By Simon Franklin
This article charts the fractured and violent heritage of early Rus, protecting Slav territories which aren't, and don't are looking to be, a part of sleek Russia. It explores the improvement, among the varied peoples of the monstrous landmass among the Carpathians and the Urals, of a society underpinned by means of a generally universal tradition and finally a typical religion, out of which might emerge the longer term Russia and its neighbours. The e-book additionally describes the emergence of a dominant "state" targeted on Kiev and the arrival of Christianity to the Slavs. eventually, it exhibits how the sluggish proliferation of recent dynastic centres northwards and westwards shifted the power-base of the zone into Russi right, the place it is going to in this case remain.
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This is how the apostle Paul knew we need not fear death, because physical death brings us to be with the Lord, as we read in 2 Corinthians 5:8: We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Not only has salvation eliminated the threat of eternal death; it has also given the saved person the promise of an eternity with God Himself. God's children will be with Him, living in happiness that we can't imagine, as we read in Ephesians 2:4-7: But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
When we read of Abraham's sin, or the sins of anyone else God has saved according to the Bible, we need to realize that we are all sinners who need forgiveness for our sins. In Matthew 13:10-11, we read a surprising statement made by the Lord Jesus: And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Do these words suggest to you that God is desperately trying to reach everyone in the world with the truth, to make them understand so that they may be saved?
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