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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.)

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Prophecy of the Good Shepherd

claims and references
Jesus made many claims. He made different references to himself. Some of these claims were according to how the people perceived him. They perceived him to me a prophet so he referred to himself as a prophet. They cast aspersions on him as being a drunkard and a gluttonous man, so he referred to himself as a drunkard and a gluttonous man. The Jews presumed to take offense that Jesus, by implication, equated himself with God. The Jews rightly inferred his meaning, but they resisted his words, because as they said to him, he was just a man, so he referred to himself as a man.

There were other claims and references which were seemingly, for lack of a better term, nice, as in perfectly noncontroversial and harmless. One such reference which Jesus made about himself was, not just that he was a shepherd, but that he was the good shepherd. There was nothing noble or prestigious about being a shepherd or for anyone to liken themselves to a shepherd. Even so, this sounded good for the Jews. It was as anemic culturally as it was harmless.It sounds good for us today.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Isaac, Schrödinger's cat, and Santa Claus: Virtual Reality, Paradox and Myth

Christmas is a time of joy for many people even many who have no basis of faith associated with the holiday concerning the birth of Jesus, the Son of God. It is also the time of the year which invariably brings out round after round of mockery, disdain and trouble on some saints in Christ, that is, Christians for their observance of the holiday. Some of this often arises over the practice of teaching children to believe the myth of Santa Claus as a falsehood and a sin. Some of that mockery, disdain and trouble comes not only from atheists, but from Christians against Christians. Of course, a favorite of atheists is to ignorantly, mainly because it makes for better sporting for them, equate belief in the myth of Santa Claus with belief in the myth, according to them, of God. My purpose in this article is to bash neither Christmas nor Santa Claus. My objective is to apprise the myth of Santa Claus along with the reality of the sacrifice of Isaac and the paradox of Schrödinger's cat for the understanding and edification of the saints in Christ.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Why I Believe Jesus came in Finality in 70 A.D.

Actually, Why I Believe Jesus came in Finality in 70 A.D., is the title which appears in Don K Preston’s four part video series. The title, Why I Believe Jesus Returned in 70 A.D, is as the videos appear in YouTube. Just to be clear both of these refer to the same video work by the author and reflect neither my understanding of the scriptures nor my convictions. If there is any difference between the Part 1 and Part 4 videos I am not able to see it. Those two video messages appear to be the same and even the three videos bear much repetition which does not constitute a problem in itself. I played and listened to all four videos in their entirety. The appearance of the title on this blog article reflects neither my understanding nor agreement with his message. Here are the four video links for you. I encourage you to view them yourself. Part 1, Part 2, Part 3Part 4.

Just for the record and by way of a perspective, my understanding is that Matthew 24 relates the prophecy declared by Jesus himself to his disciples concerning his coming. I take no offense nor am I troubled by whatever label has instantly been pinned on me just now. I believe, as I have briefly done in this article and as I refer readers to my own blog article, that my explanation involving the particular elements of that prophecy (while being hardly original or unique) is a marked difference from the general double brush stroke, gloss-over given to the prophecy, namely, that it is about 1) the destruction of the temple and 2) the second coming of the Lord.