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I can answer most any question which is truly Bible-centric. I make this distinction because there is much which is considered biblical; but, which, is actually based only upon the traditions of men. However, I will also state this caveat: not all traditions are necessarily "bad" by definition. Otherwise, the subject about which I am passionate is The Law of God. There is much misconception in this area. In point of fact, I, myself, only woke up a bit over 10 years ago (2002) to what is truly meant by the Law of God and how that relates to Salvation. This, of course, is a touchy subject when you start mixing the Law of God with the subject of Salvation -- which, everyone should know, is a gift of God, by grace, through faith and not of works; lest any man should boast (Eph. 2:8,9). I am thankful that God the Holy Spirit has opened, and is opening, my eyes to these Truths.
I have taken Bible classes every year since the first grade through 4-year college level and study the Bible every week with others in Sabbath School. I have also continued studying the Bible, on my own, throughout my life -- particularly these last 10+ years. Therefore, I consider myself to have about 48+ years of both formal and informal Bible experience upon which to draw.
I am a current member in good and full standing with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. I am also a level-7 member of Yahoo!Answers in the Religion & Spirituality group. Lastly, though not a related discipline, I am also a member at LinkedIn.com because of my professional standing as a computer programmer of more than 35 years.
"The Truth About the Law of God" by Dave L Clark I is a 298-page book available at Amazon.com. Some of my writings may also be found on the following websites: << http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=439894129445 >>; << http://answers.yahoo.com/dir/index?sid=396545163 >>; and, << http://www.BibleExplorations.info/articles >>.
I have 3 years of formal college and a 4-year college equivalence degree in Information Technology. Otherwise, I am not formally credentialed in Bible doctrine or theology. However, when did God ever say that He only speaks to or through theologian-type or highly-placed sources?
None of God's Law has ever, will ever, nor can ever come to an end. The New Covenant is not new in terms of God's Law; but, in terms of being based upon better promises. God's Law remains the same under both Covenants.
You cannot be saved by keeping any of God's Law; because, at some point, you have already broken it and have come under the condemnation of the full Law. Only Jesus Christ's Blood can remove that condemnation. However, Jesus said that only law-keepers will be saved. Confused? ;-) Ask a question.
Brett, I am no authority on civil history. I can unequivocally state that the papal power *did* uproot three of the ten prophetic horns. Why? Because the Bible says so. But, the Bible does not say
Darren, You say that "scripture" points out that the Holy Spirit is God's Seal yet you cite not a single passage of actual scripture. I'd like to see Biblical proof that the Holy Spirit is God's seal
Darren, I believe I've answered this before on the basis of the parallel passage found in Matthew 15:1-20. Neither passage is about food. Both are about washing hands before eating and whether NOT
Jennifer, Already answered that the second death only occurs when eternal (i.e., permanent) destruction is meted out to the impenitent (Revelation 20:11-15). The first death is a death called "sleep"
Jennifer, Saved from what? From eternal (i.e., permanent) destruction (i.e., the second death; Revelation 20:11-15). The Bible plainly states that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that