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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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    [TABLE=border: 0] [TR] [TD] [/TD] [TD]Jeff Miller, Ph.D.[/TD] [/TR] [/TABLE] [ATTACH=CONFIG]n20140[/ATTACH] Genesis chapters 6-9 tell us about a time in history 4,000-5,000 years ago when the people of the world had become so disobedient to God that He decided to destroy them with a Flood. Only righteous Noah and his family were saved, since they obeyed God and built a massive wooden boat so they could survive the rising waters. Some people today refuse to believe that such an event ever happened, because they believe there are parts of the story that cannot be true. For example, it is believed that there are some 11 million living species on the planet. Some argue that if Noah was told to bring two of each species on the Ark, as well as even more of the clean animals (Genesis 7:2-3), how could the Ark be big enough to hold so many creatures—millions upon millions? First, it is important to understand that not every “species” of animal was on the Ark. Today’s idea of a “species” did not exist when Moses wrote the book of Genesis. Instead, he used the word “kinds” when telling Noah what to bring on the Ark (Genesis 6:20)—the same word that was used to describe what God made during the Creation week (1:11,21,24). The word “kind” would be closer to our word “family” or “genus” when classifying animal groups. So Noah would have probably had representatives of the single dogkind, for example—not representatives of each dog species (the coyotes, wolves, domestic dogs, jackals, etc.). [ATTACH=CONFIG]n20139[/ATTACH] Also, we must keep in mind that not even all of the kinds of life we find on Earth were on the Ark. For example, only those plants that were needed to feed the passengers on the Ark were brought—not representatives of all of the plant kinds. The swimming creatures were not onboard, of course, nor many insects, invertebrates, fungi, bacteria, or protozoa—all of which are included in the 11 million species that are said to be alive on the Earth. When it’s all said and done, there were probably only a few thousand animals on the Ark, not millions nor even hundreds of thousands. The Ark was a football field and a half long, at least, and at least 75 feet wide and 45 feet tall—an enormous ship. John Woodmorappe did a study to determine whether the Ark would have been large enough to house 16,000 animals—representatives of each “kind” of creatures that would have probably been on the Ark. He took into account the space needed for food, water, waste disposal, heating, air, and lighting. He found that the size of the Ark was more than what was needed to house that many animals on such a large vessel. And what’s more, if the “cubit” (which was the unit of length that Moses used to describe the size of the Ark) was longer than 18 inches (what is often assumed to be the length of a cubit), the Ark quickly becomes even larger and more spacious. [ATTACH=CONFIG]n20138[/ATTACH] But wait a minute…what about the dinosaurs? How could the Ark have been large enough to hold all the dinosaurs, and especially, the sauropods, like Apatosaurus? Or the large theropod dinosaurs, like T-Rex? Keep in mind two things: first, the average size of an adult dinosaur was about the size of a rhinoceros; and second, the Bible does not say how old the animals were that were on the Ark. Were you as big as you are now when you were born? It is very likely that the animals on the Ark were young, maybe even little babies. Why? Besides the fact that they would take up less space, need less food, and make less waste, it is also important to remember that the animals on the Ark would have to leave the Ark and have enough time to spread out over the Earth and reproduce after the Flood. If they were already adult animals, they would not have nearly as much time to disperse and repopulate the Earth before they died. The bottom line is that there is no reason to disbelieve what the Bible says when it tells us the story of Noah and the Ark. The Ark was large enough to hold the passengers that God sent to Noah to put on the Ark. Obviously, since God knew what He wanted on the Ark, He knew exactly how large it needed to be to house that many animals. The dimensions He gave to Noah made sure there was enough space for everything with a ticket to board. http://apologeticspress.org/APPubPag...1221&flipper=1
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    Two headlines I read this morning are forehead slappingly bad. And these were posted no to far apart from each other, though by completely different news sources. Take a look: Some of Trump's talking points are more accurate than others Really? You don't say. How is that even possible? Flight MH370 search to be "suspended" if not found So, in other words if they find it they will keep looking?
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    The problem with Black Lives Matter is the name itself BLACK. The word BLACK is a legal status and has nothing to do with complexion or skin color. Etymology is the key to understanding social engineering and social manipulation. Truth be told there is only one race, the HUMAN race, and in that race you have nationalities and bloodlines. I cannot or no one for that matter can trace the word BLACK to any tribe or bloodline. If I was to go to Russia or Germany and call the indigenous people living there WHITE, I would be met with stares. Why do we here in America call ourselves black when it is only a legal status and is not a bloodline, nationality, or birthright. Only in America do we identify one another by the color of a crayon: WHITE, BLACK, BROWN, RED, YELLOW. The ignorance has to stop, and BLM is entrenched in ignorance and racial hatred. We need to ask ourselves who is funding BLM, who is the real power behind BLM, where is the money for BLM coming from. George Soros, the UN, Southern Poverty Law Center, Anti-Defamation League, and many other entities. I personally think that BLM is no different than La Raza or the KKK, and other groups who mask their noble ideas with racist, tribal, hateful ideology.
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    Does prison solve anything? We must also ask ourselves does rehabilitation solve anything? Does birth control or gun control solve anything? I personally think that prisons solve the problem, not the symptom. There is a whole myriad of books, documentaries, speeches, and other platforms that states prisons are a by-product of the Prison Industrial Complex. Prisons or colleges for criminals is somewhat skewed due to the criminal justice system that have many loopholes based on race and class.
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    Did you understand Origen's points? Just asking for confirmation. Usually it helps to at least acknowledge another person's points. I believe they are quite theologically sound. The laws of the OT were preparing a nation to be holy. For example, as a nation we are not to multiply our chariots and horses. Our faith should reside in God, and not our military or economy. My point, all Scripture is God breathed, and there is much much wisdom in the OT. God bless, William
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    Oh, I liked Revelations. I read it while I was going through the Left Behind series, which I think was an interesting modern interpretation of what could happen. I'll be mindful of the Song of Solomon though and Zachariah.
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    Lately, we have been receiving advertisers or solicitors for Christian products or websites. We have invested quite a bit of time and money (thanks to our members) to receive the traffic we currently have. Of course, those not contributing to this mission, want to cash in on our success. Here's your opportunity to do so. If you are interested in advertising your product or website please click the advertise here as shown in the screen shot. We are negotiable on the size and placement of the ad. You just need to write to us using the "contact us" page bottom right of your screen, or through the advertiser company we are using (beacon ads). Please do not spam our forum. It detracts from our traffic, hurts our search engine placement, and does nothing but frustrate paid for advertisers. Why should they pay if no one else does? Please respect our wishes and do things ethically. We are offering low cost ad placements for our advertisers. God bless, William [ATTACH=CONFIG]n20144[/ATTACH]
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    I believe there needs to be a larger Christian presence in prisons. I don't want to sound like an islamophobe, but prisons is the place where most people are converted to islam. I'm so terrified of not being politically correct, I guess, so it is hard to put this thought into the proper words. I just believe that there is one path to God, and it is through Jesus, so the thought of a pipeline from prison to a false teaching is scary.
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    I believe you are absolutely correct on these things, particularly about some of the Hebrews wanting to return to Egypt. I know that for me personally, I would feel it would be a huge test of my faith. Would I be willing to live in Iraq as a Christian? I sort of equate that with the thought of those who would save their lives would lose it, and those who would lose their lives would be saved. I know I am a comfortable coward, and I have ways I'd like to think I would behave in certain situations, but would probably fall short. I just meant to say that I am in awe of such faith found in surprising places. I honestly didn't mean to minimize those who run the long journey, and finish the course.
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    I would caution one to examine this, because there are many wannabe martyrs. One may reject common sense for fatalism (why try, if it is God's will). Take for example what Jesus did in John chapter 4 when he learned of the Pharisees: John 4:1-3 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), 3 he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. I think this could be used as an example of how to avoid conflict. You stated, Anna, that living next to terrorist could be a test of faith as Christians. Wouldn't another test of faith be to leave everything and follow Jesus' teaching, as such was instructed to the rich young ruler? To leave every thing behind, and tread on in place of the promise land? Wasn't it the unfaithful Jews that rather return to Egypt than to march on into the promised land? Now I'm not suggesting that Jesus demonstrated cowardice, but in the Garden of Genthsemine, even Jesus was strengthened by the angel. Luke 22:43 - And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. We are given a great commission, yes, and we are to take it seriously, not trying to glorify ourselves through death in our commission. Just putting this out there, because some people have approached me on this site with a death wish. They were Muslim to Christian converts. God bless, William
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    Really? https://answersingenesis.org/creatio...ds-in-genesis/ Kind equals Genus. Darwinian (macro) Evolution has not provided one example of one genus changing into another genus. Rootle, have you even read the OP? Do you have any comments about that? Do you think the information provided there is false? God bless, William
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    Liberal mainstream media is garbage. As for me, I love this little blog, RedState: http://www.redstate.com/brandon_mors...ile-puppy-dog/ [ATTACH=CONFIG]n20112[/ATTACH]
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