1 Peter 1:23: The Word of God is Literal and Authoritative

1 Peter 1:23: The Word of God is Literal and Authoritative

Quote Originally Posted by Teslobo 

The most charitable explanation in reality is that …

Quote Originally Posted by Teslobo 

The less charitable (and more likely explanation imo) was that…

Quote Originally Posted by Teslobo 

Your response seems to lean on very liberal interpretation and I do not find it compelling.23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 1 Peter 1:23You either believe the Word of God is authoritative or not.

There is no “in between.”

In reality, there is no “conservative interpretation” vs “liberal interpretation,” although apostasy and corruption has created this perception

I also understand I’m in a mostly liberal atheist forum, so I exercise patience; even when that involves answering / debating questions that appear to involve “interpretation” to non-believers

In actuality,

The Bible, God’s Word, was given to interpret itself

If you actually believed in the Bibles authority, and took the Word as it is written, instead of trying to filter it through your own lens, you wouldn’t have 10293210938123 different interpretations and fall into heresy – a huge problem we have today.

You see,

God didn’t make / send his Word for confusion, He designed it to be straight-forward.

Of course, the Devil and his servants aren’t going to allow this. They are going to try to plant seeds of doubt to both believers and non-believers alike, to confuse and divide everyone.

When these little seeds of doubt begin “to grow” in our minds,

We begin to “get smart and intellectual,” “proud and haughty,”

Telling ourselves,

“Hmmmmm, but what does THIS mean???””You know what …. let me check here and there…. Oh, what does THIS SOURCE say hmmm””Oh, I see… it’s not a LITERAL hell God is talking about!!!”

etc etcIt’s easy to fall into this trap if you don’t put God’s Word as the final authority. The final standard.

If the Bible wasn’t the final authority,

We could believe in anything. This is how CULTS start.

You will be thoroughly deceived if you don’t put the Word of God as the final authority.

You’ll be stuck on forums for 20+ years getting into pointless debates on what X passage means and how you won’t believe because it doesn’t neatly check all the boxes on your worldly standards. Because Y passage “seems mean” and “unfair” to you so you slam the Bible shut and pout, NO!!!! 

If you’re a preacher, you’ll have no POWER when you preach because you don’t believe in the PERFECT Word of God.

If you’re a believer, you’ll start questioning your faith.

There is no between in this game.

There is no “oh I guess I kinda believe”

There needs to be 100% conviction.

Check your faith. Do you have 100% conviction?

Do you find yourself in a mega-church, listening to things that make you feel comfortable? Listening to things you WANT to hear instead of something you NEED to hear? Listening to WATERED-DOWN truth and feel-good cliches, while you sip on your fresh coffee?

Look, I get it,

Nobody wants to listen to their sin problems or that they’re damned to Hell

–It’s UNCOMFORTABLE.
–It’s UNPOPULAR
–It CALLS US OUT
A church or preacher or teacher that teaches the REAL WORD OF GOD will be ignored, hated, and unliked.

That’s reality.

Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Luke 6:22If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. John 15:18

Quote Originally Posted by Teslobo 

You are ultimately just a heretic in the plainest sense.

The Word of God wasn’t designed to “entertain you” “seek your approval” or “have interesting intellectual thought discussions and debates” (although these things can happen too)

NO!!!

The Word of God was designed to PRICK your HEART by the Holy Spirit.

12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
This only happens when you put His Word as the final authority.

Listen, we can have these little “debates” you intellectuals love, but I want to reiterate,

This is NOT about intelligence.

Back in Jesus’ day, people were living amongst him, EYE TO EYE,

MIRACLES were being performed.

And people STILL DIDN’T BELIEVE; that’s just human nature.

Finally,

I do want to end by stressing these points which are essential:

If you don’t want to fall into heresy,

1) God’s Word has to be Authority

16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:162) God dealt with different people, during different time periods, through different plans. The Word must be rightly divided accordingly. There’s a REASON why we don’t do things like sacrifice animals and burn chickens like the people in the OLD TESTAMENT. Attend a church to study the Bible and His Word.
15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Quote Originally Posted by FreelancePoliceman 

Your Ne PoLR is showing. Lol.

I think people’s approach to religion reveals a lot about their thought process.It’s called believing the Word of God bro 

Yo @FreelancePoliceman im gonna write up another post on Kingdom of God vs Kingdom of Heaven later. I think you’ll find it insightful

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