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A Religious Survey

Many of us come from many different backgrounds and have different ideas and beliefs about religion. Some believe that there is no God, and others believe that when you die their bodies are buried and nothing happens after that. Still others believe that Religion is to organize and they don’t want to have anything to do with it. So, in this short survey, share your thoughts with others.

 

QUESTIONS

1- Because all words have meanings, what does the word Religion mean to you?

2- What does the word Christian mean to you?

3- What is the difference between a Christian and a Muslim?

4- What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?

5- How many heavens are there, and what is each one?

6- What is the difference between the rapture and the second coming?

7- Why is your bible right and other religious bibles wrong?

8- Do you believe in the Trinity, if so what is the role of each of them?

9- If you have young children or young adults, what if anything are you as a parent teaching them about purity?

10- When was the last time you shared your faith with a non believer?

11- What happens to your body and soul after you die?

12- If you believe in heaven and hell, what would you say to God if He asked you, do you deserve to go to heaven?

Take the time to answer all or as many questions as you can to this survey and let’s see how many different answers we get.

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What is the meaning of purity

I have posted in the past on edreamright.com, purity rings for girls, promise rings and I’ll wait rings for our teenage children as well as for couples, but I thought it is very important to get a better understanding of what those rings really mean and even more a better understanding of the biblical meaning of purity, because all words have meanings.

Wearing a purity ring shows you, your mate and others that you have a religious vow to practice abstinence until marriage. Our young children need to be taught how dangerous it can be to have sex before marriage, which can lead to pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. But if we as parents can teach our children to make a purity pledge of abstinence until married it will help to save them from harm.

The dictionary meaning of purity is, the lack of dirty or harmful substances, lack of guilt or evil thoughts, freedom from spiritual or moral defilement, cleanness, chastitly.

The Biblical meaning goes so much further. These are just some of the verses the bible teaches about purity of the heart.

Matthew 5:8- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Titus- 1:15- A person who is pure of heart sees goodness in everything and everyone.

Philippians 4:8- What should we focus on, Things that are pure and lovely and dwell on the fine and good things in others.

Purity includes concerns for the needy.at

James 1:27- Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this, to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

The biblical meaning of sexual purity can be found in theses verses.

1 Corinthians 6:18- Flee from sexual immorality.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5- The will of God is that you abstain from sexual immorality, that each one of you know to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust.

Colossians 3:5- We are called to put to death what is earthly in us, sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

In Romans 12:2, speaks about a purity test. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

So, how many of us as adults are teaching our children or young adults the meaning of purity, of being abstinence until marriage? How many of us as adults are practicing the true meaning of purity by having a pure heart, by looking at the good in others, by being there for those in need including the orphans and widows? I am so far from being perfect but I am a work in progress, what about you? Share your thoughts on this post.

 

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A Quiet Place

 

 

Have you ever gone to bed at night telling yourself that tomorrow is going to be a do nothing day, you are going to sleep late and just relax, no plans on fixing anything, no plans on going shopping or visiting anyone, and everyone is going to eat the left overs because you deserve this day of relaxation?

“BUT” that next day reality shows up early in the morning with a phone call from one of your children who was planning on going on a trip and had to catch an early plane but for some reason their car wouldn’t start , so can you please come to take them to the airport. So much for sleeping in.

You get back home from the airport to find there is a lot of water on your bathroom floor, now you have to find and fix it or call someone in to do it which means it’s going to cost you money that you wasn’t planning on spending out of a budget that was already stretched and now you also have to wait around until the repair man shows up.

You may look towards heaven and say to God, “ God why me, all I asked for is just one day of doing nothing, why can’t you understand that?”

But looking at your situation from biblical perspective, Jesus wants you to have peace. He knows the value of calm.

Sometimes when our days don’t turn out like we plan, we become upset, angry and sometimes weak to the point of saying to ourselves, what the heck, I might as well go do some of the things that I said I wouldn’t do, because who else cares, and all others are just  just thinking about themselves not me.

Jesus wants us to have peace and to relax, but even He and his Apostles were interrupted from resting.

In Mark 6:30-34 reads, The Apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, Jesus said to them,” Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all towns and got there ahead of them. When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things.

We might have our own plans, but others may not know or care what those plans may be.

Hebrews 4:14-15- Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are, yet was without sin.

God knows our thoughts, it’s as if He knows that we will say, “ God its easy for you up there, You don’t know how hard it is from down here.” So He boldly proclaims Jesus ability to understand. Look at the wording again.

He himself, not an angel, not an ambassador, not an emissary, but Jesus himself, SHARED FULLLY, not partially, not nearly, not to a large degree, ENTIRELY, Jesus shared fully. In all our experience, every hurt, each ache, all stresses and all the strains. No exception, no substitutes. Why? So He could sympathize with our weaknesses.( Taken from in the eye of the storm )

So when you get down and your plans change for whatever the reason, remember that sometimes God has other plans for you, and most of the time it involves helping someone else.

 

 

 

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A Servant’s Heart And Spirit

Each of us who are Christians or say that they are Christians should practice to be more like Jesus, who practice and walked of this earth with a servant’s heart.

My pastor, David Garcia of Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville Florida, last Sunday spoke and taught about, having a servant’s spirit, and I thought about my life and the people that I come into contact with daily whether they are Christians or not, and I decided to write this post and have you as a reader question yourself and your spirit, but first let’s get an understanding of what is a servant’s spirit?

A servant’s middle name is generosity. How generous are you? I find that most people are very selfish. A servant gives without expecting anything in return. This is the kind of person you want to be like.

A servant has a sympathetic spirit towards others and not think about themselves first.

A servant rejoices when someone else is blessed, not get envious because of their blessings. A servant is good.

A servant reminds people of the character of Jesus, who came and shed his precious blood, and He took upon Himself all our sins and sufferings for you and me and died a brutal death, yet He rose on the third day so that you and I could be saved and all our sins would be forgiven and that we will spend eternity with our heavenly Father.

A servant is a peace maker. They are the ones who try to step in and correct a wrongful situation.

A servant is a team player who appreciates to receive correctness in his life.

And finally, please think about this question before you answer it and please be honest. Do you leave people very happy when you leave them, then before you was with them?

Take the time to share your thoughts with others.

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Purpose

What is your purpose in Life? Do anyone of us know what that may be? When it is time for each of us to leave the world as we know it, what legacy will we leave behind for our children and love ones? What do you think people will say about you or what do you think they will miss about you or will they miss you at all? How we live our lives will determine the answers to these questions.

I have given this a lot of thought about my own life, and I have come to the conclusion that I think that God has placed me here to be helpful to others and not to be a selfish person. The legacy that I hope to leave behind is to follow my example in not putting themselves first as a selfish person would do. But we must also understand for those who dedicate their life to helping others, they must realize there will be people including family members that will sometimes take them for granted and sometimes even use them to their own advantage, but never the less, the calling that we have inside of us will not allow us to change who we are to become someone who we don’t even like.

If you have young children, are you teaching them to respect others as well as respecting their own bodies and their future mates by waiting to have sex until they are married. Also teaching them there will be those who will try to degrade them, embarrass them and do what ever they can to break their spirit. We as parents must teach our children to remain pure, and to not make the same mistakes that some of us as made.

I have made many mistakes in my life and if I had the chance to relive it, I would have done things so much different and that is why I felt it so important to write this article about what legacy will we leave behind, whether you are a Christian or not.

If your parents are still alive or no longer living, what do you remember the most about them, what legacy did they leave for you?

One day someone will ask your children or love ones, what legacy did you leave behind for them and what do they remember the most about your life with them?

As we grow older and hopefully wiser and take the time to look back at the life we have lived so far, what if anything would you have done different?

We can’t go back, but we can make a difference now, yes right now in what we can do today. Let’s live our lives as if Jesus was sitting next to us. Let’s take the time to help others, and too develop the minds of our youth’s, because they are the future. Look around and look where we are headed. Everyone is doing their own thing, doing what feels right for them at the moment, not thinking about who they may be hurting, thinking about me, me, me. Its time we turn all that around.

As I woke up this morning from a dream, the only thing that I remembered from the dream was something that I kept saying over and over, “ My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and His righteousness.”

So getting back to the question, what legacy will you leave behind, Take five minutes and stop whatever you are doing and just think about the question, and be honest with

your answer. Will your legacy last for an eternity or will it be just a fleeing thought?