and this Season's time has passed.
6+ years is long enough. (****EDIT****)
So, rather than "argue" with you, let me ask you some direct questions:
Who is able to forgive sin, remembering that sin is against God first?
What was Jesus' instruction to Peter, and on what did Peter's forgiveness of someone depend?
Is there a "difference" between God's forgiveness and "human forgiveness" without God as the "model" for HOW TO forgive?
Nowhere have I EVER said that "only" Christians CAN save their marriage from adultery and rebuild a loving marriage. I get really tired of your abuse of the system and your freedom to contradict the CLEAR Word of God, all through the guise of attacking me with some disagreement you envision as being "contrary to what you want to believe."
For the record, ****EDIT**** That IS the point. God Himself is Sovereign and God determines what is TRUTH, not us and our opinions. So if you want to "take me to task" on something, do so, if for no other reason than I am a fallible human being too. But if you are going to do so, then SUPPORT your area of disagreement with the Scripture, not with just your own 'human opinion' or 'human reason.'
****EDIT**** I just was looking for ANYTHING that would restore my M, and entertaining that it was because I was Jewish was the cause of my M not being restored was tearing me up. And I didn't have the self-esteem or feeling of being worth enough to know that is simply silly.
It is NOT that you are Jewish, it is NOT that anyone is a Christian, it is NOT that anyone is an Atheist, it is NOT that anyone is any "brand" of faith that exists in the world that is the "problem" with adultery and whether or not a marriage CAN be restored.
When I speak to another person who professes to believe in Christ, I speak to them AS a Christian, as a brother or sister IN Christ, not as a member of any other "faith group."
When it comes to the matter of salvation, of "right standing with God," then I stand with the Man who was sent TO the Jews and who was rejected by the Jews. I stand on what HE said, because He IS the Messiah that was promised, first to the Jews and second to all Gentiles. I stand there solely because of the grace and mercy of God and NOT because of anything that I did to "earn" forgiveness of my sins.
Be true to God. It is an issue of the nature of TRUTH, which IS what God is, whether we "like it or not." ****EDIT**** way seems to what you are asking here. He is "true to his opinions, even when they are in direct conflict with God's truth." That's NOT, imho, "being true to yourself," it is elevating "self" and "one's opinions" higher than God. That's also why he steadfastly refuses to engage in discussions where there are differences of opinion about what God has said and what he wants to believe as "his truth."
I find it incredibly shortsighted to say that only people who accept Jesus Christ can truly be saved, marriage, personally or otherwise. There are a lot of other religions and belief systems out there.
****EDIT**** - yes there ARE a "lot of other religions and belief systems out there." That isn't the question and never has been. The issue is which of them, if any, is TRUE. Truth regarding "other religions and belief systems" that are "out there" is determined by God, not by Man.
****EDIT**** as the "lone voice" on that thread, quoted Scripture, the revealed Word of God, HIS truth. She did NOT state her own "opinion," and that is the difference. It was for that truth that Saul left Judaism and left persecuting Christians and became Paul, THE apostle to the Gentiles, and who also "discussed" this "religion" of Jesus with MANY groups who were of "other religions and belief systems," many of which beat and nearly killed him on many occasions.
What humans want to do is to "make God over into their own image of what they want God to be," rather than the God who IS, and who is NOT dependent on what mankind wants or thinks about Him.
Can that be "offensive" to others who do not believe in Jesus? Sure. But just like a WS can get "offended" by the revealed truth of a BS, many people are offended by God's truth, but it doesn't change what TRUTH is, because God establishes truth, not Man.
"Stating" truth as it has been revealed to us by God is NOT intended to be an "in your face" sort of thing with the INTENTION of being "offensive" anymore than telling someone that Gravity is true and if you step off a building you will NOT fly, but you WILL fall. They may not want to believe that truth and they might get offended, but it would be more "offensive" to know the truth and NOT tells someone what it was and just let them go and be hurt. That wouldn't be love for others either, right?
But we are back to "feelings," aren't we? When we let "feelings" deny truth, that is where a lot of problems begin. And that is also the "problem" that I have had with ****EDIT****
****EDIT**** I have convinced myself several times to stay on MB to try to offer some support to others, especially to fellow believers, against my feelings that the changes in MB are profound. I no longer think it's worth the time and effort simply because God does not "need" me here anymore than He needed the apostles to "stay" in towns that were hostile to the gospel message.
Good luck to all who seek to recover their marriages or who divorce themselves from an unrepentant spouse.
I will retain my **edit** email address should anyone ever wish to contact me.
Adieu. Aloha. Shalom.
May the Peace of God which surpasses all understanding be yours, in Christ Jesus.