·The Simplicity of the Gospel of Truth·

“But I am afraid, lest as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds should be led astray from the ‘simplicity’ and purity of devotion to Christ.” II Corinthians 11:3 Άploόthj haplŏtēs, hap-loť-ace; Sincerity (without dissimulation or self-seeking), “simplicity”, singleness. (1) “Simplicity”, purity, sincerity, faithfulness, plenitude. (6)
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Foundation #1: The “Attributes” of God· #3- Characteristic qualities ascribed to a person or thing. (2) #1- A distinctive feature of or object associated with someone or something. (3) Foundation #2: The “Trinity”· #1- State of being three. #3- Christianity. The three persons of the Christian ‘Godhead’ (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit). “Godhead”· 1.A State of being God or a god. B Divine Nature. 2. Deity (2) 3. God The Doctrinal formalization of the Biblical data on the Trinity is satisfactorily worded in the Westminster Shorter Catechism: “There are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.” The data of revelation then, established in the minds of N.T. Christians four convictions: 1. God is One 2. Jesus is God 3. The Holy Spirit is God. 4. The Three Persons are Subject and Object, ‘I and thou’, each to the others. (4) Foundation #3: “God’s entire Word is Inspired”· ‘All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.’ II Timothy 3:16-17 The Golden Rule of Interpretation of Scripture “When the plain sense of scripture makes common sense, seek no other sense; therefore, take every word at its primary, ordinary, usual, literal meaning unless the facts of the immediate context, studied in the light of related passages and *axiomatic and fundamental truths, indicate clearly otherwise.” *Axiomatic: means self-evident; based on established rule, principle or self-evident-truth. 1. Compare Scripture with Scripture. 2. Let the Bible be its own dictionary. 3. Don’t deviate from God’s redemptive plan.
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Foundation #4: “Freewill”· #2- a) The freedom of the will to choose a course of action without external coercion but in accordance with the ideals or moral outlook of the individual. b) The doctrine that people have such freedom.
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ability or discretion to choose. #2- The power to make choices that are unconstrained, as by fate. (3)

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2 Foundation #5: “Foreknowledge”· Knowledge of something before it happens or exists; prescience. (2) ‘…this Man, delivered up by the predetermined plan and “foreknowledge” of God…’ Acts 2:23 ‘…according to the “foreknowledge” of God the Father…’ I Peter 1:2 Foundation #6: “Predestination based on Foreknowledge”· #1- The doctrine that a) God foreordained everything that would happen. b) God predestines certain souls to salvation and, esp. in Calvinism, others to damnation. #2- A predestinating or being predestinated; destiny; fate. (2) Foundation #7: “Child-Like Faith”· “…Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of Heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:3-4

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3 Foundation #1: “God is”…

Eternal: Timeless; Being eternal, ageless, immortal, or not affected by time. The act of creation, the fall, the redemption, salvation itself, and literally any and every single interaction between God and man has already come to pass. The very ‘act’ itself was instantaneous. For God the past, present, and future are all the same. There is no beginning and never will be an end. Deut. 32:40, 33:27; Ps. 135:13,145:13; II Peter 3:8; Rev. 1:8 Immutable: The perfection of God by which He is devoid of all change in
essence, ‘attributes’, consciousness, will, and promises. No change is possible in God, because all change must be to better or worse, and God is absolute perfection. No cause for change in God exists, either in Himself or outside of Him. The immutability of God is clearly taught in scripture. Psalm 33:11; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 6:17-18; 13:8

Infinite: In Presence I Kings 8:27; Power Matthew 21:18; Acts Matthew 19:26; In Time Deuteronomy
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; Knowledge Romans 11:33; and in Greatness Psalms 145:3.

No ‘Respecter of Persons’: I Peter 1:17; Since God is no respecter of persons
Romans 2:11 Deuteronomy 10:17 Ezekiel 18:4 Acts 10:34

; ; ; , He cannot be anything but infinitely impartial in His dealings with all men. He cannot prefer one above another nor bless one above another when all meet the same terms and love Him with all their hearts. The seeming preference of God between two men is based upon the attitude and disposition of the men toward God and conformity to His plan. Naturally, God cannot bless two men the same when one is in obedience and the other in rebellion. God will bless the ones more who conform more fully to his holiness. Here it is clear that all judgment of God will be according to every-mans work. Matthew 16:27; James 2:9-10

Omnipotent: All Powerful, Revelations 19.6 . God can do all things consistent with
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His nature and plan, but He cannot lie or act contrary to Himself and the best good of all. See“30 Limitations of God”.

Omnipresent: Everywhere Present. The attribute of God by virtue of which He fills the universe in all parts and is present everywhere at once. Not a part, but the whole of God is present in everyplace. The Bible teaches the omnipresence of God Psalms 139:7-12; Jeremiah 23:23-24 Acts 17:27-28 ; . This is true of all three members of the Trinity. Omniscient: All Knowing; The attribute by which God perfectly and eternally
knows all things which can be known, past, present, and future. God’s omniscience is clearly taught in Scripture. Proverbs 15:11; Psalms 145:5; Isaiah 46:10

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4 Foundation #2: “The Trinity”… As seen in Foundation #2, defined above; God eternally exists as three individual persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Although three individual and separate persons, they are all ‘God’, “equal in power and glory.” Thus, one cannot deprive any individual person of the Godhead of one of the above listed attributes one commonly accepts to belong to ‘God’ himself. They are co-equal in power and glory, Hence, the first given definition of the term ‘Trinity’ above. Anyone, attempting to establish a doctrinal, theological, theoretical, or even personal, “Biblically True” view of beliefs; a ‘Bases of Personal, Doctrinal Beliefs’ if you will; must not ignore this Rule of Simplicity. Genesis 1:26, 11:7-9, 18: All, 19:1, 24 Isaiah 7:14, 9:6 John 1:1-4, 14, 20:28 I Corinthians 12:4-6 I John 5:7 ; ; ; ; Water is often used to describe the Trinity. ‘Water’ being the object and liquid, gas, and solid being its forms, or the “personifications” of the water. I have always however, preferred the symbolism of the egg. The ‘Egg’ being the object and the yoke, white, and shell being its forms; all one egg, but three very distinct and separately individual ‘representations’ of the same egg. In these past few years I have come to an even deeper understanding of this principle however, and I’ve yet to see is spoken of elsewhere…the fourth aspect of the ‘trinity’. Let me use the egg to explain this principle. As discussed earlier; the yoke, white, and shell are all three separate parts of the same egg. While separated they all take on their own, individual being…but never cease in being part of the same original egg. Three parts; one whole. This principle of the trinity is shared almost universally. What is neglected in this very well thought symbolism however, is the fact that it forgets one of the eggs most essential features….the chicken that comes forth. Yoke+White+Shell=Egg=’s Chicken, i.e. Father+Son+Spirit= “Triune Godhead” The three are God, and he is Elôhîym.
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5 Foundation #3: “God’s Entire Word is Inspired”… II Timothy 3:16 clearly states that “all” Scripture is inspired…If one is to hold to Paul’s declaration that ‘all’ Scripture is inspired, then we must never allow ourselves to develop any system of beliefs void of a single verse of the entire Bible. Like a Great jigsaw puzzle called, “The True Doctrine of Christ”; we must always realize that a single missing piece, or ‘verse’, creates an incomplete puzzle, or ‘doctrine’, no longer, “of Christ”. Aside from holding true to “Sola Scriptura” or ‘by Scripture Alone’; there are certain rules that one must follow to properly interpret what’s actually being meant by the writer themselves. Historical, Geographical, Cultural, Political, Religious, and Contextual facts and practices of the particular time of writing must always be understood and held as being just as inspired and ordained by God Himself, as the very Scriptures are themselves. Numerous scholars have written volume upon volume on “The Rules of Interpreting Scripture”.
II Timothy 3:16-17

One of the greatest questions one must ask, in regards to the ancient texts of our past, is how we are ever to know exactly what is “God’s Word” and what isn’t. This was a question I had had to ask myself recently, and after some research I now have my own opinion. The oldest Christian bible is the Codex Sinaiticus 301-400 CE, the oldest Hebrew bible is the Aleppo Codex 930 CE, and the D.S.S. themselves date only to 150 BCE-70 CE. The Sumerian text however is much, much older. Eridu Genesis, Enuma Elish, and AtraKhasis all date to the 18th Century BCE, ranging from 1,800-1,701 BCE. The Epic of Gilgamesh, the oldest story written, dates to the 27th Century, or 2,700-2,600 BCE. The modern Hebrew/Christian bible was translated into Greek by 72 Jews around 280 BCE (The Septuagint). Once the New Testament had been written, it was added to the Latin Vulgate around 363-364 CE at the Ladocian Council. Note the near four hundred years that past between the actual writings and their placement in a Single Canonical work. Note also that the father of the Hebrew nation was Abram…who came from Ur, or that the Jew’s first time in bondage, was in Babylon. It is my opinion, that although I feel only a fool would and could disregard the Holy Hebrew/Christian Bible…it is only a piece of a very large and intriguing puzzle that’s called life. When contemplating the Word of God, one needs look no further than the miracle of life itself. While we are limited by our vocabulary…by language itself….by our ability to express ourselves, He is not. Without paper and pen, our expression must become interactive…we become obligated to use our vocabulary to share our thoughts. With God however, he is able to speak, share and express himself through every aspect of our life. Remember, Abram wasn’t chosen by God because he ‘knew’ any written word. He was chosen because his heart was pure and he knew God internally. If we are then to be taught and thus carry on that ‘God’s entire word is inspired’, then we must remain vigilant to seek those text that are uniformly unique to the characteristic of Moral Truth, found in all text inspired by Godly men.

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6 Foundation #4: “Free Will; the freedom to choose”… Evil is not ‘bad’ in of itself. Evil is not alive, nor does it have self-essence. Evil is an action…a choice. At every decision point in our lives we must decide…do the ‘good’ thing or don’t. Do what is ‘evil’; or do what is ‘good’. With God there is no gray middle in-between. It’s either ‘right or wrong’, ‘good or evil’; ‘light vs. dark’. Ultimately, however; there is a most simple way to describe this balance, “Choice”…The right, the ability, the independence to choose for ourselves. Satan is not independent of God. If we are to remain faithful to the above mentioned Foundations, then any ideal that says that Satan went behind Gods back, caused man to fall, and that God had to send His Son to die to save us from this ‘great travesty’; then we are to deceive ourselves. These ideals strip God of his almighty power and allude to the fact that things happened He hadn’t planed for and he had to ‘fix’ what happened. How could this of happened; if He truly is all mighty? If evil is power and not choice then how could it of come from God? If Satan is pure evil, then how could he of come from God, let alone rebelled without God knowing it was going to happen. If God knew it would happen…then why would He allow it? Free-will…choice, the freedom to choose; how can you choose if there is nothing to choose from? Christians are taught, and I agree that God wants us to choose Him and His way. That’s it…nothing more. He simply wants us to ‘Choose’ to do what is right… to seek Him and His goodness. He wants no-one in heaven who doesn’t want to be there, and He will do nothing to force any-one to do any-thing. He also will not allow anyone into the kingdom of Heaven who is not pure of heart. Being created in the image of God, we share in His nature…and ability to choose. In effectual essence…Free-Will is not just the greatest gift ever bestowed on man…but it is the single most powerful ability and responsibility ever gifted upon man. Deuteronomy 30:15-20 Matthew 5:19, 12:31-32, 50 Mark 3:35, 8:34 I John 3:10 Romans 6:16-23 ; ; ; ,

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7 Foundation #5: “Foreknowledge”… One of the easiest to describe and simplest to understand foundations, since it retains its most classical and commonly used definition; In effect, Foreknowledge, preknowledge, prophesy…all can be defined as simply ‘foretelling the future’, especially with any hint at accuracy. Besides, with the aforementioned attribute of ‘omniscience’, how can anyone knowingly and intentionally exclude the effectual attribute of foreknowledge as well? Add in the aforementioned ‘timeless’ quality of God; then how can anyone find offence in it either? So…If He, being omniscient and timeless; and I still retaining my free-will ability to choose, where pray tell lies fate, destiny, or….or choice at all if I am but a puppet in a story that was played out before it even began?... “…Is it really all that hard?” Isaiah 42:9 Matthew 24:36 Acts 2:23 Romans 8:29, 11:2 I Peter 1:2, 20 ; ; ; ;

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8 Foundation #6: “Synchronicity”… Synchronicity, Fate, Destiny, Pre-Destination….”Pre-Destination based on Foreknowledge.” God wants me to give my last $5 to John Doe but as it turns out, I know John and in my human weakness I wouldn’t give John $5 if I was rich and had money to spare. In his infinite wisdom and powerful manipulation over all things, save our sovereign soul however; God knew this defect of my nature and orchestrated an event where Tom, my hypothetical brother happened to not only be there at that moment, but to personally know and vouch for John as well, promising to repay the debt if John is to go defunct. Tom’s my brother so I’ll trust him and I give the $5 to John. God got what he wanted… John received $5; from me….but God never violated anyone’s freewill. Perfect, manipulative orchestration based on a personal relationship we maintain with Him where He knows us better than we know ourselves. Isn’t doing it for ya? Ok then, try this. It’s a little harder to follow and you have to keep the entire study above in mind. Consider the Biblical narrative of Pharaoh himself. Exodus 9:16 (Rom. 9:17) God, knowing all, before it was thought of being done; who in a Christian realm ‘can’t partake of evil, nor would He create it’; created pharaoh who set himself up as a god and claimed all glory above men. This same man enslaved Gods chosen people for many years in Egypt. Similarly Christ, when speaking to Pontius Pilate, informs him that he would have no authority over Him had that authority first not come from heaven. John 19:11 Fate, Destiny, Pre-Destination; all of life’s little synchronicities…we all take our own paths in life…but it is God who created the paths between the forests, valleys, and mountains contained within this planet, circling a life-giving sun…”Ya, we make our own decisions, but I’m sure He has it all under control.” Exodus 9:16 (Rom. 9:17) Proverbs 16:4 John 19:11 Acts 2:23, 4:28 Rom. 8:29-30 I Cor. 2:7 Eph. 1:5, 11 ; ; ; ; ; ;

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9 Foundation #7: “Unless you come like a child”… At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And He called a child to Himself and stood him in their midst, and said, “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you shall not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1-4; Mk. 9:33-37, 10:13-31; Lk. 9:46-48, 18:14, 17 Although simplistic, child-like thought towards both Christ, others, and the Christian faith is often understood to be conveyed here; of which I wish to exemplify as well, the foremost, purest virtue to be learned here…both through this parable and foundation as well is humility…Pure, unadulterated, God-like and Christ-lived humility seen most often and without much effort, through the nature of children. It is this humility that brings us not only closer to the nature of Christ, but of God the Father. The simplistic act of unselfish action seems void of nearly every man yet to nearly every child it seems second nature. Rightly it should. Give to give, love to love, and do for others simply because you can. True Humility takes this step even further and exemplifies how the purest form of giving is that which is done between you and God alone. Matthew 18:1-4 Mk. 9:33-37, 10:13-31 Lk. 9:46-48, 18:14, 17 ‘Humility’ Pr. 15:33 Ph. 2:3-4 I Peter 5:5-7 ‘True Humility’ Matthew 6:3-4 ; ; ; ;

“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.”
James 3:1

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·“Rules of Simplicity”·
II Corinthians 11:3 Foundation #1: The Attributes of God Psalm 139:7-12, 145:3; Isaiah 46:10; Romans 2:11; Hebrew 6:17-18KJV, 13:8; Revelations 19:6 KJV Foundation #2: The ‘Trinity’ Genesis 1:26, 11:7-9, 18: All, 19:1, 24; Isaiah 7:14, 9:6; John 1:1-4, 14, 20:28; I Corinthians 12:4-6; I John 5:7 KJV; Water and Egg Symbolism Foundation #3: The Inspiration of ‘Scripture’ II Timothy 3:16-17; ‘The Golden Rule of Interpretation’ Foundation #4: Free Will; The right to choose Deuteronomy 30:15-20; Matthew 5:19, 12:31-32, 50; Mark 3:35, 8:34; I John 3:10, Romans 6:16-23 Foundation #5: Foreknowledge Isaiah 42:9; Matthew 24:36; Acts 2:23; Romans 8:29, 11:2; I Peter 1:2, 20 Foundation #6: Synchronicity Exodus 9:16 (Rom. 9:17); Proverbs 16:4; Acts 2:23, 4:28; Romans 8:29-30; I Corinthians 2:7; Ephesians 1:5, 11 Foundation #7: Unless you come like a child; Humble Matthew 18:1-4; Mark 9:33-37, 10:13-31; Luke 9:46-48, 18:14, 17 ‘Humility’ Proverbs 15:33; Philippians 2:3-4; I Peter 5:5-7 ‘True Humility’ Matthew 6:3-4 “Teachers Beware” James 3:1

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11 Bibliography: 1. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible – Greek #572 2. American Century Dictionary 3. The American Heritage Dictionary 4. Compact Bible Dictionary 5. Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible 6. The Complete Word Study New Testament 7. “30 Limitations of God” p.1058 of Dake’s Annotated Reference Bible He Cannot… I. Break His own laws II. Lie III. Deny Himself IV. Have respect for persons V. Save one soul apart from grace and faith in Christ VI. Be unrighteous VII. Bless men apart from faith VIII. Curse men when they meet His terms IX. Do away with or change His own eternal plan X. Save rebels who persist in rebellion, refusing to meet His terms XI. Be tempted with evil XII. Tolerate hypocrisy XIII. Spare Himself or Christ in the redemption of the human race from hell XIV. Turn down one soul that comes to Him according to His terms XV. Judge the righteous with the wicked XVI. Fail to answer prayer when unwavering faith is exercised XVII. Forgive one un-confessed sin XVIII. Keep one saved who lives in sin XIX. Automatically cancel the death penalty when men sin and incur that penalty XX. Do away with free moral agency and moral responsibility XXI. Make one a slave to Himself so that he can never go back into sin if he chooses XXII. Guarantee that every saved man will continue in Christ XXIII. Make any man a son of God in the same sense Jesus is XXIV. Look upon the sins of the saved as being unreal, or deal with them on a different basis from those of the unsaved XXV. Cancel any reaping for what is sown XXVI. Force a man to serve Him against his own will XXVII. Recognize any man as His child or His servant who serves sin and the devil

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12 XXVIII. Keep the saved from sin if he chooses to go back into sin XXIX. Keep one from incurring the death penalty should he go back into sin XXX. Be lenient with any who sin or encourage anarchy in moral government

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