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Old 10-27-2018, 06:46 PM
 
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Acts 9 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Damascus Road: Saul Converted

9 Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. [a]It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.
Ananias Baptizes Saul
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:01 PM
 
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It's a personal experience that fills you with a joy that is unspeakable.
Um, add awe, shock as to why this is happening to 'me'....honor, gratitude, a stunned breathlessness
as the whole world stops as you're in a ''bubble'' of a supernatural transcendendal experience
straight from a heavenly place...seeing everything is alive and conscious and is
within and is this One Being...
I could go on...
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:08 PM
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It's a personal experience that fills you with a joy that is unspeakable.
Dear Jerwade: My experience many moons ago left me in utter fear my mind & heart had finally gone south. Six words accompanied with transcendent glory of His Presence that went on for nearly 2 wks. I could not eat and shaking in the light of His glory a wonderful change began to unfold that to this day has ruined me for "normal" discourse. Oh our God is so glorious!
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:14 PM
 
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Dear Jerwade: My experience many moons ago left me in utter fear my mind & heart had finally gone south. Six words accompanied with transcendent glory of His Presence that went on for nearly 2 wks. I could not eat and shaking in the light of His glory a wonderful change began to unfold that to this day has ruined me for "normal" discourse. Oh our God is so glorious!
Indeed, it is an exp that pretty much ruins your life. Yup...not many understand what that means...it's
like, thank you very much for having me taste a $125 bottle of wine....now nothing less will satisfy me...thanks a lot, Lord.
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:22 PM
 
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What I realized while attending various fundamentalist churches, over multiple decades is that many were being taught based on the predetermined opinions of others, and they never sought the truth for themselves. When I observed the fearmongering that was intertwined with the message of grace, love and forgiveness? I couldn't help but to see that they were talking out both sides of their mouth with blessings and curses.

It's an experience which overturns any preconceived belief or commitment to follow a certain religion. Which led me to ask more, a more questions; and to study things for myself. And the condemnation and separation left me with a bad taste in my mouth, as I am sure it did Christ Jesus. To this day, I still see men talking out both sides of their mouth as they divide humanity by exalting themselves, while condemning others to a place of damnation.
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:26 PM
 
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What I realized while attending various fundamentalist churches, over multiple decades is that many were being taught based on the predetermined opinions of others, and they never sought the truth for themselves. When I observed the fearmongering that was intertwined with the message of grace, love and forgiveness? I couldn't help but to see that they were talking out both sides of their mouth with blessings and curses.

It's an experience which overturns any preconceived belief or commitment to follow a certain religion. Which led me to ask more, a more questions; and to study things for myself. And the condemnation and separation left me with a bad taste in my mouth, as I am sure it did Christ Jesus. To this day, I still see men talking out both sides of their mouth as they divide humanity by exalting themselves, while condemning others to a place of damnation.
People with brain power realize the same thing. And a result of this is usually a stronger
love and respect for Jesus and his Father.
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:28 PM
 
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Dear Jerwade: My experience many moons ago left me in utter fear my mind & heart had finally gone south. Six words accompanied with transcendent glory of His Presence that went on for nearly 2 wks. I could not eat and shaking in the light of His glory a wonderful change began to unfold that to this day has ruined me for "normal" discourse. Oh our God is so glorious!
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Indeed, it is an exp that pretty much ruins your life. Yup...not many understand what that means...it's
like, thank you very much for having me taste a $125 bottle of wine....now nothing less will satisfy me...thanks a lot, Lord.
Imagine the taste of water turned to wine, which is to be shared with ALL people?
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Old 10-27-2018, 07:39 PM
 
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Whatever you want to call it, if you have ever had an experience of God, you can never accept the dogmas that portray God as anything other than love, period. The experience is unmistakable.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:50 PM
 
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What do you think happened on the road to Damascus?
Death, Paul went into the belly of the fish and died, but then he was taken from the waters as Noah, as Jonah, as Moses, as Jesus.
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Old 10-27-2018, 08:52 PM
 
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O, I just never heard that expression,'' Damascus experience.''

When I think of Damascus, it is never the story of Paul that comes to mind.
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