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    What is so great about being a Christian?

    1. To have a close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and God Himself. 1 John 1:3
    2. Spared from the wrath of God. Rom 5:9
    3. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing. Eph 1:3
    4. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, Eph 1:11
    5.We have available to us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. Eph 1:17
    6. Freed from the penalty of sin. Rom 5:1
    7. We are made the righteousness of God. Rom. 5:21
    8. We are accepted in the Beloved. Eph. 1:6
    9. God will continue to show us His kindness in the Ages to come. Eph. 2.7
    10. God loves us with a great love. Eph. 2:4
    to be continued....
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    11. He has healed our physical bodies. 1 Peter 2:24
    12. He provides for all our needs. 2 Cor 2:10-12
    13. Blesses us with long life and peace. Prov. 3:2
    14. God has adopted us as sons. Eph. 1:5
    15. He has sealed us with holy spirit. Eph. 1:13
    16. His gifts and calling are irrevocable Rom 11:29
    17. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Heb 13:5
    18. No weapon formed shall hurts us. Isa 54:17
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    24 Jul '15 19:17
    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    11. He has healed our physical bodies. 1 Peter 2:24
    12. He provides for all our needs. 2 Cor 2:10-12
    13. Blesses us with long life and peace. Prov. 3:2
    14. God has adopted us as sons. Eph. 1:5
    15. He has sealed us with holy spirit. Eph. 1:13
    16. His gifts and calling are irrevocable Rom 11:29
    17. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Heb 13:5
    18. No weapon formed shall hurts us. Isa 54:17
    Why follow a man made religion?
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    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Why follow a man made religion?
    It is not man made and it is not a religion.
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    The greatest thing about being a Christian is the love we share with our Lord Jesus and His Father.
    God's love for us is passionate! Jesus paid the price for sin, so that we could be free to serve Him instead of the god of this world.
    We have been delivered from this present evil age. We no longer have to serve sin.
    We no longer have to bear a sin "conscience".
    We are a new creation in Christ Jesus and are now heirs of the promise.
    Many people today are depressed, lonely and defeated because they do not know the Lord Jesus Christ. They do not know that He is more than willing to come into them and transform them, deliver them from all their fears.
    We have to play a part in this too.
    We need to study His word and learn who he is. There are over 900 promises made in the bible. How many do you know? Many of them we can utilize now!
    We need to "renew' our minds to escape the sin which surrounds us and ready to captivate us again.
    We need to allow all the blessings that are in our new spirit, to manifest itself over our old nature.
    As the song proclaims it is "a great adventure" to walk and talk with our Lord.
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    God’s love has never been or ever will be conditional. He loved you at your worst, and most Christian churches would agree with that initially. They believe you are saved by grace through faith, no matter your history, but that is often where grace stops and religion starts. And religion always puts the emphasis on the external.

    Once you’re saved, religion says you must live holy, and the evidence of your holiness will likely be judged by the standards of your church: Do you dress the right way, do you say the right things, are you leading people to Jesus, and most important, are you tithing—just to give a few examples.

    That is not how God sees us. God looks on the heart. First Samuel 16:6-7 says this:

    And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him. But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

    Samuel was going to choose Eliab to replace King Saul because of the outward appearances. But God was not looking on the outside. The church today is judging believers in the same way. You might carouse in secret on Saturday night, but as long as you come to church the next morning well kempt and well dressed with a check in your hand, you’re accepted because you have the appearance of holiness.

    Under the New Covenant, God is still concerned about your actions and behavior. It’s not okay to lie, to steal, to commit adultery, or any other sin. However, He knows that those are nothing more than the byproduct of a relationship—or the lack of one—with Him. So, He is focused on your heart.

    As long as you believe God is judging you according to your performance, you will never fully receive His love. Love is a decision, and God decided to love you even though you didn’t deserve it. There is nothing you can do to earn it or deserve it, so just receive it as a free gift.

    When you understand how much God loves you, it becomes easy to love others. And when you love others as He has loved you, your behavior will change toward them. If you loved your mate the way that Christ loves you—unconditionally—you would never commit adultery. If you loved your neighbor as Christ loves you, you would never steal from them or bear false witness against them.

    How does the world know that we are disciples of Christ? John 13:35 says, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
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    Originally posted by sonhouse
    Why follow a man made religion?
    You shouldn't.
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    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    11. He has healed our physical bodies. 1 Peter 2:24
    12. He provides for all our needs. 2 Cor 2:10-12
    13. Blesses us with long life and peace. Prov. 3:2
    14. God has adopted us as sons. Eph. 1:5
    15. He has sealed us with holy spirit. Eph. 1:13
    16. His gifts and calling are irrevocable Rom 11:29
    17. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Heb 13:5
    18. No weapon formed shall hurts us. Isa 54:17
    19. Bacon. We get to eat bacon.

    Judaism, Islam and Hiduism, not so much.
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    Originally posted by whodey
    19. Bacon. We get to eat bacon.

    Judaism, Islam and Hiduism, not so much.
    I looooove bacon!
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    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    What is so great about being a Christian?

    1. To have a close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and God Himself. 1 John 1:3
    2. Spared from the wrath of God. Rom 5:9
    3. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing. Eph 1:3
    4. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose o ...[text shortened]... the Ages to come. Eph. 2.7
    10. God loves us with a great love. Eph. 2:4
    to be continued....
    I don't see being a Christian is a great thing, if one is looking for earthly pleasures only. In many places, Christians are bullied and harassed and treated like third class citizens at best. In Islamic countries, there is the additional fear of being seized and put in prison for your faith or having your head cutoff at a whim.
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    Originally posted by RJHinds
    I don't see being a Christian is a great thing, if one is looking for earthly pleasures only. In many places, Christians are bullied and harassed and treated like third class citizens at best. In Islamic countries, there is the additional fear of being seized and put in prison for your faith or having your head cutoff at a whim.
    There have been times and places where and when being a Christian was every bit as or worse than Christians are treated in those places. What is the common element? Is it thinking the religious enemy is deserving of hell, and we should start it for them right now? I don't think Christianity as practiced has always been above this.
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    25 Jul '15 10:18
    Originally posted by JS357
    There have been times and places where and when being a Christian was every bit as or worse than Christians are treated in those places. What is the common element? Is it thinking the religious enemy is deserving of hell, and we should start it for them right now? I don't think Christianity as practiced has always been above this.
    Yes, I heard in the past that the Romans crucified and feed Christians to lions. Then later even so-called Christians burned other Christians at the stake. Seems very gruesome and distrubing if true.
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    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    What is so great about being a Christian?

    1. To have a close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and God Himself. 1 John 1:3
    2. Spared from the wrath of God. Rom 5:9
    3. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing. Eph 1:3
    4. In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose o ...[text shortened]... the Ages to come. Eph. 2.7
    10. God loves us with a great love. Eph. 2:4
    to be continued....
    Is there a good reason the change the wording of the Bible? You condemn those that use the word Trinity [not found in the Bible], yet you do the same.

    YOU SAY : To have a close and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and God Himself. 1 John 1:3

    THE BIBLE SAYS : 1John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

    Fellowship is not the same as a close and intimate relationship.
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    Originally posted by Rajk999
    Is there a good reason the change the wording of the Bible? You condemn those that use the word Trinity [not found in the Bible], yet you do the same.

    YOU SAY : To have [b]a close and intimate relationship
    with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God and God Himself. 1 John 1:3

    THE BIBLE SAYS : 1John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declar ...[text shortened]... with his Son Jesus Christ.

    Fellowship is not the same as a close and intimate relationship.[/b]
    NT:2842
    <START GREEK>koinwni/a
    <END GREEK> koinonia (koy-nohn-ee'-ah- from NT:2844; partnership, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction:


    KJV - (to) communicate (-ation), communion, (contri-) distribution, fellowship.
    (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
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    Originally posted by checkbaiter
    NT:2842
    <START GREEK>koinwni/a
    <END GREEK> koinonia (koy-nohn-ee'-ah- from NT:2844; partnership, i.e. (literally) participation, or (social) intercourse, or (pecuniary) benefaction:


    KJV - (to) communicate (-ation), communion, (contri-) distribution, fellowship.
    (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebr ...[text shortened]... tionary. Copyright © 1994, 2003, 2006 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)
    And that means "close and intimate"?
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