Faith in the Third Millennium
- Compare the status of St. Peter in Matthew I6:17-19 and
Acts 15:7 with the claims of Paul in Romans 11:13 and 2 Cor 11:5.
- Pauls only quote from the words of Jesus is found in 1 Cor
11:23-25. He also refers to the sayings of Jesus in three places, namely: 1 Cor. 7:10, 9:14,
and 1 Thess. 4:15.
- cf. PAUL, H.J. Schoeps, pg 57 - "The fact is that Paul
preaches only faith in Jesus, not the faith of Jesus."
- Mark 12:29
- Jesus was a Prophet: Matthew 13:57; Mark 6:4; Luke
- This is stated expressly in John 14:28 -"...the Father
is greater than I", and implicitly in Matthew 19:17, Mark 13:32 etc.
- The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Gibbon, II, pg
- John 4:24 - "God is a Spirit..."
- The idea of God's incarnation has been defended by citing
the virgin birth; Isn't God the physical father of Jesus? But this approach opens the
proverbial Pandora's box. For example, many passages indicate that one proof of Jesus as
Messiah is that He was descended from David's line through His father, Joseph (Luke 3:23-38,
4:22; John 1:45, 6:42). The greatness of Jesus Christ consists in His spiritual perfections and
gifts which were born of God, not from the fact of a virgin birth. If His greatness depended on
having no physical father, then the Jewish expectation of a Messiah descended from David
remains unfulfilled, and we should give greater worship to Adam, the eldest "Son of
God" (Luke 3:38) or Melchizedek (Heb.7:3) inasmuch as both were born without either father
- John 17:10 - "...all things that are Mine are Thine,
and Thine are Mine..."
- Matthew 12:31, 32
- John 12:49,5 0 - "...I did not speak on My own
initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me commandant, what to say, and what
to speak... I speak just as the Father has told Me." John 14:24 - "...the Word which
you hear is not Mine, but the Father's Who sent Me."
- John 14:11
- John 12:45 - "...he who beholds Me beholds the One
Who sent Me." John 14:7,9 -"...he who has seen Me has seen the Father." etc.
- Genesis 9:6
- "The Christian concept of the Devil is a composite
drawn from many disparate sources - most of them ideas and legends that originated outside the
accepted Hebrew and Christian scriptures. Satan is primarily a Judaized version of Ahriman,
whom ancient Persians [esp. Zoroastrians] regarded as the Prince of Darkness, the Father of
lies and the source of human suffering and death - the equal but opposite, of Ohrmazd, the God
of order and light... [Iranian dualism became a strong influence on the apocryphal works such
as the book of Enoch. In essence these books reinterpreted scattered Old Testament verses and
stories in order to fashion a Devil in the image and likeness of Ahriman... Many rabbis refused
to accept the myth or the books in which it was told. Indeed, after the destruction of the
Temple... the Devil has no standing in Judaism... But the Devil that Judaism rejected
Christianity embraced.]" Giving the Devil His Due, Newsweek, Aug 30, 1982.
- 1 John 1:5
- John 8:32 - "...and you shall know the truth, and the
truth will make you free."
- Matthew 5:48
- John 6:68, 8:51
Author - John Roncalio. © 1983, 2003, John Roncalio.
The views expressed herein are those of the author who is solely responsible for their