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  1. You are correct, many forgot the importance of The Holy Spirit, and the word Trinity is never mentioned in the Bible. I believe the reason why Christians don't always address The Holy Spirit in prayer is because He is The One who does the actions spreads the message of God. The Bible teaches that He is our mediator when it comes to communion with God. Romans 8:25-27 gives an excellent explanation 25But if we hope for what we do not yet see, we wait for it patiently. 26In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. Forwe do not know how we ought to pray, but theSpirit Himself intercedes for us with groanstoo deep for words. 27And He who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.… these verses show that The Holy Spirit is always with a Christian, indeed from the time one accepts Christ, until the end, The spirit is with them and guides them! So why He is not addressed is because it is understood that He is with us at all times, and does the will of The Father, His good, pleasing, and perfect will. So one may not address Him as much is because both Christ and The Father reside in heaven while The Spirit moves throughout the world, and is in heaven as well. So He is The One who delivers our messages and prayers to good, and He is The One who brings back messages from heaven. I hope that makes sense, I apologize if it does not. Basically, The Holy Spirit is The One that brings messages to God and from God to those on earth
  2. these videos look interesting, I'll try and check them out when I have the time, appreciate you sharing them!
  3. oh no its fine, I love these questions, I apologize if what I say is confusing, and God being God no one can understand Him for He is beyond human comprehension. As far as The Holy Spirit being more knowledgeable than Jesus, I would say yes based on my understanding. Jesus spoke highly of The Holy Spirit, in fact the one unforgivable sin was blasphemy of The Holy Spirit, He even said that all blasphemies would be forgiven but blasphemy of The Holy Spirit would not be forgiven. Mark 3:28-30 So Christ put The Holy Spirit above Himself. Remember His mission on earth was to die and rise again. He would have knowledge of Judgement Day, which He clearly did by giving signs, however that was not His main focus. There was later revelation to His followers about some of the details surrounding it. Now I'll give you some speculation on my part. Let's say that I could predict the future, now one day I try to prove this by saying that a man will eat a salad for lunch. The man deciding that he can prove me wrong goes on and gets something else for lunch. Now God can predict the future, however He does not generally give exact dates, remember He was not specific about when judgement would come upon ninevah, only that it would if they continued in their wickedness. They heard the message from the prophet Jonah and repented, now what if God had given an exact time and date that they would be destroyed? Its very possible that they may have decided to wait and instead of changing immediately would have continued in their ways. There is a ton of speculation about why Christ didn't know what The Father or Holy Spirit knew, the Bible does not necessarily give a clear answer, so you'll have to forgive me I won't pretend to know or understand 100%, but I can offer you theories and speculations as to why. Remember, as a man He had to rely on God and set an example, He didn't need to be baptized yet He did to The Father's joy! Matthew 3:13-17 God reveals what He wishes whenever, to whoever, and however He decides. Again, He is God, I cannot fully understand Him and neither can any human
  4. Well I can't say that I know exactly how things worked before Christ when it came to salvation, however the New Testament does mention that Abraham was justified through faith, and much like Islam, many people had heard from prophets and from God Himself about what was right, and understand that God is outside of time, so Christ's sacrifice was for all time. You may ask why then have animal sacrifices? well that can also be explained in the verses I'll share below, that it was a seal before the time and symbolic of the sacrifice of Christ in the future. Now it is true that any sin can be forgiven by asking God for forgiveness and admitting sin, no man is perfect, but Christians who use that as an excuse to do whatever are going against what the Bible commands. As far as their salvation, I am not sure, however it is much like the parable of the talents, God is not happy about that attitude or actions, and I'll put that below as well. 14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ The Parable of the talents Matthew 25:14-30 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, has discovered? 2If Abraham was indeed justified by works, he had something to boast about, but not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”a 4Now the wages of the worker are not credited as a gift, but as an obligation. 5However, to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness, 6just as David proclaims the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, whose sins are covered; 8Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him.”b 9Is this blessing only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited as righteousness. 10In what context was it credited? Was it after his circumcision, or before? It was not after, but before. 11And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So he is the father of all who believe but are not circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. 12And he is also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised, but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Abraham Receives the Promise (Genesis 15:8-21; Numbers 34:1-15) 13For the promise that Abraham would be heir of the world was not made to him and his descendants through the Law, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. 14For if those who live by the Law are heirs, faith is useless and the promise is worthless,15because the Law brings wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression. 16Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may rest on grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”c He is our father in the presence of God, in whom he believed, the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being what does not yet exist. 18Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.”d 19Without weakening in his faith, he acknowledged the decrepitness of his body (since he was about a hundred years old) and the lifelessness of Sarah’s womb. 20Yet he did not waver through disbelief in the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God was able to do what He had promised. 22That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”e 23Now the words “it was credited to him” were written not only for Abraham, 24but also for us, to whom righteousness will be credited—for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification. Romans 4:1-25
  5. Excellent questions, sorry for the late response, been busy with travel and work. In response to your first question- yes and no. It must be sincere and you must follow the guidance of The Holy Spirit, however one can accept Christ and choose to live in disobedience and therefore never truly be fulfilled. I love your analogy of the cooks and believe that works excellently here. Jesus Himself gave a similar parable about talents 14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:14-30 Here you can see that God is not happy with those who would choose to waste the message that He gives them, and to not be obedient and serve Him. In regards to the next question, Jesus was exemplary person in this regard. He got baptized by His cousin in Matthew 3:13-17. A famous prayer in Christianity comes from Jesus Himself when His disciples asked Him how they should pray, He responded, "Our Father Who is in Heaven, hallowed by Your Name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for Yours is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever amen" Matthew 6:9-13 He also commanded His followers to love their enemies and to pray for those who persecute them. Matthew 5:44 Then after being mocked and tortured and finally crucified, Christ begged God to forgive the people who had done this to Him, for they knew not what they were doing. Luke 23:34 As you can see, Christ told His followers what to do and how to live their lives, but then He exemplified this by following what He had taught, He practiced what He preached, and did so with conviction and without changing His mind. Now there are billions of people who call Him Lord, and Heaven, earth, those who follow Him, and all creation are His inheritance. He will be crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He fulfilled what He taught, and what He taught is what I claim as truth in regards to faith. So spiritual excellence comes from following His teachings, and to me that is how one is made right with God, when combined, the act of faith by accepting Christ, and the obedience of doing what He said and taught, will lead to spiritual excellence and so so much more!
  6. Hey sorry for the late post been caught up in travel and work, but before Christ, the Jewish people made sacrifices at the temple to atone for sins. Those who followed Jesus no longer participated in this practice. Basically, sacrifices were made to atone for sins, and then Christ made the ultimate sacrifice for man
  7. Ok, when did Jesus disobey God? I'm curious about where you believe He sinned
  8. You ask great questions, yes what I mean is by sin entering the world is our inclination towards evil. What caused Adam to be tempted to eat of the fruit is explained in genesis. The serpent, later revealed to be satan in Revelation, tempted Eve, his wife. Eve took the fruit and then offered some to Adam who was with her. Sin to a Christian is acting against God's will, or disobedience to him. Pretty muc anything against God and His will is considered sin in Christianity, there is of course more to it, but Adam's sin was disobedience to God by ignoring his commands. Sin was allowed to enter the world because man became corrupted through his choice to disobey God. The knowledge of what is right and good versus that of evil came through the fruit and was passed down much like how DNA is passed down from mother and father to child. So man is corrupted with a tendency towards evil, this can be seen throughout history through violence, greed, immorality and the much more. How Jesus comes in answers your question! Like you said we can abstain from sin, however every human aside from Christ has sinned. Christ entered the world as a man, except without the corruption of sin passed down from adam, and because of that He was able to purify the world for all who chose Him rather than the sin of adam. Choosing Christ means that one chooses the way of God over sin, and Christ purifies all those who accept and believe Him.
  9. Jesus was put inside of Mary to grow and develop like any other earthly child, but He came from heaven, not from the earth. He was put on this earth but was not of this earth. He lived the life of a human, and took the form and likeness of a human, but never sinned.
  10. You make a great point, the Jews were indeed searching for a prophet, and Jesus said that He was not a prophet. Christians believe that the Jews were looking for a prophet and a messianic figure. The issue was that they were searching for a political leader that would lead them out of the captivity of the Roman empire. Jesus never once encouraged the Jews to overthrow the empire, so they did not believe He was The Messiah. So the question becomes, was Muhammad the one that the Jews were waiting for, and if so why did Jesus deny being a prophet? Christians believe that Jesus was The Messiah, the one predicted to crush the head of the serpent in Genesis by the fact that He died and rose again, ending sin and death's domain on earth, and that He will return to redeem all of creation. He was a spiritual king, and sought to save the world of an issue that all cultures, nations, and peoples face, death and sin. The Jews were looking for someone to overthrow a temporary problem, the roman empire. In response to your other question about those that never heard about Christianity, it is never explicitly stated what happens to them in Scripture. Some believe that God accepts those who genuinely tried to seek Him in life, others that one is given a chance upon death. The truth is we do not really know, so we try to make sure that all may hear and be saved. Our focus is to spread love and to save as many as we can
  11. Hello, great question not only do we believe that we will see God in the hereafter, but that we will be in fellowship with Him, and that He will be our King, Father, and Lord and we will be His people.
  12. These are excellent questions so I'll take them one by one 1. In short The Holy Spirit inspired Him to write these books. They were not just some made up scenarios in his mind. Many of his books were written to churches that he was helping disciple or was giving thanks for. The books he wrote were generally letters with instructions on Christian living, and some history and accounts that he made about the life of Jesus and his own life. He was beaten, imprisoned, in danger, and ultimately executed for his beliefs, so it is unlikely that he was making up what he wrote. In one of Peter's letters, Peter being the same Peter that was a disciple of Christ described Paul as a brother and generally spoke highly of him and approved of his writings. 2 Peter 3:15- 16. So Paul was approved by Peter a disciple of Jesus Himself. 2. Yes I believe that aside from Jesus everyone has sinned. I believe this because Scripture explicitly states this Romans 3:23. Every human aside from Jesus was descendant of Adam who contaminated the world with sin through his disobedience to God. As such all have committed sin aside from Jesus who was born of a virgin and had no earthly father, so He did not come from Adam's line. 3. I respect Islam, however I disagree with many things. I believe many who follow Islam truly do wish to serve God. I respect what your prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, did in uniting the Arab tribes, and for encouraging the worship of one God. As with all of humanity I love Muslims, and I wish to help them and to also learn from them in any way that I can. There are also things I highly respect such as the fasting during Ramadan, the devotion to God and serving Him by praying obediently. I do wish to learn more about Islam, and hope to make friends with those who follow Islam and to search for truth together.
  13. sounds interesting, so I guess it might be how a Christian might love and respect a Catholic and what they might do for the Christian world, but not necessarily approve of their denomination
  14. Great questions, I will personally give my personal reasons for calling Jesus Lord and Savior. A few years ago, I hated God, specifically The Christian God due to how other Christians behaved and acted towards me. I was traveling home and after drinking energy drinks, I suffered an intense anxiety attack. This attack lasted for months, I could barely function or sleep because I had this incessant feeling of doom. I felt as though I could die at any moment, and then I would go directly to hell. I believed that God could never forgive me for the things I had said and done against Him. One day at work I cried out to Him in my head, begging for forgiveness, I then heard a voice in my head saying, "alright, you've had enough." The fear that I had had left me, and I felt much much better. I started to attend a Bible study, and I continued to beg God for forgiveness, and overtime I had been fully healed. I haven't had a panic attack in over a year. Now I can say that I am saved, death no longer worries me. I was saved by Christ, so that makes Him my savior. Not only did He save me from hell, but also forgave me for my sins, as well as given me a place in His family. He rescued me from a meaningless and wicked life, and given me hope, a future, and love that I feel for everyone. It is this love and peace that I intend to share with others, and He knows the best way to help everyone. 2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance." He loves all and desires reconciliation with all of humanity. When I proclaim that He is my Lord, I am saying that He is The One who guides, directs, and leads my path in life. My goal is to serve Him by serving others and sharing the love that He holds for all of mankind. I introduce Him as my Father in heaven, for He has adopted me into His kingdom. He was and is The Son of God, He should be accepted not through some chant, but through the power of The Holy Spirit in a changed life that glorifies Him. In your heart, who is He is the question, and it is one of the best questions that can be asked, and if that question reveals your faith, trust, and loyalty to Him, then your fate is with Him.
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