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Old 03-01-2011, 03:21 AM
 
Location: Italy
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We have all been unbelievers.
Personally, I like spending time with unbelievers. I am no better than them.
(And anyway, if I exclude them, I get feeling proud and self-righteous. After all, who am I to exclude others??)

Plus, you always have the chance to share with him/her that they have Christ within them too, and that He is their Life!

Blessings!
brian
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:51 AM
 
Location: Michaux State Forest
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Forgive me if I'm being naive but I thought healthy, long-lasting relationships were built on love, trust, and respect. If this is so(especially love & respect), then why would one's religious affiliation or lack there of, matter? Isn't it all about love in the end?
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:07 AM
 
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Forgive me if I'm being naive but I thought healthy, long-lasting relationships were built on love, trust, and respect. If this is so(especially love & respect), then why would one's religious affiliation or lack there of, matter? Isn't it all about love in the end?
Agreed.
The Spirit of Christ is all about love, trust, respect, tolerance. God forgives and loves us, and we are called to do the same.
Love overcomes all things!

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brian
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:00 AM
 
Location: Michaux State Forest
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We have all been unbelievers.
Personally, I like spending time with unbelievers. I am no better than them.
(And anyway, if I exclude them, I get feeling proud and self-righteous. After all, who am I to exclude others??)

Plus, you always have the chance to share with him/her that they have Christ within them too, and that He is their Life!

Blessings!
brian
This is a great post, Brian. I've met fundie believers who will only associate with other believers, they don't want to even talk to non-believers. This has always seemed small-minded to me. They use the "yolked" verse as their reason behind their unwillingness to even speak to someone of another faith, ect. I see absolutely no love in this type of existence but I do see a great deal of judgement. This type of thinking has led to the current backlash against fundamentalist Christianity and I can see why. Isn't it more Christlike to accept and lead by example?
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Old 03-01-2011, 05:36 AM
 
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This is a great post, Brian. I've met fundie believers who will only associate with other believers, they don't want to even talk to non-believers. This has always seemed small-minded to me. They use the "yolked" verse as their reason behind their unwillingness to even speak to someone of another faith, ect. I see absolutely no love in this type of existence but I do see a great deal of judgement. This type of thinking has led to the current backlash against fundamentalist Christianity and I can see why. Isn't it more Christlike to accept and lead by example?
Yes. I used to hate other people because I was taught that God hated them. I couldn't not hate them, since I wanted to be like God!
Yet my heart was bothering me because I knew that I was despising them, yet I was supposed to love them, too.
So we must understand that loving people doesn't mean that we love sin. It's God who takes the love of sin out of our hearts, and it never returns! Glory to Him!

Perhaps some Christians are afraid of sin? Maybe they still love it? I don't know, I'm just speculating..


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brian
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:04 PM
 
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Hello. I'm a christian in a relationship with a nonbeliever. What is the best way to help him believe in Christ? If you were in my shoes, how would you help your partner? Often I feel like I am not strong enough to help my partner when I cannot even keep up my own relationship with God.
It is not your job to get anyone to believe, live your faith, love your partner, enjoy life.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:04 PM
 
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It is not your job to get anyone to believe, live your faith, love your partner, enjoy life.
Wise counsel . . . as long as it includes the more inclusive "love God and each other."
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Old 03-01-2011, 04:42 PM
 
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Why don't you consult the word of God and see what is written ? I believe that you know the answer but because of your carnal feelings you want someone to tell you what you want to hear in a convincing way. God Bless.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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Hello. I'm a christian in a relationship with a nonbeliever. What is the best way to help him believe in Christ? If you were in my shoes, how would you help your partner? Often I feel like I am not strong enough to help my partner when I cannot even keep up my own relationship with God.
It is written, "Be not unequally yoked to an unbeliever". Even if you were married the advice according to, 1 Corinthians, 7: 16, " For how do you know, O wife, It whether you shall save your husband? Or how do you Know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?" Manyis written have pierced themselves with needless pain by assuming they could, did not know, or ignored the above council and rushed into marriage. Why even start in the wrong direction to begin with? I am not assuming that you are in a rush but I do say, beware and be careful. Let the Peace of God rule in your heart by having the Mind of Christ [the Word], that only can guide you.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:54 PM
 
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Hello. I'm a christian in a relationship with a nonbeliever. What is the best way to help him believe in Christ? If you were in my shoes, how would you help your partner? Often I feel like I am not strong enough to help my partner when I cannot even keep up my own relationship with God.
It is written, "Be not unequally yoked to an unbeliever". Even if you were married the advice according to, 1 Corinthians, 7: 16, " For how do you know, O wife, It whether you shall save your husband? Or how do you Know, O husband, whether you will save your wife?" Manyis written have pierced themselves with needless pain by assuming they could, did not know, or ignored the above council and rushed into marriage. Why even start in the wrong direction to begin with? I am not assuming that you are in a rush but I do say, beware and be careful. Let the Peace of God rule in your heart by having the Mind of Christ [the Word], that only can guide you.
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