I would call those nightmares. Hopefully you are living for Jesus now so you no longer need to worry about where you will go if you died. Nightmares are defined as dreams that produce a strong negative emotional response, such as fear or horror. Nightmare sufferers usually awake in a state of extreme distress, even to the point of a severe physical response—racing pulse, sweating, nausea—and they often are unable to go back to sleep for some time. The causes of nightmares are varied. Children, because of their active imaginations, are prone to nightmares, some so severe that they wake up screaming and crying. Extreme incidents of these are also referred to as “night terrors.” Eating certain foods too close to bedtime can trigger a nightmare, as can viewing scary movies. Going to bed distressed about life’s circumstances or after a fight or argument can also cause nightmares because of the brain’s continued activity during sleep.
There is no doubt that nightmares can be extremely disturbing, but is there any spiritual significance to nightmares? Dreams and visions are mentioned in the Bible, and God sometimes used the dream state to communicate with His prophets and others. God spoke to Abimelech in Genesis 20, warning him not to touch Abraham’s wife, Sarah. Other dreams include Jacob’s ladder (Genesis 28), Joseph’s dream that his brothers would serve him that led to his captivity in Egypt (Genesis 37), as well as his dream about Pharaoh (Genesis 40-41) that led to his being made the second most powerful man in Egypt. The Lord or His angel appeared to others in the Bible, including Gideon (Judges 7), Solomon (1 Kings 3), Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2), Mary (Matthew 1), Joseph (Matthew 2), and Pilate’s wife (Matthew 27). None of these dreams, however, with the possible exception of Pilate’s wife’s dream, can really be called a nightmare. So it would appear that God does not usually speak to people through nightmares.
Some people think Satan or demons are infiltrating their minds during nightmares, but there is nothing in the Bible to substantiate this. There are no biblical incidents of demonic forces communicating with people during dreams or nightmares. Most likely, nightmares are nothing more than the brain’s way of contending with our fears and concerns as it continues to function during sleep cycles. If a Christian experiences continual, frequent nightmares that are interrupting sleep and causing emotional disturbance on a regular basis, perhaps medical help is in order. But, as in all things, prayer is our most potent weapon against any kind of emotional or spiritual distress. Praying for fifteen or twenty minutes prior to sleep is the most effective way to calm the mind and heart and prepare for restful sleep. As in all things, God grants wisdom to those who seek it from Him (James 1:5), and He has also promised His peace to all who seek it. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). God bless you!! Maranatha!!! :):)
You need to go and talk to your parents so that they can make plans to help you raise this child so that you can finish school. Having a baby isn’t the end of the world. My daughter had one in college and he has turned out to be one of the biggest blessings in our lives. I cannot imagine my life without my precious boy in it.
This is NOT something that God planned for your life this is something that you made the choice to do when you were not living in God’s will and way for your life. God would never choose for you to make a choice to sin.
The sin you committed was having sex outside of marriage—and that goes for the guy too. But that is done and in the past now. Confess it to God, and you will be forgiven for it (1 John 1:9). Yes, you will have to deal with the consequences of that sin, but with God, you can do it (Philippians 4:13). It’s time to move on to the next step, one that can provide you with much hope and joy. I know that’s hard to imagine, but stay with me here. You WILL make it through this.
Tell Your Parents What Happened
Your parents need to know that you’re pregnant, so that is the next step. It’s going to be hard. They are probably going to be disappointed. They may be worried about your family’s reputation in the Christian community. But they need to know, and they might even be able to help you. After all, this unborn baby is their grandchild.
Proverbs 6:20-22 says to follow the teaching of our parents and that “when you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you; and when you awake, they will talk with you.” If they are believers who truly want to follow God’s ways for life, they will eventually come around to acceptance of the situation. Their job as parents is to guide you and help you lead a godly life, turning to God always—no matter what circumstances you’re in.
Take Another Breath!
No matter how terrifying the situation seems, you will make it through. God is the One we can run to; He will wrap us in His arms and fill us with strength when the nights are long and dark and lonely (Psalm 46:1; Psalm 91:1-2). God will meet all your needs whether physically, spiritually, or through His people (Philippians 4:19). Watch for those encouragements and opportunities. If you ask Him for them, they will come.
You are a precious creation of God. You may have made a mistake, but you are not the first person to have made this one (Romans 3:23). God has a perfect plan for you and this baby (Psalm 139:13-18). Because this has happened, He will make it into something beautiful. It may not be the perfect situation for anyone, but you and your baby are extraordinary human beings and God loves you both.
Gather Your Support Group
Other than your parents, you can find support in friends, family, or members of your church. Confide in a trusted friend what you are going through. Hopefully, she will be able to stand with you, cry with you, hold your hand, and encourage you—even if she doesn’t have all the answers. You may also be able to get help from a friend’s Christian parents or a church leader. It certainly doesn’t hurt to start putting together a plan with the help of adults who may have some wisdom to offer (Proverbs 15:22). You’ve got some important decisions to make.
The Available Options
1. Parenthood - The baby you have created is a blessing—not a curse. This child could be the best thing that ever happened to you. No, really! It’s hard to imagine how a girl could find joy in having a baby at 15 or 16 years old, but God is bigger than our imaginations (Isaiah 55:8-9), and He is really full of surprises when it comes to the unexpected things in life (Psalm 149:4).
Talk with your parents, pray with them, and consider if you would be able to start being a parent yourself. The path won’t be easy, but the rewards could be better than you realize. James 1:5 promises, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
2. Adoption - If you cannot or are unable to care for the baby yourself (even with the help of others), then the baby can still be a HUGE blessing to another couple who cannot have kids on their own. Imagine the joy you could provide for a husband and wife who have been praying for a baby to care for but have not been able to conceive.
God has adopted us all into His family, so He looks very kindly upon children who are adopted. There are many reputable, Christian organizations that can handle adoptions and place your baby with a loving family who will take care of him or her as though the child was their own.
3. Abortion - Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by removing the baby from your body by surgical or other medical means, resulting in the death of the baby. There’s a lot of controversy out there about abortion, whether it is murder or not, but the Bible is clear about the fact that we are real human beings even in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16). So to have an abortion is to end a life, an act which is clearly forbidden in the Bible (Exodus 20:13), and abortion cannot be undone.
For the Christian, abortion is not an option. Even though it is legally available, God does not condone it. Yes, pregnancy is hard and uncomfortable and the thought of childbirth might be scary, but these are all natural processes which God designed. Your body is His, and He will take care of you (1 Corinthians 6:19). You can make it through these nine months for the health and well-being of your baby.
I know you’re frightened, and your first instinct may be to go into self-preservation mode. But this is about more than just you now. The decisions you make now will affect more than just your life—it will affect the life of the father, your family, and especially the very life of the baby inside you (Philippians 2:3-4).
Try not to dwell on your past mistakes. Stop making them and move on. God is holding your hand to help you. Being pregnant is not something you have to go through on your own. You may be able to involve the father and his family too. He is just as responsible for this pregnancy as you are. Ask your parents to pray with you and discuss how much they will be able to support you during pregnancy and if you decide to raise the baby or if they can help you through the adoption process. Do a search on Christian crisis pregnancy centers in your city to see if they have any services or can offer any financial help. Sometimes they even offer free ultrasounds and prenatal care.
Our God is all powerful, and He is strong enough to bring joy and blessings into your life—even after you have sinned. Yes, there are super tough times ahead for you and your family, but you will make it through this. Nothing is beyond God’s power, and He will never leave you.
"Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." —Isaiah 43:18-19
If you need to talk I am here for you dear one!!! God bless your sweet heart!!! ♥♥
As a Muslim, you desire to spend eternity with God in Paradise. Yet even the most devout Muslim has no assurance of eternity with God. No matter how well you keep the Five Pillars, there is no certainty you will see Allah in Paradise. The only exception mentioned in the Qur’an is to die as a martyr in jihad (Sura 3:157).
The Bible, however, offers assurance of eternal life. Even better, this assurance is not based on works; it is based on faith in Jesus (Isa). In Islam, your goal is for your good works to outweigh the bad. The Bible teaches, “We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment” (Isaiah 64:6a). Works will never save us; one bad act makes us guilty of breaking the whole law and therefore deserving of hell (James 2:10; Romans 6:23). But the good news is that we can be saved! In the Bible, all you must do is believe in Jesus as the Son of God to have eternal life. In John 3:16, Jesus taught, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” Jesus is more than a prophet; Jesus offers you eternal life if you will believe in Him.
What does it mean to believe? Romans 10:9 teaches, “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” You must confess Jesus is Lord, not just a prophet. You must also believe He rose from the dead. If you do, you will be saved. This salvation includes forgiveness from sins and the promise of eternal life in heaven.
What about works? Living for God is important, but no one is good enough to get to heaven by his or her works. Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” It is by faith we are saved, not by what we do.
In the Bible, only two options exist after this life. Those who place their faith in Jesus receive eternal life; those who do not receive eternal punishment (Luke 16:19-31). The only way to be certain you will escape eternal punishment is through Jesus (John 14:6; Acts 4:12).
Right now, you can accept Jesus Christ as Lord and receive assurance of eternal life. This is a sample prayer you can use as you pray:
"Dear God, I know that I have sinned against You. As a sinner, I am worthy of death in hell. But I believe You sent Your Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sin and rise from the dead. Today, I choose to stop trusting in my own works to reach heaven. Instead, I trust in the Lord Jesus alone as my Savior. Amen." If you need me dear one I am here for you. message me and I will help you to find a good Bible based church. God bless you dear one!!! Maranatha!!! :):):)
Hinduism is one of the oldest known organized religions—its sacred writings date as far back as 1400 to 1500 B.C. It is also one of the most diverse and complex, having millions of gods. Hindus have a wide variety of core beliefs and exist in many different sects. Although it is the third largest religion in the world, Hinduism exists primarily in India and Nepal.
The main texts of Hinduism are the Vedas (considered most important), Upanishadas, the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana. These writings contain hymns, incantations, philosophies, rituals, poems, and stories from which Hindus base their beliefs. Other texts used in Hinduism include the Brahmanas, the Sutras, and the Aranyakas.
Though Hinduism is often understood as being polytheistic, supposedly recognizing as many as 330 million gods, it also has one “god” that is supreme—Brahma. Brahma is an entity believed to inhabit every portion of reality and existence throughout the entire universe. Brahma is both impersonal and unknowable and is often believed to exist in three separate forms: Brahma—Creator; Vishnu—Preserver; and Shiva—Destroyer. These “facets” of Brahma are also known through the many other incarnations of each. It is difficult to summarize Hindu theology since the various Hindu schools contain elements of almost every theological system. Hinduism can be:
1) Monistic—Only one thing exists; Sankara’s school
2) Pantheistic—Only one divine thing exists so that God is identical to the world; Brahmanism
3) Panentheistic—The world is part of God; Ramanuja’s School
4) Theistic—Only one God, distinct from Creation; Bhakti Hinduism.
Observing other schools, Hinduism can also be atheistic, deistic, or even nihilistic. With such diversity included under the title “Hindu,” one may wonder what makes them “Hindu” in the first place? About the only real issue is whether or not a belief system recognizes the Vedas as sacred. If it does, then it is Hindu. If not, then it is not Hindu.
The Vedas are more than theology books. They contain a rich and colorful “theo-mythology,” that is, a religious mythology which deliberately interweaves myth, theology, and history to achieve a story-form religious root. This “theo-mythology” is so deeply rooted in India’s history and culture that to reject the Vedas is viewed as opposing India. Therefore, a belief system is rejected by Hinduism if it does not embrace Indian culture to some extent. If the system accepts Indian culture and its theo-mythical history, then it can be embraced as “Hindu” even if its theology is theistic, nihilistic, or atheistic. This openness to contradiction can be a headache for Westerners who seek logical consistency and rational defensibility in their religious views. But, to be fair, Christians are no more logical when they claim belief in Yahweh yet live life as practical atheists, denying Christ with their lives. For the Hindu the conflict is genuine logical contradiction. For the Christian, the conflict is more likely simple hypocrisy.
Hinduism views mankind as divine. Because Brahma is everything, Hinduism asserts that everyone is divine. Atman, or self, is one with Brahman. All of reality outside of Brahman is considered mere illusion. The spiritual goal of a Hindu is to become one with Brahma, thus ceasing to exist in its illusory form of “individual self.” This freedom is referred to as “moksha.” Until moksha is achieved, a Hindu believes that he/she will be repeatedly reincarnated in order that he/she may work towards self-realization of the truth (the truth being that only Brahman exists, nothing else). How a person is reincarnated is determined by karma, which is a principle of cause and effect governed by nature’s balance. What one did in the past affects and corresponds with what happens in the future, past and future lives included.
Although this is just a brief synopsis, it is readily seen that Hinduism is in opposition to biblical Christianity on almost every count of its belief system. Christianity has one God who is both personal and knowable (Deuteronomy 6:5; 1 Corinthians 8:6); has one set of Scriptures; teaches that God created the earth and all who live upon it (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 11:3); believes that man is created in God’s image and lives only once (Genesis 1:27; Hebrews 9:27-28); and teaches that salvation is through Jesus Christ alone (John 3:16; 6:44; 14:6; Acts 4:12). Hinduism as a religious system fails because it fails to recognize Jesus as the uniquely incarnated God-Man and Savior, the one solely sufficient source of salvation for humanity. God bless you!!! Maranatha!!! :):)
The Five Pillars of Islam
These five tenets compose the framework of obedience for Muslims:
1. The testimony of faith (shahada): “la ilaha illa allah. Muhammad rasul Allah.” This means, “There is no deity but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” A person can convert to Islam by stating this creed. The shahada shows that a Muslim believes in Allah alone as deity and believes that Muhammad reveals Allah.
2. Prayer (salat): Five ritual prayers must be performed every day.
3. Giving (zakat): This almsgiving is a certain percentage given once a year.
4. Fasting (sawm): Muslims fast during Ramadan in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. They must not eat or drink from dawn until sunset.
5. Pilgrimage (hajj): If physically and financially possible, a Muslim must make the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once. The hajj is performed in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.
A Muslim’s entrance into paradise hinges on obedience to these Five Pillars. Still, Allah may reject them. Even Muhammad was not sure whether Allah would admit him to paradise (Surah 46:9; Hadith 5.266).
Can you imagine living your life for these and the shock they are going to be in when they realize that they have been lied to. God bless you dear one!!! Maranatha!!! :):)
No it isn’t a sin at all to change to a Bible where you can learn more that is actually closer to the original Greek and Hebrew. I like the NASB, New King James. God bless you!!! :):) Maranatha!!! :):)
No you will not be saved. Because God is just, He will punish sin – regardless of how well you keep the Five Pillars.
As a Muslim, you long to reach paradise after you die. But as a sinner, how will you escape God’s judgment? You may think, “My faithfulness in keeping the Five Pillars may outweigh my sins. Hopefully, God will admit me to paradise.”
You strive to keep the Five Pillars of Islam. Five times a day you kneel toward Mecca. The creed (shahadah) often forms on your lips. You bring no bread or water to your mouth during the daylight of Ramadan. You are saving up money for the pilgrimage to Mecca and are freely giving alms to the poor.
But still you question, “Is keeping the Five Pillars enough?”
Your conscience convicts you of failing God’s standard of holiness. How could the holy God accept to paradise someone stained with even a little sin?
Only one sin caused the first man’s downfall. Adam’s sin was not a “big sin” like adultery, murder, or blasphemy. By eating the forbidden fruit, Adam brought the curse of sin and death into the world.
Shall we escape? We who have dishonored our parents, lied to our neighbors, or cheated our customers (Exodus 20)? We sin routinely by putting selfish interests ahead of loving God (Matthew 22:36-40). We proudly overlook or excuse our sins. But God does not overlook or excuse any sin. He will judge every thought, word, and deed (Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 12:36; Revelation 20:12-15).
God is a righteous Judge. Even on earth, a judge must punish sinners. A judge cannot pardon someone who has stolen just because the criminal claims to visit the mosque every Friday and fast during Ramadan. If sin goes unpunished, the law would be disregarded, and God would be dishonored.
God is the just Judge and will not let sin go unpunished, regardless of how well you keep God’s laws or how many good deeds you do. Keeping the Five Pillars cannot get you to heaven. You are a sinner according to God’s Word (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8).
The punishment for our sin is death—eternal death in hell. Our rightful home is hell. We need God’s mercy. But how can God be both merciful and just?
The Bible explains how God’s mercy fits with His justice: “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in [God’s] sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3:20-22a).
Keeping the law cannot get us to heaven. Instead, the law reveals our sin. God’s justice requires eternal death in hell for sin, but His mercy provides eternal life in heaven through faith in Jesus. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23).
As the eternal Son of God, Jesus is one with God the Father. God sent His Son to earth to become man, but Jesus never ceased being God. Born by the power of the Holy Spirit to the virgin Mary, Jesus didn’t inherit Adam’s sin nature. Jesus is called the second Adam (1 Corinthians 15:22). While Adam’s one disobedience brought the curse of sin on the world, Jesus’ perfect life brings the hope of paradise to those who trust in Him.
Jesus took the punishment for sin—death—by dying on the cross on behalf of believing sinners. Then, Jesus rose from the dead, showing He conquered sin and death.
Don’t try to take care of sin on your own dear one. Turn from sin in repentance and turn to Jesus in faith (Luke 24:46-47; Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:21-31; Galatians 3:6-14). God forgives believing sinners and gives them eternal life in heaven.
God may be working in your heart, showing you your sin and need for Jesus. Receive God’s gift of eternal life! Trust Jesus as your crucified Savior and follow Him as your resurrected Lord! God bless you dear one!!! Maranatha!!! :):)
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