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Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 7:01 AM
Everyone is a philosopher, for everyone must reason for himself/herself the reason for being and what is ultimately expected of us. I choose the Biblical interpretation. Granted, people interpret the Bible differently, but we must rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance when studying the Bible. Though I strive to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance, not being perfect myself, I certainly can’t say that I perfectly follow His guidance.
God said that we would search for Him and find Him when we search for Him with all of our hearts. Most people search for God half-heartedly. People are basically selfish and want to find ‘themselves’ before they find God. In the Old and New Testaments it is repeated many times that people’s hearts are self-seeking.
The Bible says very clearly in the 2nd chapter of Genesis that our Creative God planted a garden and needed someone to tend His garden. He created human beings to tend the garden and gave them dominion over all the earth. Since He created people with free will and intelligence, He placed a tree in the garden and told them not to eat from it. This was a ‘test’ to gauge human resolve to remember and obey their Maker. Aside from this, humans could have had a worry free life. Human self-will resulted in Eve listening to the serpent and Adam listening to Eve contrary to either one of them taking God’s Word for the matter.
Since then humans have been left to make their own choices in a world filled with briers and weeds. These briers and weeds that we contend with constitute much of our ‘trials’ and ‘tribulations’. There are other trials and tribulations that result from Satan constantly leading us astray. But being the self-willed creatures that we are, we bring many trial and tribulations on ourselves and each other because we all think that everyone else should listen to us instead of listening to God Who created us.
Many people thought out their own reasons and many religions developed. The Jewish Scriptures were the only religious writings that so clearly spelled out our ultimate reasons and destinies in such a logical fashion. They spell out creation and reason. They demonstrate that humans by their own choice go astray from their Creator. But how does man return to the Creator he voluntarily left? God promised in the Jewish Scriptures a redemption and that if we would search for Him we would find Him if we searched for Him with all our hearts.
Because by choice, mankind strays away from God, then God requires some sacrifice to bring us back to Him. God sent His Only Begotten Son to pay the price for our redemption. The New Testament spells this out and the beginnings and expectations of the Christian faith as following on the promises of the Jewish Scriptures. No other religion comes close to spelling out a more suitable explanation. The Islamic faith didn’t come into being until a few hundred years after the Christian faith, and basically they amalgamated some teachings from some already existing religions. Aside from that many people like to study all religions, and then try to figure out for themselves what they think religion is or should be.
Pity the poor ignorant people who think themselves so intelligent and wise that they believe they can sort out so many mysteries of the universe in their own minds. This is only another indication of how self-willed humans can be. When people try to reason out God’s intentions and the human reason with their own minds, they do not find the True Yahweh God. What they find is a god that is fitted to their own concepts and their own selfish desire to pose as intellectual philosophers.
God is love. God’s law is love. Jesus said to love even your enemies.
Monday, August 31, 2015, 9:42 PM
Does the Lord wish for the Jews to be a unified nation in their homeland? Absolutely! Does that mean that the Jews are now within Yahweh’s will? Certainly not. Does the Lord wish for the Jews to sign a pact with the devil? Of course not! But most scholars who study the New Testament agree that the New Testament teaches that they will sign a treaty/agreement with the Anti-Christ near the end of this age. This is not God’s will, but this is what they will do. Why? Because they are not yet setting their lives in accord with Yahweh’s will for them.
In the Torah the Jews were taught God’s will in the wilderness. Near the end of Deuteronomy, Moses taught that God knew that they would stay in that will. In the Book of Joshua, Joshua told them they would not continue in God’s will. The Book of Judges told how they would stray from Yahweh, and they would suffer from the nations around them. When they came back to Yahweh, He would rescue them. The prophets told them they would come into captivity by Assyria and Babylonia. It was not God’s will for them to suffer this indignity, but they continually strayed from His will. In 70 AD their nation was totally wasted by the Romans. The Jews maintained their identity, but they did not have their nation.
The Lord had told them that they would be restored, but the fact that they are back in their own homeland does not mean that they have finally found God’s intended will, or that they are living in accord with their Creator’s intentions. The Lord does not wish to see them punished again, but they most certainly will be and it will be demonstrated as soon as their pact with the devil (the agreement with the Anti-Christ) is broken.
At this present time, Christians are being persecuted in Israel, living in the indignation of the resettlement program for the Palestinians. Most of the native Christians of Israel were forced from their homes and into the settlements by the Israeli government. I support the Jewish face search for their Creator and for their peace and security in their homeland, but this will not be realized until after that final punishment for signing the agreement with the Anti-Christ. I firmly believe that is the accurate teaching of the New Testament. Can anyone demonstrate that the Scriptures teach differently? Please feel free to comment.
Monday, August 31, 2015, 8:43 AM
Do you believe in eternal torments in Hell? Have you taught your children to avoid them? Have you taught your children God’s Word? Have you brought your children to Jesus? Of course to teach them God’s Word, you need to study God’s Word and to bring them to Jesus, you should surely know Him.
Matthew 19:13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.
Have you brought your children to Jesus?
Deuteronomy 4:8 And what great nation is there, that has statutes and rules so righteous as all this law that I set before you today? 9 "Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life. Make them known to your children and your children's children— 10 how on the day that you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, the LORD said to me, 'Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.'
Deuteronomy 6:4 "Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Deuteronomy 11:19 You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
To train a child in the way he should go means you have to know the way yourself- how could you train him in that which you do not know? Do you simply say, “Live a good life”? Or do you teach him how to avoid the ways of the world? But there is only one true way, as Jesus taught:
John 14:1 "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going."
5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?"
6 Jesus said to him, "I AM THE WAY, AND THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE. NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH ME.
Have you taught your children God’s Word? Do you know God’s Word? Have you brought your children to Jesus? Do you know Jesus?
Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:27 AM
The Greeks had a term transliterated into English as ‘gnosis’. Let’s say this term could mean knowledge or truth. Some will understand what I mean, but let me simplify for those who may ask, “Which does it mean, knowledge or truth?” If one has knowledge, does he have a lie? But if it is not truth, could it be knowledge?
Christian means Christ-like. Christ was perfect (complete in all goodness). If I were to say I was a Christian, am I saying that I am perfect? In one sense, words mean what people understand them to mean. It is generally understood that Christians aren’t perfect, but people who are striving to follow Christ to reach that perfect state. In another sense, the Bible teaches that God does not accept sin. So how could God accept people who are not yet perfect? This is the mystery of the salvation experience whereby accepting God’s sacrifice of His Only Begotten Son, God imputes, accounts, or credits us as though we are His children and He has cleansed us of the sin that would separate us from Him.
Anti-Christ means against or opposite (opposing) to Christ. Some may say I am not against Christ, but I am not for everything He said. Anyone who is not for, is against. In the New Testament, early in the formation of the church, the leaders were warning about the presence of the anti-Christ already appearing in the churches and teaching what they called Gnosticism. These were teachings that claimed to be hidden truths, but taught against (or anti-) the revealed Truth. God is love and God is truth. You can’t truly have God’s love in your life until you come to know the truth.
Jesus taught, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man cometh to the Father except by Me.” If one calls himself a Christian, then he must accept that truth. If one claims to be Christ-like, but he says there are many ways to reach God’s kingdom, then he is teaching contrary to what Christ said. How can one say they are followers of Christ, but then say that Christ lied when He said that no one could enter God’s kingdom except through Him? If someone teaches contrary to what Christ taught, then he is an anti-Christ.
The Bible teaches that there will be countless saints in Heaven. This allows that there have been people who have been finding peace with God for countless generations. But for any given generation, only a very, very small minority will find the way to God’s kingdom. This is what Jesus was saying when He said that the way to eternal judgment is broad and many there are on that path; but narrow is the path that leads to righteousness, and few find that path. So for the countless multitudes who will be in God’s kingdom, those who are in God’s eternal judgment will be multiplied many times by those who find His rest. This is pure Biblical teaching, yet there are some who call themselves Christian who teach that there are many ways to God’s kingdom. So those who teach contrary to Christ’s teaching are the manifest anti-Christ.
Jesus taught that in the end times there will be many who will teach that they have found a way to the Lord. “Look, He is over here! Look, He’s over there!” Beware the teachings of the anti-Christ.
Sunday, August 30, 2015, 3:23 AM
Though most everyone who thinks of eschatology may immediately bring to mind the NT Revelation and the OT Ezekiel and Daniel, serious students recognize that there are many other OT and NT references that teach on these last day teachings. There are also many non-recognized writings that may contain some valid points, but in general should be held as suspect pending authentication of the author and the verification of truth of such authorship. Many of these apocalyptic and eschatological writings were soon dispelled by the early church fathers because of teachings clearly contrary to the teachings of Christ. It would be absurd for anyone to call himself a Christian (Christ-like), and then to go out and teach anything that is not in unison with Christ’s very words. This does not mean that every writing could be dispelled, but we live by faith that God has handed down to us what He would have us to know in advance. It requires much study, wisdom, and discernment, and even then, true understanding can only truly come by enlightenment of the Holy Spirit.
In this short study, I wish to consider some of Christ’s words. Though you may see they are paraphrased, I believe you can see that the meaning and Spirit of His words are intact. He said that in the last days people would say in effect, “Look! I have found Jesus! Go see, He is over there”; or “Come see! I have found the Christ. He is over here.” Jesus said don’t go look, because when He appeared again, no one would have to say, “Go look!” because His next coming would be immediately and recognizably obvious to all, everywhere.
The prophet taught that those who sat in darkness would see a Great Light. Jesus taught that He is the true Light. The NT teaches that Satan has the power to pretend himself to be an angel of light and his demons to be ministers of mercy. As Satan is the prince of the power of the air and ruler of this world, is it not easy to see that there are myriads of spirits in this world who pretend to reflect the false light of Satan and pretend to teach people in the enlightenment of mercy? That is why the OT warns people not to do business with the spiritists and spirits in this world! Now if I told people that I were a Christian (seeking to be Christ-like), wouldn’t people see how stupid and delusional I were if I didn’t believe in the teachings of the One I said that I wanted to be like?
So if someone comes and says, “Look! I have found the light and enlightenment. It’s over there, or over here.” Don’t even think of looking there. When the true light returns to this world, I guarantee you, He will be immediately and recognizably obvious to all, everywhere.
My own paraphrase of Yirmeyahu (modern English- Jeremiah), “You will find Adonai Ha’Elyon (Yahweh, the Exalted), if you search for Him with all your heart”. A word of caution here, when many people search for “God”, they search for their own concept of what they believe God to be, or they search for a god who is what they want him to be. A search for the true God means searching for someone who is all knowing and all powerful and certainly beyond human ability to fully comprehend. It means search for Him, for Who He is.
To be Christian (to seek to be Christ-like), please avoid writings that have been determined by the early church to be heretical and anti-Christian in nature. Though the true nature of the Church is to search for Truth, and the true church does not ban the study of certain writings (I don’t believe the true Church to be book burners).
In the NT, there were people who had studied mystical teachings then became Christians who burned their mystical teachings. This is not to say that ‘material world’ paper with ‘material world’ ink as physical property is evil or wicked. That they burned these writings was significant in that it was a public display that they had abandoned their earlier beliefs and had embraced Christianity. It also removed the temptation that may be if they should ever look back into them and lose their way in the Christian walk. But this is in no way an injunction for Christians to go out burning books in a public display. It is not necessarily evil to read words that may be anti-Christian, but it is too easy for Christians to be tempted to stray into a wrong path. So please try to study that which is nourishing for the soul and helps to spread the True Light and Enlightenment of Christ. Don’t listen to those who say, “Look, I have found the light: it’s over there.” Search in the true Word to find the true God.