born-again-christian

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Deadpool is not the most unfuckable human being. I’m pretty sure that Jesus is the most unfuckable human being. I mean, whenever you see paintings of him, you’re not like “Wow he is hot, I want his hands all over me”, like when you see my boyfriend. You’re more like, “Wow this person looks mysteriously adorable yet totally unfuckable”, even from just his face (like when you see paintings of just his face). But of course I’m just talking about His humanity. To conclude, I’m grateful that I have my boyfriend to fantasize about. Lol. But seriously, HASHTAG BLESSED. :) #foodforthought #religion #relationships #blessed

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A closer look at exit polls and the evangelical vote

As Donald Trump has racked up big wins among self-described “born-again or evangelical” Christians in many of the early primaries and caucuses, some religious leaders, political analysts and researchers have questioned whether many of these self-described evangelicals actually are evangelical Christians.

Specifically, some analysts have expressed disappointment that the exit polls in some states have included only a single question about religion: “Would you describe yourself as a born-again or evangelical Christian?” They argue that this question may be too broad to accurately capture who really is and isn’t an evangelical Protestant. At the same time, some religious leaders have assumed that many of those who are telling exit pollsters that they are born-again or evangelical and that they voted for Trump aren’t really evangelicals at all because, for example, they rarely attend church.

While it is impossible to know for sure how many self-described evangelicals who also are Trump supporters embrace the tradition’s beliefs and practices, data from Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study show that when people identify as “born-again or evangelical” Christians, they also are very likely to report specific beliefs and behaviors that are characteristic of evangelical Protestantism, and this is the case regardless of which political party they support.

Conditioned Perceptions

Here’s a simple exercise to understand how much our perceptions are conditioned.  Our perceptions are products of our past experiences of sensory inputs.  We have been in rooms millions of times and we have noticed the corners in each of these rooms.  When I mentioned a corner in a room, you have an idea, a picture of one.  This image is of course your brain  just drawing from neurons that have been stimulated from the perceptions you have had of rooms and their corners.

I went back to the city’s art gallery and stayed in the entrance, inside. Below is one corner and I was about 15 feet away from it.  I picked this corner because both walls are white and the lights gave it more of a shadow, but the corner (unlike the picture below), is clearly visible.

Just focusing on one spot in the corner where the colors are closely matched, I repeated over and over that the colour is the same that one wall blended into the other.  Slowly and after about 4 - 5 minutes, the spot that I focused on, blended into one colour and the corner was gone at that spot.  I then extended this image straight up and straight  down until the entire walls blended into one.

I looked away for about 60 seconds, and then my eyes went back to the same spot, and I repeated again that the walls blended into one color. This became quicker into getting that image, within 30 seconds.  After awhile of repeating this, I got to the point that when I looked at that section and just say the walls blended, I could not see the corner. 

When I took some steps in another direction to get a view from a different angle, again repeating that the walls blended into one, I could not see the corner even though I knew that there should be a corner there.  My perception told me otherwise.

When I said to myself there’s a corner there, the image became the first image of the corner as in the above picture.  When I said the walls blended, the new image came into my view.  I switched this back and forth until the blended image became just as fast to become visible as the original image does from having all those millions of neurons of past experiences of seeing rooms and their corners.

Born Again-Christian :)
Okay, first of all.. 
  • We don’t believe in Saints. Wala kami nun. 
  • Tas every communion instead of Ostia, we partake a Bread/Biscuit then drink wine/grape juice. 
  • We have bands. Not like other religion, guitar or piano lang. Kami we have it both plus drummers. Not only acoustic guitars but also electric one’s too.
  • Then we also have choirs too!
  • Instead of Misa, we call it a Service. Dun pinaguusapan yung mga ginawa ni God for us & the likes.
  • We have a different place for the Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Young adults & adults. We have for the Jubilant too, but hindi siya tuwing sunday :)
  • Our Praise & Worship last for more than 30mins.
  • Usually, in our church, we have the praise & worship first then the preach/word.
  • If you’re attending the Teens, Young Adults, Kids & Toddlers, sometimes we celebrate Parties/occasion. We sometimes dress up & have games.
  • There’s this group where you can share about you & your life & if you have something to pray about, the leader will help you. That group is Called Care Group :)
  • We have special Speakers from Abroad.
  • It’’s fun. You can find new friends because our church have this Event every summer for the teens & the young adults called LIFE CONFERENCE. Once you tried going, you can’t wait to go again next year :)
There are a lot of things that I can tell about being a Born Again-Christian. What I wrote is what I am experiencing in our church. I just don’t know if its the same to the other church’s too. Oh well, that’s how it goes in our church. You interested? :D
Six step to Salvation

Six Steps To Salvation

1.Acknowledge - realize and admit you have acted wrongly against God’s laws. (read the 10 Commandments (Exodus 20:3-17) Are you a good person?Take the Good Test 

“For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
"God be merciful to me a sinner." (Luke 18:13) 

2.Repent - feel honest regret for these wrong-doings 

"Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)

3.Confess - admit these mistakes

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1John 1:9)


"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." (Romans 10:9)

4.Forsake - try your very best not to do them again

"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord…for He will abundantly pardon." (Isaiah 55:7)

5.Believe - know Jesus died for you

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16)

 
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16)

6.Receive - ask Him to be a part of your life

"He came unto His own, and His own received him not. But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to those that believe on His name." (John 1:11, 12)

 What to pray:

"God, I am a sinner. I ask you to forgive me of my sins. I believe in my heart, and confess with my lips, that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. Come into my heart Jesus. Take my life, I surrender it to you. From this moment on, I will live my life according to the Bible and serve you. Thank you for taking away my sins and giving me everlasting life. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen”. - Click Here (If you prayed this prayer for 1st time or are rededicating your life to serving God)


“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) 

…………….Born - Again

If you have received Jesus Christ as your Saviour, as a Christian you should:

  1. Read your Bible every day to get to know Christ better. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15) "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." (Psalms 119:105) 
  2. Talk to God in prayer every day. "And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22) "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." (Philippians 4:6)
  3. Be baptized, worship, fellowship, and serve with other Christians in a church where Christ is preached and the Bible is the final authority. "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:" (Matthew 28:19)"Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." (Hebrews 10:25) "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16) 
  4. Tell others about Christ. "And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." (Mark 16:15) "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!" (1 Corinthians 9:16) "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”(Romans 1:16)

Ten Commandments

I. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3) 

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; (Exodus 20:4-5)

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7)

4.Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: (Exodus 20:8-10)

5.Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. (Exodus 20:12)

6.Thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13)

7.Thou shalt not commit adultery. (Exodus 20:14)

8.Thou shalt not steal. (Exodus 20:15)

9.Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (Exodus 20:16)

10.Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor’s. (Exodus 20:17)

Special Commandments

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. (Matthew 22:37-38)

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:39-40)

When Prayers Don’t Seem To Be Answered

I asked God to take away my pain.God said, No. It is not for me to take away, but for you to give it up.

I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.God said, No. Her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.

I asked God to grant me patience.God said, No. Patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is earned.

I asked God to give me happiness.God said, No. I give you blessings. Happiness is up to you.

I asked God to spare me pain.God said, No. Suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.

I asked God to make my spirit grow.God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.

I asked for all things that I might enjoy life.God said, No. I will give you life so that you may enjoy all things.

I ask God to help me LOVE others, as much as he loves me. God said…Ahhhh, finally you have the ideaa.

Chick Fil A and My Position On the Gay Rights Movement

I am a born again Christian who has been saved for 13 years and has been going to church since the age of 2. I am attending a college next year where all I will learn about is the Bible. I am conservative.

I say all that because despite all the things that I’ve just stated, two of my good friends in high school are gay. One has always been very open and the other has still not formally “come out” to me, I just have assumed from pictures and phone calls. Anyway…I love both of them and never want to see them harmed. They both know my position on the gay marriage issue and we are still friends.

I believe that every person should have the right to their opinion. I think that the government should not be given the right to control our opinions. Boycotting Chick-Fil-A is actually infringing on the right of one man’s (the owner’s) freedom to have an opinion and voice it. All in all, I guess what I’m trying to say is that while I do not support gay marriage, I don’t think that I should stop buying products from companies that employ gay people and I think that people that do support the gay rights movement should have the same respect.

Homosexuality was well known in the ancient world, well before Christ was born and Jesus never said a word about homosexuality. In all of his teachings about multiple things — he never said that gay people should be condemned. I personally think it is very fine for gay people to be married in civil ceremonies.
—  President Jimmy Carter, Born Again Christian 

anonymous asked:

Father, what should I do? I'm always doubting my religion. Me being a Roman Catholic. I mean, I would want to convert and be a born-again Christian. I just want someone to enlighten me. Thank you, Father.

Hello anon:

First, ask yourself what you are going through, and how it is having an effect on your “intentionality.” What are your real intentions here? And does the reason and logic in your mind go along with your intentions and tell you that you are being faithful to Jesus’ will or to your own convenience or wants?

Do you believe, after seriously studying the New Testament, that Jesus never founded a church? Because born again churches have only existed within the last hundred years, if you speak of Pentecostal and Assembly of God churches, and maybe two hundred years if you stretch that into the “holiness movement” which swept through certain Protestant churches during the 1800’s.

By joining a born-again congregation, you certainly could not be joining a group that traces its existence back to the New Testament, and to Jesus. It would definitely be an assembly that traces its history to a human founder or foundress. Also, do you deny and no longer believe that Jesus wanted to establish a church of unity and oneness?

Because born-again Christians are scattered across hundreds if not thousands of denominations which have contradicting and competing doctrines. Do you now believe that is what Jesus intended, and therefore you wish to join a form of Christianity which is very splintered?

I guess you also no longer believe in the firm and authoritative role of the Apostles, or maybe you believe the Apostles had authority as a teaching body, but that it died out with them? Because born-again groups have no centralized authority or teaching body, such as Catholics do with the Pope and bishops. Do you now believe in private biblical interpretation? Do you now believe that every denomination has the right to subject its interpretation of Scripture to conference votes (which is what happens when there is no Apostolic Succession), and that those who disagree have a right to walk out and start new churches?

Also, do you now believe that Scripture contains no evidence for the seven sacraments of the Church, but that only baptism and “Supper of the Lord” were left as “ordinances” meaning they do not give any grace but are pure symbols of the interior faith of the person? That is the born-again belief of Christians.

They say you don’t get baptized to receive grace, but rather it celebrates the interior grace that is already in you when you confessed Jesus as Lord and Savior. They say that communion is simply a symbolic reminder of Jesus’s Body and Blood, but that Jesus can only be present in the worship through preaching, praise and song—not sacraments. Is that what you now believe?

So, you are prepared to deny that marriage, anointing of the sick, confirmation, holy orders, Eucharist of Real Presence of Jesus, and forgiveness of sins through confession are true sacraments instituted by Christ? 

Finally, initiation into born-again Christianity means the rejection of Mary as a virgin, for they believe she and Joseph had sex just like any normal couple. In fact, they see Mary and Joseph as just normal. It also means you reject the doctrine that angels and saints can go before the throne of Christ and put in a good word for us, or basically you are prepared to say they are in heaven but they don’t think about us or intercede for us. Either that, or you accept “soul sleep” of some born-agains, who believe that the souls of the dead are in a state of sleep and will not begin to enjoy heaven until the end of the world.

That means you are prepared to have fellowship with people on earth only, but you no longer acknowledge fellowship with anyone who has already crossed over, because that would interfere in the born-again doctrine of the sole relationship which a Christian should have with only Jesus the Mediator. 

Finally, speaking of those who have crossed over, by joining a born-again assembly, you will reject the Catholic doctrine of salvation outside of water baptism. Catholics believe that people who have not confessed Jesus as Lord and undergone adult, water baptism can still be saved if they follow what is right in their conscience.

The born-again doctrine is, well obviously, that you have to be born again. So, in your new faith, you are accepting that the vast majority of the 6 billion people on earth, are going to hell because of Jesus. In other words, because Jesus paid the price of sin but they have not been born again, they cannot be saved. They are going to hell. That would make you pretty lucky, but not so them. 

Again, ask yourself whether you have really thought through the plan of Jesus, and what He accomplished in the Bible (e.g. founding the true Church on the foundation of Apostolic authority). Or, ask yourself if you are looking at more superficial and shallow reasons, like feeling good with friends, happy fellowship, beautiful, uplifting bands that play nice Christian music, etc. 

Based on that honest appraisal, make the decision which you believe is the true and valid one, apart from any feelings you have, because feelings are passing and deceptive. God bless and take care! Fr. Angel

Well that was…unexpected.

This will result in good. It will. I know God won’t let me go through all this without bringing me through and turning this into good.

Doesn’t mean it doesn’t hurt like hell. And by that I mean, like hell itself is fighting against me.

But it’s not against me. This is God’s battle, and He’s already won.

I’m gonna be ok.