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About Me: I used to believe that evolution was reasonable, that homosexuality was genetic, and that people became Christians because they couldn't deal with the 'reality' that this life was all there was. I used to believe, that if there was a heaven - I could get there by being good - and I used to think I was more or less a good person. I was wrong on all counts. One day I finally had my eyes opened and I saw that I was not going to go to heaven, but that I was certainly going to suffer the wrath of God for all my sin. I saw myself as a treasonous rebel at heart - I hated God for creating me just to send me to Hell - and I was wretched beyond my own comprehension. Into this spiritual vacuum Jesus Christ came and he opened my understanding - delivering me from God's wrath into God's grace. I was "saved" as an adult, and now my life is hid in Christ. I am by no means sinless, but by God's grace I am a repenting believer - a born again Christian.
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Monday, January 26, 2009
Crucifixion. Part IX - Who is Who?
If you haven't done so already, you may want to read the posts which preceded this one (for some context):
     I, II,III, IV, V, VI, VII, and VIII.

In the previous post, we began to ask ourselves whether the things said about the hypothetical person who falls away in Hebrews 6:4-6 describe a wheat, a tare, or are inconclusive. Let's dig right in.

He or she is (or at least had once been) enlightened
In my fifth post in this series, I spoke of what enlightenment means. I explained that it wasn't a mystical thing as we might expect, being influenced as we are by other religions and cultures into imagining that enlightenment involved some mystical/spiritual promotion, but was simply being made aware of something. You don't know the definition of a word, let me enlighten you - it means such and such. No sitting on a mountaintop till you're zapped - just plain and simple awareness of what a thing is or means.

If we understand enlightenment in these terms, then we cannot help but conclude that even the son of perdition (Judas Iscariot) was "enlightened". That is, he was certainly aware of who Jesus was - in fact I expect that Judas was counting on Christ's divinity when he sold him out. What a sure investment that promised to be right? They give Judas 30 pieces of silver to deliver Christ to them, and all Judas has to do is act like he didn't know what was going on. The soldiers would watch for his signal, (the man this Judas kisses, that's our guy!), then grab Jesus, who would promptly escape their clutches just as Judas had watched him miraculously do countless other times - and butta-bing, Judas is 30 silver pieces richer, and no on is the wiser. I am not saying that is what happened - but it wouldn't surprise me.

If Judas was as enlightened as the rest of the Apostles, we have to say that this point at least, doesn't provide us with enough information to say for sure that it points to a Wheat, or a Tare. So our conclusion is:"Inconclusive"

I had to chop the next two posts out of the bottom of this one, because they were too long. We are going to look next at what what tasting the heavenly gift might mean - given both a literal understanding of "tasting" (post X), and a figurative (Post XI). Hope to see you there.


posted by Daniel @ 6:00 AM  
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