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  1. Babylon's Dread says:

    Yeah,

    I am not that troubled by a man coming out of paganism into a faith that has so little historic content being tested on the matter of offering his son when the one testing him has no intention of allowing it. What am I missing?

    I’m sure that I am not competent to treat depression medically but I think many of us can address it pastorally without compromising the person. We certainly are not exempt from counseling people who have a malady that we are not perfectly competent to treat. Still I get your point. We easily abuse people who are ill by be so ill-informed.

  2. Michael says:

    BD,

    You had a pagan coming out of a culture that probably practiced human sacrifice into a covenant with a God who prohibited it, yet demanded it.

    We know he had no intention of following through,but Abraham didn’t.

    The intensity of the test boggles the mind…and terrifies me.

    As to the comment about depression and mental illness…I can see counseling in conjunction with a professional…but I’m trying to clean up messes offline by those who aren’t…

  3. John 20:29 says:

    I seem to remember that, as they climber the hill, Abraham telling his questioning son that God would supply the sacrifice… I haven’t known many Believers who put obedience to God above loyalty to their earthly family… (yes, i know the story is a shadow of the coming Sacrifice)

    Read where Hawking says we’ve got 600 years to get off the planet before it is too late… Hmmm … is he a prophet? I’d rather perish here than move to Mars…

  4. Jean says:

    #8,

    I’m sure people come from a vast variety of perspectives and motivations.

    If someone believes the 2nd Commandment,
    if he believes the Word is effectual,
    if he takes seriously what Jesus said, “and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you,” and, conversely,
    takes seriously the warnings, such as,
    “from among your own selves will arise men speaking twisted things, to draw away the disciples after them,
    then dedicated men will do the best they can to be faithful to the faith delivered by Christ and the apostles.

  5. Martin Luther's Disciple says:

    #9 -It is the only reason I watch – especially WWE. We watch 1 hour weekdays and never the news. Watched a 2 hour Beach Boys special over 2 night’s. Just taped a 4 he Woodstock special.
    Michael, what do you watch?

  6. Michael says:

    Jean,

    I’m an Anglican, you’re a Lutheran, Em and Josh are evangelicals.
    None of us agree on much but Jesus.
    We’re all going to be with Jesus eternally.
    Might as well learn to get along now as we will in heaven…

  7. Michael says:

    MLD,

    When I have the rare time to do so, it’s almost always sports…and it’s purely for diversion from all that other stuff.

    Haven’t watched the news in ages…

  8. dusty says:

    #7 Amen!
    #10. good reminder, very good reminder

  9. Jean says:

    I don’t know who will be in heaven with me, as some of you are going back to earth to live among the mortals, during a millennium. Is that the “look but don’t touch” dispensation?
    (LOL! Just kidding.)

  10. dusty says:

    Jean, We (Christians) will all be in heaven….Jesus said so.

  11. Duane Arnold says:

    No. 1

    True, but I think you may have left out the intervening steps… The fundamentalist first has to label the other as heretical, heterodox or a false teacher with whom there is no debate. By labeling the “other” they make them “less”… then they can try to destroy the “other” with impunity. We just witnessed it on the other thread…

  12. John 20:29 says:

    Jean’ s #9 comment:
    As ive said to MLD, your interpretation of the wind-up of God’s plan for the planet – without Christ Jesus putting in 1,000 years as Ruler over mortal men – could be the correct one… the Mormons could be correct that all the redeemed men (gender specific) will get their own planet – there’s certainly a lot of empty ones out there… sadly they wont be there to enjoy that outcome as far as i can see…
    However, there are ample Scriptures that make a very cogent argument for God giving mortal man a period of time to observe what God’s government in action is like… Hard to believe that some wont like it and prefer to join Satan in one big final revolt that culminates in their instant defeat…
    If it doesnt play out according to my latter description, i dont care… The end result will be one we can agree on, i believe – a new heavens and a new earth

    Hawking says we’ve got 600 more years, which is probably as accurate as the Mormons view, but he does suggest that we get out there and claim our planets asap ?

  13. JoelG says:

    I like #8.

    Off topic….The idea of anyone thinking they should be “closer to throne” strikes me as odd for a Christian. If we are loving our neighbor, we’d probably want them to be closer.

  14. David H says:

    #7. Here, here.

    When I was at an emotional bottom, the last thing I needed was an untrained pastor telling me to pray about it, read the Bible more, and go to church more, as a solution to my despair.

  15. bob1 says:

    #9

    I like watching old movies from the 30s-50s, as well as film noir. I do watch them for
    the entertainment value and to marvel at how talented the actors are!

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