Challenging Issues:
Oneness - Free Will - Second Death

Martin Zender, the "World's Most Outspoken Bible Scholar" and author of such books as "How to Quit Church without Quitting God" and "Martin Zender Goes to Hell" has recently featured at his site (martinzender.com) an article entitled "In Defense of the Faith". In this article, Martin expounds on what he deems to be controversial ideas and concepts relating to the Oneness of God, man's Free Will, and the Second Death. He calls them "strange winds of doctrine" and blames their recent promulgation on some current Bible teachers (whom he identifies in the article). Now these "strange winds" have been blowing for many a year and their strangeness may be more a matter of obscurity rather than one of doctrinal absurdity.

In an attempt to reduce obscurity and clarify the topics du jour, we are presenting articles (culled from The Differentiator Revisited website) that either directly or indirectly pertain to the subjects of Oneness, Free Will, and the Second Death. In the spirit of fair play, we encourage you to read Martin's article as well as the articles listed below. (Viewpoints that are similar to Martin's can also be found at concordant.org.) Our recommendation is that you study the articles carefully, refer independently to the scriptures cited, think deeply about these things, and finally, make up your own mind concerning them.

"However much some people may dislike it, there is no escape from the fact that all search for truth is controversial. The reason for this is simple: once some truth is revealed some untruth is unmasked for what it is; and those who prefer the untruth resent the unmasking. That is only to be expected, on account of the weakness of our mortality. And their offence is not so blameworthy for their resentment as for their preference which is the occasion of it.

"Consequently, those who dislike controversy are in reality at bottom people who dislike truth — not that they dislike all truths, but only those truths that make them uncomfortable. Such dislike, and corresponding discomfort, may be due to several causes. A truth may disturb some settled conviction; so that the sufferer has to start thinking again and to embark on a toilsome re-examination of ideas which he has accepted as certain for so long a time that any disturbance of them is bound to be most upsetting. With others, a newly encountered truth may prick the conscience by exposing some comfortably accepted sin. This, too, may be felt to be very vexatious on account of the discomfort of inward strife induced by it." (R. B. Withers)


ONENESS

How is Christ God's "Word"?     The Lord Jesus, Revealing the Heart of God     Jesus the Saviour     Shall We See God?     The Elohim (or Aleim)     To-Subjectors     IS GOD A TRINITY?         "I And My Father Are One"     Who is our Owner?     Who was Jesus Christ     I Corinthians 15:28     Who Is Jehovah?     Who is Our God?    The King and the Kingdom     This Same Jesus     Men or Mortals     The Doctrine of the Incarnation     What is the Sin unto Death?     Did The Lord give up His Flesh?     "All" and "The All"     On E. A. Larsen's View of God     A Few Notes on Revelation 3:14    


FREE WILL

Does God Know Everything?     Does God Will Everything?     Did God Hate Esau?    Romans 9 and 10: Human Freedom and Human Choice     Romans 9:14-24     Romans 9:30 to 10:21     The 'Freedom' of The Human Will     God's Relation to Sin and Evil     Does All Evil and Sin Issue Directly out of God?    A Wicked Trinity    The Hardening of Pharaoh's Heart     The Problem of Evil     Will God Punish?    Predestination or Freedom     All Things     Do Those Who Say     Open Letter To Major R. B. Withers     The "Bema" Of Christ     On the Meaning of "Ta Panta"    


SECOND DEATH

New Light on the Second Death     Why the "Lake" of Fire?         Into a Resurrection of Judging     Into a Resurrection of Life    An Introduction to a Study of The Second Death     Book Review of 'The Bible Doctrine of the Hereafter'     "Divine" Fire?     The Penality of Sin     The Eternity of Hell Torments     Will the Man of Lawlessness Be Killed?     The Trial of The Lord     In the Christ All Shall Be Made Alive    
   

"Of course, very few, if any, objects to having the doctrines of other sects refuted, but when it comes to "our doctrine"—oh, that's different. Can it be that this aversion to controversy is partly because the flesh cannot stand having any of our doctrines reflected on, because it brings them into the class of the questionable? We must maintain that we are right. We must not doubt it ourselves, and we must not permit anyone else to express doubts about it... Or may it not be that we feel that our doctrines (at least, some of them) are so delicately balanced that we fear that they will topple?" (E. A. Larsen)

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