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Posted in Are all religions ok? on 2005-04-30 02:25:36

What the Bible says

The apostle Paul wrote, "I plead with you brethren that you ALL speak the same thing, that there be NO DIVISIONS among you, that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement." (1 Cor. 1:10, words capitalized for emphasis) (See also 1 Cor 3:1-4) Jesus prayed that his followers be one as he and the Father are one. (John 17) If we say we follow the Bible, we need to put aside our divisions and return to the Bible as our source for doctrine, instruction, reproof and correction (2 Tim. 3:16-17, Acts 17:11) In Acts 2, about 3000 heard the same message, understood it the same way, and obeyed it the same way. They had unity and "continued in the apostles' doctrine". If they could do it, why can't we. If we can't, then why whould Christ pray for it and why whould Paul plead for it. Is God unwilling or unable to give his word in a way it can be understood? I don't believe so. His word commands unity, and, therefore, I think it is possible! But first we have to set aside selfish desires (2 Tim 4)

Posted in Un-Denominational on 2004-09-02 03:32:34

I believe God's word can be understood by an honest person studying only God's word without adding any doctrine of men.

God knows us better than we even know ourselves. Such a God can give his word in a way that it can be understood. To say that we cannot, means that God was either unwilling or unable to give his word in an understandable way. I do not believe that God is either unwilling nor unable. Jesus said, "Ye shall know the truth..."

I believe we can also have unity in understanding what the bible says. The church in Acts 2 displayed such unity. If this was not possible, then why did Jesus pray for it and why would Paul plead for it? (John 17, 1 Cor 1:10-13)

The bible says, "God is not the author of confusion." If there are two forces in this world (Good - God, and evil - the devil)and if God is not responsable for the religious confusion we see in the denominational world, then who is?

The reason I say "Un-denominational" (instead of "Non-") is that both "un" and "non" mean "not", but "un" goes farther.

If I say a rope is not tied, that simply means that there are no knots in it. If I say it is un-tied, not only are there no knots, but any that were there, have been removed.

I am a part of a movement that seeks not only to not be a part of any denomination, but to remove any denominational divisions that have been previously established by seeking to restore the new testiment church, without adding any doctrine from men. We want to speak where the bible speaks, be silent where the bible is silent; do bible things in bible ways and call bible things by bible names. True unity is only achieved when a group of people all follow the same standard.

Isn't this what Paul pleaded for (begged for) in 1 Corinthians 1:10?

How would YOU apply this scripture to your life?

Posted in A Short Poll for Believers on 2004-08-27 01:52:34

God can do anything that can be done.

Increasing power (up to an infinate degree) would not make the last question any more possible.

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You can look at it this way. The earth is called "the third rock from the sun". God made it. But God can not lift it as it exists now, because it does not rest upon anything. (That is where God placed it. Job 26:7) (To lift something implies that it is on something from which it is to be lifted.) He could lift it though, if He first chose to place it on a larger object (which He has not done).

None of this implies any weakness upon God's part. He is just living by His rules ("laws of nature") that He created in the first place.

Posted in End Times? Anti-Christ? on 2004-08-22 20:18:27

The Book of Revalation was written about things that were to "shortly to come to pass" (Rev 1:1, 22:6, et al)

Most things in Revelation were accomplished at the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Its interesting that the book of Rev. is used in the descussion of Anti-Christ, since the word does not appear in that book. (The word is in first & second John.) The word in the original language was NOT a proper name, but simply those who were against Christ or those who deny Christ. (1 John 2:22)

Many are looking for a specific person to come who is THE anti-christ (The word "the" is not in the original Greek), but John said that Anti-Christs are (were during the first century) already in the world. (1 John 2:18) The coming of anti-Christ(s) is not a future event. Anti-Christs are here, have been here for some time, and more are coming.

The last time is not in the future, but it is the time period we now live in and that John lived in during the first century (1 John 2:18).

Posted in Your Denomination on 2004-08-17 03:34:35

I am trying to be an Undenominational Christian. What is the difference between Undenominational and Non-denominational? Both "Un" and "Non" can mean "not", as in not associated with an already established denomination.

Or if a rope is not tied, there are no knots in it, but if it is untied, there are not only no knots, but any that were there have been removed.

I want to be this type of Christian. I want to be only the type of Christian I can read about in the Bible. I also want to call any who are caught up in denominational divisions to return to the Bible and be Christians only, nothing more, nothing less, and nothing else.(see 1 Corinthians 1:10, and 1 Corinthians 3:1-4). The scriptures can thouroughly furnish us and they are useful for our teaching, docterine, and for corecting error (Tim 3:16-17). We don't need another creed and no man made docterine can improve on God's word!