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Theological in nature

  1. . . . of Solomon's and Zerubabbel's Temples, the Gospel, and the rest . . .

    There have been only two earthly physical “brick and mortar” temples: Solomon’s and Zerubabbel’s. And the "pre-exile" Jerusalem was destroyed for specific reasons--and along with Solomon’s "earthly" temple sanctuary:

    II Chron. 36
    11Zedekiah was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.

    12He did evil in the sight of the LORD his God; he did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet
  2. . . . apropos the abolishing of death and the first resurrection . . .

    And now, apropos the first resurrection: it seems that it might be useful to review the impact of the phrase “abolished death” in II Tim. 1:10 (see the text in underlined bold below):

    II Tim. 1
    8 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,
    9 who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own

    Updated Aug 4th 2016 at 11:40 AM by billy-brown 2

    Devotionals , Eschatology , Theology
  3. Monotheistic Dances part 40

    So, we have seen that the Moslem world itself has been rent by internal strife from time to time, the biggest being the split between the Shiahs and the Sunnis. It seems that there have been more infighting between the Muslims themselves, than between the Muslims and outsiders. In one fight, a groupl of Muslims was getting beaten by another group of Muslims, so they tore out pages of the Quran and fixed them to the tips of their swords. It worked, there was truce and then a peace between the two ...
  4. Monotheistic Dances part 39

    I have made the statement many times that, while there is a similarity between all three Monotheistic beliefs that we are mainly considering, there is no monolithic face for all three. Well, there is a face to each one, but on closer inspection you can see the cracks, fissures and holes in each face that mark the differences. One could well argue that each one has many faces, and that would be closer to the truth. Historians like to maximize the similarities in talking about the 'evolution' of Monotheism, ...
  5. Monotheistic Dances part 38

    It is a fact of human history that we live our lives as individuals, and we all know that. This means that as the history of Monotheism progresses, it carries along with it the individual lives of those who believe. I am not engaging in a philosophical depiction of 'History' as a way of life, simply that a belief, or set of beliefs, that is shared, to some extent, by a group a people enters into, to some extent and in some way, the lives of each individual.Some will react, and some will just go ...