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In the Name of God بسم الله

MartyS

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  1. For me, this is a powerful statement. With my finite mind, I know I cannot prove this. But I am equally certain I cannot disprove it. I know that I exist--for 66 years now. From my own personal experience, this I know. And from a personal experience with "God" in 1976--44 years ago--that changed my very nature, from darkness to light, from spiritual death to spiritual life, I believe God exists. I have been exposed to the Bible for all of my conscious life. I have found it reliable because it begins, "In the beginning," with an account of the first created human beings and ends in the culminat
  2. I do find it interesting that while Jesus' body lie in the tomb for three days, He went in the Spirit to preach the gospel (good news) to the "spirits in prison" who drowned in the flood during Noah's time. 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison, 20 because they formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight
  3. I agree! Just as sin entered the world of mankind through Adam in the Garden of Eden, sin was excluded when Jesus, who being God, perfect and sinless, became a man and crucified sin on behalf of all mankind who would believe in Him! To assure us that sin was defeated, and mankind was restored to right relationship with God (righteousness), God the Father raised Jesus, God the Son, from the dead, so we can know we will be raised from the dead, also!
  4. So going back to the original post, as Abraham was counted righteous by faith in God, not by works done in his flesh; so, too, we are counted as righteous, having right-standing with God, forgiven of all our filthy sins, not by any good works, but by our faith in Jesus, the one God sent to make an end of sins. 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it- 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of
  5. I completely agree. Before I became a Christian, when I relied on my good works to make me righteous before God, I was without hope. But as Isaiah prophesied, concerning Jesus, in Isaiah 53:11... Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. - Isaiah 53:11 And as Peter quoted Isaiah 53:5, he said... He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. -
  6. If I were a sheet of paper, living in my two-dimension world, I would not understand your three-dimension world. Similarly, as a created three-dimension being, I cannot understand God, how He can be predestinating and a giver of free-will; all good and all just; needing nothing and desiring fellowship with mankind. But those limitations on my part do not keep me from trusting God, even with my eternal soul, and believing everything about Him that He has chosen to reveal in His Word and through His Son, Jesus. (Obviously, these are my Christian beliefs! ) Here are some of the understandin
  7. Actually, in the beginning, there was no original sin. Adam and Eve were without sin until they disobeyed God and sin spread to all mankind. Our Bible tells us that ... 12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned- 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift i
  8. Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6

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      Hameedeh

      @MartyS But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. [Hebrews 13:16] 

  9. Greetings, my friend. The perspective I have to share is that of "the Church." I am not a direct descendant of Abraham that I know of. So I have no inheritance to God's favor, entitling me to spend eternity with God, that I can claim. I grew up in one of the so-called Christian denominations that I now believe teaches much heresy and, if they do not repent, are in grave danger of God's judgment that is coming on the earth soon. Fortunately, in 1976, I had a personal encounter with Jesus, who said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me." Jesus didn't ex
  10. This is going to sound crazy, because I never thought I could even remotely believe that my beloved country, the United States of America, could have been involved in originating or spreading this deadly plague. And I would have been horrified to think it was motivated by hatred for any of God's people, especially my dearly loved Muslim brothers and sisters. However, I now believe it did come from the heart of Satan, through an American channel. But the object is not Iran. The objects, I now believe, are we, the believers in Jesus, who will never accept the Mark of The Beast, that will be forc
  11. This is so interesting to me as a Christian. I was pleased, and not surprised, to hear my Christian brother on this video say that we share this view with Shia Muslims. Blessings from God!
  12. In fact, Jesus already died for your sin.
  13. Just as Abraham believed God, and his belief was counted to him as righteousness, for the forgiveness of sin, I have believed God, that He sent His Son into the world to conquer and destroy sin and death and the one who through the fear of death holds all men captive to sin, Satan. And I believe the descendants of Ishmael are chosen by God to receive salvation through Jesus, also.
  14. Dear EThErEaL, Respectfully, I cannot disagree with you more. For the Bible tells me we have all fallen short of the glory of God, who is perfect. And in order to be accepted by Him, reconciled to Him, we must become perfect like Him. But the problem is sin. It afflicts us all equally. Some of us are just more aware of the damning evidence and consequences, like you. But the sobering truth is none of us is able to stop sinning on our own. God knows this. He has always known this. Which is why He promised to send a Savior, One who would save mankind from their sins. But not all mankind wil
  15. Yes. It does seem that Satan is winning by accusing us in our struggle against sin. But we believe Satan is like a toothless lion with no power any longer to condemn us, because when Jesus died in our place on the cross... He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. - Colossians 2:15 concerning judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. - John 16:11 And when Jesus returns... 1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain. 2 And he seized the
  16. Thank you, everyone, for sharing your insight, understandings, and faith. My favorite advice is "Pray, Pray, Pray." I think we can agree the power behind Covid-19 is greater than national or government powers. Nevertheless, there is a Power that is greater than the devil. Satan is already defeated, and his time for wreaking havok on the Earth is short. Before Jesus went back to heaven, He said this... 25 "These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your re
  17. Well said. I suppose I was trying to ease my conscience for not exposing this inhumane practice by the World Health Organization a decade ago. Thank you for bringing this global pandemic into correct perspective. God bless you.
  18. Some weeks ago, I posted a belief that I held a decade or so ago, that the Chinese were involved in incarcerating the portion of their population who were least-productive and a burden on their society, and testing vaccines in special facilities on elderly and mentally disabled individuals. It occurs to me now that, by the release of this virus, that goal has largely been accomplished. But it will not have the desired effect of making China's work force more competitive in a global sense, because it is accomplishing that same goal in countries all over the world.
  19. Yes. This was obviously true for Abraham and his descendants. I am grateful that God made a way for me to obtain righteousness through Jesus, my Lord. Whether it is more lofty or not, I cannot say. 20 No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was "counted to him as righteousness." 23 But the words "it was counted to him" were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in hi
  20. As a Christian, I believe I am counted righteous before God because Jesus paid the price for my sins--taking my guilt away and giving me His righteousness before God. I only realized tonight, reading this Bible verse, that Abraham, and his descendants (before Jesus), were counted righteous by a different criteria... And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness. - Genesis 15:6
  21. This coronavirus pandemic is the first global event of my lifetime. I look back in history for another event that impacted every human being in the whole world at the same time. I think of the flood that covered the whole Earth, wherein every person except eight members of Noah's family, drowned. I wonder what the outcome of this great event will be. It makes me feel very connected to each of you and some common destiny. It makes our differences seem small and our commonness seem great. It makes God seem very much in control of it all. Blessings!
  22. Hi! My thoughts are,...once a patient needs a ventilator in order to survive, he or she doesn't really need a ventilator, because they are dying. The ventilator only serves to prolong the dying process. For someone like me--who has no fear of the first death--I don't want a ventilator when I'm dying. I've thought about having DNR (Do Not Resussitate) tattooed on my chest! (just kidding! )
  23. I have heard in America the coronavirus can survive as droplets from a cough for 3 hours in air, but it doesn't float in the air. It settles onto a surface where it may only survive 1-3 hours.
  24. I am so happy to think that Jesus may be returning soon, this time as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As we are being told to stay indoors all over the world during these days, I have been reminded of these words of the Prophet Isaiah... Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the fury has passed by. - Isaiah 26:20
  25. Hi, Hasanhh. As a registered nurse, I have been taught that sepsis is a deadly poisonous infection in the blood as a result of a bacterial infection, like pneumonia, that may follow a viral infection like corona virus. The elderly and people with chronic underlying health conditions are much more prone to develop pneumonia and sepsis than young strong healthy people who get sick from a virus like covid-19 or the flu.
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