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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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  1. journeyman

    The Good News: a Modern Christian Apology

    My belief the person named Jesus, people perceived in 1st century Jerusalem was really God Himself, the Holy Spirt, in human form is not unscriptural. Is that considered Triune in nature? The question of my belief about the nature of God began with my assertion in post #40 of this thread that Jesus is the Holy Spirit, because of how the writer of Hebrew explained the flesh of Jesus and His role as High Priest. Nobody refuted my assertion by giving his or her understanding of that passage from Hebrews.
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    The Good News: a Modern Christian Apology

    That's basically what trinitarianism is, isn't it? God in, or as, or is three People, but one God. I don't have a problem with anyone who doesn't completely understand the very nature of God, but does believe what Jesus taught, that He gave His life to save us from sin and that we should repent and follow Him.
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    The Good News: a Modern Christian Apology

    I always thought I was, until Origen said I believed in Sabellianism. I've never heard that term. After reading it, no I don't see it as unbiblical. I see it as an attempt to explain the nature of God. After reading a definition of Sabellianism, I didn't really get what they meant by God as three "modes". Personally, I believe God appeared as the Person we know as Jesus. In other words, the Holy Spirit with a covering of flesh. Aditionally, I have no formal education and I know I believe in Jesus. I hope I cleared it up for you. I would like to add I reject the beliefs which have to be known as "Calvinism".
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    The Good News: a Modern Christian Apology

    God in three Persons. Thanks Origen. I'm fine with my belief that God Who is the Holy Spirit appeared as Christ. Btw, why was Robertus banned?
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    The Good News: a Modern Christian Apology

    Sabellianism, or modalism which is nontrinitarian I guess.
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    The Good News: a Modern Christian Apology

    According to Origins' definition, I guess not.
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    None that trust in their own righteousness: "Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man..." 1 Tim.1:9 That's why God instituted the law, to show us we're sinners, so we would turn to Him. "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear." Isa.59:1-2 "Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts;Turn ye unto Me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts." Zech.1:3 Apparently, God didn't devise the TULIP formula.
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    Yes it is, because Jesus plainly said those who have "heaed and learned of the Father". He meant anyone who heard and learned that God is compassionate, forgives the repentant and desires to be forgiven. Jesus said this because His listeners were questioning His origin. In other words, if people desire God, they will desire Jesus. Why? Because Jesus came from God.
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    Minding The Store

    When Abraham was a teenager, a neighbor who sold idols asked him to watch his store for an hour while he went to do some chores. Abraham obliged. When the store ​​​​ower returned, he found all the idols broken except the biggest one, which now has a hammer in his hand. The business asked what happened and Abraham said, "The idols got into a fight about which of them was the greatest and that big one grabbed a hammer and smashed all the other ones." The store owner looked at Abraham with a frown and said, "Don't be silly. Idols can't do anything!" Abraham smiled and said, "That's right."
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    Many are "called". By your understanding, everyone who is called is saved, but that's not true. "Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith..." Jas.2:5 He doesn't mean God is going to save every poor person on earth, because every poor person has faith. He's speaking generally. God know the end from the beginning. He's using people who lived by faith as examples for us.
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    "No man can come to Me, except the Father which hath sent Me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto Me." Jn.6:44-45 Jesus is teaching that people who really love the Father go to the Son. "Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love Me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of Myself, but he sent Me." Jn.8:42
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    Yes. God is using people who believed in Him to teach us also to have faith in Him: "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him." Gen.18:19
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    You're missing Pauls' point from the beginning of the chapter. Gods' covenant (agreement) was made with Isaac and Jacob, not because they were physically related to him, or because they were self righteous. They were sinners saved by faith the same way all people are: "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father;" Gen.26:3 He means the children by faith, not Isaacs' physical descendants: "Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham." Gal.3:7 "Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise." Gal.4:28 He's just using people who lived by faith as examples.
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    There are many examples, one of which is the passage William cited from Romans 9. Paul is not in any way teaching that God arbitrarily (that is, for no particular reason) chose certain individuals while excluding the other on a whim. He's simply saying God decided to save people of faith, like Abraham who believed the promises of God: "the children of the promise are counted for the seed." Rom.9:8 He means people who by faith believe the promise of God: "God hath chosen the foolish things...God hath chosen the weak things of the world...and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen..." 1 Cor.1:27-28 ​​​​​ "Hath not God chosen the..rich in faith..." ​​​​​​Jas.2:5​​​​ "...it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe." 1Cor.1:21
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    Men cannot choose to be saved

    I never said people accept the gospel without the Lord doing the work. We simply disagree how God works. Scripture shows Pharaohs' heart was hard in that he abused people and Pauls' writings have been turned upside down by the devil.

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