Paul warns Timothy against Gnosticism, being Judaism’s myths or fiction and family trees, or geneaology. The myths were based on Genesis 1-3 with Adam, Eve and the Serpent. The Gnosticism involved one, Sophia, her daughter Zoe or Eve who instructed Adam So in Source, reading from 1 Tomothy 4 ‘The Spirit says publicly in the last days’. Are we there now? Maybe. He advises some would depart from the faith (of the gospel) to follow doctrines of demons being instructed and trained by demons. This is a serious matter. In v. 7 he says to decline old wives’ tales, these being not just gossip but as in 5:13, ‘gaining knowledge by supernatural means’. This is not the heavenly supernatural but the demonic. Adam Clarke, great Methodist scholar says these are ‘Fallen Angels’. Eve was ‘beguiled’ as in 2 Corinthians 11:3. And we are to make sure we do not follow her but are kept pure in doctrines of the gospel so as to be part of the Bride of Cbrist, that Chaste Virgin. The snake, Satan, beguiled her. We must take heed of this danger. It is also found in Acts 19:19 ‘Quite a few people who had practised the gaining of supernatural knowledge, collected their books and burnt them in front of every one’. Romans 7:11 ”For it was sin taking hold of a base of operations … cheated me and killed me’. Source translation again. And ‘being beguiled by divination because it is ‘to beguile, to cheat to deceive and utterly, with implications of foul play and often of supernatural means. This is magic and divination. We need to understand the basic connection of sin with the demonic. Those who have lived in pagan socieites would readily know the implication. Paul knew it and so did the Christians in his churches. Judaism had its myths and fables then. This is clerly defined in Galatians 3:1. They were bewitched. Even non Christians may realise that ‘The occult rules the world’. Yes, our world.#Christian #BibleStudy #IreneBonneyFaulkes #Truth #wordofgod #HolySpirit #Quotes

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