Some have claimed that the text at Matthew 28:19 is spurious.
“… disciple all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit…”Christ’s command at Matthew 28:19, Berean Literal Bible
It is argued that “into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” is spurious, that in the third century a scribe added this text to written manuscripts in order to support the trinity doctrine. Is there evidence? No.
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We reject all shameful deeds and underhanded methods. 2 Corinthians 4:2, New Living Translation
We don’t try to trick anyone or distort the word of God.
We tell the truth before God, and all who are honest know this.
The Church of England decreed it to be illegal to translate the Bible into English.
The Church also made it illegal to teach the Bible in English.
I defy the Pope, and all his laws; and if God spares my life, I will cause the boy that drives the plow in England to know more of the Scriptures than the Pope himself!William Tyndale
William Tyndale’s translation was the first English bible from the Hebrew and Greek.
Tyndale’s translation was seen as a direct threat to the Roman Catholic Church*.
Henry VIII removed the church in England from the Roman Catholic Church.
For his ‘crime’ Tyndale was strangled and his body burned at the stake by the church.
His last words were, “Lord, open the King of England’s eyes.”
Prayer answered, Henry VIII authorized Tyndale’s bible as the Church of England.
Make every effort to present yourself approved to God, 2 Timothy 2:15
an unashamed workman who accurately handles the word of truth.
Tyndale accurately handled the words of truth and did not distort the word of God.
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The following is a consideration of scriptures which pertain to the role of women in Christ, in the congregation, and in love.
There is neither male nor female, Galatians 3:28
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Letter to the Ephesians
Paul’s focus is on walking in love, just as Christ loves us. He makes one command: that we subject ourselves to one another, in respect or reverence of Christ. Paul concludes that by husbands loving their wives, using Christ’s love for the congregation as a model, wives may feel the same respect or reverence for her husband as she does Christ.
Walk in love.
Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved us and gave himself up for us as an offering and a sacrifice to God… (Eph 5:1)
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Be filled with the Spirit…
Subject yourselves to one another.
A man recently told me that after three and a half years of studying the bible on his own he decided he no longer believed in God and is now an atheist. One of the reasons he gave, referring the law code in Deuteronomy 22, was that “rape victims must marry their rapist after he pays her father some money for her”.
Indeed, sincere Christians have attempted to rationalize Deuteronomy 22:28,29 as it has been translated in many modern translations. For instance Marg Mowczko explains that the law doesn’t actually require her to marry “the rapist” as she goes on to reasoning why it may be good based on cultural circumstances.
However, let us examine the words of God’s word a little closer.
The Hebrew word שָׁכַב shakab means “to lie down” and is basically a euphemism for sex.
Deuteronomy 22 establishes the conditions and consequences of four forms of sex:
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- adultery (Deut 22:22),
- fornication (Deut 22:23),
- rape חָזַק chazaq (Deut 22:25),
- seduction תָּפַשׂ taphas (Deut 22:28)