Well put, Johnâ€”and no doubt well advised. My point of course is that before we turn to others for their take on scripture, we should first become thoroughly grounded in it ourselves. We can never spot error if we donâ€™t have a firm grasp on the truth.
It isnâ€™t difficult to get a proper understanding of the end times, John, or of any other biblical doctrine, if one will but take the following steps: 1. Get saved. 2. Read the Bibleâ€”not what Dr. Bottlestopper says about the Bible, but the BIBLEâ€”all the way through again and again and again and again and again, asking the Holy Spirit to guide you into all truth. 3. In addition to reading the Bible, study the Bible thoroughly. 4. Memorize portions of scripture. 5. Meditate on the Word. 6. Above all, decide beforehand to believe everything in the Bible, whether you understand it or not. One reason people donâ€™t have a firm knowledge of doctrine is because they are lazy and uncommitted to personally searching the scriptures. They would rather have Spurgeon, Gill, Matthew Henry or someone else tell them what the Bible means than to take seriously their personal duty to learn it for themselves.
Hi Pfft. Got a new moniker I see, but the same old sweet disposition. You are a pathetic little twerp and if I knew who you and where you were I would turn you over my knee and teach you some manners. Crawl back under your rock, why donâ€™t you?
If Madame Warren cannot do basic math, there is no way she should be signing off on our national budget. A person worth fifty billion dollars would not â€śpitch in two centsâ€ť as she put it. He or she would PITCH IN A BILLION DOLLARS, and thatâ€™s just for one yearâ€™s worth of babysitting (read: indoctrinating) somebody elseâ€™s children. A bad plan all around.
If â€śThou shalt not kill,â€ť means anything other than murder, then God incites us to commit sin when He says that murderers (and others) are to be put to death. And James, I think thatâ€™s all for me, too. Thereâ€™s no point in arguing with people whose only goal in life is to argue.
Adriel, if you were here in America slamming our country like that, Iâ€™d challenge you to a duel. With English walnuts, of course. An American lad is also probably at least 70 times more likely to hear the gospel here in America than in the other countries you mentioned. Our flawsâ€”and even Jim Lincolnâ€”notwithstanding, we still have the greatest place on earth to live (John, please note that I didnâ€™t say â€śI thinkâ€ť). Thatâ€™s why people are scrambling to get in, and not looking for ways to get out. America: love it, leave it, or just stay the heck out of it in the first place.
Romans 12:18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. When a lunatic storms into the church shooting up the congregation, itâ€™s obviously a bit too late to try to live peaceably with him. Then itâ€™s time to whip out the Glock and stop the manâ€™s clock.
Here in South Mississippi the squirrels lob pine cones at me from their terrorist lairs in tall yellow pines. As soon as Fedex drops off the howitzer I ordered, Iâ€™m gonna learn them bushytails a thing or two about attacking an American citizen.
Black walnuts are not the problem, Mike. Itâ€™s when the squirrels have black walnuts with silencers, bump stocks and banana clips that we must be concerned. I think all squirrels should undergo an immediate background check prior to obtaining black walnuts, and that the government should maintain an up-to-date registry and database on all walnut owners.
John, if every event in my life is a direct result of the will of God, then obviously every time I kill a rattler God meant for me to do it, and if I kill a human rattler slithering through my window at night, that was the will of God also. Right now I believe the will of God is for me to put down this lousy iPhone and take a lil siesta. Me perdona, amig...zzzzzz
Where I work, there are rattlesnakes and other pit vipers, coyotes, bears, bobcats and even the occasional cougar, and in the places where I do business there are sometimes armed robbers. Iâ€™m going out right now to find me a club. Or should I just wag my finger and say, â€śNow yâ€™all be goodâ€ť?
How dare you, Just Wondering, to attempt to correct the great expositors of the word? Donâ€™t you know that people like us are just â€śthe average readerâ€ť who must receive the â€śbenefitâ€ť of their superior knowledge and intelligence? â€śWhich say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou.â€ť
â€śThoughts grounded on scriptureâ€ť mean nothing to those who donâ€™t take scripture at face value. It has already been shown in this thread that killing someone who is breaking in your house is scripturally justified, arming groups that are doing a work for Godâ€™s glory is scripturally justified, and arming oneself for oneâ€™s own protection is scripturally justified, but who cares? Isnâ€™t it better to insist that people do things the way â€śweâ€ť do them because after all OUR ideas and OUR traditions are what really count, regardless of what scripture says?