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About Me

My name is Edward L. Bromfield; Ed or Eddie to most folks; I’m really not a very formal person. I am married to a wonderful woman for 40 years, have two beautiful daughters and two wonderful grandchildren and two wonderful sons-in-law, both of whom I deeply admire. I enjoy living in central, eastern Pennsylvania in an old farm house in the Blue Mountains. Among my favorite past-times are enjoying my grandchildren, discussing things about Jesus with folks who enjoy such discussions, and simply enjoying my family and the times we are together.

I am the administrator of Smoodock’s Blog, and attend a Bible believing church. I’d rather not point out its denomination, because it may not necessarily endorse all of what I claim here, although we would agree upon all we are willing to die for. I am a Sunday school teacher and really enjoy sharing Christ in this way.

I am over 65 and getting older. Looking back I am surprised with the brevity, disappointed with how much I’ve really learned, amused with how serious I have taken myself, and glad for Jesus in my life. I am a husband, a father, a grandfather and a Christian, and I’m still learning how to be good at what I am. I like to read, but I appreciate most reading about things that concern my faith. I suppose I am focused, but probably not as retentive as I would like to be.

Recently, I had the idea of transferring some of the content of Smoodock’s blog here to enable me to present things like the Deity of Jesus and other apologetic themes and give them special attention. If I make things like this the general theme of this blog, I believe I could present my thoughts with a little more organization. I hope that would be true. I admire people who are organized, but this is not one of my talents. I hope you will find the content here interesting. Why not take a little time and offer your own thoughts. I would enjoy discussing them with you. I promise that I’ll try to be gentle and not put anyone down simply because you believe differently. This is not what this blog is about. May the Lord bless all those who come here to read and consider submitting their lives to him.

Eddie (Email address: locator32@gmail.com)

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11 responses to “About Me

  1. E.M. "John" Johnson

    March 3, 2017 at 22:41

    Ed,

    An interesting viewpoint. You have certainly put a lot of thought into all that you have written.

    In my opinion, it would seem that to say Jesus is God and yet the Father is God is not inconsistent with them being one. A simple example in nature (nature being a tool which God uses to teach us a little about himself Rom. 1:20) is the amoeba. It divides itself into two, both equally identical yet can we say which came first? Or can we say which proceeded out of which?

    God cannot exist alone because God is love and love is not selfish. Love must be expressed by loving, thus for God to be love he must love another. Therefore God must be at least 2. That is why we have a Father and a Son. Our fellowship is with the Father and His Son, Jesus the Christ.

    Jesus is the only begotten of God. He is God and of God. There is no other begotten son. He is spirit because he is God. The spirit of Christ lived in Jesus even as we have Christ in us. When Jesus died on the cross he gave his spirit to the Father, his body went to the grave and according to Peter on Pentecost Jesus soul was in hell.

    Their oneness is unquestioned. For both to be God is not difficult because as you have stated, man and woman are one. The body of Christ is one though many members.

    It is what I think.

    Thanks for all your efforts. Well done.

    Best regards,

    E.M. “John” Johnson
    Forest Lake, MN

     
    • Eddie

      March 4, 2017 at 10:34

      Greetings John, and thank you for reading and especially for your interesting Comment.

      If I understand your argument correctly, we have two Gods who basically **agree** with or are **at one** with one another. They “love” one another and are “one” in their love for one another, just as a man and a woman are “one” when they are in love.

      My understanding would reject that argument. The text says that the Son of God (implying Jesus’ human life) is the express image of God (Hebrews 1:1-3). In Genesis 1:27 God claimed that he **created** an image of him in the beginning, and it was not only the man and the woman (Genesis 1:27), but, as Genesis 2:21-22 shows us, the image of God is the man plus the woman coming out of the man. The woman was not created separate as the animals were. All that was the woman was present in the man from the time of his creation. God brought the woman out of man, and she together with the man was the image of God.

      In Hebrews 1:1-3 we find that the Son of God (Jesus) was the perfect image of God. How so? Adam (Genesis) slept and God brought the woman out of the man, so Jesus slept (was buried) and God brought the woman (the Church) out from Jesus. Moreover, Jesus had come “out from God” as testified in John 13:3 and 16:27. Of course, this can be made to mean that Jesus came out of heaven from the side (being next to) God (the Father), but I don’t believe this is its intended meaning. Paul tells us that Jesus is the only Potentate or Authority (1Timothy 6:15), i.e. King of kings and Lord of lords (cf. Revelation 17:14; 19:16). Only he has immortality, and he dwells in the Light that no man can approach or see or has ever seen (1Timothy 6:16). That is, Jesus, who is King of kings and Lord of lords came out from the Light that no man can see or approach (cf. John 1:18; 6:46).

      While there are, indeed, two, one clearly is **OF** the other. That is, one generated the other, just as Adam had “generated” Eve. The Father is the SOURCE of the Son (Jesus), just as Adam was the ‘source’ of Eve. Nevertheless, since there is no **time** as we know it in eternity, we cannot conclude that the Father is before the Son. All we can be certain of is that “In the beginning (of time) was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God… and the Word was made flesh” (John 1:1, 14).

      Lord bless you, John, in all your studies about our God.

       
  2. Ernesto Alatriste Horsten

    November 14, 2014 at 00:24

    Gracias Eddie, soy Ernesto Alatriste, soy Cristiano, salvo por la gracia de Dios.

    Desde que me convertí, naci de nuevo, cambio mi concepción del mundo, literal y espiritualmente.
    Desde muy pequeño devoraba libros en las bibliotecas de la ciudad de México, todo sobre dinosaurios, geología, astronomía, química, zoología, evolución. No existía ningún tema más maravilloso para mí, terminaba los libros de una biblioteca y me iba a otra, crecí y decidí estudiar como Químico Farmacéutico Biólogo, para entender, como Químico, la evolución química, y bioquímica, y como Biólogo la evolución Biológica.
    Al conocer a Cristo como Señor y Salvador, entendí que Dios nos hizo en 6 días, toda su creación.
    Y he participado en muchos debates cientifico-teologicos, por casi 30 años, en Universidades, Colegiados, museos, etc. y tocamos mucho el tema de la pangea.

    Quiero felicitarte, primero por tu amor a Cristo y segundo por tu pasión de escribir este block público, y la sabiduría que Dios te ha dado.
    La explicación que das de la pangea y ¿A dónde se fue toda el agua?, ¡Es la mejor que he escuchado!, ¡Es fantásticamente congruente, Bíblica y científicamente! Gracias.
    Quisiera pedirte me permitas usar esta explicación, para la gloria de de Dios, en las oportunidades que el Señor me de.

    Dios te siga bendiciendo, le doy gracias a Dios por tu vida.
    Con entrañable afecto en Cristo Jesús

    Ernesto

    COMPUTER TRANSLATION:

    Thanks Eddie, I’m Ernesto Alatriste, I’m a Christian, saved by the grace of God.

    Since I became, I was born again, I change my view of the world, literally and spiritually.

    From an early age he devoured books in the libraries of the city of Mexico, all about dinosaurs, geology, astronomy, chemistry, zoology, evolution. There was no more wonderful subject for me, finished the books in a library and went to another, grew up and decided to study as Pharmaceutical Chemist Biologist, to understand, and Chemical, chemical evolution, and biochemistry, as Biologist Biological evolution.

    To know Christ as Lord and Savior, I understood that God made us in 6 days, all his creation.

    I have participated in many scientific-theological, debates for nearly 30 years, in Universities, Collegiate, museums, etc. and played much the theme of Pangea.

    I want to congratulate you first for your love of Christ and secondly for your passion of writing public blog, and the wisdom that God has given you.

    The explanation you give of Pangaea and Where all the water go ?, is the best I’ve heard !, It’s fantastically consistent, Biblical and scientifically! Thank you.

    I would like to ask you let me use this explanation for the glory of God, in the opportunities the Lord of me.

    God continue to bless you, I thank God for your life.
    With deep affection in Christ Jesus

    Ernesto

     
    • Eddie

      November 14, 2014 at 07:53

      Greetings Ernesto, and thank you for your kind words.

      You may use whatever I’ve written as you please. However, I need to tell you that all or close to all the information I used can be found at the Christian website http://creation.com/. Some of what I’ve posted here can be found on web pages like http://creation.com/where-did-all-the-water-go.

      I’m not a well educated man. I merely read what I can on a particular subject, digest it and write about it. I hope you understand that the real credit lies elsewhere.

      Lord bless you,

      Eddie

       
  3. John M. Chew

    November 10, 2011 at 19:25

    Nice to meet you Ed, Sir.
    I like what you wrote about The Almighty God, I do not see how there can be more than one Almighty. No disrespect to main line beliefs, but the traditional trinitarian doctrine does not justice to the divinity of Jesus. I also think that the modelist view over eplains the oneness of God, It truely is a mistery.
    I like seeing that you live in Pennsylvania. I grew up on a retired farm about 15 miles north of Gettysburg. It is very pretty up there,especially in the summer time. Blue Mountains sounds familiar, but I can not place it in my head. Is it near Blue Ridge summit near Wayensboro Pa?
    I like your web site here,and your other smoodocks blog.
    Once again, nice to meet you, John

     
    • Ed Bromfield

      November 10, 2011 at 20:17

      It is nice to meet you as well, John. I agree God is truly a mystery. I have learned quite a bit from him–things about himself–over the years. It is difficult to put it into words, though. I am awed every day when I think that he knows me, and cares.

      I live just north of Allentown if you know where that is. It is a small town just below the tip of the Little Gap in the Blue Mt. Range. It is called Danielsville. I live in an old farm house. My wife picked it out while I was at work and wanted me to see it. It was the type of house she always wanted, so we bought it. It doesn’t have a lot of the more modern repairs but its home. :-)

      A word of warning, John. I love the Lord and worship in a main line Bible believing denomination, but there are some things I am not orthodox on. If you’re a young pastor or an assistant you should know that. I write what I believe is true–I am mostly orthodox, but not completely. I agree with you about the Trinity, but for lack of a better word it gets the point across when I am speaking with strict monotheists, like “Jesus Only” and Jews etc. I have written a little about it somewhere, but I forget how I titled it. :-)

      You take care, John, and don’t hesitate to question me about my own stuff, and especially if you are troubled about what you read elsewhere. I’ll do my best to answer you as honestly and as completely as I know how to do. Lord bless.

      Eddie

       
    • John M. Chew

      November 11, 2011 at 11:09

      Thanks.
      I ment no disrespect towards “orthodox Christian Theology” I have read some of the early church writings and I do see a three foldness to their words in referencing the Father the Son and the Holy Ghost, but they do not specifically use the Word trinity. I think it truely is a mystery. I just know that jesus is God, but I do not fully understand how he can be God and the Son of God. I started out in ” Jesus only”, ( as often refered to). I left that church over 20 years ago, and I spent a lot of time visiting chuches that teach the traditional doctrine of the trinity. My understanding of the divinity may draw critisizm from both groups. There are many many scriptures that allude to a pure monotheistic view of God, however I do not totally agree with the modelist explaination either. Again, no disrespect to orthodox teachings.

       
    • Ed Bromfield

      November 12, 2011 at 07:23

      The word “Trinity” was purposely invented by the orthodox church in the 4th century. The Arian heresy used the same Biblical words to say that Jesus was not God or a created god. It was confusing for the people to hear both sides using the same words to prove their point. It was decided to **invent** a word the Arians could not use to support their opinions. This is how the word “Trinity” came into use. It is not apostolic and those who formulated the doctrine of the “Trinity” bemoaned the fact they had to define the Godhead. They wanted to leave the Godhead undefined and simply worship God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. But, the heresy and the demands of Constantine (who I do not believe was Christian) forced the orthodox community to do as they did. Personally, I think it was a mistake to do as they did, but I am looking at the issue 1700 years away from the facts. I simply accept what was done. I don’t claim it was apostolic, but I do claim right or wrong it was done to solve a church problem.

       
  4. John Purdy

    March 13, 2011 at 10:47

    No person can accept the authority of the bible today unless they first accept another authority first. Is this untrue? Do you think that the great amount of love which the creator has for his universe would leave us in such mass confusion over how we are to think of our relationships to him and all of the people? Do you think that when the Catholic Augustinian Priest Martin Luther rebelled from the Catholic Church that there would be such a lack of spiritual unity by this time?So it seems, as stubborn God is in the way he prefers to do his work of love, we can be even more stubborn about not wanting to follow him the way he prefers us to obey him.

     
    • Ed Bromfield

      March 13, 2011 at 11:22

      Hi John, and thank you for stopping by and especially for offering your point of view. If I have understood you comment, I agree with you that we need to receive the authority of God before we are able to accept the authority of his word.

      Concerning the apparent lack of spiritual unity, I disagree with you on this point. What I believe you understand to be ‘spiritual’ disunity is, in fact, a disunity in organization and authority. I think most Christians would be ready to die for the same things, namely, that Jesus is the Messiah and came to safe mankind. The obvious differences in Christianity i.e. Roman Catholicism, the great number of Protestant denominations, Charismatic Christianity etc. I see as opportunities to do as God has done for me, namely accept them as my brethren in Christ, just as they are and leave all the judgment to the One who loves all of us.

      So, as for me, I accept the authority of God over my life. I do not see him as stubborn, but I do see this to be a quality of the flesh that we all must overcome. I, therefore, seek to receive my brethren as they are as my spiritual family, regardless of our apparent differences–why? Because I have, first, accepted the authority of God over my life. This is the main thing, as you pointed out above, and it is because I do this that I am enabled to do the rest.

      Lord bless,

      Eddie

       
    • John M. Chew

      November 11, 2011 at 11:20

      The bible does teach that we are supposed to obey those that have the rule over us, but submission to authority is a voluntary submission. In this world, one has to be very very carefull whos authority that one submits to, ie the jim jones incident. I think that we should first make sure that the person in the position of authority is truely operating under the authority of GOD, and not just any GOD, but the GOD of Abraham ,Issac, and Jacob. Just blindly submitting to human authority without question is how cults operate. Most pastors that recieve their authority from GOD, will not mind biblically based questions. The main thing is that we are under the authority of the Holy Spirit,and the Word of God. Some are just rebellious because they want to continue in sin and still go to heaven.

       

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