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How to Practice Peace When You Need It Most: An Interview with Kristen Kill

You know that something you’ve been looking for in the empty stress of your mad-dash days? The Psalms call it selah: a chance to stop, re-center and resync yourself with the story and song of God. It is hope for the dissonance you feel. Bible Gateway interviewed Kristen Kill (@kristenkill) about her book, Finding Selah: […]


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Honoring Black History Month: Great Books for the Whole Family to Read

If you’re looking for something to read in honor of Black History Month, look no further than some of the newest releases by Christian African-American authors published by Zondervan. From Olympians, to doctors, to inspirational figures, pastors, journalists, and performers, everyone in the family is sure to find something to inspire, educate, and encourage. [Read […]


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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study] Bible related question
« on: February 23, 2018, 11:18:01 PM »
Bible related question

Sorry for my lack of education, I'm an athiest trying to learn. In Exodus 20:4 it says thou shall not make any graven image of anything in the heavens.

Is this not what we do with crosses? The images in the churches? Etc etc

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Job: God Makes No Bet With The Satan

I'm new to studying the texts of Bible. All my life I've been told and believed that the book of Job surrounded a bet that God made with the Devil. I've recently found that no such bet exists.

Satan says to God that Job worships only because God has given him a good life, but take it away and Job will curse him. God never denies this. God tells the Satan to pretty much go ahead, but don't hurt him. Job doesn't curse God with his mouth, but accepts that God gives and takes at his will. Then Satan says, well if you allow harm.to his body , then he will curse you. God never says that Job will not curse him, he just says, go ahead, but don't kill him.

Whatever ethical issues anyone might have with this book, this seems to dramatically change the dynamic of the story. God is not betting with the Devil. In the end, God proves his moral.authoeity over all, regardless of what you think is right and wrong. People think they understand what Justice is, and are commanded to be just, but anytime they set up a moral structure they believe as compete unto itself, God allows it to be destroyed.

Is this related to idolatry? The intellect believing it understands the working of the Universe and can make and understand a rule book for it?

This makes sense of why Christ was doing things regarded as illegal and blasphemous in his day, but was trying to tell the Pharasees they had no real idea of what the Law, Justice, truth about God was. When they claim to completely understand the law they claim to.completdly understand God and make themselves out to be God. The exalted on is the wretched publican professing his sin in raw humility, not the man who elevates himself as an idol unto himself.

Wow


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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study] RennuR Bible Study Mega Thread!
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:36:23 PM »
RennuR Bible Study Mega Thread!

Hey everyone this is an announcement about my series on the Old Testament!

I am a 17 year old, and thought I've always been a christian, this is me reading through it the first time! This is different then most studies because its a lot of "thought process" from a 17 year old! This thread was made to put all of them together so if you want to read multiple you don't have to click through the pages to find them! Here I will also post some of the new things I may be working on, etc etc. I hope you enjoy this on r/Bible !!!

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 1 Mostly a ramble about the first chapter, here I wasn't very focused as my next installments are more orderly and thought provoking!

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 2-3 Again much like chapter 1 lol, gosh I was so bad here, but still kinda fun to look back at it.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 4-11 Kinda getting there with the orderliness, but also what the heck was I thinking, a lot of content fit into one post haha. Covers the flood, cane and abel, tower of babel, etc.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 12-14 ALMOST at my final way of doing it. Covers Abraham and Lot.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 15-18:15 Finally onto the format I like. This also covers quite a bit, but later installments start to get more focused. This portion covers Sarah and Hagar, Covenant of Circumcision, etc.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 18:16 to 19 One main theme. Sodom and Gomorrah.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 20-21 Basically the story of Abraham and Abimelech

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 22-23 Mainly the story of the Sacrifice of Isaac and the Death of Sarah.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 24 This one was funny on my part, it was Isaac and Rebekah.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 25-26 Abraham is dead and the story of Jacob and Esau begin.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 27 LOTS A DRAMA. Also Isaac gets pranked.

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 28-29:30 latest one as of making this post, you will find out why there was an 8 day gap between these posts on the next one. Main theme: Jacob gets sent away and finds some girls!

The Beautiful Book of Genesis... 29:31-30:23 2 things. Jacob's family stirs the pot and biblical name meanings!

Alright I hope you enjoy reading some of those! During them it may be good to bring out your bibles, but if not, sit back and enjoy. Here I will also be leaving some of my other projects relating to my interpretation, one being a flashcard set to help increase and strengthen your Bible knowledge!

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I am discontinuing this series for now, I am getting very busy and the fact that sometimes I feel like I have to write studies over actually reading the bible and praying is getting to me kinda. I may resume this some other time but I am just not in it right now. I gotta focus on spreading the word more in the real world not just on reddit. I hope you all understand. This does NOT mean that I am going to be off of reddit, I will continue to make some threads and also participate in discussion on this subreddit, I just will not be posting studies anymore. Thank you EVERYONE who participated in responding to my studies and giving me feedback, it really meant a lot I mean it. I hope I was of some help to everyone and that maybe you learned something. :)

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When is a couple considered married according to the New Testment

Do you have to have a registered marriage or is common law okay? I just confused about what is considered marriage in God's eyes.

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I broke a promise to god. Do i still have to try and keep it

I made a promise to try not to cuss to god and i broke it. I later found out that swearing is not a sin. Do i still have to keep the promise

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study] Untold Stories in the Bible?
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:36:23 PM »
Untold Stories in the Bible?

I heard there was a book written by Nathan the Prophet that was originally supposed to be put in the OT, that got lost in translation from the KJV Bible. Does anyone have any information on any other untold documents or books revealing this or any other unknown books in the bible?

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Is there any bible verse that tells you what is metaphorical and what is literal?

Regarding the stories and regulations in the bible, are there any verses that tell you what should be interpreted metaphorically and what should be taken literally?

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study] Why Study the Book of John?
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:36:22 PM »
Why Study the Book of John?


The Gospel of John is an account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—teaching us about his life and mission and about our salvation.




 

   

   
     
   

 


 


   
     
   

   
     

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A Unique Role


The Gospel of John plays a unique and influential role in the Christian Bible. In this account of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we learn that Jesus is the Son of God,1 sent2 by God the Father to give eternal life3 to all who believe in him. Jesus repeatedly shatters people’s assumptions, teaching that salvation is not earned but rather is a free gift received through a miracle of grace—being born again. John’s Gospel also sounds a constant theme of mission. Just as the Father sent Jesus to earth, Jesus sends his followers to continue his mission by testifying that Jesus is the Son of God so that “whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (3:16).


Of the four Gospels, John was probably the last one written. It is the most theologically and philosophically profound Gospel account. John does not narrate Jesus’ birth. Instead, he begins his Gospel at the very beginning, stating in his opening sentence that Jesus has eternally existed and that “all things were made through him” (1:3). John roots Jesus’ identity in eternity past, providing a lofty vision of the Son of God sent to earth as fully God and now also fully man.




Jesus fulfills all the Old Testament hopes and promises. He inaugurates the long-awaited new age.




Other than the feeding of the five thousand, the anointing at Bethany (12:1–8), and the passion narrative, John does not share any sizable blocks of teaching with the Synoptic Gospels. John is organized around carefully crafted narrative strands that highlight both the signs and teachings of Jesus. This gives John’s Gospel a sense of depth as the reader is presented with a rich, multi-layered, and cosmic display of the identity, works, words, and mission of Jesus. John’s purpose is to present Jesus as the Messiah, the Son of God, sent to earth to fulfill all that the Old Testament anticipated: bringing new life—eternal life—to a dark world.


The Gospel of John in the Larger Story


While Matthew focuses on Jesus as the Jewish Messiah, Mark focuses on Jesus as the one who ushers in the kingdom of God, and Luke emphasizes Jesus as the one who welcomes the outsider, John emphasizes Jesus as the eternal Son of God. Through his signs and teaching, through his death and resurrection, and through the mission he entrusts to his disciples, Jesus fulfills all the Old Testament hopes and promises. He inaugurates the long-awaited new age.



Date and Historical Background


The Gospel of John was written by the apostle John, the son of Zebedee. He was a Palestinian Jew and a member of Jesus’ inner apostolic circle. John most likely wrote his account of Jesus between AD 70 (when Jerusalem was besieged by the Romans and the temple was destroyed) and AD 100 (the approximate end of John’s lifetime). Most likely he wrote his Gospel in Ephesus, one of the most important urban centers of the Roman empire.


John’s Gospel was aimed at both Jews and Gentiles living throughout the Greco-Roman world. John frequently explains Jewish customs and Palestinian geography to non-Jewish readers. John also presents Jesus as the eternal Word that has now become flesh, utilizing the background of Greek thought familiar to his Gentile audience. Yet John clearly also has a Jewish audience in mind: he reveals Jesus to be the Jewish Messiah, the fulfillment of many Old Testament themes, and the eternal Son of God sent by God the Father to mediate a new relationship between God and man.


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  1. Son of God – Designates Jesus as the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament (2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 2:7). This term gathers up many strands of Old Testament expectation about a coming “anointed one” who would lead and rescue God’s people.

  2. Sent – John’s favorite designation of Jesus is to call him the Son of God “sent” by the Father. This is set against a Jewish background in which a messenger represents the sender himself. Jesus is the ultimate “sent one”; he is the perfect revelation of God.

  3. Eternal life – For believers, the new life that begins with trust in Jesus Christ alone for salvation, and that continues after physical death for all eternity in God’s presence in heaven.


This article is adapted from John: A 12-Week Study by Justin Buzzard.



   
     

     
   

   
     


     

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study] Singleness: A 5-Day Devotional
« on: February 23, 2018, 05:36:22 PM »
Singleness: A 5-Day Devotional


Single or married, young or old, man or woman—everyone experiences loneliness at various times and to varying degrees. No one is exempt.




 

   

   
     
   

 


 


   
     
   

   
     

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A Shared Condition


Loneliness is commonplace. Lydia Brownback, author of Finding God in My Loneliness says:



Single or married, young or old, man or woman—everyone experiences loneliness at various times and to varying degrees. No one is exempt. We were created for togetherness, which is why, even before the fall, God declared that man’s aloneness was not good (Gen. 2:18).



Loneliness is a human longing, and it its very existence points to something common to us all. Brownback continues:



Loneliness is an indicator that something is missing, and that something is found only in Jesus Christ. He completes what’s missing, that thing we identify as “loneliness,” beginning from the moment we are joined to him in faith and brought to completion in glory. In other words, the primary reason we are lonely is that we aren’t home yet.




A New Reading Plan


Today, we’re pleased to announce a new, 5-day devotional reading plan on ESV.org with Lydia Brownback aimed at helping you turn to God—who redeems our loneliness and draws us to himself.


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In Depth Study On The Trinity, Purely From The Word

The Trinity

To start off I can say wholeheartedly I DONT KNOW EVERYTHING, my mind compared to GOD's is practically-nonexistent. What I do know and what I can say is purely based off scripture. However, understand this, GOD isn't someone you can just change the character of to fit you. Here's a small portion of who GOD is, from His very own word.

A. The Trinity is what we know God by, One being but three persons. The word trinity is never actually said in scripture however, what we know as The Trinity is true based off of scripture. This is shown in Deuteronomy 6:4 being only one true God and 2 Cor. 13:14 being three persons. 

`````````````````` We know God the father based off of; Genesis 1:1, 1:26, 2:7, The Creator of Heaven and Earth, The maker of all creatures and Humans, The Breath of Life.

Exodus 3:14, 6:2-3, 15:11, 20:1, God is the I AM, He is the Lord, No one is Like Him, He gives the law.

Leviticus 22:2, His name is Holy.

Deuteronomy 6:4, 32:6, God is One, He is Father and Creator.

1 Chronicles 29:10, He is the God and Father of Israel.

Psalm 19:1-3, The Heavens Declare His Glory, All things are made by Him.

Isaiah 43:3, 43:15, 64:8, He is the Holy One of Israel, Their Savior, He is King, He is the Potter and we are the clay.

Jeremiah 10:10, 17:13, He is the true God the living God and eternal King, He is the Hope of Israel and a spring of living water.

Matthew 6:9, 7:11, 23:9, Our Father in Heaven, the gift giver, Our Only Father and God.

Mark 1:9-11, Jesus is His Son with whom He is well pleased.

John 4:24, 5:26, 14:6-13, 17:1-8, God is Spirit, The Giver of Life, The Father and Jesus are one, The Only True GOD.

Acts 1:7, The Planner of Everything

Romans 8:14-15, Abba Father, Our Lord.

1 Corinthians 8:6, The One God and Father over all

Galatians 4:6, We are His Children. By Jesus blood and sacrifice.

Ephesians 4:6, He is over all, through all, and in all.

Colossians 1:15, The invisible God.

1 Timothy 1:17, Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, King, the Only God.

Hebrews 11:6, 12:9, He rewards those who seek Him. The Father of Spirits and life.

1 Peter 1:17, He is Judge over all.

1 John 5:7, God is three in One. ```````````````````` We know Jesus based off of; Genesis 18:1, Jesus appears before Abraham, Abraham bows before Him and calls Him Lord.

Psalm 2:7, 110:1 We are God's children, Jesus is the one who makes this happen. He sits at God's right hand.

Isaiah 7:14, 7:53, Jesus' birth is prophesied, Jesus' life, death, and resurrection are prophesied.

Matthew 1:18-23, 3:17, 8:29, 11:27, 14:33, 16:16, 16:27, 17:5, 17:27, 28:1-6, 28:19, Jesus is born, He is to be the savior of all, Jesus is God's Son, He controls all spirits and life, He rewards His people according to their works, We must listen to Him, He Knows All, He rose from the dead, He calls us to spread the Gospel to the World.

Mark 1:1, 3:11, Jesus is the Son Of God.

Luke 1:35, 4:41, 22:70, 24:26, Jesus is Holy, He is the Christ, The Son of God, He overcame death.

John 1:1-18, 1:29, 3:16, 10:30, 10:38, 11:25-27, 12:44-50, 14:7-11, 16:15-16, 16:28, 17:1-5, 17:21-22, 20:1-20, 20:28, Jesus is the Word of God, He has always existed, all things were made through Him and For Him, He is the Light of The World, He became Flesh, He is Full of Grace and Truth, He is The ONLY Son of God, Jesus and God the Father are One, Jesus is the resurrection and the life, If you Believe in Jesus you Believe in The Father and the Holy Spirit, everything that belongs to the Father Belongs to Jesus, He goes back to The Father and sends us the Holy Spirit, He has authority over all things and the ability to grant eternal life to all who follow Him and believe in His name, Jesus and The Father are One, Jesus is the Teacher, He gives us Peace.

Acts 1:9, 2:22-24, 7:55-56, 9:4-5, 9:20, Jesus ascended into Heaven, it was impossible for Death to keep Jesus, Jesus is the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God, Jesus is the Son of God.

Romans 1:3-4, 3:23-26, 5:6-21, 8:1-3, 8:34, 10:4, He was appointed the Son Of God by His resurrection from the dead, He gives grace and redemption to all who ask of Him in His name, He held of completely destroying sin in the beginning, Jesus died for us to show us His love, He completely takes away our sin and condemnation, He did what the law weakened by flesh couldn't do, Christ is the culmination of the law He fulfilled it all.

1 Corinthians 1:30, 2:2, 8:6, 15:1-8, 15:24-28, Jesus is the wisdom from God for us, our righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, He's all we need, All things are through Him, we exist because He lets us exist, Jesus will conquer ALL things in the end of time including DEATH as the final thing. Jesus doesn't put Himself under Himself, he sets himself as subject to His Father.

2 Corinthians 5:19-21, 8:9 Jesus was made into sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God, Jesus became poor for our sake.

Galatians 4:4-5 Jesus adopts us.

Ephesians 1:20, 3:11, 4:7-10, Jesus is seated at God's right hand, He is LORD, Jesus descended from Heaven to Earth then back again.

Philippians 2:5-11, Jesus didn't consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage, He made himself Nothing by taking the nature of a servant, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient even to death on a cross.

Colossians 1:13-22, 2:9, He is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn over all creation, all things were created by Him through Him and For Him, He is before all things and holds all things together, He is the Head of The Body (the Church), He is the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the End.

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18, Jesus has power over death and promises to bring His people back to life.

1 Timothy 2:5-6, 3:16, Jesus is the One God and mediator between God and Mankind.

Titus 2:13-14, Jesus is coming back for His people, He will redeem us from all wickedness and purify us for Himself.

Hebrews 1:1-3, 4:14-15, 7:14-28, 9:12-15, 9:24-28, 12:2, 13:8, Jesus speaks to us, He is the heir to all things, He is the radiance of God's glory and the EXACT representation of His being, He sustains all things by His powerful word, He sits at the right hand of God, Jesus is our Only High Priest, He is able to empathize with our weaknesses because He took Human flesh and was tempted in every way, The difference is He DIDN'T sin, because He overcame Sin by His power we can overcome it too, Jesus is the priest in the order of Melchizedek “My King is Righteousness”, Jesus grants us a better covenant, Jesus lives to intercede on our behalf, Jesus has a permanent priesthood, Jesus is and was the perfect sacrifice for our sins, He is the mediator of a new covenant between us and His Father, Jesus will appear again to complete and fulfill the covenant He has made with His people, Jesus is the pioneer and perfecter of faith, He endured the cross on our behalf, Jesus is the same Yesterday, Today, and Forever.

1 Peter 2:21-25, 3:22, Jesus committed no sin and no deceit was found in His mouth, Jesus entrusted Himself to His Father and didn't fight back against His false accusers, We are healed by His wounds, Jesus is at God the Father's right hand.

1 John 1:7-9, 3:2, 4:14-15, 5:9, Jesus is the Light and He is in the light, He purifies us, Jesus is faithful, We will be made like Christ when He returns, Jesus is the savior of the World, Jesus is The Son of God, God the Father Testifies about His son Jesus.

2 John 7-9, Whoever follows the Teachings of Christ follows God the Father and The Son.

Revelation 1:13-16, 5:9-14, 12:10-11, 13:8, 19:16, Jesus holds the Universe in His hands and all things are subject to Him, Jesus is the only one worthy to take the scroll in the end-times and open its seals, Jesus makes us His Kingdom and priests to God, Jesus is the Lamb who was slaughtered but lives again, Jesus is the messiah the Son of the living God, Jesus is the conqueror over all, all creation will bow and worship Him, Jesus is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. `````````````````` We know the Holy Spirit based off of; Genesis 1:2, The Holy Spirit was there in the beginning.

Judges 14:6, The Holy Spirit gave Samson strength.

Job 26, The Holy Spirit holds Power and Commands over Creation.

Psalms 51:11, The Holy Spirit dwelt with the Psalmist.

Isaiah 61:1-3, The Holy Spirit sends out His people to do the works He has equipped them to do, He covers us with His presence.

Joel 2:28-32, The Holy Spirit is God's Spirit as The Father and Son are One so is The Spirit, The Spirit gifts people with miracles.

Matthew 1:18, 3:16, 4:1, 12:28-32, 28:19, The Holy Spirit placed Jesus in Mary (A Virgin), The Holy Spirit came down on Jesus after His baptism like a Dove, The Holy Spirit lead Jesus where He needed to go, The Holy Spirit drives out demons, No-one should blaspheme against the Holy Spirit (blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is the unbelief in His message as Christ being Savior), we baptize in The name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Mark 1:10, The Holy Spirit descended on Christ after His baptism like a dove from Heaven.

Luke 1:35, The Holy Spirit went onto Mary and placed within Her, Jesus. (There was no physical interaction between God and Mary She was a Virgin with Jesus)

John 4:24, 14:16-17, 14:26, 15:26, 16:7-14, God is Spirit so We should worship In the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit is our advocate before God, He reveals the Heart and Mind of God to us through His word (Jesus), We know Him because as Christians He lives within Us and is with us, the Holy Spirit teaches all things and reminded the Disciples of everything Jesus had told them, The Holy Spirit testifies about Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit exposes sin for what it is and reveals truth to us, The Holy Spirit only speaks what He has been told by The Father and Son, He glorifies Christ because of what He has received to make known to us.

Acts 1:8, 2:1-4, 2:38, 10:44, 13:2, The Holy Spirit calls us to be His witnesses to the World, The Holy Spirit allows for miracles when it comes to furthering God's kingdom, He enters those who come to Christ immediately and washes us clean, The Holy Spirit calls those He needs.

Romans 8:9-11, The Holy Spirit is one with Jesus Christ and gives life and forgiveness to all who believe, you cannot have one without the other, The Holy Spirit raised Christ from the dead.

1 Corinthians 2:10-14, The Holy Spirit searches the depths of God and all things, The Holy Spirit is one with The Father, The Holy Spirit teaches us, The Holy Spirit gives discernment to us.

Galatians 4:6, Because we are God's children He sent the Spirit of His Son into our Hearts, to make us more like Christ. (This stuff is so awesome.....)

Ephesians 1:13-14, 4:30, 5:18, The Holy Spirit seals us as God's own possession, We aren't supposed to grieve the Holy Spirit (don't turn back to your old ways, rather focus on Jesus and keep growing closer to Him), The Holy Spirit fills us (Getting drunk can effect our ability to interpret what The Holy Spirit is trying to speak to us, that's why it's wrong for a Christian to get drunk (and unwise to drink)).

1 Thessalonians 5:19, Don't stop The Holy Spirit from working in you.

1 Timothy 3:16, The Holy Spirit vindicated Jesus.

2 Timothy 1:14, 3:16, The Holy Spirit helps guard what God has given us for His glory, The Holy Spirit lives within us as Christians, all scripture is God breathed.

Hebrews 9:8, The Holy Spirit set the first tabernacle to be an example of what was to come permanently in the future.

2 Peter 1:21, Prophesies come from God the Father but they are carried to people by The Holy Spirit.

1 John 4:13, We know we live in Christ and He lives in us by having The Holy Spirit (They are one)

Revelation 1:10, 22:17, The Spirits voice is like a trumpet, He calls all the “Come!” and take the free gift of the water of life.

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study]Does God change?
« on: February 23, 2018, 10:45:49 AM »
Does God change?

Does God will/ character change?

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study]Did David lie In 1 Samuel 20:5-6
« on: February 23, 2018, 10:45:49 AM »
Did David lie In 1 Samuel 20:5-6

In this passage, David and Jonathan are talking about Saul if he is trying to kill David. David tells Jonathan to test Saul of how he would react if David went to Bethlehem. So David was telling Jonathan to lie to Saul that he was going to Bethlehem but he really was not since it said that he was going to hide in the field. If this is considered a lie, is this particular lie a sin?

So David said, “Look, tomorrow is the New Moon feast, and I am supposed to dine with the king; but let me go and hide in the field until the evening of the day after tomorrow. If your father misses me at all, tell him, ‘David earnestly asked my permission to hurry to Bethlehem, his hometown, because an annual sacrifice is being made there for his whole clan.’ If he says, ‘Very well,’ then your servant is safe. But if he loses his temper, you can be sure that he is determined to harm me. As for you, show kindness to your servant, for you have brought him into a covenant with you before the Lord. If I am guilty, then kill me yourself! Why hand me over to your father?”

1 Samuel 20:5-8

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Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite. – Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

– Psalm 147:5

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

This verse should always be remembered by us Christians. Whatever we encounter, we should believe that our Lord is of great power and has infinite wisdom. Proverbs 9:10 recorded: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. When God bestows wisdom upon man, man can do positive things. For example, Adam lived in the Garden of Eden, and he had never learned any knowledge, but he could give names to all kinds of living creatures with the intelligence given by God; King Solomon neatly helped an infant find his true mother between two women who both styled themselves to be his mother. From this we can see if we have the wisdom bestowed by God, then nothing is too difficult, and we can use the most suitable way to solve problems.

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study]Faith and Social Media?
« on: February 23, 2018, 10:45:49 AM »
Faith and Social Media?

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study]New Bible Reading
« on: February 23, 2018, 10:45:49 AM »
New Bible Reading

I have created a new Bible reading series for people who believe in god and are more interested in reading the bible but can't seem to find the time too! Please comment or message me for details about my video!

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Exodus 13 — What is the meaning of “redeeming the firstborn”?

My question is referring to the following verses of Exodus 13:

“The Lord said to Moses, “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal.”” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭13:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬ http://bible.com/111/exo.13.1-2.niv

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““After the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites and gives it to you, as he promised on oath to you and your ancestors, you are to give over to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the Lord. Redeem with a lamb every firstborn donkey, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem every firstborn among your sons.” ‭‭Exodus‬ ‭13:11-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬ http://bible.com/111/exo.13.11-13.niv

I understand that God commanded every firstborn animal to be slaughtered, but what did he mean by “redeem every firstborn among your sons”? Were they to be killed also?

I haven’t finished Exodus yet, but so far, I found no more mention of this. No account of whether the Israelites actually went through with it, or whether they rebelled, or anything like that, while at the same time, Exodus 16 describes in great detail the instructions they received for the gathering of manna, and how people who rebelled against that and kept more than they needed were punished by it rotting away and getting maggots in it.

You’d think that if there is rebellion against such a simple command such as “gather only as much manna as you need”, there would be an outcry against killing any of their sons.

Also, wasn’t the whole point of the Passover rites to save the lives of the Israelites’ firstborn? Why would God give such specific commands for them to be saved in Egypt, only to command for them to die after they’ve been in the desert for a few days?

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Bible Questions / Study / [Bible Study]Did I make this up?
« on: February 23, 2018, 10:45:49 AM »
Did I make this up?

When I was a kid I used to watch a cartoon called Superbook. It told stories from the Bible. I remember an episode where there was a king who had a silver coat He went out before the people and when the sun came out and reflected off his coat it made it look like he was glowing and the people started to worship him. Because he didn’t correct the people and accepted their worship god caused his coat to be full of spiders and they bit and killed him. I remembered this the other night but nobody knows what I’m talking about and I can’t find the episode in the listings but I vividly remember the story. Does this ring a bell with any of you?

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