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  1. asnivy
    03-25-2014 03:44 PM
    asnivy commented on Do You Trust People? Why or Why Not?
  2. Monte314
    03-24-2014 09:47 AM
    Just an MS.
  3. Monte314
    03-18-2014 09:36 PM
    I'm sorry I didn't get back to you; I don't know why I dropped the ball.

    Jesus is, as you put it, the "trump all save all ticket to heaven". Being reconciled with God is not at all about what you do, have done, or will do. The New Testament is very clear that our eternal destiny is about a relationship with Jesus, and we contribute nothing to this, either positive or negative.

    The reason Jesus died on the cross was to make payment for our sins. This we cannot do for ourselves. In fact, the Bible says that we have nothing to offer to God; even the things that we think of as "good works" are unacceptable to Him, because our motives are defiled and our methods corrupt. Our salvation is completely dependent upon God: He takes the initiative in calling us, forgiving us, and changing us. You can no more make yourself spiritually alive than you can raise your own dead body from the grave.

    It is the "changing us" part that God does that is related to our behavior. God doesn't leave us in a state of moral inability, having a single earthly nature that cannot please God. The New Testament says that God gives His people a "new nature", as though they have been reborn (this is called being "Born Again"). They still have the natural, earthly nature with which we are all born; it loves self and hates God. But God makes them spiritually alive, and gives them another nature that desires to seek and serve Him.

    The Apostle Paul says(*) that these two natures are in a state of conflict, having different goals; sometimes we act out of one and do things displeasing to God, and sometimes we act out of the other and do things pleasing to God. It is not these actions that "save" or "condemn" us; rather, they are the fruit of what we are. In this sense, they serve as evidence of our salvation to ourselves and to those around us. They are the EFFECT, not the CAUSE of our salvation.

    If someone says they are a Christian, that they have accepted Jesus as their savior, yet persists in a continual life of sinful acts with no sense of conviction or desire to change, they are mistaken. The Apostle James said that "Faith without works is dead." Dead Faith will not save anyone.

    God is ready to do this for anyone, no matter what they have done or where they have been. All that is required is for them to acknowledge that their past choices have been displeasing to God (this is called "repentance"), and to turn to Jesus and ask Him to save them and be their Lord.

    In summary, Jesus does not save us because we do good things. If this was how things worked NO ONE would be saved, because, while separated from Jesus, no one does "good things".

    The actual situation is the other way around: Jesus saves us so that we will, at last, be able to do good things. And the very best thing that we can do is spend eternity with Him.

    (*) You can read about this in Chapters 5 - 8 of the Book of Romans in the New Testament.
  4. dreamlikestate
    03-04-2014 12:46 AM
    I'm not too much into screaming anymore. These days lyrical depth is more important to me.
  5. dreamlikestate
    03-03-2014 01:00 AM
    I wanted to tell you about some bands you may like.

    Dead Letter Circus
  6. curiousgeorge01
    Yea my parents didn't so much say it but they didn't want to talk about it.
  7. Monte314
    01-15-2014 04:09 PM

    24 "Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." 25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, "Then who can be saved?" 26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, "With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."

    At the time, people often regarded the governance of God as a theocratic meritocracy: an all-powerful and just God would certainly bless the righteous and punish the wicked. This was something that was usually expected to happen during one's life, for the idea of an "afterlife" was not (and is not) a basic tenet of Judaism.

    Therefore, it was "common sense" to view the Rich as the recipients of a just and all-knowing God's blessing, and He would not help the wicked. If they cannot be saved, who can?

    This is the very question the disciples asked in the next verse. Among all of God's people, who is most likely to have God's eternal favor but those who now enjoy His temporal favor? And if THESE are far from salvation, where does that leave everyone else?

    Jesus' answer about salvation is, with humans, it is NOT POSSIBLE. The rich, the poor, the "good", young, old... all alike stand in need of a Savior, because all have fallen short. Unless God intervenes, there is no hope for anyone. "Apart from Me, ye can do nothing." John 15:5

    But God has intervened, and made a way for all of these, rich, poor, and everyone in between. The bottom line: it is not about who or what WE are, it is about Who He is, and what He did.

    "For by grace are ye saved by faith; and that NOT OF OURSELVES, it is the gift of God; NOT a result of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9

  8. Doomination
    01-14-2014 04:27 PM
    It's right at the intersection of guad and dean keeton. Shame you never went, it was probably my favorite restaurant while I was there.
  9. Doomination
    yes but the real question is did you ever go to Vert's? Or was it not around when you went there? I spent my summer at UT and vert's made the experience.
  10. GrlSailorAngele
    01-13-2014 02:57 PM
    I may very seriously take you up on this! I definitely don't feel ready to go out drinking with any of my other friends who live here, b/c I honestly don't want them to know what happened. I had no idea how humiliating and shameful this would feel! It's a drag.
  11. GrlSailorAngele
    01-12-2014 02:50 PM
    Excellent! I feel like I did a productive thing today, lol.
  12. Jesseh
    01-09-2014 05:26 AM
    I hate "the look". It makes me want to take a lot of Xanax lol.
  13. Jesseh
    01-08-2014 06:34 PM
    Interesting that you've thought it all out, cool though. I guess forethought is a trait of our "species" as it feels on occasion lol. I know that when it comes to stimulating conversation although I crave it I also fear it with other people because I know that I am bound to be seen in a different light, completely. People look at me much more kindly before they get as I have been told, "Sherlocked". Admittedly Sherlock Holmes incarnations have always been a slight obsession of mine and I on occasionally executed "party tricks" of reading people, it is the most stimulating thing to me conversing with people about things I see that they don't think others see. I mean you can tell so much by how they walk, their eyes, their hair, the things they choose to say and what they choose not to say, every time they go to raise a finger and put it down indicating slight insecurities and whatnot.

    I guess that's what I'm on the forum for, stimulating conversation, but it seems like everyone has opposing views it's just more vivid and saturated like television blood online than in real life on here lol. Like, you know text gets blown out of proportion type of deal. In real life stimulating conversation isn't very far away but I'm always afraid of that "look".

    Do you know that "look" when people realize you're different or think differently than they do? Not in a paranoid way, in an educated about that sort of thing way. Lol, maybe I'm just weird when it comes to that.
  14. Jesseh
    01-07-2014 02:25 AM
    Have you tried suggesting to them that you reschedule the holidays for them or something? I know it works for my family, like, "Well we can always have Christmas New Years eve, it's just a day." Must suck having your life taken over by work, I mean I'm sure being a financial consultant doesn't suck because I know I rework peoples finances all the time, and give them business advice that's usually positive and it's difficult but stimulating. So I imagine if you decided to pursue that career you must enjoy it (and you must do things 1,000x more complicated than I of course) , but are interested in how youre going to have a family one day? I know not every INTJ is interested, for a long time I was convinced I wasn't, until I met a mate then I sort of -changed-. Pertaining to the whole social thing, must totally suck in some ways but you're young so all that traveling and stuff must be positive in the experience department. You know, everyone should focus on themselves for a while and not think about any relationships at all, lol, I guess you're in that mode? Just bored for interesting conversations? I hope you manage to have at least a few humans who can deliver that to you, everyone deserves a brain buddy.
  15. Jesseh
    01-03-2014 09:44 PM
    I miss college too, I've been wanting to go back for a different major but I just at the same time -dont feel like dealing with teachers-.

    What sort of job do you have that takes your life up so much?

    Meetups are weird to me, I -almost- met a member, but then luckily it fell through and I enjoyed my day with my fiance' lol. It's like, I'm an introvert...why would I want to meet a bunch of other introverts to make friends? I enjoy talking from behind a screen lol.

    Functioning on no sleep is something I can do as well, but I hate it too.

    Was your family understanding about you being so busy? Did they feel like they didn't get enough of ya?
  16. Minerva
    01-03-2014 09:33 PM
    Yep! I can. True happiness is found within yourself, not outside.
  17. Jesseh
    01-03-2014 06:22 PM
    So is it school or just work that's taking you all up? I figured school and such, you seem like you'd be a college student to me maybe I thought I read something you said saying you were I'm not sure. Yeah, I recall never having a break and it would make me lose sleep @_@ I hope you are ok in that realm, an INTJ with no sleep is ... an INTEVIL. Lol. Yeah I got through the holidays, it was sort of rough but you know it's rough for everyone that time of year, I think of National Lampoon's Xmas movie (I recently rewatched it on Netflix) and it make me think of how every holiday seems to go. There's horribleness and then everything magically fixes itself as we adjust to the holidays being over XD
  18. Jesseh
    01-03-2014 02:42 AM
    Mine was nightmarish, lol. But I survived and I got a lot of freelance work done. I would say not getting a big break is a pity but you know sometimes it's harder to go back to doing what you normally do isn't it?
  19. Jesseh
    01-02-2014 06:45 AM
    Hey, hope your holidays didn't suck ^,^
  20. Monte314
    12-31-2013 03:17 PM
    Oh, yes! I just try to be matter-of-fact about issues of faith here. In particular, I don't force religious ideas into the flow; they must arise naturally. People seem OK with that once they realize it's not trolling, or servicing an agenda in some forced way. Plus, I post on lots of different topics.

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