Skip to comments.Why so many people – including scientists – suddenly believe in an afterlife
Posted on 05/07/2013 11:00:54 AM PDT by rickmichaels
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Well, I’d probably recommend going to a church. That’s where most people repent, especially Catholics.
So going to church = repentance and acceptance of Christ.
Does that mean that a bed bound invalid cannot repent and accept Christ?
You’re arguing semantics. Bedridden individuals, as well as people in prison can meet with priests, who are not bound to their church and can travel. The point was, that without repentance, however you choose to do it, you are effectively refusing to knock on Christ’s door.
No, I was just trying to get you to admit that you chose the wrong word (actions) to describe how one gets into Heaven.
A pursuit of investigation that has dropped the assumption of spirit would not be able to arrive back at a conclusion of the existence of spirit. However, spirit has been accepted by all mankind as a postulate for all known recorded history until the advent of modern materialism. People would differ over the effective existence, identity, and qualities of a God or gods, but not about the existence of spirit.
Denial of spirit or at least of spirit’s power over humans has brought a lot of false comfort to atheists and agnostics. However this throws them, at best, upon the impoverished rags and tags of meaningless psychology and a world that can never say “ought” or “should” but at most can say “does.”
God made the dice, and the rolls, of such matter.
Jesus is spirit and is as close as a prayer that opens up your heart for Him to enter, which He will if asked in sincerity. You have to be willing to want Jesus... if the whole idea of a Savior of your soul is utterly indifferent to you, then you are not at the point of being able to accept. God won’t barge into the heart that does not want Him. It might be a monstrous oversimplification, but is very true, to say that Christianity is getting the right spirit in your heart, a spirit that is God, when before you were riding upon a spirit that was not God. The Bible goes into much, much further detail about what the qualities of this spirit is... loves, forgives, watches, supports, warns, directs, feeds, and much more.
Jesus Christ. What of Him?
*nod* - I wanted an example that wasn't "hand wave"-able as "He's God, it doesn't apply to Him."
There are many evidences of spirit, if not proofs in the modern scientific sense. Spirit is willful and it is not amenable to things like being poured out of a flask or heated over a Bunsen burner. So there is no such thing as a “modern scientific experiment” upon spirit. However spirit DOES get involved in relationships as well as in filling (for good or for evil).
That would depend on what your definition is of spirit or spirits is. Many accept anything abby-normal as good or an experience in the unseen world as good or from God.
By the way, I am skeptical of the spiritual wisdom of the “Calvinistic” approach in the sense that it is described here. While God can certainly use Calvinism’s fright to warn souls about the need of salvation, because God is not proud and does not require perfect circumstances in which to work, it can’t herald an ironclad salvational promise to accept. And so it is a half truth, not a pure gospel. It can at best say “good luck” (which is also a problem with extreme Arminianism, so I am being an equal opportunity critic here).
John Calvin himself was probably not a very strong “Calvinist,” by the way.
A non-physical entity that possesses a will... that’s probably a pretty good working definition. I’m not making any value judgment upon experiences with spirits. One could have an experience with Old Scratch and that would be evidence of spirit, but also perhaps not a very helpful one except as much as it may drive someone to seek God.
I know. Thank you for doing good work.
And what did I say that makes you think I believe otherwise?
Funny one should be so touchy about being reminded, like being known in the world for believing in Jesus is an ego thing to you.
You’re doubling down, huh? My simple question was being ‘touchy’? Either you’re jumping threads and have me confused with someone else or you else you’re having a real bad night.
Aren’t you glad to be reminded? Normal serious Christians would be. But you got touchy and blame it on me. Guess you ain’t the “tell me the old, old story” kind after all?
There is nothing you can do wrong.
And many believers confidently expect that God isnt judgmental either.
That kind of talk comes straight from the devil.
Many scriptures come to mind when reading of these various accounts....or discussions of...not once have they been an encouragement to believe what I'm reading or of the event, rather warnings.
“Blessed is he who believes without “seeing”.
What I have encountered with those who have such experience's is a tendency to rely on the experience entirely yet stamping it with the seal of God to legitimize it.....as many false religions do.
Also there are those who will not settle for that one time experience and continue to seek more of them...they begin “looking” for other experiences and if not finding then seek those who have had them and “feed” or keep alive the experience they've had...one hand feeding the other. I've also seen those who seek these experiences or encounters to find their faith eventually erode as the expereinces fade or cease entirely....in the end they found their faith rested far too much on what they encountered with their senses...rather than their faith being exercised/becoming stronger thru their relationship with the Lord and His word.
Well; they're getting OLDer and Death is starting to knock at their door...
Aren't we all?
However; there is just ONE religion who has a Savior who claimed...
"I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.
No man comes to the Father but by me."
Well; we are still arguing when LIFE does as well!
(At least for HUMANs)
We have 3 levels to ours...
--MormonDude(Did you know that only about 15% of us will do everything required by our church to get to reside at the HIGHEST level - where GOD will be?)
Jesus was resurrected.
Lazarus was restored.
Ghost had a scene in it like this...
Yeah - the BAD ones!
No need for this, as the BEst selling book every year states the same thing!
(One can skip to the end to find out...)
Probably like this:
Then they asked him, What must we do to do the works God requires?
Jesus answered, The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.
1 John 3:21-24
Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps Gods commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.
The 'action' just needed to be explained a bit more fully.
We can always fall back on reading tea leaves - or entrails...
We are PERSONAGES we'll have you know!!!
How would one recognize having an attempt made to communicate with them by the spirit world?
Many religions claim a “messiah.”
I’m sorry you don’t believe me, but you weren’t there. I was. I know it was my friend’s spirit by what was said and how the medium described him.
What I can’t understand is if Christians believe there is a heaven, why is communication with those in heaven impossible?
The love, understanding, communication, and signs are there for those open to them. They still watch over us.
you 'know' nothing of the kind.
Why do you think they are called LYING spirits?
The BIBLE says NOT to try to communicate with the dead.
This was a wonderful article. Thank you.
Awesome that you have the ability to know if others know stuff. Keep up the good work
There's a LOT of it going around.
Yeah, I was gonna comment on that, as well.
Don’t mess with spirit communication.
Ghosts, UFOs, paranormal - if you’re of a biblical worldview, you know all those things come from Satan and his “angels”.
I just got scolded for this...
Ghosts, UFOs, paranormal - if youre of a biblical worldview, you BELIEVE all those things come from Satan and his angels.
“I know it was my friends spirit by what was said and how the medium described him.”
Having read extensively about how Houdini traveled the world exposing mediums as FAKE, revealing their tricks, showing how they deceive, etc., I doubt it was him - regardless of how it felt or looked.
Here is the definitive book that shows how it is done...
15 or so years ago, a strip mall went up in flames in Nashville, In - a day or so before Christmas.
Now this little town in Brown County Indiana is quaint in it’s tourist attractions.
N. Van Buren street is a MAJOR artery into town and this fire REALLY messed up the pre-Christmas shoppers getting there.
As we lived only a few miles away, we decided, after dinner on Christmas, to drive over to see the damage.
The debris was still steaming in places when I noticed a Fortune Telling shop nearby.
I would have thought those folks would have warned the others of the impending doom.
Spirits should be tested before being believed, of course. Is what they urge you to do or what they assert to you, consonant with the Holy Word? If so, that’s a sign of a good angel or the Holy Spirit. Otherwise, they are evil....
Some fortune tellers are fakers with nothing but furnishing entertaining make-believe to customers on their minds, and others are in express league with the devil. Anyhow none of the shoppers asked them, I suppose....