I am a Christian who avidly reads the Bible and interprets it from a critical thinker’s point of view. I primarily use KJV, NKJV, NIV. Occasionally use ASV, Moffatt, NWT or Revised English Version (www.revisedenglishversion.com). My belief is that a verse holds water if it translates across with maybe a minor word or two change.
I don’t claim to a bible scholar nor am I a member of the clergy. I tend to interpret the bible in a more literal manner. What I am going to say is my belief defies convention (and that is between God and I). I don’t fit the mold of one particular religion but hold on to certain basic doctrines albeit at a more advanced level of the lay person in the church I belong to and, quite frankly, I plan on staying where I am at and put my faith in God and Jesus Christ. A lot of research involved in this effort. If there may be errors, I will correct them. Remember that we are human and interpret the bible differently. These blogs are not refined but are working documents and maybe the thought process is a bit unusual or goes in tangents, and they are related. My personal opinion of fanatics, no matter what religion they belong to, is they denounce people that don’t share their beliefs.
There are some I have encountered that reject what Apostle Paul teaches. For me, some verses written by him either refute or strengthen teachings encountered. I personally believe that Apostle Paul’s teachings are critical to debunking some erroneous doctrines.
The belief systems that are covered throughout the blog are simple in nature. The key thing to remember that this blog is an analysis with data provided. It is not a ministry or preaching (in Romans 10:15 a preacher has to be sent). Some of the links could be apologetic or fanatic rants so read carefully. The Bible is the ultimate authority.
What I think we can all agree on is one has to enter Christ to be saved (John 10:9) and that salvation is in no other name (Acts 4:10-12). Christ is the head of the church and savior of the body (Eph 5:23). Ultimately, the church of Christ is the first resurrection (1 Thess 4:16-17) and it is biblically sound that one has to enter it to be guaranteed salvation; God judges those outside (1 Cor 5:13). Does your organization measure up to being worthy of the name “church of Christ?” You may also be in an organization named “Church of Christ,” but are you worthy of being called a true Christian?
We as Christians need to come to the knowledge of the truth. The hard fact is that organized religion, in general, withholds a number of things. Jack Chick in “The Chance” seems to think that organized religion is a tool of Satan to hold the faithful in bondage and he is partially correct. If a religion truly violates the commandments of God, then it is time to depart and find one closer to the truth. Men are not perfect. Examine your church closely but don’t rush to leave it because the EXACT thing that Satan wants is people to run amuck. Congregations are either fine examples of Christianity or cesspools of gossip and hate; in the case of the latter, find another congregation. The bible is quite clear about forsaking the assembly in Heb 10:25.
1 Timothy 2:3-4New International Version (NIV)
3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Rather than thinking about the doom and gloom often associated with a lot of “Christianity,” think about the good things. God WANTS us to be saved. Ask yourself, “what can I do to help my fellow human being?”
It is Satan who DOESN’T want us to be saved. As one finds out in one of the articles, Satan has control of “Mother Nature” and God backs off on His protection when there is a reminder or judgment.
It is a sad thing in these days that a lot have abandoned God by not worshipping. God understands there are some who cannot physically attend a worship service (such as countries where Christianity is illegal, those who are incapacitated, those in remote locations; people in prison DO have fellowship opportunities and technology makes it possible to hear the words of God electronically – there are a plethora of YouTube videos on the internet and websites). There are 168 hours in a week. Normally people sleep 6 to 8 hours per day (56 hours). Work is usually 40 hours per week. Probably should have about 20 hours of leisure time. So weekdays about 8 hours to eat (assuming quick breakfast and an hour at the dinner table and that eating lunch is part of leisure or work time). About 6 hours for exercise in a week. So 32 hours remain in a somewhat normal lifestyle and somewhere in there one can find about 6 hours to attend worship services (some churches have twice weekly services; also assume a reasonable commute distance to a house of worship). There are people that live in such remote places that manage to commute several hours on a Sunday or Saturday evening to worship. There are also people who work double jobs and still manage to worship. There is a will and a way; however, one’s life should neither totally revolve around work or religious activities because neglect arises.
- No insults in comments, either at the author or at other respondents. Everybody has opinions.
- I’m not here to debate nor do I say what others believe is wrong. I’m more of a moderator.
- Respect each other’s faith or beliefs. There are some personal beliefs I will not discuss here.
View the pages from an objective point of view and do not be swayed by their detractors. Examine the below links. God gives us the ability to critically think. Whether or not I agree or disagree with these links is irrelevant. It is up to you, the reader, to investigate the websites below and read my articles to be informed. Particularly look at the post on this blog titled “church of Christ” and see if any of them meet the requirements listed.
This blog site is a “living” document. As bible verses are read, the blogs’ questions get answered. This is constantly under work. Of the below links, the only Trinitarian sects presented are 7th Day Adventists and United Church of Christ. 7DA rejected Trinity previously and is the origin for a number of Unitarian or restorationist sects; as one finds out, the root of many non-Trinitarian teachings originates from them. Very few Trinitarian sects use the name “Church of God” or “Church of Christ.”
The author of this blogsite is presenting the below links for readers to look at and make an informed decision. The author is not going to present any opinions about them.
7th Day Adventists (https://www.adventist.org/en/)
Jehovah’s Witnesses (http://www.jw.org)
Biblical Unitarianism (http://www.biblicalunitarian.com, http://www.truthortradition.com, http://www.stfonline.org; “stfonline” is the legal entity that publishes Revised English Version, ordains ministers and establishes congregations)
Darwin Fish (http://www.atruechurch.info)
Robert King (http://www.e-watchman.com)
Dawn Bible Students (http://www.dawnbible.com/)
http://kingdomherald.com/we-believe/ is linked to Dawn Bible Students
Churches of God:
True Church of God Identified (http://www.truechurchofgod.info)
Members of Church of God International (www.mcgi.org)
Christian Churches of God (www.ccg.org) – a form of Biblical Unitarianism (not to be confused with “stfonline”).
Church of God http://www.churchofgod.org/ – a Trinitarian version.
Churches of Christ:
International Church of Christ (http://icocco-op.org/)
United Church of Christ (www.ucc.org)
Iglesia Ni Cristo (http://incmedia.org)
Churches of Christ (http://church-of-christ.org/who.html)
http://jesus-messiah.com/html/baptized-wrong.html (part of a page about Apostolic Oneness).
http://pearl-anillustration.blogspot.pt/2012/05/i-have-become-aware-that-most-important.html?m=1 in fairness read and examine this blog
https://messiahsbride.live/ It has some good articles.
A summary of some of the non-Trinitarian sects listed above: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nontrinitarianism
It appears that MCGI and United Church of Christ do not discriminate against gays or lesbians (based on content in websites and personal conversations) and Biblical Unitarianism has a moderate view of it. Episcopal and Methodist are also more welcoming too.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messianic_JudaismIt may be worthy to include this.