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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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Dementia and Religion: ‘What If I Forget about God?’

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My dad had dementia at 55 and by 83 he died of acute Alzheimer's. He was always an angry person but he dies an angry men man. Sadly I have very few pleasant memories od him. However he provided well for his family, tithed and went to Sunday services, but used the name of God as a swear word all his life. I wonder if he even knew the Lord as I can't imagine who he could curse the Lord as he did.

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William my wife worked in a Baptist retirement home in Phoenix and she encountered a lady who was a missionary in Africa all her life, until she developed Alzheimer's. Toward the end of her life she cursed Afro- Americans and she lacked love,  I am not sure if she expressed love for God or not. But dementia can bring out the worst in a person I doubt they know what they are saying a good part of the time. Alzheimer's is a terrible thing that happens to   some of the most godly people I have known, their suffering is very difficult to watch, there id so little that can be done.  

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I concluded that "soul" in the New Testament means "backup of the brain". I can't prove this theory, but what else theory could seem consistent with both Bible and science?

 

The important thing is what is in the backup, not in the brain. So no, dementia cannot separate us from God.

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II believe that God will remain faithful (2 Timothy 2:13).

 

Isaiah 46:4

Even to your old age I will be the same,
And even to your graying years I will bear you!
I have done it, and I will carry you;
And I will bear you and I will deliver you. (NASB)

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Salvation cannot be lost.

Salvation is a legal position before God, while sanctification is a process of walking in faith toward Godliness, or to be more Christ-like.It is a life-long process.

 

Even tho our body may become inept through the decaying process of aging, our eternal position is untouched. We may be unable to articulate or exercise our faith because of the condition of our body, but we are more than just a body - we are a body, mind and soul. Our soul rests in the Lord and shall be reunited with a new body upon the day of resurrection.

 

You might well ask the same question when:

 

Someone falls into a coma

Someone gets a catastrophic brain injury

Someone dies

 

The answer is the same, regardless of the circumstances.

 

In Christ,

 

-CC

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On 1/16/2019 at 4:07 PM, News Feeder said:

When geropsychologist Benjamin Mast evaluates dementia clients at his University of Louisville research lab, there’s a question some people of faith ask him: “What if I forget about God?”

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God WILL NOT forget about you.

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