God’s Power to Perform Miracles vs. Satan’s Power to Practice Magic and Sorcery


by Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News:

Western culture, and in particular American culture, can trace its origins back to Europe and the time period known as the “Age of Enlightenment” in the 17th and 18th centuries, which placed a high value on concepts such as “rationalism” and “empiricism”, which shaped academics and the development of the field of modern-day “science.”

In short, this period of western culture placed more value on the academic studies of the physical sciences over the study of philosophy, along with the humanities and arts.

Parallel to this time period was the development of Reformed Theology in Europe and America that broke away from many of the religious teachings of the Catholic Church.

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In my opinion much good came out of this period, particularly the translation of the original languages that the Scriptures and the ancient texts that comprise the Bible were written in, into the vernacular languages of the “common people” so that religious “experts” were no longer needed to interpret or explain what the Bible, which was then, and still is today, used to enslave the masses.

But much evil also came out of this period of history.

This is the period of history where Freemasonry was spreading throughout the UK and Europe with Masonic Lodges and “secret societies” which, in spite of the emphasis on rationalism and empiricism in the higher academic institutions that emphasized the physical world over the non-physical world, taught and practiced many spiritual teachings that were considered too advanced for the “uninitiated.”

The most dangerous teachings that came out of this period of history, by far, were the teachings that accepted the theories of Charles Darwin, and his theory about the origins of man known as biological evolution.

The teachings of Darwin were also adopted by the Christian Reformers in religious academics, and one of the most evil doctrines developed by Reformation Theology was the doctrine known as “Cessationism,” the teaching that the miraculous power of God, on display in the Scriptures from the first book to the last book in the Bible, no longer applied in “modern times.”

B. B. Warfield (Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield – November 5, 1851 – February 16, 1921) is the man credited with developing the teaching of Cessationism theology, which was an attempt to reconcile the teachings of “secular” academic studies and the acceptance of Darwinian biological evolution that teaches humans evolved over billions of years time from simple organisms, with no help from a higher intelligence or power, with the teachings of the Bible.

Warfield’s famous phrase from the Latin language was “Sola Scriptura” (the Scriptures Alone), meaning that man could understand God and the Christian Religion through the Bible alone and rationalism, because it was inspired.

The “sign gifts” and the miraculous workings of the Spirit of God as attested to in the Scriptures, were relegated to only the time period when the New Testament writings of the Bible were written, that recorded the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, and the following activities of this disciples directly after his ascension to heaven.

In this theological view, only the Bible is needed today to understand everything about God and his activities with the human race, which allowed religious academic training to now also embrace rationalism and empiricism, and modern-day “science.”

It is a brilliantly evil theology, since it is claimed that this time period of human history where miracles could be observed ended when the last books in the Bible were written. Therefore, it is of no consequence to those who teach this theology that the Bible itself contradicts this teaching.

According to this theology, today man can know God strictly through man’s mind, by way of rationalism and empiricism.

The predominate Christian religious theology that incorporated Warfield’s teachings and is largely taught in Christianity today is “Dispensationalism” theology, the belief that God changes the ways he deals with the human race through different historical “dispensations.”

Cyrus Ingerson Scofield (August 19, 1843 – July 24, 1921), a contemporary of Warfield, is one of the founders of this theology, and Scofield is also credited with modern-day Christian Zionism, the belief that the physical Jewish people, and the physical city of Jerusalem today, is at the center of Biblical prophecy for the future.

He adopted the Reformed theological teachings of Warfield on Cessationism into his Scofield Study Bible, which printed his biased theological beliefs onto the actual pages of the Bible in footnotes.

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