Leonard D Neubache said:Don't listen. Two steps forward for every one step back, or even 100 steps forward for every 99 back if that's what it takes.
Rob Banks said:I guess that's what I get for continuing to go against God (and against the advice of the forum).
AnonymousBosch said:No, God doesn't smite or punish.
Rob Banks said:And yes, you're right. I often don't see how God could love someone like me, and I believe I am destined to hell.
It is just that whenever I try to actually put the advice into practice, I fall into thinking it is "too little, too late."
I will now have no reason to get up in the morning and I will spend all my time alone in my room on the computer
Some things are just too broken to be fixed.
Those around me (friends and family) have pretty much given up on me. My parents at this point have no hopes/aspirations for me and are content as long as I am not going hungry and I am not causing any trouble. My best friend, when I told him I flunked out of school, said to me "I told you not to sign up for school in the first place. I knew you would drop out. That's just the way you are. You're not strong enough." And I spoke about my wife's feelings and actions towards me in my other thread.
it is just really hard to stay positive when I'm in a situation like this.
You mentioned meditation, and that actually worked for me when I did it last year. It was not Catholic meditation, it was meditation I learned from reading a book about Buddhism. But nonetheless, it helped me a lot in getting rid of lust, gaining self-control, and fighting demonic influence in general. Maybe I should get into it again.
Spectrumwalker said:Hebrews 12:6
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
AnonymousBosch said:I explained this already. You're quoting the old covenant misunderstanding of God by the Jewish Leaders - God as stern judge - under the Law of Fear. Jesus arrived to abolished that law, and revealed God's Truth, the Law of Love, that he is Abba, our merciful Father.
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Rob Banks said:So if the Old Testament God is "Jewish" and not "Christian," does that mean that the Old Testament is wrong/false?
NoMoreTO said:Jesus Christ followed and obeyed all Jewish Law.