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Irenaeus Against Heresies Books 1 – 5

Posted by Job on July 26, 2007

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Proving The Existence of The Historical Jesus Christ

Posted by Job on July 26, 2007

http://www.probe.org/content/view/18/77/
http://sonic.net/sentinel/naij3.html
http://www.westarkchurchofchrist.org/library/extrabiblical.htm
http://www.geocities.com/b_d_muller/index.html

http://www.ariel.org/sbyjat.htm
http://www.amazon.com/Historical-Jesus-Ancient-Evidence-Christ/dp/0899007325

http://www.carm.org/questions/extrabiblical_accounts.htm

http://www.christian-thinktank.com/jrthal.html 

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Make Your Testimony To Jesus Christ Right Here!

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!

 

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What Is Spiritual Warfare?

Posted by Job on March 15, 2007

Want to know what spiritual warfare is? Well turn your attention to these passages from the Bible. 

Luke 9:1 – Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. Luke 10:1 – After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.Luke 10:17, 18 – And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. 

Spiritual warfare is fighting against and overcoming demons, or former angels that have been cast out of God’s Kingdom and now follow Satan, with the power and Name of Jesus Christ. It is also doing the same against humans who (whether knowingly or not) work for Satan with the assistance of demons: witches, satanists, devil worshippers, idolators, etc. You might want to tell yourself that you do not believe in that stuff. Well then that makes you at best faithless and at worst a blasphemer, for the existence of Satan, demons, witches, hell, etc. is clearly laid out in the Bible in the Old and the New Testament. You cannot simply claim that certain things in the Bible are true while others are not, and you also cannot delude yourself into thinking that evil beings – and evil people who deal in and are empowered on this earth by them – have simply gone away and do not exist anymore. Your choosing not to believe in them does not matter, for they believe in you, and your recalcitrant intransigence in denying their existence only makes it easier for them to work against you and all that is yours in so many ways destructive.
You then may resort to another tactic; claiming that demons exist but they are few in number and are seldom involved in the matters of men. Friends that is simply taking deism, the belief that God merely created the universe and then abandoned it and exerts no influence or control over His creation, and applying it to Satan. If God, His angels, and His people are active and bringing the positive constructive influence of love into the world, then of course Satan and His agents are hard at work doing the opposite. And just as there are legions of angels, there are many demons. As a matter of fact, the Bible specifically says that one third of the original angels that God created became demons (Revelation 12:4). Do not think that all these evil spirits are just sitting around doing nothing. Why? Because it defies common sense! Just because it eases your mind to think that all of these evil spirits are lying around dormant and inactive for no particular reason does not make it sensible or true. Just think about it. If you had eternity to exist and a whole planet full of people to torment (usually without opposition or consequence) why WOULDN’T you take advantage, especially if you were evil to start out with? And even that is a simplistic explanation that does not even consider THE WAR BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL!

There is a reason why evil spirits are so prominently mentioned in the New Testament. Not only do demons exist, but it is our job to battle and overcome them with the Name and the power of Jesus Christ. In order to do that, you must admit that they exist and then know how they operate. Demons are most effective in dealing with people who willingly deal with them, as in witches for instance. But they are still quite effective – and most common – in dealing with people who unknowingly deal with them! In those instances, the best weapon that demons have is anonymity; to work their evil destructive deeds with people being unaware of their presence. After that they have fear and inertia: people who are aware of their presence but refuse to do anything about it, or refuse to take proactive confrontational action to conquer the demons, drive out their influence, and forbid them from attacking others with the Name of Jesus Christ.

And yes, modern Christians fall for it. We have allowed ourselves to be seduced with the lies of modernism and humanism. We try to give everything a scientific, psychological, medical, or economic explanation. Well if demon influence was behind sickness, insanity, and violent behavior in the time of Jesus Christ, why would it not be today? And if it was possible to solve the problem of sickness, insanity, and violent behavior by casting demons out in the time of Jesus Christ, why would that not work today? Even if the worldly methods of dealing with these issues worked, would it still not be better to do it God’s way? As it is, we know very well that the worldly methods fail all the time. They fail to explain or predict behavior; they fail to cure physical, mental, and emotional diseases all the time. But we Christians are so sold out into humanism so many of us that we refuse to admit the failures; we insist on putting our trust in science, medicine, philosophy, economics, government, etc. even though we KNOW that they fail all the time and will continue to.

And do not be deceived; evil spirits do not just manifest through sickness, insanity, violent behavior, and witches. Even were that the case, there would still be ample justification for every Christian to make fighting them a regular part of their lives; indeed on a daily basis! But it is not the case. Indeed, every single evil, vice, sin, corruptive and destructive behavior, etc. have demons associated with them. Divorce. Suicide. Homosexuality. Adultery. Fornication. Pornography. Murder. Rape. Guilt. Shame. Fear. Compulsion. Obsession. Racism. Misogyny. Misandry. Abortion. Hatred. Poverty. Greed. Negativity. Dependency. Cultism. Gossip. Self – mutilation. Jealousy. Depression. Sound like anything you are familiar with either by experience or observation? And just as there are so many demons, there are so many ways that you can allow demons to enter into your life and start working against you. 
 

Make no mistake. Demons are real. And as Christians, it is our duty to fight with and overcome them in the Name of Jesus Christ. The purpose of this website is to help Christians to recognize the ways that demons operate in the lives of people – including Christians! – so that they can do their jobs as commanded by Jesus Christ, which is to actively effectively fight back. And make no mistake, actively effectively fighting back is not running to the doctor, psychiatrist, or counselor. It is not preachers and pastors who try to give humanistic explanations for what they know are evil spirits so they will not offend people. Do not get me wrong, I am not against medicine or science! Indeed, the very best doctors and counselors are those who are aware of these evil spirits, and incorporate that awareness, their spiritual warfare, into their work! A great example: Dr. Paul Meier! Even if you are forced to seek the help of a secular non – Believing medical provider (avoid non – Believing counselors, psychologists, therapists, psychiatrists, etc. at all costs), it is still YOUR JOB for YOU to augment their work with spiritual warfare! And it is also your duty to not just use spiritual warfare to defend yourself. No, you must also use it to help others! Again, realize that there is a war going on, and the battleground is everybody everywhere, and it must be fought in that same matter.
Do not be a non – Believer. Do not be a draft dodger. You have nothing to fear! God is more powerful than Satan, and the spiritual warrior who uses obedience and fights only in the Name of Jesus Christ will never lose or suffer any harm! So read this site and investigate other resources on the topic, such as the works of Frank and Ida Mae Hammond and Derek Prince. Remember: the battle is already won by God through His Son Jesus Christ, but in order to claim your victory you have to get out and fight for it! So start today, and enlist other Christians in the cause!

And yes, the subject of spiritual warfare CAN be used in proselytizing and evangelism. Do not consider what non – Believers think of you, for you are not of the world and will be rejected by it. Your going to Heaven and getting others to is more important than what some unsaved person – and some lukewarm half believing Christian – thinks of you. Trust me, for everyone who rejects you, you will be blessed. For everyone who slams a door in your face another will open. But there are those who are so oppressed with depression, sickness, hopelessness, and despair; those who are trapped by behaviors that they are so ashamed of and desperately fear hurting themselves and others yet they cannot control it; and those who are so sick of seeing so many people around them in such desperate conditions that they will JUMP at the chance to have the victory in their own lives and create a positive impact in the lives of others over such evil and the demons that cause them. Instead of looking at you like you are crazy, they will say “If I give my life to Jesus, that will enable me to stop being a user/abuser like I have been all my life?” Or “You mean that so many of these problems, heartbreaks, and failures in my life are due to the effects generational curses, and unless I give my life to Jesus my kids will experience the same thing?” Or “You mean that I am having problems in this area of my life because of witches trying to destroy me, but if I give my life to Jesus I can fight back and win?” Such people will respond “Where do I sign?” and that will be more souls for Christ.

If your interest is evangelism, realize that spiritual warfare is the undiscovered country. So many people do not give their lives to Christ because no one is giving them a reason why! No one is telling them how it really makes a difference and changes their life! And this is due in no small part to their watching many Christians, who thanks to the demonic influence over their own lives experience many of the same problems as the unsaved. For instance, divorce rates are just as high among Christians as among non – Christians, and the American states with the highest concentration of Christians and churches have the highest rates of crime, poverty, and racism! Clearly a lot of this is due to these Christians not engaging in spiritual warfare in their own lives or the lives of others. But once these people are told of AND demonstrated how a real difference in their lives and in the lives of others can be achieved if they give their lives to Jesus Christ and start engaging in spiritual warfare, that will open up so many doors!

I will give an example, my own personal testimony, of how spiritual warfare made a difference in my life. It is all true, every last word! Read it and let it inspire you to start getting into spiritual warfare yourself and to recruit others into it!MY SPIRITUAL WARFARE TESTIMONY

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Is Hell Real?

Posted by Job on March 15, 2007

What is commonly referred to as “hell” is actually the lake of fire. Hell is an evil entity, a demon if you will, that holds certain spirits of men – commonly referred to as souls – until such time as the Final Judgment, which the Bible refers to as the second death. (According to the Bible, the sea is another place where spirits of men are held until the Final Judgment, and the sea is where Satan tends to hang out.) After Final Judgment, hell will be cast into the lake of fire along with Satan, his demons, and all spirits of men who have refused to submit to God through his Son Jesus Christ.  The Book of Revelations explicitly states that in the first death the beast and the anti – Christ get cast into the lake of fire, and the spirits of the martyrs go to Heaven, while Satan is bound in a pit for 1,000 years while Christ reigns on Earth. After the 1,000 year reign is the Final Judgment when those in hell and in the sea get judged and sent to Heaven or the lake of fire. It is clear in the Bible that not all spirits of dead men are bound by hell or the sea, as Elijah ascended directly into Heaven and Enoch “was not found.” There was also Lazarus, who was “in the bosom of Abraham” while the rich man was in torment in hell, as the parable in the Gospels goes. However, “the bosom of Abraham” was not specifically referred to as heaven, and the rich man was in hell, which while a place of torment, was not the lake of fire. Revelations also refers to the martyrs as having a special holding area under the altar of God; a privileged position to be sure but not yet Heaven. So, it is not quite explicitly clear in my reading where the spirits of all dead men will be while awaiting Final Judgment, or what concept of time they will have. It is enough to know that you need desire Heaven as your final destination, and if you fall short there is only one alternative. 

It is hell, and not the lake of fire, where Jesus descended into for three days after his death on the cross. Let us remember that God is not limited by time or space as we are, so while Jesus was in hell he offered salvation to all people for all time who had died without ever having the chance to receive The Gospel on Earth. If you are imagining what sort of person would turn down Jesus while in hell, such are people who would have also rejected The Gospel had they heard it on Earth whether by total rejection or by failing to keep it completely. So, people who recognize that Jesus suffered torment in Gethsamane, during his beatings, and on the cross for our sins need remember that he also suffered torment in hell for us too. Moreover, they need remember that he overcame the demon that traps dead souls – that he took away the key from the prison! – on our behalf. But the question that you might have – that many indeed have – is why? Why would a loving righteous God create such a terrible place and fate for members of his favored Creation? The notion troubles so many people and is in such conflict with their image of God that they decide that there is no lake of fire (again oft mistakenly referred to as hell) at all! Or, they decide, if there is such a place, only REALLY BAD people, like war criminals and child molesters, will go there. Certainly not “good people” who merely fail to accept Jesus Christ and obey the complete will of God. Right?  

Wrong. Realize that accepting Jesus Christ, obedience, and the faith required thereof is all that God asks of us. He doesn’t require of us to be these great people who build better mousetraps and do great things. Even those who WERE great, i.e. Moses, Deborah, David, Paul, etc., were so because they did what God told them to do and not of themselves. And also, it is not as if God does not bless, indeed greatly bless, those who do what he wants. No matter how hard it seems, those who obey God are much better off than those who refuse. So, when you refuse God, you are rejecting an existence in him for an existence that is in every way inferior; undesirable. You cannot blame God for not wanting such a person around. Also, you must remember one of the key elements of God:  his righteousness. Because God is righteous, he cannot tolerate that which is unrighteous. In order to exist with unrighteousness, something must also be unrighteous. God cannot be unrighteous. He cannot be unjust. He cannot be unfair. He cannot be untruthful. Not being those things means not being around them, too. God will allow unrighteousness, or evil, to stay for awhile, but at some finite point because of his own integrity he will become fed up and destroy it. In essence, he is not even destroying PEOPLE (or rather their spirits). Instead, he is taking out the trash. Remember:  you have a choice. You can obey God or disobey him. If you disobey God, you are tolerating unrighteousness; accepting it. By doing so, you are doing that which God cannot do; evil, and you become that which God cannot be; evil. It is the duty of a righteous loving God to war against, overcome, and destroy evil. That is what his son Jesus did for us on the cross on Earth. That is what the Holy Spirit does for all who accept Jesus Christ and are baptized in it after Jesus’ ascension. And that is what The Father will do for his own sake AND for those who overcome all temptations, tests, and hardships on Earth for his sake. If you reject God and the goodness that resides only in Him and His, you are evil, and you must be destroyed.  

That is so hard a concept for so many to grasp. They believe that they can be made, but not destroyed. They believe that this temporary body on Earth can be destroyed, but not the eternal spirit. Or they believe that demons will be destroyed in the lake of fire, but not those of men. They fail to realize that “demon” means “evil spirit.” You have within you a spirit. If your soul, meaning your will, does not accept and obey Christ, your spirit is then evil. That means that there is precious little difference between you and a demon if you do not accept Christ … the only difference is that you have the possibility of being saved should you so choose. But after your natural body dies, there is no substantial difference! Your spirit would get bound by hell just like any other demon, and then get cast into the lake of fire with Satan, hell, and all other demons and evil spirits.  Also, go back to the Garden of Eden; Adam and Eve. Adam sinned because he disobeyed God; an act of rebellion. When Adam did so, he accepted Satan’s offer and enlisted in Satan’s army in their war against God over God’s throne to be ruler of Heaven and Earth. So all sinners since have been fighting for Satan against God. Now, of course, we can leave our state of rebellion by telling God that we are sorry and ceasing the insurrection. But to those who do not are still in Satan’s army! Of course, God is going to become so disgusted with the fruitless rebellion that he will end it for good by casting the rebels into the lake of fire forever. Sound extreme, even foolish to you? Well explain why. Explain why someone who fails to obey God is NOT rebelling against him! You might say that you just rebel a little bit or rebel in just one area of your life. Well, there are a lot of people out there. Add to that all the people who have ever lived and will ever live. Imagine if every single one of those sinned just a little bit in one area of their life. Would they all sin in the same area? Of course not! They would all sin according to their weakness and be guided by whatever mores and values of the culture and time in which they lived. (For instance, things that we consider murder, rape, and child molestation not only are not and have not been universally condemned but in some places are accepted and routine.) Add it all up, and that is a lot of sin for Satan to use in his spiritual war against God, is it not?  

If it does not work that way in your estimation, then how does it work? Do you deny that God and Satan are spirits? Do you deny that Satan is in rebellion against God? If God and Satan are spirits, and Satan is in rebellion against God but dare not attack him directly, what else would he use? Why, evil spirits! His goal is to corrupt the spirits of men; to turn them into evil spirits to use in his war against God! If you are unwilling to accept that, then why do you suppose that there is even any concept of SIN at all; why we cannot just do whatever we want? Do you not believe that there is a REASON why God told you to do certain things and not others and will destroy you if you do not comply? Did you think that for God to do such a thing that he is just being MEAN? No, those who refuse the love of God hate him and are part of a battle to unseat him! A battle that is already lost, mind you, but Satan and his demons have already made up their mind. It is you who have a choice, and you are on the losing side because you are unwilling to acknowledge that the war exists? So understand that if you are a rebel against God, he will deal with you as such. Penalty? Death in the lake of fire! It is a fate fitting for a traitor.  So, rather than trying to convince yourself why the lake of fire does NOT exist, ask yourself why it WOULD and WOULD NOT. Ask yourself why a just God WOULD want to punish all the evil deeds in the world and all the people who did them UNLESS THOSE PEOPLE DEMONSTRATED THAT THEY WERE TRULY SORRY BY REPENTING, ACCEPTING GOD AND HIS AUTHORITY THROUGH JESUS, AND THEN OBEYING HIM. Answer? Because it makes sense. Ask yourself why a just God WOULD NOT punish evil and evildoers after giving them a chance to renounce evil and change their ways. Can’t come up with anything, can you? Ask yourself why an all – powerful God WOULD NOT destroy a rebellion against HIM; a rebellion whose goal is to replace good with evil, to punish the righteous and reward the wickedness in a manner opposite to God’s love, by forever giving the rebels what they deserve. As yourself why an all – powerful God WOULD allow this rebellion to continue forever, even if it has no chance of succeeding! Just to be “nice” to those who are wicked and will never change? It is true that God tells us to love our enemies on Earth, because everyone living has the potential to change no matter what they have done. But after you die, your time is up, and your spirit is either good or evil based on what you chose on Earth. Good spirits who fought the fight against the evil rebellion get their reward, and bad spirits whose very presence is corruption and are hence offensive to God get removed so that all that is before God’s presence is cleanliness.  

The only reason why you would want God to forever tolerate your sins is because you don’t want to give them up … because you love your sins more than you love God. So, you convince yourself that either there is no lake of fire, or if there is you are not going there. Not only are you wrong, but if you do not soon change you will pay the price! The lake of fire is real because God created it to forever punish and hold all who will not bow to him; all who chose hate over his love. Do not let it happen to you! Say the Salvation Prayer today! Prayer: 

In the Name of Jesus Christ, may people, especially who read this, believe both in the lake of fire and the God as He exists in the Tri – Unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as THE ONLY TRUE GOD and THE ONE ALONE who will either forever spare them out of it or rightfully send them to it based on whether they believe upon and submit themselves to this same God through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. May they accept salvation and lordship from this God through the Son Jesus Christ. After they believe and accept salvation, may they obey You in all things, including Your Commandment for them to evangelize and thereby make disciples of all men in all the nations of the earth. In the Name of Jesus Christ.  Deliverance: 

The evil spirits that work in this area are atheism, humanism, rationalism, skepticism, intellectualism, faithlessness, false doctrine, false teaching, rebellion, and confusion. All of them work to keep people from believing in God, and furthermore believing in a God that they have to submit to and obey through Jesus Christ alone. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!

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IS GOD REAL?

Posted by Job on March 15, 2007

According to most surveys, from 80% to 90% of the American population believes in some concept of God. But very few people, even those who profess a strong fundamental Christian faith, are extremely observant at and away from church, and try their level best to lead a lifestyle based upon their faith’s principles, actually believe in the God of the Bible. Many professed theists and Christians do not believe that God created the world and all in it in seven days, accepting instead other explanations for Creation. Many professed theists and Christians do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died to redeem that said Creation. Many professed theists and Christians do not believe that you have to accept his Son as payment for your sins and repent of said sins or be forever punished. Many professed theists and Christians do not believe that God demands complete obedience and submission, a true heart, and will forever punish all who lack it. And many professed Christians do not believe that God demands that we warn others about the peril that they face if they continue through life without a true heart.  You can say that you believe in all of that and STILL not believe in one critical element, and as a result not truly believe in any of it. Or you may simply believe and not have faith, the evidence of which is works, which fundamentally is the same as not believing. What is that critical element? The belief in a God who has power. It takes more than believing in all of the things that God DID and CAN DO. It is easy to believe those. No, to truly believe in God, one must believe in what God is DOING and WILL DO. And then you must take a greater leap … believe in what God IS DOING and WILL DO for YOU if you ask. Satan knows that in many instances he cannot get a person not to believe in God. So those people, he deceives with not even what can be considered the next best thing, but an EVEN BETTER THING (for his purposes):  the God that doesn’t DO anything. The God that does not cause anything to happen. The God who chooses no one or nothing over anyone or anything for no time or reason. The God who does not speak to anyone.  The God who is completely uninvolved in our everyday affairs.  The God who is an absentee, or at best passive, entity. The God who is, from our perspective, for some reason either powerless or heartless and abandons his Creation made in his image to random chance. It so defies logic that such a God would exist that it is actually more sensical to believe that no God exists at all!  

To those who believe that there is no God, I must simply ask you how you got here, and what existed before anything was. Physicists generally agree that our universe is time – space limited. By that it means that it had a definite beginning, is headed towards a definite end, and has boundaries of size. If the universe had always been, was never going to end, and was of infinite size, one could plausibly say that it always was, will be, and there is nothing else. But since that is not the case, there is obviously SOMETHING that exists outside of our time – space. So, you might say that sure, something exists outside of our time – space, but not some supreme creator – master. (Indeed, it is a common belief among science – fiction adherents that a race or races of super – powerful and knowledgeable beings live outside our space – time.) Such people can come up with no explanation for from everything from the formation of our universe to details of everyday life except random chance. That, of course, is so mathematically unlikely as to be absurd. Fundamental mathematical probability dictates that A) unless there is a moving force, it is far more likely for NOTHING to happen than for SOMETHING and B) without said moving force, anything that DOES happen will almost certainly happen in isolation; the tree falling in the forest with no one to hear it. Even if two are more things happen at random and not in isolation, again mathematical probability dictates that those two events will ACT AGAINST each other in a DESTRUCTIVE manner, not TOWARDS each other in a CONSTRUCTIVE manner. (Particles that collide should destroy each other, not clump together and form atoms which clump together and form matter which clump together and form stars, planets, ice cream pies, etc.) Further still, the mathematical probability of random events occurring in a manner which they create something … incalculable. Random events occurring to create something that is self – sustaining AND orderly like our universe, where minor details such as the rate of blood flow is some multiple of the natural logarithm function? You cannot even calculate the extent to which it is incalculable! People who choose not to believe in God believe in such things because believing in God is the only alternative, not because it is in any way provable or is even consistent with their own stated beliefs in logic and science.  Even the notion of “randomness” runs contrary to the governing principle of physics: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Therefore, nothing is truly RANDOM! There are many things that are so complex and so non – linear and take so much time to come to completion that they SEEM random to our understanding over the length of time that we choose to study it. Indeed, scientific observation and experimentation is by definition short because the most important part of the scientific procedure is PROVABILITY which is accomplished by REPEATABILITY UNDER SIMILAR CONDITIONS. That is why we don’t have experiments that last 300 years long! But that doesn’t mean that there are things out there that take 300 – or 3000 – years to observe and quantify. Believing otherwise would tend to negate the belief of atheists, agnostics, and even many professed theists … that things evolved over billions of years by chance. If so, it would take more than a couple of years peeking at a laboratory dish and a couple more coming up with equations to describe how the universe formed and has operated for billions of years. Of course, such people also ignore the fundamental flaw that is at the foundation of their belief. Scientific investigation depends upon things happening according to some law that governs it, i.e. the law of gravity. But if something is RANDOM, then it can behave in any manner! Therefore, if the universe created itself according to some random manner, there would be no way to prove or describe it using repeatable observation and experimentation. The only thing that these people do is further disprove both randomness and the notion that disorder can bring forth order, which is as impossible as it is for gold to grow on an apple tree.  

Yet and still, there belief in no God still makes more sense than belief in a passive or absentee God. Those who believe in such are probably the types that are horrible babysitters and playmates. Such people would give a candy or toy to a small child, and then for no reason would take it away! Such people confer on God unlimited power, the ability to create all things. They confer on him unlimited will, which caused him to create all things for no reason other than wanting to. And then they take it all away by suggesting that such a God either cannot or will not take an interest in his Creation. Such people create an unlimited God to fit their imagination and then create a limited one to suit their pleasure. These people may believe that a God exists, but would for some reason allow an entire universe to Big Bang out of nowhere with intelligent life to form on a planet at random chance for no reason at all. Such a God merely exists to, well, shrug, I suppose, in the general direction of his creation and those who ponder it. (Or maybe not even shrug, because it doesn’t matter whether such a God is even aware of our existence.) Did this God have an ability to create the universe and all in it? Did this God consent to its creation? Could this God have stopped it or started it? Does this God have any opinion on the operation and duration of this creation? No one knows. People who believe in such a God have merely invented him just to be reassured that a God exists, or more likely merely so that they can tell people in an overwhelmingly Christian society that they DO believe in God so that they can escape marginalization. And then there are those who believe in the start/stop God. That God did create the universe, but he didn’t create the Earth, which formed on its own. Or that maybe God created the universe and the Earth, but he didn’t create the plants and the animals, which formed on their own. Was there some line to which God could proceed but not cross with his creation? If so, who made the line and why? Was it God himself? And even if God did create that line to which he would not cross, why did he obey himself? Who does he answer to? Why could not he just cross it later? Of course, such a God would not be bound by the God that true Christians know; the God who cannot lie and his bound by his Word even to himself; the Measure and Originator of Righteousness and Justice. This God would be totally unrestrained to do whatever he pleased! And again, the question of why such a God, or any God, would simply allow the Earth or the plants and animals to just HAPPEN seems unfathomable. Are there critters running around that God does not know about? Or does he just know about them when they come about? If that is the case, what is his opinion of it all? Did God’s control stop because he became tired, bored, or lazy? Is he going to start back? 

And then there are the start/stop plus God crowd. They believe that God created the universe, the Earth, the plants, animals, and people. Many of them even believe, to varying degrees, all the things that happened in the Bible. They believe that God parted the Red Sea for Moses, that sun stood still and the walls came tumbling down for Joshua, they believe in the prophets, and even in the divinity, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus. But they believe that, at some point, it all stopped. That God stopped working miracles. That he stopped revealing himself to his people. That you can no longer speak to God, that God will no longer hear you and talk back to you. That he stopped taking an interest in every minute detail of every person’s everyday life, and wanting each person to direct every minute detail to the service of him so that each person would please him and he would in return protect and bless them and take their soul to heaven. Such a God would have either lost all his power, or have just stopped caring; stopped loving. Why would a God who was once all powerful and all loving cease to be so? A better question:  why would you love, serve, or even bother praying to such a God? I am a sports fan, though not as big of one as I used to be. What would always irk me were people who criticize athletes who pray before a game for God to allow them to win. They say that “God does not care who wins or lose or influence the outcome.” Why not, pray tell? The reason is that they cannot fathom God picking one team over another. They do not want to consider its implications; whether the players on one team or the institution that it represents is more righteous than another, or that God simply plays favorites. To them, a fair, just God must be totally neutral, and the only way neutrality is attained is by being uninvolved. Now this makes absolutely no sense: a God who has the power AND desire to create a universe won’t have the ability or desire to bother himself with a football game. Why? It is backwards. It takes MORE power and MORE desire to do great things; LESS power and LESS desire to do small ones. It makes more sense to say that God WANTED to create the universe but COULDN’T and therefore SETTLED for influencing the outcome of a football game than it does to say that God CREATED the universe for no reason other than he COULD, and then that same God would NOT BE ABLE TO or NOT CARE about a football game in a UNIVERSE that he created. Also, there is the verse in the Bible that states to the effect that  all things work together for the good of those who love God. That means that not only does God care who wins that football game, but the outcome of that game will work to the good of all who believe in and serve God.  

People reject this because they don’t want to serve God. They create the “neutral God” who does not favor anyone because THEY DON’T WANT TO DO WHAT GOD REQUIRES TO GET GOD TO FAVOR THEM, WHICH IS TO OBEY GOD! Such people are also limited in their understanding. They believe that the worst thing on the Earth is to hurt someone’s feelings in any substantial way, so they do all that they can to avoid it. The worst hurt that comes about is when a parent favors a child over his siblings for one reason or another. So, we create this fallacy that parents are supposed to have no favorites. This is totally absurd. If you are very ill and need lifesaving medical care, are you going to get it from a mechanic? No, you are going to go to a doctor! Not only that, you are going to take the conscious risk with your life and go to the best doctor that you can find! Does that mean that you are favoring one person over another? YES! You are favoring the person who has successfully undergone medical training and certification, and if you can manage it, you will favor a distinguished completer of medical training and certification over someone who just barely made it through! So if YOU are going to favor one person over someone else based on someone else’s merit or experiences, why do you expect your God to do any different? God favors those who will obey him. He sees people who have the desire to obey him in his heart and he sets them apart; protects them; guides them; nourishes them; removes obstacles from their path; places them in situations where they can work his will. Seems unfair to you? No more unfair than you are for denying some very hard – working, brilliant mechanic the opportunity to receive the personal satisfaction and financial benefits that come from providing you with life – saving medical care. Imagine what you did to that mechanic’s self – esteem!  So, because we do not want to seek God’s favor through obedience, we create a false god, an idol, that we do not have to obey. We create a god who treats us all equally no matter what we do. We tell ourselves that such is a truly loving God, but it is a lie. God knows right and wrong because he is all – knowing. So, such a God would want us to obey HIM so that we would do right, and not cause harm to ourselves or anyone else, and avoid wrong, which can and will cause great harm! So, we have all of these people who say that they believe in God who will also say that God doesn’t speak to you when you pray. The truth is they don’t WANT God to speak to them when they pray, because they don’t want to hear God tell them that what they have been doing is wrong. They say that they don’t believe that God performs miracles anymore. They say that because they know that if God performed miracles, it would be incumbent upon them to wholly obey God and seek him so that God can use them to perform the miracles that he wants them to in order to help people and win converts. They don’t want to reach the level of obedience of God required to be used by him in this manner, so they just say that God doesn’t raise the dead and heal the sick anymore.  

Is God a God of absolutes? Yes, but he is a God of HIS absolutes, not ours. We cannot fathom that God would create someone with less ability and give them less circumstances and create someone with more ability and give them better circumstances and believe that God isn’t helping one and harming the other. We also cannot fathom that even between two people who love God with all their heart God rewarding one with more and the other with less according to their faithfulness and obedience. So because we cannot rationalize it against our own understanding – and our own desire to disobey – we just say that God cannot and is not. We have failed to realize that God is not limited to our understanding, and he is certainly not subject to our desire to defy him.  We also choose to purposefully limit our understanding to the temporary life on Earth instead of the eternal life in Heaven. We are so blinded by our quest to impose our notion of “fairness” – which indeed is quite unfair because it rewards wickedness – that we cannot see that who might seem to be losers are indeed winners. That a devout Christian on a football team that loses to the sinners from the other side of town might merely be having his faith tested, preparing him for future trials on things more substantial down the road? Or that maybe that one football game, with its impact on its winners and losers, will set into motion events that will affect untold numbers of people untold years into the future? Also, we cannot understand that people “favored by God” serve a purpose:  to make it easier on the rest of us. Jesus, of course, is the obvious example. But also consider Moses, David, Elijah, and the other prominent men and women of the Bible. Because of their love for God, their faith in him, and their obedience of him, they were able to help so many people! Were those people lesser in God’s eyes? Did he create those people to be lesser, out of lesser material, to be grist in his mill? To be honest, who cares? It is not this temporary world that matters. It is the next world that counts; whether we get to be with God or get banished to the lake of fire. Heaven is so glorious that even if there is some sort of pecking order, you won’t care because God will take away your capacity to care about such trivialities. Yet, the God that you have created is so weak that even in HEAVEN he cannot resolve the class struggle! You cannot see that because your pride will not let you conceive of a God that holds someone else in higher esteem than you do merely because their belief is stronger and their desire to obey purer. You could probably accept God favoring one over another because one went to Harvard and another went to UCLA, but obedience? Faith? Your worldliness won’t let you conceive it.So, in order to achieve your worldview of a God who allows everyone to wallow in some sinful egalitarianism, you have created a God who simply cannot be; a God who is not the God of the Bible; a God who simply IS NOT. For your God to truly to be REAL, to be MY GOD, you have to believe in him, and you have to obey him. Nothing else makes any sense, and if you do not believe me now, then rest assured that it will soon be revealed to you. So I urge you, believe in God today, and accept Him so that salvation from your sins and from this evil fearful faithless rebellious world will be yours. Say the Salvation Prayer right now, and when you are finished, share it with a friend who needs God and His Salvation.

 Prayer: 

In the Name of Jesus Christ, may people, especially who read this, come to believe in THE ONE TRUE GOD ELOHIM as He exists in the Tri – Unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and may they accept salvation and lordship from this God through the Son Jesus Christ. After they believe and accept salvation, may they obey You in all things, including Your Commandment for them to evangelize and thereby make disciples of all men in all the nations of the earth. In the Name of Jesus Christ.  Deliverance: 

The evil spirits that work in this area are atheism, humanism, rationalism, skepticism, intellectualism, faithlessness, false doctrine, false teaching, rebellion, and confusion. All of them work to keep people from believing in God, and furthermore believing in a God that they have to submit to and obey through Jesus Christ alone. Please read the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide to learn more about how to go against these demons to help set captives free and win battles in the name of your God through the power, authority, and victory given to you by his Son Jesus Christ and by his blood shed for you!

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