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  1. No, only mature Christians who are very well-versed with the Word of God or Bible, especially law-abiding and trusting Jewish Christians like apostle Paul, John and Peter. Immature or "baby" Christians, especially new Gentile Christians, tend to be more carnal or fall into sins/evil-deeds/law-breaking ignorantly or foolishly - 1Corinthians3:1-3 = they will undergo chastening by God in order to be able to grow gradually into spiritual maturity or adulthood = to eventually become a man or woman of God.(Hebrews12:7-11) Insurance coverage may negate this chastening and growth process by eliminating or reducing the consequences of bad behaviour or sins, eg "spare the rod(of discipline) and spoil the child". ....... Example ... a bad or careless car-driver who caused serious damages to cars in accidents will tend to not improve his/her bad or careless driving if insurance covers most of the damages. This is one of the reasons the cost of 1st-party or comprehensive car insurance tend to increase yearly. ... https://www.economist.com/united-states/2018/07/05/why-detroit-is-the-most-expensive-city-in-america-to-buy-car-insurance
  2. . Revelation21:9-14 = The New Jerusalem 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. 14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Romans11:13-18 = 13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. Remember that God first chose the Jews as His people and Lord/God Jesus Christ and His 12 apostles were Jews who had lived among their Jewish family and the Jews, and were not Gentiles and had not lived among Gentiles. ....... In the eternal kingdom of heaven, some Jewish Christians will hold "bigger" crowns or higher positions than Gentile Christians(like the difference between archangels, cherubims and ordinary angels), even though both Jews and Gentiles/Greeks alike have been saved from hell by faith in Jesus Christ.
  3. . For most ordinary folks, buying a home is a once-in-a-lifetime financial commitment, similar to marriage being or should be a once-in-a-lifetime emotional commitment. It would do well for mature Christians to let God direct their path in the choice of their home(eg location) as per Proverbs3:6, so as to avoid the pitfalls/calamities of Proverbs1:27. Mature Christians willingly buying Home insurance, which is a non-govt-mandated insurance, may be ignorantly opening the door for Satan to attack them financially and materially, like the calamities suffered by ignorant Job = God's permissive will. In theory, evil-doing/law-breaking and untrusting Christians should buy as much insurance as they can since the calamities of Proverbs1:26-27 are bound to befall them, but all the insurance will likely be to no avail.
  4. . Matthew10:5-6 = 5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
  5. . Yes, in terms of salvation, both the Jews and Gentiles/Greeks are saved the same way and not different ways, ie saved by the same faith in Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, the Jews still hold a special place in God's heart. ....... That was why God reserved the 2 powerful witnesses(Enoch and Elijah.?) to preach Jesus the Christ /Messiah to the Jews in Jerusalem(Revelation11) just before His return to earth and the last days. The 2 witnesses main concern will be converting the Jews, not the Gentiles. Matthew 23:37 = [ Jesus Laments over Jerusalem ] “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Romans11:1-5 = Israel’s Rejection Not Total 11 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? 4 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. . With respect to the keeping of the Law, God has different requirements for Jewish and Gentile Christians, ie the former mostly lawless Gentiles/Greeks were less required so as not to burden them. Gentile Christians may not be circumcised and not eat kosher foods but not Jewish Christians. Those who intentionally/willfully break God's Law according to the requirements at Acts15 & 21 below will be cursed/punished by God, whether Gentile or Jewish Christians = a sadder and shorter life on earth. ... Acts21:20-25 = 20 And when they heard it, they glorified the Lord. And they said to him, “You see, brother, how many myriads of Jews there are who have believed, and they are all zealous for the law; 21 but they have been informed about you that you teach all the Jews who are among the Gentiles to forsake Moses, saying that they ought not to circumcise their children nor to walk according to the customs. 22 What then? The assembly must certainly meet, for they will hear that you have come. 23 Therefore do what we tell you: We have four men who have taken a vow. 24 Take them and be purified with them, and pay their expenses so that they may shave their heads, and that all may know that those things of which they were informed concerning you are nothing, but that you yourself also walk orderly and keep the law. 25 But concerning the Gentiles who believe, we have written and decided that they should observe no such thing, except that they should keep themselves from things offered to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from sexual immorality.” (also Acts15:24-29)
  6. . Matthew 6:24 = [ You Cannot Serve God and Riches ] “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. Most buyers of lottery tickets hope to strike it rich. Similarly for buyers of non-government-mandated insurance, ie either for themselves or for their beneficiaries, with others having to pay for their "loss" or calamities or costly hospitalization. Hence, we have cases of life insurance fraud running into US$ millions. Good stewardship of money is to trust/fear God + avoid evil-deeds(= avoid monetary loss from God-appointed calamities), work hard and save for a rainy day, and not buying lottery tickets and insurance. Lottery tickets and insurance for the masses only became common in the world after the 1960s, ie their sales were aided by technological advances, eg telecommunications and mass media.
  7. . These are Jews who will be converted in the name of Jesus Christ by the 2 powerful witnesses(Enoch and Elijah.?) of Revelation11 just before the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ to earth = Jewish Christians, as opposed to Gentile Christians.
  8. . Proverbs3:1-26 = 1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you. 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man. 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. ... 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes— Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck. 23 Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble. 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught. . Proverbs1:24-27 = 24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. . Really and truly, as per the Word of God. There were also many Christians in the affected areas who were not afflicted or terrorized by the above calamities, eg by tornadoes, hurricanes and earthquakes or even deadly accidents, terrorist-attacks and terminal cancer. Why were other Christians afflicted.? Ask God. Only God knows the true reasons why. Mature Christians should trust in God rather than trust in non-mandatory insurance and lottery tickets.
  9. . Isaiah65:17-25 = The Glorious New Creation 17 “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy. 19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem, And joy in My people; The voice of weeping shall no longer be heard in her, Nor the voice of crying. 20 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, Nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; For the child shall die one hundred years old, But the sinner being one hundred years old shall be accursed. 21 They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. 22 They shall not build and another inhabit; They shall not plant and another eat; For as the days of a tree, so shall be the days of My people, And My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands. 23 They shall not labor in vain, Nor bring forth children for trouble; For they shall be the descendants of the blessed of the Lord, And their offspring with them. 24 “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, The lion shall eat straw like the ox, And dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” Says the Lord. . Since Adam, has there been a world or earth as described above, eg a world/earth without any tears or sorrow.? ....... Redemption of fallen Man by Lord/God Jesus Christ includes redeeming this old world/earth that has been filled with tears and sorrow = a new earth/world of love, peace and joy for 1,000 years, as prophesied in Revelation20:1-6.
  10. . Buying lottery tickets and gambling are a form of stealing money from others through the game of chance, luck or probability. Buying non-mandatory insurance is based on similar principles. Chances of winning a lottery is very very low. Chances of losing in a lottery is very very very high. So, all the money collected from the many many many greedy and gullible losers is used to pay the one or very few as-greedy lottery winner/s, with the greedy lottery company and government taking their profit cuts and taxes of about 10% to 30% from the total money collected. This is how money is stolen from the many millions of greedy and gullible losers. ....... A person may buy lottery tickets regularly for 50 years and likely will never win. Insurance play on people's fears. Money is collected from many many "lucky" survivors/non-afflicted to pay off the very few "unlucky" deads/afflicted with the insurance company taking a profit cut of about 10% to 20%. Lucky and unlucky depends on one's perspective. The family of the dead person collecting his/her life insurance money may consider themselves as "lucky". If Christians are law-abiding, avoid sinning and work hard, nothing calamitous will befall on them and they will likely become rich or well-off = no need to buy any lottery or insurance. OTOH, they should be prudent in their spending and have some savings to cover any unforeseen contingencies. ... Romans2:8-11 = ... 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God.
  11. . Just like not every Christian is an apostle or prophet or miracle-worker, not every Christian is a martyr. It is up to God's will. ....... So, Christians should not seek or covet to be martyrs or non-martyrs or apostles or prophets. Let God's will be done. The prophetic Word of God/Jesus at Revelation20:1-6 says that those Christians living just before the 2nd Coming of Jesus Christ to earth will suffer Great Tribulation, Persecution and Martyrdom, eg when Satan imposes his "mark of the beast" of Revelation13:11-18. This will be similar to the great persecution and martyrdom suffered by early Christians during the 1st Coming of Jesus Christ to earth at around 33AD, eg the martyrdom of Stephen at Acts7. Nearly all the 12 apostles of Christ were martyred, eg Peter and Paul.
  12. No. Revelation13:11-18 says that Satan will require all to receive his "mark of the beast" in order to be able to buy and sell. It's only a requirement. Revelation20:1-6 says that believing saints will refuse the "mark of the beast" on their foreheads or right hand = will not be able to buy or sell = may starve to death or be prosecuted/persecuted/martyred by powerful Satan-led governments.
  13. . Yes, that is wrt salvation only = death and resurrection or rapture = for the afterlife or hereafter. For the here-and-now or earthly living, Christians still need to be guided by the Law. ....... Try break the Law, eg go and commit murder or stealing or sexual/physical assault or cheating/fraud and see what will happen = while suffering for one's sins/evil-deeds/law-breaking, eg on Death Row or in prison, one may lose faith and consequently lose one's salvation, eg by cursing God/Jesus and die.(Job2:9) Hence, ... 1Corinthians6:9-10 = 9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians5:19-21 = 9 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
  14. . . . Not really. Martin Luther was not fully scriptural or biblical correct in his theories/thesis, eg some Lutherans seem to have the license-to-sin by following the false Hyper-Grace doctrine of Martin Luther, ie false Christians who purposely go and commit sins, in order to prove to themselves and to Satan that they are still saved by Grace or faith in Jesus Christ = 'justification by faith alone' taken to the extreme. ....... Martin Luther liked to drink alcohol/wine and party = he died quite 'young' at 63. At the advanced age of 41, he married a former nun, cf 1Corinthians7 . In truth, Martin Luther was just an anti-papal political pawn/tool used by the German ruler-princes and other "protesting" or anti-papal kings, eg Kings of Denmark and Holland, rulers of Switzerland, etc. ....... Being protected by the German ruler-princes, once Martin Luther felt safe from the political and military paws of the Roman Catholic Popes and Holy Roman Emperors, he too began to persecute and murder Anabaptists(= Baptist Church.?) and other non-conformists for "heresy", just like what the Popes did during the Inquisition. So, he was somewhat of a hypocrite. ... https://thoughtsofalivingchristian.wordpress.com/2010/11/21/the-persecution-of-anabaptism-16th-century-catholic-lutheran-and-calvinist-perspectives-2/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther . The 16th century Protestant Reformation led to religious wars between the Catholic and Protestant rulers/kings/princes, which in turn led to the birth of USA in 1776 whose Constitution separated Church from State. After WW2(= Lutheran Germany lost), USA rose up to become a world superpower. So, God again turned something evil into good.
  15. . Sounds like something from a misguided Jehovah Witness. Isaiah9:6-7 = 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. . 1Timothy3:16 = 16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory. . Matthew28:9-10 = The Women Worship the Risen Lord 9 And as they went to tell His disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, “Rejoice!” So they came and held Him by the feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brethren to go to Galilee, and there they will see Me.” . John20:28-29 = 28 And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” .
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