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Laurencian Christianity is a sect of the Abrahamic religion of Christianity. The religion is monotheistic because one deity is considered God.


Yahweh (YHWH)

Laurencian Christianity honors the ancient Israelite deity Yahweh as the God of the entire Universe. It is believed that Yahweh is omnipotent (all powerful), omnipresent (not bound to one place at a time), omniscient (all knowing), and omnibenevolent (all loving). Yahweh exists outside of time and is not bound to the physical realm and not even the spiritual realm. There is no limit to Yahweh's power and authority and He is called the one true God.

It is forbidden absolutely to make an image of God. According to Exodus 20:4 in the Torah, it is divine command from God not to create imagery representing God as no mortal mind can comprehend His form or appearance, insomuch that God warns in Exodus 33:20 that, "You cannot see My face, for man may not see Me and live." (REV)

Titles for Yahweh

  • Yahweh
  • Yahweh of Armies
  • Yahweh God of Hosts
  • Yahweh God
  • Jehovah
  • Jehovah God
  • Most High
  • Mighty God
  • Holy One
  • God
  • God the Father
  • The Father
  • Almighty God
  • Holy Spirit
  • Heavenly Father
  • Lord God
  • Lord God of Hosts
  • God of Israel
  • God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob
  • God of Moses
  • God of Jesus Christ
  • Alpha and Omega
  • First and the Last

Unity or Oneness of God

God is not believed to be a trinity in Laurencian Christianity. Laurencians believe that the notion of a triune God contradicts both the teachings of Jesus and the nature of God as described in the Old Testament.

Laurencian answer to Omnipotence paradox

"Can God create a rock so heavy that God cannot lift it?"
Yes. Being fully Omnipotent, God can create something so heavy He cannot lift it. By creating something so heavy He cannot lift it, He has proven that He can overpower His omnipotence, meaning He is still fully omnipotent. He willingly creates an object heavy enough where He cannot lift it. If this is Him surrendering His omnipotence for however long the rock remains that heavy, that means He is still omnipotent because He is powerful enough to stop being Omnipotent on command. He can also make the rock light enough to lift and heavy enough to lift at anytime. This means He is always more powerful than the rock, meaning He is always fully Omnipotent. God can never not be Omnipotent.

Another answer accepted by Laurencians

From Quora.com
"God, being omnipotent, space-savvy and ubiquitous, would have himself exist simultaneously on Plane (A) and Plane (B). After fashioning a rock with a weight sufficient to exceed his ability to lift, the rock is positioned on Plane (B) where we find God attempting to lift the rock. On Plane (A) we have God physically lifting Plane (B), which already holds both God and the very heavy rock …and all done so at the exact same moment."

“Circular God Counter-Paradox. 
©2017 Darryl Lankford

Jesus Christ

Laurencian Christians believe that the Word in the Book of John chapter I was not a divine person possessing co-equality with God, but rather God's divine wisdom and plan. Laurencian Christians believe that when the time was right, God sent His Spirit into the womb of Mary and created Jesus of Nazareth. When he was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River, the Spirit descending on him from Heaven and God's declaration that Jesus was His Son whom He loved was the anointment of Jesus as the Messiah and was the moment that God had given divine authority to Jesus. After performing miracles, appointing his apostles, and dying on a crucifix for humanity's sins, acting as God's instrument of Salvation as God is the only Savior, it is believed that he then spiritually rested in the grave for three days. It is believed that he then returned and rose from the dead and was seen by the apostles and several others. He later ascended into Heaven and reunited with God the Father and was exalted, as according to the Epistle to the Hebrews. Jesus is called "Lord" and Christ, and is seen as the appointed Lord over creation. Jesus is worshiped as King and God the Father is worshiped as the one true God. Other acts performed by Jesus post-ascension and exaltation include appointing Saul of Tarsus as his apostle Paul and revealing the End Times to John the Revelavator by revelation given to him by his Father. Laurencian Christians believe that all who believe in Christ as the only-begotten (or Unique) Son of God and that he alone is the exalted Lord, will be saved in the hereafter and will rule with him forever after this universe fades away, under subjection of the almighty God the Father.

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is considered the work force and essence of God the Father as opposed to the traditional view of the Spirit being a divine person separate from the Father and Son but also fully God.

Another use for the term "Holy Spirit" refers to the Father. It is believed that because God is "holy" and He is "spirit", that "Holy Spirit" in the Greek can also refer to the Father.

Paraclete (Parakletos)

Parakletos (pronounced par-ak'-lay-tos) or Paraclete (Greek: παράκλητος, Latin: paracletus) means an intercessor/advocate or consoler/comforter. The term Parakletos is used five times in total in the New Testament. Jesus is recorded in St. John's Gospel record as telling the Apostles, "... I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Parakletos, that he may be with you for ever...". Laurencian Christianity denies the orthodox claim that Jesus is alluding to a third person in a triune Godhead, but rather he is alluding to himself post-exaltation by God the Father. Laurencian Christians draw this belief from the undeniable use of male pronouns in the Greek to refer to the Advocate, ("that he may abide with you") and the fifth and final use of the term in the New Testament: 1 John 2:1 which states, "we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus...". Not only this is used as evidence for the Laurencian claim that the Advocate is synonymous with Jesus Christ, but the verse 1 Timothy 2:5 is used as evidence: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and mankind, a man, Christ Jesus,". 

Messianic foreshadowing in Hebrew scriptures

There are several messianic prophecies in the Hebrew Bible. Many denominations of Christianity believe these to be predictions of Jesus.

The passages

  1. "He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not." (Isaiah 53:3)
  2. "Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me." (Pslam 41:9)
  3. "I told them, 'If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it.' So they paid me thirty pieces of silver." (Zechariah 11:12)
  4. "He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth." (Isaiah 53:7)
  5. "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, and am not silent." (Pslam 22:1-2)
  6. "I can count all my bones; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing." (Pslam 22:17-18)

Alleged fulfillment

  1. "He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him." (John 1:10-11)
  2. "Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus, to deliver him into their hands..." (Mark 14:10)
  3. "Then one of the Twelve - the one called Judas Iscariot - went to the chief priests and asked, 'What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?' So they counted out for him thirty silver coins." (Matthew 26:14-16)
  4. "But Jesus still made no reply, and Pilate was amazed." (Mark 15:5)
  5. "About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?' - which means, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?'" (Matthew 27:46)
  6. "When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom." (John 19:23)

Texts

Gutenberg Bible, Lenox Copy, New York Public Library, 2009. Pic 01

The (Holy) Bible is the sacred book of Laurencian Christianity.

The Christian Bible is the highest authority in the religion. The traditional view of inspiration is that God worked through human authors so that what they produced was what God wished to communicate. The Greek word referring to inspiration in 2 Timothy 3:16 is theopneustos, which literally means "God-breathed".

The Book of Watchers, fragments of the Book of Noah, and fragments of the Book of Giants, and the Parable of Enoch - ancient texts recovered in the Dead Sea Scrolls collection, are also considered reliable and inspired records of a pre-Flood world.

Translation

The Laurencian Christians uses the Revised English Version and the Young's Literal Translation as their primary translations. The Church openly denounces the New International Version translation, as well as any translation that renders John 1:18 as "only-begotten God" rather than "only-begotten Son". The Church also denies divine inspiration behind what they claim to be "Trinitarian insertions into the Masoretic" [sic].

Old Roman Creed

In use as early as the second century, the Roman Creed is a rite allegedly collaboratively authored by the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ while under inspiration of the Holy Spirit before leaving Jerusalem to spread and teach the Gospel message. Denominations like the Roman Catholic and Methodist churches use an edited version of the Creed called "The Apostle's Creed".

I believe in God the Father almighty;

and in Christ Jesus His only Son, our Lord,

Who was born from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

Who under Pontius Pilate was crucified and buried,

on the third day rose again from the dead,

ascended into heaven, sits at the right hand of the Father,

whence he will come to judge the living and the dead;

and in the Holy Spirit,

the holy Church,

the remission of sins,

the resurrection of the flesh.

Laurencian Statement of Faith

We believe that the Scriptures are “God-breathed,” perfect in their original writing, without flaw or contradiction, and provide the only sure and steadfast basis for faith. Understanding the Scripture is attainable by applying logic and sound principles of biblical interpretation, in conjunction with the Spirit of God in us.

We believe that the Heavenly Father alone is God .

We believe that God our Father is:

  • Supreme – greater than all others
  • Omniscient – having infinite knowledge or understanding
  • Omnipresent – present in all places at the same time
  • Omnipotent – having unlimited power

The Creator of the heavens and Earth.

He (the Father) is whom we worship as “God.”

We believe that Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.

We believe that Jesus is the Messiah prophesied about in the Old Testament Scriptures. 

We believe that Jesus was born in Bethlehem to Mary, a virgin, who was betrothed to Joseph.

We believe that Jesus was directly descended from David through Mary according to the flesh, as promised to David. 

We believe that God is literally his Father, in that God created his (Jesus’) life in Mary.

We believe that Jesus is “the Last Adam.” He achieved behavioral perfection by continually choosing to subject his will to God, his father, all the way to his last breath on the Cross.

We believe that in his earthly ministry Jesus was granted all authority on Earth by God to teach, heal, raise the dead, forgive sins, and act on behalf of his Father, whom he represented.

We believe that on the third day after he died, God honored His promise and raised Jesus from the dead and gave him a new body that was and remains incorruptible.

We believe that God also highly exalted Jesus, gave him the “seat” at His right hand (made him His right hand man), made him “Lord,” and gave him all authority in Heaven and on Earth. 

We believe that God has given Jesus functional authority over all of creation, and that only with regard to the throne is God greater than Jesus.

We believe that Jesus was designated by God to be the mediator between God and man.

We believe that God is “holy” and that He is “spirit,” and that He is often referred to as the “Holy Spirit” in Scripture. God is the Giver, and the gift He gives via the new birth is His “Holy Spirit,” His divine nature.

We believe that when the Last Adam has completed his mission of restoring the Paradise that the First Adam lost by his disobedience, including the creation of a new heaven and earth, Jesus will again be subject to God.

Afterlife

Laurencians believe that once the body dies, the spirit enters into a stasis. On the Day of the Lord, the Saints will be reunited with their bodies and will be glorified by God and inherit Christ's exalted nature. A Resurrection of the wicked will occur, and it is believed that God will judge the wicked thru the Saints and Christ according to the eternal moral Law. The eternal Hell doctrine of Orthodox Christian tradition is not accepted as Biblically sound and is rejected. It is believed that Tartarus is a prison for the rebellious angels and demonic spirits captured by the angels of the Lord. It is believed that the only wicked ones that might be tortured for eternity in the Lake of Sulfur (Gehenna) are the false prophet, Antichrist, the beasts, and the Satan and his angels,.

Heaven

As per the saying of Jesus in John 14:2, it is believed that the Saints who die in this life to do not pass on to the dwelling of God. The Saints will live with God and Christ in the New Heaven and Earth post-Judgement. As it stands now: there are no humans in Heaven but Jesus Christ.

Ghosts

Laurencians do not believe in ghosts. They believe they are actually demonic spirits, like the fallen angels, masquerading as the deceased, who are actually "asleep" in their grave (or wherever their remains may be).

Immortal soul doctrine

The Laurencians reject the immortal soul doctrine. They believe that the only spirit immortal to total destruction is the Holy Spirit of God. The wicked who are to be thrown into the Lake of Sulfur will die a second time, losing their bodies to the flames and then their spirits. No one except for Satan and his closest servants will be tortured forever (possibly).

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