Bible Discussion

  • Alex on Job 33:15
    in the bible what is the meaning of dreams about snakes and dogs
  • Adam - in Reply on Revelation 12
    Dear Minou,

    May God bless you and keep you through this challenge. Will pray for you to persevere through this valley and that you will also do your part in staying in the Word, reflecting on the positive blessings you have Philippians 4:8, and also realizing that you have freedom in Christ and gifts in order to help others. People always feel better about themselves when they help others feel better, so what have you done lately or what can you do to help others? Have you been putting on the armor of God and keeping your shield up to protect against the enemy, against negative thoughts? If it's smokey where you are how hard would it be to go where there's no smoke for a little while? What is the opportunity in this situation that maybe you haven't recognized yet?

    Paul was shipwrecked, in prison, tortured, starving, persecuted, but he was content and filled with joy. Why? Our external circumstances don't dictate our joy, but our mental attitude and our interpretation of things. Have you watched the video of the man with no arms and legs who is a motivational speaker who travels the world? These are just some of the positive things that are beneficial to reflect on like Philippians 4:8 says. You face challenges but you are not alone, you have God. Pray.

    God bless!
  • Mishael on Ephesians 2
    I'm gonna testify a little here. However it happened, I grew into adulthood with great knowledge of all manner of occult subjects. I had plans to grow and expand an internet business to sell horoscopes. People that opposed me, I would think of them as...dead. My doctor would ask me how it's going (all cheerful-like); I'd say I kinda feel like killing my spouse, and the kid too sometimes. I'm not kidding: he'd encourage me to take up basket weaving classes, as he wrote out unlimited refills of Valium for me. I'd swap my pills with friends pills and I was a drugged mess. However my craft at making charts was well received. It lasted a long time. I managed to make a Christian angry for doing charts on his kids. He asked an entire church to pray and fast for me, ONE day.

    My life began to unravel like an onion. Every shred of security I had was cruelly taken away. I did a big study on karma. I was now divorced. All I had was drugs and alcohol to keep me numb to what was happening to me. NEVER think that fasting and prayer do not accomplish anything.

    If you have child-like faith, You can change The direction of people's lives. Hate and anger at them accomplishes nothing. Believing in God to do something, WILL. If you push your plate aside and pray for that somebody; God is going to act on your Faith and behalf. He loves you!!

    If you can't pray a Catholic Church into rubble, you CAN ask for Catholics to come in here to find truth they are yearning to hear. Have you got some Bible you can teach them? Railing at people just drives them away.

    We are all just a lot of hot air if we don't have some Bible truth on the inside of us. When I see that spirit of superiority rear it's head...it reminds me of me. Full of hatred and hell; but full of great NEED.

    Pray, Fast, for 1 day: get ready to see a miracle!! Do I love Jesus? I want to be the rug HE rests His Holy feet upon.

    Goodnight.
  • Chris - in Reply on Matthew 27
    I don't think there will ever be a consensus of the exact dates of our Lord's Birth & Death as it's not revealed in Scripture. I think most arrive at their findings from considering the start of Herod's rule, age of baby boys at that time, the start of John the Baptist's ministry, Jesus' age (30) at His Baptism/ministry (approx.), the Passover timing which was strictly adhered to by the Jews, etc. Some have even looked closely to past lunar eclipses, comets, earthquakes, etc. to establish a timeline. Even with all this, no one has come up with clear dates that can be agreed upon, which of course may be for a Divine reason. Who knows!
  • Chris - in Reply on Numbers 6:24
    That passage was known as the Priestly Blessing. Today, it's sometimes spoken as a Benediction at the end of a Church service.
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 1
    Betty, there are a couple of Scriptures that I know of, that direct a Christian's manner of speaking:

    Ephesians 4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers." Even though 'corrupt communication' could be perceived to be too general, in Greek it actually refers to 'rotten, worthless, useless, depraved'. I would think that using swear/bad words would fall under this meaning as speech that has no value in it that rather places the person in a baser standing. You could look at Ephesians 5:4 as well, for a similar warning which includes foolish talking & jesting. I would think 'jesting' here is not just humour but with lewdness sprinkled within.

    But to answer your question: "who decides which words are bad words and how do they decide, is it just somebody's opinion or is it scripture?" I think the criteria for that would be the source or history of the word used, its meaning & its manner of presentation, both in verbal expression & context. I certainly don't know the history of those words, nor do I wish to, but every now & then something comes up. For example, what some consider a 'mild bad word' such as the extended use of the word 'blood', has its origins in either the Cross or a woman's monthly cycle. But there are other words, such as used in the Bible for 'an illegitimate person' (Hebrews 12:8), which in itself is an appropriate English word, but when used today and against a person in an angry tone, amounts to swearing. I think you get what I'm saying without the need for further examples!

    But Colossians 4:6 says it well: "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." I feel that this is the criterion we need to abide by: how do our words or manner of speaking affect the one hearing us - is it gentle, encouraging, uplifting, informative or 'spiced' up & devaluing us & our message?
  • Mishael - in Reply on Mark 2:7
    Matthew Chapter 12

    35 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

    36 But I say unto you, That every IDLE WzORD that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

    37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.
  • Mishael - in Reply on Ecclesiasticus 26:11
    What the Commentary says of this verse.

    Wesley's Notes for Habakkuk 1:2

    1:1
    The burden - The prophet seems to speak of these grievous things, as a burden which he himself groaned under.

    1:4 Therefore - Because the wicked go on with impunity. The law - The whole law, moral, ceremonial, and judicial. Is slacked - Is slighted, and not observed. Go forth - From magistrates, judges, and public officers. Doth compass about - As it were besieges, with design to oppress and ruin.
  • Chris - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    True. Now if these men would humble themselves & come to the foot of the Cross thereby finding forgiveness & renewal of their minds & spirits, we might just see a peace & reconciliation through that wall broken down by Jesus. If men won't reason with with the Lord (Isaiah 1:18), they certainly won't reason with one another.
  • Ministry of the Holy Spirit - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Your heart is right before the Lord. Let him decide this. May the Holy Spirit surround you with Comfort.

    M.
  • Christians who sue other Christians on Genesis 1
    Comment:

    A whole day has been used up for this controversy. Sometimes you just have to leave it on the throne that Jesus is sitting on. He is the judge. We are to make righteous judgements and on the sinning after Grace has come: this is an issue to leave with Jesus. He will undertake. Live in the light you are given. Beware of teaching Jesus's lambs something else.

    2 Peter 2:1

    But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

    1 Corinthians 11:19

    For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.

    Galatians 5:20

    Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

    1 Timothy Chapter 1

    5 Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:

    6 From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling;

    7 Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm.

    8 But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully;

    1 Corinthians 14:33 - For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

    1 Corinthians 12:25

    That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

    We are not to go to law with each other.

    Mishael
  • Chris - in Reply on Genesis 1
    Cheryl. Genesis 1:27 declares that God created man first & did so in His Own Image. That is, this new creation had all of God's attributes (holiness, love, joy, peace, etc.) yet someone who had flesh - unlike God, Who is Spirit. I'm not a Hebrew scholar by any means but from my research into this portion of the Bible, I see the following: The word for Mankind in Hebrew (the original writing of the Old Testament) is, Ha-Adam. So, the first man's name Adam, means 'mankind' (in general).

    Then in Genesis 2:22, God noticing that man was alone & wandering around aimlessly (2:18), decided to make another human to be his companion in life & a help to him (2:18). So from a part taken from Adam (his rib), God created another human being & Adam named her 'Woman'. In Hebrew, 'woman' is 'ishshah'.

    In Genesis 2:23, we read that Adam named this new creation, Woman, as she came out of man (i.e. made from his body). Now the Hebrew changes as it allows for not mankind, but for the dual genders. The Hebrew then for this man Adam becomes 'ish' and for 'out of man' is 'ishshah'. So we have 'ish' (man) & 'ishshah' (woman, or one coming out of man).

    Genesis 2:24: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." Adam could never fully enjoy or identify with the other of God's creation (animals) as they were unlike him. But once, Ishshah was made, he knew that this was special/different, one he could be at one with for procreation, companionship, care & dependency. Then in Genesis 3:20, Ish changes the name of Ishshah & now calls her 'Chavvah', which means 'Eve', because she would be the mother of all living.
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 4:6
    Lois, the word 'shew' is simply an older spelling of 'show'. In respect of this Psalm, David asks those who were against him (men who loved being vain & lying = 'leasing') as to why they denigrated him (v 2, turning his glory into shame)? And these same useless men also further intimidate David by asking, "who can show David any good (or, help or encouragement)?"

    So David resorts only to His LORD as he knows that men may fail him but God never will, "God will raise His countenance (= God's appearance, facial expression giving him love & support) upon me" (v6). "Put gladness in my heart, give me rest in You, for You are my safety & security" (verses 7, 8).
  • Xavier hayes on Ecclesiasticus 26:11
    Habakkuk 1:2 O Lord how long shall i crie, and thou wilt not heare! euen cry out vnto thee of violence, and thou wilt not saue?
  • Chris - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Page 3.

    Lastly, I'm pained to take hold of how a believer, who can no longer commit sin, can justify his/her daily 'errors' before God. I'm not referring to the Laws of the Land or the Old Covenant Law - just focusing on our daily life. Can you in all honesty believe & claim that you cannot sin now because of the new life you have in Christ? Even if it may not be evident in your actions, does it ever give birth in the mind?

    I know when I sin: I might harbour a momentary feeling of anger, pride or resentment, a misplaced word to someone, a desire to retaliate when falsely accused, & a host of other sins that prove not only its existence in my life but how carnal I am when measured up to the holiness of the Father & the Son. Why would Paul even suggest that we put on the whole armour of God (Ephesians 6:11) if Satan could never touch us with sin (since we're sinless). The only sensible reason for Satan to attack us is if he can get victory over us - there's no point in causing us to trip up, if we're unable to.

    I'll just leave all this with you as I fear that what you believe on this matter is actually what you have learned from some other source, since no natural reading of the Word can cause us to conclude that the sin nature in a true believer ceases to exist when both the Bible & our lives clearly show otherwise.
  • Chris - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Page 2.

    However, you may add that Jesus' Sacrifice also made the sinner spotless & unable to commit sin again. Again, to state that at the moment of repentance & receiving God's forgiveness based on Calvary, a believer receives God's Spirit to indwell him, to be God's guarantee & to give him a new life/a new nature. So every believer has to have the Holy Spirit in him, but does God then remove the old sinful nature, which is the very reason for committing sin? I do not see that the goal of the Cross was to ever remove that old nature - it was only for the basis of God's pardon, man's spiritual renewal, & power to live a consecrated life in Christ. (Galatians 5:16,17 speaks of the ongoing war between the flesh (our old nature) & the Spirit (our new nature)).

    I believe that the New Nature by God's Spirit can never sin (1 John 3:9) - maybe you are focusing on this aspect - as it's impossible for God to do or provoke us to evil. But please bear in mind that the incoming of His Nature in us does not annihilate or dispose of the Old nature. For that reason, in every letter of the apostles, the message to believers was to crucify the flesh (Romans 8:13: "For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live", is but one example). Paul is not speaking to the unsaved - he's speaking to believers in Christ but some are entertaining sin - yes, SIN, & need teaching & encouragement to turn away from sin & live (be led) by the Spirit of God (v14).
  • Chris - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Page 1.

    Hi Lynn, your persistence in keeping up with both Adam's & my comments is commendable & I can see your sincere belief in what you state as the reason for Jesus' coming & crucifixion. Rather than rehashing everything you've written & also noting your other comments to Adam, I hope to take it from there. As well, I don't follow any particular Church teaching or custom; I took some time away from work (soon after I was saved) to just spend it with the Lord & His Word & to develop a deeper understanding on what was written. For that reason, I will never 'fit' into any Church, but then who does, but I value what is taught so that it may be further contemplated & of course the fellowship with other believers is necessary. So the basis of my comments are solely on the Word according to the Light given.

    You've stated that the salvation that Jesus has offered has meant that you have not only been cleansed from past sins but that His Life in you now keeps you spotless & indeed unable to sin. I hope I've understood you correctly. I have heard of such a position: it's called a 'sinless perfection' & is based on the understanding of Scriptures as you have given. Of course you know that I will disagree with such a position as that is simply untenable from the correct reading of Scripture & evidence from real life that supports it.

    Why did Jesus come to die for sinners? His Coming, in fulfilment of the prophecies that spoke of Him, was simply, in a nutshell, to make payment for sin. It was both a redemptive & a substitutionary Work of Love by the Father through His Son. Nothing more. The Cross provided the means, the only means, by which a sinner could ever hope to receive forgiveness & connecting back to his Creator. What a sinner could never do, Jesus fully accomplished at Calvary: and not by the keeping of a new Law, but only by Faith could the guilty come & receive pardon. I'm sure you know all that, but stated here, to lay the foundation.
  • Richard - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Lynn,

    It saddens me to read some of your posts. They seem very prideful. So sin is just something one believes is sin to God? Sounds like a lot of people today calling evil good and good evil. You seem to think you have the mind of God in saying you know exactly everything He knows. You seem to be deeming yourself quite equal to God.

    Are we not to humble ourselves? To live by producing the fruit of the Spirit? Not by the lusts of the flesh? I have also never seen anyone say that "murder" is not a sin. Much less a person saying to be following Christ.

    Christ did die for our sins. But not so that we could just live in chaos and evil and wickedness and say it's not sinning anymore. Follow Jesus Christ. Forgive others that sin, try to teach them, and fight the good fight to stay away from sin and the snares of the devil. To try to be an example to others as Christ is the perfect example for us to follow. He staying away from all sin or wickedness.

    Even though we have received Christ does not mean we cannot sin anymore. It means we shouldn't want to and strive to live a sinless life which is not easy especially in the world today. Along with receiving the Holy Ghost which is our helper, who will change us, and teach us what to stay away from. I'm not saying if you sin that they won't be forgiven you. As Christ died for us all. Know sin and if you happen to do something that is bad or wrong, humble yourself and ask for forgiveness. Know what you did was wrong and learn from your mistakes. You will be forgiven. Don't harden your heart and just think you are above and cannot sin anymore.

    You are in my prayers sister. God Bless you.
  • Donald on Matthew 7:27
    And great was the fall of it, be wise and build upon the rock.
  • Geraldine cole on Ephesians 4
    be ye kind hearted to one another and walk inthe Jesus light be not as the world. Seek Jesus always
  • Billy Joe Hunter on Romans 5
    Romans 5: 15-21 whant to print the veris
  • Catholics Will Burn in Hell on Mark 2:7
    Thank you Jesus for your edifying words! This one verse invalidates the confessional of the pagan and brutal great whore of Babylon (the Catholic church pagan religion).

    All catholic whoremongers will burn in hell, along their "beloved church satan invention".

    Note: not hate speech, just my opinion.
  • Lois Johnson on Psalms 4:6
    In Psalms 4:6 what is the meaning of "There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us"? Mainly questioning what shew and countenance in this chapther and verse.
  • Brian colon on 1 Thessalonians 4:17
    Is the rapture just before the 7 yr tribulation?
  • Steve B - in Reply on Matthew 27
    Hi Cheryl - Genesis Chapter 1 is an account of the creation in a step by step manner all the way through Genesis Chapter 2 v 3 where the creation story ends (It is a sort of bulleted fashion - at least that is what we call it these days). Then in Genesis Chapter 2 v 4, you start to reading about the creation story again, in a more detailed fashion. Once you realize that is happening it will start to fall into place. There are many areas of Scripture were a statement is made in one chapter and then repeated in more detail later in the same chapter or future chapter. May God bless your way!
  • Mishael - in Reply on Mark 1
    Romans 8:38-39

    For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Lamentations 3:22-23

    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

    2 Corinthians 4:16-18

    So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.

    Philippians 4:6-7do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

    Be encouraged. We care about you.
  • Lynn C Friend - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Hello Adam,

    I never make assumptions about anyone or the Bible.. I read and hear the words that are spoken and know by the words I hear how that person stands with God.

    I would recommend you checking out 1 John 3:4 thru 10. Hopefully I spelled that right.

    Then let me know if you still believe it's possible for folks that live their lives alive In Christ to be free from sin or not.

    You're wording made no sense at all. When I say I am free from sin that does not give me liberty at all to sin. It simply means that sin no longer applies to me. I don't believe sin applies to anyone unless they believe it does.

    Sin means one believes they have done something wrong in the eyes of God and must do something in order to regain God's favor.

    I know everything I do at all times is exactly what God wants me to do and has me doing. I know everyone is doing exactly what God wants them to do and has them doing at all times. Most people have no understanding at all of how God rules all His creation.

    However, Paul did clue us in when he spoke the words in Ephesians 4:6. I'll just let you look it up in case it doesn't print out for me.

    As it stands now it's clear to me that your belief regarding what sin actually is, is not the truth according to how God has defined sin.

    The problem I see is, when one has no understanding of what Jesus accomplished at the cross, it shows they are worshiping a false god and that false god is usually their religion.

    I already followed Jesus straight to the cross and the old me died there with him. Then the new me was resurrected alive In Christ free from sin.

    If you are still "following" Jesus, you haven't quite got to the finishing end of it. I agree it's a serious situation that all hangs on what one believes.

    Have a great day. Lynn
  • Why sin hurts on Acts 7:56
    1 Corinthians 6:12

    All things are lawful unto me, but all things are NOT expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

    1 Corinthians 10:23

    All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify NOT.

    Comment: We're free to go out drinking, but we might total our car.

    You can smoke but you may reap cancer.

    Doesn't it make better sense to cherish the Holy Spirits fellowship? Why grieve Him?

    Or quench the Holy Spirit?

    If we are born again..He comes to dwell within us.

    Mishael
  • Lynn C Friend - in Reply on Ephesians 2
    Dear Mishael, Thanks for the info on how to use the links. I really appreciate that.

    By the way, you should never have to feel guilty for what others do. If you leave their presence because of what they do, it's because it's exactly what God has you do, and that is fine. Far better to leave then to try and condemn them. The day will come when their own conscience will condemn them. Have a great day.

    We are living in some pretty strange times at the moment so it's really hard to avoid things that are unpleasant.

    Lynn :)
  • Philip Gardner on Psalms 23
    In the KJV Bible, in Psalms 23, there is differentiation between "I shall" and "I will." Is there anything about either the Hebrew or English usage four centuries ago that hints at the reason for this differentiation?


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