What have you that you should be thankful this ‘Thanksgiving Day?’

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Have we naught… be thankful in your contentment of spirit,
Have we much… be thankful in the abundance of God’s grace,
Have we excess… be thankful you have the strength to share,
Have we desire… to long for a look on God’s own gentle face.

Have we company… there is much to be said of a friend’s worth,
Have we wisdom… be thankful God is above the knowledge of man,
Have we provision… be thankful God extends his will to be known,
Have we suffered… gratitude shows true gain by seeking God’s plan.

Have we infirmity… be thankful for the healing hands of God,
Have we our health… be thankful and mindful for our Brother,
Have we depression… be thankful glory and grace is upon us,
Have we joy… not soon a condition for us to lament, a bother.

Have we kindness… a measure to treasure the fabric of eternity,
Have we love… be thankful to share the same love as God’s Son,
Have we hope… be thankful Jesus was obedient to His Father,
Have we faith… the Kingdom of God is belief to tell all is won.

 

 

Hebrews 12:28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,

 

 

If I would share anything with you, if you are a believer in Jesus Christ or not, this Thanksgiving Day, 2017, it is to re-think what you understand about being thankful… and why you should be thankful in the first place. I’d like to wish to you, and your families, a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

 

Russell D. Holder/inkedvocabulary

 

P.S. How about a free… Yes free, a free eBook on me. Please take a look and I hope you’ll find a little time during the holidays to enjoy it. You can find it here or here… all you need to provide is an email address and it’s yours with no charge. If you like it try an audiobook… two can found through Amazon here.

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“Justify myself to me”

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This is another day to justify… to justify, to justify,
This is yet another day to justify myself to me.

Can there not be another sadder
yet unrealized is an ego appeased,
therein the vain pleasure, so guided
by measure of nothing displeased,

The merest thought,’That so disgusts
me,’ does stretch the reach of passion,
but this does limit so the breadth of
understanding how its fits one’s fashion.

This is another day to justify… to justify, to justify,
this is yet another day to justify myself to me.

[Just then a whisper could be heardif it was listened for or understood what ‘to justify’ really means from a bigger perspective.]

Come walk with me! Find out who ‘I Am’ and find truth… grace, mercy and love.

[It was not heard at all. People sought other things… other gods- even to make one of themselves.]

 

Here’s to thought, thinkers and philosophers the world over! Ya’ thank? As it comes to people influenced by these same thoughts… people in human history: Auguste Rodin, Michaelangelo’s Lorenzo de’ Medici, the ‘Divine Comedy‘, and Thomas Aquinas. If what Rodin depicted, with ‘The Poet’, was “the eternal parallel of man’s choice and dilemma,” shouldn’t man consider stronger the reason to think on God than on what might be assumed as thinking there is none? Does the increases of those with this thought signify a decay of the spirit… a separation from God has been sought after? When what is sought is found to be a separation… a disconnect from God or to His righteousness- it will be granted… forever!

 

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;

 

 

The image below is attributed to ‘The Thinker in The Gates,’ and a link to go with it… the site here.

 

 

 

“Woe to those without God… the Godlessness of people.”

 

Isaiah 3:11 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/3-11.html
11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.

 

[Below comes from here, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, in abstract.]

 

hands–his conduct; “hands” being the instrument of acts (Ecclesiastes 8:12 Ecclesiastes 8:13).

lead–Hebrew, “call thee blessed”; namely, the false prophets, who flatter the people with promises of safety in sin; as the political “rulers” are meant in the first clause.
unto themselves–Compare “in themselves” (Proverbs 1:31, 8:36, Jeremiah 2:19, Romans 1:27).

 

2 Corinthians 8:21 Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.

sight: in the presence of, before, or of occupied place: in that place which is before, or over against.

Lord: this title is given to God, the Messiah.

 

Millions of questions arise from but one,”Just how much time does man have left?” Equally important is,”How soon ‘grace’ will end for the sons of mankind?”

Watch ‘the Fig tree’- the Nation of Israel!

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Did it really come and go without so much fanfare… that no one was willing to speak about it or tell of its significance? Something just happened in Israel that should have set bells and whistles off the world over. Not since the destruction of the temple, in around 70 AD (as prophesied by Jesus Christ Himself), has this one event, so very telling in our modern age, come to pass before our eyes- and still the meaning of it gets so little media play. The event was the Sanhedrin appointing a high priest in preparation for the rebuilt third temple. Prophecy has come to greet us at the door of our minds… of our hearts… the very portal of eternity (the end of man’s reign) is the eternal theocracy of God- His kingdom comes. Here is a link to Wikipedia on High Priest of Israel.

 

This breaking news, told by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz (in the link above), August 29th, 2016, and literally did not get the notice it should have. We have been told to keep our eye on ‘the Fig tree (the Nation of Israel)’ for they have been appointed by God to be the timepiece of His return- to the rest of the world.

 

Isaiah 34:4 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/34-4.html
4 And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree.

 

Luke 21:29 KJV
https://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/luke/21-29.html
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;

 

 

[There is spiritual fruit, fruits of the Spirit, to be learned about and accepted.]

 

The Requirement of Human Cooperation with the Spirit. Naturally good fruit is produced without any effort by a good tree; however, the fruit of the Spirit does not come into being that automatically. Regularly it requires effort on the Christian’s part. It demands a heeding of the commands of Scripture and a cooperation with the Holy Spirit in his work in the believer’s life. For example, the fruit of the Spirit is love and yet Christians are commanded to love God with all their heart and to love their neighbor as themselves (Matt 22:37-39; Gal 5:13-14). Another facet of the fruit is goodness and yet Paul commands us to overcome evil done to us by doing good in return (Rom 12:20-21).

 

[On Commentary, all from Matthew Henry, in abstraction (for some), for Luke 21:29… on the fig tree. First is for Verses 1-4.]

 

From the offering of this poor widow, learn that what we rightly give for the relief of the poor, and the support of God’s worship, is given unto God; and our Saviour sees with pleasure whatever we have in our hearts to give for the relief of his members, or for his service. Blessed Lord! the poorest of thy servants have two mites, they have a soul and a body; persuade and enable us to offer both unto thee; how happy shall we be in thine accepting of them!

 

[On Commentary for Verses 5-28]

 

We may view the prophecy before us much as those Old Testament prophecies, which, together with their great object, embrace, or glance at some nearer object of importance to the church. Having given an idea of the times for about thirty-eight years next to come, Christ shows what all those things would end in, namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the utter dispersion of the Jewish nation; which would be a type and figure of Christ’s second coming. The scattered Jews around us preach the truth of Christianity; and prove, that though heaven and earth shall pass away, the words of Jesus shall not pass away. They also remind us to pray for those times when neither the real, nor the spiritual Jerusalem, shall any longer be trodden down by the Gentiles, and when both Jews and Gentiles shall be turned to the Lord.

 

[On Commentary for Verses 29-38]

 

Christ tells his disciples to observe the signs of the times, which they might judge by. He charges them to look upon the ruin of the Jewish nation as near. Yet this race and family of Abraham shall not be rooted out; it shall survive as a nation, and be found as prophesied, when the Son of man shall be revealed. He cautions them against being secure and sensual. This command is given to all Christ’s disciples, Take heed to yourselves, that ye be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions. We cannot be safe, if we are carnally secure. Our danger is, lest the day of death and of judgment should come upon us when we are not prepared. Lest, when we are called to meet our Lord, that be the furthest from our thoughts, which ought to be nearest our hearts. For so it will come upon the most of men, who dwell upon the earth, and mind earthly things only, and have no converse with heaven. It will be a terror and a destruction to them. Here see what should be our aim, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all those things; that when the judgements of God are abroad, we may not be in the common calamity, or it may not be that to us which it is to others. Do you ask how you may be found worthy to stand before Christ at that day? Those who never yet sought Christ, let them now go unto him; those who never yet were humbled for their sins, let them now begin; those who have already begun, let them go forward and be kept humbled. Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ’s word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.

 

[This exhortation comes from ‘Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible’ in an abstraction.]

 

Watch . . . pray, the two great duties which in prospect of trial are constantly enjoined. These warnings, suggested by the need of preparedness for the tremendous calamities approaching, and the total wreck of the existing state of things, are the general improvement of the whole discourse, carrying the mind forward to Judgment and Vengeance of another kind and on a grander and more awful scale–not ecclesiastical or political but personal, not temporal but eternal–when all safety and blessedness will be found to lie in being able to “STAND BEFORE THE SON OF MAN” in the glory of His personal appearing.

 

Rev 6:13 and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind.

 

A little history to ponder on… found here.

 

 

P.S. When Jesus died on the cross, He was our redeemer (gold), sacrifice (myrrh)… and became our High Priest (frankincense).

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“The point of philosophy (today) fails us to inspire amelioration or grant fulfillment 4*”©

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(*… 1 is from a contemporary perspective, narrative, 2 will be a blend of politics and religiousness, 3 has to do with philology [thoughts on thinking… and the use of philosophy] and current events [the Las Vegas shooting], and 4 will be limited to a Christian perspective only.)

 

Fallow is shallow
and it defrays life itself
of lasting, Press On!

 

The question throughout the course of the last three articles (bearing similarity by title) is,”How has philosophy helped mankind- humanity?” To fully gain from this question one must first distinguish what premise one starts from. The beginnings of thought tend to set the tone… we might listen to the tuning fork calibrated to correspond with the conditioning we have been exposed to over the content of any argument presented- no matter how sound it could or might be.

 

For Christians… the answer comes easy but for those not believing, already, Jesus Christ was God incarnate- to understand God was, is and is to come… this (though it sounds easy to comprehend) is an elusive concept to many. Knowing there is a God… a real and personal God is where we find hope, and the hope we come to know is in turn fulfilling. Let me set the stage to the displeasure of some and the agreement of others (those believers in Jesus Christ) with an abstract taken on ‘Philosophy’ from a Biblical perspective. See below…

 

The limitations of human reason, especially in light of the moral degeneracy in humans, requires God’s help in resolving philosophical questions.

 

The Apostle Paul gives us this to ponder on…

 

In Colossians, Paul contrasts arrogant, earthly, speculative philosophy with humble, transcendental, and righteous philosophy derived from God.

 

When knowledge becomes action is where the rubber hits the road, and hope is found in the actions one takes without desperation leading to fatality or nihilism (or Absurdism… to laugh at the condition of man or to mock actions taken to deal with it). To seek God is to realize we cannot do it on our own achievements… our own merits. Here is where Paul throws us a puzzling statement… see below.

 

Philippians 2:12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

 

What did he mean by work out your own salvation? Did he mean we can do it on our own? I don’t think so; furthermore, the Bible tells us…

 

Judges 17:6 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/judges/17-6.html
6 In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes.

 

Can we assume to be masters of our own lives if we do not follow Jesus… Yes, profoundly ‘Yes’. Along with this is the weight of burden we will have to support on our own. What I mean is this, thinking we can do it on our own… are good enough in our own person… and have no need for a Savior- when scripture tells us otherwise.

 

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

 

As far as I can possibly go, as it comes to philosophy… for my own personal belief system, is to see everything (all inclusively) as coming from but one source- God Himself. To realize there is nothing we can do to justify ourselves!

 

[An abstract of philosophy from Benjamin Whichcote is seen below.]

 

He held that moral principles are immutable absolutes which exist independently of human minds and institutions, and that virtuous conduct is grounded in reason.

 

An example of this type of conduct is seen below…

 

Luke 6:35  But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.

 

 

; therefore, to find fulfillment we find we need God’s love, more today than at any time in human history, to not simply exist to our own pleasures but to do that which is found to be pleasing to God Himself. This is possible! It does not mean we will do it perfectly and even if we fail (fall down from our efforts) we shall get back up and continue to do that which is right. How we do this is seen below.

 

2 John 1:6 And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.

 

To walk in obedience is in truth the actions we take throughout our lives. Let it not be said one man’s God is the same as another… for no other God has set forth the love given to man as the Hebrew God has done. No other God has freely given of Himself to pay a debt man could not pay back (never could) and sought to preserve life through His chosen people, as the example of how we should be toward one another, to be measured and treasured so strongly by this same love. If love begats love… then love for our Brothers and Sisters is the high mark and standard we should also use.

 

If someone does you wrong, forgive them… to forgive them is to release them from stopping you in your loving them enough to see we need God’s love most of all. The kingdom of God is at hand, and we need to be found doing the will of Him who holds the keys to justice- tried and true. This is when and how mankind will have worked out our salvation, as Paul has told us, amelioration to fulfillment comes in satisfying the love God grants to us… one and the same as we, in turn, shall show to others. His will be done!

 

Romans 14:17-19
17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval. 19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

 

Can it be no other way than to be fulfilled by the Spirit Himself (where baptized once but filled many times [plural] over and over) to become enabled to do that which we’ve been designed to do- to give glory to God and to glorify God in our actions? Let’s look to scripture, found in Ephesians 5:13-18 is this…

 

Ephesians 5:13-18 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,

 

A Prayer for the Ephesians
Ephesians 3:14-21
14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

 

Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

Ephesians 5:8-10 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord.

 

Is this not the ‘way’ and the ’truth’ of the fulfillment mankind has sought since we first realized we exist- if we are ever to become anything at all but pleasing to God Himself?

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“Still think God thinks as we do?”©

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Though physical storms and storms of mind
descend on us in our lives as we live them out,
heed no more than cautious advance prepares
to preserve, this is with a loving God about
to supersede in the affairs mankind would do,
grace is known for time to bear up and hold
on to belief in what God is capable of… to know
God is to be aware of His authority, not sold
or bought with capricious leanings and a
mercurial disposition, this is El Shaddai spoken
of here… Jehovah Jireh, The Provider and
The Deliverer of lives incomplete, so broken,
without the direction to know He would tell
us His will for us, not to deny us… to protect
and instill a perspective He has… to be able to
eat, rest and strengthen our belief, to reflect
on Him is to gain the reflection of Him, to so
embody, in practice and performance… our action,
the love we accepted by grace is the same measure
we are to share from, grafted into the Jewish faction
of God’s chosen, to dispel the myth of equivelancy
to all other Gods, for none is like the living God…
not idols or idolotry… machinations of the mind
and imaginary, there is a texture we’re to applaud
in reverence to His awe… inspiring to know He
lives, Jesus and the resurrection point to true
patterns of life and life continuing or to life,
sure death, a separation to living (eternally) through
and throughout eternity without God near, this is
a complete failure to understand righteousness to come
from God, it is not then something we can attain by
being as good as we can be, not smart here but dumb
to think God thinks as we do… acts as we do… sees
things as we do, God is a holy God of righteousness,
there is nothing we can do to deserve His grace
and He gives it for the asking… out of His kindness
does He do this, we have but to believe He sent
Jesus to pay the price for sin we could not and to
follow His will for us willingly, from a love to do
what is asked of us… obedience to His nature grew
the mighty oak from a humble acorn, a tree has
come from a mustard seed, a life spared from death,
His yoke upon us is no detractor to our liberty…
for there is much more to freedom than just to breath,
even the air we breathe comes from Him, life to
seek and sustain life from the sight of natural order,
the movement of the heavens so precise, methodical,
not unlike the roots of science but divine structure.

 

Romans 3:10 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/romans/3-10.html
10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

 

Isaiah 57:1 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/isaiah/57-1.html
1 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

 

To clearly understand what is being referenced when righteousness and taken away are mentioned… click the links to deeper meaning for the words used.

 

In the desert… warm blows the breeze, and even it is welcome. Almost thirty years of living in the desert, the American Southwest, have taught me to be grateful for the little things most can’t seem to fathom or comprehend. Can’t we find our way… our way to see God is what fills the emptiness in our hearts- only God will do! The window on making this choice on our own volition, just like during the days of Noah, will come quickly to a close- leaving us to either be with God or without Him… forever. The choice has always been our own and God will honor the choice we make.

 

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“Denial of God, or prayer and worship, is to soon incur His wrath”©

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This image came from here… one climbs.com/2013/09/22/power-doctrine/

 

One cannot claim to have an epiphany… to
then change the doctrine of their belief by whim,
to embrace another thought or belief shows a
weakness of faith in Jesus or who sent Him,
and the Bible tells us ‘Jesus is begotten of the
Father’, the word of God declares in scripture
this to be the truth, and of all people begotten
unto Him, by faith, our eternal hope then secure…
to then endure suffering for His name’s sake is
known as ’the trial of our conviction… suffering
through the furnace of affliction’ but for the one
willing to repent… to follow Jesus by His loving
way, shown through compassion is to know God
and the love He has for all nations… all mankind,
for to say you know God without showing love is
no different than denying sight for so many blind.

 

If it is to remain a stronghold of (Christian) religious belief, the Vatican needs to retain the essence of it’s faith and be resolute. The article was given impetus and inspiration caused by this May 2013 Homily, one given by Pope Francis and covered by Vatican Radio.

 

 

[Both abstracts found below come from catholic.org (Catholic Online). The first is found through the first hyperlink… the next through the second- respectively.]

 

The notion of Allah in Arabic theology is substantially the same as that of God among the Jews, and also among the Christians, with the exception of the Trinity, which is positively excluded in the Koran, cxii: “Say God, is one God, the eternal God, he begetteth not, neither is he begotten and there is not any one like unto him.

 

The Blessed Trinity
The Trinity is the term employed to signify the central doctrine of the Christian religion — the truth that in the unity of the Godhead there are Three truly distinct Persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

In both examples, provided above, is a clear an obvious contradiction. The contradiction stems from what the word of God (scripture) tells us about Jesus- God Himself. Let me explain! To make the claim Allah and God are one and the same is to think it would be right for man to say Israel was not promised to the Hebrew people and Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel! Here is one viewpoint to share… supporting the truth of difference does not imply (here) they are one and the same.

 

Here is how some of the rest of the world sees it!

 

Japan Times

 

Asia News

 

Christian Today (Christian News)

 

Another Blogger (GoodFishBadFish.net)

 

As to what scriptures tells me… take a (real good) look here, and see why it becomes ever more important to pray for: strength of our own (personal) conviction, endurance to run the race God has given our course to be, and for the faith coming from the grace God has shown us. Remember to have love in your heart… enough of God’s love to pray for those whom might seek to cause us harm- or far worse. Know it is but for a little while… worth the price of suffering here to see eternity come with God- it is better to be with God than be found against Him and without Him.

Romans 9:26-28 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where* it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. 27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.

 

Here is found the proper view of ‘righteousness’ and to understand our need to tell the gospel, the good news of Christian Doctrine, the chance come: for all (or anyone) to repent, believe in Jesus Christ, our Lord, to be saved from the sins we have committed (individually… personally) and to share His truth to a dying world.

 

Favoritism Forbidden
James 2:1 My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favoritism.

 

Isaiah 46:9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

 

P.S. My goal was not to cause upset or harm to why you believe as you do (for my Catholic Brothers and Sisters)… but to allow a fuller understanding to the importance of what we believe. The weight of credibility is best measured in the yoke God gives us or the demands man could place on us (from any religion or of any religious demands)– and know you must come to make a personal decision… for God or against Him! Being ‘a good person’ is not enough; which is realized when God will look at us in judgement… to see His Son (a believer covered in the blood of the lamb) or what we are when we are looked at by a Holy God.

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“A thought on Philosophical Theology… and Pico (15th Century)”©

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Before Pico… was Nicholas.

 

Philosophical Theology was already in place before Pico (who used the Neo-Platonic doctrine unity of opposites), least wise where Rome was concerned, despite controversies that had risen from thoughts of man. It would be more than a mistake… it would be an egregious mistake to presume Pico, single-handedly, had the wherewithal to bring unity back to Rome… or the Christian faith.

 

With some philosophers to rally for Pico (Giovanni Pico della Mirandola) [1463-94], and his effort to combine opposites: pagan and Christian, Moslem and Jewish, ancient and medieval, but the Holy See derailed his plan. Pico published his works, in Rome, called,’Conclusions (1486)’, and this was not regarded highly by the Pope- whereby,”On Being and the One”, was written in 1492. There can be many things stated about the medieval times or from philosophers found during these days; which caused many to be so influenced by their views… maintaining their sharing unto modern times. I can think of none better to share here with you than Nicholas of Cusa (1401-1464). There will be a certain degree of varying relevance to what any one philosopher understood but the viewpoint (and thoughts) is critical to how it should be viewed and applied.

 

[Below is an abstract from Christopher W Helton writing, entitled,”15th Century Florentine Philosophical Theology II (at LinkedIn)”, and one I disagree with]

 

Pico is trying to speak about God that does not succumb to Savonarola or Ficino’s problems; however, his way of speaking about philosophical theology to resolve the dispute between the One and ousia only creates another metaphysical controversy: pantheism. Ergo, late medieval philosophical theology, its epistemological distinction between scientia and opinio, its Aristotelian metaphysics are disintegrating due to these three 15th century Florentine thinkers with their philosophical theologies.

 

[Here are links for Savonarola and Ficino respectively.]

 

Instead, he wanted to convince people to use magic and Kabbalah in order to change themselves into angels [from #2 above… through the link to Pico].

 

To think of Pico alone, in regard to being and oneness, is to slight the difference of mind, or viewpoint, to the works of Nicholas. Furthermore, to realize what Pico had written before his latter work on ‘Being’ suggests he softened his views, toned them down, to appeal to the church more than in his earlier part of life- where being accepted, and causing continuity, was the last thing on his mind. As for Latin… scientia is knowledge, and opinio is opinion, i.e., Scientia est potentia… Knowledge is power.

 

[An abstract on thoughts of Nicholas below… found here.]

 

What is noteworthy are the flexible metaphors he uses as he moves across what we designate today as ontology, philosophy of mind and epistemology, and philosophical theology [from #2]. Here Cusanus addresses the four categorical realities traditionally found in Christian thought: God, the natural universe, Christ and human beings [from #2.1].

 

If Christopher is right, in his assertion, Pico was responsible for Florence and Rome to regain their composure after ‘one controversy’ of a metaphysical nature, then why was Cusanus already recognized by Rome in a favorable light and Pico was not? Was it due to his view of ‘Oneness’ was closer to how Rome understood it? See below…

 

Put in the language of the “maximum,” in God both maximum and minimum coincide in the divine infinite Oneness, for both take the mind beyond the measurable created domain of more and less and end up meaning just the “superlative” or transcendent. The implication, in other words, is that God’s reality lies beyond any familiar domain where the principle of contradiction holds sway.

 

Can it also be said, it would be of little or no consequence… the thoughts or opinions of man, in regards to the Doctrines of Rome (or Christianity itself), since Doctrines are not based on simply opinion or thoughts– for there is an evidentiary quality to the Declarations made by God for mankind to know of the veracity of the words found in the Bible.

 

[From this source, in PDF (also downloadable)… the Bible: its meaning and supremacy, Farrar, F. W. (Frederic William) [1831-1903], 1897, New York: Longmans, Green and Co., p 134]

 

“No consensus of popular opinion can have the smallest weight against the truths which heaven-directed advance of knowledge reveals.”

 

 

“With certain authority”

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“With certain authority”©

To openly declare one group is wrong or all
groups are wrong, if it pertains to: a religion,
culture or people group… is to then, either
by assumption or belief, assert a faux dominion…
faux by thinking one is speaking from a
position of power one has earned, then a right,
or to seek power from another (to steal it…
an outright theft), selfish cause for plight,
worse still is to assert it as one with certain
authority to be able to: back up the claim made,
not rely on anyone else for their information or
to prove, no shadow of doubt, truth is obeyed!
There are many people making inaccurate claims
today, more today than at any time in human history,
and even this is openly told to us in the Bible…
speaking of ‘the last days’ as telling of it’s authenticity,
“The word of God” was long before any Emperor of
Rome tried to bring a religion to be manipulated,
it would not be the first or last time either way and
that would have man kneel to a god prostrated…
but God is not found in a complacent little box nor
in the limited thoughts of contempt to be controlled,
God… the Creator God (I Am) has always been the
loving God, though some say different, to be extolled.

 

When I see writings like this one: loosely mixing information from one time frame to another, placing facts with one’s own interpretation… to gain impact to the implied information; which is as if to authenticate what you are saying, making claims the New Testament is nothing but fiction and Jesus Christ was created by Constantine is when I will take a stand and speak out- without backing down. One more thing of note, Islam and Christianity are diametrically opposed to one another; therefore, though they are both coming from the monotheistic origins (so claiming to come from the Abrahamic origin) they are not the same! Here is my comment on Norma Holt’s writing, at LinkedIn, below.

 

Dear Norma, I do not in recent recollection find as many false conclusions or assumptions (being put forth as truth) about the Bible as I find with your writings. I’ll be as kind as I can be here… it is this type of writing that will lead many to hell- a place Jesus Himself spoke of more than any other subject!

 

 

To make the claim (as Norma Holt has stated) one is a spiritualist, or one is advised by a spirit… other than God, is to find themselves no better off than being ill-advised. This is quite strongly spoken against in both OT (Old Testament) and NT (New Testament), being called necromancy (relying on Divination)- a part of occultism.

 

In Revelation 13:12-18, as you mention in your article Norma, it speaks about the beast… and the number 666 but it is taking two different times and trying to make them fit into one- one that has not happened (yet) and to speak about a real person (historic) thrown in. This scripture is speaking of the future and still a time ahead of us in human history. You say this is proof of Constantine being called 666 and Revelation is used to point to 325 AD?

 

The bottom line in this picture, reads,”… Babylonian gods to the ones he created, such as Jesus Christ.” Check it at the link provided to Norma’s writing! http://ezinearticles.com/?Addressing-the-Fiction-in-the-New-Testament&id=9761313

 

Isaiah 44:25 who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,

 

2 John 1:7 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-john/1-7.html
7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 

http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/1-thessalonians/1.html

 

1 Thessalonians 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.

 

election

 

[The abstract below is by Matthew Henry… found here]

 

The apostle not only mentions these three cardinal graces, faith, hope and love, but also takes notice, (1.) Of the object and efficient cause of these graces, namely, our Lord Jesus Christ. (2.) Of the sincerity of them: being in the sight of God even our Father. The great motive to sincerity is the apprehension of God’s eye as always upon us; and it is a sign of sincerity when in all we do we endeavour to approve ourselves to God, and that is right which is so in the sight of God. Then is the work of faith, or labour of love, or patience of hope, sincere, when it is done under the eye of God. (3.) He mentions the fountain whence these graces flow, namely, God’s electing love: Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God, v. 4.

 

Old Testament and New Testament come together… even Persian wisemen knew… the heavens speak of the glory of creation and ‘the Creator’ being created by God as a man- only Messiah could He be!

 

The reference to Peter being ‘the Rock’, thinking it is true, is actually one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented quotes in the Bible… as to who Jesus was speaking of, in Matthew 16:18, when compared to what was meant and who it gave reference to- none other than Jesus Himself.

 

[Below is an abstract taken from Matthew Henry Commentary… on Matt. 16:18]

 

Peter, for himself and his brethren, said that they were assured of our Lord’s being the promised Messiah, the Son of the living God. This showed that they believed Jesus to be more than man. Our Lord declared Peter to be blessed, as the teaching of God made him differ from his unbelieving countrymen. Christ added that he had named him Peter, in allusion to his stability or firmness in professing the truth. The word translated “rock,” is not the same word as Peter, but is of a similar meaning. Nothing can be more wrong than to suppose that Christ meant the person of Peter was the rock. Without doubt Christ himself is the Rock, the tried foundation of the church; and woe to him that attempts to lay any other! Peter’s confession is this rock as to doctrine. If Jesus be not the Christ, those that own him are not of the church, but deceivers and deceived.

 

Isaiah 44:8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid. Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago? You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me? No, there is no other Rock; I know not one.”

 

Deuteronomy 32:4 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/deuteronomy/32-4.html
4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.

 

2 Samuel 22:32 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/2-samuel/22-32.html
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?

 

Psalm 18:46 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/18-46.html
46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.

 

Psalm 78:35 KJV
http://www.biblestudytools.com/kjv/psalms/78-35.html
35 And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.

 

Deuteronomy 18:21-22 22 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.

 

So what can one expect God to do to them, if God dealt so harshly with His own chosen people (the people of the Nation of Israel)- are we to think of ourselves then as better than God’s own? To think we will get away with what we’d attempt to do?

 

[Below is an abstract on Matthew Henry Commentary… from Habakkuk 1]

 

A speedy punishment: “I will work a work in your days, now quickly; this generation shall not pass till the judgment threatened be accomplished. The sins of former days shall be reckoned for in your days; for now the measure of the iniquity is full,’’ Mt. 23:36 . It shall be a punishment in which much of the hand of God shall appear; it shall be a work of his own working, so that all who see it shall say, This is the Lord’s doing; and it will be found a fearful thing to fall into his hands; woe to those whom he takes to task! 5. It shall be such a punishment as will typify the destruction to be brought upon the despisers of Christ and his gospel, for to that these words are applied Acts. 13:41 , Behold, you despisers, and wonder, and perish. The ruin of Jerusalem by the Chaldeans for their idolatry was a figure of their ruin by the Romans for rejecting Christ and his gospel, and it is a very marvellous thing, and almost incredible. Is there not a strange punishment to the workers of iniquity? II. The sentence itself is very dreadful and particular (v. 6): Lo, I raise up the Chaldeans. The punishment of God’s professing people cannot but be the astonishment of all about them.

 

To speak without hearing from God (on God’s behalf), to hear God speak when nothing was said, to say one is an expert over God or about His affairs, to point to the Irish and say religion and God are wrong… shows just how wrong mankind can be- left to their own machinations, intrigues or imagination. If we do not base what we say from the word of God… our words become meaningless without God’s authority to any assurance- as if we could be certain of something more than God Himself! Try the word of any that make this claim… and try what I’d tell you with the word- the truth will be revealed to all that seek Him!

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“False teachers will prevail in our midst”

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Many will claim to speak truth but ‘try‘ what is claimed against the word of God to see if it stands true or falls short!

 

 

When the word of God is reduced to being thought of as quaint… even cunningly devised, or viewed as anything less than what it is… the word of God, is when the expression of thought becomes twisted. False assumptions will be rampant in regard to what God has told us in His word. Misconceptions and error will be supplanted for truth. This is not what aids the body of Christ (the Bride) and turns what would be shared into an aberration… something left more confusing to those willing to learn and void to meaning coming from God’s word. This is something believers have been told to be aware of… the number of false prophets in the last days will increase.

 

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

 

The problem becomes ‘who indeed’ can tell us the truth of God’s word when there seems to be such confusion coming from what God requires of us all? If we can find something to try God’s word against what is being told to us… this is a good starting place to discover what is truthful and what is not- let’s start with marriage.

 

[This is from an article, by Norma Holt… found here in abstract below, and her comment on marriage.]

 

This is typical hocus pocus and nothing for the couple has actually changed. They can live together as they please and separate when things don’t work out.

 

… but she also says…

 

She proves conclusively that heaven and hell are tricks designed to manipulate people into believing in his Islamic religion.

 

This is being passed off as knowledge… and claims to be knowledgable about God and what He has said, or does it? Two things crucial to ‘truth’ you should know are God does not blend His word with that of any other source, and the god of Islam is not the Hebrew God of the Bible. Let’s go to the scripture and see what God has said… regarding marriage, heaven and hell. If someone can be wrong about marriage, to think less of it than God does, then how can they claim to know, conclusively, there is no heaven or hell?

 

Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.

 

[The abstract below is from Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology (found here)- the topic is Marriage.]

 

The Marriage Union as God’s Work. God brings a man and a woman together in marriage ( Matt 19:6 ; cf. Eve to Adam, Rebecca to Isaac ). It is not humankind’s prerogative to separate what God has chosen to put together ( Matt 19:6 ). As creator of the marriage relationship, God becomes the essential supporting party to a marriage, giving wisdom, discretion, understanding, and love to protect the union and to enable it to honor God ( Prov 2:6-16 ; 1 Cor 13 ).

 

Marriage is unity (a connection), is it not… one where all three parties involved are present- God, man and woman?

 

To think that the institution of marriage has been cleverly crafted/created by man is to think wrongly on the subject, presupposes the purpose and (literally) robs God of the credit, purpose and design- to reflect (mirror) the Trinity… a covenant between God, man and woman.

 

For a different look at ‘what marriage is’ and what it may also mean to others- find it here. There are a few other comparisons offered, two from Chinese sources, one by its legal term and what God says, again… the primary source and reason for marriage from the beginning– for the benefit of both, man and woman alike. As to what the Bible tells us about hell, specifically, this comes by way of the words of Jesus Himself.

 

Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

 

Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

 

Why didn’t I listen?

 

Jesus spoke more about hell than any other subject, real enough for Him to die for the sins of us all… to pay the debt of sin for us (a propitiation for the sins of man and mankind) and all in effort to keep us from having to go there from the debt of sin. If there is no hell… then there would be no need for Jesus to die as He did, would there? This leads me to conclude there is a hell and we must take it very seriously, Jesus did!

 

To see nothing but this for eternity!

 

You can read 1 John 4 in its entirety here or click the speaker image, once on the page, to listen to it. You can also read about the difference between the ’Monotheistic’ faiths here– for they are not all the same.

“A response to Philosophy… especially ‘Nihilism’ by its own admission”©

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If the truest definition of philosophy is to cause thinking to aid that which improves man’s existence… today it fails us. Whereas it once could have meant,”Historically, ‘philosophy’ encompassed any body of knowledge1️⃣. As to using, or relying on, Eliminativism2️⃣… to deny God exists- this really proves nothing but a strident belief (especially under the prevailing thoughts of Nihilism) to deny or reject a plausible understanding… God exists [ https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2013/06/25/a-bible-study-for-june-25th-2013-be-not-deceived-by-man-about-gods-existence-or-his-truth/ ]! As for the skeptical (doubting or unconvinced) and their less than convinced opinions to whether God exists… I ‘d share a few posts with them to reason with- a logical viewpoint being drawn to one conclusion- not only does God exist but He has tried to spare you from ‘a hell

[ http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionaries/bakers-evangelical-dictionary/hell.html ] of certain separation from Him’3️⃣. The final days of man, or the end of days, is come to the doorstep we call today. There is a description for how mankind will act in the final days… and what is told us in prophecy fits this description to a tee. To meet the criteria of being a Prophet (Biblically speaking) there would have to be a one hundred percent accuracy… nothing less would do. I do hope you will ponder this thought… this truth… and reason with yourself (and God) if no one else. Your personal future and the future address for your living spirit depends on it!

 

So, in order to help a cause, to aid in granting improvement to man’s existence… seeking a practical means for amelioration, I’d like to share with you causes and valid reasons to believe in God. First… there is evidence4️⃣. Secondly… there is a changing of the mind (as is common to man from any votary by sure change), be it an: Atheist, Moslem or abortionist5️⃣. Thirdly… the matter of ‘free will’ is to leave you to decide on your own- isn’t this like God… a God that desires your love is one that needs not to force you into it! When you look for love is when you’ll find it6️⃣. If, truly, philosophy is for improving man’s condition, and philosophy itself… being built from more than conjecture- we see the difference between what is used for philosophy (a basis) vs. what is left from the Christian perspective (its basis). For philosophy we find ‘the basics of Philosophy’ from here [ http://www.philosophybasics.com/historical.html ]. From what is called Ancienthttp://www.philosophybasics.com/historical_presocratic.html ]… and noted on the link for the page,”Generally speaking, all that remains of their works are a few textual fragments and the quotations of later philosophers and historians”. For Christianity, which includes: the Torah, O.T. (Old Testament) and N.T writings… Christian papyri, uncials and Codices: Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Vaticanus, Codex Alexandrinus, and Dead Sea Scrolls (these Scrolls are housed here today, in the Shrine of the Book). As you can see… there is more proof to the telling of Christianity than not, and in this writer’s mind… it would seem harder not to believe than it is to believe in Jesus Christ.

 

1… https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philosophy
2… https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/material-constitution/ [#4 for reference]
3… http://www.biblestudytools.com/john/3-36.html
4… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/a-bible-study-for-march-14th-2013-evidence/
5… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2016/08/26/an-answer-to-ponder-on-a-response-to-an-illogical-comment-part-iv/
6… https://wordsthathavemeaning.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/fill-your-heart-with-love-and-it-will-be-made-manifest/

 

We can have this reaction now… or find it eternally!