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  1. Haydar, Wow I didn't realize how many posts there were when I clicked on this! I didn't have time to read them all, and I touched upon this topic a little in the message I sent you, but I'll post a bit here too. Like you had mentioned to me, I think a plain reading could lead one towards believing that God chooses some for hell, some for heaven. This is not my stance as of now, although I've wavered at points between them. The stance I lean more toward is somewhere more in the middle between Arminianism and Calvinism. I think predestination (God choosing a destination for beli
  2. I have not said that God was all contained in the temple. It’s not like God left heaven and stayed in the temple fully and completely. Like you say, he’s omnipresent -he’s everywhere at all times. The temple was unique, though, in that it was both deeply symbolic and there was a special sense of the presence of God. No one could just barge in there and do whatever they pleased. If a high priest went into the Holy of Holies, for example, and did not have a right heart before God, he could be struck dead right there. I’m not saying even that God was partially there and everywhere else. No buildi
  3. What do you see in your dreams? Are they usually the same or different every time? What does he look like in your dreams.
  4. This passage was on my mind today as this world continues to spiral downward and people around me are dying left and right from this virus. In good times and bad times I know I can go to God like a sheep goes to his shepherd and he bring me comfort, leaving me satisfied with just Him. How does this passage relate to you? How can it bring you comfort? What does it say about God? The Lord Is My Shepherd A Psalm of David. 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.[a] 3 He restores my soul. He le
  5. Hi! Good question. I believe that God is all powerful as well being a Christian. I do believe that being all-powerful would allow you to do anything that does not contradict your nature. I'm wondering, does the Qu'ran say that God cannot become a man? We find in many Muslim sources that he is well described like a man and that people will visually see him in the afterlife. Could not God choose to do what he wanted to, even if it made no sense to us? I don't see why God couldn't be both limited and not limited at the same time without having to be considered a creation of h
  6. God's presence was actually in the temple, on earth with mankind. This verse is not seeking to disprove that God can become a man or that his presence could be with us. 18 “But will God really dwell on earth with humans? The heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 19 Yet, Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence. 20 May your eyes be open toward this temple day and night, this place of which you said you would put your Name t
  7. Hi! Are you saying that all of these friends from these respective religions all don’t pray, fast, or dress modestly? Or just the people that aren’t tied to any specific religion?
  8. Yeah, many of them really believe that what they are doing is God's work. I think this verse sums it up...
  9. There have been a lot of faith healers called out and even investigated, usually because it's tied to money in some way. I agree healings are real, but like you I have heard of those getting healed over and over. They have actually found actors in some false ministries that play the part and pretend to get healed. I have watched videos of some famous prosperity healers who prayed over people and walked away from them without anything even happening, but they still claim a healing had taken place. Did you ever ask her about this? What denomination were you part of?
  10. Hope you're doing well Haydar! The "faith healing industry" is just that - an industry, a business. It's terrible. It's all tied to the "prosperity gospel" which is basically a way to manipulate the Bible to get rich. Many poor and hurting people have given to false ministries and teachers like this hoping they will receive a big blessing in return, only to realize that this was not the way to be blessed by God. It's very sad how they misquote scripture to make money. This, however, has been happening since the beginning. Healing definitely is real and you don't have to go too far t
  11. THREE1THREE, Saying that you're right and I'm wrong doesn't make you any more right. It's just a statement. This does not mean at all that the law is bad or that we throw it out and completely dismiss it. It does change how we look at it though. Jesus came to fulfill, meaning he completed everything the law required. We both know Jesus nor the disciples ever said the law was bad, only that it does not save a person who is under sin. And all of us are. We are saved by putting our faith and trust in Christ based on his grace (unmerited favor) and this cannot be achieved by works (no
  12. Hey! You actually didn’t quote Dave’s full statement. He is saying that God desires us to live a holy life. This verse is just demonstrating how one is not justified or made right with God based on works. Look at Ephesians 2:8-10. It’s by grace through faith that we are saved, not by works. However, this does not mean that the law is not good. We just could not fulfill the law; only Christ can fulfill it perfectly. Now that it’s fulfilled we receive the righteousness of Christ through trusting in and relying (faith) in God’s provision for our sin. Look at Romans 3:22.Righteousness is give
  13. This is why sacrifices never could remove sin. You’re taking random verses and cherry-picking them out to try and prove your points. It doesn’t work like that. You need to look at the whole story. God did not want people to just do animal sacrifices just for the sake of doing them. They and his laws were supposed to lead the people to his heart and to love him and others more. The sacrifices were not supposed to be done just to complete a command. Neither were the laws. But that’s how the people were practicing them. They would complete laws and sacrifices and then be wicked to others. That’s
  14. Hey, sorry it took so long to respond! Hope you're doing well today. I should clarify what I mean by, "has to." You're right, God doesn't have to do anything. I believe he chooses to out of love for us. What theological conclusion we come to, though, from understanding who God is in the Old Testament, is that sin is so utterly bad in God's eyes that a payment must be made. One verse of many that speaks of this is Habakkuk 1:13, "Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrongdoing. Why then do you tolerate the treacherous? Why are you silent while the wicked swallow
  15. If you read the O.T. for refutation purposes only, yes, you will probably only see that God is indeed one,but miss the subtle prophetic themes throughout the O.T. Jesus claims to have fulfilled the prophecies and that O.T. writers wrote about him. It's only when we examine Jesus's life that we can observe how he indeed fulfill the prophecies. He also fulfilled the law, yes. No one could complete the laws perfectly and everyone ultimately failed except Christ. Jesus is not claiming that the prophets or the laws were bad. They had their time and place but Jesus ushers in a new covenant wit
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