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Jesus the Mediatior – Trinitarian Views

Jesus the Mediatior – Trinitarian Views

The Bible clearly says that Jesus Christ is the mediator between God and humans. But Trinitarians claim that Jesus is God. How do they explain this contradiction?

Jesus the Mediator
Jesus is the Mediator between God and man. Yet Trinitarians claim Jesus is God.

Trinitarians say: “Jesus MUST be God in order to be our mediator.”

This is the crux of their argument. Trinitarians change the meaning of mediator, since Jesus being the mediator between humans and God (1 Tim 2:5) destroys their Trinity idol. (2 Cor 10:3-4)

By definition, a mediator is neither of the two parties for whom he mediates. The foundation of their argument against the plain truth of 1 Tim 2:5 therefore rests on a bogus premise. Thus, their entire argument fails. read more

Modern humans left Africa much earlier

Modern humans left Africa much earlier

A new article on BBC News entitled “Modern humans left Africa much earlier” was published on January 25, 2018. The story can be read here.

Image from BBC article
Israel Hershkovitz, Tel Aviv Uni

Anthropological evolution is being revised again! Due to recent discoveries, “We have to rewrite the whole story of human evolution,” the article quotes researchers as admitting. If they only used the Bible as their guide, they wouldn’t have to keep constantly revising their story. They would know that the human race did not originate and spread abroad from Africa, but from the Tower of Babel area, which is located in northern Iraq. “In that way (confusing their languages, Gen 11:1-7), the LORD scattered them all over the world, and they stopped building the city. That is why the city was called Babel, because that is where the LORD confused the people with different languages. In this way he scattered them all over the world.” (Gen 11:8,9 NLT)  read more

Who is the Rock the Church is Built On?

Who is the Rock the Church is Built On?

The Roman Catholic Church teaches that Jesus personally appointed Peter as the leader of the church, and the pope is Peter’s successor to that position. At the root of this doctrine is the claim that Jesus appointed Peter as leader when he called him a “rock.” But is this really what the Bible teaches?

Jesus Referred to Peter as a “Rock”

In Matthew 16, Jesus was speaking in front of a rather large cliff face in Judea by Caesarea Philippi.  There is no doubt that this is historical, that is, it actually took place. read more

The Pedophile Priest Problem Treated Lightly by the Roman Catholic Church

The Pedophile Priest Problem Treated Lightly by the Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis arriving to celebrate Mass at the Las Palmas Air Base in Lima, Peru

The Pope visited Chile last week (click here for a news article about it). A prominent priest in Santiago had been exposed as a serial child molester. The Pope had appointed this serial molester’s understudy as Bishop there, under much protest, due to the fact that victims say this newly appointed Bishop witnessed personally, and was obviously well aware of such atrocities, but never voiced any opposition to it. The Pope, in response to these protesting voices, accused these Catholics of slandering the new Bishop. After much protest against his calloused attitude, the Pope has now apologized. So much for “papal infallibility”, despite the fact that he “exalts himself above every so-called god and object of worship, so as to seat himself in the temple of God, claiming that he is a god” (2 Thess 2:4 NAB)! Also, the fact that the Roman Catholic Church has tolerated and covered up their grossly immoral, pedophile priests for centuries, makes it an abomination in the sight of God. Notice the principle expressed at Dt 23:18: “You shall not bring the hire of a harlot or the wages of a dog into the house of the LORD your God” (NASB), “dog” is footnoted as being “male prostitute, sodomite”. This Hebrew word for “dog” also likely refers to “a pederast, one who practices ANAL INTERCOURSE, ESPECIALLY WITH A BOY”. This is exactly what the RCC has done by allowing these predatory pedophiles to remain in the service of the church!  Romans 1:26,27 tells us exactly what God thinks of such: “God gave them over to shameful lusts . . . the men . . . were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men” (NIV). What will God do about this? In his due time, he says “I will remove them from tending my flock so that the shepherds will no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them” (Ezekiel 34:10 NIV). The RCC with its pedophile, immoral priests will be exterminated by God permanently! read more

New Covenant—“The Good Things That Are Now Already Here”–Access

New Covenant—“The Good Things That Are Now Already Here”–Access

What are some of these “when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here”? (Heb 9:11). Well “we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God” who can “empathize with our weaknesses . . . so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need” (Heb 4:14-16 NIV). Now “we can boldly enter heaven’s Most Holy Place because of the blood of Jesus. By his death, Jesus opened a new and living way through the curtain into the Most Holy Place. And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting him”(Heb 10:19-22 NLT). Wow, think about that, right into the presence of God himself, the most important and powerful person in the universe, via prayer! “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand” (Rom 5:1,2 NIV). We have guaranteed “access by faith” to Almighty God himself “through our Lord Jesus Christ”! read more

The Early Acceptance of Revelation

The Early Acceptance of Revelation

The Book of Revelation is without doubt the most complicated, controversial and esoteric of the entire Bible! Some even doubt that it should even be in the Bible at all, and assert that its place in the Bible Canon was controversial from the start. This is false. Why?

  • We have early, widespread and consistent reception of Revelation. Papias (c 125), Justin Martyr, Irenaus, the Muratorian Fragment, Hippolytus, Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, and Origen all accepted Revelation as authentic. That’s impressive! Every one of these accepted Revelation as inspired, on the basis that John, the apostle was the recorder. B W Bacon was so impressed with the initial widespread acceptance of Revelation, that he wrote: “There is no other book in the entire NT whose external attestation can compare with that of Revelation, in nearness, clearness, defintiteness, and positiveness of statement” (The Making of the New Testament, 190).
  • Objections to Revelation were later and limited. Gaius in the early 3rd century rejected Revelation thinking it was a forgery of the apostate Cerinthus, is the first real objection.
  • Objections to Revelation were not on any historical basis. Gaius rejected the literal millennnial reign of Christ, so he thought the reference in ch 20 of such had to be a product of the apostate Cerinthus.
  • Any such objections were resolved early. It was accepted by the synods of Hippo (393) and Carthage (397), by Philastrius of Brescia (c 385), Rufinus of Aquuilia (c 404), Jerome ( c 414), and Augustine (c 426). They accepted Revelation as authentic because it was accepted by the early Christians as authentic.
  • There are many quotations from Revelation by early writers, who quoted it as being authentic.
  • The writings of the Apostles were viewed as authentic (Jude 17,18; 2 Peter 3:15,16).
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    Atheists Ask: “If God Is Real, Then Why Is Faith Required?”

    Atheists Ask: “If God Is Real, Then Why Is Faith Required?”

    First of all, when people ask this they are using a different definition of “faith” than the the Bible does. The average person thinks “faith” means: “blind faith”, or belief without any evidence, zero, zippo, nada. That is not Biblical “faith”. So let’s clarify what we mean Biblically by faith. Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1 NAB). Biblical faith has evidence in support of it, in fact, lots of it! For example: “Since the creation the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, been understood from what has been made” (Rom 1:20 NIV). We can see from the earth  and the universe that there must be a designer and Creator. However, it is impossible to see Almighty God literally. “You cannot see My face, for no one can see Me and live” (Ex 33:20 CSB). This is why faith is required. In some ways it’s no different from things we think, and do, everyday, but without giving it much thought. Would you work for a company, or organization that you didn’t think was going to pay you on payday? No, you have faith, for good reasons, that you will get paid. You wouldn’t buy a car, or an appliance, if you didn’t at least have some faith that it would work. Your wouldn’t hire someone to do a job for you without some faith they could do it, would you? Logical reasoning tells us what Hebrews 3;4 says: “For every house is built by someone, but he that created all things is God” (Jubilee Bible). You didn’t see a certain house being designed or built, but you logically know that someone had to design and construct it. Why would we use different reasoning standard about the immeasurably more complex universe, and its designer and builder? Therefore, the Bible says: “Only fools say in their hearts, ‘There is no God'” (Ps 14:1 NLT). While it is true that “not all  people have faith” (2 Thess 3:2), faith is available to all people! read more