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Kingdom Of God And Heaven
  
Philosophically understood, the 'GOODNESS' award goes to "the SONS OF THE KINGDOM" (Jesus did not equate RIGHTEOUSNESS and "GOOD").

Mat 8:12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness

Mat 13:38
the good seed means the sons of the kingdom

"HOLY" means PERFECT (no one can be holy but GOD only).

We should not COMPETE with Hi,m (only God can be "HOLY").

We are NOT to be "sons of the kingdom" like the Jews were (essentially, we are A NEW FAITH, a FAITH FOR faith and are to be sons of GOD, not His KINGDOM).

Verses are from the RSV.


Read Or Study The Scriptures
  
If a person REALLY wants to know the truth of scripture they have to stop letting BECOMING A GREAT SCHOLAR (egotistical/prideful self-proclaimed 'holy' man.

Many people like to build up (puff up) their ego by imagining they can be "HOLY".
The first dispensation/provision of divine blessings FROM THE JESUS DISPENSATION is the crucifixion as the LAMB of God.

The second part is the living water that poured from Jesus's side along with the blood.1 John 5:8).

When you truly care about something (PASSIONATELY), that feeling starts as a gut feeling and often can come out your eyes as living water.

If you make the effort to understand a LITTLE, then you will be given more understanding.


The Power Of The Law
  
If you refuse to live by the new law, then you will be considered to be LAWLESS.

Jesus spoke to the Jews in figures of speech.

John 16:25 said this to you IN FIGURES, the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures

Jesus abolished the 10 commandment law (the law of sin).

Eph 2:15 by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances

2Ti 1:10 who abolished death and brought life

If that is not clear enough(the law of sin caused DEATH).

Heb 2:14 that through death he might destroy him who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

James 1:25 and...

JAMES 2:12 are to be judged under the law of liberty.

All verses are from the RSV.


Law That Christ Fulfilled
  
Basically, the Old Testament is the HEBREW BIBLE (it does CONTAIN many things that can be useful to us in understanding the NEW Testament).

The Jewish sacrifices used "the blood of bulls and goats", but that was insufficient and INADEQUATE for the forgiveness of sins, so The Heavenly Father sent us a LAMB (this is a helpful explanation, isn't it?).

The Jews only knew God according to TIME (that is why their Sabbath was a TIME PERIOD (sundown Friday to sundown Saturday). OUR Sabbath is ETERNAL (JESUS is the ETERNAL SABBATH and ETERNAL COVENANT).

There is no "OBEY"/duty in the law we are to abide by (law of liberty, James 1:25-2:12), but many refuse to abide/live by it, so God considers them LAWLESS.


The Power Of The Law
  
Jesus fulfilled all of the righteousness of the Jewish faith (told the people what their priests and scriptures said was RIGHT).

Jesus did not come to earth for the specific purpose of abolishing ANYTHING. HOWEVER, He DID ABOLISH the 10 commandment law in His flesh..

Eph 2:15 by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and ordinances,

We are told EXPRESSLY and clearly in scripture what "LAW" we should be abiding by ("law of liberty", James 1:25 and 2:12).

Since we were TAUGHT to abide the law that was ABOLISHED and we NEGLECT to abide by the proper "law", God considers us each to be "LAWLESS".

There is nothing to "OBEY" (as 'duty' to perform).


Law That Christ Fulfilled
  
We need the new paradigm (reference point) of ETERNITY.

Deu 33:27 The ETERNAL GOD is your dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting.

Rom 16:26 the command of the ETERNAL GOD ..(this is the age of eternity, no longer the age of TIME).

Heb 13 by the blood of the ETERNAL COVENANT
Heb 9:14 the blood of Christ, who through the ETERNAL SPIRIT

Jesus was sent to earth in the fullness of TIME (the completion and end of TIME,
Ephesians 1:10).Jesus ended the age of time and also began the age of eternity.

Heb 9:26 once for all at the end of the age to put away sin

Mark 10:30 in the age to come, eternal life

JESUS is the ETERNAL COVENANT.

All verses are from the RSV.


Read Or Study The Scriptures
  
Tragically, no distinction is made (with TRAGIC consequences).

"STUDYING" the scriptures is a terrible mistake (which illustrates the human tendency for SEMANTIC misunderstandings). We should not "STUDY"/analyze the scriptures like a scientist, we should READ them to understand the MESSAGE God has for us.

Word usage (semantics) is very important because our usage of the CORRECT words is the only way we truly can PROPERLY express every thought we ever have.

We live according to the words that we choose to express ourselves, but it should not be that way and it is misleading.

We are not cold-blooded calculating scientists and should not address or interact with God in that manner.


Ten Commandments Historical
  
The law illustrated many principles/precepts of good and proper living (He doesn't want us to be the kind of person who needs to be TOLD what to do, He wants us to be LOVERS OF GOODNESS..),we are to walk in LIBERTY (James 1:25 and 2:12).

Psa 119:4 and I shall walk at liberty, for I have sought thy precepts.



So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?

Titus 1:8 but hospitable, a lover of goodness, master of himself, upright, holy, and self-controlled,

The 10 comm. Law was for the Jews who sought circumcision (they are NOT for us, we shall only KEEP the PRECEPTS/principles illustrated/outlined by them.

Verses are from the RSV.)


Who Are Pharisees Of Today
  
Yes, today's religious systems and clergy have unwittingly become the "Pharisees of today" (just like the Romans also).

Rom 1:21
for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him,

God did not accept what the Romans did because they had simply made devotion/worship a DUTY/obligation to be PERFORMED in accordance with a BOOK (DEVOTION had become completely devoid of sentiment, passion, and love).

When the Jews left Egypt, they brought with them many pagan beliefs and practices for worshipping the gods of the pharaohs. So the ruling body of Judaism became corrupted and was called the 'pharaoh-SEES' (a "SEE" is a religious jurisdiction that makes the rules and laws).


How To Follow Jesus
  
My STATEMENT was not a "COMMENT" and was not not criticizing anything.

In that verse, JESUS called the pharisees children of hell (you very conveniently avoided that verse and labelled what I wrote as "racist" in order to get on my case....why do you want to do that?).

Of course the truth is unpopular, but don't look for ways to attack me.

I "piped" to you,....and this is how you react? (very common).


How To Follow Jesus
  
I've always seen worshipers show through their writing how much they love PAUL, but JESUS is the only hero and Paul is no substitute for Jesus.

Of course you will SAY that you love Jesus MORE THAN Paul, but JESUS has no equal.

So, decide today who your savior is.

Do not imitate Paul or any apostles, clergy, or MAN in any form/capacity (nor the children of hell JEWS).

Mat 23:15 you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.
2Co 11:2 I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband.

Mat 11:17 'We piped to you,

Luk 7:32 'We piped to you, and you did not dance, we wailed, and you did not weep.'

WE do not have only ONE "husband".


How To Follow Jesus
  
You aren't supposed to FOLLOW Jesus, you are supposed to be a MEMBER of Him (His body).

Act 19:9 but when some were stubborn and disbelieved, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them, taking the disciples with him, and argued daily in the hall of Tyran'nus.

Act 19:23 About that time there arose no little stir concerning the Way.
Act 24:14 But this I admit to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the law or written in the prophets.
Act 24:22 But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way,

I am the WAY John 14:6


How Real Is Satan
  
We are not slaves or servants of God, the Jews were. Jesus was the FIRSTBORN son (the one that had been begotten by the FATHER (the Fathers offspring).

Rom 8:29 that he might be the first-born.

This is the age of eternity (what scripture says WILL HAPPEN has already happened in this age). We HAVE BEEN adopted to be SONS OF THE FATHER (THIS is my understanding/religion).

Rom 8:23 as we wait for adoption as sons

Gal 4:5 adoption as sons.

I SHALL NOT WANT anything more than what He has decided to give me.
I do not worship Him with LIP SERVICE.


How Real Is Satan
  
Yes, "SATAN" IS REAL.

The word "satan" is the identity given to the SCAPEGOAT FOR THE WILDERNESS.

Leviticus 16:10 RSV
"scapegoat into the wilderness".

OUR scapegoat hung on the cross.

"SATAN" is the incarnation of MAN'S WAYS. SATAN has been destroyed (no longer exists) by Jesus and the eternal divine Spirit.


Spirit Goes To Heaven
  
You are right that all of the ungodly will return to the dust (the ground/dust is cursed, eternal separation from God).

All of the SAVED (completely saved) are INSIDE the body that hung on the cross for all eternity and are separated from death/dust for all eternity.

This is the age of eternity (no longer the age of time). Jesus came in the "fulness of time" (the completion and end of TIME). He dame at the end of the age to put away sin,...."and in the age to come ETERNAL LIFE".

Jesus is the ETERNAL COVENANT and brought the ETERNAL SPIRIT (Hebrews 9:14).


Hard To Believe In God
  
Very likely, it would be helpful to you if you would look at "God" in a generic manner (the creator is non-sectarian and a cosmic reality).

It would also be helpful to realize that the words and expressions used THEN are not the same manner of speaking today (Jesus THEN spoke in FIGURES OF SPEECH and philosophical expression...

In Acts 17, Paul spoke to the Athenians (centuries earlier, the Athenians learned about good peaceful and righteous living from SOCRATES). Paul didn't mention Jesus's name or any details of our faith about the crucifixion. Jesus often spoke to us with a FIGURATIVE 'poetic license'.

Jhn 16:25 "I have said this to you in figures,


Revealed Objective Truth
  
Yes, there is a truth that is REALLY true whether someone wants to believe it or not (it is unpopular because real truth is non-negotiable and cannot be used for selfish reasons (bias).

The misinterpretation of scripture is caused by BIAS.

Objectively understood...

Jesus had a habit of speaking in figures (figuratively and in symbolism/comparatively), but now to us in eternity He is more forthright.

Jhn 16:25 "I have said this to you in figures, the hour is coming when I shall no longer speak to you in figures but tell you plainly of the Father.

OBJECTIVITY is contrary to human nature.



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