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17 hours ago, William said:

God loved us when we were unrepentant and unbelieving enemies:

The Old Testament does not have the law/commandment that says, "You shall love your enemy".


In the 4 Gospels of the NT, most of the Jews and Pharisees rejected Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah/Christ and eventually "murdered" Him, but they still had "false" confidence that they would be saved from hell or inherit heaven by just keeping the Law or Moses Law, ie they thought they did not need Jesus Christ to be saved from hell.


At MATTHEW.5:17-48, Jesus Christ was telling the unbelieving Jews and Pharisees that they would have to pluck out their eyes and chop off their limbs, turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, lend to all who ask and love their enemies if they hoped to be saved from hell by their own works of the Law, ie it was not sufficient for salvation that they did not commit murder, adultery, blasphemy, stealing, etc.

....... Why.? = because all humans are born with Adam's Original Sin(ROMANS.5:12 & 3:23) = are born inherently evil/sinful/satanic in their hearts and minds = all are bound for hell when they die = fallen Man needs a Saviour/Christ/Messiah.

....... For those men without Christ, just the lusting at a beautiful woman/girl in their hearts will be sending them to hell when they die, ie not just by them actually committing adultery or other sexual sins. Vice versa for those women without Christ when they just lust at a handsome man/boy in their hearts or when a woman/girl becomes jealous of other women's relationship with their husbands/bf's.


51 minutes ago, William said:

You should convert to Judasim instead of masquerading around as a Chtistian. There, this post took a whole ten seconds, an equal amount of time with respect to the time you took to address my response. 

Please don't jump to conclusions or be impatient wrt my replies.


I do wish that I had been born into Judaism as a Jew and then became a Jewish Christian, like Jesus Christ and the 12 apostles. Alas, I am just a lacking Gentile Christian.

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