Theological in nature
Let's look at this scripture very closely:
Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Indeed, the scripture
People tell me that the goats at the judgment throne of Christ are unsaved sinners. So the other day I started doing research through the Word to see if I could find some back up in scripture. I could not so I wondered where this idea came from. So after doing some more research about goats it then came to me that goats are the old testament sin atonement. And since the goats failed the judgment for the new sin atonement they were cast into the fire.
Why were they cast into the fire?
'The Answer that Reverberates'
Can you hear it? Does it shout at you? Does it get lost in the background noise of your life? Is it---uhh---sorry???? Ohhhhh, yeah. Sorry, I should remind you. At the close of the last part, I simply quoted James question in chapter 3: "13 Who is wise and understanding among you?..." It could sound a little sarcastic if just left alone, or maybe just draw some puzzled looks, but he follows it with a challenge, '...Let them show it by their good life,
'A Beautiful....the Sequel'
Across my teaching in the letter of James, I have taught three important things: 1)The unity of the letter of James, and 2)The unity of the letter of James, and 3)The unity of the letter of James. There are several lines of thought running all the way through the book that give it a unified message. What has happened is that modern Evangelical Theology has torn it apart to accommodate the 'Faith Alone' doctrine that is so prevalent in evangelical theology.
'A Beautiful Mind'
The american mathematician John Nash had that intuitive feel for mathematics that allowed him to see it as part of life, as a whole that spoke to him in clear syllables of understanding. Like all mathematicians, he saw the rules as a fluent river that rolled by showing all that swam in it's lively currents and streams. Nash, however, suffered from Schizophrenia Paranoia that made it hard, at times, to relate to life normally. There were times when he was sure