Key Doctrinal Questions/Other Spiritual Questions:   Scripture Theme, Guiding Principle, & Explanatory Notes

Key Doctrinal Questions/Other Spiritual Questions: theme scriptures.

A guiding principle for all Bible doctrines and Bible teaching.

Explanatory note regarding "the full counsel of God."

Explanatory note regarding methodology used.

Additional note regarding the editor's perspective.

  Key Doctrinal Questions: theme scriptures

Mark 7:6-8

"He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.  Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do."

Jeremiah 9:3

"And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth upon the earth; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they know not me, saith the LORD."

  A guiding principle for all Bible doctrines and Bible teaching.

Revelation 22:18-20

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly.  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

Dear Ones, there is a price to pay for adding to God's Word, and subtracting from God's Word; it is an eternal price, as well it should be.  Misrepresenting God by altering His Holy Word is not only the most grievous sin that can be committed against GOD the Father, GOD the Son, and GOD the Holy Ghost, who authored the Holy Bible (other than blaspheming the Holy Ghost), but is also the most grievous sin that can be committed against vast multitudes of people for whom Christ came and suffered and died to save.

Those who touch the LORD's anointed Word to alter it, to diminish it, to change it, to 'improve on God,' to make God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Ghost, and God's Holy Word more positive, more acceptable, less harsh, less severe, less negative, less offensive, more comfortable, more good feeling, more appealing to the masses and thus easier to market successfully, and thus to profit from the marketing of, or to exploit for other evil ends...will deservedly suffer eternal loss, along with those they divert to Hell, this is according to GOD's Word in Revelation 22:18,19.  Is it possible to commit such sin 'well-intendedly,' perhaps - blindly, ignorantly, foolishly, selfishly, & most sinfully, but not without suffering eternal loss, and damnably occasioning such loss by others!

It should be noted that those ministers who employ the "Touch not the Lord's Anointed" card, to insulate themselves from righteous, godly questioning, are typically among the most grievous offenders of perverting the Lord's anointed Word!  And as stated already, they will suffer eternal condemnation! 

  Explanatory note regarding "the full counsel of God"

In discussing the spiritual and doctrinal issues addressed herein, effort has been made to include what God's Word has to say on the subjects from the entirety of His Holy Word; time available has been the chief restraint.  While the coverage may be less than all-inclusive, it should be clear that the effort has been genuine, diligent, and conscientious; additionally, the effort is ongoing.

What does God's Word, The Holy Bible, the full counsel of God, really have to say authoritatively concerning these questions?  Let's look into the Word of God, focusing on the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John, and the Acts of the Apostles, without ignoring the Old Testament or Tanach.

  Additional explanatory note regarding methodology used.

In concert with the effort to seek to reference the "full counsel of God" on the spiritual and doctrinal questions addressed, I will be including scriptures which may not appear to bear directly upon these matters, but which I believe bear mentioning or inclusion.  Typically the treatises, or monograms, will be fairly lengthy.  (I use the old-fashioned personal typing method, so it could take a while before these treatises are completed, in all probability a long while, apologies.  By "personal typing method," I mean that I do my own typing; but I rarely find or set aside sufficient time to work on these treatises, or any portions of the website.)  

Instead of relying on studies done by others, the method used here is the old slow, slogging "recreate the wheel" approach.   There are disadvantages to this method to be sure, e.g., slowness owing to greatly much more work; but there are advantages too, chief among them, not passing on the errors of others, but instead breaking that downward vicious cycle (this is critically important in areas e.g., rooting out doctrinal error).  Still there remains the possibility of introducing error, but this is not as great a danger as that of compounding errors.  We must get back to the scriptures, i.e., The Holy Bible, rather than relying on the thoughts of even good and well-intended, honest and scholarly men of God.  

In the same vein, I do not ask you to take my word for anything, as I may inadvertently be introducing error of my own, or stumbling anew upon some time-warn error of old.  I do recommend you give a fair reading of what is presented to see whether you believe it agrees with Holy Scripture and the Spirit of God.

Personal experience and the experiences of others will be subordinated to the Word of God, but for a very few topics (e.g., God-forsaken; Saints & Demons...) where there is little revealed in God's Word, and much personal experience, emphasis will be placed upon personal experience & experiences of others.

  Additional note regarding the editor's perspective.

These discussions/treatises are not taken up as mere academic or theological curiosities, such as the proverbial favored topic of discussion of years gone by of "how many angels can fit on the head of a pin," which glaringly pointed up the foolishness, blindness, ignorance, uselessness, worthlessness, and wretched reprobation of the "theologians" who "studied" that question; but, the questions addressed within "Key Doctrinal Questions," "Other Spiritual Questions," "What Is Faith,"...concern vital tenets of the faith, which impact on vast multitudes of God's suffering peoples, and which in a few cases have impacted directly on the editor.

As for the necessity of contesting doctrine superseding that of contesting practice, the author defers to an earlier author and authority, namely Dr. Martin Luther, "Others before me have contested practiceBut to contest doctrine, that is to grab the goose by the neck!"

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  Who would dream of leaping off such cliffs as these "in their own way," rather than following the lead, i.e., the tried and trued calculations, of those with successful experience (i.e., those who have survived unscathed after many near "heart-stopping" flights)?

Yet how many people, many of whom are not only intelligent, but comparatively mature and godly ministers, adventure themselves to accept and even propagate teachings of man in the name of God's truth?

While it is well to look before one leaps, the reason for looking is that there are many times and circumstances in which it would be far better not to leap!

Question?  Is this a demonstration of a leap of faith? and if so, of faith in what?

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These cliff-divers wow the women, and no doubt accordingly win most intimate affections & favors from many foolish lovelies, but if these high flyers make a mistake, even a minor miscalculation, or the smallest of slips, they could have a rather rocky reunion with reality, and all of their future pleasures could be dashed upon the unforgiving rocks below.  Why do they do such things, the same impulses that drive 'brothers' of theirs to enter the bullrings as matadors: for one thing it beats the toil of working for a living; for another there is the glamour and glory, the fame, the fortune, and the perhaps most enticing of all, the charms of the fems (just ask a certain former President).  A difference between the likes of the former President and various Congressmen and these daring young that the cliff-divers and matadors risk their lives, limbs, loins, health, and future happiness, rather than other people's.  And these daring young men take such risks honestly and courageously (albeit recklessly and needlessly); and if and/or when they get in trouble they pay a fearful price for it (needless to say, many would have good reason to hope for an immediate rapture or catching away should they find themselves in such perilous predicaments).

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what's a fem?  i may look like i'm dressed to go cliff-diving, but this is my all-fours-on-the-ground-suit; and dr. luther...don't get any ideas, i'm not a goose! home (toc)

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