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AZENILTO AND CLELIA BRITO

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42-10 Reasons Why Matthew 25:46 Doesn’t Serve as Proof
of the Immortality of the Soul Theory
Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
The text says:“And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal ”. Because the notion that the unsaved ones will be living forever in torments after being thrown into hell [gehenna] stems from an unconfirmed presupposition: that God put in man an immortal soul in creation—an information not given in the Bible. Due to this supposed built-in immortal element in his being, it is thought that they will continue living inescapably in hell, forever. Because Christ utilized hyperbolic, parabolic language in many occasions as He referred to the final destination of sinners, such as can be seen in Matthew 5:29, 30 (getting rid of parts of the body to be saved); Mark 9:48 (the worm that never dies); as well as in the chapter 25 of Matthew itself, as He contrasts "goats" with "lambs".
Because an eternal existence in torments would require a resurrected body that were incorruptible or indestructible, and there is no information in the Bible that the resurrected unsaved will have such type of body (only the redeemed ones will have incorruptible bodies–1 Corinthians 15: 53, 54; Philippians 3:20, 21).
 
 Immortality of the Soul Theory
 

43-10 Reasons Why Revelation 20:10 Doesn’t Prove the Theory of an
Everlasting Burning Hell

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
The text says: “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, were the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever”.  ecause there is rule in good Theological studies that doctrines are not established based on parables, symbolic texts or those isolated in the Scriptures, especially the ones of unclear meaning. Revelation is full of allegories drawn from the Old Testament, which need to be understood within the characteristics of such illustrations and according to their own original application. Thus we have references to Balaam [2:14], Jezebel [2:20], the two olive trees of Zechariah 4 [11:4], Elijah and the draught [11:6], Sodom and Egypt [11:8], Babylon [14:8, chaps. 17 e 18], Gog and Magog [20:8], the beast compounded of the same animals of Daniel 7 [13:2], etc
Because the language of “tormented day and night” is taken from Isaiah 34:10, that describes the fire that destroys Edom as one that “it will not be quenched night and day”, representing an intense and complete process of destruction while it lasts, being desolates “from generation to generation” (which is tantamount to “for ever and ever”). However, Edom doesn’t exist for millennia. Also in Jeremiah 17:27 we read about the fire that would consume Jerusalem’s doors and wouldn’t be put down. But that fire has extinguished for millennia.
 43-Everlasting Burning Hell
 
44-10 REASONS WHY THERE WILL BE NO ETERNALLY
BURNING HELLFIRE

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
Because everlasting life is a gift from God (Rom. 6:23) that the unsaved don’t possess; on the contrary, they “shall not see life” (John 3:36); “no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (1 John 3:15).
Note: Paul says in Romans 2:7 that those who will obtain life eternal are the ones who look for immortality. We don’t go after something that we already possess.
Because the eternal torment would perpetuate and immortalize sin, suffering, pain, and that contradicts the divine revelation that those things will no more exist under the new conditions after Jesus’ return (Rev. 2:14).
Because the universe would always keep a dark site, with billions of creatures living eternally in unending torments, with their existences thus preserved by God Himself, in Whom “we live, and move, and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

 44 - BURNING HELLFIRE
 

45-10 Reasons Why the Sabbath IS NOT a Ceremonial Precept

 Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
Because it was instituted before the entrance of sin in the world (Gen. 2:2, 3; Exo. 20:8-11 and Mar. 2:27). The ceremonies represent an arrangement from after sin showed up and served to provide its atonement by its symbolic value, pointing ahead to the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin from the World” (John 1:29).
Because the Creation story stresses that God RESTED [ceased His activities of the creation week, for the Divinity doesn’t get tired] on that first Sabbath day, thus leaving an example for the beings He had created (Gen. 2:3; Exo. 20:11). No ceremonial precept acquires such relevance in God’s consideration.
Because the Creation story stresses that God BLESSED that first Sabbath day as a special mark of His approval and continuous physical, mental and spiritual benefit to those who observe it, a promise presented in many occasions throughout the Bible, as in Isaiah 56: 3-8; 58: 13, 14. Such divine blessing on the Sabbath is reminded in the commandment’s text (Exo. 20:11). There is no ceremonial precept that receives such consideration.

45-Why the Sabbath IS NOT aceremonial Precept
 

46-10 Reasons Why the Sabbath Is the Most Important
Commandment of the Decalogue

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
The first reason is because it was originated before sin entered this world:
If we analyze human history, we realize that there are only two institutions that come from before sin entered our planet: the Sabbath and marriage. It’s no wonder that Satan engages himself so much in corrupting both institutions which he hates particularly: the Sabbath through false theologies that discard it completely or alter its significance, and marriage, through an avalanche of separations, divorce, negative innuendos in the show biz (radio, TV, songs, movies), and more recently, same-sex marriages.
Because it was “made holy” by God and to be commanded to be “made holy” by man:
God Himself gave the example of resting, blessing and sanctifying the first Sabbath day (Gen. 2:2, 3). He is already completely holy and need not sanctify any day to Himself. If He did it, that was “because of man” (Mar. 2:27). Besides making the connection with the Creation of the world, the commandment begins ordering, “remember the Sabbath day to make it holy”. Rest comes after the order to make the day holy. The reason that it must be the seventh day, and not any other according to human expediency, is made clear in Exo. 20:11: “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it”.

 46-The is Sabbath Is the Most Important Commandment
 

47-10 Reasons Why the Sabbath Is an Institution
That Precedes the Sinai Event

Prof. Azeninlto G. Brito
The “argument of silence” that the Sabbath wouldn’t be in force before the Sinai event collapses down for, at least, ten of the following reasons:
While the Bible doesn’t say that Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob kept the Sabbath, it doesn’t say THEY DIDN’T either. This type of “argument of silence” is totally neuter. Then, we have a tie—if we cannot prove that they kept the Sabbath, it cannot be proven that they DIDN’T KEEP IT, as well.
But the tiebreaker occurs with the fact that God Himself, besides ceasing His activities on the seventh day, to leave an example for man of all ages and nations, as Calvin stressed, blessed and SANCTIFIED the seventh day. “To sanctify” means “to separate for use consecrated to God”. And it was God who did that, thus the Sabbath is a day separated since the creation of the world. Since God is already absolutely holy, He has no need to sanctify anything for Himself. If He did it, that was for man. Jesus confirmed it as He said that “the Sabbath was made because of man” (Mark 2:27).

 47-Why the Sabbath Is an Institution

48-10 PAULINE RULES FOR THE USE OF
THE GIFT OF TONGUES

 Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
If in your congregation these rules are not followed (all of them), then what seems the be “The gift of tongues” are
not corresponding to The gift of tongues mentioned in the Scriptures
The regular principle of all gifts is edifying (1 Cor. 14: 26). They should serve to edify the others.
NOTE: In the Old Testament those who received special gifts were thus benefited not for their own personal advantage, but for service to God’s Work (see Exo. 35:30-35).
No more than three in a worship service should speak (1 Cor. 14: 27). “At the most . . . three” indicates that having three different people speaking in tongues in a worship service would be very rare.
NOTE: Entire congregations speaking, singing or praying in tongues at the same time is specifically prohibited here.
One at a time (1 Cor. 14: 27). “That by course” restricts speaking in tongues to a man at a time; any extra participant would just add to the confusion. It’s already confusing enough to hear a foreign language; to hear two or more people at the same time would be futile, and certainly couldn’t edify.

 48-THE GIFT OF TONGUES

49-10 Serious Difficulties For the Advocates of Either Sunday
Keeping or of the “Nodayism/Anydayism/Everydayism”

 Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
Jesus said that “the Sabbath was made for man” without implying that it was a provisional institution to be cancelled some time later. He simply confirms the commandment as having a universal character. What, then, is the basis for the notion of the end of the Sabbath for the Christians?
The most representative confessions of faith of the historical Christian churches (such as the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Baptist New Hampshire Confession), clearly confirm the Sabbath as a moral commandment derived from Creation for all men, in all times. The fact that they reinterpret such principle applying it to Sunday doesn’t reduce their enforcement of the 4th commandment as valid for Christians, which is much different from the nodayism/anydayism/everydayism that has characterized the discourse of the Evangelical world since the end of the 19th century and beginning of the 20th. How do you justify the radical change in mentality as to the question of the day or rest in comparison to the historical thinking of the Protestant Christendom?

 49 “Nodayism/Anydayism/Everydayism”
 

50-20 Questions to the Catholics Regarding the
Hypothesis Of Peter Having Been the First Pope

Prof. Azenilto G.  Brito
If Peter was assigned the position of leader of the Church why did Jesus declare emphatically: “. . . do not call anyone on earth ‘father’, for you have one Father, and he is in heaven. Nor are you to be called ‘teacher’, for you have on Teacher, the Christ” (Matthew 23:9, 10)?
Note: The context indicates that the reference is to the final authority vis-à-vis spiritual questions. No man can assume this role.If Peter and the disciples had understood the words of Christ in Matthew 16:18 as establishing Peter’s supremacy and leadership position, why a little later the disciples disputed who would be the greatest amongst them?Note: They would rather be disputing the number 2 position, not the number 1, since that would have been assured to Peter.

 50-The Hypothesis Of Peter Having Been the First Pope

51-Being Absent From the Body and present with
TheLord in 2 Corinthians 5:8

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
In 2 Corinthians 5:8 Paul speaks of being absent from the body and present with the Lord. Does this mean that when a person dies, he leaves his body and goes to be with the Lord? Let’s read the whole context to see what the apostle is saying.
In Chapter 4 Paul discusses the trouble and affliction which come to us in this life. Yet, he says, this trouble is nothing when compared to the far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (4:17) which we will receive in the future life. We don’t need to worry about what happens to this body. We are now but earthen vessels (4:7). The Lord will one day give us new bodies which will never deteriorate.
In Chapter 5 Paul discusses the two bodies, the earthly, and the eternal. He metaphorically refers to them as houses. For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens (5:1).

 51-The Lord in 2 Corinthians 5:8

52-And on the Seventh Day We Rested?
Maybe those old Blue laws weren’t so crazy after all

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
With that title and subtitle, Nancy Gibbs writes a whole-page article in the August 2, 2004 edition of Time magazine. The article is somewhat ambiguous, and there is no straightforward and insistent defense regarding the question, but the author subtly recalls the supposed good old times of Sunday laws in the US, trying to show the logic and benefits of Sunday legislation, not highlighting so much a religious motivation, but attempting to explore specifically their personal and family benefits.
After briefly covering the history of the Sunday legislation in the US, the author comments on how the higher diversification of the American society and the many commercial interests transformed Sunday. “The US is too diverse, our lives too busy, our economy too global and our appetites too vast to lose a whole day that could be spent working or playing or power shopping. Pulled between piety and profit, even Christian bookstores are open [on Sundays]”, says she, rather complainingly.

 52-And on the Seventh Day We Rested?
 

53-10 Reasons Why Matthew 25:46 Doesn’t Serve as Proof of the
Immortality of the Soul Theory

The text says: “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal”. “  ”
Prlf. Azenilto G. Brito
Because the notion that the unsaved ones will be living forever in torments after being thrown into hell [gehenna] stems from an unconfirmed presupposition: that God put in man an immortal soul in creation—an information not given in the Bible. Due to this supposed built-in immortal element in his being, it is thought that they will continue living inescapably in hell, forever.
Because Christ utilized hyperbolic, parabolic language in many occasions as He referred to the final destination of sinners, such as can be seen in Matthew 5:29, 30 (getting rid of parts of the body to be saved); Mark 9:48 (the worm that never dies); as well as in the chapter 25 of Matthew itself, as He contrasts "goats" with "lambs".

 53-Immortality of the Soul Theory
 
 
 

54 - 10 Reasons Why the Sabbath IS NOT a Ceremonial Precept
 Analyzing the Bible Teaching

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
Because it was instituted before the entrance of sin in the world (Gen. 2:2, 3; Exo. 20:8-11 and Mar. 2:27). The ceremonies represent an arrangement from after sin showed up and served to provide its atonement by its symbolic value, pointing ahead to the “Lamb of God who takes away the sin from the World” (John 1:29).
Because the Creation story stresses that God RESTED [ceased His activities of the creation week, for the Divinity doesn’t get tired] on that first Sabbath day, thus leaving an example for the beings He had created (Gen. 2:3; Exo. 20:11). No ceremonial precept acquires such relevance in God’s consideration.

 54-Ceremonial Precept
 

55-LIKE PETER, CATHOLICS AND PROTESTANT
DENYCHRIST THREE TIMES

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito.
Peter didn’t intend to deny his Lord, but actually we could compare his attitude to that of the Iscariot—sheer treason, even though for different motives and with very contrasting results and consequences.
In the second case the situation came to a no-return stage and the physical, brutal, shocking death just served to anticipate the other death, eternal, inescapable, exemplary, of whom takes his or her treacherous infamy to final consequences.
Peter also betrayed the trust of his dear Master. He denied Him thinking in his own interest and safety. What a big mistake! Happily, he found the way back to full fellowship with the Savior through sincere repentance.
In both Catholic and Protestant fields, Jesus and His teachings are also denied in three flagrant situations, three attitudes of the Lord that are interpreted by those religious people in ways that put Christ under difficult situations.

 55-DENY CHRIST THREE TIMES
 

56-The Bible is the final definer of doctrines according to thefollowing quotations, by Ellen G. White:
“I recommend to you, dear reader, the Word of God as the rule of your faith and practice. By that Word we are to be judged”. – Early Writings, p. 78.
Bible Study: Justification-Sanctification-Perfection

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
“The Spirit was not give nor can it ever be bestowed-to supersede the Bible; for the Scriptures explicitly state that the Word of God is the standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested.”– The Great Controversy, Introduction, p. vii.
“Little heed is given to the Bible, and the Lord has given a lesser light to lead men and women to the greater light”. – The Review and Herald, Jan. 20, 1903.
Below is a sketch of my Bible understanding of the question of justification/sanctification/ perfection according to my survey in search of truth. In the text below there are selected stretches from many SDA researchers, especially in the “Ponderings”.
The Biblical concepts of “justify”, “justification”, “atonement”, etc., are expressed in juridical language. The use of these terms in the Bible occurs in the setting of a judgment scene, of cases judged according to the law (Deut. 25:1; Prov. 17:15; Rom. 2:6-16; 8:31-34; Matt. 12:36, 37). This shows that a correct understanding of this subject honors God’s law (Rom. 3:31), not the opposite.

 56- Justification-Sanctification-Perfection
 

57-An Assessment of the Arguments Presented By the Adherents of
“Total Freedom” From the Bible’s Dietary Laws:

Prof. Azenilto G.  Brito
* Allegation: Christ in Mark 7:1-23 says that whatever enter the mouth won’t contaminate man,which shows that He is freeing His followers of following the dietary rules of the Bible:
Marc 7:15
15 “There is nothing outside the man which, going into him, is able to make him unclean: but the things which come out of the man are those which make the man unclean.”
Difficulties in that interpretation:
A – The context clearly indicates that the discussion was not regarding the contents of the dietary laws in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, rather the contrast between what God has stipulated and what the “tradition of the elders” established regarding ceremonial purifying ablutions (Mat. 15:2). That He Himself confirmed in vs. 20.

 57-From the Bible’s Dietary Laws:

58-The Divine Manual For the Operation of the Human Machine
Analyzing the Biblie's Teaching

Prof. Azenilto G. Brito
Last spring a bought a bicycle, and the manual of how to assemble and operate it in safety was almost as thick of that of an automobile. That is    because the maker wants the user to have his equipment in the most efficient and durable application.
God, man’s Creator, wouldn’t act differently from any maker of human equipment, leaving the “machine” He created without being accompanied by its due “manual”. Thus, He established laws so that man put into operation the “machine” of his body for the best performance possible. The health laws of the Bible regulate the best for human feeding, with its hygienic features as clear preventive measures to preserve the good health of His creatures.

 58-Operation of the Human Machine
 

Does God Want You to Be Rich?
Analyzing the Biblie's Teaching

Samuele Bacchiocchi, Ph. D.,
The cover story of a recent issue of Time magazine (September 18, 2006) raised the question: “Does God Want you to be Rich?” The accompanying photo shows a Rolls Royce with a Cross as a hood ornament. The article, written by David Van Bema and Jeff Chu, offers an informative discussion of the popular Prosperity Gospel, being preached today by leading tele-evangelists such as Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, T. D. Jakes, Paul Couch, Kenneth Copeland, and Joel Osteen. These preachers encourage their followers to “sow a seed” of faith by donating to their ministry, in order to reap prosperity in the future.

 59-Does God Want You to Be Rich?
 

60-An Eternal Fire That Doesn’t Burn For Ever. Is it Possible?
Analyzing the Bible Teachings

Azenilto G. Brito
“Eternal”, “for ever”, “everlasting” are terms found in the Bible that could transmit a notion that doesn’t correspond to how we perceive them in our language.
Linguists discuss the meaning of the Hebrew and Greek words that are translated as “eternal” and “eternally” in the Scriptures (olam, in Hebrew; aion, aionios, in Greek). This could seem confusing for a layperson, but a way to understand it more easily is comparing various translations. For example, there are Bible translations that bring in Psalm 23:6: “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever”. Other Bibles say, “I will dwell in the house of the Lord for long days”. The original is the same, but while a translator favored “for ever” for olam, others preferred “for long days”, which obviously doesn’t mean the same thing.
This is reflected in foreign translations. In French the Louis Segond version says “jusqu’à la fin de mes jours” [until the end of my days], and in the Spanish Reina-Valera translation it says “por largos días” [for long days].

 60-An Eternal Fire That Doesn’t Burn For Ever
 
 

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