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  • #91
    Originally posted by Just Tom
    Just because their knees bow and they confess that he is Lord when they stand before the judgment seat doesn't by any stretch of the imagination mean that they are accepting him as savior.. They will bow before the king and show the respect that is due him..


    For it is written, "AS I LIVE, SAYS THE LORD, EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME, AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL GIVE PRAISE TO GOD." (Romans 14:11 NASB)
    http://bible1.crosswalk.com/Lexicons...43&version=nas
    The NAS New Testament Greek Lexicon
    Definition:Praise
    to confess
    to profess
    acknowledge openly and joyfully
    to one's honour: to celebrate, give praise to
    to profess that one will do something, to promise, agree, engage

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    • #92
      Quote:
      Originally Posted by kmoney



      What's with smilie? Did you miss the point?

      No, he didn’t. And I didn’t either, though you chose to ignore it.

      God is not all knowing?

      Who is unorthodox?

      Here is why God told Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

      Rom. 7:10 I found that the very commandment (Do Not Eat of That Tree or any commandment from God) that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.[B]

      God’s command to Adam had the same effect as His commands to Moses.

      It is the doctrine of eternal torment alone, which is causing many to believe God isn't really all knowing. As long as ET is held on to then God can’t be all knowing.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by ChasClean
        Quote:
        Originally Posted by kmoney



        What's with smilie? Did you miss the point?

        No, he didn’t. And I didn’t either, though you chose to ignore it.

        God is not all knowing?

        Who is unorthodox?

        Here is why God told Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

        Rom. 7:10 I found that the very commandment (Do Not Eat of That Tree or any commandment from God) that was intended to bring life actually brought death. 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good. 13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! But in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it produced death in me through what was good, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful.[B]

        God’s command to Adam had the same effect as His commands to Moses.

        It is the doctrine of eternal torment alone, which is causing many to believe God isn't really all knowing. As long as ET is held on to then God can’t be all knowing.

        Hear, hear!

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        • #94
          Two separate issues

          Originally posted by logos_x
          Actually, this verse doesn't say eternal in either part.
          Aionion chastisment and aionion life, The punishment of the ages and the life of the ages.

          Later, after the resurrection from death, we "put on immmmortality".

          This is why there is eternal life. But the verse in question isn't saying anything about eternal life. Since it isn't when it talks about life, it isn't when it talks about chastisememt.

          Hope this helps.
          You keep stating "aionios doesn't mean eternal" as if it's a well-established fact, and it is not. Your understanding of that word and the idiomatic phrase "age of the ages" does not square with a number of prominent lexicons, Liddell and Scott and Bauer's to name two. How do you explain their definition of this word, and it's meaning in verses like Lk 1:33? The Greek phrase in question ("eis tous aionas" - "into the ages") is used in connection with His rule of His coming Kingdom, of which there shall be "no end" ("ouk estai telos"). Therefore, the phrase must mean "eternal" in this context.

          Your definition of this word and its related idiomatic phrase (age of the ages), as only meaning eternal "if it is associated with something (or Someone) that lasts forever" is a clever device you've invented to allow you to evade its plain meaning in any passages in which you don't desire it to have that meaning. I don't see any lexicon or respected expositor giving the meaning of aionios this caveat that you do. It is clear from context that this word means "eternal," or "without" end in many places where is not referring to an eternal being directly, so your definition, even ignoring the lack of lexical support, is false.

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          • #95
            Ecclesiastes 3:11: He has made everything beautiful in His time; also He has set eternity in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end.
            Eternity is in the hearts of men: we all desire to live forever. But only those who have set their hopes on God will actually receive this eternity.

            We are not eternal beings, certainly not since Adam was cast out of Eden. Sin has contaminated our souls, and has brought death to them. Eternal life is the free gift of God, but the wages of sin is death. Death, meaning destruction, lifeless. Death cannot mean an eternal life of torment.

            Jesus' sacrifice was not so that all people can have this eternal life, regardless of whether they accept Him or not. When you die, all your chances are over!
            John 3:16: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
            "...whoever believes in Him..." will have eternal life. So, if you don't believe in Jesus, then you do not have eternal life. Jesus will not pull you out of Hell when He feels you have suffered enough. You do not get eternal life unless you believe in Him!
            Matthew 10:32-33: Therefore everyone who confesses Me before men, I will also confess him before My Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies Me before men, I will also deny him before My Father who is in heaven.
            This does not mean that if we deny Jesus on earth, then Jesus denies us before God... and then later accepts us back. There is no coming back from Hell!

            Jesus' sacrifice is sufficient for everyone - everyone has the potential to spend eternity with God - but they must accept it.
            1 John 2:2: He is the sacrifice for our sins. He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world.
            He does! But only if you accept it! If this was not the case, then why don't we all live a life full of sin, knowing that when we die, we will end up with eternal life with God?

            Matthew 10:28: Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
            God will destroy the soul if the soul is evil. He will do this by casting it into Hell. God cannot stand sin. Even the smallest sin is worthy of death!
            James 2:10: For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all.
            God's requirement is perfection. As sinful humans, the only way we can have this perfection is through Jesus. So, without Jesus, our souls will be destroyed.

            As to the actual debate, I feel that "logos_x" will have a hard time. The authority of the Bible is at stake! To obtain the truth on the subject, references to support arguments can only come from the Bible itself. If half the world were to say that actually, the world is flat after all, then that doesn't make it true. there needs to be actual evidence from a reliable source. In this debate, the only reliable source is the Word of God, because it is Truth. So far, "logos_x" is basing his arguments on what many other people have said, and not on what the Bible says. And also, arguments such as "After all, how can a bit of fruit bring death to someone that lives forever?" are extremely weak - this is not about the act of eating some fruit, this is about the act of disobeying the most powerful being in the universe!!

            The Bible has been translated many times into English - and almost all of those translations are done by using the original texts. Who is most likely to be in the wrong: many Biblical scholars, who understand the original languages, wanting to translate the Holy Scriptures as accurately as possible, having all come to pretty much the same conclusion as to the translation of the words; or a few people who do not agree with something which the Bible says, and try to "re-translate" to suit their own beliefs?

            Mike.

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            • #96
              Hi Logos,

              Long time no post. I've had some challenges come into my life and I've had to take a
              leave of absence. Pastor and I have talked about this Battle Royale and I'm looking forward to reading it all, but my post might not be timely.

              I have a problem with two of the early church leaders you quoted or I really should say,
              I have problems with the quotes. St. Jerome stated that the Universe is to "be restored
              into their original harmonious state", but John tells us in Rev. 21 that "I saw a new
              heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away". And
              that's not mentioning what he said about being made into one body, again contradicting
              Scripture. With the quote from Gregory of Nyssa, and I'll repost it "For it is evident that
              God will in truth be all in all when there shall be no evil in existence, when every created
              being is at harmony with iteself and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord;
              when every creature shall have been made one body" he is saying that God cannot be
              all in all until there is no evil. Poppycock. God is all in all now, if He weren't, He would
              be an impotent god, not the Omnimpotent God that He is. Quoting men that deny
              Scripture and deny God is not a good way to start your round. I look forward, if you have
              time to respond, to your comments. God bless you.

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              • #97
                From Logos_x's opening post:

                Originally posted by logos_x
                If you read these various lady's and gentlemen's words carefully and prayerfully...ask yourself: What GOOD is the doctrine of eternal torment? What would be the point in forcing someone to live forever under the conditions of torment without any hope of redemption from that torment? Today, the Christian religion calls this "death".
                There is no good in it. Thats the point. It is no good at all and should be avoided!
                Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)

                But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                What are my fruits today?

                Cityboy With Horses A blog about what happens when you say, "I Promise"

                "Moral standards" are a lot like lighthouses: they exist to help us stay on course as we sail through life. But we have to steer BY them, but not directly AT them. Lest we end up marooned on the shoals of perpetual self-righteousness.

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                • #98
                  Originally posted by CabinetMaker
                  From Logos_x's opening post:


                  There is no good in it. Thats the point. It is no good at all and should be avoided!
                  Then how can GOD be behind it, C.M?

                  God does not create evil...especially one that is permanent. That's the point!

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                  • #99
                    The opening posts were pretty well done and about even, Logos, i'm sorry your second round post was very weak. You asserted over and over the eternal never has and never will mean forever (an odd statement comming from you when you think about it) .

                    If you are going to base you arguments against and eternal hell on the meaning of one word I might suggest you call on some more sources. I would suggest you stay away form tentmaker.org and other universal salvation sights. Your argumetn will carry more weight if you can find Greek scholars and/or theologins who are not associated with universal salvation.

                    Its just a thought on what would give your arguments more credability.
                    Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)

                    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                    What are my fruits today?

                    Cityboy With Horses A blog about what happens when you say, "I Promise"

                    "Moral standards" are a lot like lighthouses: they exist to help us stay on course as we sail through life. But we have to steer BY them, but not directly AT them. Lest we end up marooned on the shoals of perpetual self-righteousness.

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                    • Originally posted by logos_x
                      Then how can GOD be behind it, C.M?

                      God does not create evil...especially one that is permanent. That's the point!
                      Where is your evidence that the lake of fire is evil. Evil is actove opisition to Gods will. The lake of fire and those to be cast into it are Gods will as proclaimed by Jesus in Mathew 25.

                      Hell is not an evil punishment, it is a just punishment handed down by a just God.
                      Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)

                      But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                      What are my fruits today?

                      Cityboy With Horses A blog about what happens when you say, "I Promise"

                      "Moral standards" are a lot like lighthouses: they exist to help us stay on course as we sail through life. But we have to steer BY them, but not directly AT them. Lest we end up marooned on the shoals of perpetual self-righteousness.

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                      • Originally posted by daddyugi
                        Hi Logos,

                        Long time no post. I've had some challenges come into my life and I've had to take a
                        leave of absence. Pastor and I have talked about this Battle Royale and I'm looking forward to reading it all, but my post might not be timely.

                        I have a problem with two of the early church leaders you quoted or I really should say,
                        I have problems with the quotes.
                        OK

                        St. Jerome stated that the Universe is to "be restored into their original harmonious state", but John tells us in Rev. 21 that "I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away". And that's not mentioning what he said about being made into one body, again contradicting Scripture.
                        Well...I'm not sure what you are asking here.
                        Are you saying that the new creation will not be in in a harmonious state and we will never be one in God?
                        I'm not sure where you get this idea or where you think what he said contradicts scripture...unless it has something to do with the word "restored". If this is the case I refer you to Acts 3:21.


                        With the quote from Gregory of Nyssa, and I'll repost it "For it is evident that
                        God will in truth be all in all when there shall be no evil in existence, when every created
                        being is at harmony with iteself and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord;
                        when every creature shall have been made one body" he is saying that God cannot be
                        all in all until there is no evil. Poppycock. God is all in all now, if He weren't, He would
                        be an impotent god, not the Omnimpotent God that He is. Quoting men that deny
                        Scripture and deny God is not a good way to start your round. I look forward, if you have
                        time to respond, to your comments. God bless you.
                        How do you define evil?

                        Please point out where you think these men denied scripture and deny God.

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                        • Originally posted by CabinetMaker
                          Where is your evidence that the lake of fire is evil. Evil is actove opisition to Gods will. The lake of fire and those to be cast into it are Gods will as proclaimed by Jesus in Mathew 25.

                          Hell is not an evil punishment, it is a just punishment handed down by a just God.

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                          • Originally posted by logos_x
                            No evidence? Or is it just easier to call me kookoo and hope I'll go away>
                            Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)

                            But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

                            What are my fruits today?

                            Cityboy With Horses A blog about what happens when you say, "I Promise"

                            "Moral standards" are a lot like lighthouses: they exist to help us stay on course as we sail through life. But we have to steer BY them, but not directly AT them. Lest we end up marooned on the shoals of perpetual self-righteousness.

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                            • Originally posted by CabinetMaker
                              Where is your evidence that the lake of fire is evil. Evil is actove opisition to Gods will. The lake of fire and those to be cast into it are Gods will as proclaimed by Jesus in Mathew 25.

                              Hell is not an evil punishment, it is a just punishment handed down by a just God.
                              If Hell is eternal then it most certainly is set in opposition to God's will...AND if punishment is not corrective and remedial....then it is sadistic, insatiable abuse.

                              Why does a parent punish a child? FOR THEIR GOOD. If not... well your local law enforcement agency just might be interested in talking to those parents.

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                              • Paul says creation is eagerly waiting for the revealing of the sons of God. Why? Because creation itself will be set free from its bondage into the freedom of the children of God.

                                For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

                                For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope

                                that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

                                For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together * until now.

                                And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.

                                For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees ? (Romans 8:19-24 NASB)

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