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Now I Know…

I mentioned in a previous post, that I am involved in a topic study on Open Theism. This post is a result of some of the ongoing reading/discussion:

 

In his book “No Other God”, John Frame argues for an anthropomorphic interpretation of Genesis 22:12 “Then He said, “Do not lay a hand on the boy or do anything to him. For now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your only son from Me.”” To speak anthropomorphically is to use human terminology in regards to God, in order to communicate a meaning, even though the human attribute isn’t true of God. for example, “the right hand of God” would mean God the Father’s power even though we know God the Father is a spirit and doesn’t have a body. Frame’s defense of this, as seems to be typical of him up to this point in his book, is to attack the opposing view instead of substantiating his own. While there is a problem of saying this is anthropomorphic, I would like to point out the problems with Frame’s attempted attack on the Open Theistic interpretation of this passage.

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Posted by on August 23, 2014 in Apologetics, God

 

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Knowledge: Satan’s Snare or God’s Gift?

Okay, time for me to address something that has been a recurring theme in discussions on nearly any topic that involves those within the Independent Fundamental Baptist movement. Sometimes is brandished as a rebuttal, sometimes it’s humbly submitted as a concern or fear; but it is used none-the-less. It’s dangerous because it’s a lie. Truth frees while falsehood keeps us bound! Even little lies form strong shackles – sometimes the strongest. This horrible idea that keeps popping up is this – Knowledge is dangerous and to be avoided. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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TIOC 1:3

Of the Teaching of Truth

Happy and blessed is he whom truth teaches and informs, not by symbols and deceitful voices, but as the truth is. Our opinion, our intelligence, and our understanding often deceive us, for we do not see the truth. Of what use is the knowledge of such things as will neither help us on the day of judgment if we know them, nor hurt us if we do not know them? It is, therefore, great folly to be negligent of such things as are profitable and necessary to us, and to labor for such things as are worthless and to be condemned. Truly, if we so act, we have eyes but see not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2011 in Imitation Tuesdays

 

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TIOC 1:2

Against vain, secular learning, and of a humble knowledge of ourselves

Every man by nature desires to know, but of what avail is knowledge without the fear of God? A humble farm laborer who serves God is more acceptable to Him than an inquisitive philosopher who, considering the constellations of heaven, willfully forgets himself. He who knows himself well is mean and abject in his own sight, and takes no delight in the vain praise of men. If I knew all things in this world, but knew without charity, what would it avail me before God, who judges every man according to his deeds? Let us, therefore, cease from the desire of such vain knowledge, for often great distraction and the deceit of the enemy are found in it, and so the soul is much hindered and blocked from the perfect and true love of God.

Those who have great learning desire generally to seem to be accounted wise in the world. But there are many things whose knowledge brings but little profit and little fruit to the soul; he is most unwise who gives heed to any other thing except what will profit him to the health of his soul. Words do not feed the soul, but a good life refreshes the mind, and a clean conscience brings a man to a firm and stable trust in God. The more knowledge you have, the more grievously will you be judged for its misuse, if you do not live according to it. Therefore, do not lift yourself up into pride, because of any skill or knowledge that is given you, but have the more fear and dread in your heart – for it is certain that, hereafter, you must yield a stricter accounting. If you think that you know many things and have great learning, then know for certain that there are many more things you do not know. So with true wisdom you may not think yourself learned, but ought rather to confess your ignorance and folly. Why will you prefer yourself in knowledge before another, since there are many others more excellent and more wise than you and better learned in the Law? If you would learn anything and know it profitably to the health of your soul, learn to be unknown and be glad to be considered despicable and as nothing.

The highest and most profitable learning is this: that a man have a truthful knowledge and a full despising of himself. More, not to presume of himself, but always to judge and think well and blessedly of another, is a sign and token of great wisdom and of great perfection and of singular grace. If you see any person sin or commit any great crime openly before you, do not judge yourself to be better than he, for you know not how long you shall persevere in goodness. We are all frail, but you shall judge no man more frail than yourself.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Imitation Tuesdays

 

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