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Miracles The New Testament (3) Be Ye Not Unequally Yoked

    When Jehovah of Hosts sent the children of Israel into the promised land, it was with a mission: utterly destroy all the places wherein the nations served their gods, upon the high mountains, and upon the hills, and under every green tree, overthrow their altars, and break their pillars, and burn their groves with fire,  hew down the graven images of their gods, and destroy the names of them out of that place (Deut. 12:1-3).  Israel was to smite them, and utterly destroy them and was commanded not to make any covenant with them, nor show any mercy unto them whatsoever (Deut. 7:2).  Complete and total destruction of the pagan nations and their evil practices was the goal.

religiously.

That having been said, I personally support Governor Romney for President of the United States.  Even though I strongly disagree with Governor Romney’s Mormon religious views, I am not voting for his religion, I am voting for him for the Presidency of the United States.1  He does seem to share many of my views on morality, not to mention my views on economics.  Governor Romney appears to be a decent person, a good family man, a loving husband, a good father and someone who has compassion on those who are less fortunate, giving over sixteen percent of his income to charity.2   Before he started running for President, Obama gave next to nothing to charities, about 1 percent from 2000 to 20004.3

     At one time it was theorized that the Greek of the New Testament was a special kind of language, a “language of the Holy Ghost” if you will, but it is now generally understood that the New Testament was written in the common language of the then known, civilized world.1  Most of the books of the New Testament were probably first written in a form of the first century Greek language called koine (“common”).  The one exception to this might be the Book of Matthew.  According to the testimony of the early second century writer Papias, it was originally written in Hebrew and later produced in Greek.  He wrote, "Matthew composed his history in the Hebrew dialect, and every one translated it as he was able."2  Ireneaus agreed, saying,"Matthew also issued a written Gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect..."3,4 However, Ireneaus may have been relying upon the testimony of Papias..

It has been written that David Hume's criticism "of Miracles" in his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding "is without a doubt the most influential work written in defense of the position that belief in supernatural occurrences is not reasonable."  In his celebrated work, Hume presents two arguments against the reality of miracles: the first, an argument from the nature of miracles, and the second, an argument from the nature of historical witnesses. This treatise will concentrate on the first of these two with the expressed purpose of proving Hume's first argument not only inadequate, but faulty.

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With these words the apostle Peter sets forth a guiding principle by which every Christian ought to live.  Peter urged all Christians to stand upon the same precepts and doctrine laid down by Christ (I Pet. 4:11).  When resting upon Christ, our Foundation, we are on solid ground.  Christ's life set the example for us to follow (I Pet. 2:21).  He is the Truth (John 14:6).  Therefore, we have no reason to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ, the testimony of our Lord  (Rom.1:16; II Tim 1:8).  When we rightly divide the word of truth, there is not a man nor man-made doctrine that can defeat it (II Tim 2:15).


Be Ready Always

There are men who affirm in debate that Holy Spirit baptism must be received in order to become or to be a child of God.  It would place me in a very inconsistent attitude to debate with any man who I believed had been baptized in the Holy Spirit.  If his claims were true, I would be debating with the Holy Spirit, or placed in the unusual position of debating with an apostle of Christ.  If one is baptized with the Holy Spirit now, in what sense is such a man inferior to an apostle of Christ?

Holy Spirit Baptism