Pure religion is not about earning heaven or escaping hell. It is about discerning our proper place and role in creation -- that God did not create us to be cowering supplicants or greedy schemers, striving to escape this world. Instead, we see ourselves as God sees us -- as the crown of creation... capable of loving as He has loved, and destined to dwell with God forever. When God looks on us, God smiles.
It eventually occurred to me that my ultimate allegiance belonged not to the Bible, but to the One of whom it testified. We are not to worship the Bible; we are to worship the One the Bible reveals. Jesus invited us to look up from the page and into God's face. [IF GRACE IS TRUE. GULLEY & MULHOLLAND. Pg 42]
The reconciliation of creation is thus already achieved in Christ and yet is only experienced as a reality by those in Christ by faith. They are the first to taste the reconciliation that has been won for all. The church, then, is a present sign of the reconciliation that the whole creation will one day experience. [THE EVANGELICAL UNIVERSALIST. GREGORY MACDONALD. Pg 51]
"We cannot conceive of a Creator who knows the end from the beginning, one who is Love, who has infinite wisdom, and infinite power, giving to any being life, life which is never to end, but to continue in suffering to all eternity. The Bible does not teach it anywhere in the original languages.
G. Campbell Morgan Pastor, "Sermon: The cross and the ages to come" , Westminster Chapel, London
The Pharisees, according to Josephus, regarded the penalty of sin as torment without end, and they
stated the doctrine in unambiguous terms. They called it eirgmos aidios (eternal imprisonment) and timorion adialeipton
(endless torment), while our Lord called the punishment of sin aionion kolasin (age-long chastisement)
-J.W. HANSON, D. D. Universalism The Prevailing Doctrine Of The Christian Church
The talismanic word of the Alexandrian fathers, as of the
New Testament, was FATHER. This word, as now, unlocked
all mysteries, solved all problems, and explained all the
enigmas of time and eternity. Holding God as Father, punishment
was held to be remedial, and therefore restorative,
and final recovery from sin universal. - J.W. HANSON, D. D.
We do not start our Christian lives by working out our faith for ourselves; it is mediated to us by Christian tradition, in the form of sermons, books and established patterns of church life and fellowship. We read our Bibles in the light of what we have learned from these sources; we approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact.
How do you know when you have "won" a religious debate? When the person you are debating with stops attempting to use intellect, logic and exegesis of scripture, and then resorts to accusations and judgements about the condition of your soul.
Where Jesus tried to create Christian individuals, Saint Paul tried to create Christian groups. This opened the door to hypocrisy, externalism, materialism, ritualism, priestcraft, persecution, and deterioration. The realizable kingdom of heaven within man had to give way to an unrealizable kingdom of God on earth. The way back to true religion must therefore lie through making a fresh start-Notebooks of Paul Brunton
I am still baffled why so many Christians come to a conspiracy website to regurgitate the same old tired doctrines of man they received from institutionalized religion. How is it they can see conspiracy in every other area of society except for this? Jesus had very radical ideas compared with the mainstream "orthodox" religion of his day. Jesus was a heretic by the purest defintion...
“Without the persistent rising up of individuals that seek the Lord and place themselves under His direct leadership, churches will inevitably...slip into human hierarchy, institutionalizing a system of doctrines and practices.”
― Henry Hon, ONE: Unfolding God's Eternal Purpose from House to House
“One hundred religious persons knit into a unity by careful organization do not constitute a church any more than eleven dead men make a football team. The first requisite is life, always.“- A. W. Tozer
Matthew 10:8 versus 2 cor 11:8 and 1 Timothy 5:7-18
Matthew 23:9 versus 1 Cor 4:15
Jesus taught we are all equal in Christ. He Is the only Pastor and Teacher.
Paul taught hierarchy in the church and is the basis for the differentiation between "clergy" and "laity".
Genesis 49:27 Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he divides the plunder / spoils.
Paul was a Benjamite. Paul in his early days killed christians. In his latter days he promoted the division of gentiles and jews by saying he alone was the apsotle of the gentiles. Peter on the other hand recieved the revelation that he was to preach the same gospel to jews AND gentiles.
It's ineteresting that the only explicit testimony that Paul was "a servant of the most high" and caried "a way of salvation" recorded in the bible is the testimony of a prophetess with the Spirit of Python. So the stongest testimony and affrimation of Paul's ministry was from Satan?
“'Cursed is the one who perverts the justice due the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.' "And all the people shall say, 'Amen!'” (Deut. 27:19.)
Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number.
But refuse the younger widows
(1 timothy 5:9-12)