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As I read this I get the distinct impression that "Desire of Ages" is promoting a totally different message from the Bible -- a message of a weak and struggling Jesus. Doesn't the Bible teach that the battle was won at the cross? Where is the majesty and power of God? Instead Ellen White seems to glorify Satan. As Christians, we know from our Bibles that there never was any contest between God and Satan. Our God is omnipotent. Satan is just a created being!

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There is no one who can explain the mystery of the incarnation of Christ. Yet we know that He came to this earth and lived as a man among men. The man Christ Jesus was not the Lord God Almighty, yet Christ and the Father are one. The Deity did not sink under the agonizing torture of Calvary, yet it is nonetheless true that "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (SDA bible Commentary, Vol 5, p. 1129)

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"The worlds unfallen and the heavenly angels had watched with intense interest as the conflict drew to its close. Satan and his confederacy of evil, the legions of apostasy, watched intently this great crisis in the work of redemption." (Desire of Ages, page 693)
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"We are a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. The whole universe is looking with inexpressible interest to see the closing work of the great controversy between Christ and Satan." (Testimonies, vol. 5, page 526)

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"…a shout of triumph rang through every world and through heaven itself. The great contest that had been so long in progress in this world was now decided, and Christ was conqueror." (Patriarchs and Prophets, page70)

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"In swearing by the creator, the angel who is Christ, swore by himself" (Bible Commentary vol. 7, p. 798)

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"To Christ had been given an exalted position. He has been made equal with the Father" (Testimonies vol. 8, p. 268)

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"The great Creator assembled the heavenly host, that he might in the presence of all the angels confer special honor upon his Son...The Father then made known that it was ordained by himself that Christ, his Son, should be equal with himself." (Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 1, pp. 17, 18)

 
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ric_b - Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2007:

A former SDA pastor wrote one of the best exposes on this I have ever seen in Proclamation in 2004. It was split across 2 issues.

It starts on page 7 in this issue -- http://lifeassuranceministries.org/Proclamation2004_MayJun.pdf

Here there is more focus on the Clear Word

"Probably because of the Arian views of early Adventist church leaders, and because such Arian influences can be found in the writings of Ellen White, I was not surprised when I read the numerous references in Dr. Blanco’s Bible that water down the deity of Christ for no apparent reason.

In other words, if even the King James Version already utilizes succinct words that unquestionably declare Christ’s deity,why would Dr. Blanco use words and phrases that either change, or modify theologically, those declarations?

Many examples exist, but I would like to share the following:

John 10:30."I and my Father are one." KJV
John 10:30 "You see,my Father and I are so close,
we’re one
."The Clear Word

In the KJV (and other translations in my library), Jesus is declaring that his nature and essence is exactly the same as the Father’s.He is telling us,"I am the Lord, your God!"

Dr.Blanco, on the other hand, changes the emphasis and meaning of this verse from that which unabashedly declares Christ’s claim to oneness in deity with the Father, to that which declares that the reason for oneness was not based on essence, but rather on their relationship."

In the second part of the article he turn to some serious questions about Ellen White's view of Christ. -- http://lifeassuranceministries.org/Proclamation2004_JulAug.pdf

It asks great questions like

  • Does the Bible ever say that the rebellion in heaven came about as a result of God "exalting"and "endowing" Jesus with "authority"and "unlimited power and command"?
  • What is Ellen White teaching about the Trinity if
    God the Father in Heaven "endows" and "exalts" Jesus
    with "authority"and with "unlimited power and command"?
  • Does the Bible say that Satan attempted to "reform
    the government of God"?
  • Does the Bible say that the war in Heaven was
    fought specifically between Jesus & Satan? Does the
    Bible say that Satan specifically chose to go after
    those who were submissive to Jesus’ will?

Unfortunately most SDAs will simply write-off what this pastor has pointed out as being the result of his being hurt somehow by the church without ever examining the details he has provided.

 
 
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