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by RGeeB
Wed Jan 26, 2005 2:02 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: What type of church should I be part of?
Replies: 7
Views: 4070

What type of church should I be part of?

If I want to join a church, how do I know its right for me and I'm right for it? I used to have one simple condition - they acknowledge that Jesus is Lord. Lately, there is a trend away from associating with a local Christian community. So, I feel the incompatibility issues are more complicated.
by RGeeB
Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:59 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Is it logial to believe in a heaven or hell?
Replies: 34
Views: 6833

Bassman, the Bible identifies the condition you have described. It calls it as being 'slaves to sin'. What happens after a person becomes a Christian is that he is freeded from this slavery. He is free not to act upon his desires and make the choices (some of which you have identified as being detri...
by RGeeB
Tue Jan 25, 2005 4:48 am
Forum: End Times
Topic: On keeping the Sabbath
Replies: 135
Views: 30769

One way to see Sunday is the celebration of Jesus' resurrection. Its the celebration of the start of God's new creation. Only this time He's creating a new man first and a new Heaven and Earth last.
by RGeeB
Tue Jan 25, 2005 1:28 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: asking God into your life
Replies: 27
Views: 5329

What is meant by 'asking God into your life'? Maybe you can ask people who use these words what they mean? By God's grace through faith we are imputed and imparted with Christ's righteousness. Imputed means that when God sees us, He sees us wearing the righteousness of Christ - that leads to Justifi...
by RGeeB
Tue Jan 25, 2005 1:13 am
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Why try to prove God exists?
Replies: 23
Views: 9222

Not talking about the issue of whether God is male or female. However, since its come up, this is my take - God provides us with security (associated with males in society) and God provides us with nurture (associated with females in society). I was just making an observation. There have been a few ...
by RGeeB
Mon Jan 24, 2005 1:54 am
Forum: Philosophical Discussions
Topic: Why try to prove God exists?
Replies: 23
Views: 9222

At work recently we've been told how to recognise and deal with people based on their personality preferences, using the MBTI system. One aspect of this was the way people were convinced in arguments. At one end we had the people who associated with logical systematic arguments (eg scientists) and a...
by RGeeB
Mon Jan 24, 2005 1:25 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: asking God into your life
Replies: 27
Views: 5329

You can ask God (or the Holy Spirit to be more precise) into your life to be born again. The real turnaround also involves your freewill in the process of repentance with the help of the HS. Then its you who lives in Christ (rather than the other way around).
by RGeeB
Fri Jan 21, 2005 6:35 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Baptism & The Church
Replies: 39
Views: 20574

I see your point K. What I think would be nice is to see a move towards organising local churches as recommended in the Bible. Not a move towards divorcing oneself from the concept of being involved in local chuches. That might sound like wishful thinking, but I still suscribe in part to the great B...
by RGeeB
Fri Jan 21, 2005 1:42 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Baptism & The Church
Replies: 39
Views: 20574

I am confident the Holy Spirit will always lead those who are His with or without attending church. Church is just not about my own Christian growth, but also me contributing to the growth of other believers. Its overlooking others' shorthcomings with agape love and strive for unity which Jesus lon...
by RGeeB
Thu Jan 20, 2005 2:20 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Baptism & The Church
Replies: 39
Views: 20574

If you are to accept apostolic practice, then immersion baptism following faith in Christ is the norm, without exception. As regards to whether it is necessary for salvation; I would ask - Would you consider partaking in the Lord's Supper as necessary to salvation? Would you refuse to take part if y...
by RGeeB
Thu Jan 20, 2005 1:42 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Christianity = Very Effective Law Enforcement?
Replies: 38
Views: 9394

I must say, I do not join merely to attack, and I believe that to make up one's mind in either direction is a mistake. I leave myself open to all possibilities and encourage others to do the same. DO YOU?! I have found most Christians excited by the opportunity to explore their Theology. Contemplat...
by RGeeB
Wed Jan 19, 2005 2:22 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Christianity = Very Effective Law Enforcement?
Replies: 38
Views: 9394

Another reason for God's laws - Man's benefit - All of them.
by RGeeB
Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:49 am
Forum: Questions for Christians
Topic: Does Christianity open the door to Heaven or Hell?
Replies: 15
Views: 5805

One thing is sure - God is just and whatever happens - It will be fair. I'm sorry, but this statement ranks right up there with “God works in mysterious ways”. If this forum is indeed a place for thinking people to ask questions, then answers like this hold no meaning to anyone who does not alread...
by RGeeB
Wed Jan 19, 2005 1:35 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Holy Spirit Baptism and Tongues
Replies: 81
Views: 46479

Tongues serve two purposes: 1) They are a sign to unbelievers who speak a language you do not speak, when you speak spontaneously in that language. I knew a person who spoke Christian messages in Russian to Russians once without having learned the language. 2) They enhance our worship when we run ou...
by RGeeB
Tue Jan 18, 2005 7:07 am
Forum: The Church
Topic: Holy Spirit Baptism and Tongues
Replies: 81
Views: 46479

Holy Spirit Baptism and Tongues

Have Charismatic gifts ceased? I have personally witnessed healings, prophecies, words of knowledge etc. I've also seen the 'Toronto Blessing' phenomenon in churches, although that seems to have a demonic element to it. OK, here's the question - Jesus said that the Holy Spirit is available to those ...