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Fallen Nature Testing
« on: Sun Nov 29, 2020 - 20:23:23 »
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The human mind consists of consciousness and sub-consciousness. The sub area is where we our minds store suppressed thoughts, feelings, and desires; in other words: things we'd just as soon forget rather than think about.

For example: most Christians cannot admit, even to themselves, their honest opinions about God because those opinions are not only unacceptable, but also unthinkable. Those thoughts and feelings about God are so disturbing that sometimes when one leaks out for us to contemplate, it actually makes us wince, possibly even shudder; and sometimes even momentarily close our eyes and grit our teeth.

I started this thread as a self-test for the fallen nature. The results are useful only when people are honest with themselves. For example:

If you were a creator, and by means of precognition knew in advance that the human life you were thinking about bringing into existence would one day require you to exterminate almost the entire batch in a deluge-- men, women, underage children, infants, handicapped folk, and senior citizens (not to mention birds, bugs, and beasts) --would you willfully and deliberately go ahead and bring all that life into existence anyway knowing full well in advance that your own hand would eventually be killing them by means of a massive die-off?

In my honest opinion (I assume we're all being honest here) no reasonable person, with normal sensitivities, would ever knowingly jeopardize so much life just so they could have their very own sandbox to play in.

Rev 4:11 . . O Lord our God . . you created everything, and it is for your pleasure that they exist and were created.

My opinion insinuates that the creator is an unreasonable person whose sensitivities fall in the abnormal range. What does my opinion say about me? Well; obviously it says that I test positive for the fallen nature.

Rom 8:7 . .The sinful mind is hostile to God.


FAQ: I am sometimes secretly offended, even disgusted, by the way God goes about His business. Does that mean there is no hope for me?

A: Heb 9:1-14 teaches that Christ's blood serves to sanitize our minds; and we only have to undergo that form of sanitation just once and it's good for all time; we never have to repeat the process.

FAQ: Christ's blood can stop my mind from thinking bad thoughts about God?

A: No, you can expect that those kinds of thoughts will continue to be a nuisance; but they will never again be a barrier between you and God. Christ will make sure of that. The remainder of the ninth chapter of Hebrews bears that out.

FAQ: So, how do I go about obtaining this mental sanitation about which you speak?

A: That's easy. Find yourself a place and simply speak up, admitting to God that you have a sinful mind and would like to take advantage of His son's blood to sanitize it. It sometimes helps to cover your face with your hands to give you a sense of privacy between you and God. I pray like that all the time; it works for me.
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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #1 on: Sun Nov 29, 2020 - 22:53:53 »
If you were a creator, and by means of precognition knew in advance that the human life you were thinking about bringing into existence would one day require you to exterminate almost the entire batch in a deluge-- men, women, underage children, infants, handicapped folk, and senior citizens (not to mention birds, bugs, and beasts) --would you willfully and deliberately go ahead and bring all that life into existence anyway knowing full well in advance that your own hand would eventually be killing them by means of a massive die-off?
I think... rather than indicating some sort of reprobation, this suggests that you aren't understanding Genesis correctly.

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #2 on: Mon Nov 30, 2020 - 19:44:29 »
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Christians are typically very uncomfortable with passages in the Bible that make God look cruel, unfair, and unloving. Much of the time when I attempt to discuss those kinds of passages with them they become reticent; they circle the apologetic wagons and begin shooting Bible verses at me like musket balls.

The Bible says that Christians are supposed to be reasonable, but I find that many of them are defensive, emotional, reactive, and thoroughly incapable of dialogue based upon honest introspection; for example:

Gen 16:5 . . And Sarai said to Abram: The wrong done me is your fault! I myself put my maid in your bosom; and now that she sees that she is expecting, I am lowered in her esteem. The Lord decide between you and me!

Sarai attempted to take the high moral ground by insinuating that had Abram been a real man, he would've seen that sleeping with Hagar was a bad idea and refused. Therefore it was his fault for not putting a stop to her idea before things got out of hand.

People accuse God of the very same thing all the time. In their mind's eye, if God were really as wise, loving, omniscient, and all-powerful as He's alleged to be, then He would never have put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden to begin with; and when the Serpent tempted Eve, He would have stepped in and put a stop to it before things got out of hand. Therefore, they conclude, it's not the human race's fault for being what it is: it's God's fault for not protecting us from our own stupidity.

From a strictly natural perspective; the accusation is a reasonable complaint as I'm sure any of us would've done things very differently than how God went about it.
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« Reply #3 on: Tue Dec 01, 2020 - 04:24:58 »
I think... rather than indicating some sort of reprobation, this suggests that you aren't understanding Genesis correctly.
I disagree, and find NyawehNyoh posts ( BOTH ) interesting, SCRIPTURAL, honest, and humbling. I may add some thoughts later, but at the moment, not enough time to do so this morning.

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #4 on: Tue Dec 01, 2020 - 05:12:42 »
"Fallen Nature" is another of those words or phrases that never occurs in the Bible.  It is a construct that takes on whatever meaning the user wants.  It is usually comes from those who believe in the false teaching of Original Sin or the even worse teaching of Total Depravity.

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #5 on: Tue Dec 01, 2020 - 07:04:40 »
"Fallen Nature" is another of those words or phrases that never occurs in the Bible.  It is a construct that takes on whatever meaning the user wants.  It is usually comes from those who believe in the false teaching of Original Sin or the even worse teaching of Total Depravity.
While those specific english words do not appear in any translation I am aware of, the concept certainly is there in Paul's writings.

Romans 6:6 (NKJV)
knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.


Ephesians 4:22
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

Colossians 3:9 (NKJV)
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,

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« Reply #6 on: Tue Dec 01, 2020 - 08:15:30 »
While those specific english words do not appear in any translation I am aware of, the concept certainly is there in Paul's writings.

Romans 6:6 (NKJV)
knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.


Ephesians 4:22
that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,

Colossians 3:9 (NKJV)
Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
The basis for the concept of "fallen nature" is that man is fundamentally different than that as God created him; and that difference derives specifically from Adam's disobedience.  That is simply not true.  The old man and the old self that Paul spoke of is what each man, each self, becomes by way of his own sin.  So that the concept of man as "fallen" clearly is there.  The deceit is what is the basis for the fallen condition.  It is in man's nature to fall.  That is the net result of being created in God's image with the free will to chose to obey or disobey.  Without such free will, there is no sin.  It is not in man's nature to be fallen. Clearly you, and all adherents of Original Sin and Total Depravity, reject that truth or perhaps fail to understand the distinction.

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« Reply #7 on: Tue Dec 01, 2020 - 08:20:08 »
While those specific english words do not appear in any translation I am aware of, the concept certainly is there in Paul's writings.
Amen, Dave.
Quote from: Paul
Romans 7:18~"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not."
Again:
Quote from: Paul
Romans 8:5-7~"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
Not just an enemy, which is bad enough, but is AT ENMITY against God....or, is at WAR toward that which is good, holy, and spiritual!

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #8 on: Tue Dec 01, 2020 - 23:23:43 »
The basis for the concept of "fallen nature" is that man is fundamentally different than that as God created him; and that difference derives specifically from Adam's disobedience.  That is simply not true.  The old man and the old self that Paul spoke of is what each man, each self, becomes by way of his own sin.  So that the concept of man as "fallen" clearly is there.  The deceit is what is the basis for the fallen condition.  It is in man's nature to fall.  That is the net result of being created in God's image with the free will to chose to obey or disobey.  Without such free will, there is no sin.  It is not in man's nature to be fallen. Clearly you, and all adherents of Original Sin and Total Depravity, reject that truth or perhaps fail to understand the distinction.
I'd go even further - the idea that mankind was at one time created in a state of perfection and later fell is a false doctrine of men. 

All but one chapter of the Bible teaches that all men start out in an imperfect state, and it is only when we repent and follow God that we can be perfected. 

Somehow everyone follows that one chapter, though.  I'm sure they couldn't be reading it wrong.   It's normal for one chapter to override all the rest, right?

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« Reply #9 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 04:07:37 »
I'd go even further - the idea that mankind was at one time created in a state of perfection and later fell is a false doctrine of men. 

All but one chapter of the Bible teaches that all men start out in an imperfect state, and it is only when we repent and follow God that we can be perfected. 

Somehow everyone follows that one chapter, though.  I'm sure they couldn't be reading it wrong.   It's normal for one chapter to override all the rest, right?
I am not sure what you are really proposing here. Are you saying, by your statement that "all men start out in an imperfect state", that all men begin life in a sinful condition?  Are you promoting original sin and that all men begin life condemned by the sin of Adam?  If so, then you must think the spirit of man that is formed in him by God is dead already from birth.

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« Reply #10 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 04:19:52 »
I am not sure what you are really proposing here. Are you saying, by your statement that "all men start out in an imperfect state", that all men begin life in a sinful condition?  Are you promoting original sin and that all men begin life condemned by the sin of Adam?  If so, then you must think the spirit of man that is formed in him by God is dead already from birth.
He's actually taking it a step further than you have.
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I'd go even further - the idea that mankind was at one time created in a state of perfection and later fell is a false doctrine of men.
Notice carefully how he worded his statement that I quoted, plus these words:
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All but one chapter of the Bible teaches that all men start out in an imperfect state
Please explain yourself. I'm listeneing~ ::frown::

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« Reply #11 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 04:30:52 »
He's actually taking it a step further than you have.
How far did I take it? 

I know what your thinking is in this matter.  I still do not know what his thinking is.  Is he suggesting that even Adam was created with a spirit dead in sin; and similarly all men are created such?  If so, I think he is dead wrong, no pun intended.

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« Reply #12 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 05:38:38 »
How far did I take it? 

I know what your thinking is in this matter.  I still do not know what his thinking is.  Is he suggesting that even Adam was created with a spirit dead in sin; and similarly all men are created such?  If so, I think he is dead wrong, .
I'm sure you and I both agree that Adam was created/made in righteousness, with true knowledge and understanding~yet, we disagree on those who are born through Adam as their head. I'm sure what he believes but hinted it was different from your understanding/teaching.
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no pun intended
He can take it, since he dishes it out. Do not be apologize for truth if you are convinced you hold to God's truths~I believe you speak forth what you believe to be the truth in love for others~I have no reason to believe otherwise and neither does anyone else. Once in a while, we all get close to the line of being unmerciful, but I will rather be there than compromise the truth for sake of being accepted. I'm not doing this just to be part of a social club to have friends. The friends I desire are those who love God and his word above all things.
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« Reply #13 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 07:02:56 »
I'm sure you and I both agree that Adam was created/made in righteousness, with true knowledge and understanding~
No, not entirely.  This is probably getting too far down into the weeds, but I believe that Adam was indeed created/made in righteousness.  But true knowledge and understanding are not necessarily part and parcel to righteousness.  If Adam was, as you say, created with true knowledge and understanding, then what was the real result of his eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?  Surely true knowledge and understanding would have included the knowledge of good and evil. Knowledge and understanding is acquired; it is not innate. 
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Yes we do. I do not believe as you that God ever condemns anyone spiritually for the sins of another.  That is an impossibility for a righteous God.

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« Reply #14 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 08:06:39 »
No, not entirely.  This is probably getting too far down into the weeds,
I knew that you did not entirely believe that Adam was created in true wisdom and understanding. Yet, the scriptures will teach otherwise. He was created in the image of God, and that image consisted of wisdom and knowledge of TRUTH. In the new birth we are RECREATED after God's image per Ephesians 4;24 and Colossians:
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Colossians 3:9,10~"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:"
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If Adam was, as you say, created with true knowledge and understanding, then what was the real result of his eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil?
He lost God's image through the wiles of Satan. He because a servant of sin and Satan and at once became at enmity against God that created him.
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Knowledge and understanding is acquired; it is not innate.
It is both~as long as we put on the new man the power to have the wisdom and knowledge of God is there FOR US to be used by us. If we walk after the old man, we walk in darkness without any true light and without any true wisdom directing us to the paths of peace, and true happiness, joy, etc.
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I do not believe as you that God ever condemns anyone spiritually for the sins of another.  That is an impossibility for a righteous God.
By you making that statement, you are showing me you do not truly understand the gospel of Christ and how the righteousness of God is revealed therein.  I have appointments to keep, later I shall continue this, the Lord willing.

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« Reply #15 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 09:50:53 »
I'd go even further - the idea that mankind was at one time created in a state of perfection and later fell is a false doctrine of men. 
All but one chapter of the Bible teaches that all men start out in an imperfect state, and it is only when we repent and follow God that we can be perfected. 
Somehow everyone follows that one chapter, though.  I'm sure they couldn't be reading it wrong.   It's normal for one chapter to override all the rest, right?
So you think Adam was created as messed up and sinful as we all are???

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« Reply #16 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 09:58:30 »
He lost God's image through the wiles of Satan.
That is just another of your constructs to agree with your erroneous theology. The Bible never makes such a statement. 

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« Reply #17 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 10:01:37 »
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The Bible says that Christians are supposed to be reasonable, but I find that many of them are defensive, emotional, reactive, and thoroughly incapable of dialogue based upon honest introspection; for example:



 


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How much of this do you think is because of fear?

Fear from wanting and desiring to be part of this world and live in it, but knowing we cannot... but they still try?

Fear from the knowledge that God is in control of everything and man nothing if he is to stay within anything resembling what the bible tells us is expected..... and then knowing or even just wondering if one comes up short thereby fearing the outcome either in this life, or the next? Even from the thoughts one might have as to why God would permit such as the likes of covid to
ravage the earth and being sorely disappointed in Him? Or any myriad of things that would give one pause as to question why and know that at any given moment one might come under some kind of something themselves.

Or fear of communications with others with the mistaken belief that the other is somehow better then they are and they do not want to be known for their failings to another mortal.

I always have trouble reconciling the idea that God is "love' with verses like Psalm 33:18-19 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,

I am not explaining myself well this morning but I hope this conveys a clear idea of what I quickly gathered as I read your OP?



 

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« Reply #18 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 10:04:34 »
He lost God's image through the wiles of Satan.
On that point I tend to be closer to the ancient churches' position (which is similar to the traditional Jewish view as well) that at the fall mankind did not totally lose the Image of God; but that it got marred and distorted.

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« Reply #19 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 12:12:09 »
On that point I tend to be closer to the ancient churches' position (which is similar to the traditional Jewish view as well) that at the fall mankind did not totally lose the Image of God; but that it got marred and distorted.

Man has lost none of the image of God. Man's free will and his ability to reason and rule are intact.

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« Reply #20 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 12:48:15 »
Man has lost none of the image of God. Man's free will and his ability to reason and rule are intact.
HEAR, HEAR!!
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« Reply #21 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 14:39:58 »
Man has lost none of the image of God. .

Prove it with scriptures, which you can never do~making statements without proof is much like throwing rocks and running for cover~it is a cowardly act of a will that is not in subjection to God's word, but is at enmity against God's truths on this subject under consideration. We shall see in the morning when I have more time if the man has indeed lost none of the image of God~pretty sure you will be found wanting in the scales of God's truth. Not a good place to be johntwayne.
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You sound just like the blinded Pharisees of old who boasted:
Quote from: the Pharisees who WERE IN BONDAGE TO SIN
John 8:33~"They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?"
Really? They rejected their bondage in Egypt, to others, including the Babylonians, etc., and were under the Romans government as they were speaking! Sound like you johntwayne are just confused as they were! but we shall see if you desire to defend your doctrine with scriptures, pretty sure you will not, maybe 4WD can lend you a helping hand, you will need help, but it will not be enough. You will be fighting not me but God's word and every man will lose that battle. 

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« Reply #22 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 14:56:20 »
Prove it with scriptures, which you can never do~making statements without proof is much like throwing rocks and running for cover~it is a cowardly act of a will that is not in subjection to God's word, but is at enmity against God's truths on this subject under consideration.
Gen 9:6  "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. If the image of God was lost in mankind when Adam sinned, then this statement/command by God himself is obviously meaningless.  God does not issue meaningless statements/commands.



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« Reply #23 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 16:28:22 »
Gen 9:6  "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. If the image of God was lost in mankind when Adam sinned, then this statement/command by God himself is obviously meaningless.  God does not issue meaningless statements/commands.

Hear! Hear!
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Here's another one.

For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
(1Co 11:7)
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« Reply #24 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 21:44:04 »
NwawehNyoh:

    Your "Fallen Nature Testing" is quite interesting. Numerous times, I have asked myself the same questions and mentally wrestled with myself over them. You wrote:

    "If you were a creator, and by means of precognition knew in advance that the human life you were thinking about bringing into existence would one day require you to exterminate almost the entire batch in a deluge-- men, women, underage children, infants, handicapped folk, and senior citizens (not to mention birds, bugs, and beasts) --would you willfully and deliberately go ahead and bring all that life into existence anyway knowing full well in advance that your own hand would eventually be killing them by means of a massive die-off?"

    You are, of course, assuming that God chose to know in advance that His creation would explode with rebellion and corrupt themselves with very form of evil. Is there a possibility our Creator chose not to pre-recognize what you assume He did?

    We dare not conclude He was incapable of thus choosing, for it seems He possesses only one incapability, namely, "...it is impossible for God to lie" [Heb. 6:18].

    Anyway, your narrative or puzzle is almost impossible for mere humans to resolve, explain, or figure out. We will never see the day on earth when we are able to look into God's mind and purposes and grasp all of His reasons and mysteries.     

    Only when we reach that "Shangri-la" will we fully comprehend. In the meantime, let at least try to "stay down to earth" with what we are able to fathom.

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« Reply #25 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 22:00:41 »
So you think Adam was created as messed up and sinful as we all are???
I think "Adam" is the entire nation elsewhere translated as "Edom."

(I do not think that that the nation of Edom was sinless.)
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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #26 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 22:02:54 »
I am not sure what you are really proposing here. Are you saying, by your statement that "all men start out in an imperfect state", that all men begin life in a sinful condition?  Are you promoting original sin and that all men begin life condemned by the sin of Adam?  If so, then you must think the spirit of man that is formed in him by God is dead already from birth.
"Fallen" implies that we/they were once at the pinnacle.  I'm saying that's not true, we all start at the bottom, not the top.  Always has been.

Just like the creation, men start out "tohuw" and "bohuw."  Then God forms us.
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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #27 on: Wed Dec 02, 2020 - 22:08:08 »
Please explain yourself. I'm listening~ ::frown::
You seem to have understood what I said the first time.

Did you want an apology for that chapter in Genesis?  I CAN do that, but honestly, when you have 1100 chapters that say one thing, and just 1 for the other viewpoint, shouldn't you go with the 1100?  Do we really need to focus on the outlier?

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #28 on: Thu Dec 03, 2020 - 03:22:44 »
Gen 9:6  "Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image. If the image of God was lost in mankind when Adam sinned, then this statement/command by God himself is obviously meaningless.  God does not issue meaningless statements/commands.
4WD, I'll give you and johntwayne exactly what you have provided for your proof~very little for now, for why should I labor with much proof when my opponents give one or two scriptures at most to support their doctrine?

I agree with Genesis 9:6 and other scriptures that man ( and woman ) was indeed made in God's image, yet this divine image has been obliterated in some cases and marred in other cases..... nevertheless, the solution is easy; first, there yet exists some remnant of it in some cases, so that man is possessed of no small dignity; and, secondly, God, however, corrupted man may be, and he IS, still keeps in view the end of his original creation; and according to his example, we ought to consider for what end God created men, and what excellence He has bestowed upon them above the rest of living beings, by seeking to love them if all possible knowing that man was created after God's image, which "overall speaking" yet not totally limited to mean...... with wisdom, knowledge and understanding that the rest of God's creation does not have; also, and above that, in the new birth we are RECREATED after the image of God in our NEW MAN per scriptures provided above~proving we lost that image in the fall, which is the strongest point one can provided, and which one you must prove to be false if you think your doctrine is correct. So, prove your doctrine, with more than just quoting a scripture without addressing your opponent's answers to your scripture that makes you think you are correct.
Quote from: johntwayne on: Yesterday at 16:28:22
Here's another one.

For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God; but the woman is the glory of man.
(1Co 11:7)
Johntwayne~consider the context in which you are yanking that scripture from and then you may understand the sense in which Paul said what he said. Need help?
Quote from: Paul
1st Corinthians 11:3-15~"But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels. Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering."
Question for you~"WHICH IMAGE of God is Paul speaking about?"
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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #29 on: Thu Dec 03, 2020 - 05:10:12 »
Man has lost none of the image of God. Man's free will and his ability to reason and rule are intact.
those things are extant, but  IMO NOT "intact."

Romans 1 tells us that man's reason has become distorted. 
People like Nero, Gingas Kahn, Hitler, Pol Pot and innumerable others tell us ruling is distorted as well.

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #30 on: Thu Dec 03, 2020 - 05:12:25 »
I think "Adam" is the entire nation elsewhere translated as "Edom."

(I do not think that that the nation of Edom was sinless.)
I am talking about the first man made from the dust of the earth during creation week.

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #31 on: Thu Dec 03, 2020 - 05:48:17 »
Question for you~"WHICH IMAGE of God is Paul speaking about?"
The better and more important question is what is the image of God.  That is the subject of considerable scope and cannot be easily or adequately covered in a forum format like this one; however, in a very short summary we can say, and I hope all agree, that the image of God is what distinguishes man from the rest of the entire animal kingdom. That is the spirit of man formed in him by God Himself.  It is in the spirit of man that he is in the image of God. That is the message of Genesis 1:26-31. Clearly we understand that sin damages and taints that spirit to the point that it is described as being dead in trespasses and sins; but it is never suggested that the spirit is completely lost due to sin; that image is not obliterated.  If it were true that the image of God was lost  when Adam sinned, then man is simply one more animal in the whole of the animal kingdom. And that is simply not the case presented anywhere in Scripture.

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #32 on: Thu Dec 03, 2020 - 08:36:54 »
Question. Most of you regular contributors in these types of thread say that God's image, given to Adam, was of a spiritual nature and not a physical one. (While there could be a debate on what that "spiritual" nature of Adam was this is not the thread for that)

And the primary reason for that is because God does not have a body.... is that correct?

Can anyone here define the word image?

Genesis says 27:1  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

KJV dictionary says


KJV Dictionary Definition: image
image
IM'AGE, n. L. imago.

1. A representation or similitude of any person or thing, formed of a material substance; as an image wrought out of stone, wood or wax.

Whose is this image and superscription? Matt.22.

2. A statue.

3. An idol; the representation of any person or thing, that is an object of worship. The second commandment forbids the worship of images.

4. The likeness of any thing on canvas; a picture; a resemblance painted.

5. Any copy, representation or likeness.

The child is the image of its mother.

6. Semblance; show; appearance.

The face of things a frightful image bears.

7. An idea; a representation of any thing to the mind; a conception; a picture drawn by fancy.

Can we conceive

Image of aught delightful, soft or great?

8. In rhetoric, a lively description of any thing in discourse, which presents a kind of picture to the mind.

9. In optics, the figure of any object, made by rays of light proceeding from the several points of it. Thus a mirror reflects the image of a person standing before it, as does water in a vessel or stream, when undisturbed.

IM'AGE, v.t. To imagine; to copy by the imagination; to form a likeness in the mind by the fancy or recollection.

And image charms he must behold no more.

Definitions from Webster's American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.
https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/image.html

The above is fairly comprehensive and could be concluded that your beliefs are valid, though not specifically stated.

The bible tells us that God is a spirit. AGREED. But can you be certain that God has no form whatsoever?

So why did God tell Moses in Exodus 33

18 Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” 

19 And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. 20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

21 Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”

So God has a face, at least 1 hand , and a back. 

This tells me that whild God is all spirit, He does have a form that would have a face, hand and back.

Jesus said...

Matt 26:64 64 Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”

So " the power has a hand......!

Psalm 48: 8 says 8God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.

So God sits.

Isaiah 6:1  In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

And he has a robe.

I shall stop with the references and simply say these clearly tell us that God very well could have formed Adam in the physical image of  when He said "  “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness;"

Actually, my question does not need an answer...

Carry on with your discussions on Fallen Nature Testing  ::tippinghat::

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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #33 on: Thu Dec 03, 2020 - 09:39:16 »
Question. Most of you regular contributors in these types of thread say that God's image, given to Adam, was of a spiritual nature and not a physical one. (While there could be a debate on what that "spiritual" nature of Adam was this is not the thread for that)

And the primary reason for that is because God does not have a body.... is that correct?

Rev 1:12 Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; 13 and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. 14 His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. 15 His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. 16 In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.

This is a description of Yeshua/Jesus in eternity. With a visible body. Feet. Chest. Head with hair. Eyes. Hands. Mouth. 
I believe our physical body was patterned after this description.
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Re: Fallen Nature Testing
« Reply #34 on: Thu Dec 03, 2020 - 11:44:13 »


This is a description of Yeshua/Jesus in eternity. With a visible body. Feet. Chest. Head with hair. Eyes. Hands. Mouth. 
I believe our physical body was patterned after this description.

Correct.

As stated "Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness" 

The image of the Trinity....

But none the less... God still wore a robe, had a throne he sat on, Had a face, and a back part and at least one hand.


 

     
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