#0100 “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”

Links relevant to this posting…

Scripture relevant to today’s posting…

31 Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

Matt. 12: 31-32 (KJV)

 

Today’s posting is part 2 of the new series: “Words of the Bible vs. the WORD”. This series is based upon material to be included in my new book. As I am inspired to write this, I am posting these ideas on-the-fly, so it will be fleshed out and edited more before it gets into the book. Today’s links are two articles featuring two conservatist ministers’ feedback on the recent mass shooting in Orlando, FL. The shooting took place in a nightclub frequented by people of LBGT orientations. The first link is a self-interview with a Baptist minister who says he is basing his beliefs on the Bible, specifically Leviticus 20:13. In his comments he makes this statement, “…because in Leviticus 20:13—God’s perfect law—He puts the death penalty on murder and He also puts the death penalty on homosexuality.” This is an example of a “man of God” making a spiritual judgment about something based on some words in the Bible. Because his focus is on the content of  the Bible, in this case Leviticus, he has given them more power than the voice of reason and love that might otherwise resonate from within his own mind and heart. This is where the seat of the WORD—which is the Holy Ghost—is meant to sit and rule; NOT in Leviticus or in any other of the Bible’s words. Evicting the WORD from their hearts and minds both of these men have blasphemed the Holy Ghost which is the WORD of God. Remember, the goal of the new book is to begin building a new Christian narrative; one which has its roots firmly planted in the Bible, especially in the teachings of Jesus. Today’s post brings the total number to 100. In view of this and my feeling the need for more time to devote to writing the new book, I have decided to change the number and frequency of future postings.  The next one will appear on Saturday, June 25. From then on I will be posting on Saturdays, 2-4 times per month. Thanks. 

Words of the Bible vs. the WORD

In the gospel of John he says this….

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:1-5 (KJV)

Continued from 6-12-16…

Let’s take a look at the 1st five verses of John Chapter One, a verse at a time…

1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Is John referring to the Holy Ghost here? It says that the Word was God! As Christians, we believe there are 3 aspects of the Godhead which traditionally are referred to as 3 persons of the Holy Trinity; so it’s got to be one of these 3. We will be able to eliminate God the Son as a possibility because in verse 14 John tells us that the Word was made flesh (or human) and we are safe in interpreting this to mean Jesus. The significance of this statement is that this same essence—or spirit of the Word is the same spirit which makes up Jesus and that is the Holy Ghost. With verse 1 we have a working theory about what or who the Word is; but let’s move to verse 2 to see if it substantiates our theory…

2 The same was in the beginning with God.

This line restates what was said in verse 1 as a way of emphasizing the point. At the same time it serves as a sort of preamble to another point John is about to make in the next verse; proffering what the Word was doing in the period John refers to as the beginning.

3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

According to this verse, the Word was making or creating everything. John makes the point that not any thing that was made came into to existence without the Word (Holy Ghost). So far these 3 verses in John work nicely with Genesis 1:3 (KJV)… “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” The next verse John goes into a bit of the ethereal realm and he relies on the inspiration of the Holy Ghost to assist him getting the full weight of meaning across to the reader…

4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

We could contemplate this verse for hours, days, years or a lifetime and still be caught up in the wonder of its message. For me, it’s saying two things: 1) that life was resident within the Holy Ghost and 2) it’s inferring that this life was infused into men (mankind or humans) when they were created. It further indicates that this life might very well be a special, divine life because John describes it as “the light of men”. Some Bible scholars may interpret this in some other way; but what John’s saying is that this same life (he describes as light)—that IS the Holy Ghost—was put into the making of humans. The next verse brings some insight into the matter of blasphemy of the Holy Ghost…

 5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

We’ll pick it up from there…next time.

If you have a question or a comment about this or other postings please feel free to send them in. As usual, thanks for reading.

TBC: Saturday, June25, 2016

Purchase or preview for free The Jesus Clone book here (Kindle Special $1.39)…  

Skip to toolbar