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It Is The Very Word of God

Luke 11:28

Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amOur denomination has a number of issues. One of the issues we seem to have is a different understanding of the Bible. For me – it is very clear – the Bible is the inspired – inerrant – infallible Word of God.

For some – the Bible is a good book where God’s Word can be found. Those who believe this way also think new revelation – new experiences – can supersede the Bible. The Mormons – for instance – believe the Book of Mormon supersedes the Bible. Others believe that the Holy Spirit is giving new revelation that supersedes the written Word. Of course – I do not agree with these understandings. I believe that the Holy Spirit will help us understand the written Word of God and that no revelation from the Holy Spirit will conflict with the written Word of God. The Holy Spirit will remind us of the teachings of Jesus and continue to teach us – but not in a new revelation that is contrary to the written Word. John records Jesus putting it this way – John 14:26 – But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Continue reading

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Jesus Is The Only Way

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

profileEcumenical work in the community is important.  There are many evils in our society/community that religious groups of various beliefs can work on together.  Racism is something that religious groups of all types should work to drive out of our communities for instance.  Hunger – poverty – abuse – addiction rehabilitation – working to build stronger families and marriages are just a few of the things that Jews – Christians – Muslims – Mormons – and other religious groups could work on together.  Putting the resources of these religious groups and community groups like the Elks – Masons – Kiwanis – Shriners – Moose and others to battle against some of the evils in our society can only be a good thing IMHO (in my humble opinion).

Working together for common purposes doesn’t suggest that there are not essential differences between these religious and community groups.  Even within Christian churches there are major differences in what we believe about God – about sin – about eternity.

One of the major differences – one of the essential doctrines – again IMHO – is our view of today’s passage and its meaning.  The question that gets asked numerous times is why Christians (not all Christians by the way) believe that Jesus is the only way to the Father – to heaven?   Isn’t that view very narrow-minded some might ask.  What makes us think that we have the true answer to the age old quest for seeking after God? Continue reading

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