“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?
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
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.
1 Thessalonians 1:4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God.
[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.
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
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
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
Psalm 18:46 KJV
46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
Psalm 78:35 KJV
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!