Nicene Creed

I have edited and uploaded the Nicene Creed.  This version is as framed in the year 325, according to the text contained in Socrates’ Ecclesiastical History,[1] and I made footnotes where it is different in the texts from the Acts of the Council of Chalcedon,[2] and St. Athanasius.[3] An expanded version later came out of Constantinople, but this is the original Nicene Creed.  The later version also eliminated the Anathema found at the end of the original.

This document of the Nicene Creed is a pdf, and alternates between the Greek text and the English translation.

[1] Soc. i. 8.

[2] In the second and fifth sessions of the Council of Chalcedon, Mansi, Concil. vi. 956; vii. 112.

[3] ad Jovian. 3.

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The Sura of the Jinn

Here is a Sura in the Qur’an in which Muhammad quotes the Jinn, or evil spirits, demons, fiery spirits.  (Qur’an chapter 72)

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

072.001 Say: It has been revealed to me that a company of Jinns listened (to the Qur’an). They said, ‘We have really heard a wonderful Recital!
072.002 ‘It gives guidance to the Right, and we have believed therein: we shall not join (in worship) any (gods) with our Lord.
072.003 ‘And Exalted is the Majesty of our Lord: He has taken neither a wife nor a son.

[Note that in verse 1, the Jinn liked the Qur’an.  In verse 2, the demons believe in the Qur’an, and they agree with the spirit of the Qur’an that only their Lord should be worshiped.  In verse 3, we see that their Lord is not the same God as the God of Christianity, because their God does not have a son.  Allah does not have a son, but the God of Christianity does.  They are certainly not the same god or the same lord.
072.004 ‘There were some foolish ones among us, who used to utter extravagant lies against Allah;
072.005 ‘But we do think that no man or spirit should say aught that untrue against Allah.
072.006 ‘True, there were persons among mankind who took shelter with persons among the Jinns, but they increased them in folly.
072.007 ‘And they (came to) think as ye thought, that Allah would not raise up any one (to Judgment).
072.008 ‘And we pried into the secrets of heaven; but we found it filled with stern guards and flaming fires.
072.009 ‘We used, indeed, to sit there in (hidden) stations, to (steal) a hearing; but any who listen now will find a flaming fire watching him in ambush.
072.010 ‘And we understand not whether ill is intended to those on earth, or whether their Lord (really) intends to guide them to right conduct.

[The demons are not sure whether the Lord of the earth intends harm on the earth or not.]
072.011 ‘There are among us some that are righteous, and some the contrary: we follow divergent paths.
072.012 ‘But we think that we can by no means frustrate Allah throughout the earth, nor can we frustrate Him by flight.
072.013 ‘And as for us, since we have listened to the Guidance, we have accepted it: and any who believes in his Lord has no fear, either of a short (account) or of any injustice.
072.014 ‘Amongst us are some that submit their wills (to Allah), and some that swerve from justice. Now those who submit their wills – they have sought out (the path) of right conduct:
072.015 ‘But those who swerve,- they are (but) fuel for Hell-fire’-
072.016 (And Allah’s Message is): “If they (the Pagans) had (only) remained on the (right) Way, We should certainly have bestowed on them Rain in abundance. …”

[In this, the Qur’an agrees with the Bible, insofar as it states that some of the angel-spirit beings follow God, and some follow Satan.

The point of this post, is to show that the God of Islam, Allah, is not the same God as the God of Christianity; and in fact they are enemies.  Allah, the more you read the Qur’an and other Islamic writings, shows himself to be Satan.  The god of Jesus Christ and the apostles, that god has a son, named Jesus Christ.  Anyone who says God does not have a son, is antichrist, according to the apostle John in 1 John 2:22: “Who is the liar, if not someone denying as follows, “Jesus is not the Anointed One”?  This is antichrist, someone denying the Father and the Son.”  To deny that God as a son, is to be antichrist.

 

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Diotrephes the First Pope

It seems to me the purpose of the 3rd epistle of John was primarily to combat the error of Diotrephes, the error of the idea of one leader being supreme over the other leaders.  He “wants to be the leader over them,” and disallows the visiting brothers to have any authority in his church.  This is contrary to the teachings of the apostles.  First of all, the apostles were co-equal to each other.  Secondly, they were careful to appoint multiple, co-equal elders in each church.  The wisdom of disallowing one human being to have all the power, is confirmed by the wise men and wise cultures and wise political systems of many or all eras.

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Life Among the Piutes, Sarah Winnemucca

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Sarah Winnemucca

“When I think of my past life, and the bitter trials I have endured, I can scarcely believe I live, and yet I do; and, with the help of Him who notes the sparrow’s fall, I mean to fight for my down-trodden race while life lasts.” –Sarah Winnemucca, in her book “Life Among the Piutes.”

Sarah Winnemucca became famous as a lecturer, on the topic of her people’s plight, as she had some clever things to say. For example, she noted that the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor said “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me…” So she said perhaps she ought to conduct her people out to San Francisco, put them on ships, and sail them around to bring them in through New York harbor, and maybe perhaps then America would treat her people like the statue promised.

I highly recommend this book. It has some very interesting opinions about the Donner Party, among other things.  Some people dispute the recollections of Sarah Winnemucca, but were they present there, like she was?

I have formatted Sarah Winnemucca’s book in PDF, and you can download it here or on my downloads page.

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Insights into Islam

I have added many new insights into the religion of Islam on my Birth of Islam page. One of the most important things to understand is that the countries and kings that the Messiah makes war against in the Old Testament prophetic books, those are all Islamic nations today. Turkey will become one of the main enemies of Israel it looks like. They already look bad by not really joining in the battle against ISIS. The Islamic Caliphate used to exist, in the form of the Ottoman Empire, based in Turkey, but it received a death blow in 1924. Will that beast rise again from its seemingly mortal head wound? This is the theory of Walid Shoebat, an ex-Palestinian terrorist who became a Christian.  His insights are important I think, and I recommend that we all consider them.

Please share this post about insights into Islam, and also read again my Birth of Islam page.

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Collations of MSS 65 and 115

I have been adding manuscripts, minuscules, to my chart of the Pericope of the Adulteress and the Pericope of  the angel bathing in John.  The latest are GA 65, Harley MS 5776, XI century, and GA 115, Harley MS 5559, X century.

Interesting that 65 has asterisks next to the angel in the pool of Bethesda pericope.  In minuscule 115, on folio 260 verso, the text goes from John 7:52 skipping the Pericope, right to 8:12.  But then it goes back to John 7:53 and the Pericope!  It’s as if the copyist had an exemplar without the Pericope, then saw the Pericope in another exemplar, and proceeded to insert the Pericope.  I have added this data to the chart.

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Pericope of the Adulteress data updated

I have updated and uploaded the updates of all my documents that contain TC manuscript data for the Pericope of the Adulteress in the Gospel of John.  This includes the line by line Swanson-style chart of John 5:3b-4, and the Pericope.  I have changed the designations for some minuscules which recently were assigned Gregory-Aland numbers, including minuscule 2253, formerly only known as ANA 10, (a.k.a. Albania National Archive, Kod. Vl. 10), IX-XII century.  In addition, I have included in the critical apparatuses, the readings of the Byzantine Greek New Testament, which is essentially the reading of minuscule 35.

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First Epistle of Peter PDFs uploaded

I have uploaded my pdf edition of the First Epistle of Peter with alternating Greek and English text. It also shows the readings of 9 Greek New Testament editions, including the newly released Byzantine Greek New Testament, which is essentially the readings of Family 35. To download the pdf edition without the Greek text interlinear, use this link for 1 Peter. Or go here to just read the main English text online of 1 Peter.

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