From: Debbie Mann (
Date: Thu Jun 12 2003 - 09:32:14 EDT

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    Did you ever notice that in II Timothy 3:16,17 "All scripture is given by
    inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
    correction, for instruction in righteousness. That the man of God may be
    perfect throughly furnished unto all good works."

    There's nothing that indicates anything other than the spiritual - the part
    we take with us. If it just said, 'instruction.', there might be - but it
    doesn't. I looked up doctrine and it is 'teaching'.

    And in Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper
    than any two-egded sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and

    The word of God is capable of separating our soul - intellect, etc. - from
    our spirit. And, that - I believe - speaks to the purpose. The Bible is for
    spiritual growth - not intellectual.

    I Cor 1:27 But I God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound
    the wise...

    I Cor 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness to God...

    I have found God to have an amazing sense of humor. I have, on many
    occasions, asked for something and then had circumstances add up to make it
    seemingly quite clear that another alternative must be chosen. Then phwoom -
    the desired result arrived in the most unlikely manner. Sometimes, it's been
    a 'Can you believe that!' that I can tell people about. Other times, not.

    I believe the 'gotchas' are a part of the earth experience and they will
    always be with us. And I believe that God finds a way of sending them to the
    most confident people standing on the apparently firmest ground.

    II Tim 3:4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this
    life, that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.

    tempered with

    Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things
    shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33

    The point is - I agree with those of you who say that the Bible is inspired
    clear through and that it just was not written with anything but spiritual
    intent. It was written to reach people, and if the people being reached put
    in some of their own false teachings on non-spiritual matters that that was

    I used to believe that us getting too advanced would be a factor in the
    timing of the second coming. Now, I believe, that God has gotchas planted
    everywhere. When the truth is revealed, every scientist, everywhere will be
    shocked about something. I believe that is God's way.

    God is God and we're not.

    Debbie Mann, PE
    Debbie Mann Consulting

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