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Dude, You’re Missing The Point!

 

My oldest son was watching this commercial while we were in a restaurant. He had seen it before and he laughed when it came on as he exclaimed, “Look! The commercial where the man is running after the boy like, ‘Hey, Give me my taco back!’” It was obvious that although he had seen this commercial multiple times; and I wanted to say, “Dude, you’re missing the point!” (That wasn’t the time or place.) He was seeing the same things I was seeing, and hearing the same things I was hearing, but the real message was missed by him. Why? Because he didn’t understand the meaning of the phrase, “Her parents came home early”. See, in his world, the real meaning of that phrase doesn’t compute. Due to this he unknowingly supplies his own context and meaning to make sense of the commercial. The thought of two young people engaging in physical contact that would set the daughter’s loving father on the war path never even crosses his mind. So the clear meaning of the commercial is that the grown man came home early and walked in on the kids eating his Taco Bell food, now he is chasing the boy out of the house trying to recover the meal.

   We may laugh, but that is exactly what has happened in many of our churches. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Apologetics, Church, Scripture

 

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Sabnock’s Sermons: Defending the “Faith”

My dear Xaphan,

I hope you have had time to meditate on the previous letter and attempted to implement it in your local jurisdiction. If you haven’t yet taken that initiative I expect you to do so by weeks end as you’ve already let one Sunday pass. Oh, and don’t tell your colleagues about these lessons just yet as it will give you an edge on them. I want to make sure Master recognizes MY SON above all your peers – trust me, it will be good for both of us.
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The Word of God is not “The Word of God”:


I recently read a missionary letter where the man was telling how they want to make the Scriptures available to the people of the region he plans to work with in their own language. He said, “1 Peter 1:23 states, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.” And Romans 10:17 states, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” In modern English, If you do not have the Bible (the Word of God), you cannot see people saved. WE WANT TO SEE PEOPLE SAVED!”

I know this man personally and there is no doubt that he has a heart for people and is concerned about their eternal destiny. My question for this post concerns his view of Scripture – How accurate is he? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 25, 2011 in Church History, Evangelism, Scripture

 

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Expelliarmus!

In the world of Harry Potter, there are words and phrases that bring about a specific action when said properly with wand in hand. Expelliarmus is one of these “spells”. It is used to disarm one’s opponent by expelling their wand from their hand, and Harry uses it to deflect a curse Voldemort fires at him during a battle. Again, the trick for these spells to work is that they must be uttered properly (with the right emphasis, emotion, and in the proper language) and with wand in hand. Only then will the desired result is brought about. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2011 in Scripture

 

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The Canon:

They do make nice photography equipment, but I’m not speaking about a camera manufacturing company. Nor am I talking about the big things Tchaikovsky used in his musical piece that most people recognize but couldn’t tell you the name of it to save their lives (it’s the 1812 Overture in case you’re wondering). What I’m speaking of is the books that comprise the Holy Bible – the Canon. How did we come to accept only those books? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Church History, Scripture

 

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The reason I’m not actually posting today:

Okay, to be quote honest I was going to work on my post for today and saw a video of a debate on the KJV-only issue. I couldn’t resist. I clicked play and the next hour and a half I was glued to my laptop screen.

I had every intention of addressing another of my friend’s questions on the church, but I failed to stay on course and didn’t want to offer something half-baked to those who visit R&M – you guys/girls deserve much more than that as does the topic I intended to cover.

I hope my friend will find it in herself to forgive me, she knows me well as we’ve been friends since youth and forgiving me for something is nothing novel to her. (I actually think I am the one that has taught her experientially the meaning of Matthew 18:21-22.)

So, know that I’ve confessed why I failed to actually post what I intended to, I shall shift the blame to the video and throw James White under the bus!

PS. no matter which side of the KJV fence you are on, this is a video that is very much worth watching. It’s long, but very good.

 
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Posted by on February 4, 2011 in Textual Criticism

 

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The LOGOS of God

Growing up I was taught two things (among many others): 1. The Bible is the word of God 2. Jesus is the word of God. Both of these statements are true, but my understanding of them was massively confusing. I believe that I am not the only one who has misunderstood these two. I have been told as a response by some KJV-O advocates, when pointed out that it seems they are worshiping a translation of the Bible, that the Bible is the word of God and Jesus is the word of God so somehow the written word and the Living word are one and the same. Here is an example of the confusion.
About a year ago, a friend asked me “Which has preeminence- the written word or the Living Word?” The fact that this question even caused me pause shows a mistake I had in conflating the two. Another friend of mine was asked this question and his response was “They’re the same!”

So, why is this a big deal? As my New Testament professor stated to the class that holding an erroneous view of the meaning of these two truths makes one have a wrong Christology.

John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word…” later in the same chapter we are told that “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” This is where people like me have misunderstood what John is saying. From a Western, Gentile mindset I equated Jesus being God’s Word along the same lines as the written word of God. Somehow, I didn’t know how, Jesus was the living version of the written thing. But John is not trying to equate Jesus to the penned word of God.

John used the word “Logos” which many of our English translations use “word”. The concept behind logos is not found in our English “word”. Originally, logos did mean “word,” “speech,” “account,” or “reason,” but became a more weighted term philosophically during the time of Heraclitus. He used logos to denote the principle of order and knowledge in the Universe. Those of the stoic mindset used the term to describe the divine animating entity that filled the Universe. Philo, a Jew under Hellenistic influences, used logos to describe an intermediary divine being who mediates between God and the material world. He believed this divine intermediary being was necessary in order to fill the huge gap that existed between God and the material world. Philo used logos to describe the highest of these intermediary beings, even calling the Logos “the first-born of God”. Philo taught that the Logos of God is the glue that holds all things together keeping them from being dissolved. This Logos also acted on behalf of God in the physical realm, thus the Angel of The LORD in the OT as well as God’s instrument in creating the universe.
All of this idea of logos goes into John’s usage of it and more, for John even equates the Logos as the second person of the Trinity. It is incorrect for us to equate “Word” in John 1:1 as the written word, for John is using Logos with all the weight it had in his day.
In the beginning was the Logos (the divine being through Whom God created the world and by which all things are held together), the Logos was with God and the Logos was God.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2011 in Jesus Christ, Scripture

 

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