There isn't a single Christian alive today that has as his/her basis of faith, a rational decision to believe based on facts. it sounds like a bold statement but I know enough to know, and I stand by it.
Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. He came to Jesus at night and said, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”
Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
“How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!”
Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”
Believe on Jesus:
Jn.3:16 Whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life
Jn.11:25,26 I am the resurrection and the life...whosoever believeth in Me shall never die
Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved
Rom.10:9,10 If thou shalt...believe in thine heart...thou shalt be saved
1Jn.5:1a Whosoever believeth Jesus is the Christ is born of God
Rev.3:20 If any man...open the door, I will come in to him
Jn.1:12 But as many as received Him...power to become sons
Gal.4:6 God hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your heart
Eph.3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith
But the Lord will chasten you for wrongdoing:
Psa.89:30-34 If they break My statutes...I will visit with the rod...(but) My lovingkindness will I not utterly take away
Heb.12:5-8 Whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth
Rev.3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten
Receiving Jesus guarantees eternal life in Heaven:
Rom.6:23b The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ
Jn.11:26 Whosoever...believeth in Me shall never die
Jn.14:2-3 In My Father's house are many mansions
1Pet.1:3,4 Incorruptible inheritance reserved in Heaven for you
1Jn.5:11 God hath given to us eternal life...in His Son
(See Rev.21:1-27 and 22:1-5 for a description of Heaven)
frrostedman wrote:I've never told you what happened to me.
frrostedman wrote:DIss0n80r wrote:Nothing new under the sun?
Quoting the bible? You're on your way, my friend....
DIss0n80r wrote:Have you been thoroughly checked for mental illnesses or any kind of brain disorder, in order to try ruling out mundane explanations?
Or was that powerful transformative experience unquestionably of divine origin?
Did you ever experience anything at all odd in the past. before that specific experience, anything out of the ordinary, even if it's something you disbelieve/dismiss now as having been unreal or unrelated to your transformative experience? Serious questions.
humphreys wrote:frrostedman wrote:I've never told you what happened to me.
Hmm, I seem to remember you going into a little detail about your transformation on a thread here.
Am I misremembering, or were you speaking of something else?