"Give none offense, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God" (1st Corinthians 10:32)
While serving in the military a German immigrant and I shared the same sleeping quarters. One of our many conversations were centered on, ‘The Holocaust.' It was his opinion that this tragedy was not an act of hatred, but an action supported by other nations for circumventing biblical prophecies. If the Jews were eliminated or not allowed to reclaim their homeland, then the biblical prophecies would not be valid. History also bears out that Hitler was deeply concerned about the prophecies of the Bible and Nostradamus.
Throughout Bible history and even today, many world leaders and groups have attempted to destroy the Jews as a nation and people, thereby claiming their birthright for themselves. If allowed to happen, the written Bible prophecies would fail, and it is the thinking of the Devil (Antichrist) that Jesus Christ would not have a reason to return to this earth.
Even religious organizations and churches have unwittingly participated in this unholy scheme of claiming what was not theirs to claim.
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The Dimming Of The Lights
Many messengers are delivering false messages. They are stating that since God is a forgiving God, sin is acceptable as long as we seek him for forgiveness. This state of mind projected from many pulpits present salvation as a work in progress, therefore, until we reach that blessed state of perfection, sin is acceptable. Some denominations teach that there is a place the dead souls go so that they may be purged from their sins. The scripture base for this deception is "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us" (1st. John 1:8). With this scripture, the messengers will stand on their soapbox and proclaim that sin is an acceptable act. Now the congregation is off the hook. This erroneous interpretation achieved through surgical removing the verse from the context and supporting scriptures and presented it as a complete thought is in error. If we accept the above interpretation as true, then we have a problem of reconciling the rest of the book of 1st John. "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God" (1st John 3:9). To further discredit the deception, salvation was purchased by Christ on the Cross and his final words were, "it's finished", not work in progress.
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Symbolism of the Bible
The agnostic philosopher spoke with conviction about why he abandoned Christianity. He based his distaste for the religion of Jesus Christ upon the message Jesus presented in John 6:55-56 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He that eateth my flesh and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. This as he intoned, clearly indicate that Jesus embraced cannibalism, Since this was an open forum bible study group, I expected him to be challenged but because of his standing in the group none was forthcoming.
Symbolism and/or cliques exist in all language platforms. They are the product of learned or inspired speakers who attempted to speak in a profound manner that provoked deep thought. Symbols are used to insure that the intent of the message do not change from generation to generation. The ancients used animals symbolically as a part of their language because it was looked upon as being able to stand the test of time.