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Does a True Gift Have Strings?

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I received a phone call the other day. The recording tried to tell me a company was giving away vacations. The recording told me to press a number to get a live person. I really hate to hang up on people, because I’ve been taught it isn’t polite, so I’m glad it was a recording. I’ve had phone calls like this before, and no one is really **giving** anything away.

What is a gift? The Scriptures try to tell us that God has given each of us the gift of eternal life, but are there any strings attached? One of the places we can find the promise is in one of Paul’s epistles. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2010 in Christianity, Gospel, Religion

 

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The Voice of God Gets Through

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I was listening quietly, while my wife read a children’s bible story book to my little 3-year old grandson. She was reading about God calling out to Samuel for the first time. Most people will remember that this account shows Samuel as a little boy sleeping in the Temple near Eli, the high priest, that is, in the Temple court in the place provided for the priests who attended the duties of the Temple. Samuel awoke from sleep by the sound of God’s voice calling out to him. Naturally, he assumed it was Eli calling him, because he had no past experience of God speaking directly to him. So, he went in to Eli and woke him from his sleep, asking what he wanted. Eli told him he hadn’t called him and to return to his bed and go to sleep. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2010 in Christianity, Redemption, Religion

 

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No One Has Ever Seen God!

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The Prologue of John ends with verse-18 of the first chapter of his Gospel. This is his introduction to the life and ministry of Jesus our Savior. John says that no man has ever seen God, but if this is so, how can we conclude that Jesus is God, since so many in the first century CE have seen Jesus? Obviously, John is speaking in terms of God in his glorious form or spiritual essence (John 4:24). If this were not true, then how would we explain Abraham walking and speaking with God in the plain of Mamre (Genesis 18), or how would we explain Moses with God on Sinai? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 28, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Mercy and Truth Came to us by Jesus

What John has given us at this point is an entirely different worldview than was held either by Judaism or the pagan world. What Moses gave us was that there is a single cause for all that is. Polytheism believes there were many forces (gods) that collided and produced the world in which we live. In fact, mankind and our physical world are but a reflection of that of the gods. We don’t even belong to the real world, according to the worldview held by the great empires of the ancient world. Judaism alone taught “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” and that he is the single cause of all that is. Because he is the single cause, it is possible to have a single Lawgiver who is in control of everything, and far from being a mere emanation of the gods, we are real, part of a real world and answerable to our Creator for what we do. This was the Law that came through Moses and the God he introduced to Israel. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus—The Fullness of God!

From time to time I need to recall that it is not God’s intention to bless me specifically. In all actuality God, the Father doesn’t give me anything. Don’t misunderstand; I don’t mean to imply God doesn’t love us or intend to provide for us, but he doesn’t do anything specifically to or for anyone. He so loved the world—all of us in general—that he gave his only begotten Son, and there in lay all that we shall ever need from God! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 25, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Jesus Existed Before John!

John was sent by God to identify Jesus and to prepare the way before him. The Scriptures seem to show John was to comfort the common people, encouraging them and lifting them up because they were oppressed. On the other hand he was to confront the oppressors, those who ruled the Jews and eventually this cost him his life. It seems the Jewish leadership had a bone of contention with John concerning his baptism (John 3:25), because his baptism of repentance probably seemed to them to compete with the ceremonial cleansing performed in the Temple according to the Law of Moses (cp. Luke 2:22). Immediately after the dispute with the Jewish leaders, John was cast into prison (cp. John 3:24; John 4:1-3), so it is very possible that it was through the Pharisees’ conspiring with the Herodians that John was arrested (cp. Mark 3:6; 12:13). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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God Was Manifest in the Flesh

I cannot leave John 1:14 with merely one posting. There is so much more here than is apparent with a mere reading of the words. Probably such should have to be the case, if one wished to claim that the Creator of the universe and all that is in it was coming into the world. How does one say that in an effective and clear manner? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 22, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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And God Became Man!

If the Word is God (John 1:1), then John 1:14 declares that God became man. Could this possibly be true? Could John, a Jew, be telling us that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob actually became a man and lived for awhile with us? This is where some part company with traditional Christianity. People have told me on the discussion boards that we get this from paganism. The pagans speak of god-men, heroes who are the offspring of a desirable woman and the lust of one of the gods. That is myth! The real God does not become human! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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How Can Darkness Comprehend Light?

If the world, including God’s people, lived in darkness at the time of Jesus, how could God expect anyone to comprehend who Jesus really was? Is darkness able to comprehend light? Can both exist together? Reason alone would tell us that darkness exists where there is no light, and where light exists, there can be no darkness. This is a paradox. Is it not? History shows that men did believe Jesus, but not all. Nevertheless, how could any have believed in him, if the tools of understanding whereby we could recognize our Savior were taken away by a wrong worldview? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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The True Light Was Coming

John introduces the next section of his prologue by speaking of John the Baptist. He was the one sent by God to announce the coming of Jesus. The famine of the word of God lasted so long that when John began to speak of the coming of the Messiah, folks began to reason that John was the Messiah (John 1:19-20) or that Prophet who was to be like Moses (John 1:21, 25). Nevertheless, John confessed that he was no such person as these, but was sent by God to tell the truth and correct falsehood that would cause people to miss the coming of the Light (John 1:23). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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If One’s Light is Darkness…

If the Word is God, and God created the world and all that is in it, from whence comes evil? Did the Word / God create the evil we see in this world? No, he did not. Paul says that sin or evil entered into the world through man (Romans 5:12) and through sin came death, which was passed on to all mankind. In the second part of his prologue, John tells us that within the Word was life and this life was man’s light. That is the Word was the Light of the world. Notice the Scripture: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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Is Jesus Truly God?

Perhaps John 1:1 is the most controversial verse in the entire Bible. It is particularly significant in the theology of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Biblical Unitarians. Not only so, it is of great interest to many who do not claim to be Christian. John’s Prologue is certainly a portion of Scripture that attracts the attention of many people, and for good reason. Its meaning gives definition to the Deity and presents a worldview that is inconsistent with all other worldviews. I recently offered a study on John’s Prologue, which can be found in the HERE . I wrote it with a bent toward answering the objections of the Biblical Unitarians. This time I wish to simply read through it for what I see there. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2010 in Christianity, Godhead, Religion

 

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The Bacchae – Christianity and the Enlightenment

It is expected for civilizations to remember the past and to judge accurately why those things occurred and evaluate what has brought us to where we are today. It has been said, and I believe it is a truism, that those who neglect the study of history, or rejects its implications are cursed to repeat its mistakes. Christianity preaches Christ and him crucified. We have no real citizenship or home in this present world. However, just because we are here in a real physical world means that, like it or not, we have contributed a worldview to this world that we claim will one day be destroyed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2010 in God, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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The Bacchae – The Jews and the Greeks

Thousands of years ago Euripides wrote a play called The Bacchae.[1] In it he portrays worlds in conflict. In his world two distinct and opposing points of view were being played out in real history. The rational (philosophers), represented by a group of men in his play, depicted their dry, rather insensitive understanding of the world. On the opposite end of the pendulum was the more irrational and popular point of view held by the polytheistic culture of the time and represented in Euripides’ play by a group of women. In the end the polytheistic culture (the irrational) wins over the logical premise of the philosophers (the rational), and the women kill the men and cut them in pieces. Gory, yes, but it is a fair representation of history. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 8, 2010 in God, Religion, spiritual warfare

 

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Jesus and Dionysus

Several of the critics of Christianity would have us believe that the New Testament plagiarized the myth of the Dionysus cult. Nevertheless, the only similarities between Dionysus and Jesus are in the imagination of the purveyor of this myth. Why would they do such a thing, if it weren’t so? Well, I couldn’t claim that all simply wish to make their fortunes on the name of Jesus without submitting to him as their Lord, but when I consider some of the outright lies I’ve investigated in this series concerning supposed pagan similarities, it is difficult to imagine the almighty dollar isn’t behind most of it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on October 7, 2010 in Jesus, Religion, Syncretism

 

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