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While I have long time now studied the Scriptures, I by NO MEANS know it all, nor do I claim to be some sort of Saint
I live still within a shell of flesh and blood. I am no less a sinner today (in the flesh) than I was the first time I was born (broke through the water into this epoch.

I surmise that with each passing day I die a little (become less attached to this world, to the things of flesh and blood). On my journey (through this world (this life) I've learned more of how little I genuinely know. I'm sixty now (soon sixty one, should I see the middle of July), and I am barely a toddler. Where once I ran like the wind, today I barely manage to walk. Ah, but such are the ways of this existence. Knowing so little, the best I do is attempt to follow where the Spirit leads. May the Spirit lead us now.

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That makes me think further: without a hell and eternal damnation, would people be so scared of sinning? Lots of people get away with all sorts of sins and crimes. Hmmm, in this life!

I didn't know the slightest thing about hell and eternal damnation at five years old, but...

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

How many people do you know who get away with any sin or wrong who do not eventually give up the ghost? Who has ever broken the law that you know personally or even by hearsay who 'got away with it'?

While in the body (dwelling in this mortal coil of flesh and blood), I may have temporarily escaped the judgement of my peers, but the day has not yet arrived when I will stand before the one who judges us all by our works (our deeds/misdeeds). Only too well do I (and I only among my peers) know how I have broken the law and how often. Even before I believed in a higher power (whom I choose to call by name, my Father (my heavenly Father)), even prior to knowing my mom or dad were higher powers (at the time), I would have to say I knew (instinctively) whether I were doing something I should be doing as opposed to a things I had no business doing. I was never always in the right, but I was often in the wrong (yes, I admit, I have stuck something into a power outlet to learn what happens). :O

At five, I made my first real friend. His house sat caddy-cornered across from my own abode (in other words I had to cross two streets to get to his house on the opposite corner. I had been told to look both ways prior to attempting to cross any street, "Look left, look right, then look again to the left," so went the precept (the 'rule' or 'law') as I was taught it. One particular day (no one day in particular, just one of those daysI suppose) this day I decided it was high time to pay my new friend a friendly visit (around Kool-Aid time, I believe it was).

I received permission from the adult in charge of watching over me (at that particular time, it was a friend of my parents, named Jerry), so I proceeded on my way. I walked to the corner, looked left, then right, then left again and proceeded to cross the street. Halfway there now, one street left to go. It was a beautiful bright sunny summer day, as I recall now The sun was out, whether or not any particulate clouds may have been wafting about somewhere high overhead, I do not now recall. Perhaps I never paid particular mind to such fine details (I do feel confident I was in general an observant youth, but no more so than the average five year old boy that I was).

I looked to the left, to the right, back again to the left, and seeing nothing approaching from either direction, I proceeded to wrap my arms tightly around the stop sign at the corner and spun myself (fast and as hard as I could) around the sign (a couple of time at least) before proceeding into the street, crossing the second street to the house of my new friend. I did not quite make it there.

Though I had followed the direction (the precept, or law), a diversion had caused me not to follow it as precisely as I (in hindsight) should have. I would have to admit after being struck by the car (or was it 'my striking the car'? ...Oh, definitely the latter (praise G-D), otherwise I likely would not be sitting here typing this now), I may have been better off being admitted (to a medical facility) for examination. Not all thing occur as they perhaps should, but I somehow (many, many lessons later) survive still. Go figure.

The car I ran into was probably cruising along that residential street within normal limits (at between twenty five and thirty miles per hour (I apologize here, I'm not too bright with table conversions, besides being American, but I'll assume to those with whom it matters, you are likely more aware how fast that is in kilometers per hour)). I seem now to recall an initial 'THUD' as I struck the vehicles left rear quarter panel. That's about it, at least until I came to shortly thereafter, experiencing excruciating pain, in one of my legs as I remember it. That was over fifty five years ago; so, no, I do not recall which leg was hurting, but the way I get around now, causes me to deduce it was likely my right leg, but I digress...

1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.

I know not whether I was thrown from my body (out of body experience), but were it so, I returned quickly. Death had not won the victory, not yet. Had I followed the law precisely, the car may have struck me rather than the other way round. Perhaps one day that will be revealed to me in a dream (old men will dream dreams, the young men will have visions). I learned a lesson the hard way that day, follow the law precisely if I don't wish to become just one more traffic statistic. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could learn all of life's lessons all at once, while we're still here (in the body), rather than by recall at some remote point in the future, when we stand before the one who judges us by all our works?

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Sin - do you?! 966 Susan Doris 26-May-18 12:37
Re: Sin - do you?! 138 Poster Boy 26-May-18 13:38
Re: Sin - do you?! 127 Susan Doris 26-May-18 13:53
Re: Sin - do you?! 124 Poster Boy 26-May-18 18:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 125 Susan Doris 26-May-18 18:36
Re: Sin - do you?! 121 Poster Boy 26-May-18 22:49
Re: Sin - do you?! 127 Eddie Larry 26-May-18 18:34
Re: Sin - do you?! 116 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 112 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 13:20
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Susan Doris 27-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 118 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Poster Boy 27-May-18 17:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Susan Doris 27-May-18 17:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 110 Poster Boy 27-May-18 17:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 103 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 19:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Poster Boy 27-May-18 20:57
Re: Sin - do you?! 110 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 119 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:13
Re: Sin - do you?! 117 Poster Boy 28-May-18 16:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 152 MLloydHudson 26-May-18 18:43
Re: Sin - do you?! 117 drrayeye 26-May-18 18:59
Re: Sin - do you?! 123 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:29
Re: Sin - do you?! 138 MLloydHudson 28-May-18 06:28
mistake vs. sin: a example 121 drrayeye 26-May-18 20:03
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 108 greengirl5 26-May-18 23:14
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 114 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:20
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 115 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:07
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 111 drrayeye 28-May-18 03:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 151 drew 27-May-18 05:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 132 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 159 drew 28-May-18 02:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 110 Poster Boy 28-May-18 02:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 113 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:18
Sin or mistake 113 greengirl5 28-May-18 13:33
Re: Sin or mistake 110 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 13:49
Re: Sin or mistake 112 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin or mistake 109 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 14:30
Re: Sin or mistake 112 Susan Doris 28-May-18 13:50
Sinners and money-lenders 161 greengirl5 28-May-18 23:25
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 107 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:27
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 104 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:08
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 105 Susan Doris 29-May-18 14:46
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:03
Re: Sin - do you?! 112 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:16
Re: Sin - do you?! 113 Poster Boy 28-May-18 14:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 115 Susan Doris 28-May-18 15:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 112 Poster Boy 28-May-18 15:52
Re: Sin - do you?! 110 Susan Doris 28-May-18 17:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 126 Poster Boy 28-May-18 17:39
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:45
Re: Sin - do you?! 114 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:27
Re: Sin - do you?! 102 Susan Doris 29-May-18 15:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 111 Poster Boy 29-May-18 22:10
Re: Sin - do you?! 110 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 127 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 04:24
Re: Sin - do you?! 130 drew 28-May-18 23:11
A complement--and a reminder 147 drrayeye 29-May-18 19:54
Re: A complement--and a reminder 120 Susan Doris 30-May-18 07:34
Re: A complement--and a reminder 106 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:57
Re: A complement--and a reminder 103 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:32
Re: A complement--and a reminder 102 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:31
Re: A complement--and a reminder 101 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:04
Re: A complement--and a reminder 110 drrayeye 30-May-18 20:24
Re: A complement--and a reminder 110 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:14
A caveat 107 drrayeye 31-May-18 11:45
Re: A caveat 103 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:48
Re: eloquence with words... 132 drew 02-Jun-18 01:12
Re: eloquence with words... 116 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:19
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 174 Nolondil 29-May-18 20:41
Deliberate obfuscation 144 drrayeye 29-May-18 23:20
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 165 Nolondil 29-May-18 23:50
I answer the question 115 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:32
Re: I answer the question 110 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:40
See earlier reply 97 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:35
Re: I answer the question 107 greengirl5 30-May-18 13:05
Re: I answer the question 126 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 13:54
discernment 101 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:24
Re: discernment 127 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 22:32
Re: discernment 103 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:40
Re: discernment 127 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 00:02
Thunderstruck! 103 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:28
Re: discernment 101 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 104 Poster Boy 30-May-18 23:14
Of course "sin" exists 109 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:54
Re: Of course "sin" exists 106 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 134 Nolondil 31-May-18 00:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 111 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:43
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 115 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:13
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 127 Nolondil 31-May-18 18:25
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 107 Poster Boy 31-May-18 19:00
Original sin--sort of 112 drrayeye 31-May-18 23:26
Re: Original sin--sort of 106 greengirl5 31-May-18 23:44
Re: Original sin--sort of 103 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 03:59
Re: Original sin--sort of 102 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:24
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 125 Nolondil 01-Jun-18 00:37
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 100 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 01:35
Very interesting! 137 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 01:42
Re: Very interesting! 106 Poster Boy 01-Jun-18 04:12
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 101 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 105 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:28
If not 'mistakes' then what? 107 Poster Boy 31-May-18 15:18
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 102 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:35
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 112 Poster Boy 31-May-18 18:05
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 104 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:31
Isn't it quite simple? 137 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:55
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 142 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:11
Thinking in earnest now 131 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 166 Nolondil 30-May-18 00:55
Re: Thinking in earnest now 112 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:37
Re: Thinking in earnest now 123 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 09:50
Re: Thinking in earnest now 117 Susan Doris 30-May-18 11:08
Re: Thinking in earnest now 131 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 17:46
Re: Thinking in earnest now 101 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:38
Re: Thinking in earnest now 106 greengirl5 31-May-18 12:57
Re: Thinking in earnest now 130 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 14:01
Re: Thinking in earnest now 106 greengirl5 31-May-18 14:19
Re: Thinking in earnest now 103 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:54
Re: Thinking in earnest now 128 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 17:35
Re: Thinking in earnest now 104 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 119 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 18:25
Smart/intelligent slime 103 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:05
Re: Smart/intelligent slime 92 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 13:29
Intelligent slime - not that simple! 102 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 23:03
Re: Intelligent slime - not that simple! 137 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:36
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 123 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 02:20
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 102 greengirl5 31-May-18 02:56
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 107 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:48
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 106 MLloydHudson 30-May-18 22:11
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 109 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:12
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 100 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:35
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 113 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:09
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 109 Poster Boy 30-May-18 16:52
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 108 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 116 Poster Boy 30-May-18 18:30
Another brainstorm of mine 114 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:56
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 112 Poster Boy 31-May-18 01:18
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 106 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:53
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 108 greengirl5 31-May-18 13:13
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 93 Susan Doris 31-May-18 15:02
the bible and God 109 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 111 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 107 Poster Boy 31-May-18 19:14
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 130 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 03:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 108 Poster Boy 31-May-18 04:22
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 113 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 109 Poster Boy 31-May-18 17:35
Job 123 Poster Boy 31-May-18 04:37
Re: Job 123 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:14
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 129 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 156 Susan Doris 30-May-18 05:02
Sin do you... 190 drew 25-Jun-18 23:44


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