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Tuesday, March 6, 2018

An Incomplete and Disingenuous Apologetic

It is true that one must speak with conviction their understanding on a given subject in the scriptures. It is also true that it is not an easy matter to admit that our convictions which we have based on our understanding are mistaken. We might require some time away from the crossfire of discussion to reflect on what we have heard against what we have professed.

Here is a telltale indicator which may give good reason to be leery about a teaching; when the illustrations and rhetorical questions are so detached and disconnected so as to stretch thin the limits of credulity to where these become (especially in the absence of a ready response) or at least they appear to be true. The discussion concerning the question of deity is without exceptional exception. The discussion is often rife with disingenuous defenses on both sides of the discussion.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

He who is able to accept this, let him accept it

Divorce and remarriage touch the lives of women and men, the saints in Christ. Often divorce and remarriage ravages the lives of one or the other of two people who were once intimates. The scriptures reveal for us this subject of divorce and remarriage for our study, discussion and learning. These accounts in the scriptures also reveal something about those who lead, teach and preach. Generally, particularly the unaffected, do not think about this human experience as having been devoid of anything to accept or to receive.

The Old Testament scriptures relate the example of Ezra and Nehemiah and their response concerning the unequal yoke of mixed marriages among the children of Israel. There is the example in the New Testament of the Pharisees who approached Jesus with their questions on divorce. These examples are not to be dismissed as some ancient practice or a theological discussion. They reveal and equip with a response those who lead, teach and preach the word of the Lord concerning our brothers and sisters who are affected by divorce and remarriage.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

How could a good God allow suffering?

If that’s the Christian’s God who allows suffering I don’t want anything to do with him/her or it.

There are other similar responses to suffering by unbelievers and believers alike, but I think this will suffice for you to get the picture. Some of this responses are often laced with a heavy, thick coat of vile, foul profanities so as to either foment a froth of real substance or to incite and intimidate Christians. These responses to the problem of suffering serve a multi-purpose to deny, indict and condemn God, but also they are also not much more than a pretext to exalt oneself to a higher more noble, moral plane than, for unbelievers of a would-be God, and for believers of God who allows such suffering. It is not likely that those who espouse these responses to suffering would argue that these are well thought-out viewpoints. Mostly these are in the manner of a hit-and-run tactic. They are a means to push aside that whole God thing. It is hardly a solution to the problem of suffering much less the willingness to confront the struggle to understand suffering.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

The Father Knows

Admittedly, there was an alternate title for this article which crossed my mind; who’s your daddy? The point being, if you can move past my low grade humor, is on the superiority of father. Certainly, among Christians when the discussion centers on the question of deity one can almost hear the chant, Father! Father! Father! as the one who is knows and knows all. This is especially true in contrast with the Son who unabashedly and unapologetically declared, in the minds of some saints, that he did not know the hour of his coming. Hence, Jesus dropped the deity card, or as others strongly imply in this gotcha theology, it makes Jesus unreliable.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!

The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!
He works
all things in all persons

(This is a series which I have submitted to my shepherds for their approval. I hope to teach it soon. gt)

Part I
The Lord God is one:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

Lesson One
God pronounces his unity (Deuteronomy 6)
Lesson Two
Jesus proclaims the Lord our God is one Lord (Mark 12)
Lesson Three
Paul declares the work of Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1)

Part II
The Gift of the Father / The gifts of God

Lesson One
The Giver of the Holy Spirit (John 3:34; Luke 11:13)
Lesson Two
The Gift of the Holy Spirit (John 14:17)
Lesson Three
A brief discussion on First Corinthians 14

Lesson Four
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (I Cor 12a 1-10)
Lesson Five
The Gift which works through you
Lesson Six
The Gift that is in You

Thursday, January 4, 2018

When Jesus denied that he is God

Select reading: The Prophecy of the Good Shepherd

The title of this article is that of the video presenter who identifies himself as Brother Kel in his YouTube channel. It reflects neither my understanding nor convictions concerning the deity of Jesus.

God is good. The statement seems benign and harmless enough. There are similarly and seemingly harmless words which were spoken by Jesus which are taken either to assert or to deny his deity. The presenter in this video has seized on these words of Jesus to deny the deity of Jesus, Why do you call me me good. No one is good except God alone. What is especially egregious about his efforts to deny the deity of Jesus is that it is equally egregious by those who cite these words of Jesus to assert his deity. There is no shortage of texts to ponder on the question of deity. Here are a few from my blog. [1] [2] [3]

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Readers, Seekers, and Learners



January 1 & 2

The purpose, fulfillment and affirmation between God/LORD God/LORD and humans stands in stark contrast to the laws cause and effect in nature. Creation is the purpose of God, which is affirmed by the LORD God. Initially, the scripture testifies God created the heavens and the earth. is the LORD God to whom is ascribed the creation, specifically.

Chapter 1

1 First appearance of the term, God -- elohim (pl) (The term is used of pagan gods, too.)
(This seems to present the Purpose: “Let there be . . . Let us make”)

Chapter 2

4 First appearance of the term, LORD God -- yahweh elohim (The term is use of the God of Israel.)
(This seems to present the Fulfillment: LORD God “made heaven and earth”)

23 The first words spoken by a human being, namely, Adam, he does not refer to or acknowledge God/LORD God/LORD.

Chapter 3

3 Eve, perhaps following the serpent’s cue, refers to God in her dialog with the serpent.

10 Neither Adam nor Eve address God/LORD or God/LORD in their dialog with him.

Chapter 4

1 First appearance of the term, LORD -- Yahweh (The term is used of the God of Israel.)

(This seems to present the Affirmation: “gotten a manchild” “Then the LORD said to Cain.” The initial and first affirmation by Eve refers to the LORD is affirmed by the LORD himself when the LORD affirms and counsels Cain on his emotional plight.)