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Anyone who has met personally, The lord Jesus Christ, has felt both the bitterness of sin in all its black darkness and the pure glory holiness and beauty of The Lord Jesus Christ, The Word of God. A relationship with The true and only living God can only begin and lead to one point, humiliation and reverent fear of God, which is true joy. A true sense of ourselves apart from Him, which is as empty and formless as darkness, and a true sense of being in Him, who loved us, which is fulness of joy. A true born of The Spirit child of God can only come to the conclusion that Paul the apostle came to, the chief of sinners! At conversion a man meets The Father Son and Holy Spirit. There are no exceptions to this rule as the child is brought in an instant from darkness to light, from Satan to Jesus. In the presence of The Holy one there can be no other reaction than to condemn oneself and Justify God. Religion without emotion and experience and a living communion with Christ The Word By The Holy Spirit can only be cold dark hypocrisy no mater the accumulated knowledge a person devoid of such may have and can only be at best idolatry and self glorification, the very antithesis of the effect a true relationship with Christ affects. The Spirit of God navigates his sheep between the rocks of self righteousness and idolatry continually leading them forward and upward to look to the source of all that is until the day when he finally looks into the eyes of the Great Shepard and understands fully the words of the Prophet Isaiah "Only in The Lord are righteousness and strength". The child born of The Spirit is born into this knowledge which has been called "The mystery of Godliness". Any who claim to know God more so to be known by him and yet cannot confess to have found that the foundation of all being is based in the absolute sovereignty of God is a false sheep a wolf in sheeps clothing and has never it would appear tasted of the river of life which flows from the throne of God who is the fount and source of all things. Any doctrine that espouses the creature as a source of anything in itself teaches the very nature of idolatry which is ultimately separation from God where is darkness which is the absence of light having no form or substance in itself. Indeed great is the mystery of Godliness and many that profess to understand the nature and heart off the revelation of God in scripture have not seen it. For to understand that mystery a man must be in The Spirit and therefore born of the Spirit for such things are spiritually discerned. Simply stated The Apostle James moved by The Spirit tells us, " Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow." What that actually means only The Spirit of truth can reveal. To those who know their is glory to come for such desire only to look up at Him who is "The alfa and the omega the beginning and the end".


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comment Were Shem, Ham and Japheth Triplets?
@PaulVargas i must admit i was just reading and realised it could mean he had triplets. will read your suggestion thankyou!
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comment What does the word “destroy” mean in Mathew 10:28?
it might be better for you, if you are interested, to read a scholarly work on the annihilationist position, so that you get a grasp of the position from a well reasoned and systematic approach. Edward Fudge's 'the fire that consumes' is a good recent work. :) God bless you!
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comment What does the word “destroy” mean in Mathew 10:28?
@JonathanChell In retrospect i believe I was wrong on the 'accusative' comment, you were on subject, to the extent that you believe 'eternal torment' is consistent with your system. I simply believe that particular part is not what is taught in scripture. I understand the 'majority' of professing christians have hardly looked into the issues of interpretation in this area, and simply 'take for granted' the accepted interpretation. It behoves us all to diligently search the scriptures and accept nothing as 'given' until we have seen with our own eyes. Thanks for the offer but I think...
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comment What does the word “destroy” mean in Mathew 10:28?
The Sovereignty and holiness of God in no way necessitates 'eternal conscious torment' if 'destruction' is the lot of the reprobate and that their punishment, the loss of life! The holiness of God does not require that sinners remain 'alive', in creation, without end. The opposite would be more consistent with the revelation of the Word to the extent that there will be an end to sin and sinners and 'all' things will be made new in the heavens and on the earth.The 'memory' of the end of the wicked is sufficient a lesson for all creation. "The wages of sin is death"!
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comment What does the word “destroy” mean in Mathew 10:28?
I believe reformed is a weak word also to describe the state of the elect. I find it interesting that you lower yourself to a level of accusation rather than concentrating on the subject and arguing objectively. Its a sign of weakness and frustration. This is a complex subject.As to the glory of God I believe the doctrine of eternal conscious torment is a detraction from that glory to the extent that it is misrepresentation of the truth that God has revealed. I have no need to be associated with any organisation but so that you might understand that I understand the system but disagree on ECT
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comment What does the word “destroy” mean in Mathew 10:28?
@JonathanChell "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever". "smoke of torment" refers to the 'memory' of their torment. Their torment does not rise forever, it is the 'smoke'that rises forever. Such an interpretation is consistent with the doctrine of conditionalism. Matt 25:46 Of course if eternal punishment is destruction that lasts forever, that is an eternal punishment. As to 'Calvinist' I hope I never use a man to define my faith! The word is used to describe a system simply.
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comment What does the word “destroy” mean in Mathew 10:28?
@JonathanChell Will God be angry forever Johnathan? I think you may have misunderstood me a little. I believe in hell. I believe the wicked will be punished there but not eternally. Revelation 14:10 only establishes the reality that the wicked will be in hell tormented in the presence of the Lamb, it does not establish the duration thereof. Such is established by other scriptures.
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comment Angel “marriages”, rebellious angels, and Genesis-Jude intertextual connections
Scott I believe you will find that Enoch reports that the fallen Angels were imprisoned until judgement day, 1 Enoch Chapter 10. The spirits of their offspring (giants) remained upon the earth after their bodies were destroyed in the flood, restlessly wandering and are represented as demons in the N.T. See The Book of Enoch chapter 15: 8-12. If you find this to be an accurate assessment of the text you may wish to edit your answer.
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comment Angel “marriages”, rebellious angels, and Genesis-Jude intertextual connections
"sons of God" are used in the second verse contrasting with the word "men" in verse 1. From a natural reading of the text and from natural sense of words and their combined meanings it would appear strange that suddenly at a point where daughters were being born that men suddenly saw that they were "fair". Did not men see they were fair from the beginning. Therefore the text indicates that something new occurs, somthing different. For this reason i believe it is important to use the words "sons of God" in the second central question instead of "men". What do you think?
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@Davïd After reading through the question a couple more times I found one more issue that may need editing and your opinion before I do would be helpful. In the second central question we read "if yes, does that account tell us whether Jude thinks the "men" involved in the marriages of Genesis 6:1-6 were mortal or supernatural beings?" I understand that yes in order for Angels to cohabit they must become men. But I believe the emphasis is on their original state and for this reason the text in Genesis 6 appears to differentiate between men and angels to the extent that the words, cont...
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@Davïd Yes your edit gave me a good lesson in presentation!
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comment What does the word “destroy” mean in Mathew 10:28?
@JonathanChell What would ultimate separation from God be. In order for the sinner in hell to exist god must extend somthing toward them. Any extension by God to the creature must be seen as a connection and not a separation, no matter how small the extension of 'life' of 'existence'. "He causes His sun to rise on the righteous and the wicked". hell is also pictured as 'darkness' simply because there is no extension of the breath of God there, such a connection is severed completely resulting in eternal separation...death..non-existence!