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Understanding the language of the Bible is critical. The language of the N.T. is written in the later Greek, and the writers applied the Greek to subjects on which it had never been used by native Greek writers. The things concerning Jewish affairs, their theology, and rituals. I have committed the work of the Greek dictionary found within, to assist in your personal study, and in repelling those who choose to distort the word. Acquaint yourself with the language of the Greek N.T., you will find it to be of an indispensable importance.
The author of these articles and features quotes verses from the King James Version. We investigate the Bible's original text, examine the Greek, Hebrew, text, context, symbols, and terminologies. We will continue to make every effort to aid readers to grow in their individual faith. We will also make every effort to assist, and to support those who have vowed to honor our Lord Jesus Christ, and His finished work.
If the life and death of men like Charlemagne, Caesar, Alexander, Washington and Lincoln were those of a great Kings or great leaders; the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was that of God.
Never hold any one by the shirt or by the hand in order to be heard; for if that person is unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than hold on to them.
Foreknowledge of God:
The foreknowledge of God is never spoken of in reference to Himself, but, rather, in reference to us. Why, because God is Omniscient, and omnipotent, that is, He has the power to know all things, and the power to do all things. The Father will do whatsoever He wills, and whatever He wills is just. Nothing happens, or can happen that is a surprise, or is unforeseen by Him, all this is within His sovereignty. So, within the boundaries of predestination, can we still exercise our free will?
Because God can do all things, does He do all things? God will do that which is only unique to Him. A few of the peculiarities of our God are: He is Holy, Just, forgiving, can not lie, patient, loving, etc. His infinite judgments direct the working of His power: so that, though He can; yet, He does not, or chooses not to do all things, but, only those things which are unique or peculiar to Him.
Is God the reason for sin and evil in this world? God has ordained some things as absolutely certain; therefore He knows these as absolutely certain. So what is certain? Rotation of the earth, tides, gravity certain laws of physics, etc., these being fixed in that order of time, place, and form, in which Divine Wisdom has ordained them to be, if not God's infinite counsel would be denied.
God has ordained other things to be contingent.
Contingent means, something happening by chance, without design or expectation, or something accidental. Example: The parable of the sower instructs us, that a man can hear and read the good news, and either be drawn to Him, walk away by choice, be drawn away by vices, or reject the doctrines, law, and or ordinations set down by God. Example;
Gen.1, we read that God created man in His own image and likeness, blessed them, and said to them, be fruitful and multiply. Yet in Gen.6: 5-6, we read, "God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth," and in ver.6 we read, "It repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at His heart." Evil was not created by God. Evil came from man's own doing, he having reached a sorry state, only because men had determined by his own free will to disobey God.
God knew Adam and Eve would fall, (foreknowledge); yet He knew that they would not have necessarily fallen; for it was possible for them not to have fallen = (Their free will). Example: God had placed in the middle of His garden, a "tree of knowledge," which He also called the tree of "good and evil." Good or evil, this was their choice. This contingency preserved their free will to choose. So in God's infinite wisdom, He has thought it essential to put in the balance, the possibility of things being or not being, leaving it to the will of man to tip the scales. Why is this important?
If contingencies did not exist, then everything would be fixed and determined, by the unalterable decrees, and purposes of God. Not only would all free will be destroyed, but all agencies of every kind, except those of God. On this idea, God would be the only one to produces an effect, in both time now, and eternity later.
Thus all living beings would only be instruments, and would, or could, do nothing; mankind being driven, and acted upon by the Almighty, He being the sole agent. Therefore, every act would be His = (God's) own. Again, if man were not a free agent, this would make God the author of all the evil and sin in the world. This is ridiculous, and would be considered blasphemy.
Sin would no longer be sin if God had decreed it, and by his foreknowledge and will, drove man to it. On this ground there could be no punishment for sin. Man must be accountable for his own choices, and for his own works. Now if by allowing for contingency of human will and action, men would then be accountable for his or her thoughts and deeds. Therefore God does not see as absolute, or as inevitably certain things which He has made contingent, and because man's will has been designed to be continent, God frees event, to be uncertain. All this is under God's sovereignty, and larger plan of salvation.
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