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All Articles For Vol 42 Issue 11 3/1/1966

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We have been considering the purpose of the institution of the Lord’s Supper from the viewpoint of its objective significance, as set forth in the suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ. This all-important aspect of the sacrament may not in any way be minimized. In all that takes place in this celebration we must be brought to see the Christ of Scripture as He executes the eternal counsel of redemption. The aim of this ordinance of God is to “remember Him by it.” 

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When these lines appear in print “the season of giving” will for weeks have been a thing of the past. However, they are written a few days before Christmas and were suggested by the hustle and bustle to be seen in stores of every type across the land. Stores and means of transportation are crowded. Money flows freely and often lavishly for gifts for all the family and a host of friends. Each year the list becomes bigger, and one begins to wonder how it all can continue. 

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The name comes from the Russian dukhabortsy, meaning “spirit-wrestlers,” which signifies in the divinity of man the struggle of his soul with the god within, thus disclosing an inherent albeit unphilosophical pantheism. An illiterate peasant cult, it ‘stems from the Raskolniki, schismatics, from the established Russian Orthodox Church. It denies the objective, written Word of God and the sacraments. It also rejects government, which it regards as a Pharaoh persecuting the Hebrews in Egypt.

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The doctrine of an infallible Bible, Barth labels “Docetism.” At the same time, he maintains that the church escapes this heresy only by acknowledging Scripture to be an error-prone book. One’s first reaction to the charge is to ask what “Docetism” can possibly have to do with the doctrine of Holy Scripture. Docetism is the heresy of denying the humanity of Jesus Christ.

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THE WORLD ON DIVORCE  The problem of divorce and remarriage has always been a difficult problem—even (and perhaps especially) in the world. Those who are not Christians recognize the fact that the foundation of all, society is the stable family. Divorce breaks down the family. It breeds bitterness, broken homes, delinquency and tragedy. Hence, even the world recognizes that the preservation of society requires some sort of solution to the divorce problem.

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We now continue with our discussion of God’s creation of the heavens and the earth, calling attention to the question whether the “days” of Genesis 1 are to be viewed as ordinary days or as periods extending over thousands and millions of years. In our preceding article we first called attention to the significance of the word “YOM” in Genesis, the Hebrew word for day.

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