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John 3:16 KJV: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Anonymous 06/23/2023 (Fri) 22:02:48 No.24957 [Reply]
What do you guys think of this? I could summarize it but it's better if you give your opinion on if it's convicting or not. It's basically a theory of Jesus, Israelites and OT faith not being Jewish. I'd really like to know what you guys think? https://archive.4plebs.org/pol/thread/431126799/#431131391 adfsasddafsasdasdfasdasdfsadfsedfsfedsedfsfeddffsed
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>>24957 who would win? Thousands of years of documented and verified history, evidence, and supporting rationale. OR some random guy on /pol/
>>24972 The guy on /pol/ is also referencing history as well.
dont think it matters, seems like a cope for antisemitic christians to avoid the cognitive dissonance of their religion having association with JEws. Might be a useful trope to use to evangelise to 'alt-right' types.
>>24981 i think youd cause more harm in the long term using that to evangelize to WN because then youd have to go through the works of abolishing the lie you created.
Italians uses "hebe" to call all the jews because for them they're all the same. Antisemitism isn't just against jews, semites so all hebes. Happened like that in history, it's the english that turned it into "all hebes are jews and jews are hebes"

'Christianity is Based' Compilation thread Anonymous 08/02/2022 (Tue) 18:33:47 No.15493 [Reply] [Last]
In this thread post why Christianity is based and is the Truth, or post pictures or links related to that. The goal of this thread is to be a bag full of Jesus seeds you can quickly get and plant in non-believers' hearts. (eg. you can visit this thread for good links to send to a LARPagan to prove them wrong)
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Not sure if it's what you're looking for, but here's OC responding to a common misconception.
>"christianity is based thread" >most posts about how bad the anti-christians are pretty retarded tbh
>>17824 >schools >thinking schools were utter bullshit even way before any subversion
>>21843 Sure thing, (1) one and done. Mind addressing the (((Bolshevik))) problem, rather than your red herring?
>>25013 Well to be fair anon, You can usually get a clear indicator on how something should be approached by how your enemies view it. In fact the best way to tell if something is wicked is too see how far is strays from the bible for the most part. I'm going to go into detail with this so please be patient and read if you want to know more about history. So firstly let's go back... All the way back to the times of Noah. This is relevant because Jesus claimed that the End days would be similar to the days of Noah In Matthew 24:37 which reads like this Matthew 24:37 "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." Now we need to identify what the Days of Noah were like. And we can figure this out by simply reading about it in Genesis 6. Genesis 6:4 "There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown." Notice how in the days of Noah the "son's of God" were mingling with the Daughters of men and when you read on further it gets even clearer. Genesis 6:5-7 "And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. 7And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them." In other words things got so bad that God was straight up going to destroy all of his creation. Because they only had evil thoughts continually. Just looking at the average person nowadays shows that this is reality. I'm firmly in the camp that the vaccine was really the mark of the beast and that everyone that took it is going to meet the same fate as the Jews who are the definition of what an anti Christ is 1 John 2:22 "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son." Exactly what the modern Jews are. Moreover anyone who helps the Jews are actually liable to get the same punishment as they get. 2 John 1:9-11 "Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." One of the prerequisites of getting into heaven is actually to be more righteous than the Pharisees. Mainly the fact that a person must be more righteous than the Jews again because the Jews claim direct lineage from the Pharisees.

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Seminary/Divinity School Anonymous 07/17/2023 (Mon) 05:50:13 ID: 36577a No.25115 [Reply]
Hey Anons, I am thinking about applying to divinity school next year and wanted some advice. Prior to starting college, I was an atheist, was addicted to drugs and alcohol and was generally self-loathing and self-destructive. Freshman year I had a religious awakening and decided to teach myself a lot about gnosticism and buddhism. Overtime I found myself slowly moving towards Christianity and can happily say I am a full convert. My campus priest and I are close friends and I have fully accepted that Christ is my lord and savior. At this point I am finishing up undergrad with a double major in History and Theology. My family wants me to apply to law school and I think I could make a good living as a lawyer. My father is in prison and my mother is very materialistic, both really want me to pursue law. Additionally, my brother is very successful in his field and made a point to say it will be up to the two of us to take care of our mother and sister (she's a drug addict) when we're older. Working as a lawyer will allow me to more money to take care of my family and hopefully the future family I can create one day. However, I am worried I won't like the legal profession and more importantly am very worried I will revert to my old ways. As time goes on I find myself progressively less passionate about the law and really want to continue to study religion. I just feel like if I do not dedicate my life to my faith, I will not live a life with faith. I have good grades and will have good recommendations and think I may want to apply to divinity school. I am not sure if I would make a good priest. I am not the best public speaker and am not the most virtuous but I do want to dedicate myself to the church. I do want to dedicate my life to theology. I do want to live a life worthy of God's presence. I really just feel lost and would like advice. Should I turn my back on my responsibilities towards my family and focus on God? Should I turn my back on my responsibilities towards myself and focus on helping my family? I really just need advice. Please pray for me and thank you for reading.
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>>25192 I understand and sympathise with this attitude. It's humbling, sobering. Still, a more sensible bet would be for us to cultivate our own intellectual class. If we did so, and the Lord allowed it, we could experience something like at least a spark of the Patristic Age again. It was just as rife with heresy, but also with no shortage of men of knowledge that were full of the Spirit.
>>25192 This is a good point. Anyone considering seminary should be certain of its theological orthodoxy ahead of time, since many have drunk the coolaid of secularism. At many if not most seminaries today your teachers will, instead of teaching you how to lead God's people and defend the faith, attempt to do everything in their power to destroy your faith and convert you to damnable heresy. It is unlikely in 2023 they will even tolerate a believer, should they fail to shipwreck your faith.
>>25195 In the early 16th century when scholars and men of that sort still seriously believed and were not Marxists.
>>25210 17th*
>>25210 Erasmus was Catholic yet the reformers didn't see an issue with using the Textus Receptus he published as long as the work was good, not that much good comes out of today's liberal seminaries. Modern academia wants to be loved by the god-denying secular world so that even if there are Bible believing Christians within their institutions they force them to shut up or face demotion unless they toe their lines that the Bible is a manmade creation, that God doesn't exist, that what scholars produce is always right like their denial of (what they call) the long ending of Mark or John 7:53 to 8:11, and that everyone else has to bow down before their credentials because they're indisputable geniuses. Yet none of that is worth anything because the castrated Bible translation that they produce, the New Revised Standard Version, is literally one of the worst-selling in existence with the only thing saving it being that they lobby liberal denominations to buy it in bulk to fill empty pews. The sad part is that historically orthodox Christian colleges like Harvard and Yale were hijacked by their perversion and conservatives need to assert their right to the institutions of their forerunners: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0RBSOGG7amM

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Genesis + Biblical Creation Anonymous 12/26/2021 (Sun) 17:45:50 No.2178 [Reply] [Last]
This thread is for discussion and the sharing information critical of evolution, old earth, attempts to allegorize the early chapters of Genesis, etc. I will be posting some basic info critical of (Neo-)Darwinism shortly.
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>>24182 I watched the related video on the channel you mentioned though which points out that Paul may have been counting from the weaning of Isaac in Galatians 3:17 which wouldn't work with this proposal, so I think some additional work needs to be done with what Paul meant by 450 years in that verse.
>>24183 After considering a few events for what the 450 years was referring to, it feels like it would best suit the period from Moses' birth until Samuel began his public ministry after the Ark was 20 years at Kirjath Jearim in 1 Samuel 7. 80 years for Moses' life, 40 years in the desert, 8 years for Joshua's conquest, and 322 years of the Judges.
I had an epiphany recently. Virtually all evolutionist arguments will inevitably allege that X trait of a creature developed for Y purpose, they'll pretty much always use the phrase "evolutionary purpose". What I realized is that when they do this, that means we win the debate. Because supposing that something has a *purpose* presupposes what? That it was *designed* for that purpose, not that the thing randomly magically appeared on its own for no reason. Evolutionist arguments actually suggest intelligent design and evolutionism is essentially an irrational superstition that unwittingly posits some kind of magic causes creatures to suddenly and fundamentally change when they "need" to. I think this is something to keep in mind when dialoging with atheists and something to pounce on whenever it comes up, so we can show them their worldview actually doesn't make any sense.
>>25081 Yes, and this has long been recognized by researchers. Specifically within origins of life research, the concept has been derisively-termed 'The hidden hand of God', relating to investigators setting up initial conditions, etc. in their labs, that are completely irrelevant to the initial conditions on Earth's surface ~3.8Gya. >when they do this, that means we win the debate. Not quite that simple IMO. When men can look out at this vast and truly amazing creation spread out all around us, and still say unironically in their hearts 'There is no God!111', then you're dealing with a serious psychosis condition, indeed a spiritually-depraved one. No amount of argumentation, nor directly observable, objective facts are going to sway someone in such a state. My recommendation isn't to focus on 'turning' the ones adamantly opposed to God (or indirectly to you for proclaiming Him), and rather focus on the ones who are unsure. They are far more numerous, and indeed far closer to God already.

List of evidence Anonymous 06/18/2023 (Sun) 19:37:13 No.24941 [Reply]
This link contains one of the largest reference materials for the bible (archaeological, literary, etc. evidence) I've ever seen: https://pastelink.net/2w1ne I think it may help all of us in faith of God.
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Also, some paywalled or partially-walled whitepapers like https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09018329908585155?needAccess=true&journalCode=sold20 may need to be accessed through sci-hub but that's beyond the scope of what I can automate atm.
>>25026 Nice hacking Anon. BTW, the '[Embed]' string thing can be dealt with by a) you using codeblocks, and b) BO making a minor tweak to his custom.css to accomodate that. Good work.
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>>25026 If anyone who's already done this wants to make a torrent I'll seed it.
>>25043 Hey Thanks. >BO making a minor tweak to his custom.css to accomodate that Any ideas how to do that? I've no experience with CSS.
>>25060 >Any ideas how to do that? I've no experience with CSS. You might try experimenting with your custom.css file, and trying out the code settings sections in this CSS example: >>>/agdg/522

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The Gay Question Anonymous 01/11/2023 (Wed) 11:28:58 No.23315 [Reply]
How do you convince people that homosexuality is wrong? While other areas of the LGBTAIP++ are more easier to argue against i.e trannies as long as you're not talking to someone 'woke', but homosexuality is widely accepted not just by those people but by most people in general. It seems obvious to me that it's a mental disorder at best, but it evidently isn't for everyone. This isn't just about convincing them that the gay community is bad, but that homosexuality itself is bad. Any sane person would agree that kids dancing half naked in a crowd of adults dressed in sexual attire who are raining money on said kid is obviously wrong, but most wouldn't be convinced homosexuality itself is bad. How do you change their minds?
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>>23315 >How do you convince people that homosexuality is wrong? There's no need to "convince" anyone. The scripture is plain, they just don't care about God or His laws (first five books called the law, specifically) or Christ and His message (e.g. Mt 5:17) and therefore they're not worth your time. Period. /thread
>>23538 >it posts this image on a website that hosts porn the irony
>>23561 gay >>23562 very original
>>23470 King
>>23470 >They used the idea of a gay gene to get acceptance even though the science behind it was bunk. I read into that one time and all I found was some mentions of genes that were more prevalent in gays, and maybe increased the likelihood of gayness, but nothing that could be called an actual CAUSE of that. The "born that way" argument doesn't even work in their own framework because they still accept/talk about the existence of bisexuals, even though the entire premise behind it is 100% choice.

Anonymous 05/30/2023 (Tue) 16:54:32 ID: 54990a No.24802 [Reply]
How do I know everything written is scripture or not? How do I know Paul wasn't some crazy weirdo who decided to throw in his own interpretation of Christianity? Even then, the authenticity of some of Paul's letters are heavily disputed and some even universally agreed as not consistent with his own writing. How do I know whether or not I should practice Judaic law or not? Christ said he is here to fulfill the law, but he also said he would not abolish it. >Matt 5:18: 18 Amen, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not a single letter,[a] not even a tiny portion of a letter, will disappear from the Law until all things have been accomplished. >Gal 3:24: 24 Therefore, the Law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, so that we might be justified by faith. Should I practice the law to renew my faith? After all, it's what the early Jewish Christians still did anyway. Romans 2:25: 25 Circumcision has value if you obey the Law. However, if you break the Law, you have become as if you had never been circumcised. 26 In the same way, if one who is not circumcised keeps the precepts of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision? 27 Then the man who is not physically circumcised but nevertheless observes the Law will condemn you who have the written code and circumcision but break the Law. How do I know the Roman church is the true church? I am not a Catholic, but it's said that "the gates of hell will not prevail over the church", to paraphrase. But the Mary stuff and the Pope himself being a controversial figure lead me to believe there are deep-seated problems in Roman authority, not to mention the intentional covering up of sexual abuse in the church. But I don't want to doubt this and then go to hell forever. No church seems right, Catholic churches are too much and seem to have a lot of extra-biblical sacraments and traditions, where as Protestant churches don't take anything seriously and are a breeding ground for cafeteria Christians and people who simply don't care to take Christianity home or let the Bible dictate anything about their lives. I'm confused about a lot of things, and I don't know what to do. Am I going to hell for thinking this?
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>>24881 i dont find the idea that christians were suffering from mass delusions or psychosis very plausible. i also personally believe that the field of psychology is a very suspect science in general and that mental illness is mostly a recent phenomenon(its certainly been on a dramatic rise in the past century compared to before(one may note the corollary that atheism is also on the rise this past century)) i think psychoanalysing people from 2 millennia ago is unreliable anyway >Paul as a Gnostic, or someone who entirely misinterpreted the Gospel/Christianity. the other apostles didnt think so if someone has gone through robbers and shipwrecks to get a message to me, im naturally going to take his message much more seriously and as being more sincere, its not "persecutory mania" most of that post takes for granted that Pauls writings were either written by someone else, written later, dishonest or delusional which i dont accept it seems like suppositions based on very little to me
>>24881 I have no idea why you are so troubled by this brother, after glancing at it it's clearly the same kind of circular, anti-evidential, speculative, anti-Christian drivel you expect of secularists. In fact, this combined with a single post from your idea has me a little suspicious that this is concern trolling. Maybe Paul and Jesus were lunatics. Maybe they were raving madmen and everything they were saying and believing was the product of a deranged mind. *Or*, maybe Christianity is true. I suppose to determine which it is we'll be needing the other side to present their evidence and make their case to establish their historical claims. Unfortunately this is always where the wheels fall off for them because they have no evidence and they have no case, consistently the only response I have ever encountered to this incredibly basic challenge to the secular history of early Christianity is "how dare you question us". That's it. Appeal to authority is all they have. Their fiction is derived from a method that starts by prejudicially assuming what Christians have always believed is false, coming up with excuses for why all the evidence which exists doesn't count, and finally deriving history on the basis of nothing but divination of their own farts. Learning to deal with appeals to academic authority are something which anyone getting into apologetics needs to do because it now stands as the foundation of atheistic apologetics in general (atheists are less "freethinking" than papists). Such appeals to "the Science" or "scholars say" are invalid because appeals to academic authority are 1. fallacious 2. elitist 3. obscurantist 4. arbitrary and 5. self-contradictory. Now, this particular fiction (and all those like it) are dripping in the presupposition of naturalism. This is why, for example, they refer to the prophecies of Christ as "psychosis" and claim they were never fulfilled. Of course that *must* be the case because we know that supernatural things like prophecies just don't happen because we know God doesn't exist and we know nothing but matter exists. This is an obviously circular argument. Once again: maybe Paul and Jesus were madmen, *or* maybe Christianity is true. You also see the style of preaching typical of liberal heretics when they as good children of their father attempt with serpentine dishonesty to deceive believers into joining them in apostasy (the pervasive intellectual dishonesty of liberal theologians is likely a consequence of the moral bankruptcy of the godless worldview they have embraced). This comes out when he says "Over the years, I have become convinced that the issue need not be feared or disdained by people whose faith is strong and free of affect." By "the issue" he means the outright denial of the truth of the Christian religion and by "feared or disdained" he means disagreed with. The purpose of such rhetoric is to obfuscate the anti-Christian nature of what they are saying while also portraying their false claims as merely reasonable; if you disagree with them then you're just running away from the truth and being irrational and emotional, don't you want to be reasonable and scholarly, just deny the Lord. Liberalism is syncretism with the false religion of atheism. Liberal churchmen are priests of Baal, and enemies of the true faith. Machen was right, liberalism and Christianity are religions in contest.
>>24884 >a single post from your idea Your ID*
>>24802 >How do I know whether or not I should practice Judaic law or not? Christ said he is here to fulfill the law, but he also said he would not abolish it. the only aspects of the Old Law youre meant to follow as a Christian are the Moral Law and, if you want, the feasts and Saturday Sabbath.
>>24802 >How do I know everything written is scripture or not? I presume you meant 'everything written in scripture is [legitimately Spirit-breathed, inspired] scripture'? You might start by investigating the ICBI statements on that very topic Anon. [1] >1. God, who is Himself Truth and speaks truth only, has inspired Holy Scripture in order thereby to reveal Himself to lost mankind through Jesus Christ as Creator and Lord, Redeemer and Judge. Holy Scripture is God’s witness to Himself. >2. Holy Scripture, being God’s own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms: obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises. >3. The Holy Spirit, Scripture’s divine Author, both authenticates it to us by His inward witness and opens our minds to understand its meaning. >4. Being wholly and verbally God-given, Scripture is without error or fault in all its teaching, no less in what it states about God’s acts in creation, about the events of world history, and about its own literary origins under God, than in its witness to God’s saving grace in individual lives. >5. The authority of Scripture is inescapably impaired if this total divine inerrancy is in any way limited or disregarded, or made relative to a view of truth contrary to the Bible’s own; and such lapses bring serious loss to both the individual and the Church >sauce:

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Anti-sjws are anti-Christian after all Anonymous 06/02/2023 (Fri) 07:36:51 ID: 0fd41b No.24828 [Reply]
Look at this fella, angry about the Bible and for having his Lolicon being censured by the "fascist Christians" https://youtu.be/Oe7GzSbp5zI
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>>24828 dont look right or left, look up.
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>>24828 The people who are still throwing around terms like "SJW" and calling themselves "anti-SJWs" in the Year of Our Lord 2023 largely haven't moved on from 2014-era Gamergate paradigms. They occasionally dress it up with rhetoric, but most of them oppose feminism or "woke ideology" because they want to play video games with big boobs and lolis. The more noble of their ilk either went down the pipeline from sex pest libertarianism to the so-called "alt-right" and then beyond or they simply grew up. Those that remain spend their time defending their porn access.
My 2 cents. D&D/Rock/Games/Anime/whatever are fine and "Christians" who "fight" those things are in fact silly. However, they're not a good representation of Christianity as a whole, and people who hate Christianity just because of them are even sillier.
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>>24828 >Just some guy Well yeah, that guy is kind of known for it. A fair amount of gamergate-adjacent ecelebs suck for various reasons. Some are anti-Christian this guy specifically is because he's pro faggot, maybe even a faggot himself, some because they're just grifters. Usually the former is also the latter. The skeptic community didn't start Gamergate, it's members simply jumped on board. That's not to say they weren't real Gamergaters, only that they didn't make it. I think this is a bit of an oversimplification though. Some "anti-sjws" anti-Christian, others are not. The fact of the matter is that the majority of sjws ideology is anti-Christian, and consequently every Christian is "anti-sjw" by default. >>24839 If there's one thing wrong about Gamergate it was certainly their desire for "fanservice", however the feminists who pushed for censorship of said fanservice did so for the wrong reasons not to mention they also demonized "conventional attractiveness", made female characters masculine and vice versa, and pushed for fat positivity. There's also the question of to what extent censorship should be enforced.
>>24850 >If there's one thing wrong about Gamergate it was certainly their desire for "fanservice", however the feminists who pushed for censorship of said fanservice did so for the wrong reasons I agree that the push for censorship was not done out of honest or noble intentions and that Gamergaters were absolutely right to call them out for it, but their counter was fundamentally the same as the "just let people enjoy things" crowd. You see this a lot with people who defend their posting of lolicon hentai. I suppose they were right about what was wrong but wrong about what was right, to use a cliche.

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Buddhism Anonymous 12/02/2022 (Fri) 20:23:31 ID: 19dd35 No.21803 [Reply]
I need some bread pills about Buddhism, like inforgraphs or webms showing why Buddhism is satanic.
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>>22473 No Catholic doctrine states statues will save you, they are there to elevate people's minds to God and the lofty realities. As to buddism i dont know much about it but i never heard about them attributing saving powers to statues, could be wrong.
>>21803 Schopenhauer is basically Western Buddhist. Yes, it is not a very cheerful religion. They do crusade against Muslims though, so can't be all that bad.
>>22438 No, Buddha is only a teacher ("rabbi", if you wish). A true Buddhist would tell you that Jesus, of course, was a Buddha, too, as it is a state of being above mere humanity, but below true divinity. Pagan gods they (Buddhists) usually deemed inferior and not worthy of worship.>>22438
>>24592 >No Catholic doctrine states statues will save you Idols are carried around and relics heavily guarded, you are wrong. The buddhism i know preaches of life being pretty bad so the best move is not to play, in that non-playing they retire from life aka go to a monastery, try to do the least bad things they can and help people when they have to go out for some reason, that being crops, needs or getting money for those things. In the meantime doing nothing at all the entire day and trying not to do anything bad they managed to invent tons of stuff or develop things other mystics left them in their visits, like paradoxically martial arts used by the military later on. Some monks often got into this and tried to pretend killing bullies was better than letting them go around bothering people so their morality heavily varied over time. At the end of the day they pretended to do nothing so they couldn't sin and thus get a chance at going up or reincarnating as something better next time, all the while practicing their spirituality. One thing they did better despite being trained killers at times was not going around converting by force entire tribes like some misguided christians did. He who has ears to hear let him hear, no need to shove it in their face by force or repeat all day the same verses.
>>24630 >one thing they did better despite being trained killers at times was not going around converting by force entire tribes like some misguided christians did. >he doesn't know Meanwhile Christianity converted the whole of the Roman Empire and beyond while under official persecution for three centuries and without bearing the sword. Somehow that utter historical miracle is overlooked as something unremarkable.

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Question about churches. Anonymous 03/23/2023 (Thu) 22:05:20 ID: 126c6f No.24079 [Reply]
Hello, I'm a Christian, and I am still learning the Bible, though I consider myself decently knowledgable on its themes and messages. In the last 3 years I have undergone a massive transformation from a useless atheistic tranny into the lover of God I am now, it felt like being awakened to the truth of the universe in totality, like seeing every life at once that all point to the singular truth--that being God at the head of all things. And through my Biblical journey I have come to adore the Lord, I've come to understand the secrets of the heavens and the earth, and I've seen the light at the beginning of the tunnel, only to now know that we live in an age of darkness. The world is dying, degenerating from the natural goodness that God has shown me. I want to devote my life to the Lord, I want to give my life to Him. But I have recently come to a crossroads of confusion. There are so many countless denominations of the church, each with hundreds upon thousands of people with their own views that differ from my own. I'm unsure if I even have any specific views on worship other than the passion I have for God. And the sheer numbers of pathways overwhelms me. They all deal in the question of what must be done for salvation but in my revelations I have rarely even thought on such things. I fear that I am pursuing the wrong path, there are countless years of history behind the churches, and they all fight one another over what is and isn't true. It does not help that I have a terrible dislike of other people, I love my family and friends, and I want to love all men as Jesus has taught me to do, but I cannot bring myself to worship in public, not out of shame but out of distrust. This world is a corrupt world and I do not have it in me to trust other people with a topic I view so delicately. I am unsure what you would think of me, but is it impossible to worship the Lord privately? Am I damned for not participating in any of the churches? I apologize if this is a stupid question. Picture unrelated.
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Jesus left a Church, and gave her the Holy Spirit to guide her. If you are separated as a lone sheep you are easy pickings for the prowler. Treat your dislike of other people as a cross, and Jesus said to carry the cross, not evade them. As to the real church, you may read the Church fathers and see they have the sacraments. St.Ignatious of Antioch which was a direct disciple of the apostle John says: “those who hold heretical opinions about the grace of Jesus Christ … refuse to acknowledge that the Eucharist is the flesh of our savior Jesus Christ, which suffered for our sins and which the Father by his goodness raised up” So, you should become Catholic and get the sacraments. If there is no Catholicism in your country, be whatever sacramental Christianity is there, Copt, Orthodox, etc. And remember this by Paul: '...conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.' The Church dictates what is truth, the Church dictates what is the correct way to interpret the bible. If you read it by yourself, disregarding how the saints and theologians read it throughout the ages, you'll gain some erroneous views. Some go so far as denying the divinity of Christ due to their own faulty and blind interpretations.
>>24118 >The Church dictates what is truth, the Church dictates what is the correct way to interpret the bible This should be all you need to hear to know to stay away from Rome
>>24079 You should go out and talk with priests, elders, other followers, etc. Christianity in society is way different and it will give you perspective on all sorts of topics which you might not even have stood still with. Seek and you shall find.
>>24079 >I've come to understand the secrets of the heavens and the earth Prelest. Pray for humility. >This world is a corrupt world and I do not have it in me to trust other people with a topic I view so delicately. Say what you will about the world, but you cannot curl up in a shoebox until you die then try to declare that a life. Even those called to the monastic life share it with their brothers or sisters. If you are called to be a hermit then by all means do so, but do not claim the privileges of the hermit without paying a hermit’s dues. >I fear that I am pursuing the wrong path, there are countless years of history behind the churches, and they all fight one another over what is and isn't true. You have Christ the Redeemer on your side. Your final judgement will be a compassionate one that takes your circumstances and heart into account. Therefore, go out into the world and do your best. Even churches within the same denomination will differ. Don’t be a little bitch about it: Find your church by shopping around.
>Jesus left a Church, and gave her the Holy Spirit to guide her. If you are separated as a lone sheep you are easy pickings for the prowler. This. Even if you have trouble getting along with people, there is growth in making an effort. In addition, once you have kids, you absolutely need to have them grow up among the people of God lest they are lost to globohomo well before puberty.

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