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hi....no it is not very hispanic and that is why most people now know me as santiago which is my middle name in spanish.....and I have been planting church's all of my life, but only recently realized that it is what i have been doing, and am excited to move forward and watch things grow... i will add more soon to my profile, excited to see that people are actively using and communicating through this website...stay strong..... a fellow servant
this sounds like 99 percent of the couples that i knew growing up in very traditional settings, and just feel like there should be more of a visible difference among true christians than marriages of this world....while commitment is good, to me, it's not enough.... i think of my relationship with my wife nearly the same as i do my relationship with Jesus.....and hourly arguments with Jesus would make me deeply consider whether or not i would be under His grace on judgement day....i can't understand why even "christians" cant debate or discuss w/o arguing
there are 3 forms of argument 1 and 2 being great tools....1....To endeavor to convince....2.....To Discuss.........but, when i normally use this word "argue" it is associated in the following form....3......quarrel....which is defined as.....a dispute or disagreement, especially one marked by anger and/or deep resentment....to find fault....to complain.....to dispute heatedly....to have a breach in friendship....and is taught against frequently in the bible...i don't feel it is quite as extreme as you put it, to where its a knock-out verbally, but, leaning to that side yes....also i feel you should read a commentary on romans 3....falling short is in referral to those who are/were under the law.....and that we don't have to fall way short, because we are not justified by the law, but through faith....thanks for sharing your feelings
hey.... i pray you aren't writing me with an angry spirit....we should be able to share our hearts while keeping the spirit of Christ at the forefront....also, i'm sorry if it sounded like I said other-wise, but, without the spirit guiding me and helping me, there is no book that I can read that will change who I am, I always make sure that I don't study, or read the bible without first knowing that I am full of the spirit and can set my personal interpretations aside....not even the bible!!
now....my suggestion for romans 3 wasn't about just the marriage, i simply felt it was out of context when you used it, and maybe hearing it from another point of view would help....any commentary will work, i usually start with matthew henry, but there are other good ones....just remember that while perhaps led by God while writing, all things need to be tested against scripture, make sure you do that...
also....on the always for better\never for worse comment, that is not as far as i know something that comes from scripture but from tradition.... while what you say may come off as logical, i fear that you rely too much on emotions that have been given you from your culture...this needs to be realized and set aside so that the spirit can heal and use you
if you are as sarcastic as i feel you are when writing " LORD have mercy on me, I'm in the all wrong, mixed up 99% married sinner category." than you neeed to repent, this is serious mockery... using His name in vein
as a brother i beg you....throw the info obtained from the world out, and rely solely on spirit
falling short is a word that we don' give proper respect to.... the greek for "come short" as in romans 3:23 (kjv because i know most of you hold on to this interpretation) is hystereō, and is used in the bible with the following defined feelings...... 1) behind
a) to come late or too tardily
1) to be left behind in the race and so fail to reach the goal, to fall short of the end
2) metaph. fail to become a partaker, fall back from
b) to be inferior in power, influence and rank
1) of the person: to be inferior to
c) to fail, be wanting
d) to be in want of, lack
2) to suffer want, to be devoid of, to lack (be inferior) in worth
i suggest filling in the words fall/come short with any of the ways that this word is used through-out scripture and tell me it still has the same meaning to you...the word is used 17 times in the bible and in any one of them you can interchange the english words with the ideas below and it continues to carry the same meaning....
here is an example of another way this verse could have been translated
for all have sinned and fail to become partakers of the glory of God