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Friday, December 2, 2016

Andrew K. Refused to Sell His Soul Out!



This book gives us an unusual chance to peek into a secular Jew's mindset and the family environment this author Andrew Klavan grew up with. Andrew was forced by his father to embrace cultural Judaism without God. Andrew refused to sell his soul out by secretly throwing out all the precious treasure gifts he got in his 13 yr old Bar Mitzvah in the garbage can 6 months later ; his courage and sincere protest should give a strong warning that religious faith even in a secular sense shouldn't be forced on a teenager let alone younger kids.

 Andrew's honest descriptions of his spiritual struggles are so vivid and real. In this biography, we can also trace how the damage of Holocaust remained in his father's generations; it remained a haunting nightmare and produced forever a distorted worldview on a lot of survived Jews. His father was a popular radio comedian yet ironically, very cynic and bitter in his mindset; the chaotic state of New York city served his father well because he was always afraid Jews would be slaughtered again in an ordered society. He is also a very strange kind of father who was always afraid that Andrew would succeed where he failed to be, say, to become a writer, a novelist, and always interrupted his typing and writing by all means. Nowadays, anti-Semitism is still around us, it shows us how Hitler has still wielded his power from his grave even today. 

On the bright side, Andrew's childhood nanny was full of Christian love and testimonies through her cooking and caring without saying much, that is very inspiring. What a warm memory of Christmas eve Andrew spent in her house! How she served as a surrogate mother for Andrew in his cold family life and planted the seeds for Andrew to know Jesus later on. Surely, I highly recommend this book.

(Having recommended this book greatly, I do have some uneasy feelings about this book; I have read some of the comments below this book at Amazon.com and I have to agree somehow with this 3 star comment below. It addresses somewhere that I am not totally comfortable with this book. Let me copy and paste Thomas' comment below too.)

He found the Great Good thing, but what strengthens his faith?October 23, 2016
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This review is from: The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ (Kindle Edition)
Three stars doesn't go towards his writing style, but rather content.

This is a snapshot of a man coming to faith. My only problem with this story is that there isn't a lot about the faith, or the doctrine he believes. One could argue that much of this book is based on feelings and mystical revelation. However, when looking at the process of all that is involved with putting your faith is Christ, a lot of Christianity seems strange to an unbeliever.

I personally did appreciate the times when he did spend time in his Bible, but I wish there were more moments in the book that focused on the truths that Andrew read in the Bible. And less about the situations that he reasoned his way through.

Some of the highlights were when he went to London, experienced antisemitism, reflected on the Holocaust.

Truly did appreciate his critic on post modern philosophy, he had a very common sense approach to viewing the inconsistencies.

But I was hoping for more doctrine, more solid truth morsels. Some of his story seemed to be a battle of psychology. Reasoning and spiritual mysticism sometimes seemed to be his strongholds. But he did make it clear the truth about the Gospel, so he understands the basics of Christianity.
In his into he seems to understand what I'm referring to. "Would I descend into that smiley-faced religious idiocy that mistakes the good health and prosperity of the moment for the supernatural favor of God?"

At times i felt he was too focused on the philosophy, "
I analyzed the philosophical steps that had led me to the brink of conversion, holding them to the light one after another like a jeweler with a set of gems, turning each one this way and that to study its facets and pronounce upon its qualities."
But then there were times I thought he was finally getting the picture: "If there is a higher, spiritual, supernatural world, it stands to reason that this everyday, material, natural world is only the language in which it speaks to us. So maybe my psychology was just Christ’s way of reaching me, his doorway into my heart."

Taken for what it claims, this is a good telling of someone coming to faith. However, once you have found your faith, what do you hold onto?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Gay Rabbi Who Presided at His Mother's Funeral



About the Gay Rabbi Who Presided at My Mother's Funeral

There are few things more intimate than a gravesite funeral service attended by a handful of family members and friends, and if I were a homophobic person, you would think that I would have been mortified at the news that the rabbi presiding at the c'seremony was openly gay.
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You might say, "But that's outrageous! How could you let a gay rabbi officiate at something as sacred as your mother's funeral service?"
Actually, the rabbi was there at the request of my sister and her son, so in that respect, the ceremony was for them. But from my perspective, it was altogether fitting that, on the day of my mother's burial, I would be standing side by side with an openly gay rabbi and that we would be treating each other with kindness and respect.
You say, "But don't you believe what the Torah says about homosexual practice?"
Yes, I certainly do, without apology, and the rabbi, Bill Kraus, is fully aware of my position. Yet he, for his part, was quite willing to perform the ceremony for my mother, even though some rabbis once branded me "Public Enemy Number One" because of my Jewish outreach work, while some gay activists have branded me one of the nation's "most vicious homophobes."
The reality is that I am not a Reform Jew and the rabbi is not a Messianic Jew, and so what brought us together last week was our shared humanity, our shared (albeit very different) Jewish heritages, and our commitment to honor the memory of the dead, me as a grieving son and he as a hospice and cemetery rabbi.
I truly believe all this was ordained by God rather than coincidental, and from my perspective, it illustrated what I have said for years: My profound opposition to LGBT activism is biblical, not personal, and I truly do care about those whose agenda I resist and whose "marriages" I do not recognize.
That's why I often recount that my first organ teacher, when I was just 7-years-old, was an openly gay man named Russ, and he would often come to our house with his partner, Ed, a hair dresser. After teaching my sister and me, they would stay for dinner, and Ed would do my sister's hair.
These are distinct childhood memories, and this reflects the openness with which our parents raised us. My faith in Jesus and my belief in the authority of God's Word has only deepened my love for those who identify as LGBT, and only God knows the holy tension I live with in following the mandate to "reach out and resist," meaning to reach out to the LGBT community with compassion while resisting their agenda with courage.
As for Rabbi Kraus, my greatest desire is that he comes to recognize Jesus as our Messiah, and I imagine that one of his greatest desires would be to introduce me to his "husband" so as to lovingly challenge my views of gay couples.
In any event, the funeral service was meaningful to both of us in that it provided an unexpected opportunity in a most personal (and painful) setting to demonstrate that, while we can be deeply entrenched, ideological opponents, we are even more deeply committed to treating each other with kindness and respect, seeking to win the other over with a message of truth and love.
That's why we have been texting each other since the funeral, that's why Rabbi Kraus was kind enough to check on my daughter Megan and I to be sure we arrived safely home (she traveled with me to New Jersey for the funeral), and that's why he assured me that his comments to his friends and colleagues about me were as respectful of my comments about him (he heard me speak about him on the radio after the funeral).
In that spirit, then, may I suggest a prayer that you could pray for both the rabbi and me?
It would simply be, "God, bring these men into your very best plan for their lives, whatever that plan might be. Where either one is following the truth, affirm them, and where either one is following error, correct them."
I welcome that prayer warmly and believe that Rabbi Kraus would as well.
As for those who think I'm going "soft" on LGBT issues, it would appear they have not heard a single word I've said for the last 10-plus years. (The same would apply to my LGBT critics who would be shocked to read this article.) I do what I do because I seek to love God with all heart and love my neighbor as myself. That's why I take the stands that I take, and that's why I deeply care about Rabbi Kraus and his gay friends and colleagues.
Thank you in advance for praying that prayer for us.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Scientists Announce Consciousness Beyond the Grave


Scientists Announce Consciousness Beyond the Grave

Sir Roger Penrose is a highly respected English mathematical physicist, mathematician and philosopher of science. He received the 1988 Wolf Prize for physics, which he shared with Stephen Hawking for their work in showing the necessity for cosmological singularities.

But this brilliant scientist didn't stop there. Penrose is now convinced there is human consciousness beyond the grave, and his conclusion is based upon scientific evidence.
As reported by Sean Martin, Penrose "believes he and his team have found evidence that protein-based mircotubules — a structural component of human cells — carry quantum information stored at a sub-atomic level. Sir Roger states that if a person temporarily dies, this quantum information is released from the microtubules and into the universe. However, if they are resuscitated the quantum information is channeled back into the microtubules and that is what sparks a near death experience."
Martin goes on to write, "Researchers from the renowned Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich agree and state that the physical universe we live in is only our perception and once our physical bodies die, there is an infinite beyond. Dr. Hans-Peter Durr, former head of the institute, has said: 'What we consider the here and now, this world, it is actually just the material level that is comprehensible. The beyond is an infinite reality that is much bigger.'"


Scientific discoveries seem to always be at least a few steps behind the depth of information Jesus Christ brought to the world. Since Jesus created it all, He knows exactly how everything works. (John 1:3, Col. 1:16, 1 Cor. 8:6, John 1:10) And that includes man's immortal soul.
Jesus said, "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28) And "whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God's wrath remains on him." (John 3:36) Jesus also said, "I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life." (John 6:47)
Scientists Penrose and Durr aren't the only ones proclaiming consciousness beyond the grave. There are actually plenty of scientists in the world today who believe the same thing, and a significant number of them are Christians.
Sir Roger Penrose highlights near-death experiences in his research. Since these experiences are subjective as compared to the objective Word of God, we must be careful not to assume that every near-death experience provides us with an accurate description of what happens after death
At the same time, it is interesting to hear some people describe images of heaven and hell as part of their near-death experience. Arthur Veal had such an experience. He was clinically dead for 45 minutes, during which time he describes being led by someone to a body of water. On the left side he saw and heard souls suffering, and on the right side he saw the most beautiful world he has ever seen. Arthur said it felt like he was once again in his early twenties as he took in all the sights and sounds of that incredible experience.
Did Arthur get a glimpse into heaven and hell? Perhaps. But regardless, there is no question that these places of eternal existence are real. Jesus spoke about them so that we would know what lies beyond the grave.
A man in our church that I have known for many years had his own glimpse into the next world. One night when Mike was in high school and still an unbeliever, he had a dream. Mike dreamed he was standing in line on Judgment Day. Each person in line was either being ushered into heaven, or sent straight to hell. When Mike reached the front of the line, he stood before Jesus. The Lord told Mike, "Depart from me. I never knew you." Mike tried to talk his way into heaven, but to no avail. As Mike began to be led around the corner into hell, he woke up from his dream.
The dream shook Mike to his core, and so he asked Jesus to forgive his sins and save his soul. The following Sunday, Mike attended a Baptist church. He came forward when an invitation was given and publicly professed faith in Jesus Christ. Mike has followed the Lord ever since.
The skeptic will no doubt balk at such a story. And I can understand a person's reluctance to believe in heaven and hell. But a reluctance to believe it won't change what Jesus said about eternity. And it won't keep anyone from having their own appointment in God's courtroom one day. "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ." (2 Cor. 5:10)
The Lord will tell many on that day, "Depart from me. I never knew you." (Matthew 7:23) Others will be told, "Well done good and faithful servant." (Matthew 25:23)
Sir Roger Penrose is convinced there is consciousness beyond the grave. And one day, each of us will experience much more than just a near-death experience. We will literally cross over to the other side.
Are you prepared to meet your Creator and your Judge? Have you come to know the Savior by trusting Christ to cleanse your soul with the blood He shed for you on the cross? 
(Romans 5:9, Eph. 1:7, Heb. 9:12-14)
"Today is the day of salvation." (2 Cor. 6:2) You would be wise to repent of your sins and trust Jesus to wash them away. That is, unless you are the only person on the planet who won't experience consciousness beyond the grave.


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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Some Insight about Trinity God

Illustration of Godhead above.

Dear SS( sincere seeker):

I think when we think about Trinity God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as distinct Persons, that is very easy to understand because we can think 3 in Godhead.

I think it is the 3 but One that baffles us. That is because we are bounded by our physical boundary and not able to imagine how spiritual beings are different from physical beings because they are unbounded and free. Therefore the 3 can be in one another just like the 3 primary colored lights being one white light. Trinity God is One divine essence and 3 Persons in Godhead. Think about in Quantum land the rules are quite different from our daily lives. Likewise, the rules in  a spiritual realm simply are different from our physical realm. ( * In Quantum Mechanics, the uncertainty Principle, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle,)

The term "Trinity" was coined to counter the misunderstanding of our Creator God. Throughout 1st five books of OT, Moses has instructed Israelites to worship only One God. And our Creator God has revealed Himself to the prophet Isaiah that there is no other God like Him. That is why for the Jews to accept Jesus as God is impossible even today. That is why only the resurrection of Jesus could explain why some Jews have realized and worshiped Jesus as God. I am listing the Bible verses that emphasize that "God is One" below for you to examine. Yet in Matt 3:16-17 at the baptism of Jesus, the distinct God the Father, Holy Spirit and Jesus were all present that rebut the misunderstanding that God the Father became God the Son or God the Father manifested Himself as God the Son in NT times. 

God is Spirit, therefore He can be indwelling in all genuine Christians yet not be bounded inside them, still independent outside genuine Christians.( not locked inside Christians, or for that matter, not being locked inside Mary when Jesus was in her womb). Perhaps that is why an independent Holy Spirit can simultaneously be described as God's Spirit or Spirit of God--that means He is in and out Godhead freely by Himself too. In a word, Holy Spirit is in the Godhead so He is called God's Spirit or Spirit of God yet He is free to go indwelling in genuine Christians and He is free to go anywhere He wants to.

Perhaps, that can explain also why Jesus had Holy Spirit in Him as God/man yet the Holy Spirit could still fall on Him from outside like a dove as seen by John the Baptist for a sign to let John the Baptist identify Jesus as God incarnate.
( Trust me, this does baffle me for a long long time.) 

 Well, Trinity God remains a mystery totally beyond our human comprehension. ( Many thanks to you, that I keep thinking about "Trinity". This is my recent insight and understanding to share with you, hope I am not confusing you or am I?)  Below is a brief history of "Trinity" for you. If interested, click the link.( "Trinity" was coined to counter those who only emphasized the Unity of God and neglected the threeness of God.

May God reveal Himself to you! 
BH

You may also click the link below.

  • "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" (Deut. 6:4)
  • "I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God." (Isa. 45:5)
  • There is no God but One. (1Cor. 8:4)
  • And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." (Matt. 3:16-17)

Monday, October 24, 2016

Is $135,000 Fine for an Oregon Bakery Outrageous?


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...In response to a brief defending the government's actions against the Kleins filed to the Oregon Court of Appeals last month by state lawyers, the Kleins filed a reply brief to the court earlier this month.
In filing the brief, the Kleins were aided by lawyers from the First Liberty Institute and former White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush, Boyden Gray.
"This case is, first and foremost, about whether Oregon has commandeered individuals' liberty to compel them — upon pain of crippling financial penalties — to facilitate the multitude of events in which 'persons' protected by (discrimination law) might participate," the brief states. "Such events might be weddings, as here, or religious rituals, sex-segregated club initiations, or abortions."
"So the court must determine: Has Oregon, for example, compelled Catholics to sculpt totems for Wiccan rituals? Feminists to photograph fraternity initiations? Pro-life filmmakers to video abortions?" the brief asks. "It has not, and that ends the case."
The state government's brief argued that the government's final order forcing the Kleins to pay $135,000 did not violate their First Amendment rights and argued that refusal of service is not protected under the First Amendment. The brief continued by explaining that the agency's order did not target the Kleins' religious beliefs, but rather their discriminatory conduct.
Even though the government believes that it has not violated the Kleins' religious liberties, Gray said in a statement that "the First Amendment prohibits government compulsion of art and of speech."
"We must ensure that freedom of speech and religious expression is preserved for all Americans," Gray, who is a former ambassador to the European Union, asserted.
First Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford added: "No one should be forced to contribute to the celebration of an idea that goes against his or her beliefs."
The Kleins are not the only Christian wedding vendors who have been fined for acting in accordance with their religious convictions and declining to work a same-sex wedding....
In response to a brief defending the government's actions against the Kleins filed to the Oregon Court of Appeals last month by state lawyers, the Kleins filed a reply brief to the court earlier this month.
In filing the brief, the Kleins were aided by lawyers from the First Liberty Institute and former White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush, Boyden Gray.
"This case is, first and foremost, about whether Oregon has commandeered individuals' liberty to compel them — upon pain of crippling financial penalties — to facilitate the multitude of events in which 'persons' protected by (discrimination law) might participate," the brief states. "Such events might be weddings, as here, or religious rituals, sex-segregated club initiations, or abortions."
"So the court must determine: Has Oregon, for example, compelled Catholics to sculpt totems for Wiccan rituals? Feminists to photograph fraternity initiations? Pro-life filmmakers to video abortions?" the brief asks. "It has not, and that ends the case."
The state government's brief argued that the government's final order forcing the Kleins to pay $135,000 did not violate their First Amendment rights and argued that refusal of service is not protected under the First Amendment. The brief continued by explaining that the agency's order did not target the Kleins' religious beliefs, but rather their discriminatory conduct.
Even though the government believes that it has not violated the Kleins' religious liberties, Gray said in a statement that "the First Amendment prohibits government compulsion of art and of speech."
"We must ensure that freedom of speech and religious expression is preserved for all Americans," Gray, who is a former ambassador to the European Union, asserted.
First Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford added: "No one should be forced to contribute to the celebration of an idea that goes against his or her beliefs."
The Kleins are not the only Christian wedding vendors who have been fined for acting in accordance with their religious convictions and declining to work a same-sex wedding.

Read more at http://www.christianpost.com/news/christian-bakers-fined-135k-for-not-working-gay-wedding-continue-fighting-for-their-freedoms-169694/#EbG6FvvmP8dtLVqh.99

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

No Trump in Women's Dressing Rooms, But Males in General are Ok?

 No Trump in Women's Dressing Rooms, but Males in General Are OK?


Dear liberal media, your hypocrisy is showing. ... Immediately, the media latched on to the story to express their outrage. Everyone from Rolling Stone to the Huffington Post pretty much had the same reaction: How dare Trump enter a women's dressing room!?
This week, Buzzfeed published an article titled, "Teen Beauty Queens Say Trump Walked In On Them Changing." The article quotes four former contestants of the Miss Teen USA pageant in 1997 who claim that Trump did not respect their privacy when he allegedly entered their dressing room during the pageant.
One woman is quoted saying, "I remember putting on my dress really quick because I was like, 'Oh …, there's a man in here.'" Another called it "shocking" and "creepy" as girls rushed to cover themselves.
Immediately, the media latched on to the story to express their outrage. Everyone from Rolling Stone to the Huffington Post pretty much had the same reaction: How dare Trump enter a women's dressing room!?

And you know what, I agree. A man has no business in a women's dressing room … or locker room, or shower area, or restroom for that matter. Women have a right to their bodily privacy, and should not have to worry about their bodies being exposed to men in ways that make them feel uncomfortable or violated.
But it sure begs the question …
Where was all this appropriate outrage towards men in women's private facilities when the NBA moved its all-star game out of North Carolina because the state has a law that keeps men out of women's public locker rooms and restrooms?
Or why are teenage girls in Illinois and Minnesota having to fight in federal court for their privacy rights, so that their school doesn't order them to share their locker room and shower areas with a sexually confused male student?
And why does Target think it's appropriate to allow men into women's changing areas and restrooms in their stores?
That's what's so puzzling about the liberal media's response to claims against Trump. While they're so busy condemning one male presidential candidate for being in the wrong dressing room, their attitude towards everyday Americans is very different: If you don't allow men into women's private facilities, it's discrimination.
Sex-specific dressing rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms ensure that the fundamental right to privacy is not abused. Maybe the liberal media should take a look in the mirror and acknowledge that bodily privacy should always be respected — not just when it serves their agenda.
I think we can all agree that those young Miss Teen USA contestants were not wrongly "discriminating" by saying Mr. Trump shouldn't be in their dressing room. And just as surely, a teenage girl is not discriminating if she doesn't want to share the girls' locker room with a male student.
It's common sense.

Originally posted at adflegal.org.


I agree. A man has no business in a women's dressing room … or locker room, or shower area, or restroom for that matter. Women have a right to their bodily privacy, and should not have to worry about their bodies being exposed to men in ways that make them feel uncomfortable or violated.
But it sure begs the question …
Where was all this appropriate outrage towards men in women's private facilities when the NBA moved its all-star game out of North Carolina because the state has a law that keeps men out of women's public locker rooms and restrooms?
Or why are teenage girls in Illinois and Minnesota having to fight in federal court for their privacy rights, so that their school doesn't order them to share their locker room and shower areas with a sexually confused male student?
And why does Target think it's appropriate to allow men into women's changing areas and restrooms in their stores?
That's what's so puzzling about the liberal media's response to claims against Trump. While they're so busy condemning one male presidential candidate for being in the wrong dressing room, their attitude towards everyday Americans is very different: If you don't allow men into women's private facilities, it's discrimination.
Sex-specific dressing rooms, locker rooms, and restrooms ensure that the fundamental right to privacy is not abused. Maybe the liberal media should take a look in the mirror and acknowledge that bodily privacy should always be respected — not just when it serves their agenda.
I think we can all agree that those young Miss Teen USA contestants were not wrongly "discriminating" by saying Mr. Trump shouldn't be in their dressing room. And just as surely, a teenage girl is not discriminating if she doesn't want to share the girls' locker room with a male student.
It's common sense.
Originally posted at adflegal.org.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Where did the word “Trinity” originate?

https://bible.org/question/where-did-word-%E2%80%9Ctrinity%E2%80%9D-originate

Where did the word “Trinity” originate?


The following excerpt from Basic Thelogy by Charles Ryrie should answer your question.
The early church fathers did not formulate any clear statement concerning the Trinity. Some were unclear about the Logos, and most were unconcerned about giving attention to the Spirit except for His work in the lives of believers. In answer to Praxeus, Tertullian (ca. 165-220) asserted the threeness aspect of God, being the first to use the word Trinity. However, he did not have a full and accurate understanding of the Trinity, his views being tinged with subordinationism. Tertullian was battling Monarchians who opted for the unity of God and denied trinitarianism. Monarchianism existed in two forms.
1. Dynamic Monarchianism (or adoptionism). This was first expounded by Theodotus of Byzantium about 210, and viewed Jesus as a man who was given special power by the Holy Spirit at His baptism.
2. Modalistic Monarchianism. This was more influential, attempting not only to maintain the unity of God but also the full deity of Christ by asserting that the Father became incarnated in the Son. In the West it was known as Patripassianism since the incarnated Father also suffered in the Son; and in the East as Sabellianism after its most famous representative who taught that the Persons in the Godhead were modes in which God manifested Himself. Though Sabellius used the word “Person” he meant it as a role or manifestation of the one divine essence.
No illustration is going to be perfect.
But from the very beginning we see God as a Trinity. Notice the plural pronouns "us" and "our" in Genesis 1:26 -- Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
Though not a complete list, here is some other Scripture that shows God is one, in Trinity:
  • "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" (Deut. 6:4)
  • "I am the LORD, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God." (Isa. 45:5)
  • There is no God but one. (1Cor. 8:4)
  • And after being baptized, Jesus went up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove, and coming upon Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." (Matt. 3:16-17)
  • "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit." (Matt. 28:19)
  • Jesus said: "I and the Father are one." (John 10:30)
  • "He who has seen Me has seen the Father." (John 14:9)
  • "He who beholds Me beholds the One who sent Me." (John 12:45)
  • If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. (Rom. 8:9)
  • "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for that which has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." (Matt. 1:20)
  • And the angel answered and said to her [Mary], "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
  • [Jesus speaking to His disciples] "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you." ... "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him." (John 14:16-17, 23)