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  1. Origen of Alexandria (c. 184 – c. 253) also known as Origen Adamantius, was a Hellenistic scholar, ascetic, and early Christian theologian who was born and spent the first half of his career in Alexandria. He was a prolific writer who wrote roughly 2,000 treatises in multiple branches of theology, including textual criticism, biblical exegesis and hermeneutics, philosophical theology, preaching, and spirituality. He was one of the most influential figures in early Christian theology, apologetics, and asceticism. He has been described as "the greatest genius the early church ever produced". Origen sought martyrdom with his father at a young age, but was prevented from turning himself in to the authorities by his mother. When he was eighteen years old, Origen became a catechist at the Catechetical School of Alexandria. He came into conflict with Demetrius, the bishop of Alexandria, in 231 after he was ordained as a presbyter by his friend, the bishop of Caesarea, while on a journey to Athens through Palestine. Demetrius condemned Origen for insubordination and accused him of having castrated himself and of having taught that even Satan would eventually attain salvation, an accusation which Origen himself vehemently denied. Origen founded the Christian School of Caesarea, where he taught logic, cosmology, natural history, and theology, and became regarded by the churches of Palestine and Arabia as the ultimate authority on all matters of theology. He was tortured for his faith during the Decian persecution in 250 and died three to four years later from his injuries. Eusebius of Caesarea (c. AD 260 – c.339) also known as Eusebius Pamphili (from the Greek: Εὐσέβιος τοῦ Παμϕίλου), was a historian of Christianity, exegete, and Christian polemicist. He became the bishop of Caesarea Maritima about 314 AD. Together with Pamphilus, he was a scholar of the Biblical canon and is regarded as an extremely learned Christian of his time.[1] He wrote Demonstrations of the Gospel, Preparations for the Gospel, and On Discrepancies between the Gospels, studies of the Biblical text. As "Father of Church History" (not to be confused with the title of Church Father), he produced the Ecclesiastical History, On the Life of Pamphilus, the Chronicle and On the Martyrs. During the Council of Antiochia (325) he was excommunicated for subscribing to the heresy of Arius, and thus withdrawn during the First Council of Nicaea where he accepted that the Homoousion referred to the Logos. Never recognized as a Saint, he became counselor of Constantine the Great, and with the bishop of Nicomedia he continued to polemicize against Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, Church Fathers, since he was condemned in the First Council of Tyre in 335. Constantine the Great (27 February c. 272 AD – 22 May 337 AD) also known as Constantine I or Saint Constantine,[3] was Roman Emperor from 306 to 337 AD. He was the son of Flavius Valerius Constantius, a Roman Army officer of Illyrian origins. His mother Helena was Greek. His father became Caesar, the deputy emperor in the west, in 293 AD. Constantine was sent east, where he rose through the ranks to become a military tribune under Emperors Diocletian and Galerius. In 305, Constantius raised himself to the rank of Augustus, senior western emperor, and Constantine was recalled west to campaign under his father in Britannia (Britain). Constantine was acclaimed as emperor by the army at Eboracum (modern-day York) after his father's death in 306 AD, and he emerged victorious in a series of civil wars against Emperors Maxentius and Licinius to become sole ruler of both west and east by 324 AD. Constantine was the first Roman emperor to convert to Christianity. Although he lived most of his life as a pagan, he joined the Christian faith on his deathbed, being baptised by Eusebius of Nicomedia. He played an influential role in the proclamation of the Edict of Milan in 313, which declared religious tolerance for Christianity in the Roman empire. He called the First Council of Nicaea in 325 that produced the statement of Christian belief known as the Nicene Creed. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre was built on his orders at the purported site of Jesus' tomb in Jerusalem and became the holiest place in Christendom. The Papal claim to temporal power in the High Middle Ages was based on the supposed Donation of Constantine (now regarded as a forgery). He is venerated as a saint by the Eastern Orthodox and Catholic Church. He has historically been referred to as the "First Christian Emperor," and he did heavily promote the Christian Church. Some modern scholars, however, debate his beliefs and even his comprehension of the Christian faith itself. I will let the readers decide how likely and reliable the story by avbunyan is given the basic facts of the people involved (can you say "time travel").
  2. Origen repeatedly asked Demetrius to ordain him as a priest, but Demetrius continually refused. In around 231, Demetrius sent Origen on a mission to Athens. Along the way, Origen stopped in Caesarea, where he was warmly greeted by the bishops Theoctistus and Alexander of Jerusalem, who had become his close friends during his previous stay. While he was visiting Caesarea, Origen asked Theoctistus to ordain him as a priest.Theoctistus gladly complied. Upon learning of Origen's ordination, Demetrius was outraged and issued a condemnation declaring that Origen's ordination by a foreign bishop was an act of insubordination. Eusebius reports that, as a result of Demetrius's condemnations, Origen decided not to return to Alexandria and to instead take up permanent residence in Caesarea. John Anthony McGuckin, however, argues that Origen had probably already been planning to stay in Caesarea. The Palestinian bishops declared Origen the chief theologian of Caesarea. Firmilian, the bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia, was such a devoted disciple of Origen that he begged him to come to Cappadocia and teach there. Demetrius raised a storm of protests against the bishops of Palestine and the church synod in Rome itself. According to Eusebius, Demetrius published the salacious allegation that Origen had secretly castrated himself, a capital offense under Roman law at the time and one which would have made Origen's ordination invalid, since eunuchs were forbidden from becoming priests. Demetrius also alleged that Origen had taught a form of apokatastasis, which held that all beings, including even Satan himself, would eventually attain salvation. This allegation probably arose from a misunderstanding of Origen's argument during a debate with the Valentinian heretic Candidus.[6] Candidus had argued in favor of predestination by declaring that the Devil was beyond salvation. Origen had responded by arguing that, if the Devil is destined for eternal damnation, it was on account of his actions, which were the result of his own free will. Therefore, Origen had declared that Satan was only morally reprobate, not absolutely reprobate. Origen was not banished. Origen believed in Free Will (not a heresy) and not Arianism. Arianism is a nontrinitarian Christological doctrine which asserts the belief that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who was begotten by God the Father at a point in time, a creature distinct from the Father and is therefore subordinate to him, but the Son is also God (i.e. God the Son). Arian teachings were first attributed to Arius (c. AD 256–336), a Christian presbyter in Alexandria of Egypt. The teachings of Arius and his supporters were opposed to the theological views held by Homoousian Christians, regarding the nature of the Trinity and the nature of Christ. The Arian concept of Christ is based on the belief that the Son of God did not always exist but was begotten by God the Father. Origen of Alexandria (c. 184 – c. 253) was dead before Arius (c. AD 256–336) was born to create his Arian teachings, so could not have been banished for them. (wikipedia is your friend for checking simple facts like these) ORIGEN
  3. Reformed are often 'Amillennial' (meaning they believe that we are living in the 1000 year reign of Jesus right now and it is not exactly 1000 years). So there is no 'pre-tribulation rapture', then a Kingdom of Jesus on Earth, then a 'judgement day' like most Pentecostals believe. For 'Amillenials', the second coming and rapture and day of judgement all happen at the same time ... the "last day". If it is not preached, that is just the decision of that particular preacher. There is a Judgement Day.
  4. Since 90% of your post really has nothing to do with Bible Translations (who cares what Origen believed, did it impact what he copied?), could you just provide some support for your claim that Wescott & Hort is based on "Origen's work from Alexandria Egypt" and that modern Translations are based on the Wescott & Hort translation of 1881. [I happen to know that neither 'fact' is accurate, but am curious what sources you are getting your information from.]
  5. That's what 'Google Translate' is for. προσδεχόμενοι τὴν μακαρίαν ἐλπίδα καὶ ἐπιφάνειαν τῆς δόξης τοῦ μεγάλου θεοῦg καὶ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ  prosdechómenoi tín makarían elpída kaí epifáneian tís dóxis toú megálou theoúg kaí sotíros imón Iisoú Christoú conquering the great hope and outwardness of the glory of the great god and the wisdom of Jesus Christ [Just kidding.]
  6. No, It is true! Apostle Paul’s King James Bible Up For Auction 🙂 [EDIT] And for you scholars ... King James Version Finally Translated Into Biblical Greek, Hebrew
  7. atpollard

    Should We Pray Against Devils?

    An observation from The Beginning: [Gen 3:13-17 NIV] 13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." 14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." 16 To the woman he said, "I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." 17 To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat from it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. God cursed (past tense) the devil and from the beginning proclaimed a day when God would see a man (the seed of the woman) victorious over the devil. Our Jesus has already been 'bruised' and the head of the devil has already been crushed. God has reclaimed our place. When the Devil deceives us, God requires us to deal with the consequences of our actions, but I see no 'curse' pronounced over Eve or these consequences. God has announced the consequences of Eve's actions, but God has not punished Eve for being deceived. Adam was not deceived. When we knowingly choose to do wrong, there are consequences. Notice, however, that God did not curse Adam. The curse is on the ground because of Adam. When we knowingly listen to the devil rather than God, our life becomes harder, but God's love for us is no less. King David is the example of this playing out in the life of an OT man (see how his sins impacted his children).
  8. I am always cautious of an event where someone “just happens to be recording with their phone” at the very start of the conversation. How often do you walk into a coffee shop ready to record any conversations on your phone? I smell a set-up for you-tube hits and 15 minutes of fame. I bet real reporting would have found a link between the woman and the man.
  9. atpollard

    Eternal Election

    It was intended as humor. (Both the original song and my post).
  10. atpollard

    Eternal Election

    I would like to think so ... [Verse 1] I'd like to do a song Of great social and political importance It goes like this [Chorus] Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz [Verse 2] Oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV Dialing For Dollars is trying to find me I wait for delivery each day until three So oh Lord, won't you buy me a color TV Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town I'm counting on you, Lord, please don't let me down Prove that you love me and buy the next round Oh Lord, won't you buy me a night on the town [Chorus] Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends Worked hard all my lifetime, no help from my friends So Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz
  11. atpollard

    Eternal Election

    Isn't that what the first Arminians were accused of? 🙂
  12. atpollard

    The Arminian Controversy and the Synod of Dort

    Nope. It was not the Bible being mocked. It was your mocking opinions being presented as fact with absolutely no effort made to provide any support ... as if you were the Pope and spoke truth with an authority that was not to be questioned in this post: Have you ever read the Five points of Arminius? Some can be argued, but most are clearly heretical and were already declared heretical in earlier Church Councils dealing with the Pelegrian Heresy. Few modern 'Free Will' believing Christians (such as those from the Methodist or Church of God or Church of Christ) would agree with what Arminius actually wrote. The cause of Modern Arminianism owes a large debt to the teaching of Wesley. Perhaps you could provide some evidence in support of just how many people were subject to "persecuting, imprisoning, torturing, burning at the stake and beheading" since you seem to imply that it was a large number and I seem to recall that it was a VERY small number (but I might be misremembering.) It would also be helpful if you could provide some indication why this condemnation was "biased and unwarranted" since they were teaching contrary to the official view of a state church. Would the Vatican be biased and unwarranted in condemning a Catholic Priest who taught Southern Baptist Doctrine in St. Peter's Basilica (in Vatican City)? Please provide Scripture indicating the Biblically mandated way for the Church to deal with heretics since you are condemning how they dealt with them.
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    Do Arminians Preach a Sufficient Gospel?

    Please point out where either I said that or some Calvinist source (like the Westminster Confession of Faith) teaches that. Otherwise, you are not dealing honestly with a brother in Christ, you are making false accusations against me and you are stirring up dissent among the brothern. I have a great deal of respect for Wesleyan Arminianism and very little tolerance for trolling. Which are you here for?
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    Do Arminians Preach a Sufficient Gospel?

    "Salvation by grace through faith is the Biblical definition of the Gospel." 'Grace' is, by definition, unearned. If man plays any part in saving himself ... like if some men CHOOSE to believe while other men CHOOSE not to believe ... then 'Salvation' is not by grace, but rather the result of 'merited' or 'earned' favor. Calvinism (aka Reformed Theology or Monergism) teaches that salvation is 100% the work of a Sovereign God and 0% the decision of man. Wesleyan Arminianism teaches that God enables all men to choose, but the final power to be saved or damned rests with the sinner's ability to choose to believe or not believe. Thus Arminian (aka. Synergystic) 'Grace' is not grace, but earned favor.
  15. A conversation with a member of an international para-church ministry led to an interesting discovery that I wanted to share. When it comes to how people view the Gospel and what Jesus did on the cross, we in the West have a very strong legal/court related outlook. We were guilty of sin, Jesus accepted our sentence and paid our fine, now we are ‘not-guilty’ of our sin debt. Among the Eastern cultures, a story like the Prodigal Son resonates with a deep message of both personal shame and the shame that the son brought upon the father. So Jesus death on the Cross is seen as restoring honor both for us, and for God whom we have shamed. Among many parts of Africa and certain parts of South America, when a person comes forward to accept the Gospel, their greatest fear is will this bring the attack of evil spirits upon them. For these people, the power of the Gospel is seen in Jesus healing the demoniac and His death on the Cross and resurrection proves that God and His Holy Spirit is more powerful than any evil spirit. Jessie Stone (a student pursuing his PHD in Scotland) pointed out that both the first few chapters of Genesis and the Gospels of Christ address all three points of view. God paying our “debt” seems to be only the beginning of what Christ has done for us.
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