[sword-devel] Saul/Paul

Michael Rempel sword-devel@crosswire.org
Tue, 18 Dec 2001 19:05:31 -0800

My reply is on Fireside. Thank you.

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From: "Jerry Kreps" <jk05308@alltel.net>
To: <sword-devel@crosswire.org>
Sent: Tuesday, December 18, 2001 5:40 PM
Subject: Re: [sword-devel] Saul/Paul

> On Tuesday 18 December 2001 05:43, Michael Rempel wrote:
> ...
> >
> > To even concieve of scripture as some how a seperate thing, not
> > part of the people, not part of life itself, is a culturally
> > evolved, Greek rooted notion. I would go further, and say it is a
> > Enlightenment notion that has no historical validity in any culture
> > of the ancient era. I would further say that there is a risk of
> > embracing a modified gnostic dualism in that notion. I think it
> > prudent to care not to set scripture up on a pedestal and make it
> > less than real.
> Some of the Jews became more devoted to the Word of God than to God 
> Himself.  Considering themselves co-authors, they began tacking on 
> their own views, building a tradition of rules which no one could 
> keep.    Jesus warned about them in John 5:385-39
> "But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John; for the 
> works which the Father has granted me to accomplish, these very works 
> which I am doing, bear me witness that the Father has sent me.  And 
> the Father who sent me has himself borne witness to me. His voice you 
> have never heard, his form you have never seen; and you do not have 
> his word abiding in you, for you do not believe him whom he has sent. 
> You search the scriptures, because you think that in them you have 
> eternal life; and it is they that bear witness to me;  yet you refuse 
> to come to me that you may have life."
> Some Christians do the same with the "New Testement".  In truth the 
> New Covanent is Jesus Christ Himself.