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It’s just a hard thing. Faith once in a while separates families. The choice often is put, either sacrifice your belief, or you give up on family. It’s actually a great pain, for family is extremely important, they can’t be replaced, however, neither can the saving faith that’s in Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Just what exactly comes 1st, which will you end up picking? In case you surrender faith in favor of family, you then along with your whole entire family will spend eternity in Hell, and they won’t thank you for your sacrifice, they’ll instead ask you forever and ever, Why didn’t you keep working steadfast in faith, and work to bring us also to repentance and saving faith? For those who keep working steadfast in faith, all your family might possibly disown you, and for a time make your life gloomy, but yet as you continue to follow your savior and pray for your beloved ones, it might be that they may repent believe and become saved. In that day, you are going to be altogether in faith, in Christ, and one day together forever in heaven.

Oftentimes people make it challenging to be loved. Quite often people can be hurtful and spiteful, and in the case of family members, they already know the weakness in our defenses, and may be harsh above measure. When individuals address you horribly what do you do? What should you do?

2 Cor 11:23-25 “far more imprisonments, with countless beatings, and often near death. Five times I have received at the hands of the Jews the forty lashes less one. Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned.”

Paul had great sadness and suffering on account of his kinsmen, the Jews. Charged, beaten, stoned at their hands, his thoughts are not of reprisal, but sympathy, and love. The reason, well the simple answer is, he could remember that he had persecuted Christ and the Church, and God had compassion on him, as long as he remember everything that God had suffered because of him, and all that God had pardoned him, it was easier to forgive people who persecuted him, and also to pray for their conversion. The whole world tells us that retribution is the answer, yet vengeance signifies, never forgetting, and having our lives filled with hatred. For the punishment of those that distress us, will not take away the recollection of the distress. It is simply the forgiveness that comes from God, that can get rid of the very painful recollection, for by grace through faith, in Jesus Christ, we aren’t solely healed, but we’ve been made a new creation, and the prior things are all disregarded. In Christ, you’ll be able to forgive and leave behind. For this reason for those that go through the way of vengeance, as soon as the day of retribution arrives, the hurt remains, and afterward there’s no object for our revenge, and our hurt turns to a detest of all things.

It doesn’t have to be that way. You are able to follow the demonstration of Paul, like Paul obeyed Christ. When the law as well as the gospel draw you to faith and repentance, not only will there be forgiveness of sins, but there is one more fellow member within the body of Christ, 1 new coworker with whom you are able to share the journey on the road to paradise.

And also it should really be more painless for us to love those people who persecute us, for rarely have we been beaten, or locked up, or stoned, rarely have we experienced death as a result of our adversaries. It should be simple for us to love our enemies, in order to pray for those that persecute us, nevertheless it isn’t. Satan is always there to emphasize the wounds we’ve sustained, encouraging us to get even, to deter us from forgiving readily, exactly as God in Christ has forgiven us. It is very not easy to love, for there are so few instances of love and virtue on earth, however provided that we recall the love with which God has loved us, in addition to the grace he has poured out upon us, and the forgiveness given us in Jesus body and blood granted for us for the forgiveness of our sins, it isn’t very hard. So that as we keep in mind those who brought us to faith, and aided us to thrive in faith, as we remember folks that educated us regarding Jesus, we begin to see an example of people, nearer than Paul, who definitely have went on in faith, and also have been for us a good example of what it is to be a Christian.

Most people discuss things that are important to us, trucks & tractors, sports & fishing, home & children, food and fashion, in a similar manner that it’s common to talk about these matters, so may also we share with many others the love of God which is in Jesus Christ, for that as well is important, as well as at the centre of life.

Romans 9:2-3 “that I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen by race.”

Paul describes his anguish for souls in Romans 9

History of Christianity 1: The Apostolic Church

In this video, we take a look at the Church of the 1st century, from Pentecost in AD 29 to the death of the Apostle John in AD 100. Suggested Reading: “Lost Christianities: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew” - Bart D. Ehrman “From Jesus to Christianity: How Four Generations of Visionaries & Storytellers Created the New Testament and Christian Faith” - L. Michael White “Heretics for Armchair Theologians” - Justo L. González & Catherine Gunsalus González “Early Christian Writings” - translated by Maxwell Staniforth, edited by Andrew Louth “The Story of Christianity: An Illustrated History of 2000 Years of the Christian Faith” - David Bentley Hart “Ante-Nicene Fathers, vol i: Apostolic Fathers, Justin Martyr, and Irenaeus” - edited by Alexander Roberts and James Donaldson “History of the Church” - Eusebius of Caesarea, translated by GA Williamson “From Memory to History: Using Oral Sources in Local Historical Research” - Barbara Allen & Lynwood Montell “Rome and Jerusalem: The Clash of Ancient Civilizations” - Martin Goodman “The Works of Josephus” - Josephus, translated by William Whiston “The Holy Bible (New Kings James Version)” “Early Christian Doctrines” - JND Kelly “The Story of Christianity, Volume 1: The Early Church to the Dawn of the Reformation” - Justo L. González Primary Sources: Didache Epistle of Clement of Rome to the Corinthians (also known as 1 Clement) Epistle of Barnabas Epistle of Polycarp to the Philippians Against Heresies - St

Do You Reckon Religion A Polarising Or Solidifying Influence

If you consider it most of the Earth has Problems with armed struggles, insurgency, rebellions, coup’s, crime and general unrest. Whether it be the worries in Northern Ireland from the 1960-1990’s, The 1916 Easter Rising Rebellion in Dublin, the Bosnian War from 1992 to 1996 or the maniacal genocide of the Jews by Hitler from 1939-45 there has long been a fight between religious factions.

Almost all of today’s conflicts are coming from variations in opinion and territorial conflicts that are wrapped up with non secular, political, business and social arguments. It is correct there are massive struggles and upheavals that have nothing to do with religion, but more to do with oppression and opportunism. Religion is uncommon in the sense that it is open to so much interpretation. Using the bible as a source many mainstream religions have built up firm denominations replete with a longtime corporal and social structure. These groups have split up into many different sects, protestant, catholic, Anglican protestant, Presbyterian Protestant, 2nd Presbyterian Protestant and many lots more.

A SEO consultant will not tell a doctor how to do his job, or run his life. Why then do spiritual groups insist then to wag the finger at those that don’t share their beliefs?

Islam has taken much flack recently and has been charged with fostering terrorism. Yet there are plenty of people within Islam and many students, even those you do not practice Islam who say people who practice acts of violence, murder and oppression in the name of Islam have interpreted the meaning absolutely wrong. Is there a way for spiritual and non spiritual groups to corp exist side by side. There's now.

China has been living under a harsh communist protocol for years. But now with new political leadership people have the right to practise worship or non worship if they please. China is now set to have the single largest Buddhist, Christian and Islamic communities living side-by-side. I believe it helps if communities practice their own beliefs without causing them on opposing spiritual and non non secular groups. This lesson I think still needs to be learned by the rest of the globe. I leave you with a quote by Gandhi, commenting on the prejudice by spiritual, I Like Your Christ but I do Not like Your Christians.

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Real Christianity Vs Camping’s Rapture Folly

Many Christians assume that I mock their beliefs simply because Harold Camping made yet another bungled “End Times” Rapture prediction. Camping is funny, for sure. But I laugh at Christians for what they believe, not for what any one person has predicted about an apocalypse.

William Cooper - Mystery Babylon Broacast 35 - From Christianity to Babylon (1 of 4)

This is Part 35 in a series of live broadcasts by William Cooper on the Hour of the Time shortwave radio program on Mystery Babylon. From Nimrod to Constantine. Constantine’s Vision of the Cross in the Sky. In Hoc Signo Vinces: In this sign thou shalt conquer. The Synthesis of the pagan Mystery Religion with Christianity resulting in the Catholic and eventually the Protestant churches. The cloaking of the Roman pantheon of pagan gods with the appearance of Christianity and the transformation of Caesar into Pope. The Philosophers of Fire. The true Christians who turned the world upside down and made Rulers tremble. Most people who call themselves Christian today do not even understand the meaning of the word and may find the entrance to the kingdom closed and barred against them. William Cooper stresses the importance of freedom of religion and the absence of a government established religion. Act 17:6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Act 17:7 Whom Jason hath received: and these all do contrary to the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, one Jesus. Act 17:8 And they troubled the people and the rulers of the city, when they heard these things. Psa 146:9 The LORD preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.

It Is Lawful To Separate From A Church Which Has Degenerated And Become Corrupt In Doctrine And Worship

If there be no lawful refusing of sacramental communion, with a particular church, then there can be no lawful separation from it, till it be unchurched. But the latter is absurd; and therefore the former.

I think it manifestly absurd to say that we are not to separate from a particular church, however degenerate and corrupt in doctrine, worship, discipline and government, till it is no church of Christ at all: for this would be to suppose that, though Christ has provided the censures of the church as a means of preserving her from the danger arising from the offences of one or a few members, he has provided no means of her preservation from the far greater danger of utter ruin by the prevailing influence of a corrupt majority.

It is evident that there is no remedy but secession when such a majority is found incorrigibly obstinate in their opposition to any steps towards a thorough reformation.

One great end of church communion, which is, that the truths and institutions of the Lord Jesus may be preserved pure and entire, is avowedly and obstinately opposed by such a majority. In such a case, the words of 2 Corinthians 6:17, “Come out from among them, and be ye separate,” apply to God’s people.

Such calls are often limited by people to the need to separate from the Roman Catholic Church and Pagan groups.

However, a call to separate is applicable to any group who, in their united capacity, or as a professing body, are going on in obstinate opposition to any of the truths and institutions of Jesus Christ, even though they should bear the name of Christians, of Protestants and Presbyterians. In such a case no one can continue in their church communion without becoming a partaker in their sin.

From such combinations Christ is calling his people to separate.

Of course, this does not mean that unfaithful Protestants and Presbyterians are considered to be the same as Roman Catholics and Heathens. But there can still be a just cause to separate from them. (This article has been adapted from the book “Alexander and Rufus” by John Anderson.)

For more information about ecclesiastical unity, Reformation history and doctrine, please visit PuritanDownloads.com. There are several faithful Protestant theology resources at that site.

God Killed Jesus (Responsibility & Christianity)

The Christian tradition has attempted to hold a number of people and things responsible for the execution of Jesus, but analysis reveals that the only one responsible for it is the Christian god. Isn’t it a sin only when a person does something God does NOT want the person to do? Carl Ginet’s “In Defense of the Principle of Alternative Possibilities: Why I Don’t Find Frankfurt’s Argument Convincing”: www.jstor.org By the way, I’ve gotten a lot of comments and questions about the notion that Jesus’ death should be viewed as a suicide or felo-de-se. That seems quite reasonable to me given what appears in the New Testament — see, eg, John 10:17-18 ( www.biblegateway.com ). Moreover, as Raymond Brown points out in his “The Death of the Messiah”, a number of early Christian writers believed Jesus’ death to have been miraculous and completely under Jesus’ control. See, eg, Tertullian, who in his Apology claims that on the cross Jesus “with a word expressing his own will dismissed his spirit, forestalling the work of the executioners.” (Link to the quoted section of Tertullian’s Apology: www.ccel.org ) In short, Jesus killed himself. Music (intro and outro): “All Glory, Laud, and Honor”

Christianity is a Self-Contradictory Proposition - ( The Atheist Experience )

Clip from The Atheist Experience #696, February 13, 2011 Jeff Dee and Matt Dillahunty, hosts Caller: Mark (A Christian) Atheists Helping the Homeless www.atheistshelpingthehomeless.org WHAT IS THE ATHEIST EXPERIENCE? The Atheist Experience is a weekly cable access television show in Austin, Texas, geared at a non-atheist audience. It is produced by the Atheist Community of Austin. The Atheist Community of Austin is organized as a nonprofit educational corporation to develop and support the atheist community, to provide opportunities for socializing and friendship, to promote secular viewpoints, to encourage positive atheist culture, to defend the first amendment principle of state-church separation, to oppose discrimination against atheists and to work with other organizations in pursuit of common goals. VISIT THE ACA’S OFFICIAL WEB SITES: ► Community: www.atheist-community.org ► Donations www.atheist-community.org ► TV Show: www.atheist-experience.com ► Show Archive www.atheist-experience.com ► Axp Blog: atheistexperience.blogspot.com ► E-mail tv@atheist.community.org (with AETV in the subject line) NOTE / DISCLAIMER: “The Atheist Experience” is a registered trademark of the Atheist Community of Austin (ACA). The ACA is a non-profit organization, promoting positive atheism and the separation of church and state. If you would like to make a donation please do so at www.atheist-community.org

Christ - The Spiritual Message for the Next Millennium

Christ: The Spiritual Message for the Next Millennium is a documentary of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus has been a role model for countless people all over the world. The documentary shows how his teachings as a practitioner of nonviolence fit in our modern times.

Christianity Refutes Itself

Christianity fails to fulfill the condition that John 17 has Jesus saying would communicate to the world that he had been sent by God. Music: “Thank You, Jesus!” (The Holmes Brothers)