Originally Posted by shortgrass
Very interesting point on guilt... You know, I feel like there's a double edged sword there, so to speak, on being or feeling guilty and thinking that either it doesn't matter, or you're already saved.
I was raised in the Lutheran Church.. Baptized as an infant, confirmed, all that good stuff. But to be quite honest, I wasn't paying one bit of attention to anything that was going on. I did the confirmation thing because my mom made me. I'm serious, I wasn't listening AT ALL. All I picked up on was John 3:16. I never even thought of reading John 3:17! I figured all I had to do was believe in God and follow the 10 commandments, but even if I didn't, I was still saved since all I had to do was believe it, not actually do it. Wow, it took me 20 years before I decided to read a bit further.
I thought I was getting away with doing some seriously wrong stuff, and only when I realized what else was in that book, did I decide to start studying it a little more. Wow, does the guilt set in then! @Flock Master64
, in no way is ever asking a question pertaining to scripture dumb. God knows you seek, and he will open it to you, in HIS time. I've been poring over this book for 5 years and still amazed at how one day I'll read what I feel like is gobbledygook, and the next day, its like a light comes on and all of a sudden, it makes sense! And then it leads me to another verse, and another.. And when I get stumped, I can call on others to help clarify for me, just as you are doing
I agree with a study Bible being a huge help; I'd suggest one with a concordance. It's like a huge index to all the subjects and verses in the Bible, so you can study a topic and find all the correlating verses. It's very very helpful!
Now I see the difference between GUILT and CONVICTION! I used to be guilty, now I am convicted.
@Flock Master64 And for me the Holy Spirit is the great discerner. I have sought my whole life for Truth and discernment... It says ..
Philippians 4: 6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God,which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Matthew 7:9 "Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone?"
Ephesians 1:13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,
1 Corinthians 2:13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
John 14:16-17 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
Romans 8:26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
((With all my heart I believe that I if you seek you will find... but I close with this...))
John 16:12-13 "I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth."
When you seek the truth it will be revealed in the form you can chew at the time... milk, cereal, then meat (my own examples) according to your development and where God has you at that point in your life.