reply to post by KyoZero
And as for your last line...only the wise will understand...nice
Yes, KyoZero, I saw that also.
The original poster has set himself/herself up to be the "oracle". The "all-wise, all-seeing" oracle. He holds an absolutely heretical view of
Scripture and then ends the post with, "Only the wise will understand", thus (in my opinion) preempts any debate and (somewhat) makes the post the
"final verdict" and that he/she "speaks (finally and solely) for God".
Of course the OP has no basis for his/her claims in historic
Orthodox Christianity, but that doesn't stop this poster from proclaiming that
ONLY HE/SHE REALLY "knows" the truth. (Well, to be fair, I suppose there are maybe a dozen people on the planet that would agree, but that is beside
The Bible says,
1 Pet 4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God;
if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that
God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Any man who publicly presents and defends his opinions in religious matters is CLAIMING TO SPEAK FOR GOD. If a man is unwilling to PUBLICLY accept
responsibility for CLAIMING TO SPEAK FOR GOD, then he should keep his OPINIONS to himself. My brethren, be not many masters (Grk. TEACHERS),
knowing that WE (who present ourselves as teachers) shall receive the greater condemnation (James 3:1).
Those, therefore, who will present themselves as TEACHERS, have thereby claimed EQUALITY with James, a man that God used to write one of the books of
the Bible. He, therefore, who will teach his errors to other men, is in greater danger of judgement than he who keeps his errors to himself. There is
no suggestion here that we must claim INERRANCY before we dare to speak for God, but that we must be ready and willing to LIVE BY and DIE FOR whatever
we speak to others as God's representatives. To teach and defend what we know in our own hearts as only SURMISINGS and SPECULATIONS, is to commit the
sin of the Pharisees:
The line (in which you picked up) that the OP finished with is an "proclamation" of sorts. By SAYING it, he/she is saying that "all those who
disagree with (don't understand) what I wrote are foolish".
I make no such claim. I agree (when I write) to be held to the standard of "what does the Bible say?
My "experiences" really don't matter because MY experience is "subjective" and...
...I am not God!
Prayer is NOT "positive energy". In FACT, sometimes prayer can be sinful:
Prov. 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
(So much for the idea that prayer is "positive energy", huh?)
PRAYER, is a conversation
with God. It isn't some "magic incantation".
John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
THIS MEANS (to me) that I need to be able to YELL at God (if I'm angry with Him). I need to be able to tell Him EVERYTHING I am concerned about.
We have (at least) two examples of Old Testament Saints that (through prayer) CONVINCED God to (apparently) change His plans! (The storie of Lot and
of Moses). Furthermore, we have this New Testament verse:
James 5:17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the
space of three years and six months.
This verse implies
(does it not?) that God will do something if asked...and ONLY if He is asked?
Prayer is NOT "positive energy". It is a CONVERSATION with God. The OP is wrong (according to the Bible).
1 John 4:6