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  1. 3 points
    Gregory Matthews

    The Personhood of the Godhead

    NOTE: In my comments, I am considering the nature of the members of the Godhead, prior to the incarnation of Christ. I am not considering either the nature of Christ at the incarnation, nor am I considering the nature of Christ after his assent to heaven following his death. In other threads of this forum, the Trinity has been discussed. A major aspect of this discussion has centered upon each member of the Godhead being called a person--E.G. such statements as: The three persons of the Godhead. In these discussions some have raised the point that they can not conceive of God in human form as they consider such discussions to center on the human form. In my understanding of the theology behind the discussion of the Trinity, no commonly accepted form of this doctrine posits that the members of the Godhead exist in human form. Further the common understanding would be a denial that the persons of the Godhead exist in human form. From this perspective, a better way of stating this would be to state that the members of the Godhead are personal beings. This statement does not define what that personal being is and properly understood it prevents us from attributing any specific form to God. From this viewpoint, God has revealed just about nothing as to the nature and type of the being that God is. Objectors to this understanding may cite Genesis 1:26 & 27 as opposing the view that I have stated. But, an in-depth study of the Hebrew behind those two verses is thought by others to suggest that the likeness between God and humans lay in aspects other than a mirror physical image.
  2. 3 points
    JoeMo

    Downsides of Theological Discussions

    I am likely one of the individuals you are talking about. I don't totally "disregard EGW; I just question her when I can't find anything in scripture to back up what she says. I don't disregard the Holy Spirit; I just question the "personhood" of the HS. The Holy Spirit is as real to me as the Father and Son; it's just not a Person (IMHO). Just because an author is not an Adventist does not make him/her wrong or a heretic. Sometimes I have a difficult time following your logic. If everyone here thought exactly the same way everyone else thought there would be no discussion except unanimous "likes". As rudywoofs says, "when the choir sings in unison, there is no harmony".
  3. 2 points
    B/W Photodude

    Downsides of Theological Discussions

    I find it sometimes difficult to follow some of the "logic trails" of some posts here of different authors where any belief in EGW has been discarded, the Holy Spirit has been discarded, even parts of the Bible that conflict with some privately held beliefs are discarded with the assumption that "someone added them later." And who knows what the IJ is all about as the word doesn't even appear in the Bible?! 😜 It just seems so much confusion. I just find that the gift of prophecy as given thru EGW has been a blessing and was promised to the end time church. And many other theologians who followed along afterwards such as Andreasen, Douglas, and contemporary writers such as Clifford Goldstein have also been incredible to me in putting together a "coordinated" view of end time events with the caveat that there is much more to come. I have one friend who knows his Bible very well and we have great conversations, but don't mention anyone else and EGW only in limited amounts. All well and good, but then why do I even listen to him?! Books just happen to be a great way for those who are no longer with us to continue sharing their ideas and findings with those who come after. Every believer does not have to reinvent the wheel in trying to understand Bible prophecy.
  4. 2 points
    Nan

    The fruit of the vine

    Today I read the story of the announcement of Samson's impending arrival in Judges, and the instruction that his mother was not only to avoid strong drink but she was also to keep away from everything grown on the vine. In contrast to this, Jesus will celebrate in heaven with us by tasting again of the juice of the fruit of the vine. My mind wonders if there is any connection between these things....telling an expectant mother to stay away from grapes, which I would have considered good for pregnant women, and the later symbolism the fruit of the vine assumed.
  5. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Female U-2 Pilots

    Today I was part of a group of about 25 civilian clergy, several SDA, others not, who spent the day at Beale Air Force Base, here in California. One of the missions of Beale AFB is to fly U-2 aircraft. That is an aircraft that is designed to fly at above 70,000 feet, for long distances and for extended periods of time. There is one pilot in the aircraft and that pilot may spend 9 - 12 hours in flight and under extremely close conditions. In flight the pilot will be wearing a flight suit that cost the government $250,000 each and a $68,000 helmet. Those suits and helmet are essentially like those in the Space Station wear when they exit the space station while in space. The pilots wear one modified to allow them to fly the aircraft. U-2 pilots have a proven history of excellence in piloting other aircraft for the Air Force. They volunteer to fly the U-2 and then go through an extensive veting process in which some wash out. Others wash out after they are accepted and begin flying the U-2. I asked when Beale AFB would begin including women among their U-2 pilots. I was told that they presently had 113 male pilots, but did not currently have any women flying the U-2s. However they stated that they had women flying them previously and they have a woman who was currently going through the vetting process in an attempt to be accepted as a U-2 pilot.
  6. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Another View--Colorado

    For another view of the Colorado bakery case see: https://atoday.org/buy-or-sell/
  7. 2 points
    JoeMo

    Magnesium

    I have been a chronic insomniac for years. Ambien was alway my "go-to" sleep aid. I recently changed doctors; and ended up with a real granola doc. She refused to renew my ambien prescription; and told me to buy start taking 400 - 600 mg of Magnesium Glycinate and some valerian extract a couple hours before sleeping; and to rub a little lavendar essential oil on my feet when I got into bed. Like I said - a real granola doc. I am now completely free of prescription sleep meds and sleeping like a baby. Magnesium and granola doc did the trick!
  8. 2 points
    thx4mercy

    Downsides of Theological Discussions

    I agree with your thought. Also, I find it difficult to think that God would give us an end-time prophet that He has inspired, and that He would expect us to read a book by her and know that some of what we read is from God and which parts are not inspired from Him.
  9. 2 points
    Gail

    who or what do we class as "dung?"

    Even his best-loved habits and worldly and selfish desires pale in contrast to his Saviour. It really gives food for thought, doesn’t it?
  10. 2 points
    phkrause

    Must be Baptized in the Name of Yahshua the Christ to Be saved.

    I agree Photodude!!
  11. 2 points
    phkrause

    who or what do we class as "dung?"

    I'm with you there!!
  12. 2 points
    JoeMo

    Should The Government Revise Marijuana Laws?

    Since the Reagan era, marijuana has been classified as a Schedule 1 drug - one that is highly addictive with no medical value at all. However, over the past 5 years, certain marijuana derivatives have proven to be as or more effective than pharmaceuticals in treating certain conditions, like severe long-term spasms from acute spinal cord injuries, glaucoma, epilepsy, PTSD, Parkinson's disease, dementia, side-effects from chemo, even healing some cancers, and reversing opiate addiction. Yet the federal government continues to keep it classified right up there with LSD, meth, and heroin. No one has ever died of an overdose of marijuana. Yet, U.S researchers have extremely limited access to weed for research purposes; unlike researchers in places like Great Britain and Israel. I live in Colorado where recreational and medical weed is legal; and the only change I've seen is a drastic reduction in the price of weed (about a 70% reduction); and a willingness by people whom the medical industry has failed turn increasingly to CBD oils (the non-psychoactive part of weed) for everything from relieving chemo side effects to arthritic pain and gastritis. They usually keep with it because it seems to work quite well with no to little side effects. Shouldn't the DEA take a look at some of the research and reconsider its harsh rules against marijuana, so U.S. researchers can take a look at it as well?
  13. 2 points
    JoeMo

    Another View--Colorado

    (The below was copied from the article" “The time of trouble is about to come upon the people of God. Then it is that the decree will go forth forbidding those who keep the Sabbath of the Lord to buy or sell, and threatening them with punishment, and even death, if they do not observe the first day of the week as the Sabbath” (Last Day Events 257.4, emphasis added). What is at stake in the bakery case is quite literally the ability of sexual minorities to buy and sell." This is NOT about the rights of sexual minorities to buy and sell. There are PLENTY of other bakeries in Denver who would have baked a wedding cake for a gay couple. There are even some excellent Middle Eastern Bakeries here run by Muslims. Why didn't they look for a cake at one of them? Or any of the hundreds of bakeries (including Christian bakeries) that would bake a cake for a gay couple. Now, if a significant number of the Christian (and other anti-gay) bakers in Denver formed a coalition determined not to sell products to gay couples, that would be discrimination. I would not be surprised if this baker wasn't targeted by the gay community here in Denver because of his strong religious stance - right or wrong.
  14. 2 points
    JoeMo

    who or what do we class as "dung?"

    I hope I'm never that hungry.
  15. 2 points
    JoeMo

    who or what do we class as "dung?"

    From looking at every use of the word dung in the bible, I can only conclude that it is poop - either literal or figurative. for example, in Daniel 2:5: "The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill." Sounds like King Nebbie is saying he will turn their houses into piles of [the "s" word] Another verse that characterizes ding with other bodily waste: "Therefore, behold, I will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam, and will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall, and him that is shut up and left in Israel, and will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as a man taketh away dung, till it be all gone." (I Kings 14:10) God evidently equates both solid and liquid waste products as disgusting. I'm with Him on that.
  16. 2 points
    Gail

    who or what do we class as "dung?"

    Was Paul being literal?
  17. 2 points
    B/W Photodude

    The Investigative Judgment

    Yes, it is! "Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." 2Tim 3:7
  18. 2 points
    dgrimm60

    The fruit of the vine

    NAN the KING JAMES BIBLE says in Chapter 13 verse 7 say not to drink wine and strong drink==== when the bible talks about the fruit of the vine===it means juice not any fermentation i hope this helps dgrimm60
  19. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Cental California Announcement

    Yes. She considered it to be a great day and she let the people know. The pastor and I have spoken a number of times on the telephone, as this developed. But, we have never met in person. During her baptismal studies, she had told the pastor that she was weird. A few days ago, she informed him that he would find me to be weird also.
  20. 2 points
    Gregory Matthews

    Cental California Announcement

    For those of you who are interested, the following is a photo of myself, my sister and my wife.
  21. 1 point
    The Wanderer

    who or what do we class as "dung?"

    I have wondered about this for a while so I thought it was worth putting out there. This seems to me to be a pretty strong way to coin it. I was thinking what would happen if we, today, were to use such terms.
  22. 1 point
    stinsonmarri

    Is the Messiah Waiting for Christians, Jews and Muslims to Join Together?

    No! He is sealing the 144,000 who will bring in the great multitude! Blessings!
  23. 1 point
    The Wanderer

    The Investigative Judgment

    I have a very difficult time believing that God cannot get it right the first time, and that He needs what is virtually a second chance to do it right, and to finally "save" a person. The Bible tells us not only do "the dead know not anything;" (Eccl 9:4-5), but also: No extra "milleniums" are required for the ones that "God must have missed."
  24. 1 point
    The Wanderer

    The Investigative Judgment

    When I see someone talk like this about Ellen G White, or anyone else for that matter, the first word that comes into my head is "Context." I am surprised to see you make this accusation of EGW without considering the context. It has to be noted at this point that the book you quoted this from is a compilation, and that means that in order to get some context, we should look at what else she has written about this very subject: This quote is from the same book you quoted from, just a few paragraphs later. But you are correct, everyone does get to make a choice. And that is in agreement with EGW
  25. 1 point
    dgrimm60

    Learn more about me

    ACDL.COMPOSSITION welcome to this forum====I hope you meet a lot of new friends here dgrimm60

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