Thursday, December 13, 2018

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An Examination of the Alleged discrepancies of the Bible by John Haley 1874

Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible by William Henry Bates 1903

The Scripture of Truth - its origin, its languages, its translations, its canon, its symbols, its inspiration, its alleged errors and contradictions, its plan, its science, other sacred books by Sidney Collett 1905

Self-Contradictions of the Bible by William Henry Burr 1860

Biblical Hermeneutics - The art of Scripture interpretation (has a section on Contradictions) by Georg Friedrich Seiler 1835

Bible difficulties and their alleviative interpretation by Robert S MacArthur 1899

100 Contradictions in the Bible by Maurice Gauvin 1922

A Young Man's Difficulties with his Bible by DW Faunce 1876

The Mature Man's Difficulties with his Bible by DW Faunce 1908

Answer to difficulties of the Bible by John Thein 1897

The Bible and Rationalism - Answer to Difficulties, Volunme 1 by John Thein 1900

The Bible and Rationalism - Answer to Difficulties, Volunme 3 by John Thein 1900

The Bible and Rationalism - Answer to Difficulties, Volunme 4 by John Thein 1900

Unbelief in the Nineteenth Century by Henry C Sheldon 1907

The Bible - is it The Word of God? by Thomas Strange 1871

Moral Difficulties Connected with the Bible, Volume 1 by James A Hessey 1871

Moral Difficulties Connected with the Bible, Volume 2 by James A Hessey 1871

Moral Difficulties Connected with the Bible, Volume 3 by James A Hessey 1871

A Handbook of Scientific and Literary Bible Difficulties by Robert Tuck 1891

Scripture difficulties explained by Scripture references by Thomas Spaulding 1877

The Bible defended against the objections of Infidelity, being an examination of scientific, historical, chronological and other Scripture difficulties by William Henry Brisbane 1855

A Young Man's Perils and Bible Difficulties by William Guest 1885

The Exodus of Israel: its difficulties examined and its truth confirmed by TR Birks 1863

Reconstructive Criticism - a theory to reconcile the difficulties of higher criticism by William W Martin 1871

"The Pentateuch and Bishop Colenso" - Bible inspiration - Dr. Colenso's difficulties considered by Charles Bullock 1863

The Creation & Deluge, according to a new theory; confirming the Bible account, - removing most of the difficulties heretofore suggested by sceptical philosophers by Samuel Webb 1854

Mythical Elements in the Samson Story, article in The Monist 1907

The Story of Samson and its place in the religious development of mankind by Paul Carus 1907

Essays on some of the Difficulties in the writings of the Apostle Paul and other parts of the New Testament by Richard Whateley 1830

Biblical Difficulties Dispelled by George Sexton 1885

The Dangers and Safeguards of Modern Theology by AC Tait 1862

A Synopsis of Criticisms upon those Passages of the Old Testament, in which modern commentators have differed from the Authorized Version together with an explanation of various difficulties in the Hebrew and English texts, Volume 1 Part 1 by Richard Barrett 1847

A Synopsis of Criticisms upon those Passages of the Old Testament, in which modern commentators have differed from the Authorized Version together with an explanation of various difficulties in the Hebrew and English texts, Volume 1 Part 2 by Richard Barrett 1847

A Synopsis of Criticisms upon those Passages of the Old Testament, in which modern commentators have differed from the Authorized Version together with an explanation of various difficulties in the Hebrew and English texts, Volume 2 Part 1 by Richard Barrett 1847

A Synopsis of Criticisms upon those Passages of the Old Testament, in which modern commentators have differed from the Authorized Version together with an explanation of various difficulties in the Hebrew and English texts, Volume 2 Part 2 by Richard Barrett 1847

A Synopsis of Criticisms upon those Passages of the Old Testament, in which modern commentators have differed from the Authorized Version together with an explanation of various difficulties in the Hebrew and English texts, Volume 3 Part 1 by Richard Barrett 1847

A Reconcilement of the Apparent Contradictions in Holy Scripture, Volume 1 by E.H. Lindo 1842

A Reconcilement of the Apparent Contradictions in Holy Scripture, Volume 2 by E.H. Lindo 1842

The Origin and Character of the Bible and its place among Sacred Books by JT Sunderland 1909

On Alleged Errors and Contradiction in the Scriptures, article in The Bible Student 1903

Faith or Fact By Henry Morehouse Taber 1897

The Bible under Trial in View of present-day assaults on Holy Scripture by James Orr 1907

The Bible, All or None, article in The Unitarian Magazine 1890

Biblical Criticism and Religious Instruction, article in The Jewish quarterly review, 1907

An Introduction to the reading and study of the English Bible By William Carpenter (Scripture Difficulties Examined) 1868

On Scripture Difficulties by C Benson 1826

The Bible and Modern Thought by TR Birks 1862 (On Alleged Discrepancies of the Bible)

The Bible a Divine Revelation, article in The Lutheran quarterly 1920

Inspiration not Invalidated by Biblical Criticism, article in The Methodist Review 1901

Is the Bible inspired? by JH Brookes 1902

Perceived Contradictions in the Bible by yhwhbible

The Bible and Criticism by W Bennett 1914

The Bible and Criticism by R Rainy 1878

Discussion of the Existence of God, and the Authenticity of the Bible
by Origen Bacheler, Robert Dale Owen - 1840 - 350 pages
The apparent contradictions, misstatements, absurdities, &c., of the Bible, which sceptics urge as objections against it, are so many evidences of its original authenticity.

The crisis: a series of pamphlets in sixteen numbers
by Thomas Paine
Bible Contradictions -Bible Prophecies Concerning Babylon.

The Divine Authority of the Bible
by George Frederick Wright - 1884 - 230 pages
Elements of Christian Theology: Containing Proofs of the Authenticity and Inspiration of the Scriptures by George Tomline -- 1818

The Pillar of Divine Truth Immoveably Fixed on the Foundation of the Apostles
by William Greenfield - 1831 - 265 pages

Theopneusty: Or, The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
by Louis Gaussen - 1844 - 400 pages

The Plenary Inspiration of the Scriptures Asserted
by Samuel Noble - 1828 - 430 pages

A Refutation of Arianism: Or, A Defence of the Plenary Inspiration of the Scriptures by John Paul - 1828 - 310 pages

The Bible: Its Meaning and Supremacy
by Frederic William Farrar - 1897 - 350 pages

The Plenary Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
by Eleazar Lord - 1857 - 301 pages
The Evidences of Christianity: Stated in a Popular and Practical Manner
by Daniel Wilson- 1832

Systematic Theology
by Charles Hodge 1873

The Inspiration of the Scriptures
by Alexander Carson, John Dick, John Pye Smith, Daniel Wilson - 1853 - 410 pages

Analytical Investigations Concerning the Credibility of the Scriptures
by J. H. McCulloh - 1852

Holy Scripture verified; or, The divine authority of the Bible confirmed by ... - Page 196
by George Redford - Bible - 1837

The Bible of Bibles: Or, Twenty-seven "Divine Revelations"
by Kersey Graves, Lydia M. Graves -- 1879 - 430 pages

Conversations on the Bible: Its Statements Harmonized and Mysteries Explained by Enoch Pond - 1886 - 620 pages

The Bible and Reason Against Atheism: In a Series of Letters to a Friend
by Martin Luther Edwards - 1881 - 230 pages
... The Virgin Mary—Bible Contradictions—How They Are Made Out, and How Little They Amount to-A Delicate Task

The 'holy Scriptures' analyzed; or, Extracts from the Bible, shewing its Contradictions and Absurdities edited by Robert Cooper - 1840

A new history of the Holy Bible : from the beginning of the world to the establishment of Christianity : with answers to most of the controverted questions, dissertations upon the most remarkable passages, and a connection of profane history all along : to which are added, notes, explaining difficult texts, rectifying mistranslations, and reconciling seeming contradictions by Thomas Stackhouse 1680-1752 (incomplete and scattered over 3 volumes)

The Ancestry of our English Bible by Ira Maurice Price Ph.D 1907

The Bible Triumphant - 12 Dozen Skeptical Arguments Refuted  - A Reply to an Infidel work entitled 144 Self-contradictions of the Bible by Mrs. H. V. Reed 1882

The Underwood-Marples Debate 1877



Christianity and Agnosticism: A Controversy by Henry Wace, Thomas Henry Huxley, William Connor Magee, William Hurrell Mallock, Humphry Ward 1889
"Seventy years later comes the Montpellier physician, Jean Astruc. He first notices the key to the whole enigma, the distinctive use made of the words 'Elohim' and 'Jahveh.' This leads him to the supposition of different strata in the Pentateuch, and from him descend in direct line Kuenen and Wellhausen. It is instructive, by the  way, to notice that all the time Astruc will have nothing to say to arguments against the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch."

A History of the Textual Criticism of the New Testament
by Marvin Richardson Vincent 1899

The Problem of the Old Testament Considered with Reference to Recent Criticism by James Orr 1906

Old Testament Criticism and the Christian Church by John Edgar McFadyen 1903
"In the first place, the very words Higher Criticism are odious to many, because of what they seem to involve. To not a few, Biblical criticism of any kind is practically synonymous with impiety: what is man that he should dare to criticise the word of God ? And " higher" suggests presumption. The term is no doubt unfortunate, but fair minds should not allow the term to create an initial prejudice against the process for which the term stands. Criticism is not destruction. It is judgment."
History of the Sacred Scriptures of the New Testament by Eduard Reuss 1884 (Volume 2)
"Johann Salomo Semler was the first to undertake to improve upon the common conceptions of the canon. He gave to his criticism an essentially historical basis by commending and practicing the study of the ancient ecclesiastical literature, thus leading to a recognition of the gradual and fluctuating formation of our present collection."

Reconstruction in Theology by Henry Churchill King 1901
"It is unfortunate that in the early stages of higher criticism in America, for particular reasons, it came to be associated, in the minds of many, with a rather bitter and arrogant spirit; and it is even more unfortunate that, for many more, for other special reasons, it was identified with the most extreme results of an a priori anti-supernaturalistic school."

The higher criticism and the Bible by William Binnington Boyce 1881

A Reply to Harnack on the Essence of Christianity by Hermann Cremer 1903

The Genesis of Genesis by Benjamin Wisner Bacon 1891

The Quarterly Review 1863
"Truly the higher criticism indulges in strange assertions and very absurd difficulties! With regard to the second passage, we may ask why a Redactor and an Elohist are to be called into existence to explain the alternation of names in this passage more than in Exod. iii. 4, Ps. xxxvi. 6-8, or Ps. Ixix. 13, 30-35, &c. &c. It is not the higher criticism, but plain common sense, which is needed to reject such arguments. But this is only one proof out of many that the magic wand of modern exegesis transforms that which would be esteemed worthless in the mouth of a believer into 'high criticism' in that of a sceptical commentator."

The New Appreciation of the Bible by Willard Chamberlain Selleck 1906

The Old Testament and the New Scholarship by John Punnett Peters 1902

The Bible in the Nineteenth Century: Eight Lectures by Joseph Estlin Carpenter 1903

Dr. Friedrich Bleek's Lectures on the Apocalypse by Friedrich Bleek, Samuel Davidson 1875

Evidences of Christianity by Lonsdale Ragg 1909
"THE BIBLE AND MODERN CRITICISM often attack religion with the weapon of the 'Higher Criticism.' Scientific criticism, they say, has utterly discredited the Bible ; and with the Bible falls Christianity. Any one, however, who will take the trouble to read a little book like Professor Kirkpatrick's Divine Library of the 0ld Testament, may see something of the real tendency and scope of the Higher Criticism. If anything is discredited by sound criticism, it is the mistaken theory of verbal inspiration, which allowed the Bible no kinship whatever with non-biblical literature, and refused to recognise in it a human element, as the medium through which God has spoken to man."

Six lectures on the higher criticism upon the Old Testament by William Binnington Boyce 1878

Founders of Old Testament Criticism: Biographical, Descriptive, and Critical by Thomas Kelly Cheyne 1893
Our Bible and the Ancient Manuscripts: Being a History of the Text by Frederic George Kenyon 1898

The Text of the New Testament by Kirsopp Lake 1908

The Christ of Today by George Angier Gordon 1896
"The higher criticism mutilates our Bible, if the Bible does not witness to something greater than itself. This modern method of investigation comes in the name of pure scholarship, with the authority of historical science, and destroys the letter. If one does not reach the Christ through both Testaments, if one cannot invoke him for the determination of their worth, one must have a horror of the higher criticism."

Theology at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century: Essays on the Present Status by John Vyrnwy Morgan 1900 (many dark pages)

The Higher Criticism: An Outline of Modern Biblical Study by Charles Wesley Rishell 1893

The Books of Chronicles in Relation to the Pentateuch and the "higher criticism" by Arthur Charles Hervey 1892

Kanamori's Life-story Told by Himself: How the Higher Criticism Wrecked a Japanese Christian - And How He Came Back by Paul M. Kanamori - 1921

Thought and Religion: Or, The Mutual Contributions of Philosophy and Theology by James William Lowber 1912

Is the Higher Criticism Scholarly?: Clearly Attested Facts Showing that the Destructive "assured results of modern criticism" are indefensible, by Robert Dick Wilson 1922

Results of Higher Criticism: As Applied to the Old Testament by Winfield Scott Crowe 1894

The Life of Jesus in the Light of the Higher Criticism by Alfred Wilhelm Martin 1913 (first 279 pages only)

The Authority of Holy Scripture: An Inaugural Address by Charles Augustus Briggs 1891
"It is just here that the Higher Criticism has proved such a terror in our times. Traditionalists are crying out that it is destroying the Bible, because it is exposing their fallacies and follies. It may be regarded as the certain result of the science of the Higher Criticism that Moses did not write the Pentateuch or Job; Ezra did not write the Chronicles, Ezra, or Nehemiah; Jeremiah did not write the Kings or Lamentations; David did not write the Psalter, but only a few of the Psalms; Solomon did not write the Song of Songs or Ecclesiastes, and only a portion of the Proverbs; Isaiah did not write half of the book that bears his name."
The Higher Criticism of the Hexateuch by Charles Augustus Briggs 1893

The Crisis of the Churches by Leighton Parks 1922 (first 222 pages only)

The Essence of Christianity by Ludwig Feuerbach 1881

The Pentateuch in the Light of To-day: Being a Simple Introduction to the Pentateuch on the Lines of Higher Criticism by Alfred Holborn 1902

The Failure of the "higher Criticism" of the Bible by Emil Reich 1905
"The sad truth is that Higher Criticism is an act of retrograde, decadent science; an act, a method long condemned and laughed at in various other branches of historical and legal study."

An Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament by Samuel Rolles Driver 1914

The Life of Jesus, Critically Examined by David Friedrich Strauss - 1892

Prolegomena to the History of Israel: With a Reprint of the Article Israel from the Encyclopedia Brittanica by Julius Wellhausen 1885
"Wellhausen was famous for his critical investigations into Old Testament history and the composition of the Hexateuch, the uncompromising scientific attitude he adopted in testing its problems bringing him into antagonism with the older school of biblical interpreters. He is perhaps most well-known for his Prolegomena zur Geschichte Israels of 1883 (first published 1878 as Geschichte Israels), in which he advanced a definitive formulation of the Documentary hypothesis, arguing that the Torah or Pentateuch had its origins in a redaction of four originally independent texts dating from several centuries after the time of Moses, their traditional author. Wellhausen's hypothesis remained the dominant paradigm for Pentateuchal studies until the last quarter of the 20th century, when it began to be challenged by scholars who saw more and more hands at work in the Torah, ascribing them to periods even later than Wellhausen had proposed."

Monday, December 10, 2018

An Occultic Definition of the Word GOD

GOD, According to the Encyclopaedia of Occultism - Join my Facebook Group

God: According to the ancient magical conception of God in the scheme of the universe, evil is the inevitable contrast and complement of good. God permits the existence of the shadow in order that it may intensify the purity of the light. Indeed he has created both and they are inseparable the one being necessary to and incomprehensible without the other.

The very idea of goodness loses its meaning if considered apart from that of evil—Gabriel is a foil to Satan and Satan to Gabriel. The dual nature of the spiritual world penetrates into every department of life material and spiritual. It is typified in light and darkness, cold and heat, truth and error, in brief, the names of any two opposing forces will serve to illustrate the great primary law of nature— viz. the continual conflict between the positive or good and the negative or evil.

For a scriptural illustration of this point, let the story of Cain and Abel be taken. The moral superiority of his brother is at first irksome to Cain, finally intolerable. He murders Abel, thus bringing on his own head the wrath of God and the self-punishment of the murderer. For in killing Abel he has done himself no good, but harm. He has not done away with Abel's superiority, but has added to himself a burden of guilt that can be expiated only by much suffering.

Suffering is shewn in the Scriptures to be the only means by which evil is overcome by good. Cain re-appears in the story of the prodigal son, who after privation and suffering is restored to his father who forgives him fully and freely.

The possibility of sin and error is therefore entirely consistent with and even inseparable from life, and the great sinner a more vital being than the colourless character, because having greater capacity for evil he has also greater capacity for good, and in proportion to his faults so will his virtues be when he turns to God. "There is more joy in heaven over one sinner that repenteth than over ninety and nine just persons," because more force of character, more power for good or evil is displayed by the sinner than by the feebly correct. And that power is the most precious thing in life.

This great dual law, right and wrong, two antagonistic forces, call them what we will, is designated by the term duad. It is the secret of life and the revelation of that secret means death. This secret is embodied in the myth of the Tree of Knowledge in Genesis. At death the discord will be resolved, but not till then.

From the duad is derived the triad on which is based the doctrine of the Trinity. Two forces producing equilibrium, the secret of nature, are designated by the duad, and these Three, call them life, good, evil, constitute one law. By adding the conception of unity to that of the triad we arrive at the tetrad, the perfect number of four, the source of all numerical combinations. According to theology there are three persons in God, and these three form one Deity. Three and one make four because unity is required to explain the Three. Hence, in almost all languages, the name of God consists of four letters. Again, two affirmations make two negations either possible or necessary. According to the Kabalists the name of the Evil One consisted of the same four letters spelled backward, signifying that evil is merely the reflection or shadow of good—"The last reflection or imperfect mirage of light in shadow."

All which exists in light or darkness, good or evil, exists through the tetrad. The triad or trinity, then, is explained by the duad and resolved by the tetrad.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Absurdity of the Trinity Doctrine - A 30 Chapter Book on Amazon

The Absurdity of the Trinity Doctrine: An Anthology

In defining Sabellianism for this book I wrote: "Sabellianism is the heretical belief that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are three different modes or aspects of God, as opposed to the Trinitarian view of three distinct persons within the Godhead. In other words, Sabellianism says that the Father and the Son are exactly the same person, while Trinitarianism say they are different persons, but yet they exist within one God."

Do you sense much of a difference? No! But such an ultra-fine distinction is the difference between orthodoxy and heresy. If you ask 10 different Christians to define the Trinity doctrine you are bound to get 10 different answers.

For these, and many other reasons, many have concluded that the Trinity is nonsensical, contradictory...and rather absurd. This book addresses the absurdity of the Trinity in 30 chapters written by authors going back hundreds of years. Enjoy.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: The Absurdity of the Trinity Doctrine, article in The Freethinking Christians Magazine 1812

Chapter 2: The Trinity Doctrine Contradicts Human Reason By William S Andrews 1829

Chapter 3: The Hypostatic Union - an Enormous Tax on Human Credulity By William Ellery Channing

Chapter 4: Robert G. Ingersoll on the Trinity

Chapter 5: The Trinity Doctrine Embarrassed with Numerous Difficulties by Alvin Lamson 1828

Chapter 6: The Trinity a Source of Mental Confusion By Hugh Hutton Stannus 1899

Chapter 7: Uncomfortable Thoughts and Facts on the Trinity

Chapter 8: The Absurdity of Trinitarian Belief by George Stuart Hawthorne M.D. 1851

Chapter 9: George Edward Ellis on the Trinity

Chapter 10: The Trinity Doctrine Degrades the Father and Dishonors the Son, by William Hamilton Drummond 1831

Chapter 11: Emanuel Swedenborg on Tripersonalism and Tritheism

Chapter 12: Voltaire on the Trinity, Arianism and Servetus

Chapter 13: Unitarian Statement on the Trinity by John Budd Pitkin 1834

Chapter 14: The Contradiction of the Trinity Doctrine

Chapter 15: The Problem of the Trinity by Minot Savage 1891

Chapter 16: The Unreasonable, Unscriptural, Impossible Trinity Doctrine By John S. Hawley 1900

Chapter 17: More Absurdity on the Trinity, by the Rev. George E. Ellis 1856

Chapter 18: Ethan Allen on the Error of the Trinity 1784

Chapter 19: What Trinitarians Admit About the Trinity Doctrine

Chapter 20: H.G. Wells on the Trinity Doctrine

Chapter 21: The Trinity Doctrine an Outrage Against Rational Nature by E. G. Brooks 1863

Chapter 22: A Catholic Priest Declares the Trinity Doctrine "Opposed to Human Reason."

Chapter 23: The Eternal Sonship One of the Greatest Absurdities of the Church

Chapter 24: Inequality in the Trinity, by Stephen Farley 1851

Chapter 25: The Sabellianism of John 1:1 by Heinz Schmitz

Chapter 26: The Supposed Two Natures of Christ

Chapter 27: The Trinity A Hindrance to the Spread of Christianity, By Hugh H. Stannus

Chapter 28: The Absurd Interrogation of Unitarian Anabaptist Martyr Herman van Vlekwijk

Chapter 29: Joseph Priestley on the Absurdity of the Trinity 1782

Chapter 30: In the beginning was the Son, and the Son was with the Father, and the Son was the Father.

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The Dark History of the Trinity Doctrine

And the Word was a god: Conversations on the Most Disputed Text in the New Testament - John 1:1

The Folly of Socialism: What Past Thinkers Knew About The Socialist-Communist Ideology

Forgotten Bible Versions: Examining Translations of the Past

The Sickening (and Strange) History of Medicine

The Strange History of Easter and the Christian Cross: An Anthology

The Dark History of Christmas - An Anthology: The Pagan Origins of our Winter Festival

The Companion Guide to Death: Grave Thoughts from Great Thinkers

The Mysterious Book of Genesis - Lilith, Enoch & Other Strange Studies

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

More Absurdity on the Trinity, by the Rev. George E. Ellis 1856

Posted in The Christian Examiner and Religious Miscellany

The doctrine of the Trinity has indeed been so sublimated and refined, and so reduced in the rigidity of its old technical terms, that it may now be said to offer itself in some quite inoffensive and unobjectionable shapes to that large number of persons who feel bound to accept it in some shape, and yet are aware that in full mental honesty they can accept it only in the least dogmatic and most accommodated shape. Though for our own part we can connect no intelligible idea with such an assertion as Dr. Bushnell makes, for example, when he says that God has been "eternally threeing himself," we can recognize the fact that genius and fancy and irrepressible restlessness of mind are determined to festoon and array a dogma whose angular sharpness and whose barrenness of look would offend. If we could only find any occasion for believing a Trinity in the Godhead, in any form of the dogma, Archbishop Whately might largely help us to make the very little effort which is all that is left as essential. In some of the modern shapings of the doctrine, we confess that there is no reason for rejecting it which will weigh against the slightest good reason for receiving it. But that slightest reason for receiving it is the very thing which fails us: it is wholly lacking.

We have said that the chief reason for asserting the doctrine of the Trinity is that it may include or cover the doctrine of the Deity of Christ. Frankly, and with general consent, is this admission yielded by Orthodox writers. Professor Stuart says: "All difficulties in respect to the doctrine of the Trinity are essentially connected with proving or disproving the divinity [he means the Deity] of Christ." "When this [the Deity of Christ] is admitted or rejected, no possible objection can be felt to admitting or rejecting the doctrine of the Trinity." The plain inference from such statements evidently is, that the Deity of a third personality in the Godhead (the Holy Spirit) is affirmed and insisted upon, in order to secure and make good the Deity of a second personality in the Godhead. The Holy Spirit is admitted to the prerogative of a distinct personality in order to facilitate that distribution of the essence of the Godhead which will assign to Jesus Christ the rank of the Supreme. And this device is adopted, because into some of the texts which are needed inferentially to confirm the assumption that Christ is God, the Holy Spirit enters by equally distinct mention.

It is even so. There is no other reason for asserting the separate personality of the Holy Spirit, except as that will bear upon the claim for Christ of the underived and self-subsisting prerogative of Deity. The weakest point in all the arguments in support or defence of Trinitarianism, is that which attempts to prove from Scripture the personality of the Holy Spirit. Yet weak as this point in such arguments always is, laboring at the very start, made essential by an indirect instead of a direct and independent necessity, and requiring a most tortuous and unsatisfactory dealing with the phraseology of Scripture, it is the very point on which Orthodox divines spend the least of their strength, as if conscious of their weakness. The personality of the Spirit is expected to come in by indulgent construction after the divisibility of the Godhead has been affirmed for the sake of sharing its attributes between Christ and the Father. So obvious is it to all minds not prejudiced by a dogma, that the term Holy Spirit, wherever it is used in the Bible, may always have its whole meaning recognized when it is regarded as expressing the agency or influence of God's spiritual operations. We might as well attempt to claim a distinct personality for the Wisdom of God, or the Power of God, or the Fear of God, or the Love of God, as to claim it for the Spirit of God. God is himself a Spirit; that is the very loftiest and fullest title by which the Saviour made him an object of our faith. All the agency of God is spiritual, though for convenience of distinction we generally withdraw that epithet from uses relating to God's agency in the physical world, and confine it to the methods of his operation on his intelligent creation. The advocate of Trinitarianism thinks that he visits upon us a perfectly overwhelming argument, when he gathers texts from the Bible to prove that Divine attributes of Creation, Omnipresence, Wisdom, Might, and operative energy are assigned to the Spirit. It would be strange if they were not so assigned. We are amazed that any one should offer these manifest inferences of simple truth, the conditions which constitute the great truth that "God is a Spirit," in proof of the astounding dogma that one third part of the Godhead is Spirit. God is himself a Spirit. Now if we distinguish the Spirit as a divided personality in the Godhead, what crowning attribute have we left for the Father? The device would seem to us puerile, if it did not appear monstrous, which would distinguish, not the agency, but the nature of God by a division, or a duplication, of his essence into God the Father as one person, and God the Spirit as another person. How can a reader of Scripture fail to recognize the fact that the Spirit of God is itself but one of many terms used for expressing the operating, penetrating, and sanctifying energy and influence of the Supreme Being? If Scripture, in deference to the straits of our limited power of intellectual conception, gives us several terms for defining the methods and the attributes of the One Supreme, shall we seize upon them, and, instead of using them for the purpose for which they are given, turn them back upon the Unity of the Godhead, to confound it with a plurality?

It is at this point, of course, that one who has been educated under this Trinitarian dogma, and is seeking to test its truth, or one who is brought into debate with a professed believer in it, will begin to raise the question whether the Scriptures teach, or the Christian scheme includes, any doctrine of a Trinity of co-equal and co-eternal Persons in the One God. Though the doctrine is advanced chiefly as a help towards the proof of another doctrine of the Deity of Christ, we object to the doctrine, in the first place, on grounds wholly distinct from its relation to that article of the Trinitarian faith. We object, in general, to the doctrine of the Trinity, that it is an invention of the human mind, for which the Scriptures afford no warrant; and that its prominent effect is to introduce into the system of truths taught in the Scriptures an extraneous, artificial, and perplexing dogma, wholly inconsistent with, utterly unlike to, the acknowledged and accepted doctrines of Scripture. We do not object, as is often charged upon us, that the doctrine involves a mystery. On the contrary, we object that the doctrine when urged upon us as a mystery misuses and perverts the word mystery, and avails itself of the acknowledged and allowed credibility of what the word mystery properly signifies, to propose to us something quite unlike a mystery; namely, a statement that is absurd, so far as it is intelligible, and that is inconsistent in the very terms which it brings together for making its proposition. We accept all such religious truths as can fairly be covered by the word mystery. We live religiously upon such truths; they are the nutriment of our spirits,—of infinitely larger account to us than anything we can learn or understand. We are made familiar, by every moment's exercise of close thought, with the necessity of accepting mysteries, and we know very well what a sensation and sentiment they send down into the innermost chambers of our being. But we are conscious of feeling quite a different sensation and sentiment when this doctrine of the Trinity is proposed to us under the covert of a mystery. Quite another quality in it than that of its mysterious character at once suggests itself to us. Its utter absurdity, its attempt to say something which it fails to say intelligibly, simply because it cannot say it truly, is the first painful consciousness attaching to the doctrine. If the doctrine be true, then it is the only doctrine of the Gospel which causes the same sort of puzzling, confounding, bewildering effect on the mind that seeks to entertain it. It sets us into the frame into which we fall when any one proposes to us an enigma, or a conundrum. It lays at the very threshold of the Christian faith an obstacle at which we stumble. It requires of us a summoning of resources, or a concession, a yielding up, of our natural desire for intelligent apprehension, as if to be addressed by some profound truth, when in fact we are only bewildered. The state of mind into which we should be driven by an attempt to accept the doctrine of the Trinity as fundamental to the Gospel, would be of no service to us in dealing with the real doctrines of the Gospel. The doctrine is not homogeneous with the contents of revelation; it is unevangelical and anti-evangelical in all its characteristic elements. Just where we need the clearest exercise of our thoughts, and wish to accommodate our ideas to our theme, and to engage the orderly action of all our faculties, we are beclouded and staggered, and thrown into a maze. Has not our whole theology been made to suffer, by thus taking its start from a metaphysical subtilty which confuses the mind, instead of from one august truth which lifts and solemnizes the spirit?

How much of sublime and penetrating power did the Hebrew faith carry with it in the announcement, "Hear, O Israel, the Lord thy God is One Lord!"

Would we as Christians sacrifice anything of this majestic utterance by substituting for it, "Hear, O Christian, the Lord thy God is one God in a Trinity of Persons"? The Trinitarian, however, assures us that his belief of a triplicate personality in the Godhead does not impair his belief in the Divine Unity. How inoperative then must be his Trinitarian belief, unless, as is probably the case, the idea which he has in his mind fails to find expression in any phraseology that can give a verbal announcement of the doctrine of the Trinity. The purest attraction, the most spiritual warrant of revealed religion, is the oneness of God. It is by that distinction that revealed religion stands loftily and simply elevated above all earth-born religions. Yet this high distinction is at once impaired, and in some measure neutralized, by a doctrine of tri-personality in unity. Long use has accustomed us to the assertion of this doctrine in words, but none the less is it chargeable with an influence prejudicial to the best exercise of our faculties upon the great truths of Gospel revelation. A question for which this age is fully ready, instructed as it has been by so much experience in the past, is this, and it is a question which earnestly addresses itself to earnest persons in all communions:—Cannot full justice be done to the Christian scheme, and to the orderly connection of every one of its dependent truths, without any use of this doctrine of the Trinity? Do we need it? Can we not dispense with it, and yet be Christian believers?

Having thus begun the statement of our objections to this scholastic doctrine of the Trinity, by impugning it as unintelligible and confounding, not enlightening or solemnizing, we are led on through a series of valid and strengthening reasons, which amount, in our own mind, to an unanswerable refutation of it.

Though Christians have insisted upon the fundamental character of this doctrine, they find it utterly impossible to state it in the language of Scripture. A human formula is necessarily the vehicle for its expression. Though the Scriptures, as we often affirm, have a peculiar directness and simplicity of phrase, and excel all other forms of literature in the conciseness and vigor with which they express truths and precepts, they nevertheless fail to furnish one single sentence which can be used in a creed to announce the Trinity. Yes, this so-called primary and all-essential article of the Christian faith, — "the foundation of all our communion with God," — cannot be uttered in any Divine oracle, but must look to uninspired men for an expression. No announcement of it can be quoted from the lips of prophet or apostle, or from Him who spake as never man spake. A piece-meal selection of the elements which are to be wrought up into the doctrine must be gathered from isolated sentences and phrases of the Bible, and even then one of the most familiar and well-defined words of our language — the word person, which is already appropriated past changing to mark the separate individuality of one complete being — must be perverted to a wholly new use, while they who thus pervert it profess to dislike it, and aver that it wholly fails to convey the idea that is in their minds. Are they sure that there is any real, well-developed idea in their minds, seeing that they cannot express it without perverting language, and even then are forced to confess that they fail to express it. Are they sure, too, that the idea which they wish to express is one received from the Scriptures? Does Scripture bid us believe, as a fundamental, a doctrine which Scripture itself does not announce in its own "form of sound words"?

Again, a fundamental doctrine ought to be emphatically announced and constantly reiterated. Now all candid persons must admit that no stress, no prominence, no directness or earnestness of statement, is made of this doctrine in the Scriptures corresponding to the emphatic and pre-eminent place assigned to it in all Orthodox creeds. Considering too with what strenuous positiveness and reiteration the Unity of God is there asserted, ought there not to have been a balancing of this assertion by as emphatic a proclamation of the Trinity? This triplicity of constitution of the Godhead was certainly a new doctrine to the world. It was new to the Jews. It demanded, therefore, at least one announcement from each Apostle, and each Evangelist, in terms as clear and strong as the resources and capacities of human language will admit. What is most remarkable under this head of objection is the fact, that, on the occasions upon which we should have looked for the most distinct statement of the doctrine, it was held back. The baptismal formula, which, unlike as it is to the formula of the creed, does gather together the three component elements of the Trinity, stops far short of the assertion that three personalities are mentioned, — and that such three make up the one God of the Gospel. The most natural and unprejudiced construction of that baptismal formula views it as announcing a Gospel message from God the Father, through Christ his beloved Son, attested by spiritual evidences from God's Holy Spirit . What an opportunity was there here for the statement — what an imperative demand was there for the statement, if fundamentally true, and of paramount importance — of the full doctrine of the Trinity! But it is not here! After the crucifixion, the resurrection, and the ascension of Jesus, after the miraculous illumination of the Apostles on the Feast of Pentecost, one signal event occurred. The religion which, with its author, the Jewish rulers supposed had been committed to a hopeless tomb, was resuscitated. Instead of having heard the last of it, the world was now to begin to listen to a new and unceasing proclamation of it . The opportunity for making its first re-announcement came to Peter after an astounding manifestation of Divine power. And what an opportunity there was, what a pressing and emergent necessity and demand there was, for proclaiming the doctrine which Christians now make fundamental in their creed! We should look and listen to hear Peter announcing to the Jewish rulers that in the person of Jesus Christ they had rejected and condemned one who shared the underived attributes of their own Jehovah. But no! What says he? This: —"Ye men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know; him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: whom God hath raised up." (Acts ii. 22-24.) And on how many other occasions through Judaea, Asia Minor, and at Rome, on the first promulgation of our faith, was it incumbent on its preachers to have put foremost its founation doctrine! But if the Trinity be such a doctrine, they did not make one single statement of it which will serve the use of the creed. And now what can be offered in frankness, and in the thorough simplicity and ingenuousness of true candor, to meet the force of this objection?

Thursday, December 6, 2018

"That infamous gibbet, that cursed tree, — the Cross"

Charles Earl Preston on the Cross 1881

Why allow that Pagan instrument of execution — "that infamous gibbet," that cursed tree, — the Cross, to enter a Church or household where JESUS is worshiped? What a matter of pain it must be to our Blessed Lord, to see His professed children continually gazing upon the instrument of His cruel death — looking backwards instead of forwards! The Cross was not the beginning of Christianity — its Victim was! Some about us say it is a symbol; if so, then it is one of diabolical wickedness! It would be just as consistent to worship a guillotine, or gallows, as a cross! To hear people talk at the present day, one would suppose that nobody was ever crucified but Christ, when many others have suffered death upon the cross before and since our Saviour! 

I regret to say, that to-day it is difficult for one to distinguish between a Protestant and Roman Catholic Church building from its exterior! Crosses abound on almost all alike; indeed I have seen more crosses upon some Protestant Churches than upon Roman Catholic; and when side by side, one would think the Protestant to be the Catholic! 

Our dear Saviour would have us, rather than be continually looking at "hay, wood, and stubble," take up the crosses of life, which are daily found in our path, and "follow Him," in expectation of an immortal crown! 

Away with your crosses! Your iron, brass, bronze, wooden, marble, wax, paper, — yes, and your picture crosses! If you intend to be Christians of the Apostolic stamp, free your churches and households of them! But if you delight in such picture-emblems of cruelty and torture, then fill them full of them! Jesus only endured the cross, despising the shame, for the glory set before Him; and not because He loved it, or thought it a symmetrical form! 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

100 Bibles and Religious Books You Won't Believe Are Online for FREE!

Over 100 Books you won't believe are online for free...but you may have to hurry before they are taken down. I did not post any of these books, these are simply books I found in my online travels.

For a list of all of my digital books and books on disk click here

The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel

Catholic Confraternity Bible

The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn

Christianity's Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath

Holy Blood, Holy Grail by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh and Henry Lincoln

The Cambridge History of Christianity

Mere Christianity by CS Lewis

How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization: Thomas E. Woods

NRSV Bible

Kingdom Interlinear Greek Scriptures

New Testament Textual Criticism - Its Significance for Exegesis by Gordon Fee and Eldon Jay Epp

The Bible Unearthed: Archaeology's New Vision of Ancient Israel and the Origin of Its Sacred Texts by Neil Asher Silberman and Israel Finkelstein

The Dark Side of Christian History by Helen Ellerbe

The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

True Believer by Eric Hoffer

The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy: Muting the Masculinity of God's Words Vern Poythress & Wayne Grudem


The New Testament An American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeed

Strange New Gospels by Edgar J. Goodspeed

The New Testament by James Moffatt

The Inclusive-Language Debate: A Plea for Realism by D.A. Carlson

Encyclopedia of Bible Difficulties by Gleason L. Archer

Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky by Paul Johnson

The Unholy Alliance by C Gregg Singer

Hostage To The Devil by Malachi Martin

Vicars of Christ: The Dark Side of the Papacy

The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk

The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray

The Jesuits by Malachi Martin

Three Popes And The Cardinal by Malachi Martin

The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Church by Malachi Martin

The Final Conclave by Malachi Martin

Windswept House - A Vatican Novel by Malachi Martin

The Keys Of This Blood: The Struggle for World Dominion Between Pope John Paul II, Russia, and the West by Malachi Martin

Rich Church, Poor Church by Malachi Martin

Pope Francis: The Last Pope, money, Masons and Occultism in the Decline of the Catholic Church by Leo Lyon Zagami

The Wisdom Of The Catholicism by Anton Pegis

The Facts About Martin Luther

Norse Mythology Legends of Gods and Heroes by Peter Andreas Munch


Philosophy 101 by Socrates: An Introduction to Philosophy via Plato's Apology by Peter Kreeft

The Irrational Atheist by Vox Day

A Woman Rides the Beast: The Roman Catholic Church and the Last Days by Dave Hunt

The Holy Bible: Young's Literal Translation

NASB Bible (New American Standard)

Revised English Bible

New Jerusalem Bible

The Holy Bible - narrated

New World Translation Bible 1984 Edition

English versions of the Bible by Hugh Pope

Christ as the ARCH/ARXH of Creation by C.F. Burney

Brenton Septuagint Translation

A New English Translation of the Septuagint

Our Ageless Bible by Thomas Linton Leishman

Chariots of the Gods? Unsolved Mysteries of the Past by Erich von Däniken

Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament by David BeDuhn

English Bible Translations - by What Standard by William O. Einwechter

Dana-Mantey Greek Grammar

Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson

Bart Ehrman - Misquoting Jesus

1985 Kingdom Interlinear Version

New World Translation of the Hebrew Scriptures

New World Translation 1950 Edition

Johannes Greber New Testament

The New Testament in Modern English by JB Phillips

When Jesus Became God - Ridhard E. Rubenstein

The Textual Reliability of the New Testament: A Dialogue by Bart D. Ehrman and Daniel B. Wallace

The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis

The Nag Hammadi Library - The Definite Translation of the Gnostic Scriptures in One Volume

The Dead Sea Scrolls by Geza Vermes

The Good News Bible

UNHOLY ALLIANCE - Nazis and the Occult

Rolf Furuli on John 8:58

Drunk With Blood, God's Killings in the Bible by Steve Wells

The God Makers - Ed Decker - A Shocking Expose of what the Mormon Church Really Believes

History of Antichrist

Vatican Assassins

A History of the Christian Church Vol 1 by David K. Bernard

A Patristic Greek Lexicon by G.W.H. Lampe 1961

Catholic Commentary On Holy Scripture

The Bible in Living English by Steven Byington 1972

Dictionary Of Gods And Goddesses by Michael Jordan

The Routledge Dictionary Of Gods And Goddesses, Devils and Demons

The Secret History Of The World by Laura Knight-Jadczyk

Babylon Mystery Religion - Ralph Woodrow

Michael A. Cremo, Richard l. Thompson - The Hidden History of the Human Race 1998

The Holy Bible The Book Of Mormon Doctrine And Covenants Pearl Of Great Price

The Junior Bible An American Translation by Edgar J. Goodspeed 1936

The Third Book Of Enoch

The Lost Books Of The Bible The Rejected Texts By Joseph B. Lumpkin

Encyclopedia of Creation Myths

Death and the Afterlife. A Cultural Encyclopedia

When Prophecy Fails by Leon Festinger

New Age Bible Versions by G. A. Riplinger

A Mechanical Translation of the Book of Genesis-The Hebrew text literally translated word for word

A Mechanical Translation of the Book of Exodus-The Hebrew text literally translated word for word

At the Origins of Christian Worship - Larry W. Hurtado

Forgotten Truth~ The Common Vision of the World’s Religions by Huston Smith

UBS Greek Testament

Hitler's Pope - The Secret History of Pius XII