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  1. Gregory Matthews

    Thoughts On Issues

    April 12. 2024 I hope to be able later today to post additional material in response to issues that Gustave has raised. Until I am able to do that, I am locking this thread. I will remove any comments that are placed in this thread by the few people who can post in a locked thread. After I have placed additional material in this thread, I will allow for posts to be made in this thread. In further study of the responses made to me, I believe that I have permission to post them in this forum. So, I will do so, with some explanatory remarks. I am still uncertain as to whether or not I have permission to publish either his name, or position in the SDA denomination. At this time I will simply call him Dr. Paul, (not his real name) and state that he is an SDA Scholar.
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  2. Gregory Matthews

    Thoughts On Issues

    This topic is now open. I am reserving my right to respond at a later time, in this space. Others may now post comments related to the above posts.
    2 points
  3. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) 1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
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  4. Gregory Matthews

    Thought For today

    Thought for today: “When a hyena wants to eat its children, it first accuses them of smelling like goats” With thanks to Admiral Ncube in an article in Spectrum posted on the Internet.
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  5. Gregory Matthews

    Husband In Charge

    Question: What does it mean when the husband states that he will make all of the decisions? Answer #1: Well in our marriage I would point out “no dear, I will decide what divorce lawyer I hire to dump you.” Answer #2: I did know a woman whose husband said that and she said OK. she then did nothing. He wanted dinner he decides what it is and cooks it. She badgered him with questions constantly even calling him at work to ask. “What time should I take a shower” then calling back to ask “what soap should I use” then calling back to ask if she should shampoo her hair then it was what towel, the blue one or the green one. The moment he hit the door she was asking “should I sweep the kitchen?” “what are you going to buy for dinner” “what soap for the dishwasher” “ when should I clean the toilet,” She spent most of the day compiling decisions for him to make. After a week of making all the decisions he crawled down from his idiocy and literally begged her to make most of the decisions he really didn’t want her calling him at work during a meeting to ask if their daughters hair should be braided or not or if their son should wear his sandals or closed shoes. I think the final straw was when she called his office during the lunch hour and left a message with the receptionist saying she started her period should she use a pad or a tampon. The receptionist put it up on the message board open and almost everyone in the office got a peek and teased him about it. Thanks to Quora and Angela Birch for the above question and answer. 6
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  6. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  7. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) Isaiah 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord ; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
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  8. Gregory Matthews

    Adventism & Potlucks

    Potlucks: According to the writer below, Potlucks may be an unrecognized answer to some of the issues faced by Adventism. https://atoday.org/three-reasons-potluck-could-save-the-adventist-church/
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  9. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  10. Gregory Matthews

    Thoughts On Issues

    This forum intends to facilitate civil discussion. Civil discussion can be frank. This discussion meets the expected norms of discussion.
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  11. Stan

    How can a man define God?

    The universe and God are so vast that human language can only attempt to explain it let alone define it, much like trying to define the boundaries of the universe or what lies beyond it. We get glimpse of it thought out the Bible, and yet people get so hostile if others do not accept their findings.
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  12. Gustave

    How can a man define God?

    As finite creations of an infinite Creator we have been gifted more with the knowledge of what God is NOT. God is a mystery and pretty much all heresies about God flow downstream of people attempting to remove the mystery.
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  13. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) Psalm 34:5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
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  14. Gregory Matthews

    Police Catch Suspect

    Police attempted to detain two suspects in a retail theft. They caught one person. The second person ran away. He was wearing a ankle monitor. Police knew at all times exactly where he was. With thanks to the Placer Herald, April 12, 2024 edition.,
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  15. Gregory Matthews

    AI Goes To War

    AI Goes to War: The U. S. Marine Corps is developing a combat aircraft, the MQ58B, which once launched would be able to fly a 3,000-mile round trip, engage in combat operations while in flight, and return without any human operator control at any time. It would be totally under the control of AI after launch. If needed it could land, re-fuel, and return to combat operational flight. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/an-ai-powered-attack-drone-could-crush-china-there-s-just-one-problem/ar-BB1lw1Kc?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=DCTS&cvid=28cd7413177f4e26936140ce7692c75f&ei=6
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  16. Gregory Matthews

    How can a man define God?

    We can define God only in terms of what we experience in our human life. God is not limited by our human experience. As to the boundaries of the Universe, Science teaches that there is a finite boundary to what we can explain about the Universe and beyond that we can only speculate, in part by mathematical formulas.
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  17. Gregory Matthews

    Ancient Record & the Bible

    Sumerian Code finding supports the Biblical record. See: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/sumerian-sacred-code-reveals-building-instructions-echoed-in-the-bible/ar-AA1kciLz?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=DCTS&cvid=c48ec20e166d417ca8f0fa06f6a0b7eb&ei=14
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  18. Gregory Matthews

    Thoughts On Issues

    [The following are the responses that Dr. Paul gave to two Issues that Gustave had raised. The first is a response to the comments that Gustave had made in regard to whether or not Christ, who was God, could sin in his incarnate state--Gregory Matthews] Question 1: The Bible certainly teaches that God "cannot be tempted by evil" (James 1:13). But concerning the incarnate Christ, it says that "he was tempted every way that we are, but he did not sin” (Heb 4:16). In the gospels there are multiple examples for the temptations that assailed Him. The most obvious ones are the temptations by Satan in the wilderness. Interestingly, it appears that the strongest temptations tempted Him to employ His divine power for His own sake, which would have been a selfish act. The incarnate Christ was both God and man. It appears to me that the New Testament teaches that as a man, Christ did not utilize His divine power for His own sake but only to help others. In that sense, His actions were unselfish and other-centered, not selfish. He did not make it easier for Himself. Thus, His divinity was actually a liability because the temptations were stronger. To avoid being misunderstood, the New Testament is also clear that Jesus withstood those temptations through His close connection with the Father and by receiving divine power from Him. Thus, He never sinned. [The second is a response from Dr. Paul to the comments that Gustave had made in regard to God having a digestive system--Gregory Matthews.] Question 2: It is certainly true that the early Seventh-day Adventists had a more materialistic view of God (body and form, though invisible to human sight) than is reflected in classical Theism. That they claimed that God had a digestive system appears to me more an attribution than an actual belief held by them. That is, some modern-day scholars have concluded that from their materialistic descriptions of God based on passages that refer to Him as the Ancient of Days, His arm, sitting on a throne, His feet, etc. I doubt that they would have ventured out to claim that God had a digestive system since that would have been quite speculative and they generally shied away from speculation.
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  19. Gregory Matthews

    The Hopeful #2

    The Hopeful is a 90-minute film that tells of the origin of the SDA Church in the Millerite Movement. The following URL takes you to an article that informs you about this film. https://www.outlookmag.org/the-hopeful-a-riveting-tale-of-faith-and-perseverance/ NOTE: The Real Issues sections contains a link to a 47-minute video discussing this film.
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  20. Rahab

    3 word devotional

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  21. news

    Counterarguments Against Michael Being Christ

    While the identification of Michael as Jesus Christ finds support in certain passages, many scholars and theologians maintain that Michael is solely an angelic being, distinct from Jesus Christ. This is often done to protect the divine nature of Christ and the Christian understanding of the Trinity. Identifying Jesus with the angelic figure Michael, to […] The post Counterarguments Against Michael Being Christ appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
    1 point
  22. Gregory Matthews

    Adventist Today Issues

    Adventist Today Magazine is available on the Internet, and may be accessed at: https://atoday.org/magazine-archives/
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  23. Rahab

    3 word devotional

    (N) 1 Samuel 2:30 Wherefore the Lord God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the Lord saith, Be it far from me; for them that honour me I will honour, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.
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  24. Gregory Matthews

    Biodiversity

    Biodiversity: Most of us would like to have hour home located among flowering plants, colorful birds and insects--think butterflies. That is best achieved when you plant species that is native to the area where you live. Milkweed attracts Monarch butterflies, but there are 70 species of milkweed. The following URL takes you to a website that identifies the plants, insects (Butterflies) and other life native to your area. Just plug in your Zip Code. https://nativeplantfinder.nwf.org/
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  25. Gregory Matthews

    The Carter Center

    The Carter Center: Have you ever wondered as to what U.S. Presidents do after they retire. Well, in my opinion, former President Carter set the standard, when he established The Carter Center. The URL below links you to one article that will inform you as to what he has done. https://www.cartercenter.org/countries/sudan.html
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  26. So, let us look at this case on a bit deeper level: * The company is a private business that reports to its owners, whom I believe are probably stockholders. * As such, the company has the right to take a position on any public issue of it's choice, as long as the owners (stockholders) do not object to that position. * It is the owners (Stockholders) who are in the position of authority to object to any such position taken by the company and to remove from leadership position any person who takes a position that the owners disagree with. * No person has the right to remain employed by the company who is in opposition to the direction that the company is taking. * If I object to the consumption of alcoholic I do not have the right to be employed by a company that produces such. I would not want to be employed by such. * I wonder why this employee wants to be employed by a company that supports something to which the employee strongly objects. NOTE: I am not suggesting that the employee has no legal rights in this case. What I am saying is that I believe that the company also has some rights.
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  27. Gregory Matthews

    Our Solar End

    Our Solar End: The following article reflects current thinking on the end, which does not seem much different to me than what has been said for some time. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/scientists-reveal-how-the-solar-system-may-end/ar-BB1lpik8?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=DCTS&cvid=39bbf24a435c434ebd8c77a5b998e7ed&ei=11
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  28. Gregory Matthews

    Spectrum Magazine

    Spectrum Magazine: As an experiment, the current issue of Spectrum has been placed on the web, for viewing by the public at large. It may be accessed from the following link. I have been given permission to share this. https://media.spectrummagazine.org/app/uploads/2024/04/spectrum-52-1.pdf Some back issues of Spectrum may be accessed from the following link. Additional back issues will be added over a period of time. https://centerforadventistresearch.org/spectrum/ It should be noted that the above link will provide you with access to additional material about Adventism, well beyond this magazine, if you take the time to learn to use that website.
    1 point
  29. Gregory Matthews

    Baptist Advice

    Advice From a Baptist: In the following article, a Baptist Pastor comments on SDA belief and practice. https://atoday.org/advice-for-my-adventist-friends/
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  30. Gregory Matthews

    Maud Sisley Boyd

    Maud Sisley Boyd is a little-known, female Adventist pioneer. To learn of her life and history, see: https://adventistreview.org/magazine-article/the-legacy-of-maud-sisley-boyd/
    1 point
  31. Gregory Matthews

    Spectrum Magazine Vol 52 #2

    Spectrum: I have just received the current issue of Spectrum in the mail. It contains several articles of interest to Adventists today. Included in those is an article by Ronald Graybill on the visions that EGW had and an article by Warren Trenchard on a comparison of the writings of Richard Rice with those of John Peckham on the subject of the Trinity and on the Sabbath.
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  32. Gregory Matthews

    Spectrum Magazine Vol 52 #2

    Please note: If you wish to comment on the Trinity, do it in that forum.
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  33. Gregory Matthews

    Trinity Topics

    At an earlier time, we had the rule that all discussions of the Trinity should be posted in the Trinity Topics forum. In more recent times, we relaxed that rule and I am one who posted here on the Trinity. I have decided to reinstate that rule. So, I have moved any Trinity topics posted here to the Trinity section. I will move in the future any posted here to that forum.
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  34. Gregory Matthews

    Religious Freedom

    The United States Commission on Religious Freedom is an agency of the U.S. government that maintains a website dedicated to reporting on issues of religious freedom. The following URL takes you to that website. If interested, it contains a plethora of information on this subject. You will just need to search a bit for what you are looking for. https://www.uscirf.gov/
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  35. Gregory Matthews

    The Hopeful

    The Hopeful is a 90-minute film, about the beginning of the SDA Church, that will be released shortly. The following is a 47-minute discussion about the film.
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  36. Gregory Matthews

    17,500.000 Judgment

    The following is an interesting judgment in a religious liberty case. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/other/nyc-to-pay-17-5m-after-police-forced-women-to-remove-hijab-for-mug-shots/ar-BB1laYIp
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  37. Gregory Matthews

    10 Hopes For Adventism

    10 Hopes For the Church Of Tomorrow is an article well worth reading. See: https://spectrummagazine.org/views/10-hopes-for-the-church-of-tomorrow/
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  38. Gregory Matthews

    SDA (?) Lawsuit

    SDA Files Lawsuit: To put it mildly, the involvement of a SDA prisoner in the following religious liberety litigation is strange. https://www.10tv.com/article/news/world/solar-eclipse/new-york-inmates-suing-to-watch-the-solar-eclipse/507-2179058b-a750-4bd1-9823-6a8b77ceee50
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  39. Gustave

    SDA (?) Lawsuit

    Santeria (which I think is basically voodoo ) became a thing in the early 1800's and I think they are big into stuff like this. Never heard of it being a item of religious devotion for Baptists or SDA's before. Probably just Con's trying to see the event and using religion as a means to get their way.
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  40. Gregory Matthews

    EGW & the Apocrypha

    Sabbath Seminar: On April 6, 2024, at 1:30 PM, Eastern Time, Adventist Today will moderate a discussion seminar, led by Matthew Korpman. All are invited to participate. For information on this seminar, including information on how to join, see the following article: https://atoday.org/atss-did-ellen-white-read-apocryphal-gospels/
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  41. Gregory Matthews

    On the Trinity

    NOTE: I am in contact with a SDA scholar who is willing to assist us.
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  42. Gregory Matthews

    The Personhood and Divinity of the Holy Spirit

    For those who want to dig deep into the SDA thinking on the Trinity, the Andrews University Seminary maintains a collection of more than 1,000 SDA publications on the Trinity. Those are available to the publlic at large by clicking on the follwing URL. https://digitalcommons.andrews.edu/do/search/?q=Trinity&start=0&context=6860132&facet=
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  43. Gregory Matthews

    Reflections

    Refletions is a publication of the SDA Biblical Research Institute. It typically publishes articles of current doctrinal interest. You may access the current issue by clicking on the URL below. https://www.adventistbiblicalresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/Reflections-85-January-March-2024.pdf You may sign-up to receive a digital copy at the following address: https://www.adventistbiblicalresearch.org/
    1 point
  44. news

    Identifying Michael as Jesus Christ

    Identifying Michael as Jesus Christ is widely supported by reference to 1 Thessalonians 4:16. Paul there associates the Second Coming of Jesus with the voice of the archangel. The word archangel (Greek: archangelos, archangelou) appears only two times in the New Testament. In Jude 9 the archangel is named Michael, in 1 Thessalonians, the archangel […] The post Identifying Michael as Jesus Christ appeared first on Jon Paulien's Blog. View the full article
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  45. Kevin H

    Joseph Lieberman

    He was an amazing person, a type of politician that we need more of. The world is better because of him. He was a godly man, and a thinker who really loved God and God's world. Once when in Washington DC for Air Force Training, on a day off I got to sit in the senate gallery and he was one of the Senators that I recognized. I did not know this until hearing about his death on the news, but not only was he Al Gore's running mate on the democratic ticked, but despite him being a Democrat, John McCain seriously considered him for his running mate. When I heard of his death, I could not help but tell people "I hope that his death does not confuse people, to hear a good godly man and a politician", that they don't scratch their heads and say "Imagine that, two men in the same grave." Another smile I heard on the news was, since he was a Sabbath keeper, that his staff used to say "Joe Lieberman, working for you 24/6" Death is an enemy, but we can add smiles to our tears when someone has left such a legacy and resting in the blessed hope.
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  46. Gregory Matthews

    Trivia Question

    Turkiye, is the correct answer, in the spirit of the TV show, Jeopardy, to what question? Jeopardy answer: Spelled backwards: What is the English name for the nation formerly called Yekrut.
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  47. Who said it was a crime? LOL. You can defend him all you want. That's not a crime either.
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  48. Even hannity and Fox don't feel able to defend him anymore. Shooting and foot are two that come to mind concerning Bundy.
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  49. No charges necessary. He has condemned himself. But at least he spoke his mind.
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  50. I actually feel sorry for him. He didn't get any media training and now that he's messed up his GOP buddies are running for the hills.
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