I am performing a valuable service for those on this board who may want answers to their doubts and questions.
Yes, I understand why you post to this Board, you have always been consistent in your motives.
Now, you do raise an interesting point reagrding the 'Cretans' and 'the sect of Nicoloaus', and please bear with me because it is associated with the thread.
Pauls advice to Titus regarding the Grecians from Crete ( actually in the history understood by such as the Hebrew Paul, the Cretans were the Philistines - so hardly surprising that these people were villified by the Jews of the time ) would be an unlawful statement to make in most countries today. In fact YK, I feel confident in saying that even though Paul made this statement you would not publicly agree with it. I am quite sure that you would view it as a disrespectful, sweeping statement. In the C1st it would not have outraged the community to hear the Cretans spoken of in such terms, today it would be viewed, quite rightly, as an outrage. Times change and our views of neccessity change with them. Why do you chose to freeze the spirit of Christianity and hold it in suspended hibernation in the C1st? For example, why does God not choose an Annanias and Sapphira type punishment in the congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses today? Could it be that even the God of the Bible has recognised that the world has changed, but his adherents have not?
As to the sect of Nicolaus, no information exists as to what his sin was, apart from the fact that he expounded different teachings from the apostles, as you must admit that you expound different views YK, from the Faithful Slave.
I raised the issue of the Samaritans, who had once been faithful Jehovahs Witnesses and became apostate to the point that most loyal Jehovahs Witnesses at the time of Christ viewed them with absolute disgust. In fact the word Samaritan in the C1st century was a cuss word. Yet the apostate Samaritan was the hero of the parable! Look in the Kings at the history of the Samaritans and how, even though an apostate nation, they treated the Jews with honor when they vanquished them, listening to Jehovahs prophet and sending them home on asses with a full pannier. The history of the Jews treatment of its apostate enemies was the point of the parable of the Good Samaritan. Those who think themselves the friends of God must show this by how they treat their neighbor, their most bitter enemies.
Best regards - HS
Edited by - hillary_step on 7 August 2002 22:46:12