Posted by Job on July 26, 2007
Posted by Job on July 26, 2007
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Posted by Job on July 10, 2007
Did Jesus Christ save you from sin and eternal punishment for it in the lake of fire? Did He heal you? Did God give you spiritual deliverance through the casting out of evil spirits? Did God transform your life and mind, giving you peace and the true purpose in life which is to serve and glorify Him? And has He done great things for your family, friends, co – workers, neighbors, church members, or loved ones? If so, let us know here! I have one request: NO ANONYNIMITY! Anonymous testimonies are not real testimonies, for the Bible says that if you will not confess Jesus Christ before men, then Jesus Christ will be ashamed of you before His Father! To get it started, I am J. King of Atlanta, Georgia and here are my two testimonies Testimony Time! and Testimony Time II!
Posted by Job on April 21, 2007
First off, do demons exist at all, and do they cause or exacerbate evil actions in people? Any belief in the Bible in any way would require the answer to be yes, as virtually no book of the Bible is absent references to angels (with demons being merely angels who have rebelled against God like Satan), and many books contain numerous references. Simply put, denying belief in demons means denying belief in angels, and if you are going to deny belief in angels, then what manner of Christian are you that you would limit your belief in the supernatural to God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit (and even that is assuming that you believe in Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit) and nothing else?
So, how much evil action is attributable to demons, and in how many people? To answer that question, one would have to deal with how many demons there actually are, and how many people a particular demon can influence at one time. Other than the Bible saying that 1/3 of the angels followed Satan and became demons (Revelation 12:4) we seem to have no direct scriptural indication of how many demons there are or how many people they influence. We DO have an indication from Ephesians 6:12, Ephesians 3:10, Romans 8:38, Colossians 1:16, and Colossians 2:15 that Satan’s kingdom is organized by rank with certain ruling spirits assigned geographical areas, meaning that A) there are enough evil spirits to need to organize their activity and B) that certain classes of high ranking and very spiritually powerful evil spirits can influence – even if only indirectly – not only multiple people but large groups of people at once. Then you add to that the traditional Christian view that each Christian has assigned to him a guardian angel (and some say it is THREE guardian angels). That is not something that was just made up, but rather had scriptural basis, such as Psalm 91 and more specifically Job 1:8-10. So, that would lead us to believe that the number of angels is absolutely gigantic, with the number of demons 1/3 of that gigantic number. And when you consider that a great percentage of God’s angels are involved in doing God’s business that requires little interaction or involvement with humans (with tradition also telling us that the angels that are regularly involved with humans are lower in rank) then though demons are fewer in number than angels, a far higher percentage of them are available to indwell and oppress humans on an individual level, and to be managed and organized in a fashion to cause widespread misery by their rulers. Consider the example of, say, an army or a police squad. Now you do not need a policeman for each person or home to enforce law and order, or a soldier for each person or home to occupy a nation. Because of organization and projection of influence, authority, and power, a few hundred policemen can manage a whole city, and 100,000 soldiers can subdue an entire nation. Of course, were the people of the city or nation to come together in concert and use the correct tactics, they could easily overwhelm the police or occupying army. But they would have to A) have a desire or an awareness of the need to do so, B) be willing to fight, and C) be willing to fight in the correct manner. Many people, including Bible believing Christians, refuse to acknowledge the existence of demons and/or refuse to oppose them. Further, of the Christians who do attempt to fight, many of them use the wrong methods. So, even if there are only a relatively small number of demons of, say, sexual immorality, the unawareness of the existence of said demons, the refusal to fight them among those who are aware, the refusal to fight them correctly of those who do fight, and the fact so many people LIKE the sins of sexual immorality would make it possible for a relative few spirits of sexual immorality to plunge an entire nation into sexual depravity.
As it is, I happen to believe that the number of demons is huge, and that they literally indwell (the term “possessed” is misleading) a large percentage of the population. Where do I get this belief? The gospels. They are filled with examples of demons being cast out of people, including the seven devils from Mary Madgalene. Further, when Yeshua HaMashiach sent the seventy out two by two, they all returned saying that they had cast out demons.
Also, consider the nature of demonic possession, which caused mental illness and sickness in what were basically random unremarkable people known only because Yeshua HaMashiach delivered them. Now, Satan does not have his demons just floating around afflicting this person and that for no reason. If there were only a few demons at his disposal, Satan would not have them indwelling peasants, wasting his resources. Instead, they would have been reserved them for people in great influence and those close to them. So, the fact that there were seven devils in Mary Madgalene and a legion of demons in the insane man of the Gadarenes and Yeshua HaMashiach’s references to demons’ “wandering dry places, returning to his house” (presumably because there were no other places to go) “and taking seven more wicked than he” (presumably because there were no others for them either) in Matthew 12:45 would logically seem to indicate that there are a more than adequate amount of demons out there: enough to vex and afflict the population of the world several times over. And when you add to that the fact that demons are organized and generally unopposed or ineffectively opposed, that only INCREASES their ability to wreak havoc. There would have been no reason for all the demons in the world to concentrate themselves in Israel; not when Satan hates and desires to destroy the entire human race.
Now one might ask why God created, say, 100 trillion angels in the first place. Well, because of His prerogative. God can just as easily create 1 angel as 100 trillion, and He can create 100 trillion angels just as easily as He can create the earth, planets, stars, etc. Realize that those are not as plants and animals, which produce after their own kind. Each of the innumerable host of stars, comets, asteroids, nebulae, planets, etc. were all specifically created by God. It is not hard to imagine that the number of celestial objects in the universe exceeds the population of planet earth. So why would not the number of angels? Asking why God would create angel number 50 trillion is the equivalent of asking why He created some space rock in some galaxy 100 million light – years away (the size of the universe is estimated to be AT LEAST 156 billion light years). So God is willing to create all of that in the natural realm without having similar vastness in the spiritual one?
The only reason why we think so is because we live in the natural world, and to us the natural world is more real and important than the spiritual one. The opposite is true. God is a spirit. The spirit realm pre – existed the natural realm, and the natural realm was created from the spirit realm. Furthermore, WE are spirits. We existed as spirits before we existed as natural beings, and our spiritual existences will go on long after our natural existences cease to be.
And moreover, consider our NUMBER. Every person that has ever been conceived and ever will be conceived has a unique spirit. And even though every conception is the result of human action that may or may not need God’s involvement, every SPIRIT that each conception receives was uniquely made by God. Indeed, some believe that all human spirits, every person who has lived and will ever live, existed before the creation of matter, time, and space, and that the purpose of creation was to create a way to redeem those spirits that would be redeemed. But whether all human spirits were created before Genesis 1:1 (or sometime shortly after) or whether God makes a new spirit everytime someone is born, it is still clear that we long ago reached the number of human spirits that far exceeds the six billion people that are currently alive. Indeed, the number of human spirits is unfathomable. Even if God creates a spirit everytime someone is born, then that means that there are billions and billions and billions of spirits that have lived out their natural life on earth and are awaiting judgment. So if there are that many human spirits - and recall, people are higher than angels for we are in the image of God and shall judge angels (I Corinthians 6:3) - how can one assert that God created only a few angels? It is a position that one can take for sure, but it is not one that is based on anything scriptural, scientific (again, consider the sum total of objects in the universe), or logical. Rather, it would be something that comes from the desire of man to deny the spiritual realm because the natural realm is all that he sees.
So that is why whenever I see or hear a preacher rail against those of us “who see demons under every stone and give the devil too much credit”, I grit my teeth. Such a person is trying to make the Bible into a natural book instead of a spiritual one, and is only doing so because of the limitations of his own faith, or the expectations of his congregants. Which is understandable: people are people, and they want solutions to deal with how to raise their kids, manage their finances, succeed on their jobs, and deal with things like fatigue, depression, guilt, grief, uncertainty, etc. and are not interested in spending all night praying against demons, and pastors have the job of meeting their congregants where they are in their faith. But just because a pastor has to give his congregants milk does not mean that they are to deny the existence of meat!
See, the main power of demons is to go undetected. Even those who deal in witchcraft, Satanism, the occult, and similar either do not know that they are dealing directly with demons, or do not know what demons REALLY ARE. So for a Christian pastor to deny the proliferation of demons merely because he and his congregation really do not want to deal with the topic is spiritual negligence. A pastor has to let his congregation know that if there are certain problem areas in his life, evil spirits may be the culprit and he may need deliverance. He has to let his congregation know that rules, traditions, rituals, dedication, and even fasting and prayer may not be enough. A great many times, there are evil spirits that have to be dealt with in a person, and evil spirits that have to be dealt with in a church. If the person does not want to fight the evil spirits, then that is his free will choice. But the pastor cannot and should not deprive the person of that choice with his false doctrine!
So many churches and denominations deny the spirit realm by focusing on human problems, and then trying to come up with human solutions for those problems, even if those human solutions are framed in spiritual terms. Well, denying the truth does not nullify the truth. It only makes you one who doesn’t want to deal with the truth. That doesn’t make the problem go away: it only makes it worse. I am hoping that you are a Christian (and if you are not, you can take care of it by clicking on this link) and you will from henceforth be such as one who will expose the devices of the enemy and battle them in accordance with God’s Word: by using the Name of Yeshua HaMashiach to cast them out of people and drive them out of places and situations.
Posted by Job on April 13, 2007
Consider an analogy. You are like a fragile, precious, white piece of cloth. At least you are in the beginning. When you do something wrong, it is as if black ink or paint has been spilled on the cloth. Once that ink or paint gets on the cloth, the stain is there forever. You cannot wash it out – the cloth is too fragile and would disintegrate, and even if you could it would not remove all of it. Further, the stain will not fade away over time. And since the stain is there, the cloth cannot be considered clean. Say that the cloth is 100 years old and in all that time it only gets one small stain on it, representing a small lie, wanting something nice that someone else has, or a curse or swear said in carelessness or anger. No matter, the cloth is still dirty, and when it comes time to separate the stained cloths from the clean ones, it will still be considered dirty. So what if you try to conceal it; get some dye or paint and try to cover it. Guess what, the stain is still there! If you were to take some scissors and cut through the concealed area, you would see the stain still in the fibers. So we agree that it is impossible to keep your cloth from getting dirty. And we have demonstrated that once your cloth gets dirty, there is nothing that can be done to clean it. So, if you are that cloth, what are you to do? What hope is there for you? The answer is, simply, to get a new piece of cloth. And when you get it, cover it with latex or stain guard so that when you do something wrong, the ink or paint or mud will not adhere to it or soak through into the fibers; it will slip or wipe right off. So that way, when the time comes to separate the dirty cloths from the clean ones, your new stain – protected cloth will be clean.
What have I just described to you? Your first, original, soiled cloth is your existence as a sinner. And since God is clean, He will only tolerate that which is clean in His presence. Nothing that is dirty will be tolerated. God will save and keep the clean cloths, and discard the dirty ones. So, in order to be with God, you need to get a new cloth. You need to BE a new cloth. And how do you do that? By accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as your Savior AND your Lord. Do you know what Jesus Christ is in addition to being God’s Son? Jesus Christ is God’s Word, and God’s Word is represented to us and revealed to us by the Holy Bible. So in order for Jesus Christ to be your Savior, you have to believe the Bible, and in order for Jesus Christ to be your Lord, you have to obey the Bible. Now God does not ask us to be perfect in these things, for it is impossible. Remember, your cloth is covered by stain guard! And no, it is not “doing the best that you can” either. Instead, all you are to do is believe and trust the Bible through faith, and admit that the God of the Bible is the Boss and not you.
Do not believe or accept what I say? That is OK. Accepting God is a free will choice which one cannot be pressured or deceived into making. I just urge you to consider the consequences, and also to consider contacting me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to question or challenge me concerning what you have just read. However, if you are already convinced, then follow this link. If you are not completely convinced but still want more information, then try this link.
Posted by Job on April 13, 2007
Romans 10:13 – For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Do not be deceived: we are saved not by works, not by some combination of works and faith, but by faith alone. Evidence of this is given in Galatians 3:6, which reads: “Even as Abraham belived God, and it was accounted unto him [Abraham] for righteousness.” God is the author and finisher of our faith, but Abraham is called the father of faith. So, the father of faith, the founder of Judaism and the line through which Jesus Christ came and established Christianity and made possible a personal relationship with God through His death and resurrection, was himself made righteous and therefore saved not according to anything that he did, but rather what he believed. And it is fortunate that it was not on the basis of what Abraham did, because even as the father of our faith, Abraham did a lot of bad things. He was born to a family that practiced a false religion (moon god worship), so he almost certainly did the same at some point. He also lied, rebelled against God, and disobeyed God, especially when he took Hagar as a wife and had Ishmael with her. In doing so he was true to the desires of his his wife Sarah and to the wicked practices and traditions of the time, but make no mistake, it was not what God wanted to happen, and was the cause of much trouble later. And not only that, but the son of Abraham (Isaac) and his grandson (Jacob, later renamed Israel) ALSO did a lot of bad things. But in spite of the bad things that they did, they believed, and because of that belief they were considered righteous – or saved – by God.Indeed, sometimes it is BECAUSE of our sins that we ultimately believe, because the guilt that comes from the bad things that we do and the mess that we create when we do wrong drives us to seek help, relief, and answers, and it is the search for that which leads us to God. To the contrary, those who convince themselves that they never do anything wrong and are saved already because of who they are and what they do, people like that almost never find God because they already are the righteousness of God in their own eyes.
I mentioned that Abraham had a son with Sarah? Well, they had Isaac when Abraham was very old and impotent, and Sarah was very old and had been infertile her whole life. So, there was no way that they were going to have a child through natural means no matter what they did. The only way that it was going to happen was if God did it, and the only way that God was going to do it was if they believed. Romans 4:15 – 21 explains this beautifully. So, just like Abraham and Sarah were not going to have a child by anything that they did, you are not going to be saved by anything that you do. But just like they had Isaac by believing that they would have a child, you can be saved just by believing what God said in the Bible about your salvation.
God predicted through His prophet Joel in Joel 2:28 and fulfilled it with the declaration by His Son Jesus Christ in John 3 and Romans 10 (among other places) that we are saved merely by A) asking God to save us and B) believing that we are saved as soon as we do so and by doing so alone. Some people teach that there is this special process that you have to go through before and in order to be saved: that Calvinistic doctrine and similar are wrong. Others believe that in order to be really saved or for your salvation to be “proven” you must speak in tongues. That is a doctrine that was created by the “Jesus Only” or “Oneness Pentecostal” group of false Christians who deny Trinity, and is now common in the Word of Faith movement. Both contradict the Bible. The Calvinists believe that Jesus Christ’s death on the cross only accomplished partial redemption and salvation. The anti – Trinitarians believe that righteousness is accomplished by works and proven by outward signs: they are what Paul refers to as “of the circumcision” (meaning Jews who believed that person had to follow the law and – if male – had to be circumcised in order to be saved). There is also a false doctrine of “baptismal regeneration” and a similar one of “salvation by baptism”, which teaches that salvation is either accomplished or completed by virtue of baptism. While being baptized is a requirement of Christianity, it is NOT a requirement of salvation, but rather serves as a testimony to MEN (not to God) to represent what God has already done inside you through your faith in His ability and willingness to save you.
We cannot be saved by our own efforts. Why? Because what man does through his own effort can be either undone or nullified, as the power of man is limited. But God’s power is unlimited, unchallengeable. So, what God does for you cannot be undone or nullified. Therefore, if your salvation is due to some process, that process can be interrupted. If your salvation is due to works, then those works can be corrupted or undone. Now Calvinists to their credit do teach that one cannot “lose their salvation” through the sin or flaws that exist in all humans, but they wrongly teach that sin is not accomplished until you become completely aware of and therefore filled with guilt over all the sin that you have done and that you were born into, how evil you are, how you have hurt and angered God, etc. and tell God you are sorry, and then God takes you through this process where He gradually removes the sin out of you and saves you over time. Anti – Trinitarians do not teach this, but they do teach that if you commit “a really bad sin” or if you “sin over and over again”, then your salvation will be lost, and you will have to “be saved again.” So both are of the circumcision and therefore “legalists”: Calvinists regarding what needs to be done in order to be saved, anti – Trinitarians regarding what needs to be done after you are saved. As both believe to some degree in works and process, they both deny grace. Now while the Calvinist error is not fatal, it is problematic, especially regarding their utterly false and damaging belief that children cannot be saved because they are too young to be conscious of the depths of their sin, what it means to be a sinner, how they have hurt God, etc. Anti – Trinitarians, meanwhile, are just completely wrong; they willfully specifically deny the Bible on every point regarding salvation and the very nature of God.
But to summarize, go back to Abraham’s righteousness as described in Romans 4:15 – 21. Just as Abraham did not consider his impotence, his wife’s being barren, or their own age, you do not have to become consumed with grief concerning your own rottenness. You know that you are a sinner and that only God can save you from your sins and the punishment for your sins, that is all that matters. And do not think about how you have been unable to live righteously in the past, or be overwhelmed at the daunting task of having to live for God in the future. Just know that you are saved by what you believe, not by what you do. Know that you are getting something that you do not deserve; that is being freely given. If it is something that you do not deserve but was given to you, then what sense does it make to go out and try to get a job and work for it? Where is the gain in trying to earn some money to try to make it appear that you were worthy to receive it? Look, you were going to get it anyway, and God knows it. So rather than trying to make yourself worthy or appear worthy of the gift, just accept the gift and THEN WORK to show your LOVE and your GRATITUDE towards the giver. And just as Abraham had hope against hope that he would have a child, you need to have hope against hope that no matter what you have done or will do – for you will sin! – that God is going to save you anyway. You are not putting your faith in your own ability not to sin, but rather God’s ability to save you no matter what you do so long as you have faith.It seems unfair? Well yes, it is unfair. But if God is willing to abide by those terms, who are you to say no? Just take what God is giving you and be happy, stop beating yourself up over it. Jesus Christ took the beating over your sins when He went to the cross for you, and since Jesus Christ is God, there is nothing that you can add on top of God Himself taking on such humiliation by dying the painful death of a criminal at the hands of sinners! “And being fully persuaded of what he had been promised, he did not waver but was able to be perform.” You have been promised salvation in the Bible, and if you are sure of what the Bible says, you will know that you are saved by belief alone, and you will be able to believe in your salvation because you will believe in the God that saved you. If you fall short, however, you will never believe in your salvation because you will reject God’s Word that promised you salvation in the way that the promise was made, you will never believe in your salvation, and you will never trust the God that saved you. You will always try to add to it with your own efforts, the way Abraham did when he had the child with Hagar. Abraham failed to believe that God would give him a child the way God said that he would, with Sarah. So he tried to help God with his own works and had a child that God never intended.
Once you read the Bible, especially John 3 and Romans 10, it is obvious that all that need happen for you to be saved is to A) know that you need to be saved, B) know that only God can save you and C) know that God will save you no matter what if you cry out to Him and D) cry out to Him. If you have never done so, or even if you have and are not sure, you can accomplish A – D right here, now, today. This process is all you need, say it, believe it, and be ready to both go to Heaven and serve God with the rest of your time on earth!
1. Admit to God that you are a sinner, and that this gives God the right to punish you for your sins. If you are deny or are unsure of that your being a sinner, then take this challenge: Have you ever told a lie? Stolen something? Wanted something that belonged to someone else? Disobeyed or disrespected your parents? Used the Name of God in a swear or curse word? Looked at someone other than your spouse in a sexual manner? Hated or become very angry with someone? Have you practiced another religion, taken part in any ritual, or cared about anything more than you do God? If you have done any of those things at any point in your life, then you have disobeyed a direct order from God. It is not an issue of your character or morals, but the fact that you have broken one of God’s Commandments at some point, which is what sin is. Yet, you should take this personally, because one day God will judge you for disobeying Him, and if He finds you guilty, He will punish you forever. What gives God the right to judge and punish you? The fact that He is God, that He created you, and that the very same rules that you broke in your short life He obeys for eternity. Realize this: no matter how moral and upstanding you are, you still sin each day of your life, usually without even knowing it, and the main way is not in what you do but in what you think! Even if you never made a single movement for your entire life, you would still sin! So reject your pride and admit to God that you are a sinner! And what does this mean? That you owe God something, that you are in debt to Him. But it is a debt that you can never pay. So like any creditor, God has the right to punish you for your unpaid debt, and He will exercise that right, with the punishment being an eternal death in a lake of fire. This is called acknowledgment of sin.
2. Know that you have no right to disobey God, and that God has every right to punish you forever for all present, future, and past known and unknown sin, even honest mistakes. Then desire not to disobey God anymore. Whether it is the things that you did in the past or may do in the future, whether it is things that you remember or not, whether it was things that you knowingly or not , or something that you knew was wrong when or not, and whether it is easy to stop doing these things or not, know that all disobedience to God is unconditionally wrong, and that your desire is to not disobey God again at all costs. This is called repentance of sin.
3. Know that only God can forgive your sins and keep you from being punished for them. How? God came to earth as the only man born to a virgin: Jesus Christ. Being fully man while on the earth, the opportunity to sin was constantly presented to Him just as it is to you. But being fully God, He was able to do what for you is impossible: live an entire life without having a single sinful thought or action, known or unknown, willingly or by accident. But though Jesus Christ never committed any sin, He died anyway. Why? To take the punishment for your sins. If someone else pays your debts for you, then you do not have to pay them, right? And that is precisely what Jesus Christ did. After Jesus Christ paid your debt with His death on a cross, He rose from the dead three days later to prove that those who are not guilty of sin will not be punished. Since only God is without sin, knowing that Jesus Christ rose from the dead and that accepting that His death was only way that you can be spared the punishment of sin is the same as believing that Jesus Christ is God, and also that God alone has the ability to find you guilty of sin and make you innocent of it. This requires more than simply acknowledging some bit of information as factually correct such as what you do when reading a newspaper or history book. This is you being absolutely certain that Jesus Christ exists, that He died on the cross to pay your debt to God that you alone created with your own sins, and that He resurrected from the dead to prove that because that He paid your debt for you you will not be punished. Then you must trust God that it is because of this knowledge alone that He will save you from being punished for owing the debt to Him that you cannot pay. This called believing on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The “on” in that phrase is key. It is not merely believing that Jesus Christ lived, or even that He was God who died for your sins and was resurrected. It is knowing what His life, death, and resurrection means for you: that your debt of sin can be paid by God alone through faith and trust in God alone, and only in the manner that God requires.So, if you right now before God acknowledge your sin, repent of your sin, and believe upon the resurrection, then you are saved!
Please do a few things to make it official. In the Bible, Romans 10:9 says that if you openly state that Jesus Christ is your God and believe in your heart (meaning with your mind, emotions) and will) that God raised Him from the dead, then you are saved. So if you can speak, say “Before God I have acknowledged my sin, repented of my sin, and believed on the Resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ.”
Next, Jesus Christ stated in Matthew 10:32 and Luke 12:8 that you must tell others that you believe in Him and that He paid your debt because of it. So, if there is anyone around you, tell them so. Or, if you wish, you can tell me at email@example.com!
Also, God commands us to receive a full – immersion baptism, which represents how Jesus Christ died for us and rose again, and allows us to participate in His actions symbolically. The ideal place to have this performed is at a church.
You also must immediately become a faithful, regular reader of the Bible, and the only true way is to do so the whole way through from start to finish. Why? Because the Bible should be the foundation and motivation for all that you believe, say, and do from this point on. You will not be accepted by God unless you love Jesus Christ, and the Bible says in John 14:15 that you cannot love Jesus Christ except by obeying Him. As God’s Commandments to you are in the Bible, you must read it in order to obey Him.
I would further greatly appreciate it were you to click on this link (Make Your Testimony To Jesus Christ Right Here!) to let me know that God used this outreach ministry to cause you to give your life to Him. (It solicits a testimony, but you do not have to provide one unless you want to!)
At this point you may be confused about certain things. That is perfectly fine, and understandable. Foremost, let me inform you about God. First of all, He loves you. That was why He left the paradise of Heaven to live as a man (not only that, but the common life of a laborer, a carpenter as a Jew during the time that Jews were living in poverty and brutal oppression by the Roman Empire) and experienced death (and not only that, but the humiliating excruciating public death of a criminal in a manner that the Bible calls cursed in Galatians 3:13) so that you could be saved and be with Him in Heaven. Second – and this is a mystery that men are incapable of understanding and should not try to – though there is only one God, God is composed of three distinct personalities: the Father (or the Ancient of Days), the Son Jesus Christ (or the Word of God), and the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost). The three personalities combine to make one Entity, one God. God is used in referenced to all three personalities as a unit – commonly called the Holy Trinity (though I prefer Tri – Unity) or when speaking of a personality in separate. Each personality is equal, and each personality is distinct with a clearly defined role. How does this make for one God instead of three? First, consider not that 1 + 1 + 1 = 3 but rather 1 X 1 X 1 = 1. Second, again realize that it is a mystery, accomplished by the God that has always existed in this state and makes it so. But this is the reason why God refers to Himself in singular when speaking of Himself to others and plural when speaking of Himself about Himself. The first example in the Bible of God referring to Himself in plural is Genesis 1:26 . Isaiah 6:8 (with Isaiah 6:1 – 7 being the salvation narrative on which this 3 step method is based, allowing for the fact that Jesus Christ had not yet openly been revealed to the world in the time of Isaiah) is an example of God referring to Himself as singular and plural. All three personalities of the Trinity are equal, but Jesus Christ willingly subordinates Himself to and obeys the Ancient of Days – whom Jesus Christ called Father in scripture and the Father called Jesus Christ His only begotten Son – and the Holy Spirit does the same regarding both Jesus Christ and the Ancient of Days. One of the duties of the Holy Spirit is to bring us to Jesus Christ, and one of the duties of Jesus Christ is to bring us to the Ancient of Days. One of the duties of the Ancient of Days is to be a prosecutor and judge: to put people on trial regarding their sins, to determine their guilt or innocence, and determine their fates. (One that has not allowed the Holy Spirit to bring them to Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ to bring them to His Father will be tried and convicted by the Father.) For more information on the vital Christian doctrine of the Trinity, read this link and this one as well.
Second, the Bible commands us in Hebrews 10:24 – 25 to keep regular frequent company with other Christians, and the most common way of accomplishing this is with membership and regular attendance and participation of a local church. If this is what you choose, make certain that such a church professes that the Protestant Christian Bible is the inerrant, God inspired, completed revelation to man, and is the final authority in all matters, and this profession is verified by the actions of the church’s pastor and members. Finding such a church is very difficult in this day and age, so many Christians are now seeking to fulfill Hebrews 10:24 – 25 by regularly meeting to pray and study the Bible in small groups, which is what the early church did – often in each other’s homes but also at times in public places like synagogues and on each day of the week – until the Roman government took control of the church and commanded under penalty of death that people could only meet in government – designated buildings on Sunday. It was at that time that the term “church” came to mean a building where people met to worship, or a particular group of people that meet at buildings to worship.
Third, here is a link that does an excellent job of briefly defining common Christian terms, many of whom are often misunderstood, misused, and abused. Please become familiar with it, and it will help you both in your understanding of the Bible, and those who either honestly misunderstand it knowingly dishonestly seek to profit from the popular misunderstandings of others.
Finally, God bless you in your new life!
J. King of Heal The Land
J. King of Heal The Land
Posted by Job on April 13, 2007
Yes, I called you a sinner. So? We are ALL sinners. So why deny it, or be ashamed of it? There is nothing special about that fact at all. Proof: I work in the technological field, and part of my education was classes in logic. When classifying things according to logic, a characteristic that all of the items being classified shares in common becomes irrelevant: it is ignored. Take, for example, cars and elephants. All cars have tires. All elephants have trunks. So, there is nothing exceptional about a car having a tire and an elephant having a trunk, and no reason to dwell on that fact or take offense at it. Just admit it: you are a car. You have tires. You are an elephant. You have a trunk. You are a human, and that makes a sinner. Admit it and move on.
How does move on exactly? Well, God is righteous and hates sin, and will one day destroy all of it. That creates a problem for the sinner, of course! The only way to be protected from a God who hates sin and will destroy it is to be saved from destruction by that same God. How is that possible? Let me give you a hint: one of the names of God is Yeshua, which means GOD SAVES! A better known version of that name is Jesus, which is the name of the Word of God person of the God who exists eternally as Father, Son, and Spirit. We refer to Jesus as “son” because God sent the Word person of the Trinity to earth as a human. When God’s earthly existence died, it made a way for you to be saved when God destroys all sin despite still being a sinner. How? BY FOLLOWING THE THREE STEP PLAN! That’s all it takes! Try it today for no money down (or actually, no money EVER)! Now though the benefits of this deal – the greatest deal in history actually – last forever, the deal itself won’t! So get it now, today!
Posted by Job on April 13, 2007
|Exodus 20:2-17||Deuteronomy 5:6-21|
|2I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;||6I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery;|
|3you shall have no other gods before me.||7you shall have no other gods before me.|
|4You shall not make for yourself an image, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.||8You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.|
|5You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.||9You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and fourth generation of those who reject me, 10but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.|
|7You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.||11You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.|
|8Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.||12Observe the sabbath day and keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you. 13For six days you shall labour and do all your work. 14But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, or your son or your daughter, or your male or female slave, or your ox or your donkey, or any of your livestock, or the resident alien in your towns, so that your male and female slave may rest as well as you. 15Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the sabbath day.|
|12Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.||16Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God commanded you, so that your days may be long and that it may go well with you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.|
|13You shall not murder.||17You shall not murder.|
|14You shall not commit adultery.||18Neither shall you commit adultery.|
|15You shall not steal.||19Neither shall you steal.|
|16You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.||20Neither shall you bear false witness against your neighbour.|
|17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house;||21Neither shall you covet your neighbour’s wife.|
|you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.||Neither shall you desire your neighbour’s house, or field, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.|