Repent ye vile sinners and be saved!

@CJscott (4184)
Canada
March 15, 2010 2:51pm CST
What we have here is basically the main message of the Bible. But, I ponder what is it really? Repentance, I know it can be as simple as Acknowledging you are doing wrong. Being Sorry for it. Confessing to God about it. Don't be doing it again. Enduring to the end. However, it can be far far more complicated. First of all, who establishes what is wrong and how. For me, it is a feel good thing, did I feel good about that? Did I feel bad about that? But, then I know there are people in the world who do very bad things, and yet feel good about it. What about them? From my readings so far I have gathered it is as simple as Loving all the children of God unconditionally, and Loving God even more so then that. Giving the whole of yourself to Love of God, Love of Family, Love of Friends, strangers, enemies and the like. Regardless of what they have done to you. This from the New Testament. From the Old Testament, it is doing what you are told, when you are told. The laws are quite plain, but many were fulfilled with the coming of Jesus, and as such were rendered obsolete, and others yet were glorified and expounded upon. Anyways, What does Repentance mean to you, what makes you repent, and what steps do you take in your repentance? And on the other side, What makes you feel Repentance is non-sense or useless.
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@katsmeow1213 (29016)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Well you know it's not easy to love someone you don't want to. You can respect others and treat them nicely, but you can't love all of God's creations. I think it's more or less not causing unnecessary harm to another living creature. By unnecessary harm I do not mean killing an animal in order to eat it... that would be necessary. But treating others badly, being unkind or rude, not helping someone when you have plenty to spare... things like that. As far as repenting goes, apologizing to the person you hurt should also be included, along with the other things you mentioned, if it's possible to do so.
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@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
15 Mar 10
Allow me to comment: We're supposed to love our brothers, but no where in the Bible does it say we have to LIKE them! We're still free to choose our friends. ;)
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• United States
15 Mar 10
Jill- I view love as an emotion that we cannot control. I find it impossible to feel love towards people that I do not like, but I will still treat them with respect and dignity. That is the best I can do.
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@pastorkayte (2255)
• United States
16 Mar 10
Repentance is the realization that what you have done is wrong and it is the knowlege that you do not want to do it again, however not just that but it is a turning from what your self want to the want of God. The idea is that you return to God, turn to God or seek out God as presented in the Old Testament. The new testament points out that it is a complete move from simply thinking about what is good within yourself but what is also good for a child of God. For those who decide that they are prepared to repent they must confess the wrongs that they have done, be baptised to show the outward and public belief in Jesus and then live as prescribed by God. Go and sin no more. Jesus tells you. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance Luke 5:32 You should think that this is an absolute, total and complete (all these words mean the same dont they) surrender to what God is asking of you. God has sent people to show you how to accomplish this and you must do it as laid out in the bible. So what I am saying is that repentance is a willful changing of your life to that of a Godly life, confession of your sins to Jesus, and being baptised to cleanse you from those sins, then living the rest of your life trying to live by the rules set by you. Keep in mind that God can see into your heart so he will know if that repentance was heart felt or just because it sounded good.
@jillbeth (2711)
• United States
15 Mar 10
I love your "ABCs" of repentance and agree with them entirely. The problem begins at step D when we aren't supposed to be repeating our mistakes but still do. That's where most baby Christians stumble and give up because they don't think they can ever be perfect. But God is totally aware that we will never be perfect until we see him face to face, that's where step E comes in! He only asks that we keep trying to do our earthly best. He knows our hearts. He knows if we're really struggling or whether we're just paying lip service. It isn't for us to decide what is "right" or "good for us" for the very reasons you mention. That attitude is man trying to play God. Believers need spend time in Bible study and earnest prayer to find knowledge and understanding of what His will is for us.
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• United States
15 Mar 10
Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow. (A quote by L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.) Makes much more sense, and feels a WHOLE lot better, than wallowing in remorse or engaging in self-flagellation. And btw, God is not a separate entity outside of yourself. God - the Energy that creates worlds - expresses itself as You (and Me and Everybody and Everything else). Some people just get their connecting channel all clogged up with BS which sort of pinches off the flow of Energy, thus the feeling of separation, and the cause 'un-God-like' behavior. But not to worry, once they kick the bucket they return to the fullness of Who They Really Are. Eternity is a mighty big playground.
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• United States
16 Mar 10
Well, if it isn't the king of the self-flagellators himself... fancy meeting you here in this very appropriate discussion, since I believe you DELIBERATELY deleted my email address and are now repenting, hahahahahaha! I already told you that I would send you an email if your address was still the same, are you now also feeling remorse over ignoring that offer?? Boy, no wonder you are feeling so 'compressed'. Traditional Medicines makes an excellent tea called 'Smooth Move', but I suggest that you first practice letting go of your mental sh!t, because you just cannot take enough action to compensate for negative thinking.
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• United States
16 Mar 10
PS: You may be hard to love swamp thing, but I still love you anyway. Just in case you were wondering.
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16 Mar 10
For me repentance is every important matter as a Christian. every know and then we commit sin but Praise God He is so faithful to us to forgive all our sins. We should practice or apply in our life that we humble accept all our wrong doings. We are living in this world more of temptation and we commit sin so we should humble us forgiveness in our beloved God repent all your sins. Repent in our sin unto the Lord is every important because we cannot fully receive our salvation with out repentance! so repentance is apart of our salvation. I do believed that if you repent you are humble accepted that you commit sin unto the Lord and God hear your repentance through in your heart if you are truly repent. Repentance is very important in our life! when you repent all your sins you can receive a totally joy in your heart by grace of our God! remember repentance is surrendering all your sins unto the Lord so you should not turning back what you have done which cant pleased to the Lord...
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• United States
16 Mar 10
I think we have to be careful not to let our feelings determine whether or not we need to repent. God lays out clearly in the Bible what is and what is not sin. If we violate His commands, we need to repent. We can sin outwardly in action and also inwardly in our hearts and thoughts. Feelings only come into play where our conscience is concerned. But we can even ignore our conscience at times, and some people can go so far as to have their conscience seared. Regarding feelings, there are people who justify their sin by saying that they feel good about their decisions. We can go so far as to ignore what the Bible says and claim that we "feel good" about what we're doing (even if it's sin). Repentance is change of heart, mind and direction. And this is what we all need--including yours truly. Thanks, all!
@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
16 Mar 10
I could find very little about repentance in the Old Testament. Scholars are in agreement that there is no OT word which in all, or even in most, of its uses refers to repentance. However, two words are commonly cited as sometimes having that meaning. Those words are shûb and naham. In the New Testament the word "repentance" seems to be a Christian Term used by the Holy Roman Church as a threat. "Either repent your sins or burn in Hell Forever." As an disbeliever in Christianity I am immune from Repentance.( My God is a God of Love, Who loves Absolutely, with an Absolute Love which demands Absolutely Nothing in Return.) Thanks to this Love, my sins are forgiven even before they are committed!
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