“It Works the Same in Every Country”
Hello Brother ADASK.
After reading this article and THEN your response to ‘SweaterCups40’ My reply to your post has become more than I had intended. But as you said;
…”This blog is intended to be a place where, by reason of using my intellect and by reason of using the intellects of my readers, we can “exercise” our senses so as to develop and “sharpen” our individual capacities to discern between good and evil, right and wrong”…
AND that provoked me to go into a little more detail in my response.
Here is the foundation to my approach to understanding;
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge : because thou hast rejected knowledge I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me”… WE are responsible for OUR knowledge or lack of Knowledge. KJV >
II TIMOTHY 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
DIVIDING: S.C. GREEK 3718 “orthotomeo” to make straight, cut, to DISSECT!
II Cor. 10:12 “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise,”
In other words think for yourself!
Revelation 21:8 came up in a blog I was involved in about Gun Control a few weeks ago, and one of the posters had used the word ‘cowardice’ as you did. I am sure that you were not quoting from the KJV, and this is not an attack on what you said, I wanted to share with you some of what came from that conversation.
I argued that ‘cowardice’ should not be used there because it does not define the word for fearful that is used in the original Greek and therefore cowardice was not a sin deserving eternal damnation.
Cowardice as a word is not found in the KJV, but in the dictionary it is defined as an; ‘Ignoble fear in the face of danger or pain’. and ignoble is; ‘Not honorable in character or purpose’.
I said that while I may be willing to go toe to toe with someone in a fist fight, I could be ‘fearful in two ways. One is the fear of getting hurt or the fear of hurting my opponent beyond what is necessary. So ‘fearfulness’ in that manner is not COWARDICE, but is a ‘prudent’ fear. And later I thought about it, and came to the conclusion that in a sense we were both correct, but the word cowardly does NOT belong there!
The following is the results of my research on ‘fearful’
I deal with the differences in the footnotes of my featured article at edomsthorn.wordpress.com between my hard copy of the Strong’s Concordance pre-1980, and the on-line version http://www.biblestudytools.com/concordances/strongs-exhaustive-concorda…
And there are some important differences.
This is for the word for ‘fearful’, in Revelation 21:8
S.C. G1169 Blueletter
‘deilos’ timid, fearful
( adds faithless pre-1980 S.C.) a root word from ‘deos’ (dread)
AND this is for ‘fearful’ in Hebrews 10:26-27
S.C. BlueLetter ‘phoberos’ G5398
1) inspiring fear, terrible, formidable
2) affected with fear, timid
frightful: be a formidable; fearful, terrible
Hebrews 10:26-27 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
Hebrews 10:27 and Revelation 21:8 shows two applications of the word fearful, with an identical end result!
SO, I came to the conclusion, because ‘unbeliever’ is the next word used there in Revelation 21:8, and denotes ‘faith’ the proper word there should be ‘TIMID’ as in Lukewarm Revelation 3:16
Just thought you might find that interesting. I do not write as well as you, I do hope you understood my point.
On that thread from above, that conversation had began with a poster proclaiming that Jesus had told the Apostles to arm themselves (LUKE 22) “against the Roman Tyranny”! And that leads me to your question, …”Does Revelation 21:8 provide a spiritual basis for the 2nd Amendment?”… I think you will agree, the answer is no. We do however, know that we are to resist EVIL and defend ourselves, and we are to EXPOSE evil! With out going into the study of Matthew 26:52 most always quoted out of context! (Live by the sword, etc.) As you pointed out, to die for our faith is LIFE, If we should defend ourselves, for our FAITH, and save our ‘life’ we will surely lose it! It is so refreshing to read your writings,
Patriots are many times taking LUKE 22:36 out of context as a call to bear arms.
That passage had NOTHING to do with the Romans! Read in context and you will see that they were to protect against “false flag” attack
LUKE 22:36-37 “Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. 37.>> For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end”…
AS it was with King HEROD, the EDOMITE who was Satanically led to murder the infant Jesus, Jesus knew that the forces of Satan would try to prevent the Prophesy’s regarding Messiah from being fulfilled!
Would Jesus want us to resist tyranny? Yes! But Luke 22:36 was not about TYRANNY!!
I thank you for the opportunity to “exercise” yours and my senses.
It is also interesting to note in Hebrews 10:26-27 there are to use’s of the word ‘SIN’ there, and I wonder if someone can tell us what ‘SIN’ it is that is called WILLFUL? It is an actionable sin!
And is found in Revelation 21:8
Just for fun!