User Profile: JGraham III

JGraham III

Member Since: September 22, 2010


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  • [1] May 29, 2015 at 1:12am

    They have always had resonance where their brains ought to be.. at any rate w.r.t. the article, I was relieved to find out that Global Warming wasn’t at the base of hole-less swiss cheese.

  • May 29, 2015 at 1:08am

    Technically there weren’t Christians until after the Lord rose from the dead and gave the Holy Spirit some 50 days later on the Day of Pentecost, so strictly this verse in Mathew cannot be referring to Christians. As with many, many parts of the Bible however, there may be a legitimate application of the verse to Christians today without specifically being written about them.

  • May 28, 2015 at 10:39pm

    You are another who doesn’t understand the nature of biblical covenants, apparently. Explain this: Deuteronomy 6:25 “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as He hath commanded us” compared with Galatians 3:11 “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident; for The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith but, the man that doeth them shall live in them.”
    A contradiction? No, but one needs to understand that the covenant of the Law was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, effectively closing out all these sections that you and other atheist types read thinking that Christians need to observe them all. Upon Pentecost, the Lord instituted a new covenant (described in Jeremiah 31:31-34) which has much simpler and better expectations of believers than the Law ever had. Scholarship is truly a good and greatly liberating thing for those that believe.

  • May 28, 2015 at 10:26pm

    Did you learn anything substantive about covenants in your educational career? You are aware that Jesus Christ fulfilled the Law, yes? Colossians talks about His taking the ‘writings and ordinances against us (the Law) and taking it out of the way, nailing it to His cross. Paul also said that all things were lawful for him,. but not all things are profitable.
    I didn’t mention sex before marriage, because that is still condemned in the NT, similarly divorce, except for adultery. Go back and read the NT, especially the Epistles and the book to the Hebrews for a more detailed dissertation.

  • May 28, 2015 at 11:29am

    Thanks for the input; as always I learn and gain insight into the “catholic mind” if you don’t object to my phrasing it that way :).
    You do know that 1 Cor 3:13-15 speaks of a man’s works not built on the LJC will be ‘burned’ but the man himself will be saved, “yet so as by fire”. Is this one of the key verses the RC’s use regarding the presence of purgatory? I don’t say I agree with the concept of purgatory but am curious to know where this all began.
    As for the verses in Mt, consider the audience the Lord was speaking to and what had not yet been accomplished by Him. Pentecost changed a LOT of parameters for those seeking the Kingdom of Heaven/God. Sozo (the word for save or saved) has a very broad meaning in the text and one must determine its usage by the context. I believe this is where so many get tripped up not realizing that their spirit is (or can be) sealed by the Lord but leave the ‘saving of the soul’ wide open for the suffering of loss as stated in 1Co3:13-15. Working out ones own salvation as in Philippians has zero to do with the saving/sealing of the spirit as that is God’s job, but the quality of one’s status in Heaven is greatly determined by how they live their life subsequent to getting born again, or at least that is how I see it.
    This is all for your consideration and not an attempt to argue doctrinal differences.. really.

  • May 28, 2015 at 11:18am

    The interlinear translation I have which uses the Stephens text, (with footnotes to several other critical texts) all have “a” sin which is in accord with the Greek manuscripts. The literal rendering of 1 John 5:16 reads as follows: “if anyone should see his brother sinning a sin not to death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for those that sin not to death. There is a sin to death; not concerning that do I say that he should beseech.”
    But, you should satisfy yourself: I do not wish to argue about words in various translations or versions. A biblical scholar would by course, compare these anyway.

  • [2] May 28, 2015 at 11:07am

    You are confusing two covenants and the respective parameters for each, with respect to the absurd statement about wearing “two fabrics” and “eating lobster”. It is painfully evident the lack of even a modicum of biblical understanding when someone such as yourself makes this type of claim against Christians.

  • May 27, 2015 at 11:52pm

    Ya got me..:) I would likely disagree with you on a point and that being in the translation I read, it says a ‘sin unto death’ which I have been taught is the so called unforgiveable sin. The only sin that is unforgiveable is refusing to take Jesus as Lord, believing that God has raised Him from the dead. In other words refusing the new birth. Elsewhere the Word declares that all other sins are forgivable but as it is by free will we accept the atoning sacrifice of the Lord, someone, God or man cannot impose it or intercede for it on behalf of the one refusing. I John continues to say that all unrighteousness is sin, and that any who are born of God “sinneth not” in that that person can never, ever commit the refusal of the new birth as that is a done deal in them.

  • [1] May 27, 2015 at 11:38pm

    Having never served in the Military, I certainly wouldn’t presume to speak of the legalities/technicalities involved in this story, but I do think that Christians need to wise up considerably when it comes to the public display of their faith. Given the increasing hostility toward anything Christian in the public arena, it would be well to heed the expression, “be wise as serpents but harmless as doves.” When Jesus was asked, ‘master where do you live?’ His answer was “come and see”. Rather than erecting a billboard with flashing lights advertising one’s faith, would it not be wiser to live it out and ask God to point out those that need and will heed the Message? A Christian baker for example…

  • [3] May 27, 2015 at 10:40pm

    As I recall, one of the checks and balances on the SCOTUS is that Congress has the ability to limit the jurisdiction of the Supremes. For example if Congress were to impose this restriction on abortion issues, the final arbiter on such challenges to the laws of the states would end at the respective state supreme courts. I may be incorrect on this, but there must be congressional restraint on the supremes de facto making laws out of whole cloth through the underhanded method called judicial fiat.

  • [77] May 27, 2015 at 10:33pm

    Anyone here know who it was that ordained this man? Or Jesse Jackson for that matter? I don’t ever recall either man making reference to Jesus Christ in any fashion so perhaps it is the First Church of Wha’ssapin’ Now?

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  • [6] May 27, 2015 at 10:49am

    I can’t make up my mind…which is worse: the actions of Mr. Duggar or the gleeful comments by those who always rush to rejoice when some Christian sins? This is, I believe called “rejoicing in iniquity”. Sin is sin with no gradations, despite what some denominations will tell you.

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  • [18] May 27, 2015 at 10:28am

    All this has been a long time in coming: there is a large canal close to where I grew up that has been in existence since 1910. Imagine my surprise when in the 70′s I returned home for summer vacation from college to see the Army Corps of Engineering’s signs at every entry to the ditch bank access road… Didn’t know they had one iota of input in the building of this canal, and yet, now they claim authority over it as a “waterway”.

  • [6] May 27, 2015 at 10:18am

    Persecution has always accelerated the growth of the Christian Church.

  • [1] May 26, 2015 at 9:56pm

    That smacks of something but I am not sure what…

  • [23] May 26, 2015 at 9:10pm

    Oh dear The WH is upset over a “questionable” court ruling…. I guess the cows are coming home to roost.. and about time too.

  • [3] May 26, 2015 at 9:06pm

    It was Sonny Bono that skied out of control and hit a tree. Sadly this type of accident is all too common. An expert skier suffered this same type of accident at our local area this past season. :(

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  • [1] May 26, 2015 at 8:58pm

    People will always reflect the god that they worship. “Allah” was the god of war before he got promoted to the big kahuna. Of course the kookoo-nuts go berserk at the drop of a hat. Best for Christians to better understand their own God and His love for all people.

  • [189] May 26, 2015 at 8:53pm

    I have long looked askance at actors and actresses who, upon entering the political fray automatically assume that the rest of us should immediately take them seriously. Do they not make their livings pretending to be something they are not? Perhaps being treated as if the world revolves around them has deluded them into actually believing it themselves… I don’t really care what Cher thinks about much of anything to be truthful.

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  • [1] May 25, 2015 at 3:15pm

    Here is a secret: I am not a fundamentalist either. But, there you go again, presuming and assuming you know what is in the mind of others. And, denying what? That your very, very limited scope of what the Bible says and means is correct? Egad! Another unbeliever lecturing about what the Bible means: it is to laugh; but also to pity because you cannot see how silly you are.
    Convincing you? We both know that you have erected such parameters so that will never be accomplished. Eyes wide shut I think I said you once. Believe and then see Someone once said to a doubting “Thomas”.

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