I Question My Salvation
Not a good thing. However, if you are really chosen by God to spend eternity with Him, these blogs can not snatch you from His big, powerful, hands!
---pat on 10/27/12|
More Excellent, you said as your answer,
"The point I was making is that "HYPOCRITES" have only one fate/destiny (Matthew 23:15)."
Why didn't you just say that? That's why I asked the question.
Second you said, "Don't rationalize about 'this or that' or analyze passages,"
I was rationalizing what you said, I already knew what the passages say, and to whom the parables are for and why, the reason I asked you. I get your point now, it was pretty simple, but I could not make out your point with all you said. Thanks, and peace to you.
---Mark_V. on 8/7/12|
Mark, We may find we have thought or been taught wrongly about some things, but that is good, as we are having our minds renewed and are transformed by the Word, (in order to be conformed to His image). The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the THOUGHTS and INTENTS OF THE HEART. All is to and for His glory. God knows the hearts Always look to Him, and Him alone. Remain teachable, as there is much still for any of us to learn and He brings "new" things to light for us as we are open and submitted to Him. Press on, leaving behind what was and not looking back, He is our goal
---Chria9396 on 8/7/12|
"PARABLES" have a logical progression. If all you want is worldly wisdom, they are worth your attention, but if DIVINE/worship wisdom is your goal, we are not to consider them OUR SOURCE of wisdom. The disciples asked Jesus why He spoke to the people of those days in parables. He said that the kingdom of heaven was not being given TO THEM.
Matthew 13:11 "but to them it has not been given".
The point I was making is that "HYPOCRITES" have only one fate/destiny (Matthew 23:15). Don't rationalize about 'this or that' or analyze passages, only understand that Jesus does not desire us to be hypocrites. True understanding is always SIMPLE, not COMPLEX (look up the 16 verses to get more of an understanding).
---more_excellent_way on 8/7/12|
Most excellent, please tell me if I am wrong, you gave (Matt. 24:51) which is an illustration of the Two Servants. Two different kind. The one who is faithful and wise servant, and "the evil servant" He is the one who beats his fellow servants. He is not faithful and good, but bad. That is the one that He mentions in (v.51) that He never knew, who would be called and believe chosen from the foundation of the world. Please tell me if I am wrong, but I believe you are thinking that that servant was a believer, but God knows His own. He also know that we are weak in the flesh, and many times our faith is tested. But they are not hypocrites. Maybe that is what you were trying to say and I got it wrong. If I did please forgive me.
---Mark_V. on 8/6/12|
You may be wrong and hard-nosed in many of your attitudes about social behavior because you had a hard upbringing, yet you love the creator and His ways of peace, truth, and all that is just, but ABOVE ALL......DO NOT be a HYPOCRITE in whatever you believe, think, say, or do.
"and will punish him, and put him with the hypocrites, there men will weep and gnash their teeth".
Look up the word "hypocrites" (plural, used in N.T. 16 times, RSV).
If you are a soldier that goes to war, FIRMLY BELIEVE in what you do....WITH NO HYPOCRISY or God will tell you that He never knew your INNER MAN ("I never knew YOU").
---more_excellent_way on 8/5/12|
"Some of those on this site have done much to make me question my beliefs about God and the Bible." is that a good thing or a bad thing?"
Mark being honest with oneself is always a good thing. Openly acknowledging the fact that one is questioning ones beliefs is simply being honest with others, and that is also a good thing.
---josef on 8/5/12|
Believe it or not, I love this part.
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable, there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
And yes, I know what it sounds like. Im saying!
But, the simple fact is, this was written!
But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord!
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth.
Forasmuch then as God gave them the like gift as he did unto us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, what was I, that I could withstand God?
---TheSeg on 8/4/12|
according to some, it is neither good nor bad. it is predestined and thus they cannot help it.
i have never questioned my faith, but i do question the things that i do everyday and say in light of contextual scripture. if i do not, then i deceive myself.
---aka on 8/4/12|
Questioning beliefs is a good thing as it helps define, refine and strengthen our faith
God says "Come let us reason together"
Jesus offers eternal life to all people but not every person responds positively to accept His gift
Whilst Jesus paid the penalty, we need to realise that total obedience means taking the back seat so He can be our life's Driver
---Fleur on 8/2/12|
Sister Trish, It was not I who question my beliefs, it was someone else on that blog. I posted that statment to hear what others had to say concerning questioning their faith. Whether they thought it was ok or not. Darline, the Seg, Cluny gave good responses. But I wanted to make it clear, I never question my faith. Not even when my wife, mom, sisters died. Or when my former wife left me. In fact my faith was that God would return her home and He sure did. Peace sister, thank you for the response.
I believe that many times people should question their faith, and make their assurance sure, when they are living an ungodly life.
---Mark_V. on 8/2/12|
Anon, thank you for the advice, I hope whoever has that problem will read what you said. I loved it.
---Mark_V. on 8/2/12|
MarkV anon has an excellent point. If you have questions concerning anything brought up on this site, you need to study the Bible independently to confirm the Truth about anything here. Google Biblegateway, and you will find a website where you can do a word study, or look up specific verses, and you can choose what version of the Bible you want to see it in. I go there all the time to check things and study myself. It's better than a concordance. Faster too.
---Trish on 8/1/12|
Mark_V, if you're yoked to Jesus, then NO MAN will be able to make you question your love and faith and trust in Christ Jesus.
Do you know that you know you're the righteousness of God through Jesus? Do you know the length and depth that God is committed to you?
How can you let man on this site make you question your belefs about God? Then maybe you don't know God in the first place? I've seen many odd opinions and reasonings on this site and they don't line up with the Word of GOd. You know the Word so line everything up with what's in the word. You are yoked to Jesus, not to man.
---anon on 8/1/12|
I was taught from my spiritual mentor that if you have an opinion about Scripture or doctrine, you better be able to defend it using Scripture.
I have continued to apply this teaching to others as well as myself. In so doing, I know I have upset many people. They hold to their opinions so blindly that when truth arrives, it knocks them down and they get angry.
I am reminded of a woman who posted here as "Anne" who I "posted" with about losing your salvation. Unfortunately, Anne no longer posts here, perhaps, partly because of my zeal.
Was I wrong to challenge her opinions? Who know? But one thing did happen. I now use a kinder/softer approach.
---Mark_Eaton on 7/31/12|
No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of [this] life, that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.
The constant tension between being in the world, and not of the world is a hardship.
We are coming into an inheritance, an allotment given to Christ for His faithfulness to His God.
We are being tested for our faithfulness to the Spirit of Truth.
1C 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
Knowing exactly what to expect "on the other side" is critical for sons and daughters of the Most High. Accurate knowledge the Word of Life will be our scepter then.
It is not a joke, and a divided heart will become a casualty.
---Phil on 7/31/12|
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If they are right, it is good (c: But if we are holding to what is not true and do not know this . . . whose spirit has us holding on to what is not true, in what is not God's light?
In the darkness, the wrong spirit (Ephesians 2:2) of a wrong belief can moonlight to cause other problems, too, like having us fooling ourselves in how we evaluate whom we marry, etc. And the wrong spirit can maintain us in emotional problems and "complaining and disputing" (Philippians 2:14). So, especially if we are stubbornly fighting for wrong beliefs, this can help to keep us the wrong way so we can be wrong in other ways, too!
---willie_c: on 7/31/12|
Your not alone Mark, I question myself every day!
This is the only way to stay strong in faith.
I ask myself are you a sinner, and it never fails!
The answer is always yes!
Then I look out my window at the world.
I ask myself are they all sinner, and it never fails!
The answer is always yes!
Believe it or not, this is really all I need to know!
God bless you Mark
---TheSeg on 7/30/12|
You'll never get to know your "INNER MAN" until you make INTROSPECTION a regular habit (examine yourself, your beliefs, habits, attitudes, etc.) so that YOUR SPIRIT can relate to God's Spirit, then His Spirit will be able to truly relate to yours.
"His Spirit" and the "INNER MAN" are what makes for true devotion and a deep, sincere RELATIONSHIP (He "yearns jealously", James 1:17).
Ephesians 3:16 "his Spirit in the inner man".
The common teachings we've received are WRONG about "self" (Colossians 2:18). This is the age of ETERNITY. The creator's "forever"/eternity name is "I am who I am", Exodus 3:14 and 15 "forever"/eternity).
---more_excellent_way on 7/30/12|
I believe that one of the letters of St. Peter says, "Examine yourselves to see if you be in the faith."
Examining your beliefs is not in itself a bad thing.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 7/30/12|
Mark V a teachable spirit is always a good thing but when we are made to doubt ourselves that isn't. I know that if I stay close to God and there is anything I need to know God will quicken me to seek and search and show me the truth. Many times I pray "God give me your truth,not man's" because man has no complete truth but God does. If we have a rooted in the Bible knowledge of God and someone makes us doubt our beliefs then we go straight to the Bible and study it but as we do,we pray God lead me,show me your truth,your will,and your ways. We must always be armed for our enemy,Satan,comes as an angel of light and we must try all the spirits to see if they cause confusion or peace. There is no confusion in God. God is our teacher.
---Darlene_1 on 7/30/12|