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Zyad Kadri #fundie quora.com

The unforgivable sin can only be realized by a committed and persistent state of mind. To deny the witness of the Holy Spirit knowingly, understanding exactly what it is being revealed to you and rejecting it time and again, now in mortality and into eternity, is persistent and committed.

As I’ve read one time, it is akin to seeing the sun shining in the sky at noon-day and denying its presence. Perhaps even cursing it. The sun still shines, but the benefit you get from it is maddening, frustrating and unwelcome. It is a state of mind in which you are not simply ignoring God and his outreach to you, but you are denying the outreach because of a dark spiritual disposition. Folks who love evil and darkness more than light and goodness even so much that if Christ came to them to comfort them, they would seek to “…crucify him afresh.” This takes a special kind of person. A person who has decided that they relish in their wallow, that they want to cause harm to others and God even when faced by God with the sorrows of their victims. They have shut off the guilt meter and seek the same spiritual devolution for the lust of misery of others now and beyond the grave. These certain souls seek no redemption because they hate the source from whence it comes. Like Satan, they would rather usurp the throne of God to rid all of creation of his justice and love.

Their despicable spiritual slums or only fed by the infliction of hopelessness, devouring the light of conscience in other people. Inflicting upon them the reflection of their own spiritual filth before God; making them miserable, guilt ridden, and shamed so much that they too run from the redeemer’s love. They are simply unpardonable only because by their unrepentant dispositions they keep themselves out of reach by the master’s loving and forgiving radiance. It is a state of character so completely and utterly opposite from the the divine nature, that desires are bent on the destruction of others, including God. They don’t merely flirt with dark powers, they ally themselves in full allegiance with it.

If you recognize that you are one of these, then you already know. But if you’re asking, then you are never beyond redemption. Never run from God to absolve guilt, run to him, repent, grow spiritually and find peace.

Godspeed, my friend!

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ClayJar #fundie bibleforums.org

Almost everything you described (apart from the audible voice) I went through - actually, I forgot this until I read your story: there was once after a long 3hour debate (we argued Buddhist thinking - which he supports - vs Christianity), he paused and looked at me and said, "It's like you're Married to Jesus Christ." That took me by surprise - he GOT Christianity on some level - human marriage IS a reflection of our first covenant with Jesus.. and I said really quietly, "yes". And he just shook his head and said, "I don't want to marry Jesus." I remember sitting there with tears in my eyes, he was so near and yet so far! The agony was so intense! I mean, I feel sad when I think of friends or family members who are not saved, but that grief was different to this horrible feeling - and I knew it's because I wanted him so badly to be saved, not only for him, but so that I could stay with him. I wanted my way instead of God's way. God was telling me, this is not your job, walk away.

It Was a really dark time - I don't ever want to go back.

I sometimes still feel it in the pit of my stomach when I think about him, and it's what makes me not feel like eating or sleeping or going about life in my normal cheer. And I know it's a spiritual fight inside - but I don't want any more of it. It is getting better, it's not as bad as 2 months ago.

One day at a time. I know one day I'll be ok. :hug:

Thank you.

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Robert Escandon, B.A. Philosophy & Psychology, The University of Texas at El Paso (2005), #fundie quora.com

You answered your own question. The Canaanites sacrificed their children to their god, Molech. The way they would do it is they would place a toddler on the hands of a statue of Molech that has been over fire which made the hands red hot; the Canaanites would let the child scream until it died on those red hot hands as a sacrifice despite God (the true God) warning them to stop. After about a hundred years, God ordered the elimination of the Canaanites through Joshua. God stopped the evil of killing innocent children yet God is constantly criticized for stopping that evil by the very same people who claim God won’t stop the evils of the world today.

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Kingston Tong, Graduated from seminary, preaching and teaching the Bible #fundie, quora.com

The original question: “Where is the list of the 500 people that is claimed to have witnessed the resurrection of Jesus?” is answered by the Apostle Paul that the Corinthians can still meet some of the eye witnesses of Jesus’ resurrection.

“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried,that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born” (I Cor. 15:3–7).

Luke records that the Lord appeared to them over a period of 40 days and spoke about the kingdom of God (Acts 1:3). It is reasonable to think that that the appearance of Jesus to the 500 happened within those 40 days when the Apostles were among that crowd. It was not Luke’s intention to list all the appearances of Jesus but ones that relates to the Apostles as the text continues with theses words, “On one occasion, while he was eating with the, he gave them this command, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about…” (Acts 1:4).

The Apostle Paul even declares that if the Corinthians believers or skeptics don’t believe his testimony of Jesus’ resurrection that they can go to Jerusalem and meet some of the eyewitnesses of Jesus’ resurrection themselves. If there were any skeptics of Jesus’ life and resurrection, I would imagine that they would have went either to disapprove or confirm the life and resurrection of Jesus. Thus the resurrection of Jesus was well established by the testimony of the Apostles, the women, and 500 other people.

Note carefully in Acts 1:23–26 that two other men, Joseph called Barsabbas and Mathias were also witnesses of Jesus’ life:

“Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.” Josephus and Mathias were equally qualified to be witnesses of Jesus’ life from John’s baptism until Jesus was taken up from us. Thus there were other witnesses which is not recorded in the Gospels.

It has been argued that why aren’t there other records of the life of Jesus. Luke records in 1:1–4 these words: “Many have undertaken to draw up an account of the things that have been fulfilled among us, 2 just as they were handed down to us by those who from the first were eyewitnesses and servants of the word. 3 With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, 4 so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught.” Those records have been lost.” Those historical documents are lost or not preserved.

SUMMARY: The resurrection of Jesus is true and not a fable.