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Is God Omni-Present
mike, I believe in order for you to understand the Bible you are going to have to learn what words are literal, what are allegories, matters of fact, parables and so on. When the Bible speaks about God, many times in order for us to understand what He is saying, the Bible will quote God as a person who speaks, feels, in other words emotions, and so on.
God is Sovereign, Omnipotent, Omniscience, Omnipresent, and so on. First, we know He is Spirit, no one can see Him. He has no physical body. Yet the Bible speaks of God's eyes and His arms and so on. You have to know when to make the distinction. Hope that helps you.

How Is God Love
mike, just look at it this way, No one deserves salvation, we have all sinned against Almighty God, yet He showed His love for us that He send His only Son to die for our sins. He loved us so much He had mercy on us sinners, who have sinned against Him. Now, that is love. Now, those who are not chosen, He did nothing wrong to them. He just didn't choose them. People don't like that, because He did not choose them. They say it is not fair that some were chosen and others were not, as if any deserved salvation.

God has the right to choose whoever He wants to choose. He is under no obligation.

How Does God Select
Many are called but few are chosen, really means that, when the gospel is preached to many, only a few of them will receive the gospel with power and in the Holy Spirit. Only those chosen will be saved, and only those chosen are of the elect,

"Knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake" 1 Thess. 4,5.

Lack Of A Healing
No mike, it is not true. What it is and everyone should know is that God is Sovereign, and as Sovereign He has control of everyone life, whether you pray or not for someone.
He does not wait for someone to pray, yet we are told to pray for one another. When we pray we should always ask for the will of God. If it is His will to save someone at any certain time He will. God has our appointed time, and it will happen when it is time. He gives us the breath of life and He takes it away at our appointed time.

How Does God Select
Trey, very good answer concerning unmerited favor.
The point make with that word is that God has chosen a particular people from before the foundation of the world, the are His elect, and then they are physically born, and at some particular time the Holy Sprite will make that person come spiritually alive, born again, when he does wake up he can spiritually see and hear the word of God, he sees his sin, and he turns around and ask for forgiveness for sinning against God. He is granted faith to believe.
It is all the work of God. But people think that God doesn't do anything. That those who are lost have the power to make themselves spiritually alive. And that they not God, invent faith to believe while lost. Which is nonsense.

Force Us To Be Saved
ds, God made a plan before the foundation of the world and it is happening exactly as He planned it. Why He chose that particular plan we just do not know, but it was His plan and He is always right and just. Like Trey just said, it is His right to choose whatever plan He wanted.
He knew if He made that particular plan that man would fail, and so sin entered the world just as God knew it would. He designed it that way. He also designed that Jesus would die for the sins of those who would be saved. It was all done before the foundation of the world.

Are Churches Politically Corrrectc
My thoughts Steveng is that you are always looking for faults in any church other then your own. That has never stopped since you came on CNet.
You seem to believe that your way is the only way Christians should gather. If it is not like the way you gather, then they are wrong in some way. I remember you once mentioned that you taught at some of the churches you now judge. Stop judging others, first remove the log in your eye that blinds your own faults.
Jerry does the same thing. He judges others who are not of his faith, and tells them they sin because they do not worship the way he does. He presumes he never sins because he worships on Saturday, but We are all sinners just like you and Jerry, who very much need Jesus Christ.

Finish It Here_Feb 2017
To Strongaxe, I will continue here. You say the conservatives are the one's who are terrorist, but you are confused. It is the left wing who are trying everything to stop the president from doing his job as a president. The left extremist as you call them are just about all liberals.
You must not know many but I do. They are many in my family. They are completely nuts. They even teach in many schools to hate the government, our president and make things up which are not true to scare the kids. I know, because my wife works for the school system.

What Is A Terrorist
My definition of a Terrorist is a liberal left person. Just like the terrorist they are trying to overthrow our government. They burn things, smash windows, try to hurt the policemen, they are trying to stop our government from doing their job. They block area's that they do not agree on.
If anyone thinks different then they think, they try to overthrow whatever you stand for. It's their way or nothing.

What Is God's Role
Mark, you say:
"To stop people from sinning would require God to stop valuing our free will, which God gave us from the beginning. This free will is what allows us to freely love and choose God."

Mark, the lost will never choose God unless the Holy Spirit changes the heart of the person who is lost. Don't you know that while lost:
"we" once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lust of the flesh fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others" Eph. 1-3.

Does God Let Satan Have Way
Aservant, I completely agree with everything you quoted from Scripture. Sometimes people read a passage and completely ignore what it says.
God is Sovereign, and many do not know what it really means. Just think, if He was not Sovereign that would mean that Satan can do what he wants and nothing in Scripture would happen that God already knows will happen because He ordained it to happen. They have no faith that God is in control of all things. They believe that Satan is on his own. But he only does what God allows him to do. No more no less. He will do what God told us he will do because it is all in God's eternal plan.

Prayers God Has Honored
God has answered many of my prayers. I always ask for His will to be done.
My latest prayer happened I was having much trouble breathing, and it got to the point that one morning I passed out and my wife called the EMT's. At the hospital I had a breathing tube when I woke up. I spend 1 month in the hospital and after that I had to use an oxygen mask. I prayed one night and ask God for help. To please help me, that I needed Him so bad.
The next day after my prayer, After taking Lasix for two days I could breath again. I have been off oxygen for five months now. I do not need to carry the small tank anymore. Praise Almighty God. I thank Him so much.
I had fluid in my lungs.

Faith For Food
Steveng, if you have true faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, you can never give it up. It is not something you contrived on your own, it comes from God.
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing, it is the gift of God-not because of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8,9.

Hard To Believe In God
Here is the way you think:
Your god is not a loving god - without justice, without mercy.

What about the people who did good works without knowing Christ or the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, without knowing they were doing the will of God? Why have a second resurrection if everyone is going to hell?"

Steveng, My God is God. He has mercy on many who deserved justice. Those who are not going to be saved they will get what they deserve Justice.
No one does the will of God if they know not God. Many have done good works, but good works saves no one, they will only be save if they believe in Jesus Christ and His resurrection. All others will get justice for the sins they have committed.

Hard To Believe In God
Steveng, those who will stand before God at the Great White Throne of Judgment are those who never put their faith in Christ. They will be judge by their works. All those sins they did in life will be what condemn's them.
All those who put their faith in Christ Jesus will not be at that judgment. They will be at the Judgment Seat Of Christ, where their bad works will be burned and they will get rewarded for their good works. They have already been redeemed. Christ took their punishment.

Does God Let Satan Have Way
Nicole, you got it right. Kathr accuses me of been someone else all the time, and it is her who uses other names. She calls me Mark then accuses John of being Mark. What she does not understand and I don't know why is the fact that all who have been taught the Sovereignty of God, know and answer the same way. We know who God is. We know His attributes and character. But she has been a pain in the side of so many here. It's ok to debate with someone else. but after she debates she throws some really nasty words your way. Just wait and see how she responds to me for posting this.

Conflicting Christians Opinions
Steveng, the reason there is many interpretations is that many are just not saved. And a newly born Christian will not be confused because the Holy Spirit will open their spiritual eyes so that they can understand the word of God.
Here there is many from different countries and so many are just not saved. They might have the wrong God, wrong Jesus, wrong understanding of the gospel, which means they have another gospel, not the true gospel of Christ. So you will see a lot of hate.

Hard To Believe In God
Steveng, you are so wrong in everything you said. You did not get one right. Neither did Kathr. Then she talks about John and how much hate he has, which is the opposite, she is the one who spreads hate everywhere she answers if what you answer is not to her liking. You Steven are not like her. You just have your answers wrong because you have another gospel that I never heard of. Remember one thing, Jesus is the only way to heaven. Trying to be good without sin is impossible for any human being. Only Jesus was without sin. No one is good enough to enter heaven. Especially without Christ Jesus.

Disgusted By A Church
Kathr, here you complain about John and say, dishonest people, referring to John, and then say John is causing division in the church, and then turn around and you cause division in the church yourself when you say:

"People like John cause divisions in churches , which is a BAD THING. WHY! Because God never called John to be the TRINITY POLICE. That is strictly an RCC mentality where they burned people at the stake...." with your answer here you are cutting down the RCC, another church, of burning people at the stake.
That is pretty hypercritical.

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