Are Mormons Christians? Mormonism vs Christianity

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Christianity

This is video I made to show the truth about Christianity. That its a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and having heaven flow through you. Denying your life and doing what Christ did on earth. Living as a son and not TRYING to be a Christian.(Also you’ll notice that there is a typo in the video. It says person relationship I meant to say personal relationship :)

Benedict XVI: Giving freely as Christians

On Saturday morning Pope Benedict XVI welcomed three ecclesial realities to the Paul VI Hall for a special audience marking the anniversary of their foundation: the MEC - Ecclesial Movement of Cultural Engagement, founded 80 years ago and the CIDSE - International Federation of Christian Organizations for volunteering Service and MCL, the Christian Workers Movement, both founded 40 years ago. “Culture, volunteering and work - said the Pope - are an inseparable trio in the daily commitment of Catholic laity, in incisively belonging to Christ and the Church, both in private and in the public sphere of society.” The Holy Father said the common denominator of these three areas is the gift of self. He emph …

Christianity from Judaism to the Constantine: Crash Course World History #11

The Mongols Shirt is available for pre-order now! dft.ba In which John Green teaches you the history of Christianity, from the beginnings of Judaism and the development of monotheism, right up to Paul and how Christianity stormed the Roman Empire in just a few hundred years. Along the way, John will cover Abram/Abraham, the Covenant, the Roman Occupation of Judea, and the birth, life, death and legacy of Jesus of Nazareth. No flame wars! Let’s keep the commentary civil. Like Crash Course on Facebook: www.facebook.com Follow us on Twitter: @thecrashcourse @realjohngreen @raoulmeyer @crashcoursestan

The Only Worldview That Promises Hope

We’ve all got a worldview. Worldviews are formed by presuppositions, upbringing, culture, education, media, films and even video console games. Worldviews are not always formed purposely; they might be soaked up by osmosis from the culture around us. Many would lack the ability to defend what they think concerning the meaning and point of life; their worldview is a mesh mash of their experiences and the influences around them. From another standpoint, the Bible worldview is a learned and based primarily on what Scripture teaches, and is the only worldview that promises hope . It relies on these 7 truths:

- God exists (Heb. 11:6)
- The Bible is God?s divinely inspired Word (2 Tim. 3:16)
- God made everything that exists (Gen.1:1)
- God holds everything together (Col. 1:17)
- God came to earth and lived in the human body of Jesus Christ 2,000 years ago (Col. 1:19).
- In the Garden of Eden Mankind chose to rebel against God and due to that act of rebellion, sin and death entered the world (Rom. 5:12-14).
- Believing in Jesus Christ is the sole way to have eternal life or to be brought back together ?with Almighty God (John 3:15-19, 5:24), (Luke 8:21, John 3:20, John 14:21, 23-24), (Acts 4:10-12).

God Exists

Whether Gods exists or not in the mind of somebody is the base for every other propositions that compose a world view. If there is not any God in somebody’s mind, the random choice or natural selection theory of Darwin is the sole other alternative. Since natural selection gets rid of any higher authority with no one to be responsible to, then there are no absolutes, no morals, nor any wrong or right and nothing truly matters, so only incomprehensible and despair.

A Biblical world view relies on the proof that God is real, and the proof of his presence can be seen all around us:

- In the complexity of earth?s self sustaining design; perfect in every way to meets life?s wants with the perfect size and supporting functions of the moon.
- In the universe. The universe had to have a beginning. Who started it and who sustains it with an unwavering set of laws?
- In the human body: The DNA code informs, programs a cell’s behaviour with laws that are undeniable perfect.
- In his revelation within us: He pursues us and creates Devine information inside us of his existence. We are innately beings of worship, regardless of whether it is God we choose to worship.
- In his son: More than any alternative way God exposed himself thru his son Jesus Christ.

The Bible is God?s divinely galvanized Word to humankind

All scripture is given by inspiration of Almighty God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Tim. 3:16)

In 1,000s of years the Bible still has to be proved wrong. Yes, there have been occasions when science or historians presented reasons which explain why the Bible could not be true scientifically or historically, but their reasons have been proved to be wrong in time. Below are a few articles that are on my otobefree.com website under the heading of Bible on the navagational bar that give the reasons why we all know the Bible is the word of God:

- Introduction
- Bible and Science
- Bible and Histor
- Bible and Prophecy
- Bible and Unity
- Bible and Power

God made all things

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Gen.1:1)

?For by him [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, apparent and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Col. 1:17)

There are 2 hypotheses for creation: creationism as indicated by Gen 1:1 and Col. 1:17, and random selection. Both must be accepted by faith because there aren’t any human witnesses for either. There are 2 issues. With creationism there are many who won’t accept the concept of a. Supernatural being with omnipotent powers to form a universe and all that it contains. With evolution it is the problem of accepting something that goes against all reason or logic, but since it is the only alternative apart from accepting God, many say they accept it whether or not they actually do or not. With the modern day advances in science many scientists do not accept evolution, but neither do they accept creationism. I suspect you could say they are kind of in limbo.

Even when a scientific law, the second law of thermodynamics, which proves that things left to themselves do not improve but denigrate, folks still are of the opinion that things do improve through genetic mutations and develop from lower forms to higher forms. However , Science can’t explain how there are specific precise, incontrovertible laws which control everything in the universe, including the human body, when it might be simpler to expect random selection to also be randomly changing without any strict patterns.

God holds everything together

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Col. 1:17)

We know that all mater is made of atoms. Atoms are made up of a nucleus and electrons that swirl around the nucleus at great speeds. Though ideas have been presented as regards what holds these atoms together, it’s a mystery.

Sir Isaac Newton was 24 years of age when he discovered that all bodies of matter possess a mutual attraction, what we call gravity that makes things fall downward rather than up. That also keeps us from flying off the earth which is spinning thru space at a speed of nearly 67,000 mph.

In Colossians 1:16-17 we are told that Christ is the gravity that holds things together, For by him [Christ] all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, apparent and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He’s before all things, and in him all things hold together.

It is reasonably fantastic that Christ is the power behind the universe which he made, and the power we call gravity, or whatever mystery it is, that holds things together!

God exposed himself to us when he came to earth as Jesus Christ

For God was happy to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace thru his blood, shed on the cross . (Colossians 1:19-20)

Sin and death entered the world because Humankind selected to rebel against God

Death Through Adam, Life Thru Christ:

Therefore , just as sin entered the world thru one man, and death thru sin, and in this manner death came to all folk, because all sinned.

To be absolutely certain, sin was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not charged against anyone’s account where there’s no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over people who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who is a pattern of the one to come . (Romans 5:12-14)

According to Scripture believing in Jesus Christ is the sole way to have eternal life or to have a relationship with God.

Neither is there deliverance in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved . (Acts 4:12)

Really truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. (John 5:24)

Jesus asserted, I’m the way, the truth, and the life, and no person cometh to the Father but by me. (John 14:6)

For with the heart man believeth unto goodness; and with the mouth confession is formed unto salvation. (Romans 10:10)

If you would like to kick off a relationship with Our Lord God now, your are able to.

The decision is solely yours. There is not any duress. But if you’ve got a desire to have a relationship with God and receive his forgiveness and guarantee of eternal life, you can do that at the moment today. Jesus said, “Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock. He who hears my voice and opens the door, I’ll come into him [or her]“ (Rev. 3:20). If this is your wish but do not know how to word your request, this may help:

“Jesus, I believe you died for my sins and rose from the grave. I would like to turn from my life of sin and receive your forgiveness. Please come into my life now and pardon me. Thank you for saving me. Amen.”

When God comes into a person?s life it is permanent. Jesus Christ expounded, “I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life,. And they shall never perish, and nobody shall snatch them out of my hand.”

I’m so thankful and blessed by your decision to get Jesus. I want to help you in your new found relationship with him. Please click the link below to point out you have prayed the prayer above and I’ll send you some material which I think you will find to be really helpful1

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Jesus Christ and Getting it Right

Getting it right means you don’t make mistakes that are costly. Getting it right means you do not have unintended consequences that cause you more headaches than the initial problem. If you get it right, you know it and the action is completely effective. You don’t go back over the decision and think about ways you could have made a better decision. In other words, when you get it right, you have no regrets about your decisions and actions.

That is a lot to ask. Most people make mistakes and don’t do the right thing at the right time and in the right way. Life becomes more burdensome when you have to retrace your steps, fix what went wrong, and when situations alter completely because you took a wrong turn. Life is complex and it is not easy to know how to get it right all the time. Most people have hindsight but not foresight.

Jesus Christ had that kind of foresight and insight that allowed him to make the right decision in very trying circumstances. He was able to get it right. In fact, the Pharisees and Sadducees were always trying to trip him up. That is not unlike us today. There are always people around us who would like to see us fail, because then they would feel better about their own failures. So we are faced with traps just like Jesus Christ. But do we respond as well? Do we get it right? Matthew tells the story of how the Pharisees were out to get Jesus Christ: “Then the Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap him in speech. They sent their disciples to him with the Herodians, saying, ‘Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard an opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?’” (Matthew 22:15-17).

The Jewish leaders flattered Jesus Christ at first to catch him off guard, but Jesus knew this was a false compliment and he was not so fooled by it that he didn’t see the motive of malice behind it. He was aware that they are trying to set him up since he had insight into their true motivation. The difficulty was this: If he were to admit that paying taxes to Caesar is lawful, then he would risk alienating the people and his disciples. On the other hand, if he were to deny that Rome should be paid, he would be in trouble with the Romans. The Jewish leaders thought that they had gotten him and that he must affirm one or other of the options. Thus Jesus Christ must get it right. Jesus made use of good critical thinking skills and chose a third option rather than fall into a false dilemma (pay taxes or not). First, Jesus inquired into their motives but didn’t expect them to answer, since he knew they were wicked. So he requests: “Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” When they handed over a coin, he asked them to tell him whose image it bore. They answered: “Caesar’s.” To which Jesus responded: “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

Matthew tells us that the disciples of the Pharisees were amazed at the statement Jesus Christ made. It was a completely unexpected answer that totally outwitted the trap. Jesus was able to say “pay taxes and don’t pay taxes at the same time” as well as honor his mission of proclaiming God’s kingdom. That was not one of the options. But Jesus Christ knew the right thing to say at the right time and in the right way. That is getting it right. The disciples of the Pharisees were amazed and speechless and so the answer wad completely effective. They went away and left him alone for the time being so Jesus Christ had no regrets about the answer. It got him out of the trouble they had planned for him. And not only that, at the same time, he was able to honor God and his mission by telling them that they owe something to God as well. There was a right answer to the question posed by the Pharisees and Jesus Christ got it right.

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Faith is Buoyant

Faith is the reality that keeps one afloat when experiencing a trial. One doesn’t sink into disappointment, despair, and grief because although these experiences are real they do not overwhelm the person of faith. With faith, Christians can hang in there long enough for disappointment and grief to pass away. The bible holds that these things have come to pass.

Christians look at problems they encounter as “trials.” Just calling it a trial keeps a Christian from falling into despair because she knows it is a gift from God. Faith that God only gives good things helps the Christian know that the trial will not have a bad ending but will have a good ending. It is knowing that life will bounce back. Another term for this bouncing back is resurrection. Resurrection occurs when one is carried above the death and despair. Jesus was resurrected because he overcame death. Death could not hold him.

A Christian who believes in the resurrection of Jesus Christ, should believe also in the buoyancy of life because death is everywhere, but Jesus has promised eternal life and that means our capacity to live in spite of death. It is not just life beyond death. Faith is what carries you through the disappointment, death, loss, and failure until you find yourself on the other side of it. Faith gives you the resilience to bounce back, to hang in there, to keep hope alive, keep trust alive, and to keep love alive. Where there is no faith, then people turn to drugs, material things, sex, alcohol, food, work, sports relationships, etc. to meet the needs that are real in the absence of faith. The lack of faith is living a life of distrust. One is then in a state of doubt and semi-despair or even full blown despair.

A Christian with faith sees difficulties as obstacles that can be defeated. Because it is just an obstacle it is not seen as something that is overwhelming but rather a challenge. Faith trusts that it is something that can be overcome because God wills only good things for us. And because you believe that it is to be overcome you remain buoyant long enough to be rescued from drowning in despair. Keeping one’s eyes on the horizon results in staying afloat long enough to find the rescue party coming. Hope has the effect of bringing about what one hopes for. This is a law of human nature. If people do not rest in trust they end up in self-pity and self-hatred. When they are caught up in feeling sorry for themselves and hating themselves they miss seeing the things that will rescue them.

Faith is more than believing in God’s existence it is also having trust in his guidance and plans. Believing in the promises of scriptures tends to their fulfillment. This occurs because not only does God deliver on his promises because of his faithfulness but also God can fulfill them when we trust the promises. For this reason, Jesus asserted that faith is like a mustard seed. Faith trusts that the impossible is possible because it trusts enough to even try it. You will not even try something if you don’t have faith that it is possible. When Jesus fed the 5000 it was because he trusted that God would make the few fish and bread enough to suffice for the many. When you have faith you have the confidence that it is possible and when you try to do it, you find the resources suffice for it to be done. Faith produces the patience one needs to keep on until the resources come. We may not believe it is possible based on our own thinking but there are always resources that help us overcome all obstacles. Faith bears us up until help can get here.

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Immanuel Kant and Christmas

Christmas is a time when family come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. I know of no evidence in Immanuel Kant’s writings that he celebrated Christmas with his family, but we do have lots of evidence that he loved his family. At his baptism as an infant he was given the name Emanuel, which he later changed to Immanuel (which Christians know means “God with us.”). His mother gave him a term of endearment and called him “Manelchen” which means ‘little Manny.’ He was also endeared to hi smother and later in life said: “I will never forget my mother, for she implanted and nurtured in me the first germ of goodness; she opened my heart to the impressions of nature; she awakened and furthered my concepts, and her doctrines have had a continual and beneficial influence in my life.”

Kant’s feelings for his mother were based on sentiments that probably influenced him to develop his moral philosophy but he had to develop beyond sentiment to found a philosophy that was universally valid for all people. He articulate a categorical imperative that was universally valid but was not based on feelings. The first formulation of the categorical imperative says: “Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law.” It is impossible to make a feeling universal but you can make a moral maxim universal and Kant believes that it is only when it is universal that it is morally valid. When you make your maxims universal it is impossible to act on feelings since these are not universal.

Jesus too loved his mother and yet also said this: “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, bothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:26). This statement by Jesus makes Christians uncomfortable for good reason. Jesus teaches that the greatest of all commandments is to love God and then to love your neighbor as yourself and yet here he is saying the Christian must hate his family and himself. Is it possible however that Jesus was saying that in order to be moral we have to give up and hate our sentiments and feelings of preference for ourselves and members of our family? He goes on to say: “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.” Is giving up our love and preference for our families the cross we must carry?

The spirit of Christmas is to give gifts to those who cannot give gifts back and so often we give gifts to our own children, but the real spirit of Christmas is to give gifts to those who really cannot give us anything in return. So it is a real expression of the spirit of Christmas to give food and gifts to people who are homeless and hungry and have nothing to give in return. This shows the kind of love God has for people and is not based on feelings of preference since God has no preferences for people but sends rain on evil and good people alike.

This kind of giving at the time of Christmas teaches a child to act on maxims of love for all people and not to just prefer his family based on feelings of preference. The child will still have love for his own family since she is being taught to love all people and love for the sake of loving and giving rather that for the sake of receiving something in return. By this way, the child overcomes the selfish preference she has for herself and learns to love as God does. And in this way we see that Kant and Christmas really have a lot to do with one another.

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