November 20th, 2012, 7:57 am #1
"Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong. It is knowing the difference between right and almost right." - Charles H. Spurgeon
A good quote and a good topic for discussion.
What is the difference between "right" and "almost right"?
What are some examples (ideas, concepts, organizations, institutions, etc.) of "right"?
What are some examples of "almost right"?
November 20th, 2012, 10:50 am #2Man On The Street
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Jesus died on a cross. thats all most right
November 20th, 2012, 12:12 pm #3
During His ministry, Jesus encountered people who were "almost right" (like the Pharisees), and He also encountered people who the "wrong" type of folks (tax collectors and common sinners). It seems that the "wrong" people were more likely to accept His message than the "almost right" people.
November 20th, 2012, 12:20 pm #4Man On The Street
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it was almost a cross. there was an up right pole just no cross beem
November 20th, 2012, 12:45 pm #5
The story of the Rich young Ruler would be a good example of almost right here.
9 And he spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Both good examples of Right or Almost Right
Slaying one Dragon at a time.
November 20th, 2012, 1:09 pm #6
Being "righteous," is "being right with God." God only can discern whether a man is right with Him - men cannot. There is no such thing as being "almost right" with God. Either we are right or wrong and there is no in-between. At the same time, we are either dead (without Christ) or alive (with Christ) and there is no such thing as being almost alive. Almost alive, is still dead.
When you look at the saints of God assembled together you might think how pure and proper the good people of God are. But having lived long enough you know that within any group, there are liars, thieves, proud people, sectarian-spirited people and misdirected people that we associate with every day.
God's saved are among groups and those who are alone everywhere. We are called upon to refrain from all corrupt morals, doctrine and practice, but no one can do it perfectly. All are sinners saved by grace. Our only claim to perfection is that God counts us as though we have no sins. He credits Christ's sinlessness to our accounts.
Paul would have us humbly judge ourselves, rather than our brother. ! Cor. 11:27 and Romans 14.
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November 20th, 2012, 11:27 pm #9
I'd agree, but I've phrased it this way. Having discernment is being able to tell a truth from a lie and a truth teller from a liar. In general, lies tend to be believable, which is why it takes a spiritual gift of linguistic delineation in order to recognize one. Some believe discernment is the ability to see spirits. Rather, it's the ability to recognize them by their words.
Last edited by The Infamous Din; November 20th, 2012 at 11:29 pm.The old system of lesser gods and goddesses is the dualistic sublimation of fear into sexuality. Whereas monistic equality in Christ is not born of fear and of the flesh, but of love.
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November 21st, 2012, 12:08 am #12
its easy to smell sulfur
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November 21st, 2012, 10:07 am #14Man On The Street
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American King James Version
The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you slew and hanged on a tree.
King James 2000 Bible (©2003)
And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
it would be the trunk of a tree
November 21st, 2012, 10:17 am #15