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Dear Tom

In the Holy Bible - Matthew - 5:43, Love your enemies, Forgive your enemies I have the following questions.

1 In the 21st century, is it possible to achieve the above?.

2 Will the enemy think in the same line,as we think?.

Thanks
Prashant

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Prashant,

Loving your enemies is always a viable choice, in the 1st century or the 21st century. It does not mean that you must submit yourselves to you enemies but it does not mean not to respond in kind. Look also at Matt 10:16-26. One can love their enemy, pray for their enemy (pray for their salvation at very least and perhaps there are other things in their lives that they need prayer for), without compromising themselves. If someone is not trustworthy, you do not need to expose yourself to their wrongdoing, but you can pray and perhaps God will even put you in a position where you can show that despite their approach, you do not hold a grudge. It may ultimate chnage them if they see that there is another way to deal with people.

Will they think the same way? Maybe - or likely not, but we ought not to be controlled by how others choose to live their lives.  

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I am able to answer a wide range of questions regarding orthodox Christian theology as well as those of many of the more common cults and religious movements (inside and outside of the church). This includes Protestantism, Charismatic movement, New Apostolic Reformation, Strategic Prayer/Spiritual Warfare, Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses, Calvinism, Reformed Church, Baptist Church, Pentecostalism, and Oneness Pentecostalism. I have been a member of or have attended many of the above. I have studied the beliefs and literature of the remaining through a variety of means, including in most cases interacting with members and/or leaders in these organizations. I also maintain a significant library/resource of information on these movements and organizations.

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I have been a lifelong student of the Bible. In addition, I have been saved through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross, and believe in the truth of God's Holy word in the Bible as the inerrant and infallible word of God. I have been a believer for over 43 years. Other qualifications include:

- Former member of the counril of a local church
- Speaker at the "Last Days Bible Conference" and other functions.
- Researcher into religious movements and cults (maintain website with information on some of these movements and cults)
- Member of the Apologetics Coordination Team

I hold to the view that the Bible is inerrant and infallible, and I belief that the Bible is our sole authority on matters of faith and doctrine (Sola Scripture, Sola Fide).

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Apologetics Coordination Team (http://op.50megs.com/act/) Network of Christian Apologists in Calgary (http://www.whyjesus.ca)

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Website, accessible by means of http://discern.ca or http://www.religioninfo.org; and Audio files of talks at Last Days Bible Conference available at http://ldbc.ca

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Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.)

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