Thursday, February 11, 2010

Unloading 35 Loaded Questions for "Bible Christians" 33/35

Steve Ray has a list of 35 loaded Questions for "Bible Christians" (quotation marks his)(link to the whole list). This is number 33/35. I'm trying to provide the answers in a common format, for easy reference.

33) Jesus said that the unity of Christians would be objective evidence to the world that He had been sent by God (John 17:20-23). How can the world see an invisible "unity" that exists only in the hearts of believers?

Simple Answer(s):

The world sees the invisible unity through the visible manifestations of invisible love that believers have for one another.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Important Qualification(s):

1) The ungodly world doesn't recognize the Spirit of Truth,

John 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

or the sons of God:

1 John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

2) Believers are directly taught by God to love one another.

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

3) I've previously demonstrated that Rome's apologists appeal wrongly to John 17 here: (link).

- TurretinFan

5 comments:

natamllc said...

TF, after my personal exclamation to this you wrote, I would add something:::>

TF:
Simple Answer(s):

The world sees the invisible unity through the visible manifestations of invisible love that believers have for one another.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.


I would add to where you left off fruther down, at 1 John 3:1 by adding this acknowledging that the Church treats its own with God's Love all the while treating the world with Godly hatred and they with worldly hatred for us:::>

1Jn 3:13 Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.
1Jn 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.
1Jn 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.
1Jn 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
1Jn 3:17 But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him?
1Jn 3:18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.


The trouble the world has with Truth is that there, I suppose? It is the restraint the Holy Spirit places on the True Church that the world hates, here:

"....and sees his brother in need,...".

The world would want us to treat them the same as we treat "the Brethren". When we obey the Truth, they hate us!

Everybody loves a generous man!

God makes His distinction clear, here:::>

Deu 15:1 "At the end of every seven years you shall grant a release.
Deu 15:2 And this is the manner of the release: every creditor shall release what he has lent to his neighbor. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, his brother, because the LORD's release has been proclaimed.
Deu 15:3 Of a foreigner you may exact it, but whatever of yours is with your brother your hand shall release.
Deu 15:4 But there will be no poor among you; for the LORD will bless you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance to possess--
Deu 15:5 if only you will strictly obey the voice of the LORD your God, being careful to do all this commandment that I command you today.

The world just wants it their way not Our God's Way!

We indeed are restrained to see it God's Way instead! We are hated and will be hated in this world.

Jesus comforts us though, this way:::>

Joh 16:31 Jesus answered them, "Do you now believe?
Joh 16:32 Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.
Joh 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."

I predict the deeper the Church goes with these Truths in obedience to the Faith, the more contentions will rise against Her in this ungodly world devils full by those full of their doctrines?

john martin said...

Unity of love is only part of the unity Steve is referring to. There is also the unity of truth that the reformed churches do not have, which is in breach of the unity reuired by the bible. The reformed churched are not biblical.

JM

Turretinfan said...

"Unity of love is only part of the unity Steve is referring to. There is also the unity of truth that the reformed churches do not have, which is in breach of the unity reuired by the bible. The reformed churched are not biblical."

Steve is referring to unity of institution, which has nothing to do with John 17. Unity of truth would also be another "invisible" unity.

-TurretinFan

natamllc said...

TF:

"....Steve is referring to unity of institution, which has nothing to do with John 17. Unity of truth would also be another "invisible" unity....".

Hmmmmmm?

Yeah, but TF, isn't the pope the visible christ, especially when he has his hat and robe and jewelry on doing mass or whatever else he does for his flock unofficially?

Coram Deo said...

Unity of love is only part of the unity Steve is referring to. There is also the unity of truth that the reformed churches do not have, which is in breach of the unity reuired by the bible. The reformed churched are not biblical.

LOL!

If more of Rome's defenders were willing to base their arguments on what is biblical methinks we could make significant strides forward.

I hope john martin remains consistent in using biblical arguments for his objections.

In Christ,
CD