Sermon on Ecclesiastes 7:29 "The Life You Never Knew" Pastor Colin Smith

source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU2i8UY-w34

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1 Raymond Huerta = "The common Christian exegesis of the current state of the world is due to the fall of man. This stems from the story of Adam and Eve and the tree of knowledge. Humankind is innately prone to sin and therefore will do evil unless saved through the healing power of Jesus. See Genesis 3 (KJV)."
2 Raymond Huerta = ""Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions."- Ecclesiastes 7Human nature begins with the potential for honesty ("upright" is literally "straight"), but people pervert this potential by devising devious calculations. "
3 Raymond Huerta = "The Hebrew for "human is 'adam which is a pun on the Hebrew word 'adamah, meaning soil.See Genesis 2 (KJV)"
4 Raymond Huerta = "By making man (male and female) upright, God places their dominion over the rest of creation. Dominion theology states that all of creation is to be used for the benefit of humans. See Genesis 1:26-30"
5 Raymond Huerta = "The Christian exegesis of free-will is similar to the philosophical idea of existentialism (popularized by Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard) See http://www.iep.utm.edu/existent/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%B8ren_Kierkegaard"
6 Raymond Huerta = "The explanation of sin is also presented in the gnostic text, The Secret Book of John. In this text, the Garden of Eden is a false paradise where the fruit of the tree yields sin, ignorance, lust, and death. Instead of the serpent tempting man (male and female) to eat from the tree of knowledge it is Jesus.For more info see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocryphon_of_Johnhttp://gnosis.org/naghamm/apocjn-davies.html"
7 Raymond Huerta = "Adam and Eve became "like God" by eating from the Tree of Knowledge, this is one of the reasons why God cast them out of the garden. See Genesis 3:22, "...Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil...""
8 Raymond Huerta = "Story of Cain and Abel in Genesis 4."