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#464358 - 04/21/14 07:33 PM How do I know there is a God...
I Want 2 Thrive Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
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Loc: Florida, U.S.A
I look back at my life. All of the things that should have killed me and didn't. I may not have always loved God, but I know he always loved me.

The Anchor Holds - in spite of the storm.
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#464378 - 04/22/14 03:54 AM Re: How do I know there is a God... [Re: I Want 2 Thrive]
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Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 3362
Loc: O Kanada
thanks for the link.
great song.

my wife says i have the strangest fusion of good/bad luck she has ever seen.
the worst things keep happening to me... unexpected, unpreventable, terrible things. things far beyond my mortal ability to prevent, avoid, or control.

yet, somehow, i have always managed to come out the other side…
unscathed, wiser, stronger, happier.

it has been a theme in my life since childhood.
cursed AND blessed.
gifted AND deprived.
all at the same time.

if only i could skip all the hard stuff and jump straight to the happy ending every time wink but i guess contrast provides context.

the war between good and evil
is tearing my soul in half.
i wanna cry.
but all i can do is laugh.

god has been nothing but good to me.
i'm my own worst enemy.

all the dangers i've survived.
the trials that i've endured.
the sicknesses i've overcome,
the illnesses i've cured.

the lessons that i've learned.
the wounds that i have healed
the wisdom that i've earned.
on life's battlefield.
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#464387 - 04/22/14 07:32 AM Re: How do I know there is a God... [Re: victor-victim]
I Want 2 Thrive Offline
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Indeed
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#467979 - 07/25/14 06:16 PM Re: How do I know there is a God... [Re: I Want 2 Thrive]
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Re: How do I know there is a God...

good question:


whenever i contemplate this conundrum - i find courage and comfort in this scripture...


"Because that which is known about God is evident within them;
for God made it evident to them.
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,
being understood through what has been made,
so that they are without excuse
."
- from the Paul's letter to the Romans chapter 1.

i like how it says that the invisible attributes of god are clearly seen.
that is how i feel.
his existence is self-evident.

that sounds like a paradox to a doubter, atheist, or skeptic,
and it was an obstacle to my faith for many decades.

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."
- from Psalm 14

"The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom."
- from Psalm 111

"Indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God
."
- from Proverbs 2

i follow these principles to the best of my abilities.
the only problem is...
The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
- attributed to Jesus in Matthew 26
"Indeed, there is no one on earth who is righteous, no one who does what is right and never sins."
- attributed to King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 7
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#468188 - 07/29/14 04:20 PM Re: How do I know there is a God... [Re: I Want 2 Thrive]
CheerfulJohn Offline
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Registered: 08/22/10
Posts: 142
Loc: England (at the moment)
fb kind of "like" to your posts smile
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