We should actually be put to death according to the bible!
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15 Jul 09
Okay, I'm not sure how to answer this one. You are absolutely right about what the Bible says about the sabbath day in the Old Testament. Please keep in mind that God gave this law to a very rebellious people (not just Jewish people but twelve other nations we have lost track of in time)who had just come out of slavery. I do not think that overall they even knew what rest was and then when told to, many of them would just ignore the whole thing. The Old Testament also has scripture that says the Sabbath was supposed to be sign between Him and the Israelites. If you look at their history, they were taken captive because they did not rest. How hard could that have been. It's not like they were being told to make bricks without straw as in Egypt. Now you can go to the New Testament and see all the fighting that went on over the same subject. Jesus was constantly being put on the hot block for "breaking the Sabbath." Notice, though, that we know who the Jewish people are even today...most keep the Sabbath. All in all, this is what I have personally learned. I keep the Sabbath. It is my "butt" day. I sit on my "butt" and relax. I keep my peace and enjoy the day. I might go out and visit a sick friend or read a book or just have fun with the family. If I feel inspired to cook, I cook. If I feel inspired to do other activities, I do. I put aside all the gotta do this and gotta do that stuff and just relax. This rest/fun day charges me up for the rest of the week and I am much more productive overall. Oh, and I do enjoy just spending time in the Bible, etc. but don't make it into a gotta do it thing. It is about loving God and loving others. Giving, being positive, love, helping, caring. It is not about all the fights in religious circles or being Jewish or Christian or anything else. It is about slowing down and smelling the flowers or coffee or whatever. That's my personal experience for what it is worth. It's fun to put things to the test. I am glad that you are asking good questions.
15 Jul 09
Bible can't be taken literally. Many errors came out from such approaches. In his New Revelation Jesus has explained in modern (German) words (1830 - 1860) how to understand such correlations in Bible. (By the way: Jews have "Kabbalah" teachings to explain Old Testament to their believers.) You might enjoy to read and understand the English translations from www.franky1.com where most of Jesus' 12.000 pages of dictations are available as free downloads.
23 Jul 09
The answer is simple: Man has got a free will (in contrary to plants and animals). Man's mission in life is to improve his/her soul for eternity. This means activity and search for truth a life long. Bible's message is hidden behind words like the yearly mission of an apple tree is hidden in the apple's seeds. From time to time the secret is revealed a little (= a new prophet showing up, a new book to be added to the Bible in the past). Problem is to separate the false from the right prophets, since they need to be judged from their deeds not from their words. For me this mentioned Jakob Lorber was a modern prophet and his texts helped me a lot.
27 Jul 09
So to summarize your post, you say mankind should improve their soul and I guess you mean that the better our soul the better our afterlife is? Is that the reason why god doesn't always influence our decisions ( or perhaps even never, depending on your interpretation). Do you think god is mad or does your soul improve less when you don't agree with god's opinions?