Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
From what I've read, the response may be linked with shame and feeling like you have no control to change a situation that is causing you pain. I think medication and counseling with prayer and Bible study would be excellent tools in this situation to begin the process of defining the issue and then start the healing process.
There is a lot of piecing things together when it comes to end time events.
I found this article an interesting read after seeing your comment on this article. It discusses Russia in end-time prophecy - http://www.ucg.org/the-good-news/where-does-russia-fit-in-end-time-bible-prophecy
"Where Russia seems to come into the picture in Daniel’s prophecy is the indication that after the king of the North invades the Holy Land, “news from the east and the north shall trouble him” (Daniel 11:44)."
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Mlenduka - Jesus is our Lord and Savior and we are to love Him in the way He commands in His Word. While nothing is mentioned by Him about keeping His birth, there are verses about keeping what He calls "My feasts" - these feasts belong to Him - they are His. I think this article may be helpful to explain Col. 2 a bit more also - http://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-study-course/bible-study-course-lesson-12/what-did-paul-really-say-in
I think ultimately it is that we should not be caught unaware - the time is now to worship God and love our neighbor. If we focus on those things, we will see Christ when He returns and we will be included in the elect and be part of the firstfruits.
Interesting concept - that it is the wicked who are taken vs left behind, but from what I understand, the context is when would the Kingdom of God come and when is the day that the Son of man/Christ is revealed. So it is not speaking of the revealing of the antiChrist but the actual revealing of Christ. I've heard this verse's interpretation is that when Christ returns, He will gather His elect (still living) to meet Him in the clouds and the dead in Christ will rise (1 Corinthians 15:51). Christ's coming will not be hidden, but obvious; with a loud shout (1 Thessalonians 4:16).
The eagles gathering together is the visible nature of these events - just as you can see bird's circling in the sky around something below. This article was an interesting read on what that verse and the eagles mean in more depth: http://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/bible-questions-and-answers/what-did-jesus-mean-in-luke-17-37-about-the-eagles
My heart goes out to you and your family Bonnie. Thank you for sharing your story. God knows what each person has struggled with and we know He is a good, kind, just and merciful God. God greatly values life which is why we should do all we can to encourage people today--that there is a purpose and meaning to life. Ultimately, we can thank God we can hope in Him.
When it comes down to it, we do not get to decide how God wants to be worshipped. What we can do is read the Bible and see what He tells us and do what pleases Him. For instance, we can keep the days He told us to keep that show His Plan of Salvation - the Holy Days, as He calls them, "My feasts." He says to not learn the way of the heathen and unfortunately, most Christmas customs come from pagan origins.
Hi Cindy, I have prayed for you and your husband. It takes a lot of courage to break away from and forsake traditions that you had believed to be in accordance with God's will. But you are doing the right thing - seeking to worship God in spirit and in TRUTH. I pray God bless you as you read the Bible and seek His will in your lives.
Upon reading the chain of comments for this, I think Rudy hit on very important points! "If you are calling out to God he knows your heart. He knows you are calling on him in the language He created." Christ said to pray, "Our Father in Heaven" and cried to God, "Abba, Father..." (Mark 14:36). If you talk about God in France, you would say "Dieu" and would I be talking about a different God than the Eternal? Absolutely not.
I agree -- a lot of modern day Christianity traces its traditions back to paganism (e.g. Christmas/Saturnalia) but with that said, God's truth and God Himself can be found if you seek him "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jeremiah 29:13) and similar in Deuteronomy 4:29. Also, what about "For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). You've got it right!--Read the Bible cover to cover and you will find God and the answers to why we are here.
Hi Mary, as stated in the above article probably the best resource to read is the Sunset to Sunset: God's Sabbath Rest booklet (http://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/sunset-to-sunset-gods-sabbath-rest)
Here is one section, "Time has not been lost in this regard, as some assert. “The oracles of God”—His divine words and instructions—were entrusted to the Jewish people (Romans 3:1-2), and they have preserved the knowledge of the seventh-day Sabbath faithfully since well before Christ’s time to this day. Jesus repeatedly confirmed that the day the Jews observed as the Sabbath in His day was indeed the Sabbath. And since then the Jewish people, even scattered in many nations and in different sects, have all preserved the same day" (http://www.ucg.org/booklet/sunset-sunset-gods-sabbath-rest/sabbath-beginning/which-day-sabbath)
Another excellent resource is a book by Samuele Bacchiocchi called "From Sabbath to Sunday" which goes into some more info on calendars/day changes and origins.