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Who has any idea about what a new creature means?
First you must realize that human beings are creatures, of unkown origins at the time. Within the first hundred years after Christ six million Hellenistic polytheist converted to Christianity without fireing a shot. These new converts practice monothism with Christ taking the place of the Temple in Jerusalem. This entirely new frame of reference is known as being reborn and those who actually went through it became new creatures in Christ. This process may escape those raised within certain churches today who just follow traditions without any comprehension of there meaning and signiticance. But for those raised outside the Chuch or left at a young age the experience is very real and life changing. Thou I believe in other paths to God the Father today, Christianity is a main path to salvaton and I mean real world salvation leaving any afterlife in their hands.
In the context of 2 Corinthians 5:17, we can see that we are reconciled to God now. With the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross, God has made those who follow Him righteous. We are no more in bondage to sin or characterized by sin. Altogether, we are new creatures because we are now in a everlasting and harmonious relationship with God. Hope that helps. :)
Thank you....Jesus is the only Way to God. John 14:6
If Jesus is the only way to God than Jesus is God which I disagree with. Christ said with God all is possible not with Him. There are confliting scriptures in the Old and New and one has to siff through sciptures, sometimes over and over, until you come to a compehension and not be stuck on any tow.
I consider Christ a friend, as He said no greater love that to give your for a friend. The new testemnt doesn't exist in a void, as once used on it's own, but in context with the teaachings and propheciies of the old testement. Teachings do conflict and I leave the ultimate to God the Father, remember Revelation's is a Prophecy of Jesus Christ and just how God the Fatrher is working within is not stated but inherent. Though I stand in awe and love them both I must stand as Christ did with God the Father, in which I put no limits.
John 1:1-5 tells us that Jesus Christ is God and even though He is God the Son, He is still God. 1 John 5:7. Moreover the Godhead is God manifesting in 3 although He is not 3 but one that doesn't dispute the fact that Jesus is not God. An egg comprises of the yolk the shell and the whitish part (which I don't know the name) but that doesn't make it 3 its one. You as a person you are a spirit, you have a soul and you live inn a body that doesn't make you 3. The scriptures are true and therefore the truth never conflicts each other. The only problem is not that the scriptures conflicts, because it doesn't. The problem is this there is little or no understanding of the scriptures. And because people would not take time to study the bible with a genuine motive and the help of the Holy Spirit they don't understand something in the bible and they say it conflicts. No it doesn't, you just don't understand.
The body consist of the physical, mental, and spiritual whether the individual or group. The initial Christiaon consisdered themselves one body under Christ, but over time theyy began to splinter, as if crushed, into many different groups all vieing for power and control. So I decided to consider what Christ said "who is my mother, brother, and sister but those in God's will". With this I can follow Christ summation of the commandments " Love God with all your heart, soul, and strenth, and your neighbor as yourself". Notice there's two types of love here one of which you give all to God the Father and the other you give to mankind whch I call Christian love. In following all of the above you become and individual with God the Father and follows his guidance. As for conflicts within the Bible there are many, brother against brother, spouse against spouse, king against kilng, and certain scripture against scripture on which polemicsare based. I've seen these things in my own life, more than enogh to confirem scripture to me, but remember even the Devil knows scriptures and never become to arrogant.
:)...There is a difference between knowing and understanding or accepting the scriptures. Even some atheists read the bible and receive no touch from the word. Concerning man. 1 Thess 5:23 tells us what we are as human beings. Your spirit is the real you, cause you were made in the image and likeness of God and since God is Spirit then you as a man have to be spirit bringing you into the same class with God. John 4:24. While your soul is the center of your intellect, that is where your mind is. Your body is your house that is why without your body you can't contact this world and like you said "loving God with your strength" the strength there is from your body. James 2:26. That is why Jesus could not just appear from the sky, He needed a body to use so He can offer up to God for an eternal redemption. Heb 10:5. Gal 2:20 (please read and note what the bible says there) then you would discover that your body is not the real you, its just your house. I am not been arrogant but I'm just trying to let you know that the moment you begin to believe or confess that the bible is full of contradictions, it would never work for you. Anything God said in His word concerning you would only be a theory and never a reality.
Although I got a little stirred up ( I do whenever people say d scriptures contradict) but not for destruction but concern. I am sorry if I sounded arrogant. I didn't mean to. :)
Moreover you see anything that contradicts brings confusion and the bible says 1Cor 14:33 says "For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints". And since God wrote the scriptures. 2 Peter 1 :16-21, 2Tim 3:16-17. Please read this scriptures and approach them with meekness and sincerity not with criticism or else the understanding would be far from you. Read it as though it were Jesus that told you to and that He was right by you saying those words to you. thank you and God bless you. :)
As for 2 Tim 3:16-17 I agree except one must consider the Author, I have a problem with Paul. When he say's all is lawful to me it actually sounds quit wicked. When he say's Faith, Hope, and Charity and Charity is the most important I have a problem. To me Faith in God the Father and Christ are the most important because without them our charity is futile. One must make their own decision on scriptures unless you choose to follow another's person interpretation making them your god.
Paul is not the author of the word of God, God is. You see God is love and if you have faith and don't have God or love then what is your faith. In fact Gal 5:6 tells us that your faith cannot work without love therefore love or charity as the translators put it (actually it should be love not charity the translators didn't just know the right english word to us. thank God we can always go back to the original manuscripts ourselves to check) is the greatest.
Charity 1: benevolent goodwill toward or love of humanity. Again this is Christian love somewhat different the love of God the Father. Many really don't feel love, a warm attachment, in the sense of communion ie communiction as telepathy, what the Divine reveals may be entirely dependant on ones experience which may be dependant on the Divine. There's a difference between expriencial love and love in the form of behaviour toward and respect for others.