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Old 12-16-2004, 06:26 PM   #46
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LOL....ex Bishop....um...ok
he's not a bishop anymore...
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yep. that's what i said. of course he is their creator. he provides the very things for them that make their life possible, and they refuse to acknowledge his existence. they DON"T WANT GOD and in the end, God gives them what they want.
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yep. that's what i said. of course he is their creator. he provides the very things for them that make their life possible, and they refuse to acknowledge his existence. they DON"T WANT GOD and in the end, God gives them what they want.
That doesn't sound like the Prodical Son story I remember. The story I remember is that the father was always the father no matter how far his son strayed.
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Shoot...no offense my friend....glad to see you post...but I asked a simple question and no answer...LOL

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it says a whole lot! it says that luther realized that God had revealed himself to us in his Word. it says that the changes luther envisioned were changes to bring the church back in line Biblically. he saw that the church had diverted from the Word, and needed to be set back on the right track.

spong on the other hand, sees that the church is out of step with the rest of the world (which it should be!) and consults his own thoughts and feelings, and science (though he only makes broad references to science [read c.s. lewis's miracles, and you'll find he argues that science does not preclude the existence of God]). he basically discounts whatever in the Bible does not fit into his world view, and bends other passages to make them fit. the church should not be conformed to the ways of the world!

here's what Christ says about the relationship of disciples to the world: "if you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. as it is, you do not belong to the world. that is why the world hates you." john 15:19. in john 16:11 Christ calls satan the "prince of the world" and says that he is condemned. obviously it is not desirable for a Christian to conform himself to the ways of the world, its very prince is condemned, as so are all of his subjects. however, if one follows Christ, the world will hate them and persecute them.
Hiya shrmn8rpoptart,

You are welcome lol! But my stating that was, because lately I have been thinking how some people have very little problem quoting "learned scholars" in reference to all things spiritual. Yet when it comes to the Bible they are willing to discount what some, most or all of it says because their arguement is that "the Bible is written by man". So the logic is this - the Bible can not be used to fully understand God because it was "written by MAN", but "profound insight" given to us by a MAN who is basing his reasoning on many sources is perfectly acceptable?

When I read Spong's theses and the text leading up to it, it occurred to me "Wait a minute, let me go look at Luther's 95 theses." When I did, I was like oh yeh ok, I get it. Luther used the Bible. Spong did not.

You put it so well in regards to Luther. He had the Truth on his side and in turn we saw what happened as a result. And not only did he want to bring the church back in lines biblically, he wanted to bring the Bible to everyone. He felt that EVERYONE had a right to read God's Word. Now mind you Luther was only a man and he had his flaws (as we all do) but God used Him and Luther was willing. Out of all Luther's accomplishments, I think that is the one which stands out the most and the one which we can all learn the most from.

The Scriptures you pointed out are spot on. Nothing more to say to that other than Amen.

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Could that be why he sent Mohammed?

A more user-friendly faith for the people you speak of.

Sorry, I know it was just a flippant remark but....

Christ was introduced to Egypt 500 years before Mohammed was born and over time was viewed as "user-friendly" by the Egyptians. Egyptian Christians were persecuted by Rome for nearly 300 years up until Christianity was no longer illegal.
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And since that time Islam has done a very good job and driving Christian, Animist, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist etc. religious practices out of conquered lands through conversion, dhimmitude and extermination - make no mistake religions have always been a tool of conquest and Islam is up there with the best of them when it comes to fighting for peoples souls. Part of the reason I am very suspicious of religious practices is because they are built on a foundation of control and obedience, something that in my humble opinion can make us indifferent to our own humanity.
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Isn't that what was done?

Isn't the Old Testament God somewhat tainted by the view of the "CHOSEN" people?

Was the plague sent by God to wipe out their enemies?

The Puritains believed that God did this to the Native Americans here in MAssachusetts. He "cleared" the land for them so they could settle.

They fashioned their own belief about God.
I agree. But I would take it even further. Isn't believing that the god you worship is "the one true God" the epitome of making god in your own image? That you can't even consider that the gods worshiped by others might be either also "true" gods or the same god under a different guise?
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Interestingly enough I have tremendous respect for Luthor and for Spong.

Luthor correctly translated corinthians that we were debating in the other thread.

Anyways......My question was not answered by Poptart.

thacraic have you been baptized?
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Hiya Dread,

Yes I have been baptized. But that is not where my salvation lies. I was saved at a very young age. It was after I came to know the Lord that I was baptized. It was, as my church called it, a public profession of faith. My internal baptism occurred when I accepted Christ as my savior. My external baptism came after the fact.

There are many people that get baptized just to go through the motions, do it because they are "supposed" to, or becaue they think that it will save them. There are many people that believe because they were baptized (or christened even) as an infant that they are somehow saved by that.

Baptism in itself is a statement of faith. It is saying I now know the Lord as my Savoir and as a result I want to follow Him in every way. Jesus was baptized so in my getting baptized I was saying "hey I want to do this so I can be more like Him."

If I elected never to be baptized (dunked in water - baptism pool, river, or creek) that would have absolutely no effect on my salvation and/or relationship with God. The moment He entered my heart, I was baptized by the Spirit, and washed in the Blood. So any external baptism in front of man was only to show I had no shame in having a new found relationship with Christ.

Hope this answered your question?

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And since that time Islam has done a very good job and driving Christian, Animist, Zoroastrian, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist etc. religious practices out of conquered lands through conversion, dhimmitude and extermination - make no mistake religions have always been a tool of conquest and Islam is up there with the best of them when it comes to fighting for peoples souls. Part of the reason I am very suspicious of religious practices is because they are built on a foundation of control and obedience, something that in my humble opinion can make us indifferent to our own humanity.
I completely agree with you on your sentiment in respect to religious practices. Jesus would agree as well (except for the humanity part).

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I agree. But I would take it even further. Isn't believing that the god you worship is "the one true God" the epitome of making god in your own image? That you can't even consider that the gods worshiped by others might be either also "true" gods or the same god under a different guise?
Hiya indra,

If that were the case then God would not have said in the Ten Commandments not to put any other God's before Him and Jesus never would I have said " I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the Father except through me." Jesus didn't say I am A way, A truth, A life... He said THE.... using a very definitve article.

So that leads to ask, what are we to do? Discount what God says in regards to Himself so we can accomodate everyone's views? That is at the core of realtivism.

Take care,

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Hope this answered your question?

So sacrament Babptism is dependant on the person chosing to be Baptized?
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I agree. But I would take it even further. Isn't believing that the god you worship is "the one true God" the epitome of making god in your own image? That you can't even consider that the gods worshiped by others might be either also "true" gods or the same god under a different guise?
I believe it is possible.
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Hiya indra,

If that were the case then God would not have said in the Ten Commandments not to put any other God's before Him and Jesus never would I have said " I am the way, the truth and the life, no one come to the Father except through me." Jesus didn't say I am A way, A truth, A life... He said THE.... using a very definitve article.

So that leads to ask, what are we to do? Discount what God says in regards to Himself so we can accomodate everyone's views? That is at the core of realtivism.

Take care,

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He was the way the truth and the life for the Jewish tradition. If Christ had walked into the middle of Africa and said those words they would not have meant diddly to them. In the context of Christ trying to reclaim the temple, the true intent of the "law" he is the way the truth and the life.
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