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The Meaning of “Satan” & “Christ”

Posted by Remy on April 22, 2009

Satan is not originally a proper name, but a Hebrew word that means “the accuser, the adversary, one who plots against another.”

Similarly Christ isn’t a proper name, but a title. It comes from the Greek “kristos” meaning “the anointed one” and was used to translate the Hebrew word “mashiah”, from which we get “messiah”.
 

Previous meanings:

Agnostic

Pagan

The Fall

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More on Confusions…

Posted by Remy on April 18, 2009

  • Nobody says that the water is transubstantiated into the Holy Spirit.

They are mercifully inconsistent in this. But just as the bread is the body of Jesus, so are we baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is notoriously ignored in our theology, perhaps this too is a mercy, perhaps we’d be even goofier had we applied the same daft thinking to the Spirit as we do to Jesus. As for holy water, it isn’t the same. The whole idea of holy water is a direct element of the Old Covenant, in which you have unclean, clean, and holy things.

  • Nobody says that the Bible is transubstantiated into Jesus.

But He is ever bit the Word as He is the Bread. Transubstantionists therefore exalt the Eucharist at the expense of the Word.

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The Meaning of “Agnostic”

Posted by Remy on April 14, 2009

Agnostic is from the Greek, gnosis, knowing, and the negative “a” to mean: one who does not know.

It was coined by T.H. Huxley, who defined an agnostic as  “one who professes that the existence of a First Cause and the essential nature of things are not and cannot be known.” 

I would modify “…the essential nature of things are not and cannot be known…” with “except that one knows that these things cannot be known.”

Perhaps an easier definition would be to give the Latin for Agnostic: Ignoramus.

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Co-Adventurers

Posted by Remy on April 11, 2009

In the Pagan epics women are possessions, they are distractions from the mission, and they are irrational sorts driven by fury. The Greeks battle the Trojans because of the wife-stealing Paris, but they themselves steal wives and give them as rewards. Odysseus on his way home from the war dallies with serveral women before continuing his mission. And had his wife, Penelope, been as unfaithful to her marriage vows as he was to his she would’ve ended up in a bloody pool like all her suitors. Aeneas too, delays his mission by shacking up with Dido, who later kills herself when she is cast off.

But in Christianity women are neither possessions nor distractions from the mission. Christ comes adventuring for a bride and once He wins her she is incorporated into His mission. Like Christ, men are given a mission and part of that mission is winning a bride. Once united the man and woman combine their missions, his mission becomes hers, and her mission becomes his.

In Christianity we deny the rational/emotional dichotomy. Certainly men and women are different, but it is impossible to divide reason from emotion, for reason would be worthless had it no emotion to care about following reason, or loving a standard, or fearing consequences.

When we minimize the role of women we are minimizing the role of the church in the world, which in turn reduces our responsibilities to Jesus. But in Him we are co-adventurers in building the kingdom.

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Closed Communion

Posted by Remy on April 9, 2009

Feed my lambs 

To affirm closed communion is to go whoring for the old covenant.  Churches that practice it have a higher standard than Jesus.

Tend my sheep

In the old world Israel was the priestly nation and drew near to Jesus on behalf of all believers. Godfearers not in the priestly people were not allowed to go before His presence. This hiearchy of second class citizens -while necessary then- has been done away with in Christ Jesus. St. Peter was rebuked for just this sin by St. Paul.

Feed my sheep. 

 

 

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The Meaning of “Pagan”

Posted by Remy on April 7, 2009

“Pagan” comes from the Latin “Paganus” meaning: rural (adj) or countryfolk, yokel.

In Roman times it was used to indicate an incompetent soldier, or an unsophisticated person, similar to how we might use “bumpkin”. 

Since the Christianization of the cities (Christianity is a city religion) and because the church on earth is the Church Militant those unworthy soldiers, still clinging to the old backwards religion, were described by St. Augustine as the “pagani”.

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