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  1. Paul on his way to Damascus was confronted by the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was going to destroyed the Church at Damascus. Jesus said, why persecutes thou Me. Paul realized at that point the that Jesus and the church were One and the same person. God does not need another God He needs a Body, Jesus is the Head of the Church which is His Body. Paul said, in 2 Corinthians 3: 5,"Not that we are sufficient (enough) of ourselves to think anything as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God" Paul's revelation came not by man but from the LORD Jesus. We too will come to the same revelation of Jesus by Jesus.

  2. Like most of the people, even St. Paul could not understand God on the day he had an encounter with God. It him years for this. He was a Pharisee to the core. So he had to slowly unlearn certain wrong ideas in the beginning. For example, you can see him teaching 'predestination'. He also considered that God created each one of us with the same casual manner of a potter making pots from a mound of clay. He taught that women are a bit inferior than men, women are created for men and men are not created for women, God is a reward-giving master to us, etc. But finally St.Paul grows and proclaims the pure un-adulterated Good News substantiated on the cross by Jesus, "God does not consider our sins against us." (2 Cor 5:19). While reading St.Paul, these things have to be kept in mind.

    • You raise a very important, though little known/appreciated, point Dr George concerning the developmental nature of human experience. I believe that what you have outlined is an essential consideration (among others) that is necessary to help a person to "rightly divide the Word of Truth" (2 Tim 2:15).

      Should this same awareness of the developmental nature of humans in their learning and unlearning of God that Dr George hilights perhaps also be applied to Ellen White's writings?


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