Frank wrote: --- Even though Christâ€™s above comments led to His crucifixion; the Jews rightly understood that only God can forgive sins. And of course since Jesus was in fact God, I like to think of this as the most truthful error ever committed. How wonderful is it that our redeemer lives to yet intercede for His brothers and sisters. There is in fact only ONE mediator.
B. McCausland wrote: --- _______ Mike: The idea about the races Paul borrowed in Scripture serves to convey the jest of the activity, not the fashion in which such activities stood. Normally such events included among other ills, Caesar worship, the honouring of the Roman gods by idol sacrifices, debauchery, bribes, semi nudity and correlating orgies, which things we know are not exemplary, commendable, or to be imitated. Yes, lust comes from within, and what is inside comes out manifested by the externals we practice, entertain or approve.
Thanks for the input, B. But the issue remains this: Paul did not disapprove that which he entertained as method to teach, for indeed he entertained it, not as a fault of his, but a demonstration that there was no inherent fault in the example. *******
JayJay, it wasn't just the moniker, but the style and grammar. sc needn't be blamed for what some knucklehead did.
s c wrote: "Fighting the good fight" and such probably were meant to be understood in spiritual terms. ---
The point is that he used terminology not considered by him to be of a negative. In other words, he would not make a positive spiritual point by using devilish sport analogy any more than he would use what the devil does as example of what we must do.
Dave wrote: May I request prayer for my sister ( eldest out of4 sister) Lorretta, she is giving up smoking,and her3 glasses of wine a day . It's something she is being convicted of and it stands in her way at the moment,she feels for her spiritual growth. God bless.
Dave wrote: 1tim.4:8/9 For bodily exercise profits a little,but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come.9. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. Nkjv. Lord bless mike. I would think lust , covetous ,pride, anger would be possible snares for s Christian.
Those things come from within, not without, Dave. Paul didn't tell them running a race would be prideful, angry, lustful, etc. Running a race is a sport, one of many in the Grecian games, of which the Corinthians were familiar. Paul used the races as a way to open the Corinthians minds to the Christian goal of "winning the prize." If he thought the races were a slippery slope to sin, he wouldn't have used the example.
Paul said Romans 6:1 "What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?"
Paul saw no sin in running the race, because there was none.
why do people fall for that wrote: why ads work when you think they do not:Atlantic Curmudgeons like me are more resistant than the common mindset to ads. But here's a good article about why they work: and why companies spend millions to broadcast them.
All the article does is make marketers feel good about themselves, and justify their worthless work to the companies trying to sell something.
From the link: "Successful advertising rarely succeeds through argument or calls to action. Instead, it creates positive memories and feelings that influence our behavior over time to encourage us to buy something at a later date"
I suppose I should not think some do not actually respond to this, it still is baffling why. Positive memories? Like the meds ads that show happy people while the list of deadly side-effects are being read? The auto ads that say nothing about the auto? Oh yes, that surely causes one to run out and buy one. The best windfall that cigarette companies got was the forbidding of cigarette ads. People still smoke, ads didn't make them, nor does their lack stop them.
Dave wrote: --- We must remember, in All things we're too give glory to God, without sounding like a party pooper but, we can be in the world and not of the world. Is professional sport glorifying God ? Lord bless guy's .
We can ask ourselves this- Would Paul even use "run in a race" in speaking to the Corinthians of the Christian life, if he considered such sport as God-dishonoring?
1 Corinthians 9:24 ] "Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain."
s c wrote: --- And doing something heartily to the Lord probably wouldn't include suing the school because they reject an athlete's pet Bible verses. If he got an athletic plaque,he needs to understand that it is just that-an athletic plaque. Take it or leave it. Football was never a platform for evangelism.
He didn't get the plaque for playing football 14 to 18 years ago, but for a donation to the school.
s c wrote: I would be more concerned with the "offensive". I get that men will overlook the half naked women that might appear on the screen...I guess that some are so desensitized that it doesn't dawn on them that they're watching a bunch of narcissistic men playing with a pigskin in immodest tight pants. I wonder if anyone would have a problem with such attire on a guy as common apparel or is it that it can be overlooked/ignored when it comes to those things that whet our carnality? I think the word that comes to mind is "compromise".
Honestly, I never noticed the "immodest tight pants" on football players. You seem notice a lot of things you don't look at, sc.
John UK wrote: It would be interesting to hear from a dispensationalist who has viewed the film Waiting for Armageddon as to whether or not it portrays their beliefs adequately. Surely there's more than one or two D's on the forum?
From the article: "Lucas, in a lawsuit filed in federal court, said he did not want quotes on the plaque but the actual Bible chapters and verse. Specially, â€śColossians 3:23" and "Micah 5:9.â€ť The university rejected the language because it referenced the Bible and the school does not want to promote one religion over another."
Micah 5:9 "Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off"
Col. 3:23 "And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;"
Since religion is man's way of how to bind to whatever god they believe in, and that which the Bible puts forth is about God saving man, therefore not a religion, the Colorado School of Mines' ignorance is no basis for its action.
pennelope wrote: New York Times calls it a "bromance" "On Thursday, Donald J. Trump appeared to pick up an endorsement from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia. After his year-ending press conference in Moscow, Mr. Putin heaped praise on the bombastic Republican candidate, calling Mr. Trump â€śa very bright and talented manâ€ť and â€śthe absolute leader of the presidential race.â€ť http://www.nytimes.com/politics/first-draft/2015/12/17/vladimir-putin-praises-donald-trump-sealing-a-long-distance-bromance/ Russia is militarily protecting Syria and Christians.
Russia is protecting Russian interests in the region. If KJB Putin is endorsing Trump, that should hardly be comforting. History unfolding with communism rising again, but all we can see is Islam. We forget wars come via perceptions of weakness. Avoidance of war based on fear of war leads to war. Human nature still.
Lurker wrote: --- What is missing from this line of reasoning is that God turns the hearts of kings and rulers to accomplish His will in His time. It matters not a whit who sits in the oval office..... God's will shall be done.
Unless we see that it is God's ultimate purposes that will not be thwarted, we might conclude there should be no complaint over the antics of the present prez, nor of any leaders anywhere doing whatever is done by them.