I believe that one day God Almighty will judge every person who has ever lived. Jesus Christ will be the judge, but Jesus Christ will also be our Advocate before satan. We will be judged according to John 3:16, "Whosoever believes in Jesus Christ will not perish, but will have eternal life." Those who do not believe will be condemned to an eternity apart from God, in hell.
Every once in a while I meet someone who’s not sure whether they’re a Christian or not, and so I wrote this meditation on 1st John to help them discern where they’re at with Jesus.
I was born into a family where they have a strong belief in Christ. I think that my family has given me a starting foundation for my belief in Christ. They helped me start gaining a testimony of Jesus Christ. My entire life I have been taught the importance of attending church, reading scriptures, praying, keeping the commandments and loving the Lord. Each one of these things has become a natural habit that I just do on a day to day basis. From these habits over time a testimony of Christ has developed. Everything I have learned proves that Christ is real. From doing these small simple things; I have created habits that have given me a better understanding of who Christ really is. There really is a Savior named Jesus Christ who died for me and you. These life routines that I have learned from my family have given me a belief in Jesus Christ.
In the field of science, Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Marie Curie, Harvey, Darwin, are people of this stature; in the field of religion, the saints and prophets of the higher religions, and supremely in Jesus of Nazareth. To me, Jesus was the supreme mystic, the supreme scientist, for he opened himself completely to truth. No shred of fear or personal ambition finally clouded his sight so that, in Tillich’s phrase, “He made himself transparent to the forces of truth, to God, to reality, so that in Him I can see a reality incarnate, reality supremely revealed in a human person.” And the glory of his revelation is that at bottom there is love, a love whose full nature was only seldom glimpsed: when we fall in love, when we hear of or experience a person’s self-sacrifice for the sake of a friend, when we enter into the joy of a child.
Various polls have found that about 80% of American adults believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. This exceeds the total number of American adults who . In fact, 47% of non-Christian adults also believe in the virgin birth. 8
There are actually some 200 gospels, epistles and other ancient documents concerning the life of Jesus Christ. particularly in the 2nd century. accepted by the Church as divinely inspired. The rest were declared 'pious frauds'. In truth, the whole lot belongs to a genre of literary FICTION.
Some young-earth creationists assert that the earth is 10,000 years old, and others assert that the earth is 6,000 years old. That's a big difference: 4,000 years, or 67%. Bishop Ussher's chronology, derived from the Bible, clearly states that the earth is 6,000 years old. Extending the age to 10,000 years conveniently places the date of Creation and the Flood beyond the oldest trees, and beyond the pyramids and dynasties of ancient Egypt. I have heard the following accusation from young-earth creationists: You are interpreting the Bible in the light of science; you should be interpreting science in the light of the Bible. (I have not heard a Bible verse to back up that charge.) 10,000 years is not what Bishop Ussher said. What is the reason for changing his number? Creationists who claim 10,000 years, unless they do so for purely Biblical reasons, should hear that same accusation ringing in their ears at least once.
1. Jesus said, "I am the vine, you are the branches" to His disciples (John 15:5). I believe that Jesus literally said those words, but I don't believe that His words there are to be taken literally. Nobody claims that Jesus physically became a plant.
4. In Exodus, the Lord God hardened Pharaoh's heart, or allowed him to harden it himself. By my count, the phrase "hardened his heart" occurs 12 times in the narration: 7:13,22; 8:15,19,32; 9:12,34,35; 10:20,27; 11:10; and 14:8. The Hebrew word for "heart" there is , and according to Spiros Zodhiates in The Hebrew-Greek Key Study Bible (1991), "Often this word and its correlate, , means the physical heart, the blood-pumping organ. However, it is more commonly used for the totality of man's inner or immaterial nature." (page 1624). The Hebrew word for "hardened" there is , and it means "to be bound fast, be attached, to make firm . . . a word frequently used to describe battle scenes . . . used in describing Pharaoh's heart . . . term was also frequently used for construction." (Zodhiates, page 1611). Although Rameses II may have died of hardening of the arteries or a heart attack, that's not what these verses are telling us. Zodhiates notes that "This [non-literal] usage has passed into common English with expressions such as: 'heart and soul' " (page 1624).
I believe that the Holy Bible is the true word of God. I believe everything that the Bible says about itself. The Bible is divinely inspired and divinely passed through history over thousands of years. The witness of the Bible is essential for understanding our faith, and for living out our lives in service to Jesus Christ. The Word of God is our Rock, the foundation upon which our Christian faith is based.
These words have some literal meaning: Jesus Christ has been part of the Trinity since the beginning of time. But the Word here is not literally the Bible, lest we conclude that the Bible always existed physically. The light is not literal photons, but the spiritual light of salvation to all mankind.
but NOWHERE in the bible can you find that Jesus was created by God.
When the bible says not to worship the created but the creator it does not point to Jesus Christ - again because He was never created.