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John Calvin puts forward a very simple reason why love is the greatest gift: “Because faith and hope are our own: love is diffused among others.” In other words, faith and hope benefit the possessor, but love always benefits another. In John 13:34–35 Jesus says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Love always requires an “other” as an object; love cannot remain within itself, and that is part of what makes love the greatest gift.
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  2. William

    Murder

    Everyone that conspires together to take the life of the innocent. Don't care if it is the husband, woman, or doctor. Enemies of God seek death but we seek to suffer life in Jesus Christ.
  3. Please let me introduce my brother in Christ, @FalconMan, we enjoy taking both political and theological liberals Snipe hunting. If you're a political or theological liberal feel free to contact either FalconMan or I through PM. We'll set you up for a tour of Big Sky Country in search of the Snipe. The Snipe is a majestic creature 'round here parts' with an innate sense of righteousness which has a tendency to allude everyone to this day.
  4. Thanks, it has been a while. Zaniness always draws me irresistibly hahaaa
  5. Welcome back. Been so long.
  6. Cheers, "here's to all those that place too much emphasis on how we say things rather than what we say".
  7. LOL! i think she's merely possessed. ^_^
  8. i'm responding to an email I had gotten earlier in October, but since I avoid email like the plague, I only now saw it. What caught my attention, and yes my "ears" actually perked up and I sat straighter in my chair at rapt attention was when I read about something right up my alley. It's the "Sarcasm Mondays" and the meme of Dwight hahaaa Well how could I resist THAT???!!!! So here I am. And did i mention.... I'm baaaaaaack!!!!
  9. Becky

    Murder

    I do not believe there is a simple answer.. It has been legal for so long now . I also see a difference between a grown woman and a high school girl. The lies that the child is only a glob of cells are believed.. I would not hold the women/girls guilty who have had abortions accountable to a new law,. The moral law is between their repentance and God, I am speaking of human law. To my thinking if Roe v. Wade was over turned tomorrow from that time on, yes arrest her and the butcher for murder.. As for Roe v. Wade IMO the SCOTUS , with the support of Congress over stepped it boundaries in that decision.
  10. I guess that is one way to understand the issue. However @NorrinRadd I tend to find that Calvinist individuals seem to accept ideologies ranging from of Pure Hard Determinism to those of Soft Determinism. And, as far as I am aware Calvinist usually reject Titus Lucretius Carus's metaphysical Libertarianism. Grace and Peace
  11. Faber

    Murder

    Mixed up place we live in. Also wondering, if a woman goes to have an abortion isn't she committing murder as well? Would she deserve to be tried for murder?
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  13. Becky

    Murder

    Killing the unborn and the new born in the USA is lawful in many states . Killing the butchers is not.
  14. I am referring to the physical application of water to a person. The mode is not important. For instance, the dunking of the baby multiple times in multiple ways is just completely unnecessary.
  15. Thanks William!! Thanks Origen! Thanks Becky! Thanks Faber! I enjoy discussing and debating just about anything. Theology, politics, science, and statistics (and studies revolving around them) are top of mind. How about you?
  16. William

    Murder

    The arguments are derived from following principles of interpretation that entails both a negative explicit and positive implicit of a command. For example, the 6th commandment is that "you shall not murder". That's the negative explicit. The positive implicit would be "you shall preserve life". The principle must not result in either contradicting one another. That is, the implicit may never contradict an explicit command.
  17. GaoLu

    Murder

    I've seen that argument so many times but haven't yet seen any teachings of Jesus to back it up. Things I ponder.... - Turning over tables in the temple isn't quite the same thing as terminating the life of someone threatening you. - "Providing for your own" is a long stretch from aiming a gun and blowing someone's brains out. - If a bad man stomping a child warrants violent restraint or more, then why not hold the same standard at abortion centers? Tension between ideas on follow Jesus teachings and how far to go with violence is valid. In our conclusions, I hope we... 1. Authentically honor God, His Word and guidance of the Holy Spirit in real, specific difficult cases 2. Prepare for peace rather than violence.
  18. William

    Murder

    I wholeheartedly agree. I'm reminded of two principles found in Just War Theory. The two principles which come to mind are to do with Last Resort and Proportionality. In summation, force may be only authorized as as a last resort when peaceful means are exhausted and then the force exhibited must be proportional to the attack.
  19. There's only one Trinitarian baptism. One baptism with multiple aspects of which the timing of each salvific role performed by three Persons does not necessarily take place simultaneously at the moment water is administered. Ephesians 4:1-7 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. 7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ's gift. There is no need to baptize more than once for the physical aspect (outward) and then for the spiritual aspect (inward). There's no need to baptize for the covenant sign and seal or initiation into the body of Christ, another for regeneration, and yet again for the remission of sins, etc.
  20. No they were not “re-baptized No they were baptized with the Holy Spirt And No, they were not re-baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. F Which baptism are you referring to? F
  21. Welcome , Glad to have ya here ,
  22. Of course it doesn't really need to be said no one is 100% safe online, but there are ways to make yourself not a target. Also, it is always a good idea to routinely change your passwords. Obviously, that can get cumbersome and annoying, but that is the world we live in. There is nothing in this world that one man can build that is completely immune to being torn down by someone, or something, else. Anyone online is there at their own risk, regardless of the precautions they take.
  23. Becky

    Murder

    The Book of James is as much part of Scripture as John 3 16.
  24. I've been workings with computers since 1999 I've tested numerous firewalls, antivirus software and and various other security applications. I agree with you to a extent that proper layers of security protection will aid in your protections however................nothing................I repeat nothing i s 100 % fool proof.. Hackers are working 24/7 to bypass and penetrate ones PC. Don't be fooled by all the hype, safe surfing and awareness is important. The web can be a valuable asset as we know and it can be a nightmare.. If you study what is going on currently it can be scary hackers incentive is money and they have the time to work at it using all their resources to hack a computer.
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