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Blog Entries from Pavel Mosko

  1. My Best Friend's Sermon On Repentance

    This popped up in my Facebook feed and thought I would post it since it is better than the typical fare out there and folks may like the cut of my best friends jib. Met him in my hometown when I was 12....
  2. Older Than Dirt

    This trope is not so much an actual literal trope as an recognition that the story, or elements of the story come from ancient times that are anything from preliterary to before 800 BC (before the invention of the Greek Alphabet). This trope is worth noting because of all the weird stuff that is in the Bible. It's weird because it comes either from the Bronze age, or even before it. In the Bible there is a lot of iconography of other cultures that is re-appropriated (Ur of the...
  3. Answering The Question Of "why Does A Christian Need A Gun?"

    I actually believe their is a Christian duty to protect your family, and other vulnerable people living in your neighborhood. You can see that idea throughout the Old Testament, but especially in the lives of notable figures like Abraham, King David etc. Even in the New Testament saint Paul speaks in terms of government of the time: Romans 13:4 4For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not carry the sword in vain. He is God’s servant, an agent of...
  4. Eminent Domain Has Dawned

    I was given my 90 day warning, two days ago, that I need to move in early December.
  5. History Of The Trinity 6, Tertullian

    Tertullian is the guy who first used the term "Trinity" sometime in the early 200s. Tertullian's Trinity is unlike the one we have today. Rather than being "Three persons in one essence" his simply was a triad of three beings, two of which the Son and Holy Spirit were derived from the Father. For a full academic treatment of the subject I recommend reading the StanFord University article that is linked below. In my previous posts, I did my best cover all the intellectual antecedents...
  6. History Of The Trinity 5, Memra (aramaic Jewish Term For Theophany)

    I'm looking to wrap up things and start talking about other topics (most likely my objections to some Protestants on Sola Scriptura). So unlike most of my post's with my own original content, I'm just going to quote this verbatim from a interesting Theological blog (You might want to hit the link at the bottom and read the whole article). This is my last bullet point, I will make one more post with some form of concluding thoughts, analysis or a summary. Author's note for the...
  7. History Of The Trinity 4 Philo

    Philo of Alexandria (Trinity series) Philo was a Jewish Theologian that is thought to live just prior to the Christian Era (may have lived to see the beginning of Christianity). He was greatly admired by the Church Fathers and often considered as a kind of an honorary Christian or a Christian Before His Time. Philo studied Greek Philosophy and used that in his studies of the Old Testament. He believed himself a Mystagogue a person who uncovers mysteries. And he popularized the use of Greek...
  8. History Of The Trinity 3 (harmonization Of Scripture)

    History of the Trinity 3 (Harmonization of Scripture) For the most part, I tend to see the doctrine of the Trinity as a harmonization of scripture. Wikipedia defines that term for those not familiar with it as:"A Biblical harmony is a hermeneutic method of analyzing parallel and often disparate accounts within the Bible. They are used in attempts to resolve apparent conflicts in the text, and demonstrate that together they form a consistent text." Biblical harmony - Wikipedia In the...
  9. History Of The Trinity 2 (two Powers In Heaven)

    On the subject of the Trinity this is the new thing I learned thanks to Michael Heiser. I bought this book a few months ago but haven't got around to reading it yet (was out of print at the time and paid $40 for it used). This was a rabbinic theory and in reading Christian History it seems very few knew about it (I've studied this topic for over 20 years and have just heard about it a few months ago). So from what I gather from hearing lecturers it was speculative theology taught by...
  10. History Of The Trinity 1 (elohim)

    I'm re-posting some Facebook Blogging I did on the Theological Development of the Trinity. Since then, I've learned some cool new stuff which I will add into the presentation so stay tuned. Elohim (another name for God in the OT) For Trinitarians like myself this name is the first hint of the Trinity we get in the Bible. We might actually call it the seed form of the dogma. The word is a generic form of God but it has a plural ending. While being a piece of evidence for the Trinity it is...
  11. Vartanantz (armenian Christian Holiday Coming A Month From Now)

    I did a audio broad recording on Facebook that you can listen to on the topic (You will have to click on the tap recorder icon that you see to hear it, and you may need to turn the sound up or un-mute it as well in the controls tab) [URL]https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=pavel[/URL] mosko vartanatz&epa=SEARCH_BOX Battle of Avarayr (Armenian: Ավարայրի ճակատամարտ, May 26, 451, also known as Battle of Vartanantz) is remembered by Armenians as probably the greatest battle in their history. It was...
  12. Skipping Stones And Telling Parables

    There once was a kindly aged Biblical Greek instructor that I was quite fond of. (I'm not good with languages and he made the process of studying the subject bearable and at times reasonably pleasant). He had a good demeanor about him (He actually reminded me a lot of a friend from adolescence and early adulthood). And along the way in studying, he was always good at giving some of the background context to whatever we happened to be studying that day. On one day we got to the subject of...
  13. Pistis Vs. Gnosis 4

    Why I first got involved in this topic is because there often is a “Faith vs. Knowledge” dichotomy that is setup in Christianity. This especially seems to take place after Christianity spends a few centuries dealing with the Gnostic heresies. After this time, Gnosis especially of the revelatory nature, takes on negative connotations where Christians tend to shy away from using it unless directly quoting from a Koine Greek passage. The Sad part of this is “Faith” often works through...
  14. Clement Of Alexandria And Gnosis 3

    One guy who embraced the wider use of Gnosis. Quote from linked article below. "St. Clement of Alexandria emphasizes the following: I. The title "Gnostic" does not refer to a heretic but to the orthodox Christian who attains the divine gnosis (knowledge) from the Holy Spirit, by illumination through Christ (the Logos) in the light of the tradition of the church. St. Clement writes, "Here are the notes that characterize our Gnostic: first, contemplation; then the fulfillment of the...
  15. Gnosis In The New Testament 2

    I’ll start with this definition, used by many modern Bible web sites. Knowledge, signifies in general intelligence, understanding a) the general knowledge of Christian religion b) the deeper more perfect and enlarged knowledge of this religion, such as belongs to the more advanced c) esp. of things lawful and unlawful for Christians d) moral wisdom, such as is seen in right living I’m going to add my own definition based on previous studies and say that “Gnosis is Knowledge of things...
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