Is it Peter? THAT is the Kingdom. We hear things men say. All outsiders go to Hell. Jesus said he is the way, the truth, and the light. Nobody else co-opted that. There is no additional requirement. It is Jesus, Jesus, Jesus for one and all. Nothing additional is required, except obedience. So, are you in the Kingdom or not? Do you believe God and trust in Jesus, or do you believe men instead?
Yet, a majority of the comments here would lead any atheist to never believe in what we proclaim. My only addition is that out of all these religions, Jesus is the only one who died on the cross for our sins and rose from the dead three days later. He was witnessed ascending into heaven after resurrection by over people. Maybe I am uninformed but I have never heard of any religion that can speak any more power over life or death. Therefore, I trust in him only to forgive my sins. Not any human, pastor or pope! Hubbard or Joseph Smith die on the cross for us and come back to life 3 days later?
I think not! Jesus never sat on a gold throne like the Pope, or surrounded himself with luxuries, although he deserves it all! That just shows you how arrogant we as humans can be. It is not to be that way with you. Not until, though…. To refuse submission to the pope is to refuse submission to God?
That is not in the bible I read, and only the bible is the Word of God. Christ is the only one you submit, anything else is false. Please look and see for yourself, the pope is no mediator between man and God, … I pray that you see for yourself.. God Bless you. No one comes to the Father except through me. From now on, you do know him and have seen him. Acts Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
Jesus also said he was the Truth, the Way and the Life. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Once again she refuses. So I go to the Catholic Church and the Church tells her the same thing. Such churches do exist by the way, and they claim to be led by the Holy Spirit — an infallible being that can do no wrong. Who is right? Who is the authority? Hi Brandon If a church condones abortion it is not led by the Holy Spirit. And no man, woman, church or religion on Earth is the authority.
His Son.. Study His Holy Word to know what to believe and how to live life! Each of us has our own free will.. And it is never too late to turn to Jesus.. Maybe you will approach me in Heaven.. I offer you the invitation.. Jesus Christ came to this earth to die for our sins so we may live our lives for Him. We are born sinners but are healed by His grace through Jesus Christ. Through asking for forgiveness and trying our hardest to live our lives for Jesus Christ, we are given forgiveness that we truly seek in our lives.
My God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ knows my heart and loves me no matter what and I will always find peace when I go to Him in prayer and confession of my sins. Never forget, every person on this earth falls short of the glory of God but through Jesus Christ all is not lost and if you believe in Him and show God your repentance and ask for forgiveness, every part of me believes He will have mercy on our souls and we will be with Him in heaven one day.
A good example is the man on the cross with Jesus. God saw his heart and told him he would be in heaven with Him when he died. He was a murderer. So that tells me we all can be forgiven for our sins too, as small or great as they are.
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All you have to do is accept Jesus Christ as your savior and ask for forgiveness and show Him we mean it by how we live our lives afterwards. God have mercy on our souls and the souls of people who try to judge others. Not one person will not fall short of the glory of God and woe to the people who want to judge others because it says in the bible, judge not, lest you be judged in how you judge others.
Thus, the utter hypocricy that is inherent in every montheistic religion. Everyone has a slightly different interpretation, and therefore a slightly different belief. Both claim eachother to be incorrect and their way is the correct way. Care to explain John for me then? Was Jesus wrong and you know better Luisa? Peter was the first pope and the other desciples are the first bishops.
I will build my church on this rock…. I do agree though with a comment above that all that matters is that you follow Jesus. That is the true message. Your taking one verse, which your wrongly attributing to apostolic ascension, and ascribing all these so called truths. There are no verses in the bible that speak of Peter as pope or apostolic succession, none.
Please open your mind and search for the truth. I know, that I know, what I know! Bless you brother. This is one of many divine experiences I have had. He has never left me. But I have at times left him, even though I know what I know. And no one really believes us when we tell them. But we have to, because it is the truth; March Pastor: Curtis Linton.
This Happened. I was a new husband and father and wanted the perfect life for my first born son. My wife and I attended church regularly and that was good but something was missing in my life. I remembered when I was a young man of 14 and wanted to be a preacher when I grew up. I had that inner peace and feeling of comfort that comes with being close to God. My son was only in his second month and we gave him to God. I however did not feel that peace that I felt when I was a young teenager in Missouri. I wanted that again.
Every Sunday morning, evening, and Wednedsday night would come and I desperately wanted that peace again. I would go to the alter every time and beg,,,, I would make a fist and pray for forgiveness of my sins and please forgive me. I did this at every service and I was always the only one. I knew the congregation must think that I was really a busy sinner. After 6 or 8 weeks of this I became very depressed. I realized that there was no way for me to get that peaceful feeling I once had…… I believed that I must surely be going to hell and there was absolutely nothing that I could do about it..
I accepted it as a fact. I gave up on any chance of my salvation. But let me tell you how good Jesus is! The next Sunday as I sat in the congregation I thought: Just one more time,,,,,,, But this time I am saying goodbye……. I went to the alter and it was different when you have given up all hope… I felt that peace now but it was a sad acceptance of my fate…….
This is what happend: I knelt at the alter and lowered my head…….. I accepted that I was going to hell and there was no way around it…….. I searched in my deepest heart and ask only that God hear one last and final prayer from me…… I said: Dear God…….. I know that I am unworthy and must be going to hell…….. I accept it…………I am truly sorry…… I have only one last request if you willl hear this sinners prayer………………..
God I pray for those in the congregation that do not know you…….. Please Lord I pray that you will give them the strength to take that first step….. Send them an Angel Lord, to help them take that first step……… I have given up on me Lord……. I left that church…….. All conscious thought left my mind,,,,,,, I can only recall what I saw…….. I was surrounded by a white gold color light all around………. I looked in front of me and before me there were two images……… One in the distance up high and powerful to the extreme in his reverence and on a large throne……….
The other was between me and the one on high……… As I looked upon the one closer to me he turned to me and away from the one on high……… As he truned and reached out his hand,, He said: This One Father………. Then he touched me…………Instantly I felt every darkness and weigtht being lifted from my heart and soul……………. It was literally like a flushing of darkness and being filled with lilght…………….. The scene lingered but for only a moment and then this happened.
I felt myself kneeling at the alter with my eyes closed…………. I felt someone with their hands on mine,,,,,,,,,,, I opened my eyes and saw the wood graing finish of the alter me with my tears puddled in a circle……….. I felt a peace that can not be described by the language we use…………. Looking up I saw that the hands on mine belonged to one of the deacons in the church…….. I only went because of my selfish search for God and salvation…………. I came to realize something that day……….
God hears the unselfish prayers of sinners,,,,,, and he answered my prayers that day……… I slowly raised myself from the alter and left them all receiving Christ………. I turned and went to sit beside my wife and child…….. I felt as though I was literally walking on air…………….
I said: I just saw Jesus……………. She said: Thats Nice! I kept smiling and when we left church that day on the way home we had the worst fight of our marriage…….. Satan was furious. For he lost the battle of more than a hundred souls that day. Holy Spirit Lead Me……. I also live in the Tulsa area. Your testimony really touched my heart. Thank God!!!! Thru one small act of selflessness many souls were led to Christ.
Keep up the battle!!! Wow powerful testimony. I too have that darkness in front of me yet I yearn to feel light as cotton again. I yearn to feel that joy and happiness with peace and love. Your testimony just gave me hope once again. This is Confirmation that Jesus is waiting for me at the alter.
Thank you father!! Thank you Jesus!! Amen, amen. I have had many many questions and I feel peace of mind bout Christ, God, Holy Spirit, angels, demons, after life, life in the universe, eternal life and most important about LOVE. The creative power of the universe is love. Jesus answer: what ever one brings you the closest to God. I reach out and i listen in hopes of finding or hearing something that will overpower my educated logic and for the most part recieve positive responses.. She started praying for him also had the other nuns praying for him for about 13 years.
I know a few people who are atheist and I pray for them regularly, probably not regularly enough. It is so important to pray for those who reject God that they will come to know Him and be saved. We have a responsibility to love one another and this is one way we can do that. He states that God revealed to him that people can continue their spiritual development after death by living again on other planets, possibly in other dimensions, and some people get out of hell by repenting.
Both of these concepts are opposed to what is contained in the Bible. God is the law and God is love, all merciful, all knowing, and all powerful. Read your Bible again and read it this time with the love of God in your heart, not the fear of the vindictive, demented, destructive god small g intentional that mainstream Christianity teaches. This is the time of an awakening. We no longer have to fear God. We now have to truly love and respect Him for the great and loving being that He is.
Perfect love casts out all fear and with love God , all things are possible. I will serve my God on whatever planet and in whatever dimension He chooses for me to be. Do not fear to tell Him that you will as well. The Bible says to fear God, and also to love God. Which you should obviously do both. He knows everything, He can do anything, He can send anyone to Hell for all of eternity if he would please. However, God is loving, and forgiving. He loves all of us and wants us to love Him back. Step on and kill them.
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He wants us to call to him and praise him. We should all of our lives. We owe everything to our great God. Lord of lords. Revelation He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of othe hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.
Well anon God is not a loving God. He loves us when we obey Him. Yes even Gods patience can be exhausted. If you keep hardening your hearts and walking sinfully there will come a time where you will sow what you reap. This very concept could lead people to live a life however they want, and think that after they die, they can change their mind.
I do not find anywhere in the Bible that supports this. The Bible says, that after death comes judgement. Hebrews The judgement for believers according to what they have done for Christ, as to what rewards they will receive not salvation; they have already accepted Christ before death. Then the White Throne judgement for those who have not received Jesus Christ. There is no second chance after death. Test everything by the Word of God. I have to say that I am in agreement with Cathy Schroader…. This is the argument scientists who are researching these NDEs use too.
They are studying people who were clinically pronounced dead i. One significant fact is that all these experiences are almost identical across countries, ages, religion, non-religion, even time. I also would have to agree with Cathy, it says that which ever way we go, it is eternity after we die, that means for ever and ever and ever.. I am afraid that now that Howard says that there are other chances in other ways to get spiritual after death, and that you can live on other planets etc etc, that I find what he says is now hard to believe, or it was not from the God of Abraham that his message came from….
One key fact here is that Harold never died; he had a near-death experience. Karen Meek what do you think the bible is? You forgot something — he was not dead. God was allowing him to see the other side of things so that not only he could change but that he could cause others to change as well. Jesus is the Word. The Bible is the written account of the Word. Jesus is alive today and lives in the hearts of believers for those who accept Him.
He gives Word for today. The Bible tells us of false prophets and teachers. I find nowhere in scripture any other teaching than what you have provided here. As you say that is the test we must live by. The Bible is not big enough to contain everything there is to know about God and eternity. Other accounts of near death experiences are very similar to this one, and Howard is not the only one to speak about repentance in hell and life on other planets.
God is loving, kind and merciful. To live with Him in that glorious place called heaven, we must live for Him while still on this planet, proving our love for Him by loving and serving others to the best of our ability. Jesus is the Way, the Life and the Truth. There is no other way. You will probably be a Catholic in the near future. Pontius Pilate asked Jesus why he did not know Him.
You are on your way. We will be praying for you and your family. No pope, priest or saint can get you to heaven, and no amount of money can save you from hell. Only Jesus can do that through the acceptance of His love and sacrifice for us on the cross.. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man comes to the Father except by Him.
Many years ago a friend gave me 2 CDs on which Howard Storm told his story. It has inspired me so many times, because he is told that, years from then, this world will be a different place. As a pro-lifer, that means that abortion WILL come to an end. We have to keep up the good fight! Why the comments assuming Rev. On what basis do you make such claims? Triumphalistic, much? As far as I know, the Bible does not clearly state that the wills of those in heaven and hell are unchangeable, although it is implied in Dan , Luke , Mat.
It seems logical that hell would be empty if the fallen angels and condemned souls could get released by regretting their past mistakes. An essential characteristic of hell is that residents there are unable to love. I believe that there are 7 levels of heaven see St. They are all mentioned in the Bible. Isaias In the year that king Ozias died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne high and elevated: and his train filled the temple. Psalms And he ascended upon the cherubim, and he flew; he flew upon the wings of the winds.
Thrones, Dominions, Powers, Principalities. Colossians For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him. Virtues and Angels. Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing down death, that we might be made heirs of life everlasting: being gone into heaven, the angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.
Jude When Michael the archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he durst not bring against him the judgment of railing speech, but said: The Lord command thee. Love is the only answer and Howard found that out. First, Paul said he was taken to the third heaven. Second, if you study jewish literature, you would realize that this third heaven is the dwelling place of God, withe first meaning simply the sky of Earth, the second being space. Secondly, ther is no purgatory, nor even a need for one. Luke When Jesus ascended to heaven, he took all the righteous dead with him.
Psalm , Eph Since then, every believer who dies goes straight to the presence of Jesus. But there is nothing in the word to indicate the chance of salvation after death. To decide what your eternal relation to God will be; either communion or separation. There is no description of levels in heaven or hell, only degrees of punishment and reward. Please, everyone, make certain your doctrine comes only from the Word. The teaching of men and other books is heresy, and will neither save nor sanctify. Walk the narrow path. Matt GOD Bless.
Purgatory exists. And you interpret according to a Protestant mindset. You accept only a 66 book Bible, but you have no biblical basis upon which to do so. Where did you get the idea that the Bible contains only 66 books? Chapter and verse, and Bible only, please. Where does the Bible tell us which parts are supposed to be taken literally and which are not?
How does a Protestant go about getting married? Where did he get the idea that he has to go before a minister, with a best man and a maid of honor, and pronounce some type of vows?
Finally, is infant baptism consistent with Sola Scriptura? Millions upon millions of Protestants since the Reformation say yes, and millions upon millions of other Protestants say no. And what that means is that millions upon millions of Protestants do not understand their own doctrine of Sola Scriptura, as both sides cannot possibly be right on the issue.
It also means that the Holy Ghost does not guide millions upon millions of people who THINK they are guided by Him, as the Holy Ghost cannot guide millions of people to believe and practice something and at the same time guide millions of others to believe and practice its exact opposite. Your quote: Since then, every believer who dies goes straight to the presence of Jesus.
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And, of course, there is the most blatant reference to Purgatory contained in the Book of Macchabees, which has been ruled as canonical by the Catholic Church, which is the same institution that ruled all the books of the New Testament to be canonical:. Rather duplicitous of you to demand something of the Protestant what you yourself can not produce.
Shortly after that little miracles started happening in my life and one day I was standing in my living room and had this thought…. He is just waiting for opportunities to shower His love on people but they have to repent from there sin …. We must be Born Again John to enter the kingdom of God…Jesus did not come to bring religion but to bring us into a relationship with himself….
The Only way to heaven…. Repent and be baptized everyone of you…. Do you know God today…. Read the Bible and find out while your still alive…. He leads to the fullness of truth. True Man. I know the idea of conversion to the Catholic Church freaks people out. That is because of their ignorance about the teachings. I invite a challenge. Pray, fast…ask to be shown the Truth…read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Every belief is all in there with Holy Scripture cited. I am now a Bible College Graduate.
Sheree- Wow! Glad for you. Men are indeed corruptable, God is not. Divide and conquer seems to have worked wonders to create over 18, different churches worshipping Christ. You bet. Sheree…where do you find any of that in the Bible…. The word of God has the final say so not man……Find out just what Jesus thinks of religion….
Saying you were a Catholic did not make it so! Who, afterall, do you think put the Bible together. Who is the only church given the Holy Spirits protection to interpret correctly? The devil can only pull those away who are Catholic only in name. You must have slept through Mass if you never heard the gospel preached. The one true Church is the body of believers that follow Christ. Jesus is more concerned with ones heart than what Church we attend. I was a Catholic for 40 years and never in that time did I hear it either. I began to read the bible from Genesis and all the way through even the Apochrypha.
I have heard that there are born again Catholics, but in my experience they are in the vast minority. How can you all the Roman Catholic Church a false church? I hear sermons from the Bible every Sun. Evidently, the priest you claim to have seen on the beach in a speedo with his lover was tempted by the flesh. No one ever said priests nor anyone else is perfect! That might have been one priest without your consideration of the thousands of faithful priests throughout the world.
I pray that you will find your way back to the Roman Catholic Church, but in the meantime, I hope you are happy and feel loved by God. Can you explain bowing before idols then? The catholic church was NOT the first church created by Jesus. Catholics pray to beings other than GOD and Jesus. Pretty sure that Jesus was against that. Catholics just say that they were formed by Jesus to make themselves seem as if they were important.
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Most people leaves the church for futile reasons, or are deceived to leave the house of God by the devil. See the fallen angel is smart, not stupid as some portrayed him, he send his agents to infiltrate the institutions. They betray everybody, then he unveil them, at the right moment, in from of the right people, like the pastor on the beach with speedos or pedo bishops. They are impostors, placed to ruin the faith in the church. Maybe they are not even aware of this, because they are also people. And people can be manipulated easely. A life time of faith can be destroyed by one single moment, a bad example a moment of weakness etc.
But this also shows the shortcomings of some believers, it is explained clearly that you should have faith in God, jesus etc not in HUMANS. Humans fails, even the greates of the saints fails, and this is because humans are limited, we live for a short time, we have little knowledge and strong powers try to decieve us.
A pedo bishop or a luxurious pastor means noting, they are sinners we all are so its not a big surprise. Human fails, and we are confused thats why we have the sacred scriptures, the revelations. To help us to get close to god. No matter what you do you cannot avoid sinning. The sin in itself its not important, but our efforts to avoid sinning and to be on the right path is important.
And GOD knows we fail, we are imperfect, thats why he help us. Leaving the church because of the action of humans, is a poor excuse. Its like leaving the hospital complaining there are sick people in there. But the hospital exist exactly because of the sicks, not the healthy. THe church is the same, its exist for us sinners.
So leaving the church because of one sinner or a million is stupid. I dont say this for offend or demean you, I by my self have done some very bad things in my life. I have failed and done mistakes. Sometimes because of pride and arrogance other times because of stupidity. But its irrilevant, because whats important is our effort to get back to the right path that is important.
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Alexander woke one day in with an intense headache. He eventually recovered, a medical miracle in itself, Alexander writes. But he was an entirely different man, no longer a neuroscientist like other neuroscientists. But that belief, that theory, now lies broken at our feet. What happened to me destroyed it. For their part, non-materialist neuroscientists, like University of Montreal professor Mario Beauregard, have long critiqued Blackmore and point out that brain research was in its infancy 20 years ago. Blackmore argued that a lack of oxygen or anoxia during the dying process might induce abnormal firing of neurons in the part of the brain that controls vision, leading to the illusion of seeing a bright light at the end of a dark tunnel.
Beauregard cites objections by Dutch cardiologist Pim Van Lommel that if anoxia lack of oxygen was central to NDEs, far more cardiac arrest patients would report such an experience. Two decades of research and medical advances have moved near-death experiences from rare events to common occurrences.
In his book Erasing Death , Parnia cites a year-old Japanese woman as the current record holder in terms of time for someone who was found dead and restored to life. Those whose NDEs also involved an out-of-body experience raise the stakes further. Materialist skeptics are not troubled by accounts of tunnels of light or angelic beings. Too much carbon dioxide in the blood perhaps or, as a recent study from the University of Kentucky posits, NDEs are really an instance of a sleep disorder, rapid eye movement REM intrusion.
Cardiac arrest could trigger a REM intrusion in the brain stem—the region that controls the most basic functions of the body and which can operate independently from the now dead higher brain. The resulting NDE would actually be a dream. But that hypothesis still cannot account for people who report seeing, during their out-of-body experiences, what they could not have. Perhaps the most famous corroborated case, cited by Beauregard, is that of a migrant worker named Maria, whose story was documented by her critical care social worker, Kimberly Clark.
The day after she had been resuscitated after cardiac arrest, Maria told Clark how she had been able to look down from the ceiling and left the OR. She described it in detail. In a similar vein, many traditional Christians are more than a little wary of the reported experiences of the heaven travellers. For them the idea—so intolerable to materialist skeptics—that consciousness, or the soul, can and does exist outside the body is an article of faith. But some of the new afterlife, however seemingly Christian in outline, is often troubling, especially in its utter lack of judgment.
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The idea that major scientists no longer dismiss the idea of continuing consciousness colours all accounts, as does the fact that, whether truth or fantasy, the experiences are necessarily culturally specific. All overwhelming and bewildering mental states have to be sorted, defined and made comprehensible in the light of the familiar—what else do our brains have to work with?