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  1. In 1678 John Bunyan published Pilgrim’s Progress. It describes the journey of a man named Christian from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City and was intended as an allegory of the Christian life. In 1684 he published part two, which tells how Christian’s wife, Christiana, made the same trip with her children. The second part ends with these words: Shall it be my lot to go that way again, I may give those that desire it an account of what I here am silent about. Meanwhile I bid my reader Adieu. Bunyan seems to be saying that he intends to write a sequel to the book. If this is true he never did so because he died four years later. But in 1843 Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote a short story called “The Celestial Railroad” which was a sequel to Bunyan’s work. It tells of a railroad that was constructed between the City of Destruction and the Celestial City so people could travel the route more easily and avoid the difficulties that Christian and his wife encountered. You can read the story here: The Celestial Railroad by Nathaniel Hawthorne WWW.ONLINE-LITERATURE.COM
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    Hello from Singapore!

    Welcome to the forum.
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    Objections to Christianity

    How do you know he isn't answering you now? You are still seeking the truth. Would you be doing that if God did not give you the desire to do so? He always keeps his promises but sometimes he takes a long time doing so. When Abraham was 75 years old God sent him into a new country and promised him many descendants, but it was 25 years before his son Isaac was born.
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    Hi all.

    Welcome to the forum.
  5. But where did the Greeks get the concept? Immediately after the Flood, when Noah and his family were the only humans, there was a universal knowledge of God. As people spread through the earth many forgot the truth and followed errors they had made up, but most of them retained some truth. If a pagan belief is found in the Bible, it doesn't mean the Bible got the belief from the pagans, but that that belief was a truth that the pagans had retained.
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    Luke 6:28 - what does it mean?

    It involves more than just hoping they won't go to Hell. We must work for their welfare and do good for them whenever we can.
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    Predestination and prayer

    Those of us who are saved were chosen for salvation before the world was even created. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6 ESV Since God has already decided who will be saved and who won’t there is no point in praying for the salvation of another person. If he has been predestined for salvation he will be saved; if he hasn’t been predestined he won’t be. Our prayers will have no effect. This seems like an unanswerable argument against praying that someone be saved. But Paul, the author of the above quote, wasn’t persuaded by it. He prayed for the salvation of his fellow Israelites. Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved. For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:1-3 ESV Why would Paul pray for their salvation if God had already determined whether they would be saved? He understood that God doesn’t experience time the same way we do. We only experience one point in time. Some events are in the past and we can do nothing to change them. Some are in the future and the choices we make now can affect them. God doesn’t experience time this way. To him the past, present, and future are all the same. One of his attributes is omnipresence. His omnipresence is temporal as well as spatial. He not only exists everywhere at the same time, he also occupies all of time. The things we do can only affect the future. Our prayers can affect the past. If you know people who are unsaved, pray for them. God can answer the prayer you make now by selecting that person to be saved before the creation of the world. Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24 ESV
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    President Trump wall

    Even if the wall is necessary I believe that shutting down the government may so more harm than lack of a wall would.
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    Being born of water is being born.

    John could have baptized that way but it seems unlikely that he did because that kind of baptism wouldn't have required getting into the river.
  10. Christian organizations shouldn't accept government funding in the first place.
  11. How can anyone have a negative opinion of Narnia? I can think of only one possible explanation. The boy must have met the White Witch and eaten some of her Turkish delight.
  12. This post made me think of this: Donald Trump’s KKK support but what about Satanists’ and the Klan’s support of Planned Parenthood? | The Domain for Truth VERITASDOMAIN.WORDPRESS.COM Let me say right up front this is not a post supporting Donald Trump. I personally prefer another candidate and I have a hard time with some of the things Trump has to say. Again this post is not so much about Trump as it...
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    What are you reading right now?

    I have started reading Nomad by Ayaan Hirsi Ali.
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    Ten things you never hear in church

    The church I attend doesn't even have an organ. We have a band consisting of keyboards, guitars, and drums. The church has a piano but I don't remember it ever being used for regular services.
  15. I hope you question the possibility that something as complex as life could have come into existence without a God to create it.
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