Contemplate the following verses :
- “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, Luke 4:17-19 (in Context) Luke 4
- It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1-3 (in Context) Galatians 5
- “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 31:32-34 (in Context) Jeremiah 31
- Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-33 (in Context) John 8
- The Holy Spirit:
- He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Corinthians 3:5-7 (in Context) 2 Corinthians 3
- The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:62-64 (in Context) John 6
- Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:24-26 (in Context) Galatians 5
- New Life:
- The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:9-11 (in Context) John 10
- Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, Philippians 3:12-14 (in Context) Philippians 3 Forgiveness is God’s response to repentance. But it must be accepted otherwise the burden of guilt is disabling. [Editor]
- However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him— 1 Corinthians 2:8-10 (in Context) 1 Corinthians 2
- The Risen Jesus:
- Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:5-7 (in Context) John 14
- It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me. John 6:44-46 (in Context) John 6
- All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. John 6:36-38 (in Context) John 6 (Whole Chapter)
The Christian life is a NEW LIFE
The new life is what God offers through the Lord Jesus. The new life is powered by the Holy Spirit, intimately relational to the risen living Jesus, with a mindset saturated by truth. Freedom and truth are closely related. Truth itself is transformational. Truth is not simply knowledge. Truth can be acquired in multiple ways, but in all these ways it is the Spirit of God which is the teacher and the imprinter of understanding and the facilitator of transformation. The new life needs Solid Food, not infant formula.
So for example, when a Christian and a non-Christian examine a Bible passage they can come up with two different interpretations. The Spirit reveals truth but the human mind cannot distinguish between truth and knowledge. Therefore, the interpretation by the Christian is excluded by the non-Christian viewpoint based simply upon the power of human intellect. When such knowledge becomes orthodoxy in Christian Church, the Church loses its way and becomes a pitiful imitation of God’s intent for the lives of his people. Sometimes the end result is very acceptable to wider society, sometimes it is not acceptable. Sometimes it screws people up psychologically, sometimes it allows the exploitation of Christian people by their Church, and sometimes it is a tool for control by political elites. History is full of examples. Nevertheless, truth sets Christians free and so truth is important.
In summary, truth, revealed by God, and applied by the individual Christian to their new life through their (Holy) Spiritual connection to the Risen Living Jesus, allows a transformed life which is the fulfillment of the Old Testament description : “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8
So what is going on when two Christians come up with different understanding of Bible passages.
- The first thing to recognise here is that it is possible that there is more than one truth being revealed and both may be valid.
- Secondly, some passages are simply not intended to be used that way and matters may become ‘disputable’. Such matters should not be a cause of disunity.
- Thirdly, some passages are too deep for a general agreed understanding because they are a glimpse of something incompletely revealed – something that is to be fully revealed on the ‘last day’ when Jesus returns.
- Fourthly, some Christians are in error and for various reasons will stubbornly remain there.
thedebriefing.net does not attempt to exhaustively define the truth. There will be much comment, variation and discussion on different topics. Go for it, post your views. Ultimately, the truth is not a corporate or even individual thing. The truth is a ‘person’ called Jesus Christ who lives and cannot be reduced to propositional statements, abstract human definitions, or limited by the human mind and its ability to communicate. He is to be related to each day, as certain preconditions are met, and the truth he brings sets us free to live the new life.
So the debriefing.net is developing this repository of views based on truth which anyone can look at and with which anyone can engage.
The Resurrection of Jesus
- The Resurrection of Jesus by William Lane Craig, is based on a talk he gave at a Canadian University.
- Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Contemporary Scholarship & The Historical Evidence again by William Lang Craig.
The Holy Spirit
- The Apollos Heresy by James Fratzia 2001
- A Better Understanding of Baptism by Rockworker in 2011. Rockworker has provided his thoughts to better understand the Christian practise of Baptism. He covers the theology of Baptism, the relevant Biblical passages, Christian Traditional approaches, baptism of children, baptism of believers, Baptism as a Covenant sign, and Rockworker’s own conclusions. [Editor]
The Image of God
- Some Ideas Regarding the Image of God begun by Agios Dimitrios is coming
- Some ideas Regarding miracles begun by Agios Dimitrios is coming
- Same-Sex Marriage and the Christian by Dr James Fratzia.
- Sparring climate tribes miss the humanitarian point by Noel Pearson from the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership in Australia raises the concern that extreme environmentalism is in fact misanthropy
- Transfiguration of the Environment : An Eastern Orthodox Viewpoint by Philip Karaitlis is part I of a series from the Voice of Orthodoxy
Is it beneficial or harmful?
- Is Electronic Media damaging our children? by Fr G L – a clergyman’s answer from a greek orthodox periodical. Thanks Agios Dimitrios.
- Death and the Judgment to Come: Pascal ’s Beginning The Death-Persuader by Dr Justin Bass.
Is the contemporary practise of preaching Biblical? Is it a problem?
- Why I don’t want to preach sermons any more. A thought provoking paper written by Paul Tuohy in 2004. You may comment here.
There is a great deal of disagreement in churches today regarding the nature and applicability of spiritual gifts.
Prayer is a powerful activity for the Christian life
- Prayer an accelerant to Baptist Mission . Read Rev Des Daniels perspective on Prayer as an accelerant in English Baptist institutional history.