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November 07 2020 By dvirtue Damaris and the Day of Judgment

Let me put out a series of diagnostic questions that will help. Is it fair of God to do this? Is this awful disease provoked by what he sees? Does he care about our lives enough to intervene? And importantly, is there hope for us if we respond rightly?

I will float these in three scenarios: the election this week, Damaris and Athena, and Jesus as our judge.

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November 02 2020 By dvirtue THE MISDIRECTION OF PARABLES

I have no insight into the mind of the Word Incarnate why He taught in parables and why three of his four evangelists included these in their Gospels, and the last did not. Parables, like allegories are susceptible to endless re-interpretation, and perhaps Jesus recognized that His followers needed continuously to examine the texts against not only their contexts, but also the context of their present time.

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The main argument of those who think the book was written by another John is that The Revelation is written in a less polished form of Greek. One answer to this is that John was unschooled- Acts 4:13, "when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men . .

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October 15 2020 By dvirtue PREDISPOSED

The only problem was, the papyrus fragment was a fake.

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October 14 2020 By dvirtue FAITH & SCHOLARSHIP

Facts and logical constructs

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September 18 2020 By dvirtue THE BOOK THAT I SHALL NEVER READ: The New Testament in Its World

Holy Scripture carries the message of divine redemption quite adequately and accurately on its own. It is sufficient for the communication of a complete salvation. The simplicity of the "way of salvation" is its cardinal quality as to its comprehension and magnificent charm. The Old Testament lays the basis for the Gospel and the New Testament explicates the welcome message to the full.

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September 07 2020 By dvirtue "God Is Love." Yes, and--

I John is the source for the oft-cited phrase: "God is love" (I John 4:8). The author likes that phrase enough to repeat it later in the same passage (v 16).

It is one of the few phrases in the Bible set up as a copula: "God is X." So it's attractive to those trying to answer the big question of the nature of God: "Let's see if the Bible anywhere gives us a straightforward answer to the question, 'What is God?' Ah! Here's a place."

So far, then, so good.

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August 21 2020 By dvirtue A CHOICE OF PASTORS: LUTHER OR N.T. WRIGHT? -- Part 7

It is against the plethora of erroneous teaching on the way of salvation that Buchanan administers the consolation afforded us in the redemption wrought by our Lord Jesus Christ.

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August 12 2020 By dvirtue Genuine Ministry-feeding the flock and fighting the wolves

The gospel is like the life-saving penicillin which is only effective when it is kept pure. Heresy is akin to the diluted vaccine and causes irreparable damage, in some cases accelerating the debilitating effects of sin, resulting in would-be believers becoming the spiritual equivalent of brain damaged children; in other cases, leading to their spiritual death.

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July 30 2020 By dvirtue A CHOICE OF PASTORS: Martin Luther or N.T. Wright - Part 6

All those who handle Holy Scripture are to do so pastorally with the ultimate aim of enabling believers to "grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

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