Luther on Being a Theologian: Oratio, Meditatio and Tentatio

Augustine of Hippo (354–430), Latin theologian. His writing on free will and original sin remains influential in Western Christendom.

The world has created so called scientists in the knowledge of God. Lots of people do put all their trust in such scholars who received a degree in theology at a university.
The majority of those theologians are as most of them would consider a theologian is,

“one who is dedicated to life in Christ and the contemplation of the Holy Trinity.” {What Does It Mean To Be a Theologian; by David Russell Mosley}

For many who studied the godsThe Philokalia“, a collection of texts written between the 4th and 15th centuries by spiritual masters”, was their primary guide for what it meant to be a theologian.

We always should know that to come to know God and to worship God we do not have to be people who have a university degree in theology, but we should be people who take time to study the bible. Lots of theologians have spend more time in studying writings of other human beings instead of looking more closely at the Word of God, the Bible. When you look at the theology courses, you will notice much more time is spend at those human writings, philosophy and human doctrines than at Biblical doctrines. No wonder that there have been much more books written by trinitarian scholars than by non-trinitarian Christians, because for the latter it is evident what is written in the Bible is the truth and as such in the non-trinitarian denominations of Christianity there are not so many divisions or matters of dispute as in the trinitarian denominations of Christendom.

We should remember that each of us has to be a theologian, a person who wants to know and worships the Only One True God of gods. A knowledge of the other gods may help in this, but the main focus should be on the real True Divine Creator, the God of Abraham, Isaac, Jakob and of Jeshua, who is mostly known as Jesus Christ by English speaking countries.

Each person who claims to be a Christian should be a follower of Christ and should worship the same God Christ worshipped, namely his heavenly Father. Like Jesus prayed to his heavenly Father we also should pray to that God of Jesus, Jehovah the Most Almighty God. That Oratio (prayer) should be grounded in the Word of God.

God cannot tempted, but Jesus was and we also shall be tempted more than once. This Tentatio (affliction) is not something God uses to drive us a way from self, but is our own selfish will because we are so much busy with ourselves. In case we would be more busy with the Will of God we would not be so much and so often suffering from our wrongdoing. Then we would also be more forthcoming to God His Will and would be more able, like Christ did not his own will, not to do our own will but being happy to do God’s Will.

To avoid going astray we do need the Meditatio (meditation) which should be the continual study of the Holy Scriptures and not so much the study of the many theological works by human beings.

We should trust more the Call and the Voice of God instead the voices of so many people who call themselves theologian, whatever they may mean by that word.

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Preceding articles

Mental Enslavement and Sins Syndrome (MESS)

Some one or something to fear #7 Not afraid for Gods Name

Pascal’s Possibility

Sharing thoughts and philosophical writings

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Additional reading

  1. The importance of Reading the Scriptures
  2. No other god besides Jehovah who gives all explanation
  3. God’s forgotten Word 3 Lost Lawbook 2 Modern scepticism
  4. Theologians and a promised Spirit to enlighten us
  5. Necessity of a revelation of creation 9 Searching the Scriptures
  6. Necessity of a revelation of creation 11 Believing and obeying the gospel of the Kingdom of God
  7. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  8. Missional hermeneutics 1/5
  9. Missional hermeneutics 5/5
  10. Approachers of ideas around gods, philosophers and theologians
  11. To find ways of Godly understanding
  12. Position of the Bible researcher
  13. Theology without spirituality sterile academic exercise
  14. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  15. Being Missional
  16. Christendom Astray The Devil Not A Personal Super-Natural Being
  17. A god who gave his people commandments and laws he knew they never could keep to it
  18. Our life depending on faith
  19. Perishable non theologians daring to go out to preach
  20. Reasons why you may not miss the opportunity to go to a Small Church
  21. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  22. The meek one riding on an ass
  23. Does there have to be a Holy Trinity Mystery
  24. Altered to fit a Trinity
  25. the Trinity – the Truth

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Further related writings

  1. What Hath the Church to do with the Library?
  2. Theology of Experience
  3. … 506 years ago
  4. The Calvinist ‘God’ and God
  5. Jealous God | Jealous for God
  6. So, Here Goes…
  7. The Angelic Doctor
  8. Good Morning January 25
  9. What Makes a Theologian
  10. The Pastor Theologian
  11. A Quote from St. Augustine on “The State”
  12. Theology as Discipleship
  13. 43rd of 2015.
  14. What Does It Mean To Be a Theologian
  15. What is Distinctive about Christian Analytic Theology?
  16. Pulpit Supply: Sunday School: Four Key Concepts to be a better Theologian
  17. Theologian Spotlight: Kathryn Tanner
  18. Saint Augustine
  19. Puritan John Owen – Doctrine of the Spirit and Mortification of Sin (Christian audio book)
  20. C.S. Lewis Died on This Date
  21. Albert Schweitzer
  22. Jean Guitton
  23. Biblical Christian Theology: Definition by DR. Donald E. Battle
  24. DR. Donald E. Batle: Theologian And Christology Scholar
  25. Who is qualified to write theology?
  26. What is the Recipe to Survive in the Storms of Life?
  27. Crossing Divides: Can an Atheist be a Chaplain?
  28. So Now I’m a Christian. Now What? Part 4:The Loving, Triune God
  29. Thought on the Trinity, Its Being Less than Mysterious, and the Biblical Support of an Analogy to It
  30. The Incarnation a Contradiction?
  31. 1 Corinthians 10:15 (Don’t Take My Word For It)
  32. Christ Strengthens You

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Gospel & Gratitude

In John Doberstein’s The Minister’s Prayerbook, he discusses Martin Luther’s understanding of the development of a theologian. Luther believed that the “right way to study theology” is anchored in the three rules set forth in Psalm 119: Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio. For Luther “Everything centers around the practice of meditation, for prayer prepares for it and its results are confirmed in the experience of conflict. For Luther, meditation is the key to the study of theology. No one can become a true theologian unless he learns theology through it” (Kleinig, “The Kindred Heart”, 142). The discussion that follows is taken directly from Doberstein and explores each of the three dimensions.

  • Oratio (prayer) is grounded in the Word of the Lord. Prayer is the voice of faith. That is to say, that prayer grows out of the Word of the Lord. “The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayer, not…

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Looking for True Spirituality 4 Getting to Know the Mind of Christ

How to Get to Know “the Mind of Christ”

To have the mind of Christ, however, one must first know that mind. Therefore, the first step in developing spirituality is to get to know Jesus’ way of thinking. But how do you come to know the mind of someone who lived on earth 2,000 years ago? Well, how, for example, did you learn about the historical figures of your country? Likely by reading about them. Similarly, reading a written history of Jesus is an important way to get to know the mind of Christ.

This means everlasting life,+ their coming to know you,* the only true God,+ and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.+ (John 17:3).

In Jesus’ case, there are four vivid historical accounts — the Gospels written by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Reading these accounts carefully will help you to perceive Jesus’ way of thinking, his depth of feeling, and the motivation behind his actions. When you take time to reflect on what you read about Jesus, you build a picture in your mind of the kind of person he was. Even if you already consider yourself a follower of Christ, such reading and reflection will help you to “go on growing in the undeserved kindness and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

17 You, therefore, beloved ones, having this advance knowledge, be on your guard so that you may not be led astray with them by the error of the lawless people and fall from your own steadfastness.*+ 18 No, but go on growing in the undeserved kindness and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (2 Peter 3:17-18).

With that in mind, let us examine some passages in the Gospels to see what made Jesus such a spiritual person. Then, ask yourself how you can imitate the pattern set by him.

14 Therefore, if I, the Lord and Teacher, washed your feet,+ you also should* wash the feet of one another.+ 15 For I set the pattern for you, that just as I did to you, you should also do.+ (John 13:14, 15).

Keep this mental attitude in you that was also in Christ Jesus,+ (Philippians 2:5)

21 In fact, to this course you were called, because even Christ suffered for you,+ leaving a model for you to follow his steps closely.+ (1 Peter 2:21)

The one who says he remains in union with him is himself under obligation to go on walking just as that one walked.+ (1 John 2:6)

38 And whoever does not accept his torture stake* and follow after me is not worthy of me.+ (Matthew 10:38)

29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart,+ and you will find refreshment for yourselves.* (Matthew 11:29)

24 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake* and keep following me.+ (Matthew 16:24)

34 He now called the crowd to him with his disciples and said to them: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself and pick up his torture stake* and keep following me.+ (Mark 8:34)

23 Then he went on to say to all: “If anyone wants to come after me, let him disown himself+ and pick up his torture stake* day after day and keep following me.+ (Luke 9:23)

27 Whoever does not carry his torture stake* and come after me cannot be my disciple.+ (Luke 14:27)

12 Maintain your conduct fine among the nations,+ so that when they accuse you of being wrongdoers, they may be eyewitnesses of your fine works+ and, as a result, glorify God in the day of his inspection. (1 Peter 2:12)

16 Likewise, let your light shine before men,+ so that they may see your fine works+ and give glory to your Father who is in the heavens.+ (Matthew 5:16)

13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him by his fine conduct demonstrate works performed with a mildness that comes from wisdom. (James 3:13)

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Preceding articles:

Looking for True Spirituality 1 Intro

Looking for True Spirituality 2 Not restricted to an elite

Looking for True Spirituality 3 Mind of Christ

Next: Looking for True Spirituality 5 Fruitage of the Spirit

Dutch version of this article / De Nederlandse versie van dit artikel:

Op zoek naar spiritualiteit 4 Zin van Christus leren kennen

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Find also to read:

  1. Does He exists?
  2. I Will Cause Your Name To Be Remembered
  3. Yahushua, Yehoshua, Yeshua, Jehoshua of Jeshua
  4. Lord or Yahuwah, Yeshua or Yahushua (Video)
  5. Jesus and his God
  6. Election of the Apostle Matthias
  7. Engaging the enemy
  8. If You want to start winning the war

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Through the ages many people tried to get the mind or spirit of Jesus.
Augustine is seen crushing a scroll and books under his feet on the floor […] On the buckle to his ornate cloak or bishop’s vestment is an image of Christ […] St. Augustine holds a burning heart in his left hand. It might depict the Sacred Heart of Jesus or Augustine’s own heart in echo of the Scripture passage concerning the Road to Emmaus event, “Did not our hearts burn within us as He talked with us by the way and opened up the Scriptures?” The flames of the burning heart are directed toward Augustine’s head as if impacting his mind as he writes “with the mind of Christ” as Saint Paul bids us. […] At the upper left of the painting is a brilliant, golden glow with beams radiating toward him with the word “Veritas” emblazoned on it signifying God and Jesus who said, “I am the Light of the world; I am the Truth.” – Saint Augustin – Philippe de Champaigne (1602–1674)

  • “Affluenza’ as defense! Wealth as get-out-of-jail-free card.’ 12/23/’13 (thedailyprophet111.wordpress.com)
    Well that is going to change when we all put on the mind of Christ. This is a mind that knows everything. Because there is only one God and God is spirit. The spirit of God lives in every human so that a person who has the mind of Christ knows everything about everybody. Not at the same time of course but when they meet each person on at a time.
  • Jesus Sets us Free (revmartyreed.wordpress.com)
    Christians didn’t use the weeks leading up to Christmas— what we call Advent— for shopping and finding bargains, for decorating and parties.
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    God “raised up” his Son, sent his Son— conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin— to defeat Satan and set people free from Satan’s tyranny.  That’s where Isaiah’s prophecy in the Introit come in.  “Shower, O heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down righteousness; let the earth open, that salvation and righteousness may bear fruit; let the earth cause them both to sprout”.
  • What Does the Birth and Life of Christ Mean Today? (notesalongthepath.com)
    Men of power feared even the thought of a man who would become a king appointed by God. Even those who had been expecting a savior king rejected him, for they knew what they did not want. “We don’t want a king of peace. Give us a king who will fight against this injustice!”We have always misunderstood ‘God,’ haven’t we? We’re here, caught up in a literal rat race, complaining every day about what is lacking in our lives and in others’ lack of character and their human foibles. Haven’t we all wondered, “How could our country have fallen so far? How could God allow all the evil in the world?” What is evil to you may be different than what is evil to me, but what is evil to God? (Or Goddess? as the case may be.) I suspect it is anything that keeps us separate from our true design—conscious oneness with our Loving Creator, our Loving Natures, our inner Peacemakers.
  • Encouagement for the Day (momsfirstscreenn.wordpress.com)
    The Lord said, “Confess My Word. My Word says that you have the mind of Christ, and the mind of Christ never forgets.” He started to confess that he had the mind of Christ and that was how his memory remained sharp for the rest of his life. My friend, the Word of God says that you have the mind of Christ.
  • Seeking Christ (rthibeault2000.wordpress.com)
    When you have Christ’s Spirit, you will find hidden manna.  Manna, the bread provided to the Israelites during their wandering of the Desert of Sinai is symbolic of the spiritual sustenance provided by the Word of God.  This symbolism is even greater when we understand the hidden manna refers to the manna which was placed in the Ark of the Covenant.  This Ark was maintained in the Temple in Jerusalem,  inside the Holy of Holies.  It was found in the holiest part of the holiest part of the Temple of God.
  • Season of Peace (lifereference.wordpress.com)
    Peace comes from relationship with Jesus Christ
  • The Healing at the Pool of Bethesda John 5-1:15 (danielleboes.wordpress.com)
    when we change our thinking and enter into a “Sabbath” consciousness, God becomes the focus of our thinking and all things are possible.  Whether you have struggled for 38 years or 38 minutes makes no difference.  When we are ready to “renew our minds” to the Christ consciousness we become aware of the perfection that we are and demonstrate it.  We have made it to the “pool.”
  • The Gospel According to MacArthur: Examining the book The Gospel According to Jesus Pt2 (Nicodemus) (standforthefaith.wordpress.com)
    Unbelievers do make false professions of faith in Christ, and people who are not truly Christians can be deceived into thinking they are.
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    Paul refers to this as “the washing of regeneration, and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5), almost perfectly echoing Jesus’ words in John 3:5: “Unless one is born of water [the washing of regeneration] and the Spirit [and renewing by the Holy Spirit], he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
  • Happy Birthday and Happy Birthday to the Lord Jesus Christ Aka Christ Jesus (shawneejohnsonministries.wordpress.com)
  • A Christmas Story – Day #1 – Isaiah 40:1-11 And Luke 1:26-38 (tomhuff.wordpress.com)
  • Messianic Prophecies (frommyheart2u.wordpress.com)
  • Mary Did You Know? (devotionsinmotion.wordpress.com)
  • An Angel’s Conversation (heartstreamssinglesandmarried.wordpress.com)
  • The Events Surrounding the Birth of Christ (eternallysecure.wordpress.com)
  • Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph (ccwckidology.wordpress.com)
  • An Angel named Gabriel. (amylwestdavidson.wordpress.com)
  • Mary and the Angel Gabriel (ts4jc.wordpress.com)

Behold, My mother and My brothers!

As Christ was the son of God and we should be in Christ, becoming a brother of Christ, we who are all created in the image of God are children of God. Our family members, believing or not believing in god will always be part of us, part of our body and soul, the DNA of our life. No member of the family shall be able to erase all facets of a member of the family, be it a mother, a father, a son, a daughter or a brother or a sister.

As elements in the world being allowed by the Supreme Creator to be here, those who believe in the Creator should give the good example and love also those who are hating them. The ones who are calling themselves Christian should be patient enough with the family members who do not like the Christians and should be proven wrong by the right attitude of the Christian believer.

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Additional reading

  1. Reflection for today: hating your brother
  2. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love
  3. Christianity is a love affair
  4. No fear in love
  5. Experiencing God
  6. The Law of Christ: Law of Love
  7. The first on the list of the concerns of the saint
  8. The task given to us to love each other
  9. Work with joy and pray with love
  10. Self inflicted misery #8 Pruning to strengthen us
  11. Fragments from the Book of Job #7 Epilogue
  12. For attractive lips, speak words of kindness
  13. Agape, a love to share with others from the Fruit of the Spirit
  14. Engaging the enemy
  15. If You want to start winning the war
  16. Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience
  17. Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair
  18. Spread love everywhere you go
  19. Blessed are those who freely give
  20. Those who make peace should plant peace like a seed
  21. Love and cultivate that which is pure
  22. When we love we do not need laws
  23. Observing the commandments and becoming doers of the Word
  24. Self-preservation is the highest law of nature
  25. A Living Faith #3 Faith put into action
  26. A Living Faith #5 Perseverance
  27. God loving people justified
  28. Small churches of the few Christadelphians

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  • My Name (jessicadieujuste.wordpress.com)
    To some people rich might means having a great deal of money, cars, and houses but not for my purpose. I believe that I am rich in spirit and in quality. In addition, I am a devoted young woman. In addition, I really think that I am a gracious gift from God because I am a very giving person. I always try my best to live up to the bible, which explains why I am an old fashion kind of girl. I like my name because it could have been a terrible name. Truthfully, I could not imagine myself with another name, I feel like Jessica suits me well. Even though sometimes I play around and say that I am going to change my name because I know too many Jessica’s, but I would never do it. I would keep my given name to honor my mother and especially my mother for giving me that name.
  • They’ll Know We Are Christians? – Part 4 (girlfriendscommunity.wordpress.com) when Christians talk about the need to be tolerant of others, or the desire to be tolerated by others, there is something in me that immediately shrivels up. You see, I understand what it’s like to be “tolerated.”  Or, at the very least, to feel tolerated. It communicates frustration with me, or an aversion to me, or a lack of patience in dealing with me. It makes me feel like an unwanted burden, an inconvenience, or more trouble than I’m worth. I don’t want to be tolerated. + Agape love is a choice. It’s an act of our will. It has nothing to do with tolerance or acceptance. It’s the ability to show compassion, grace, and mercy to another person regardless of their beliefs, choices, or lifestyle. In fact, true agape love frees us from having to pursue acceptance and tolerance. Likewise, it frees us from having to grant acceptance or to bestow tolerance.
  • Christians Are Not Nice (katherinejanelle.wordpress.com) I heard this story a couple of weeks ago about a “Christian” woman walking into a doctors office waiting room and going around shaking everyone’s hand. She was smiling and saying “It’s so nice to meet you!” Meanwhile, in her head, she was judging every single one of them as she proceeded to act “nicely” like “a good Christian should.” The woman came to a teenaged girl towards the end of her greetings. When the woman reached out her hand to the teenaged girl, the girl grabbed her neck and started choking her. The girl said, “Go back to where you came from you wicked hag”…. Pretty intense huh!
  • What the Love of Christ Doesn’t Look Like (theladyjournal.wordpress.com) “It’s disheartening to see fellow Christians talk down to other Christians as if their better or more “righteous” by “preaching” to them rather than selflessly encouraging them. That is not Christianity “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. Some do this to fill their own void of sin. Don’t let them do it to you. There is a difference between sharpening a friend in Christ and using the iron too harshly…then I quoted Philippians 2:3.
  • Scriptural Metaphors for Community (christianitymatters.com) In my studies, I ran across several metaphors in Scripture characterizing the Christian life as a community. Here is what I found
  • What Is God’s Will For Your Life (thechurchatcarrollton.wordpress.com) For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother.
  • No More Condemnation – Romans 8:1 (ruthlsnyder.com) I have new desires (as a new creation) and can look to the Holy Spirit for guidance and strength as I walk with God each day. In the future, I will not face condemnation either. Instead I will celebrate with Jesus Christ as an adopted child of God the Father, enjoying His presence in Heaven.
  • Meet the Master ! (africanyoungpastors.wordpress.com) Real peace is best displayed in the midst of chaos, turmoil or confusion. Think about the surface of the water during a storm at sea. It tosses everything about quite violently. However, the deeper you go below the surface, the calmer things become. Far below the surface, deep in the ocean, is a quiet that is totally unaware of the disturbance at the top.Jesus provides that kind of peace for us. “For He Himself IS our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14) All hell may be breaking forth against us on the surface of our life. Our health and finances and relationships may crumble and toss us about like violent waves. However, by sinking down deeper into him, we experience his peace as an anchor of security.
  • Heart, Might, Mind and Strength (2 of 5) (allthingswitness.wordpress.com) The first point is that the Saviour Himself states that the reason why He asked the Father if there was another way (see Matthew 26:39) is because He wasn’t necessarily certain He could get through it – in His words, He might “shrink”.  I had never before considered that.  Here was a task so big, and so unimaginably difficult, that even the Son of God, the Messiah, the Creator of all things and the Judge of all, was maybe not sure that He was up to the task!
  • Behold, the Household of God (severekindness.com) Jesus commands His mother and His disciple to behold each other, as if they were actually mother and son, and this results in John’s immediate decision to take Mary into his home.
  • “I am the LORD, I change not” (Mal. 3:6) (theeyesoffaith.wordpress.com) Sometimes, we don’t have to wait until we enter Heaven’s gates to behold the miraculous power of God. There are times when God allows things to happen just so He can be glorified in the eyes of all who see Him do the impossible.

En Gedi Gate

 And someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But He answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”  And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold, My mother and My brothers!  “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.” (Matt. 13:46-50).

 

It is apparent from this Scripture citation that obedience to Jesus Christ and following Him, in many cases, will cause the fracturing of some or all of one’s earthly family. One of the most difficult challenges many Christians face is trying to maintain close family ties, while still being obedient to Jesus Christ and growing in the Word of God. In some cases, it just cannot be done. A Christian’s…

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WWJD

Wherever we are, whatever we do we should give a good example and be worthy to be called Christian or Follower of Christ. Before we act or react, we always better should question in ourselves what our action would trigger by the other person(s). It is not bad also to wonder what Jesus would do in such an instance we are ourselves. When we consider what Jesus would do we also should learn from that reaction Jesus would make, and take on the right attitude, showing to others that we are really a follower of Christ Jesus and a worthy child of Jehovah God.

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We do have to make many decisions each day. While some decisions may look easy for us while others would give us more worries, it does not mean that the easy decisions are necessary the right decisions.

The writer in this article about “What Would Jesus Do” takes his Lord Jesus Christ as his Father in heaven. But Jesus is in heaven to be the mediator between man and God, and he as we does have only One “Father in heaven”, the Only One God. It is the Elohim Hashem Jehovah who loves us and wants us to follow His son. It is that only begotten son of God who as man showed us the way to his Father.

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Though the writer of the article does know he should check first with God before he is going to make decisions. We may never take them in haste so that we could regret our decisions afterwards. Always we should think first before we act.

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If we focus on the son of God, Christ Jesus (Jeshua), we can be assured of his guidance and also on the guidance of the more important Being, the Divine Creator: Jehovah God.

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Additional reading:

  1. A Living Faith #1 Substance of things hoped for
  2. No man is capable of self-improvement on his own
  3. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  4. One mediator
  5. God of gods
  6. Only One God
  7. God is One
  8. Praise the most High Jehovah God above all
  9. Reasons that Jesus was not God
  10. “Only begotten Son” or “only begotten God”? (John 1:18)
  11. Jehovah יהוה YHWH JHVH God Elohim Yahweh Jahweh

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  • WWJD with These Memories (momslupusmagic.com)
    My first reaction was anger but what would Jesus do?                                                          Father forgive her he would say.                                                                                              How do I teach my child a  positive response from this?   Pray, he would say….. So we did  Does he understand?  I don’t know but now, thankfully……. it is in God’s hands.
  • WWJD? Weetbix, blankets, hugs and a fishing rod (s0cialjustice.wordpress.com)
    Christine Rankin: “Weetbix goes a long way.” Wow! What a debate! Well at least we know THE solutions to child poverty don’t we? So, what would Jesus do again Bob, Christine and Hannah? Give the 270,000 kiwi kids in poverty a grilling for not utilizing their weetbix economically?
  • Wwjd (stuffmypastorsays.wordpress.com)
    “If Jesus were sitting here,” she tells them, “He would say: ‘Let My Brother Have The First Pancake. I Can Wait.’ Do you understand what I’m telling you, Henry?”
  • W.W.J.D. – (What would Jesus do?) (trustingjc.wordpress.com)
    We all know that when anxiety sets in, that means we have been entertain thoughts from our number one enemy and no, it’s not your sister, that mean classmate or that envious colleague.
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    When Jesus was on earth as man and He was being tempted in the wilderness, His weapon was the scriptures.  He used the scriptures to extinguished the fiery darts of Satan.   Remembering this comforted me because I was reminded that Jesus Christ understands what I am going through and He has left examples of how I should handle these situation and struggles.  Use the scriptures and spend a lot of time communicating, listening and being obedient to God.
  • WWJD and What Would Thomas Merton Say Watching Me Today? (pinkhammissions.wordpress.com)
    Jesus wanted to do “only what he saw His Father do.” (John 5:19)  Oh how I wish (we)  would grab onto this principle.  How it would break off our orphaned and works-oriented approach to the Father.  Seun Feucht, The Culture of Revival Vol. 1 Perseverance with Joy, Pg. 139.
  • Wwjd (divine273.wordpress.com)
    Many times we are faced with trials and tough decisions. We can’t figure out what went wrong or if its right or not. I know i have had many times were i had to make a decision and sometimes it wasn’t a good one and sometimes it was. In those times we should stop and think WWJD… What would Jesus do?
  • Alert (linesbylinda.wordpress.com)
    Alert, one nation under God, work together, keep our country standing tall!
    Humble yourselves and ask, “What would Jesus do?
  • Wwjd (theacousticstrings.wordpress.com)
    How many of us know the meaning behind the acronym? Probably quite a few. For me, it doesn’t mean “Who Wants Jelly Doughnuts” even though that sounds pretty good.
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  • W.w.j.d. (yourfaceispolitics.wordpress.com)
    I have no problem with religion. I’m kind of religious myself. I’m not the first one through the doors on Sunday morning or anything, but I have a relationship with my God that I’m comfortable with.I do, however, have a problem when it comes to mixing politics and religion. They’re like oil and water – they just don’t go together, and one of them will always float to the top.
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    Everyone deservers the chance to be healthy without having to bankrupt themselves.

    I don’t claim to speak for Jesus, but I’m pretty sure He would agree with me on this one.

  • Imitation Christianity (jacksaunsea.wordpress.com)
    I had previously written a short thought several days ago about Fake Christians, which at this time I would like to look at more deeply.
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    Jesus Christ was a Jewish fellow who traveled his country with his companions spreading a message of “good news” (gospel). He healed the sick, raised the dead, and performed other miraculous signs and wonders. He was a teacher who spoke with tremendous insight and truth about God and the kingdom of heaven. He spent a great deal of his time with those whom were considered the lowly despised members of society, defended prostitutes, and broke religious laws of his time and culture.
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    With his response, Jesus shows us who we are. He shows us that he himself is a son of God, and so are all of you. Have you ever heard a Christian evangelist or missionary use that as their pitch? I haven’t.

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Philippians 2:5…Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.  (NIV)

When I googled “decisions we make each day” I got numerous answers from numerous websites.  The lowest number I seen at a glance was 672 and it went way up to the hundred thousand’s.  I’ll just sum it up as we make many decisions each day.

Some decisions are easy while others we worry about as we ponder them.  While one may fret over what to wear to work the next day for hours, someone else may take seconds to make that same decision.  What is hard for one, may be easy for another.  I want to talk about the hard ones; the ones that keep us awake at night, the ones that tie our stomach into knots or give us a migraine, the ones that may change our life forever.  Those are the ones that everyone…

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Some one or something to fear #3 Cases, folks and outing

Fear to use a name of a ghost, person or group

5. Fear from knowing previous cases

Ghost fear

Ghost fear (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

It is not always from personal history that a person learns to fear. Regardless of whether they themselves have experienced trauma, or if they have observed the fear in others, people are aware in what happens in others and anticipate in what could happen to them when they know what happened to others in a similar situation. History has brought forth that people know how many people were teased, pestered, tormented and even killed for their love of God. Often they become worried to be put in an embarrassing situation if they would mention God or His Name. Their conscience pricks them, not having pangs of conscience, but more of the fear to become confronted with something others do not like, or would not find it ‘cool.’

6. Coming out

They should better have an uneasy conscience why they do not like to come out for those things they do believe. Because as a follower of Christ we should have a beautiful example in what Jesus did for his faith and for those people who even did not like him.

Christ the Saviour (Pantokrator), a 6th-centur...

Christ the Saviour (Pantokrator), a 6th-century encaustic icon from Saint Catherine’s Monastery, Mount Sinai. NB – slightly cut down – for full size see here (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Nobody wants to be a figure of fun or made a fool of, and often it is not easy to be able to take a bit of teasing surely when we know that it easily can take on the form of bullying and going to worse.

Also to fear to be associated with loonies, conservatives, fools or lunatics or with associations or groups which are not so much liked in society.

For this reason several priests and preachers do not dare to use the Name of God. In the fifties we still could find Roman Catholic Bibles with the name Yehowah printed in it. But when a group of lay street-preachers started to put the attention more on God then on his son Jesus and the Church institutions, the Institutions themselves felt taken under fire, and wanted to bring it forth that those people using the name Jehovah were the children of the devil. But then they themselves could not use the same name as those ‘dangerous’ objectors. The growing Jehovah Witnesses became a formidable or fearsome adversary. The church institutions wanted to get rid of this opponent which tried to open the eyes of the unknowing parishioners. According to the Catholic Churches people should not read the Bible because they are not able to understand it. But now those common folk tried to get others to understand that anybody could find the Truth in the Word of God, the Bible.

7. Dangerous folks

Many institutions tried to bring a hate feeling for those ‘dangerous’ people of Jehovah, who had to be avoided at all costs. The fact that those Witnesses also dared to call at the door at the most awkward moments of the day did not make them very popular. That they also showed up at the worst moments was not in their favour. Therefore it was not difficult to have them become a subject of laughter and of hate mails.

According to several studies, when individuals are presented with fearful vs. neutral faces or being confronted with figures clothed in a certain way this triggersthe occipital cerebellar regions including the fusiform gyrus and the inferior parietal / superiortemporal gyri.[1]A fear is created by the looks of the persons. Everybody can see the Jehovah Witnesses from far away. (We probably do not have to have a picture here.)

The cognitive, and behavioural components make that several people come in to a psychological and physiological state whereby they produce worry going into anxiety, angst or in the worst case terror. The Jehovah Witnesses were considered a hazard. Nobody wanted to risk the loss of their members to such an association were everybody seemed so close to each other.They even considered the others in the group as brothers and sisters. That would make such a close relation that they would do a lot to help and protect each other.  It would be more difficult to get them away from the group than when they would stay just some individuals in a community. To make the fear greater for those people the churches found it best to say that those Witnesses of Jehovah were not only the adversaries of faith but also a dangerous sect or cult which would make that families would be broken up.


[1] Radua,Joaquim; Phillips, Mary L.; Russell, Tamara; Lawrence, Natalia; Marshall,Nicolette; Kalidindi, Sridevi; El-Hage, Wissam; McDonald, Colm et al. (2010).”Neural response to specific components of fearful faces in healthy andschizophrenic adults”. NeuroImage 49 (1): 939–946. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2009.08.030. PMID 19699306.

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Additional reading:

  1. 7000 to 20000 words spoken each day
  2. Darkness, light, burning fire, Truth and people in it
  3. Greatest single cause of atheism
  4. Breathing and growing with no heir
  5. Facing disaster fatigue
  6. Fear knocked at the door
  7. 8 fears caused by the fear of Man
  8. Walking alone?
  9. Fearing the right person
  10. Fear and protection
  11. Anxiety is the gap between the now and the later
  12. Vile language and behaviour plus little secrets
  13. Built on or Belonging to Jewish tradition #4 Mozaic and Noachide laws
  14. Condemnation of the World and Illustration of Justification
  15. Fear not tomorrow. God is already there
  16. Do not be afraid. Good news because a Saviour has been born
  17. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #2 Calling upon the Name of God
  18. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #1 Prosperity
  19. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #3 Rejoicing in the insistence
  20. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #8 Prayer #6 Communication and manifestation
  21. I Only hope we find GOD again before it is too late !
  22. Look for your Refuge by God
  23. Praying For What We Want or Don’t Want
  24. Prophets making excuses
  25. Would You Run?
  26. Control and change
  27. When discouraged facing opposition
  28. Only the contrite self, sick of its pretensions, can find salvation
  29. Try driving forward instead of backwards
  30. Be strong and take courage
  31. A small trouble is like a pebble
  32. Look for today
  33. Rejoicing in the day
  34. Give your worries to God
  35. God is Positive
  36. God Feeds The Birds
  37. God become master of our passions
  38. No fear in love
  39. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  40. Wondering
  41. Eternal Word that tells everything
  42. Power in the life of certain
  43. Being sure of their deliverance
  44. Jehovah’s Witnesses not only group that preach the good news
  45. Focus on Jehovah’s Witnesses
  46. Focus on Charles Taze Russell
  47. Charles Taze Russell never claimed to have found a new religion, or a new church.
  48. Bringing Good News into the world
  49. A small company of Jesus’ footstep follower
  50. Follower of Jesus part of a cult or a Christian
  51. Those who call the Christadelphians a cult
  52. Breaking up with a cult
  53. Being religious has benefits even in this life

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  • God’s Name is Jehovah, not ‘Yahweh’ (dontbefooled666.wordpress.com)
    When one does more research, they find that there are a multitude of Biblical names of places and people–even names of kings–that have meanings that center around God. These names begin with Jeho in English (Yeho in Hebrew) and some even include God’s whole name: Jehovah.
  • “Do not be Anxious.” An unrealistic expectation? (God’s Law and the Christian Pt. 3) (newjerusalem.net.au)
    If the standard of legalistic righteousness of the Pharisees was above most people’s heads, Jesus comes and shows that the standards of the law are much higher even than that – they are beyond the ceiling!
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    Jesus’ teaching on the Law shows me up. He tells me that lustful thoughts are adultery, so that I will see that I am an adulterer, filled with lust and ungodly desires; he tells me that anger is murder, so that I will see that I am a murderous, selfish person who lives for myself instead of others; He tells me my ‘spiritual life’ must be simple and private, so that I will see that I am craving the attention and approval of others in order to affirm my own sense of self righteousness.
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    Paul’s statement in Philippians 4:6 ‘…do not be anxious about anything…’ does not stand on it’s own; it is sandwiched between ‘The Lord is at hand’ and ‘the Peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.’ Again, the character and faithfulness of God gives us reason to obey His call to trust and not be anxious.
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    Instead of listing the nature of our circumstances and concluding that all will be disastrous, we need to list the nature of our Father and His faithful and righteous acts so that we will conclude that He is good and can be trusted to world for good in whatever may be around the corner, be it gladness or grief.
  • Preaching the Gospel as Gospel: When Law Becomes Torah (afkimel.wordpress.com)
    There is an old story about a Lutheran pastor who, after a long ministry of rightly distinguishing law and gospel, announced on his death bed: “I shall most certainly go to heaven, as I cannot remember ever having done a good work.” The story touches on the great fear we all have about the preaching of the gospel in the performative mode of unconditional promise—it seems to make good works and personal holiness irrelevant. During his lifetime Catholic apologists violently hurled the antinomian accusation against Martin Luther, and he struggled to express why it did not apply to the reforming doctrine.
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    if the preacher is never accused of antinomianism, this probably means he is not preaching the authentic gospel at all.
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    Most preachers therefore prefer the carrot-stick approach, which is simply the way the world works. First tell the congregation that following Jesus is the good and right thing to do, with outstanding rewards in heaven and maybe some perks in the present; and then threaten them with punishment if they fail to comply (fire and brimstone works pretty well). In other words, preachers and congregations prefer the preaching of the law. It’s what comes natural because it is natural: law structures our fallen existence.
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    Proclaiming gospel in the performative mode of unconditional promise can be frightening, both for the preacher and the congregation. Exhortation is so much safer. It maintains the status quo.
  • A Satisfied Spirit Fears Not (asatisfiedspirit.com)
    Throughout scripture we are told not to be afraid.  Why is that?  God knew, when He put Adam and Eve out of the garden, that fear would be a part of everyday life.  So then what do we fear?  For me,  it’s something will happen to someone I love when they are not near me.  Or, there won’t be enough money for everything we need.  Or, not enough time for what I need to get done.  Or, someone will not like how I look.
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    I’m told the only way to conquer my fear is to face it.  Perhaps so but the Word says I don’t have to face it alone.  God is always with me and with Him all the the Angel Armies of Heaven.  Why would I fear with that at my Protector’s disposal?
  • The Right To Be Wrong About Everything (isylumn.wordpress.com)
    everything we know about the universe may be wrong. And Science will correct itself even if men must admit there truly is a Higher Power.Until then and the perspective never, men must question everything they know. So, what if everything we know about the universe is wrong? What then? Wild possibilities feed verdant imaginations. One would have to dream as a child to even contemplate answers. Indeed, the question itself sounds as if asked by a kid in grade school.
  • Man fires 19 rounds at Jehovah’s Witnesses (huffingtonpost.com)
    After telling a group of three Jehovah’s Witnesses to get lost, Centeron, Ark., resident John Baldwin, 35, fired about 19 shots at the group as they were leaving, police said.
  • “Ye Are My Witnesses, Saith Jehovah Baldwin: Arkansas Man Arrested For Firing Shots At Jehovah’s Witnesses Who Approached Him On His Lawn (jonathanturley.org)
    Jehovah’s Witnesses in Arkansas will soon be called to be witnesses of a different kind for John Baldwin, 35. Baldwin is charged with aggravated assault after firing 13 times at the Jehovah’s Witnesses who approached him in his front yard.
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    I guess Baldwin is another one of those “responsible guns owners” we have all been hearing about. The thought that this man could even think that firing shots at these women was appropriate and acceptable conduct makes my blood run cold. He should be put away for attempted murder and they should file a law suit and take his house. While justice in the next world may be the Lord’s Baldwin deserves a little earthly justice as soon as possible!
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses and Pedophilia (alexjamesisnotmyrealname.wordpress.com)
    JWs insist on what they call the “two witness” rule, meaning that there must be two witnesses to any crime for them to move forward with any type of action.
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    Child sex assault rarely if ever has a second witness to the crime.  However, there is no reason that Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot consider it as having happened “in a field.”  I would like an explanation as to why they ignore this scriptural principle and continue to insist that nothing be done to investigate allegations of child sexual assaults in their midst if there is not this second witness to the crime.
  • Rosary No More!! Why I Stopped Praying The Rosary!! (Testimony of a Former Roman Catholic) (soulrefuge.org)
    I write this post as a former Roman Catholic, and as one who has forever stopped praying the Roman Catholic Rosary. For those of you who are not familiar with the Rosary, the Rosary is a set of beads, each bead representing a prayer. The majority of those beads represent a prayer well known as the “Hail Mary” and there are 53 “Hail Mary’s” on each bead set of 5 decades. There are also larger beads which would represent the Lord’s prayer (Our Father) but there are only 6 of them on the rosary. There is a crucifix on the end, and the “Apostles Creed” would be said on that, and there are also “Glory Be” prayers that are said on that Rosary.
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    The Lord Jesus Christ set me free from the darkness of Roman Catholicism, and it’s false Gospel over 20 years ago, and people are being seduced in our day, like never before! There is very little resistance to Rome, in the pulpits in our time, even though many know Rome preaches a false gospel. Many are afraid of offending other “big name Christians” whose ministries are known around the world. Could it be that they are receiving funding from the compromisers, and do not want to lose that funding, should they speak out?