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Saturday, April 6th, 2013
1:22 am - The True Teachings of Jesus Christ

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It is a known fact, that different churches and religious affiliations interpret the life and teachings of Jesus Christ differently. This is the result of the deficiency and inconsistency of information about events that happened thousands of years ago. This is the main cause of perpetual disputes and disagreements within the Christian church. The four Gospels in the New Testament, as time has shown, are unable to cope with this problem. This is a challenge but it can be resolved.

Records of the life of Jesus other than the Gospels are in the Vatican archives and for many centuries they’ve been insistently kept from the public. One has the impression that someone is intentionally trying to conceal the truth from the people.
The Vatican could put an end to this once and for all by allowing secular and religious scholars to access and evaluate their archives.

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Source of information The True Teachings of Jesus Christ – The Gospel that survived the Inquisition bonfires

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Friday, January 27th, 2012
2:25 pm - Educated Women

aurora_nebulosa
Does the Bible, Old Testament or New Testament, indicate in any way that educated women were valued? What if a given woman was in some way(s) more educated than her husband/father/closest male relative? What about if a woman was equally or more educated in a subject/task that her husband/father/closest male relative was educated in?

Do we have any evidence of the acceptance of such women within the early church? within the Jewish society during which the Hebrew BIble was written / during which events within it occurred?

One might cite Abigail as an example of such a woman. Cynics may say, however, that she was only called "intelligent" (NASB, NIV, HCSV, but, literally, "of good understanding") to contrast her with the man, who should've taken on that role. Indeed, it seems that "the man" is contrasted starkly with "the woman" in this instance (1 Samuel 25:3). Could "of good understanding" in the Nebrew encompass learnedness (such as book-learning) as well as other forms of intelligence? How far does this term go?

We do have the instance of Huldah, who played a role in verifying the authenticity of texts, though she was a prophetess and, thus, may have had special sanction to possess the knowledge she did. But, what of ordinary women?

Was also have the example ofSusannah who was educated in the law and whose father was called "just" for doing so, but what of women gaining secular learning?

We further find references to "sons of the femal Scribe" (Sopereth; Ezra 2:55, Nehemiah 7:57), but one wonders whether the "scribe" being referred to here was merely assigned to copying texts rather than any kind of serious scholarship. Perhaps her husband was also a scribe?

We have references to Esther "writing" authoritative letters concerning the observance of Purim (Esther 9:29), though Mordicai is also mentioned along with her. So, I am wondering if he was, in fact, her emanuensis. Indeed, it appears that Paul had emanuenses, even though he himself speaks of "writing" the letters. So, then, we could say the same of Jezebel, who is said to have "written". Was the notion of the emanuensis ever even present in Hebrew society? Furthermore, would these women have been permitted to actually "read" other works?

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Friday, January 20th, 2012
2:19 pm - Ancient Astronauts

aurora_nebulosa
How are we to defend against claims that ancient aliens came down in antiquity and that those are the beings we called God or the gods?

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Tuesday, January 17th, 2012
4:44 pm - Mere Sickness v. Demon-Possession

aurora_nebulosa
How did Jews of Jesus' time and during the time of the early Church determine whether someone was merely sick/disabled/etc. as opposed to truly demon-possessed? What was the line between the two? For, it seems that, in many cases, these two states overlap. For instance, sometimes one man is described as "blind" or "mute" while another man at another time is described having both conditions but because of demon-possession. Would there have been any way to tell the difference between someone who was merely sick/disabled v. someone who was demon-possessed? Could this have only been determined by the Holy Spirit or was there some other way that men then used?

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Monday, January 16th, 2012
9:02 pm - Carbon Dating

aurora_nebulosa
Is it not true that carbon dating has been proven accurate? Then, is there any way to save a literal 7-day creation?

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5:45 pm - Apologetics for the Resurrection

aurora_nebulosa
1) The majority if not all of the early Christian community had a strong moral bent, primarily because of Jesus' teachings. They wouldl then likely not have deceived their fellow Christians by taking the body etc. etc.

2) Thomas himelf doubted, according to the Scriptures, and Jesus showed him His wounds. Is it not unlikely that the look/feel of these wounds could be faked?

3) Paul says that, if Jesus was not raised from the dead, he would be making God a liar, essentially, by stating that He was raised.

Please feel free to include others you think of, or rebuttals (playing "devil's advocate", if you'll forgive the phrase), if you wish.

The only thing I admit I've always had issues with is that, apparently, Jesus appeared to some in forms where they couldn't recognize Him as Jesus. Could this have been other people acting as Jesus to, perhaps, play tricks on the disciples? Is there some other explanation either for or against the veracity of such appearances?

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5:25 pm - Doubting the Resurrection

aurora_nebulosa
Does doubting Christ's resurrection, and, indeed, resurrection generally, even for a moment, post-conversion, mean that one automatically loses one's salvation?

In one place, Paul himself says that, if Christ had not been resurrected, he would essentially be making God a liar. In another, he says that, if there were no resurrection, they would all be poor men indeed. This would seem to indicate that even some within the Church at least at some point doubted both?

Thomas doubted and Christ was kind enough(?) to show him His wounds. Further, we see Thomas being included among those on whom the Holy Spirit fell at Pentacost.

Also, in Jude 1:22, our author advises mercy upon those who doubt. Given the context, it appears that the doubters are within the Church(?). Could some of the doubters have been doubting resurrection?

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1:27 pm - The Unforgivable Sin

aurora_nebulosa
Have I blasphemed against the Holy Spirit?

Matthew 12:23-32 (NAS)
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2012:23-32&version=NASB;NIV;HCSB;SBLGNT
"All the crowds were amazed, and were saying, "This man cannot be the Son of David, can he?" But, when the Pharisees heard this, they said, "This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons." And, knowing their thoughts ("Eidws de tas enthumhseis autwn") Jesus said to them, "Any kingdom divided against ("meristheisa kath' eauths") itself is laid waste; and any city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? If I by Beelzebul cast out demons, by whom do your sons cast them out? For this reason, they will be your judges. But, if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you. Or how can anyone enter the strong man's house and carry off his property, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. He who is not with Me is against Me ("kat' emou"); and he who does not gather wiht Me scatters. Therefore I say to you, and sin and blasphemy shall be frogiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.""

Mark 3:22-30 (NAS)
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%203:22-30&version=NASB;NIV;HCSB;SBLGNT
"The scribes who came down from Jerusalem were saying, "He is possessed by Beelzebul," and "He casts out the demons by the ruler of the demons." And He called them to Himself and began speaking to them in parables, "How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. If Satan rises up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but he is finished! But no one can enter the strong man's house and plunder his property unless he first binds the strong man, and then he will plunder his house. Truly I say to you, all sins shall be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin" -- because they were saying, "He has an unclean spirit."

Luke 12:10 (NAS) (the words of Jesus)
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke%2012:10&version=NASB;NIV;HCSB;SBLGNT
"And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him."

Here is the situation: I made the good confession and was baptized at the tender age of 14. Now, after nearly 14 years of living the Christian life and resisting any doubt that may come to my mind as an attack of Satan, I have begun to let doubts of many and various kinds enter into my mind, desiring to honestly examine my faith but also scaring myself greatly by what thoughts I have been thinking. Now, I have never outright denied my faith, only questioned.

One of those questions was regarding all the various, often contradictory, religions that exist in the world. I wondered whether, in actuality, God/the gods were simply "messing with us" or "having a little fun" by giving us, for example, contradictory but also exclusive ways to save our souls, and thus distressing us greatly. I also put questions about this to various Christian mailing lists/discussion communiites. This thought might be construed as attributing evil to what is in actuality good; attributing evil to all aspects of religion (including the Christian one and, thus, to Christ Himself and to His Holy Spirit). While I have never outright placed myself in agreement with these thoughts (I have only wondered), attributing evil to good seems to be what the scribes/Pharisees were doing in the passages above. I did none of this with malicious intent and, indeed, desired these thoughts truly to be wrong. One of the above passages implies that Christ responded in the way He did based on the fact that he "perceived" their "enthumhsis", which seems often to be taken and translated to say that He knew their true intentions, yet, the term "enthumhsis" seems to actually have the meaning of "considerations/reflections/ideas/conceptions/ponderings" rather than "intentions" and what I was doing seems to fit into these categories, even though I had no malicious intent. Since I never outright ascented to these thoughts, would "wondering" also fall into this category and would I then be guilty of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit? Also, I feel that I am still with Him in my heart as I don't want my wonderings to be true, so how does the phrase "if I am not with Him, I am against Him" apply, or does it?

Do I misunderstand the nature of blasphemy?

Numbers 15:30 (NAS)
"But the person who does anything defiantly,...that one is blaspheming the LORD..."

2 Kings 19:22 (NAS)
"Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? And against whom have you raised your voice, and haughtily lifted up your eyes? Against the Holy One of Israle!"

Acts 13:45 (NAS)
"But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things spoken by Paul, and were blaspheming."

In these cases, we see malice/haughtiness/etc. associated quite directly with blasphemy. THough I have wondered whether I was being haughty in thinking what I was thinking, I ultimately believe my questions were honest/sincere and not haughty.

Some definitions on Dictionary.com include malicious intent for the term "blasphemy" while others simply define it as speaking evil against or speaking irreverently against. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/blaspheme

Please note that, when I had these thoughts, I had not even considered these passages or that this might be blasphemous. So, it might be argued that I was doing this in ignorance...

1 Timothy 1:12-14 (NAS)
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Timothy%201:12-14&version=NASB;NIV;HCSB;SBLGNT
"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was formerly a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent agressor. Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus."

Paul, then, was shown mercy for his sins, including blasphemies (of the Holy Spirit?), because he did them in ignornace. There are numerous other cases, both in the Old and New Testaments, of God being more lenient on those who commit sins in ignorance.

I have prayed throughout this process of questioning that God would see me thorugh it, preserving my soul.

1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 (NAS)
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thessalonians%205:23-24&version=NASB;NIV;HCSB;SBLGNT
"Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be prserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass."

I also pryaed that God might give me a sign (any root of "blasphem-" said thrice before last night was up), if, indeed, I had lost my soul. This never happened.

With all this in mind, have I blasphemed the Holy Spirit and do I have any hope of not being eternally condemned?

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Thursday, December 29th, 2011
12:28 pm - Just Messing With Us?

aurora_nebulosa
How do we defend against the position that some take that "God or the gods may simply be messing with us/having a little malicious fun by, with deceptive sincerity, telling one group of people one thing e.g. that there are many godsa, and another group something else, e.g., that there is only one God" and that "this could explain the variety of contradictory religions in the world".

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Wednesday, December 28th, 2011
12:17 pm - Mark of the Beast and Free Masonry

aurora_nebulosa
Could free masonry and all that is associated with it be being referred to in the Revelation's narrative of the Second Beast and his Mark? Since we have masonic symbols on our money and since the American dollar has now basically become the standard of the world and might soon become the standard for the etire world's population, could American money be the Second Beast's Mark? Was masonry actually started by one man, as far as we can tell? As far as we can say, did he speak arrogant and blasphemous words and did he, in whatever sense, have the power to call fire down from heaven? Could his name have added up to tripple-six, so that, by taking American money, we would be, in a sense, taking the Mark of the Beast? If all this is the case, this might bolster the case for this association. Is there any reason(s) why this association will not work?

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Thursday, December 15th, 2011
5:30 pm - Tradition

aurora_nebulosa
How do we defend against the following position?:

"We all know how muddled oral tradition can get over many many years.

How can we be 100% sure, then, that Christian oral tradition prior to being written down, was accurately preserved"?

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
11:27 pm - Why atheists are atheists

aurora_nebulosa
What are the various factors that make an atheist an atheist? If you were once one, what made you so?

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Saturday, December 10th, 2011
4:10 pm - Life After Death

aurora_nebulosa
How do we defend against the following speculation?:

"The whole concept of life after death derived from a very early out-of-body experience news of which spread and which was actually just tricks of the mind. Thus, the cultural consciousness came to be such that everyone else who had such experiences saw the same kind of afterlife. Eventually, when the languages diverged, understandings of this so-called afterlife also began to differ."

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Friday, December 9th, 2011
2:34 pm - Son of Man

aurora_nebulosa
To what does this phrase refer? Obviously, Jesus adopted it as His own, but, in the Old Testament, could it refer to mankind generally, to kings, to something even the OT writers/those who read it didn't quite understand?

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2:14 pm - Type

aurora_nebulosa
How prominent is the Christian doctrine of Old Testament passages as "types" pointing forward to Christ? Or, even the notion of "type" generally? Is it a part of Jesus' teaching as portrayed in the Gospels? I notice this in Romans (Paul) and in Hebrews (?), but nowhere else, at least explicitly.

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
5:35 pm - Jesus: A Real Person

aurora_nebulosa
I recently read a statement by an individual who said that he had come to the conclusion that Jesus was never a real person.

What is the evidence such individuals cite in making such a claim and how do we respond to this? I have heard lately that the majority of scholars, even skeptical ones, in fields related to this subject agree that Jesus was a real person; is such a statement about modern scholarship correct?

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4:37 pm - Jesus' Teachings on Faith

aurora_nebulosa
Was Jesus' teaching on faith, specifically, the role of the individual's own faith in accomplishing his healing/other miracle pretty well utterly unique to Him, or did such teaching have at least some roots elsewhere?

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12:20 am - All In The Mind

aurora_nebulosa
How do we apologetically defend against the following theory:

"The human mind is capable of doing many things and may be capable of doing more than ew realize if it believes it can do them, even if it does not know precisely how it can do them. One thing it may and may have been capable of is altering the very fabric of the cosmos, enabling us to perform the signs/wonders spoken of both in the Old and New Testaments. After all, Jesus said that, if we had the faith of a mustard-seed, we could move mountains and Jesus also often said that the person on whom a given healing was performed's faith is what healed him. But, there must be cooperation as we see in the instance when Jesus was unable to do many miracles in a particular town because of the lack of faith of those within it. Yet, our conscious minds do not wish to accept all this as such."

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Thursday, December 1st, 2011
11:03 am - The Cloud and the Fire

aurora_nebulosa
We read in the Scriptures that God went before (and, in one case, behind) the Israelites in a cloud by day and a fire by night.

Could there have been some (currently known) scientific phenomenon responsible for this cloud/fire? Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that God wasn't responsible for it ultimately, but it would seem that God does use natural methods to accomplish at least some of his goals.

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
5:57 pm - What is going on?

aurora_nebulosa
If you'll forgive some momentary vulgarity, "Crap!" Life has just been one big fight for me, and it seems that nothing I've put my hand to lately has turned out right. Just wondering if God has abandoned me, what with all the questioning I've been doing lately. or, if He ever was really mine I mean, I prayed about this and asked others to do the same. Or maybe it's Satan trying to attack me even more (if he even was in the first place), but, why would he attack me when I'm already so weak? I am just so confused as usual. Feel like I may be so heavily under attack lately. Or, maybe, it really is just a simple matter of God's discipline, but I really don't know precisely what brought it on, if so. Or, maybe I am just a second Job, but I am far less righteous in my actions than he.

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