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I believe that God the Father, Jesus Christ God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are one God.
For more on my beliefs concerning God (like Him being everlasting, love, good, just, and
holy), please see the God Is page.
I believe "there is one God, and one mediator between God and mankind:
the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all" (1 Timothy 2:5-6a).
I am a young-earth creationist, and use the historical-grammatical approach and the presuppositional approach.
Concerning the kingdom, I believe that God's kingdom is in one sense eternal, because God is eternal, and has never not been in control, and never will lack complete control. Perhaps some call the 1,000-year reign of Christ on earth (prior to the judgement) the kingdom - it will be, in a way we don't see now. From what I've read of progressive dispensationalism, there is a view that the kingdom started when Christ incarnate lived on earth the first time. Another dispensational view considers the kingdom to concern Israel, and not be referring to the whole church throughout history. I'm inclined to think God's kingdom includes Adam and Eve.
I do not believe that sequential time periods of the church predominately spiritually match the sequential list of seven churches in Revelation. Most of the church today is suffering greatly, and very true to God despite persecution, rather than being true to God despite (Philadelphian compared to Smyrnian) comfort. Western Christians are generally closer to Laodicean. We who are rich in material things, for now, still have almost no persecution to refine us in our mainly-Sunday-oriented walk with Christ, and we are an increasingly small segment of the worldwide church.
Regarding Luke 4:5-6, "And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it": God is in charge of these as thoroughly as he was sovereign over what he allowed to happen to Job. Satan only ever includes any grain of truth in a statement to attempt to cloak his lies, and since I don't see support for Satan's statement in this passage elsewhere in scripture, I do not assume that Satan could necessarily have had leash to 'give' any kingdoms, although it is possible the statement was made at least partly in delusion rather than entirely as a concious lie. But any kingdom 'given' by Satan would never belong to Christ as Christ is (eternal in goodness and his other attributes), and the universe would have ceased to exist if Christ permanently abandoned His attributes rather than yielding the experience of some (goodness, life, etc.) in a temporary though full surrender to the will of God the Father. So, whether or not the devil was concious that no such transaction could be completed as implied, Satan did not have the power to deliver on this promise.
Regarding Satan being 'the prince of the power of the air' (Eph. 2:2) and one of the 'rulers of the darkness of this world' (Eph. 6:12), I don't see evidence in scripture that humans' fall into sin forfeited the dominion of the earth temporarily to Satan until Satan's thousand-year imprisonment, or until Satan is thrown into the lake of fire. I believe that God still wants us humans to exercise wise stewardship of the earth (although in context of humans being more valuable than other living creatures), and still allows our decisions to be very powerful regarding the earth and the rest of its creatures.
I believe that Satan's kingdom pertains to those who are currently following Satan, rather than Satan having an aspect of current control over creatures (animals, birds, bacteria, plants, etc.), the environment, or health. A believer in God might be physically oppressed for 18 years (Luke 13:16), but Satan can't stir up a windstorm or incite an enemy attack or instigate health problems without God allowing it (Job).
I am not an Arian. Jesus Christ is eternal God the Son. He remained fully God during his conception as a man, and during his approximately 33 years before crucifixion. Jesus Christ has always been and will always be God the Son.
I am not a universalist. There is an everlasting fire of torment, and many people, confirmed in their choice to not be with God, will be there apart from the attributes of God (such as love, joy, and peace), of which we are able to see evidence at this time on this earth. God does not force anyone to be with him (‘in’ a state called heaven). God desires for each person to receive his love, but he will not circumvent anyone’s will. God will also not ‘split’ himself to allow people to pick and choose what they want of him. Such a split would cause the universe to cease to exist, because it requires absolute truth and the personal omniscience and omnipresence and goodness to sustain and apply absolute truth. Removal of one of God’s inextricable attributes would not leave absolute truth etc. unmarred, and less than absolute truth would not allow uniformity of nature or laws of logic or the realties we need to perceive and to describe anything. If, hypothetically, God’s truth and justice could be separated from his goodness and beauty, an abuser who never trusted eternal God could enjoy God’s ‘heaven’ aspects while continuing to abuse others. The reality is that God allows you real choices with real, lasting consequences. He will not violate a person’s right to reject him.
I do not believe Limited Atonement (TULIP).
I believe Christ paid the ransom for all people, that God remained righteous in paying a debt only He could pay, and not leaving the debt unpaid.
I believe many people choose to not accept the payment for their sins, and live and die without enjoying the gift of salvation that God has freely offered to them.
I believe that God knew what each person would choose.
I think that much of the problems we encounter when trying to understand and discuss such concepts as predestination, election, free will, and volitional choice have to do with God's omniscience and omnipotence being unique. God couldn't not know about every possible and actual choice prior to even making time, and God couldn't not be in control, but he's personal, seeking relationship with us.
I feel peace about the once-saved-always-saved (regardless of drunkard fornicating behavior as opposed to mere peccadilloes of such things as pride, or occasionally condemning others) position, and my mind is 99% satisfied about this being supported by, rather than contradicting, the Bible.
I am not a cessationist. If 'continuationist' and 'charismatic' only necessarily indicate the beliefs that God continues to give supernatural healing, languages and interpretation of languages, and prophecy, only when he chooses and not as a prerequisite for personal salvation, then those terms would describe what I believe.
I don't believe the 'prosperity gospel.' God is not a vending machine, but a person. John 9. Paul didn't berate or belittle poor sick Timothy, Epaphroditus, or Trophimus for their lack of verbal presumption, inability to truthfully dredge up additional unconfessed sins, abstinence from medication or medical treatment, or any other form of 'faith.' His references to them show his high estimation of them, his value of the help they were able to provide, and his telling to Timothy to medically address a stomach problem, perhaps parasites continually supplied in the water. Paul didn't scold Eutychus (Eutychus); Peter didn't declaim Dorcus' sins (Acts 20). All of Jesus' first disciples, including John, seem to have died. They aren't 2,000-year olds with twenty-twenty vision, telling us to Invest monetarily in a god whose every formula they fully understand, who wants us to reap the benefits of manipulating him.
I am inclined to believe that in the atonement, Christ died for our sins and secured our healing through his wounds. I am inclined to believe, having read Richard Sipley's Understanding Divine Healing, that healing and salvation continue to be on separate 'parallel tracks,' and both are currently partial. Not everyone who orders their life as if they were their own god is eaten by worms, and a person immobile with starvation, bone problems, and parasites is able to sin but not necessarily is, even once every day. Sometimes there is at least partial correlation between health and sin, sometimes people sin in assuming there is when there are other major factors, or when in fact the person confesses their sins and maintains their heart in a right attitude towards God, who being infinite, communicates to his finite children what they need to know without explaining every glorious facet of every misunderstandable purpose. Hypothetically, doing so would prevent us from living for him, rather than for all he intends to do.
My view of law is intellectualistic, not volunteristic, as Conrad Baars used the terms, on page 141 of the book I Will Give Them a New Heart.
I am a futurist - (I believe many events described in Revelation haven't happened yet).
I am not sure if there will be a rapture that keeps any Christians from being beheaded for not worshipping the beast (Revelation 13),
and if so, whether pre-trib or mid, and I am not sure about just post-trib either - I don't think the church will usher in the kingdom. I think an angel (Revelation 14:6) preach the gospel in an understandable way to those who have not yet heard, before Christ returns (Matthew 24:14). At present, I am inclined toward perhaps there being two raptures.
I believe we are to be ready for Christ at all times.
For almost seven years, after two missions classes, I’ve had a yearning for a Bible translator site, to help indigenous translators who know a major language like Mandarin or Hausa. A searchable database that could be accessed in generating roughs of training lessons, providing easy translation reference, and uploadable/syncable dictionaries and grammars. Originally I was thinking mostly along the lines of lessons and learning games, but now I think that extensive acquisition of the Biblical languages might not be as crucial as something like BlueletterBible. Lessons in linguistics and maybe on how to use http://www.thebibletranslatorsassistant.org/ might be more important than lessons in Biblical languages, although those lessons might be easier to finish (with a native speaker of Mandarin, etc.) after a rough lesson was generated by a computer program. Options to view definitions in more than one language (like Hausa and English) might help someone who isn’t totally fluent in either.
Python looks like it could sync well: download the program and a new or existing dictionary, add to the dictionary, pass around the whole program on phones and upload the dictionary (or check translation work) when internet is available, multiple people’s progress on dictionaries could be meshed into more extensive collections. Something like SQL would also be needed. Eventually, at least two such databases might be needed, but there are other database options as well.
If you know of any potentially helpful information, or people who might be able to help, I’d be much obliged! If you learn of a project in-progress that might share copies of such a database and/or program bits, please let me know who I could contact. I could help others much easier with data entry and such repetitive coding than I can learn sufficient Python, etc. myself.
If you'd like free help proofreading a book, I might be interested, especially if your book deals with Christian living, theology, creation science, Christian philosophy, Christian history, or is a Christ-centered children's book.