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Christianity is different from every religion in this aspect: all other religions No faith or trust left in this God who loves me and wants a relationship with me!!. All Christian relationships have this as their goal: to help each other stay deepening, supportive, faith-building relationships of love are highly. In that regard, Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship that God has All we must do is accept God's gift of salvation through faith (Ephesians –9;.
I can tell you that this has been so true in my life. We become saints, not sinners. Yes, we may still choose to sin and this sin will impact our relationship with God disrupt the harmony of our relationship but it will not change the fact that we are his children. God has made us partakers of His nature so we will actually BE like Him. You are not on a performance basis with God. He must change your nature, give you an entirely new self—the life of Christ in you—which is the grace you need to measure up to His standards.
Only after He changes who you are and makes you a partaker of his divine nature will you be able to change your behavior. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.
As we trust in, seek, and rely on God in every aspect of our lives, the Spirit begins to change who we are. As we change, we desire to sin less and desire to serve God more, because we love Him, and not because we have to or because he demands it from us.
Neil Anderson gives a great example: It is no longer something we do out of obligation. The bible says in 1 Timothy 4: Thank God for that! As we give more and more of our desires and our control over to Jesus, He will change us and our progress will be evident, obvious, to all who look at us. I praise God that anyone around me can tell you that I am not at all the same person I was even a year ago. All I have tried to do is focus on Him.
He has showed me sin in my life and I have repented of it and gradually given it over to Him. I have, one by one, started to give up my own desires and received from Him a fresh new set of desires.
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They bring me so much more joy and satisfaction than my own interests, desires, and plans ever did! Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ.
How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? It says it right there in His Word.
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If we believe this message, we already have favor, good standing, in the eyes of God. It is a done deal! Have you ever been so grieved and saddened by the all sin in your life that you repented of it and gave it over to Jesus? Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your heart and forgive you of all your sins past and futureincluding the sin of resentment expressed in your letter?
Did you do this while whole-heartedly believeing that He was God and he came to earth to die for you so that you can be free from the weight and penalty of your sin free from the condemnation of not being perfect? Did you believe Him and trust that His blood shed for you was powerful enough to pay for all your sins and that He was the perfection lived in your place?
If not then do so now! He did it for us, in our place, because it was something we could never do.
When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.
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For Jesus gave this example: I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get. But the tax collector stood at a distance. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
In fact, it is just the opposite. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God. It will never work for them. We accept what God says as true and live according to faith, and this abundant life works out in our experience. If we try to make it true by the way we live we will never get there. We are saved by faith and we walk or live by faith. We are neither saved nor sanctified by how we behave but by how we believe.
You say you have many questions about the bible. I think once you understand this truth, much if it will begin to make a lot more sense for you. I would be happy to answer any questions that remain to the best of my ability. I would love to explain this over the phone because I could then understand better what you are going through.
It is hard to convey what I mean in writing. In fact, some of the godliest men in the bible went through this. They even recorded their crisis of faith for us to read. I believe God had those put in His word so that we can be comforted, knowing that it is not uncommon for us to wonder God, where are you?
I encourage you to read the book of Psalms. It is littered with the earnest cries of people desperately seeking to find God in the midst of feelings of abandonment, loss, hopelessness, loneliness, and doubt.
Some examples are Psalms 6, 13, 22, What you are feeling is real and valid. Here are some examples of how the psalmists cried out in the midst of this pain: Heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony. I am sick at heart. How long, O Lord, until you restore me? Return, O Lord, and rescue me. Save me because of your unfailing love.
I am worn out from sobbing. All night I flood my bed with weeping, drenching it with my tears. My vision is blurred by grief; my eyes are worn out because of all my enemies. Why are you so far away when I groan for help? Every day I call to you, my God, but you do not answer. Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. How long will you look the other way? How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day? Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.
Oh, that God would listen to me! When I was in deep trouble, I searched for the Lord. All night long I prayed, with hands lifted toward heaven, but my soul was not comforted. I think of God, and I moan, overwhelmed with longing for his help. I am too distressed even to pray! I think of the good old days, long since ended, when my nights were filled with joyful songs.
I search my soul and ponder the difference now. Has the Lord rejected me forever? And which of the prophets foretold that such a prophet would rise up? And we remark that Moses received the Law on Mount Sinaiwith God appearing in the sight of all the people in cloud, and fire, and darkness, and storm. And we say that all the Prophets from Moses on down foretold the coming of Christ and how Christ God and incarnate Son of God was to come and to be crucified and die and rise again, and how He was to be the judge of the living and dead.
Then, when we say: And how is it that God did not in your presence present this man with the book to which you refer, even as He gave the Law to Moses, with the people looking on and the mountain smoking, so that you, too, might have certainty? Theophanes reports about Muhammad thus: At the beginning of his advent the misguided Jews thought he was the Messiah. But when they saw him eating camel meat, they realized that he was not the one they thought him to be, Whenever he came to Palestine he consorted with Jews and Christians and sought from them certain scriptural matters.
He was also afflicted with epilepsy. When his wife became aware of this, she was greatly distressed, inasmuch as she, a noblewoman, had married a man such as he, who was not only poor, but also an epileptic. Goddard sums up Nicetas' view: In short, Muhammad was an ignorant charlatan who succeeded by imposture in seducing the ignorant barbarian Arabs into accepting a gross, blaspheming, idolatrous, demoniac religion, which is full of futile errors, intellectual enormities, doctrinal errors and moral aberrations.
Goddard further notes that in Nicetas we can see in his work a knowledge of the whole Koran including an extensive knowledge of suras Nicetas account from behind the Byzantine frontier apparently set a strong precedent for later writing both in tone and points of argument.
Catholic Church and Islam Main article: However, as in the case of the question of Judaism, several events came together again to prompt a consideration of Islam. By the time of the Second Session of the Council in reservations began to be raised by bishops of the Middle East about the inclusion of this question.
The position was taken that either the question will not be raised at all, or if it were raised, some mention of the Muslims should be made.
Melkite patriarch Maximos IV was among those pushing for this latter position. Early in Cardinal Bea notified Cardinal CicognaniPresident of the Council's Coordinating Commission, that the Council fathers wanted the Council to say something about the great monotheistic religions, and in particular about Islam. The subject, however, was deemed to be outside the competence of Bea's Secretariat for the Promotion of Christian Unity. Bea expressed willingness to "select some competent people and with them to draw up a draft" to be presented to the Coordinating Commission.
At a meeting of the Coordinating Commission on 16—17 April Cicognani acknowledged that it would be necessary to speak of the Muslims. Pope Paul VI chose to follow the path recommended by Maximos IV and he therefore established commissions to introduce what would become paragraphs on the Muslims in two different documents, one of them being Nostra aetate, paragraph three, the other being Lumen gentiumparagraph The reference to Maryfor example, resulted from the intervention of Monsignor Descuffi, the Latin archbishop of Smyrna with whom Massignon collaborated in reviving the cult of Mary at Smyrna.
The commendation of Muslim prayer may reflect the influence of the Badaliya.
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Protestantism and Islam Islam and Protestantism share orientations towards iconoclasm: Protestantism and Islam entered into contact during the 16th century, at a time when Protestant movements in northern Europe coincided with the expansion of the Ottoman Empire in southern Europe. As both were in conflict with the Catholic Holy Roman Empirenumerous exchanges occurred, exploring religious similarities and the possibility of trade and military alliances.
Mormonism and Islam Mormonism and Islam have been compared to one another ever since the earliest origins of the former in the nineteenth century, often by detractors of one religion or the other—or both. This epithet repeated a comparison that had been made from Smith's earliest career,  one that was not intended at the time to be complimentary.