. Salvation comes to those who "trust in their hearts and confess with their mouths that Jesus is the Messiah/Lord". There are several passages throughout the new testament that defines eternal salvation through Jesus. (I'm paraphrasing here.) In sum,we are told that the penalty of sin is physical and spritual death. A sinful state blocks us from communion and eternal life with God. Actual physical death is a consequence of sin...of the fall of man (the disobedience of man to God). We are all sinful, but Jesus came into this world and died in order to pay the death sentence of that penalty in our stead. He took the blame for our sins so that we might not stand condemned but gain entrance into God's kingdom. The reason he did not stay dead, but rather resurrected was because He, being in very essence God, was without sin. Death (the consequence of sin) could not apply to him. For those that believe, He killed Death and erradicated the sins that make us enemies of God. He defeated death and sin by his sacrifice for us and opened up the way to God for us. For those who accept him as this sacrifice will then too not only have spiritual eternal life, but will also be resurrected in our physical bodies at the day of Judgement.
It is offered freely to the world, but attained only by those who accept him as atoner and follow/love/trust and surrender to him as saviour
|9||how can we know children go to heaven?||Acts 16:31||rodent_tamer||180595|
|(part 2 of my original answer continued.)
Since Christ took the blame for our sins and became a sacrifice, the sin that condemns us will not be held against us. We are not held accountable, since, through Christ's sacrifice, we can now attain forgiveness for our sins and the slate washed clean. The penalty of original sin no longer condems us. That is why when you "count the cost" to follow him, you turn away from your former habitual life style of sin and follow his teachings. I don't mean to say that when you decide to follow him you are perfect and never commit a sin again, it just means that when and if you do commit a sin, you have access to God through Christ to ask for forgiveness and be clean before God. By following Christ you leave behind a habitual lifestyle of sin and submit to the Holy spirit who teaches you to live by the "fruits of the spirit". You gain freedom from sins, not only because they are no longer held against you, but because you can repent of them and therefore change. In essence the only difference between a believer and a non-believer, besides acknowledging that Christ died for our sins, is a continual state of repentance.
My question to you is: How do YOU know you will have eternal life after you die? I mean, what do you have to do to attain eternal life and gain favor with God?
This is not meant to bash the Catholic church, because I don't think there is something wrong with a ceremony that confirms what you truly believe in your heart, but what I'm saying is that a ceremony WITHOUT belief in your heart is meaningless to God and has no real power to bring salvation.
I was raised a Catholic and as an infant I was baptized, as a child I did my communion and confirmation. I went to confession and performed all the "Hail Marys" and "Our Fathers" that were requested of me. I never once, through all these rituals, understand what salvation meant. I did not really do them because I understood, believed or disbelieved the gospel. I did them because my mother and authorities told me I had to do them. All I cared about was my toys, my friends, snow days and making sure my brother didn't break my dolls. At around age 18 I heard, understood and said "yes" to the Gospel of Jesus. I was then baptized as an adult. My 2nd baptism was not what brought me eternal life or make me a child of God, it was my believing, trusting and following the message of Christ.The act of baptism was a symbolic outward ceremony that attested to what had occured in me inwardly.
Do you ask this question because you are concerned for a child who died without being baptized?
|10||Husband concerned with wife's walk||Luke 6:41||rodent_tamer||180581|
|Your idea of a strong christian seems to be based on superficiality. While smoking is a bad habit and unhealthy it is no different from a person who drinks coffee everyday. Do you drink coffee everyday? Did you know that C.S. Lewis smoked a pipe? Do you know how much God used Lewis to advance the kingdom? Was his walk a bad one? I think you and your son should not be so concerned about such "appearance" based things and look into your own hearts. Self righteousness, pride and judgmentalness are real sins and certainly more harmful than watching t.v, cursing and smoking. Are you really concerned for her spiritual welfare or more concerned of how she appears to others or how she may badly reflect on you and your son? Be honest with yourself.|
|11||Desire for GOOD?||Hebrews||rodent_tamer||180560|
|First of all, I do think it is a simile simply because it uses the word "like". Perhaps his sweating was so profuse that it was thick LIKE drops of blood.
Also, I don't know if this is accurate, but I've heard of a condition that when under extreme stress, it is possible to actually perspire blood. I don't remember the actual phyisical causes, but it's worth looking up.
That being said, you seem to assume that Jesus was in anguish because of Judas Iscariot's suicide. Remember that Judas betrayed Jesus and instead of repenting as Peter did, he committed suicide. If Judas suffered "hell on earth" as you said, it wasn't Jesus's fault....that is, Jesus didn't encourage him to do so or force him to make that choice. You seem to view Judas as some sort of victim. I don't understand what you mean by: "It's ok, you wanted freedom like the rest of us". What freedom did he want? You also seem to assume that Jesus and Judas "killed each other with desire for good". I'm not sure what you mean exactly, but Jesus didn't "kill" Judas. Judas killed himself. There are many speculations scholars have as to why it is believed that Judas turned Jesus in to the authorities. One belief is that perhaps Judas was a zealot. Rome occupied the Jews and there were groups of Jews who were "freedom fighters" "rebels" (zealots) etc who wanted to overthrow the Roman rulers from their land. Some Jews believed and expected that the Messiah would be a political ruler....one that would overthrow whatever political group that ruled over them. In other words, that he would become an actual physical king and establish God's kingdom here on earth. Perhaps Judas being a zealot realized this wasn't Jesus's mission and became disallusioned and therefore turned him over to the authorities that wanted him dead. It is also believed that his motives may have been purely greed driven...ie..the 30 pieces of silver. Who really knows for sure? My point is, that Judas didn't betray Jesus out of some noble desire for good. He was a trusted disciple who saw and heard Jesus first hand and sneekily he ratted him out and to add injury to insult, he betrayed him with a kiss. He was deceptive and a traitor. He didn't do it because he understood that Jesus needed to die in order to save the world from their sins. Is this is what you are thinking?
The point of Jesus's anguish in that passage has to do with what was about to happen to him. He was about to face an excruciating death. He was bearing the sins and the weight of the world on his shoulders. The whole reason for his coming to this world was about to happen. What was about to happen to him was monumental. In essence, it was like he was on death row, the night before his execution. I don't think he was sweating blood because he felt sorry for Judas' inner turmoil for having betrayed the Son of God. Not that he didn't love Judas despite his betrayal, but Jesus was in extreme anguish for what was about to happen. He was about to be found, arrested, tried, humiliated, torchured, mocked, rejected by his own people, jeered and crucified as a common criminal. Everything was about to change.
|12||Mary's virginity remained intact||Bible general Archive 3||rodent_tamer||180524|
|13||Mary's virginity remained intact||Bible general Archive 3||rodent_tamer||180523|
|Yes, you are right: "Adultery is defined as illicit sexual relations with a man or woman other than the marriage partner."
Impregnation may or may not occur when a man and a woman engage in a physical sexual act. I.e fornication.
God did not have sex with Mary, but she became pregnant anyway. Hence, the miracle. It was a supernatural impregnation,not an adulteress or "sexual" impregnation. Impregnation may be the result of an adulteress act, but impregnation among humans cannot occur unless there is a sexual act. God supernatually impregnated Mary without fornicating with her. Adultery is fornication with a human person who is not your spouse. The sin of adultery has nothing to do with the miracle of the immaculate conception.
1. There was no erotic,physical perpetration commited on the person of Mary.
2. God/holy spirit, though a personal,concious, divine entity,does not have a penis. He is not a physical man.
3.God's relationship to Mary was not sexual/erotic in nature.
4. The miraculous conception was not sexual/erotic in nature.
5. God chose the incarnation to come into this world through a human vessel, a woman's womb, so that the Messiah, that which is fully divine, would also be fully human and therefore exist amoung us.
He could have done anything to usher in the Messiah: God could have miraculously "impregnated" a stone as the entry of the Messiah into this world, but to fulfill prophecy, he impregnated a woman. He could have descended onto this earth, formed out of the ground etc...use your imagination. My question is: why did he choose the means of conception as the vehicle? I suppose my answer would be: Because this way ensured the Messiah to be both fully human and fully divine. Through this way, the divine experienced total humanity and through this way, fallen humanity was able to identify physically with the divine. Another reason that I think it was necessary for God to "Father" Mary's divine conception was to set apart that which is divine from human original sin. God, through the conception of the Messiah, introduced the first God/man into this world born without "original sin". He created pre-Fall Adam sinless, but God himself came into this world in the form of human flesh housed in the womb of a woman.
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:14)
(In the Greek, the word for "Word" is "logos" which is a term used by the Greeks in reference "to the governing power behind all things". The Jews used the word "logos" to refer to God.)