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War, The Great DivisionWar
There is great division, war on every side,
Wars and rumors can be heard, and many souls have died.
There is great division, trembling, now, with fear,
Sides are being polarized as harvest time draws near.
There are just two factions if you understand,
There is that which is of God and that which is of man.
These two warring factions, cannot reconcile.
God is holy every way, but man can just defile.
These two warring factions, banners now unfurled,
There are those who are of Christ and those who love the world.
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In the final analysis, there are only two entities. There is the Spirit and the flesh. Looking at them from another angle, we see the world and those who have been called out of the world. From another side, we seen the natural mind and the mind of Christ. There are many angles from which to view these two warring factions, but there are only two. They cannot be reconciled.
Luke 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
Luke 11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth.
Matthew 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
I had once thought that the great division was between those who believe in special revelation and those who do not believe in special revelation. I said that those who believe that the Bible is the Word of God are those who believe in special revelation. Now, I see that everyone believes in special revelation, but some believe that God is the revelator. Either God reveals or else something else reveals. The "something else" that reveals may vary from person to person, but it has a sameness despite the variation. There is a common thread to all the non-God revelations.
The human mind as revelator:
This is the concept that the human mind is the real source of knowledge as opposed to experience, observation, God, or any other source. Rationalized speculations are most often not consciously thought about, and treated as unspoken presupposition that are used as the basis of thought. Also known as: rationalism, reason (misnomer), intellectualism, theoretical science, and philosophy.
The human senses as revelator:
This is the concept that the human senses are the real source of knowledge as opposed to revelations from the human mind, from spirits, or from God. Also known as empirical science.
The human senses plus the human mind as revelator:
This is the pop science that is taught in most schools. It is a combination of empirical and theoretical science. That is, it's a combination of observation and speculation. Revelations that are taught include evolution, philosophy, and most of the concepts that are taught as ethics.
Many gods as revelator:
This is the concept that there are many gods, spirits, or demons, that are the real source of knowledge rather than, or in addition to the human mind, God, or the human senses. Also known as polytheistic religion, witchcraft, new age religion, eastern religion, and by many other names.
Certain intellectuals as revelator:
This is the concept that a certain person is the real source of knowledge rather than any other source. Rationalized speculations are most often not consciously thought about, and treated as unspoken presupposition that are used as the basis of thought. The usual premise is that of rationalism, the human mind as revelator. The difference is that only a certain person has, or certain persons have, what they refer to as the higher, or intellectual, mind. Since different so- called intellectuals have differing revelations, the question is, "Who is the real intellectual?"
The Bible as revelator:
This is the concept that the Bible itself is the revelator. It is the concept that the letter is the source rather than rationalized speculations or even God Himself. That the human senses are involved in this revelation process in obvious, but often overlooked. It is actually an extension of empirical science using the Bible as the empirical evidence. The real weakness is in the fact that the rationalizing human mind is also involve, though most followers of this way are not aware of of the work of their own minds in "automatically, subconsciously, filling in the blanks" of Scripture. Almost all who believe in this method of revelation have theologies that rely on speculations that they have unconsciously presupposed.
The Bible plus the human mind as revelator:
This is the concept that the revelations found in the Bible must be interpreted by the human mind. This concept has all the elements of intellectualism and rationalism. Rationalized speculations are most often not consciously thought about, and treated as unspoken presupposition that are used as the basis of theology. In parallel with the rationalists and so- called intellectuals, most rational theologians claim that they are just taking the Bible as it is while silently presupposing rationalized speculations.
The Bible plus God as revelator:
This is the concept that the Bible is the Word of God, but that the human mind is deceitful and wicked and can't be trusted. This is the concept that only God can reveal the meaning of the Bible, it is the teaching that is found in the Bible. The Bible clearly teaches how it may be understood, and it is not by rationalization. It clearly teaches that the human element cannot be trusted. In the Bible are many accounts of false revelators, false prophets, and false apostles, who received revelation either from evil spirits or from their own minds but claimed to receive revelation from God. Since different so-called receivers of revelation have differing revelations, the question is, who is the real receiver of revelation?
Interestingly, the Bible states exactly how revelation is received. Here are some relevant verses:
Jeremiah 17:5 ? Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.
6 For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
8 For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
A renegade king:
1 Kings 12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense.
Proverbs 28:26 He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Jeremiah 9:13 And the LORD saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein;
14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them:
15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink.
Jeremiah 23:26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
Ezekiel 13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own heart; and prophesy thou against them,