Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Gold like glass?

I've always thought this description it was odd:

‭Revelation‬ ‭21‬:‭18‬ ESV

"The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass."       http://bible.com/59/rev.21.18.esv

But maybe the Romans understood the concept.  And if this kind of cup was used to detect purity – or warn of impurities that are present in what it contains – then the whole metaphor starts to get really interesting:

http://blogs.transparent.com/latin/ancient-roman-nanotechnology-improving-the-future/

Just an idea; not going to start a new denomination over it.  :)

Against universalism

If I were the kind of person to grab random Old Testament verses to proof-text what I'd like to argue Christ's relationship to mankind means – can you tell I'm not that kind of person? – this would be a good one.  As long as nobody thinks to read into Malachi chapter 3 were God talks about his plan for reconciliation, and parks at the end of chapter 2 where he says he's not interested in people who advocate for "evil" people, it would be a challenging argument.


‭Malachi‬ ‭2‬:‭17‬ NIV

"You have wearied the Lord with your words. "How have we wearied him?" you ask. By saying, "All who do evil are good in the eyes of the Lord, and he is pleased with them" or "Where is the God of justice?""

See it at Bible.com:

http://bible.com/111/mal.2.17.niv




Sunday, December 28, 2014

Reconciliation vs. Condemnation

I have a hard time placing this verse in the context of a Phelps-like "ministry of condemnation"; I wonder what Fred would say if he were still alive? If you rest on Paul's writing in Romans that God has "given them over" then what purpose do these verses in Corinthians serve or to whom were they written?



‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭18-20‬ ESV

"All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God."

See it at Bible.com:

http://bible.com/59/2co.5.18-20.esv




Sunday, December 7, 2014

Do NOT pray peace?!?

It looks like nothing is safe or easy. A couple of years ago I encountered a teaching that said we can and should pray "peace" into the lives of people around us -- that it was an all-purpose Christian responses regardless of who they are or what they were doing. (The argument is that if they were doing something to earn God's disapproval, peace would come as they were Led away from that.)

Looks like I forgot about John:

https://www.bible.com/bible/68/2jn.1.gnt

10So then, if some come to you who do not bring this teaching, do not welcome them in your homes; do not even say, "Peace be with you." 11For anyone who wishes them peace becomes their partner in the evil things they do.


Argh.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Why call out women?

‭"The God women love" -- is this explanation from the Amplified the correct one?  It's an odd phrase...

Daniel‬ ‭11‬:‭37‬ AMP

"He shall not regard the gods of his fathers or Him [to Whom] women desire [to give birth–the Messiah] or any other god, for he shall magnify himself above all."

See it at Bible.com:

http://bible.com/8/dan.11.37.amp




Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Random quote

"Society is living in a collective delusion of confirmation-bias."