reply to post by nj2day
Would you agree with this statement?:
Every one's character represents the God they understand.
I attended Church's and bible studies, I also watched many television evangelists. After 40 years I came to the conclusion that Christianity has left
behind a legacy of suffering, cruelty, death, executions, and wars. I found modern Churches to be filled with gossips, slanderers, back biters,
psychotics, and mean spirited people motivated by jealousy, envy, pride, and wrath. They talk the talk but do not walk the walk. They are hypocrites:
sucking and blowing at the same time. A literal translation of the Bible is unrealistic and dangerous. Indeed, nearly all serial killers quote
scriptures and attended churches, mostly fundamentalist churches.
Literalists are "Bible huggers". The Bible is their God, when in reality it is mere paper and ink. To rely on paper and ink is to deny the power
of God. It's Bible worship and idolatry.
"Having a form of godliness they deny the power thereof".
The Bible reveals what the power of God is, so why have so many generations of Christians denied the power of God? Could it be that it is too simple
for the arrogant mind to believe? The ego loves to flatter itself by believing it has uncovered a great mystery or that it has been blessed by some
spiritual wisdom hidden from others. Discovering the simple does nothing for the ego. The ego of fallen man is what blinds him from the simple truth
concerning the power of God. The power of God is found in his nature. From the perspective of fallen man, the power of God is that which redeems,
regenerates, enlightens, transforms, illuminates and unites him back to God.
Of course if one does not believe man is in a fallen state, having a mind governed by earthly passions, then this will all be foolishness.
I have come to believe that Adam and Eve refers to a family of beings, not simply one male and one female. I believe they were created as immortal
beings with the characteristics, nature, and temperament of divine angels. I believe they had free will, and were not controlled. They rebelled
against their creator. As a result of their rebellion, this race was punished with a temporal, mortal, physical, earthly existence, given to earthly
passions and tempers, separated from the divine nature.
Our desire to know God, obtain knowledge, attain higher levels of consciousness, enlightenment, illumination etc. comes from the vacant hole within
the human soul which, if I can use this analogy, contains the dried up seed of eternity that once was our eternal state as illuminated angelic beings
that lived in eternity, one in spirit with God.
Fallen nature= covetousness, envy pride and wrath. All selfishness and cruelty proceeds from it.
Divine nature= humility, meekness, patience, love of God. All unselfish acts of brotherly love, kindness, forgiveness, etc proceed from it.
By turning from the one you turn to the other. You can't suck and blow at the same time. I can hear the Christians saying: what about Jesus? what
about the cross? what about confession? what about the blood? Answer: Jesus was the divine nature incarnate. By turning to the divine nature you are
turning to all that he is. As it is written, "in your patience you possess your souls" and "imitate those who through faith and patience inherit
the promise" and "put off the old man and put on the new man being created in Christ Jesus" and "put on a heart of compassion, kindness,
gentleness, humility, patience; forgiving one another and forbearing with one another in love." There is no other way of honoring him, showing faith
in him, showing love toward him, being like him, or walking with him.
[edit on 23-12-2008 by John Matrix]
[edit on 23-12-2008 by John Matrix]