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Should a Christian ever take an oath?

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Hi Faber,

1 hour ago, Faber said:

No matter what passage you quote from the Bible wouldn't that have to come from a biblical author who could, like Paul (in your view), be wrong?

Just because someone isn't perfect, doesn't mean they are not or were not inspired by God to do something (2 Timothy 3:16). I have had many people help me that were inspired by God's Holy Spirit, but that doesn't mean they are perfect or even gave perfect advice, but they were inspired by the love of God's Spirit to try and help. Jesus is the only one perfect and infallible which is consistent with the Bible. 

 

In peace and Christian love,

Trevor

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22 minutes ago, Trevor said:

Just because someone isn't perfect, doesn't mean they are not or were not inspired by God to do something (2 Timothy 3:16).

Paul wrote that.  Paul could go against the Holy Spirit therefore there is no reason to trust and/or accept what that verse states.

 

Take your theology to its logical conclusion.  According to you the guidance of the Holy Spirit is no guarantee against error.

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Hi William,

 

Thank you for taking the time to share that download of systematic theology with me. I will take a look at it when I get a chance.

 

But one thought I have is, who would be the best person to provide systematic theology? Christ who is the "author and finisher" of the Christian faith or someone else.

 

Surprisingly, according to Jesus theology wasn't very high up on his list. You can see that when he told someone astute in the traditions of his religion (i.e. theology) to go be like a Samaritan, who went out of his way and gave what he had to care for the victim who needed help (Luke 10:25-37).

 

That is the kind of Kingdom I want to work in and the King I want to serve.

 

In peace and Christian love,

Trevor

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17 minutes ago, Trevor said:

Hi William,

 

Thank you for taking the time to share that download of systematic theology with me. I will take a look at it when I get a chance.

 

But one thought I have is, who would be the best person to provide systematic theology? Christ who is the "author and finisher" of the Christian faith or someone else.

 

Surprisingly, according to Jesus theology wasn't very high up on his list. You can see that when he told someone astute in the traditions of his religion (i.e. theology) to go be like a Samaritan, who went out of his way and gave what he had to care for the victim who needed help (Luke 10:25-37).

 

That is the kind of Kingdom I want to work in and the King I want to serve.

 

In peace and Christian love,

Trevor

Do you even know what Systematic Theology is? Do you know what theology is? You mention religion. What's the difference between religion and theology?

 

I have no idea why you're quoting Luke, according to you and your logic, Luke could have, as Origen has made the case, erred.

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Trevor am i understanding you. You only believe the Words of Jesus are God's Word? 

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3 minutes ago, William said:

I have no idea why you're quoting Luke, according to you he could as Origen has made the case, erred.

@Trevor take your theology to its logical conclusion.  According to you the guidance of the Holy Spirit is no guarantee against error.

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Trevor am i understanding you. You only believe the Words of Jesus are God's Word? 

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I think that verse in James is good to take to heart - it has little to do with making oaths as it does on by which the oaths are declared.

e.g. "I swear by the gates of Tripoli"  or "I swear on my mother's grave" or "I swear by the giant poobear downtown by the bus stop..."

 

This is a kind of idolatry which is spoken against in other scriptural passages. 

More, God expects us to keep our oaths and the exhortation here I believe is for us to be very sober minded and be men and women of our word. 

 

So when you say, "yes," mean it. When you say "no" mean it. Don't waffle.

Don't become situational Christians.

 

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