ABOUT rethinkingtheology: Who I am and what I’m doing here

JimNew3rev (1)Please allow me to introduce myself. I am James R. (Jim) Aist, and I am a Professor Emeritus at Cornell University. My professional training and experience and peer-reviewed, scientific publications are in the area of biological research. I also have formal training in Pastoral Theology and have been a pastor at First Assembly of God Church in Ithaca, NY. Most importantly, I am a born-again Christian. In my spiritual journey, I have been United Methodist, Roman Catholic, Conservative Baptist, Christian and Missionary Alliance, Independent Pentecostal, Assemblies of God and (presently) Church of God-Cleveland. I started this website to share with you some of the results and conclusions from my independent library/internet research and personal biblical studies on matters of biblical theology and morality, but I am expanding the scope of it to include personal revelations, teachings and short stories. I’m glad you found me, and I hope you will find something interesting and useful on my website from time to time. (Click on the category links at the top-right of this page to see the Tables of Contents for my posted articles. OR, use the Search feature at the lower right.)

36 thoughts on “ABOUT rethinkingtheology: Who I am and what I’m doing here

  1. grateful2him says:

    Thank you, Rev Joy. And may our God add His blessing to everything you put your hand to!

  2. Eleanor Joy says:

    God Speed, brother Aist

  3. grateful2him says:

    And peace to you as well, Basile. I am keeping healthy, and I hope you are too. All the best to you!

  4. Shalom dear beloved & precious ! How are you doing over there through this virus problems ? This is Apostle Basile B. BELLO. May God bless you for the connection on LinkedIn.com. thank you

  5. grateful2him says:

    Thank you for the questions, Steve. It is well known that none of the original, ancient manuscripts of the Bible exist today, so far as we know. Therefore, all of the ancient manuscripts that we do have are copies of the originals. The originals were written by the authors to whom they were ascribed in the Bible. The evidence for the accuracy and authenticity of the copies comes from the historical fact that the copies were very carefully and faithfully made by the ancient scribes, who knew that they were copying the very word of God, and from exhaustive and careful “textual studies” which compared older and newer manuscripts for accuracy in reproduction. The ancient copies that we do have were found to be 95%-98% accurate and not differing in any significant point of doctrine, theology and/or teaching. Thus, differences due to copy error are only 2%-5%. So, it really doesn’t matter who made the copies. It only matters that the ancient manuscripts we do have are highly accurate. And, by the way, the 95%-98% accuracy estimate far exceeds that of any other, extra-biblical, ancient manuscript in existence.

  6. Steve says:

    The ORIGINAL bible does NOT exist. The ORIGINAL gospel according to Mark does NOT exist. Papyrus 45 is the oldest copy of the gospel according to Mark. Papyrus 45 was found in Egypt. Papyrus 45 was written in the third century. Papyrus 45 was written probably in the year 250. From the lost ORIGINAL gospel according to Markto papyrus 45, the gap is probably 180 years.
    Papyrus 45 exists. There is NO a copy of the gospel according to Mark prior to papyrus 45.
    My questions
    1: Who wrote papyrus 45?
    2: Where did he receive a copy from?
    3: Did he receive a copy from the students of Mark?
    4: Did he receive a copy from the students of the students of Mark?
    5: What is your evidence that papyrus 45 is IDENTICAL with the lost ORIGINAL gospel according to Mark?

  7. grateful2him says:

    Greetings Estelle,
    Thank you for reading my articles and commenting. Your kind and generous words are a blessing and an encouragement to me. It’s primarily for people like you, those who have “ears to hear”, that I write. May our Lord continue to bless you as you continue in the center of His will for your life.
    Be blessed,

  8. Estelle Buitendag says:

    Hi Jim,
    I am very glad I stubbled onto your site.
    From the few articles I have read….I fully agree with you…I just could not put it so ellequitly into words.
    Thank you for writting these articles and showing that it is from the BIBLE and not just your opinion.
    I am going to read all the articles!
    The ones I have read was about Forgiveness, What does it mean to be saved by JESUS CHRIST, and the one on homosexual relationships and marraige…
    The church I used to beling too, has changed their policy as to conduct same sex marriages in church….
    I always believed it to be like any other sin
    We have to repent and turn away from it,
    not in our own strenght, but by Praying that THE HOLY SPIRIT will HELP us…
    I have not seen much on your site for the past 2016. I HOPE there will be many articles for 2017.
    Warm Regards
    Estelle Buitendag

  9. grateful2him says:

    Thank you for your comment, Sharon. It’s good to become acquainted with you. May the Lord add His blessing to everything you put your hands to.

  10. Hello… Eager to read more of your posts … Just read your comment on Charisma about Prophecies said to have come true, etc. by Hennifer LeClaire. My husband’s and my journey have been similar to yours .. I have a daughter in ministry with her husband who graduated gem Central Bible College and 1 grandchild now at North Central and one leaving next week for Evangel in Sprinfield, MO — I’m a PK (majored in Bibkicsl studies through AG Berean and Global Uand currently teach Adult Bibke Classes at a non-denominational church that is led by a wonderful expository preaching style pastor (quietly Pentecostal) .. Much more to share … But for now … Thank you for your stance in contending for the faith! blessings! Sharon

  11. grateful2him says:

    Thank you, Bob, for your insightful comment. I agree totally; it is not God, but the gay apologists, who recently invented the idea that God approves of homosexuality. That idea did not come down from heaven, but up from the pit of hell.

  12. Bob says:

    Just found you and read ‘Gay Theology’ . In Acts 9 a sheet with unclean animal is given to Peter with the command to kill and eat, which he refuses because they are unclean…then a voice say: do not say anything is unclean which God has said is clean. Would not have God done something similar if he wanted to announce something sinful was now clean? Do persons supporting gay marriage cite and such scripture or act of God?

  13. grateful2him says:

    Paul, thanks for your comment. What’s not to love? I’m not gay, and I love you. Glad we got that out of the way!

  14. Paul says:

    I’m gay and I love you!

  15. grateful2him says:

    Thanks for visiting my website, Quinton, and for your comment. I’m glad you like my articles, and I hope they can benefit you in some way. May our Lord, Jesus, continue to bless you as you follow Him.

  16. Quinton says:

    Thank you so much for your profound and enlightening blog, I’ve just recently followed it and I’m hooked. I love Jesus and He saved my soul. Your research on Homosexuality is so deep and fair. Since I was born, I’d never experienced ‘sexual feelings’ for the opposite sex and I grew up hidding this from my family and friends. I accepted Christ because I wanted a Comfortor’ someone who can love me for Who I am and cleanse my body. I respect your insightful understanding and research regarding this subject. It’s true, a sin is a sin. I have never put myself into the box and twist my identity because of sexual feelings and call myself something I don’t understand either,something which is a mystery of God. I respect my Saviour which is ‘Jesus.

  17. grateful2him says:

    Thank you, Valerie. That’s very kind of you.

  18. Valarie says:

    Good Morning! I have nominated you for the Versatile blogger award. Thank you for allowing God to use you to minister in this way. God bless you. You can find out more about the nomination here: http://encouragementforeveryday.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/i-am-nominated-the-versatile-blogger-award/

  19. grateful2him says:

    Thank you for your comment. You’re not wrong at all; you’re correct. And, we will be held accountable for how we vote.

  20. DEB says:

    Its good someone else know that the homosexual have a hidden agenda. The sad thing is its the supporters fault. That there lifestyle has been place in our life. Many professing christian voted for there homosexual lifestyle when they voted for Obama who stated he support same sex marriages. Romans 1:32 tells me supporters are all sinners because they approved there lifestyle when they voted for Obama. If I’m wrong. Please set me straight.

  21. grateful2him says:

    Great! Thanks for your interest.

  22. Kameron says:

    I’ll be looking for posts from you! :)

  23. grateful2him says:

    You’re most welcome.

  24. grateful2him says:

    Thank you for your comment, Hughie. I am thankful that you have found my website helpful and informative. In answer to your question, I would highly recommend the following website, which is probably the most comprehensive and scholarly one on the topic with which I am familiar: http://www.mygenes.co.nz/download.htm . May the Lord bless you as well.

  25. Hughie says:

    I just want to say thank you for writing these articles. The last few months have been trying on my heart with how to handle homosexuality. I personally have no problem with homosexuality, as I do have friends who are, but it is not even my opinion that matters. It is Gods word that matters. I do realize it as a sin as I am doing my MATS in College and hope to be a Pastor someday. These articles have given me some ideas on how to handle and explain with love to friends of the seriousness of their sins and not repenting. You are doing a great service in helping people like myself to understand and have more information at my finger tips. I just want for people to realize their sins (everyone’s sins) and repent. I am going to follow your site and I would love to know more sites similar to this if you know of any or others would post in comments. Take care and God bless.

  26. grateful2him says:

    Pastor Harrelson, thank you for your request. I started this website last year to share some of the results and conclusions from my independent library/internet research and personal biblical studies on matters of biblical theology and morality, but I have expanded the scope of it to include personal revelations, biblical teachings and short stories. My primary objective is to inform the Body of Christ about matters of current issues that are important to the Christian life and witness, especially homosexuality. Another of my ministries is serving as the Administrative Assistant at a local church. Finally, I am assisting my wife in caring for her 95-year-old mother, who lives with us. I trust this reply is informative. May the Lord bless you.

  27. Would LOVE to know MORE about your ministry

  28. grateful2him says:

    Thank you, Mike, for visiting my website and leaving your comment. I suppose I could “just say its a sin and leave it at that”, but I am more interested in discovering and revealing, to whomever has “ears to hear”, the truth about homosexuality and exposing the lies, myths and hoaxes being peddled by radical activists in the homosexual movement, to merely expressing a personal opinion without backing it up with the facts and truths that I have discovered.

    Let me congratulate you for nine years of living as a celebate, born-again Christian. I’m sure that is not an easy thing to do. I agree, that as a homosexual person, you have a personal, experiential perspective on homosexuality that I do not have. But, as I pointed out in several of my articles, many of the facts that I have written about are dealing with trends and averages that are characteristic of a group of people as a whole, be they homosexual or heterosexual. Your personal experiences as a homosexual person are, of course, real and valid, but they are extremely limited in scope, not necessarily representative, and they certainly do not disprove the facts that have been reported by those who have studied larger populations of homosexual people. If these truthful, factual characterizations, which you refer to as nonsense and lies, do not apply to you personally, then you have no reason to be offended personally. And let’s keep in mind that truth sounds like hate to those who hate the truth. Are you willing and able to accept the facts and the truth about homosexuality even if and when they offend you? That’s not an easy thing to do either.

  29. Mike G says:

    After reading through this nonsense you’ve written about gays I have to say its really shameful that a so called Christian would have written such lies about a group of people. You could just say its a sin and leave it that that. Instead you spread these lies. I hope for peoples sake that you get the truth in you. By the way Im a born again Christian, and Im also gay and Ive been celibate for 9 years now. In my many years I spent in the gay community I never saw most the stuff you wrote on this site, and Who do you think would know more about this?

  30. grateful2him says:

    Thank you for your comment, Laurie. I also found that piece of info helpful. It should be encouraging to dissatisfied homosexual people seeking change. That there are more ex gays than gays is not something you will ever see in the mainstream media, that’s for sure!

  31. Laurie Petrisin says:

    I took your homosexuality fact checker quiz – got most right but I didn’t know that there are more ex gays than gays. Found that piece of info helpful. Thanks!

  32. grateful2him says:

    Thanks Vince, I appreciate your encouragement. And yes, I will keep on keeping on.

  33. Vince says:

    I appreciate your comments on Christian Post even though the radicals get upset with the truth. Keep posting!

  34. grateful2him says:

    Thank you Prayson. We all can use encouragement from time to time. Your blog is awesome too!

  35. Thank you for power God centered articles James. This is a powerful theological blog.
    – Prayson

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