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Friday, February 23 2018

Strait To Heaven or Straight To Hell?

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it"

The English-language word "learn" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, pronounced leornian, that meant to teach. While it would today usually be regarded as improper grammar, a statement such as "he learned them how to do it" is in fact correct, according to the original meaning of the word "learn." In its original form, the "learner" was the teacher, not the student (see the Fact Finder question below).

Jesus Christ was a "learner," a teacher, of the Way.

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me." (John 14:6 KJV)

The Way

From Bible history, "learn" is used to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures - all of which express "teacher" as "learner."

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced aw-lawf, means to associate with, used as to be around someone from whom knowledge can be obtained

  • the Greek word, pronounced paw-ee-dy-oo, means to train a child

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced law-mawd, means to prod, used as to teach

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced leh-kawkh, means instruction

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced sif-raw, means writing, used as to study by reading

  • the Greek word, pronounced man-than-oh, means to come to understand

  • the Greek word, pronounced gramma, means writing or learning (the English word grammar originated from that Greek word; see also The Apostle Paul's Gramma)

  • the Greek word, pronounced did-as-kalee-ah, means instruction

Although the Messiah was regarded as "unlearned" by the Pharisees and Sadducees (it was in fact their academic arrogance that inspired them to murder the Christ; see also The Lay Preacher Who Built The True Church Of God), the Messiah's teachings were and are based entirely on what God first taught Him. Jesus achieved the ultimate Ph.D. in Theology (as well as Education, Psychology and History) because there is no "higher learning" than a degree personally taught by God.

"7:14 Now about the midst of the feast Jesus went up into the temple [see also Why Was The Messiah Drawn To The Heart Of The Temple?], and taught.

7:15 And the Jews marvelled, saying, How knoweth this man letters, having never learned?

7:16 Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.

7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 7:18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him." (John 7:14-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why are "strait" and "straight" both vital to Salvation?
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This Day In History, February 23

303: Prior to its creation of a perverted version of Christianity for itself (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), Emperor Diocletian began the persecution of unspecified "Christians" in Rome (see also The Church Of God At Rome).

532: Byzantine (he Eastern Roman Empire) Emperor Justinian I proclaimed the construction of a new Orthodox "Christian" basilica in Constantinople (today known as Istanbul, Turkey). It became known as the Hagia Sophia. It later became mosque (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) and is today a museum.

Roman Empire

1455: Johannes Gutenberg printed the first book with the newly-invented process of movable type - the Bible.

Gutenberg Bible

1554: Mapuche forces under Lautaro defeated the Spanish at the Battle of Marihuenu in Chile.

1574: The Fifth War of Religion began in France.

1820: The Cato Street Conspiracy, an attempt to assassinate British Cabinet ministers, was foiled with only hours to spare.

1861: After seceding from Mexico in 1836, and then being annexed by the U.S. in 1845, Texas became the 7th state to secede from the U.S. and join the Confederates States of America.


1887: An earthquake killed about 2,000 people in the French Riviera.

1898: In France, novelist Emile Zola was imprisoned for writing his "J'accuse" letter accusing the government of anti-Semitism and wrongly jailing Captain Alfred Dreyfus.

1903: While under U.S. military occupation, the puppet government of Cuba at the time leased Guantanamo Bay to the U.S. "in perpetuity." It is today the site of the infamous U.S. concentration camp (Legal Definition: "A penal camp where political prisoners or prisoners of war are confined, usually under harsh conditions") where prisoners have been tortured, killed or indefinitely incarcerated without charge or trial. Outside of the walls of the Nazi-like camp is a bizarre official sign that proclaims "Honor Bound To Defend Freedom."


1919: Benito Mussolini left the Socialists and founded the Fasci del Comattimento (Fascist) party in Italy (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).

1934: Leopold III became King of Belgium.

1942: A Japanese submarine shelled an oil refinery in Santa Barbara, California, the first Japanese bombs to hit U.S. the continental U.S. during the Second World War.

1944: Russia's Josef Stalin forced 1 million Chechens into exile. He dissolved their republic while accusing them of collaboration with Nazi Germany.

1970: Guyana, formerly British Guiana, became an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.

1987: Ian Shelton, a Canadian astronomer from Winnipeg, discovered the first supernova since Kepler's observation in 1604 while working at Las Campanas Observatory in Chile. The star, Sanduleak 69 202 in the Large Magellanic Cloud, is estimated to be 160,000 light years away i.e. the image of it that is seen today left 160,000 years ago.

1996: Pope John Paul II issued an updated code for electing popes, introducing modern comforts for cardinals in conclave and reaffirming rules against electronic bugging to safeguard their secrecy.

1998: Osama bin Laden (born in Saudi Arabia) published a fatwa of jihad against all Jews and "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).


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