Today’s Devotional – September 10th (Eternal Torment? Part 3: Meekness)

By admin On August 16th, 2014

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – September 10th

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Eternal Torment? Part 3: “Meekness”

To read Part 1, click here

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In the last two devotionals, was presented the first two components necessary for properly understanding any of the deeper, more hidden truths of the Bible, specifically this notion that God eternally torments all unbelievers!

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And why is this question considered to be “deeper and more hidden”? After all, those who believe in the so-called “Eternal Torment” theory do not call this deep or hidden, or even a theory! No rather, they say that it’s a plain and obvious doctrine!

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And this is the big problem! For some reason, proponents of this doctrine, cannot see beyond the verses which seem to confirm the idea that God eternally torments all those who go to their grave unsaved!

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Buddhist Hell – Wikipedia – Public Domain

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TWO SIDES OF THE SAME STORY

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But, as was discussed yesterday, there are some Bible doctrines which God, for His own purposes has made cloudy, by writing seemingly opposing verses in the Bible. And so, if a person only looks at the verses which seem to confirm this doctrine of “Eternal Torment”, then it would seem to be a clear-cut case for this long-held traditional church-doctrine.

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But just like any court case, both sides of the argument must be properly presented, so that the true balance can be weighed. And this argument about the true nature of Hell just happens to be one of those issues which requires much prayer and study and consecration to God, so that we might get to the bottom of this perplexing issue!

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BIBLE, A HOTLY-DEBATED BOOK!

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Yes, there are Bible verses which either seem to confirm or deny this church-doctrine of “Eternal http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Holy_bible.jpgTorment”. And the Bible student who decides to confront this confusing issue must be so unbiased that he or she will approach it with a total lack of passion concerning just what is the true nature of Hell.

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And this brings us to the third component necessary to rightly dividing the Word of Truth!

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And just what is the third ingredient in achieving true understanding of the more cloudy issues of the Bible?

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Meekness! Yes, it requires meekness to properly understand much of the Bible!

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Oh yes, there are truths which are made as clear as the noonday sun! Such doctrines as Christ’s divinity and crucifixion, just to name a few! But even these are ofttimes confused by some Christian groups!

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THE MEEK SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH!

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http://www.wikigallery.org/wiki/painting_198722/William-Brassey-Hole/The-sorrow-of-king-DavidAnd so, the Christian must be filled with the Spirit of meekness. All human pride must be purged from the heart of the Christian, before that person can be easily led by the Good Shepherd!

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Listen… “…but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2

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Now in this proud world we live, such words as these above, are scoffed at! And even in the church-world, many will dismiss this passage as being “Old Testament Law-keeping, no longer valid in this age of grace!”

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EVEN ISAIAH IS STILL CUTTING-EDGE RELEVANT!

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But such scoffers must not forget that… “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” 2nd Timothy 3:16, 17

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Yes, even this verse concerning trembling, from Isaiah is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness! And perhaps many do not realize that the Old Testament is still part of the Gospel, howbeit much has been veiled in types and symbols and shadows! Yet this above passage is not even written in type or shadow! It is a plainly revealed truth of God!

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Listen again… “…but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at My Word.” Isaiah 66:2

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Tissot – Isaiah – Wikipedia – US Public Domain

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WHO HAS PERFECT LOVE?

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Yes, dear soul, if we sinners do not have a healthy fear of God and His Word, then it phttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:At_a_loss.svgrobably indicates that something is very wrong! Oh yes, the Bible proclaims that “perfect love casts out all fear”.

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But which one of us sinners can honestly say that, “I have perfect love for God!”? Because if you or I are still sinning, then obviously, our love is not yet made perfect!

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GOD’S CHASTENING HAND!

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And for those of us who are still under the chastening hand of God, we must have a trembling, whenever we sin! Because those of us who have ever received a spanking by God, we know how painful those can be, at times!

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Oh yes, we know that He loves us, as a father loves his child! But we do not presume that we can continue in sin, without eventually suffering the punishment which God delivers!

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And once we receive a severe punishment for a particular sin, we are forever freed from that nagging sin!

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The Spanking – Conrad, Giorgio (1827-1889)

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THE BIBLE: A VERY SACRED BOOK!

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And so it is with Bible discernment. This same principle applies! We, who are counted as the http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:La_Bible,_Notre-Dame_du_Taur,_septembre_2011.jpgchildren of God, fully understand that the Bible is the very sacred and holy book! And we understand just how important it is to get it right!

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Look at it this way: we are like young children living in our father’s house. And upon the most special place in that house is a very highly sacred and prized book! And so we treat His book very reverently, and teach from it very carefully!

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LET’S NOT FORGET JUDGMENT DAY!

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And so, whenever we encounter doctrines such as the exact nature of Hell, we must realize that it is one of those issues that God has purposely made much more difficult to understand.

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And those who self-confidently teach one position or the other, need to be fully aware that we must give account for our teachings on that dreadful Day of Judgment, which is soon to take place!

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And so, having that healthy fear of Judgment-to-come, we tremble at the thought of coming to that Day, and being found guilty of teaching error, and thereby causing other souls to stumble at the Word!

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LET’S NOT BE SO DOGMATIC!

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And so, as the last ingredient to proper Bible study, meekness is a very important one! And of course, we know and understand that meekness, just like any other virtue, is a gift of God, via His Holy Spirit http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:USMC-06831.jpgindwelling our heart!

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Oh yes, it is quite OK to say, “I believe ‘this or that’ particular church doctrine to be true”. But when it comes to such seemingly ambiguous portions of Scripture, such as “predestination” or “The True Nature of Hell”, it might be best to not get so dogmatic!

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And maybe we should just be forthright and say… “You know, there are differing positions on that heavily-debated issue, and each Bible student must carefully and prayerfully study for his or her own self, and come to their own conclusion on that particular subject!”

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MANY REJECTED GOD OVER THIS DOCTRINE

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And let’s face it! There have been many souls through history, who have turned away from following Jesus, because of the church doctrine of “Eternal Torment”.

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So that fact alone makes it much more critical to “make full proof” of whatever we teach, so that we do not suffer the “greater damnation” on the Day of Judgment!

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TO READ PART 4, CLICK HERE… Daily Devotional, Year 2 – January 4 (Eternal Torment? Part 4: Impossible Idea!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the Spirit of meekness, and keep me from getting proud and dogmatic…

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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… 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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7 STARS IMITATE THE CROSS OF ORION

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LOCATING THESE TWO CONSTELLATIONS

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

The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chart.

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:

“September 11th (Narrow Gate Stars, Part 1)”

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