Nathan those "jabs" as you call them were in jest. If you took them wrong Im sorry.
"pertaining to people who make their own images, and then worship the image they, themselves made, they become what they behold. Just like the idol they worship, it has eyes but can't see, it has ears but can't hear "(Nathan)That is the denominations and sects and their workings,
"But how one makes the jump from eyes that can't see to it's God's way of protecting the elect by bringing division in the church," NathanGod allows the division which does not effect the elect, the carnality in all the divisions are caused by the greatest of the idols of mens doctrines, and the idols of their heart.
"For me, the reason we have so many denominations and variances off of denominations is because people continue to take spiritual truth .."(Nathan)I dont believe that the denominations and divided sects have any idea what a "spiritual truth" is.
Joh 12:35 Jesus, therefore, said to them, `Yet a little time is the light with you; walk while ye have the light, that darkness may not overtake you; and he who is walking in the darkness hath not known where he goeth;
Joh 12:36 while ye have the light, believe in the light, that sons of light ye may become.' These things spake Jesus, and having gone away, he was hid from them,
Joh 12:37 yet he having done so many signs before them, they were not believing in him,
Joh 12:38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he said, `Lord, who gave credence to our report? and the arm of the Lord--to whom was it revealed?'
Joh 12:39 Because of this they were not able to believe, that again Isaiah said,
Joh 12:40 `He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart, that they might not see with the eyes, and understand with the heart, and turn back, and I might heal them;'
Joh 12:41 these things said Isaiah, when he saw his glory, and spake of him.
Joh 12:42 Still, however, also out of the rulers did many believe in him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing, that they might not be put out of the synagogue,
Joh 12:43 for they loved the glory of men more than the glory of God.