Check what answer is under "Christian:" ------------------------------------------------------------>swordfish7 wrote:If you don't believe the good book, then how can you be a believer? How do you decide what is God's word? Essentially, you become God which is idolatry, which is damnable. You are walking on thin ice between heaven and hell if you are a believer. You must believe in Jesus to be saved (John 3:16, Eph. 2:8,9).
Catholic spotted!swordfish7 wrote:That would include confessing your sins and turning and living for God.
Confession of your sins to a man and not to God makes no sense. There is no need for a mediator between a man and God.
Ok? What does this have to do with anything? Stating the obvious, uh?swordfish7 wrote:You never answered my question! God stands outside of time and if you understand your physics, you will know why.Everything, from God's perspective, is seen at once over all time. He sees our prayers as well as all sides related to the prayer. In God's infinite knowledge he answers our prayers in the best way, even though we may no understand His reasons.
Because you need to say out loud and proclaim to others that you believe in Christ? Lol, since when? It is a matter of relationship between you and God and since God can obviously hear your thoughts and knows any possibility you could make out of those thoughts, why is it required that he accepts Christ by tongue if he has accepted Him in heart (which is the only thing that matters anyway)?swordfish7 wrote:Over the years I have prayed many prayers, and I have seen God's faithfulness in answering the prayers. One example was my father who was hard-set against Christianity. My family prayed for years for him and at long last he accepted Christ to be his Lord and Savior. I was walking on a trail with him with my uncle who was agnostic. He viewed that as the more enlightened atheistic view. My dad began challenging my uncle about the Christian world view. I got hot under the collar, since my dad didn't profess to believe, but I held my tongue. My uncle who always appreciated my dads unbelief, became visibly agitated as my father went on. I just couldn't believe it, even though I had prayed for him since I was a child - my mother and brothers too, not to mention many a fine pastors too. This is just one of thousands of prayers that I have seen answered, so I do believe in the power of prayer. But I take issue with the notion that prayers, that are not answered in the way that we want, are not answered prayer. Sometimes we don't pray in God's will but selfishly. Is God required to give us what we want when it may be very damaging to the soul? Certainly not! Sometimes we pray to get out of the consequences from our sinful actions, like David did when he sinned with Bathsheba. Is God required to answer these prayers? No! And sometimes God has some bigger and better plan that we cannot see which will be revealed in heaven!IceMobster wrote: Nah, the book tells you God commands you. The book tells you it works. (As you can see, I've got a problem with the Scripture, as well)
Furthermore, my objection and question is to things like praying for others. Or when someone asks to pray for oneself. You can't know if it works.
It is different when you pray to thank or worship God, of course..
Indeed, selfish prayers are bad and we do not deserve any of His mercy. God is not required to do this or that.
Reminds me of the picture: