Proverbs 27:14 If anyone loudly blesses their neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.
Imagine you’re peacefully sleeping and I suddenly shout a loud prayer of “THE LORD GOD BLESSES YOU WITH SALVATION!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!” and you wake up. I could have said the nicest thing to you, but the problem is I used a prayer at a bad timing, now you’re tired, you still wanted to sleep some more.
That’s why when I post in Discord servers, I have a Bible verse and I write my own commentary. I try to keep it daily, though I’m only human and sometimes technology limits me (like getting banned). But I don’t spam Discord servers all at once, like maybe just around one message a day if the chat is inactive. If someone has multiple questions in a day, then I’m fine with sending more messages of course!
Nothing wrong with saying the same thing if there’s a time span. Like… imagine the amount of times you must have said “Hello” or “Hi” to people. Maybe hundreds or thousands of times. Nothing wrong with having that repeated. But the timing’s important! If I go up to you and say, unprompted, “Hihihihihihihihihihihihhihihihihihihihihihihihi!!!!!” you would just be confused. But if it was a “Hi” every day, then it’s fine.
Ok ok, this next part, I like to clarify, is just the DEFAULT prayer template. Like imagine you open Microsoft Word and there’s an already made one of a calendar. You don’t have to pray like this, there’s many many other formats.
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Do you have to pray like that all the time? No! Can you use it if you want, sure!
Think of it like those business email templates a customer service representative can send you like…
Have a good day,
Do you have to talk like that all the time? No! Can you use it if you want, sure!
But an important aspect of that prayer is the mention of God. Any of His names work really. Our Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Lord of Hosts, Almighty Lord, YHWH aka LORD, Yeshua (aka Jesus Christ, meaning Yahweh saves, so when you believe in Jesus, you literally believe that God will save you, it’s different from the demons who believe that one god exists, that’s why I evangelize people by getting them to believe in Jesus Christ, specifically the God of Christianity not just a god in general).
Someone could create a really emotional beautiful sounding prayer, but if it’s not directed towards the LORD, then it won’t work.
So, the way we pray is like the way we talk. There are social rules, like not screaming in someone’s face (ow my ear drums) or repeating the same meaningless “secret ancient ritual” words over and over again. So there’s a lot of room for your own personal communication style.
But no matter what conversation style you choose, it’s important to pray consistently.
Romans 12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.
Sometimes I pray before eating, thanking God for the food. I usually pray before going to bed. I’ve prayed to get a good grade on a midterm, final exam or to get group members to cooperate in a project.
One time, I even prayed throughout an entire driving road test. …. With my eyes open! Ok, I really want to clarify that!!!! Jesus didn’t take the steering wheel for me, I still drove the car myself, but I felt the Holy Spirit in me, protecting me. In my head I would praise the Lord in various ways, thanking Him and asking Him for guidance.
Truly, I just barely passed. I was allowed to make 10 general mistakes. And I made exactly 10 general mistakes. One more and I would have failed. I was so happy I shouted aloud “YES!” while raising my arms. I even called my mom to celebrate! :D
I have sent an email today with the article I wrote to Rev. Dr. Lance Haverkamp, so I await to see their response!
No worries at all my friend, I greatly enjoy our time together. Truly, I think it’s a miracle that we found each other. Among the dozens of Genshin Impact servers I joined, I never thought I would find someone like you my friend <3
In terms of where you reside in Heaven, the housing style can vary, as we can see from this following verse.
2 Cor 5:1 For we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
eternal = aionion = pertaining to an age, the age free of sin.
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3614: From oikos; properly, residence, but usually an abode; by implication, a family.
I’m an INFJ, Introvert Intuitive Feeling Judgemental. I like to make friends and socialize with people I enjoy spending time with, but I also like to have my own alone time too.
Whether someone’s an extrovert or an introvert, all personality types are created uniquely and with love by God. Sometimes, it can be tiring to be around a lot of people for a really long time, and Heaven is a place with no more pain. (Rev 21:4), as such, God will not force us to do something we’re not comfortable with, as love does not insist on its own way (1 Cor 13:4-8) and God = love (1 John 4:8).
Thus, I believe that you would be able to be alone, or with friends, new and old, it will be your choice. We have freedom through Christ (Gal 5:1).
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 3619: Feminine of a compound of oikos and the base of doma; architecture, i.e. a structure; figuratively, confirmation.
Here building is related to “architecture”. So many cultures from around the world have such beautiful architecture! Whether it’s a cabin in the woods or a Victorian style mansion, whatever the building may be, we know it will be upheld by God!
I remember drinking a lot of chamomile tea to help my anxiety when I was younger. I would definitely enjoy drinking a much greater variety of tea though! So a nice picnic or a tea party sounds absolutely wonderful! :D I’m honored that you would invite me my friend! I would love to join you! It will certainly be a fun time to be there with you. You can introduce me to all your friends, and I can show you all mine too! Some of my other friends have talked about playing a tennis match together in Heaven. I’d like to go bird watching up there too!
It is the Gift of God (Rom 6:23) my friend, grace through faith. (Eph 2:8-9). I am a mere humble human messenger. And I feel absolutely wonderful seeing your life so positively affected by the Word of God. I am deeply grateful that the Lord provided this friendship for both of us my friend :D The Bible tells us that God works through coincidences, accidents and chances.
Luke 10:31 And by coincidence a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's 4795: A coincidence, accident, chance. From a comparative of sun and kureo; concurrence, i.e. Accident.
By “other branches of Christianity” I think they’re referring to denominations. There are Catholic Christians, Protestant Christians, Orthodox Christians. Someone’s title doesn’t matter really for salvation. As long as someone, anyone, has faith alone in Jesus Christ then they are saved permanently saved. And eventually, all people will gain salvation through this way. That person could call themselves a Roman Catholic or an Eastern Orthodox. For me my denomination is… Christian, simply put. Christian is Christian, whether they’re from Rome or somewhere East.
In terms of Christians who hate gay people, the Bible gives us no basis to hate anyone. Period. Christians must love all people. Gay people, straight people, etc, they’re all people here!
1 John 4:20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.
Proverbs 26:24-26 Whoever hates disguises himself with his lips and harbors deceit in his heart; when he speaks graciously, believe him not, for there are seven abominations in his heart; though his hatred be covered with deception, his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.
Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.
Here’s an interesting article from the Christian Universalist Association, which I’m a member of, that talks about a particularly cruel hater of gay people who claims to be “Christian”. (Warning, a gay hate slur appears in the below article, though for the purpose of example of what to avoid. I do not endorse anyone saying anything hateful to anybody).
Your friend is correct when they say that the word Sheol specifically appears in the Old Testament, since it’s a Hebrew word. However, the concept is carried over to the New Testament as Hades.
Psalm 16:10 For you will not abandon my soul to Sheol, or let your Holy One see corruption.
Preposition-l | Noun - common singular
Strong's 7585: Underworld (place to which people descend at death)
Since Hebrew and Greek are different languages, the word itself had to change, though it’s still referring to the same concept.
Acts 2:27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.
These Psalm 16:10 and Acts 2:27 are exactly the same except for the word! Sheol (Hebrew) = Hades (Greek). It’s like how I say “Hello” in English and “Bonjour” in French. Same meaning.
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's 86: Hades, the unseen world. Properly, unseen, i.e. 'Hades' or the place of departed souls.
The unseen world, the underworld, the place of departed souls, the place people descend to after death, it’s the exact same location, they’re different words due to being different languages.
I personally prefer using the term “Sheol” as opposed to “Hades” since a lot of people confuse Hades for Hell, which it’s not. We know that Hades is essentially the same as Sheol, and Sheol is not Hell, therefore Hades is not Hell. The term “Hell” does not appear in the Bible at all. No Hebrew, or Greek person ever even said the word “Hell”!
Thank you for your questions my friend, I very much enjoy conversing with you! The Lord of Host’s blessings to you <3
So I reply with the following.
Ohhh ok, I see. Yeah, the Bible is written primarily in two languages, Old Testament in Hebrew and New Testament
(if we wanna get technical here, there’s Aramaic and Paleo-Hebrew influences, plus all the other cultures affected like the Egyptians, the Greek, etc.).
Though, I’m very glad to hear that your friend is supportive of you!
I’m also filled with joy to see you telling others about Christianity, evangelism, my friend :D Of course, it’s personally up to you about who to tell, and there’s no need to be forced to like rush into it.
1 Peter 3:15 But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,
Romans 10:14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?
In terms of telling other people God’s message we can either create opportunities (preaching so people hear) or act upon opportunities (making a defense). Either option must be done with gentleness and respect. When meeting you, I think it was a combination of both, with the Bible verses I posted in the Discord servers that led to an opportunity being created for you to know what I was talking about and ask your questions.
In some cases, a conversation might not feel like the right timing to mention Christianity, in which case it’s okay to wait. For me, I would mention Bible verses when relevant to life events, and when my sister asked me about “the meaning of life” I explained the UR Gospel to her and she cried tears of joy. Now she believes in Christ, like you do, and is saved. (John 3:18).
I am against Christians who evangelize other people with the threat of Hell. First, because “Hell” doesn’t even appear in the Bible. Second, because that’s not gentleness, that’s not respect! But God can even use those cruel people, like the “Christian” who hated gay people (God tells us to love all people 1 Cor 13:8) to serve as a negative example.
The negative example of the false doctrine of endless torture in Hell is what sorta started my journey. I used to be an atheist, just like your friend, I thought “No loving God would torture people in Hell forever” so I “threw the baby out with the bathwater” so to speak. I rejected all of Christianity, all religion in general. Then I fell into Nihilism, studying the works of Friedrich Nieztesche, and I became depressed, suicidal. For me, the fate of the world without God I find a tragedy, because what, we’re born, we suffer, we die? That’s it? A net negative? All those people who lived horrible lives and were persecuted, people who cared for others and sacrificed themselves, all those intense moments of love just… pointless? No… I thought. There must be a happy ending.
I researched AI, the singularity, transhumanism, Ray Kurzeil, I was on “hopium” for the future, I thought humanity could save itself from death! I thought humanity could become immortal, to never die.
I mean… technically I was right in terms of “humanity becoming immortal”. But we know that that permanent life comes from faith in Christ (John 8:24), not human works. Browsing r/collapse, seeing climate change, mega corps destroying the planet I…. I lost hope in humanity. We were doomed!
Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned—
But then I found hope for humanity through Christ. Christianity admits that all humans have sin, all people are evil. Because either someone is perfectly free of sin (only God is good, Mark 10:18) or is imperfect even with one sin, even the smallest violation of God’s law. And we’re all born with sin from Adam, who was originally created to live forever, it’s in our nature to sin unfortunately due to the decay of our genetics. But God sees us as a patient on life support, He created us, He wants to save us.
And I realized this, and I was saved and… I believed in endless torture. Because I didn’t know there was other options, I was lied to falsely think that was the only way. And my mind was still in torment. At this time my sister was not saved yet, so I thought “What is my sister going to get tortured forever?!?!”. Where’s the glory in that?!?!
Rom. 11:36 "Of Him and through Him and to Him are ALL THINGS, to whom be glory forever. Amen"