For the last decade of my life, I thought I was talking to people who were stuck in a difficult place; people making choices as best they could from the understanding they had; people who couldn't see the adverse implications of those choices on the same ends they were trying to achieve… It's taken me this long to grasp that people aren't stuck. People are aware of the disparity between what they say and what they do but they no longer fight with their conscience about it — they decided it best to plant their feet right where they are.
Answer = Grace
The Bible employs at least four metaphors for Noah's Ark and the Flood, namely, the ark; a bulwark (wall); a net; and a snare. Those are all described by the ark's specifications.
"Remember the former days, and how they were brought about; and the way we should live will become clear."
John 1:1 (KJV) describes the first day of creation but not the beginning thereof. It describes the beginning of the conceptualization of a new beginning. (Genesis 1:5, KJV)*
Moses is thought to be an Egyptian name but I believe it's Mesopotamian, meaning (roughly), "between opinions about of whom he is born”. This opinion reconciles the consensus with scriptural and Hebrew etymologies. See Moses concordance entry.
The Consensus: Light, day and night were created. My Opinion: Note: This page will be updated with more details. God created (and completed) the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, KJV) The earth, when completed, was formless and void. (Genesis 1:2, KJV) Light (which already existed) was called to the surface of the deep which … Continue reading What was done on the first day of creation?
To my mind, the message of Jesus' crucifixion is, "your own wisdom will not save you [God will]". And therefore, "God" is not YHWH (our own wisdom)...
God is said to be the great physician thus this oath is his to uphold. The opposite of healing is harming and among the ten commandments is, "Thou shalt not kill". The etymology of the word "kill" points to the word "quell", for which Oxford Dictionary gives these two, among its definitions...
"Salvation" speaks to moral (and physical) safety but has a broader root going back to the idea of being uninjured, whole and healthy. God is said to be the great physician so this makes sense. Jesus performed many miracles so it makes more sense yet. My question however, is what is the nature of the sicknesses God is said to cure?
I believe the answer is, both are true. Freedom of choice means freedom with regard to choice, but the options we have to choose from are predetermined. Freedom of choice is really "multiple choice" or "multiple options (to choose from)"....
“The Judges allowed those who were discontented to pursue their thoughts (and the fruits thereof) and they put at the head of their city, the contented; those who advocated for the contented; and those who advocated for the way of the city".
“Cherubim” is a metaphor for either of two classes of human beings...
3:14 And the Judges said to them, because you have preoccupied yourself with knowledge, you will suffer more from it than do those who merely allow their observations to pass. Streams of consciousness will run through your mind and as your understanding increases, so will your hypotheses. And you will be consumed with the need to understand human nature.
This is the title of a song that troubled me for a few years. First, it seemed not too meaningful. But in recent years, as I grew in understanding, it seemed even more strange because of my views on some of the key things it speaks of, mankind, money, nature and the Biblical message.After translating … Continue reading What does “Dig A Hole to Put the Devil In” mean?