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John 5:37-43” “I have come in the name of My Father, and you do not receive Me. If another comes in his own name, that one you will receive.”

John 5:37-43:

And the One sending Me, Father Himself, has witnessed concerning Me. Neither His voice (sound) have you ever heard nor (a) glimpse of Him have you seen. And His word you have not abiding in you, that Whom He commissioned, This (one) you believe not. You search the Scriptures, that you suppose in them to have eternal life, and those are the testifiers (testifying ones) concerning Me! And you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. Glory from people I receive not. However, I have known you, that you have not the love of God in yourselves. I have come in the name of My Father, and you do not receive Me. If another comes in his own name, that one you shall receive.”

“I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me...

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Do Not Entice Them to Sin

Satan is the enemy who first presented sin as desirable, enticing Eve to oppose God's command. Once she and Adam had sinned, Satan was their accuser before God, seeking their condemnation and punishment. Parents are often guilty, whether deliberately or negligently, of filling the role of Satan in their children's lives by introducing sin into the lives of their children, then punishing the children for their wrong-doing. We must never bring anything into the life of a child that draws them away from God through sin or unfaithfulness.Read More

Women Teachers in the Church – Are They Permitted

At least since Augustine, most male church leaders have insisted that women have no place in leadership or teaching among the saints. Some believe women are to say nothing, to “keep silent” in the congregation, and that women have nothing to say. Those who believe women have at least some role are the minority to be sure, but biblical truth is not a voting matter.

When Scripture demonstrates women leading Israel, Paul affirming that women may pray or prophesy in the Christian congregation – requiring that they speak and the latter necessarily putting them in a leading role – when Joel clearly states that the women and maidens would receive the Spirit of God and prophesy, and when the original language of the New Testament letters uses the feminine form of the Greek words translated as “eld...

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Destroy This Temple and I Will Raise It Up in Three Days – John 2:19-21

John 2:19-21  Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ Then said the Jews, ‘Forty-six years was this temple in building, and will You rear it up in three days?’

But He spoke of the temple of His body.

The depth of these two simple sentences cannot be exaggerated.

The temple – dwelling place – is the body. Christ, the fullness of God, dwelt in human flesh from conception.[1] His body was not God; God is not flesh, but spirit, yet He took up residence in an human body in order to bring us salvation.

Though men would “destroy” the body of Christ, they could never destroy Him personally. The eternal God can never die, having power over life and death...

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Characteristics of Man as the Image of God

CHARACTERISTICS OF MAN AS THE IMAGE OF GOD

Genesis 1:26-27      And God said, ‘Let Us make humanity in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.’

        So God created humanity in His own image, in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

Joh 4:24    God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Nu 23:19    God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent …”

What does it mean that humanity is created in the image of God? Such an image that, if an anyone kills a man, they must die for killing God’s imag...

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Mankind Created in the Image of God

God's purpose for mankind is to bear His image in His creation. Adam's sin tarnished that image, but through salvation and the Holy Spirit's work in the life of a Christian, God restores the image of Christ in us as we await the fulfilment of our eternal restoration.Read More

The First Cause

  1. Everything which has a beginning must have a capable and sufficient Cause. 
  2. The First Cause, whatever it is, must be Self-Existent, or it must defy the known Natural Laws. 
  3. A Self-Existent First Cause, by definition, defies natural laws; therefore the First Cause is necessarily Super-Natural. 
  4. The self-existent First Cause, whatever it is, must be accepted by faith. There is no “proof” of any possible First Cause. (No other witnesses; no enduring, contemporaneous physical evidence.) 
  5. Evidence exists that points to a probable First Cause. 
  6. The true First Cause will be reasonably supported by the evidence. 
  7. The evidence available to all parties is the same. The framework within which it is interpreted (worldview) is what differs. 
  8. Valid interpretation must satisfy “is”, rather than “sup...
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Laws of Logic or Reason

The Law of Non-contradiction:

            Two opposing things cannot both be correct simultaneously.

            One question cannot correctly elicit two opposing answers at the same time under the same circumstances.

Truth:

            Truth, by definition, is not subjective. It does not change, or cease.

            A false beginning (premise) cannot be used to justify a conclusion.

Relativism:

Invocation of moral law requires a moral law setter. “Every man for himself” invalidates any objection to any individual’s behaviour based on wrongness.

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Summary of Godel’s Incompleteness Theorem

Kurt Godel presented a theory of mathematics that demonstrates that anything that can be measured, or contained, cannot be dependent upon itself for explanation or existence. The excerpts below from various sources give a summary of the implications of his theorem; for greater detail, the articles and book listed at the end are strongly recommended. (These statements were pulled from several sources; they are not my own material, other than the section on “Implications”)

“Any effectively generated theory capable of expressing elementary arithmetic cannot be both consistent and complete. In particular, for any consistent, effectively generated formal theory that proves certain basic arithmetic truths, there is an arithmetical statement that is true, but not provable in the theory.”

  1. Ar...
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Natural Laws

First Law of Thermodynamics:

            Matter and energy are relative. In a closed system, neither are created or lost. (A closed system is isolated from outside influence) “… the fundamental principle of physics that the total energy of an isolated system is constant despite internal changes”; energy changes form but does not increase or decrease qty.

ΔU = Q – W, where U = change in internal energy, Q = heat added to the system, and W = Work done by the system.

Second Law of Thermodynamics:

            In the absence of outside influence, everything falls into a state of increasing disorder (entropy; biodegradation, etc.)

Third Law of Thermodynamics:

            The entropy of a pure perfect crystal is zero at zero degrees Kelvin...

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