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An Eye for an Eye

- How can Christ's statement, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill," be reconciled with His preaching of love instead of revenge as it refers to this Old Testament Law "eye for an eye?"

- What is "eye for an eye," "tooth for a tooth," "hand for hand," "foot for foot," "wound for wound," and "life for life?"

 

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Posted Oct 19, 2006 at 11:18:33 AM
Subject: GOD, thank you !
dear brethren, GOD, much thanks for these recent posts that gave boost for our much needed Spiritual food here. The past weeks were too risky for us here because of the volatile situation in this southern part of Mindanao nowadays. We've been on too much caution when logging into the purechristianity website. At least we're able to catch on these recent postings after too much long time that the sharing of Spiritual Truth was at rest. still we are: brothers porong, amang, tony, peter sisters chayong, mary
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Posted: Dec 08, 2006 4:14:38 PM
A Testimony: MATTHEW 23:26 “Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” I was born with a silver spoon on my mouth.I grew up having my own maid, my mother buys me everything that I asked, I have travelled into different parts of the world, etc. In short, name it , I have it. During my high school days, am always selected “muse” in our class, being asked to be a bridesmaid here and there, always have a special position in every organization I joined in, etc. In short, I was very popular. Our constant visitors in the house are the famous politicians, actors and actresses, etc. . In short, our house is open only for the elites. The poor ones? Oh, I hate them! I, being rich and having nothing to asked for, from childhood; I stand where I stand. To make the story short, everyhing changed when the Lord chose me. And this is how it happened: My husband, from the very beginning that we were married is earning big being employed by the US government. Aside from his salary, my parents are supporting us. When I became a member of the so-called Pentecostal Oneness we, in the family, gave our all (money to top it all) and follow our leaders like our masters obeying them, without hesitation. Because most of our co-members are poor, when we celebrate Pentecost Day yearly and the way we celebrate it was we jump and jump , yearly I was suffering because of their smell. Their being tactless and their senseless conversations and all that? Grrrrr… One day, while our pastor was teaching, suddenly I felt as if somebody is talking to me saying things like, “What is being taught to you is wrong” and then injecting into my mind what is right and the way it should be. After several times that the same things happened, I decided to quit. Because deep in my heart I love the Lord, having no church to attend to; I just prayed to God directly. Next? I called somebody preaching on the radio about Jesus Christ. It was my husband that advised me to do it but when the man arrived, he was there… saying things that are offending and acting very angry. Disregarding his actions, the man continued visiting us every now and then. Eventually, I realized I was naked in the garment of salvation. But wait!....my enemy dictated me (myself) that since long years I was like a saint not going out and having no recreations (having followed the advice of our leaders before), I started enjoying life to the fullest. Then came the Lord and blocked my way. He, bumping my head to the wall (because I was stubborn), it happened that aside from my savings that zoomed down to zero, I still have many debts to pay (my parents also are suffering from financial losses that time so that I have no choice but to go my way). In my situation, what can I expect to my friends but to become cold to me (remember I was like them). Nowhere to go and finding symphaty from the poor people, I joined them (though I can’t explain why and how it happened because mingling with them is what I hate most). Seeing their lives, I realized how wrong I was in the totality of my being ala prima donna. Now Iam confessing: If before I cannot explain everything and all the things that happened to me, now I already know that the unbearable things happened to work together for good for now Iam both spiritually and physically good ( being very different from the person I used to be, before). And all started when I heard the voice of our Lord and using bro. Fil who, with all his strength, taught me the Way he, following God. Summary: When I decided to come back to the spiritual world with all sincerity, my “inside” became clean by the power of the Holy Spirit. When my inside became clean, my “outside” follows, and became clean also. Praise God! Hello to our brethren in Mindanao.
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Posted: Dec 10, 2006 12:27:20 PM
Brethren, Please disregard the posting I have accidentally submitted yesterday as it is incomplete. Thank you. A Testimony: MATTHEW 23:26 “Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.” I was born with a silver spoon on my mouth.I grew up having my own maid, my mother buys me everything that I asked, I have travelled into different parts of the world, etc. In short, name it , I have it. During my high school days, am always selected “muse” in our class, being asked to be a bridesmaid here and there, always have a special position in every organization I joined in, etc. In short, I was very popular. Our constant visitors in the house are the famous politicians, actors and actresses, etc. In short, our house is open only for the elites. Having nothing to asked for from childhood, I stand where I stand. My husband, from the very beginning that we were married is earning big being employed by the US government. Aside from his salary, my parents are supporting us. To make the story short, everything changed when the Lord chose me. And this is how it happened: When I became a member of the so-called Pentecostal Oneness we, in the family, gave our all (money to top it all) and follow our leaders like our masters obeying them, without hesitation. Because most of the members are poor, when we celebrate Pentecost Day yearly and the way we celebrate it was we jump and jump , yearly I was suffering because of their smell. Their nonsense conversations? Grrrr… One day, while our pastor was teaching, suddenly I felt as if somebody is talking to me saying things like, “What is being taught to you is wrong” then injecting into my mind what is the truth or the way it should be. After several times that the same things happened, I decided to quit. Because deep in my heart I love the Lord, having no church to attend to; I prayed to God directly. Asking this and that, I heard a voice again saying, “ You are commanding me.” Some way somehow, my intention is good but my approach is wrong? Maybe. Next? I called somebody preaching on the radio about Jesus Christ on the phone.It was my husband that advised me to do it but when the man arrived, he was there… saying things that are offending and acting very angry.Disregarding his actions, the man continued visiting us every now and then.Eventually, I realized I was naked in the garment of salvation. After several times that I was with them we, exhorting one another, my enemy which is myself dictated me (or was it God to train me? I do not know) that since long years I was like a saint not going out and having no recreations (having followed the advice of our leaders before), I started enjoying life… to the fullest. Then came the Lord and blocked my way. He, bumping my head to the wall, it happened that aside from my savings that zoomed down to zero,I still have many debts to pay (my parents also are suffering from financial losses that time so that I have no choice but to go my way). In my situation, what can I expect to my friends (remember I was like them) but to become cold to me. Nowhere to go and finding sympathy from the poor, I joined them (though I can’t explain why and how it happened because mingling with them is what I hate most). Seeing their lives, I realized how wrong I was in the totality of my being ala prima donna having no consideration to the feelings of others. Before, have I threw hot coffee to the face of my maid who served it very sweet? Yes. Have I ever said “Thank you” to them? No. Can somebody who is very sarcastic and brutally frank like me be appointed by God to teach (all) nations? After I have come back to our Father cleaning my “inside,” my “outside” became clean too.Now Iam confessing: If before I cannot explain everything and all the things that happened to me, now I knew that the unbearable things happened to work together for good for now Iam both spiritually and physically good - being totally different from the person I used to be, before. My husband who I said was “saying things that are offending and was very angry” (my brethren the old Almario is tactless and is always angry), after he have surrendered to the Lord thereby cleaning his “inside,” the “outside” of the new Almario now? after “dying daily? Yes ! He never say unkind words now and say things at the right time and the right place and is very patient. Oh! at long last! am no longer a shock absorber and a punching bag! Clean on the outside + inside, we; after preaching and preaching the gospel thus observing “praying without ceasing ,” received “bonus” from God. I love remembering these things: My husband was then nearly retiring at the Voice of America where he was working. Then came the hiring of 6 people to work in VOA, Kuwait. Thinking that he was too old to compete with the young engineers who have knowledge of modern electronics, experts in computer and trained in the USA, he did not apply. Selection was made and as expected, those that were hired are the more qualified ones. While these people were waiting for their booking, suddenly one employee in Kuwait resigned. In need of one person to fill the vacant position, they distributed application forms again. Eventually, he was the one chosen among the many applicants. With this bonus we received from God , not only that we were able to pay all our debts but also, our life is much much more comfortable now having receiving thrice as much the salary he was receiving before and an “early retirement” pension. Thank you Lord for everything! especially for trusting me to write a book which, although headbreaking (it really is) brings joy to me knowing that you were always there with me… very very happy … everytime I face my computer. Thank you too for showing me the lives of the poor ones that made me realized they need tender loving care instead of being humiliated. By being with them, I understood their positions that they have no money to buy perfumes to smell good even when tired and exhausted, that I should not expect them to talk about politics, science and religion which for me are the sensible topics yet boring them, to respect them, etc. Lastly, my endless thanks for giving me bro. Fil who, with all his strength loving you and following your commandments, taught me the Way. Hello to our brethren in Mindanao.
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