Partaking of the Divine Nature – What Does All That Mean Anyway?

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

A dog can be like a cat in many ways, but no matter how many likenesses we can draw between cats and dogs, a dog will never purr. When we talk about likenesses, it’s a good idea to keep in mind that there may be limitations to the level of “likeness” between any two things we are likening.

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The Sabbath Rest

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

(KJV) Exodus. 20:9-10 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work

(KJV) Colossians 2:16-17 Let no man therefore judge you … in respect of … the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come…

(KJV) Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

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Two or Three Witnesses — The Strength of Multiple Testimonies

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

Decades before ultrasound technology became available and commonly used for discovering the sex of the baby before birth, there was a doctor who was quite famous locally for having 100% accuracy in predicting the sex of the child (if the mother asked). Sometimes after the birth, the mother would say that the doctor had been mistaken, but he could produce her chart and show that he had written the correct sex, on the date of her appointment in which she asked his opinion. He was always right!

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Know Thy “Enemy” Well

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

When you’re dealing with a particular type of non-Christian belief (whether atheism, Islam, Hinduism, or anything else – including those religions that claim to be Christian, but are quite unorthodox), you must invest the time and energy to acquire a certain base of knowledge about their beliefs, in order to discuss your own religious beliefs with each other more effectively.

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Tension and a Tightrope

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[ Author: Kathy Petersen ]

Only apparent contradictions

Some Biblical passages may be difficult to understand or explain, or even seem to contradict other passages. Sometimes, scholars may say that there is “tension” in the text – and the way they use the term “tension” seems to be a polite way of saying “contradiction”. But is this the case? If a person is determined to see contradiction, he will be able to. But just because someone claims contradiction, it doesn’t mean it is an inherent contradiction. I don’t particularly mind the term “tension”, as long as it doesn’t mean “contradiction”. And, really, sometimes “tension” is good.

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