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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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    I find it curious that those who are so quick to call us who believe in life a lot of choice words, also, with few exception, strongly support partial birth abortion. I'm of course meaning the type in which a living child is being pulled from the birth canal, is partially out, but then the surgeon kills him or her. Now I was in the room when both of my children were born. For someone to tell me a few inches of mom is the difference between a moral act and a murder is just insane. Granted, here in the US, there is the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 that outlawed the practice. Does anyone else find this strange, even by pro-choice standards? :eek:
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    I was doing some reading today and found something that was truly wonderful in my opinion. Here is a first century letter from a mother named Hikane to her son Isidoros. The letter is fragmentary but is it not hart to get the point. I wish I had found this around mother's day. I love it where she asks her son: "Was it for this that I carried you for ten months and nursed you for three years, so that you would be incapable of remembering me by letter?" Some things never change. http://papyri.info/ddbdp/o.berenike;2;129
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    Something that I have wished to do for some time is to learn Biblical (Koine) Greek. Several people, including a pastor, have told me that it brings the Word into even better understanding. I have a book that is for self-study and a copy of the Greek New Testament (Novum Testamentum Graece), but, alas, time has prevented me from deep study. I think I can make progress with this with study when time allows as I am familiar with other languages: I'm bilingual (English and German) and have some knowledge of Spanish due to my work life and location. However, Greek is perhaps a greater challenge. For those that have studied or mastered the language: how did you do so? Was it a formal class in advanced education, self-study, or both? Has it enriched your study of the Word? Any other tips you'd like to share? Thank you brothers and sisters. :)
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    Oh I get your point. The reason is the same reason someone might confess to the police in the first place if guilty. They are truly repentant. Committing a crime and then not admitting to it, not facing justice, not seeking to right the wrong, is not repentant but cowardice. That person is seeking to save their own skin and that is pure selfishness. Like I said, I get your point. The problem is your point is moot. Anyone who goes to a priest or psychologist in order to confess their crimes in order to find relief for their conscience (or forgiveness) but then does not seek justice for their victims really does not care about justice or repentant.
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    Reporting crimes to the police would not help secular justice. Really? Information about who committed a crime (and in some cases information that a crime had been committed that the police were unaware of) would not help secular justice. That makes no sense at all.
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    I leaned Greek, Hebrew, and Aramaic in college. First year Greek was basic grammar. In my second and third year all the courses were reading classes. Simply knowing the basic grammar is not enough. As a novice I have two pieces of advice for you. (1) Vocabulary, vocabulary, vocabulary. (2) Learn the forms of the words. Know them inside and out. Greek is an inflected language and uses case endings. For example take the verb λύω (I loose). The stem of the verb is λυ. The endings (everything after the dash below) are verb endings. They tell us the voice, mood, tense, number, and person. λύ-ω The ω ending tells me this is a first person, singular, present, active, indicative verb. λύ-εις The εις ending tells me this is a second person, singular, present, active, indicative verb. λύ-ει The ει ending tells me this is a third person, singular, present, active, indicative verb. λύ-ομεν The ομεν ending tells me this is a first person, plural, present, active, indicative verb. λύ-ετε The ετε ending tells me this is a second person, plural, present, active, indicative verb. λύ-ουσιν The ουσιν ending tells me this is a third person, plural, present, active, indicative verb. This is the first conjugation you learn and it is only the start. There are many more conjugations.
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    Well done William, from one Christian forum owner to another, congrats.
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    You're confusing free will with omnipotence. If you told me to flap my arms like a bird, I can choose to obey you or not. That's free will. Since I am not a bird, I will not rise up into the air like a bird. But I can decide whether to flap my arms or not. God has created us with free will, but not with the power to do everything that we might will, at least not by our own power. God has decided to save us. That's why Christ came to earth, died on a cross, and rose again on the third day. We can, and many do decide to turn down this gift. If He so desired, God could save us regardless of what we think about the idea but I don't believe that is supported in Scripture. I also believe that God created us with a desire to seek Him, but many choose - of free will - to harden their hearts to this and to reject Him instead. Everyone lives according to standards, and there are many non-Christians who live according to God's standards in many ways, but their deeds do not save them. On the other hand, there are professed Christians who live lives that are barely, if at all, recognizable as God's standards. In such cases, whether we choose to believe that they were never saved at all or that they have walked away from the offer of salvation is really a matter of semantics, and something that God will determine, or has already determined, although we may not know the determination. I am not a Calvinist, and can accept such a belief only in the sense that God is capable of knowing what will occur as if it has already occurred, including whether or not we will accept the gift of salvation. However, I don't accept that this implies a lack of free will. I don't know that I even want to accept the idea of a God who would choose to condemn some to hell, and not others, and I don't find that the Scripture requires such an understanding. I can know how a book will end if I choose to look ahead to the end of it, but this does not imply that I was the one who has chosen its ending. I would guess that you made a choice from among the shirts that were available to you in your wardrobe.
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    No I don't, but I consider it the result of the leftist's slippery slope. Some don't get it, but I follow a rule especially in politics, I do not even consider a political candidate if they are pro-choice. My reasoning is simple, if they haven't an issue with the taking of life at the most innocent stage of life, why would they care about any other stage of development? Just adding some additional information: Further resource: Partial birth abortion
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