Persecution of Christians in the Roman Empire From its first appearance to its legalization under ConstantineChristianity was an illegal religion in the eyes of the Roman state. The governor of Bithynia—PontusPlinywas sent long lists of denunciations by anonymous citizens, which Emperor Trajan advised him to ignore. Christians rejected public festivals, refused to take part in the imperial cultavoided public office, and publicly criticized ancient traditions. Justin Martyr tells of a pagan husband who denounced his Christian wife, and Tertullian tells of children disinherited for becoming Christians.
This is the "stinger of death" spoken of by Paul in 1st Corinthians, namely, the production of personal sin by each individual's inherent sin nature, that tangible, material counterpart of our common status of being spiritually dead at birth, made obvious through the Law by means of the very sins it produces: And when this corruptible [body] puts on incorruption and this mortal [body] puts on immortality, then will be fulfilled this prophecy which has been written: Death has been swallowed up in victory.
Where is your victory, O death?
Where is your stinger, O death? Now the stinger of death is the sin [nature] i.
But thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Even our own consciences teach us just how deficient we human beings are in terms of the standard of perfect holiness which a perfect God demands Rom. We are natural born sinners Rom.
We are therefore by our very nature "children of wrath" Eph. Perfect, holy God cannot have direct contact with anything or anyone impure, so that the natural impurity of the human body, steeped in sin and sinful from birth Ps.
For all of us who are born of the flesh, the sin nature is passed down from our human fathers to every single one of us, their human offspring, and has been every since Adam, thus guaranteeing universally inherent sinfulness i.
Through Him we have spiritual life through spiritual rebirth. In contrast to the spiritual life we have in Christ, it should thus come as no surprise that Adam, who sinned and died spiritually, could only be the source of sin and death for his progeny, spiritual death and a sin nature producing personal sins.
As described in the verse above, Adam's act of sin produced the entrance of sin into the world — not just in principle, but in a physical and tangible way.
Adam's body was immediately corrupted by his act, and he and his male offspring have since passed down this corruption to all of their descendants. Thus the "sin which entered the world" is the sin nature, the corruption of human flesh, and it is this corruption a reality at birth for all but the virgin born Messiah which produces death at the point of birth, spiritual death that is, a state of being separated from the life of God by virtue of inherent corruption.
For since the fall through the process of procreation the sin nature has been passed down from every father to all of his offspring in exactly the same way, resulting in spiritual death at birth on account of the possession of a sinful nature.
Thus it is that "death spread to all mankind": Finally, acting as indicator and a proof of the status of spiritual death we occupy, the sin nature produces personal sins in every human being: Spiritual death is thus the absence of the spiritual life which comes by way of rebirth through faith in Jesus Christ.
Spiritual death is the natural state of all human beings from birth, the virgin born Son of God being the sole exception.
Spiritual death is the result of the inherent physical corruption that is our common human legacy i. Thus spiritual death and the sin nature are essential counterparts of each other, so that we may define spiritual death as the possession of a sin nature by all who remain in an unregenerate status that is, all who are not saved are spiritually dead, for all have a sin nature.
Passages which teach these principles abound in scripture: So just as through one man i. Adam's act was a willful violation of an express prohibition given to him personally by God Himself. One of the first consequences of this action was an immediate transformation of his body which now became corrupt i.
Adam's transgression was the beginning of sin and sinfulness for mankind in that his new nature, his "sin nature", would now be passed down from him to the entire human race through the process of procreation the only exception being Jesus Christ; see below. The fact that every true human being is born with a corrupt body again, our Lord excepted has two main theological consequences addressed by Paul in Romans 5: What is generally misunderstood about this passage at least partly on the basis of the near universal mistranslation of the last clause of Romans 5: From the true, scriptural point of view, we are separated from God at birth because of our corrupt nature, and the personal sins which we later commit demonstrate this innate corruption.
It matters little when or how or to what degree we commit or possibly even refrain from committing personal sins though, as we shall see below, because of the insidious and all pervasive nature of sin we are far more guilty than even the most objective of us may be aware.
The fact is that because of our corruption at birth we will die physically, and since we must at the very least acknowledge that we are not completely pure, holy and righteous, we can have no reasonable expectation of anything good beyond physical death absent salvation by means of divine grace.
And it is not just that God is under no moral obligation to provide after death for creatures who are intrinsically corrupt, unholy, and impure — without the propitiation of all sin through the sacrifice of His Son, His intrinsic incorruptibility, holiness and purity would forbid Him by nature from anything like eternal fellowship with creatures so disposed let alone the issue of the divine judgment on our personal sins which His divine justice must in that case demand.
From the biblical perspective, it is not the point at which we may theoretically become guilty as individuals through the commission of personal sins which is really at issue.Bible verses about Favoritism. For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains. Listen Printer Friendly Page "I am your Jesus, born Incarnate." "These days, as the New Year begins, so much is made of athletic competition.
Yet the most important competition - the battle between good and evil - eludes most.
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As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo.
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