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Taking Moses Off The Pedestal (Jude 1:9)

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The short little epistle of Jude has a lot of issues.  One of our discerning readers came across this strange little reference in Verse 9 and wisely questioned what was going on:

But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9)

So what is Jude referring to here?  Is it really true that Michael and Satan got into a tussle over who ought to get jurisdiction over Moses’ earthsuit?  No, it’s not.  This legend about Moses is complete hooey.  In fact, Jude’s epistle has a lot of hooey in it, which makes you wonder what was wrong with the folks who voted to include Jude’s letter in our sacred Scriptures.  But since we’re now stuck living with their choices, we might as well use Jude’s silly book for discernment practice. Read more of this post

Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: God Won’t Talk to Doubters

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Spiritual discernment is about being able to tell the difference between truth and lies.  It is God who teaches you how to get better at discernment, and a key part of this process is learning to think critically about the things you’re being taught.  Critical thinking is a form of questioning–and once you start asking the right questions, it’s amazing how much guff you find in the Bible.

The purpose of our Discernment Charts – New Testament Epistles series is to help you sharpen your discernment skills by showing you how to flesh out many beliefs and attitudes that a single point of teaching promotes.  These charts focus on statements that were made by apostles in the early Church.  Are the New Testament authors teaching you well or are they leading you astray?  Ask God for His opinion on these matters.  (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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Discernment Charts – NT Epistles: It’s a Great Privilege to Entertain Angels

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Spiritual discernment is about being able to tell the difference between truth and lies.  It is God who teaches you how to get better at discernment, and a key part of this process is learning to think critically about the things you’re being taught.  Critical thinking is a form of questioning–and once you start asking the right questions, it’s amazing how much guff you find in the Bible.

The purpose of our Discernment Charts – New Testament Epistles series is to help you sharpen your discernment skills by showing you how to flesh out many beliefs and attitudes that a single point of teaching promotes.  These charts focus on statements that were made by apostles in the early Church.  Are the New Testament authors teaching you well or are they leading you astray?  Ask God for His opinion on these matters.  (Click the image to enlarge it.)

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How the NT Epistles Define Christ: Not God, Just Another Flawed Human

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Our Gods are obsessed with variation, and because of this, we find Them relating to us in different ways.  Today the Holy Spirit relates to you in a different way than He does with your neighbors, friends, and family members. But why?  Why does God talk to some people in dreams but not others?  Why do some people see God while others never see Him?  And of all the people who have seen God at one time or another, why aren’t they all seeing the same image?  To some, Jesus shows up wearing a tunic and sandals, but to others He looks very different.  To some, Jesus never shows up in any visual form, but instead He communicates to them in non-visual ways.  Some people say they talk to God all the time, while others feel God never speaks to them.  Everywhere we look, we see endless variation in the way that our Creators interact with us, and this has been true from the very beginning. Read more of this post

Misapplying David: How Psalm 8 is Used to Insult Christ

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If you are serious about pursuing God, then at some point all of the things you’re using as substitutes for God in your life need to be cleared away.  For many Christians, the Bible and its highly exalted human authors are being used as stand-ins for God.  Rather than pray directly to God when you have a question, you turn to a book—a book which you’ve been taught is infallible.  Well, once we are placing material objects and the ramblings of mere mortals on the same level as our three glorious Creators, we have a major problem.  Yahweh, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit detest idolatry and They are very jealous by Nature.  And yet even though our Gods hammer this point from Genesis to Revelation, and even though we are taught to obsess over the Bible, somehow we’re failing to see what is right in front of our faces.  No, it is really not okay to act like a book is God.  And it’s not okay to take the idiotic ramblings of humans who were so obviously not listening to God and exalt their lies as “God-breathed.”  As a Christian who really wants to get closer to God, you really need to stop worshiping the book.  To help you get there, we have written many articles which point out specific examples of some terrible teaching and straight up lies that exist in the Bible.  Read more of this post

Rethinking Your Christmas Theology: Who is Jesus?

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In the Church, the Christmas season is a time when we all focus on the miraculous sequence of events which led up to the birth of Jesus on earth. But who exactly is Jesus? When you look at those pictures of a baby in a manger, who are you seeing? A fragile human being? A human-God hybrid? God Almighty? We rarely stop to think about our Christmas theology. We just get caught up in traditions like Advent and Christmas pageants and familiar songs which we haven’t sung for a year. But if we’re going to be serious about honoring our glorious Lord, then we need to stop basking in the fun of holiday traditions long enough to give some serious thought as to exactly how we’re viewing Him.  Read more of this post

Who raised Jesus from the dead?

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Who raised Jesus from the dead? Jesus said He raised Himself. But read through Acts and those New Testament epistles, and guess what? Jesus’ disciples say that Yahweh was the One who brought Jesus back to life. Is this a problem? It’s an enormous problem. Read more of this post

The Real Immanuel (Isaiah 7-8)

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“Therefore Yahweh Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14)

When you hear this verse, who do you think of?  Jesus, of course.  Jesus is Immanuel.  Everyone knows this, which is why we stand around singing “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” at Christmastime.  And yet in real life, trying to say that Jesus has anything to do with this Immanuel prophecy is utterly absurd.   Immanuel was a God given nickname for another little boy whose legal name was Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz. You’ve never heard of that child, have you?  This is how sad things have gotten in the Church today, for there’s nothing vague about the fact that the Immanuel prophecy was fulfilled in the lifetime of the prophet Isaiah, who lived about 700 years before the birth of Christ.  Yahweh Himself confirms that Immanuel and little Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz are the same person, and the original context of this prophecy doesn’t leave any room whatsoever for a Messianic association. Read more of this post

Does God need our faith to perform His miracles?

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Then Jesus told them, “A prophet is honored everywhere except in his own hometown and among his relatives and his own family.” And because of their unbelief, He couldn’t do any miracles among them except to place His hands on a few sick people and heal them. And He was amazed at their unbelief. (Mk. 6:4-6)

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The Power of a Righteous Man’s Prayer

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The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (Jam. 5:16)

What makes this verse such a favorite among Christians? The wording. Notice the reference to power: that always perks the ears of our little egos. And then notice who is wielding that power: a human being, not God. And here is where we should be slamming on the brakes and saying, “Wait a minute—something’s wrong. Humans don’t have power.” But this is not what we say, is it?

Humans don’t have power. Humans aren’t potent little sorcerers who can go around zapping God into action with their universe altering utterances. So whenever someone starts trying to pump you up about YOUR power, you need to look to the Holy Spirit for help. Whether that person is a dead apostle like James or a living leader in the Church today, anyone who tries to make you view YOURSELF as a powerful entity is leading you astray. GOD has power, and He doesn’t take orders from you. Read more of this post