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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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    Amazingly our stories are so similar. With the barrel of a .308 Norma Mag in my mouth and my finger pushing on the trigger I couldn't resist God. That trigger must of been a hair's weight away from taking off my head. Go figure that's when my heretical journey began through Gnosticism. Studied it for years only to finally break away when the realization and theological conclusion came that I was not knowledgeable or wise, but a sinful man in need of God the Savior. The very teaching of Gnosticism which denied Jesus' incarnation only provided a temporary illumination mimicked by so many including the Evil One. A false theology that solves no problems but claims to champion knowledge. I didn't know when in that moment I tempted fate whether it was Satan or God for my discernment was lacking but I do know that we live in God's providence and under the Sovereignty of God NOW. I have no doubt that my life ended that night. And ever since I am more able and efficient in killing that man. In hindsight the memory of "the man that was" is now put to death daily. William
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    You guys being willing to share such deep personal stuff is very touching. Very humbling ... 🙂
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    Rand Paul shocked evangelical Christians by accusing fake "pro-life" Republican leaders of refusing to defund Planned Parenthood WWW.NEWSWEEK.COM "Sometimes we lose because the people who come to you and give you lip service and say, 'Oh I'm pro-life, I'm pro-life,' and then they don't seem to... Rand Paul is right on this point. Most of the Republicans are fake and only placate the Christian voter.
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    Sorry, I was being too subtle. I come from two generations of chemists, learned to read at 4 years old, and owned my first Chemistry set by age 5. I was a professional arsonist and bomb maker that was planning on a murder-suicide. God “knocking me on my keister” was not a euphemism for life being hard and running to a safe place. I had made peace with my imminent death when I LITERALLY encountered God. It makes me sound like an idiot or lunatic, so I do not generally speak about it directly ... and I NEVER speak about it in detail. I only shared it with you because YOU have a “need to know”. Now you know.
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    G’day yourself, William. As you well know, I don’t believe in the god of the Bible or in any Christian doctrine, Reformed or otherwise. I don’t believe either of us is either Elect or Reprobate. I don’t believe there is any salvation for anyone to win or lose, or any damnation for us to be saved from. Not sure what you mean by “a war waging within your members”. If you are suggesting I’m torn between belief and unbelief, you’re mistaken. I came here as one of the Ex-Christians you invited when you visited our community. I find “Reformed Christianity” to be interesting and frankly, abhorrent. Though I will concede that it is more internally consistent than alternative versions of Christianity. That’s not an endorsement, just an observation. I posed some questions because I wanted to make sure I understood your beliefs, not because I was seeking salvation. I do appreciate your graciousness in allowing some of us non-believers to post here, and I appreciate those who have posted responses. Now it’s probably best that I return from whence I came, back to my own kind. All the Best, TABA
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    Can one lose his salvation? First of all, whose notion of salvation was it to receive Christ? If it was your notion then yes you can "lose" it (actually you never had it.) Now if the notion of salvation came from the Lord, then no you can't. You see it is God who decides who He will adopt into his family, not the other way around. When my son and daughter-in-law decided to adopt our little granddaughter Audrey, Audrey had absolutely no say so about it. The sovereign will of my son and his wife was done. In our cases it was "not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:13. "Not of blood" Jew or Gentile God doesn't care, He will save those whom He decides to save. "Not of the will of the flesh." Sexual intercourse can produce physical life but flesh cannot produce eternal life, only God can. "Nor of the will of man." Our wicked and deceitful hearts may claim that we want to seek God and therefore be righteous in God's sight, but only God can bestow upon us His righteousness. "....There is none that seeketh after God." Romans 3:11. If absolutely no one is seeking for God, how can one be saved? God seeks after us. So we have established the fact that "....salvation is of the Lord" Jonah 2:9 b. But we can overpower God's will and lose our salvation by sinning!!! We can sin so much that eventually God will give up on us and He will abandon us. First of all how many sins had you committed before Christ died on the cross? None! Christ died 2000 years ago for the sins of the world (including yours and mine.) So EVERY sin you ever committed, EVERY sin you are committing and every sin you will ever commit has already been atoned for by Christ's blood at Calvary. But surely you are familiar with the passage of scripture that says "nothing unholy will be allowed in heaven." Actually I am not because it isn't in there, however "I will never leave you, nor forsake you." can be found in Heb 13:5b. So how many sins does it take to make us imperfect? One! So if we can lose our salvation because we are not perfect, there will be absolutely no one in heaven because we are all sinners and no one is perfect. I find it amazing that some people believe that man's sin is more powerful than Christ's shed blood. 1 Peter 1:19-20"...you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold.....but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ." We didn't redeem ourselves because we can't, only Christ can redeem us. Regarding the passages in Hebrews that "prove" that we can lose our salvation. 1. This book was written to HEBREWS! The Hebrews were God's chosen people and had for thousands of years followed God's specific commands found in Leviticus as exactly how to worship him and what was expected of them. Do these things and God promised that He would bless their socks off. So now along comes Jesus Christ and they believe in Him. All is well until severe persecution sets in from their fellow Hebrews! No one likes persecution so some of them decided to go back to the sacrificial system found in the Law. It worked for thousands of years, it is found in scripture so it HAS to be right, and surely God won't be upset about them following commands found in scripture right? Wrong. The OT Laws are obsolete. Romans 6:14 says "you are not under law, but under grace." Since we died to the law we are dead to it. It is no longer our "boss," righteousness is. You cannot go back to the old system as it no longer works. "Just think how much worse the punishment will be for those who have trampled on the Son of God, and have treated the blood of the covenant, which made us holy, as if it were common and unholy, and have insulted and disdained the Holy Spirit who brings God’s mercy to us." This is the reality of what they were thinking of doing by returning to an old dead system of atonement and the writer of Hebrews was setting them straight.
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    The Bible declares that there are some people whose "faith" is no better than that of demons. "You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder." (James 2:19) The faith of demons is but a mere belief in God's existence, not trusting in Christ to save them from sin, so there is no mystery that people with such faith are not justified. True saving faith is a faith granted by God in which a person seeing the darkness of his own sin, casts aside his own righteousness, and trusts in the Savior to rescue him from God's wrath on account of his sin. Such Spirit-wrought faith binds us to Christ so that, in union with him, we participate in his righteousness, resting on the assurance of his mercy. When people, by God's grace, desire to be saved from sin it reveals they no longer have a love for it and want to be out from under its' tyranny, so seeing they cannot save themselves, they turn to Christ to rescue them from it. As such, they will not be fruitless believes, but because the Lord implants a new love of righteousness within, they will exhibit their faith by following and obeying their Master, Jesus Christ. View the full article
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    Hello LB, welcome to the forum. I hope you'll enjoy your stay here.
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    Only problem with that compilation of verses is it makes it sound like we are the 'first mover'. There is also the other side... 1 John 4:19 (ASV) We love, because he first loved us. John 15:5 (ASV) I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same beareth much fruit: for apart from me ye can do nothing. John 15:16 (ASV) Ye did not choose me, but I chose you, and appointed you, that ye should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should abide: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: etc.
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