October 2, 2006

Yom Kippur - from the Christian perspective

It is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur, the "Day of the Atonement", is today a day of introspection, of fasting, prayer and the seeking of forgiveness. Before the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D. though, it was the day when the High Priest would enter the Holiest of Holy to bring the annual sacrifice and confess the sins of the people.

For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul. - Leviticus 17:11

Sources: Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement; Chazak! The Secret of the Scarlet Thread

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September 11, 2006

The mind of Christ

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. -- I Corinthians 2:14-16
What does this mean, this "mind of Christ"? It is different than the mind before Christ:
Because the carnal mind [is] enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. -- Romans 8:7
The mind of Christ is friendship with God, subject to the law of God. From the carnal mind to the mind of Christ, this is the renewing of our minds that is in
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. -- Romans 12:2
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