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12.28.2016

Nine great divides of the Christian faith, which is reality

1. The Creator / creation divide.

2. The Jesus was a Great Teacher / Jesus is Lord and Savior divide.

3. The salvation by works (or faith + works) / salvation by faith alone divide.

4. The impersonal universe / personal universe divide.

5. The spiritual warfare approach to the faith / academic approach to the faith divide.

6. The fear of the world / fear of God alone divide.

7. The recognition of sin and the supernatural / non-recognition of sin and the supernatural divide.

8. The regeneration by the Word and the Spirit / 'regeneration' by cleric and ritual divide.

9. The "The Bible needs me more than I need it" / "I need the Bible more than the Bible needs me" divide.

BONUS: 10. The God is Triune and Personal / God is not Triune (Jews), or is not Triune and Personal (Muslims) divide. (Jews and Muslims in fact don't worship the same God as Christians, i.e. they don't worship the God self-revealed in the Old and New Testaments. They in fact worship, ultimately, Satan. Harsh to say, yet true. Jews don't even follow the Old Testament, they follow the Talmud.)

(#5 is not either/or, but it is still a divide because Christianity is a warfare worldview at its foundation. It can use what academic Christianity produces, but it can't live there and be real. #9 gets at 'scholarly' presuppositions in one's approach to the word of God; and how the Bible has been preserved, and is it pure and whole, etc.)

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