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Natural Law Construct

  • Protocols life is built upon
  •  Violations = inherently damage
  • God must heal
  • Problem = sin in man
  • Christ died to Remedy man and destroy sin

Imposed Law Construct

  • Arbitrary rules
  • Violations = external punishment
  • God must inflict punishment
  • Problem = wrath in God
  • Christ died to appease God and pay a legal penalty


Setting man’s heart right with God

Declaring man legally right with God

Judgment by God

Diagnosis, therapeutic interventions, pronouncement of natural result

Legal finding and determination of arbitrarily imposed punishment


The experience of God freely forgiving AND the sinner repenting, resulting in actual reconciliation

Legal pardon, because of a legal payment



The experience of trusting God and accepting Jesus Christ into the heart, which results in healing and restoration to God’s original ideal

Legally accepting Jesus’ blood payment and having “pardon” entered into heaven’s record books


Being at-one with God

Appeasement, paying legal penalty


God being satisfied with Christ perfectly completing his mission to reveal the truth and provide the Remedy which restores humans back into God’s perfect ideal

God receiving legal payment of His Son’s blood to “satisfy” His demand for retribution


Delivering the oppressed

Punishing the oppressor


Healing the damage caused by sin, i.e. destroying sin and its results

Punishing sinners for their crimes


Letting go to reap the natural results of one’s choice

Infliction of external pain, suffering, and punishment


God’s rage at sin and outrage at the damage caused to the object of His love (like a doctor angry at disease but never the sick patient) and the letting go to receive what a non-compliant patient chooses

God’s outrage at how He has been treated, His incensed and hostile response to violations of His law and disrespect toward Him and the infliction of punishment for such disobedient behavior

Heavenly Records

The exact transcript of each individual character (like medical records) documenting the true heart condition of each person, and the history of the Remedy offered and either applied or rejected with its results

A legal tally of every sin committed and accurate notation of each crime confessed and notated pardon by each act as the blood of Jesus is applied to the heavenly transcript


If you or someone you know is struggling to stop smoking, here are some simple steps that can help you break free from nicotine’s grasp. 
  1. Stop Caffeine – In the brain, caffeine causes a neurobiological increased craving for nicotine. Therefore, drinking caffeinated beverages increases the cravings for cigarettes and makes it more difficult to quit smoking. If you have been drinking more than 6 caffeinated beverages per day, taper down by two drinks per day until off the caffeine. This taper will minimize caffeine-withdrawal headaches and fatigue. Plan to stop smoking after the caffeine has been eliminated. (Once you are cigarette free for a month, you can cautiously reintroduce 1-2 caffeinated beverages per day if you desire. However, be prepared to experience sudden nicotine cravings).
  2. Avoid Alcohol– Alcohol causes a neurobiological increased craving for nicotine, just as caffeine does, but alcohol also interferes with the functioning of the pre-frontal cortex. This means it undermines judgment, resolve and will power and the combined affects of increased cravings and diminished will power lead to relapse of smoking.  (If you are a social drinker you can reintroduce an occasional alcoholic beverage once you are tobacco free for one month, but be prepared…

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Reviewed by: Barbra Bamberger Scott of   "Curled Up With A Good Book"

Some people can't believe what they're told, relying on voices and intuitions. Some take their comfort solely from science, refusing to accept the proposition of faith as an active force. Both are in error, according to Timothy Jennings, a Christian psychiatrist who has dedicated his professional life to analyzing the relationship between Christian faith and scientific proof.

If you're not a Christian, it's unlikely that you'd select this book despite its alluring title, and even some Christians may have a hard time with Jennings concepts of Satan and sin. I found a need to translate these terms to fit my own cosmology. A principle of evil that shows itself in active ways can tempt people to fall into what Jennings calls "illegitimate guilt," for example. Think of it as a weakness of the organism that is difficult to control. An example is the wife who comes home to find her husband in a bad mood. Her "illegitimate guilt" kicks in to make her imagine that she is somehow to blame or that there is something she can do to change her husband's mood. The tricky aspect of illegitimate…

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Reviewed by:   Molly Martin, November 1, 2007 at   Jandy's

Dr. Timothy Jennings has produced a sixteen chapter book containing what he has learned about mental illness and the treatment for it gleaned from his years of Biblical study and psychiatric practice. Dr. Jennings has successfully treated thousands of patients in addition to his extensive research into the relationship between Christianity and psychiatry. Two chapters in particular caught my eye. The first, 'The Power of Belief' explores whether or not belief really matters. Numerous studies are cited centered around how the power of belief can actually cause the believer to suffer less pain, need less medication, and heal more quickly. Dr. Jennings states that 'numerous experiences have convinced me of the important role that spiritual beliefs play in our overall mental health.' I found the chapter to be especially interesting, because I too have long believed that what we think has great impact upon our health and daily lives.

Reading over the listing of chapters another title seemed to leap from the page, chapter 12 'Forgiveness' was one I knew I had to explore. Various myths surrounding our misunderstanding of forgiveness are offered by Dr. Jennings.…

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A Commentary on the Sabbath School Lesson for July 14-20, 2007, "Isaac and Rebekah: Rearing Rivals"

As a parent, have you struggled with rivalry in your children? As a child, do you remember conflict, tension, competition, and arguments with your siblings? Why are so many families unhealthy? Why is there so much turmoil, and what is God’s solution? In order to understand the answers to these questions, we must first understand God’s original ideal, his original design.

The law of love is the law of life—the principle upon which all life in the universe is based. Because God himself is love, all things created by him are designed to operate in harmony with this law of love, this circle of beneficence in which all things give freely to others. In nature, this circle is seen in the sun warming the oceans, which give water to the clouds, which refresh the land and form the lakes, rivers, and streams, which flow through the land bringing life and ultimately return to the sea to begin the circle again.

The plants produce the oxygen necessary for animals to live and animals produce carbon dioxide, which plants need to grow. The…

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