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What does 1 Corinthians 11 Really Mean? 0

Posted on July 27, 2017 by Alexander
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A metaphorical look at praying with your head covered.

Understanding what is written in the Bible comes through context. Why is the writer writing in the first place? What is his point for writing the epistle? The latter half of 1 Corinthians is instruction on body ministry using spiritual gifts. Your verse comes from chapter 11 which is the beginning of the discussion on how the body comes together. Notice the latter part of chapter 11 is on the agape love feasts and communion with the Lord. Chapter 12 goes into the spiritual gifts, and the latter half is on how the body should use the spiritual gifts. Chapter 13 on love is sandwiched between 12 and 14 because Paul is showing that love should be your motivation for using any spiritual gift in the body. Fourteen is specifically on tongues and prophecy as a means to edify the body.

During the time of Paul’s writing Corinthians, the believers met in homes.  The Greeks did not copy the practice of the Jews, who met in synagogues, until the Greek orators who made their living talking became Christians and saw this as a way to generate personal revenue preaching the Gospel to the saints on a weekly basis. This meant that the hosts of the house churches were the natural authorities since it was their home people met in.  Naturally the husband should be the host, but, apparently some did not take the mantel, which fell upon the wives.

So getting back to chapter 11 he shows that the body first begins in marriage. He speaks of the divine order of authority in verse 3: God, Christ, man, then woman. In verses 8 and 9 he alludes to the order of creation: Adam, then Eve from the side of Adam, and that Eve was created for Adam, not Adam for Eve. Verse 4 gives the context of what the hair covering refers to: prayer and prophecy. Prayer, of course, is us speaking to God, whereas prophecy is God speaking to us through someone. In the creation of Adam and Eve, God had already spoken to Adam and it was Adam’s responsibility to say what God said to Adam then to Eve.

I usually take most of the Bible literally, but not all of it. In this case, I do not take the hair covering literally. The Jews have taken the statement in Leviticus not to seethe the kid in the mother’s milk literally. Personally I believe God was speaking metaphorically there in the same way we say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. It is a common interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11 to say that the hair covering refers to the authority of the man over the woman, and I partly agree with this, but not in a blanket fashion. In this passage I think it refers only to who prays and who prophesies. If we may, let’s walk through verse by verse.

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Understanding Universal Salvation 0

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Alexander
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Will all be saved n the end?

I asked the question, “What is Universal Salvation” on a forum that has Christians from all walks of life. I genuinely wanted to know why people believe in universal salvation. I knew I would get a Scripture debate where the pros and cons would cite their scriptural proof for their position. I am not interested in such debate. My interest is in the motivating factors that lead people to one position or the other.

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A Different Look at Romans 13 9

Posted on June 11, 2016 by Alexander
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Most of the Christians that Paul wrote to the Romans were Jewish believers.

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service. 2 And be not fashioned according to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:1 & 2

We are all influenced by the world and the way of thinking of the world. For many Americans this is the result of government education, corporate advertising, media propaganda and the various disciplines of science that has established themselves as the gods of our age. Therefore our reading of the Bible tends to be influenced by these worldly influences and it takes deliberate effort to discern the truth of Scripture. Reading the Bible alone will not transform your mind. There are thousands of Jehovah Witnesses and Mormons who do not know Christ.  Renewing our minds come from reading the Bible by spiritual discernment.

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.   But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.(1Co 2:14  & 15)

Legalism is the heart of natural thinking. Legalism is the means of self-justification. James tells us that if we break one commandment we have broken them all (James 2:10). But legalism tells us that if we do one good thing, we are good in all things. Through our narrow definition of goodness, we judge others according to our own standard. If we see others fail in one thing, we condemn them as utterly worthless. How unlike our King who believes we are worth saving no matter what we have done. Legalism turns us into hypocrites.

Legalism makes right and wrong a game. Lawyers are a prime example of what I mean. They do not care about what is right or wrong, only what is legal. Natural thinking seeks only for the benefit of self. We are awash in our culture in this kind of thinking.

The influence of natural thinking distorts both our reading of Scriptures and affects the way godly men translate the Scriptures. We need to read the Bible through the eyes of Christ.  Since He is the King, we assume he is like a worldly king, and he is not. Jesus does not “rule” by force. He rules by example and is the standard we are to compare ourselves by. Jesus changes us just as a good marriage changes both partners. We love one another in marriage, so defer to one another. We love Jesus and defer to his good example because we want to please him and to be like him. Read the rest of this entry →

The Rapture is for Leftovers 6

Posted on April 01, 2016 by Alexander
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The Rapture is not God’s Best

Recently I have come to change my mind on the topic of the Rapture. Historically it has been referred to as the “blessed hope” so one does not have to die but be caught up in the air to meet Jesus. In the pre-tribulation time-line the Raptured go to Heaven for a 3 and a half year marriage supper of the Lamb celebration then return with Jesus to stop the Anti-Christ. In the post-tribulation time-line the Raptured meet Jesus in the air then immediately return to stop the Anti-Christ.

My change of mine is not on the time-line, I believe in Post-Tribulation Rapture. Instead, my thinking is on the idea of the “blessed hope”. The Church has put an emphasis on how good it will be to be in the generation that gets to be Raptured. My thinking now is that this is motivated from a fear of death. Read the rest of this entry →

He Became Sin 2

Posted on July 04, 2015 by Alexander
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Jesus becoming sin was worse than the crucifixion

Recently I was asked to explain what it means in 2 Corinthians 5:21:

“For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

That is a huge question. If you can be patient I will explain to the best of my understanding.

For some reason this is abhorrent to some believers. I remember a brother who refused to accept the plain statement of the verse and declared that it meant Jesus was a sin bearer. I think his difficulty in accepting the statement of the Bible was his misunderstanding of how Jesus was both fully God and fully human.

Mel Gibson is to be commended for his effort to show the horror of the cross. However, there was no way he could show the horror of Jesus becoming sin. When Jesus became sin he experienced all the sicknesses and mental illness of the world. He knew first hand all the discouragement, depression, anger and emotions of the fallen world. Cancer came on him, Alzheimer, and every known disease of life. All because he became sin who knew no sin. Read the rest of this entry →

Christianity and the Singularity 0

Posted on March 02, 2015 by Alexander
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The singularity wants to merge AI with humanity. Patrick Stewart as Jean Luc Picard in Star Trek Next Generation as a borg.

The singularity is an expression coined by mathematician John Von Neuman in 1958 describing the “ever accelerating progress of technology and changes in the mode of human life”.  Ray Kurzweil believes this means that artificial intelligence (AI) of computers will reach a point that the human mind and personality can be programmed completely within it to such a point that a person can have immortality living within a machine.  The Borg of Star Trek the Next Generation fantasized this to such a point that people lost their individuality as they became part of the collective consciousness of the Borg machinery.

As I understand Kursweil’s dream, he wants to translate his mind and life into a computer program that would then allow him to live forever in a machine.   I am trying to understand this both from a secular point of view and a Christian point of view.  From a secular point of view the physics law of entropy is ignored.  Everything is in a state of decay. Machines rust out and break down all the time.  This dream of his presumes on a perpetual ability to repair and maintain the machinery of his Borg existence. Read the rest of this entry →

The Meaning of Life 0

Posted on April 30, 2014 by Alexander
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Salvador Dali painted Jesus on a hypercube cross to show that as the God-Man, Jesus came from outside the box of time and space.

Persistence of Memory

In my youth I loved the paintings of Salvador Dali as being “trippy” and cool. Now that I am in the Autumn of my life, I understand that Dali was a very deep thinker who kept abreast of physics. He understood the theories, at least to a limited extent, of particle physics. Those famous paintings of watches dripping like they are melting are making the statement that time is relative and fluid.

Dali is called a surrealist painter. Surrealism means above or beyond realism. Dali’s paintings illustrate the world beyond our 5 senses that science was discovering through new instruments. As a Spaniard I believe he was a Catholic and the painting of Christ on the cross above shows he thought deeply about God. I have added a hypercube which is a 2 dimensional drawing of a 4 dimensional concept. The comparison shows that the cross Dali painted is the hypercube in cross form with Jesus suspended in space. The statement Dali is making is that Jesus, as God who became a man, left eternity which is without time or space and entered the space time continuum so that we through the cross can also join God in eternity leaving the space time continuum.  Dali in this painting is making a profound theological statement! Read the rest of this entry →

In His Image 0

Posted on September 02, 2013 by Alexander
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How are we in the image of God?

One of the great mysteries of creation is the question, “How is man in the image of God?” Even though God became the man Jesus the Christ, and Jesus is fully man, He is a created being made from the eternal God. Read the rest of this entry →

How Sin Causes Aging and Death 2

Posted on August 08, 2013 by Alexander

The body replaces all its cells every seven years.

Recently I realized why we change with age.  It is the design of God affected by sin.  Sin is an archery term that means, “to miss the mark.”  In other words, a little off target. Sin in the Bible refers to a flaw in the creation introduced by Adam and Eve in the garden.  This crack in perfection was accounted for by God and the provision of salvation was ready at the time of creation.  In physics sin is seen in the law of entropy in which everything is in a state of deterioration.  Sin is a flaw that begins in the spirit dimension of creation.  In another post I discuss the integrity of creation in that the spirit world and the material world are the same creation, but different dimensions of the creation. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in the spirit happens in the physical world, too. DNA is only an expression of the spirit in the physical world.  It is in the spirit that the plan and design of a person resides. Read the rest of this entry →

Christ is the Temple 0

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Alexander
Jesus on the cross in front of the temple.

Solomon’s temple was a type of Christ.

Joh 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

The Samaritan woman asked a question that had been a controversy for many years. Israel was told by Yahweh:

(Deu 12:5) But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:

But when Jeroboam split from Judah, he established a new place in Samaria so the northern kingdom would not be tempted to return to Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:26 – 29).  This was why the Samaritan woman asked Jesus her question.  The first place that Yahweh chose was Shiloh (Josh. 18:1).  But the sons of Eli the High Priest at Shiloh became profane before the Lord so the Lord ended their priesthood (1 Sam. 2:34-36) and removed the place of worship.  This was devastating because Shiloh was used to confirm their victories in battle.  When Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem he dedicated it to Yahweh, which according to his prayer, was accepted by Yahweh . Read the rest of this entry →

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