The Bible teaches monotheism from Genesis to Revelation. The New Testament does not in any way compromise the Shema: “Hear O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.” Deuteronomy 6:4 Jesus affirmed the Shema without reservation: Mark 12:28-34 28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving … Continue reading The One True God is the Father Only
The allegory/parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus found in Luke 16:19-31 has been taught that it shows that we are alive after death but in different areas based upon if you were good or bad. Firstly, all parables are not based on real historical events, but use imagery that the hearers would have understood. … Continue reading The Rich Man & Lazarus is Not a Picture of Heaven and Hell Luke 16:19-31
The pervasiveness of the millennial week chronology among the early Christian writers close to the Apostles cannot be denied. Many writers mentioned it as fact, but none gave a very full explanation of the biblical support for such a calendar. The primary justification offered was the claim that the creation week was both history and … Continue reading The Millennial Week Calendar -According to Scripture
From the time of Christ until the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, Christianity was considered to be a sect of Judaism by Christians, Jews, 2 and the Roman authorities. The dispute over whether Jesus was the prophesied Messiah was an internal theological debate, which is why Paul was able to enter the diaspora synagogues … Continue reading The Passover Controversy among the Early Church Assemblies
One of Satan’s schemes against the pristine Faith has been the corruption of a few Greek adjectives used by Paul. These misunderstood terms have been used to covertly smuggle Gnosticism into Christian theology, and to make it extremely difficult to discover and remove the Gnostic corruptions of pristine Apostolic Christianity that occurred in the 2nd … Continue reading The meaning of “Heavenly” in Ephesians and Hebrews
It is claimed by the Roman Catholic Church that she alone switched Sabbath worship to Sunday worship by her own authority. Seventh Day Adventists often quote Roman Catholic documents, and echo her claims, in order to justify their rejection of Sunday worship as a genuine Christian custom, established by the Apostles themselves. Many Christians today … Continue reading Sunday & the Early Church
The Early Christians based their hope of inheritance squarely on the permanent and unconditional Land promise of the Abrahamic Covenant. Irenaeus who was a disciple of Polycarp, who was a disciple of John the apostle stated this hope very plainly. Polycarp was appointed bishop of the Church in Smyrna by the Apostles (Irenaeus, Book 3, … Continue reading Irenaeus Believed All Christians had an Abrahamic Land Inheritance
The Greek mind had great difficulty accepting the concept of the resurrection of the flesh. They had been steeped in Plato’s “immortality of the soul” doctrine and his claim that the flesh was the “prison of the soul,” and that all physical substance was inherently corrupt. To the Greeks, escaping the body of flesh and ascending into the “celestial spheres” as pure “spirit” was the goal. Consequently, the idea of the resurrection of the flesh meant permanent imprisonment in inherently corrupt matter, and permanent confinement to this material creation.
Irenaeus preceded Tertullian as one of the early Christian apologists and defenders of the Pristine Faith against the Gnostic heretics. He was bishop of the church in Lyons, a city of Gaul (France). Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp, who had been taught by John the Apostle. He frequently appealed to Apostolic oral tradition in … Continue reading What did Irenaeus Believe?
The earliest Christian writers did not only write to interact among themselves (as those mentioned in the previous article). They also interacted directly with the outside world, both with the Jews and with the Greeks and Romans. The greatest of these, who wrote extensively in defence of apostolic Christianity, was Justin Martyr. The term “Martyr” … Continue reading 4. The Early Christian Apologists -Evolution of God