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Oh dear, the poor angels aren't as important to God as Jesus is, and they have to worship him, I hope that didn't cause any tension in heaven.

Apparently it is the devil who holds the power of death and Jesus has destroyed him through his death, so why are we still worried about the devil?

Now Jesus is better than Moses.

God can see everything, no creature is hidden from him. Big Brother much?

The people this has been written for are apparently having difficulty understanding all there is to say, which is apparently hard to explain.

You can only swear an oath by something greater than yourself, so God swore his oath to Abraham on himself because there's nothing greater. Is your own honour greater than you, because that's all you can swear an oath on in the end.

Date: 2011-01-26 03:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1carolinabrown.livejournal.com
There are two ways to read the Bible - one through the eyes of skepticism, and one through eyes that desire to see.

"Seeing is not believing, but believing is seeing." - Charles Spurgeon

Date: 2011-02-08 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1carolinabrown.livejournal.com
You and I both know that desiring something to be true doesn't necessarily make it true any more than desiring something to be false makes it false.

In all fairness, put the skeptic's version of the Bible away (you don't need someone else's opinion), and read the Bible with the earnest prayer and desire to know if it is real truth.

"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is." -Winston Churchill

Date: 2011-02-09 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 1carolinabrown.livejournal.com
Well then, I will close with this quote by Martin Luther...

Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

so whay are we worried about the devil!!

Date: 2011-01-26 06:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daniel horsburgh (from livejournal.com)
Hi man,

You have understood a point that many bible believers don't! The devil is only empowered when we believe his lies. We are the ones who cause him to have power when we believe what he tells us

Bless you on your journey! I pray its fruitful not to discredit others but rather to understand more about you and your life and (i believe) your creator - God, Your saviour - Jesus and your empowerment - Holy Spirit.



Date: 2011-01-26 03:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginomai-inprogress.blogspot.com (from livejournal.com)
I haven't read all of your posts (I just found your blog), but being as how you've read the Old Testament and maybe seen some ways that the Jews around the time of Jesus understood things, it might be helpful to think of Hebrews as being Christianity 101 for Jewish believers.
So, when he talks about the angels and Abraham, etc, the writer is directly addressing some ways that his believing Jewish contemporaries saw and understood things. Thanks for sharing!

Re: Hebrews

Date: 2011-01-26 07:48 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hebrews 3:1–6 compares Jesus with Moses in order to lay
a foundation for the exhortation that follows in 3:7–4:11.1 The
comparison points up three important truths. First, the Old
Covenant (right relationship with God based upon keeping the Law) has been surpassed and superseded by the New
Covenant (where God offers right-standing with Him, solely through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ, and His atoning death, in our place). When we think of Moses, we generally think of the guy who God used to give human beings the Law (Ten Commandments, and other laws later on). However, we must realize that the Covenant God made, the Mosaic (funny word) Covenant, at that time, was abolished with Christ came. Hebrews tells us this in chapter 8, where it says,

"6 But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.

7 For if there had been nothing wrong with that first covenant, no place would have been sought for another.8 But God found fault with the people and saidt:
"The days are coming, declares the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the people of Israel
and with the people of Judah.

9 It will not be like the covenant
I made with their ancestors
when I took them by the hand
to lead them out of Egypt,
because they did not remain faithful to my covenant,
and I turned away from them,
declares the Lord.

10 This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel
after that time, declares the Lord.
I will put my laws in their minds
and write them on their hearts.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.

11 No longer will they teach their neighbor,
or say to one another, 'Know the Lord,'
because they will all know me,
from the least of them to the greatest.

12 For I will forgive their wickedness
and will remember their sins no more."t

13 By calling this covenant "new," he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear."

All throughout the Old Testament, ever since man disobeyed and turned away from God in the garden of Eden, God revealed the fact that one day, He would send Jesus to die for the sin of the world, to take our punishment, and die in our place. We cannot read the Bible from a purely "Jewish" perspective. What I mean by that, is this: We cannot understand the Bible, it's central message, without taking Christ into consideration. The entire Bible points to Him, it is built around Him, and what He came to do.

As the prior commentator said, Hebrews was written to, well, the "Hebrews", or Jews. Obviously, they had grown up knowing the Torah and Jewish Scriptures, and now Paul is trying to open their eyes, show them that Christ is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. Anyway, I hope this helps you understand it a bit easier.

Explanation from External Link continued...
Second, the limited access to God through a human
mediator (only Moses was given face-to-face access to God) has
been surpassed by the provision of direct access to God for all His
people. Third, though both Moses and Jesus were faithful in their
positions, the access secured by Moses as a faithful servant of God
has been far surpassed by the access to God enjoyed by Jesus,
God's Son. The contrast between Jesus and Moses serves as a
rhetorical device to persuade the readers to accept the New
Covenant, to enjoy their direct access to God, and to recognize Jesus
Christ as the faithful Mediator between God and humans.

As taken from http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/NTeSources/NTArticles/BSac-NT/Scott-Heb3Moses-BS.pdf

Date: 2011-01-27 07:39 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Very very interesting endeavor! I just happened to stumble across your blog by a link in the notes section of my daily reading on You Version. I started the One Year Bible plan on the first of the year (2011) so I'm way behind compared to you.

I've been a Christian for my entire life (all 19 years of it) and my faith is quite strong. Sad to say that I never did spend too much time actually reading the word. I know that seems odd, but I've sought God through worship more than His Word. Even though I am where I'm at, sometimes I can't help but ask some of the questions that your bring up in your post.

"Big Brother"?
Seems that way. At first I was taken aback when I really started growing spiritually. I wasn't sure if I liked the thought of a jealous God who wanted me to worship Him constantly. But, as your Spirit grows, you find that you WANT to worship Him more and more. It's quite a difficult thing to explain.

I'm hoping I have enough time to read through your entire archive. Please try not to look into the Bible as a skeptic. A cynic will only point out flaw. But challenge yourself (even if only for fair understanding) that you will read with an open mind. Just because you may claim yourself to be athiest does not necessarily mean you must be close-minded about anything.

I encourage you to stay with this journey. Just as Paul writes countless times throughout the New Testament - "I urge you dear brother..." I'm praying for you that God would take you on a journey much more meaningful than reading some ink on a page.

~Thoughtful In Selah


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