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Comment Forum on FaithWriters most read article

Postby mikeedwards » Tue Jun 18, 2013 9:52 pm

Hello FW,

In the August newsletter we will be asking for comments to this article on FaithWriters. It has been read over 111,000 times. Feel free to read it ahead of time and comment.

http://www.faithwriters.com/article-det ... p?id=82702


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Re: Comment Forum on FaithWriters most read article

Postby lish1936 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:01 pm

The author writes a compelling case for his premise, but fails to prove any significant or definitive Biblical meaning in the number 13 from the text. I would be more likely to consider "13" biblically significant if there were additional examples from Scripture to further substantiate his claim. And I'd be happy to have someone shed light on additional examples.

I also find many of his thirteen "aspects of the promise" repetitive or similar in meaning, and could have been condensed into less than 13. For example:

1. The promise is always initiated by God...5. The number 13 always has the underlying fact that God determined it, said it... Very little difference in meaning, in my opinion.

I also question his statement that, " the number 13 is the number of (new) life." On what basis does he reach that conclusion? Anyone could also use 4,5, or 6 as the number for new life, because on those days God was busy really creating "new " life.

The number "13" may not mean evil, but the author has not proven there's a link between Abraham, God's promise, and the number "13" in my opinion.

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Re: Comment Forum on FaithWriters most read article

Postby mikeedwards » Tue Jun 25, 2013 12:49 pm

Good comment Lillian,

This article will be in the August newsletter now due to space. Okay I admit it. I am just way to wordy and I ran out of space in July. Feel free to comment about this article though. Why has it been read so many times in your opinion?
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Re: Comment Forum on FaithWriters most read article

Postby swfdoc1 » Tue Jun 25, 2013 5:48 pm

mikeedwards wrote:Why has it been read so many times in your opinion?


My theory is that the author, Stephen Gola, has a fairly significant web presence. As of this posting, searching for his name produces over 147,000 hits on Google. His FaithWriters profile is the 8th hit. Thus, it will display even for those whose Google search results display only 10 hits at a time. If you click on the profile link, the first article listed is the article you are inquiring about. So, many people probably click on it.

Three points of interest:

1. Gola's interpretation of the significance of the number 13, is not that of other biblical numerologists. So even assuming that this kind of biblical numerology is valid, he would have to address why 13 does not represent apostasy, etc. (Of course, He doesn't really "have to," but if he wants to convince people who think about these things, it seems wise to address why the majority view is wrong.)

2. Gola's main claim to fame—and therefore the main reason people would be googling him and finding his FaithWriters' profile—seems to be his teaching on divorce. From my perspective, his teaching is flagrantly (though not 100%) wrong.

3. When typing Gola's name into the google search box, google's first suggested autocomplete was "Stephen Gola false teacher" and several down the list was "Stephen Gola false prophet." Obviously, that does not PROVE anything (and I am not leveling any accusations), but it does give one pause considering how google generates its autocompletes.
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Re: Comment Forum on FaithWriters most read article

Postby MaryAtkinsBrown » Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:30 pm

I read some, but I need to go in a hurry. Next time you can post short at Mymathdone.com, but simple and understandable. :)
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