Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 20 (Eternal Torment? Part 8: Orphaned Scriptures)

By admin On May 23rd, 2015

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals” 

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Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JUNE 20

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Eternal Torment? Part 8: “Orphaned Scriptures”

To read Part 1, click here… “September 8th (Eternal Torment?)”

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“Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you,

neither shall ye diminish ought from it,

that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God

which I command you.”

Deuteronomy 4:2

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A number of false doctrines have been handed down to the present-day Church: the various Catholic holidays, the “Age of Accountability”, and the doctrine of “Eternal Torment”. 

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And still there are many zealous proponents of “Eternal Torment” in today’s church-world.

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And even though this false doctrine was conceived by ignorance of proper Bible interpretation rules, the apostate churches still cling to it. 

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Hell’s Torment and Tormentor – Wikipedia – Public Domain (2)

 

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ORPHANS

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Prior to the current convenient method of disposing our unwanted babies, there were many orphanages.

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And those children were institutionalized until they were taken in by some concerned and hopefully loving adults.

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Acts of Mercy – Orphans – painting by Frederick Cayley Robinson – 1915 – Wellcome Library – London – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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ORPHAN MINISTRIES

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There are those who for one reason or another, decide to share their love with others, by adopting an orphan.

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And there are a few ministries which operate in Asia and other places, providing room and board and Christian-based education for just about $600.00 per year, per orphan.

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One of these ministries is called “Asian Aid”. Their phone number is 1-866-569-7933

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Orphan on Mother’s Grave – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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WIDOWS & ORPHANS

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Now, just how can we relate this to the Bible? What kind of orphans do we see in Scripture?

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Listen… “Remember, O LORD, what is come upon us: consider, and behold our reproach. Our inheritance is turned to strangers, our houses to aliens. We are orphans and fatherless, our mothers are as widows.” Lamentations 5:1-3

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Yes, in the destruction and Babylonian captivity of Jerusalem, God looked upon His disobedient people as widows and orphans.

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James Tissot – The Flight of the Prisoners from Babylon – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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ORPHANED VERSES

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But this article will deal with another kind of orphan.

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Yes, in today’s Christian community there is another kind of orphan. You see, the so-called “orthodox” churches and denominations have a number of pet doctrines. And among those doctrines is the doctrine of “Eternal Torment”.

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And even though the Bible never speaks of eternal torment, the churches, long ago, came to the conclusion that the Bible definitely speaks of “Eternal Torment” as the fate of all those who reject the invitation to become a child of God.

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ABOVE PICTURE – Adding to or taking from God’s Word, the Bible

 

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RICH MAN & LAZARUS

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Now, to be balanced, it must be stated that there are a number of passages which seem to suggest that there will be torment for those who reject Jesus: the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus for one.

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But also in Revelation 14, it speaks of the “smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:11

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These are the two chief passages which seem to suggest that torment, eternal torment awaits all who refuse God’s mercy.

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Rich Man & Lazarus Wikigallery Public Domain

 

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ONLY ONE SIDE OF THE STORY

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Now, from watching the TV court programs, most people have learned that you cannot decide any court-case until you hear both sides present their case.

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But after hearing BOTH sides of the story, then you realize that the case is much more complicated than you originally presumed.

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First woman jury – Wikimedia – Public domain

 

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LACKING A LOVE FOR TRUTH

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And so it is with some Bible doctrines.

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For instance, in the case of “Eternal Torment”, most churches and Bible teachers behave more like prosecuting attorneys, than truth-loving guardians of Scripture! Most often, they only present one side of the issue, not even mentioning many or any opposing verses!

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And after hearing their lop-sided version of the truth, most church-attendees are convinced that “Eternal Torment” is indeed, the punishment that awaits all unbelievers!

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Evangelist Preaching – Church – Audience hands – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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ORPHANED PASSAGES

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And so, those verses which refute this notion of “Eternal Torment” are among the “Orphans of Scripture”.

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Because they hardly ever get mentioned when this church-doctrine of “Eternal Torment” is taught!

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And so, this devotional will reveal just a few of these Orphaned Scriptures, and let the Reader decide if there is enough of these contrary verses to warrant a careful re-examination of this church-doctrine commonly known as, “Eternal Torment”.

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ABOVE PICTURE – Adding to or taking from God’s Word, the Bible

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JOB’S REVELATION CONCERNING ETERNITY

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Well listen again… “Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly?…For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest…There the wicked cease from troubling; and there the weary be at rest. There the prisoners rest together; they hear not the voice of the oppressor. The small and great are there; and the servant is free from his master.” (to read entire passage, click here…Job 3:11-19)

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Be sure to read this above passage carefully. Because it too is the infallible Word of God. And it tells a completely different story concerning the state of Eternal Punishment!

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Job (oil on canvas) by Bonnat, Leon Joseph Florentin (1833-1922) – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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MAN’S THOUGHTS PERISH

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But listen again… “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” Psalms 146:3, 4

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Old Jewish Cemetery – Prague Czech Republic – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

 

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NOTHING AT ALL IN THE GRAVE (SHEOL, OR HELL)

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“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave (Sheol, or Hell), whither thou goest.” Ecclesiastes 9:10

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Old Jewish Cemetery – Prague Czech Republic – Wikipedia – Share-alike License

 

 

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BIASED & CRAFTY SPIN-DOCTORS?

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Well, there are many other “orphaned scriptures” throughout the Bible!

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But the bottom line to all this, is that these orphaned verses are given very little prominence, much less even get mentioned by those biased teachers who give a one-sided examination into the Scriptures regarding the fate of the Lost.

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Scale of justice – by Wikimedia & user-DTR – Public Domain

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STILL THE DAY OF SALVATION

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The Good News to all this, is that it is still the day of Salvation! And we can cry out to God for mercy and grace. And we can use the little time left to begin to study for our own self, instead of relying on mere humans to tell us what or what not to believe!

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Listen, we are all in trouble with God (including the pen-man of this article!) All of us need to fall to our knees (spiritually) on a daily basis and plead for forgiveness and restoration!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

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To read Part 9, click here…JUNE 25 (Eternal Torment? Part 9: No Sympathy In Heaven!?!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a love for truth which causes me to insist on finding any and every related passage on any questionable doctrine …

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…Planet of Rest: Doctrine of Eternal Torment, or you can also read…“August 17th (Too Many Loose Ends!)”

 

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THE END

 

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

 

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LOCATING THE DRAGON

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THE DRAGON of REVELATION 12 CONSTELLATION . The Dragon Constellation can be located by finding Orion in winter months. The Dragon is to Orion’s left, and the Dragon’s mouth is right next to Orion’s shield. This Dragon’s mouth is the V-like constellation The Hyades Cluster, which is the very same constellation that comprises the head of Taurus the Bull. In other words, Hyades is also known as the head of Taurus the Bull. And Hyades is the mouth of this Dragon.

Revelation 12 Dragon w/text

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The tip of the Dragon’s tail is composed of that star-cluster known as The Pleiades. The Pleiades is actually in the shape of a lion’s furry tassel tip of his tail. The sketch below shows this Pleiades as the tail tip.

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Now with aid of a dark starry night, you may begin to connect this mouth and the tail with a very long body in an oval shape. The front and back legs are very well-defined with stars. The front legs are made partially of Taurus. The back legs and rear fin are made of the Cetus Constellation. But the long oval-shaped body has relatively few stars, but can been seen, howbeit with a dark starry night. The four stars of the front fins are made partially of Taurus. This Dragon constellation appears in the eastern horizon about mid-summer in the pre-dawn hours, spewing his flood-waters northward toward the Woman of Revelation 12 (Woman in Travail). The Wave of Water is primarily composed of the Constellation Auriga. The are two more less bright stars which are closest to the Dragon’s mouth. These two dimmer stars are also part of this Wave of Water.

 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… Flood Waters of Satan-Introduction

 

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TOMORROW… 

JUNE 21 (Love Is Not A Pick-n-Choose Buffet, Part 2: Our Royal Priesthood)

 

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