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  1. ANTHONYMARIA OKOLIE Reply

    144,000 TO BE SAVED?

    1. emily ward Reply

      Having read many of the scriptures relating to the 144,000, and the other related comments about washing the robes as white as snow, for those of the great persecution, I feel that the 144.000 may be those of the great persecution in world war 2. The bible goes on to describe more than the 144,000, that will be there when Christ returns, and that they will be from every nation of the world. the bible also tells us that those who have been waiting in the clouds ( our departed ones) will be resurrected at that time. It tells us that Jesus told his deciples that he goes to prepare a place for us in the heavenly kingdom. This will be a vast place, and will be the new Jerusalem. He will send angels to the four corners of the earth to collect all those written in his book of life. I truly believe that this encompasses all those who have followed in his ways, as much as they are able to do in human form. None of us are without sin, though, to be called his children, we must follow as closely as we can.

      1. Okolo Henry C Reply

        An understanding of the background to the Book of Revelation might be of help. For the time being I wish to say that the book of Revelation is apocalyptic as it is symbolic, Its contents should not be taken literary or better still should be reflected upon in relation to other biblical passages. The writer wrote in the time the church was suffering it out in her early beginning from without and within (internal tensions). I understand that number to be symbolic (consider that number to be a multiple of a every sacred and symbolic number 12): the whole Israel. To read down this passage in book Revelation might clear the doubt of God having decided our fate. I AM CONVINCED WITH BIBLICAL BACKUP THAT THE EMPHASIS IN THE WHOLE OF REVELATION IS A CALL TO BE PREPARED, washing our robes white for the great banquet. Thanks!

  2. Steven Rocha Reply

    Ok

  3. Njoku Kelechi Richard Reply

    IS IT RIGHT TO ASK THE DEAD TO PRAY FOR YOU?
    This question is usually asked by our departed brethren,they say, it is a sin to ask the dead to pray for you. They are not far from the truth. Yes, it is sin to ask the dead to pray for you,they can’t talk, & are far from the presence of God. But,it is no sin to ask the living to pray for you, since they are always in God’s presence.
    This was wat Adam failed to understand wen God told him “on d day u shall eat dat fruit u shall die” (Genesis 2:14), God was not talkin about d physical death cos Adam n Eve did not die dat day, but a depart from God’s presence, don’t forget God is d source of our existence, his breadth is our existence not d body.
    The Lord is far from the wicked but He hears the prayer of the righteous. Proverbs 15:29 (Also see Job 42:8 & James 5:16). God listens to those who are near to Him, not those that are wicked, that are far from Him. Jesus Christ in John 3:16-18;6:53-54;11:25-26, categorically tells us that those who believe in Him, eat His flesh are those who have eternal life, even when they die, while those who don’t, even if they are alive are already dead.
    Can you ask an armed robber or a prostitute to pray for you? Is it not those who you consider good that you ask them to pray for you. So it is with those who die in the Lord they are not dead but are alive in the presence of God, they can also pray and praise God. Psalm 30:9.
    The Sadducees put God to test, by asking Him the question about the rising from the death. He answered,”Now as for the dead rising to life; haven’t you ever read what God has told you? He said, I am God of Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob.” He is the God of the living not the dead.” Matthew 22:23-33.
    From the above passages we are convinced that those who die in the Lord are not dead but are alive. These heavenly saints are closer to the throne of God, can see and talk to God. Revelation 7:14-15.
    They shouted in a loud voice,”Almighty Lord, holy and true! How long will it be untill You judge the people on earth and punish them for killing us? Revelation 6:9-11.
    And I heard every creature in heaven, on earth, in the world below, and in the sea, all living beings in the universe singing…. Revelation 5:13.
    And I saw multitude dressed in white robes and holding palm branches in their hands, they called out in a loud voice,”salvation comes from our God, who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!…. Revelation 7:9-17. (Also see Luke 9:28-31).
    The Church doesn’t only ask these good men/women to pray for us, the Church also meditate on these heroes of our faith lives while they were on earth, as was instructed by the bible.
    Remember your former leaders, who spoke God’s message to you, think back on how they lived and died, and imitate their faith. Hebrew 13:7 (also see 1 Corinthians 11:1; Philippians 3:17).
    2 Kings 13:20-21 states; ….. As soon as the body came into contact with Elisha’s bones, the man came back to life and stood up.
    Brethren, what do you think happened here, if Elisha who died in the Lord is dead, is it possible his bones would bring a dead man to life? Does a dead man have the power to bring another dead man to life? No! It is only God that have the power to bring this dead man to life. But like what Jesus Christ said in Matthew 22:32. Our God is a God of the living, not the dead. God has no business with the dead. Psalm 6:5. Elisha must be alive and at the presence of God before something like that could happen. As it is written in Psalm 16:10….and You will not abandon me to the world of the dead.
    The true Church has thousands of such people, who may have died, but are alive in heaven. Apart from the fact that they lived HOLY and RIGHTEOUS life while on earth, genuine miracles were performed at their tomb. Some of these saints body even refused to decompose (this marvels the scientist till date), after so many years they departed this earth. As the Psalmist said,”The Lord preserves the good people completely not one of their bones is broken” Psalm 34:20 (see also John 19:36).
    Brethren, lets stop this self destructive criticism, spread by people who have a healthy habit of arguing what they don’t understand. These saints (e.g. Mary, twelve apostles, etc), the Church ask them to pray for them, and also examine their life, the Church also sets aside days to honour these wonderful people, heroes and fathers of our faith.
    God bless you.

  4. thomas manyara Reply

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  5. jennifer Reply

    What will i answer to a relative that says that the Deutrocanonical books are not approved by the dogma?

  6. Micheal Reply

    Thank you so much. I didn’t know all this. God bless you.

  7. So So Reply

    From the church perspective,Please how true is the statement “women have no religion until after marriage”?. It gives the idea that women are not humans because freedom of religion is a basic human right.

    1. Henry C Reply

      Women are humans- my mother is a woman, she gave birth to me and since no one can give what they do not have … I do not think that statement is true. But it shouldn’t be true. It is only what is coming up in our society. FAITH overcomes the world, it involves risk, it is to believe all that God reveals. However, it is a gift of God. Well, on my own part I can not trade anything with my faith. The Church will encourage you not to trade your faith. Marriage is good and I encourage all who can to be open to it. Lastly, Keep praying…

  8. Charles Toshney Reply

    According to Canon law if a marriage is annulled it is considered never to have happened. What then is the status of any children which might have been born and baptised in the church during the period when their parents were still regarded as husband and wife?

  9. Mario Simonelli Reply

    Qualifications: Metal fabricator, to whom the Lord opened the mind to understand the New Testament scriptures. Here is an example of the understanding given to me. This article is in my book “The Way God Told It” THE WILL OF GOD AND THAT OF THE HIGH PRIEST We ought to know the difference between the foreknowledge of an event and the actual will of God: for we read in Matthew 26:42: “He went away again a second time and prayed saying, ‘My father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, Thy will be done.’” As we read the above verse we can be forgiven if we think that God’s will was for Jesus to be executed, and if we think that, then the high priest was only doing God’s will, and if that is so we should also be screaming, “Crucify, crucify Him!” Therefore it is in the interest and integrity of our faith to understand God’s will from the high priest’s will, because those two wills appear to be intertwined but in fact they are separate and distinct. The important thing to understand for the sake of our holy faith is that God’s foreknowledge allowed Him to use the evil deed of the high priest for his own purpose, but He (God) had nothing to do with bringing it about, otherwise the high priest would no longer be acting alone or by his own free will. We all know that the high priest’s will was to have Jesus put to death by execution, for we read in John 11:48-50: “’If we let Him go on like this, all men will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and our nation.’ But a certain one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, ‘You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for US that one man should die……………. and that the whole nation should not perish.’” The above verses make the reasoning and intention of the high priest clear. He is mainly afraid that his influential position and the Jewish religion will be abolished by the Romans because they all thought that if Jesus was not stopped, eventually the entire congregation would believe in Him and there would be no longer any need for their office and their religion (or nation.) In a nutshell we can confidently say that the high priest had Jesus put to death so that his influential office and the Jewish religion could continue its existence. By that knowledge alone we now understand that Jesus’ execution was solely the will of the high priest and his associates and God had nothing to do with that decision. Nevertheless, He did not interfere to save His Son or alleviate His sufferings. At this point we all should ask ourselves, why Jesus had to pay for our sins with His life? The answer is found in Matthew 5:17, for Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to abolish the law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfil.” We know that all the prophecies that were written about Him in the Old Testament were fulfilled as His life unfolded. But how could Jesus fulfil the law? I believe that in order to fulfil the law He had to die sinless. For we read in Hebrews 9:27: “And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment.” It stands to reason that only after death can the judgement be final, because only then men can no longer sin. We know that Adam could not keep one simple law (Genesis 2:17) and as a consequence mankind had to die. But Jesus, a type of Adam, kept all of the law, despite the temptation within Himself to escape death, as well as the temptation to respond to those who inflicted on Him excruciating pain and verbal abuses. Yet in all that agonising time He did not utter one single complaint or accusing word, but blessed them by forgiving them. Because of that He fulfilled the law (or accomplished God’s will). In consequence He reversed what Adam did, therefore now the entire human race has justification of life. We should know that much more than justification of life awaits the believers who, through the spirit of Christ, become the adopted sons and daughters of God for we read in Acts 2:33, 38 and 41: ‘”Therefore having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear’… And Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let each of you be baptised in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’… So then, those who had received his word were baptised; and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” So, through the Holy Spirit that was given to us, we know that the fulfilment of the law is the true irreversible outcome of His sacrificial mission, for we also read in 1Corinthians 2:10: “For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.” The following allegorical illustration should clarify God’s will regarding the mission given to Jesus. It will also clearly define Jesus’ sacrificial mission of love. Let us imagine that during wartime there are many missions to be carried out against the enemy and all of them contain some risk of possible loss of some of those who are taking part in the mission. At other times the mission is so risky that they call for volunteers; the mission is such that the probability of survival is nil, but it has to be done. In this case the commander is sacrificing a small, willing number of men for the greater good of the cause. The question we should ask ourselves is this: Is it the commander’s will to have those men killed? Or is it the commander’s will that the mission be accomplished? If your answer is what I think it is, now apply the same formula to God’s will regarding the mission given to Jesus. John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” So God willingly sacrificed His Son for the greater good of humanity. Our thanks must go to God and to Jesus who successfully carried out the sacrificial mission of fulfilling the law. Hence, our believing in His life and in His triumph over the temptation of sinful flesh now saves us. Furthermore, we have been fully assured that He has gracefully donated to us His triumph over sin in the flesh through the gift of His Holy Spirit, so that we now can also resist temptation and live holy lives. Certainly we can now live holy lives! It is confirmed in Luke 1:73-75, where we read: “The oath, which He swore to Abraham our father, to grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies (OR THE POWER OF SIN) might serve Him without fear. In holiness and righteousness before Him all of our days.” The understanding of the above scripture is a trustworthy rendering as we read in 1Corinthians 15:56: “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” So we can now confidently say that Jesus, by dying sinless, fulfilled the law and consequently stripped sin (our enemy) of its power. Glory to God
    About You: I am a no body, brought up Catholic with a basic education received in Rome, in 1962, at nineteen years of age I migrated to Australia, my five children are all doing well, I have 11 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. In 1979 the Lord found me faithful and opened my mind to understand the Scriptures. My book “The Way God Told It ” published in 2010 and available from Amazon, it has more information about me. I have posted some comments on this forum. God bless

  10. bob Reply

    Someone answer this question.

    Bilocation and Levitation are not mentioned in the bible as the Gifts Of The Holy Spirit. How does the church argue that this is from God

  11. fabian okoye Reply

    Jesus ascended to heaven how? with wings or what caried up by who? He said, the works that i do, even greater works you will do, thepower of God not bound what is writing in the bible the scriptures is for u not for God st paul says all that is good,wholesome,execelent nd beutifull do even as i do. still miracle is a gift nd bilocation nd levitation enclosed in it as long as they serve the purpose of the gospel nd the glory of God.remember st. philip was suddenly taken away from the ethiopian eunoch to anather loction as d father sent me so am i sending u tnx

  12. Latainah Reply

    Is watching horror movie a sin?

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