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  • Shaun Behrens

    PreacherCruz I decided to take you up on your offer.

    • http://www.kjv-truth-ministries.org/ Preacher Cruz

      You mean to look around and post? Great. I hope I can be a blessing to you in some way. God bless.

  • Patricia

    I just now left the Last Resistance where I read your post to the “American Taliban” poster.

    I have a question. Since Christians (and I am one) believe that God knows EVERYTHING, past, present and future, He knows what we are doing, what we’re gonna’ do, what we have been doing, how is it that Christians say we have ‘free choice’? Doesn’t He already know what our choices will be???

    If I desire to go to heaven when I die, there is no choice but to accept Him as the Son of God and live life His Way. If one chooses to live life without accepting Jesus, they go to hell. I have in essence, no choice at all, but to accept and live His Way, right?
    Since I have accepted Him as my Savior and Lord and know in my knower that He is indeed Who He says He is, does that acknowledgement (done in public for me) guarantee me an eternal home in heaven with Jesus?

    Since no one is perfect and doesn’t keep all the tenets of Christianity, are we saved then by His Grace and that is sufficient? My hubby accepted Jesus years ago, but doesn’t read the Bible or pray with me, ever, and hasn’t been in a church since we dated 33 years ago, is he saved?

    #2 – Preachers have thundered from the pulpits from my childhood (1951) that we are like a rag compared to Christ. I get that. I understand that we, mere mortals, can never compare to the perfect man of Christ. We are like filthy rags by comparison, years and years of this drummed in my head. Yet, we are supposed to love ourselves, how can we love filthy rags? I’m not asking questions to argue any point, but to understand.

    #3 – In Mark, I believe, a man came to Jesus calling Him Good Master, Jesus corrected him, saying there is only One Who is good, the Father in heaven. I was taught that Jesus is God, so why would He say that? Very confusing.

    That’s just three questions of many that I have as a Christian. So, if I have many unresolved issues regarding my Christianity, how can I effectively answer, say, a Muslim’s honest inquiries about my precious Lord?

    I pray for Muslims. I don’t wish anyone to be eternally damned, not even them.

    Thanks for considering my questions, anything you respond with, will be prayed over for clarity and complete truth.

    • http://www.kjv-truth-ministries.org/ Preacher Cruz

      In regards to free will…. There DOES “seem” to be some conflict or contradiction here but that is mainly due to an incomplete understanding or “acceptance” of Gods word. God absolutely can see and know all… However, that in and of itself doesn’t discount free will. Allow me to explain….

      You imagine a parity where none exists…

      If God is all knowing, this simply means that he CAN or does, KNOW the outcome of each possible situation. This doesn’t mean that he orchestrated the outcome of each situation… In fact, if he did, we could quite correctly assume that all evil on Earth was actually sanctioned by God… God never wanted people or Angels who were puppets.. He saw that forced love or obedience is just that and has no component of love or choice to it.

      That is a common logical fallacy to imagine that free will is inextricable from Gods knowing. He may actually KNOW which of us will accept him but that in NO way negates our need to do so… Some will make the theological argument that we are now in a danger zone by pretending or imagining that WE somehow have something to do with our salvation…. I think this rather oversteps. I can choose to follow Christ and try daily to obey him but that can ONLY happen after the Holy Spirit leads me to the knowledge of Christ. My choice is no more a cause for celebration or pride than Christ dying on the cross… I can take no credit for any of it.

      You also seem to have a rather tortured doctrinal view of what it truly means to follow Christ. It almost seems like a reworking of Pascals’ wager which is an argument in apologetic philosophy which was devised by the seventeenth-century French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist Blaise Pascal (1623–1662). It posits that humans all bet with their lives either that God exists or not. Given the possibility that God actually does exist and assuming an infinite gain or loss associated with belief or unbelief in said God (as represented by an eternity in heaven or hell), a rational person should live as though God exists and seek to believe in God. If God does not actually exist, such a person will have only a finite loss (some pleasures, luxury, etc.).

      You can’t make a decision to “accept Christ” simply as the payment due to earn your way into heaven. More than this, the consequences of our actions and choices, whether hell or prison or loss of a love relationship, in no way remove our actual choices and actions…

      Example, if you know, for a certainty, that cheating on your spouse will get you a divorce; you can CHOOSE to cheat to get the divorce. If you love the person and the life you have and wan to keep it, you can CHOOSE NOT to cheat thus preventing the possibility of divorce.

      Your questions seem to have a similar fault in logic. They tend to present false choices or either or statements that don’t really exist. There are often other positions and arguments that are not being considered. Believing in Christ doesn’t make us a Christian anymore than believing we are Napoleon. The demons believe and tremble at the name of Christ. “Accepting” Christ as savior to avoid hell isn’t really a tenable position according to scripture… Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-24

      21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

      22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

      23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

      You could very well choose to NOT believe Christ was God and to pretend to believe there was and is no God to justify living how YOU wish… Many do this. There are many other ways you could “choose” to deny Christ…. Many “Christians’” don’t believe in Hell either…

      I can’t tell you if you’re decision for Christ guarantees you a place in Heaven. Only YOU can know that by studying the scriptures to see if your decision was made to follow Jesus out of Love and not fear, if you’re decision was made of a pure and repentant and not fearful or selfish heart… Ultimately, the greatest tell if you will is does our belief motivate REAL and lasting change in us… What fruit do we bear for the Lord.

      Your husband is a tough question. Did he change when he became a Christian? Was he nicer, kinder and more loving? I suspect your husband made a head choice and not a heart commitment to the Lord.

      You should pray for him daily and try as much as it depends on you to be a powerful witness for the Lord unto him… Show him the Love God has shown you and try to set an example for him… He may be won over by the witness of your own daily treatment of him. Also, TALK to him about how God has laid a burden upon you for him. Ask him if he knew the Bible said that Jesus said there would be many people who did wonderful things in his name that would go to Hell? then ask him what great things you or he had done for the Lord….. Jesus wants and expects MORE than just a stated belief in him…

      I will not stand here and tell you that church attendance is necessary for salvation because I don’t think that is true… However, a person who NEVER prays and worships the Lord is not living like someone who knows the risen Savior. When we KNOW who God is and who WE truly are we can’t help but be humbled… We are compelled to love and worship not because of who WE are but because of who CHRIST is and what he has done for us.

      I believe that you have heard some preachers use that scripture incorrectly AND also taken that scripture in error yourself… Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

      The Prophet was addressing the Jewish people… When this scripture is referenced again in Romans 3 and taken IN context we can see that what we are supposed to get from this is a confirmation of the law. That ALL of us are guilty of some sin and that sin separates us from God and condemns us and confirms our need of a savior….

      10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

      11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

      12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

      13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

      14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

      15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

      16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

      17 And the way of peace have they not known:

      18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

      19 Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

      20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

      21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;

      22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:

      23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

      24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

      25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;

      26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

      27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.

      28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.

      Do you see what I mean? The point isn’t just that we are all filthy sinners who don’t deserve heaven or salvation…. Or at least not ONLY just. The point is that God will forgive us despite any of us deserving it…

      I think that loving ourselves is hard and not nearly as important as truly loving OTHERS. We should pray for ALL people to accept Christ and gain heaven. Even our enemies.

      The reference you make to Mark is in Mark 10

      17 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?

      18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.

      19 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.

      20 And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

      21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

      Not AS confusing when you consider it in context…. Jesus was alluding to his own deity… There is none good but God, so are you calling me God? THAT is what this man was lacking the knowledge that Jesus WAS god… if he knew this he wouldn’t hold his possessions is such high regard… Instead he would pick up his cross and follow him.

      For more on Jesus as God I hope you will read… http://www.kjv-truth-ministries.org/?page_id=21

      I think and hope I have addressed everything you’ve said. God bless!