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    Bible Study Adam and Eve

    Thank goodness you are recovering. As I see it, your questions have been discussed by theologians for centuries. My understanding from the Scriptures is God's plan to show His immeasurable love for his creatures, and that is being shown by allowing man (Adam) to disobey and bring sin and death...
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    First Battle Continues Throughout the Ages

    Yes, I agree basically with your views. Jesus told his disciples: "And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars,....but the end is not yet." Matt. 24:6, RSV.
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    Revelation 3:10

    Hi Eugene. I believe Revelation concerns Israel, the nations, and the earth, but not the Church body of Christ. It is important to know that the word in Greek for "church" is "ecclesia" which means "called out ones," And could be rendered "assembly," or even "synagogue." Therefore, IMO, there...
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    Why I can't believe in rapture theory

    Continuing: in Acts 14:22, just because Paul says the disciples must go through many tribulations, l don't see that this is referring to The Tribulation. My friend, the rest of the verses quoted have to do with Israel. The last 7 years of this age are often called Daniel's 70th week, and when...
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    Why I can't believe in rapture theory

    Hi, Bick here. May I say, that I would encourage all Bible students to referoto the most literal translations where applicable. You know, FHG, the key element in this discussion is that Jesus Christ came unto his own, Israel, and his message was for them to see (enjoy) the kingdom of God (the...
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    Why I can't believe in rapture theory

    Going back to the original OP, I would counter: Why I believe in the Church Body of Christ being caught away (raptured) before the Tribulation. As far as we know, all will die before being resurrected, except what Paul reveals in 1 Cor. 15:51-54, a mystery (secret) that those alive when...
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    To hell with me

    [ Hi th1b.Taylor. Yes, man was made in the image of God, and you would think that man by his own will would seek God, but the Apostle Paul tells in Rom. 3:10, quoting Psa .14:1-3, "There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God," AV...
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    To hell with me

    Question: Are we limited to certain Versions? Shouldn't we use the more literal versions, such as Young's Literal, Rotherham's Emphasized or Wilson's Emphatic Diaglott ? Or, the Concordant Version of The New Testament? Don't the Scriptures have the last word? Let us see: "Behold, the lamb of...
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    2 Timothy 3 2-5

    I believe Paul is saying that "godliness" is being connected with God and his power. But unbelievers merely mimic right living without any power.
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    Hell, what is it?

    The word "eternal" used in 2 Thes. 1:9, cannot mean "unending," because those destroyed at Christ's return will be raised to be judged at the great white throne. It is unfortunate that the Greek word "aionion" is rendered "eternal", when the literal meaning by its use cannot mean "unending,"...
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    Hell, what is it?

    Free, I don't understand how you can equate "Geheena" with the "lake of fire". Is it because the term "unquenchable fire" is used as in Mark 9:43 and 48?
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    Hell, what is it?

    Bick here. Yes, the unrighteous, unbelievers etc, will certainly be judged before the great white throne and receive their due. And yet, we read in Rom. 9:21-25, that God is the potter and we humans are the clay, and God makes "one vessel for beauty and another for menial use." (RSV, etc)...
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    Colossians 1:20

    "Heavens" here, IMO, means the universe apart from the earth. Paul writes in Eph. 6:10-12, that there are enemies of God and us in the heavenly places. And in Eph. 3:10, we are told, that the church body of Christ, the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and...
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    Hell, what is it?

    From what I learned, to have sinned so bad that the Sanhedren would condemn someone to Geheena, meant he would be stoned to death and his body thrown into Gehenna, where it would be burned up( or partially), and where maggots would feed on what is not burned up. Being cast into Geheena is not...
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    Are we born condemned with Adams sin...or innocent at birth?

    If mankind is made in the image of God, after His likeness, isn't it possible that having free will they would seek God? But does man do this? Not according to Rom.3:9-18: "No one is righteous, no, not one; no one understands, no one seeks for God. All have turned aside, together they have...