Preparing For Advent: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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  1. Michael says:

    ‘You can get all the doctrine right; you can be expert in exegesis; you can understand perfectly the historical context; indeed, you “can speak (or write) with the tongues of men and of angels”, you can “understand all mysteries and all knowledge” and still miss the point of what it means to be a Christian in the world. ‘

    The converse is that you may get some doctrine wrong and still get Jesus…

  2. Duane Arnold says:

    Michael

    I truly doubt if any of us get it 100% right… That’s why Christ came among us.

  3. filbertz says:

    good reminders in this piece; timely for me certainly. thanks

  4. Jean says:

    I would never juxtapose faith and doctrine. I would, however, contrast knowledge with trust. Faith trusts God’s Word even though it lacks complete understanding. In this way, reason does not reign over God, but ministers to Him.

  5. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    I believe God gives us the gift of reason, not to reign over God, but by using that gift we can gain greater understanding… not always, but often.

  6. Em says:

    Get knowledge and with it understanding. I read that somewhere. 📜

  7. Jean says:

    Speaking by reference to the 3 articles of the Apostles Creed, reason is a first article gift of our Creator God, and with respect to creation and our lives therein, reason can be very beneficial.

    Under the second article, with is faith in Christ, reason is the greatest enemy of faith in Christ: conceived by the Holy Spirit; born of a virgin; risen from the dead; etc. Here faith must reign supreme, especially over reason.

    We know all the gifts of God which have fallen victim to Madame Reason in our Churches.

  8. Duane Arnold says:

    Jean

    Not everything can be reduced to a system…

  9. Michael says:

    Advent is eschatologicaal hope without all the dispensationalist trapping that turned me completely off from thinking about the Second Coming…it is a gift…

  10. Michael says:

    “faith trusts God’s Word”…
    My guess is that we have different definitions for all the key words there…

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