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Jonathan Merritt jonathanmerritt. Book cover courtesy of David C. You may also like. News Teen girl says her Catholic high school disciplined her for being gay November 11, About the author. View All Posts. Load Comments. Mormonism unpopular among Democrats, African Americans, and young adults. It led to Babylon, and ultimately to Egypt. But God does not want to see his people Israel go down the same road and suffer the same consequences. God knows full-well that the Israelites are corrupt humans like the rest of the human family. This is why he made a promise to Abraham that he would restore divine blessing to the nations through these people remember Genesis So, by his own word, God has obligated himself to not destroy Israel when they sin against him.
Animal Sacrifice? Really?
Welcome to the biblical symbol of animal sacrifice! By now the basic dilemma assumed in Leviticus should be clear. The Israelites are sinful and corrupt humans like all of us who are going to keep sinning. They needed a system of some kind that could do the following:. The stakes are high. Human evil releases death out into the world. The life or death of the community. You could call this part of the symbol a deterrent.
However, the symbol did even more. Since blood represents life, or the opposite of death, its sprinkling around the temple would act like a detergent.
It can symbolically wash the temple of death the natural result of sin and defilement. This substitute, so to speak, is not offered by humans hoping to appease a volatile and angry deity. In Leviticus, this substitute is provided by God himself. I believe he meant do the things I do, love, faith, hope.
Not just calling on his name in hopes you get redemption, I believe that is not the way. The reason they have it wrong is very simple. Both differ vastly in ideas or wording. Christians should be looking at Hebrew words and their meanings not Latin! Thus being saved is this…. What your left with is cold and heartless world. Son of Man…meaning…lust, greed, hate, revenge, gluttony so on Son of God…to love, to have faith, to heal, to give. Jesus was trying to tell us something…to be good. Your goodness will earn you eternal condemnation. As the Bible says all have sinned and are separated from God unless they believe the gospel 1 Corinthians 15 Isaiah But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Romans 3 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; 26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
John Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. No, but apparently you and I are listening to different pastors and teachers. This idea is not just taught by me, but also by a large number of pastors and teachers around the world and throughout church history. Do you realize that your criticism of this idea, however, is exactly the same criticism directed toward Martin Luther by the church in his day? It means to be saved from any danger. It can be from sickness, tragedy or any other bad thing. When Nicodemus asked Jesus how can one enter the Kingdom of heaven.
He said through repentance and baptism. Acts also speaks of repentance and baptism.
Christ also commanded us to preach and baptise. The miracle of salvation takes place in the process of immersion. Confession alone will not remove our sins. We need to hear, believe,repent, confess and be baptized for our names to written in the book of life. And live righteously thereafter.
The Hebrew New Testament?
Hi Jeremy, Thanks for sharing. We had a similar exercise in our small bible study group more than a year ago. Checking the original word in Greek and its definition, we came up with the same observation as you mentioned. We then listed all the verses in the four gospels, Acts, and even Eph , where the word are used and read the context they were used. The definition is consistent with the context of its usage in all of the verses. The best realization of all is when the right definition is applied to Eph.
It goes beyond the usual discussion which always focus on how do we get to heaven, by grace or by works. Surprisingly at the end of our exercise, the group was still divided.
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Some still find it hard to accept the meaning of the word as it was originally defined and used. You may even choose to save yourself from a potentially uncomfortable conversation with a quick retreat. But it is pretty clear what the guy means and what most people mean when they talk about being saved, especially in a religious context. There are a lot of ways to describe it, but the basic concept is salvation from eternal separation from God. Paul uses the word commonly with that meaning as does James in , , and It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of all.
Although the first definition is important, the second definition is important too. It is an interesting conversation! May our Heavenly Father remove the scale from your eyes bothers and sisters. But thanks for the food for thought! God Bless! I have thought of saved as from the judgment that is coming and what follows. This has been the subject of many conversations, if not arguments, with my beloved wife. Every time she brought the subject I asked the same question.
Saved from what? Your answer makes a lot of sense to me. Glad I could help! I hope!
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Very interesting debate going on here. So in Sanskrit and Latin, Hebrew and Arabic and in English, the ancient meanings of salvation are related to wholeness and health, not about being saved from eternal damnation. Its root is from the word sozo, meaning to be whole, physically, mentally and spiritually. In the Phoenician system of writing, which was originally pictorial and from which the Greek and Roman alphabets derived, the symbol that came into Greek as the word soterion is a picture of a broken pot or vessel — soterion is the process of being made whole, of re-integration.
This all presents us with a very different picture of salvation — about being made whole from brokenness. All humans experience brokenness in some form — in their relations to self, others and to the Divine; brokenness or imperfection is a human universal.