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Heb. 10:22-24
1. More implicit and thorough trust in God.
2. If you are weaned from the world.
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Religion and the Founding of America
Book: Adam2

Guide For The Walk Home

The following is taken from the Book, Adam2: A Guide For The Walk Home, written by our founder. It is A Commentary On The Gospel Of John, complete with a background look at the contemporary Jewish groups active in Jesus' day. It includes a summary of each chapter, a redacted study of each disciple, a brief study of Gnosticism of the time, pertinent timelines, and much more. Each chapter of study includes extensive Biblical references to the notes on the chapter.

A chronological excerpt of each section will be posted here at the beginning of each month. You can access free of charge at any time a complete online digital version for your further study. In addition, a link will be provided to purchase the book on CD to install on your own computer for convenience of study and print. All we ask is that you observe the stated copyrights as with any book you buy over the counter, limiting your print to only one hard copy for your own personal use. If further hard copies are necessary, please contact us for an additional nominal fee. Thank you for your interest in this study. Our hope and prayer is that through the work of the Holy Spirit as you study you will be blessed by it, and if so, recommend it to a friend.

Let us look this month at the group: Essenes from the book: Adam2.


I. MAJOR JEWISH GROUPS IN JESUS' DAY.
E.  ESSENES.
  1. Amidst the backdrop of the events, times, and people of our previous discussion arose the Essenes. Is it any wonder, then, that during such a period of political and religious uncertainty and curtain of cultural clashes, would arise a group who would separate from such a fragmented society? However, the precise origins of the Essenes are about as obscure as that of the Pharisees. It is believed by most scholars that these ultra-separatists broke away from the prevailing religio-political practices of Judaism in the Maccabean era, forming small colonies, or cells, throughout the region, and in some cases, isolated communes. Very little was known of these purists Josephus so highly regarded until the discoveries of the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947 and later excavations of the Qumran community located in close proximity. This community, or commune of a monastic sect located at the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, between Jerusalem to the northwest and En-gedi to the south, has since been believed by most to be that of the Essenes themselves. If so, then, the numerous documents discovered there shed a wealth of information on their doctrines, beliefs, practices, nature, and lifestyles. Although in none of those documents is a self-described reference to the name we are most familiar, as with our Christian ascription ( Acts 11:26; 26:28), it may very well have been one assigned by outsiders. If so, as with our New Testament documents that are absent of such Christian self-designations, it is quite natural that these are as well.
  2. The etymology of the name assigned this group has been the source of debate for centuries, with still no clear consensus on the matter. Because our space is limited, it is recommended the reader examine the studies of Marcel Simon, professor at the University of Strasbourg in France, for his scholarly examination of the many possible roots of this name. For our purposes, we will simply say in agreement with his findings, that it most likely came from the transliteration of the Hebrew word, hasid, coming from the Aramaic, hasya in the singular, or hasen in the plural, which at its core means, "a pious one." If Philo (Hellenist Jewish philosopher in Alexandria, Egypt, 30 B.C.-A.D. 45) is correct in his assessment of the Greek, Essaioi, which could itself be a transliteration from the Hebrew, hasaim, then another characteristic meaning is seen—"the silent ones."
  3. As mentioned above, unlike the previous groups studied, neither the name nor an example can be identified within our New Testament. Because of his ascetic wilderness lifestyle (who also, like the Essenes, is never reported frequenting the Temple in Jerusalem), some believe that John the Baptist was a member of this sect. He is also connected with a disciple named Banus, to whom Josephus confesses to having spent some time with in his teens while examining each of the Jewish sects before deciding with which to align. This is one explanation for Josephus' high regard, that reflected in his writings, for the Jewish Christian sect developing in Judaism (and in particular for Christ - Antiq. 18.3.3, p. 379). Although there is irrefutable evidence of their existence prior to and during the time of Christ (Josephus numbers them at 4000, - Antiq. 18.1.5, p. 377), no one really knows why, unlike the other major groups previously studied, they are not there mentioned. Some have offered their exhaustive theories, the most common being: their chosen separation from the Temple life at Jerusalem and their lack of contact with others outside their own communes. It should be mentioned here in support of this theory, there are several other Jewish sects we have chosen not to study that were viable at the time of Christ that also are not mentioned in our New Testament writings. Nevertheless, for the reasons that will be obvious to the reader as this study unfolds, we have chosen to include only the Essenes.
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America: Secular State or Christian Nation?
America: Secular State or Christian Nation?

PREFACE
In recent years we have heard much discussion as to the collective religious nature of our country, with even our top elected officials declaring as though with pride America is not a Christian nation. Many so called scholars and pundunts argue we never were founded upon Christian principles—God forbid, the Bible and its judicial applications for us found in the Ten Commandments. Yet at the same time they argue we are not, they are organized in eliminating any and all references to Biblical and Christian precepts and practices originating from its principles—ironic, if not flat out hypocritical, declaring on the one hand something untrue while on the other acknowledging by their intense actions for eliminating and banning the very thing they say isn't so!

It is plain to the novice student of American history, if they possess a sliver of intellectual integrity, the most obvious facts found on record from our early beginnings. Today's liberal secularist would have us think Christianity is a modern movement to take over our government, hailing its beginnings with the emergence of the Religious Right when many Christians coalesced to become politically active a few decades back. They ignore a voluminous record found within the archives of our country's preserved documents, many on record in our Library of Congress. As you read, you will hear today's Supreme Court's deafening silence when they rule on any modern case regarding our Constitution's interpretation and the intent of our Constitional founders. So, for the record, just what did our founders have to say about Judeo-Christian teachings and practice regarding our government and civil way of life...

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Bible Summaries

Proverbs Chapter Summary

The following is taken from the Book of Old Testament Summaries.

Chapter
  1. (977 B.C.?) Words of (Solomon?), son of David, king of Jerusalem, concerning the vanity of the life and labor of man under the sun. It seems that everything is in a cycle; man is born and dies and another generation comes while the Earth remains. The sun rises and sets; the wind goes and comes again; the rivers fill the sea, but it is never full. Nothing is new and we forget quickly what was before. God has given every man the troublesome task to seek the end of all things through wisdom (that he might find rest for his soul in God). Every work under the sun is vain and does not give this rest to the spirit of man. (Nothing under the sun can quench a longing spirit. For what it yearns can only be found in the bosom of its Creator.) The more knowledge one has the more sorrowful he becomes. Solomon knows this by his own search for it.
  2. He first searches satisfaction in pleasure, then laughter, mirth, and wine, all to no avail. Next he turns to acquisitions of great houses, gardens, pools, servants, cattle, gold, silver, treasures of kings (harem), singers, and musicians. He obtained all his heart's desire, and looking upon it, declared it to be vanity, without profit to man. All done after this, would only be anticlimactic (vs.12). But he learned several lessons: Wisdom excels folly; A wise man has light, the fool darkness; One thing is common: both the wise and fool perish alike. The wise is remembered no more, as the fool, therefore, it was vain to get wisdom. Thus knowing this, he abhors life and its labor; for the next generation will receive its benefits, not him, unknowing whether he will be a fool or wise as he. This is a great evil: that another should possess and enjoy the fruits of his labor. With great despair he finds no rest for his heart, concluding then there is nothing better for man to do than eat, drink, and enjoy himself of the good of his labor: for God gives such to the wise, but to the sinner He gives sorrow. Still, all is vain and troubles the spirit.
  3. He proceeds to list 14 pairs of dichotomous purposes which have their own time under the heaven:
    (1)
    Born and die.
    (8)
    Embrace and refrain.
    (2)
    Plant and pluck up.
    (9)
    Get and lose.
    (3)
    Kill and heal.
    (10)
    Keep and castaway.
    (4)
    Break down and build up.
    (11)
    Rend and sew.
    (5)
    Weep and laugh.
    (12)
    Silence and speak.
    (6)
    Mourn and dance.
    (13)
    Love and hate.
    (7)
    Castaway stones and gather.
    (14)
    War and Peace.
    He has seen these tasks given by God, each appearing beautiful in its own time. Man's heart is filled with these worldly things that hide God and His works from him. Man derives no lasting good from these, only in doing good. God's gift is to enjoy the fruit of one's own labor. God's work is supreme and eternal. All of man's work is temporal and can add nothing to it. All men are alike. Sin is universal. The wise has iniquity as the fool, and all will one day be judged alike. Man is no better than the beast: for God's breath is in both; and when He withdraws it they both will perish. So, one should be content in his own portion for now, not being able to see what will come after him.
  4. He now considers the oppressed who have no comforter. The dead and unborn are in a better state than these. He also sees every man's work is envied by another. This is vain. It is better to be satisfied with what one has, however small, than to trouble one's spirit with great worldly care, or working just to gain more. He now compares the state of the single laborer to that of partnership; there is strength in numbers. The poor but wise is better than a foolish king. Observing the march of man through time, he sees that each generation forgets the previous.
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