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I am a Christian.

I love God.

I love Jesus.

I love my neighbor as I love myself.

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jacobmartinmertens: God is good. He has given man a conscience, which means, "with knowledge", or a part of the brain or mental faculty, the mind, to know the difference between right and wrong. Maybe we are not told the difference between right and wrong, such as with the Law of Israel between Israel and God, and our thoughts are alternately accusing or else defending us as Gentiles, but we still know. Sometimes we choose wrong. Thoughts?
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jacobmartinmertens: God is good. And there is a difference between right and wrong.
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Tesita: Indeed! Yehowah is Great!!!
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jacobmartinmertens in reply to Tesita: Is that from YOD HEY WAW HEY?
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jacobmartinmertens: God is good.

Shalom.
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ipod736: sorry
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jacobmartinmertens: Shalom.

I was removed from the Jesus room but I don't know why. Is that what you are saying sorry about?

Sincerely,

Jacob
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jacobmartinmertens: I don't have any enemies. Romans 11:28 NASB20 - 28 In relation to the gospel [they are] enemies on your account, but in relation to [God's] choice [they are] beloved on account of the fathers;
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jacobmartinmertens: I guess James Ussher's beginning of the world from his chronology was not September 4004 BC. It was October something some year on the Julian calendar. I just heard it on the radio. Maybe there is a contradiction in this, as I don't know when the Julian calendar came to be.
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Hi Steve,

Do you see a difference between the commands or commandments of Jesus and the commands or commandments of God?

Thank you.

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jacobmartinmertens: The following is a commandment given to Israel.

Exodus 31:13 NASB20 - 13 "Now as for you, speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'You must keep My Sabbaths; for [this] is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, so that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you.

The following is for Gentiles( and Israel).

Genesis 9:6 NASB20 - 6 "Whoever sheds human blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made mankind.

The covenant is the Ten Words. God did not make this covenant with you. But the ordinances came with those, for Israel. Now Israel has a new covenant.

Love one another is a new commandment.

John 13:34 NASB20 - 34 "I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another; just as I have loved you, that you also love one another.

Love your neighbor as yourself is found in the Torah and in the Gospels.

I don't know what God's moral law is. Also, I see your verses but not the statements that you make about God being incarnate in His Son.

I do know that we have the law of Christ.

I also know that Paul became a Jew to win Jews. But he himself was not under the Law, he says.

My understanding is that Gentiles have Paul to listen to, and the letter from the Jerusalem council.

Shalom.

Jacob

1 Corinthians 9:20-21 NASB20 - 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might gain Jews; to those who are under the Law, [I became] as [one] under the Law, though not being under the Law myself, so that I might gain those who are under the Law; 21 to those who are without the Law, [I became] as one without the Law, though not being without the law of God but under the law of Christ, so that I might gain those who are without the Law.
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SabbathKeeper: Paul was a Jew and a Pharisee.

Romans 11:1
“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin.”

As for the Sabbath, it is a commandment and for all mankind, not just Jews. As we have discussed, all who call on God's name are spiritual Jews. Just because God didn't make the covenant with Gentiles, doesn't mean He doesn't want those who are converted to obey them.

The commandments are love. You can't love without them. You love one another when you don't kill, steal, or bare false witness against them.

Romans 13:9-10
The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.

What Paul means by Jews "who are under the law" are the unbelieving Jews who rejected Christ. By rejecting Christ, they rejected the New Covenant and continued to justify themselves by the law. Salvation, however, does not come by the law. The law punishes but does not save anyone. Only through the blood shed at Calvery can one be saved.

Hebrews 8:7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

Romans 8:7 KJV: Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.

We now have forgiveness of sins through the blood of Christ.

Ephesians 1:7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures.

Romans 4:25 Who was delivered for our offences(sins) and was raised again for our justification.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

The moral law has never been voided. If there is no law, then there is no sin. If no sin, no need for repentance. A person who is under the law does not accept Christ, repentance, salvation, and everlasting life.
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jacobmartinmertens: That is an interesting take on life and what it means to be under the Law. It is possible to have faith and still be under the Law in how you think. That is why we are told that we are not under the Law, but under grace.

The Sabbath Commandment is a sign between Israel and God. Like circumcision is a sign between Israel and God.

I believe you are saying that you believe the moral law is the ten commandments. But the ten words were the covenant God made with the nation of Israel, complete with 603 other mitzvot, or commands/commandments. A moral law is not spoken of in the Bible. Indeed, if you break any one of the 613 mitzvot, it is sin (Chayt).

Paul counted it all loss for the sake of knowing Christ Jesus our Lord.

I don't believe that a person can rest in calling one's self a spiritual Jew. Gentiles are not Jews. Some people call themselves Jews while or though they are not.

I have a question for you. You know that the new covenant is not like the first covenant. Jeremiah 31:32. And Paul was not without the law of Christ. Do you believe that the law of Christ is to bear one another's burdens?

My understanding is that after repentance, unto faith, a person should add moral excellence. The one who is born of God does not sin.

Does this mean Gentiles should be keeping the ten words or the 613 mitzvot? What about Jews? For, there is one new man.

Shalom.

Jacob
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jacobmartinmertens: God's Law. Is it different in the new covenant? When we speak of "the Old Law" should we speak of all of it or if we somehow only bring certain things or laws of the Law forward?

For example, for much of my life I was Torah Observant. This was after hearing that the Sabbath was one of the Ten Commandments and that it was the seventh day of the week.

But now it seems like people want to talk about the Law only sometimes, and about certain commandments that would make a person really bad. Like homosexuality or beastiality. I agree that these are really bad, but if sin is transgression of the law then wouldn't all sin be sin? Should we observe the law? Is it only for transgressors? How does a person know that they are not a transgressor and that the law does not apply to them?

1 Timothy 1:8-11 NASB20 - 8 But we know that the Law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 realizing the fact that law is not made for a righteous person but for those who are lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and worldly, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers, 10 for the sexually immoral, homosexuals, slave traders, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound teaching, 11 according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, with which I have been entrusted.

Is sin lawlessness or is it transgression of the law, and is there a difference? Who are the righteous that the law is not made for? Do they keep the law?

1 John 3:4 KJV - 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1 John 3:4 NASB20 - 4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

James 4:17 NASB20 - 17 So for one who knows [the] right thing to do and does not do it, for him it is sin.
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jacobmartinmertens: Going to war, or not?

I have written previously about guns, which may be involved in war and may be involved in other things like defense, protection, fighting crime, or committing crimes. I enjoy the discussion.

I know that if there is not an end of war for either us or those in the world, that the subject of going to war may come up.

Certainly God has been in favor of war, or sanctioned it even if it was not the best option (I am not saying that He has done this, the "best option" part). But Israel was to go into the promised land.

Since then we have had Jesus and also a couple of prophets. And Israel has a new covenant, a better covenant, than the first covenant. Are evil people and criminals (can a nation be called evil if not all of it's personages or people are evil?) to be offered repentance unto faith in God and salvation with the mercy, grace, forgiveness, love, and compassion of God? Or should good people kill evil people?

I wonder if the following is future or past, and if it is something we should aim for or something that we should live out?

Isaiah 2:4 NASB20 - 4 And He will judge between the nations, And will mediate for many peoples; And they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning knives. Nation will not lift up a sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

Micah 4:3 NASB20 - 3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift a sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.

That is why I wanted to bring up the subject of going to war.

Maybe people feel that this is a choice or something that you fall into. Think about the reasons a person would not be involved in a war during the first covenant of Israel with God. Maybe someone gifted in that can spell them out. I don't know off hand. One reason, for example, might be if a person is engaged or betrothed, they would not go to war. There are details to this and other things or matters pertaining to this and the subject of if a person can or should go to war. But I think there would need to be a war first.

I am a Citizen of the United States of America. We have not determined to go to war in a while, and we are only defending our nation against random or unforeseen attacks. Certainly we have interests abroad, but we are not at war. I am not judging these things. I don't know if I would know how to.

What would we go to war for, (any nation)? And would we make the decision individually to go to war? The US has a military, and there is such a thing as a militia. So maybe we would and maybe we would not go to war individually even if our country or nation went to war or decided to go to war.

Psalm 69:4 NASB20 - 4 Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, those who oppose me with lies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore.

We should not shed innocent blood.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=innocent+blood&t=NASB20#s=s_primary_0_1

Or be lying in wait.

https://www.blueletterbible.org/search/search.cfm?Criteria=lying+in+wait&t=NASB20#s=s_primary_0_1

Aside from the US, I can think of Israel and Islam. Each nation and each individual even if the person does not belong to a nation will have to stand before God or Jesus one day for deeds done in the flesh or the body whether good or bad (or evil).

So seek salvation and repent. And then talk about the crimes a person has committed and if they are yet forgiven for them by repentance and faith in the one true God Maker or Creator of Heaven and Earth.

One of the Ten Words is Lo Tirtzak! You shall not murder!

Before the first covenant was given God said something during the time of Noah. This also may be involved in what it means for Israel to have a new covenant and for even Gentiles to have forgiveness of sins in the name of Jesus (Yeshua).

Genesis 9:6 NASB20 - 6 "Whoever sheds human blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made mankind.

So maybe this is for the courts, maybe it is for the avenger of blood, maybe it is for war, and maybe it is now for no one in Christ.

Just some thoughts. I welcome yours. I am certainly not a blood-thirsty man.

Shalom. Peace. Salam.
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jacobmartinmertens: I have invited some Jewish or Muslim people to contribute. Their interests may not lie with those of me as a United States Citizen and a supporter of forgiveness.
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jacobmartinmertens: Guns.

Recently a friend of mine posted a picture of a gun lying on a Bible. It has caused me to think.

I believe that we are to love one another. If we have enemies we are to love them.

I am a pacifist. I don't believe in going to war.

But the nation that I live in, The United States Of America, where I am a Citizen, has a Constitution that allows for defense of the nation by the use of weapons, or guns. I am not sure of the details. But I think of the Revolutionary War. I am sad about the Civil War. I believe that if we love our neighbor we don't have to fight them. But I also believe something that is controversial, that we should all be Christian and live with that same attitude. For, there are evils in the world that press against us or others (depending on if they really affect us), such as when there was slavery in the US of A.

Should we protect our nation by the use of guns today, even if we are allowed to (does that mean we would need to be organized, such as into a militia)? Or are guns for self-defense against crimes of our neighbors against us, such as breaking in to steal? Also, should government have guns to protect the citizens of the nation or nations in which we live? Maybe no guns is the way to go. But maybe we are not the government so it is not up to us? Or, should we realize that we are the government and we should be ready to kill? For, I don't want to kill anyone.

Shalom.
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SabbathKeeper in reply to jacobmartinmertens: God, Himself sanctioned war. What were the orders given to Joshua to claim the Promised Land?

Deuteronomy 20:16-18
International Standard Version

16 “You are not to leave even one person alive in the cities of these nations that the Lord your God is about to give you as an inheritance. 17 You must completely destroy the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, just as the Lord your God commanded you, 18 so they won’t teach you to do all the detestable things that they do for their gods. If you do what they teach you, you will sin against the Lord your God.”

Imagine if the world stood by and watched Nazi Germany conquer the world and continued with the extermination of the Jews. Do you not think they would also perceive blacks and other people of color as
inferior, including whites who were not blonde-haired and blue-eyed? What about America's civil war? Did this war end what many consider to be a moral wrong? Sometimes, war is moral.
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jacobmartinmertens in reply to SabbathKeeper: I wonder though if we are to fight in war.

Sure Israel had an army or something like it during the first covenant.

I don't know what would make me any better to kill an intruder. Rather, criminals should hear the gospel and love and forgiveness. God will not let them get away with their crimes, but He does forgive those who repent and put their faith in Him. Is this new knowledge, new covenant or otherwise (Jesus died for sinners, even if you are not a part of Israel)?

Should it be that evil fights against evil while we do not fight at all? Or, should we be the good guys and kill the bad guys Jesus died for?

War was given to the nation of Israel. Was it given to the nations? For both Israel and the Gentiles (the nations) was war given or taken away before Christ or afterward? I know He lives today and God can judge as He wishes, but I am not God and I wonder if I should really be His agent to take the lives of others?

Shalom. Salam. Peace.
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jacobmartinmertens: I wonder if the following is future or past, and if it is something we should aim for or something that we should live out?

Isaiah 2:4 NASB20 - 4 And He will judge between the nations, And will mediate for many peoples; And they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning knives. Nation will not lift up a sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.

Micah 4:3 NASB20 - 3 And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations. Then they will beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation will not lift a sword against nation, And never again will they train for war.
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jacobmartinmertens: 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 NASB20 - 1 Now I make known to you, brothers [and sisters,] the gospel which I preached to you, which you also received, in which you also stand, 2 by which you also are saved, if you hold firmly to the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I handed down to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brothers [and sisters] at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored even more than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then [it was] I or they, so we preach and so you believed. 12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; 14 and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith also is in vain. 15 Moreover, we are even found [to be] false witnesses of God, because we testified against God that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ only in this life, we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But the fact is, Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. 21 For since by a man death [came,] by a Man also [came] the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ's at His coming, 24 then [comes] the end, when He hands over the kingdom to [our] God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For HE HAS PUT ALL THINGS IN SUBJECTION UNDER HIS FEET. But when He says, "All things are put in subjection," it is clear that this excludes the [Father] who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all. 29 For otherwise, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 Why are we also in danger every hour? 31 I affirm, brothers [and sisters,] by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, that I die daily. 32 If from human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what good is it to me? If the dead are not raised, LET'S EAT AND DRINK, FOR TOMORROW WE DIE. 33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Sober up morally and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God. I say [this] to your shame. 35 But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?" 36 You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one [flesh] of mankind, another flesh of animals, another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the [glory] of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable [body,] it is raised an imperishable [body;] 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual [body.] 45 So also it is written: "The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING PERSON." The last Adam [was] a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second Man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy one, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly One, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now I say this, brothers [and sisters,] that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. 54 But when this perishable puts on the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: "DEATH HAS BEEN SWALLOWED UP in victory. 55 "WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR VICTORY? WHERE, O DEATH, IS YOUR STING?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the Law; 57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brothers [and sisters,] be firm, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not [in] vain in the Lord.
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jacobmartinmertens: Peace. My promise is to love you. God says that I am to love my neighbor as myself.

One ways of saying this, which may be controversial in words (I welcome feedback so that I can learn about what it is about), is "do no wrong (or, harm) to a neighbor".

Better than not doing evil is doing good.

Shalom. Salam. Peace.
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jacobmartinmertens: Romans 2:1-16 NASB20 - 1 Therefore you have no excuse, you [foolish] person, everyone [of you] who passes judgment; for in that [matter in] which you judge someone else, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3 But do you suppose this, you [foolish] person who passes judgment on those who practice such things, and [yet] does them [as well,] that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and restraint and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who WILL REPAY EACH PERSON ACCORDING TO HIS DEEDS: 7 to those who by perseverance in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, [He will give] eternal life; 8 but to those who are self-serving and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, [He will give] wrath and indignation. 9 [There will be] tribulation and distress for every soul of mankind who does evil, for the Jew first and also for the Greek, 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who does what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 11 For there is no partiality with God. 12 For all who have sinned without the Law will also perish without the Law, and all who have sinned under the Law will be judged by the Law; 13 for [it is] not the hearers of the Law [who] are righteous before God, but the doers of the Law [who] will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles who do not have the Law instinctively perform the [requirements] of the Law, these, though not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them, 16 on the day when, according to my gospel, God will judge the secrets of mankind through Christ Jesus.
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jacobmartinmertens: What comes after faith?

Romans 5:2 NASB20 - 2 through whom we also have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we celebrate in hope of the glory of God.

2 Peter 1:5 NASB20 - 5 Now for this very reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply moral excellence, and in [your] moral excellence, knowledge,

1 Corinthians 15:33-34 NASB20 - 33 Do not be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good morals." 34 Sober up morally and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God. I say [this] to your shame.
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jacobmartinmertens: John 16:28 NASB20 - 28 "I came forth from the Father and have come into the world; again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father."
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jacobmartinmertens: Religion or Relationship?

There are many religions in the world. And religion is a subject. It can even be "our practice". What we do.

But better than religion or being religious, is having a relationship with God and Jesus (and fellow members of the body of Christ, the church).

Your thoughts on religion and relationship (are welcome)?

Such as, if a relationship with God and Jesus is to be valued above religion, should religion be protected legally in our nations?
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jacobmartinmertens: Statements that affirm the truth:

There is such a thing as statements that affirm the truth. For example, "God is good.", is affirmed by the Bible saying, "the LORD is good". So, God is good affirms the truth.

If I were to say God is not good, you would wonder why I am saying so. So, God is good leaves open how God is good.

It is not good to say God is not good because it does not affirm, nor is it affirmed by, scripture, where it says "the LORD is good".

Other such statements, which I do not believe to be nuanced, are "God is Spirit.", "God is love.", "God is the God of truth.", etc.... This would not cover all statements that could possibly be made, I believe or presume, but it is helpful to have something to think about or consider, especially these statements that can be affirmed by scripture.

One statement that I am unsure about, that I don't currently believe (for lack of finding a statement like it in scripture, at least myself), is "God is Beauty". Certainly God is not material, as we are against idolatry, etc.... But we do know that God is good. And God is not creation or in creation, though He did create (He created).

Thoughts? Questions? Anything to add?

Shalom.
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jacobmartinmertens: I am a Citizen of the United States of America.
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jacobmartinmertens: I know that the freedom to sin is not a freedom that I want.

True liberty comes from knowing Jesus Christ as Lord.

I don't want to kill anyone. I choose to love my neighbor as myself.

I don't know if I should intervene.

That I am a pacifist is not to stand against justice. But mercy triumphs over judgment.

If I were to have an enemy the Bible says that I should love him.

Is there a way that you can help me?
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jacobmartinmertens: I don't know the history of the English language. My understanding is that it is a language that has arisen recently. For example, when were the Bible and the Quran translated into English?

There is a word from the Greek that may present a problem. I am not sure.

For example, John 3:16 NASB20 reads differently from John 3:16 NASB95.

John 3:16 NASB20 - 16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 NASB95 - 16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
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jacobmartinmertens in reply to Precious Pea: Not sure. How do I do that? Or, do you want to present something? Go ahead!
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Precious Pea in reply to jacobmartinmertens: You can read it online through "BibleGateway"

https://www.biblegateway.com/quicksearch/?quicksearch=Genesis&version=GNV

I actually have a hardcopy myself, l sometimes refer to and compare.

For example, look up ephesians chapter 6, the wording for verse 12 is interesting....other translations have removed specific words, such as "worldly governors"....

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and against the worldly governors, the princes of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness, which are in the high places.

Food for thought...gotta run for now
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jacobmartinmertens: Proverbs 14:34 NASB20 - 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to [any] people.
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Precious Pea: Interesting....

My people perish for lack of knowledge

Hos 4:6 - My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
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jacobmartinmertens in reply to Precious Pea: Yes.

1 John 3:4 KJV - 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

1 John 3:4 NASB20 - 4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

Romans 14:23 NASB20 - 23 But the one who doubts is condemned if he eats, because [his eating is] not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
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jacobmartinmertens: Jesus is a man who never lied, just as God has never lied.

Numbers 23:19 NASB20 - 19 "God is not a man, that He would lie, Nor a son of man, that He would change His mind; Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?

1 Samuel 15:29 NASB20 - 29 "Also the Glory of Israel will not lie nor change His mind; for He is not a man, that He would change His mind."
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Precious Pea: I love these verses especially numbers
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jacobmartinmertens in reply to Precious Pea: Yes, thank you.
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jacobmartinmertens: Jeremiah 31:33 NASB20 - 33 "For this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days," declares the LORD: "I will put My law within them and write it on their heart; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

Matthew 5:17-20 NASB20 - 17 "Do not presume that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. 18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished! 19 "Therefore, whoever nullifies one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others [to do] the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches [them,] he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 "For I say to you that unless your righteousness far surpasses [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
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jacobmartinmertens: I am open to what God has to teach me.
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Precious Pea in reply to jacobmartinmertens: 2Ti 2:15 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
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jacobmartinmertens in reply to Precious Pea: I believe that I am to live according to the word of God.

I used to believe that the Bible is The Word Of God. Now I am okay with contradictions. I certainly do not claim to know everything.

Sorry for relaying a fault of mine. It seemed like confession time.

The word of God is the word of truth. I believe that makes sense.
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jacobmartinmertens: 1 John 1:9 NASB20 - 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous, so that He will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 7:1 NASB20 - 1 Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let's cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
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