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2 Thessalonians 2:11 - [SBL GNT] καὶ διὰ τοῦτο πέμπειa αὐτοῖς ὁ θεὸς ἐνέργειαν πλάνης εἰς τὸ πιστεῦσαι αὐτοὺς τῷ ψεύδει... [translit] kai dia touto pempeia autois ho theos energeian planēs eis to pisteusai autous tō pseudei... [NRSV] For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion, leading them to believe what is false... a πέμπει pempei = ...


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Dr. Robert B. Chisholm, professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, wrote an extensive article on the theme of divine deception within the Hebrew Bible: "Does God Deceive?" Bibliotheca Sacra 155 (1998): 11-28. He cites more than 10 specific examples of divine deception in the Hebrew Bible (for example, see footnote 37 of his article, ...


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In responding to this question, I at first wish to affirm what @Joseph and @David responded: that the key to understanding the text lies in what comes previously in the chapter, the 'son of perdition/destruction' initiates the strong delusion after the working of Satan. Therefore, one can rightly concur that, It is through this person that the Lord will ...


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A plain reading of the text would suggest that God 'sends' this delusion As they say, When the plain sense makes perfect sense, seek no other sense. Scripture is full of other examples of God 'sending' delusion or other such things. Good examples include. Exodus 9:12 - God hardened Pharaoh's heart. Job 1:8-12 - God permitted the testing of Job. 1 ...



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