we today supposed to do what is mentioned to Christ's disciples in-Matthew
10:7-10, that of raising the dead and freely giving to others, etc.?
This was a particular assignment for a particular time
as Luke 22:35-37 shows, however
many miracles are still done today throughout the world, including raising
am a believer in Jesus Christ. My husband and grown children are not. What
is their position with God?
God loves and is concerned about us all -John
3:16,17; Joshua 6:18; Hebrews
11:31; 1Corinthians 7:13-17.
They too will be saved sometime in this
physical life -Acts 16:31., perhaps
the sooner your good training of them matters -Ephesians
5:1 "Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear-(original
is 'rapport', or children in harmony
with their parents, and this is the parents responsibility achieved through
conduct is important in this.
a non believer's
decisions in his or her life greatly affect their standing with God
feel wrong when I masturbate. Is it a form of lewdness?
God is no prude.
He designed our bodies to be sexually attractive and with a sexual system
and its pleasure points.
between a male and female typifies the relationship we have with God.
We are advised to love our mates as
Christ and the Father so very
much love all-(Ephesians
5:25,28,32,33) including those
not yet adopted into His
family -John 3:16-17.
Masturbation comes from thoughts of
selfish pleasure as opposed to love being an outgoing concern for another
who is the object of one's affections. But probably all of us have masturbated,
haven't we? Better to use your imagination to make the real thing most
interesting and exciting. And until the
right one comes along, better to put energies into having and showing
Masturbation (the word itself sounds gross) usually follows thoughts of
Some get so hooked on it that a male/female relationship becomes secondary;
a trick of the devil to take some of
us down a step further?
a woman equal in God's eyes to a man?
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Yes. Galatians 3:28
makes this clear. Physical distinctions are made (1Corinthians
7:3-6; Ephesians 5:20-33-(note
11:8-10 talks of a woman inclined to be in line with her created purpose
(Genesis 2:18,20-24), that she be
a sign to the angels that if she is thus,
from the angels.
Hence her special gift of intuition.
She has great ability thereby, to be adept
in matters in accord with her created purpose.
In the Old Testament women were used
by God as spokespersons.-
Because of the hardness of men's hearts
(Ezekiel 11:19; 36:26;
8:10; 10:16) back then, women
who were discovered to have had sex before the man she may now be with,
could be divorced, the man breaking the agreement, as she was found out
to have been deceiving him -Matthew 19:8;
Many men back then had little if any
forgiveness regarding such a situation and pursued divorce,
thereby giving up perhaps a fine woman who was truly sorry and wanted forgiveness
and mercy. Such were they who
place more emphasis upon the physical negative than the spiritual positives.
the mother of Jesus was thought to have been with a man because she was
pregnant (with Jesus), but she
knew better. Joseph was a fine man. He wanted to protect her from any
embarrassment -Matthew 1:18-23.