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  1. One of the reasons images are discarded (iconoclasm) is the idea is that our Lord Jesus who is the same Lord of the Old Testament with the Father and Holy Spirit, is to be different from the false gods that need images or idols in their likenes. The Lord instead made His children His images (Genesis 1:26-27). The Lord wants to say to the world I am the I AM and I am not like gods of stone, cedar, and glass; I AM the Living God who made stone, cedar and glass. The Apostles even said this, “Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.” (Acts 17:29) Likewise the Lord god didn’t want a temple building: “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: 49“ ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be? 50Has not my hand made all these things?’ l 51“You stiff-necked people! Your hearts and ears are still uncircumcised. You are just like your ancestors: You always resist the Holy Spirit!” (Acts 7:48-51) which cross references with the Lord’s wishes that He spoke to King David via Nathan in 2 Samuel 7:1-53, 1 Chronicles 17:1-23, because all the other false gods dwelt in temples like Athenia, hence why the Lord dwelt instead in tents and now dwells in us Christians (1 Corinthians 3:16, Colossians 1:27, 1 John 4:15). God wants to say I go with you everywhere unlike the false gods that make people go to temples in cities and mountaintops.
  2. Hahaha, I thought by now people had seen it.
  3. Miracles from Heaven, starring Jennifer Garner is one of the best Christian films. I recommend it to everyone. I especially recommend it to those in a hard patch in their faith walk and to those who in the church have critical edge (this is addressed in the movie). A must see.
  4. Indeed, in Charlie Hepo, France, they made cartoon of Muhammad and the staff involved in that column were killed by Jihadists. No one mocks the Muslim god and their prophet because of fear. They mock our One True God Jesus because they know we are under love and obligated to love our enemies and so they know we won’t retaliate. But in the end Christ will recompense them (John 3:18, Revelation 20:15, Revelation 21:8) and their blasphemies if unrepented, and they will be met with wrath (Revelation 19:11-16, Zachariah 14:3, 2 Peter 3). They may laugh and mock now, but they who rejected God and His love (John 3:16-18, 2 Thessalonians 2:12) shall receive wrath and the Second Death in the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15).
  5. Even if the image is of the Lord Himself? I believe the heart and spirit of “have no graven images (idols),” is missed. The Israelites were going into a pagan society in Canaan and they had already made the golden calf when Moses was on Mount Sinai. I believe the spirit of the Law (“make no idols,”) was to keep the Israelites from following other gods. The Lord said nothing about “make no images of me, The I AM.” We must not follow the letter (legalism) but the spirit (freedom and truth), “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6) and, “God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24). And to follow the law of Moses as you have advocated is forbidden by the New Covenant, “When God speaks of a "new" covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear,” (Hebrews 8:13), “Therefore Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, so that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance, now that He has died to redeem them from the transgressions committed under the first covenant,” (Hebrews 9:15), “But as it is, Christ has obtained a ministry that is as much more excellent than the old as the covenant he mediates is better, since it is enacted on better promises,” (Hebrews 8:6), “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law,” (1 Corinthians 15:56), “Therefore no one will be justified in His sight by works of the Law. For the Law merely brings awareness of sin,” (Romans 3:20), “because the Law brings wrath. And where there is no law, there is no transgression,” (Romans 4:15), “But sin, seizing its opportunity through the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from the Law, sin is dead,” (Romans 7:8), “do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose,” (Galatians 2:21), and “For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace,” (Galatians 5:4). It is not about following commands or laws, but having faith in Jesus, “” () and having a loving relationship with Him (Matthew 22:36-41) who is the Lord God (Ginosko, Epignosko) and knowing Him (Phillipians 3:8). I recently was reading a Theology book and was furious because it presented Jesus as Judge in our Judaical system and made salvation seem impersonal. The truth is that God personally paid our debt of sin with His flesh and blood and death on the cross and He did it out of love (John 3:16, 1 John 4:8). Its not about laws, it’s about love and faith and grace, it’s anout Jesus who is source of all three, for Jesus came not with the law, “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17). The Spirit of the Law “have no idols” was to have no other gods but the Lord who is Jesus (Romans 10:9, Phillipians 2:1–1). If the images or paintings or symbols you own are of the Lord Jesus then the law isn’t even violated because they point to the True Triune God. But more importantly we arnt under t the law but under grace (Acts 15:11), and the Law if you folloed puts a person under a curse, “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law,” (Galatians 3:10) and worse It leads to falling from grace and being cut off from Christ, “For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace.” (Galatians 5:4). I for one will not nullify the grace of God (Galatians 2:21). I trust in Jesus’ all sufficient sacrifice and that His New Covenant is superior and has put an end to the Old Covenant which could never save in the first place (Romans 3:20).
  6. The reason they no longer walked with Jesus as seen in John 6:66 is that 1. Jesus refused to keep feeding them with Welfare Manna from Heaven, “Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, you want to be with me because I fed you, not because you understood the miraculous signs,” (John 6:26) and 2. He said a statement they could not understand or edure, “So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. 54 But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. 55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. 56 Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. 57 I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.” (John 6:53-58) and this was there response to these words of Jesus, “60 Many of his disciples said, “This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?”61 Jesus was aware that his disciples were complaining, so he said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what will you think if you see the Son of Man ascend to heaven again? 63 The Spirit alone gives eternal life. Human effort accomplishes nothing. And the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But some of you do not believe me.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning which ones didn’t believe, and he knew who would betray him.) 65 Then he said, “That is why I said that people can’t come to me unless the Father gives them to me.”66 At this point many of his disciples turned away and deserted him. 67 Then Jesus turned to the Twelve and asked, “Are you also going to leave?” (John 6:62-66). Of course Jesus later clarifies eating His body and drinking His blood at the Last Supper when He breaks the bread anscoffers the cup of wine, “And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”20 Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you, ” (Luke 22:19-20) and Jesus literally fulfills John 6:50-60 when He is flogged and crucified and pierced with spear so that His blood flows out for our sins (John 19:1-36). The John 6:66 crowd refused to confess Jesus as Lord and have faith in Him; they only wanted free meals after the feeding of the 5,000 which they were among those 5,000 (John 6:1-11). They weren’t following Jesus because they believed He was Son of God and Messiah, they wanted Him to be their Manna and Fish dispenser [makes you think about how our churches get in the gear of wanting Jesus to provide for them with prosperity and goods, but could some of them be like the fickle John 6:66 group and when Jesus tells them something hard they will flake?] Interestingly, John 6:66 is when these people fall away and leave Jesus and it is the Mark of the Beast that is 666 (Revelation 13:18). Coincidence? I think not. For when the chapters and verses were constructed in the Bible, I believe the Holy Spirit orchestrated them. Hence why all 3:16 chapter and verse is important verses in New Testament: John 3:16, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Timothy 3:16, Revelation 3:26, and etc. All the verses about God not wanting a building are sevens, 2 Samuel 7:1-53, Acts 7:44-50, 1 Chronicles 17:1-44.
  7. If you think that is bad, you should know the British base a lot of their swear words on mocking Jesus. For instance the word “bloody” has to do with mocking Christ’s blood and there are s plethora of others too. We ahould never take the Lord’s name in vain and His name is Jesus Christ (Romans 10:9, Phillipians 2:1-11). What is strange is you never hear curse words where someone shouts “O Buddha!” Or “Allah *insert expletive*”. The reason? Because the cursing in Jesus’ name is antichrist and The enemy is only interested in discrediting and attacking the True God Jesus Christ’s Name, not those of the false gods.
  8. Idols are images made to be worshipped. But even that is not entirely accurate. Pagans made idols of wood, stone, precious metals and etc as representations of the gods they worshipped. For instance, those who worshipped Ashteroth or Ishtar in Ancijet Israel had Ashteroth fertility poles in their fields. The idol object itself isn’t what the person is worshipping, it’s what it represents. For instance in Asia there is worship of the four elements: Earth, Wind, Fire and Water. They have symbols on medallions of these but what they venerate is the actual fire, water, wind and earth. Therfore I ask if the images you have are of the Lord Trinity, of Jesus Christ and things in the Holy Bible that are of the True God, them how are those images a problem? If you have an image of our Lord God Jesus Christ, how is that harmful? For the one you really worship and venerate it the Real and Ever Existing Emmanuel who lives in you and you in Him (1 John 4:15), the image or picture of Him is just a representation; a shadow while Jesus is the substance, “These are a shadow of the things to come, but the body that casts it belongs to Christ.” (Colossians 2:17). The Substsnce is who we want, but the shadows arnt harmful.
  9. I am still unclear on which form of righteousness you are advocating? Imparted, Infused, or Imputed?
  10. Welcome to the Unprecendeted Event George. The time has come indeed for the Bride of Christ to pray come, “The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” Let anyone who hears this say, “Come.” (Revelation 22:17) and “Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20).
  11. Martin Luther hung out at pubs sipping ale as he wrote “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God,” our Lord Jesus Christ ate and drank with tax collectors and sinners, “29 Later, Levi held a banquet in his home with Jesus as the guest of honor. Many of Levi’s fellow tax collectors and other guests also ate with them. 30 But the Pharisees and their teachers of religious law complained bitterly to Jesus’ disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with such scum?”31 Jesus answered them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. 32 I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners and need to repent.” (Luke 5:29-32). If we isolate, and avoid the world how shall we make disicples? (Matthew 28:19). The point is to minister but not be polluted, “Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives.” (Jude 1:23 NLT).
  12. The Book of James needs to be read by nonbeliever who has already read the Gospel of John, Romans, 1 John, Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians. A nonbeliever needs to be educated in grace before they read the works James speaks of or else they might confuse the fruit of salvation (works merely are Testament a person has already embraced faith in Jesus) with meriting salvation.
  13. Idol and image (ikon) are not the same thing. An idol is something you worship and pray to as a god. An image in contrast is: a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing,photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible.(Dictionary.com) By this definition the Cherubim angels on the Ark of the Covenant are an image. An image is representation, just as images of our Lord and God Jesus only are representations but not Him; pictures of His likeness.
  14. The Russian Orthodox Church has a very unique style of church dome called the onion dome although it looks more like garlic with supperdandeum or three bar cross on top. Their churches are the most beautiful, especially St. Basil’s which is now part of Kremlin.
  15. Are we under the law or Grace? “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.” (John 1:17). As for me I won’t nullify Grace, “I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose,” (Galatians 2:21) and, “Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. For if you are trying to make yourselves right with God by keeping the law, you have been cut off from Christ! You have fallen away from God's grace.” (Galatians 5:2-4). The law puts people under s curse and is the power of sin, “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them,” (Galatians 3:10), and, “The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.” (1 Corinthians 15:56). We are no longer under the law, “For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh,God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit,” (Romans 8:3-4). Jesus Christ has fulfilled and ended the law, “When God speaks of a "new" covenant, it means he has made the first one obsolete. It is now out of date and will soon disappear,” (Hebrews 8:13), and, “But in fact the ministry Jesus has received is as superior to theirs as the covenant of which he is mediator is superior to the old one, since the new covenant is established on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:6). The law blinds people to Christ, “But the people's minds were hardened, and to this day whenever the old covenant is being read, the same veil covers their minds so they cannot understand the truth. And this veil can be removed only by believing in Christ. Yes, even today when they read Moses' writings, their hearts are covered with that veil, and they do not understand.” (2 Corinthians 3:14-15). As for images, how can they be harmful if they are images depicting and honoring Jesus the Great I AM?
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