Your Soul Has Great Value

There are two really good posts that I wanted to share here today.  The first, from Truth 2 Freedom’s blog is entitled, Why So Many Religions and False Teachers?

There are a lot of false teachings in the world. Paganism, Gnosticism, Buddism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucionism, Shaminism, even Judaism, Polytheism, Pantheism, Deism, Darwinism, Naturalism, Secular Humanism, Feminism, Agnosticism, Atheism, and Islam…ism.

All these different ways to get to God or be a god or deny God. But Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

Of course, not everything that claims to be of Christ is truly of Christ (Matthew 7:21). Like Catholicism, Mormonism, Unitarian Universalism, Oneness Pentecostalism, Heaven Tourism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Eastern Orthodoxy, Word of Faith, the New Apostolic Reformation, and Rob Bell.

So why all these false religions and teachers? Why would God allow there to be so many, many lies? Two reasons: Testing and judgment.

The Bible says of those who refused to love the truth and so be saved, God “sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in their unrighteousness” or their sin (2 Thessalonian 2:9-12).

InDeuteronomy 13:1-4we are told, “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ you shall not listen to that false prophet. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul.”

When it comes down to it, there are only two religions: you either worship the created or the Creator, when we understand the text.

The second one is Five Reasons Why Your Soul Matters.

When our children were very young, we spoke about the soul like this: “I have a soul. My soul is inside me. I can’t see it, but it lasts forever.”

Jim Packer says that your soul is your “conscious personal self,” the “I” that knows itself as “me.” Your soul is the identity that makes you who you really are. It is the seat of your memory, and your feelings, and your imagination, and your convictions, and your desires, and your affections.

In Mark 8:35-36, Jesus says our soul has great value. Do you know why this is? Here are five reasons why your soul matters more than anything else you have.

1.) Your soul is breathed into you by God.

The LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:7)

Grasping this is of huge importance in knowing who you are, and why your life is of such great value. Adam was created in two stages. There were two steps in the process by which God gave him life.

The first was that God, “formed the man of dust from the ground.” God formed a body. It was made from the dust of the ground. Now in this way, the man and the woman were similar to the animals: “Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens” (Genesis 2:19).

There is a second stage in the creation of Adam which shows why we are different from animals:

The LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. (Genesis 2:7)

God breathes life into this corpse, and this makes Adam different from the animals. He is more than a body. Adam is a living soul. This soul is capable of knowing God and enjoying God, and it is capable of sinning against God, something the animals cannot do.

This is at the heart of what God is saying when he says, “You are made in the image of God” (Genesis 1:26-27). God has breathed life into you and that life will never end.

2.) Your soul is the source of all your achievement.

The body apart from the spirit is dead. (James 2:26)

Think about everything that is important in your life, and you will say, “Yes, that came from my soul.” Think about this in relation to the world.

Think about music: The symphony, classic rock—where did these things come from? They came from the soul of the composer who wrote it.

Think about art: The ability to depict beauty came through the hands of the artist, but where did it come from? It came from the soul of the artist.

Then think about sports: You may say, “Surely sports depends on the body.” But James says, “the body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26). Every great sports achievement has come through relentless commitment, disciplined desire, and the determination of the athlete, which is of course in the soul.

When I meet someone who is super fit, I want to say, “This has come from your soul. All the work you have put into sculpting your body came from a desire in your soul. Without that desire that was in your soul, you would be a couch potato!”

All that you achieve in life, everything that is achieved in the world, will arise from the life of the soul.

3.) Your soul is the cause of all your sin.

Each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. (James 1:14)

Where does sin come from? James 1:14 is a very important verse in the Bible because it tells us how temptation works.

Temptation comes to us through the world, the flesh, and the devil. The problem is that, wherever it comes from, it attaches itself to the soul. Our souls are sticky toward sin. Sin attaches itself to our souls.

If this was not the case, then temptation would not be a problem for any of us. If it was pure, then when you saw a house that you couldn’t afford, your soul would say, “I can’t afford that, and I don’t need it,” and you would move on. Because of our sinful desires. When temptation comes, the soul receives it, retains it, welcomes it, embraces it and holds on to it.

The problem is that our souls are not pure. So what happens is that you see something, whatever it is, that someone else has, and you say, “That’s what I want,” and it sticks.

4.) Your soul will last forever.

Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. (Matthew 10:28)

Your life had a beginning, but it does not have an end.

One day you will die and your body will be laid in the ground. But your soul will last forever. So, “Do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.” Your soul has an endless life. That’s why it’s so important. It’s immortal. It has a beginning, but it has no end.

I have a soul. It’s inside me. I can’t see it, but it lasts forever.

Some of you are actively trying to decide if you are going to follow Christ, knowing that it’s costly. You need to know what’s at stake. You try to save your life and you lose it. But Jesus says “If you lose your life to me, you will save it.”

5.) Your soul will experience everlasting joy or misery.

The poor man died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried, and in Hades, being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. (Luke 16:22-23)

Our Lord tells the story of two men who died. One of them was carried to Abraham’s side. Certainly not the poor man’s body. That would have remained on the earth. So what was carried to Abraham’s side? Not the poor man’s body—his soul!

Then we read: “The rich man also died and was buried,” so everyone knew where his grave was. His body was placed in a rich man’s tomb, with words and dates carved into it. What then was in hades? Not the rich man’s body. It was in the tomb. It was the rich man’s soul!

The point here is very simple: Death takes life from the body, but not from the soul. When you die, your soul goes on to one of two places: One is a place of great joy. The other, according to Jesus, is a place of great torment. And there is a great gulf fixed between them (16:26). You can’t get from the one to the other in either direction.

There is a heaven to pursue and a hell to avoid. You have a soul: Your soul can be saved and it can be lost. To lose your soul is the ultimate disaster, because it is the only loss from which you can never recover.

Do you see now why your soul is so valuable?

[This article was adapted from Pastor Colin’s sermon, “Valuing Your Soul,” from his series Soul Care, Part One]

Five Reasons Why Your Soul Matters — Unlocking the Bible

Hat tip: Truth 2 Freedom’s Blog

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11 Responses to “Your Soul Has Great Value”

  1. GMpilot Says:

    There are a lot of false teachings in the world. Paganism, Gnosticism, Buddism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Taoism, Confucionism, Shaminism, even Judaism, Polytheism, Pantheism, Deism, Darwinism, Naturalism, Secular Humanism, Feminism, Agnosticism, Atheism, and Islam…ism.

    You mean all the false teachings are the ones ending in “-ism”? How odd. Oh, wait a minute…

    […] Of course, not everything that claims to be of Christ is truly of Christ (Matthew 7:21). Like Catholicism, Mormonism, Unitarian Universalism, Oneness Pentecostalism, Heaven Tourism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Eastern Orthodoxy, Word of Faith, the New Apostolic Reformation, and Rob Bell.

    Aw, you forgot a few: Presbyterianism, Methodism, Predestinarianism, Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Birtherism, Gnosticism, Protestantism, and Baptist…ism. Oh, and the Snake Handlers. Let’s not forget the Snake Handlers. That’s just “ordinary” Pentecostalism, isn’t it?
    “Rob Bell” sounds like a person, not a ‘false teaching’. That’s called a cult.

    So why all these false religions and teachers? Why would God allow there to be so many, many lies? Two reasons: Testing and judgment.

    I also think there are two reasons, but different ones:
    1. they entertain him, so he lets them continue
    2. he doesn’t exist, so he can’t stop them

    We already know that God doesn’t want everyone to get to heaven (John 12:40), and you confirm it:

    …God “sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in their unrighteousness”,

    so that pretty much gives the lie to God wanting all men to be saved. At least one sect claims that only 144,000 men shall be saved…and all of them shall be virgin males! Not my idea of heaven.

    In Deuteronomy 13:1-4 we are told, “If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, and he says, ‘Let us go after other gods,’ you shall not listen to that false prophet. For the Lord your God is testing you, to know whether you love the Lord with all your heart and with all your soul.”
    When it comes down to it, there are only two religions: you either worship the created or the Creator, when we understand the text.

    “It ain’t the parts of the Bible I don’t understand that bother me; It’s the parts I do understand.” –Mark Twain

    But see! If you murder in the name of God, you’re not a murderer. Because the only real crime in God’s eyes is to not obey him, or rather, not to obey the people who claim to speak for him. We won’t talk about why a God who knows the end before the beginning needs to test you at all.
    He already knows the results. Doesn’t he?

    Jim Packer says that your soul is your “conscious personal self,” the “I” that knows itself as “me.” Your soul is the identity that makes you who you really are. It is the seat of your memory, and your feelings, and your imagination, and your convictions, and your desires, and your affections.

    Um, no, Packer is thinking of your mind. That’s a product of the brain, and the two are inseparable. When the organic brain ceases to exist, the identity of its owner also ceases to exist (except in cases like amnesia, psychotic episodes, or diseases such as Alzheimer’s, where the individual personality sometimes ceases to exist while the individual remains alive). There is no evidence that a soul exists, but the two are often conflated. There is also no evidence that either one survives the death of the body.

    In Mark 8:35-36, Jesus says our soul has great value.

    This may well be true, for if souls do exist, Jesus and his Father/Himself harvest them as often and as eagerly as a fisherman harvests fish. However, those that don’t meet the standards are never thrown back, so they may be allowed to develop. Instead, they are simply thrown away into a place commonly known as “Hell”. It seems that some souls have greater value than others.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      It’s called “free will.”

      You can continue to choose to bash Christianity and God Himself – your free will choice. But you are missing the all important choice regarding where your eternal soul will end up. Ignoring the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins is an eternal decision that you have obviously rejected. God has provided the way to eternal life and it’s your choice as to where your soul will ultimately end up. So be it.

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  2. GMpilot Says:

    It’s called “free will.”

    Let me get this straight: somebody KNOWS everything I’m ever going to do, long before I do it, long before I’m even around to do it, but you claim I have the “free will” to do whatever I want. Am I understanding you correctly?

    You can continue to choose to bash Christianity and God Himself – your free will choice.

    Sorry, I didn’t know I needed your permission. But even if you’d forbidden it, I would have done it anyway, because I had no choice—God knew I would.

    But you are missing the all important choice regarding where your eternal soul will end up.

    What is this ‘eternal soul’, and what kind of god would put an imperishable object in a perishable container? That makes no sense.

    Ignoring the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of your sins is an eternal decision that you have obviously rejected.
    God has provided the way to eternal life and it’s your choice as to where your soul will ultimately end up. So be it.

    I’m not ignoring it—I simply don’t believe it.
    Jesus makes it sound as if he prefers others to lose their lives for his sake. If he said anything about the sins of men while being executed. I do not recall them; remind me. Also, if he sacrificed his life, he should still be dead. But the legend says he isn’t, so…what did he sacrifice? All he lost was his humanity; he’s God now!
    And if God has a ‘plan’ for my life (as I am often told), then this is what he wants me to do. Or do I have to join the club first, and then he’ll tell me what he wants me to do?

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  3. GMpilot Says:

    I hadn’t gotten to the actual subject matter. Let’s do that now, shall we?

    1.) Your soul is breathed into you by God.
    God breathes life into this corpse, and this makes Adam different from the animals. He is more than a body. Adam is a living soul. This soul is capable of knowing God and enjoying God, and it is capable of sinning against God, something the animals cannot do.

    The boy in Sunday school then asks. “If the animals can’t sin, then why did they have to be killed in Noah’s Flood? When Joshua’s army conquered a city, why were the soldiers told to kill everything, including the livestock? If animals can’t sin, they shouldn’t be able to inherit sin, either!”

    2.) Your soul is the source of all your achievement.
    All that you achieve in life, everything that is achieved in the world, will arise from the life of the soul.

    You know where I’m going with this: achievements are both good and bad, yet you chose to focus only on the good ones, and that’s not realistic. By these standards, the ‘soul’ is just as responsible for the achievements of Nero Caesar as they are for the achievements of Paul. But I’m willing to guess you’d say that Paul actually had a soul, while Nero did not.

    3.) Your soul is the cause of all your sin.
    Where does sin come from? James 1:14 is a very important verse in the Bible because it tells us how temptation works.

    I saw what you did there: you mentioned “sin” just once, and then you conflated it into “temptation”. They are not the same thing. One describes a situation (“lead us not into temptation”), while the other describes an act (“So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin” –James 4:17).
    If God gave us souls, and souls are the cause of sin, why didn’t he take preventive steps? Didn’t he know what might happen?
    If God gave us souls, and souls are the cause of sin, why doesn’t he just recall them for repairs and issue them again? Because he can’t. He can kill the whole world all at once, but he can only restore his favorite creatures one at a time.
    As for where sin comes from, which was the original question: sin has the same source everything else does, since according to Christian doctrine, God created everything. To claim otherwise would mean that God is not all-powerful, and that would be blasphemy, wouldn’t it?

    4.) Your soul will last forever.
    One day you will die and your body will be laid in the ground. But your soul will last forever. So, “Do not fear those who kill the body, but cannot kill the soul.”

    The rest of that verse goes “Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.” And who is that One? The One who gave you that soul? The One who created hell? It sure ain’t Satan. That leaves only God.
    Saying that God can create something that he cannot destroy is also blasphemy, because God can do anything, including destroying soul and body.
    If that can happen, then souls do not last forever.

    5.) Your soul will experience everlasting joy or misery.

    Any enticements or threats held over us by Christianity, or any other religion, vary only by degree. All of us get a share of joy or misery. Oppression cannot completely smother joy; wealth or power is no shield against misery. But to make either one last forever? Why? Because Hell is not a place of penitence, but of punishment. One hundred thousand years of constant misery doesn’t make the sinner repent, and it doesn’t make him any more miserable. He learns nothing. He simply suffers, on and on and on.
    Everlasting joy is much the same. Imagine something that really gives you joy, then imagine it happening all day. Every day. Without rest. Forever.
    Joy is something to be shared, but is it possible to share it with the soul next to you, who is feeling exactly as you are? To have it go on eternally, without relief, would be in itself a kind of punishment.

    No, what makes us human, flawed as we are, is the contrast; sometimes good, sometimes bad. That’s where the value is.
    If I do have a soul, it is mine to give, not someone else’s to take. I certainly wouldn’t abuse it in the ways described above.

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  4. L Says:

    Always the skeptic. Spend your energy reading the Bible, and pray that wisdom will be given to you by the Holy Spirit. Even if you don’t believe if you pray that prayer, and truly mean it you may find some answers to your multitude of questions.

    Do you believe in Climate Change, previously known as Global Warming? If so what makes you believe government paid scientists as opposed to scientists that are not given grants or are retired that say Man is not the main cause of our weather? What is the unfailing scientific law that proves Man is responsible with his carbon emissions as the main cause of the planet heating? Is the planet really significantly heating, or is it a cycle of weather?

    I have a feeling you do have faith in scientists that believe in Climate Change, and yet you have no faith in God. I hope you will explain your reasons if I am correct.

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  5. GMpilot Says:

    Always the skeptic. Spend your energy reading the Bible, and pray that wisdom will be given to you by the Holy Spirit. Even if you don’t believe if you pray that prayer, and truly mean it you may find some answers to your multitude of questions.

    I might remind you, L, that the word skeptic comes from the Greek skeptikos, “to examine”. I have examined the Bible, more than once. That’s how I formulated the questions I’ve asked, because I’ve learned that book doesn’t have the answers to those questions.

    Do you believe in Climate Change, previously known as Global Warming?

    I don’t believe in it, but I am convinced it is true, yes.

    If so what makes you believe government paid scientists as opposed to scientists that are not given grants or are retired that say Man is not the main cause of our weather?

    Given that the current madministration has issued directives throughout the government forbidding any mention of climate change, I’d have said that scientists are in danger of having their government grants removed if they do. But science doesn’t care what we think, only what we can demonstrate.

    What is the unfailing scientific law that proves Man is responsible with his carbon emissions as the main cause of the planet heating? Is the planet really significantly heating, or is it a cycle of weather?

    There is no ‘unfailing scientific law that proves Man is responsible’ for global warming. There isn’t any that proves a ‘Holy Spirit’ is responsible for bestowing wisdom on people, either, whether one prays or not.
    If you got ’em, show ’em.

    I have a feeling you do have faith in scientists that believe in Climate Change, and yet you have no faith in God. I hope you will explain your reasons if I am correct.

    You are incorrect, but I will explain anyway.
    I have the feeling that you’re applying ‘faith’ as it’s described in Hebrews, and will proceed on that assumption. (I’m sure you’ll correct me if I’m wrong.)
    I most certainly do not hope for climate change to be true; it would give me no satisfaction to see New Orleans and Baltimore disappear into the ocean. But hoping for something not to happen is not as good as trying to prevent it happening, if one is in a position to do something about it.
    It’s much like a religious person’s faith that I’m going to a Very Bad Place unless the believer tries to prevent it by telling me that I should believe as he believes. And the believer doesn’t get government grants, either (not in this country, anyway).

    I have no faith in your (or any) God because I don’t believe there is one. The only documents we have about him show him to be a magnified human; he had the power to build and populate a special place for his pets, but didn’t have the smarts to put the Tree of Good and Evil out of their reach, or keep the serpent out of the playground. He wants all mankind to live in harmony (under his supervision, of course), but he supposedly ‘confounded’ human languages so that that could never happen. The Tower of Babel upset him, but the International Space Station, somehow, doesn’t. And in a fit of anger, he ended the world, once…and according to John’s visions, is planning to do it again.
    A God like that is not worthy of faith, nor of worship.
    Yes, I know I referred mostly to the Old Testament. Maybe that’s why you wanted me to read the Bible starting with the New Testament?

    If you can believe evidence of an unseen God, I can believe evidence of climate change. But mine is demonstrable.

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  6. GMpilot Says:

    It’s not really relevant to this discussion, L, but I’m bringing it to your attention anyway.

    It just so happens that I was in Las Vegas when the last snowfall hit, eleven years ago. It was comparable to storms of my youth in Philadelphia.
    Now, I understand that the citizens are used to seeing snow on the mountains to the west, the Sierras—it often gets to Mt. Charleston, some 30 miles away. But it very seldom reaches the Valley. For some people there, it’s the first time they’ve ever encountered snow at home.
    You seem to think it’s due to a ‘cycle of weather’. Would you care to speculate on how long the cycle may last? Because if it lasts even five years, there will be changes in the climate.

    We now return to our irregularly scheduled correspondence.

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  7. christinewjc Says:

    Read this link, GM:

    https://thei535project.wordpress.com/2019/02/23/why-do-non-believers-reject-the-bible/

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  8. GMpilot Says:

    Is this all, Christine? After a whole week’s thought, the best you can do is quote The Book at me? D’you think I haven’t read it, or do you think that Somebody has deliberately garbled the message so I don’t understand it?

    While non-Christians may provide many explanations as to why they discard the Bible, the actual reason they don’t believe is that God hasn’t spiritually awakened them. Scripture is very clear on this.

    I agree, and Mark 4:12 confirms it. So it’s clear, as I mentioned above in this thread, that God doesn’t want to ‘awaken’ me.
    Going to that above link, I read the following passage:

    You believe the Bible because God loved you, saved you, gifted you with the Holy Spirit, and by grace opened your eyes to believe His Word.

    If there is no God, then he has obviously done none of these. If there is one, he hasn’t done it either, because I don’t believe the Bible. The idea of having good will towards others, even those outside my clan, appeals to me. The idea of owning fellow humans the way one owns a dog or a horse, I regard as foul and repulsive.
    But if you need a God to tell you that one is beneficial and the other isn’t, I can’t help but think there’s something wrong with you. We all know the Bible endorses both views, and whoever tries to defend both of them is practicing the same ‘situational ethics’ people like me are excoriated for.

    “Jesus said, ‘I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent and have revealed them to infants. Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.’” -Matthew 11:25–27

    Yes, give the secrets of the universe to infants, because children will believe almost anything an adult tells them, especially one whom other adults respect.
    But unless you have the mind of a child, you have no business being here.

    “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given…This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” -Matthew 13:11–15

    ‘My people perish for lack of knowledge’…but what about those to whom he denies this knowledge? Don’t they matter? Sure doesn’t sound like it.

    “And Jesus said to him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this [that Jesus is the Christ] to you, but My Father who is in heaven.’” -Matthew 16:17

    If flesh and blood can’t reveal this most important message, then why is there such a thing as evangelism?

    “Why do you not understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot hear my word. You are of your father the devil.” -John 8:43–44

    I guess not all of us are God’s children, then. Hell needs victims. Who is responsible for that, I wonder? Am I to blame for what I can’t hear?

    “Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” -John 8:47

    In the old days, God used to say, “I’ll make you listen to Me!!”, and proceeded to lay the smackdown on any and all whose ears he had previously plugged up (Exodus 7:1, 9:14~16, 10:1~2, 11:7, 14). Some people tell me that God isn’t harsh like that any more, but according to them, he’s also the God Who Changes Not. I remain skeptical.

    “You do not believe because you are not of My sheep.” -John 10:26

    That’s a good simile. Sheep are experts at follow-the-leader, even when they’re being led to the slaughterhouse. Throughout history, men have approached sheep with one of three purposes in mind. All of them begin with the letter F…and none of them are beneficial to the sheep. And the sheep never protest, never question, never fight back. I refuse to be that kind of sheep.

    “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.” -Romans 8:7

    There are those who entertain tyrants, and those who are hostile toward them. Change my mind.

    “But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised.” -1 Corinthians 2:14

    That’s just a ponderous way of saying “Believe, then you will see”. and if I click my heels together and declare “There’s no place like home”, I can get back to Kansas! I lack the capacity to appraise the difference between these two, but I’m sure you can.

    “Even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.” -2 Corinthians 4:3

    Being ‘veiled’ means it cannot be clearly seen through—both by those inside the veil, and those outside of it. Those inside claim that their knowledge is a mystery, but one they’re willing to share, IF those outside will come in and live as they do. Those outside the veil claim that those inside are hiding their knowledge deficit, and the way to share what they know with others is to throw off the veil.

    “We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error” -1 John 4:6

    Christian history demonstrates otherwise. But I’m willing to be convinced otherwise; change my mind.

    It used to be you actually had a mind of your own, Christine. You would talk about places you’ve visited, the excitement of getting into blogging, ’60s pop music—even your new puppy. You praised GW Bush, loathed Hillary Clinton, and you hated Barack Obama, but at least you talked about them! Now all you do is parrot your book, in place of genuine conversation—at least on this blog—and I can’t help but wonder if you do the same when away from the keyboard.

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    • christinewjc Says:

      Everything you wrote about “ God not wanting to awaken you” can actually be attributed to your refusal to be “awakened.” God has done His part – it’s all on you now.

      About this blog. I have a life outside of blogging. My husband was in the hospital two times since Thanksgiving. I’m a Nana, actively involved with my family and in my granddaughter’s life.

      Not liking my replies to you is nothing new. It’s your motus operandi. You’re not here to learn anything. You are here to “steal, kill, and destroy;” even if it’s only within the realm of battling ideas and/or what I and other Christians write or quote from God’s Word. His Word is better than anything I could write on my own.

      Don’t like it here? Then leave.

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  9. GMpilot Says:

    It’s all on me now? It’s always been on me!
    About the only thing that hasn’t been on me was being born. Since reaching what some call the “age of responsibility”, I’ve been mainly responsible for what I do. That’s also true for everyone. This is why we don’t suffer for our sins, but suffer from them.
    It’s easy to blame others—heck, even Adam did that. But it’s not what adults are supposed to do.

    I acknowledged long ago that you have a life away from the keyboard. Having had a spouse who also went to hospital several times, I truly empathize. I wouldn’t wish that sort of anxiety on anyone.

    Whatever gave you the idea that I don’t like it here? I only remarked about how you used to be; and wondered why. As for your talk of ‘battling ideas’…if you can’t properly defend those ideas, then maybe you shouldn’t keep them. There’s always going to be people who don’t think as you do, and I know you don’t like the way I think! But I’ve been here for almost 15 years, across three of your boards, and despite all the harsh things you’ve said to me, you’ve never banned me. Why not? I can’t start any conversations here; this is a blog, so I can only respond to whatever you post. I can’t annoy you. But when you post, you’re making public statements, and I have a right to respond—and sometimes a duty, if I believe you’re wrong. If I hadn’t, you’d probably still believe shaggy-dog stories about Einstein.

    Don’t like my posts? Ban me then, because I’m not going to leave. You invited me here.

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