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Recent content by WIP

  1. WIP

    1000 to 1?

    I figure Jesus was asking a rhetorical question. One for His listeners to ask of themselves.
  2. WIP

    Bible Study I Am A Bit Confused

    But anyone can tell you to do something or not do something. You either accept what you hear or deny it. When you reply with statements like, "Don't tell me what to do." are you not doing exactly as you are requesting? This is an open forum and what you post is public. If you don't want to hear...
  3. WIP

    Bible Study I Am A Bit Confused

    That's a given isn't it?
  4. WIP

    Bible Study I Am A Bit Confused

    Just a thought. Doesn't God make that decision? After all.... “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV
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    Is Eternal Torment Scriptural?

    I believe not only most but all will be shocked. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
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    Is Eternal Torment Scriptural?

    I see the difficulty being that we keep forgetting who God is relative to who we are and we paint God into an image of what we want Him to be rather than accepting Him as He is. We come into this argument with the idea that we are born perfect and that we are called to live perfect or else, but...
  7. WIP

    A Weekend in Hell

    We still use it in our church.
  8. WIP

    Is Eternal Torment Scriptural?

    I didn't see it as an intention to insult but rather he was explaining how your assertion comes across to him, not accusing you directly. This is why I let it stand.
  9. WIP

    Retirement Announcement

    On June 4, I will be celebrating 28 years with my current company. I have made the decision to retire early in March, 2019, and would like to know what is an appropriate way for me to announce my retirement First, I’ll share a little history. The company I work for is a Christian-based company...
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    Is Eternal Torment Scriptural?

    Just adding to the conversation.
  11. WIP

    Is Eternal Torment Scriptural?

    I think too often we have it backwards. God didn't create mankind and then lay down the law saying, "Obey or else." It wasn't necessary because until the fall, mankind trusted God completely for everything. Then mankind decided gave in to the temptation presented by Satan and decided he/she no...
  12. WIP

    What is the right way to interpret Jesus' teachings regarding divorce?

    How about we get this discussion back on the topic and off each other's personal lives? Thank you.
  13. WIP

    The Dumbing Down of Christianity

    I hear you here. In our church one of the, I'll call it a disappointment for lack of better term, is that when we sing hymns we don't sing them with the emotion they seem to be projecting. One of my biggest examples is at Christmas time we often sing "Joy to the World." To me that is a joyous...
  14. WIP

    Are Christians called to be Holy and Perfect?

    I believe He is telling us what we are to strive for. Isn't this also what Paul is telling the Philippians in chapter 2:12-16 ESV? 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and...
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    A Weekend in Hell

    I'm curious. If this is a more accurate translation, then why didn't the translators of the various versions translate as such? In most cases (maybe all) the translations were not done by single indivduals imputing their own ideas but by a team of individuals (scolars and historians I suspect)...