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As we are now in the year 2017, the year 1844 seems to be now a distant past. In reality it is only recent History and the early to mid 1800's were a time of great expectation.
The world was starting to change rapidly in thought, technologies and science. Many signs that the Bible foretold were seen to be have fulfilled in one way and another. Added to this a William Miller a farmer in America had an amazing insight and had worked out from Daniel that 1843 to 1844 was the year of Christs...
The other night I had a very Vivid dream. In the dream, I was at a quasi-Church type of convention. Their message was "Show God's love to the needy". Although in one of their messages I heard them say regarding Jesus Christ that he was only one of many characters in The Bible, and that he should be viewed as such. The real focus should be to love "God" and so on and so forth. They were deemphasizing Jesus and making it more of a generic religion about loving God and serving the needy....
Can we look at this word objectively? Where did this word come from, imagination of course but why? It will be said that God revealed itself and we became aware but I'd rather think that some person looked into themselves to the depth where they became aware and then enlighten us as to their discovery. Have you ever used your imagination on omnipresence, its easy to think of God as everywhere, all the time but imagine what this person must have felt?
So I'm praying constantly for the grace to be a Healer and the gift of Prophecy.
In the Bible people were constantly prophesying and healing people.
There needs to be more people doing those things and there will be more believers.
Jesus said ask and you shall receive. Ask anything of the father in my name and he will give it to you.
If God doesn't give me the Graces I'm praying for, that makes God a liar. Is God a liar or am I going to receive The Graces I'm praying for?
The question is for Christians. The Catholic Church decided which books would be in your Bible at the councils of Rome, Carthage, and Hippo. The Bible is a Catholic book.
If you don't trust the church, why do you trust that they made the right decision putting together your new testament Canon?
Furthermore, how do you know they didn't tamper with it throughout the centuries. For centuries there were no other Christian churches on the face of the Earth but the Catholic Church.
What would you say? Assuming God showed up and was speaking with you clearly, and you would have had no more doubts that God exists.
I would lecture God about charity and how cruel he is in his refusal to help out those who are in agony. I would lecture him about how cruel it is to leave people in confusion and delusion, when he could give everyone understanding and guide them to the truth.
I would give him a lecture about being faithful to your word, which he has not been... (Then...
As an atheist I think this is highly unlikely but for this thought experiment, let's assume that a god has revealed themselves to the world.
Now would you worship it?
I couldn't bring myself to do so; I'd be happy to say thanks for what I have but regularly get on my knees and give thanks, NO!
It seems to me that faith is the father/mother of fact and in fact in order to trust a fact one must have faith in it. So why the war, why do the sons and daughters of faith and the sons and daughters of fact fight with each other, they're so intricately intertwined, is it because some one has to be on top?
Setting aside a day to celebrate evil, darkness, witchcraft, fear, death and the demonic brings disdain to God. Period. A Christian celebrating Halloween would be like a Satan worshiper putting up a nativity scene at Christmas while singing, "Happy Birthday, Jesus!" The two just don't go together. Jesus has nothing in common with Satan (2 Cor. 6:14), and neither should we.
So stop justifying why it is fine to celebrate this demonic, worldly, evil holiday. There are no muddled lines or gray...
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