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Explain Romans 4:4
  
If I work for you, I would expect you to pay me (debt). Which is true. Therefore, If I work for God, I would expect God to pay me (salvation). However this is wrong as shown in Romans 3:10-11, 20 we see that we cannot be righteous on our work. Because we are saved by grace (Romans 3) not works. Paul uses Abraham to show even he obtained salvation by faith not circumcision or more broader term a work throughout Ch 4.
Remember Romans Ch. 1-9 is one single argument, unfortunately with chapters we tend to break it up a lot.


Why Did John Use Logos
  
/What "beginning" is John talking about here?/

When God created the heavens and the earth.
John MacArthur has a good study book on John Ch.1 and can explain it better than I can in 125 words.


When To Join A Church
  
I think we need to define "join"

Join can mean to attend a service or Bible study, which I totally encourage christian and non-christian to attend church.

Join can also mean to be a member and take on responsiblilities and commitments as defined by that congregation. This should only be christians.

There might be more, please list.


Christianity With Hanukkah
  
//Maccabees not defeated the Selucids//

Thanks, I could not remember the different groups.


Christianity With Hanukkah
  
Hanukkah is the celebration of a victory during a war and the following miracle of oil between the OT and NT. Similar to the Lord of the Rings battle at Helm's deep, the Israelites were in a desperate situation but made a final charge and won the battle. Unfortunately the process of purifing the oil for the temple was low which is an 8 day process, but that small amount of oil continued to burn until new oil was made.
It is possible that the history of Israel would be different without hanukkah so christianity on some levels would be different. As far as end-time I don't know any effect.


Friends At Church
  
Are these differences good or bad? Would you like to be or have one of these differences? Could you encourage someone with a bad differences? Would these differences allow you to grow?

Growing things change.


When To Join A Church
  
//So, Am I to stop attending church?//
---Chria8659 on 12/18/14

I am going to assume you are just starting out and thinking about this religion called Christianity, AWESOME. I would encourage you to keep seeking Christ at your local church and ask the local members their experience.

Understand this is a forum with many, many diffcult and challenging questions most that will not be answered this side of eternity. However, not to belittle you even Peter one of the best preachers in the Bible says, "Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation" 1 Peter 1:2 ESV.


Benefits From Any Church
  
//James 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?//

David,
Let me give you an analogy to understand James's verse here. James definition of faith here is trust, where Paul's is of freedom, both are correct.
Analogy - I have a chair (God) it looks good and I have faith that the chair will support (salvation) me. However, I never sit in the chair. James would say I don't have faith in the chair, because it does not create an action. So my faith is in the chair's construction, but the work is me sitting in the chair. Placing my trust in the chair. Paul's definition of work is to earn favor for salvation, which James would agree with that it cannot be done.


Why Did John Use Logos
  
Logos is defined as a statement or expression. So John 1:1 we have God the Father express himself which we call the Son. And that the Son is with or equal to God the Father and part of God. It is through this expression that everything was created Gen 1:1. verse 14 this expression took on flesh to become Jesus the Son of God so that we can know him (v18)


Demonic Spirits Violate
  
They cannot violate 1 John 4:1-3. That is the test we use to figure out if it is evil or from God.


Churches Working Together
  
//war and strife and controversy generates revenue with little effort// aka

very true, a common enemy is better than a common good

by better I mean ability to motivate people to a cause, good or bad.
Hitler vs Jews
USA's Manifest Destiny vs Native Americans
Marshall Plan after WWII vs USSR
ISIS vs christian


ISIS Beheads Christians
  
//Are these those souls under the altar //

No these are the people who have died due to persecution.


ISIS Beheads Christians
  
Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers should be complete. Rev 6:11


Meaning Of Christmas
  
//Yet what a shame that many are unwhittingly sucked into paganism at this time of the year//

If your god gets offended by pagan traditions I suggest you get a bigger God.


Jesus Forty Days Wilderness
  
Jesus was fully God, but he was also fully man thus he was subject to temptation, just as we are, but without sin. Hebrews 4:15b "but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin."
Paul describes it in Romans as the second Adam. If Jesus was or could not be tempted he would not be able to fullfill man's obedience to God as shown in Romans 5:19b "... so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous." For Adam failed when tempted but Christ surpassed temptation.
Take it practically would you take parental advice from someone without kids. Why would you take fighting off temptation from someone who has not or cannot be tempted.




Meaning Of Christmas
  
Do you decorate out of love
Do you cook for family (biological or close friends) out of love
Do you buy gifts for family out of love
Do you drive across the country out of love
Do you (fill in the blank) out of love
Then yes, For God so love the world that he gave...
In love, he predestined (declared) us for adoption as sons (family) through Jesus. Eph 1:5


Benefits From Any Church
  
Service
human relationships
authority
teaching
dedication
stability
friends
love
joy
forgiveness
happiness
humility


Christian Without Church
  
No, I would not be a christian without a "denominational" church. I am a christian because I learned the love of God through a "denominational church." I am not a christian because my church is perfect, I am a christian because my church is NOT perfect. Both of us, me and my local church, need the love of God which is greater than all my sin.


How Is Sin Passed
  
//Why would Jesus teach us prayer like "forgive us our trespasses " when we are already forgiven ? (through Christ's death) "as we forgive those that trespass against us"//

The purpose of the saying to "daily forgive us our trespasses" is to give us a spirit of humility. Jesus's death paid for all of our sins both past, present, and future, both knowing and unknowing sins at the time of conversion. This is called justification, Romans 5:1. However there is also santification, this is where the Lord's prayer comes in to remind us of our weakness and our daily need of his strength and favor. Not that we must be free from sin, but to return our eyes to God and his everlasting love.


Know That God Exists
  
---David on 11/11/14

That is awesome David, so happy for you.



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