1.04.2010

okay what the heck. i'm reading this new oxford annotated bible with the apocrypha and the footnotes are very interesting. i disagree with a good portion of it. i begin to see how reading the bible without considering it the Word of God is potentially poisonous. AND THE STUPID PROMPT FOR THE FIRST ESSAY.

"Genesis 3 introduces the serpent as 'more crafty than any other wild animal,' yet the snake only tells the truth to Eve, exposing God's lie about the tree of knowledge." Argue for or against this view.

wow. 1) i find it highly insulting to even suggest that God would lie. 2) the lie it is referring to is that adam would die when he ate it. well hello, he did die, even if it wasnt immediately. this is so obvious to me that i cannot begin to imagine why anyone would put such a noncontroversial topic as an essay prompt. but i suppose if you pretend "God" was the name of some man (which is apparently what we're doing here), this could be a controversial topic. i forgot how annoying it is to study the bible from people who don't believe in it.

i need to remember that i'm not just reading a text for class, but that this is God's word. its harder than it sounds.

10 comments:

  1. Orange Tree1/4/10, 6:56 PM

    awwww. =[[[[

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  2. I think most theologians agreed that God was referring to how Adam spiritually died when he disobeyed God for the first time and acted for the first time for himself rather than out of love for God, which is sin.

    I know how hard it can be sis, I've also faced people and classes that twist Scripture and interpret it in their own ways rather than understanding it as God's Word and in God's way. I pray that God will protect your heart and strengthen you in the process.
    And hope that you can keep doing gracepoint devotionals everyday. Reading God's Word + a brother's or sister's commentary helps a lot.

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    completefail
    isn't twisting the words of scripture like somehow not allowed. maybe the people are too shallow

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  4. no brothers :/ sadly you will face people who do that if you haven't yet. but there is hope.

    "14So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15Bear in mind that our Lord's patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.

    17Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position. 18But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen." (2 Peter 3:14-18)

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  5. unless God decides to not put any of this type of people or classes in your life.

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  6. regardless, love them and pray for them because He has loved you.

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  7. Yeah, the definition of death in Bible is relational, not out of concieousness. When humanity separated from God, it is considered spiritually dead. When human's soul separated from body, it is considered pysical dead. Adam and Eve immediatelly died spiritually, because as God approached them, first time in their life they immediately realized they needed to hide.

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  8. somehow i completely forgot about the spiritual death part.

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  9. As you discuss with professor, you need to make basic assumption clear. People assume there is no such thing as spiritual life, or soul that can leave body when one dies, the discussion would go no where. Make people aware of their instinct philosophical assumption is a good thing.

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  10. I have a blogger article on this, it's in Chinese though, see if you can read it.

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