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Wednesday, November 29 2017
The Spirits On Trial
"Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world"
Millions of Bible-ignoring "Christians" seek to understand the Holy Scriptures by means of human philosophy or opinion (their method is a contradiction - is it any wonder that their doctrines are too?), but the Holy Bible can only be understood by means of the Light of the Holy Spirit that is provided to those who truly seek to obey the LORD. The LORD doesn't waste His precious Spirit on those who don't or won't make good use of it.
As such, the Holy Spirit, the "inspiration" by which the Holy Scriptures were written, does not contradict itself - the reason that we are to "try the spirits" (i.e. test the spirits) by comparing the Truth that was actually written and rejecting all of the deviant spirits of man and demons that lust to make the Scriptures say what they want them to say for themselves. Genuine Christianity isn't a "the customer is always right" farce. It's true and solid - constructed by the Builder of all good things (see The Carpenter Who Created Trees and Why Was Jesus A Carpenter? and Who Was The Carpenter That Built The Cross?).
A plain warning: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world."
"4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
Hence, John's "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" isn't just a statement of belief that the Messiah came in the flesh (the antichrists and even some atheists freely admit that Jesus of Nazareth existed; see Where Did John Say That The Antichrist Would Come From? and What Prophecy Do Atheists Fulfill For Themselves?), but moreover to do what He commanded. Merely claiming Christ's Name for one's religion doesn't make one a genuine Christian - as the Messiah warned (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?).
"4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
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This Day In History, November 29
561: King Chlothar I died at Compiegne. His four sons (Charibert I, Guntram, Sigebert I and Chilperic I) divided the Frankish Kingdom, while continuing the Merovingian Dynasty.
1394: Korean king Yi Seong-gye, founder of the Joseon Dynasty, relocated his capital from Kaesong to Hanyang (known today as Seoul). See also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?
1612: The Battle of Swally that reduced the Portuguese Empire's control of India.
1760: British forces took possession of Detroit. It was prior to that time a French military and trading colony, founded in 1701 by the French explorer Antoine de la Mothe, sieur de Cadillac (one of his descendants named the Cadillac automobile after him). "Detroit" is a French word that means the straits i.e. in that case referring to the river that flows from Lake Erie to Lake St. Clair (another French name).
1787: King Louis XVI of France granted political recognition of Protestants.
1798: In Canada, the legislature of the Island of St. John voted to change its name to Prince Edward Island.
1812: Napoleon's "Grand Army" crossed the Berezina River in retreat from a disastrous defeat in Russia (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1864: Over 400 Cheyenne and Arapahoe people (women, children and old men - most of the young men were already dead in battles to defend their homelands from the European invaders) who had surrendered, and were told that they could camp there in peace, were massacred by a force of 700 Colorado Militiamen led by Colonel John Chivington at Sand Creek, Colorado. That particular incident of the genocide of Native Americans (among many, many others) is variously known to historians as "the Sand Creek Massacre" or the "Chivington Massacre." See also The First Chinese American War
1922: Egyptian King Tutankhamen's tomb was opened by archaeologists (see also Biblical Eras: 400 Years Of Israel's Prosperity In Egypt and A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Years In Cleopatra's Egypt).
1947: The United Nations General Assembly voted to partition "Palestine" (a word that is merely another pronunciation of "Philistine") into Jewish and Arab territories (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: The Balfour Declaration).
1961: NASA launched a chimpanzee named Enos into Earth orbit. The Russians had already launched the first human into space, Yuri Gagarin, earlier that year, on April 12 1961.
1963: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson appointed Chief Justice Earl Warren to head a commission to investigate the assassination of President John Kennedy The "Warren Commission" declared that Lee Harvey Oswald was the sole assassin.
1964: The Roman Catholic Church replaced Latin with English in masses in some countries.
1974: A bill to outlaw the Irish Republican Army became law in Britain.
1989: Czechoslovakian dissidents ousted Communist party leader Milos Jakes.