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    Quote Originally Posted by The Remonstrant View Post
    It is good that you understand the inadequacy of ‘easy believism’. Intellectual assent to basic theological propositions concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ does not constitute saving faith. That said, whilst following Christ does indeed entail repentance (or turning) from sin, you must understand that the very things you desire to do that you know are forbidden by the law of God will inevitably lead to your permanent destruction. Your very desires are corrupt and need to be changed.

    The good news is that salvation entails not only the forgiveness of one’s sins (justification), but the impartation of a new nature as well (regeneration). The natural state of all who have sinned is to do their own will; there is no genuine desire to serve God. It is only the one who is united to Christ by faith that is no longer under the penalty or power of sin.

    I highly encourage you to attentively read through Paul’s epistle to the Romans – especially chapters 1–8 – again and again. Much more could be said. The gospel is ultimately not about you or me: it is about what God has accomplished (and will accomplish) through his Son to redeem fallen creation. It is to him you must look. If you are looking for the good news, it is certainly to be found in Romans.
    I really appreciate your response, scripture recommendation, and good information! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparko View Post
    oh I am not saying you will magically be turned into a pure holy man who never lusts or wanting to do the wrong thing. I am saying you will more an more realize that you need to do the right thing. To choose the right thing. Everyone has a "good you" inside of them that knows what that right thing to do is. You know good from bad. Yet a lot of time we ignore that and do the bad anyway because of our desires. It's more fun, it gives us pleasure for a moment. But it is wrong and deep down we know it. Well when you make Christ your Lord, you will be more aware of this "good you" and you will want to please God and to do that you need to choose to do the right thing instead of the wrong thing. You let the "good you" win more often and find that it feels good to do the right thing. and that feeling lasts a lot longer than the temporary pleasure you might get by doing the wrong thing followed by guilt and regret later.
    That all makes good sense! And I agree about Christian movies being somewhat cheesy. Only a few have good acting.

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    Have no fear on Hell as it is to be destroyed by God thus no one will be in it:-
    Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This ["the lake of fire"] is the second death [or oblivion].

    Get to Know God via John 17:3 and 1 Tim 3:16-17 and Rom 1:20 and Pray and ask for His Truth to be reviled to you and keep looking:-
    Matt. 7:7-8.
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    Have no fear on Hell as it is to be destroyed by God thus no one will be in it:-
    Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This ["the lake of fire"] is the second death [or oblivion].

    Get to Know God via John 17:3 and 1 Tim 3:16-17 and Rom 1:20 and Pray and ask for His Truth to be reviled to you and keep looking:-
    Matt. 7:7-8.
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    Thank you for the good advice! :)

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    Moderator(s): Are proponents of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society permitted to post on the Christianity 201 forum? (See #53, above.)
    [I]f what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. … The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 Jn 2.24; 5.12, LEB)

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Remonstrant View Post
    Moderator(s): Are proponents of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society permitted to post on the Christianity 201 forum? (See #53, above.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Pig View Post
    If you want to get the attention of the moderators, the best way is to report the post (click on the little black triangle at the bottom left of the post to do that).
    Thank you.
    [I]f what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. … The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 Jn 2.24; 5.12, LEB)

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    I already did that three days ago, and no one did anything.

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    Have no fear on Hell as it is to be destroyed by God thus no one will be in it:-
    Rev. 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This ["the lake of fire"] is the second death [or oblivion].

    Get to Know God via John 17:3 and 1 Tim 3:16-17 and Rom 1:20 and Pray and ask for His Truth to be reviled to you and keep looking:-
    Matt. 7:7-8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Remonstrant View Post
    Moderator(s): Are proponents of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society permitted to post on the Christianity 201 forum? (See #53, above.)
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    I already did that three days ago, and no one did anything.
    That is unfortunate.
    [I]f what you have heard from the beginning remains in you, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. … The one who has the Son has the life; the one who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. (1 Jn 2.24; 5.12, LEB)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaney777 View Post
    Now, I am sure this probably isn't the correct thread, so feel free to move it to the proper spot.

    Basically, I am in a sort of existential crisis. I see myself as a soft agnostic, so I am skeptical of almost everything. To me, there are two very simple reasons that this is a rational stance: expert disagreement and the sheer complexity of existence. I want to know the ultimate truth of reality, but I don't see how anyone could possibly ever know such a thing.

    The main reason this is so pressing is because of the Christian hell threatening me (not to mention "hells" of other religions).

    Christianity says that if you don't "believe," you perish. How on earth can someone magically choose to believe? Sure, I can go to church, talk with believers, pray, and "live the life," but rather than this bringing about evidence of something real, how is this not merely facilitating psychological manipulated belief? I could do the same with any other religion and end up with some sort of belief in it as well. It'd be due to processes such as wish fulfillment and confirmation bias.

    No external "evidence" or type of natural theology should convince anyone of God's existence. These areas are hotly debated by elite philosophers on both sides, and no positive ground is ever made. The world is religiously ambiguous and God is essentially "hidden," per major Christian philosophers.

    This leaves us to rely on supernatural occurrences from God. I can safely say that only a supernatural occurrence will convince me of anything. Yet how can I somehow get God to grant me this? Pascal seemed to believe that if a person wasn't moral, God would hide himself from that person. I can't possibly be moral without the Holy Spirit's help (per scripture), and the Holy Spirit won't come until belief is had. There is no way to win!

    In the end, I wonder if belief will always elude me. Death is scary when of the knowledge that hell might await.
    I also highly recommend Mere Christianity by CS Lewis.

  13. Amen Shaney777 amen'd this post.

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