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I am in my senior term at the Seminary of the Wilderness. My first ten years were spent as bi-vocational pastor/evangelist in Utah preaching of Christ how I knew best and trying to improve by learning theology from Reformed, Wesleyan, Pentecostal, Baptist and other sources. The second ten years were spent as a BVP/E and discovering that I didn't know what I thought I knew and reading the Bible without outside influence. At the beginning of the third ten I started seeing Christ in the OT, and tried to figure out how and why. I intend in the fourth ten to figure out how to communicate what I learned last term. After that I might be useful for something.

My bias in approaching the Bible is that I believe that it exists in a form today sufficiently intact to be considered infallible. That apparent contradictions are intentional riddles designed to guide us in focusing on different aspects of Christ. That sensus plenior exists in a form which is discernible in a verifiable, and reproducible manner. And that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him.


Jul
5
comment What is the significance of the names of the pillars in Solomon's temple?
When there are two things, one is earthly and the other heavenly. Quickness is related to his coming quickly to his house. He came quickly in strength and cleansed the temple as a symbol of him coming quickly to the world to redeem it.
Jul
5
comment What is the significance of the names of the pillars in Solomon's temple?
If you post a "style guide" I will try to learn it so you don't have so much grunt work to do.
Jul
5
comment What is the significance of the names of the pillars in Solomon's temple?
@Kazark Thanks for the reminder. I forget to vote on questions too. You do so much to edit answers just in formatting, there should be a way to vote on those too
Jul
5
comment According to Scripture, how should we interpret Scripture?
@Jack No, but that's why I included the quote from an Eastern Orthodox site. The church has always believed that he primary purpose of the scriptures is to reveal Christ. And in practice, since I am finding that they all do, as it gets documented, it will become more difficult for skeptics to deny.
Jul
5
comment Where did Abel get the idea to sacrifice sheep?
@swashek "Which animal was sacrificed is left to speculation and is largely irrelevant," I added scriptural support for the animal being a lamb.
Jul
3
comment Is “puppies” a justifiable translation of κυναρίοις?
"Historically it was a term that the Jewish population used for Gentiles" This author claims there is no documentary support for the claim. marknanos.com/Phil3Dogs-Reverse-1-17-08.pdf
Jul
3
comment How many people were killed by violence in the old testament?
Everyone who was alive in the OT, except Enoch and Elijah, died. They were all killed by Adam's transgression.
Jul
2
comment What are the strict set of rules followed by sensus plenior?
I use the term 'orthodox' loosely. There is such disagreement on so many points that it is impossible for it to agree with everyone's interpretation. But it should be shown that the fundamentals are orthodox, and secondary issues do not place it outside of normative Christianity.
Jul
2
comment What are the strict set of rules followed by sensus plenior?
I started a room here chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/3959/sensus-plenior so we don't have to sort through other conversations.
Jun
30
comment Is Jesus giving the Spirit in John 20:22?
I suppose that considering them redundant terms is not a bad thing, since they are all one God. But it loses some of the depth of meaning when we blur distinctions that are made between Father, Son and Holy Ghost.
Jun
30
comment Is Jesus giving the Spirit in John 20:22?
I don't know how to make it clearer. I enumerated them:The Spirit of God, The Spirit of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. You can find all three used in the NT. They are just another expression of the Trinity.
Jun
30
comment The Eye of the Needle
@Jas thanks for the input, I spelled it out more clearly.
Jun
30
comment Is Jesus giving the Spirit in John 20:22?
"The Spirit of the Holy Spirit " where do you get that?
Jun
30
comment Was Greek Mark's second language?
OK, if we assume that they gospels were written thirty to sixty years after Christ. AND it takes the average seminary student two years to think himself competent, then even "uneducated" Peter had the chance to go to seminary fifteen to thirty times to get the language down before he wrote anything. It is a bit absurd to claim that even Peter couldn't have written in fluent Greek.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
It is more important to me that SP is not seen as free-for-all allegory, but there is a formal method for interpreting, and a formal method for evaluating the interpretation. There is no other method of interpretation as rigorous.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
The altar is also made of wood/Man covered with brass/sin covered by the blood of the lamb and burnt up in tribute to His total devotion. We could also say that judge, but it has to be the same thing everywhere it occurs. And the purpose of the riddles is to draw us into meditation upon his word. It sure does that!
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
In the same 3+1 relationship, the prophet is the summation of the prophecies contained in the voices of priest, king and judge, and the judge is the executor of the judgements found in the voices of the other three. So separating them is a subtle endeavor. I've given myself a 30% on the surety at this point, so any other insights are welcome.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
In SP we don't pit one opinion against another, we bring scripture to bear upon it. Yes. the altar has a relationship to the priest, but the priest speaks of esoteric things in a hidden language. The altar is his voice to the earthly. The prophet speaks of the earthly in the hidden voice.
Jun
30
comment Why did the tabernacle use the colors blue, purple and scarlet?
The altar has four horns... The four voices... that is the Word, or Prophet. The rest is covered with the sovereign will of the King who executes righteousness. You can't judge one system by the result obtained in another. What would be the basis of your judgement?
Jun
30
comment Rod and Staff (Psalm 23)
Now that the goats are older and can defend themselves against single dogs, and since they come to me when I want them, I carry a dog dazer, a pocket of shredded wheat and a .48 ;-)