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MartyS

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  1. Repentant Servant, Your post reminded me of a book I read several years ago that gave me a glimpse into how God is speaking to Muslims in the world today and the special way He is revealing Himself to many. I thought you might find it fascinating and understand it better than I could. It is: Dreams and Visions: Is Jesus Awakening the Muslim World? by Tom Doyle, publisher Thomas Nelson Many blessings, beloved by God!
  2. In these last days, as we wait for the return of our Savior, the Messiah, the Son of Man and Son of God, we are so very thankful for The mercy and grace and forgiveness of sins that was made available to all who believe in Him through His death upon a cross and resurrection from the dead. Thank you, Father God, for sending your only begotten Son to die in our place, take our punishment and death to sin to the grave and raise again to life to conquer sin and death and purchase our righteousness and holiness and eternal life!
  3. Yes, thanks, I do remember. Job seemed safe from any real troubles, UNTIL... 1 There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. 2 There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. 3 He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. 4 His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. 5 And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, "It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts." Thus Job did continually. 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the Earth, and from walking up and down on it." 8 And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the Earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" 9 Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for no reason? 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face." 12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. 13 Now there was a day when his sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, 14 and there came a messenger to Job and said, "The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside them, 15 and the Sabeans fell upon them and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 16 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants and consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 17 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "The Chaldeans formed three groups and made a raid on the camels and took them and struck down the servants with the edge of the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 18 While he was yet speaking, there came another and said, "Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother's house, 19 and behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead, and I alone have escaped to tell you." 20 Then Job arose and tore his robe and shaved his head and fell on the ground and worshiped. 21 And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." 22 In all this Job did not sin or charge God with wrong. - Job 1 ...but 41 chapters later, after Satan got permission from God to even destroy Job's health, he repented to God for his arrogance and pride, THEN... 12 And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. 15 And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days. - Job 42:12-17
  4. When Jesus came, He was sent to deal with sin of all mankind. We don't have to understand all the mysteries of God. All that we have to do is put our faith in the One God sent. He does, He did, everything else to satisfy God's requirement for the redemption of mankind. I believe His perfect sacrifice completely satisfied the wrath of God against all unrighteousness. And once I believed, He sent His Spirit to live inside of me, give me understanding of His Word, made manifest in His Son, the ultimate revelation of Himself.
  5. That's a GREAT question! Only in the person of Jesus, there is no difference. Jesus was fully God, incarnate by the Holy Spirit of God, and through the womb of Mary, a virgin, Jesus was given human birth, fully Man, the only one without sin. This qualified Jesus to identify with men and, because He was without sin, to give his life up to death as payment in full for the sins of those who would believe and be raised from the dead, literally the first-born from the dead, to show that we will live with Him after death, also. 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, "Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!" 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end." 34 And Mary said to the angel, "How will this be, since I am a virgin?" 35 And the angel answered her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy-the Son of God. - Luke 1:26-35
  6. Thanks for opening this very interesting discussion to other religions. Here are some verses I was studying today. I HAVE DIED TO THE LAW Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. - Romans 7:4 I have died to the Law through Jesus' dead body, so that I may belong to Jesus, raised from the dead, and bear fruit for God. 17 But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, 18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. - Romans 6:17-18 I was once a slave to sin, but now I am a slave to righteousness!
  7. Our Christian Bible assures us that if we seek for God, He will reveal Himself to us. I am praying you will find what you are seeking. 7 "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! - Matthew 7:7-11 35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. - John 6:35-37
  8. And Christians believe Jesus paid our debt to God, so heaven is guaranteed to all Christ-followers. We no longer have the fear of hell. But we believe it exists. Our belief in God's purpose of sending Jesus to live and die as a man to secure our salvation from hell, is worth sacrificing everything and everyone else.
  9. We Christians believe the Bible is the inerrant Word of God. It tells us Jesus said... 30 I and the Father are one." 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, "I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?" 33 The Jews answered him, "It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God." 34 Jesus answered them, "Is it not written in your Law, 'I said, you are gods'? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came-and Scripture cannot be broken- 36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, 'You are blaspheming,' because I said, 'I am the Son of God'? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father." 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, "John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true." - John 10:30-41
  10. Do you know God wants closeness with you even more than you want it with Him? He wants you to have His peace more than you desire it. No greater love has anyone than to lay down One's life for the object of His love. Before you were born, God knew you. He knew you would sin and fall short of Himself. So you cannot be with Him until you are made like Him in holiness and righteousness. Because He is perfect, you must become perfect, too. But how? Only God could make a way. He took your judgment and satisfied it with His death on a cross in the person of His own Son.
  11. Hi, 3wliya_maryam. What if a polytheistic religion worships the same God you do? What if God reveals Himself differently to one flock of His creation, for His own purposes, than to another? What if the doctrine of the Trinity is just another way of trying to understand the infinite complexity of God? I read this week a sermon by Christian pastor/teacher Alistair Begg. He said this about the triune nature of God... The “triune nature of God” is one of the most controversial of doctrines. People, nonbelievers, and cult leaders have argued against it for ages. Even believers struggle with it. The simple truth, when it comes to mathematics is that 1 cannot be 3 and 3 cannot be 1. But there’s a secret here. Those laws only apply when you’re dealing with finite entities – finite numbers. But the Bible declares that God is not finite – but infinite. So we have to look at the realm of infinite entities or infinities. What does 1 infinity + 1 infinity +1 infinity equal? 1 infinity! 1 infinity divided by 3 still equals 1 infinity. Thus, the infinity of God plus the infinity of God plus the Infinity of God equals…. The infinity of God. Can we fully understand infinity? No. Nor can we fully comprehend God – and we don’t have to. Rather we just have to believe in Him. For there is no real problem with the tri-unity of God – the only problem is how to open up our hearts, our minds, and our faith to that which is so much bigger.
  12. Peace. Yes. Job repented of his spiritual pride. He acknowledged all he learned about the holiness of God through his suffering. But I look at how God blessed him afterwards! 10 And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before. 11 Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had known him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the LORD had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold. 12 And the LORD blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys. 13 He had also seven sons and three daughters. 14 And he called the name of the first daughter Jemimah, and the name of the second Keziah, and the name of the third Keren-happuch. 15 And in all the land there were no women so beautiful as Job's daughters. And their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers. 16 And after this Job lived 140 years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, four generations. 17 And Job died, an old man, and full of days. - Job 42:10-17
  13. When Jesus was asked to explain the parable about the weeds, this is what He said... 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field." 37 He answered, "The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. - Matthew 13:36-43
  14. That is so wise. It is profound! That is compatible with God creating Satan. Satan is actually God's Satan. He can do nothing without God's permission and for God's purposes. Thank you, Raheel!
  15. I love to quote Jesus. He explained it in a story. 24 He put another parable before them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?' 28 He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' So the servants said to him, 'Then do you want us to go and gather them?' 29 But he said, 'No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, "Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn."'" - Matthew 13:24-30
  16. According to the New Testament (which was written after Jesus' death), when God sent Jesus to save mankind from sin and hell, He divinely passed over the sins that had been committed before Jesus' death. That is why Jesus' Spirit (while His body was in the tomb) went to preach the good news to the departed souls who had died in The Flood. To all who have believed after Jesus' resurrection, the gift of redemption has been received. But because God is faithful to his promises to the descendants of Abraham, I believe many Jews...and Muslims? will believe in Him after He comes again as King of Kings and Lord of Lords and will be saved. Hell was intended for the fallen angels. It is God's desire that all men would be saved. That is why He sent Jesus, who now sits on the throne with The Father and will judge mankind. Jesus died for mankind so he would not go to hell. He defeated Satan and death through His perfect death. And He lives to intercede for us. 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died-more than that, who was raised-who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. - Romans 8:32-34
  17. I realize this thread is by and between Muslims, for Muslims, but I somehow feel free to post because I am for Muslims, too--descendants of Abraham, who I love. I was recently asked by my cousin how I came to love Muslims so much. I shared this story with him. I hope it isn't too long. Hi, Robert. Thank you for asking about how I fell in love with Muslims. It was 2012. I was on a short-term mission trip with a local church to a mission hospital in Egbe, Nigeria. I got to visit two Fulani herds-people camps in the bush. We stayed overnight at the first one. The chief and his son and their multiple wives (with their children) lived in individual grass huts on a dirt clearing that they swept every evening so they could find the snakes in the morning. The chief pledged to guard our lives with his own. The other woman (a cardio-thoracic surgeon) and I pitched our tent next to the chief's hut! But we could not even look at or speak to the men, except once when rendering medical care to the son. That night, they shared their food with us; and the next morning, I drank milk from a cow! After dinner, Karen and I got to speak to a Fulani woman through an interpreter. She was beautiful. I loved her. That was how it began. It wasn't religion that saved me. It was Jesus. I want all the people I know and love to know Him the way that I have since 1976. It was an encounter that changed me forever. That's why I tell everyone I love about Him. Thanks for letting me get to know you all on this site. It makes me love you more, which makes me want to share Jesus with you more. Blessings, beloved of God.
  18. 2,000 years ago, the disciples of Jesus asked Him this same question... 3 And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, 4 "Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?" 5 And Jesus began to say to them, "See that no one leads you astray. 6 Many will come in my name, saying, 'I am he!' and they will lead many astray. 7 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. 8 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. 9 "But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. - Mark 13:3-13 Mark, the author of this gospel, received this account from Peter. Most scholars think the gospel of Mark was the first gospel to be written. Mark begins his gospel by quoting Isaiah 40:3... A voice cries: "In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. - Isaiah 40:3 "New Testament": (which means the newest testament to that which was before it--an addition to the Tanakh, which was the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings)
  19. As a Christian, I admire teachings that encourage us to honor our father and mother. This was part of the Law of Moses. Jesus said he did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. And I take comfort in Jesus' words when I am persecuted by my family and they have cut off ties with me because of my belief in Jesus' gospel of Repentance; Jesus warned His followers that in the last days one's enemies would be the members of his own household. I can think of no greater emotional pain than that in this life. I think it is better, however, to suffer separation from our loved ones than to suffer separation from God (hell). I believe separation from my family does not send me to hell. According to Jesus, it is only a sign that God is first in my life, not my family. 34 "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the Earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person's enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. - Matthew 10:34-39 I do not know your situation. But I have separated physically from abusive husbands. I do not believe God will send me to hell. I believe Jesus died in my place for that sin and all others, so I will never be separated from God. I hope I am not offensive. And I pray God will give you peace in the words of many counselors. Blessings,
  20. I think I understand your mom, Miss Wonderful. As a hospice nurse, caring for many people who were dying, I found that the best question I could ask them when they were distressed was, "Can you tell me what you are most afraid of?" She probably really wants to talk about what she's feeling right now. If it's the incontinence, there are adult pull-ups that work very well and bed pads that are washable or disposable. Try to help her protect her dignity and let her know it doesn't bother you. Almost everyone who is dying goes through this. If what she's most afraid of is life after death, share your faith with her, even though she's the parent and you're the child. At the end of our lives, those roles reverse. Most important, don't push her away. She needs you now like you needed her when you were a newborn child. I hope this helps. P.S. I am dying now, too. I wish I had a daughter like you. God bless you.
  21. My twin sister had a dream before she died, 20 years ago. She relayed it to me like this... She saw herself lying on the floor. A man picked her up and held her in his arms. She thought it was Jesus. She said she didn't hear the word, but she felt it, "Redeemed." She said it washed over her with so much power, she felt in that moment that Jesus was healing her from her cancer. But when the dream ended, she realized she was still very sick, even sicker than before. She understood then that it wasn't that kind of healing. Just a little while ago, before I read this thread, I asked Jesus to take away my cancer. I had just finished reading these words... "This was to fulfill what was spoken by the Prophet Isaiah: 'He took our illnesses and bore our diseases.'" - Matthew 8:17 Perhaps my sister's dream is the answer to my prayer.
  22. 13 "Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. - Matthew 7:13-14
  23. Herein I have found purpose for my life, and peace, and hope... "Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." (words of Jesus) - Matthew 11:28 "Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." (words of Jesus) - John 15:13 "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (words of Jesus) - John 3:16
  24. The gospel (which means good news) of the Bible teaches that we are sinners who cannot redeem ourselves. We want to do good, but cannot. Jesus was sinless. He never did evil nor desired to do evil. His nature was good, from God, in the very likeness of God. His sinless death paid the price that God required to break the curse on mankind. When we, individually, believe in Jesus and ask for forgiveness, all our sins are washed away, as far away as the east is from the west. David prophesied of Jesus, "as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us." - Psalm 103:12 Our sin nature dies with Jesus on the cross. His Spirit comes to live in us, giving us righteousness, as if we had never sinned, and gives us a new nature that doesn't desire to sin. Bit the Bible also says that once we have this new nature, and are born of God, if we sin and then confess that sin, He is faithful to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 5 This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. - 1 John 1:5-10
  25. As a Christian, I do not find a paradox in God's creation of mankind (perfect and imperfect) or His allowance of the presence of good and evil in our world. From the Bible, I believe Adam was innocent of any evil, unashamed of his nakedness, ruler over all earthly creation. There was no death; no pain or suffering or sorrow; no concept of fire or punishment or evil. Then Adam disobeyed God's one and only rule. He ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The rest of the story is history. Sin brought the curse of suffering and death and judgment upon mankind. Much of mankind chose to do evil continuously. Some had faith in God to save them and tried to live righteously (I.e., Moses, Abraham, David). Then God stopped history and time. In His mercy and love and grace, He sent His Son, the only perfect man, to rescue mankind from judgment--eternal spiritual separation from God. Jesus' perfect sinless life was an acceptable sacrifice to pay the cost of sin (death) and restore mankind's righteousness and holiness before God. Many have rejected God's plan to save the world, but for those who have believed and placed their faith in Jesus, there is a new life. When Jesus died in our place, we were set free from the curse. And because He lives, we know we will have eternal spiritual life with God forever.
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