Sola Scriptura – Part 2

 

Part 1

 

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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3 Responses to Sola Scriptura – Part 2

  1. Sam Shamoun says:

    Brother Ken,

    This is my rebuttal to Williams’ reply to the interpretation that both Larry Hurtado and I gave regarding Jesus’ calling a Greek woman a dog, which Williams’ conveniently deleted. I thought this would help you in your interactions with Willams.

    I am posting my reply to Paul Williams’ recent pathetic attempt of refuting my point regarding Jesus calling a woman a dog by appealing to the fact that the NT records these words in Greek whereas Jesus would have been speaking in Aramaic.

    Here is Williams’ desperate attempt of trying to save face after being pwned for butchering the Lord Jesus’ words for which both Hurtado and I schooled him on. Williams writes:

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    A good question! Much in the gospels is embellishment and fiction. But the attempt to soften the embarrassment of Jesus calling a woman a “dog” in the gospels we have is misguided as the historical Jesus spoke an entirely different language which, I have read, has no diminutive for dogs. Also I understand that Jews did not have dogs as pets, viewing them as unclean (like many Muslims today).

    I’m surprised that Hurtado and Sam made these obvious blunders.
    END

    Now let’s see who made the obvious blunders.

    In the first place, Williams’ ENTIRE case is based on the English translation OF THE GREEK TEXT OF THE NT, AND THEREFORE HE IS STUCK WITH IT, SINCE HE HAS NO ARAMAIC ORIGINAL OF THIS ENCOUNTER.

    To further add to his humiliation, Jesus must have spoken Greek because the woman WAS A SYROPHOENICIAN, AND THEREFORE A GREEK/GENTILE, NOT A JEWESS WHO WOULD HAVE SPOKEN HEBREW/ARAMAIC! Read again:

    “There, A WOMAN OF CANAAN came out of the same regions and cried out to Him, saying, ‘Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David. My daughter is severely possessed by a demon.’” Matthew 15:22

    By noting that she is of Canaan, Matthew is highlighting the fact she is A GENTILE, NOT AN ISRAELITE! Here is Mark’s account:

    “The woman was A GREEK, A SYROPHOENICIAN BY RACE. And she begged Him to cast the demon out of her daughter.” Mark 7:26

    Therefore, as a Greek/Gentile SHE WOULD HAVE BEEN SPEAKING GREEK NOT HEBREW/ARAMAIC! Man, I feel really embarrassed for you Williams…. NOT!

    More importantly, even if they were speaking Aramaic that still doesn’t matter since IT IS CLEAR FROM THE CONTEXT THAT JESUS WAS REFERRING TO A HOUSE PET, A PUPPY LIVING WITHIN THE MASTER’S HOUSE. Here goes:

    “But He answered, “It is not fair to take the children’s bread and to throw it to dogs.’ She said, “Yes, Lord, yet even dogs eat the crumbs THAT FALL FROM THEIR MASTER’S TABLE.’” Matthew 15:26-27

    The only way that a dog could eat the crumbs that fall from the master’s table IS IF THE DOG IS LIVING INSIDE THE HOUSE ALONGSIDE THE MASTER! This point becomes more clear from the Markan account:

    “Jesus said to her, ‘Let the children first be filled. For it is not fitting to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.’ She answered, “Yes, Lord. Yet the dogs UNDER THE TABLE eat the children’s crumbs.’” Mark 7:27-28

    Now did you catch that Williams? The dogs ARE UNDER THE TABLE AND ARE EATING THE CRUMBS FROM THE CHILDREN’S BREAD, WHICH MEANS THAT THESE DOGS ARE PETS THAT LIVE WITH THE MASTER AND THE CHILDREN IN THE SAME HOUSE! OUCH!

    Therefore, even if this conversation was in Aramaic this still confirms my point and Hurtado’s and refutes you so badly that I am again starting to feel embarrassed for you…. NOT!

    This also refutes the other rather pathetic argument of Williams regarding Jews not having dogs as pets, SINCE GENTILES DID, WHICH IS WHAT THE WOMAN WAS. Therefore, Jesus’ example was apt and befitting, highlighting the fact of his being the perfect communicator, unlike the incoherent babble we find in the Quran, which is supposed to be the speech of an all knowing deity.

    I must say that I am not surprised at all of your blunders Williams, since this is to be expected from a person who blindly follows a false prophet and antichrist.

    • Ken Temple says:

      Good point about the Greek language and the fact that Mark calls her a Greek / Gentile of the Syro-Phoenician race. They would be speaking Greek there because of what Alexander the Great started around 330 BC – the Hellenization of the Middle East.

      Williams point was thoroughly refuted.
      Thanks.

    • θ says:

      The word for puppies in Greek is Kουτάβια (Koutabia) whereas Jesus uses the word Kυνάριων (Kunarion) for the guard dogs that are trained to be extraordinarily fierce and savage. Jesus did intentionally humiliate her and her heathen folks with a derogatory slur on purpose.

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