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Who have you been listening to, Gomez?

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Submitted by jennifer solis (United States), Dec 19, 2007 at 02:27

Hello Gomez,

What I mean by "man's concept" is that man, relying on his own imagination, can and does come up with concepts, ideas like "all humanity worships the same God". This is not based on any scripture, it is based on wishful thinking. It is by this "warm-and-fuzzy" mentality that mankind hopes to reduce differences and "unite mankind" through shared emotional experience, hoping an eternal bond and "brotherhood" will result.

Of course this "eternal bond" never happens. It never happens because it is a false solution, based on a false concept (or idea, or ideal).

With regards to the Bible, God is not difficult to understand, as long as a person has the humility to learn under a pastor, a pastor who knows the original languages, Greek and Hebrew.

I don't know who you have been listening to. I am not a pastor, but I have studied under a pastor the Greek and Hebrew of the Bible for over thirty years. The Bible is absolutely "sharper than any sword". It never contradicts itself. Really. The key is the original languages.

It is impossible to address all the (forgive me) hilarious interpretations you give of the Bible, Gomez, but I will address the most important purpose of the Bible, which is salvation:

"Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved." - Acts 16:31

There are many, many verses in the Bible that explain in detail salvation. The basic principle, articulated above, is always the same. The Bible also explains how it was possible for Christ to be born, to take on human form. Christ's invisible essence has always existed.

Are you familiar with the verse, "Let us make man in our image"? Every human is created possesing an invisible essence. God has an invisible essence. An "essence" that is "invisible". That is all that means. It has nothing to do with comparing God's character to ours or vice-versa. God's character is perfect. Ours obviously is not.

As far as God being "a loving God", you will NEVER find me describing God that way, as that phrase has been used and abused and mis-interpreted and mis-applied over and over, usually by priests and pastors that seek to attribute human qualities to God as a way to avoid studying the Greek and Hebrew! God's love IS NOT AN EMOTIONAL LOVE. It is based on His character. It is based on who and what He is, not who and what we are. It is why He sent His Son to the Cross, so that not by our own effort, but by belief in Christ and what He did on the Cross do we receive eternal life (Ephesians 2:8-9).

In the Old Testament, the "Angel of The Lord" himself wiped out 185,000 of the enemy (the Assyrian army, Isaiah 37:36). - "Angel of The Lord" here is Christ, before he appeared in His Humanity.

One of the Ten Commandments that has been very often mis-translated as "Thou shalt not kill". The correct translation is, "Though shalt not murder". The Bible commands the believer to kill in defense of his country; King Saul disobeyed God on this, and was disciplined. Later King David wiped out the Amalekites, as God had commanded Saul to do, and David was phenominally blessed for it. This is in the Old Testament, but the principle still applies in the New Testament, and when necessary applies today.

I could go on, but again it is not my responsibility as I am not a pastor.

All my responsibility entails is to give the Gospel. If you want to know what the Bible really reveals, get yourself a NASB (New American Standard Bible), which is closest to the Greek and Hebrew. It is a bit more accurate than the King James. Sorry, you Catholics out there, worshipping Mary, or the saints, or the Pope is blasphemous and has no place or justification in the Bible, King James Version included.

Some of the verses pertaining to salvation are: 1 Timothy 2:5-6; Ephesians 2:8-9; 2 Corinthians 5:21; John 3:36; Galations 3:26; John 10:28; Romans 8:38-39; Romans 3:10; Romans 5:12; Isaiah 64:6; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; John 3:3; John 5:24; John 11:25; Romans 8:1-2; John 3:16-18; Acts 16:31; John 14:6.

Remember, according to the Bible man receives the gift of salvation only through faith alone in Christ alone.

Take it or leave it. The choice is yours!! Buena ventura, Jennifer

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