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Faith vs Works:
Not Either-Or but Both-And
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Does a ticket to the hereafter come by faith – a belief in God the Father and Jesus the Son? Or by works – doing the will of God?

In the first century AD, the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians that we are “justified by faith in Christ, and not by doing the works of the law.” None other than James (the brother of Jesus) countered Paul with the pointed observation that “faith without works is dead.”

We present the case that pitting faith against works represents a false choice. Rather than requiring an answer of either faith or works, the answer is both-and. In other words, the pathway to heaven depends on both faith and works – working hand-in-hand.

See what you think - as we explore an age-old theological battle with this installment of our jesustheheresy
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From this site - the ruins of Herod the Great's palace on the Mediterranean at Caesarea - the Apostle Paul provided his defense to the Roman governors Felix and Festus, and then to King Agrippa and Beatrice.

Paul appealed to Caesar and so would never again return to the land where the debate was on - a debate over keeping the works of the law or embarking toward a new faith, of grace, free of legalism.

dung gate

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At this website, we invite you to explore new perspectives on Jesus the god-man. Layered into this site are multiple levels of heresies that challenged then shaped Christianity, varied canonical and non-canonical views on multiple aspects of Christian faith and practice, and God's approach of messy vitality to building a written Word.

We at jesustheheresy.com are committed to rediscover the
Jesus of history. A Jesus stripped of dogma, unfettered by preconceptions of the right and the left.

If that's not enough, go further and pursue God's kingdom economy, reconsider the question of eternal damnation, the sometimes kindred and often contentious spirit of Islam and Christianity, and the case to re-boot Christianity.

Jerusalem's Dung Gate - at the entrance to the Temple Mount and Western Wall. Today as well as historically, a symbol of the political, social and economic conflicts facing not just Israelis and Palestinians, but prospects for peace and good will among men and women - all set within this divine experiment around this small globe.

What would Jesus make of it all?

 


Twelve Heresies of Christianity
This is the tale of one dozen advocates of a gospel outside the mainstream of their time – extending from the apostle Matthew to reformation leader Martin Luther and then back to Jesus the Christ. From this assemblage, rediscover their views of a god-man who even today rattles our bones.


Contrasting Accounts of Jesus
Compare the diverse portrayals of Jesus on 24 different topics from the often conflicting perspectives of four gospel writers, the early church leaders James and Paul – plus Thomas and other writers of gospel accounts not contained within the New Testament canon.


Building the Bible
What we know today as the Old and New Testaments did not just happen. Most of us have our own opinions as to what the Bible represents. But do we when or why these books were written, or how this compilation of disparate works was assembled and accepted as the authoritative source for current and future generations?

Kingdom Economy

Hell Re-Considered

Islam & Christianity

Re-Booting Christianity

Where to from Here?
How is our understanding of the historical Jesus to affect how our lives along The Way today -- whether individually or collectively?

Four topics explore the relevance to a 21st century world. We consider the economy of God's kingdom, suggest a reconsideration of how "hell" may be most appropriately viewed, introduce Islam from a Christian perspective, and end with
seven theses integral to re-booting Christianity.

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