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Downgrading the Devil: Debunking the Myth of Lucifer

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Among Christians, it is commonly believed that bad ole Satan wasn’t always the shady, malicious character he is today.  Instead, Christians are told that a long time ago, evil Satan used to be a beautiful, brilliant, perfect and powerful angel named Lucifer.  Lucifer had it all.  Lucifer was the chief angel—God’s right hand guy.  But then Lucifer got a big head and all greedy for more power.  So he staged some kind of coup against God, which sparked a massive civil war among the angels.  A third of the angels sided with Lucifer, the rest sided with God.  Team Lucifer lost, and they all got booted out of Heaven, cursed, and turned into the ugly, slinking creatures we know as demons today.  The archangel Michael then took over as the top commander of all the good angels, and today he and Lucifer are constantly going at it.  This is the quick summary of who Christians think Lucifer is.  And guess what?  It’s all a bunch of hooey. Read more of this post

Imitating the Idolatry of NT Jews: All Scripture is God-Breathed

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Why do Christians today say that the entire Bible is God-breathed or Divinely inspired?  Where do we get that idea from?  We get it from the apostle Paul.  Paul once said to Timothy:

All Scripture is Divinely inspired and is useful for teaching, for showing people what is wrong in their lives, for correcting faults, and for teaching how to live right. (2 Tim. 3:16)

Of course when Paul said this, he was only talking about the Old Testament, because that was the only “Scripture” that he knew.  But today when we quote Paul’s words, we pretend that he was referring to both the Old and New Testaments, even though the New Testament that you know today wasn’t compiled until long after Paul’s death.  It simply doesn’t matter to you that the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, Hebrews, 1 John, 2 John, 3 John and Revelation were all written after Paul had died.  You still insist that when Paul said all Scripture was Divinely inspired, he was including documents that he’d never personally heard of.  Are you starting to get a feel for how ludicrous the modern day application of Paul’s words is? Read more of this post

False Formulas for Salvation – 1 John 1:9

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“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

The same John who wrote the Gospel of John and Revelation also wrote the three epistles known as 1 John, 2 John, and 3 John.  While 2 and 3 John don’t get out much, 1 John has several famous one liners in it, including this frequently quoted statement about salvation being obtained through the confession of sin.  But is this really accurate?  Is merely listing off our sins enough to grant us salvation and cause use to be blameless in the sight of God?  No, it’s really not.  In fact, salvation doesn’t have anything to do with God considering us to be “blameless.”  We just think it does because, like the New Testament apostles, we’re focusing on the wrong things (see Jesus vs. the NT Jews: What it Means to Please God). Read more of this post

How We Got the Bible: A Reality Check for Christians

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God hates idolatry and the common Christian attitude towards the Bible is quite idolatrous.  Today we are taught to think of the Bible as a replacement for God in our lives.  Don’t believe it?  Well, consider how we refer to it as the Living Word.  What kind of foolishness is this?  A book is not alive, yet we talk as if the Bible is, because to us, the Bible is not just a book, it is a deity.  Then we go on to say that the Bible speaks to us.  No, it really doesn’t.  God speaks to us, but God is not a book.  God will certainly use material in the Bible to communicate some point to us at times, but so will demons, and so will other humans.  The Bible is hardly some magical talisman which we can use to force God Almighty to speak at our command.  And yet this is how we’re taught to use it by the Church.  Need a word from God?  Need guidance?  Need comfort?  Don’t talk to God, crack open the book.  Here’s a popular Christian ditty: “God can’t speak until you part His lips for Him,” and when we say this, we’re referring to the covers of our Bible as His lips.  This is quite an irreverent and derogatory way to talk about God, and yet we do this all the time because the Bible is not only our replacement for God, it is also a means by which we try to control God. Read more of this post

Spiritual Maturity in the Bible: Where is it?

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We shouldn’t be trying to tell God what to do. We shouldn’t be bossing Him around. We shouldn’t be instructing Him about how to run His own universe, telling Him when to forgive and help others, or trying to manipulate Him with a bunch of insincere worship. But we all do—especially when we are spiritually young, or in a state of spiritual rebellion. Read more of this post

The Bible Isn’t Perfect: Now what?

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The Bible isn’t perfect. It’s a collection of historical documents which were composed by imperfect humans. Did God have a hand in making the Bible what it is today? Of course He did. Nothing happens in this universe without God’s involvement. God is certainly the One who made the Book available to us, but He never taught us to view it as perfect. We did that ourselves. We turned the Bible into an idol and we taught other Christians to do the same. That was a major error on our part. Read more of this post