What of an alien visitation to earth by ETs sometime in the future? Did God create other intelligent beings besides us? The Bible says no! BUT, it might not apply to God-created aliens. Why? Because they are not descendants of Adam, they have not inherited their sin nature, and thus, are not morally guilty before God. After all, even fallen angels are intelligent but are beyond salvation. It seems bizarre to assign no moral responsibility for the actions of highly intelligent beings [ETs & angels]. Vastly intelligent ETs would not displace mankind's position as being made in the image of God because image just means humans have been placed as God's representatives on the earth. As evolved and developed with technologies to travel such distances to earth, wouldn't that make them even more in God's likeness in that sense, than we are?
SUBJECT: Judas Iscariot
The Bible clearly indicates that Judas was not saved. Read what Jesus said in [Matthew 26:24] about a traitor. God had, from ages past, determined that Christ would be betrayed by Judas, die on the cross for our sins, and be resurrected. This is what Jesus meant when He said He would "go just as it is written about Him." This also means the God decided centuries ago, maybe before the world began that we would sin, Jesus would be sent to earth for us and that Judas, before he was born, that he would betray Jesus. Why couldn't it be some way else and why poor Judas?
After Judas betrayed Jesus, he gave the 30 pieces of silver back to the Pharisess, but he never repented, preferring to instead commit suicide, the ultimate act of selfishness [Matthew 27:5-8]. Judas was never saved but for a time [3 years] he was a follower of Christ.
May Judas rest in peace!
READ: [Luke 4:16-30].
This is probablyh Luke's version of the episode recorded in [Matthew 13:53-58 and Mark 6:1-], which Luke has moved forward for thematic purposes. The emphasis at the onset of Jesus' ministry is His understanding of His messianic calling to the marginlized-whether Jews or Gentiles and the rejection that resulted.
According to plan, Jesus focused His 3 years of ministry primarily on His oen people, but as His ministry began He reconized that there could be no man-made barriers to the mercy God offered through His Son.
FROM THE DESK OF DON DIEGO:
READING: [John 7:5].
If Jesus was truely the Messiah who Christians claim He was, surely His own family members would have believed in Him. Not necessarily, especially if He had seemed like an ordinary boy when growing up. In fact, its unlikely John would have reported this kind of skepticism it it weren't accurate. In the case of James, it may have taken a personal resurrection appearance to bring him to faith [1 Cor. 15:7]. Do you agree with the above?
10 DOOMSDAY CULTS - PART TWO
6. Aum Shinrikyo .
7. Raelism .
8. Falum Fong .
9. Rastafarians [early 1930s].
Put all the cults in one group, close together and set this off...
10 DOOMSDAY CULTS - PART ONE
The following list includes the 10 DOOMSDAY CULTS and the year they started. The leaders are kind of weird just like their cult. This is part one.
1. The Panocea Society .
2. The Church Universal & Triumphant .
3. The Jehovah's Witnesses .
4. Takfir wal-Hijra .
5. Association for Research & Enlightenment .
CONTINUED IN PART TWO
FROM THE DESK OF YOURS TRUELY, DON DIEGO.
READ: Acts 20:35
This saying ["it is more blessed to give than to receive:] is not found in the Gospels-only here in Acts 20:35-although it is like some of Jesus' sayings [Luke 6:38].
Obviously, Jesus said more than what he Gospels record, and some of the agraphe [sayings of Jesus not included in the Gospels, such as this one] orignated with Jesus.
FROM THE DESK OF DON DIEGO:
READ: Jeremiah 19:8-9
God does not condone cannibalism. The extreme situation here would be the result of a prolonged siege of Jerusalem, the judgment to come because of Judah's faithlessness. Under such conditions the people would be forced to choose among options that are equally repugnant-in this case, cannibalism or slow death by starvation [2 Kings 6:28-30; Is. 9:20; Lam.4:9-10; Ezk. 5:10].
The state into which Jerusalem will fall reflected the cirses taking effect. The city will be an object of scorn [Dt. 28:37] and its inhabitants reduced to eating their own young [Lv. 26:29; Dt. 28:53-55].
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