Translations, Interpretations, Machinations, and Theology.

A Vital Question.

Before we look at this carefully, let me ask you a question. It is a very honest question and should be quite simple to answer. Your failure to answer it honestly pretty much voids any purpose in reading on.

The question is this; can you name me one Bible translation either modern or ancient, that was not translated through the filters of someone’s pre-existing theology? I

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Where Humanity Sees the Divine

There is a big difference between teaching the gospel and seeing the gospel.

How does one “see” the gospel?

We humans, with any self-reflection at all, seem to be acutely aware of how “human” we are. Our humanness surfaces each and every day. We feel human. We act human. Sometimes thankfully. Sometimes regrettably.
So, within this context of being “human”, how and when do we actually

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The God Who Doesn’t Exist

From Jacob M. Wright: via Cecil Cockerham

Just read an article on John Piper answering a parent who was concerned about what he should tell his child, who has “extreme anxiety” about death, about the topic of hell. Piper took the time to list “5 Great Realities” on why the fear of hell “is a golden opportunity for treating God as big and glorious and utterly real&#8221

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What The Hell Is Hell?

The first church fathers, mostly Greek speakers, understood the common collection of NT greek writings from a greek mindset. And NONE of them taught of an eternal hell used by God to punish humans.
The later Latinizers of the Bible; (the Latin gang of four were Jerome, the translator of the Greek and Hebrew into the Latin Vulgate, Augustine, the dogma dictocrat, who once boasted that he would

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Predestined to Life

Can we imagine a world wholly different than the one we are experiencing right now? A world as drastically different on a human level as the changes we have seen on a technological level since 1995?

It has been said, “It Has Become Appallingly Obvious That Our Technology Has Exceeded Our Humanity”.

Is there a means, now available on the planet, by which this change for the betterment of

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Fulfilled Prophecies About Jesus Christ

Source ~ The Church of God Article linked to at the bottom of this article.

The Church of God International was the result of a massive split in the Worldwide Church of God, after Mike Williams teachings on the Gospel of Grace and Peace, led to divisions in that church.

Why did I copy someone else’s article? Because truth is truth, wherever you find it.

In today’s world, many do not recognize the plain prophetic statements foretelling the coming of Jesus

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Man’s Will versus God’s Will

In Christianity we were taught that our will affected out eternal destiny, but that God’s will, (and our purity of heart) saw to it that we got the right parking space, were killed or not killed by a tornado, and generally determined the course of events in our life. In the Gospel, we coined a phrase for this and called it “Parking Space Spirituality”.

The Christian religion teaches

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I’d Rather See A Sermon Than Hear One Any Day

I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day,
I’d rather that you walk with me than merely show the way.

The eye’s a better teacher and more willing than the ear,
And counsel is confusing but example’s always clear.

The best of all the teachers are the ones who live the creed.
To see good put in action is what everybody needs.

I soon can learn to do it if you let me see it

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Answer To A Friend

Today a friend mistook “Gay conversion Therapy” for what Christians call “conversion”.  Following is part of the conversation.

She wrote:-

OK so many things I don’t know. So I read about conversion therapy. I understand both sides of the fence. From your standpoint since Christ saved us all…sinful behavior does not exist. And yes we all sin. And yes we all a little

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Did the early Apostles consider their writings to be scripture?

There are several levels on which this may be challenged; that is to say, the claim that the early apostles actually believed that their writings, in any way, rose to the same level of the Old Testament Scriptures.
(a) The earliest church fathers and in particular, the first acknowledged church historisan, Eusebius, holds this epistle, 2 peter, to be a forgery.
(b) When paul asked Timothy

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