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Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

Posted on December 10, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

God’s judgements

And I saw another sign in the heaven, great and marvellous: seven messengers having the seven last plagues,1 for the wrath of Elohim was ended in them. Footnote: 1See 21:9. And I saw like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those overcoming the beast and his image and his mark and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of Elohim. And they sing the song of Mosheh the servant of Elohim, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvellous are Your works, יהוה Shaddai! Righteous and true are Your ways, O Sovereign of the set-apart ones! “Who shall not fear You, O יהוה, and esteem Your Name? Because You alone are kind. Because all nations shall come and worship before You, for Your righteousnesses have been made manifest.” And after this I looked and saw the Dwelling Place of the Tent of Witness in the heaven was opened. And out of the Dwelling Place came the seven messengers having the seven plagues, dressed in clean bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands. And one of the four living creatures gave to the seven messengers seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of Elohim who lives forever and ever. And the Dwelling Place was filled with smoke from the esteem of Elohim and from His power, and no one was able to enter the Dwelling Place until the seven plagues of the seven messengers were ended.
(Revelation 15:1-8 The Scriptures 1998+)

Marriage of the Lamb

And after this I heard a loud voice of a great crowd in the heaven, saying, “Halleluyah! Deliverance and esteem and respect and power to יהוה our Elohim! “Because true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her whoring. And He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” And a second time they said, “Halleluyah! And her smoke rises up forever and ever!” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshipped Elohim who sat on the throne, saying, “AmHalleluyah!” And a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our Elohim, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!” And I heard as the voice of a great crowd, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunders, saying, “Halleluyah, for יהוה Shaddai reigns! “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife prepared herself.” And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones. And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.”
(Revelation 19:1-9 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  3. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion

Next: The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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About the Name and the One to be praised:

  1. Attributes to God, titles ascribed to Him or Names given to JHWH, the God of gods.

    Tetragrammaton (Latin version of divine name, ...

    Tetragrammaton (Latin version of divine name, see Jehovah) at the 5th Chapel of the Palace of Versailles, France. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  2. Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing
  3. Creator of heaven and earth and everything aroundיהוה
  4. The wrong hero
  5. A god between many gods

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  • I am YAHUWAH your Almighty Loving YAH of all Creation.. Have no foreign gods (elohim)before your face (lissakr11humanelife.wordpress.com)
    Today’s most popular translations of The Original Scriptures are riddled with political deception, corruption and pagan gods from 1700 years ago in 321 AD when the “Holy Roman Universal (Catholic) Circe (Church)” was formed by sun-god worshipping Constantine and his pagan bishops! They changed the Scripture enormously, over 66,000 times! Primary Biblical scholars today know of these but are afraid to shake up “the goose laying the golden eggs!”
  • A people for his Name (hadvarim.wordpress.com)
    We have mentioned before that the Yahweh means “cause to breath!”. We plan to address the concept of “breath” in future word studies, for the moment we will draw attention to the beautiful link to the creating of man. Yahweh formed Adam’s body from the dust and he breathed life into him.
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    What is his Name? – A memorial to the Generation of the Race (Part 1)What is his Name? – A memorial to the Generation of the Race (Part 2)Names in Hebrew are words bearing meaning, just like any other word in the language. And while in a wider sense these names were conferred by their parents conveying their desires for their children.
  • What Manner of People (sonlightdevotional.org)
    Brethren, have you ever thought of it, as to what stage in our relationship with God, is the marriage of the Lamb going to take place? Have you ever thought of that?
  • God knows us by our name, shouldn’t we know Him by His? (thechurchatcarrollton.wordpress.com)
    There is no better way to discover what God is like than to look at His names. Knowing Him is and should be the life long pursuit of every believer and the best way to get to know Him is to read and study what He has said about Himself.
  • What’s in a Name? (cracked-pot.com)
    In just two verses of Psalm 91 three titles of God are given besides the personal name of the Lord (Yahweh, YHVH or four-lettered name in Hebrew. ) Elyon, (the Most High), Shaddai (the Almighty), and Elohim (here meaning “the Sublime God.”)
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Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion

Posted on December 7, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Rainbowed angel

And I saw another strong messenger coming down from the heaven, robed in a cloud, and a rainbow on his head, and his face was like the sun, and his feet like columns of fire, and having in his hand a little book opened. And he placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. And when he cried out, seven thunders spoke their sounds. And when the seven thunders spoke their sounds, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from the heaven saying to me, “Seal up what the seven thunders spoke, and do not write them.” And the messenger whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to the heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created the heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there shall be no further delay, but in the days of the sounding of the seventh messenger, when he is about to sound, the secret of Elohim shall also be ended, as He declared to His servants the prophets. And the voice which I heard out of the heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go, take the little book which is opened in the hand of the messenger standing on the sea and on the earth.” And I went to the messenger and said to him, “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it,{1} and it shall make your stomach bitter, but it shall be as sweet as honey in your mouth.” {Footnote: 1Eze. chs. 2 & 3}. This is a Hebraism which means to receive knowledge. And I took the little book out of the messenger’s hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter. And he said to me, “You have to prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and sovereigns.”
(Revelation 10:1-11 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Lamb in Mount Zion

And I looked and saw a Lamb standing on Mount Tsiyon, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s Name {1} written upon their foreheads. {Footnote: 1Some texts read: having His Name and His Father’s Name.} And I heard a voice out of the heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder, and I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a renewed song before the throne, and before the four living creatures, and the elders. And no one was able to learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. They are those who were not defiled with women, for they are maidens. They are those following the Lamb wherever He leads them on. They were redeemed from among men, being first-fruits to Elohim and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no falsehood, for they are blameless before the throne of Elohim. And I saw another messenger flying in mid-heaven, holding the everlasting Good News to announce to those dwelling on the earth, even to every nation and tribe and tongue and people, saying with a loud voice, “Fear Elohim and give esteem to Him, because the hour of His judgment has come. And worship Him who made the heaven and the earth, and sea, and fountains of water.” And another messenger followed, saying, “Babis fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her whoring.” And a third messenger followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark upon his forehead or upon his hand, he also shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Elohim, which is poured out undiluted into the cup of His wrath. And he shall be tortured with fire and sulphur before the set-apart messengers and before the Lamb. “And the smoke of their torture goes up forever and ever. And they have no rest day or night, those worshipping the beast and his image, also if anyone receives the mark of his name.” Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones,  here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע. And I heard a voice out of the heaven saying to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Master from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “in order that they rest from their labours, and their works follow with them.” And I looked and saw a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was One like the Son of Adhaving on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another messenger came out of the Dwelling Place, crying with a loud voice to the One sitting on the cloud, “Send Your sickle and reap, because the hour has come for You to reap, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” And the One sitting on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. And another messenger came out of the Dwelling Place which is in the heaven, and he too held a sharp sickle. And another messenger came out from the altar, having authority over the fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him having the sharp sickle, saying, “Send your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” And the messenger thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of Elohim. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the bridles of the horses, for about three hundred kilometres.
(Revelation 14:1-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd

Next:

  1. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  2. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
  • The great delusion (wordsofgrace.wordpress.com)
    When the first six seals on the scroll belonging to the Lamb (Rev. 5:1-2) are opened (6:1ff), the Lamb’s wrath is poured out (and don’t overlook the fact that the One who is pictured as a defenseless lamb is also capable of sovereign judgment over all created beings).
  • The Message of the Manger (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    The Birth of Jesus was more than the entrance into the world of another Jewish baby. It marked the beginning of the fulfillment of prophetic promises that would lead to the redemption of the world and the restoration of all things.
  • “Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai” (dailymannablog.wordpress.com)
    The Lord will establish a house in Zion: Micah 4:1-5
    And it will come about in the last days That the mountain of the house of the Lord Will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, And the peoples will stream to it.
    And many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord And to the house of the God of Jacob, That He may teach us about His ways And that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, Even the word of the Lord from Jerusalem (not heaven). And He will judge between many peoples And render decisions for mighty, distant nations.
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Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd

Posted on December 5, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Son of Man

And I turned to see the voice which spoke with me. And having turned, I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Addressed in a robe down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. And His head and hair were white as white wool, as snow, and His eyes as a flame of fire, and His feet like burnished brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. And in His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword,1 and His face was as the sun shining in its strength. {Footnote: 1See 2:16, Isa.49:2, Heb. 4:12}. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead, and He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last, and the living One. And I became dead, and see, I am living forever and ever. AmAnd I possess the keys of the grave and of death. “Write therefore what you have seen, both what is now and what shall take place after these: “The secret of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: The seven stars are messengers of the seven assemblies, and the seven lampstands which you saw are seven assemblies.
(Revelation 1:12-20 The Scriptures 1998+)

Throne in heaven

After this I looked and saw a door having been opened in the heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, “Come up here and I shall show you what has to take place after this.” And immediately I came to be in the Spirit and saw a throne set in the heaven, and One sat on the throne. And He who sat there was like a jasper and a ruby stone in appearance. And there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. And around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white robes. And they had crowns of gold on their heads. And out of the throne came lightnings, and thunders, and voices. And seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim. And before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and in back. And the first living creature was like a lion, and the second living creature like a calf, and the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each having six wings, were covered with eyes around and within. And they do not cease, day or night, saying, “Set-apart, set-apart, set-apart, יהוה Shaddai, who was, and who is, and who is coming!” And when the living creatures give esteem and respect and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and bow before Him who lives forever and ever, and they cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “You are worthy, O יהוה, to receive esteem and respect and power, for You have created all, and because of Your desire they are, and were created.” And I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a scroll written inside and on the back, having been sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong messenger proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and to loosen its seals?” And no one in the heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. And I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. And one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Yehud1 the Root of Dawid2 overcame to open the scroll and to loosen its seven seals.” Footnotes: 1Heb. 7:14 2Isa. 11:1 & 10. And I looked and saw in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders a Lamb standing, as having been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of Elohim sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the scroll out of the right hand of Him sitting on the throne. And when He took the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of the set-apart ones. And they sang a renewed song, saying, “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals, because You were slain, and have redeemed us to Elohim by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and made us sovereigns and priests to our Elohim, and we shall reign upon the earth.”{1 Footnote: 1Dan. 7:18-27.} And I looked, and I heard the voice of many messengers around the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders. And the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb having been slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and respect and esteem and blessing!” And every creature which is in the heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying, “To Him sitting on the throne, and to the Lamb, be the blessing and the respect and the esteem and the might, forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said, “AmAnd the twenty-four elders fell down and bowed before Him who lives forever and ever.
(Revelation 4:1-5:14 The Scriptures 1998+)

A great crowd of people from every nation

After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Deliverance belongs to our Elohim who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” And all the messengers stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped Elohim, saying, “AmThe blessing, and the esteem, and the wisdom, and the thanksgiving, and the respect, and the power, and the might, to our Elohim forever and ever. AmAnd one of the elders responded, saying to me, “Who are these dressed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Master, you know.” And he said to me, “These are those coming out of the great distress, having washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. “Because of this they are before the throne of Elohim, and serve Him day and night in His Dwelling Place. And He who sits on the throne shall spread His Tent over them. “They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more, neither shall the sun strike them, nor any heat, because the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall shepherd them and lead them to fountains of waters of life. And Elohim shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”
(Revelation 7:9-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

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Preceding articles:

  1. The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens
  2. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  3. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  4. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb

Next: The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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  • The Saints In White Robes (mychristiancoffeeshop.wordpress.com)
    Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the lamb.
  • The “Who” of Thanksgiving (gracedigest.com)
    Today our local newspaper was splattered with Thanksgiving messages, some mentioning God, but many with no mention of God. To whom are we thankful? Upon reflection, it is really odd to be thankful to…nothing, or no one. If you are really thankful for your family, who do you thank? Fate, nature?
  • Edification From Revelation: “Worthy Are You…” (Chapters 4-5) (preacheroftruth.com)
    when we seek to understand Revelation so that we can teach it to others, we must go first to the rest of Scripture to find the meanings behind the symbolism.  Keeping this in mind when we study John’s epistle from Patmos will help us see the many parallels between the physical events and people of the Old Testament and the spiritual truths presented in Revelation (cf. Heb. 8:1-5; 10:1; Rom. 5:14; Col. 2:16-17), and will lead us to a scriptural and logical explanation of its symbols.
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    The “twenty-four elders” who are seated on the twenty-four thrones” around God’s throne (Rev. 4:4) also remind me of the covenants God has made with man, specifically the old covenant made with the twelve tribes of Israel (Deut. 5:1-2) and the new covenant taught by the Spirit-inspired twelve apostles (Acts 2:42; Eph. 3:3-5).
  • On the third day after the superstorm: they have washed their robes (kzlam36.wordpress.com)
    What qualified them to wear white robes?

    1. The blood of the Lamb.
    2. They have not soiled their garments by sins.
    3. They are considered worthy by the Lord.
    4. The one who conquers (overcomes sins)
  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    Sometimes the best thing to do in life is just to stop and praise before the moment gets away.
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    As the Lamb comes into the light emanating from God we see it possesses all power (horns) and wisdom (eyes) but that it also has the wounds of death on it.  As surreal as it seems, the Lamb has died and is now lamb-that-was_slainalive again.  In fact, this is precisely what has made the Lamb worthy to take the scroll.
  • Revelation 4-6 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
  • How we know there are Saints (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
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The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens

Posted on December 5, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the previous chapter we saw that the symbols in the book of Revelation are often “clashing”. Though they start in the same way, they develop in different directions until they are directly in opposition to each other.

Another feature of the book of Revelation is the seven fold structure of the book. This also follows examples elsewhere in the Bible.

Sevens in Revelation

7 churches
7 spirits
7 golden candlesticks
7 stars
7 lamps of fire
7 horns and 7 eyes on the Lamb
7 angels with 7 thunders
7 thunders
7 heads with 7 crowns on the Dragon
7 angels with 7 bowls containing 7 last plagues
7 mountains and 7 kings
7 blessings

The Jericho pattern: The heart of the message of Revelation there are three sequences of sevens, seven seals, seven trumpets and seven plagues. The seventh seal opens up into the seven trumpets; and the seventh trumpet sounds the start of the seven plagues. These great sequences of important events divide into three successive sections of the period of time between John receiving the message of Revelation and Jesus returning to earth to establish the kingdom.

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Page 291: The Opening of the Seventh Seal and the First Four Sounding Trumpets, Revelation 8:1-13 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three main periods described in Revelation

Seals 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Kingdom
Trumpets 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Plagues 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Each sevenfold sequence always looks forward to the completion of God’s purpose. This is emphasised by the fact that every section starts with a vision of the kingdom, and is completed when the kingdom is established. The kingdom visions are a very important focus of this book:

The sevenfold construction of Revelation

Opening Vision Chp Development of God’s purpose Chp
1 One like the Son of Man 1 Letters to the Seven Ecclesias in Asia 2, 3
2 Throne in Heaven 4, 5 Seven-sealed Scroll 6
3 Multitude no man can number 7 Seven trumpets 8, 9
4 Rainbowed Angel 10 Development of Apostasy 11-13, 17,18
5 Lamb on Mount Zion 14 Seven Last Plagues 16
6 God’s judgement 15 Seven Thunders 10: 3,4
7 Marriage of the Lamb 19 Establishment of the Kingdom 20,22

A direct comparison can be made with the siege of Jericho by the Hebrews at the time of Joshua.

Seven Kingdom Visions:

1 One like the Son of Man. A symbolic figure representing Jesus and his faithful disciples encourage John to write down everything he is shown in visions.
Introduction to the letters to the seven groups of believers in Asia
1: 12-20
2 Throne in heaven – a vision of Jesus sitting on God’s throne in the kingdom. The nations are at peace and the saints surround Jesus.
The vision explains how God foresees future events and they occur only at His will.Whatever happens – everything is moving towards the end of His purpose. As the seven seals are broken, some of these details are revealed.
4:1 – 5:14
3 Multitude no man can number. A great crowd of people from every nation stand before Jesus’ kingdom throne.
They are clothed in white after coming through great tribulation and persecution. This is the introduction to the seven trumpet judgements – they reveal the troubles through which God’s faithful people are preserved for His kingdom.
7:9-17
4 Rainbowed angel. A mighty angel descends from heaven clothed in a cloud and a rainbow, and roaring like a lion – it is a vision of Jesus and the saints establishing peace on the earth.
The urgency of the vision expresses Jesus’ reaction to the corruption of the Gospel, and the difficulties faced by true disciples.
Introduces a section in Revelation where the development of and dangers of false religion are graphically described.
10:1-11
5 The Lamb in Mount Zion. Jesus and the saints stand on Mount Zion, and the saints sing for joy because they have been redeemed from the rest of mankind.
This is the introduction to the seven last plagues, which occur before Jesus returns to set up his kingdom.
Despite the fierceness of the plagues – God will ensure than none of Jesus’ true disciples are lost.
14:1-20
6 God’s judgements. The saints are singing – their song is the Song of Moses and of the Lamb, and they stand on the sea of nations, which has been stilled by the work of Jesus.The stilling of the nations and exactly how it will occur is only briefly mentioned in Revelation. It is a work symbolised by seven thunders, which John was told not to describe. (10;4) 15: 1-8
7 Marriage of the Lamb, the saints rejoice because Jesus is finally united with his disciples – the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his wife has made herself ready (19;7)Together, Jesus and the saints rule over the nations of the world, teaching them God’s ways and putting down all opposition, so that the kingdom can be handed back to God and He will be “all in all”. 19: 1-9

Steven Robinson

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  1. Kingdom Visions of a Man, Throne and Great crowd
  2. Kingdom Visions of Rainbowed angel, Lamb in Mount Zion
  3. Kingdom Visions of God’s judgements and Marriage of the Lamb
  4. The Song of The Lamb #3 Daniel and Revelation

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Also of interest:

“Baruch Habah Bashem Adonai”
End Times also called The Last Days, The Beginning of Sorrows, Nation against Nation, Kingdom against Kingdom -Major world wide conflict that begin the End Times or Last Days: World War I & II (1914 ,1939) Matthew 24:7 Both World Wars had major Jewish implications, The Holocaust, & Zionist Movement, State of Israel is established in 1948. Israel is established as a secular nation in unbelief for a future judgment known as a Time of Jacob’s Trouble, The Bibles speaks of a great gathering of Gentile Armies against Jerusalem.
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The Second Coming is exactly seven years after the signing of the covenant with the Anti-Christ, but the rapture could happen at any moment.
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The  Great Tribulation, Daniel’s 70th Seven, Seven Year Period Of Judgement And Wrath Of God, Signing of the Seven Year covenant with the Anti-Messiah Daniel 9:27 –  Seventy Sevens

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  • Revelation 5: Worthy is the Lamb! (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    the Lion has become the Lamb.  Let there be no mistake, the Lamb is powerful like a lion, but his work up until now has always been more like a lamb.  One must be a lamb before they can be a lion.
  • Revelation 4-8 (westminsterreads.org)
    Beginning in chapter 4, the author’s vision starts. The scene shifts from earth to heaven and we enter another world. John’s visions have been the subject of nearly endless discussion and speculation by readers.
  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    the common modern and majority view is that the context of this book is the persecution against Christians by Domitian (Emperor from 81-96 AD) and the Roman Empire which he headed. John has been arrested and exiled to the Island of Patmos. Thus, the chief context for the majority view is the antagonism of the Roman Empire seeking to force Christians to emperor worship and apostasy from the Christian faith in the one true God. Further, the harlot city is defined in this point of view as Rome.
  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
  • Sunday (December 2): “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” (shechina.wordpress.com)
    The people of Jesus’ time expected that the coming of the Messiah would be accompanied by extraordinary signs and wonders. Jesus’ first coming was clouded in mystery and surprising wonderment: Even though he was the rightful heir to the throne of King David, he was born in obscurity in a cave at Bethlehem, near the place where David had watched over his father’s sheep some 1000 years before. A choir of mighty angels chose to announce the good news to a small band of lowly shepherds keeping their night watch nearby.
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The Song of The Lamb #1 Visions, symbols and suggested meanings

Posted on December 3, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Song of The Lamb                            Revelation 5, 14 & 15                             Bible Songs

Revelation is a very difficult book to read and interpret.

It is going to be necessary to fill some brief context of these songs – and in a book that, as you know, due to its very figurative language, is not straight forward, there being also a number of views on its interpretation.

Breakdown by Revelation, by chapter to give the context of our thoughts this evening.

1: 1-8 Introduction
1: 9-20 Vision of man among lamp stands
2:1 – 3:22 Seven Letters
4:1 – 5:14 Vision of the throne in heaven and the Lamb
6:1 –17 Six Seals
7:1 – 8:5 Vision of multitude no man can number
8:6 – 9:21 Six trumpets
10: 1-11 Vision of the rain-bowed angel
11:1-14 Two Witnesses
11: 15-19 The seventh seal
12: 1-17 The Woman and her child
13: 1-18 The Beast
14: 1-20 Vision of the redeemed with the Lamb on Mount Zion
15: 1-8 Vision of the final judgements
16: 1-21 Seven plagues
17:1 – 18:24 Judgement of the great Babylon Harlot
19:1-10 Vision of the Lamb’s Bride
19:11-21 Victory over the Beast
20: 1-15 Subduing of the nations
21:1 – 22:21 Vision of the new heaven and the new earth

Revelation has been rightly described as different to any of the books in the New Testament and also different to most of the books in the Old Testament. The style of the book is more comparable to that of the prophecies of Daniel and Zechariah.

It is primarily a book about visions. The Apostle John describes what he saw, what was revealed to him while he was imprisoned on the island of Patmos, but did not always describe what the vision means. The Greek word for this book is Apocalypse and we can see from the summary that is contains visions of angels, beasts, living creatures, horsemen, armies, rainbows, stars, thunders, lightning and great earthquakes.

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelat...

The Angel Appears to John. The book of Revelation. 13th century manuscript. British Library, London. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is uncertain when the book was written, John was exciled on Patmos for his faith –this implies must have been a period of persecution. In John’s lifetime there were two periods of extreme persecution in the reigns of Nero (AD54-68) and Domitan (AD81-96).

If the early date – then some of the prophecies could have had an immediate fulfilment in the overthrow of Jerusalem in AD70 by Rome.

The start of the book opens with the words:

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants – things which must shortly take place.  And he sent and signified it by his anger to his servant John.

Therefore everything that written, as far as John was concerned, was to be fulfilled in the future. He was shown the development of God’s purpose from his own times, right through to the times when Jesus was to return to establish God’s kingdom, and beyond.

Some symbols and suggested meanings

Lampstand Congregation of believers
Two-edged sword Word of God
White robes Righteousness
Burnished brass Man’s nature perfected
Heaven Government
Sea All nations
Living creatures Saints
Elders Saints
Lion of Judah Jesus as King
Lamb Jesus as Saviour
Horse Military power
Altar Jesus’ sacrifice
Earthquake Political upheaval
Sun King or emperor
Moon Religious powers, priesthood
Stars Princes, rulers
Trumpets Judgements to come
Censers Prayers
Rainbow God’s glorious covenant
Temple Jesus and his faithful disciples
Court Those who claim to be Christ’s
Bottomless pit Out of bounds
Woman Religious community

Throughout the book of Revelation there is an extensive use of symbolic language. The keys to their interpretation can be found either in Revelation or elsewhere is scripture. Another important principle about the is that they tend to be in pairs. They represent something that can develop either in a Godly way or a worldly way. The symbol of the woman for example can either be faith and become the bride of Christ – but also can be shown to be a fallen woman, a prostitute which represents those people who do not remain faithful to Jesus, corrupt and perverting his teaching.

The symbols therefore are often “clashing”. Though they start in the same way, they develop in different directions until they are directly in opposition to each other.

Steven Robinson

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To be Continued: The Song of The Lamb #2 Sevens

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Also of interest:

Revelation 1:8 – Who is Speaking?

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  • Why the Modern View of the Book of Revelation may be Flawed. (adw.org)
    it bespeaks the end of, and passing qualities of all things of this world.It is also a book of glory, depicting the ultimate victory of our Lord Jesus Christ, after a great period of conflict between the doomed kingdom of this world, and the victorious Kingdom of Christ. In this context the Book of Revelation is not a mere tour guide to the last days, but is a book of glory reminding us that Christ has the total victory already wrapped up.
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    The Majority of modern scholars place the date of the composition of the Book of Revelation between 90-110 AD. There are good reasons for this, not the least of which is the testimony of several Fathers of the Church. Irenaeus places the work at 96 AD. Victorinus places the writing in the context of the persecution of Domitian, and indicates it was thus that John was imprisoned on Patmos. Jerome and Eusebius say the same. This date of composition (90-110) also flows well with modern theories of biblical dating which tend to favor later dates as a general rule.
  • BONUS: An Introduction to Revelation (kingdomnewtestament.wordpress.com)
    They avoid Revelation out of fear, confusion, or intimidation.  Some so neglect the book they don’t even realize the book is called Revelation (singular), not Revelations (plural).
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    There is too many stylistic and theological differences to suggest these were all written by the same author.  Many scholars are content to simple say this is a different John, maybe “John the Revelator,” writing from exile on the island of Patmos just off the coast of Asia Minor near Ephesus.
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    John was speaking in symbols and by nature symbolism is much more timeless and malleable to situation.  We press the images too far when we come up with singular, specific, time-bound fulfillments.  John is speaking of evil in its many faces and forms, all throughout time.  Thus, John is talking about Rome but also our world today and the Middle Ages and the age to come.
  • “The Secret Revealed”; scripture and questions for Nov. 4 (plymouthspirit.wordpress.com)
    Today apocalypse conjures images of disaster and the end of the world but the writer of Revelation meant and act of apocalypse is an act of disclosure. In that vein, what is the secret to be revealed from the Book of Revelations?
  • “I Saw New Jerusalem” (newjerusalem12.wordpress.com)
    Revelation 1:2 tells us that the apostle John “testified the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, even all that he saw.” In our understanding, much of what is described in Revelation is in the future but this verse says that John “saw”—past tense.
  • Revelation 4-8 (westminsterreads.org)
    You will find an introduction and outline of Revelation, here. > Revelation, Introduction and Outline
    For modern Western readers, Revelation can be a difficult book to read. It is an apocalypse, a type of literature we do not typically read. Revelation does not lend itself to the fact and information oriented method of reading that most of us use when we read. Reading Revelation takes some effort on our part. It is not an “easy read”.
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    Apocalyptic literature uses a standard set of symbols that include numerology, catastrophes of cosmic proportions and odd and amazing animals. The purpose of apocalyptic literature was to encourage the faithful to hold firm in their beliefs, to endure, to assure the reader
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    Human history has a goal, ultimately suffering will end and God’s rule will be established. The wicked will be judged.
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    5:1-14 There is a search for someone worthy to open the scroll. No one, except the Messiah (Lion of the tribe of Judah Gen. 49:9, the Root of David Isaiah 11:1,10) is able.  John does not see a lion but a Lamb (v6).
  • Messianic Prophecy Number 18: Exo 12.5 – An Unblemished Lamb (theoldtestamentandthenewtestament.com)
    While all the sacrifices in some way typified the sacrifice of Christ, the New Testament focuses upon Christ being the sacrificial lamb.
  • Sermon – All Saints’ Sunday Revelation 7:9-17 (deprofundisclamaviadtedomine.wordpress.com)
    the saints in heaven know.  They shout “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”  They are looking at the lamb who was slain, who died like the Passover lamb so that His blood might paint the doors of our houses (Exodus 14); they see the Lamb who makes atonement by His death for our desecration of God’s Holy Name, and Whose blood cleanses us (Leviticus 14: 10, 13-14) from the leprosy and uncleanness of our flesh so that we may come near to God.  His blood which was poured out on the altar (Leviticus 8:30) is also taken from the altar of God and sprinkled on us so that our robes are white and we may enter God’s presence as priests.  The saints in heaven see the reality.  What we ask for when we say “Hosanna!”—the saints in heaven see clearly what the crowd in Jerusalem did not see, and what we see only darkly.  They see that “save us, forgive us,” means, “shed your blood for us”.   And they see the Lamb who was slain, and can say not “save us!” but “He who sits on the throne and the lamb who was slain have saved us.”
  • Jesus as the Judge of All the Earth in Revelation (the-scarlet-thread.com)
    The images of the end of the age are awesome, with horrible judgments poured out on the earth, and a vision of God on His throne so terrible, it says the earth and heaven fled away, and there was no place for them. (Rev. 20:11) People will be so terrified, they will prefer to hide in caves and ask the mountains to fall on them and hide them from the wrath of the Lamb. “For the day of His wrath has come, and who can stand?” Rev.6:14-17
  • Revelation 13-15 (mybiblereadingplan.wordpress.com)
    all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
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    And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
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Scripture Word from God

Posted on November 21, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh | Tags: , , , , , |

 

“Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was reckoned unto him;” (Romans 4:23 ERV)

“20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. 21 For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Ghost.” (2 Peter 1:20-21 ERV)

“And thou shalt write upon the stones all the words of this law very plainly.” (Deuteronomy 27:8 ERV)

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the scriptures we might have hope.” (Romans 15:4 ERV)

“Write therefore the things which thou sawest, and the things which are, and the things which shall come to pass hereafter;” (Revelation 1:19 ERV)

“The spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was upon my tongue.” (2 Samuel 23:2 ERV)

“But the things which God foreshewed by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ should suffer, he thus fulfilled.” (Acts 3:18 ERV)

“And by a prophet the LORD brought Israel up out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved.” (Hosea 12:13 ERV)

“24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my words: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me. 25  These things have I spoken unto you, while [yet] abiding with you. 26 But the Comforter, [even] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. 28  Ye heard how I said to you, I go away, and I come unto you. If ye loved me, ye would have rejoiced, because I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I. 29 And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe. 30 I will no more speak much with you, for the prince of the world cometh: and he hath nothing in me; 31 but that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave me commandment, even so I do. Arise, let us go hence.” (John 14:24-31 ERV)

“And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah the prophet unto your fathers,” (Acts 28:25 ERV)

“whom the heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, whereof God spake by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been since the world began.” (Acts 3:21 ERV)

“thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass.” (Isaiah 7:7 ERV)

“16 Every scripture inspired of God [is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness: 17 that the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ERV)

“Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I say unto you I speak not from myself: but the Father abiding in me doeth his works.” (John 14:10 ERV)

“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” (Ephesians 6:17 ERV)

 

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  • “Did God Only Preserve His Thoughts?” (jpfinn7.wordpress.com)
    Are the Scriptures just the “ideas” of God, or are they the very WORDS of God? You decide!
  • “Bible-believing” and the authority of scripture: “the unfolding of your words gives light” (derekmaul.wordpress.com)
    The Bible says a lot of things. That’s one of the reasons I love to read it all the time; because God is constantly teaching me, nurturing me, nourishing me, and equipping me to share the Good News of God’s love in this broken world.
  • Why We Should Study God’s Word. (greatriversofhope.wordpress.com)
    The Bible is an incredible book of history and facts that proves that there is a God that created all things. Most important of all, the Bible is the Word of God. It contains the mind of God and His will for each one of our lives. That is why the Bible was given to us.
  • 3 Reasons Scripture is not Relative (boldnetwork.wordpress.com)
    Scripture is relative to who reads it. it is subjct to interrpretation. At least that is what is being pushed upon the Christian church. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Scripture can speak in different ways to you at different places in your life, but it isn’t some free flowing stream of words that is meant to mean different things to everyone. If you believe in God, then you must believe His word is truth, and truth is not subject to inerpretation.
  • Our Holy Scriptures (christiansareus.wordpress.com)
    The idea is that every single word in the Bible is there because God wanted it there.
  • Is Scripture reliable? (devinkroner.com)
    Some people will admit that the Words god spoke were true when they were written by Moses, the prophets, and even the apostles…but over the centuries many contend they have been changed. Not on purpose, but just as a result of errors being made in copies, etc. Therefore, some people say we can’t rely on the Scripture today as authoritative.
  • Fast Forward Chapters (jamesfields.wordpress.com)
    some of the genealogies and other areas I call Fast Forward Chapters.  Since I only use electronic devices for reading
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    Consistent reading of Scripture equates to consistent breathing—you have to do it!
  • Helping Students understand the importance of Reading the Bible (youthmin.org)
    If we only read the Bible for what we can “get out of it” we can be distracted from the heart of God’s revelation, which is Himself. We need to come thirsty.
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    The most important reason to read the Bible is to understand story of the gospel. The Bible is living and active and is not meant for the bookshelf.
  • I am Baptized in the Holy Ghost and with Fire! (hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com)
    There is a powerful balance when you have the power of the Holy Ghost and the knowledge of Scripture engrafted into your Spirit man.

 

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Comparisson Bible Books in English, Dutch and French

Posted on November 19, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Bijbel Studie en Bijbel Lezing, Heilige Schrift, Holy Scriptures | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Order of Bible Books – Volgorde Bijbelboeken – Liste des livres de la Bible

English:

One of the possible orders of the Book of books and common names is the one as presented in “The Scriptures” and used in the ecclesia Brussel-Leuven by the Christadelphian community in their services in Brussels, Leefdaal, Leuven, Mons and Nijvel/Nivelles.
In the French capital, for the three monthly service the oecumenical order is been used (see below) or the one of the Louis Segand Bible or Le Sémur. For the bible studies we also use the most common or frequent order of the majority translations. (see below)

Dutch – Nederlands:

Één van de mogelijke volgordes van de Bijbelboeken is deze die voor komt in de vertaling van “The Scriptures” of “De Geschriften”, welke in de dienst wordt gebruikt door de Belgische Christadelphians in Brussel, Leefdaal, Leuven, Mons en Nijvel/Nivelles.
Tijdens de driemaandelijkse dienst in de Franse hofdstad wordt de volgorde genomen van de oecumenische bijbelvertaling TOB of deze van Louis Segond of  Le Semeur.

Liste des livres de la Bible

Chez les Christadelphes Belge on utilese dans le service en Belgique le canon de la Bible hébraïque et en France le canon des écritures défini au Concile de Trente ou comme les éditions catholiques ou interconfessionnelles (TOB, Jérusalem, Bayard, etc.)

The Pre-Messianic Scriptures – Pre-Messiaanse geschriften – Hebreeuws-Aramese Geschriften – Les Écrits Hebreux

The Tanak – Tanakh = De Tanak = Tenach

The Tanakh (Hebrew: תַּנַ”ךְ‎, pronounced [taˈnaχ] or [təˈnax]; also Tenakh, Tenak, Tanach) is also known as the Masoretic Text or the Miqra.

 

A Tanach

 

 

תּוֹרָה Torah – Teaching (commonly called Law) – Thorah – Thora of Wet – La Torah

Bookname (Alternate name) – Dutch name(s), Nederlandse naam/namen- French name, les noms en Français

Beginning –  Het Begin – De aanvang

Bereshith –  Beres’jiet (GenesisGenesis, = Genèse

 

Illuminated Tanakh

 

 

 

Law – Wet

Chamisha Chumshei Torah (חמישה חומשי תורה) / Chamisja Choemsjee Torah (Hebreeuws: חמשה חומשי תורה, de ‘vijf boeken van de Thora’): Pentateuch: Beres’jiet, Sjemot, Wajikra, Bemidbar & Dewariem

Shemoth – Sjemot (Exodus) = Sjemot – Exodus, Uittocht = Exode
Wayyiqra – Wajikra (Leviticus) = Wajikra –  Leviticus, Levieten, Lévitique
Bemigbar – Bemidbar (Numbers) = Bemidbar (Bamidbar) – Numeri = Nombres
Debarim -Dewariem  (Deuteronomy) = Devariem – Deuteronomium = Deutéronome

נְבִיאִים Nebi’im – Nevi’imNewie’iem - Prophets – Profeten – Grote en Kleine Profeten – Les Prophètes

יְהוֹשֻעַ

Leningrad Codex cover page E (Folio 474a). A v...

Leningrad Codex cover page E (Folio 474a). A very old manuscript of the Hebrew bible. A former possession of Karaïte Jews. They claim its author was Karaite, a position denied by Rabbinic Jews. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

/ Yĕhôshúa‘ Yehoshua (Joshua) = Jehosjoea‘ – Jozua, Jozua, Joshua = Josué
שופטים / Shophtim Shophetim (Judges, Rulers) = Sjofetiem – Richteren, Rechters = Juges

שְׁמוּאֵל / Shĕmû’ēl: Samuel
Shemu’el Aleph (1 Samuel)  =  Sjemoeël 1 – I Samuel,1 Samuël  = I Samuel ou I Règnes
Shemu’el Bet (2 Samuel) = Sjemoeël 2 – II Samuel 2 Samuël = II Samuel ou II Règnes

מלכים / M’lakhim: Kings
Melakim Aleph (1 Kings) = Melachiem 1 – I Koningen, 1 Koningen = I Rois ou III Règnes
Melakim Bet (2 Kings) = Melachiem 2 – II Koningen, 2 Koningen = II Rois ou IV Règnes

יְשַׁעְיָהוּ / Yĕsha‘ăyāhû Yeshayahu (Isaiah) =  Jesja‘jahoe – Jeshajua, Jesaja, Esajas = Isaïe ou Ésaïe
יִרְמְיָהוּ / Yirmĕyāhû Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) =  Jirmejahoe – Jeremia, Jeremias = Jérémie
יְחֶזְקֵאל / Yĕhezqēl Yebezqel (Ezekiel) = Jechezkel – Ezechiël, Ezéchiel = Ézéchiel

דָּנִיֵּאל / Dānī’ēl Dani’ el (Daniel) = Daniël = Daniel
הוֹשֵׁעַ / Hôshēa‘  Hoshea (Hosea) = Hosjea‘ – Hosea = Osée
יוֹאֵל / ’ēl Yo’el (Joel) = Joël = Joël
עָמוֹס / ‘Āmôs Amos (Amos) = Amos = Amos
עֹבַדְיָה / ‘Ōbhadhyāh Obagyah (Obadiah) =  ‘Ovadja – Obadja, Obadia = Abdias
יוֹנָה / Yônāh Yonah (Jonah) = Jona, Jonas = Jonas
מִיכָה / Mîkhāh Mikah (Micah) = Micha = Michée
נַחוּם / Naḥûm Nabum (Nahum) = Nachoem – Nahum = Nahoum
חֲבַקּוּק /Ḥăbhaqqûq Habaqquq (Habakkuk) = Chavakoek – Habakuk = Habaquq
צְפַנְיָה / Ṣĕphanyāh Tsephanyah (Zephaniah) =Tsefanja – Zefanja, Sefanja = Sophonie
חַגַּי / Ḥaggai Haggai (Haggai) = Chaggai – Haggai, Haggaï, Aggeas = Aggée
זְכַרְיָה / Zĕkharyāh Zekaryah (Zechariah) = Zecharja – Zacharia, Zecharias, Zacharias = Zacharie
מַלְאָכִי / Mal’ākhî Mal’aki (Malachi) = Mal’achi – Maleachi = Malachie

כְּתוּבִים Kethubim Aleph KetuvimKetoewiem - Writings – Hagiographa – Geschriften

(Poetic books: Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon or Canticles – Poëtische Boeken: Psalmen, Spreuken, Prediker of Ecliasten, Hooglied of Koningslied of Kantieken)

תהלים / Tehillim Tehillim (Psalms) = Tehiliem – Psalmen = Psaumes
משלי / Mishlei Mishle (Proverbs) = Misjlee – Spreuken = Proverbes
אִיּוֹב / Iyyōbh Iyob (Job) = Iov – Job = Job
שִׁיר הַשׁשִׁירִים/ Shīr Hashīrīm Shir haShirim (Song of Songs)(Song of Solomon) (Canticles) = Sjier Hasjiriem – Hooglied, Koningslied, Kantieken = Cantique des cantiques
רוּת / Rūth Ruth (Ruth) = Roet – Ruth = Ruth
איכה / Eikhah Ekah (Lamentations) = Echa – Klaagliederen, Lamentaties = Lamentations
קֹהְלְת / Qōheleth Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) = Kohelet – Ecclesiasticus,  Prediker, Ecclesiasten, + wijsheid van Jezus Sirach, wijsheid van Jozua Ben Sirach, Spreuken van Sirach, Sirach of Ecclesiasticus = Ecclésiastique ou Siracide
אֶסְתֵר / Estēr Ester (Esther) = Ester – Esther = Esther

עזרא ונחמיה / Ezra v’Nechemia
Ezra (Ezra) = Ezra, (Eerste boek van Esdras, eerste deel van het Boek Esdras) = Ezra ou I Esdras
Nehemyah (Nehemiah) = Nechemja – Nehemia, Nehemía, (Tweede boek van Esdras, Tweede deel van het Boek Esdras) = Néhémie ou II Esdras

דברי הימים / Divrei Hayamim – Chronicles – Chronieken – Kronieken
Dibre haYamim Aleph (1 Chronicles) = Divree Hajamiem 1 – I Kronieken, 1 Kronieken = I Chroniques
Dibre haYamim Bet (2 Chronicles) = Divree Hajamiem 2 – II Kronieken, 2 Kronieken = II Chroniques

The Messianic Scriptures – De Messiaanse Geschriften – Christelijke Griekse Geschriften

Kethubim Bet – Writings

Gospels – Evangeliën – Evangelies – Évangiles

Plik:Karolingischer Buchmaler um 820 001.jpgDie vier Evangelisten – Aachen Gospels – 13 CE – Dom, Schatzkammer

Mattithyahu (Matthew) = Mattheüs, Matthéüs, Evangelie volgens Matteüs = Évangile selon Matthieu
Marqos (Mark) = Markus, Marcus = Évangile selon Marc
Luqas (Luke) = Lukas, Lucas = Évangile selon Luc
Yohanan (John) = Johannes, Evangelie van Sint Jan, Evangelie van de apostel Johannes = Évangile selon Jean

History of first Christians –  Geschiedenis van de eerste Christenen

Ma ‘asei (Acts) = Handelingen der apostelen, Handelingen van de apostelen

Epistles or Letters or Writings from the apostles – Epistels, Brieven van de apostelen

Paul’s Lettres, Letters by Paul – Brieven van Paulus, Paulus brieven, Paulus Epistels – Épîtres pauliennes

Romiyim (Romans) = Romeinen, Brief aan de Romeinen = Épître aux Romains
Qorintiyim Aleph (1 Corinthians) = 1 Korinthiërs, Eerste brief aan de Korintiërs, I Korintiërs = Première épître aux Corinthiens
Qorintiyim Bet (2 Corinthians) = 2 Korinthiërs, Tweede brief aan de Korintiërs, II Korintiërs = Deuxième épître aux Corinthiens
Galatiyim (Galatians) = Galaten = Épître aux Galates
Eph’siyim (Ephesians) = Efeziërs = Épître aux Éphésiens
Pilipiyim (Philippians) = Filippenzen = Épître aux Philippiens
Qolasim (Colossians) = Kolossenzen = Épître aux Colossiens
Tas’loniqim Aleph (1 Thessalonians) = 1 Thessalonicenzen, Eerste brief aan de Tessalonicenzen, I Tessalonicenzen = Première épître aux Thessaloniciens
Tas’loniqim Bet (2 Thessalonians) = 2 Thessalonicenzen, Tweede brief aan de Tesselonicenzen, II Tessalonicenzen = Deuxième épître aux Thessaloniciens
Timotiyos Aleph (1 Timothy) = 1 Timótheüs, Eerste brief aan Timoteüs, I Timoteüs = Première épître à Timothée
Timotiyos Bet (2 Timo} = 2 Timótheüs, Tweede brief aan Timoteüs, II Timoteüs = Deuxième épître à Timothée
Titos (Titus) = Titus = Épître à Tite
Pileymon (Philemon) = Filémon, Philemon, Filemon = Épître à Philémon
Ib’rim (Hebrews) = Hebreeën = L’Épître aux Hébreux

Letters by other apostles – Verdere brieven van de apostelen of Katholische brieven – Lettres des autre apôtres ou Épîtres dites catholiques (c’est-à-dire universelles)

Ya ‘aqob (James) = Jakobus = Épître de Jacques
Kepha Aleph (1 Peter) = 1 Petrus, Eerste brief van Petrus, I Petrus = Première épître de Pierre
Kepha Bet (2 Peter) = 2 Petrus, Tweede brief van Petrus, II Petrus = Deuxième épître de Pierre
Yohanan Aleph (1 John) =  1 Johannes, Eerste brief van Johannes, I Johannes = Première épître de Jean
Yohanan Bet (2 John) = 2 Johannes, Tweede brief van Johannes, II Johannes = Deuxième épître de Jean
Yohanan Gimel (3 John) = 3 Johannes, Derde brief van Johannes, III Johannes = Troisième épître de Jean
Yehugah (Jude) = Judas, Brief van Judas, Epistel van Judas, Judas = Épître de Jude

Prophetic book, Revelation – Profetisch boek, Eindtijdboek, Revelatie of Openbaring van Johannes – Livre prophétique sur la fin des temps et l’établissement du royaume de Dieu

Hazon (Revelation) = Openbaring, Openbaring van Johannes, Revelatie, Revelatie van Johannes, Apolcalyps = l’Apocalypse

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Order at the Biblestudy:

Tanakh
(Jewish Bible)
(24 books)
Books in bold are part of the Ketuvim
Protestant
Old Testament
(39 books)
Catholic
Old Testament
(46 books)
Eastern Orthodox
Old Testament
(51 books)
Original language
Torah
Bereishit Genesis Genesis Genesis Hebrew
Shemot Exodus Exodus Exodus Hebrew
Vayikra Leviticus Leviticus Leviticus Hebrew
Bamidbar Numbers Numbers Numbers Hebrew
Devarim Deuteronomy Deuteronomy Deuteronomy Hebrew
Nevi’im
Yehoshua Joshua Joshua (Josue) Joshua (Iesous) Hebrew
Shofetim Judges Judges Judges Hebrew
Rut (Ruth) Ruth Ruth Ruth Hebrew
Shemuel 1 Samuel 1 Samuel (1 Kings) 1 Samuel (1 Kingdoms) Hebrew
2 Samuel 2 Samuel (2 Kings) 2 Samuel (2 Kingdoms) Hebrew
Melakhim 1 Kings 1 Kings (3 Kings) 1 Kings (3 Kingdoms) Hebrew
2 Kings 2 Kings (4 Kings) 2 Kings (4 Kingdoms) Hebrew
Divrei Hayamim (Chronicles) 1 Chronicles 1 Chronicles (1 Paralipomenon) 1 Chronicles (1 Paralipomenon) Hebrew
2 Chronicles 2 Chronicles (2 Paralipomenon) 2 Chronicles (2 Paralipomenon) Hebrew
1 Esdras Hebrew
Ezra-Nehemiah Ezra Ezra (1 Esdras) Ezra (2 Esdras) Hebrew and Aramaic
Nehemiah Nehemiah (2 Esdras) Nehemiah (2 Esdras) Hebrew
Tobit (Tobias) Tobit (Tobias) Aramaic (and Hebrew?)
Judith Judith Hebrew
Esther Esther Esther Esther Hebrew
1 Maccabees (1 Machabees) 1 Maccabees Hebrew
2 Maccabees (2 Machabees) 2 Maccabees Greek
3 Maccabees Greek
4 Maccabees Greek
Wisdom books
Iyov (Job) Job Job Job Hebrew
Tehillim (Psalms) Psalms Psalms Psalms Hebrew
Prayer of Manasseh Greek
Mishlei (Proverbs) Proverbs Proverbs Proverbs Hebrew
Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes) Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes Hebrew
Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs) Song of Solomon Song of Songs (Canticle of Canticles) Song of Songs (Aisma Aismaton) Hebrew
Wisdom Wisdom Greek
Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) Sirach Hebrew
Major prophets
Yeshayahu Isaiah Isaiah (Isaias) Isaiah Hebrew
Yirmeyahu Jeremiah Jeremiah (Jeremias) Jeremiah Hebrew and Aramaic
Eikhah (Lamentations) Lamentations Lamentations Lamentations Hebrew
Baruch Baruch Hebrew
Letter of Jeremiah Greek (majority view)
Yekhezqel Ezekiel Ezekiel (Ezechiel) Ezekiel Hebrew
Daniel Daniel Daniel Daniel Hebrew and Aramaic
Twelve Minor Prophets
The Twelve
or
Trei Asar
Hosea Hosea (Osee) Hosea Hebrew
Joel Joel Joel Hebrew
Amos Amos Amos Hebrew
Obadiah Obadiah (Abdias) Obadiah Hebrew
Jonah Jonah (Jonas) Jonah Hebrew
Micah Micah (Micheas) Micah Hebrew
Nahum Nahum Nahum Hebrew
Habakkuk Habakkuk (Habacuc) Habakkuk Hebrew
Zephaniah Zephaniah (Sophonias) Zephaniah Hebrew
Haggai Haggai (Aggeus) Haggai Hebrew
Zechariah Zechariah (Zacharias) Zechariah Hebrew
Malachi Malachi (Malachias) Malachi Hebrew

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  • History books: Geschiedenis Boeken:

1. Jozua; Richteren; Ruth;

2. Samuel en Koningen: 1 Samuel; 2 Samuel; 1 Koningen; 2 Koningen;

3. Kronieken en Ezra: 1 Kronieken; 2 Kronieken; Ezra; Nehemia; Ester;

4. Poëzie en wijsheid: Job; Psalmen; Spreuken; Prediker; Hooglied;

5. Grote profeten: Jesaja; Jeremia; Klaagliederen; Ezechiël; Daniël;

6. Kleine profeten: Hosea; Joël; Amos; Obadja; Jona; Micha; NahumHabakuk; Sefanja; Haggai; Zacharia; Maleachi

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Les Livres prophetiques

les Prophetes premiers

Le livre de Josue; Le livre des Juges; Premier livre de Samuel, Deuxieme livre de Samuel; Premier livre des Rois, Deuxieme livre des Rois

les Prophetes derniers

Esa’ie, Jeremie, Ezechiel, Osee, Joel, Amos, Abdias, Jonas, Michee, Nahoum, Habaquq, Sophonie, Aggee, Zacharie, Malachie

Les autres Écrits

Les Psaumes, Le livre de Job, Les Proverbes, Le livre de Ruth, Le Cantique des Cantiques, Qoheleth (ou I’Ecclesiaste), Les Lamentations, Le livre d’Esther, Daniel, Le livre d’Esdras, Le livre de Nehemie, Premier livre des Chroniques, Deuxieme livre des Chroniques

 

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Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian

Posted on October 24, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Faith, History, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Often you hear people calling non-trinitarians heathen and heretics, members of a cult.

Becoming a member or Getting in and out

Normally you would consider a group as being a cult when it is easy to get in but very difficult to get out. Most of the non-trinitarian groups are not so easy to become a member of because they require full notice of their teachings, the Biblical teachings and a life which is acceptable in the eyes of Jesus and most important acceptable for God. Once allowed to become a member and to be baptised, with some, after a questionnaire to cheque if you fulfil the requirements, the person has to live a Christian life according to the ordinances of the Holy Scriptures. As soon as the person does something against the Law of God he or she is mostly requested to leave the association. No foul play or being unfaithful to a partner are accepted so slutty actions are penalised by being put out of the congregation. Fornication is a good reason not to be allowed in the group any more.
Therefore groups like the Jehovah Witnesses are very easy to get out. Even if you have done no whorehopping but tell them so, you may leave for ever. (By matter of speech.) As you can see not really according to the real definition of a cult.

In case you consider every minority group a cult, then yes you can see in the whole history that many groups which started small, like the followers of Jesus where called a cult (The Way), but as soon as they got more money and political power they became integrated in the normal system and where even taken as the normal standard. As such history has seen growing the Lutherans, Calvinists or recently the Mormons.

The Most profitable considered to be the Main

In the United States once again it is proven that people prefer to choose the groups which they think could bring most profit. The Tea Party which has its mouth full of Judeo-Christian Values would never want to go in the sea with Obama, but do not see the danger into giving hands to Mitt Romney. In earlier days they shouted that Mormons where of the devil and today they call everybody to go and vote for Mitt Romney so that he can save America. Once considered a cult to avoid and never to work with is now the hope of American evangelists and conservative Christians.

In the past we have seen when push came to shove (or prison, or death) also most Protestants supported like the Roman Catholic Church, the Nazi regime regardless of where they fell on the theological spectrum. And prominent liberal theologians like Paul Tillich were just as hostile to the Third Reich as were prominent conservative theologians and pastors like Karl Barth and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. And the tragic thing is that while Catholic Church and the Confessing Church rigorously opposed Nazi claims to totalitarian power over their churches and other church-related organizations, neither said much at all in the way of denouncing Nazi policy towards Jews, Jehovah Witnesses, or to the mentally-handicapped.

Lefebvrists SSPX Priest and altar server of the guild of St. Stephen.

When a group Catholics did not want to agree with the teachings of Pope John Giovanni XXIII and preferred to keep to the Latin rite they where considered heretics and the world was confronted with different Catholic Cults like the Lefebvrists or Marcel Lefebvre his Society of St. Pius XPope Benedict XVI had declared that, for doctrinal rather than disciplinary reasons, the SSPX had no canonical status in the Catholic Church and, because of that lack of canonical status, the ministries exercised by its ministers were not legitimate in the Catholic Church. Tensions between the society and the Holy See reached their height in 1988, when Archbishop Lefebvre consecrated four bishops against the orders of Pope John Paul II, resulting in a declaration of excommunication against the bishops who consecrated or were consecrated, an excommunication remitted for those still alive in January 2009 with a hope expressed that all members of the society would quickly return to full communion.
At the end of last century and beginning this century when everything was turned back to previous days they were taken up again in the Roman Catholic Church and are today not seen as a cult any more.

Some years ago people spoke about Catholic institutional cults like the Charismatic Catholics, Opus Dei, a.o.

Several people also used to speak out boldly against the Church of Rome and considered it from the devil or to be the Babylon of which the Bible spoke. Though it no longer seems to be in vogue to speak of the pope as “the antichrist” (Although the following people unhesitatingly did: Martin Luther, John Bunyan, John Huss, John Wycliffe, John Calvin, William Tyndale, John Knox, Thomas Bacon, John Wesley, Samuel Cooper, John Cotton, and Jonathan Edwards.) or the Catholic Church as the “whore of Babylon”. Now many Protestants unwittingly believe that “our differences are not so great”.

Alliances

Franklin Graham told the Indianapolis Star (6/3/99) that his father’s longstanding ecumenical alliance with the Catholic Church and all other denominations, “was one of the smartest things his father ever did.” The charismatic Charisma magazine in 10/95 contained a 7-page article on Franklin Graham. They quoted him as saying, “I thank God for the warmth I see within many of the charismatic churches — their love for the Lord and love for the scriptures. …” He also said, “Probably (Samaritan’s Purse) largest base of support comes from the charismatic community.” He has referred to “Mother” Teresa as an “example of the woman God uses” (4/1/99, Calvary Contender). {Billy Graham General Teachings/Activities}

New Age movements also at one time were considered cults but after a few years many protestants found solace in such groups. Norman Vincent Peale advocated New Age and/or occult teachings as visualization, pantheism, human potential, positive confession, positive thinking, etc. Once on the Phil Donahue Show, Peale, a 33rd degree Mason, said, “It’s not necessary to be born again. You have your way to God, I have mine. I found eternal peace in a Shinto shrine.” (Shintoism is an ancient Oriental religion that fuses ancestor worship with mysticism.) He also denied the necessity of believing in the virgin birth.

Trinity to follow or not

Others would say those who are not following the trinitarian teachings can not call themselves Christian and can not be any different than belonging to a cult.

They forget that being a Christian should mean that one is a follower of Christ. In such respect that person calling himself should be following the Master Teacher Jesus Christ (hence the name Christian).

In case people consider a cult any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith, they should first confine that Christian Faith.  In Christendom we see lots of denominations and in each denomination people shall be able to find many more opinions and deviations from their main confession. Some say that  “cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect.” But they do not give a proper definition of that Christian Truth, which would be, according to the words of the many denominations being something very different from one to the other denomination, so that every denomination could be categorised as a cult.

Features

According the fundamentalism’s leading spokesman evangelist Billy Graham there are some features common to most cults:

• “They do not adhere solely to the sixty-six books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They add their “special revelations” to the Bible and view them as equally authoritative.”
As such all the believers who accept the apocryphal books as worthy spiritual food, would be considered a cult. This also means the Roman Catholic Church is for those Americans a cult. Especially the Roman Catholics should then also be seen as a cult, because they also have several revelations by the saints they take for granted and of inspirational value. But in several protestant denominations we also do find groups which like to use several theological and devotional books by human writers which they consider to be inspired by God. According to Billy Graham they should also come under the denominator of being a cult.

English: The icon was painted by artist Nichol...

English: The icon was painted by artist Nicholas Morosoff in 1935 at the request of Bishop Wedgwood for the St Francis Church in Tekels Park, Camberley, and hangs above its main altar. Courtesy Liberal Catholic Church of St Francis of Assisi. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

• “They do not accept that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a reality “by grace through faith” alone, but promote instead a salvation by works.”
By saying this they do not understand what those Christians get from the Bible, the infallible Word of God. For those, like Christadelphians, who agree that Christians should live up to their faith it is clear that it is not enough to be baptised to be saved, because faith without works is death. Strangely the others forget that they also dismember people from their congregation because they have done something which they consider to be bad. But that is in contradiction with what they say, because when that person would be saved for ever than he also should be accepted as Christian for ever. It is not right to think any murderer or wrongdoer shall go to heaven because there is the reality of Christ dying for all sinners. If they do  not repent they shall not enter the small gate of the Kingdom of God (which also shall be on earth).

• For lots of Christians non-trinitarians “do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.”
Yes they do not recognise him as a part of some trio. They recognise him in his full potential. They do not see a God who came onto the earth to fake his death. Jesus really died, while God, as a spirit, can not die and has ever been and shall have no end. Jesus had a beginning (being born) and an end (died at the stake).
Fully recognising the offer Jesus brought, makes his action much more important than trinitarians want to see Jesus. His humility and his preparedness to give his life for people he did not kno, has more value than a God who could straight ahead, in heaven when the first sin was committed, take action and bring everything to an end. In such instance not so many people had to suffer so much. This would make God also to a very cruel person. But God is a God of love, who wanted to give men a change to prove that they could rule the world better than Him. (Part of the question in the garden of Eden).
We had to wait such a long time because it was only with Jesus, that God did find it time to bring a solution with giving a God send man, who could be tempted (remember God can not be tempted) but did not let himself go. Jesus kept straight in line with God’s teachings. Jesus choose to follow his father and to keep totally to His commandments. He is the only one man who could prove to be able to follow God, out of love for God and not wanting anything in return for it. As such, though at first lower than the angels, Jehovah God gave him a higher position and made him unto a mediator between God and men. The ones who consider, like it is written in the Holy Scriptures that Jesus is the son of God and not god the son or God Son, give Jesus full honour for all the work he has done.

Listening and reacting to Scriptures

When Scripture is life-changing, as God’s Word is “living and active” (Hebrews 4:12) people who get to know the Bible to be infallible should under its inspiration come to insight and how more they come to get to know they should adjust their thinking and their way of living.

When we hear God’s Word, whether at a meeting, church service or in private reading, we should “devour” God’s words to us and allow them to become the joy and happiness of our heart (Jeremiah. 15:16).

After the Torah we got Prophesies and Writings to gut us under way to the Gospels to be able to recognise the God send man Jesus Christ of Nazareth (Jeshua) who was son of men and as son of God brought salvation unto many. His disciples and followers coming out of all sorts of layers of the population where preachers brought the Word of God and the Word of Christ “were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles” (Acts of the apostles 2:42; cf. 2 Timothy 1:14) long before the New Testament was written–and centuries before the New Testament canon was settled. Those who call themselves Christians should carefully to the life and beliefs of those first followers of Christ.

Doing the same

In case you want to call yourself Christian you should do the same as the first Christians who also believed that Jesus never took himself to be God himself or to be equal with Him.

“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15 NIV)

“To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.” (1 Peter 2:21 NIV)

“Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6 NIV)

“5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature {Or in the form of} God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,” (Philippians 2:5-6 NIV)

They believed in Jesus, to be the long awaited saviour who as son of men and son of God brought God to us all to be our Father as well.

“I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one “like a son of man” {Daniel 7:13} with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand.” (Revelation 14:14 NIV)

“When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.” (Matthew 10:23 NIV)

“And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”” (Matthew 3:17 NIV)

“”For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, {Or his only begotten Son} that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV)

For us it should be as for them that Jesus shall have to be the Master Teacher and the example for us to come to God and a better life. He, Jesus, should be our main teacher and not theologians or scholars who say they speak in the name of God. Christians should take Jesus as their Rabbi.

“”You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord’, and rightly so, for that is what I am.” (John 13:13 NIV)

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)

“”But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi’, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.” (Matthew 23:8 NIV)

“Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.” (Colossians 4:1 NIV)

Christians do believe salvation belongs to God and is in Christ who came into existence only a few centuries ago, after 42 generations, when he was born (begotten) in a special way.

 “Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”; also in verse 26.} the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 NIV)

“But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.” (1 Corinthians 15:38 NIV)

“17 Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. {Or Messiah. “The Christ” (Greek) and “the Messiah” (Hebrew) both mean “the Anointed One”.} 18  This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 1:17-18 NIV)

“26  In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favour with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob for ever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called {Or So the child to be born will be called holy,} the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.” (Luke 1:26-38 NIV)

“Then those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”” (Matthew 14:33 NIV)

“I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”” (John 1:34 NIV)

“But these are written that you may {Some manuscripts may continue to} believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.” (John 20:31 NIV)

“and who through the Spirit {Or who as to his spirit} of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God, {Or was appointed to be the Son of God with power} by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 1:4 NIV)

“(and for this we labour and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, and especially of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:10 NIV)

“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.” (1 John 4:14 NIV)

“And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”” (Revelation 7:10 NIV)

“30 The God of our fathers raised Jesus from the dead—whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 31 God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Saviour that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.” (Acts 5:30-31 NIV)

“For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9 NIV)

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in {Or through} Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23 NIV)

Jesus Christ, the Messiah, left his followers as a Church in case they listen to him Jesus, with divine authority to teach in his name.

“13  When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, {Or Messiah; also in verse 20} the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it} 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he warned his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Christ.” (Matthew 16:13-20 NIV)

“”I tell you the truth, whatever you bind on earth will be {Or have been} bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be {Or have been} loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 18:18 NIV)

“”He who listens to you listens to me; he who rejects you rejects me; but he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”” (Luke 10:16 NIV)

“And I tell you that you are Peter, {Peter means rock.} and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades {Or hell} will not overcome it. {Or not prove stronger than it}” (Matthew 16:18 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counsellor to be with you for ever—” (John 14:16 NIV)

Following Jesus his teachings

Christians are those who follow Jesus teachings and are also prepared to do what he asked them to do, to go out in the world and to let the name of God, to whom belongs all authority, be known all over the world.

“”I have revealed you {Greek your name; also in verse 26} to those whom you gave me out of the world. They were yours; you gave them to me and they have obeyed your word.” (John 17:6 NIV)

“5  May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 15:5-6 NIV)

“Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.” (Romans 13:1 NIV)

“Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 2:3 NIV)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.” (Ephesians 4:17 NIV)

“19 Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. 20 You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. 21 Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Ephesians 4:19-24 NIV)

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2 NIV)

“”You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.” (Isaiah 43:10 NIV)

“I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD {Jehovah}, “that I am God.” (Isaiah 43:12 NIV)

“1  Keep on loving each other as brothers. 2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. … 4 Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” {Deut. 31:6} 6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” {Psalm 118:#6,7} 7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and for ever. 9 Do not be carried away by all kinds of strange teachings. It is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace, not by ceremonial foods, which are of no value to those who eat them. … 13 Let us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. 14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come. 15 Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name. 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. 17 Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. … 20 May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, 21 equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. ….” (Hebrews 13:1-25 NIV)

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”” (Acts 1:8 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. {Or Messiah; also in verse 28}” (Acts 18:5 NIV)

“Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.” (Revelation 12:17 NIV)

Praying Christian

Over the times people could get to read the Word of God. They could learn about Adam, Eve, Abraham, Isaac, David, Christ and God. The apostles could seen and we testified that the Father has sent His son, so did not come down Himself as deliverer of the world, but send a man who could feel how every other human being could feel. He really suffered and died in the hope that many would understand his words and come to the Father to whom he often prayed and learned everybody to pray. As Jesus kept his Father, Elohim Hashem Jehovah holy, he also wanted us to keep his Fathers Name holy and to make it be known all over the world until His Kingdom comes. In our prayers we can make our  requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving because it is God who chooses us  and  has commissioned us to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever we ask from the Father in Jesus his name God may give us. It shall be in the name of Jesus {Jeshua} that Jehovah God shall give his followers, trusting only His one mediator between Him and humanity, Jeshua the Messiah, himself human.

“”This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,” (Matthew 6:9 NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6 NIV)

“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 15:16 NIV)

“In that day you will no longer ask me anything. I tell you the truth, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.” (John 16:23 NIV)

“For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,” (1 Timothy 2:5 NIV)

Preaching under Christ for God

The apostles knew that Jesus as son of men was very well aware how limited he was and how limited we are. Jesus left his disciples but promised to come back. If we love Jesus, we should be glad that he has gone to the Father; because the Father is greater than Jesus, who now sits at His right hand.

Jesus wanted us to understand that the head of every man is the Messiah, and the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of the Messiah is God. All Christians should accept that. But yes we do see that the majority does not and want to place Jesus as head of everything. It is true that for the moment the world is still in the hands of evil and that there will come a time that everything shall be subjected to the son. But then comes a time that Jesus himself will subject himself to the only One God, who subjected everything to him; so that God may be everything in everyone.

Recognising the humility of Christ, who who served, those who call themselves Christian should also let the greater among us become like the younger, and one who rules like one who serves. Whoever among us wants to be a leader must become servant of the others, and whoever wants to be first must be slave! For the son of man did not come to be served, but to serve – and to give his life as a ransom for many. As he also served his Father in heaven, he demanded us to help him  and not for a single day, either in the temple court, synagogue, church, public square or in private homes, should followers of Jesus stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Jeshua is the Messiah. Declaring with utmost seriousness the same message to Jews and other people from all nations. Telling everywhere to: “turn from sin to God; and put your trust in our lord, Jeshua the Messiah.” Making even more people into talmidim, or pupils and disciples, immersing them into the reality of the Father, the son and the Ruach haKodesh or the Power of the Most High His Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that Jesus has commanded us.

All that call themselves Christian should acknowledge publicly with their mouth that Jeshua is lord, but God the Most High Lord of the lord of lords. Telling everybody that this Almighty God raised Jesus from the dead, so that we will be delivered.

For with the heart one goes on trusting and thus continues toward righteousness, while with the mouth one keeps on making public acknowledgement and thus continues toward deliverance. The one following Christ should not be afraid of the world and go into it proclaiming the Good  News of the return of Jesus and the coming Kingdom of God. Like the apostle Paul every Christian should not boast merely because he proclaims the Good News — this they should all do from inner compulsion. Woe is them if they do not proclaim the Good News!

“”You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28 NIV)

“Now I want you to realise that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.” (1 Corinthians 11:3 NIV)

“When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.” (1 Corinthians 15:28 NIV)

“26 But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves. 27 For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves.” (Luke 22:26-27 NIV)

“26 Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”” (Matthew 20:26-28 NIV)

“Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ. {Or Messiah}” (Acts 5:42 NIV)

“I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus.” (Acts 20:21 NIV)

“19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in {Or into; see Acts 8:16; 19:5; Rom. 6:3; 1 Cor. 1:13; 10:2 and Gal. 3:27.} the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19-20 NIV)

“9 That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10 NIV)

“Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’” (Luke 10:9 NIV)

“Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16 NIV)

“Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV)

Willing to follow

Are you willing to follow Jesus, the son of God? Are you prepared to step out of the world and let all traditions for whatever they may be?

Are you willing to follow the example apostles of Jesus and dare  trying to imitate them, even as Paul himself tried to imitate the Messiah? Do you want to become like Christ and become a Brother in Christ, sharing with others in the world the Good News and boasting about the works Christ has done for us all?

Do you think that those who really follow up the task Jesus has given his pupils would be a cult?

The Bible affirms that he Word of Adonai lasts forever and that this Word is the Good News which has been proclaimed to many. The things we have heard from Jesus and his disciples, which were supported by many witnesses, these things commit to faithful people, such as will be competent to teach others also. We should make use of it, to give us the spirit to get others to know God and his son Jesus Christ.

Therefore, brothers, stand firm; though some may consider us a cult we should not like them keep to the traditions of the world, but hold to the traditions we were taught by the men who God had chosen, the Prophets, Jesus and his disciples.

Christians should be those who keep to the Word of God, like Jesus did, and who remembered everything Jesus and his followers told and observe the traditions just the way the apostles passed them on to us.

“but the word of the Lord stands for ever.” {Isaiah 40:6-8} And this is the word that was preached to you.” (1 Peter 1:25 NIV)

“And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” (2 Timothy 2:2 NIV)

“So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings {Or traditions} we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NIV)

“I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the teachings, {Or traditions} just as I passed them on to you.” (1 Corinthians 11:2 NIV)

Do you want to be a as “Follower of Jesus, part of a cult, or a Christian”?

Be a follower of the real Jesus of Nazareth who was known as the son of men and the son of God.

Christadelphians or Brothers in Christ, do follow Jesus and accept him for what he did and still does for us, as mediator between God and men.

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Dutch version / Nederlandse versie: Volger van Jezus lid van een secte of een Christen

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Please do read also:

  1. Christian values and voting not just a game
  2. Mormons again gaining some attention
  3. Billy Graham Removes Section From His Website Calling Mormonism a Cult After Offering To Do All That He Can Do To Help Mormon Mitt Romney
  4. Billy Graham Risks His “Legacy” By Scrubbing His Website Of Mormonism Cult Reference, But He Also Changed His Views About The Cult Of Rome Over 50 Years Ago
  5. Is the Mormon “god” of Mitt Romney and Glenn Beck, the True God or a False “god”? Is Jesus the brother of Lucifer?
  6. Can A Cult Member Be President Without Cult Influence?
  7. Controversies surrounding the Society of St. Pius X
  8. God’s Salvation
  9. Faith and works
  10. One Mediator between God and man
  11. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  12. Men of faith
  13. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #1 Christian Reform
  14. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #2 Roots of Jewishness
  15. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #3 Of the earth or of God
  16. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  17. Faith related boycotts
  18. Right to be in the surroundings

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  • Cult or True Religion (wordsonsergebenhayon.wordpress.com)
    “…if you believe in it, it is a religion or perhaps ‘the’ religion; and if you do not care one way or another about it, it is a sect; but if you fear and hate it, it is a cult.” Leo Pfeffer.
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    The Roman Catholic Church for example has been around ever since Constantine. He was a Roman emperor who used Christianity, which was a small cult at the time, as a means to impose his belief systems on the bishops; so he promulgated the council of Nicaea and thereby gained control of the populus. Now, over 1500 years later, people in Catholic churches today still recite the creed set down by Constantine.

    Many people question the Catholic Church and other religions, seeing them as some of the biggest cults in the World today: they are viewed by many as man-made constructs which have the potential to lead millions of people astray. Religion in its current form has become divisive due to it’s many man-made and dualistic doctrines which continue to divide, separate and cause wars.

  • Billy Graham’s group removes Mormon cult reference from website after Romney meeting (religion.blogs.cnn.com)
    Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoyed cookies and soft drinks with the Rev.  Billy Graham and his son Franklin Graham on Thursday at the elder Graham’s mountaintop retreat, a reference to Mormonism as a cult was scrubbed from the website of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon 'cult' reference after Romney meeting

    Billy Graham site removes Mormon ‘cult’ reference after Romney meeting

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    The removal of the post from the Graham group’s website was first noted by the New Civil Rights Movement website and then later by the Asheville Citizen-Times, which reported that the information on cults was accessed as recently as Thursday afternoon.
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    When asked about Graham’s beliefs about Mormonism, Graham spokesman A. Larry Ross said in a statement that “Through an inclusive evangelistic ministry spanning more than 60 years, Mr. Graham was called to preach the transformative message of the Gospel to the whole world, regardless of one’s religious background, affiliation or none. As such, he never proselytized, targeted or labeled specific people, groups, faiths or denominations.

  • Defining Christianity (reneland.wordpress.com)
    Simply put a Christian is someone who believes in Jesus Christ.
  • The Whore of Babylon? (inpursuitofhappiness.wordpress.com)
    Baal-vs-The “Catholic” God
  • Catholic Church Abuse Inquiry – Police Expose The Christian Child Abuse – Boy Scouts (truelogic.wordpress.com)
    Even Mitt Romney’s Mormon cult religion has a history of molesting children.  Wow, seems these holy books teach evil over moral behavior.  Good thing we  have several non-believers in this world or we wouldn’t have morals.
  • Billy Graham’s Truce with Mormonism; Scrubs Cult Reference (crooksandliars.com)
    The Christian right has cried uncle and issued a truce on Mormons to try and help elect Mitt Romney.
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    During the Values Voter Summit in October, sponsored in part by the influential Family Research Council and the American Family Association, it caused quite a stir when Pastor Robert Jeffress, after introducing Rick Perry as a genuine Christian, called Mormonism a cult.
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    Christian political operatives are willing to throw away any trace of their contempt for Mormonism during the election cycle. This shows how much hatred they have for the left. They’d rather help elect a ‘cultist’ to the highest office in the land rather than stick to their alleged principles. Typically sickening.
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    To distinguish between a cult and a religion is to distinguish between influence and impotence. Both are, in fact, spawns of a smarmy fakery.
  • Why converting Muslims is taboo in the Catholic Church (catholicherald.co.uk)
    What are they talking about at the Synod for Evangelisation? This article by Sandro Magister tells us that the Bishops have broached the taboo subject of conversions from Islam to Christianity. It makes interesting reading, despite the rather ponderous translation, (read the original here ) and I was particularly struck by this section of it, which I beg readers to consider carefully:

    “The Muslims do not see the difference between Christians and Westerners, because they do not distinguish, themselves, between what is religious and what is political and social. What precedes the Westerners is perceived by the Muslims as preceding the Christians. Now, Western behaviour, especially on the cultural and political level and in a general way, harms the religious and national sensitivity of the Muslims, their values, their ethics and their culture. Consequentially, this forms an obstacle to their openness to Christianity and to their possible evangelisation.”

  • Billy Graham: Mormonism No Cult (orthodoxyandheterodoxy.org)
    Sociologists of religion use cult to refer to a religious group that does not regard itself as exclusively true yet has negative relations with the surrounding society. Those two factors—exclusivity and societal relations—form the basis for sociological definition of religions into four kinds of groups: church (exclusive with good relations), denomination (inclusive with good relations), sect (exclusive with bad relations) and cult (inclusive with bad relations). Yet almost no one uses these terms in the way sociologists of religion use them.
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    I think what is really meant by cult in most modern Evangelical parlance is “bad/weird religious group.” And of course perhaps such a definition is right in its own way.
  • Grahams tighten Romney ties (newsobserver.com)
    The election-year embrace of Mitt Romney by some evangelical Christians now borders on a bear hug, given a series of moves by Billy Graham and his family that appear to say it’s OK to vote for a Mormon.
  • Billy Graham website admits scrubbing ‘Mormons’ from ‘cult’ list after endorsing Romney (rawstory.com)
    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association confirmed on Tuesday that it had removed all references to Mormonism as a “cult” from its website after their founder announced his support of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
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Breathing to teach

Posted on October 22, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Churchplanning, Faith, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Manners and Association, Meeting, Preaching, Witnessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Jesus has given us life-breath. He had only a little three years to go around in the area where he could come, around his habitat. Distances in his time took many hours to travel. Today we can be somewhere far away in a couple of minutes or just a few hours. What took days for the apostles to go somewhere, takes only a few hours today. but today we do hear more excuses than in Jesus time about having no time to teach others about the Kingdom of God or to have others to learn the Bible.

Travelling Master

To get others to know the Bible we do not have to go far. We even can do it from our home, today. We have marvellous tools which brings us very easily much further than the doorstep. Jehovah Witnesses for a long time took it for granted it was the best way to reach people by bothering them at any moment of the day, ringing the bell and talking to them at the doorstep. But it seems that they today, also have found the modern means of the computer and internet. On the internet they now seem to have opened up and present more literature to the general public. Which is nice, because they also have very good literature, which can bring many more people to God.

Kingdomhall in Essen

But, we should not let them do all the work, and let them get people in their Kingdom hall, while we have other thoughts of which we are sure they are also valuable for the people and leaving them more free. We should get others to know that there are other places of worship where honest God loving people can come together as a congregation.They may offer over there Theocratic Ministry School with a common global curriculum and nest to the weekly services with Watchtower-study they also may offer Pioneer Service School for full-time preachers, and the Kingdom Ministry School for elders and ministerial servants. The Kingdom Hall of the Jehovah Witnesses should be known as the only sort of kingdom hall the world offers good Bible teaching and worship to the One and Only God.

We should be more conscious that we also have a lot to offer to the unbelievers and those looking for the Truth. We Can offer the Truth, but than we may not stay in our little cocoon of our armchair at home. We should get off our ass and do something.

It is more than high time that more people would come out of their house and take up the task Jesus has given them.

Worldly and spiritual works

Jesus, in his three years of preaching, has spend a lot of breath, getting people to see the importance of getting to know his Father, Jehovah God. He also spend a lot of words on getting others to know the Gospel of the Good News, of the coming Kingdom of God. In his time he could find many people interested in him and gasping at his wonders, which he did in the name of his Father.

Interior of a Kingdom hall of Jehovah Witnesses, which could be identical as one of the meeting rooms of Christadelphians

All-right, it is true that our worldly works on their own shall not bring us far and it is not only by the works of the law that we shall be sanctified. Grace has come over us by the offer Jesus brought, but we should remember that without works our faith serves to nothing, because without works the faith is dead. We need the faith to be able to survive, and to be counted righteous we shall have to prove that we are worthy of the grace God has given to all.
Even if we would be Jewish by birth, not sinners from other ethnic backgrounds, we would  know that people are not declared to be righteous by obeying sectarian law , but by faith in Jeshua Messiah. All those who call themselves Christians should not only believed in Jeshua, whom they mostly call Jesus Christ. They should know that in order to be declared righteous by faith in the Messiah, and not by sectarian law they also should live accordingly to the Will and Law of God. Jesus has spoken about that many times and has given many parables of what could happen if we do not confirm to the Laws of God. Though no human being will be declared righteous by obeying sectarian law, if we, while trying to be declared righteous by the Messiah, have also been found to be sinners ourselves,  it does not mean that Jeshua Messiah is a of sin.

Words and Jesus living in us

Every Christian should take care to die to the Torah, so that he can live for YHVH/JHWH the Elohim Jehovah God. Sin in us should be crucified with the Messiah. From now on it is no longer us who live, but the Messiah who lives in us, and the mortal life we have lived before we became Christians may still be a live that can come onto an end in this world, but it should be a life full of hope by faith in God’s Son who loved us and gave himself for us. We do not disregard the compassion of Jehovah. Because if righteousness is attainable through sectarian law, then the Messiah died for nothing.

For as many as are of works of Torah are under the curse, for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all that has been written in the book of the Torah, to do them.” And that no one is declared right by Torah before Elohim is clear, for “The righteous shall live by belief.” And the Torah is not of belief, but “The man who does them shall live by them.” Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Torah, having become a curse for us – for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs upon a tree.”1 – Footnote: 1Dt. 21:23. in order that the blessing of Abmight come upon the nations in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, to receive the promise of the Spirit through belief.  (Galatians 3:10-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

And we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world come under judgment before Elohim. Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.1 Footnote: 1Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7. But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets, and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim, being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע {Jeshua}.  (Romans 3:19-26 The Scriptures 1998+)

“We, Yehudby nature, and not of the gentiles, sinners, knowing that a man is not declared right by works of Torah, but through belief in יהושע {Jeshua} Messiah, even we have believed in Messiah יהושע {Jeshua}, in order to be declared right by belief in Messiah and not by works of Torah, because by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right. “And if, while seeking to be declared right by Messiah, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Messiah then a servant of sin? Let it not be! “For if I rebuild what I once overthrew, I establish myself a transgressor. “For through Torah I died to Torah,1 in order to live to Elohim. Footnote: 1See Rom. 7. “I have been impaled with Messiah, and I no longer live, but Messiah lives in me.1 And that which I now live in the flesh I live by belief in the Son of Elohim, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Footnote: 1Rom. 8:10, 2 Cor. 6:16, 2 Cor. 13:5, Eph. 3:17, Col. 1:27, 1 John 4:4. “I do not set aside the favour of Elohim, for if righteousness is through Torah, then Messiah died for naught.”
(Galatians 2:15-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

Honouring the Names

We may not blaspheme the honourable name that we bear and that we can only do when we  fulfil the Torah of Jehovah, the God Most High. And to help us God has given His Word in the Holy Scriptures, for generations to bear and hear. Lots of Christians do seem to forget that it is written in the Holy Scriptures, the Bible which we consider the inspired and infallible Word of God, that whoever obeys the whole Torah, yet fails in one point is guilty of violating the whole Torah! Yes it sounds hard, and it is reality.

But it is also for that reason that Jesus has given his body and blood as an Offer-lamb to his Father, so that we may be purified by his blood. But his death at the stake does not give us the permission to live like we would like and to go on living a frivolous and sinful live. Having been baptised we are cleansed and received a new start. But we should live up to it. From our transformation and baptism onwards we should speak and act like people who are going to be judged by the Torah of liberty.

Faith and works

Faith Without Works is Dead.
What is the use, Friends, if a man says, “I have faith”, but he doesn’t have any works? Can his faith resurrect him to Life?

If you truly accomplish the sovereign law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbour as yourself,” you do well, but if you show partiality, you commit sin, being found guilty by the Torah as transgressors. For whoever shall guard all the Torah, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but you do murder, you have become a transgressor of Torah. So speak and so do as those who are to be judged by a Torah of freedom.1 Footnote: 1See 1:25, and John 8:32-36. For the judgment is without compassion to the one who has shown no compassion. And compassion boasts over judgment. My brothers, what use is it for anyone to say he has belief but does not have works? This belief is unable to save him.  (James 2:8-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

Many people when they saw Jesus recognized him and his apostles. So the people hurried there by land from all the surrounding cities, arriving ahead of them to be sure to have a place where they could be close to him and hear all what he had to tell. Wherever Jesus came he began to teach the people around him many things. He taught them many things by analogies.

And He began to teach again by the sea, and a large crowd was gathered to Him, so that He entered into a boat, to sit in the sea. And all the crowd was on the land facing the sea. And He taught them much in parables, …   (Mark 4:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And He went away from there and came to His own country, and His taught ones followed Him. And Sabbath having come, He began to teach in the congregation. And many who heard Him were astonished, saying, “Where did He get all this? And what wisdom is this which is given to Him, that such miracles are done through His hands?  (Mark 6:1-2 The Scriptures 1998+)

And having gone out, יהושע {Jeshua} saw a large crowd and was moved with compassion for them because they were like sheep not having a shepherd. And He began to teach them many matters.  (Mark 6:34 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus had learned everything from his Father. We also can learn a lot from this Father, because as Jesus read the Torah and knew it very well, we can read the Torah and further Holy Scriptures, study them, and try to understand them. Listening carefully to all the words in the Holy Scripture we shall be able to hear the Voice of God. The Bible writers worked for the Highest Author, the Elohim Hashem, whose name is Jehovah, the God of gods. Jesus is his son and showed us the way to follow. We also should try to hear everything what Jesus has to tell us. Christ his words are written down in the New Testament. that Bible Book is available in many languages, so we should not have any excuse that it would be in a language we could not try to understand.

Listening and opening up the mind

If we are willing to listen to Christ and God’s Words, we shall feel their breath over our lives. We shall feel that they want to be with us and if we are willing to open up our minds to what the Word of God is saying we shall hear more clearly what those words really meant in their time and what they mean in our time.

Hearing the call of Jesus to go out to preach so that the Word of God shall be know all over the world, we should be aware of this important task and take steps to do this, and not leaving it alone to the Jehovah Witnesses.
As they show the world their love  for the Word of God, all Christians should do that. In the love of Christ they will continue to grow with precise knowledge and spiritual insight, but they shall have to react according the knowledge they receive. By studying regularly the Word of God the Bible reader shall be able to recognize what is genuine, and be pure and blameless in the Day of the Messiah, being filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jeshua Messiah, to the splendor and praise of Jehovah.

Grace was said before the barbeque was served ...

Grace was said before the barbeque was served at the Pie Town, New Mexico Fair (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Heralding

Reading the Bible the reader should feel God’s Breath and be fulfilled by the Holy Spirit to become driven by the Good News and willing to share it by as many people as possible. Friends in the service of our Master should have courage to go out and to speak God’s Message fearlessly and bolder than ever.

Some actually herald out of envy and rivalry, but others do it out of good will and in the love of the Messiah, knowing that Jesus and his apostles have been appointed to defend the Good News. But those who herald the Messiah from motives of rivalry and selfish ambition are attempting to cause distress. But either way, whether by false or true motives, the Messiah is heralded and that is what Christians should bear on their heart.

We who would like to be honest Christians and go through life as Brothers and sisters in Christ, should love the work for the Lord and expect that no brother or sister will ever have anything to be ashamed of, but with resolute boldness will continue, now as always, to exalt the Messiah in our body, either by my our or by our death. Because for us, living should be for the Messiah, and if we die, we still  ‘win’.

“Go back to your house, and relate what Elohim has done for you.” And he went away proclaiming through all the city what  יהושע {Jeshua } did for him.  (Luke 8:39 The Scriptures 1998+)
For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes.  (1 Corinthians 11:26 The Scriptures 1998+)
And this I pray, that your love might extend more and more in knowledge and all discernment, for you to examine the matters that differ, in order to be sincere, and not stumbling, until the day of Messiah, being filled with the fruit of righteousness,1 through  יהושע {Jeshua } Messiah, to the esteem and praise of Elohim. Footnote: 1Mt. 3:8-10, Rom. 6:22, Rom. 14:17, 2 Cor. 9:10, Eph. 5:9, Gal. 5:22, Col. 1:10, Heb. 12:11, Jam. 3:18. And I wish you to know, brothers, that what has befallen me has turned out for the advancement of the Good News, so that it has become known to all the palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Messiah; and most of the brothers, trusting in the Master because of my chains, are much more bold to fearlessly speak the word. Some indeed proclaim Messiah even from envy and strife, but some also out of pleasure – the former announce Messiah from selfish ambition, not sincerely, thinking to add distress to my chains, but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defence of the Good News. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretence or in truth, Messiah is announced. And in this I rejoice, in fact, I shall rejoice. For I know that this shall turn out for my deliverance through your prayer and the supply of the Spirit of  יהושע {Jeshua } Messiah, according to my intense longing and anticipation that I shall not be ashamed at all, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Messiah shall be made great in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Messiah, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:9-21 The Scriptures 1998+)

No Postponing

Please do not wait until tomorrow. Do not postpone.

You can form a study group so that you are not alone and can develop long lasting Christian friendships. You can host Biblestudies on your blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. It is also not bad to write devotions on a blog, for another blog, or even write a ebook containing a collection of devotions. If you do not know where to place them or do not want to start your own blog, try sharing them on blogs from others so that the blog can become a bigger platform, where like minded people can meet and others can find more information and more impressions about the Word of God.

There are also various ways online to host a class or workshop.  For those who do work in the community already, it is only a small effort to share the preparation work with others on the net. But you also may consider of conducting a class to teach lessons just like Sunday School on the net. You can invite people to your virtual classroom and allow them to interact, give handouts, and even record your lesson.

Preaching all over the world

All those who call themselves Christian should try to do what Jesus did. They should try to get the message across through scriptures, testimonies, prayers, songs, video’s and so on.

Growing up in the love of Christ, you should feel his breath in and aspiring you. With growing years of Bible study knowledge you should be getting to know enough to be able to share, even if it was a minimum of knowledge. Those who have a gift of writing and/or teaching should use those gifts to enlighten and encourage others, around them, in their community, parish, village, town, at work on their blog or webpages.

So, do not hesitate and use your breath to proclaim Christ Jesus and show the world how it can become more peaceful, and how people who love God can find a better life in the future.

Christ and the Good News of the Gospel should be preached all over the world and then the end can come. We all should be witnesses unto Jesus, like the apostles had to be both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

“But you shall receive power when the Set-apart Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be My witnesses in Yerushalayim, and in all Yehudand Shomeron, and to the end of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8 The Scriptures 1998+)

“You know what word came to be throughout all Yehuḏah, beginning from Galil after the immersion which Yoḥanan proclaimed: how Elohim did anoint  יהושע {Jeshua } of Natsareth with the Set-apart Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for Elohim was with Him. “And we are witnesses of all He did, both in the country of the Yehudand in Yerushalayim, whom they even killed by hanging on a timber. “Elohim raised up this One on the third day, and let Him be seen, not to all the people, but to witnesses, those having been chosen before by Elohim – to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. “And He commanded us to proclaim to the people, and to witness that it is He who was appointed by Elohim to be Judge of the living and the dead. {1 Footnote: 1 See 17:31, John 5:29, Ps. 96:13, Ps. 98:9, Rev. 19:11. }“To this One all the prophets bear witness, that through His Name, everyone believing in Him does receive forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:37-43 The Scriptures 1998+)

“And he said, ‘The Elohim of our fathers has appointed you to know His desire, and to see the Righteous One, and to hear the voice from His mouth. ‘Because you shall be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. ‘And now, why do you delay? Rise up, be immersed, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of יהוה.’ (Acts 22:14-16 The Scriptures 1998+)

“But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.1 Footnote:1See 10:22. “And this Good News of the reign shall be proclaimed in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end shall come. (Matthew 24:13-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

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  2. The possibilities of faith: A Faith that can move mountains
  3. Fear of God reason to return to Holy Scriptures
  4. Slave for people and God
  5. Gods hope and our hope
  6. God’s salvation
  7. Hope for the future
  8. One mediator
  9. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  10. The Importance Of Scripture
  11. Incomplete without the mind of God
  12. Knowing rabboni
  13. My exegesis and hermeneutics
  14. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  15. Missional hermeneutics 2/5
  16. Nurturing a close relationship with God
  17. Our relationship with God, Jesus and each other
  18. Working of the hope
  19. Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
  20. Salvation, trust and action in Jesus #3 as a Christian
  21. Destination of the Righteous
  22. Christadelphian people

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  1. Getuigen van Jehovah, Data en Waarheid
  2. Getuige of Broeder

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    The gathering included references to scriptures that might lend comfort in a time of crisis, said a congregational elder, but wasn’t materially different from a regular service.It was Saturday that emotions ran high, when the congregation mourned for Heichel at an impromptu gathering at the hall. Jehovah’s Witnesses from Gresham, Portland, Sandy, and Washington met there, said Jim Vaughn, a family spokesman and one of nine elders who lead Heichel’s congregation.
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Loving the Word

Posted on October 3, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christadelphian | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today let us to consider a portion of Psalm 119,  to the section of verses 97 to 104.

The first verse in this section expresses the Psalmists love for the words of God:
“O how I love thy law! It is my meditation all the day.” (Psalm 119:1).

Characteristic of faithful

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

The loving of the law of God is a characteristic of the faithful, who search the Scriptures daily as circumstances allow, and this is by no means the only passage in the Psalms that expresses such a sentiment. The very first Psalm reads:
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of Yahweh; and in his law doth he meditate day and night”  (Psalm 1:1-2).

Notice the contrast here: rather than to conform to the ways of the ungodly, the righteous keeps himself separate – and the means by which he can achieve this, is to meditate in the law day and night. The Apostle cites this Psalm:
“I delight in the law of God after the inward man: but I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members” (Romans 7:22-23).

Love for the Word of God and Desire to follow it

The context is to do with an internal struggle between two principles: the love for the Word of God and the accompanying desire to follow it, and the natural inclination of the flesh, styled in this chapter as “sin that dwelleth in me”. There is enmity between the two, as Paul expresses it elsewhere: “the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these things are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would” (Galatians 5:17).

We are yet “without strength” (Romans 5:6) to save ourselves, and overcome this sin that doth so easily beset us – but through Christ we achieve the victory, and can rejoice with Paul: “I thank God through Jesus Christ  our Lord. So then,with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh, the law of sin” (Romans 7:25). That is to say, his mind was dominated with spiritual thoughts, and when he sinned it was not of his own will, but a consequence of the sinful nature possessed by all of Adam’s progeny.

The first Epistle of John describes the means by which we might control our sinful desires: “whosever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9). The mortal brethren in Christ do continue to sin: we do not have the strength to overcome our own flawed nature. But when they do, it is not the “inward man” that sins, but the old man of the flesh which raises its head from time to time, and which we seek to crucify daily. The seed of the word remains in our thinking, and influences our minds to become spiritual, that is, dominated by spiritual thoughts.

Meditation

In Psalm119, and Psalm1 (above), the Psalmist describes how out of love for the Law, he meditated upon it daily – in fact, all the day. It is a consistent principle of Scripture that we must continually attend to the Word, as opportunity arises:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy2:15).

English: Scroll of the Psalms

Combining the senses of these verses, we find that Christ’s brethren do not study the word out of compulsion, but of desire. We enjoy finding the hidden treasures of the Word, and delight in learning new things.

We might ask the question, how can we possibly meditate on the Word all the day long: we have other things which we must do; daily chores and work. The answer to the problem comes when we realize the meaning of the Hebrew word for “meditate”.
Literally, it means to “speak”: the Word speaks to us throughout the day. We seek to apply the principles of the Word in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. And as we conduct our daily business, we will find that verses of Scripture that we have committed to memory come to mind in particularly appropriate circumstances. We seek to follow those passages as a guide to how to conduct ourselves throughout the day. But if we do not study the word, it will not be dwelling in us, and we will lose the great strength and comfort that it can give.

Wisdom bringing Word

The Psalmist continues to describe the wisdom that the Word can give: “thou hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they are ever with me. I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation” (Psalm 119:98-99).

This is another delightful effect of a continual application to the testimonies of Scripture: it will give us a wisdom that greatly surpasses those who do not engage in regular Bible study. Jeremiah portrays Israel, and the wise men thereof, as spurning the revealed Word:

“how do you say we are wise, and the law of Yahweh is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain. The wise men are ashamed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of Yahweh; and what wisdom is in them?” (Jeremiah 8:8-9).

Here were the great men of the age – but yet they rejected and spurned the Word of God. Professing themselves to be wise, they become fools by comparison. The same is true today: great men of the clergy portray themselves as wise authorities of the Bible, whereas their wisdom is seen to be but folly when compared with the faith of the humblest of Christ’s brethren. So “it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where is the wise? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?” (1 Corinthians 1:19-20). The calling of God does not appeal to those who are wise in their own conceits: it is rather extended to those who would delight in, and embrace the Word of God, and the promises it contains. “ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble are called: but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27).

Christ’s brethren therefore, in whatever circumstances they find themselves in, possess a wisdom that is greater than those who would profess to be teachers, and greater still than their enemies.
In these things, we have as a preeminent example in Messiah himself. Being but 12 years of age, he was in the presence of the “doctors” of divinity of their day, “both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers: (Luke 2:47-48). At the tender age of 12, Christ’s wisdom was greater than the teachers in Jerusalem – teachers that soon became his foes.

To be implemented to avoid evil

Of course, it almost goes without saying that wisdom is something to be implemented.
It is the ‘doing’ part of knowledge: i.e.we act on and apply the knowledge of Scripture to the various circumstances of our lives. That is wisdom: the application of knowledge.

Verse 101 of our section of verses then, tells us the consequence of keeping wisdom:
“I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word” (Psalm 119:101).

There is a way that is evil, and which we must not walk along. Proverbs chapter 1 exhorts the student of the Word to avoid the path of the wicked: “My son, walk not thou in the way with them; refrain thy foot from their path…” (Proverbs 1:15). Again, Psalm 1, which we just looked at, speaks the same sentiments: “blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1).

Words

A broad and a narrow way

“The way of sinners”, AKA, the “evil way” of Psalm119 is something to be avoided at all costs. Messiah himself taught that there are essentially two ways traversed by all of mankind: a broad way, able to easily accommodate the multitudes, and a narrow way, whose entrance must be diligently sought for:
“Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there by which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).

The majority of mankind walk forward into destruction at the last, whereas Christ’s brethren walk a lonely path, with only a comparative “few” for company along the way – but theirs is the Way of Life. But how can it be so?

How can so many people have got it all wrong? Why should we suppose that we are in the right, considering that we are in the minority? The answer is in Proverbs 14:
“there is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).

This is the “broad way” – it seems to be right until scrutinized carefully in the light of Scripture, and being wide, it is able to accommodate all the things that ‘narrow minded’ brethren cannot accept. But it leads to no other destination, than death.

Going back to Psalm 119, verse 103 returns to the delightful aspect of the word: it is pleasant to partake of, comparative to sweet honey to the taste:
“How sweet are thy words unto my taste! Yea, sweeter far than honey to my mouth” (Psalm 119:103).
Psalm 19 speaks likewise:
“…the judgments of Yahweh are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold: sweeter also than honey, and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward” (Psalm 19:10-11).

More precious than gold itself, the judgments of Yahweh are greatly to be desired.
There is pleasure in partaking of it: we have often found that even just the reading of the Word can calm the mind, and lift it to a higher plane. Truly, it is sweet to the Bible Student.

Psalm 34 also speaks in this vein:
“O taste, and see that Yahweh is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Psalm34:8).

Making time

We must esteem the commandments of God as being of greater importance than our daily food, and “taste” them daily. For those who say they have no time for Bible Study: Do you find time to eat your food? Then why not the Spiritual food? Cut something out of your activities if necessary: turn the internet, radio, or television off, and read your Bible instead – the benefits will greatly outweigh the sacrifice.

This section of Psalm 119 ends with verse 104:
“through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way” (Psalm 119:104).

This aspect of hate is something that many of our generation do not understand. “God is love,” we are told, and we ought not hate others. Truly it is that “God is love,” but He is also a God of righteousness and judgment. He does not love those who corrupt His Word into another gospel, which is impotent to save. There is a time and place for all things: “a time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace” (Ecclesiastic 3:8). Indeed, Proverbs defines the fear of Yahweh for us: “the fear of Yahweh is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the frowardmouth, do I hate” (Proverbs 8:13).

Beholding love and hate

As we come to focus our attention on the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, we behold both love and hate. Hatred of sin, but love extending to those who repent, and seek first the kingdom of God in their lives. In the death of our Master, we receive love and forgiveness, and in his resurrection, we have a hope of an endless life with him.
The commandments of God are able to make us wise unto salvation, and a love for them indicates a mind which is healthy in spiritual things.

The 1st Epistle of John has as it’s main theme, the aspect of love. Chapter two indicates those things that we ought not love:
“love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1 John 2:15-17).

If we love the things of the spirit of God, we will inevitably hate those things that belong to the world. But our hope is not negative, focusing on those hateful things of the flesh, but positive, focusing on the forgiveness of God through the shed blood of His son. Here is the exhortation: if we love the Word, we will love those who follow that Word.

“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him…” (1 John. 4:7-9).

Token of Love

As we come to the emblems of bread and wine, we behold tokens of love, which speak to us of the sacrifice of our absent Master, and the certain hope that he will surely come at the time appointed by the Father. But the love which we behold, and seek to reciprocate is not a passive emotion, but something which finds its outworking in a practical reality: the crucifixion of the flesh. Even as Christ loved us,we ought to love one another, and help each other along the way. Here is the example of true love: the laying down of life for one’s friends (John 15:30). Even as Christ laid down his life for his brethren, we ought lay down our lives in service to each other, and to Him, seeing to reciprocate that love shown to us. And then, being amongst that band of men who love the appearing of Christ, we shall be given entry into the kingdom to come, to live and reign with Messiah throughout the ages to come.

Christopher Maddocks

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  2. The Importance Of Scripture
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  7. Another way looking at a language #1 New Year, Books and Words
  8. Another way looking at a language #2 Meanings
  9. Another way looking at a language #4 Ancient times
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  12. Pluralis Majestatis in the Holy Scriptures
  13. The Bible and names in it
  14. Position of the Bible researcher
  15. Listening and Praying to the Father
  16. Written to recognise the Promissed One
  17. Holiness and expression of worship coming from inside
  18. Only worhsip the Creator of all things
  19. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God
  20. Leaving the Old World to find better pastures
  21. יהוה , YHWH and Love: Four-letter words
  22. Self inflicted misery #8 Pruning to strengthen us
  23. Self inflicted misery #9 Subject to worldly things
  24. Worship and worshipping

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The agony of true worship (pastorayres.wordpress.com)
We must find a way to understand the difference between idol worship in the name of God and true worship.2 Corinthians 12:99And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
All throughout scripture we find that worship involves a great cost and sacrifice.

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  • Psalm 5 (asorensen.wordpress.com)
    Psalm 5 has the psalmist seeking God’s ear.  “Give ear to my words…consider my groaning”.  Do you come to God with passion, or just as an after thought?  The psalmist continues “Give attention to the sound of my cry….for to you do I pray”.  He lets us know that he seeks God in the morning, it is how he prepares for his day.  It is a good habit to build – that we start our day on our face before God.
  • What do we Teach our Children? (livingontilt.wordpress.com)
    Jesus may have been thinking about the beauty and nourishment of God’s teachings. He may also have been thinking of all the issues he had to argue with Pharisees who twisted the law to suit themselves. Or perhaps he was simply reveling in the beauty of the psalmist’s meditation on God’s teaching for the good of people
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    The Psalmist’s view of God’s law, or Torah, is very different than the impression secular thinkers express.
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Fixing our attention

Posted on September 29, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , |

“so long as we do not fix our attention on the visible things, but rather on the invisible things. For the visible things are temporary, but the invisible things are ageless.” (2Co 4:18 MHM)

“Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.” (Ps 85:11 AV)

Dutch version: Nederlands > Het oog gericht houden
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Condemnation of the World and Illustration of Justification

Posted on September 25, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, World | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Are we better off?

In the world we may find atheists, believers in all sorts of gods, and believers of all sorts of denominations in the one they call the Only One God.

Are those who think they believe in Jesus to be God, or those who think Jehovah being God the only righteous? They should know better, because according to the Gospel of the Apostles there is no one righteous, not even one, there is no one who understands, there is no one who seeks God. All have turned away, together they have become worthless; there is no one who shows kindness, not even one.

Ruin and misery are in the paths of this contemporary world. A world where we can see that there is no fear of God.

Some may think the world is going ‘berserk’ because the Judeo-Christian world is not taken serious, as being the only civilisation able to bring forth inventions ans wealth. But they should be aware that God allowed all people to leave on this earth, and that many of them, also those who do not believe, are able to do good works, and able to think and handle the right way, because all men are created in the likeness of God.

Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world may be held accountable to God. For no one is declared righteous before Him  by the works of the law,  for through the law comes  the knowledge of sin. And that should make us think more. Being aware what evil really  is. Believing in Christ or God does not make us a more important person than somebody who does not believe at all, or does believe something different than us. For there is no distinction, for all have sinnedand fall short of the glory of God.

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English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But the good thing about accepting Christ and believing in all the works he and his Father did is that we can become justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.

Those who accepted Christ as their Saviour and are willing to read the Holy Scriptures, learning from them, may be blessed when they make work of it to live according those Words of God. Though we shall not be able to be without sin, our sins can be forgiven, when do have regret of what we did wrong and when we also can forgive those who sinned against us. Many their lawless deeds are forgiven, and many their sins are covered; blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count  sin.

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Romans 3:1-4:25 The Scriptures 1998+

(1)  What then is the advantage of the Yehudor what is the value of the circumcision?
(2)  Much in every way! Because firstly indeed, that they were entrusted with the Words of Elohim.1 Footnote: 1See 2:20.

(3)  For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief nullify the trustworthiness of Elohim?
(4)  Let it not be! But let Elohim be true, and every man a liar, as it has been written, “That You should be declared right in Your words, and prevail in Your judging.”

(5)  But if our unrighteousness establishes the righteousness of Elohim, what shall we say? Is Elohim unrighteous who is inflicting wrath? I speak as a man.
(6)  Let it not be! Otherwise how shall Elohim judge the world?

(7)  For if the truth of Elohim has increased through my lie, to His esteem, why am I also still judged as a sinner?
(8)  And why not say, “Let us do evil so that the good might come”? – as we are wrongly accused and as some claim that we say. Their judgment is in the right.
(9)  What then? Are we better than they? Not at all, for we have previously accused both Yehudand Greeks that they are all under sin.

(10)  As it has been written, “There is none righteous, no, not one!
(11)  “There is no one who is understanding, there is none who is seeking Elohim.
(12)  “They all have turned aside, they have together become worthless. There is none who does good, no, not one.”
(13)  “Their throat is an open tomb, with their tongues they have deceived,” “The poison of adders is under their lips,”
(14)  “Whose mouth is filled with cursing and bitterness.”
(15)  “Their feet are swift to shed blood,
(16)  ruin and wretchedness are in their ways,
(17)  and the way of peace they have not known.”

(18)  “There is no fear of Elohim before their eyes.”

(19)  And we know that whatever the Torah says, it says to those who are in the Torah, so that every mouth might be stopped, and all the world come under judgment before Elohim.
(20)  Therefore by works of Torah no flesh shall be declared right before Him, for by the Torah is the knowledge of sin.1 Footnote: 1Ex. 20:20, Rom. 4:15, Rom. 7:7.

(21)  But now, apart from the Torah, a righteousness of Elohim has been revealed, being witnessed by the Torah and the Prophets,
(22)  and the righteousness of Elohim is through belief in יהושע Messiah to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference,
(23)  for all have sinned and fall short of the esteem of Elohim,
(24)  being declared right, without paying, by His favour through the redemption which is in Messiah יהושע ,
(25)  whom Elohim set forth as an atonement, through belief in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His tolerance Elohim had passed over the sins that had taken place before,
(26)  to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He is righteous and declares righteous the one who has belief in יהושע .
(27)  Where, then, is the boasting? It is shut out. By what Torah? Of works? No, but by the Torah of belief.
(28)  For we reckon that a man is declared right by belief without works of Torah.
(29)  Or is He the Elohim of the Yehudonly, and not also of the gentiles? Yea, of the gentiles also,
(30)  since it is one Elohim who shall declare right the circumcised by belief and the uncircumcised through belief.

(31)  Do we then nullify the Torah through the belief? Let it not be! On the contrary, we establish the Torah.1 Footnote: 1See 7:12.

(1)  What, then, shall we say Abour father, to have found, according to the flesh?
(2)  For if Abwas declared right by works, he has ground for boasting, but not before Elohim.
(3)  For what does the Scripture say? “Abbelieved Elohim, and it was reckoned to him for righteousness.”1 Footnote: 1Gen. 15:6, Gen. 17:1 and 26:5.
(4)  And to him who is working, the reward is not reckoned as a favour but as a debt.
(5)  And to him who is not working but believes on Him who is declaring right the wicked, his belief is reckoned for righteousness,
(6)  even as Dawidalso says of the blessedness of the man to whom Elohim reckons righteousness without works:
(7)  “Blessed are those whose lawlessnesses are forgiven, and whose sins are covered,
(8)  blessed is the man to whom יהוה shall by no means reckon sin.”
(9)  Is this blessing then upon the circumcised only, or also upon the uncircumcised? For we affirm: Belief was reckoned unto Abfor righteousness.
(10)  How then was it reckoned? Being in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncircumcision.
(11)  And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the belief while in uncircumcision, for him to be a father of all those believing through uncircumcision, for righteousness to be reckoned to them also,
(12)  and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the belief which our father Abhad in uncircumcision.
(13)  For the promise that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abor to his seed through the Torah, but through a righteousness of belief.

(14)  For if those who are of the Torah are heirs, belief has been made useless, and the promise has been nullified,
(15)  for the Torah works out wrath, for where there is no Torah there is no transgression.

(16)  On account of this it is of belief, that it be according to favour, for the promise to be made certain to all the seed, not only to those who are of the Torah, but also to those who are of the belief of Abwho is father of us all –
(17)  as it has been written, “I have made you a father of many nations” – in the presence of Him whom he believed, even Elohim, who gives life to the dead and calls that which does not exist as existing,
(18)  who against all expectation did believe, in expectation, so that he should become father of many nations, according to what was said, “So shall your seed be.”

(19)  And not having grown weak in belief, he did not consider his own body, already dead, being about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb,
(20)  he did not hesitate about the promise of Elohim through unbelief, but was strengthened in belief, giving esteem to Elohim,
(21)  and being completely persuaded that what He had promised He was also able to do.

(22)  Therefore also “it was reckoned to him for righteousness.”
(23)  And not because of him alone was it written that it was reckoned to him,
(24)  but also because of us, to whom it shall be reckoned, to us who believe in Him who raised up יהושע our Master from the dead,
(25)  who was delivered up because of our trespasses, and was raised for us to be declared right.

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Only worhsip the Creator of all things

Posted on August 13, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , |

 

10 And I felled down before his feet, to worship him. And he said to me, See thou, that thou do not; I am a servant with thee [And I fell down before his feet, for to worship him. And he said to me, See, that thou do not; I am thine even-servant], and of thy brethren, having the witnessing of Jesus; worship thou God. For the witnessing of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
- Revelation of John 19:10 Wycliffe translation

10Then I fell prostrate at his feet to worship (to pay divine honors) to him, but he [restrained me] and said, Refrain! [You must not do that!] I am [only] another servant with you and your brethren who have [accepted and hold] the testimony borne by Jesus. Worship God! For the substance (essence) of the truth revealed by Jesus is the spirit of all prophecy [the vital breath, the inspiration of all inspired preaching and interpretation of the divine will and purpose, including both mine and yours].
- Revelation of John 19:10 Amplified version

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Prophets making excuses

Posted on July 15, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Holy Scriptures, Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In reply to the nice article by T.V. Antony Raj: “The Archangel Gabriel” on “Impressions ~ of what comes to my mind.” I wanted to react and place this reaction also on our ecclesia site, because we encounter many Christians who do not understand Muslims and many Muslims who think that all Christians adhere a Three-Godhead and ignore the writings of so many prophets like Enoch (Idr~is) who prophesied that Godwould “execute judgement against all, and would convict all the ungodly” (Jude 14:15).

Mestia Museum. Archangel Gabriel. 12th c.

Detail of a 12th Century medieval icon featuring Archangel Gabriel. Mestia Museum, Georgia

“And Ḥanoḵ, the seventh from Adam, also prophesied of these, saying, “See, יהוהcomes with His myriads of set-apart ones, to execute judgement on all, to punish all who are wicked among them concerning all their wicked works which they have committed in a wicked way, and concerning all the harsh words which wicked sinners have spoken against Him.” ” (Jude 1:14-15 The Scriptures 1998+)

God brings knowledge. Jehovah God is the “Unfathomable Knowledge” who is willing to who shed the light in the night of this world at night time and day time. Human reason fails to comprehend Him and to get all the knowledge. God is and will be forever there above and beyond all people. We have given Him different names in this line of thought to suit our convenience. We have tried to bring out His attributes in different pictures. We have projected Him in different ways. (There are many a Form and simply Formless.) All this is just to make Him easily understood. But He remains at one with that Knowledge.

But many forget that He is willing to share some of His knowledge and is willing to guide all humankind. But to be able to do so those men and women should give Him their ear.

The son of man Daniel also saw an other son of man, but whom was send in a special way and could do incredible things. This Son of Man Daniel saw was a vision of Messiah‘s kingdom, superseding the bestial kingdoms of the world. Daniel predicted that men shall see “the Son of man coming in the clouds with power and great glory.” And when standing before Caiaphas he thus addressed his judges, “I say unto you, hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting at the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Of this, then, there is no doubt, that the name was to Jesus a Messianic name. He would never have used it had he not wished to intimate that he was the promised Messiah of the Jews. And so it tells us, who want to listen, that here is Christ indeed; the Man in whom all humanity is centred, yet the Man who knew that he was more than man, the Fellow of the everlasting God.

The Christian, as a disciple of the Lord, as a pupil in the school of Christ, is being fitted for a place in the Millennial kingdom — for a share in its glory, honour and immortality….Hence, we see the necessity for the frequent admonitions of the Scriptures, that the Lord’s people shall be awake;–not of those who slumber; not of those who are idle; not of those who are overcharged with the cares of this life; but that they be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. Their service toward the Lord is primarily the bringing of themselves into as close harmony with the Lord’s will, and into as close likeness to the divine pattern as possible; and secondly, it is that by precept and example they may help others of the called ones in the same narrow way.

“For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. So, then, we should not sleep, as others do, but we should watch and be sober. ” (1 Thessalonians 5:5-6 The Scriptures 1998+)

Though prophets are just “Son of man” (like Ezekiel)  God reminded them of their position in this world, where they also would have to face death, but could live on in the memory of many others as a servant of God. Those prophets had the function to warn the people and to bring them back to the Elohim, Hashem, Allah, the only One God.

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The Prophet Mohammed (figure without face) on Mount Hira. Ottoman miniature painting from the Siyer-i Nebi, kept at the Topkapı Sarayı Müzesi, Istanbul (Hazine 1222, folio 158b)

Muhammad as other prophets reacted like many of us when they hear a voice from somewhere,  but do not see anybody.
Though very devoted and spending time at the cave in Mount Hira, fasting, praying, thinking, and trying to find answers to the meaning of life. He forgot that Allah always give answers to those who honestly call onto Him. But God never shows Himself because when we would see God we would die. (Exodus 33:20)

Exodus 33:20  Jehovah, the Elohim God/Allah continued, “But you may not see my face. No one can see me and live.”

Jehovah God is the only one who can give us full insight. As worshippers of God we should know as the prophet  that there is no one besides Allah that could bring us the night in which we take rest, but also find comfort and insight.
Koran 28:71  Say: See ye? If Allah were to make the night perpetual over you to the Day of Judgement, what god is there other than Allah, who can give you enlightenment? Will ye not then hearken?

As it took some time for the great prophet to understand what God was willing to bring over to him, we cannot take such time any more. god has provided enough prophets for us to see and come to understanding.

Sometimes God tests people to see if they want to go according to the Will of God and really do want to follow Gods Commandments.

Exodus 16:4  Jehovah said to Moses, “I’m going to rain bread down from the skies for you. The people will go out and gather each day’s ration. I’m going to test them to see if they’ll live according to my Teaching or not.

The same as when the Archangel Gabriel (Jibrāʾīl) appeared before Muhammad and asked him to read we also answer ‘I can’t”  when we got a reply in our dreams. How are we then going to come out of darkness, if we dare not to do what is told us to do, but keep thinking we can not. It is a matter of trusting God.

Too many are afraid of Allah to listen to His guidance. He has provided the world with so many prophets to tell the world what to do, how to behave and to what to look forward.

While not violating his own Law, Allah took action to save mankind with sending the prophet in the line of David (Dãwud). God had sent the angel Gabriel (Jibrã’il) to a virgin, who did listen to the news that could bring her death by stoning, because she became with child not being married. But she accepted her sending and brought forth Jesus Christ, Jeshua (‘Isã) (Ãl’Imrãn 3:45; Al-Anbiyã’ 21:91)

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The Christ Child and the Infant John the Baptist with a Lamb (1507 – 1532 ) – Bernardino Luini

This Jesus (Esa/Iessou) Jeshua was the only man who could stay without sin and therefore he could be the best sign for mankind and mercy came from him when this man wanted to give his body for a ransom for all. (Maryam 19:19,21) He could become the Lamb who took away the sins of the world. He came with a sign from the Most High, his Father in heaven whom we do have to fear.

“The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29 NIV)
“God made him who had no sin to be sin {Or be a sin offering} for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV)

“The fear of יהוה is the beginning of wisdom, All those doing them have a good understanding. His praise is standing forever. ” (Psalms 111:10 The Scriptures 1998+)
“Let those who fear יהוה  now say, “His kindness is everlasting.” I called on Yah in distress; Yah answered me in a broad place. יהוה  is on my side; I do not fear what man does to me! יהוה is for me among those helping me; Therefore I look on those hating me. It is better to take refuge in יהוה  Than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in יהוה  Than to trust in princes. ” (Psalms 118:4-9 The Scriptures 1998+)
““And whatever is concealed shall be revealed, and whatever is hidden shall be known. “So, whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms shall be proclaimed on the house-tops. “But I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body, and after that are unable to do any more. “But I shall show you whom you should fear: Fear the One who, after killing, possesses authority to cast into Gehenna. Yea, I say to you, fear Him! ” (Luke 12:2-5 The Scriptures 1998+)

When Jesus lived many could hear him talk and hear him explain the Word of God, but wanting to understand his talking was an other matter. Only a few years after his death an other prophet had to set things right again, because so much had gone wrong again.

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Close-up of a medieval-era drawing showing Mohammed preaching, along with a Christian-style halo.

Many of us do want to come up with the same foible answer as the prophet Muhammad. Many of us also do want to say they can not read the Word of God or not understand it.
First off all we do have to want to read it and secondly we do have to put our mind open and be willing to read it and willing to set our mind open to the God of heaven and earth, Allah, who has a divine name which is found more than 7 000 times in the Holy Scriptures.

Do you still want to say I can not hear God? Do you not want to see the many prophets God had sent us?

If you are really loving Allah, you can not ignore His prophets and should listen to them. God has given them a voice to explain Scriptures to us. Even when they originally could not write or read and dictated that what God brought unto them, we can not ignore their voices.

Many hear, but do not take the words in their heart. they hear but do not listen. In such case they shall never be able to see.

When are people going to listen? When are people to read the words of the prophets who God gave the world to listen to and to give an aid to come closer to God?

By whom do you need to be squeezed? How many times do you need to squeezed before you will not persist any more that you “cannot do this or that, or are not able to understand” like the prophet Muhammad repeatedly resisted?

Therefore we also should read with the name of our Most High Lord of lords who created, man out of dust to which he shall return.

“1  Iqraa, or Read! or Proclaim! or Alaq, or The Clot of Congealed Blood. In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. Proclaim! or Read! in the name of thy Lord and Cherisher, Who created —  2  Created man, out of a mere clot of congealed blood: 3  Proclaim! And thy Lord is Most Bountiful, —  4  He Who taught the use of the Pen, —  5  Taught man that which he knew not.”  (Qur’an 96:1-5)

Also the great prophet Muhammad advised his people to turn back to God’s ancient books in order to obtain the answers. (see Yunus 10:94; Al-Nahl 16:43; Al-Anbiyã 21:7) These tell us that Asaph the son of Berechiah was the one who by inspiration wrote Psalm 83. (1 Chronicles 15:17; Psalm 83, superscription) Verse 18 of this Psalm says ““That they may know that {1} thou alone, whose name is Jehovah, Art the Most High over all the earth. {1) Or [thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art etc]}” (Psalms 83:18 ASV)

We thereby see that the greatest name of Allah is “Jehovah”.

Do you want to believe He is willing to guide you by the Words He has given to be written down in the Holy Scriptures?

Are you willing to accept His kindness, goodness and mercifulness and be sure that He also wants to guide you? That He is prepared to protect ordinary people, and when I was helpless, you is willing to save you as so many others?

Our are you going to keep repeating that you need to worry because you  can’t trust anyone!”

“What shall I return to יהוה All His bounties are upon me. I lift up the cup of deliverance, And call upon the Name of יהוה . I pay my vows to יהוה Now in the presence of all His people. ” (Psalms 116:12-14 The Scriptures 1998+)

God is not a God who misleads those who want to follow and honour Him.

” If anyone contends with the Apostle even after guidance has been plainly conveyed to him, and follows a path other than that becoming to men of Faith, we shall leave him in the path he has chosen, and land him in Hell,  — hat an evil refuge!” (Koran 4:115)

“”Of no profit will be my counsel to you, much as I desire to give you good counsel, if it be that Allah willeth to leave you astray: He is your Lord! And to Him will ye return!”” (Koran 4:34) was clearly said to those who were gone away from God.  they who had disputed with believers and multiplied disputation with them.  If they are of the truthful ones God would not mind to give them counsel and guide them. Allah only will bring it to you them He is pleased, and the people do not want to  escape from Him.

”  “I tell you not that with me are the treasures of Allah, nor do I know what is hidden, nor claim I to be an angel. Nor yet do I say, of those whom your eyes do despise that Allah will not grant them all that is good: Allah knoweth best what is in their souls: I should, if I did, indeed be a wrong-doer.” They said: “O Noah! thou hast disputed with us, and much hast thou prolonged the dispute with us: now bring upon us what thou threatenest us with, if thou speakest the truth!?” He said: “Truly, Allah will bring it on you if He wills,- and then, ye will not be able to frustrate it!  “Of no profit will be my counsel to you, much as I desire to give you good counsel, if it be that Allah willeth to leave you astray: He is your Lord! and to Him will ye return!”  Or do they say, “He has forged it”? Say: “If I had forged it, on me were my sin! and I am free of the sins of which ye are guilty!  It was revealed to Noah: “None of thy people will believe except those who have believed already! So grieve no longer over their evil deeds.  “But construct an Ark under Our eyes and Our inspiration, and address Me no further on behalf of those who are in sin: for they are about to be overwhelmed in the Flood.”  Forthwith he starts constructing the Ark: Every time that the chiefs of his people passed by him, they threw ridicule on him. He said: “If ye ridicule us now, we in our turn can look down on you with ridicule likewise!  “But soon will ye know who it is on whom will descend a penalty that will cover them with shame,- on whom will be unloosed a penalty lasting”” (Qur’an 31-39)

For God it is clear that from the Garden of Eden He has given His Word to the man and woman. Men got the freedom to choose which way to go. God does not want to interupt with their choices and ongoings, except in a few cases where it became to bad and to dangerous for His people. God will leave people on the path they have chosen by stubbornly rejecting the Truth. And therefore it would be a totally wrong accusation to point a finger to the Creator. For God it is the free choice of people to either follow Him or to thrown Him out of the way (aghwaytanee). But people should be aware of the consequences of their choice.

” He said: Now, because Thou hast sent me astray, verily I shall lurk in ambush for them on Thy Right Path.” (Qur’an 7:16)

We do have to to restrain our anxieties, perhaps we may tremble, as in an affair of doubt, but when we give our hands in the hand of God He will be with us, though many others may be against us.  If what we have in this world increase under our hands, we must take notice of it with thankfulness, to the glory of God, and own that therein he has dealt graciously with us, better than we deserve.  It is he that gives power to get wealth, and it is one way of Him to encourage us to continue the path laid in front of us by the Word of God: the Bible. It is a way to give effect to the agreement which He made by His oath with our fathers, as at this day.

““Be on guard, lest you forget יהוה  your Elohim by not guarding His commands, and His right-rulings, and His laws which I command you today, lest you eat and shall be satisfied, and build lovely houses and shall dwell in them, and your herds and your flocks increase, and your silver and your gold are increased, and all that you have is increased, that your heart then becomes lifted up, and you forget יהוה your Elohim who brought you out of the land of Mitsrayim, from the house of bondage, who led you through that great and awesome wilderness – fiery serpents and scorpions and thirst – where there was no water, who brought water for you out of the flinty rock, who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, in order to humble you and to try you, to do you good in the end, you then shall say in your heart, ‘My power and the strength of my hand have made for me this wealth!’ “But you shall remember יהוה your Elohim, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, in order to establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is today. “And it shall be, if you by any means forget יהוה  your Elohim, and follow other mighty ones, and serve them and bow yourself to them, I have warned you this day that you shall certainly perish. ” (Deuteronomy 8:11-19 The Scriptures 1998+)

So in case there are people who want to continue their own way, they should not come to complain before God that they perish and land up in the grave (Sheol = Hell = the sepulchre or grave)

You can imagine that even when messengers from God came to warn people and where questioned by them, or did not believe what they heard, how difficult might it be then for us ordinary people, who do not have a living prophet with us today and no direct recognisable signs from God?

But that may not be a reason to have an excuse, like Jonah and others did.
Do you want to have the ear to hear and the heart to appreciate and accept it?

The Only One God Allah, the Elohim Hashem who gave His name to be known, Jehovah grants guidance to all by making the Truth and Falsehood clear through His signs, by His Words given in the Holy Scriptures and with signs within our own selves and the phenomenon around and through the Holy Prophets and everyone is free to follow it.

To hear Gods voice in our selves we do have to be prepared to open ourselves to Him and His Word.

When we pray to God, we also should want to hear answers to our prayers. If we do not open our mind to hear the Voice of God, we shall never receive answers.

In the hope we shall be able to find many who would like to hear answers.
Yours, kindly in the love of God,

Marcus Ampe

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Preceding article: Not making a runner
Preceding Dutch article / Vervolgend op het Nederlandse artikel: Geen Wegvluchter

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Read also:

  1. Feed Your Faith Daily
  2. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  3. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
  4. A listening ear
  5. Does God hear prayer?
  6. Does God answer prayer?
  7. Prayer, important aspect in our life
  8. A Living Faith #7 Prayer
  9. Get up in the morning and pray for the Lord’s blessings
  10. Choices
  11. Good to make sure that you haven’t lost the things money can’t buy
  12. If you think you’re too small to be effective
  13. Prayer has comforted us in sorrow
  14. Begin by carrying away small stones to remove a mountain
  15. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  16. Preventing us from going window-shopping in prayer
  17. If you do pray you shall not be disappointed
  18. Sometimes we pray and pray and it seems like nothing happens.
  19. Forgiveness – Releasing God’s Presence in Prayer

In Dutch:

  1. Bijbellezen eigen te leren zaak
  2. Lezen wat er staat geschreven
  3. Gedisciplineerd de Bijbel lezen
  4. Kijken en zien van wat er geschreven staat
  5. Lezen in het Boek der Boeken
  6. Oproep tot een spirituele en theologische benadering van de Bijbel
  7. Waarom niet luisteren?
  8. De Weg, groepering van volgelingen van Christus
  9. De Bijbel & Bidden
  10. Als deelgenoten komt Jehovah ons ten goede
  11. Sta op in de ochtend en bidt voor de zegen van de Heer
  12. Christelijk gebed eerst en vooral een beluisteren
  13. Kracht van het gebed
  14. Gebedsverhoring niet door verlanglijstje
  15. Gebed Werkt
  16. Woede & Gebed
  17. Als je denkt dat je te klein bent om effectief te zijn
  18. Leren bidden
  19. Gebed belangrijk aspect in ons leven
  20. Gebed zou een basis respons moeten zijn naar de weldaden van de Heer
  21. Gebed om zegeningen #1B waarschuwing
  22. Behalve door bidden en vasten
  23. 86 400 seconden in een dag

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  • The End – March 25, 2012 – John 12: 27 – 36 (prissiesissie.wordpress.com)
    To still his troubled soul, God speaks from Heaven.  Jesus had asked to glorify God and God audibly responds.  This is the only time in the Gospel of John that it is written God spoke.  God grants Jesus’ request to glorify Him.  God had done it once, at Jesus’ birth, and will do it again, at His death.
  • who do you say that I am? (hebendsdown.wordpress.com)
    “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” The disciples returned a list of three possibilities. In the modern age, time and vivid imaginations have served to expand our view of Christ:
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    All I have to do is pay attention.
  • Truth and error in J. Marcellus Kik’s preterism (creationconcept.wordpress.com)
    Zechariah described a day that would be “neither light nor dark,” where light means the spiritual enlightenment in the church; there is error mixed with truth, in the teachings of leading scholars.
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    New understanding of the Old Testament scriptures was given to the apostles.
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    Order is associated in Hebrew with the Word and Light.  Both are pointing to the Torah, who was made flesh.
  • The Archangel Gabriel (tvaraj.wordpress.com)
    The Hebrew words for ‘light’ and ‘word’ are also similar in that they have the same meaning of order.
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    Our call is to walk wisely and circumspectly.  We are called to expose the evils of the wicked but not get consumed in them.  The warfare that traces back to the beginning has always been an ‘infowars (click here)‘ for  the hearts of men.  Whether man will choose the Tree of Life or the Tree of knowledge.  Blessing or cursing.
  • The Watchman On The Wall (manoahswife.wordpress.com)
    “Yet the children of your people say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ But it is their way which is not fair! When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it. Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ O house of Israel, I will judge every one of you according to his own ways.”
  • Jesus: False Prophet? (anatheistviewpoint.wordpress.com)
    And he said to them, “I tell you the truth, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God come with power.” (Mark 9:1)
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    People are claiming to be messiah, and their followers are being tattooed with the numbers 666, stating that this number is a positive symbol of their group’s messianic leader.

    The Bible is clear that Jesus Christ is the ONLY Messiah.  He is the ONLY One that can save people from their sins.
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    Jesus will come again, the Bible makes that clear; and when He does, the whole earth will see Him.  The Messiah will not be some person that only a small group of people know about.  The whole world will know when He arrives.

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    The title Son of Man appears in the New Testament four times outside of the Gospels. It is used for our Savior unambiguously in three places (Acts 7:56; Rev. 1:13; 14:14), but whether Hebrews 2:6 intends it as a title for Jesus is debatable. Since it is Jesus’ favorite title for Himself, it seems strange that it is not found more often in the apostolic writings. Maybe the original audiences of the epistles did not know the title’s meaning as well as the Gospels’ first readers.
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    each Christian sect seems to focus on one and ignore the others. Diseases are assumed to be demons and “rebuked” without discernment or effect. Demons are assumed to be sickness, and “treatment” is attempted. God’s discipline is attributed to Satan, and made light of. The obvious promptings of the flesh are assumed to be the spirit, or even of the soul. The soul is confused with the flesh and spirit. A mere matter of terminology, right? With such faulty diagnosis, we attempt “ministry”, to no effect, and often to great harm. Is this ministry? Is this us?
  • What are you doing in the dark? (shilohrestoration.org)
    In Ezekiel chapter 8, we find a very strange account of the prophet being caught up in the Spirit and seeing a vision. The first thing I notice about this chapter is where it starts. In verse 1 it says, “I sat in my house, with the elders of Judah sitting before me.” This is important because chapters 8-11 are about the elders of Judah.
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    Ezekiel was looking into a secret place. The abominations being committed by the elders were done in secret. They were in the temple, but in a secret place where no one would see them.
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    If anything did not agree with the word of God, the *church refused it. The *church at Ephesus believed that the word of God is the truth. The *church at Ephesus refused those who proved to be false.
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    There was a group of people called the Nicolaitans. We do not know much about this group. But they did things that were not right for the Christians. They ate the food that people gave to false gods. And their ideas about sex were not what Christians should believe.
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  • Commemoration of Isaiah (brvanlanen.wordpress.com)
    Isaiah son of Amoz is considered to be the greatest of the writing prophets and is quoted in the New Testament more than any other Old Testament prophet.
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    He was also a comforting proclaimer of the Gospel, repeatedly emphasizing the Lord’s grace and forgiveness. For this he is sometimes called the “Evangelist of the Old Testament.”
  • The Error of the Wicked (truthinscripture.com)
    There is an error, called the error of the wicked spoken of in our Bibles that we had best understand.  We need to know what this error is and the consequences of living a life believing in this error.  Many sheep have been led astray by the error of the wicked.  This is one way people fall away from the living God and end up right back wallowing in the mud immersed into and practicing sin.
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    The vast majority of organized Christianity has long ago departed from sound doctrine and has replaced truth with doctrines of demons.
  • Jesus A.s denied in bible ! Jesus a.s is Not God ! (islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com)
    Throughout the NT of the Bible, Jesus (pbuh) referred to himself as “son of man” (human being). He never possessed the knowledge, nor any Divine ability that of GOD. Jesus (pbuh) was never self-sufficient or all-knowledgeable and most importantly he prayed to GOD, so this is enough to say that he wasn’t God nor did God come down to earth to be Jesus.
  • The Night of Al-Mi’raj (Muhammad’s Ascension) & Salah (come2islam.wordpress.com)
  • Allah misguide people? Lies Exposed ! (islamgreatreligion.wordpress.com)
    Allah has given every creation a particular function and then guided it to correspond to its role in the scheme of things. This guidance is granted to everything and everyone, men, jinns, animals, plants and all the other creation.
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    Some people especially Christian polemics argue that Allah Himself misguides people and does not give them free-will and therefore He would be unjust in punishing them. This is utterly wrong interpretation!
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    Now is the question as to how Allah misguides? This is plainly told in the Quran.

“If anyone contends with the Messenger even after guidance has been plainly conveyed to him, and follows a path other than that becoming to men of Faith, We shall leave him in the path he has chosen, and land him in Hell,- what an evil refuge!” (Quran 4:115)

  • Written to recognise the Promissed One (christadelphians.wordpress.com)
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    Jesus warns us that he did not come here to mess around and make everything blissful and pretty.  He came to clean house!  To divide those who believe from those who do not.
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    By doing what God says and what He himself Commands.  Your organization, or you as an individual will be given your due as per what God desires to give.  Period.  Just as He did for Moses, Abraham, David, Lot and the rest.  Some were made Kings ( had great wealth) and some were simply made great leaders (still had much wealth).    God wants us to be responsible with what He provides to us.  He does not want His Gifts to be used on those who do not desire to do His Will or even hear about it.
  • Pious Husband (come2islam.wordpress.com)
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    (pp. 265-269)
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    The religious attachment of 6th century Arabia was idolatry, though there were a sprinkling of Atheists and worshippers of heavenly planets, who offered sacrifices to the sun, moon and other heavenly bodies.
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Liberal and evangelical Christians

Posted on July 10, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Christendom and Christianity, Holy Scriptures, Religion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In the United States of America seems to whirl a wind bring clouds of evangelical and liberal Christians in coalition.

A few years ago we had the doom preachers, but they were overblown by the atheist bringing the end of the world onto the Aztec agenda for the end of 2012.

Cover of "Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Ed...

Cover of Holy Bible: 10th Anniversary Edition

Questions are asked if Christians who read the Bible arrive at a different place, but we better could ask if those Christians really take the whole Scripture to read and to compare the presented fragments or verses in the light of other verses in the Holy Scriptures.

According to Gary Tandy, Professor of English and English Department Chair at George Fox University, there is a cultural tendency in evangelical Christianity that does not leave room for “evolving” positions, complexity, uncertainty, or doubt. He is been discouraged with the nature and tenor of the conversation of Christians reacting in the wake of Obama’s interview stating his personal opinion on same-sex marriage. In Mitt Romney‘s commencement speech at fundamentalist, evangelical Liberty University, Romney only addressed the issue once, but he addressed it in tones of certainty: “Marriage,” he declared (to roaring applause),  “is a relationship between one man and one woman.” Here’s what an audience member had to say in an NPR interview when asked about her position on same-sex marriage: “It’s wrong. There’s nothing else to say about it. It’s in the Bible.” This audience member’s attitude was pretty close to the old bumper sticker: “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.”

With it many questions were raised if people could accept that either their idea had to evolve with what is really meant in the Bible, or that the Bible would evolve with the times. We for sure know that many people would love to adopt the bile to their own ideas. Many would prefer that the world could progress and as such the Bible Words should have to interpreted according evolving times.

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The Old Plantation (anonymous folk painting). Depicts African-American slaves dancing to banjo and percussion late 1700s

People do forget that it is not the Word of God that has to adapt to the time of the day. They also forget that often it are people who give it a certain strict meaning which is not exactly there black and white on the paper. Certain denominations do want to give it their interpretation because it suits their thoughts. America as such found a way to accept slavery and to not see any harm in using the black people do do all the dirty work for them at no special wage. We have seen a face in history that white people did not see any harm in ownership of a human being. Also poor white Europeans could find themselves in indentured servitude in the New World.

Historically, slavery was not just an Old Testament phenomenon. Slavery was practised in every ancient culture: Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman and Israelite. Slavery was an integral part of ancient commerce, taxation, and temple religion. For over 18 centuries Slavery in different forms has been imposed by Christians. But they did not see that they themselves also became slave of certain systems and ideas. In Catholic as well in protestant groups we can find defenders of slavery. Biblical verses pro- and against slavery, and textual argumentation were used on both sides.

The whole matter concentrates on the relationship of human beings against other human beings. It has been about colour, about sex and about age, that people tried to use or misuse Bible verses to get their right. Often the problem lay in the not understanding customs of the time and in the differences of forms of servitude, customary in ancient times, those condoned or cursed by the Torah.

The role of women in the human system has been also of a lot of debate.

And in the time of free sex, persons want to get to know the interpretation of the different denominations about the human relationship in a sexual context, between men and women, men and men, women and women, and also in relationship of different partners. All sort of mixes seem to be talk of the day.

We all want to be loved, appreciated and have pleasure and fulfilment in our lives. Today pleasure seems to receive first priority. And lots of people want to consider the Bible old fashioned.

Though we all should be aware that God gave us all the capacity to love and be loved, to have special friendships with others, but that it had to be in a way acceptable in the creation-system of the Almighty.  From the first moment human was created God had foreseen that he could have a sexual nature,  sexual desires and a will to create new human beings by coming close together. God want that people multiplied themselves.

In the United States some preachers teach that even an emotional tie is still considered adultery. They even consider it as a sin even when the emotional attracted people are not sexually involved. Naturally sin begins in the mind, and it is there that we do have to go to look for. In which way does our mind go strange?

Often people forget that God gives wisdom and also common sense. That last part is often put aside for doctrinal reasons.

Also cultural and language differences made that people wanted to adjust Biblical words, because they thought it would be better to adapt the language to the public. A decennia ago in the Dutch language we got for that reason a Prison Bible, a Youth Bible, a Bikers Bible, with modern slang words in it.

Because certain ideas seem to be offensive for one or an other group they have to be changed, the publishers think. In stead of putting a clear note of explanation of what is meant with such an expression. For example, today some publishers are wondering how they could cope with the words ‘son of’, because Muslims do have a problem with God who would have to have sex to get children. The idea of Jesus as Son of God is highly offensive to Muslims, therefore some of the Wycliffe Bible Translators prefer to  use “Messiah” instead of “Son” in the translations and “Lord” instead of “Father.”

When we talk with Muslims about the Father – Son relationship, we do compare it to fosterparents, who also did not have to have sex, to be the ‘father’ or mother’ of the foster child. We also try to let them understand that any creation of a builder is a product and as such a child of the creator. We notice that many Muslims can find our way of thinking reasonable and not so wrong.

Naturally several Christians would encounter more problems when they say the son of God equals God the son, because then there is a real problem, for Christians like us, and for Muslims and Jews, who accept that there is only One God, who is the God of gods, but the Only One Almighty Elohim, Allah whose name is Jehovah. In such concept of the first mentioned Christians we do find the Trinity bias.  For those trinitarians the Wycliff Translations are even a bigger problem than for us, who do not like the modern versions either. “Son of God” and “God the Father”, becoming God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are essential elements of the Christian concept of the Trinity, which is the Holy Core of Christianity according the Trinitarians. Many evangelical supporters of the Wycliffe organization find this very troubling, and are considering withholding support for the organization.

More “liberal” critics who see the Bible as a reflection of a particular people in history and their struggle with understanding their relationship to a deity argue that the historical contexts are a fundamental part of the meaning of the books of the Bible. Further, they suggest, reworking or changing the theology of these biblical texts will make missionary work among Muslims more difficult since Muslims claim that the Bible is corrupted and contains errors, and has therefore been abrogated by the Qur’an.

When publishers, for reasons to sell enough books, give preference to adapt the language to the times and culture of the moment, Muslims are very right that they charge Christianity with deformation of Gods Word. A pity they do not consider the main Bibles which stay in publication or can be found many years after they had been published for the first time. Even when certain changes where allowed and even the name of God had been taken away they stayed in the running, saying exactly the same thing as previous publications.

In that, having so many people working against the Holly Scriptures, but standing erect for thousands of years we see a much mightier hand than that of any human being. Even with some less correctly translated versions, people, who really read the whole Book, can find the Truth, because Gods Word is unchangeable.

Words are also part of passion. Which version you have in front of you, shall have a lot to do with your feelings and preferences. Wanting old language or modern language, being used to such a way of speaking or an other way of expressing oneself. It all depends on a matter of choice and ‘inner feeling’. Your love for words or love for telegram style messages. character of the person, his upbringing, schooling, formation on religious level, it shall all form the background to evaluate from a certain standpoint.

Several American Christians attempt to categorize the content of the Bible according to a pre-defined framework that is then passed on to others. The idea is to summarize and condense all Biblical teaching into a handful of topics, with a handy list of verses next to each topic, providing support for the idea. As a result, the framework becomes all-important when training students how to answer the question, “What does the Bible say about       ?”

A big problem which we do encounter is that with many of those evangelicals, most often Pentecostals, many times, most of the verses in the list are being pressed into service on a topic to which they do not really relate. Or, perhaps, whether they are applicable depends upon other assumptions held by the person who created the list. Just because a person says something is true, and backs it up with a list of Bible verses, does not prove their point is true. Often the very framework that defines what constitutes legitimate avenues of inquiry, is up for debate.

A big problem we notice also that lots of them do not compare the verses and stories from the Old and the New Testament and do not take the whole picture in account.

The Trinitarian Christians want to place Christ Jesus dot in the centre. Mishkan David correctly observes:  “There was a time when all astronomers held the premise that the earth was the center of the solar system. Working with that assumption, they concluded—based on very real and accurate observation—that the planets had some highly unusual traits in their behavior. It seemed that the planets accelerated at some points, and decelerated at others… and at different points on their orbit each time! The characteristic I always loved in high school science class was the notion of retrograde motion—the planets actually seemed to loop back in their paths, literally doing loop-de-loops as they moved along in their orbit!” though he seems to be a messianic Jew who does not believe any more in One God but in three gods, who are supposed to be one as well.

When people take the whole Book of Books, they shall see that Jesus is one part of Gods Plan, and that Israel is an other very important part of the Plan of World Peace. Jesus shall come on the throne in Israel, the municipal city of the Kingdom of God.

King James did like to have the full control of the Christian system in his country. In his edict number three he stated that his Authorised Bible was to retain the word “church” in the translation and it was not to be replaced with the word “congregation.” This he did because he had no jurisdiction over the congregation (people), but he did over the church (physical buildings). So you can see he never wanted the word “assembly” associated with the original meaning of the Old Testament which meant “congregation.” So he knew the correct translation, obviously, but he didn’t want it in there, that way they retain control over “the church.” (Read: Christ’s Ekklesia and the Church Compared, by Richard Anthony)

We always should be very careful what words we want to use and to which translation we want to preference. Having a preference for one or another version does no harm, and reading several versions can broaden the knowledge of every member in the community.

But all those members in the meeting, the ecclesia, should together, search the Scriptures to get to the Truth. This they should do in all openness for the Word of God, recognising that we are always living in a world which wants to give preference to certain ideas, which are not always according to Biblical Truth nor to the Will of God.

The Bible may be about vocation and election, but it is in the choice we do have to make our selves that we can become part of the elected or not. The Word of God gives the inhabitants of the universe the possibility to create a world where every creature can live in unity. The biblical emphasis, across the board, is on solidarity and love for each one and for everything around us.

In such a world we should not be tossed by political views but should stand firm in the Word of God which shall give us the necessary insight.

Marcus Ampe
2 June2012

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Please do find additional reading:

The Bible is an anti-libertarian document
People long to do whatever they want. They don’t want anyone to tell them what to do or what to say. But they also long to order their lives in accordance with a concept of right and wrong, and join forces with others who have a same or similar concept of right and wrong. People are in search of a constitution, a commonwealth, that suits them. The contradiction is blatant.     The Bible clashes with a libertarian point of view. The Bible is a conglomerate of texts assembled at the intersection of ancient polities, movements, institutions, and traditions. It is full of liberty-restricting provisions and considerations in the service of the long-term viability of said polities and traditions. The Bible simply is an illiberal book. At times it takes an anthropologist to point this out. In her still important critique of Jacob Neusner’s The Idea of Purity in Ancient Judaism, Mary Douglas pointed out that the rule-making that is part and parcel of biblical exhortation and, specifically, of Torah, both in and beyond the Bible per se, is coercive in intent.
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those who value individual freedoms above all will look elsewhere for a constitution and a res_publica. They will look for a framework that privileges and protects a more expansive concept of res privata than that found in biblical literature, Judaism, and Christianity.

Reimagining the Historicity of the Bible
It might also be important to try again to conceive of a history of the religion of Israel, a history of emergent Christianity and normative Judaism, insofar as they can be constructed from biblical, post-biblical, and non-biblical sources. Now is an inopportune time to walk away from the questions which have animated modern biblical studies from the beginning.
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Historicism and scientism so defined are modern myths. In the diction of Bruce Lincoln, they are ideologies in narrative form. Both stand in contradiction to the narrative of the Bible in which everything hinges on a vital relationship with a singular principle of truth, justice, and goodness which occurs to people as a God of great power and beauty.
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On the contrary, if a text presents itself to a reader as the sum of a variety of precursor texts, the whole is unquestionably greater than the sum of its parts, but an understanding of the whole is enhanced to the extent that a reader can take the text apart and put it back together again.

Moreover, if a particular textual component corrects or contradicts another, why is it irreverent or unloving to point it out? The point is obvious in the case of the book of Job. The truth it mediates lies at the intersection of not one contradittorio (cross-examination, debate) but many. It is no less true in the case of the Pentateuch, if one treats it, as one should, as a literary whole. For example, the treatment of specific topics across the various legal corpora, the Covenant Code, Deuteronomy, and the Holiness Code, embodies a debate, the sum of whose parts must be constructed beyond the bounds of the text. There is a strong sense in which the truth Torah tells inevitably resides, not in the text before us, but outside of it.

Which Kingdom Will You Serve?
What is systematic theology, you ask? It is the attempt to categorize the content of the Bible according to a pre-defined framework that is then passed on to others.

Bibles for Muslims? Should we change the Bible’s basic concepts in order not to offend one religious population?

The Problem with Certitude

My Growing Problem With Liberal Christianity

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  • My Growing Problem With Liberal Christianity (brucegerencser.net)
    On one hand, I understand WHY many people adopt some form of liberal Christianity. They are tired of Evangelical (which is Fundamentalist) Christianity and its attendant certitude and black and white thinking. They are tired of the culture war. They are tired of being viewed as mindless, knuckle dragging Bible thumpers.
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    Liberal Christians are known for reinterpreting the Bible to fit their own agenda. They write book after book to explain why the Evangelical interpretation of the Bible is wrong, misguided, or outdated. Never mind WHAT the text says. All that matters is making the square peg fit in the round hole.
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    Look at Tandy’s questions. He desperately wants to believe the Bible is unclear on the matter of homosexuality. But , it is not. He is an English teacher. He values words and their meanings. What does the text say? What would an every day, non-original language educated person, in other words, 99% of the people sitting in the pew, think these verses mean?
  • Pat Robertson: The Bible Is “Terribly Wrong” (slog.thestranger.com)
    Apparently, we can pick and choose parts of the Bible after all, says Pat Robertson. When asked on the 700 Club today why some believe “America was founded as a Christian nation” even though it allowed slavery, Robertson said, “like it or not, if you read the Bible in the Old Testament, slavery was permitted.” But Robertson concluded that despite what the Bible says, “We have moved in our conception of the value of human beings until we realized slavery was terribly wrong.” Of course, when Dan Savage made a similar point about the Bible (albeit with saltier language), the Religious Right was irate.
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    We’re asking conservative Christians to ignore what the bible says about homosexuality just as they ignore what the bible says about slavery.
  • Let’s Talk About Sex Part 2 (brucegerencser.net)
    Christianity is a text-based religion. The foundation of Christianity is the Bible, the Word of God. From the most liberal Christian to the most strident Fundamentalist, every Christian, to some degree or another, accepts the Bible as truth, as the final authority.
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    I am sure that someone may suggest that everyone knows that the word touch used in First Corinthians 7:1 means to have sexual intercourse. Perhaps. All I am trying to do with this post is to show how a Christian, armed with the belief that the Bible is the literal Word of God, could come to the conclusion that the Bible teaches that before marriage a man or a woman should not touch each other.
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    As physical familiarity increases so does the risk of engaging in sexual intercourse. Every sexually-aware human being knows this.
  • How to Witness to an Atheist (brucegerencser.net)
    Many atheists were Christians before they became atheists. In my case, I was a Christian for 50 years and I was an Evangelical pastor for 25 of those years. Granted, most atheists are not like me but many of them were raised in the Christian church and know what the Christian gospel is and what the Bible teaches.
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    • People become atheists for a variety of reasons. Often there are emotional and cultural reasons why a person becomes an atheist but, at the end of the day, most people become an atheist for intellectual reasons.
    • Most atheists are not atheists because they are angry with God, mad at the church, or hurt.

    Be prepared to give evidence (proof) of the assertions you make. Saying the Bible says will not work since the atheist will likely not accept the authority of the Bible.

     

  • Growing Pains, Pt. 6 | “Evangelism” (thereformedwesleyan.com)
    Christianity is a religion of return. No one comes to faith in isolation. Faith requires a body of faith to give it to others. If you had never seen a church, a Christian or a bible you never would have known about Jesus. You may have thought about God, for Paul said that the world testifies of God, but what we need can only come through revelation and that gift and responsibility has been given to the Church of Jesus. If there has been any benefit or change in our lives, then we are charged with a great responsibility, to give what has been given to us.
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    Sharing your faith with someone else is like taking a vitamin. The more and the longer you share your faith the better you feel and the stronger your faith will become.
  • Pat Robertson Discovers Cherry Picking (patheos.com)
    What happened to all that “Bible is the literal word of God” stuff? Since we already eat shellfish and work on the Sabbath and wear cotton-poly blends, can slavery be dismissed just as easily?  Because some of that stuff is so antiquated it is not only irrelevant in the 21stcentury but downright absurd.If Robertson has his way, we can let thousands of years of Bible-condoned slavery slide… but if someone dares question Leviticus (also in the Old Testament, let us not forget) and suggest that gay people should be allowed to legally marry, we are a nation full of sinners?!  Really?!

     

  •  In Why I am an atheist – Libby Anne (freethoughtblogs.com) you can see the problem when fundamentalist religious people teach their kids certain things which are not in accordance with reality and not in accordance what is really written and meant in the Holy Scriptures. Once they become a person who can make up his own mind and find archaeological and historical scientific works the fantasies they were taught to them fall to pieces.
    “I was raised on the line between fundamentalist and evangelical Christianity. I was homeschooled, and nearly every subject was related to God and the Bible. History was His story and our science textbooks were all creationists.” … “And then I went to college, where my young earth creationist views were challenged. I responded by fighting back. I argued with both students and professors, sure that I had some sort of truth they were missing.”
    For such person the confrontation with other thinkings clashes so that they do not see any more the background of the words of the Bible. They even go out to read about where the Bible came from, written by people who are against the Word of God and distorting its words. Doing that the most of them are going to think the Bible is a book full of errors and contradictions, while there are not such contradictions, though good that they start seeing it is also a very human book.
    Often it is because certain religions take away the humanity, like they want to make of Jesus the God, instead of accepting that he was a man of flesh and blood.
    When they really start reading the full Bible and get themselves loose of the doctrinal teachings  they start to become being pulled in two, for the both loose their grip with the divine and are becoming incredibly fascinated with the very human development of the very human book that is the Bible.
    Normally you would expect that they would come to a better understanding and that finally, the Bible would make complete and total sense.  Than arrives the problem, that most of them want to hold fast on traditions and the dogmatic teachings in which they were brought up. In such an instance they feel being forced to choose between holding onto the divine and the beauty of total understanding, thinking that that would mean to put God and everything sacred away, instead of coming to the Truth and taking God for what He really is and taking Jesus for what he really is.
  • Gay for God? A Primer on How to Talk to Christians About the Gay Debate (theparish.typepad.com)
    Until someone can give me a compelling reason—without citing Leviticus or Romans—that a class of American citizens are denied the same rights and privileges I enjoy, please just admit that the only real arguments you have are theological (i.e., god doesn’t like it) or aesthetic (i.e., it’s gross). Take away the Bible references, you got no argument save the one about old school conservatism and the wisdom of slow change.
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    It’s a Constitutional issue, not a theological one. Our legislators aren’t paid to parse Scripture and debate hermeneutics.
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    The Bible prohibits punching babies in Leviticus (it really doesn’t, but we’re pretending). 3000 years later, we learn there is a class of people who are born to punch babies, who actually enjoy punching babies. We call them pugilinfantos. They point out that when the Bible was written, the term didn’t even exist; therefore, the Bible can’t have their orientation in mind.
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    an honest read of the OT yields the idea that homosexual acts were considered part of the moral prohibitions, as were all the sex acts listed. The question is whether or not you want Bronze Age people defining allowable sexual ethics.
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    There is enough ambiguity in the Pauline corpus about words like arsenokoites and sodomite that liberal and evangelical scholars will continue to argue for decades. Again, the problem is that same sex issues made it into the NT; whether they are specifically about homosexual sex or economic exploitation or pederasty is one for the scholars. They don’t agree on it.
  • Why do people fall for “old” Christian Fundamentalism? (unbiasedtruth.net)
  • Stealing Jesus: How Fundamentalism Betrays Christianity(unbiasedtruth.net)
    I am sending this to you to help those who have left fundamentalist churches that preach damnation, hatred, fear and “you’re not a Christian if you don’t believe like me.”  Many have turned against the church and never came back, or just ran away from strict preachers, parents, teachers, etc. and never looked back to find a loving, caring church, group, club, etc.  I like a church sign down the road from me that states:

    “We Welcome Sinners and Backsliders Like Us.”  You’ll find some good ideas from the summary and the reviews shared from others who have had a similar experience.
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    The time is past, says Bruce Bawer, when denominational names and other traditional labels provided an accurate reflection of Christian America’s religious beliefs …

  • Government agency approves Christian fundamentalist exams as ‘comparable’ to A-Level(liberalconspiracy.org)
    A Christian fundamentalist qualification which teaches that the theory of evolution has “no scientific basis” has been declared comparable to A-levels by UK Naric.

    NARIC is the UK’s National Agency responsible for providing information and opinion on vocational, academic and professional qualifications from across the world.

    The International Certificate of Christian Education (ICCE) uses a curriculum that was previously criticised for claiming the Loch Ness Monster “appears to be a plesiosaur,” and that the mythical beast is evidence against evolution.
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    In a training booklet for ACE staff, future teachers are told, “It’s interesting that in the African primitive languages there is no word for wisdom. We in the West find that surprising, but you see, the idea of wisdom came through the Biblical channels of the Judaeo-Christian religion and filtered into all of western culture and society.”

  • How Many Christian Fundamentalists Are There in the UK?(leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com)
    Christian fundamentalism, also known as Fundamentalist Christianity, or Fundamentalism,[1] arose out of British and American Protestantism in the late 19th century and early 20th century among evangelical Christians.[2]
  • Loch Ness monster cited by US schools as evidence that evolution is myth(scotsman.com)
    Pupils attending privately-run Christian schools in the southern state of Louisiana will learn from textbooks next year, which claim Scotland’s most famous mythological beast is a living creature.

    Thousands of children are to receive publicly-funded vouchers enabling them to attend the schools – which follow a strict fundamentalist curriculum.

    The Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme teaches controversial religious beliefs, aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.
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    Mr Wilson believes that such fundamentalist Christian teaching is going on in at least 13 American states.

    He added: “There’s a lot of public funding going to private schools, probably around 200,000 pupils are receiving this education.

    “The majority of parents now home schooling their kids are Christian fundamentalists too. I don’t believe they should be publicly funded, I don’t believe the schools who use these texts should be publicly funded.” !!!

  • In Will Smith Hits Back at Ex-: “Miss Holy Roller”(blackwriteandread.wordpress.com) you can see to which problems it comes when fundamentalism gets to one person in a family.
    ”  Will goes on to say that it is “fundamental Christians” like her who cause others to fall by the wayside … killing, denying, cheating, lying, stealing, depriving, living selfish lives, committing atrocious acts and heinous crimes in the name of their “god” (the ones listed before) and then coming back to rein people into their world of self-righteousness with a Bible that was used by Europe to put people in slave chains; and to destroy, kill, and steal from others.”
  • How We’ve Infuriated Centuries of People(str.typepad.com)

    It should come as no surprise that the individuals who abide by fundamentalist Christian and radical Islamic doctrines would be the first to cry out that they are being persecuted when their dangerous, damaging and disingenuous beliefs come under attack. Most of these people lack the maturity and intelligence to act in a socially acceptable manner.  Many of them are sociopaths and quite a good number of them are psychopaths.  All of them are clearly delusional….

    Bigotry, discrimination, hatred, coercion, terrorism, slavery, misogyny and everything else that is part and parcel of fundamental Christianity and radical Islam should not be tolerated….
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    The truth is, what has infuriated people about Christians throughout the centuries is that they can’t get us to conform to them. From Shadrach, to Peter, to Richard Wurmbrand, no law, threat or torture can turn true Christians from loving and serving God or affirming what we know to be true.
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    it is often characteristic of humans to be most emphatically hostile to things that they themselves most deeply and secretly are guilty of; I wonder how many of the most hostile anti-theists are trying to wipe out god by denying him so strongly.

  • The Egalitarian and Complementarian Divide (5) (allisonquient.wordpress.com)
    Sacred and secular cultures have had massive impacts on Evangelicals, and as a result, have influenced the gender debate. It is common to hear how much secular culture and liberalism have influenced Egalitarianism or how Egalitarianism will inevitably lead Evangelicals down the path to liberalism or even the acceptance of homosexuality. Massive amounts of effort has been dedicated towards making this alleged reality known and warning the faithful of the danger of falling down the slippery slope.
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    We ought not to trivialize the issue by substituting rhetoric for substance. We ought not to marginalize the issue by obscuring the clarity of Scripture.
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    Many Complementarians believe Egalitarians have read back into Scripture what is at heart a secular ideology, even if Egalitarians do this inadvertently.
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    What is overlooked or underemphasized is the commonality between Egalitarians and Complementarians when it comes to the authority of Scripture and how Egalitarians are also influenced by culture in much the same way Complementarians are. In fact, when the Evangelical Woman’s Caucus became polarized between the liberal and conservative Christians over accepting a homosexual lifestyle, those who were liaisons to the Evangelical world found they could not in good conscience stay in their current organization.
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    In the article discussed earlier he mentioned that those in the Episcopal church did not feel the need to exit their denomination when a woman was made a Bishop in 1989 and so “advocates of homosexual ordination were not worried about a split in the church.” When a compromise followed just allowing individual churches to bless homosexual unions or not, Grudem wounders “As I am writing this chapter, it remains to be seen whether conservatives will finally leave the denomination.”
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    History serves as reminded that Evangelicals are heavily influenced by culture whether it is secular, liberal or our own subculture. For better or worse, we have been influenced to our detriment and are being influenced now. When it comes to the gender debate, fears of a liberal or secular takeover have colored and shaped how Egalitarians are perceived and biased the debate in the opposite direction even though it is unwarranted.
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New Thinky Things

Posted on June 29, 2012. Filed under: Announcement, Bible Study and Bible Reading | Tags: , , , , , |

Two new books

Thinky Things Volume 2

In case you do not know yet Robert Prins his musings about certain Scriptures verses, know it is time to get acquainted with.

After the first volume we are happy that we can find “Thinky Things Volume 2″, by Bro Robert Prins on the bookshelf.

Thinky Things Volume 2 is a book of Bible meditations for every day of the year. Following on from Thinky Things, this second collection, in a gold coloured cover, will continue to stimulate, encourage and provoke every one, from the casual Bible reader to the more serious Bible student. It follows the daily reading chart that helps you read the whole Bible in the year. The thoughts contained in this book have been described as “deceptively simple, yet personally challenging”. The meditations in Thinky Things Volume 2 are on different portions of the daily Bible readings than the first blue Thinky Things book.

That We May Be One

That We May Be One by Bro Robert and Sis Sharon Prins

That We May One is a book for married couples about awesome marriages. No matter where you marriage is now, it can become amazing. This book gives both scriptural and practical advice to take average marriages and make them into what God designed them to be. Through the 320 pages, Robert and Sharon talk about growing to become One, explore love and commitment, give specific advice for men and advice for wives, and also share thoughts on money, prayer, forgiveness and communication.These books and prices in your local currency are available from www.printlandpublishers.com or in New Zealand from Bro Robert Prins.

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The importance of Reading the Scriptures

Posted on June 1, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

For those who say they have found Jesus and want to follow him, they should take the words of Jesus at heart.

Jeshua, better known as Jesus, spoke several times out of the Torah and tried to explain the Words of God.  People had to know him and his Father. The man of Nazareth was clear that he  of himself could do nothing. Always he made it clear that people should get to know his Father, on whose behalf he was talking and handling. Jesus knew very well the Word of God. It is because he was well aware of what was written in the Torah (the Hebrew Scriptures) that could learn what God wanted from his and from the people. Because he knew the Holy Scriptures so well Jesus could know what Godwanted and could tell to others what his Father had taught him.

Holy scriptures

Holy scriptures (Photo credit: thriol)

Jesus was also aware that the One who sent him was still with him; He, Jehovah God, did not leave Jeshua (Jesus) the Messiah to himself, because Jesus always did what pleased God. Also we, as followers of Christ should try to please our Father. Many people who heard Jesus tell them to honour his Father and to pray to Him, who is in heaven, found the honesty in that man and trusted in him. So Jeshua said to the Judeans who had trusted him, “if you obey what I say, then you are really my talmidim, you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

“I have much to say and to judge concerning you. But He who sent Me is true, and what I heard from Him, these Words I speak to the world.” They did not know that He spoke to them of the Father. So יהושע (Jeshua) said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Adthen you shall know that I am He, and that I do none at all of Myself, but as My Father taught Me, these words I speak. “And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do what pleases Him.” As He was speaking these words, many believed in Him. So יהושע said to those Yehud who believed Him, “If you stay in My Word, you are truly My taught ones, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  (John 8:26-32 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Son of Man has been lifted up, and we should know that he Jesus (Jeshua) is the one to follow and to belief. He said he was the son of God and the son of man who loved his Father and prayed to Him. We also should do as Jesus and be aware of the importance to know the Father. To get to know this Father of Jesus we do have to listen to the words of Christ but also to the words of the One to whom Jesus was listening. To listen to the one who   sent him and taught him we do have to take up the Bible, read in it and think about the Words of God which are written in it.

As followers of Christ, being called Christians, we should hold to Christ his teaching, only then we can become considered to be really his disciples. Only by listening to Jesus words and to the Words of his Father we shall get to know the truth, and the truth will set us free.

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English: Reading of the Torah, Aish Synagogue, Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Though Jesus himself knew that when he would be gone, many would stand up and come to preach all sorts of things.  Like savage wolves several preachers will come in among the people and to those who believe in Jesus they would bring all sorts of teachings which would bring confusion. For Jesus it was clear that they would not spare the flock. He even warned that even from among their own number, men will arise and teach perversions of the truth, in order to drag away the pupils or talmidim after themselves. “So stay alert!” Jesus warned his disciples and also us. Because the word said so many years ago are still going today.

In the short time of  three years public life, Jesus warned those around him night and day. The apostle Paul did the same as Christ, he never stopped warning the members of the meeting. But he knew his time on this world was very short and he had to go and therefore he entrusted them to the care of  God and to the message of His love and kindness. He did that because it could build them up and give them an inheritance among all those who have been set apart for God.
“And when they had come to him, he said to them, “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, how I was with you all the time, serving the Master with all humility, with many tears and trials which befell me by the plotting of the Yehudas I kept back no matter that was profitable, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, witnessing to Yehudand also to Greeks: repentance toward Elohim and belief in our Master יהושע (Jeshua) Messiah. “And now see, I go bound in the spirit to Yerushalayim, not knowing what is going to meet me there, except that the Set-apart Spirit witnesses in every city, saying that chains and pressures await me. “But I do not count my life of any value to me, so that I might accomplish my mission with joy, and the service which I received from the Master יהושע , to bear witness to the Good News of the favour of Elohim. “And now see, I know that you all, among whom I went about proclaiming the reign of Elohim, shall see my face no more. “Therefore I witness to you this day that I am clear from the blood of all. “For I kept not back from declaring to you all the counsel of Elohim. “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Set-apart Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the assembly of Elohim which He has purchased with His own blood. “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves {1} shall come in among you, not sparing the flock. {Footnote: 1See Mt. 7:15-23, Mt. 10:16, Lk. 10:3, John 10:12}. “Also from among yourselves men shall arise, speaking distorted teachings, to draw away the taught ones after themselves. “Therefore watch, remembering that for three years, night and day, I did not cease to warn each one with tears. “And now, brothers, I commit you to Elohim and to the word of His favour, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those having been set apart. “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or garments. “And you yourselves know that these hands supplied my needs, and for those who were with me. “All this I did show you, by labouring like this, that you ought to help the weak. And remember the words of the Master יהושע  (Jeshua), that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” ” (Acts 20:18-35 The Scriptures 1998+)

“But He (יהושע Jeshua) answering, said, “It has been written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of יהוה (Jehovah).’ ”{1 Footnote: 1Dt. 8:3}.” (Matthew 4:4 The Scriptures 1998+)

If we want to find the full meaningful life we should trust יהושע Jesus and get to know the words of his Father  יהוה our Elohim, who is the only one we do have to honour and serve the best we can.

“Then יהושע (Jeshua)  said to him, “Go, Satan! For it has been written, ‘You shall worship יהוה  (Jehovah) your Elohim, and Him alone you shall serve.’ ”{1 Footnote: 1Dt. 6:13}. (Matthew 4:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

We should know it is not from the physical and practical worldly work that we can get the most out of our life. We should be well aware that it is the spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help. The words Jesus has spoken to the world are spirit and life, and should be followed up.

““It is the Spirit that gives life, the flesh does not profit at all. The words that I speak to you are Spirit and are life. {1 Footnote: 1See v. 68, and 1 Cor. 15:45}. Word and Spirit are in unity. ” (John 6:63 The Scriptures 1998+)

Jesus has let his disciples know God so that his Father could make his disciples competent as ministers of a new covenant— not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

“And such trust we have toward Elohim, through the Messiah. Not that we are competent in ourselves to reckon any matter as from ourselves, but our competence is from Elohim, who also made us competent as servants of a renewed covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit, for the letter kills but the Spirit gives life. ” (2 Corinthians 3:4-6 The Scriptures 1998+)

Your God Is Here

Your God Is Here (Photo credit: sutton_steven)

We can find many letters on papers or on the screen, but the words shall have to get meaning. There have been many writers, but those who were in the hands of God and wrote down the Words of God, can bring us the most important words to go through life in the best way.

Peter, who believed Jesus was the Holy One of God and  Christ, the Son of the living God, asked the Master where to go to but knew Jesus had the words of real life, eternal life. (John 6:68-69) In the short time Jesus preached he showed the people they could find that mysterious life and all the answers in the Book of Books. Though they may have been written in the past they were written to teach us, so that with the encouragement of the Tanakh or the scriptures, we might patiently hold on to our hope.

“And all these came upon them as examples, and they were written as a warning to us, on whom the ends of the ages have come, ” (1 Corinthians 10:11 The Scriptures 1998+)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV)

Knowing that the Holy Scriptures only can be God-breathed we can be assured that they are also profitable for teaching, for refutation, for correction, and for training in righteousness. By reading and studying the Word of God we can get to know God better but also can get to know how to work at our self, so that we as men of God may ourself become complete, and completely equipped for every good work in a different way than a heathen doing good works. We shall get to see that the Word of God is so powerful that it also shall expose us for what we really are. We can never hide for God, He knows our inner thoughts. But for humans we can perhaps put on an other mask and  shield. Jehovah God does know everything of us. He knows when we sit and when we stand up and discerns our inclinations from afar (Psalms 139:2).

When we are going to search the Scriptures it is important that we do it with the right reasons, because the Adonai Jehovah Elohim, the Most High searches the heart and tests the inner motivations; in order to give to everyone what his actions and conduct deserve.

““I, יהוה (Jehovah), search the heart, I try the kidneys, and give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds. ” (Jeremiah 17:10 The Scriptures 1998+)

When we take up the Book of the Word of God and read in the Bible regularly is shall be able to form  and transform us. By reading His Word we shall get to know what He says to us and what He wants from us. We shall get to know the tools to make us stronger and to resist temptations. It shall give us insight of what is good and of what is wrong (sin). In the words we shall find how we shall be able to please God and how we can avoid going against His wishes (sinning). By avoiding sin or doing what is wrong we can safeguard ourselves from the consequences of such wrong doing.

In the Book of Books we shall be able to find out how to behave in this world. Out of the many writings we shall be able to filter the necessary things to work on ourselves. Not only shall we will learn what kind of mental outlook we have, but also how to come to a better mental outlook.  By letting the Words work in us we shall be able to learn patience instead of anger. Our minds shall also get clearer. We shall be able to control our thinking much more so that we shall have not to think about bad things but shall find ourselves more thinking of  of good things instead of dwelling on the negative. In the transformation we can undergo by reading regularly the Bible we shall be able to learn real love and compassion instead

of love based on sexuality, personal greed or selfishness, and harsh intolerance. Humility instead of arrogance shall come into the heart which shall become more open to everyone whatsoever his conviction.

The many stories of other people shall give us more insight in how they have behave, what the consequences were and how we should behave. We shall be able to discover the many instructions on how to treat our spouse or other people, how to raise our children, how to act on the job, how to react to others or to help them, even how to be good for those who may be hurting us and giving them chances to become better citizens as well. The Bible shall learn us to comfort those who are hurting.

In the Words of God we shall be able to find a way to become better persons ourselves and how to make life easier and more enjoyable for us and those around us. By learning how we can have assurances in our life because we can trust Jesus and we can count on his Father, who shall always be there for those who look for Him.  On Jehovah God we may count that at any moment He shall be there with us to give us strength in our weakness, to give us faith when we doubt, and to give us peace when we are in turmoil. In times of hardship we shall be able to find comfort by taking up His Word, by reading in the Bible.

 

Torah

Torah (Photo credit: quinet)

The more we read in the Holy Scriptures the more we shall learn about God and what He wants for us. By studying His Word it will teach us also who we are in relation to Him.As we read and study the Bible, we shall discover that God is making us a new creation as he shall help us reach our full human potential. Jehovah, the Creator of everything, has provided the human race with The Bible as our Instruction Book. We shall be confronted with questions. We also shall have to make choices in what to believe or in which way to go further. But when we really want to be open minded and want to put away all the dogma’s which we have learned by the human teachings and biased popular human writings, we shall find that the Bible can be an eye opener which has all the answers for our life. By reading it regularly it shall become easier to discern God’s direction in our life. Full understanding only comes from time spent in His word. Though we shall not have to expect miracles overnight. It shall not bring an incredible change in a one two three click of the fingers. But day by day it shall bring some small changes into our personality and over the months or years you shall be able to grow to a new person, reaching at one point the turning point of becoming as ‘reborn’.

We do hope you want to be patient and want to read the Holy Scriptures, more than once, so that it can become a special experience which gets you away from this harsh world more than once in a lifetime.

No matter what happens know that everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is (Ephesians 5:13) and that God is willing to answer your prayers as long as they are consistent with His Will. He will give to each of us what our deeds deserve. (Revelation 2:23)

““Ask and it shall be given to you, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you. ” (Matthew 7:7 The Scriptures 1998+)

Therefore make time to read the Bible. Dig in the Holy Scriptures to find who is who and to find new pastures plus to get to know what Gods Plan is with this world. Are not afraid to pray to God before you start your reading sessions. In case you can read with somebody else you shall be able to discuss the read fragments with each other and can help each other to get a better understanding of the exposed material. When you read the Word of God in the Holy Scriptures take time to observe those things Gods Words presents to you. Try to hear what God wants to tell to you and incorporate those teachings in your life.

Whatever you read or see let it always be in the light of Gods Word. Let every word or action be checked with what the Bible enlightens you and take the according action to make the right changes.

And always remember that if you want to be a Christian it is even more important to read the Holy Scriptures than if you would not believe in a god or in the God we should honour.

Do not wait until it is tomorrow or to late to study the Bible. It is a too much important book not to spend important time to it.

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Please do find out how reading in the Bible can also give insight of how and what is going to happen to the world:

  1. Written to recognise the Promissed One
  2. On the Nature of Christ
  3. Another way looking at a language #5 Aramic, Hebrew and Greek
  4. Another way looking at a language #6 Set apart
  5. Another way looking at a language #7 Lingua Franca
  6. The Bible and names in it
  7. Reasons to come to gether

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  34. Youth has difficulty Bible Reading
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  50. What happens to people who twist Scripture for their own evil designs?
  51. What is the devil’s Bible?
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  53. Does the Quran contradict the Bible?

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“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” (2 Timothy 3:16 NIV)

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    Jesus obeyed the Word of God, not man. He was subject to it. If some leaders” view of inspiration were true, Jesus was subject to an errant, rather casually thrown-together “Word of Man.” Jesus would have been subject, then, to the will of man, not the will of God.
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    The holy Scriptures . . . make you wise to accept God’s salvation (Hebrew Yeshua) by trusting in Christ Jesus (Hebrew Yeshua HaMashiach).

    The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. It is God’s way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone. – II Timothy, Chapter 3, Verses 15–17, Living Bible

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The Importance Of Scripture

Posted on May 26, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Holy Scriptures, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Lots of  people do laugh at those who enjoy reading the old Books of Books, the Bible. Of all those books the last series bring the world Glad Tidings. In the New testament we also do find the apostle Luke his writings on the first followers of Christ. He gives us an idea what went on in the first communities of the then called sect The Way.

Of the New Testament readings the Acts of the Apostles brings before us how the gospel spread from Jerusalem to Rome from Jew to Gentile. Luke begins and ends with his thoughts on The Kingdom of Godand gives us with the later convert Paul an idea of what beautifuls is laid in front of us.

Ministry of the Apostles, a complex multi-figu...

Ministry of the Apostles, a complex multi-figure icon with a full-height image of Jesus Christ, surrounded by sectors with scenes of His disciples’ calling, ministry and martyrdom. Icon from the Yaroslavl Museum Preserve. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The man they followed, was a prophet of God who came to this world to make every thing more clear. Jesus from Nazareth wanted us to get to know the Creator in the best way we could. For this great teacher from such a small place, not only he had to go out into the world to proclaim the marvellous news of what was  going to be accomplished by the Will of God. For Jeshua it was clear, those who wanted to follow him, had to recognise the Will of the Father and should have as their main aim of the preaching of the gospel.

Today that is still not changed. Those who call themselves Christian, which should mean that they are real followers of Christ Jesus, should spread the word of the Gospel. They should tell others of the good news concerning the things of The Kingdom.

“In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.” (Acts 6:1-2 NIV)

As for the twelve who summoned the whole body of the disciples together, we as an ecclesia should also call each other and say, “It is not right that we should have to neglect preaching the Word of God in order to look after the accounts.” We also should take care that we can grow in the word of God and that we can be of good reputation, being both practical and spiritually-minded. As individuals but also as one community of fellow brothers and sisters we should devote ourselves whole-heartedly to prayer and the ministry of the Word.

It may be alarming when we see how the world develops, but on the other hand it may be lovely that we can notice that we are nearing a special time, which has been long foretold. We also come to a time were many have lost the faith in the Word of God, and many do not want to know anything about a god, or a better way to live. Though many may put the Word of God aside we can find others who are eagerly looking for the Truth and are wiling to take time to get to know it. Those who are looking for the purpose of this life and for whom is behind it are the ones who want to take up the Bible to study it. So the Word of God can gain more and more ground. In the world we can see that the number of disciples greatly increases. As in the old times we sometimes do have to start from scratch, not finding any believer round ourselves; but by letting the fire in us shine we can be the light for others. By our enthusiasm we can spread the good feeling of this Good News.

Though most of the world might not be interested in God and His Word,  the Word of the Lord continues to gain ground and increase its influence. (Acts 12:24)  “Thus mightily did the Lord’s Message spread and triumph!” (Acts 19:20 Wey)

We have the responsibility to let the word of God increase. Constantly we are told that the main vehicle used to bring the gospel to others was the Word. For example we read in Acts 4 : 31 that the apostles “Spoke the Word of God with boldness.” Of those who took hold of the message it says, chapter 8 : 14 “They received the word of God.”

Having chosen to be followers of Christ we also should be “in Christ” and try to become “like Christ”. As Christians we should give ourselves to Christ Jesus and should as such belong to Him who is the word made flesh. The ramification of this is very sobering, to become part of Jesus means that our lives must be like his, enveloped in the Word. Jesus was the man who brought Gods Word close to all people, believers and non-believers, Jews and gentiles.

Jesus made it very clear we had to live according to the Spirit of the Law and therefore we should live the Word of God. Every act we do should be under the guidance of the God most High. Every word we utter should be in respect to every creation of the Almighty. The many Books God has provided to the public are not just letters on a piece of paper to the enjoyment of reading. the Words from the paper have to go into the blood of the reader. They should enter the brain and become a living part of it.

When we go out into the world we should breath the Word of God. In everything we do people should notice something special, which make the difference between a good heathen or gentile and a Christian. The gospel is preached at its best when it is being lived.

When others can look on us and say that they have been with a follower of Jesus and could witness this Jesus from long ago in the world of today. We should be able to give the others a feeling that they might have learned something of him. To do this we must allow our minds to be developed by God’s Word. The carnal mind, or the mind of the flesh is something that by nature we possess. The mind of the spirit can only be obtained by grafting into it scripture. The importance of the Word of God in our lives cannot be underestimated.

“Thus saith Jehovah, Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will ye build unto me? and what place shall be my rest? For all these things hath my hand made, and [so] all these things came to be, saith Jehovah: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and that trembleth at my word.” (Isaiah 66:1-2 ASV)

Jehovah should be able to see the house that we have build unto Him. Not only should we hear the word of  Adonai Jehovah, the most High, and tremble at His word, we should make sure that His Word shall be known all over the world so that the Elohim Hashem Adonai  may be glorified, so we can see God His joy,  but also their shame.

“Hear the Word of יהוה (Jehovah), you who tremble at His Word, “Your brothers who hate you, who cast you out for My Name’s sake, said, ‘Let יהוה be esteemed, so that we see your joy.’ But they are put to shame.” (Isaiah 66:5 The Scriptures 1998+)

We may have the assurance that God shall look at every man who is willing to learn about the Most High God,  even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembles at Gods  word.” (Isaiah 66 : 2).

The Apostle Paul says in his warning to the Ephesian elders to be watchful (Acts 20 : 32) “And now, brothers, I commit you to Elohim and to the word of His favour, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those having been set apart. (Acts 20:32 The Scriptures 1998+)

The Holy Scriptures tell us that we may be sure that we can learn from it and that those words can not only edify us but also build us up, and give us an inheritance among all them that are sanctified. For we as Christians should be fellow workers of Elohim, we should be the field of Elohim, the building of Elohim. (1 Corinthians 3:9)

“He who went down is also the One who went up far above all the heavens, to fill all. And He Himself gave some as emissaries, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as shepherds and teachers for the perfecting of the set-apart ones, to the work of service to a building up of the body of the Messiah, until we all come to the unity of the belief and of the knowledge of the Son of Elohim, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the completeness of Messiah, so that we should no longer be children, tossed and borne about by every wind of teaching, by the trickery of men, in cleverness, unto the craftiness of leading astray,{1 Footnote: 15:6, also 2 Cor. 10:5, 2 Cor. 11:3-14, Gal. 1:6-9, 2 Tim. 3:1-8, 2 Tim. 4:2-4, 2 Peter 2:2-22, Jud. vv. 10-19}. but, maintaining the truth in love, we grow up in all respects into Him who is the head, Messiah, from whom the entire body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the working by which each part does its share, causes growth of the body for the building up of itself in love. So this I say, and witness in the Master, that you should no longer walk as the gentiles walk,1 in the futility of their mind, {Footnote: 11 Cor. 12:2, and Jer. 10:2}. having been darkened in their understanding, having been estranged from the life of Elohim, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart, who, having become callous, have given themselves up to indecency, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But you have not so learned Messiah, if indeed you have heard Him and were taught by Him, as truth is in יהושע (Jeshua): that you put off – with regard to your former way of life – the old man, being corrupted according to the desires of the deceit, and to be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the renewed man1 which was created according to Elohim, in righteousness and set-apartness of the truth. {Footnote: 1Rom. 8:1}. (Ephesians 4:10-24 The Scriptures 1998+)

There is “truth in Jesus” who brought the Word of God to us. Following the day of Christ’s vengeance the sorrows of Israel will be turned into abundant joys. All the Gentiles spared shall rejoice in her salvation. All nations will look upon the glory of God as it shines in the face of Christ, the King, and worship will be carefully and constantly attended upon by all the peoples of the earth.
Today we can take notice of what is happening in the Middle East and with great interest we look at the providences of God towards the Jews, knowing that their return to their land is a preparation for the fulfilment of much prophecy, a sign of the approach of the close of the age and Christ’s coming. “Come, Lord Jesus.”

Times coming closer to the Endtimes shall not make it easier for us, but we may be sure se shall find the blessings at the end.

“And indeed, all those wishing to live reverently in Messiah יהושע, shall be persecuted.{1 Footnote: 1Mt. 5:10}. But evil men and impostors shall go on to the worse,{1} leading astray and being led astray. {Footnote: 1Mt. 24:12, Rev. 22:11}. But you, stay in what you have learned and trusted, having known from whom you have learned, and that from a babe you have known the Set-apart Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for deliverance through belief in Messiah יהושע. All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:12-17 The Scriptures 1998+)

From the moment we can get the possibility to learn the Word of God we start as babies and should be eager to learn more as a child, noticing that the Holy Scriptures, are able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. The 16th verse of 2 Timothy may be translated either Every Scripture is inspired of God and is profitable for teaching or Every Scripture inspired of God is profitable for teaching, but in either case the inspiration of Scripture is assumed, the writer being content to indicate its various uses. The most important wisdom comes from the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation. In and of itself, the Bible does not save us – but it is only through the Bible that we can receive God’s truth about Jesus, and put faith in him.

All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

It is the Word of God that has then the ability to build us up, to make us wise unto salvation and save our souls. Let us take an example from the nation of Israel to illustrate these principles.

In Numbers chapter 13 the record tells us that the children of Israel came to the borders of their inheritance, Moses instructed them to select a man from each tribe to spy out the land. Ten of them brought an evil report whilst Joshua and Caleb brought a good report. In the report that the ten brought we read these words (Numbers 13 : 31) “But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we.” In contrast to these words Caleb had said (Numbers 13 : 30) “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.” We know that the congregation of Israel accepted the evil report rather than that of Joshua and Caleb. In Hebrews chapter 4 the reason for this failure is given. (Hebrews 4 : 2) “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith.” They failed to believe in the word of God, to allow it to envelope their lives and it resulted in them failing to enter the land of promise. They were not aware that “the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword … and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” and that all things “are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do” (Hebrews 4 : 12, 13). They wanted to return to Egypt for that is where their heart was. They could remember all the fleshly things they had there (see Numbers 11 : 4 – 6) yet failed to remember the deliverance out of the house of bondage, the provision of food and water, the assurance of God’s presence in the pillar of cloud and fire. The confidence of Joshua and Caleb is seen in the words Caleb spoke to the people. “We are well able and in chapter 14 : 8 “If the LORD delight in us, he will bring us into this land.” This belief came from a firm conviction in what God had promised he was able also to perform. There was nothing magical about their faith. Faith is developed by a reading and meditating on the Word of Life.

There are significant events in the ministry of Jesus that Matthew, Mark, and Luke include that John leaves out, including Jesus’ birth, baptism, temptation in the wilderness, the Last Supper, the agony in Gethsemane, the Ascension, demonic confrontations, and parables. But John seems to five an extra dimension on the Word which has become flesh in we do have to behold  his glory, as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1 : 14). Here is the one who said “Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me), to do thy will, O God.” (Hebrews 10 : 7).

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

The Messiah, Christ, the Redeemer from sin, is represented as offering himself to do God’s will (tou poiēsai to thelēma sou, the genitive articular infinitive of purpose).  and when we would like to be Christ we should also bring our offering as good as we can. We also should completely surrendered to God His will.

We cannot have the deep spiritual insight that Jesus had in the Word, nevertheless, we, if we are to be part of him, must try and apply these words to our own lives. Jesus gave us the well-known parable of the sower which is recorded for us in Matthew chapter 13; Luke chapter 8. The details are well known to us, it is not only about the reception that people give to God’s Word but also of the reception they give to Him who is the Word. When Jesus is truly in our hearts then the gospel shines from us. “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10 : 15).

Speaking of the disciples Jesus says in his prayer to his Father “They are not of the world … Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.” (John 17 : 16, 17).

The New Testament complements the Old testament, in which the future was foretold which came to existence in the presence of Christ Jesus.  From Genesis onward there was the promise of the one to come to make an end to death.  In the other books many times Jesus is in the centre of the Old Writings and are about him and our salvation in him, if we are not opening our eyes to see this, the Bible will continue to remain a closed book.

Let us take courage and spend a little more time in reading and applying the word in our lives. This way we can like Joshua and Caleb be sure that the Lord will delight in us and will give us the inheritance he has promised to those that love him for we have received the word with joy.

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“In the gospel there is an invitation to all who believe what God has promised, to share with Christ in his kingdom, glory, and joy, which invitation is given on certain conditions well defined (1 Thess. 2:12; ; Matt. 25:21faith in the things covenanted to Abraham and David, and in those taught concerning Jesus, in the Old and New Testaments; immersion into the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; and thenceforth a life of without which no one will be approved and promoted to the honour and glory of the kingdom ().”John Thomas. (1990; 2002). Comments from Brother Thomas (Pagina 2). Logos Publications.

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To be continued: The importance of Reading the Scriptures

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  11. Why believing the Bible
  12. Why Believe the Bible? Internal Evidence
  13. Why Believe the Bible? External Evidence > Megiddo – The Bible
  14. Old and New Testament not discordant
  15. Are the New Testament manuscripts reliable?
  16. The Metaphorical language of the Bible
  17. What does the name of each book of the Bible mean?
  18. Which man is mentioned most often in the Bible? Jesus, Moses, Abraham or David?
  19. How many people in the bible had their names changed by God?
  20. Which numbers in the bible are literal and which aren’t?
  21. Which Bible version should I use?
  22. Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
  23. Why hasn’t anything been inspired recently? Revelation was the last inspired book and it was a long time ago. Why aren’t there any more?
  24. Sola Scriptura and its Pitfalls
  25. Why can’t Bible scholars agree on how to interpret the Bible?
  26. Where does the Bible first mention schools and study?
  27. How can I restore my faith?
  28. Is it alright to become a member of a non-denominational Christian fellowship, who follow the Bible teachings?
  29. Live much in the Bible
  30. Bible for you and for life
  31. Does the Bible talk about collective salvation?
  32. How do you reconcile the Bible and evolution?
  33. Why are numerous major Biblical events so similar to contemporary and historical mythology?
  34. How has the Bible helped and changed the world today?
  35. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  36. Of the many books Only the Bible can transform
  37. People don’t hunt out “loopholes” when they are seeking to love God and neighbourhs
  38. Gospel human words backed by divine energy
  39. Chief means by which men are built up
  40. A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
  41. Working on the Bible being like re-wiring an old house
  42. How does today’s seeker differ from the seeker of 1975?
  43. Determined To Stick With Truth.
  44. Bible like puddle of water
  45. Bible a guide – Bijbel als gids
  46. The Bible is a today book
  47. How do we determine in the bible what refers to AD 70 and what is yet to be fulfilled in prophecy?
  48. Appointed to be read
  49. What English Bible do you use?
  50. Power in the life of certain
  51. Unfair Contest about The Bible and Personal Growth
  52. When life caves in, honor the Lord
  53. Significant number of American teenagers lack knowledge of Bible
  54. How can we feel the Holy Spirit in our lives?
  55. Which church is to be followed?

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  • Acts 13: The Great Commission – Comparing Our Role and the Holy Spirit’s (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    Acts 13 (especially vs. 13-52) beautifully describes the extension of the Kingdom of God from Judaism to “the nations” – an ‘inclusive’ movement of revolutionary, world changing proportions. This explosion of the Gospel from Jews to “the nations” is announced at Acts 1:8, which is considered the purpose statement of the entire Book of Acts: “When the Holy Spirit has come upon you …you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”This statement of Christ echoes His command at Matthew 28:19 – “Go… make disciples of all nations.” Of course, “all nations” was the explosive part of the Great Commission, as no one had really heard or considered the idea of proclaiming the Messiah of the Jews as Lord to the Gentiles.

     

  • Acts 14: Paul, Hermes & Hermeneutics (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    In preaching the Gospel, Paul importantly taught Christ from the Old Testament (e.g., 13:16-25), sharing knowledgeably and skillfully how the Scriptures pointed to Christ and to that Christ accomplished. In doing this, Paul calls to mind the words of Jesus Himself: “You search the Scriptures [Old Testament] because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me…” (John 5:40).
  • What Is Your Understanding of Biblical Discipleship?(kevinnunez.org)Biblically, discipleship is not a program but a process of becoming Christlike and being zealous to see others become disciples also.
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    Christian discipleship is a lifelong journey of obedience to Christ that spiritually transforms a person’s values and behavior and results in ministry in one’s home, church, and the world.
  • Reading the Signs of the End Times – Acts (naturalspirituality.wordpress.com)
    To Luke (no doubt a Gentile) and still a proportionally very small group of believers (relative to all Jews and pagans) in the late 1st century, Jesus was the long-awaited Messiah.  They had expected “apocalypse now” and with its failure to materialize, they had some serious problems.
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    The Holy Spirit could be used as the claimed agent for introducing what otherwise seemed too much of a disjuncture – the covenant of Jehovah with Israel was envisioned as a New Covenant, for Gentiles as well as Jews, that God had promised and, just that morning was instituting.  He had inaugurated it initially by raising Jesus from the dead (2:30-32).  Peter goes on with our central point by saying, “… having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you both see and hear” (2:33).
  • Christ as Hermeneutic: Moses Wrote of Me (frted.wordpress.com)
    Unlike what some modern Christians like to claim, that literalism is the principle by which we read the Old Testament, the New Testament itself gives us the clue for reading the Old Testament.
  • Falling Walls: A Pentecost Sermon (maryharristodd.wordpress.com)
    the Spirit didn’t make the outsiders able to speak and understand the language of the church, and then bring them to the church.  The Spirit empowered the insiders to speak the native languages of the outsiders, and took the church out to them.
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    Sometimes I wonder how well the presence of this congregation of Jesus’ disciples can be seen and heard.  I wonder.  This church house is quiet most of the week.  If we park around the back, people passing might not notice it when we are here.  The new construction on this end of the building is completely hidden.  Folks can’t see this new development.
  • And Then The End Will Come (freedomarc.wordpress.com)
    Around the world, prophetic people are struggling to fit what God is showing them into an eschatology that simply doesn’t work, because it is based on a false premise, and a misinterpretation of this passage of scripture, amongst others. As I say, that is because people have not approached it with a proper understanding of covenant and covenant language.
  • Jesus, the Centre of all History (freedomarc.wordpress.com)
    And when we look at eschatology, the study of the last things, it is all about Jesus. It’s not about us, it’s not about the church, it’s not about the world – it’s about Jesus. He comes to sum everything up. It’s all about Him. He holds everything together. All the Old Covenant looks forward to Jesus. All the New Covenant looks back to Him. So every time we look at a scripture, we must interpret it through Jesus’ message and His Person. You can’t take it in isolation.
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    We read in Ephesians 3:10 ‘…that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church…’.  I love that word ‘manifold’, because it means multi-coloured and multi-faceted , all expressing who God is: all expressing the wonderful wisdom of God. Being made known through… us, through the church. Being made known to whom? ‘… to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which God carried out in Christ Jesus.’
  • The Old Testament and Christ (pastorreeder.wordpress.com)
    In St. Luke’s Gospel, the 24th Chapter, Jesus once again links His Word and His work to the Old Testament.  Significantly, Jesus once again confesses and testifies that the Old Testament finds its fulfillment in Him.
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    The Old Testament together mightily witnesses of the Coming One.  The individual references in the Old Testament do not give the entire picture of the Messiah as do the Gospels, but they do point to Him and in Christ they find their fulfillment.
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    If we fail to see and believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures center on Jesus and are about Him and our salvation in Him, the Bible will continue to remain a closed book.
  • Compromising the Gospel (spiritofdiscernment.wordpress.com)
    Many Christians may get offended when I highlight the disparities between the church I see today and the church that was evident in scriptures.
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    There are various brands of Christianity, or “Churchianity” to put it more correctly, today with each declaring that they have the true gospel. The naïve and the simple-minded will however declare that all churches are the same despite not understanding that there is a gulf of difference between the various versions of what they claim is the truth. Perhaps the god of this world has blinded their eyes to the truth such that they are not able to glean the fact that there is only one truth and that two or more contrary positions cannot all be truth at the same time. It is not only the preachers therefore who are compromising the gospel but the hearers also when they neglect to “test every spirit” and study the scriptures as the Bereans did when they heard Paul’s message.
  • Jesus, How Should I Preach? (biblicalpreaching.net)
    The first phase of the process is to be loving God by sitting at Christ’s feet.
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    Then as you start planning your message, plan it prayerfully with a deep concern for them to understand, to stay engaged, to be able to follow, to feel the import and impact of the message of the text.  And as you preach it, preach with the winsomeness and grace of God permeating your demeanour, because God is passionately excited about incarnating His grace and truth!
  • The Concept and Importance of Canonicity (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    The world in its own wisdom would never understand or seek God (Rom. 3:11) but always suppress or distort the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18, 21). So Paul concluded that “the world in its wisdom did not know God” (I Cor. 1:21), and he set in sharp contrast “the words which man’s wisdom teaches” and those which “God revealed unto us through the Spirit” (I Cor. 2:10, 13).
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    God’s people must not submit to uninspired words of men. “Thus says Jehovah of hosts, Hearken not unto the word of the prophets… speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Jehovah” (Jer. 23:16). Nor should God’s people allow their faith to be compromised by any philosophy which is “after the tradition of men… and not after Christ” (Col. 2:8). Christ Himself condemned those who “have made void the word of God because of [their] tradition” (Matt. 15:6). Human philosophy and human traditions have no place in defining the Christian faith.
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    The church cannot subsequently attribute authority to certain writings. It can simply receive them as God’s revealed word which, as such, always has been the church’s canon. Authority is inherent in those writings from the outset, and the church simply confesses this to be the case.
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    Historical evidence indicates that, even with the difficulties mentioned above, the Old and New Testament canons were substantially recognized and already established in the Christian church by the end of the second century. However, there is adequate Biblical and theological reason to believe that the canon of Scripture was essentially settled even in the earliest days of the church.
  • Acts 16: The Conversion of Lydia (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    The Lord (not Paul or Timothy, and not even Lydia) opened Lydia’s heart (willingness,         attitude, perception of truth, faith, repentance) to respond to the Gospel; as always, God did           the electing, and He dispensed the gifts of faith and repentance; Paul’s job, being Christ’s           ambassador, was to deliver the Gospel and teach the truth of God’s word;
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    The Good News was being extended to Gentiles and the nations! As Jesus Himself ministered to people – whether men, women, Samaritans, or whomever – so Paul and his companions ministered inclusively, in obedience to the “all nations” mandate of Christ, and to the calling of Paul as “Apostle to the Gentiles”; andLydia immediately manifested the gift of hospitality. God granted this woman faith in Christ and the Gospel, and he granted repentance; then the Spirit immediately called and empowered her to extend hospitality to Paul and Timothy, who were truly in need of it. We see also the beginnings of a life of faith, wherein Lydia was already learning to obey the commands of the Lord, as she enters a life of unity and fellowship among the believers. 
  • We Received of His Fullness (divinityhc.wordpress.com)
    Jesus Christ received of the spirit of His Father to over flow without measure and to whomsoever He wills He will give of that spirit. It is a mystery to us human that the same spirit of God was given to Christ in its fullness without limitation and yet God is not diminished in His essence and power.
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    Christ was full of the spirit of God and He was led by the same into the wilderness to face the enemy. He survived the ordeal through the spirit of God and we can too if we trust and depend on God’s spirit to show us the plans of our Father. So, we have all received of the fullness of Christ by the making of His Father through His spirit.
  • The Sermon Today (goldenbible.wordpress.com)
    Paul went to so many places, but wherever he was, there was a thoroughness to his work, he left nothing undone in the region where he was ministering and he could say “there’s no longer any work for me here.” One of the characteristics needed for blessing in ministry, or even in our jobs, is to be thorough and to finish the work God calls us to do.
  • The Danger Of Traditions (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
    Traditions are very important in some religions … In Roman Catholicism, tradition is placed on par with God’s Word + Protestant churches have their own traditions … To be a member of a particular denomination, one must accept  its traditions
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    Traditions of men tend toward ritualism (just look at the rituals found in many religions that have no scriptural basis)
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    When traditions of men are taught on the same level as the commands of God, it leads to vain worship – Mark 7:7
  • Encouragement-4 (dailyousmisc.wordpress.com)
    As Christians, we are called by God to encourage others. Time and again in the Scriptures we read that we are to “love the brotherhood” and with a fervent and pure spirit (1 Peter 1:22, 2:17). We are to build one another up in faith (Jude 20). We are to remind one another of the goodness and love of God (1 John 1:1-4).The expression of encouragement is always to be active. We are not merely to be an encouragement to others through our example of a virtuous life. We are to share encouragement by voicing words of encouragement and engaging in specific deeds. Encouragement is not merely something we are. It is something we do.
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    We are not called to be doomsday phrophets, pessimists, down-in-the-mouth naysayers, or condemning critics. We are called to encourage!

     

  • Acts: How the Great Commission is Done (cutpaste.typepad.com)
    Luke tells us what happened after the Apostles received the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20). Therefore, if we want to know how the recipients of the Great Commission and direct disciples of Jesus Christ went about the Great Commission, we need to read about that in the Book of Acts.
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    We might think of the four gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) as the direct witness of the life, death and resurrection of Christ, the Book of Acts as the skeletal depiction of the carrying out of the Great Commission, and the epistles of the NT as the meat on the bones of that skeleton.
  • Acts (tylersheart.wordpress.com)
    Acts is, in part, an apology (or defense) on behalf of the early Christian movement vis–vis Rome. Consequently, the writer of Acts wanted to show that nothing could keep the good news about Jesus from spreading everywhere. He also demonstrates that the good news did not pose a threat to the Empire. Still, Acts is a story of origins, told in retrospect, that shows how the earliest followers came to understand who could belong to God’s people (see e.g., Acts 10 and 15).
  • The Gospel Part One! (randyhenri.wordpress.com)
    The Bible is a progressive revelation. If you skip the first half of any good book and try to finish it, you will have a hard time understanding the characters, the plot, and the ending. The New Testament is only completely understood when it is seen as being built upon the foundation of the events, characters, laws, sacrificial system, prophecies, covenants, and promises of the Old Testament. In this manner all of Old Testament history was a learning or training period to prepare the world for the arrival of Jesus Christ and His role in the plane of redemption.
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Mormons again gaining some attention

Posted on May 17, 2012. Filed under: Bible Study and Bible Reading, Endtimes, Holy Scriptures, Jezus Christus Jesus, Jeshua, Jahushua de Messias, News and Politics | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

“There is a good chance that the main way a lot of leaders of the church will respond to the election of a Mormon to the presidency will be to stay as quiet and uninvolved in politics as possible and put as much daylight as possible between that president and the institutional church,” said Russell Arben Fox, a political scientist at Friends University in Wichita, Kan., and a Mormon writer. “They’re a global church and have responsibilities all around the world. For them to appear to be lining up behind a Mormon president and endorsing his policies would just be bad for the church.”

Despite their fears, Mormons acknowledge that Romney’s nomination will be a milestone like none before for the church.

With the American presidential election ahead the Mormons get some more attention because of Mitt Romney, the leading GOP candidate, and Jon Huntsman the second Republican candidate in the 2012 race who happens to be Mormon.

Some think it is Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president and a man who overcame several religious controversies — rumours that he’s a Muslim, concerns about his U.S.-bashing pastor in Chicago — who helped pave the way for nominees of other faiths.

“The American public is more sophisticated regarding religion than the prejudices witnessed from generations long past,” said conservative political commentator Kevin Patrick.

Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney

Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney

For Huntsman and Romney, their campaigns come at a significant time in public awareness of Mormonism.

On the entertainment front, Broadway’s “The Book of Mormon” and cable TV’s “Big Love” — however distorted their portrayal of the faith — have helped usher Mormonism into the mainstream, observers said.

On the political front, there are 14 Mormon members of Congress, making Washington’s climate hospitable to the idea of a Mormon president — or at least a Mormon GOP nominee.

“Being Mormon is only going to hurt them in a Southern evangelical base vote,” said Republican consultant Mike Edelman, who argued, however, that evangelicals would support Romney or Huntsman over Obama.

One major difference between the two is that Romney this year has shied away from discussing his faith, and Huntsman has insisted it’s just one of several religions that influence his life, fueling speculation that he could be distancing himself from the Church of Latter-Day Saints.

“Huntsman is reflective of contemporary trends in Mormonism,” said Matthew Bowman, associate editor of Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought.

Mitt Romney’s emergence as the front-runner for the Republican nomination has been a mixed blessing for Mormons. It has led to unprecedented interest in the Church of Latter-Day Saints or LDS Church and its members, but the dominant image of Romney—too wooden, too rich, too secretive about his faith, too white—has reinforced existing stereotypes about members of the faith.

But they are not the first Mormon candidates for president, because the father of the movement himself presented himself as a candidate.  Joseph Smith who claimed to have been visited by an angel of God who led him to the discovery of sacred gold-plated texts that became The “Book of Mormon,” ran an unorthodox campaign for president back in 1844, promoting a platform that went roughly this way: Make America a one-party state. Reduce Congress in size by two-thirds, allowing two senators per state, but just one House member per million people. Reduce Congressional salaries to two dollars plus room and board. (After all, he wrote, “that is more than the farmer gets and he lives honestly.”) Turn the jails into “seminaries of learning.” Re-establish the national bank. Make prisoners work on building roads or on any project “where the culprit can be taught more wisdom and more virtue; and become more enlightened…”

The reason why the golden plates or copies of the text on them are not available for examination is explained by saying that the angel had forbidden Joseph Smith to show them to anyone except those designated by the angel. After the translating work was done the angel is said to have taken them away. On those plates would have been the revelation of God. And Joseph Smith acted according to these words of God and as the angel directed him.

Jesus also would have appeared in the United States of America. As such he would also probably have spoken to many people over there, and they could have followed him.

The Book of Mormon English Missionary Edition ...

The Book of Mormon English Missionary Edition Soft Cover (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Joseph Smith wrote the Book of Mormon like an Authorised Bible version and got interested people around him. But his strange ideas brought controversions and agitations.

Long before he decided to run for president, the Mormon prophet had established a political life. Violently expelled from Missouri where the governor had issued an executive order authorizing the “extermination” or forced removal of the Mormon community, Smith and his followers settled in the rural town of Commerce, Illinois, and renamed it Nauvoo (Hebrew for “beautiful spot”). There, despite professed admiration for the Constitution as having been “divinely inspired,” he established himself as something of a supreme ruler. Indeed, Nauvoo was more like an independent theocracy than a republic, with Smith himself serving as mayor, chief judge, and major general of a private town militia.

Smith’s inspiration for seeking the presidency was the experience in Missouri. He had resented his community’s treatment there and petitioned President Martin Van Buren to intercede on the Mormons’ behalf. Van Buren declined. But the Mormon leader did have strong opinions on national issues as well and he published them under the title, “General Smith’s Views of the Powers and Policy of the Government of the United States.”

Smith had hoped to keep the polygamy in his church secret.

It was an 1878 Supreme Court decision that ultimately forced the church to abandon the practice of polygamy. In Reynolds v. United States, the justices unanimously asserted a distinction between belief and practice, between opinion and conduct, when it ruled that the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act, which prohibited the practice of “plural marriage” in any U.S. territory (Abraham Lincoln signed the act into law in 1862), withstood the standards of the First Amendment, even though the plaintiff, George Reynolds, had argued that it was his religious “duty” as a Mormon to marry more than one woman. Following that, the Mormon Church leadership declared in 1890 that its followers should “refrain from contracting any marriages forbidden by the law of the land.”

By the mid-twentieth century, the Mormon faith had settled into a more traditional profile. Still, the church’s fantastic origins and racist history have dogged any Mormon looking to occupy national office, and if Gov. Romney’s popularity grows making him a the Republican answer against Barack Obama, we can expect that his Mormon roots will continue to be debated.

During a town meeting, supporter Betty Treen took the microphone to ask the former Massachusetts Governor point blank about his faith.

“I am for you, but I need to ask you a personal question: Do you believe in the divine saving grace of Jesus Christ?” A murmur could be heard in the crowd in the few seconds it took Romney to get the microphone back.

“Yes, I do,” Romney began, as the crowd erupted into applause led by home state governor Nikki Haley, who was on stage with the candidate she has endorsed.

“I would note there are people in our nation that have different beliefs; there are people of the Jewish faith, and people of the Islamic faith, and other faiths who believe other things, and our President will be President of the people of all faiths,” Romney said, again interrupted by applause.

A president for all faiths is not a bad thing. But Christians should be aware of certain beliefs in the Mormon faith, which could give enough signs to the believer how to react rightly. Now that the Mormons are receiving again some attention so they shall be eager enough to come back on the streets more openly again to proclaim what they say is the word of God.

But can the book of Mormon be a book given by God to His people? Is it for us an important book to be read?

To find out you are best to compare the Book of Mormon with the Bible.

The number one truth, listed in the LDS’ A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, revealed “through the instrumentality of the Prophet Joseph Smith” is “The true personality of God.” – p. 407, 1979 ed.

Or, as Joseph Smith himself wrote in his Lectures on Faith, p. 36,

“three things are necessary, in order that any rational and intelligent being may exercise faith in God unto life and salvation. First, the idea that he actually exists. Secondly, a CORRECT [Smith’s emphasis] idea of his character, perfection and attributes.”

Joseph Smith,  his followers, and the Mormons who come along the houses give the impression that it is important that  we know who the God is whom we must worship in truth (John 4:24) and what he expects of us. We are even given the warning that  otherwise we may not receive eternal life! (See 2 Thessalonians 1:8, 9 – KJV and Joseph Smith’s Inspired Version.) Ignorance will not be an excuse in the last day. How could anyone refuse to expend every effort in discovering all that can be known about the True God? (Proverbs 2:4, 5.)

When questions of historicity come up in Mormonism, the conversation often changes direction, from focusing on the historicity of the textual accounts to focusing on the historicity of the provenance of the text.

A very striking thing about The Book of Mormon is the frequent quotes or near quotes it makes from the Authorized or King James Version of the Bible, which was popular during the days of Joseph Smith.

The Book of Mormon has men who are supposed to have lived several hundred years before Christ using expressions that are found in the Greek Scriptures of the Bible, which Scriptures were written after the time of Christ. Paul’s expression at Hebrews 13:8 is used at least five times. He said: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (AV) Its first appearance in The Book of Mormon is at 1 Nephi 10:18, which was supposedly written more than 600 years before the days of the apostle Paul. It says: “For he is the same yesterday, to-day, and forever.”

The Book of Mormon has Jesus Christ not only appearing in the flesh to the people of North America after his resurrection and ascension. About 124 years before Jesus was born in Bethlehem, The Book of Mormon has people crying out: “O have mercy, and apply the atoning blood of Christ that we may receive forgiveness of our sins, and our hearts may be purified; for we believe in Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who created heaven and earth, and all things; who shall come down among the children of men.” (Mosiah 4:2) How can a people cry for forgiveness of sins by the atoning blood of Christ long before that blood was shed and at a time when God’s people were required to rely upon the animal sacrifices of the Law for atonement of sins?

A number of books in The Book of Mormon are dated before the coming of Christ, but they repeatedly talk about Jesus Christ, his sin-atoning sacrifice, his resurrection, his baptism in water, the baptism by the holy spirit, the salvation of man through Christ and the need of exercising faith in him in order to be saved. These things are mentioned with the great frequency that marks literary works produced after Jesus was killed and resurrected. Such statements about him become anachronisms in the time setting given them by The Book of Mormon. Being out of time-order, they conflict with the Bible, which places similar statements after Christ, not before his coming.

The Book of Mormon boldly asserts that God and Christ are one God. Alma 11:38, 39 says: “Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father? And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth.” Mormon 7:7 speaks about singing praises “unto the Father, and unto the Son, and unto the Holy Ghost, which are one God, in a state of happiness which hath no end.” The Book of Mormon has Jesus Christ flatly saying, at 3 Nephi 11:14, “I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.”

But are you able to find such trinitarian sayings somewhere in the canon of the Bible? You may take any Roman Catholic Bible and even there you would not find any reference to a tri-une God in the Bible text itself?

Jesus Christ never claimed to be the “God of the whole earth” or the “God of Israel” or to be the “Creator of all things”. He always was very clear when he did miracles, that it was not he who did it whit his power, but His Father who authorised to do these actions in His name. Jesus was also clear in letting to know the people that they did not have to honour him, but that they should only give honour to the Only One God, his Father who is in heaven.

On this point The Book of Mormon contradicts the Bible. Instead of saying that the Father and the Son are one God, the Bible reveals the son as the person given by the force of God, placed in the womb of a young virgin. This man was to be the one who still had to come in the time of Moses and Jacob. It was a man who was going to die while God can not die. Though for Joseph Smith God  is also a man, while the Bible clearly tells us God is a spirit.

“God is a glorified and perfected man, a personage of flesh and bones. Inside his tangible body is an eternal Spirit (see D&C 130:22).” – p. 6, Gospel Principles, published by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1979 ed.

“The exact nature of the Holy Ghost – how He can be a personage of spirit dwelling in a spirit body – is not fully comprehended by mortal men. But we can understand that the Father and the Son are glorified men in whose image Adam was made. We can understand that they are separate individuals, physically distinct from each other, and, by considering certain statements found in the Bible, we can understand that both God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ have glorified resurrected bodies of flesh and bones. We read in Holy Writ: ‘And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.’ (John 17:3).” – p. 92, Why I Believe, G. E. Clark, 1952, Foreword by Mormon Apostle John A. Widtsoe.

“god [is] a spirit, and they who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24 MKJV)

Joseph Smith also used the name “Jehovah” more frequently than most members of “traditional” Christendom today.  He also puts a lot of importance on the name of a person. It would appear, then, that he recognized the importance of that personal name of the Creator of the universe as welll. And, although he often publicly acknowledged the personal name “Jehovah” (e.g. D&C 109:34, 42, 56, 68), he did not present “Elohim” as being a name, but being a title. (What it is.)  He  properly translated that Hebrew word or title (but not personal name) as “God” or “god”!

IF, as present day Prophets of the LDS Church teach, “elohim” really is the personal name of God, the Father, then Joseph Smith’s virtually ignoring it would have been a terrible error!

Jesus did find an end to his life on the wooden stake.  Jesus had also been clear that when he would return to the earth it would be at a moment he did not know yet, because only his Father knew. And that return would mean the End of Times.

So when Jesus would also have been in the United States, that would have meant the beginning of the End Times, though we are still in that time of tribulation.

Jesus is according the Bible also less than his Father and subject to the Father, who is the Only One God, even after his ascension to heaven. This is shown at 1 Corinthians 15:28, “But when all things will have been subjected to him, then the Son himself will also subject himself to the One who subjected all things to him, that God may be all things to everyone.”

Jewish liturgy was fulfilled in Jesus. The apostles wrote their accounts to show Jesus as the fulfilment of the Jewish faith, so that stories of Jesus would parallel the Old Testament accounts already used in the synagogues.

Rather than claiming to be God in the flesh, Jesus Christ pointed out his dependence upon the Father and his inferiority to him by saying: “I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative; just as I hear, I judge; and the judgement that I render is righteous, because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him that sent me.” (John 5:30).

There have been thousands of changes over the years in all of the LDS “Scriptures.” The Book of Mormon (BOM), for example, has suffered about 4000 changes since it was first published in 1830. Some of these changes that we will examine were major changes. The vast majority, however, were spelling/grammar/punctuation corrections.

Even these “minor” errors are significant. One of the special “Three Witnesses” for the BOM, Martin Harris, testified that the words which appeared on the “seer stone,” which Joseph Smith claimed to use to translate the golden plates into the BOM, wouldn’t even “erase” from that stone until they had been correctly written down on paper! {2}

It can be tempting to take the Book of Mormon just as an other Bible translation (as it is sometimes presented). People can find a lot of lengthy quotations from the Authorized Version in it. But several of the words, according to Smith would have been said in North America. For example, 3 Nephi 12:3-18, 21-28 and 31-45 are practically identical, verse for verse, with Matthew 5:3-18, 21-28 and 31-45 in the Authorized Version. This will also be found true when comparing 3 Nephi 13 with Matthew 6 as well as 3 Nephi 14 with Matthew 7. The type of similarities that comparison of these passages reveals would not have existed if Jesus had truly repeated these things to another people and they were written by different writers in a different language.

Many of Jesus’ statements recorded in the Bible can be found liberally sprinkled throughout The Book of Mormon, from those parts dated nearly 600 years before his birth to those dated over 400 years after his birth. What Jesus said about his sheep at John 10:9, 14, 16 is found, in part, at 1 Nephi 22:25, dated 588 years before Christ. Alma 31:37 uses Jesus’ words at Luke 12:22, although this book is dated 74 years before his birth. Jesus’ well-known expression at Matthew 16:19, where he tells Peter: “Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven,” is found at Helaman 10:7, which says: “Behold, I give unto you power, that whatsoever ye shall seal on earth shall be sealed in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” This is dated twenty-three years before the birth of Jesus. It should be of interest to mention here that what Peter said about Jesus at Acts 3:22-25 appears, with the exception of a few alterations, at 3 Nephi 20:23-25, as words that Jesus was supposed to have said A.D. 34 to people in North America, but its close resemblance to the Authorized Version of the Bible identifies its source.

Joseph Smith’s teachings indicate the so-called “lost” 10 tribes (which include the tribe of Ephraim) are still off in some unknown, isolated location in the far north (see Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, pp. 843, 844) – Therefore, modern Europeans and Americans are not their descendants.

The Church also establishes a connection for the Deaf between Nephites and Lamanites and American Indians. If limited geography theories of the Book of Mormon are correct, this connection may be unfortunate, particularly as it comes from a more official source than the hand motions that go along with “Book of Mormon Stories.”

Trent Stephens explains the difficulties with recent DNA-based criticisms (PDF). Ralph Olsen proposes a Malay setting for the Book of Mormon (PDF). (But in that case, what are we to make of the prophesied Columbus figure, etc.?)

Worth to compare:

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The Garden of Eden and the places where Adam offered sacrifices were placed in Missouri by Joseph Smith’s teaching which is also not according the Old writings to be found in the Middle East.  ( Adam will return to Missouri,at and near Adam-Ondi-Ahman according to Doctrine & Covenants 116 .)

However global the Church may be today, it certainly started out very America-centered, and retains much of that America-centeredness.

The American people may find in George Romney the “real American” though polygamy is the reason  he was born in Mexico.

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“Let Us Reason” went deeper into the bible versus Mormon Book, but because it is not available any  more, we would like to recommend the reading of this article on Fromthesunrising’s Blog  The Book Of Mormons . also find some more writings in Reasoning From Scripture on the LDS.

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Please do read:

  1. LDS’ God (“Elohim” & “Jehovah”)
  2. LDS’ change: Changing God’s Inspired Word
  3. Stick of Judah and Stick of Ephraim (or Joseph) – Ezekiel 37
  4. The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon
    Why I Believe, by Mormon writer George Edward Clark, pp. 122-123 states:“Now, if Joseph Smith were a false prophet, an impostor, and wrote the Book of Mormon himself, quoting verbatim whole chapters from the Bible, he would have been inconsistent with his teachings, for in his eighth Article of Faith he said, ‘We believe the Bible to be the word of God as far as it is translated correctly.’ Therefore, since he implied that our present King James version of the Bible is not all translated correctly, it is evident he would not copy what he professed was a mistranslation and embody that copy in a book which he purported to be a true record. The wording of those chapters, particularly the second chapter of Isaiah, differs greatly in the two books – one passage from each will suffice to illustrate:“‘And the mean man boweth down, and the great man humbleth himself: therefore forgive them not.’ (Isaiah 2:9)“‘And the mean man boweth not down, and the great man humbleth himself not, therefore forgive him not.’ (Book of Mormon – 2 Nephi 12:9)“It will at once be apparent that the latter translation has more clarity, is more consistent with itself, and bears witness of the fact that Joseph Smith did not copy the passage from the Bible, but suggests he translated it from God-inspired ancient records” – Bookcraft, Inc., Salt Lake City, 1952.

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  • Being Human (dougsdeepthoughts.wordpress.com)
    I am a Mormon. By that, I mean that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That’s the church that has drawn a whole heckuva lot of attention lately thanks to prominent members like Mitt Romney, Jon Huntsman, Jr., Harry Reid, and Bryce Harper. A lot of misconceptions are being cleared up thanks to all of this attention…people are finding out that we don’t have five wives, worship Joseph Smith, sacrifice animals in our temples, etc. People are finding out that Mormons are, in many ways, just average people who believe that God is still speaking to His children.
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    So as you continue to see more about Mormonism in the news, please remember that we are proud of our most faithful members…but at the same time, remember that we are human too.
  • The Brain Eating Cult of Mormonism (theageofblasphemy.wordpress.com)
    “The precipitous mountain pass that led the [Mormon] pioneers down into the Salt Lake Valley and still is the route of access from the east on Interstate 80, was first explored by my great-grandfather, Parley P. Pratt,” Mitt Romney cheerfully writes in “Turnaround,” the airport bookstore leadership manual he wrote in 2004 while governor of Massachusetts.
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    some Mormons have a tendency to compare themselves to the Jews — members of the church even refer to non-­Mormons as “Gentiles.” (“I understood a little better what my Jewish friends encounter,” Romney writes in “Turnaround,” after receiving anti-­Mormon hate mail.)
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    The Mormonism of the 19th century bears little resemblance to Mitt Romney’s Mormonism. Mitt Romney’s Mormonism is the impossibly cheery “Donny and Marie” variety, not the armed apocalyptic homesteading cult member variety. Tolstoy — referring to the scrappy/crazy 19th century version — called Mormonism “the American religion,” and he decidedly did not mean that as a compliment. But the modern church still deserves the title. It’s the Coca-­Cola religion, with a brand that denotes a sort of upbeat corporate Americanness, considered cheesy by elites but undeniably popular in pockets of the heartland and abroad.
  • Richard Mouw, Evangelical Leader, Says Engaging Mormons Isn’t Just About Being Nice (huffingtonpost.com)
    Richard Mouw never intended to start a riot within the evangelical community by saying his fellow believers had “sinned against Mormonism.” But that’s exactly what happened.
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    Today, evangelicals have been forced to confront their views of Mormonism even more directly and publicly because of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.In October, Dallas pastor Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist, called Mormonism a cult and said he therefore would never vote for a Latter-day Saint. Since Romney presumably secured the Republican nomination, Jeffress reluctantly admitted he would vote for Romney over Obama, because of the Mormon candidate’s stance on abortion.
  • Now that Romney is invoking Mormonism to woo voters, isn’t it time we had a frank discussion about Mormonism? (americablog.com)
    Why is discussing Mitt Romney’s Mormonism off limits when Mitt Romney is using his Mormonism to woo evangelical voters?  Either his being a Mormon is relevant or it’s not; it’s off limits, or it’s not.  It’s clearly not off limits to Mitt Romney.
  • ‘Sister Wives’ Speak On Romney, Hanukkah And Practice Of Polygamy (huffingtonpost.com)
    With Gov. Romney the clear favorite to win the Republican nomination, the question of a Mormon president in the White House will be a hot topic this election season. One of the most prominent displays of Mormonism is TLC’s popular reality show “Sister Wives,” in which an openly polygamist, Fundamentalist Mormon family shares their life and faith with the world.While The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has officially rejected polygamy, the Brown family openly continues with the practice.
  • Mormons gird for campaign (staradvertiser.com)
    As 20,000 Mormons streamed from the church conference center, a ragtag group of protesters stood across the street shouting that the Latter-day Saints were going to hell. Mormon families, who had gathered here for two days of speeches and spiritual guidance called General Conference, ignored the hecklers or laughed and kept walking.
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    The Latter-day Saints have been running a multimillion-dollar series of ads, called “I’m a Mormon,” since 2010, to dispel stereotypes by telling the stories of individual Mormons. To avoid any appearance that the ads were meant to help Romney, the church didn’t buy ad time in Iowa and some other markets with early primaries, said Michael Purdy, an LDS national spokes­man. At the General Conference last month, led by the highest authorities of the church, there was no mention of the election across the pulpit.
  • Romney, Mormons brace for mean campaign (kshb.com)
    Organized in 1830, Latter-day Saints were persecuted from their earliest days for their doctrine and support for polygamy, which Mormons renounced in 1890. A mob assassinated founder Joseph Smith in 1844, sending Mormons fleeing into the unsettled Mountain West. Theological differences with other faith groups — about scriptures, the nature of God and heaven — provided fodder for anti-Mormon bias over the years. Christian groups challenged the Mormon assertion that the church is part of traditional Christianity. One such group, the Utah Lighthouse Ministry, operates just a few miles from Temple Square, the Salt Lake City complex at the heart of the faith.

  • Romney, Mormons brace for a mean political season (hosted.ap.org)
    even with a resilience built over nearly two centuries as outsiders, church members are anxious about what’s ahead. Republican Mitt Romney is about to become the first Mormon nominee for U.S. president on a major party ticket. That will give them a chance like no other to explain their tradition to the public, but the church’s many critics will have a bigger platform, too. And the vetting will take place amid the emotion of what may well be a nasty general election.
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    “People who have opposed Mormonism forever will use this as an opportunity,” said Robert Millet, a religion scholar at Brigham Young University who co-founded a pioneering evangelical-Mormon dialogue. “I don’t know if we’re ready for this kind of deluge.”
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    Steve Shaw, a political scientist at Northwest Nazarene University and co-author of “The Presidents and Their Faith,” compares this election to the 1960 campaign of John F. Kennedy, who confronted religious bias to become the first Roman Catholic president. Kennedy’s election marked a move for Catholics more firmly into the American mainstream, a potential shift for Mormons as well in 2012. When Romney became the presumptive nominee last month, the liberal-leaning Mormon blog, “By Common Consent,” posted an article titled, “Excited about Romney, Despite Myself.”

    “If Mr. Romney is elected, when he is sworn into office in January 2013, the history of Mormonism in this country clearly would enter a new chapter,” Shaw said.

  • Romney, Mormons brace for a mean political season (boston.com)
    Christian groups with a competing emphasis on evangelizing worry about a flood of Mormon converts if Romney prevails over President Barack Obama. With 14.4 million members, the church is among the fastest-growing in the world, supported by a full-time missionary force of about 55,000 young people.
  • Romney, Mormons brace for a mean political season (kansascity.com)
    “I honestly look forward to having the public see an LDS member live life in full public view,” said Alison Moore Smith, a Mormon Republican from Lindon, Utah, and founder of the blog MormonMomma.com. “While many (Mormons) are worried about the heightened scrutiny, most seem to have a ‘finally they will see what we’re really like’ attitude.”

  • Mitt Romney Already Trying To Convert Christians To Mormonism? (truelogic.wordpress.com)
    Mitt Romney stated about Paul Ryan’s budget that it was ” A Marvelous Work of Wonder”.  Mormons love the word “marvelous.” It was one of Joseph Smith’s favorite words.The bible used the word Marvelous 24 times while the book of mormon used it 50 times, yet the bible is almost 5 times larger than the book of mormon.
  • Mormons who fear Mitt – Mormon Church – Salon.com (mbcalyn.com)

    “I would not vote for him just because he is Mormon. I want to know what he is going to do for the people.  I want to see the compassion.”

    Gladys Knight is not voting for Mitt Romney. In a recent interview with BET the famed singer, herself a Mormon, said she wants to see the GOP front-runner “talk about something else besides the money.” Knight’s ambivalence about Romney is shared by at least a handful of her fellow Latter-day Saints.
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    Mormonism’s political monoculture may well be shrinking the gene pool of potential converts who will remain comfortable in LDS pews. To be relevant — that is, likable — in the 21st century, Mormons will need to find a way to appeal to a broader segment of American society: women, gays and even Democrats.

    Mitt Romney could make that effort more difficult.

  • Can A Cult Member Be President Without Cult Influence?(currentopinionsofnews.wordpress.com)Yes, it is my belief, as it is with many others, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a cult.  I have had friends who were Mormons, and they (all Mormons) are as strange as Scientologists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and any other cult you can think of.

    The question is–can Romney be President and lead without interference from the Mormon church and/or his religious beliefs?  I fear not.  As a cult member, Romney is heavily brainwashed, just like all cult members, and I fear their loyalties lie more with their cults than with our nation.
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    The new season of “Sister Wives” premiers on Sunday, May 13 at 9 p.m. EST.

     

  • LDSWatch.org Issues First “Dangerous” Rating for Novel, Declares Potential to Negatively Affect Mormon Candidates (prweb.com)
    LDSWatch.org tracks and assesses appearances of Mormons in popular fiction. Our “dangerous” rating means that the fictional content is both believable and provocative enough to alter people’s perceptions of Mormons. The novel End of Grace seems to instill or confirm suspicions that the Mormon Church is controlled by power hungry men who regularly resort to violent actions to advance church position. Readers could easily have their opinions of the Mormon Church and its people lowered. This in turn may well affect how they view and cast votes for Mormon political candidates.
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Philippians 1 – 2

Posted on April 23, 2012. Filed under: Being Christian, following Jesus Christ, Bible Study and Bible Reading, Ecclesia, Jesus Christ Jeshua the Messiah Jahushua | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Philippians 1 & 2

Statue of Saint Paul on Duchcov CastleThe majority of Paul’s New Testament Epistles begin with him introducing himself as “Paul an Apostle of Jesus Christ”. By referring to himself as an “Apostle” he is underlining the authority with which he is writing – he is saying he has a status conferred on him by Jesus himself. The Epistle to the Philippians has no such emphasis on his position of authority: here he introduces himself, alongside Timothy as “bondservants of Jesus Christ”. Slaves (which is what the word ‘bondservant’ effectively means) were in reality at the opposite end of the spectrum of human status from “Apostles”. So, to people with a serious, enquiring mind, the question arises as to why did Paul use this particular description of himself in this Epistle. And it is the content of the Epistle which will supply the answer to that question.

The Epistle is addressed to an ecclesia (or “church” if you prefer – the New Testament always refers to churches as congregations of believers, and not to the buildings where they meet) which was established by Paul on his first visit to ‘Europe’ as recorded in Acts ch 16. And it is very clear that this ecclesia had a special place in Paul’s affections – just read Philippians 4:13-18 to discover how much he appreciated their practical support for him when he had left them and moved on to Thessalonica. They were a loving group of people, and he obviously held them in high regard. But all was not well, and earlier in ch 4 we hear about 2 of the female members of the ecclesia who were not getting on together – obviously something had happened which resulted in them falling out. So he urges them to “be of the same mind in the Lord” – a simple appeal, but one which is uses language that takes us back to the earlier part of the Epistle.

In the opening chapter it is worth noting the emphasis that Paul places on them as a united group of people – notice the number of times he uses the little word “all”; 6 times in that 1st chapter. Inevitable there were differences which challenged that unity as we’ve already seen in ch 4, but he starts by emphasising the ideal. And then in ch 2 he will define for them and for us the basis on which unity of purpose and action can be achieved  – by being individually united with Jesus Christ. Look at verse 2:

“Fulfil my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”.

I’ve deliberately highlighted the word “mind” because it links back to the reference in ch 4. But it will also surface again in ch 2:5    “let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus”.

Let us now see what Paul will say to us about the “mind” of Christ = his attitude/outlook/disposition. He tells us that Jesus was “in the form of God”. For the majority of Christians here is confirmation that Jesus and God are one in person and substance – the widely-believed doctrine of the Trinity. But this passage does not say that Jesus was God – only that he was in the form of God and then became manifest in “the form of a bondservant” (v7). In fact it explicitly denies the foundation-stone of the Trinity because it says that Jesus did not ‘grasp at equality with God’. He came to show men and women what God is like – see for example John 14:8-9 – but he explicitly states that “My Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). Jesus’ mission was to perform a service to the human race, which could only be done by someone fully identifying with humanity in every respect. Read Matthew 20:25-28 for confirmation of how Jesus understood his own rôle. And see how that attitude of service is exemplified in the incident recorded in John 13:1-10 where Jesus washes his disciples’ feet – a job normally done by the household slave!

There is an interesting incident recorded in Matthew 12:15-21 where Jesus, having performed miracles of healing then requests that the beneficiaries of his healing touch do not publicly broadcast what he has done. There then follows an extended quote from Isaiah 42 where God is prophetically referring to the work to be carried out by Jesus as ‘God’s servant’; he was not to stand on the rooftops shouting out his unique status as the Son of God, but was quietly to go about his work of preaching the gospel – the good news about the kingdom of God available to both Jews and Gentiles (=non-Jews). That was the work of God’s “servant”. And what Jesus has achieved is:

Victory over sin – he was tempted like us to sin, but he never gave in to temptation – he was sinless (Heb 4:15)                                                                                                                                                                                Victory over death – he died without deserving death, thereby earning the right to be raised from the dead, and creating a hope of resurrection from death for others associated with him (Acts 2:22-24, 1 Cor 15:20-23)

Philippians 2 becomes a summary of all that Jesus achieved, not by drawing attention to his legitimate status as the Son of God, but by making his life an extended act of service. He “became obedient to death, even the death of the cross”. The only other place in the New Testament where the obedience of Jesus is referred to is Hebrews 5:8 which, again sets aside his titular claims to emphasise his achievement:

Frans Floris - The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Gathering and Protecting Mankind - WGA7949

A man who suffered, died and brought victory over sin - The Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Gathering and Protecting Mankind - 1562 Frans Floris (1519/1520–1570

“though he was a Son, yet he learned  obedience by the things which he suffered”.

Someone who is co-equal and co-eternal with God cannot ‘learn obedience’ – only someone who is fully experiencing the everyday realities of human nature. The same point is made in the way the passage in Philippians 2 concludes: because Jesus accepted the role defined for him by God as a servant:

“God has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (2:9-10).    Jesus could not have been exalted by God if he were already enjoying the status of co-equality with God. The Father has always been greater than the Son, and will always be so (see 1 Corinthians 15:28). Jesus has now achieved a wonderful status through his voluntary submission to the will of his Father: he is at his Father’s right hand waiting for the instruction to return to the earth and beautify it by filling it with the knowledge of God’s glory (Num 14:21, Isaiah 11:9, Habakkuk 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:6), or in the words of Philippians 2:11

And every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

No surprise, then, that Paul should introduce himself as a bondservant of Jesus Christ – sharing in the work of service to those whom God wishes to save.  And we can now well imagine the 2 ladies at Philippi who had fallen out now understanding that if they are both trying to develop and manifest the mind of Christ then they must inevitably be reconciled to each other in order to participate in the work of ecclesial service.

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all” (4:23)

Steve Weston

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Preceding articles: Anointing of Christ as Prophetic Rehearsal of the Burial ritesServant of his FatherSlave for people and God & A Messiah to die

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Please do read also:

  1. Paul and Christ
  2. Who was Jesus? Video
  3. Who is Jesus #1 Introduction
  4. Who is Jesus Christ? #1 What does the Bible say
  5. Who is Jesus #2 Jesus Christ, man who died
  6. Who is Jesus #4 Clear statements that our heavenly Father is his “God”
  7. Who is Jesus #6 Jesus prays to God
  8. Who is Jesus #7 Also. Trust in God; trust also in me
  9. Who is Jesus #8 Father greater than Jesus
  10. Who is Jesus #9 100% or not
  11. Who is Jesus #10 Jesus was tempted in every way
  12. Who is Jesus #11 What do famous people say about Him
  13. Who is Jesus #12 Conclusion
  14. Jesus as fully human
  15. Da Vinci Code: Was Jesus Human or Divine?
  16. Jezus, Yeshua, Yahushua
  17. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua
  18. Jesus spitting image of his father
  19. God of all Ages a simple book about God (D. Whitehouse)
  20. Jesus three days in hell
  21. Jesus and his God
  22. Jesus son of God
  23. “Son of God” – “God the Son”
  24. Christian thought: acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God
  25. Was Jesus Religious
  26. Clean Flesh #2 Purity of Jesus
  27. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever
  28. Yeshua a man with a special personality
  29. How people see Jesus placed in history
  30. Good-News Jesus among the partisans
  31. The Word being a quality or aspect of God Himself
  32. Scriptures That Show That Jesus (Yahshua) Is Not Yahweh (Jehovah)
  33. One Mediator between God and man
  34. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends
  35. Pre-existence of Christ #1 Look #4 Jesus – His Parents #2
  36. Pre-existence of Christ #1 Look #5A Jesus – Had to learn
  37. Pre-existence of Christ #1 Look #5B Jesus – The Creator #1
  38. Pre-existence of Christ #1 Look #5C Jesus – The Creator #2 Wisdom
  39. Can we not do what Jesus did?
  40. Christ entered our world to transform our lives
  41. Life and attitude of a Christian
  42. Practical Principles for my Life in Christ
  43. To belong to Christ= Christus toebehoren
  44. Prefering to be a Christian
  45. Are Christadelphians so Old Fashioned?
  46. Christadelphian people
  47. Concerning gospelfaith
  48. Being prudent – zorgvuldig zijn
  49. Parts of the body of Christ
  50. What part of the Body am I?
  51. Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father
  52. Every man’s work is always a portrait of himself
  53. How we think shows through in how we act
  54. People should know what you stand for
  55. If you want to go far in life
  56. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  57. A Living Faith #4 Effort
  58. A Living Faith #8 Change
  59. A Living Faith #9 Our Manner of Life
  60. A Living Faith #12 The Love for Jesus
  61. Caring for to become Christ-like
  62. If Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life be
  63. How us to behave
  64. Followers with deepening
  65. Commitment to Christian unity
  66. Being one in Jesus, Jesus in us and God in Jesus
  67. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  68. A learning process for each of us
  69. Abhor evil. Adhere to goodness
  70. No time for immorality
  71. Our attitude at a difficult task
  72. Choosing your attitudes
  73. Attitude to others important for reaching them
  74. Act as if everything you think, say and do determines your entire life
  75. Remember that who you’re being is just as important as what you’re doing
  76. Not the circumstances in which we are placed constitutes our comfort
  77. Raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair
  78. Prefering to be a Christian
  79. Efeziërs 2:21-22 Church no longer holds a central place in many Christian lives
  80. Not liking your Christians
  81. To exercise blind-faith you must expel your honesty
  82. You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind
  83. Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap
  84. Determined To Stick With Truth.
  85. I serve
  86. Turn the Other Cheek
  87. There is no such thing as a “Christian politics.”
  88. Only worhsip the Creator of all things
  89. Belief of the things that God has promised
  90. Rebirth and belonging to a church
  91. Ransom for all
  92. This month’s survey question: Why did Jesus have to die on the cross?
  93. Yesterday He died for me
  94. Understanding The Atonement
  95. How is it that Christ pleased God so perfectly?
  96. Suffering redemptive because Jesus redeemed us from sin

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  • The Happiest Man in the World (5ptsalt.com)
    Philippians is one of the most personal of all of Paul’s epistles. It shares this characteristic with II Corinthians, I Thessalonians, and Philemon. Nowhere are we brought closer to the real Paul, pouring out his heart to those whom he deeply loves.
  • Philippians 4:19 (faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com)
    God shall supply all our needs, not our wants.
  • The “Mind of Christ” (instrument-rated-theology.com)
    for our purposes we will say that “mind” and “attitude” are fundamentally synonymous.
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    The opposite of having the mind of Christ would be to have the mind of the world (3:17-4:1). This is precisely what my first 4 articles were designed to illustrate. We cannot have both the mind of the world and the mind of Christ.
  • Indian River Baptist Church AM Sermon, April 15, 2012 – Jeff Gwilt: Philippians 1:1-5 (thelightheartedcalvinist.com)
  • Paul’s Frame Of Mind (scripturenuggets.wordpress.com)
    Before he was killed, a group of Jews visited Paul to get from him what insight they could. They sought to touch his “frame of mind.” They probably were not prepared for what they found: a frame of mind in line with the Kingdom of God.
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    Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians was written while he was a prisoner in Rome. Many times he made use of the word phroneo, which means “to have a certain frame of mind.” We may conclude that in this letter he expounded in greater measure what we have in outline form in Acts 28:22-23 as he responded to the men who wished to hear his thoughts…
  • The goal is Christ! (waltbrite.wordpress.com)
    when we, as pastors make it our goal to build and pastor large congregations; build up our ministries to a certain fame, we may be pursuing the wrong goal. For most of the people I know with this kind of notoriety, they didn’t go looking for it. The glory of God and the salvation of souls has been and still is their number one goal and pursuit.

    Like the apostle Paul,
    our goal should be Christ, how to please him, serve him, become like him and bring others along side of us.
  • Philippians 4:13 Bible Verse for the Day (momsfirstscreenn.wordpress.com)
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