(09-21-2016, 04:13 PM)Todd Wrote: I actually had to look twice at the thread title and even then I had to read the OP to confirm it was really talking about me
I will fall for the bait though. I used to teach dispensationalism so I am somewhat familiar with it. Nothing wrong with pointing out different periods of history with respect to the story of God and his covenant.
Traditional dispensationalism teaches that God changes how he relates with us and that his standards or methods change (i.e. the different covenants). Instead I believe the dispensations only mark how our understanding of God and his single covenant has changed. In principle the Covenant and it's terms are the same from day one right into the ages to come.
Whether God chose to reveal the Covenant in stages or the record of the covenant was just not as clear in the beginning, I don't know the answer. I tend to believe that God is truly the same, yesterday, today and forever so I guess I would lean to human error in understanding and recording the Covenant. I truly believe the Hebrews lost the real spirit of the covenant which in turned caused them to create the letter of the law by putting a fence around the Torah with all their man-made traditions and Oral law.
So no, I don't believe traditional dispensation that says God changes the way he deals with creation through different covenants, is correct. I do believe that dispensations simply mark the history of man's flawed understanding of God's one true everlasting covenant. And yes I would say that our understanding today is still flawed.
I knew I could get you in here! Now time to be bombarded.
Why did God relate differently with Adam, Noah, and Abraham?
Based on this way of understanding, is Israel the template for spirituality and society?
Were the ten commandments eternal, before and after Adam?
Why did God(?) Format the bible in the structure that it is? Everything isn't always chronological would be an example
Why in gospels were the lines of Jesus traced similar to genesis?
With dispensation, does it lend to dividing the word of God,
does it help provide context and perspective, or it worthless?
These are open to anyone willing to answer.
Fair enough however
1 Corinthians 9:17 KJVFor if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
@serv and renegade
I live to entertain
How am I to correlate your words with dispensation?
The Continuation of the Truth
Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord .  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.