||[Oct. 23rd, 2006|09:38 pm]
Yahweh Sisterhood...a place for all christian wome
Hello, everyone! This is my first post at this community. Well, my name is Jordan and I'm a sixteen-year-old junior. I came to God two years ago. Interesting story, actually, which I may post later. |
Anyhow, right now I need help.
I have a boyfriend of thirteen months. He used to be a very devout pagan/wiccan (he switched between the two) until recently when he told me that he believed there was one God, that Jesus was the Son of God, and that the Bible was God's Word. This certainly shocked me! He then asked me to teach him more about God since I'm so into my faith. I told him I'd try to answer all of his questions.
Sadly, I'm a baby Christian still. Two years doesn't teach me all the answers there are, and even when I pray to God for wisdom, I can still get stuck on some of his hard questions. So I would really appreciate it if I could get scripture and just some information on these subjects.
1. Judgment Day.
2. Are we sinful from birth? Why? Can we repent for all of our sins?
3. What really separates man from God, besides sin?
4. Are we blamed for the sins that Adam and Eve did? If so, why do we have to take the blame?
Today we were talking in the lunchroom about God, Jesus, sins, etc. He asked me, "Can you repent for all of your sins?" I said, "Yes, if you truly mean it." He said, "Well, does that mean that all of your sins are forgotten about? Wouldn't that mean you have a pure soul? Wouldn't that make YOU a god?" I tried to explain to him that there's more to being God then just being pure, but I couldn't explain well. Help?
Thanks so much!!! And please, pray for him, you guys. He's so close to coming to God, and yet he wants to know so much! Pray that God will adopt another child soon. =)
Thanks, you guys. God bless!
I'm glad to hear that he's being open to God, that's got to be an amazing answered prayer!! :) I'll keep praying for him.
I don't have my bible with me right now, unfortunately...
2. We are all sinners until Jesus comes into our lives. We can repent for all our sins by acknowledging that Jesus took them all into His heart as He was crucified. Once we accept Jesus into our hearts, we then just give everything over to him, plus the sins we've done.
3. The only thing that I can think of that would separate us from God is Satan trying to make us be apart from Him. Once we're a child of God, we are never separated from him. He's there 24/7 :)
I;m sorry I don't have any scripture for you, and these are only my thoughts, I hope they can help :)
i'm going to try to come back to this and answer some other questions, but for now -- you are right, there is a difference in us and god.
yes, our souls have been made clean through his forgiveness (and yes the bible tells us he truly forgets our sin once he has forgiven it -- if only *we* could forgive that way!) but we are always able to sin again . . . and again.
this is not so for god. god has never sinned, never will sin and is incapable of sin. not because it is outside of his power -- but because it is outside of his nature. god's nature is 100% pure and holy and righteous and there is no room for sin to be a part of him.
we are a different case -- we were born with sin on our souls -- even before we acted out or thought out our first sin, sin was with us, and yes it was passed on through the first people who sinned. it was only a matter of time until we acted out the sin that was always within us.
and sin will be within us -- even after salvation -- until the day our earthly body dies. that is why we have to continually come to christ -- not for salvation (salvation happens once and is forever if it is true), but we have to continually come to christ for forgiveness. so while we are made clean, we are not pure because we still have a sinful nature. does that make sense? we are forgiven but we still have the ability to sin again -- and we will, until we die.
once we are in heaven, though, our soul will not sin. at that point we will be like christ -- fully pure.
in addition to the idea of being pure and holy, there are so many other attributes to god that we don't have:
~god created everything in existance, including us. (now as for who created god, that's a question that has had people scratching their heads for as long as there have been heads to scratch. no one created god -- he has always just been but this is a very hard concept for our finite minds to grasp -- a being who is infinite.) we are not creators, at least not on the scale of god. he is the ultimate creator and we are the creaTION. that is one difference.
~god is sovereign. this means that no matter what anyone else says, no matter what anyone else thinks, no matter what level of earthly or spiritual power they attain -- GOD IS IN CHARGE. god is the ultimate everything. there is none higher than god. NONE. he rules over everything and everyone, whether they submit to his rule or not.
2006-10-24 02:59 pm (UTC)
oops -- and when i said "our soul will not sin" -- let me rephrase that:
we will not sin. we will have bodies & souls in heaven, not just souls. our body & soul will be pure.
~god is perfect. he always has been and always will be. through salvation we do not attain perfection here on earth -- we attain forgiveness and our "guilty" record is expunged. you may have heard of this example before as an evangelistic tool -- but imagine a courtroom. you are guilty of breaking a law. the judge holds you up to the standard of the law and finds you guilty. you are given a sentance. you can either pay the fine or you have to do jail time. you can't pay the fine because the fine is too great, it is something that no matter how hard you worked for the rest of your life, no matter how much wealth you gathered, you would never be able to pay the fine. so you must take your jail time.
then someone steps up and says "i have the money for the fine. i'll pay it." and they pay it and you are set free.
this is how it is with us, and sin and jesus. we are guilty of sinning and there is no good work, no financial offering to a church, no amount of repentance that is enough to pay off the "fine" of sin -- there is no way to make it right. so our jail time is eternity in separation from god after our earthly death. but jesus has stepped in and said "i will pay the fine with my death" -- a holy sacrifice is the only thing worthy of paying that fine. and because we are sinful creatures we aren't able to make a holy sacrifice. so jesus died on the cross and paid our "fine" for us. now we don't have to spend eternity in "jail" in separation from god.
but that does not mean we aren't guilty just the same. does that make sense? our fine being paid does not change the fact that we are guilty. our guilty has simply been FORGIVEN. it doesn't make us pure. we will not be pure until we are in heaven and at that time we will be brothers and sisters with christ -- heirs to god's throne. we will be perfect and pure then.
but not now. we are not god.
there is more to being god -- infinitely just . . . infinitely loving . . . there are many more attributes to god that show just how different he is from us.
Welcome to the community! I'm the mod here and I'm so glad you joined. I'm at work so I dont have my bible with me, but I'll try to get back to this post later. In the mean time, praying for wisdom can be a good thing. Pray for God to give you His words to tell your boyfriend. God did it with moses and He gave Solomon wisdom, so it can be done.