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Dave follower of The Way

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  1. I've read this through and I'm not quite "certain" what the author means by "certainty". Is he using the word for "faith?" What is the "certainty" in/of? I have certainty in the promises of God. What he says will happen. When he says "So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (A word from God to his people revealed through the prophet Isaiah chapter 41:10) I am certain of this promise and trust God to help me in all situations as I journey with him. My faith / certainty in God is something that inspires me and gives me confidence to face whatever the world throws at me.
  2. Thanks for your reply - it is helpful The special love you talk about here is that of God being our friend like he was to Abraham. Close, intimate, walking the journey together, love. I would suggest that God's uncondtional love is shown both in the things you mention - praise him for these things! But also in the way he invites and makes it possible for the sinner to become his friend.
  3. Hey - what an interesting question! There are a number of ways we can engage with God and God can engage with us. Of course because God has always existed and sustans the universe and is omnipresent there has never been a time when people were without God. However, if we talk about knowing God that is a different level. We can 'know' God like I know the president - I recognise his face or have information about him. But I can 'know' God like I know a close friend or family member - I have an intimate relationship and share my heart and life with him. I'm sure God wants us to meet him and know him not just as a sustaining force or as a distant being but as a lover.
  4. This is a nice piece - I like your comment that when we meet God and experience his love, the emptiness of philosophical argument is shown to be what it really is. An escape from dealing with our guilty conscience when we face the purity of God.
  5. Isn't the imam, in giving a very clever answer, showing one at the same time how stupid the Athisits' question is and how great and wonderful God is. Do we have to take the Imam's answer literealy?
  6. I like the picture of opening our hearts to God. It fits well with this topic - when my friend comes and knocks on my front door, I run and open it and let him in and we share life together. What a beautiful picture of following God. Jesus the Messiah gave this invitaion in New Testament Revelation chapter 3 verse 20 20 Here I am! I stand at the door (of their life/heart) and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. I'm not sure what you mean by "when a person has freed himself from himself". When we think about friends, they accept us as we are and we rejoice together in who each person is. It is the person's nature and character which draws us together. I believe God loves us and values us as the person we are. Although he works with us to change us to be more godly, I don't believe he wants us to be free from ourselves, Rather he wants us to be more perfectly who we were ment to be. But then maybe I've misunderstood you - sorry!
  7. Thank you this is helpful - How do we respond to God's power? He is the ruler and the king. How should that meke a difference to my daily life?
  8. Thanks for this - yes God is the eternal king The begining verses of Qur'an Al Hadid 57 talk about God's rule and kingdom and say "He is the First and the Last, the Ascendant and the Intimate, and He is, of all things, Knowing" The prophet Isaiah reports God as saying Isaiah 44:6 “This is what the Lord says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God. The eternal God doesn't need a physical body, but I beleieve that because of his love for us he chose to humble himself and come amongst us as Jesus so we could see what his kingdom looked like in real life. It is interesting that after Jesus died and rose again and assened to God he showed himself to John, one of his followers, and used the title "The First and the Last" See Revelation chapter 1 17 When I saw him (Jesus), I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
  9. This is an interesting question. Really made me think! I would like to get to know God better I would like to live in a world where there is peace and harmony and health I would like to see all peoples serving and worshiping God by loving God with their whole being and loving their neighbour as themselves These are things I pray for each day as they are things that only God can bring about.
  10. Looking at these supplications it would seem that these prayers are asking God to help us be willing to accept what he has planned for our lives. So is success - Falah - submitting to God's will and doing it?
  11. @Ashvazdanghe Thank you for the hadith you have included. They are helpful in showing what a friend of God is like. The reference from James indicates that Abraham's friendship with God was something not just from what he did but what he beleived too and the ultimate trust he had in God's promises. May we all put our trust in God in this way so that Abraham's friend becomes our friend.
  12. Does this mean that a normal person like me and you can't hope for a friendship with God? This is describing an extremely close and intimate relationship. The New Testament teaches something along these lines. It talks about the person who follows Jesus and says "Christ is in them" and also at the same time they are "in Christ"
  13. So Ibrahim was an archetype - an example that we can learn from and imitate. This would imply that as He was a friend of God, we too can desire and seek after the same relationship. My friendship with God involves enjoying spending time with him and including him in every aspect of my life. And because friendship is two way, I also hear God speak and comfort me. I am asured that he travels my journey with me. As God travelled and spoke with Ibrahim as his friend he is wanting to do that with us too.
  14. John 15:10, Mathew 5:17-20 , Mathew 6, Mathew 7. james 2:8-11, james 2:14-19. Are you suggesting that God commands us to obey but doesn't want a relationship with us? I don't think there is anyone who doesn't see God's laws and standards as good and right. I'm sure you like me seek to live up to them. God is King he reigns and looks for us to obey. But what happens when we don't live up to his standards - you have quoted some very clear passages where Jesus and his followers explain what God expects. I would support @tdawg626 God also wants to know us and recieve us into a relationship. He is not a distant King but a King who came to live amongst us and still wanst to live within us helping us through his powerfull Holy Spirit to live up to his standards. You left out two verse when you quoted James chapter 2 12 Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. God the King is a merciful and forgiving King who wants us to live under his mercy.
  15. There is a story which Mark tells about Jesus the Messiah. Injil - Mark Chapter 9:24 A man brought his sick son to Jesus and asked Jesus to heal the boy. The father said "if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” Jesus replied "If you can’?” - “Everything is possible for one who believes.” The boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” You are asking about increasing your eemaan - faith - This man was in a similar situation to you he believed but felt it wasn't enough. His answer was to cry out to God. I have tried doing things to increase my faith but ultimatly the thing that worked is praying to God that he will meet me where I am - with small faith - and act in my life to increase that faith. I believe God wants you to trust in him and follow him more than you could want yourself. Ask God to reveal himself to you in such a way that your faith will be increased.
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