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|421||Simple analogy to understand the Trinity||2 Cor 13:14||Sir Pent||120479|
|Support for my Trinity beliefs........................................
The Father is God. Eph 4:6 "one God and Father of all..."
One of the Father's primary purposes is to determine the will of the whole Trinity. Luke 22:42 "Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me (Jesus); yet not My will, but Yours be done."
The Son is God. John 1:1 "...the Word (Jesus) was God", John 10:30 "I (Jesus) and the Father are one."
One of the Son's primary purposes is to reconcile humanity to God. 2 Cor 5:18 "Now all these things are from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation".
The Holy Spirit is God. Acts 5:3-4 clearly equates lying to the Holy Spirit in verse 3 with lying to God in verse 4. There is further support in 1 Cor 2:10-11.
One of the Spirit's primary purposes is to guide our daily lives. John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My (Jesus) name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you."
Explanations of "triple points" of molecules can be found at the following web sites:
|422||Simple analogy to understand the Trinity||2 Cor 13:14||Sir Pent||120964|
Your mention of water being lighter (less dense) as a solid than a liquid reminded me of a post that I wrote a long time ago on this forum.
If you're interested, just type the number 22371 into the "Quick Search" box at the top right corner of the screen.
|423||Simple analogy to understand the Trinity||2 Cor 13:14||Sir Pent||120968|
Thanks for your response and do not be concerned with offending me. I always enjoy having a good logical exploration of a subject with someone.
If I understand correctly, you agree that the Father is God, but you disagree that Jesus and the Holy Spirit are God.
Let's examine Jesus first. You said that you interpret John 1:1 differently and in such a way that it does not say that "the Word (Jesus) was God", as it clearly appears to.
Your explanation of this was based on the original greek, which Tim Moran (who is much more an expert in that area than I) has already responded.
However, let me also respond by saying that God would not allow His message to all mankind to be so corrupted that He would allow that significant an error in translation. For more information on my thoughts along these lines type the number 15780 into the "Quick Search" box at the top right corner of the screen.
You also said that you interpret differently Jesus statement in John 10:30 that "I (Jesus) and the Father are one". You see this as just saying they are united in mind (ie they think alike).
However if you want to look at the Greek, there is a word used throughout the New Testament that means being united in one mind. It is "homothumadon", and is used 11 times. If this is what Jesus meant, then logically He would have used that word, but He didn't.
And if you are like me and are convinced that God protects the accuracy of His message to mankind, then you would also be convinced that God would not allow an error in translation like this that would lead people to believe that Jesus was God.
I hope that you will chew on some of this for a while, and I look forward to hearing your response.
|424||Simple analogy to understand the Trinity||2 Cor 13:14||Sir Pent||120987|
If you are thinking of Oxygen as a gas and that Ice has little bubbles of gas trapped inside making it less dense, that is not correct.
The lower density of ice relative to liquid water is actually due to hydrogen bonds. As the water gets cold enough, the molecules slow down enough that these hydrogen bonds cease to be broken creating a latice structure that spaces the molecules farther apart than they normally are. This is what causes the density to decrease.
However, as the Hydrogen atoms create their lattice structure, they do indeed surround the Oxygen atoms. So in a way you are correct after all. If you would like more information, a relatively simple explanation can be found at http://wow.nrri.umn.edu/wow/student/water/unique.html
|425||Quench the Spirit until extinguish?||Gal 5:17||Sir Pent||116409|
|Referral to another thread...........................................
Please type in the number 15952 into the "Quick Search" box at the top right corner of the screen. This will take you to my experience of quenching the Holy Spirit.
|426||i need notes on all verses||Ephesians||Sir Pent||20114|
|427||Is there an 'online' study guide||Ephesians||Sir Pent||20914|
I did some more searching and found the site below. It contains John Wesley's commentary on all of the books in the Bible (including Ephesians). Although it is not specifically Free Methodist, there are probably not any significant discrepancies between the two. I hope that this helps.
|428||Do you have a say in being adopted?||Eph 1:11||Sir Pent||62458|
|Is this going somewhere? ................................
You quoted Gen 1:1, and said that God created the universe. I agree. You then said that if God did not “foreordain all that would occur” (I assume that you mean “force to happen everything that happens”) then His creation would be “imperfect”. Why do you believe that the universe would be imperfect if God allowed somethings to happen without His direct control? Why does God have to excersize direct control of absolutely everything to keep His “eternal plan from failing”?
Then you asked me to give my interpretation of Eph 1:11. In the Amplified version, that verse is translated, “In Him we also were made [God's] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will,”
It seems to be saying that through Christ’s sacrifice we (Christians) have been brought into the family of God, and thus will some day receive an inheritance (heaven). It also seems to say that God has a overall plan based solely on His own desires. It also seems to say that we (Christians) are integrated into that plan, and were chosen ahead ot time to play a part in it.
Maybe my lack of drinking coffee has left my mind clouded, but I don’t see where all this is leading. How does this answer the question of why God can’t be sovereign if He chooses not to excercise complete control of every situation, but rather allows people to have the ability to make real choices?
|429||Do you have a say in being adopted?||Eph 1:11||Sir Pent||62459|
I posted my last post to the wrong thread. Please disregard that post, and I apologize.
|430||What Does a Text SAY?||Eph 4:11||Sir Pent||119492|
Thanks for this great post reminding us to read the scripture to find what God says, and not what we want it to say.
|431||Log off the web now IF...||Eph 4:11||Sir Pent||119493|
Thanks for this great post about the search for true meaning. Indeed, not all interpretations are equal. There is a correct meaning to scripture and it is our duty to try to discover what it is.
|432||there's many denomination yet 1 spirit||Eph 5:1||Sir Pent||61584|
It appears that you misunderstood a previous post of mine. I did not say that I wished you to stop posting on this forum in general. I hope that you continue to participate here, for I feel that you could learn much from many of my esteemed colleagues here. I also believe that you have ideas to offer that would be of benefit to myself and others here. My actual admonition was not to cease posting anywhere in the forum, but rather to cease posting on one particular subject, in one particular thread, which I am involved in.
That thread is one with a very specific purpose, which must be maintained because it is very close to a very large sensitive topic that would quickly get out of control otherwise. That is why I made that statement to you and to my colleague Hank. You are welcome to post to any other thread on this forum to your heart’s delight, as far as I’m concerned. In fact, you may even post in that thread that I was talking about as long as you stay on the specific topic being addressed.
I hope that I have now made myself clear.
|433||Armor of God : The Belt of Truth||Eph 6:14||Sir Pent||127881|
|“Belt of Truth”
I always try to be honest. After all, it is one of the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:16). I also think that in the long run this is the most loving thing to do. Even if someone gets a bad haircut and asks me what I think; I tell the truth. It may cause slight pain in the short-term, but it also builds trust, without which one can never develop a deep and healthy relationship. And If I can’t be trusted to be honest in the small things, then how can I be trusted to be honest in the big things. If I am willing to compromise my honesty simply to spare someone’s feelings to be hurt briefly, then how easy will it be for me to be dishonest when something much larger is on the line.
At the same time, this honesty must be balanced with love (Eph 4:15). For instance, if I don’t like that person’s haircut, I could say that it looks like an ostrich made a nest on their head. That would not be a loving way to communicate the truth. Alternatively, I could say that I actually preferred the previous style, but was glad for them that they were enjoying their new look. This is honest and yet also kind.
It is interesting to me that this piece of armor is the belt, which is designed to hold everything else together. I have to be honest with myself to even know whether I am really wearing any of the other pieces of the Armor of God.
|434||The Breastplate of Righteousness||Eph 6:14||Sir Pent||127882|
|I believe that righteousness is “being right with God”. Therefore, I apply this by trying to always be obedient to God’s will (Rom 6:16). This includes doing the things that God commands in the scriptures such as specific rules like remembering Christ’s sacrifice when I take communion (Luke 22:19), and general rules like “do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God” (Micah 6:8). This also includes not doing the things that the scriptures say to avoid such as lying, murdering, stealing, and committing adultery (Ex 20, Deut 5).
It is interesting to me that this piece of armor is the breastplate, which is designed to protect a person’s heart. This reminds me that I need to be righteous not only in my deeds, but also in my heart. If I lust after someone in my heart then it is the same in the eyes of God as committing adultery (Matt 5:28). Therefore I must guard my heart with this breastplate.
|435||Armor of God : The Shoes of Peace||Eph 6:15||Sir Pent||127883|
|“Shoes of Peace”
I see two perspectives on this. The first comes from Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” The idea is that we should walk in the ways of peace (Prov 15:1). We should try to be a calming presence in places of strife and try to heal relationships that are broken (Prov 15:18). This is probably the most common perspective on wearing shoes of peace.
However, there is a different passage in Luke 12:51 “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division.” Here Jesus speaks about how the Truth of Christianity can also divide. Just like the parable of the sheep and the goats, those who have a good relationship with Jesus are separated from those who do not (Matt 25:32-46). There is no middle ground there. You can’t be halfway pregnant and you can’t be halfway Christian.
So if we are to sometimes unite and sometimes divide, how can we always be wearing those shoes of peace? I see them like the sandals on Jesus feet when He was walking on the water (Matt 14:23-33). The waves were rough, and Jesus did not calm them until after He entered the boat. However, Jesus was at peace above the waves. In the same way, I try to have God’s peace within my soul whether the circumstances around me are peaceful or in discord (John 16:33).
|436||Armor of God : The Shield of Faith||Eph 6:16||Sir Pent||127884|
|“Shield of Faith”
The Bible defines faith as “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things unseen.” (Heb 11:1) A common struggle for myself as a scientist is to get trapped into only believing what I can sense and prove. Therefore, it is my faith that protects me from the temptation to cease believing in God, who cannot be proved. (As a side note, I believe that although God cannot be proved, He is the most likely explanation for everything. Please type in the number 22206 into the “Quick Search” box at the top right corner of the screen for more details on this subject)
It is interesting that this piece of armor is the shield. In ancient times, there was a military strategy called a phalanx. It was developed by King Phillip II and used in dominating fashion by his son Alexander the Great. This strategy had soldiers in rows actually overlap each other’s shields. This gave them even greater protection. For more information please go to the following website. http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/Macedonian-phalanx
Similarly, I find great benefit to being part of a Christian community such as this forum or a local church. When I come across Bible passages that don’t make sense to me, I can gain insight from my Christian brothers and sisters (for example post 127772 yesterday). When I struggle with not being able to see God work directly in a physical way, other Christians like Virginia Blakesly, who have had experiences where they actually have had angels physically being seen protecting their house can encourage me (to read more about that story go to the following website. http://www.backtothebible.org/gateway/today/19522).
|437||Armor of God : The Helmet of Salvation||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||127885|
|“Helmet of Salvation”
I have found that one of Satan’s favorite ways to attack Christians is in their mind. A common technique is to bring doubts. In fact Satan’s first recorded temptation used this method. "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?" (Gen 3:1) Another common doubt that Satan brings to people’s minds is “Are you sure that you’re REALLY a Christian”. Therefore I appreciate the assurance of salvation that God has given me. “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” (2 Tim 1:12)
It is interesting that this piece of armor is the helmet, which is the very thing that is designed to protect our heads.
|438||Armor of God : The Sword of the Spirit||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||127886|
|“Sword of the Spirit”
The Bible passage itself defines the sword of the Spirit to be “the Word of God”. This makes me think of the time when Jesus was in the wilderness and Satan tempted Him three times (Mat 4:1-11). All three times, Jesus responded by quoting scripture. I think that this is the example that Jesus wants me to follow. The strongest defense that I have against temptation is based on the Bible.
It is interesting that this piece of armor is the sword, which is the only one that can be used to attack as well as to defend. I apply this by also using the Bible as my primary authority for bringing others to a healthy relationship with God (Heb 4:12). It not only protects me but also can be used to “point” others in God’s direction :)
|439||Armor of God : The Sword of the Spirit||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||128057|
Thanks for the compliment and also for the other verses you pointed to. It's good to share a thread with you again :)
|440||Does someone have an answer?||Eph 6:17||Sir Pent||128448|
Hi Elder Eva,
Welcome to the forum. I was in a discussion in another thread a long time ago about this subject. Below is my perspective: "…(Luke 22:36)… why would Jesus tell them (the disciples) to bring swords, and then when they were actually in the garden, tell them not to use them.
I do not think that Jesus wanted them to be able to defend Him. Jesus said that 2 swords was enough, (Luke 22:38) although that would obviously NOT BE ENOUGH to stop an entire company of soldiers. It seems that instead Jesus just wanted to make it obvious that He was choosing to allow Himself to be arrested. The fact that they had at least a couple of swords, but still didn't use them showed that Jesus was not taken against His will, but within it. This made His sacrifice for us and our sins even greater."
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