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  1. To me, this is a classic example of 1-page theology. When a person pulls a single verse off of a single page, or quotes from a single chapter to try and prove their point, their theology becomes so warped and twisted it is practically doing yoga. Any and all theology should be based upon THE Word of God, not A Word of God. Anyone can make the Scriptures seem to say something they do not, and anyone [even if their intentions are good] can read something into a verse that is not there. They do not know because 1.) They have been indoctrinated. This is what they were taught, or what they read once from a single passage, and this then becomes the umbrella under which they place the rest of their theology. 2.) Refusal to be corrected. After they pitch their umbrella, they refuse to take it down, either ignoring or twisting and warping Scriptures to fit underneath is, not realizing that their indoctrination is the problem, not the Word. With people like that, you could sit here all day long, refuting them with Scripture after Scripture, and they will "prove" you are wrong by doing the following; 1.) Just telling you you are wrong. For some people, just saying someone is wrong is enough in their mind to refute Scripture's teachings. 2.) Pulling more verses out of context to "refute" yours. Playing a dangerous game with Scripture, they will attempt to pit one verse against another in an effort to "cancel out" the Truth. Little do they know the Scriptures don't contradict themselves. 3.) Personal bashing/degradation. When all else fails, they try to make it seem like YOU are the one who is in the wrong, and that YOU refuse to see the Truth of Scriptures. Now the big question remains; How then do I know if I'm interpreting Scripture In my experience, there are a few key indicators as to whether or not your interpretation is correct: 1.) Is it consistent with the message of the chapter/book? Does your interpretation hold water when compared to the rest of the chapter cited? Are your meanings and interpretations the same conveyed by the original author? A safe way to form a good theology is to read the chapter before and the chapter after the verses, to get a good grip on what is actually being said. 2.) Is it consistent with the message of Scripture as a whole? Does your interpretation fit with the message of the Scriptures as a whole? This is vital when interpreting the Word of God; that is flows with the river of Truth, and not against it. A great way to be sure is to use a Concordance, Bible Dictionary, an other tools to find out what the rest of Scripture has to say about your topic. 3.) Can it be shown as true throughout the Scriptures? A great way to know if you have an interpretation down is if the same message is repeated throughout the entirety of Scripture. One passage can be [and often is] warped to fit views, but if the whole of Scripture is saying it, it is safe to trust you got your interpretation right. 4.) Where does the glory go? One of, if not THE, biggest sign of the state of your theology is which direction the glory compass points. If your theology makes man the one who acts, man the one who does, and man the one who saves; man is the one getting the glory, not God. All too often people make their theology into meology; Instead of How Great Thou Art, they prefer How Great I Am. Often times, people don't even realize they are Meologians, and are sucked into the feel-good, save-yourself mentality. 5.) What is the end goal of your theology? Salvation? Me being rescued? WRONG! The message of the Scriptures [believe it or not] is NOT all about you! In fact, it is NOTHING about you! It is about GOD and His Glory. That is the entire message of the Scriptures; God's glory. Does your theology orbit around your own salvation? Then what you've got is meology, and it is crucial that you reevaluate your views. 6.) Who has the power? Can you overthrow, thwart, out-will, and command God? If your theology says yes, it is Meology. Any view that says that "I can out power God and His plan" or "My choice is more powerful than the blood of Christ" or "The Holy Spirit, third person of the Trinity, needs MY permission before carrying out His work" is not at ALL in line with the Word of God. These are just a few of the ways I have personally seen Meology try and hide under the guise of Theology.
  2. Personally I think that the best word for these "things" would be promises; faith is the assurance and conviction of the Holy Spirit that the promises of Scripture and of Christ are indeed true
  3. Hello! Firstly, I would like to say that if I am posting this in the wrong area, I do apologize. Speaking of apologetics, I was wondering if anyone here could help me with a little dilemma. I help lead a Bible study every once in a while, for teens. Sometimes, when discussing doctrine that is more advanced [ie. Predestination and its effects on history] I have trouble explaining it in a way that is easy to understand. If anyone has any ideas on how to explain this doctrine in terms that are perhaps easier to understand and grasp, I would be very appreciative.
  4. We are finite, so we think space-time; God is infinite. There was no "before" for Him because He created time and space. He exists outside of "before" and "after". He views them as objectively, where as we view them subjectively. They are the confines within which we are able to reason, but to Him they are merely His creations
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    I still don't get why they don't like us lol.
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    There are not multiple truths; there is one truth. So interpretation, when it goes against logic, is flawed and needs changed.
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    I would never claim to be sinless, brother and I do believe that the Scriptures are to believed first and foremost; however, if logic is going against what we think the Scriptures are saying, perhaps it is our interpretation of them that needs changing.
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    I agree. Though how would you say sin has tainted my logic?
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    Did God not in His infinite wisdom create the logic of the earth? Does it not show forth His ultimate glory? How could creation bring Him glory if it works counter to His revelation?
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    Then Jesus paid the penalty for this sin, since he died for all sins of all men, and therefore all are in heaven I am not trying to trap anyone,brother; I am merely trying to help you see that Christ couldn't have died for every sin of every man.
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    Is a lack of this application a sin?
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    If I may ask a question. You said that Christ died for all sins of all men. Is unbelief in the power of His blood a sin? ~ If it is a sin, then didn't Christ's blood cover this sin as well? So then if it is a sin, then it was covered, and all men will be in heaven ~ If it is not a sin, then there is not penalty for not believing, and since every other sin was covered, then all men will be in heaven. Duuuuude! Noice! We twined!
  13. A little corner of the internet where I share my daily devotion as well as personal studies.
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