Daily Devotional, Year 2 – JANUARY 20 (Eternal Torment? Part 5: The Talk Show)

By admin On November 6th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Daily Devotional – JANUARY 20

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Eternal Torment? Part 5: The Talk Show

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

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“Every word of God is pure….

Add thou not unto His words,

lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Proverbs 30:5, 6

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Yesterday, there was a radio talk-show caller who asked the following question… “Don’t you think there should be some balance concerning the church-doctrine of eternal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bonnat02.jpgtorment? After all, there are many passages which speak of Hell as death! For instance, Job, Chapter 3 is a lament of Job as he wishes he had never been born! And he says in his complaint… ‘Why died I not from the womb?…For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, With kings and counsellors of the earth…Or with princes…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.'” Job 3:11, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19

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

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A SURPRISING ANSWER!

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Now the talk-show caller was totally surprised by the answer that he got:https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Job_Rebuked_by_His_Friends_Butts_set.jpg

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1. The cults believe in Hell as being “annihilation”.

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2. We trust in church’s long-held traditional belief of, “Eternal Torment”.

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3. Chapter 3 was a scenario of Job venting his frustration, and just like Ecclesiastes, cannot be considered as Bible doctrine, but merely the venting of Job!

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Job rebuked by his friends

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FAULTY REASONING!

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Now certainly, the first two answers by those talk-show hosts are clearly not the correct way to interpret Scripture!

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After all, every cult has a certain amount of truth! No cult is made of total lies! But rather, most cults are made of truth mingled with lies! So truth is never defined by what false gospels believe or don’t believe!

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Second, long-held church traditions are never the test of Bible truth. After all, there have been many long-held, church traditions which are obviously unbiblical! The deity of Mary, indulgences, Purgatory, etc., are just a few of the many long-held church traditions!

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woodcut of the pope selling indulgences, from Luther’s 1521 “Passionary of the Christ and Antichrist” wikipedia US public domain

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“EVERY WORD OF GOD IS PURE!”

Proverbs 30:5

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But perhaps the most amazing error that these talk-show hosts put forth, was their third argument. 

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To say that the Book of Job and the Book of Ecclesiastes are not necessarily the divine Word of Truth is utter heresy! 

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You see, the Apostle, Paul proclaimed… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction…” 2nd Timothy 3:16

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This above verse gives the Bible student complete confidence that any and every Bible verse is the infallible Word of God, and can be trusted as infallible Bible doctrine, and can be used for reproof and correction of any church doctrine. 

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Bible Study Group – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

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NOT TO ADD NOR DIMINISH!

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Yes, this third Chapter of Job is every bit as important as, say, the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus! As a matter of fact, the Parable of the Rich Man & Lazarus cannot be properly understood, without combining it with Job Chapter 3. 

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And before one can properly understand The Parable of The Rich Man & Lazarus, this parable must be combined with every other related Bible passage!

 

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In other words, you cannot lift one or two Bible passages on a particular subject, and make those into a church doctrine! No, the Bible must be carefully and prayerfully studied, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual”! But the natural man cannot comprehend these deeper truths of the Bible. Because the natural man is not led by the Spirit of God!

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Listen“Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:” Isaiah 28:9, 10

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In other words, this above passage from Isaiah exhorts us to study each and every passage of the Bible, and press them together in order to rightly divide God’s Word. And we cannot determine truth by merely one or two or three Bible passages!

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No, we must continue to be corrected and reproved by every other Bible passage concerning the true nature of Hell!

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MANY PASSAGES CONFIRM HELL AS DEATH! 

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We cannot just take the Bible passages we like and reject Job Chapter 3, and the other passages that speak of Hell as death!

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Listen… “Behold, all souls are Mine (says the Lord); as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is Mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4

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Yes, there are many passages that speak of Hell as merely death. And when talk-show hosts are asked about the church doctrine of “Eternal Torment”, they rarely mention the above verse, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die!”

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No, most talk-show hosts only mention those Bible passages which affirm their own pet church doctrines.  And when confronted by Job 3, or Ezekiel 18:4, they wrest away these conflicting passages, or deny them altogether as they did with Job 3!

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Hell’s Torment and Tormentor – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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MODERN-DAY HERESY!

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Now the Bible says… “Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it,” Deuteronomy 4:2.

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And so, these teachers, by diminishing Job, Chapter three, saying it is not to be understood as infallible Bible doctrine, but merely the ideas of Job, is clearly heresy! And if we cannot trust Job or Ecclesiastes, then the whole Bible now becomes a “house of cards”!

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Now we have established the Bible as a book not to be trusted! Yes, if Job and Ecclesiastes are not the infallible truth of God, then Paul was a liar when he said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction…” 2nd Timothy 3:16

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And if Job and Ecclesiastes cannot be trustworthy infallible truth, then anyone can say that the Genesis account of Creation is just a quaint story, made up by a mere human, and not the infallible truth of God!

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KJV – King Jame Version Bible – First edition – 1611 – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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TOTAL CHURCH APOSTASY FORETOLD!

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Do we see just what a dangerous thing it is to begin discounting any part of the Bible? Now the entire Bible becomes suspect! Now the Bible is no longer the pure Word of truth! But now it is a combination of God’s Word and Man’s word! And we must allow our church leaders to tell us what to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PaulT.jpgbelieve and what to discount!

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Yes, O lover of truth, the words of God, as He spoke through Paul seem to have now arrived at their fulfillment… “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4

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Yes, this above passage seems to be fulfilled at this present time. And these talk-show hosts who claim that the Bible is the infallible Word of God, show that they really don’t believe the whole Bible! They only believe the parts of the Bible which agree with their own pet church traditions! And those passages which disagree, they are willing to discount, diminish, or deny altogether!

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

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GOOD NEWS!

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But there is some very Good News! Listen… “These things have I written unto you concerning them thathttps://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:US_Navy_100326-N-4774B-066_Chaplain_Lt._Jason_Gregory_reads_bible_verses_on_the_weather_deck_aboard_the_guided-missile_cruiser_USS_Bunker_Hill_(CG_52).jpg seduce you. But the Anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same Anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him.” 1st John 2;26, 27

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This above passage warns us that there will be those who will attempt to deceive us! And this above passage reveals that we don’t need to let any man teach us! Because every true worshiper of God has the Anointing of God. And that Anointing is the indwelling Spirit of Truth! And so, we can read the Bible for our own self, without having to submit to any human authority!

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Now that’s really Good News! 

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US Navy – Chaplain Lt. Jason Gregory reads Bible on weather deck – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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TO READ PART 6, CLICK HERE… Daily Devotional, Year 2 – May 24 (Eternal Torment? Part 6: The Best Kept Secret in Hell)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to understand the proper way to study my Bible! Let me depend less on what others tell the Bible says, and more on what the Spirit of God reveals! Help me to study and contemplate the Bible throughout my day…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… January 30th (ABC Christianity)“, or you can also read… February 19th (“Man Shall…Live…By Every Word”)” 

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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LOCATING THESE TWO CONSTELLATIONS

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 This phenomenon begins in late October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart

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This Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “‘7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW… 

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