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Everyone has an ultimate source of authority for what they believe is true. For people who identify as Christian, the ultimate, final source of authority for what they believe is true is either themselves, a particular church, or the written word of God, i.e. the Bible. 

Some people say that Jesus is their ultimate and final source of authority for what they believe is true. The people who say Jesus is their authority do not seem to realize that such a claim is meaningless on its face because it doesn’t actually identify the Jesus in whom they claim to believe.

Is their Jesus based on their understanding of who Jesus is; or is their Jesus based on a particular church’s understanding of who Jesus is; or is their Jesus based on the biblical understanding of who Jesus is? Who Jesus is can’t be known until the ultimate authority that defined Jesus for them is known.  

Once again we’re back at square one, and the question of the authority for their Christian faith and practice remains unanswered. Until the people who identify as Christian answer the authority question, they have no real basis to promote the Christian faith that they claim to possess. 

Peace

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Scripture clearly teaches that God does not change His mind. “For I am the LORD, I change not” Malachi 3:6 KJV.

In Numbers we read, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” (23:19 KJV)

The Apostle James writes, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” (1:17 KJV)

The three verses above state explicitly that God does not change His mind or repent as though He were making a mistake, backtracking, or trying a new approach. Yet, Genesis 6:6 says, “it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”

Keep in mind that one verse does not a doctrine make. Clearly Genesis 6:6 does not mean that God created humanity expecting human beings to follow Him, and He was dismayed when they didn’t and strayed.

The Bible uses figures of speech to accommodate human understanding. For example, the Bible uses anthropomorphism to ascribe physical attributes to God. The Apostle Peter refers to “the eyes of the Lord” (1 Peter 3:12), and the Apostle John mentions, the arm of the Lord (John 12:38), which depict God’s watchfulness and power respectively.

The Bible also uses anthropopathism to ascribe human feelings and passions to God. The words “repented” and “grieved” vividly portray, from a human perspective, God’s displeasure with man’s rebellion.

God’s written word uses anthropopathisms and anthropomorphisms to accommodate man’s inherent limitations and basic ignorance and to get a meaningful revelation through to him. A parent using “baby talk” to help toddlers understand more easily is another way to look at it.

The Bible uses words like “repented” and “grieved” after the manner of men to express God’s thoughts and actions. In other words, God graciously describes Himself as having human feelings, human passions, human thoughts, and human body parts to communicate effectively with man who would otherwise have no frame of reference.

Genesis 6:6 is figurative language, and not to be understood literally. God does not have eyes and arms because He is Spirit. Nor does He become emotional or get confounded over the depths of man’s depravity and wickedness because He knows everything that has happened or ever will happen and He inhabits the past, present, and future simultaneously.

The Millstone Diaries is dedicated to the truth that is of service to the Faith.

I.M. Kane

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Most people’s concept of God is foreign to what Scripture actually teaches, which explains why one of the most hated teachings of the Bible is the doctrine of God.

Most people believe that God is the cause of good things and not the cause of bad things such as earthquakes, war, sin, and evil. They believe that God is love, not justice, and a loving God honors their rights and freedoms to choose and permits them to do whatever they want to do.

The role for the people’s God is to get them out of trying situations, no questions asked, and to help them improve their lives and livelihood. The popular slogan, “Let go and let God” is as empty as it is meaningless.

The God of Scripture doesn’t need the people’s permission, approval, or agreement to perform His work or carry out His purpose.

The problem is the people’s God is not the God depicted throughout Scripture. Scripture repeatedly and emphatically teaches that God is a holy, just, Almighty Creator and that nothing exists apart from His will and power.

“And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee [Pharaoh] up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.” Exodus 9:16 KJV

“But he is in one mind, and who can turn him? and what his soul desireth, even that he doeth. For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me” Job 23:13,14 KJV

“The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will. Proverbs 21:1 KJV

Studying the Bible is less dangerous than ignoring it. God’s written word is meant for all people. It was not written to be read and studied by priests, preachers, and scholars only.

Peace.

I.M. Kane

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God is the ultimate cause of everything, and He is neither responsible nor sinful. Whatever God does is just and right because righteousness is what God does.

God is the ultimate cause of sin, but is not its author. The immediate cause or author of sin is the one who commits it.

The laws that God imposes on men do not apply to Him because He is above law. God is the sovereign Creator, and He has absolute and unlimited rights over everything He created. He can make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor, and the vessel has no claim on Him.

God cannot be responsible for sin, even though He causes it. God’s causing Judas to betray Christ is not sinful. Judas, not God, betrayed Christ, and Judas, not God is the agent responsible for the sin. 

God doesn’t submit to law for no law is superior to Him. No law forbids Him from decreeing sinful acts to be carried out by secondary agents. 

Too often Christians have said that God permits sin, when the truth is He causes it. Scripture reveals how God decreed and caused the prophets of Ahab to lie:  

“I [Micaiah the prophet] saw the Lord sitting upon his throne, and all the host of heaven standing on his right hand and on his left. And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner. Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go out, and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so. Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.” 2 Chronicles 18:18-22 KJV 

The sinner is the author of sin and is responsible for it. God cannot be responsible for causing sin because there are no superior or greater powers to hold Him accountable and punish Him, and there are no laws for Him to disobey. 

Peace.

I.M. Kane

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The following question was posted above the photo below on Gab’s Christian group’s timeline: As a Christian, what do you think of Alan Turing, widely regarded as the “Father of Theoretical Computer Science and AI” who was a British mathematician who was in the team which broke the Enigma cipher of the Nazis during WWII; but who was punished by the law for being a homosexual, after which he died allegedly by suicide?

 

 

The question isn’t really about Turing as much as it’s about his being punished for being a homosexual and his subsequent suicide.

The enablers and advocates of homosexuality are tugging at heart-strings for Christians to decry the hateful, unjust law that punished such a gifted man and war hero for simply being homosexual. “Oh, the Humanity!”

And this is how I answered the question:

God destroyed Sodom with fire and brimstone from heaven chiefly because of homosexuality (Gen. 19:4-5, 24; II Peter 2:6-8; Jude 7).

Christ mentioned Sodom and not the other cities, not only because it went beyond them all in brutality and cruelty, but also because God destroyed Sodom in an extraordinary manner so that it would serve as an example to all ages, and its very name would be associated with gross immorality, utter depravity, and deep-seated wickedness.

Homosexuality isn’t a sin like lying, cheating, or murder. Homosexuals act on sexual urges that are foreign to the human condition. Heterosexual urges are perverted by the sin nature, but these urges are natural and stem from a desire to reproduce. Conversely, a sexual urge for an animal or someone of the same sex does not come from the sin nature. It’s an unnatural urge from a wicked spirit to gratify an unnatural sexual desire.

Homosexuality is an unnatural sinful sex act, whereas heterosexuality is not an unnatural sex act, and it isn’t considered sinful when it’s in the confines of marriage. Conversely, a homosexual sex act is always unnatural and sinful even when it’s committed in a “monogamous” same-sex relationship or in the confines of a same-sex “marriage.”

People are born with a sin nature, but they aren’t born possessed or oppressed by wicked spirits. Spiritual possession or oppression happens after people are born, not before.

Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah all noted how open and brazen the Sodomites were with their sin. They did not hide their sin and were unbending and determined to proceed in their sin, which is why God issued His severest condemnation and judgment every time the sin of the Sodomites is mentioned in Scripture.

Peace.

I.M. Kane

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The caption in the poster below reflects the unScriptural understanding many “Christians” today have concerning Jesus. Their Jesus feels the same way they do. He too is saddened and heartbroken by America’s wickedness and immorality.

 

When I read the caption in the “meme” above on the Christian group’s timeline on Gab, I wrote, “You might want to rethink this after you look up the definition of omnipresent.”

Ink Elf who posted the “meme” responded, “And you might want to hold off on commenting until you look up the definition of ‘meme'”

What follows is the back and forth that transpired between Ink Elf and me:

Jerry Kane @imkane

I have looked it up. But it doesn’t change the fact that you’re giving the wrong impression. And the implication is blasphemous, whether it’s a meme or not. Every idle word, my friend. Matthew 12:36. Peace.

Ink Elf @inkelf

Jerry, a meme “Expresses a thought or idea via a picture. A meme is an idea, often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme. It reaches multiple people that would not otherwise be reached through conventional methods” In short, people will see a meme and think about it. It will reach people that would never listen to ‘preaching’ but they’ll think about the meme’s message. There was a time when churches though guitars and drums had no place in a church service. “That’s worldly. Therefore it’s of the devil.” Stop being legalistic. If it makes even one person think, one person seek the truth, one person turn to God, then you can tell Jesus why YOU were opposed to it. For your next homework assignment, look up ‘Pharisee’ and see what Christ had to say about them.

Jerry Kane @imkane

Why not present the truth about the sovereign Lord Jesus rather than dress Him up as a heartbroken Santa figure uncertain and heartbroken pining over the loss of a corrupt nation? The hour’s too late for childish games, Elf. As for legalism, that’s a word you can add to omnipresent to enrich your vocabulary. BTW, keep your Newspeak crap definitions and your drums; they’re boring and useless much like your knowledge of God’s written word.

Ink Elf @inkelf

Jerry. there are none so blind as those who will not see. Look at all the CHRISTIANS that have liked the meme. Those who have reposted it. The whole point of it is that Christ is heartbroken over this country, that used to be “One nation under God.” And YOU are the only one opposed to it…because you can’t understand the whole POINT of a meme! But I guess you’re right. YOU are the only Christian that understands the scriptures. No one else knows what it means to “Take the gospel to all the world” If it’s not spread the way YOU approve of, then it’s wrong. If even ONE person seeks out Christ over this meme, then according to you, they’re not really saved. You’re exactly what Christ was talking about when he said, “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves.” ANYONE that opposes ANY method that reaches the LOST is a son of Satan posing as a child of God. 

You’re muted.


For those unfamiliar with the Newspeak on social media, mute is a less severe form of block, and is much cooler to GenXers and Millennials, who block only in cases of emotional overload or meltdown. A block shuts down all communication between both parties.

In the case of Ink Elf, his/her mute basically blocks my comments/responses from appearing on posts and responses Ink Elf writes, but Ink Elf’s comments will appear on posts and responses that I write.

In other words, Ink Elf can post and comment without fear of seeing my rebuttals. It’s like saying, I don’t want my thinking challenged; I only want to challenge your thinking. So Ink Elf can respond to what I write, but I can’t respond to what Ink Elf writes.

Now, tell me again why you think there’s hope for the future of this nation?

I.M.Kane

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“So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.” (Matthew 13:27-30 KJV)

“[H]is disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. (Matthew 13:36-40 KJV)

First the reapers/angels cut down the field. Next they separate the tares from the wheat, gather them up, and bind them in bundles to burn. Finally they gather up the wheat and put it in the barn, where at some point it will be winnowed to separate the chaff from it.

According to the parable, the harvest is at the end of the world or Judgment Day. If Jesus planted the good seed or wheat which is a metaphor for the children of the kingdom, and the Devil planted tares, a metaphor for the children of the wicked one, then people are what they are based on who planted them.

If God planted His people in the world, and the Devil planted his people in the world, then people can’t be anything other than what they were put here to be?

So much for free will.

I.M. Kane

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