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AZENILTO AND CLELIA BRITO

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62-Fundamental Beliefs of Seventh-day Adventists
Analyzing the Bible Teachings

Prof. AzeniltoG. Brito
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teaching of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs, as set forth here, constitute the church's understanding and expression of the teaching of Scripture. Revision of these statements may be expected at a General Conference session when the church is led by the Holy Spirit to a fuller understanding of Bible truth or finds better language in which to express the teachings of God's Holy Word.

 62-Fundamental Beliefs of SDA
 

63-“The Personality and Divinity of the Holy Spirit"
Analyzing the Bible Teachings

 DR. WOODROW WHIDDEN
Many sincere people understand the Holy Spirit to be some sort of electrical current hooked up to the throne of God or a celestial internet seeking to provide some impersonal phone line for God to communicate with us. Yes, the Holy Spirit is certainly a great “channel” of communication! The overwhelming Bible evidence, however, suggests that this channel is a Person who is a Personal member of the One true Godhead.
For those of us who are not very mechanically inclined, written directions have not proven to be as helpful as the personal guidance and encouragement of another person who really knows mechanics.

 63-Divinity of the Holy Spirit

64-Jesus Did Not Teach Immortality of the Soul
In Christ’s words in John  14:1-3 and 5:28, 29 there is no hint of any “immortal soul” in either of these texts, as he said:
John: 5:28,29
 “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”
John: 14:1-3
 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told, you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

Prof. Azenilto g. Brito
Christ’s words “I go to prepare a place for you”, followed by the promise of His return—“I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also”—are very significant, indeed. Now, if Christ taught immortality of the soul he would have said that the promised abodes would be available to the redeemed ones as they died and their souls got to heaven to occupy them. The fact that He relates His return to the encounter with the redeemed ones at His return so that, then, they occupy their mansions cannot be taken lightly. They show that in Christ’s speech there is simply no room for the notion of souls or spirits going to heaven when one dies.
On the other hand, the text on the resurrection in John 5:28, 29 is preceded by some very noteworthy comments by the Master:

 64-Jesus Did Not Teach Immortality of the Soul

65-AN OPTIMISTIC VIEW OF THE EVANGELIZATION
TASK’S CONCLUSION
 The Gospel to the entire world:
Reflection on Matthew 24:14

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
A certain pastor said once in a sermon that the Bible text that concerns Adventists the most is Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”. Supposedly it should really be so.
The preaching to all nation, tribe, tongue, kindred is also notorious in the description of the first symbolic angel out of the three who go out proclaiming the final message of warning, in anticipation of the “harvest”. Such scene of the global proclamation completes the apocalyptic image of the final times of human history in the 14th chapter of the last book in the Bible (vs. 6 a 20).
Prof. Azenilto G. Brito is a Free-lance journalist, translator for the Adventist News Network of the Portuguese news feature

 65-AN OPTIMISTIC VIEW OF THE EVANGELIZATION

 66-Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Verb. "Law".
Analyzing the Bible Teachings

Translation by Prof. Azeniltio G. Brito
Law -- The basis of Israel's policy was the Decalogue, the compendium of the moral law which therefore was proclaimed first, then the other religions and civil ordinances. The end of Israel's call by the holy God was that they should be "a holy nation" (Lev_19:2), a meadiatorial kingdom between God and the nations, witnessing for Him to them (Isa_43:10-12), and between them and Him, performing those sacrificial ordinances through the divinely constituted Aaronic priests, which were to prefigure the one coming Sacrifice, through whom all the Gentile nations were to be blessed. Thus, Israel was to be "a kingdom of priests," each subject a priest (though their exercise of the sacrificial functions was delegated to one family as their representative), and God was at once civil and spiritual king; therefore all the theocratic ordinances of the Sinaitic legislation were designed to minister toward holiness, which is His supreme law.

 66-Fausset's Bible Dictionary, Verb. Law.
 

67-America's Unfaithful Faithful
Analyzing the Bible Teachings

 DAVID VAN BIEMA
A major new survey presents perhaps the most detailed picture we've yet had of which religious groups Americans belong to. And its big message is: blink and they'll change. For the first time, a large-scale study has quantified what many experts suspect: there is a constant membership turnover among most American faiths. America's religious culture, which is best known for its high participation rates, may now be equally famous (or infamous) for what the new report dubs "churn."
The report, released today by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, is the first selection of data from a 35,000- person poll called the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. Says Pew Forum director Luis Lugo, Americans "not only change jobs, change where they live, and change spouses, but they change religions too. We totally knew it was happening, but this survey enabled us to document it clearly."
According to Pew, 28% of American adults have left the faith of their childhood for another one. And that does not even include those who switched from one Protestant denomination to another; if it did, the number would jump to 44%. Says Greg Smith, one of the main researchers for the "Landscape" data, churn applies across the board. "There's no group that is simply winning or simply losing," he says. "Nothing is static. Every group is simultaneously winning and losing."

 67-America's Unfaithful Faithful
 
 

68-Is the Sabbath the “Sign of God” Only for the Jews?
The Sabbath is mentioned as a “sign” between God and His people in Exodus 31:17: “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed".
This is confirmed centuries later by the prophet Ezekiel, in 20:20:
“And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God".
Is This a Sign Restricted to Israel?

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
But, doesn’t the text indicate that this sign is between God and Israel? Yes, God established His pact with Israel, but why that is so? Why wasn’t the divine pact established with the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Libyans? Anyone who can answer this question will have half way through to understand the whole question.
In this context it would be interesting to highlight that the Baptists of the National Baptist Convention, of Brazil, in their “Doctrinal Declaration”, quote Exodus 31:14-18 among the footnotes of their Topic XV, that deals with the day of observance, confirming the notion that the commandment related to the rest day, to be totally dedicated to God, is the “sign” between God and His people. That makes all sense because Atheists, materialists and lax Christians are not characterized as those who dedicate a special period of time to God, as a whole day, or if they do it, is only adjusting the practice to their convenience. . . .
       However, would the Sabbath have the objective to serve solely as a “sign” between God and the people of Israel? In what basis is that alleged?
       The reference point of the Sabbath is very clearly the divine act of creating the heavens and the Earth, “in six days . . . and rested [God] in the seventh day . . . and hallowed it”. Did God, by any chance, create the world only for the Jews? David, the inspired psalmist, declared in language that certainly has universal character:

 68-Is This a Sign Restricted to Israel?
 

69-THE GREAT DEBATE IN THE FINAL TIMES OF
HUMAN HISTORY
What is the “seal of God” and what is the competing “mark of the beast”?

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
It is high time to “say it all” and express things with clarity. In the following text we explain in a concise manner what the Bible says about how the endtime events of human history will involve a question that affects everyone and will be at the center of the religious-political-philosophical-economic-ecological debate of the end times.
REVIEW OF HISTORY reveals how a certain “agenda” of religious character is now being fulfilled. But this “agenda” is not of any particular Church or religious organization, but rather it belongs to the ‘evil one’, who has always strived to cause God’s people to deviate from genuine worship. How many times in Israel’s history did the people, even their kings, distance themselves from God through idolatry! Who was behind it all? No one but Satan! He even created a “queen of heaven” to whom the people burned frankincense (Jer. 44:18). And do we not have a revised “queen of heaven” today, with campaigns taking place to make her a “co-Redeemer”?!
       Is the devil less active today? Does he not now exert even greater power to distance people from genuine worship and, if possible, even diminish the glory of the Savior, as he has always attempted to do? Did he not resort to appealing for Christ to worship him, in place of God, while Jesus was in the temptation desert? (See Matt. 4).

 69-What is the “seal of God”
 
 

70-The Sabbath in the Easton’s Bible Dictionary is read as follow:
Analyzing the Bible Teachings

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
Heb. verb shabbath, meaning "to rest from labour"), the day of rest. It is first mentioned as having been instituted in Paradise, when man was in innocence (Genesis 2:2). "The sabbath was made for man," as a day of rest and refreshment for the body and of blessing to the soul.
It is next referred to in connection with the gift of manna to the children of Israel in the wilderness (Exodus 16:23); and afterwards, when the law was given from Sinai (20:11), the people were solemnly charged to "remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy." Thus it is spoken of as an institution already existing.
In the Mosaic law strict regulations were laid down regarding its observance (Exodus 35:2,3; Leviticus 23:3; 26:34). These were peculiar to that dispensation.
In the subsequent history of the Jews frequent references are made to the sanctity of the Sabbath (Isaiah 56:2,4,6,7; 58:13,14; Jeremiah 17:20-22; Nehemiah 13:19). In later times they perverted the Sabbath by their traditions. Our Lord rescued it from their perversions, and recalled to them its true nature and intent (Matthew 12:10-13; Mark 2:27; Luke 13:10-17).

 70-The Sabbath in the Easton’s Bible Dictionary
 

71-The Balaam Factor. Thus, this Sabbath opposer’s allegation became rather an inspiratio.
& Analising Biblical Teachings &

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
       We have a very special question that I developed when I found a syllabus of a certain anti-Sabbath Christian apologist in which he presented, among many arguments on the law-was-abolished line of thought, the text of Hebrews 8:6-10. Said passage makes reference to the New Covenant, or New Testament, in which God is willing to write what is called “My laws” on the hearts and minds of those who accept the terms of that New Covenant.
       He tried to convince his readers that these “My laws” would mean something of a new Christian law that left the Sabbath commandment out of the picture (but, strangely, not any of the other nine of the Decalogue).
       When I read that, I thought: “Wait a minute! Here it says, ‘My laws’, and not ‘My new laws’! And since the text is a mere reproduction of Jeremiah 31:31-33, when the same promise was made to Israel, then why is this man alleging that what God proposes to write in the minds and on the hearts of those who accept the New Covenant [New Testament] would have a different law? It is THE SAME that was known by the prophet Jeremiah!”

 71 The Balaam Factor.
 


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