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The Man of Lawlessness 1 Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered to him, we ask you, brothers and sisters, 2 not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by the teaching allegedly from us—whether by a prophecy or by word of mouth or by letter—asserting that the day of the Lord has already come. 3 Don’t let anyone deceive you in any way, for that day will not come until the rebellion occurs and the man of lawlessness[a] is revealed, the man doomed to destruction. 4 He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God’s temple, proclaiming himself to be God. 5 Don’t you remember that when I was with you I used to tell you these things? 6 And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. 7 For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way. 8 And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming. 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
3I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his (K)fatal wound was healed And the whole earth (L)was amazed and followed after the beast; 4they worshiped the (M)dragon because he (N)gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "(O)Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?" 5There was given to him a mouth (P)speaking arrogant words and blasphemies, and authority to act for (Q)forty-two months was given to him. 6And he opened his mouth in blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His name and His tabernacle, that is, (R)those who dwell in heaven. 7It was also given to him to (S)make war with the saints and to overcome them, and authority over (T)every tribe and people and tongue and nation was given to him.
Originally posted by WickettheRabbit
reply to post by TechVampyre
No offense taken. Everyone has to pick and choose their own fairy tales. It's the spice of life!
I saw that thread. Honestly, I didn't think much of it. Looked like an optical illusion to me.
Originally posted by [davinci]
My point here is this; Christ had a message of peace and harmony, forgivness and love. Since at this point in history we have bastardized that message through those edits
Originally posted by adjensen
Originally posted by [davinci]
we are to love God, and love each other as ourselves. Pure and simple.
Sorry, but no it's not. I've run across quite a few people in my day who simply did not love themselves. It was self evident in the way they lived, talked, acted and the way they treated other people.
These are the people that everyone considers bad seeds and the vast majority end up in prison because they cannot function in society. The same society that reads the Bible, quotes the verses and then commences to judge other people based on those verses as if they speak for God himself, when in fact the words that come out of their mouth sound......
But according to that verse, word for word, these people will still get into heaven because they are, after all, treating and loving other people they way they treat and love themselves;
You know, according to that verse, it's almost as if what you do isn't as important as doing something that is true to your nature. "Bad" people treat other people bad, therefore they will go to heaven because they are true to themselves, therefore true to others. While "good" people will go to hell because while they treat themselves good, they cannot afford the same courtesy to others by virtue of sitting there and judging them by way of a 2,000 year old book that still pretends to be relevant. I don't know about you, but that sounds.......
I'm not saying that all "good" people are like that, because they're not. Some are actually true to themselves. But you have to admit that most "bad" are true to themselves, otherwise they wouldn't be labeled as bad. You can call this circular logic all you want, but it works.edit on 26-2-2011 by Taupin Desciple because: Clarity
Have there been minor changes in the text since then? Obviously, there have been, as a result of translation or transcription error, and perhaps some things that were intentionally changed.