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Title: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on June 03, 2017, 01:42:47 pm
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Book of Proverbs

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"Proverbs" translates the Hebrew word mashal, but "mashal" has a wider range of meaning than the short catchy sayings implied by the English word. Thus, while roughly half the book is made up of "sayings" of this type, the other half is made up of longer poetic units of various types. These include "instructions" formulated as advice from a teacher or parent addressed to a student or child, dramatic personifications of both Wisdom and Folly, and the "words of the wise" sayings, longer than the Solomonic "sayings" but shorter and more diverse than the "instructions".[7]

The Book of Proverbs (Hebrew: מִשְלֵי, Míshlê (Shlomoh), "Proverbs (of Solomon)") is the second book of the third section (called Writings) of the Hebrew Bible and a book of the Christian Old Testament.[1] When translated into Greek and Latin, the title took on different forms: in the Greek Septuagint (LXX) it became Παροιμίαι Paroimiai ("Proverbs"); in the Latin Vulgate the title was Proverbia, from which the English name is derived.

Proverbs is not merely an anthology but a "collection of collections" relating to a pattern of life which lasted for more than a millennium.[2] It is an example of the Biblical wisdom tradition, and raises questions of values, moral behaviour, the meaning of human life, and right conduct.[3] The repeated theme is that "the fear of God (meaning submission to the will of God) is the beginning of wisdom".[4] Wisdom is praised for her role in creation; God acquired her before all else, and through her he gave order to chaos; and since humans have life and prosperity by conforming to the order of creation, seeking wisdom is the essence and goal of the religious life.[5]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Proverbs

Agelbert NOTE: Great scientists who pioneered the scientific method, unlike many present scientists, who worship at the atheist Darwinian altar, knew that Nature, that complex and magnificently ordered life matrix we observe, admire and totally depend on for our survival, also called the biosphere, must be obeyed. Francis Bacon, a wise man who WAS NOT an atheist, understood the message of Proverbs quite well. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-020617175335.png)

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FRANCIS BACON: GOD AND ATHEISM

Sir Francis Bacon was critical in the development of the scientific method, and, thus, being a philosophical/scientific giant, atheists have attempted to recruit him as a supporter of unbelief. Again they do so in vain, as Bacon made his religious views quite clear in some of his works, and they are clearly reflective of Christian beliefs. Ironically, he also expressed his disdain for atheism, as shown below.

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"It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy brings about man's mind to religion: for while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity."(Bacon, 64)

“They that deny a God destroy man's nobility; for certainly man is of kin to the beasts in his body; and, if he be not of kin to God by his spirit, he is a base and ignoble creature.” (Bacon, 67)

“It is better to have no opinion of God at all, than such an opinion as is unworthy of him: for the one is unbelief the other is contumely; and certainly superstition is the reproach of the Deity.” (Bacon, 68)
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Bacon, F. The Essays of Lord Bacon. London: Longman  and Green Co., 1875.

http://atheismexposed.tripod.com/francis_bacon.htm
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 12, 2017, 12:26:16 pm
Agelbert NOTE: The parables taught by Jesus Christ have been frequently misinterpreted or even used to rationalize doing the opposite of what Christ actually taught. I am posting the following over several days in order to help clear up any misunderstandings among people of good will, along with eliminating self-serving rationalizitions often used by people of bad will.

Matthew 13:1-58

Eight parables are found here. In the first instance the parable is of the sower. The sowing of the seed refers to the Word of God.

(http://www.katapi.org.uk/images/Nature/Sower300w.jpg)

The seed, having grown in the good soil, becomes not only one but many believing witnesses cast into the world. Jesus explained that "the good seed are the children of the kingdom".

These parables are given so that we as the children of the kingdom in the world may know that we must expect opposition from the devil and his children.

In these parable, we are given the negative reaction to Christian action.

We must not try to uproot the weeds, representative of the evil ones in the world, because of our inability to judge rightly without the possibility of making a mistake. The ultimate disposition of the evil ones in the world will be accomplished by angels who are going to be sent by the Lord (v. 41) at the consummation of the age. Actually, the angels are designated as the final reapers of the harvest of our labor (v. 39).

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35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” - Matthew  12:35-37

Enjoy this Country Western style singing of a Psalm David wrote:     (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif)

https://youtu.be/XjEpB2ikkuE

Continued tomorrow
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 13, 2017, 01:35:14 pm
Agelbert NOTE: The parables taught by Jesus Christ have been frequently misinterpreted or even used to rationalize doing the opposite of what Christ actually taught. I am posting the following over several days in order to help clear up any misunderstandings among people of good will, along with eliminating self-serving rationalizitions often used by people of bad will.

Matthew 13:1-58

Eight parables are found here. In the first instance the parable is of the sower. The sowing of the seed refers to the Word of God.

(http://www.katapi.org.uk/images/Nature/Sower300w.jpg)

The seed, having grown in the good soil, becomes not only one but many believing witnesses cast into the world. Jesus explained that "the good seed are the children of the kingdom".

These parables are given so that we as the children of the kingdom in the world may know that we must expect opposition from the devil and his children.

In these parable, we are given the negative reaction to Christian action.

We must not try to uproot the weeds, representative of the evil ones in the world, because of our inability to judge rightly without the possibility of making a mistake. The ultimate disposition of the evil ones in the world will be accomplished by angels who are going to be sent by the Lord (v. 41) at the consummation of the age. Actually, the angels are designated as the final reapers of the harvest of our labor (v. 39).

(http://www.artbible.net/2NT/REVELATION%20-%20VALLOTTON%20S%20DRAWINGS%20....DESSINS%20D%20A%20VALLOTTON/20%20VALLOTTON%2014%2015%20ANGEL%20REAPING%20THE%20HARVEST.jpg)
Enjoy this Country Western style singing of a Psalm David wrote:     (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif)

https://youtu.be/XjEpB2ikkuE

Continued tomorrow

Parable no. 2 (vv. 24-30 the wheat and the tares) and parable no. 7 (the net which catches both good and bad fish) are illustrative of the fact that, as a result of the witnessing of children of the kingdom in this dispensation, there will be both genuine wheat and good fish, as well as tares and bad fish.

Not all who are caught in the net of evangelism are genuinely saved. The unsaved will be made manifest in the Day of Judgment at the consumation of the age.

Neither we nor angels, no matter how hard we try, wil be able to put the devil out of commision until the appointed time. The disciples wanted to pull out the tares planted by the devil, but were told not to do so until harvest time when the tares were going to be uprooted and utterly burned. See Jude v. 9.

Agelbert NOTE: It is one thing to not go out and kill the people you believe are pseudo-Christians dedicated to evil, but that doesn't mean we are not given sufficient discernment to know who they are. I am firmly convinced that Pat Robertson, Vice President Pence (and many other public figures that claim to be "Christians") are in the category of tares and bad fish. You know them by their empathy deficit, despicable, evil, destructive, hateful, war loving, rotten fruit.

Trump gets along great with those hypocrites. Is Trump the same as them?

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-040817140651.png)

As for Trump, he doesn't have the remotest idea of what Christianity is, and never has entertained one single thought of accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, except as a pose to con voters.

To non-believers, the difference between the Trumps and Pences of this world is irrelevant because they both obviously are people dominated by evil desires.

But according to Holy Scripture, the Trumps of this world, who never even looked at the seed of the Gospel or were never caught in the Gospel net of sound doctrine, are less guilty than people like Pence, Gorsuch, etc. et al, who drive potential converts to Christianity away with their in-your-face greed, lack of compassion, racism and bigotry while they simultaneously and shamelessly parade their sanctimonious guise of "Christian" beliefs.(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg) (http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/wemeantwell-23439-20130307-234.jpg)

Judgment begins in the House of the Lord.

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17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? - 1 Peter 4:17 KJV

Continued tomorrow
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 14, 2017, 01:17:04 pm
Agelbert NOTE: The parables taught by Jesus Christ have been frequently misinterpreted or even used to rationalize doing the opposite of what Christ actually taught. I am posting the following over several days in order to help clear up any misunderstandings among people of good will, along with eliminating self-serving rationalizitions often used by people of bad will.

Matthew 13:1-58

Eight parables are found here. In the first instance the parable is of the sower. The sowing of the seed refers to the Word of God.

(http://www.katapi.org.uk/images/Nature/Sower300w.jpg)

The seed, having grown in the good soil, becomes not only one but many believing witnesses cast into the world. Jesus explained that "the good seed are the children of the kingdom".

These parables are given so that we as the children of the kingdom in the world may know that we must expect opposition from the devil and his children.

In these parable, we are given the negative reaction to Christian action.

We must not try to uproot the weeds, representative of the evil ones in the world, because of our inability to judge rightly without the possibility of making a mistake. The ultimate disposition of the evil ones in the world will be accomplished by angels who are going to be sent by the Lord (v. 41) at the consummation of the age. Actually, the angels are designated as the final reapers of the harvest of our labor (v. 39).

(http://www.artbible.net/2NT/REVELATION%20-%20VALLOTTON%20S%20DRAWINGS%20....DESSINS%20D%20A%20VALLOTTON/20%20VALLOTTON%2014%2015%20ANGEL%20REAPING%20THE%20HARVEST.jpg)
Enjoy this Country Western style singing of a Psalm David wrote:     (http://www.pic4ever.com/images/balloons.gif)

https://youtu.be/XjEpB2ikkuE

Continued tomorrow
Parable no. 2 (vv. 24-30 the wheat and the tares) and parable no. 7 (the net which catches both good and bad fish) are illustrative of the fact that, as a result of the witnessing of children of the kingdom in this dispensation, there will be both genuine wheat and good fish, as well as tares and bad fish.

Not all who are caught in the net of evangelism are genuinely saved. The unsaved will be made manifest in the Day of Judgment at the consumation of the age.

Neither we nor angels, no matter how hard we try, wil be able to put the devil out of commision until the appointed time. The disciples wanted to pull out the tares planted by the devil, but were told not to do so until harvest time when the tares were going to be uprooted and utterly burned. See Jude v. 9.

Agelbert NOTE: It is one thing to not go out and kill the people you believe are pseudo-Christians dedicated to evil, but that doesn't mean we are not given sufficient discernment to know who they are. I am firmly convinced that Pat Robertson, Vice President Pence (and many other public figures that claim to be "Christians") are in the category of tares and bad fish. You know them by their empathy deficit, despicable, evil, destructive, hateful, war loving, rotten fruit.

Trump gets along great with those hypocrites. Is Trump the same as them?

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-040817140651.png)

As for Trump, he doesn't have the remotest idea of what Christianity is, and never has entertained one single thought of accepting Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior, except as a pose to con voters.

To non-believers, the difference between the Trumps and Pences of this world is irrelevant because they both obviously are people dominated by evil desires.

But according to Holy Scripture, the Trumps of this world, who never even looked at the seed of the Gospel or were never caught in the Gospel net of sound doctrine, are less guilty than people like Pence, Gorsuch, etc. et al, who drive potential converts to Christianity away with their in-your-face greed, lack of compassion, racism and bigotry while they simultaneously and shamelessly parade their sanctimonious guise of "Christian" beliefs.(http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg) (http://www.opednews.com/populum/uploaded/wemeantwell-23439-20130307-234.jpg)

Judgment begins in the House of the Lord.

Continued tomorrow

In parable no. 3 (vv, 31,32), we have a mustard seed which is the smallest of the seeds taking itself an unnatural growth. Many confuse this parable with the often quoted "Faith as a mustard seed" teaching by Christ. Faith as a mustard seed is a good thing worthy of being sought out. But the parable of the kingdom, as related to a mustard seed's growth, is a prophecy of the corruption of the Church when it becomes unnaturally large.


 The tremendous growth of a tiny mustard seed to a plant nearly 12 feet tall is a metaphor for the secularization of the Christian Church. Christ never meant His Church to wield organizational power.

Bigness is unnatural in the kingdom of God but Christ told us what to expect. In these parables we have the history of the witness of the children of the kingdom foretold, just as in Rev. 2-3 the history of the church is foretold.

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The birds of the air are a metaphor for evil, just as they are in the parable of the sower.

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See Rev. 18 where a false church is called Babylon. God's genuine people are admonished to separate themselves from this church (Rev. 18:4).

Continued Tomorrow
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 15, 2017, 01:23:21 pm
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Continued from the previous post on this thread:

Parable no. 4 ( Matthew 13:33) about the hidden yeast represents the subtle influence of evil (the yeast) in the bread. In spite of the onfluence of the yeast, the bread is still useful for feeding and nourishment.
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The metaphor of bread containing yeast (notice that leavened bread grows LARGE while unleavened bread does not) represents the Church influenced by evil.

Some use this parable to justify pointing at the mainstream nominally Christan Church as the tainted, but still most important, source of the spiritual food and strength of Christ in the world. That is an erroneous, and altogether too modern mainstream church self serving, assumption. This parable clearly points to a remnant within, but by no means excluding the remnant without, the Church that together constitutes the Spiritual Body of Christ (i.e. Christ's Church on earth). The tremendous expansion of bread when it contains yeast is a metaphor for the secularization of the Christian Church. Christ never meant His Church to wield organizational power. Bigness is unnatural in the kingdom of God but Christ told us what to expect.

The Body of Christ is certainly not limited to the organized Church.

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In fact, in these dark times, I believe a greater part of the Body of Christ exists outside the organized Church "bread" hampered by the evil "yeast" than within it. Christ did not actually used the word "mix" in regard to the yeast; He used the word (when translated to Greek) "krypto", which means, "to hide or conceal". 

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If you are in a Church where the yeast has taken over, I am certain that Christ does not want you there. These churches prosper economically, grow massively and gain respect and approval from the secular government they serve. 

If you can manage to not get thrown out, even when you call out the behavior of the "yeast" in that Church, then stay. But if you are coerced to applaud a corrupted, prospertiy preaching, war loving, flag worshipping Orwellian version of Christ's teachings (by remaining silent before organizational church false doctrine), staying puts your Salvation in jeopardy.

The people in those yeast leavened organizational churches have gained the world, only to lose their soul. Tell them why you are leaving, pray for them and flee!

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Continued tomorrow
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 16, 2017, 02:23:03 pm
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Continued from the previous post (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/general-discussion/the-wisdom-of-the-books-of-the-bible/msg7712/#msg7712) on Matthew 13:1-58

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Parable no. 5 (v. 44), the hidden treasure found in the field, is a metaphor for the people in the world in whom Christ establishes His kingdom. In order to possess them, He gave His own life. He hides this treasure, God's redeemed saints, in the world until He redeems or purchases the whole world when He will come again to liberate not only the believer within the world but the world itself (Rom. 8:19-26; Rev. 21).


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Parable no. 6 (vv, 45-46) is similar to the fifth parable, with the pearl symbolizing the sinner. The pearl at its heart is a grain of hard and lifeless sand, even as the sinner is dead in his sins and trespasses.

But when the sand comes in touch with the living organism, the oyster, the sand becomes transformed into a pearl. As a result of this contact, it becomes a thing of exquisite beauty and precious indeed.

Thus, the precious pearls in the world are the sinners who, because of having become absorbed into the Spiritual Body of Jesus Christ, have become His kingdom (Rev. 1:6). For this to be accomplished, Jesus Christ had to sacrifice His own life, but He arose from the dead to be forever the living organism in whom we dwell.

The hair splitters out there might argue that the oyster is simply responding to an irritant by covering that irritating particle with the same type of exquisite Calcium Carbonate (i.e. mother of pearl) that said oyster uses to build its own shell, as these bivalves are DNA programmed to do.

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A pearl is created in the mantle of a mollusk when an irritant particle is surrounded by layers of nacre. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bivalvia) Although most bivalves can create pearls, oysters in the family Pteriidae and freshwater mussels in the families Unionidae and Margaritiferidae are the main source of commercially available pearls because the calcareous concretions produced by most other species have no lustre. 

As a result of the oyster's biological immunological response, a pearl is formed. Also, the irritating particle is not necessarily a grain of sand, as oysters often simply push most grains of sand out of their shell.

True, the oyster is certainly not celebrating the presence of an irritant, but the point is that something of exquisite value is formed from something lacking value. 

Furthermore, the fact is that an irritating particle (most naturally-occuring pearls are formed around a tenacious parasite) is an appropriate metaphor for a sinner. The parasite's modus vivendi is an appropriate analogy for evil caused spiritual death, even more so than the lifeless grain of sand. As the parasite is encased, it dies and a beautiful pearl replaces it.

In addition, the shell that protects the pearl as it is being formed is an excellent analogy for Christ's protection while we grow spiritually. Also, the fact that pearls are only produced by oysters in unpolluted, pristine water is analogous to spiritual protection beyond the shell itself.

Finally, the oyster, because it suffers to produce that pearl, is an appropriate symbol of Christ's suffering to redeem us from evil. 

So, though all metaphors and analogies have their limits, the parables of the buried treasure and the pearl evidence the boundless love and compassion that Christ has for us in suffering for us and in caring for us while we grow spiritually (by hiding us to protect us from spiritual harm).   

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Continued tomorrow:
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 18, 2017, 09:59:34 pm
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Continued from the previous post (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/general-discussion/the-wisdom-of-the-books-of-the-bible/msg7721/#msg7721) on Matthew 13:1-58

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Parable no. 7 (Matthew 13:47-50 KJV) about the net represents the fishwermen or sons of the kingdom in the sea of humanity. They catch fish which prove to be both good and bad, edible and inedible. This is similar to parable no. 2 about the wheat and the tares.

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Matthew 13:30 KJV Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.



The separation ultimately will be done by the angels and not the believers down here. In this dispensation, the genuine and the hypocrite, true believer and the fraud, will jointly inhabit the world until God's appointed time.

Matthew 13:47-50 KJV

47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,



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50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.


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Last parable in this teaching tomorrow:
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 20, 2017, 06:23:41 pm
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Final post on Matthew 13:1-58 (continued from the previous post (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/general-discussion/the-wisdom-of-the-books-of-the-bible/msg7725/#msg7725)).

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In parable no. 8 (Matthew 13:52 KJV), we have the execution of the responsibility of the sons of the kingdom to accomplish their work through sacrifice.

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The believer's treasures have to be spent so that the Gospel can be preached in this generation.


The disciples asked Christ why He taught using parables. His answer (Matthew 13:10-17) reveals a hard truth that many nominal Christians out there do not want to hear. Those are the "Christians" who prefer to view Jesus Christ's work as a free lunch providing sinners the "grace" (i.e. "It's under the blood so let's party." (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_2932.gif)) to get to heaven regardless of their refusal to make daily Holy Spirit guided efforts to avoid being willingly enslaved to whatever sin the natural man desires.   (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183337.bmp)

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The passages in Matthew 13:10-17, along with Mark 4:10-12, are some of the most difficult sayings of the Lord Jesus. The clue to understanding is found in the correct translation of a Greek word, mēpote (Mt 13:15; Mk. 4:12), usually translated "lest." However,it should be translated as a suppositional particle, "if perhaps."

Christ's reasoning was this,
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"If I speak plainly to these people knowing they are going to continue to reject what I say to them, their understanding of will increase their guilt. They would be rejecting not what they do not understand, but what they do understand. If I speak to them in parables, and they do not understand what I am saying, then their rejection is based on their lack of understanding and it will diminish their guilt. Their guilt is not based upon whether they understand or not, but on their rejection of God and Me, not because of what I say, but because of what I am, which should have been clear enought to them."

It is inherent in the entire teaching of the Bible that God will not hold us responsible for what we do not know or understand, but for what we do know and understand (Romans 2:12-20; 4:15). The nonunderstanding of some of the words of Christ in reality alleviates unbelievers of their guilt for the rejection of Jesus Christ. Every human on earth has an inner consciousness of God's requirement of him (Rom. 2:15; John 1:9).

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As one knows and understands more, his responsibility increases proportionately. This applies to everyone, many in the degree of their punishment in hell (yes readers, there ARE DEGREES of punishment in hell, just as there is a hierarchy of reward in heaven), and the remnant in the degree of their heavenly reward.

Hiding the meaning of the depths of God by Jesus Christ to unbelievers is an act of mercifulness toward them in reducing their comprehension of His words.

Yes, Christ is merciful, but He is not now, or ever was, wishy washy about sin and the existence of Heaven and Hell, as well as who would be sent to one of those two places. It wasn't some "fire and brimstone Old Testament fundamentalist preacher whacko" that said the following, it was the Lord of Creation, the Lord Jesus Christ:

Matthew 13:41-43 KJV

41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.


After Christ explained the paraples to His disciples, He said:

Matthew 13:51 KJV

51 Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.


After this tremendous teaching spree by Christ, you would think that the remaining verses would  document evidence of a subsequent great spiritual victory, but the exact reverse is what happened. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-120716190938.png)

Matthew 13:53-58 KJV

53 And it came to pass, that when Jesus had finished these parables, he departed thence.

54 And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works?

55 Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas?

56 And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things?

57 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.


In closing, let me say that when I read these passages I understand more clearly why Jesus was known as the Man of Sorrows. It's not just that He knew His destiny; it's the in-your-face unbelief of so much family around Him that must have weighed heavily on Him.

See that your unbelief does not limit what Christ does in your life. Repent of your sins, ask God to forgive you, and accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.

If you believe you are a Christian but can sin all you wish, you have never been anything but a fraud.

Any person who has never heard a word about the Gospel of Jesus Christ has  a greater opportunity to shine like the sun than you. (http://www.desismileys.com/smileys/desismileys_6869.gif)

Christanity is not a get out of hell free card; it's a call from our Creator to be the person He wants us to be in this valley of tears. The Grace our Lord Jesus Christ obtained for us by His Sacrifice on the Cross does not absolve us of our responsiblity to respect others as we respect ourselves.

May God Bless you by granting you the wisdom to do the right thing.
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"Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun(http://dl3.glitter-graphics.net/pub/465/465823jzy0y15obs.gif)  in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." -- Matthew 13:43 KJV
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on August 28, 2017, 06:06:03 pm
Medieval Gospel Commentary, lost for 1500 years :o – now translated and online  (http://us.cdn2.123rf.com/168nwm/lenm/lenm1201/lenm120100200/12107060-illustration-of-a-smiley-giving-a-thumbs-up.jpg)
 

AUGUST 23, 2017 BY MEDIEVALISTS.NET

SNIPPET:

The earliest Latin Commentary on the Gospels, lost for over 1500 years, has been rediscovered and made available in English for the first time, thanks to research from the University of Birmingham.

https://youtu.be/aTNFq-8544I


“This sheds new light on the way the Gospels were read and understood in the early Church, in particular the symbolic reading of the text known as ‘allegorical exegesis’. There are also moments of insight into the lives of fourth-century Italian Christians, as when the bishop uses a walnut as an image of the four Gospels or holds up a Roman coin as a symbol of the Trinity.’

The English translation, produced as part of the COMPAUL project funded by the European Research Council, is available online as a free, open-access download.

http://www.medievalists.net/2017/08/medieval-gospel-commentary-lost-1500-years-now-translated-online/
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on December 05, 2017, 01:50:57 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Although now we think of the end of things and massive destruction when this word is used, the word "Apocalypse" actually means "Revelation". 

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The ancient narrative describes the secret teachings of Jesus to his brother James, in which Jesus reveals information about the heavenly realm(http://www.pic4ever.com/images/19.gif) and future events, including James’ inevitable death.

Early medieval writings of the First Apocalypse of James discovered

DECEMBER 4, 2017 BY MEDIEVALISTS.NET

The first-known original Greek copy of an early Christian writing describing Jesus’ secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered at Oxford University by scholars from The University of Texas at Austin.

A page from the Coptic translation of the First Apocalypse of James from the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt. Digitized by Claremont College. Photo credit: Nag Hammadi Library, Oxford University. (at article link)

To date, only a small number of texts from the Nag Hammadi library — a collection of 13 Coptic Gnostic books discovered in 1945 in Upper Egypt — have been found in Greek, their original language of composition. But earlier this year, UT Austin religious studies scholars Geoffrey Smith and Brent Landau added to the list with their discovery of several fifth- or sixth-century Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James, which was thought to have been preserved only in its Coptic translations until now.

“To say that we were excited once we realized what we’d found is an understatement,” said Smith, an assistant professor of religious studies. “We never suspected that Greek fragments of the First Apocalypse of James survived from antiquity. But there they were, right in front of us.”

The ancient narrative describes the secret teachings of Jesus to his brother James, in which Jesus reveals information about the heavenly realm and future events, including James’ inevitable death.

“The text supplements the biblical account of Jesus’ life and ministry by allowing us access to conversations that purportedly took place between Jesus and his brother, James — secret teachings that allowed James to be a good teacher after Jesus’ death,” Smith said.

Such apocryphal writings, Smith said, would have fallen outside the canonical boundaries set by Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, in his “Easter letter of 367” that defined the 27-book New Testament: “No one may add to them, and nothing may be taken away from them.”

With its neat, uniform handwriting and words separated into syllables, the original manuscript was probably a teacher’s model used to help students learn to read and write, Smith and Landau said.

“The scribe has divided most of the text into syllables by using mid-dots. Such divisions are very uncommon in ancient manuscripts, but they do show up frequently in manuscripts that were used in educational contexts,” said Landau, a lecturer in the UT Austin Department of Religious Studies.

The teacher who produced this manuscript must have “had a particular affinity for the text,” Landau said. It does not appear to be a brief excerpt from the text, as was common in school exercises, but rather a complete copy of this forbidden ancient writing.

Smith and Landau announced the discovery last month during the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and are working to publish their preliminary findings in the Greco Roman Memoirs series of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri.

http://www.medievalists.net/2017/12/early-medieval-writings-first-apocalypse-james-discovered/
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on December 22, 2017, 08:54:35 pm
To those Mammon worshipping relatives who colluded and conspired for several years, with malice aforethought, to methodically defraud me of the inheritance I was due from my parents:

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Proverbs 18:19  A brother wronged is more unyielding than a fortified city; disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel.

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Pulpit Commentary

Verse 19. - A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. Something must be supplied on which the comparative notion min, "than," depends. So we may understand "resists more," or something similar. A brother or a once close friend, when injured or deceived, becomes a potent and irreconcilable enemy. The idea of the preceding verses is carried on, and the primary thought is still concerning lawsuits and matters brought before a judge. This is shown in the second clause by the use of the word "contentions" (midyanim). And their contentions are like the bars of a castle. They close the door against reconciliation, shut the heart against all feeling of tenderness. True it is, Ξαλεποὶ πόλεμοι ἀδελφῶν (Eurip., 'Fragm.'). And again, 'Iph. Aul.,' 376 -

Δεινὸν κασιγήτοισι γίγνεσθαι λόγους
Μάχας θ ὅταν ποτ ἐμπέσωσιν εἰς ἔριν.
Aristotle also writes thus ('De Republ.,' 7:7): "If men receive no return from those to whom they have shown kindness, they deem themselves, not only defrauded of due gratitude, but actually injured. Whence it is said, 'Bitter are the quarrels of friends;' and, 'Those who love beyond measure also hate beyond measure.'" An English maxim gloomily decides, "Friendship once injured is forever lost." Pliny ('Hist. Nat.,' 37:4), "Ut adamas, si frangi contingat malleis, in minutissimas dissidit crustas, adeo ut vix oculis cerni queant: ita arctissima necessitudo, si quando contingat dirimi, in summam vertitur simultatem, et ex arctissimis foederibus, si semel rumpantur, maxima nascuntur dissidia." Ecclus. 6:9, "There is a friend, who being turned to enmity will also discover thy disgraceful strife," i.e. will disclose the quarrel which according to his representation will redound to thy discredit. The last clause is rendered in the Vulgate. Et judicia quasi vectes urbium; where judicia means "lawsuits," legal disputes; these bar out friendship.

For the pseudo-Christian Mammon worshippers, it is oh, so convenient, to brazenly claim the brother they perversely harmed economically, while defaming him as a matter of empathy deficit disordered routine, should forgive them and move on because that's what a "Christian" must do.

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But, but, what about the Lord's Prayer and the request to have our trespasses forgiven, as we forgive those who trespass against us? Isn't that a conditional statement? Doesn't that mean our trespasses will not be forgiven unless we forgive any and all trespasses against us?

Nope. We are not to be bitter and we are not to take revenge, but we certainly are not to pretend the offense did not occur. The "forgive and forget" notion is an even greater trespass because, unconditional forgiveness (i.e. no repercussions for the trespass) encourages MORE of the original trespass!

The forgiving we engage in with the Lord's prayer is an act of acceptance that God is a Just Judge and has the full picture on 'who did what' that we will never be privy to in this life.

This does not mean we give the "benefit of the doubt" to a blatant trespass. If that was true, then Jesus would NOT have said what He quite clearly said in Matthew 18:17 (see below) and also in the instructions given to his Apostles (Luke 9:5) when they were refused friendly hospitality (There are several other Scriptures on this issue, but I will limit myself to just the two dicussed here).

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Luke 9:5 (KJV)
5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.

The Mammon worshippers immediately quote scripture about "Do not judge, lest ye be judged". This a deliberate Orwellian distortion of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

To begin with, the ones, in my case, who DID the sinful JUDGING are the ones who sinned against their brother by entering into a conspiracy to defraud their brother of his inheritance with the help of corrupt Judges, Banking officials and Court auction and "mediation" (see Orwell) officials. They DECIDED (with the cooperation of my father) that I was not "worthy" of the inheritance. IOW, they JUDGED me, and knowing the law was on my side, deliberately proceeded, once their decision (i.e. cheap rationalization) to defraud me was agreed on, to game the Legal system to achieve their goal.

When I learned of this attempt to defraud me, I simply pointed out to the Court (and later on to the FBI) that this was a crime of financial fraud. I did not "judge" anybody by stating the truth; I did what any Christian is obligated to do when he learns of a fraud; defend the truth and expose the lie.

I had warned my family members, over the phone, on more than one occasion, NOT to engage in fraud against my person. They, of course, said they would never do anything like that but they could "not control" one of my brothers and my "father". That was a lie when they said it and I told them so. They stopped direct communication except for occasional threats to my person (My oldest sister said that the brother running the inheritance "operation" said there were "too many" heirs in a very strange tone of voice over the phone in a conference call) and to my economic well being (My oldest sister mendaciously claimed I would have to pay ALL the legal fees if they were "forced" to sue me), followed shortly thereafter (because I did not bend to their ex-curia demands) by the legal documents.

Jesus Christ was quite clear about that. He said that IF a brother sins against you, you are to tell them about it and ask them to repent. IF said brother or sister REFUSES to repent, or claims they do "repent" without making absolutely any effort to make restitution (at LEAST 2 fold for the injury), then you are to no longer associate with them, PERIOD.

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Matthew 18:17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

God will NOT forgive sin if there is no honest attempt at making RESTITUTION. WHY? Because there is no genuine repentence if there is no restitution.

So please do not bother to send me Christmas Cards claiming you "miss" your kid brother or you are "praying that you will see me soon".  (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_9HT4xZyDmh4/TOHhxzA0wLI/AAAAAAAAEUk/oeHDS2cfxWQ/s200/Smiley_Angel_Wings_Halo.jpg)
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I may be a poor old washed up failure economically, but I am still a Christian and, consequently, cannot countenance hypocrisy.

Beyond these occasional posts, that I have no idea whether anyone in my family reads, which I post so others may learn of my experiences, direct communication with my brothers and sisters is not going to happen. My father died at the ripe old age of 96 back in 2008. One of the ringleaders of the fraud tried repeatedly to get me to sue my father. I refused. But it didn't matter. The brother ringleader just wanted to turn my father totally against me. That was accomplished when I told the truth in motions presented (filed) to the the court, in defense of the truth, when my father and my siblings (all 6 of them) sued me.

Of course I am not going to be bitter about having experienced this legal travesty at the hand of my brothers and sisters. They are the ones in the hot seat, not me. They are the ones who refuse to repent. They are the ones who will have to explain why the poorest member of their family was not worthy of being treated equally by them and why they, particularly the ones among them that call themselves "Christians", entered into a criminal conspiracy in which they willingly agreed to be accesories to the crime of financial fraud.

As far as the world is concerned, they got away with it. The FBI thanked me for the info and I haven't heard from them since (years have passed). The Bank Corrupted Court sided with them and the fake mediation and the fake foreclosure and the fake auction took place just as they had planned it from the start.

May God have mercy on my corrupt relatives. I hope they all manage to genuinely repent (i.e. make at least 2 fold restitution) of their trespass against God (all trespasses against people are, in the final analysis, against God) before they leave this valley of tears. Because, if they don't, the Holy Scriptures make it quite clear that God won't cut them any slack whatsoever.

     
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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on May 10, 2018, 06:01:59 pm


(http://www.funny-emoticons.com/files/funny-animals/blue-bird-emoticons/801-listen-up!.png) FOR ANYONE WHO HAS EARS TO HEAR

https://youtu.be/9i5JBmZg69Q
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on June 06, 2018, 08:58:52 pm
Eddie said:
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America doesn't have poor people. We have people who are waiting on the Lotto to make them rich.

I resemble that remark. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png) I may have a small pension that keeps my wife and I just above the poverty level in our 980 sq.' manufactured home, being reasonably independent and decently clothed and fed due to the frugality my wife and I practice, but nobody would call us middlle class or above. Yes, that isn't the "poor" destitution that often motivates people to go out and steal out of desperation, but it is still technically "poor".

I ain't waitin' fer da lotto. We don't even play it. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185701.png) We are not the only poor Americans with principles, Eddie.

This is my guiding principle/prayer:

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Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.  - Proverbs 30: 7-9

We are poor but we are not greedy.
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on June 06, 2018, 10:56:00 pm
Eddie said:
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America doesn't have poor people. We have people who are waiting on the Lotto to make them rich.

I resemble that remark. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png) I may have a small pension that keeps my wife and I just above the poverty level in our 980 sq.' manufactured home, being reasonably independent and decently clothed and fed due to the frugality my wife and I practice, but nobody would call us middlle class or above. Yes, that isn't the "poor" destitution that often motivates people to go out and steal out of desperation, but it is still technically "poor".

I ain't waitin' fer da lotto. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-141113185701.png) We don't even play it. We are not the only poor Americans with principles, Eddie.

This is my guiding principle/prayer:


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Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die:

Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:

Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.  - Proverbs 30: 7-9

We are poor but we are not greedy.

No, you're not greedy. You too, are being noble. Well done.

I was referring to the vast numbers of anonymous other people out there who outnumber you a zillion to one, who ARE.  They're out there.

Not all, no. Certainly not. Lots of frugal good people who are that way for ethical reasons.. But not big numbers in the overall scheme of things.


True, those of us who take morality seriously are always pretty much in the minority. Thanks for the compliment, but I prefer to label my behavior as just being practical. As somebody said in an old movie, "A man's gotta know his own limitations." I have learned mine pretty well. ;)

I really do believe that money above a certain threshold is counterproductive to happiness, makes one overly territorial of the stuff one accumulates (i.e. loves them more than friends or family = idolatry) and leads to unrestrained greed = unhappiness.

IOW, it's not just a religious thing for me. I've seen enough people in my family become morally depraved after becoming stock market millionaires to accept the very real possibility that I would have been morally ruined too. There, but for the grace of God, go I.
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on June 13, 2018, 02:47:32 pm
Agelbert NOTE: Who was King Lemuel's Mother? ??? Nobody knows, but her advice is still wrongly ignored. (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-200714183312.bmp) The writer here covers it pretty well. However, I disagree that everyone who self-medicates becomes an addict. Most people who self-medicate do not. It is Biblically OKAY to self-medicate to mitigate the pain of sickness and/or poverty. It is just wrong to condemn everyone who self-medicates. Too many Christians have a stuffed shirt, overly judgemental, attitude towards drinking. There is NO Biblical basis for claiming Christians should not drink fermented beverages. The Biblical admonition, in several places in Scipture, is to avoid getting drunk, not to abstain totally from drinking.

But, since "Evangelical Christians" have an irrational prejudice against drinking, they try to spin the Bible to make it look like Scripture prohibits drinking booze.

All that said, it is to the writer's credit (though he wrongly tries to spin the good advice for the poor as "irony") that he admits that the advice of King Lemuel's mother is sound. King Lemuel's mother 🕊 makes it quite clear that the pain and misery of the sick and/or those in poverty is ample justification for self-medication.

As you can see from the vulgar, arrogant and totally unprincipled government leaders 🦀🐉🦕🦖 we are cursed with today, the elites continue to ignore this timeless advice.  :(

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Proverbs 31:1-9: Lemuel’s Mother And The Duties Of Kings

Posted on February 8, 2012 by Nathan Albright

The identity of King Lemuel is unknown. Some people think that Lemuel is a pen name of King Solomon, the author of most of Proverbs, but like Agur, the author of Proverbs 30 [1], he may simply be an otherwise unknown wise man whose wisdom remains in the Bible even after he has been forgotten by history. In this case, the wisdom was (according to Proverbs) originally the wisdom of Lemuel’s mother. Unfortunately, Lemuel’s mother, who was presumably a princess or queen herself, has not been recorded in scripture, and as Lemuel’s identity or his realm is forgotten, Lemuel’s mother also has been consigned to historical oblivion.

Nonetheless, what is most important about King Lemuel and his mother is not their identity, or what realm they ruled over, but the worthiness and implications of the advice itself on the duties and responsibilities of kings. Needless to say, the subject is of considerable interest to me. Of course, when the Bible speaks about kings and their duties and responsibilities, kings is a title that refers to civil rulers and leaders in general and is not limited to monarchy, though it is of course applicable at all places and all time.

There are three pieces of advice given to Lemuel by his mother and then recorded in scripture. Let us examine each of them in turn and see what sort of relevant advice we can glean from them. The first piece of advice is recorded in Proverbs 31:1-3: “The words of King Lemuel, the utterance which his mother taught him: What, my son? And what, son of my womb? And what, son of my vows? Do not give your strength to women, nor your ways to that which destroys kings.” It is ironic that Lemuel’s mother tells him not to give his strength to women nor his ways to that which destroys kings. What is meant here? Given the context, that Lemuel is the son of his mother’s womb and vows, that Lemuel was a queen, the lawfully wedded wife of her husband, presumably a king. Giving your strength to women means collecting and being ensnared in a harem by women scheming for influence for themselves and their children. What destroys kings is the luxuriant and corrupt and decadent lifestyle that most monarchs live–a way that destroys them mind, body, and spirit. So, lesson number one for leaders is: don’t amass a harem; stick with one godly wife.

The second piece of advice is found in Proverbs 31:4-7: “It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, nor for princes intoxicating drink; lest they drink and forget the law, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted. Give strong drink to him who is perishing, and wine to those who are bitter of heart. Let him drink and forget his poverty, and remember his misery no more.” This is a wise command, but one that is seldom heeded by rulers. Far too often those who consider themselves elites enjoy parties and banquets and luxury. The Bible forbids leaders from drunkenness (including religious leaders) because it interferes with the duties of a leader to discern and judge justly. Intriguingly, Lemuel’s mother recommends drink for those who are perishing, whose lives are full of misery, so that they can forget their misery for a little while. This seems to be a major reason why people self-medicate their problems and become alcoholics. It is not clear whether this advice is ironic, and intended to point out that drunkenness reflects misery rather than happiness, vanity and futility rather than the proper purposeful life of a ruler, but it is sound advice anyway. Lesson number two for leaders is: stay sober and sober-minded.

The third lesson from Lemuel’s mother is contained in Proverbs 31:8-9: “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.” Most kings and rulers may wish to be seen as defending the cause of their people, but in reality most of them plead the cause of elites, be they military leaders or aristocrats or palace courtiers or wealthy businessmen. Elites do not need for rulers to speak on their behalf. They have their own power, their own lobbyists and lawyers and other backers, and do not need the power of the throne to support their interests. Rather, it is the poor and needy and speechless, those who do not have a voice in the corridors of power, nor can afford those to speak on their behalf, that require the support of the ruler. And this support cannot merely be lip service, but needs to be the expenditure of actual political capital and effort on their behalf, for the cause of justice within a realm. Most rulers and leaders, whatever their inclinations, are unwilling to crusade for justice within their realms and institutions, but are content to go with the flow and enjoy the perks of office as well as the benefits of associating with those who are already powerful and well-connected, rather than to disrupt that equilibrium for the sake of justice and equity. Lesson number three for leaders is: godly leaders speak for the powerless and poor, not for the elites.

All of these pieces of advice for leaders cut against the grain of how leaders generally behave. If there are three sins of leaders that are extremely common, the sins of sexual immorality, luxuriant decadence, and casual injustice are high among them. These are especially omnipresent evils in monarchies whose focus is on splendor and luxury and where the power of the monarch and his inner clique is bolstered by some kind of bogus divine right view of leadership and where the responsibility of rulers to uphold constitutional standards is weak or nonexistent. We ought to be careful when we see such standards present to ensure that such rulers are made aware of their obligations to the people and cease from serving only themselves and their favorites. Lemuel’s mother gave immensely wise advice, and advice that is sadly seldom heeded by leaders, whether crowned monarchs or not, to this day. Let it not remain so.

[1] https://edgeinducedcohesion.wordpress.com/2011/09/24/seven-things-i-learned-from-the-wisdom-of-agur/

Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on November 27, 2018, 12:30:52 pm
Agelbert NOTE:
I am guilty ;D of the bold highlighted below in the quotes from Wikipedia. My purpose here is to point out that the scholarly level of knowledge of Greek, that Dr. Spiros Zodhiates possessed, enabled him to spot, and correct, mistranslation errors from Greek to English. These mistranslations cause misconceptions resulting from reading the English Translation of the New Testament (which was originally written mostly in Greek).

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Zodhiates was born of Greek parents on the island of Cyprus. His father first brought the family to Port Said, Egypt and then Khartoum, Sudan, looking for work. Spiros's brother, Argos Zodhiates, was converted to Protestant Christianity after hearing an evangelical preacher and brought this witness to his mother and brother, who also became convinced of its truth.

After neglecting to kiss a Greek Orthodox priest's hand
(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818185039-1655102.gif), Zodhiates was expelled from school. A lady named Katherine took pity on him and volunteered to teach the boy English. After completing his Greek education, he attended the American University in Cairo, Egypt, received his Th.B. degree from the National Bible Institute (later Shelton College, which closed its doors in 1990) in New York City, and his M.A. from New York University. In 1978 he earned his Doctor of Theology degree from Luther Rice Seminary of Jacksonville, Florida. He was also the recipient of several honorary doctorates.

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Dr. Spiros Zodhiates (Greek: Σπύρος Ζωδιάτης; March 13, 1922-October 10, 2009) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiros_Zodhiates) was a Greek-American Bible scholar, author, and ministry innovator.

Agelbert NOTE: The videos below are examples of the in depth knowledge of Greek that aids all of us in understanding the Gospels. In future posts I will provide quotes by Dr. Spiros Zodhiates from his edited Hebrew-Greek Study Bible. I have learned much from him. I hope you give him the benefit of the doubt and  carefully and seriously ponder what he says. This man knew his Greek. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121424.gif) IOW, it was NOT 'all Greek' to him. 😀

(http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-191017143841.jpeg) A word of Scriptural advice to those who dismiss, mock or otherwise disdain the wisdom of Dr. Spiros Zodhiates in regard to mistranslations of Greek to English (in the Christian Bible New Testament) without serious consideration of what he says in this post and all the posts I will subsequently make:

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Proverbs 15 KJV

The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.

The light of the eyes rejoiceth the heart: and a good report maketh the bones fat.

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.

He that refuseth instruction despiseth his own soul: but he that heareth reproof getteth understanding.

The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom; and before honour is humility
.

In the videos below, the first important lesson we learn is that, in Greek, there are TWO words for anger, but a SINGLE word for both the Greek words is used in the English Translation of the New Testament. The (justified or unjustified anger) difference communicated by the TWO Greek words for anger is extremely important for all of us.

Justified (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png) & Unjustified(https://www.subaruforester.org/vbulletin/images/smilies/furious.gif) Anger 1-3

https://youtu.be/89r8ZxEw_6k

https://youtu.be/YPwZw0RzI_A

https://youtu.be/sbazC4SsgdU

ScriptureCentral

Published on Nov 17, 2012

From the "New Testament Light" television program, produced by AMG International, which aired in syndication in the 1980s and early 1990s. The program features the teaching of the late Dr. Spiros Zodhiates, longtime president of AMG International, from the original Greek New Testament text.
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on November 27, 2018, 02:21:13 pm
Dr. Spiros Zodhiates' Funeral Service Part 4 - Philip Zodhiates Son

https://youtu.be/8bph75R-Z34

Paul Jenks

Published on Nov 3, 2009

Philip is the third child of Spiros and Joan Zodhiates. Philip and his wife, Kathie, live with their six children in Virginia. Philip and Kathie are the owners of Unlimited Response, Inc.  Philip is the President of the company.
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on December 09, 2018, 01:10:45 pm
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Hebrews 13:10-16 King James Version (KJV)

We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.

Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on December 28, 2018, 12:03:58 pm
Explanatory note on Colossians Chapter 3 verses 5 and 11 from the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible (compiled and edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.):

Colossians 3:5
This verse combats Gnosticism (a Heresy) which taught that the body is evil, and since it is evil in itself and cannot be redeemed from its evil ways, it might as well do whatever it wants (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png). This is the reason Paul says, "Mortify therefore, the members of your body." Bring them under control. Treat them as if they were dead. Your spirit should have them under subjection because the two, the spirit and the body, are interrelated and the body behaves only as the spirit commands it. The evils of the body which Paul lists are material expressions: porneia, "fornication," including all sexual sins among unmarried or married including adultery, homsexuality, incest, etc.; akatharsia, uncleanness of all kinds that defile the body; pathos, passion which here is translated "inordinate affection"; epithumia, "desire," which in this instance is similar to "lust" because it is coupled with the adjective kakē, "bad" or constitutionally evil (these two words are translated as "evil concupiscence" which actually means lustful desire); pleonexia, "coveteousness or greediness,"  (http://si.wsj.net/public/resources/images/BA-AQ123_media__NS_20090717182137.jpg) desiring to have more than one has (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-270117175421.png), not because it is insufficient but because others have more. Such desire  (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-040718162655-14231561.gif) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-190318152544.png) is called "idolatry."


Colossians 3:11
The Scythians (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418203402.gif) were a tribe of nomads and warriers from west Siberia inhabiting the Caspian area of the Black Sea from about 2000 B.C. In the late eighth century they moved into northern Persia. Their initial advances to the southwest were checked by Sargon II of Assyria (727-705 B.C.). Paul is using them as an example of barbaric people (e.g. (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/styles/renewablerevolution/files/809_84688966.jpeg) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718205137.gif)) who were constantly at war.

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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on January 03, 2019, 01:03:08 pm
Too many people these days have been lured into embracing evil by the carrots and sticks that demons wield in this Valley of Tears. The "Christian" mega-churches in the USA are an excellent example of depraved humans who embrace all things ANTI-Christian, no matter who is hurt and no matter what the Holy Scriptures say, all so they can "prosper" economically.

The Apostle Paul accurately described the true motive of these heretics and contrasted it with the true motive of a Christian:

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Philippians Chapter 3:18-21

18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:

19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)

20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The bold faced heretics in these prosperity preaching mega-churches often quote Philippians Chapter 4:19, ignoring the message in the verses above and, more importantly, WITHOUT mentioning the even clearer message delivered in some verses (Philippians Chapter 4:11-13) a little before Philippians Chapter 4:19:

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Philippians Chapter 4:19

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Notice that the what God promises to supply to the believer is your NEED, not your GREED or your WANT. Often this NEED is not a material item at all, but some ADVERSITY and/or the LACK of material goods for the purpose of making your spirit grow. But, too many people are blinded by the clever (greed based) claim that hey, God is a really, really rich dude, so if I am promised according to HIS "riches in glory", that is a lot of MATERIAL PROSPERITY! (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-250718211017.gif) (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TzWpwHzCvCI/T_sBEnhCCpI/AAAAAAAAME8/IsLpuU8HYxc/s1600/nooo-way-smiley.gif)

Now look at verses 11-13  🧐

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Philippians Chapter 4:11-13

11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

You need to be strengthened if you are in adversity. Therefore the "all things" Paul is referring to are even more applicable to bad times than to economic prosperity.

In the light of the above, the true context of verse 19 becomes clear:

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Philippians Chapter 4:19

19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

When these heretics prosperity preach about "doing all things in Christ", remind them that SUFFERING and ADVERSITY and WANT and HUNGER are OFTEN part of DOING ALL THINGS IN CHRIST. Who knows? It might even rip the money and power loving satanic blinders they wear with such hypocritical pride off of them.

If anyone still harbors doubts about what Paul means when he makes mention of how, and why, God uses His "riches in glory" (see: "glorious power") to strengthen Christians, Colossians Chapter 1, verse 11 should make it crystal clear that economic prosperity is NOT included. God strengthens us during, as well as through, adversity so we grow spiritually. The fruit of that growth is good works, NOT the accumulation of wealth.

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Colossians Chapter 1:10-11

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness;

ANYONE who tells you that God wants you to be rich is engaging in demonic mendacity. Reject their Prosperity Preaching Heresy. Economic wealth is one of the biggest snares that Lucifer uses to prevent you from obediently serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on January 26, 2019, 01:50:58 pm
What are Conies in the Bible?

Cony, also spelled Coney, any of certain unrelated animals, including two mammals and two fishes. ... The name cony was once applied to the rabbit and is still sometimes used in the fur business to indicate rabbit fur. The cony of the Old World and of the Bible is an unrelated mammal, the hyrax (q.v.). Agelbert NOTE: qv in British. abbreviation for denoting a cross reference - quod vide. Collins English Dictionary.

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Hyrax Facts: Animals Of Africa - It is perhaps surprising due to their small size and rodent-like appearance, but hyraxes are related to 🐘 elephants 🧐. (https://www.worldatlas.com/articles/hyrax-facts-animals-of-africa.html)

Where are hyraxes found?

Hyraxes are very adaptable. In East Africa, they are found at sea level and at altitudes of more than 4,000 meters (14,000 feet). Their habitats range from dry savanna to dense rainforest to cold Afro-alpine moorland.

Hyraxes are small animals without tails. They resemble guinea pigs. The animals grow to 28 inches in length and have a maximum weight of 11 pounds. The hyrax’s skin is covered with thick fur and has varied coloration depending on the species. The yellow-spotted rock hyrax’s fur is yellowish brown and has a white patch just above its eyes. The rock hyrax is greyish-brown in color and has no distinct marks on its face.

The hyrax has several physical attributes that differentiate it from rodents and link it to elephants and manatees. The hyrax’s feet have rubber-like moist soles which are crucial in climbing. Hyraxes have three toes on the hind feet and four toes on the front feet. The toes have nails (with the exception of the hind foot’s inner toe which has a claw used for scratching itches) which resemble hoofs unlike the usual long, claw-like nails found in rodents. The dental characteristics of the hyrax are also close to that of elephants with elongated incisors which resemble tusks found in manatees and elephants. These tusk-like teeth are more prominent in male hyraxes than in females.


Proverbs 30:24-28 King James Version (KJV)

24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise:

25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer;

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26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks;
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27 The locusts 🦗 have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands;
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28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.
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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on January 27, 2019, 01:04:22 pm
Explanatory note in regard to Paradise from the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible (compiled and edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.):

What is this place called Paradise? :-\

The word paradeisos, "paradise"," originally comes from the ancient Iranian, pairidaēza, and means "a garden with a wall." The Septugint translation of the Hebrew word in Genesis 2:8 is paradeisos. In the New Testament the word occurs only three times:II Corinthians 12:4; Luke 23:43; Revelation 2:7.

It was indicated as a place where spirits go immediately after death, which is also the place that Christ was going to go once His spirit was separated from his body. The continuation of the existence of the personality is also clearly intimated in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31.

Luke 16:19-31

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.

Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house:
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.

Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.

And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.

And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.



The paradise of II Corinthians 12:4 is the same as that spoken of by Christ in Luke 23:24. In Revelation 2:7 the word is spoken pf in an eschatological* sense as being a gift to be given to the one who overcomes. It is evidently the place where the disembodied personalities as spirits or souls of the believers go immediately at death to be with Christ.

* eschatology [es-k uh- tol- uh-jee]

NOUN (THEOLOGY.)

1. any system of doctrines concerning last, or final, matters, as death, the Judgment, the future state, etc.

2. the branch of theology dealing with such matters.

II Corinthians 12:4 How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
 
Luke 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Revelation 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.


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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on January 28, 2019, 01:52:20 pm
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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on January 29, 2019, 11:54:16 am
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Explanatory note on II Corinthians Chapter 5 verses 1-10 and  II Corinthians Chapter 12 verses 1-6 from the Hebrew-Greek Study Bible (compiled and edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.):

In II Cor. 5:1-9 Paul tells us what happens after death (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/1/3-120818180836-16292310.gif).  (http://dl7.glitter-graphics.net/pub/2046/2046807qoer9uc27q.gif) He tells us that we are going to appear before the Lord Jesus to be judged for all our works in the flesh whether good or evil (II Cor. 5:10).
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To confirm that this was not merely conjecture, he tells us that he has been there and has come back to tell us about it (http://dl2.glitter-graphics.net/pub/1225/1225662m3squ1oj6v.gif) (II Cor:12:1-6).
Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on January 30, 2019, 12:18:04 pm
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So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.

My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

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But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

Psalm 73:22-28 King James Version




Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on February 02, 2019, 12:17:55 pm
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For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.

Romans 8:24-27 King James Version (KJV)

Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on February 06, 2019, 11:54:59 am
Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.

If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:

But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.

Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.

Psalm 66:16-20


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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on February 17, 2019, 01:45:30 pm
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Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways.

Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not.

Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord.

But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death. -- Proverbs 8:32-36 (KJV)

Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on February 19, 2019, 12:28:46 pm
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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on February 20, 2019, 01:31:35 pm
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Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding.

He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.

Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. -- Proverbs 9:5-10 (KJV)

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Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you.
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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on February 22, 2019, 11:40:14 am
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Title: Re: The Wisdom of the Books of the Bible
Post by: AGelbert on March 03, 2019, 04:18:25 pm
ANTINOMIAN

An·ti·no·mi·an [an-ti- noh-mee- uhn] NOUN

1. a person who maintains that Christians are freed from the moral law by virtue of grace as set forth in the gospel.


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The word antinomianism comes from two Greek words, anti, meaning "against"; and nomos, meaning "law." Antinomianism means “against the law.” Theologically, antinomianism is the belief that there are no moral laws God expects Christians to obey. Antinomianism (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817135149.gif) takes a biblical teaching to an unbiblical conclusion.

The biblical teaching is that Christians are not required to observe the Old Testament Law as a means of salvation. When Jesus Christ died on the cross, He fulfilled the Old Testament Law (Romans 10:4; Galatians 3:23-25; Ephesians 2:15).

The unbiblical conclusion  (http://www.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-311013201314.png) is that there is no moral law God expects Christians to obey.

The apostle Paul dealt with the issue of antinomianism in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”

The most frequent attack on the doctrine of salvation by grace alone is that it encourages sin. People may wonder, “If I am saved by grace and all my sins are forgiven, why not sin all I want? 😈” That thinking is not the result of true conversion because true conversion yields a greater desire to obey, not a lesser one.

God’s desire—and our desire when we are regenerated by His Spirit—is that we strive not to sin. Out of gratitude for His grace and forgiveness, we want to please Him. God has given us His infinitely gracious gift in salvation through Jesus (John 3:16; Romans 5:8 ).

Our response is to consecrate our lives to Him out of love, worship, and gratitude for what He has done for us (Romans 12:1-2).

Antinomianism is unbiblical in that it misapplies the meaning of God’s gracious favor.

A second reason that antinomianism is unbiblical is that there is a moral law God expects us to obey. First John 5:3 tells us, “This is love for God: to obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome.”

What is this law God expects us to obey? It is the law of Christ – “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Matthew 22:37-40).

No, we are not under the Old Testament Law.

Yes, we are under the law of Christ.


The law of Christ is not an extensive list of legal codes. It is a law of love. If we love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, we will do nothing to displease Him. If we love our neighbors as ourselves, we will do nothing to harm them. Obeying the law of Christ is not a requirement to earn or maintain salvation. The law of Christ is what God expects of a Christian.

Antinomianism is contrary to everything the Bible teaches.

God expects us to live a life of morality, integrity, and love. Jesus Christ freed us from the burdensome commands of the Old Testament Law, but that is not a license to sin, but rather a covenant of grace. We are to strive to overcome sin and cultivate righteousness, depending on the Holy Spirit to help us. The fact that we are graciously freed from the demands of the Old Testament Law should result in our living our lives in obedience to the law of Christ. First John 2:3-6 declares, “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands. The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys His word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must walk as Jesus did.” (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-130418202709.png) (http://renewablerevolution.createaforum.com/gallery/renewablerevolution/3-250817121649.png)

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