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PERCEPTIONS OF

JESUS CHRIST

 

 

                              

According to one online article, “Perceptions vary from person to person. Different people perceive different things about the same situation. But more than that, we assign different meanings to what we perceive.”

 

This is a famous picture. What does it look like to you?

              

  Some people see a young lady looking away. Others see an old lady looking down. Depending on how you look at it, part of the picture might be the young woman’s nose and eyelash, or it might be a wart on the old woman's nose. What is the young woman's ear might be the old woman's eye. What is the young woman's necklace might be the old woman's mouth. The picture hasn't really changed. You just emphasize different parts of it and assign them different meaning.”

According to another online writer, “The word ‘perception’ comes from the Latin words perceptio, percipio, and means "receiving, collecting, and action of taking possession, apprehension with the mind or senses. What one perceives is a result of interplays between past experiences, including one’s culture, and the interpretation of the perceived.

In the case of visual perception, some people can actually see the percept shift in their mind's eye. Others, who are not picture thinkers, may not necessarily perceive the 'shape-shifting' as their world changes. The question, "Is the glass half empty or half full?" serves to demonstrate the way an object can be perceived in different ways. Just as one object can give rise to multiple percepts, another object may fail to give rise to any percept at all: if the percept has no grounding in a person's experience, the person may literally not perceive it.

Preconceptions can influence how the world is perceived. The processes of perception routinely alter what humans see. When people view something with a preconceived concept about it, they tend to take those concepts and see them whether or not they are there. This problem stems from the fact that humans are unable to understand new information, without the inherent bias of their previous knowledge. A person’s knowledge creates his or her reality as much as the truth, because the human mind can only contemplate that to which it has been exposed. When objects are viewed without understanding, the mind will try to reach for something that it already recognizes, in order to process what it is viewing. That which most closely relates to the unfamiliar from our past experiences, makes up what we see when we look at things that we don’t comprehend.

 We obtain information from the external world, from our senses: taste, hearing, smell, touch, sight. Then we somehow integrate and analyze perceived information and make our decision. Decision is an “outcome of mental processes (cognitive process) leading to the selection of a course of action among several alternatives. Every decision making process produces a final choice. How do we make a decision, or even better to ask what leads us to make a decision?”

 

 The picture to the right is suppose to show how the kitten perceives itself. However, using this same picture, I would like to propose a few questions to you. How do you perceive Christ Jesus? Do you perceive Him as a meek, gentle, soft and cuddly kitten or as the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:4)? Can you distinquish between the meek savior who came and the strong and all powerful King of kings and Lord of lords who is coming again to rule the nations with a rod of iron (Revelation 19:11-16)? How do you really perceive Jesus Christ?

 

 

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THE CONTRADICTIONS OF PAUL

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For a number of years I’ve raised an occasional eyebrow to some of Paul’s teachings; but I never took the time to dig very deep. After all, it was the “Apostle” Paul.  The man noted for writing the lion’s share of the New Testament. The man quoted more often than Jesus, from the gospel accounts. But the more I read, the more I started to question. Than beginning in August of 2010, after I had prayed for truth and revelation, my eyes were opened.

 

The following is my attempt to gather all I have been shown into one location. Most of the information presented is taken from my journals and personal studies. I’ve included very little commentary. I prefer to allow the scriptures to speak for themselves.

 

I feel that I’ve been shown these things primarily to bring me back to Christ Jesus, the Word of God, who spoke the Words of God. It is on the Words of Christ Jesus that we will stand or fall, not on Paul’s words or any one else’s.

 

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SAVED TO.....

 

Over the years, I have wondered why the various denominations differ so dramatically in doctrinal beliefs. Basic Christian doctrine generally teaches Jesus came to save us. He died on the cross to save us from our sins and to give us eternal life. Then the question becomes, “What do we do now?” It is at this point various denominations take divergent paths.

 Some teach, “Once saved always saved.” They hold to the belief that once you declare Jesus as your personal savior and Lord, you have a free ticket to heaven no matter what future sins you may commit. One group teaches that if you just believe Jesus died on the cross for you, you are now free to carry on as you please. Still others adhere to belief in God’s commandments and try to live accordingly. Another group proclaims, “You must be born again.” There are of course multiple variations of these beliefs and a growing list of others. Nevertheless, what does the Word of God have to say? Is there any Biblical truth in the midst of so much confusion? Yes there is!

 

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SAVED-BORN AGAIN

IS THERE A DIFFERENCE

 

 

Many churches teach to be saved or born again means the same thing. But is that true?

 There are additional questions we also need to ask – for instance:

 

ü  What does it mean to be “saved?”

ü  What does it mean to be “born again?”

ü  Is it a process or does it happen at once?

ü  How does Jesus Christ fit in this process?

ü  How does this topic apply to me?

ü  Am I already saved?

ü  Am I born again?

ü  If not, do I need to be “saved” and/or “born again?”

ü  How do I get “saved” and/or “born again?”

ü  Is it important that I do so?

 

This lesson will address, in great detail, the Biblical meaning and usage of these key words: “Save”, “Saved”, “Salvation”, “Savior”, “Born” and “Again.” Each word will be studied separately.

 Since the King James Version translated the same Greek word by using various English words; I will also include these words and there associated Bible passages to give a fuller meaning of the key word.

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IS YOUR PASTOR

YOUR SPIRITUAL COVERING

 

 

 

I believe many have been told that their pastor, or other religious leader, is their “spiritual covering.” I have heard more than one televangelist say so over the past few years. However, in my search, I did not find one verse that supports this claim.

 Webster’s Dictionary partially defines “cover” as, 1) to extend over; 2) to clothe; 3) to deal with or provide for. 4) To insure against risk or loss. 5) To shelter; protect.

Now what does the Word of God have to say on this subject.

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