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Pilgrims

The English word pilgrim is sometimes used (other Bible translations variously use stranger, sojouner, alien) to translate the original Greek word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced par-ep-id-ay-mos, which meant someone living among foreigners in a foreign country. From a Christian perspective, even though everyone was born on the earth, The Elect are now foreigners everywhere on the earth because they have begun a "journey" to a truly New World, on earth, that will supersede the old world - that will be ruled absolutely by God, not by Satan's religious, economic, military, and political "Babylon" as it is everywhere now (see Who Still Rules The World Today? and What Satan Fears Most).

"They were (and still are) strangers and pilgrims on the earth"

Earth Faith is what creates and sustains a pilgrim:

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report."

"Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear."

"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh."

"By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found [see What Happened To Enoch?], because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

"By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house [see The Flood and How Big Was Noah's Ark?]; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith."

"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable."

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises [see What Happens When You Die?], but having seen them afar off [see Resurrections], and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city." (Hebrews 11:1-16 KJV) [see The City To Come and The Capital City]

Fact Finder: Did Peter instruct Christian "pilgrims" ("aliens," "strangers") to not be defiled by the world that they yet find themselves living in?
1 Peter 2:11-12


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