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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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edit in (people appear not to know what murder is according to the Scripture,  and/or they appear to approve of murder which is not approved of by Jesus nor in the KJV Bible)

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There is potential or real sin sinfulness indicated by replies (and lack of answers to questions)

for this topic  "any problem with this photo" according to the Bible.

Some people instead of answering direct questions avoid them and deflect because of sin or because of lack of understanding or perhaps because of things not spoken about that are even worse.

If simple direct questions cannot be answered, but are avoided and/or deflected from constantly,

 then what good would it do to go further or deeper on the topic of the thread ? 

1 minute ago, PastorMatt said:

Who here said that Jesus told his disciples that it is okay to kill someone. ? I must have missed a post? 

Why not just answer the question like I did,  the question that was posted ?   If you did miss a post, or posts,  that is not sinful in itself , right ?  The answer is not dependent on any posts you read or any posts you missed.

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You really didn't know the answers to the questions you asked? 

Cuz, if you are going by what you just called "lack of answers to questions", then according to your definition, your silence in that area says you don't know if murder is wrong or not. 

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It is or was a sort of rhetorical question,   to help pin down the thoughts of other posters replying who seem to indicate that they think murder is okay or justified somehow.

It is with their own words they will be found not guilty or guilty one day. 

I think no one yet has answered the simple obvious question :  what was the penalty executed in Acts for lying to God ? 

 

Answer:  they both dropped dead.

Question:  Is murder worse than lying to God ?   Or in other words,  will God punish those who murder any less severely than God punished Ananias and Saphira  (the ones who lied to God ) ? 

 

Again,  those not answering ,  appearing at first now to be like BB in deflecting as several posters have accused him of right or wrong,   may be either ignorant of the Scriptures about murder,  or they are guilty and don't want to come out and agree with the Scriptures about murder ? 

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12 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

then what good would it do to go further or deeper on the topic of the thread ? 

There is potential or real sin sinfulness indicated by replies (and lack of answers to questions)

I honesty said I did not understand what you where asking and you take that as avoiding a question and call it "Sin sinfulness"? I have a very hard time following your grammatical structure in your sentences to fully understand what in the world you are asking.  That's why I asked what you where saying.

5 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

It is or was a sort of rhetorical question

Then why you calling out people for not answering? 😂

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8 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

I honesty said I did not understand what you where asking and you take that as avoiding a question and call it "Sin sinfulness"? I have a very hard time following your grammatical structure in your sentences to fully understand what in the world you are asking. 

Well,  I thought I simplified it for you specifically.

Let's get to the simple matter then -  quote the question you did not understand and I will very simply explain it again .  

Note you are misquoting me in this post of yours I am replying to,  for whatever reason even if not known.

I don't think blaming it on gammatical structure whether a real problem or not 

is a valid excuse for misquoting me or inferring (or implying) things not in evidence.  

I can if needed parse out the post or any other post for your benefit if it helps understand it.

i.e.  keep it simple.   If something is not clear,  ask.  Very simple,  for clarity.

8 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

Then why you calling out people for not answering? 

Because it was "sort of" a rhetorical question (in that I know the answer),  but you (and others) still have not answered and the reason does not appear to be a Godly one so far .   

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Here's what get out of this topic

  1.  @E Morales asked "Do you have any problem with this photo?"
  2. My answer is "no"
  3. This photo is not a stumbling block for myself, and the question was asked if "I" as an individual.
  4. Yes, this photo can be a stumbling block for others, but that was not the question the OP asked.
  5. You can't change original subject on the OP and expect people to understand.
  6. This may be where some of the confusion is on the subject matter of the thread.
10 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Because it was "sort of" a rhetorical question (in that I know the answer),  but you (and others) still have not answered and the reason does not appear to be a Godly one so far .  

Definition of rhetorical question:  a question not intended to require an answer. you want me to answer a question that you know the answer to? I'd rather you get straight to the point and not beat around the bush.

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2 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

Definition of rhetorical question:  a question not intended to require an answer. 

Definition of "sort of a rhetorical question":  a question the answer is known to the one asking it,  and it exposes potentially if not actually the sin of the one being questioned if they do answer it.

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9 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

and the reason does not appear to be a Godly one so far .   

how so?

2 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Definition of "sort of a rhetorical question":  a question the answer is known to the one asking it,  and it exposes potentially if not actually the sin of the one being questioned if they do answer it.

Where do I find the definition of "sort of a rhetorical question"?

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3 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:
  1. This may be where some of the confusion is on the subject matter of the thread.
7 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

No.

Simply,  if a question was asked and answered ,  then good,  there is potentially "light" on the question and answer.

If darkness is preferred or something is being covered up,  then, well,  let's bring it out in the light for all to examine.

Per the OP,  if something in the OP causes someone, anyone,  especially a weak brother or sister, to stumble,  then as KJV Bible indicates that is a sin. Right ?    Even if it does not cause a strong faith brother or sister to stumble,  causing someone weak in faith to stumble remains a sin,  right ? 

Does it matter if the one stumbling is quiet,  unheard and unseen ?   Does the sinfulness of causing them to stumble depend on seeing them stumble ?     If someone leaves a rake across the path and a blind man stumble on it,   but no one sees it happen,  is the one who caused it free from sin because no one saw it ? 

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9 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

Where do I find the definition of "sort of a rhetorical question"?

1 Corinthians 2:11

For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spiritof man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

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If something is not understood from God,  ask God.

If something is not understood from a man,  ask the man.

10 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

how so?

This is yet to be seen or determined.    

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If an unsaved visitor comes here and reads this thread and it stumbles them to not want to be a Christian because of this threads interactions, well then this thread is just as guilty as the photo posted. 

When I said subject, I was referring to the pronoun. I'll repeat, for me it's not a stumbling block, but it may be to others. The question was asked as individuals. not as a whole.

Are you saying that posting the OP photo is a sin?

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56 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

Who here said that Jesus told his disciples that it is okay to kill someone. ? I must have missed a post? 

No one. But the woman in the photo is holding an assault rifle and a Bible. The only purpose of this rifle is to kill people. So, as she is holding a Bible I want to know where in the Bible it is justified to kill people. Can you give me an answer?

To' me it is a sin to show the Bible and at the same time show it is acceptable to kill people. Show me where in the Bible this would be acceptable. 

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I don't know if you consider it (the op picture, and posts that followed) a sin or not, even if it does cause someone to stumble.

That does not matter of course to God.   If all alone, all by its lonesome self with no replies at all, 

no matter even where it is seen - in this thread or site or somewhere else entirely -  if it is a cause of people stumbling,  

then as God says woe to those who cause others to stumble.

 

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34 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

If an unsaved visitor comes here and reads this thread and it stumbles them to not want to be a Christian because of this threads interactions, well then this thread is just as guilty as the photo posted. 

When I said subject, I was referring to the pronoun. I'll repeat, for me it's not a stumbling block, but it may be to others. The question was asked as individuals. not as a whole.

Are you saying that posting the OP photo is a sin?

Saved or unsaved,   (as some saved visitors seem in the past ten or twenty years to have come and gone not finding an uplifting reason to stay).

Has anyone visiting this site found a reason on the site to become a Christian?   

Did anyone ever claim the thread and other threads and the site is not guilty of offenses (known and unknown) ?  

Could it be like Corinthians,  where many remained sick and many died because of sin,  and no one set them straight until God sent a messenger to tell them ?      I think the assembly in Corinth learned or at least they were told and shown in the Bible how to correct the unnecessary sickness and deaths occurring.

Is that even desired here , or anywhere on the internet for that matter ?   (i.e. who is providing healing?)  

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10 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Has anyone visiting this site found a reason on the site to become a Christian?   

yes

 

11 minutes ago, Martyr_4_FutureJoy said:

Did anyone ever claim the thread and other threads and the site is not guilty of offenses (known and unknown) ?  

yes

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8 minutes ago, PastorMatt said:

yes

 

yes

Any example ever seen on the site , or only in private or unposted conversations ? 

I have not seen one recently nor that I remember in years watching and reading and searching many different forums and threads and topics, including searching and asking if anyone was ever helped (no one ever gave any example, not even one.  They only made claims like the ones who have promoted the worldwide medical idolatry for profit or for approval by others).

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