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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?! 1252 Susan Doris 26-May-18 12:37
Re: Sin - do you?! 264 PB Bytes 26-May-18 13:38
Re: Sin - do you?! 252 Susan Doris 26-May-18 13:53
Re: Sin - do you?! 250 PB Bytes 26-May-18 18:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 254 Susan Doris 26-May-18 18:36
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 26-May-18 22:49
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 Eddie Larry 26-May-18 18:34
Re: Sin - do you?! 229 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 241 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 13:20
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 Susan Doris 27-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 227 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 27-May-18 17:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 Susan Doris 27-May-18 17:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 220 PB Bytes 27-May-18 17:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 208 Eddie Larry 27-May-18 19:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 27-May-18 20:57
Re: Sin - do you?! 220 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 233 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 231 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:13
Re: Sin - do you?! 243 PB Bytes 28-May-18 16:06
Re: Sin - do you?! 299 MLloydHudson 26-May-18 18:43
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 drrayeye 26-May-18 18:59
Re: Sin - do you?! 248 Susan Doris 27-May-18 05:29
Re: Sin - do you?! 277 MLloydHudson 28-May-18 06:28
mistake vs. sin: a example 250 drrayeye 26-May-18 20:03
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 223 greengirl5 26-May-18 23:14
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 224 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:20
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 242 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:07
Re: mistake vs. sin: a example 234 drrayeye 28-May-18 03:09
Re: Sin - do you?! 268 drew 27-May-18 05:22
Re: Sin - do you?! 249 Susan Doris 27-May-18 06:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 284 drew 28-May-18 02:28
Re: Sin - do you?! 220 PB Bytes 28-May-18 02:18
Re: Sin - do you?! 225 Susan Doris 28-May-18 05:18
Sin or mistake 227 greengirl5 28-May-18 13:33
Re: Sin or mistake 225 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 13:49
Re: Sin or mistake 233 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:11
Re: Sin or mistake 216 Eddie Larry 28-May-18 14:30
Re: Sin or mistake 243 Susan Doris 28-May-18 13:50
Sinners and money-lenders 327 greengirl5 28-May-18 23:25
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 221 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:27
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 233 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:08
Re: Sinners and money-lenders 216 Susan Doris 29-May-18 14:46
Re: Sin - do you?! 217 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:03
Re: Sin - do you?! 238 Susan Doris 28-May-18 14:16
Re: Sin - do you?! 218 PB Bytes 28-May-18 14:25
Re: Sin - do you?! 248 Susan Doris 28-May-18 15:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 234 PB Bytes 28-May-18 15:52
Re: Sin - do you?! 223 Susan Doris 28-May-18 17:11
Re: Sin - do you?! 246 PB Bytes 28-May-18 17:39
Re: Sin - do you?! 225 Susan Doris 29-May-18 05:45
Re: Sin - do you?! 230 greengirl5 29-May-18 07:27
Re: Sin - do you?! 223 Susan Doris 29-May-18 15:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 222 PB Bytes 29-May-18 22:10
Re: Sin - do you?! 238 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:12
Re: Sin - do you?! 287 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 04:24
Re: Sin - do you?! 266 drew 28-May-18 23:11
A complement--and a reminder 262 drrayeye 29-May-18 19:54
Re: A complement--and a reminder 245 Susan Doris 30-May-18 07:34
Re: A complement--and a reminder 236 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:57
Re: A complement--and a reminder 218 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:32
Re: A complement--and a reminder 226 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:31
Re: A complement--and a reminder 223 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:04
Re: A complement--and a reminder 226 drrayeye 30-May-18 20:24
Re: A complement--and a reminder 244 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:14
A caveat 218 drrayeye 31-May-18 11:45
Re: A caveat 212 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:48
Re: eloquence with words... 273 drew 02-Jun-18 01:12
Re: eloquence with words... 240 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:19
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 295 Nolondil 29-May-18 20:41
Deliberate obfuscation 258 drrayeye 29-May-18 23:20
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 304 Nolondil 29-May-18 23:50
I answer the question 226 drrayeye 30-May-18 08:32
Re: I answer the question 232 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:40
See earlier reply 209 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:35
Re: I answer the question 227 greengirl5 30-May-18 13:05
Re: I answer the question 243 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 13:54
discernment 212 drrayeye 30-May-18 16:24
Re: discernment 247 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 22:32
Re: discernment 221 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:40
Re: discernment 274 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 00:02
Thunderstruck! 212 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:28
Re: discernment 206 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 231 PB Bytes 30-May-18 23:14
Of course "sin" exists 229 greengirl5 30-May-18 23:54
Re: Of course "sin" exists 213 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 281 Nolondil 31-May-18 00:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 238 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:43
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 226 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:13
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 264 Nolondil 31-May-18 18:25
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 216 PB Bytes 31-May-18 19:00
Original sin--sort of 231 drrayeye 31-May-18 23:26
Re: Original sin--sort of 229 greengirl5 31-May-18 23:44
Re: Original sin--sort of 207 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 03:59
Re: Original sin--sort of 232 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:24
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 244 Nolondil 01-Jun-18 00:37
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 216 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 01:35
Very interesting! 265 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 01:42
Re: Very interesting! 218 PB Bytes 01-Jun-18 04:12
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 232 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:18
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 226 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:28
If not 'mistakes' then what? 232 PB Bytes 31-May-18 15:18
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 218 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:35
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 230 PB Bytes 31-May-18 18:05
Re: If not 'mistakes' then what? 226 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 05:31
Isn't it quite simple? 255 greengirl5 29-May-18 23:55
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 252 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:11
Thinking in earnest now 245 greengirl5 30-May-18 00:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 297 Nolondil 30-May-18 00:55
Re: Thinking in earnest now 217 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:37
Re: Thinking in earnest now 255 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 09:50
Re: Thinking in earnest now 233 Susan Doris 30-May-18 11:08
Re: Thinking in earnest now 265 Eddie Larry 30-May-18 17:46
Re: Thinking in earnest now 238 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:38
Re: Thinking in earnest now 233 greengirl5 31-May-18 12:57
Re: Thinking in earnest now 258 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 14:01
Re: Thinking in earnest now 218 greengirl5 31-May-18 14:19
Re: Thinking in earnest now 228 Susan Doris 31-May-18 14:54
Re: Thinking in earnest now 258 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 17:35
Re: Thinking in earnest now 231 Susan Doris 31-May-18 17:40
Re: Thinking in earnest now 239 Eddie Larry 31-May-18 18:25
Smart/intelligent slime 212 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:05
Re: Smart/intelligent slime 209 Susan Doris 01-Jun-18 13:29
Intelligent slime - not that simple! 222 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 23:03
Re: Intelligent slime - not that simple! 266 Susan Doris 02-Jun-18 05:36
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 307 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 02:20
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 224 greengirl5 31-May-18 02:56
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 218 Susan Doris 31-May-18 05:48
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 238 MLloydHudson 30-May-18 22:11
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 248 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:12
Re: Isn't it quite simple? 216 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:35
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 233 Susan Doris 30-May-18 12:09
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 218 PB Bytes 30-May-18 16:52
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 228 Susan Doris 30-May-18 17:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 240 PB Bytes 30-May-18 18:30
Another brainstorm of mine 228 greengirl5 31-May-18 00:56
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 226 PB Bytes 31-May-18 01:18
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 226 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:53
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 219 greengirl5 31-May-18 13:13
Re: Another brainstorm of mine 216 Susan Doris 31-May-18 15:02
the bible and God 237 greengirl5 01-Jun-18 08:16
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 216 Susan Doris 31-May-18 06:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 236 PB Bytes 31-May-18 19:14
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 306 MLloydHudson 31-May-18 03:41
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 232 PB Bytes 31-May-18 04:22
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 226 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:11
Re: Deliberate obfuscation 243 PB Bytes 31-May-18 17:35
Job 241 PB Bytes 31-May-18 04:37
Re: Job 231 Susan Doris 31-May-18 07:14
Re: Sin - denotation and connotation 255 Susan Doris 30-May-18 08:00
Re: Sin - do you?! 277 Susan Doris 30-May-18 05:02
Sin do you... 348 drew 25-Jun-18 23:44


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