Tuesday, September 16, 2014

KILLING WORDS..."THE CRIME THAT CANNOT BE SPOKEN!"

  I OWE MANY THANKS TO LIBERTY MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2013 ISSUE, AND THE AUTHOR DWAYNE LESLIE.

           IMAGINE,......being hung upside down by your feet.                                                                       Electric wires are tied around your ankles and you are threatened repeatedly with electrocution. In addition to this, you are repeatedly pulled from your prison cell so that police can beat your viciously.
            WHY?
       Because someone accused you of making inflammatory statements about their God they call Allah!

      Even though your accuser later recanted his allegations, you were still "TRIED", for the crime of blasphemy, convicted, and then sentenced to life imprisonment.  NOW PLEASE THINK ABOUT THAT, think of YOU spending the rest of your natural life in prison, for the crime of, 'Speaking your mind'!

      It's absolutely incomprehensible, is it not?  Especially for those of us privileged to live in America, where we, far too often, take our First Amendments-guaranteed fright to free-speech and freedom of religion for granted.
      AS an American, Y O U can be excused for asking how someone could be imprisoned---or worse--- just for something he or she has said or written.
     
      For anyone who is unfamiliar with the term blasphemy essentially means showing disagreement or contempt for a deity.[ {j.b.) including the commonly held ideals of and or for a deity, by a people or nation or faith]. While you'd likely offend a number of people by engaging in blasphemy, your right to do so in the U.S. is nevertheless protected by the previously mentioned First Amendment.

    Yet if far too many countries, even one would be too many, blasphemy is illegal.[ {(j.b.) Who remembers the uproar over the Mohammed cartoon by S. Rushdie, and the FATWA, kill on sight order, issued by many Imams?] In many of those countries being hauled off to jail for expressing a minority view about religion is a shockingly common occurrence. And the level of n"Proof" for such a crime can be astonishingly low.
    In the U. S. there's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. In too many other nations, when it comes to blasphemy , there's guilt based on no more then if you are a member of a religious minority... such as a christian in Pakistan, or any other Muslim Nation!

     Recently, the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom ( USCIRF) released a report detailing Pakistan's history of violence against religious freedom. The findings are deeply troubling... in just the past 18 months, the UASIRF documented 203 incidents of violence in the name of religion, resulting in some 1,800 casualties, and more that 700 deaths.

    A recent case, involved a Seventh day Adventist {j.b. in full disclose this site project this faith's doctrines) man named Sajjad Masih. The opening illustration was actually his experience, recounted to us by his lawyer (although the alleged insults involved the prophet Mohammed) Sajjad was accused of blasphemy by authorities in Pakistan-- despite the accuser both recanting his testimony and stating that the POLICE forced him to level the allegation in the first place!!!!  Sajjad Masih was convicted of blasphemy and was sentenced to life in prison. There remains ZERO evidence supporting the charges.  These are greatly disturbing items, but not the most so.

      Blasphemy laws themselves are the key issue. NO matter what god the Majority chooses to worship, the making of dissent by minority faiths, a  criminal offense is a terrible idea, FOR ALL KINDS OF REASONS.

    To suggest that ONE's god is happy to have Y O U worship  him under coercion, of death , torture and or life imprisonment, ...is beyond human folly!  [(j.b.) and should be beyond SANE human understanding!]

    While Sajjad Masih is a deeply troubling and current example of abusive enforcement of blasphemy laws in Pakistan, it is not an isolated incident. Dwayne Leslie goes on to document 4 other cases, of the same extreme actions, that by my words, O N L Y parallel the actions we expect only from Satan and his crew ! Or is this the actual reason behind all of this?


   John 15:18  "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."

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Friday, September 12, 2014

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LOVE STORY EVER.

FROM PASTOR RODRIQUEZ. 9/6/'14.

       ....A STORY.........THE MORAL......  A CHALLENGE.

   There is a good King, and well beloved King, a King whom the whole Universe, payed loyal homage too. Yet this well beloved King, who for the His great love for humans on this earth, became a baby in womb of a young lady. A young lady who had not ever known...

     Luke 1:31-34  "And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?"

     Please know this fact, modern science of human medicine, now knows that a new baby's eyes can only focus at a distance of 8-10 inches, which is just the right distance for a nursing new Mom, that her baby can see her face, clearly! Her voice, the child already knows for some months in the womb, as well as other family voices and music!
 
    A child within the womb, is confined in a small space, so after birth, they are comforted, by being wrapped up in a blanket, that keeps their arms and legs from being extended, which seems to cause many to be frightened. Thus a manger, filled with straw, would have been both warm and comforting to this baby who is still today a King!
    There is not much humans know about this man's life, but a few days of his life at the age of twelve, and then again at the age of thirty, when He was baptized, by John the Baptist, and by the Holy Spirit in the form of dove.
   
     Matthew 3:13-17  "Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfill all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."

      Man, can not yet know, when Jesus knew the full measure of His earthly Mission, but we do have a clue..
        Luke 2:43-49  "And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?"

     Then we find Him...

     Matthew 20:25-28  "But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."

     Jesus Christ was prepared to surrender His life, as a ransom payment for all humanity,from the Prince of the air, Satan,who inherited this dominion from Adan, at his fall into sin, thus it was that Christ's  life and blood should be shed as payment for sin, and to defeat the devil, Satan, at the same time giving us all who desire it, salvation of God!

     He knew He would be betrayed....
   
    Matthew 26:14-16  "Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him."    Matthew 26:19-23  "And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. Now when the even was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said, Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me."

He knew He must suffer.... and to be murdered, in a most cruel and humiliating way....

     Matthew 16:21  "From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."

   Yet it was during the Lord's Supper, The Passover day, what we call today Communion, that one of His last yet greatest lessons, He had to impart on mankind, The  Teaching of Humility of the Foot washing!   The contemplation before, during and post this action, can taken as a "Mini-Baptism".
     John 13:5  "After that he poureth water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded."
     John 13:11-17  "For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean. So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one an other's feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you. Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."

    Who can NOT see, that Jesus also wanted to wash their hearts from this all too human desire, to be the greatest?

     Luke 22:17-20  "And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you."

  Now what's the symbolism of all this mean?
 A:   Christ is our "Bread of Life" ..John 6:48  "I am that bread of life."  We must "EAT" Christ, as He is also the WORD, the Holy Bible, we should it of at least one hour every day! [this is the challenge part!] 

B.    His Blood......Colossians 1:14 " In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:"    Hebrews 9:22  "And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. "     Revelation 7:14  "And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb."
    Then they went to the garden of Gethsemane, while singing a song;;  :  

    Psalms 117:1-2  "O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD."

   Most of know that most criminals, or those so accused, have but one trail right? Some are tried twice, but Jesus?  Well....

     First trial:   John 18:13  "And led him away to Annas first; for he was father in law to Caiaphas, which                                                 was the high priest that same year."
     Next Trial:   John 18:14  "Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient                                               that one man should die for the people."

                       :John 18:24  Now Annas had sent him bound unto Caiaphas the high priest.

                       Matthew 26:57  "And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high                                                         priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled."

    Next:  Trail: Matthew 27:2      "And when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to                                                       Pontius Pilate the governor."

    Next Trial:  Luke 23:15-16  "No, nor yet Herod: for I sent you to him; and, lo, nothing worthy of death is                                               done unto him. I will therefore chastise   [whip Him] him, and release him."

    Final Trial:  John 19:12-18  "And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out,                                                    saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever                                                           maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. When Pilate therefore heard that saying, he brought Jesus forth, and sat down in the judgment seat in a place that is called the Pavement, but in the Hebrew, Gabbatha. And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

   Psalms 22:13-18  'They gaped upon me with their mouths, as a ravening and a roaring lion.  I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels.  My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture."

    Please know this, Ps. 22 was written about 1,000 years before the Christ's death on the Cross,
Now who but god, has the power to make events come to pass, in order the events fit perfectly into Prophecy but God Himself?

      Someday soon....Revelation 22:4  "And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their                                                                              foreheads."
    Now, what's in our foreheads, but our Frontal Lobe of our brains, where wee preform reasoning, and the seat of conscience.
     Matthew 24:33-34  "So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled."
    What things?  The woes found in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21. Read 'em!

    1 Corinthians 2:9  "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him."

   Tell me dear reader, DO Y O U love Him? Do Y O U even know Him well enough to love Him? Learn of Him within the Bible!  Remember my challenge to you?

    John 14:1-3  "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

     John 3:15-19  "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."

Thanking Y O U for your time
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Monday, September 8, 2014

Whom DO Y O U SERVE?


       PLEASE KNOW.  that there's no neutral in nature, nor in our lives. We serve either God by choice, or we serve Satan by default!
      There's really no fence-sitting, because fences are harp and cut us into two parts.

     Today, all of humanity, is being pulled into one of two directions, by two opposing forces, the Force for good, and the force for Evil. The Holy Bible is the foundation for Faith, and our ONLY true source, to learn about our Heavenly Father and our Creator/Savior Jesus Christ!.

    John 1:1-4  "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men."
Note: Christ IS THE WORD! He is also the Creator.

    As the Holy Bible's foundation is Jesus Christ, and that God is Love, can Y O U agree, that only with LOVE for us, was Jesus able to to leave Heaven as The KING OF THE UNIVERSE", and become a man, born of woman, as a totally defenseless baby, to grow up learning all that we have in the way of trails, then to take the torture and the insulting humiliation of being nude and nailed to a cross, left to die, for our SAKE due to OUR SINS?

     Therefore, in Rejecting the Holy Bible truths, men and women are rejecting its author and our actual maker Jesus Christ. Plus, when mankind tramples upon the the Laws of God, they deny the Character of God, as well as their denial of the Authority of the Law, and The Creator, of it!

    Oh, it's very easy to make an idol of wood or stone, or even of one's job or one's possessions, but no person has ever heard one inanimate possession say, "I love YOU", as Christ did by His dying for our sins.

   Isaiah 53:5 " But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed."

    Yes, its easy for us to make our stuff, our objects of treasure, even our love, but when it gets stolen, lost or worn out, where are we? Yes, it's easy to accept the false theories of men, no matter how learned or not, just as its easy for most to accept the false doctrines of men and Satan, because most, almost never read, let alone study. . .YES STUDY the word of God. It's much easier just to take the words of em, for the word of God, right?

    Yet, in our collective Bible Illiteracy, we are fair game for Satan's deceptions and outright lies! For if we know not God's truth, how can we know Satan's lies, from god's truth?  For example Satan's wide-scale deceptions of God, as One Who is quick to condemn, quick to anger, slow to forgive, and just can't wait to ZAP us,  is so out of character for God, which is so clearly shown by His Ten Commandments, which is but a "Reflection" of the Character that is God The Father!

    If you are in doubt as to the above statement, read Exodus 20:1-17, and then try   YES TRY to think of life on earth. . . .IF. . .IF everyone lived within these Ten Laws!
 
    Can you even imagine, life on earth without:   WARS, WITHOUT PRISONS, WITHOUT THE WHOLE LEGAL SYSTEM INDUSTRY, OF COURTS, JAILS, JUDGES AND LAWYERS, NOR POLICE MEN,  Where love the brother and sister love between mankind rules lives?
   Would you not call that HEAVEN?

I invite Y O U, to pray to God, and ask HIM to change you, as HE, would have Y O U to be!

     Luke 12:32 " Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom."

Thanking Y O U for your time.
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mark 2:27. "......The Sabbath was made for man."



     Mark 2:27  "And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:"

Note:  Now, do Y O U read in the above verse, that the Seventh day Sabbath was made for the Jews?
           BUT. . . .but is this not the standard excuse among men?
      WHY?
      Why is it, that 90% ? of "Christians", follow the the laws of men from Rome, and worship on the First day of the week?  Who knows this is SUN-god- DAY? THE VENERABLE DAY OF THE SUN?  Hadrian, who ruled Rome, during the 120's A. D. passed a law, that No Jew was to worship on the 7th day of the week, Saturday, of course by this law, that impacted all Christians as well, as they followed the examples set by Christ Jesus and His 12.
      The Head of the Church in Rome, went along with this law, and it was re-enforced by the degree of Constantine in 321 A.D., Who sought to improve his standing, by declaring...."All shops shall close on the first day of the week,, for it is a Feast day in honor of The Venerable day of the Sun" .This began the Six days shall all work but the Day of the sun is a Feast day, that much of Christendom, still adheres to, to this very day! Look at any Roman coin, minted during this Emperor's rule, and find his face on one side and the sun god on the other, as he was head of both religions!

                    SO, WHY. . . THE SEVENTH DAY SABBATH, OF THE BIBLE?

1.  BECAUSE, GOD SAID SO!  [ that's too simplistic right?]

2.  Genesis 2:1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made."

Note: God BLESSED AND SANCTIFIED IT..... Sanctified means to set aside for a Holy purpose!  Now think Y O U that man or men, can make any common day Holy? Can man or men, make anything Holy?   But look......

    Luke 23:52-56 " This man went unto Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. And he took it down, and wrapped it in linen, and laid it in a sepulchre that was hewn in stone, wherein never man before was laid. And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew on. And the women also, which came with him from Galilee, followed after, and beheld the sepulchre, and how his body was laid. And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the Sabbath day according to the commandment. "

A.  "And that day was PREPARATION DAY  [Friday, and the Sabbath's begin, at Sundown of Fridays]AND THE SABBATH DREW ON.   BUT PLEASE THINK AND CONTINUE....

     Luke 24:1-3  "Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus."

    Friday  Christ died, and buried, women gathered cloth, oil and spices but THE SABBATH DREW ON!   This meant that sunset was near,  Watches were not yet invented, and sundials no common.

SABBATH/SATURDAY Christ "RESTED", in the tomb, from late Friday until early on the First day, Sunday.

B. Therefore does not Luke place the Sabbath between Friday, Preparations day, in the which all work was to be done and finished, for the Sabbath on the SEVENTH day, followed by the First day of the week. Thus the Sabbath is place squarely between Preparation day , Friday,and the first day of the week, Sunday!

     Mark 16:1-2 " And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun."

   WHY?   WHY DID GOD CHOSE A TIME, A MEASURE OF TIME FOR HIS SABBATHS?

    YES. . .HIS, SABBATHS......

     Mark 2:27-28  "And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."

     Note:  If God had chosen a place, or a specific location, He would have needed to place it where all humanity could easily reach it, right?  So seeing the difficulty even today to travel to a spot on earth, that would not be possible, thus not practical even now, let alone then!
      But our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom, and goodness, made time, a very specific time frame, the Sabbath.  Therefore, no matter where one is, if in Tibet, or in a prison cell, TIME will always catch up and surround each one of us, within any of the man-made hour zones, around the world!
     As, all shall witness, or be present, on Friday's SUN-SET, and the start of the Seventh day Sabbath!
     Therefore, the Seventh day is the Sabbath, and the Sabbath is the Seventh day!.


    Mark 7:6-9  "He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. "

     So what will Y O U do now? Will you honor the traditions of men, or Follow the dictates of YOUR CREATOR?  There shall, soon, come a time when men, under the dark one's deceptions, shall force, you to choose!
    God uses but love and truth, but Satan never will, but he'll use everything else![Revelation 13.]

    Exodus 20:8-11 " Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."

     John 15:14-16  "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you."

With your God-given free-will, each is free to choose, Jesus Christ, or man, or self!

      2 Peter 1:3 "According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:"
    

   Yet Y O U must remember, IF GOD had not died for our sins, yours AND mine, Satan would have destroyed humanity eons ago! True Christianity IS the only Faith, in which God died for human sins, there 's NO other of earth's , many, many religions, that fact can be learned! Allah has no son, nor Buddha, nor any other man-made god, died nor their son!  Only the Great I AM!

Thanking YOU for your time.

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Thursday, August 7, 2014

LET NO MAN DECEIVE YOU!



      Yes, the closer we get to the times of the end, Satan  and his, will increase their deceptions, in both scope and severity!

       1 Corinthians 13:12 "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known."

      No flesh being, shall nor can know, all there is to learn and know from the word of God, the Holy Bible, period!  Plus NO HUMAN is infallible, no matter who makes the claim, just read the above verse and know what our Father said! Just read what His Son Christ, our Savior said.....

     Matthew 24:4-5  "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many"
    Note: Jesus said this three times and referred to twice more, all in this 24th chapter!.That, and that alone must make it important for all humanity, agree?

                                    MOST COMMONLY TAUGHT ERRORS.


(1). The human souls is immortal.    [This is Catholicism 101 and most Protestants follow it] Man has a material body plus God's spirit- breath of life, period! Without breath the body returns to dust

       Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
Note: "...and man became"..."  a what?  A LIVING SOUL! Thus dust + God's "Breath of Life" = a soul. Then at dead the opposite MUST be true  Death = a body, minus the  breath of life! A soul is NOT an added feature!

     1 Timothy 6:16  "Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen."
Note:  Can you see that it is ONLY God and the Godhead that has immortality, NOW?

     Ecclesiastes 12:7  "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
Note:  Breath of Life, Spirit, both are one of the same! Thus our death is just that death! As in not living, no life within.

     Genesis 3:19 " In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return."
     Ecclesiastes 12:6-7  "Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
    Job 27:3  "All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils;"
    Ecclesiastes 9:5  "For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten."
   Revelation 22:11-12  "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

If this is what Y O U have been taught, then ask your "Teacher" If all the dead are in Heaven or hell, why does Christ need to return to earth? Plus the why of this passage......

      1 Corinthians 15:51-53  "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality"

(2) What is Religion?
       
     Mankind has made a "Religion" of many things, a house, a yard, a car or toys, be bigger the better, right? "He who has the most toys in the end wins!" Wins what?
   Biblical Religion is our accepting God and His word as written with out lasting doubts and in full truth/faith in The Father via Christ who gave us salvation, IF we accept Him with obedience due to knowing Him from the Word and having learned to return His love back to Him in a Personal relationship!.

    John 14:15 " If ye love me, keep my commandments."    John 15:14  "Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you."

    Hebrews 11:1  "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

 Note:  Using the above as our criteria, Evolution itself must also be a religion of faith.

But how can we get faith?

     Romans 10:17  "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
Note: We must first be willing to obey that silent small voice, that some call our conscience, but if in fact the Holy Spirit drawing us to The Father in christ Jesus.  If any continuously ignores the calling, they will be guilty of.....
    Ephesians 4:30  "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."
Note: The Holy Spirit does the "Sealing"  to "inoculate", us against evils and its deceptions of either Satan and man, or both working as one.
     Luke 12:10  "And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven."

Note: Why is this so bad for us?
    John 14:17  "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."
    2 Thessalonians 2:13  "But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:"

Note: See that all one loses by grieving the Holy Spirit? Plus why we should not take into our bodies things that are not good for us, as alcohol, tobacco, drugs not prescribed to us in prescribed doses, nor do stuff to permanently change our appearance by inks or objects or grinders and scalpels. He made us in HIS image after all.


(3) Heaven-Hell- Purgatory- Limbo.  ETERNAL PUNISHMENTS?

     Of all the human errors about the Holy Bible this is about the worst, making God more like an ogre, than a Loving Father-God! Let's take the points, above one at a time....

    HEAVEN: 

    Isaiah 65:21-25 " And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD."
   Revelation 21:1-3  "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God."
      Revelation 21:27  "And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
     Revelation 22:10-12  "And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

   The above passage shows that our probation will close, just a closed as it is for all who pass from life into death, and All the living shall be Judged by Christ Jesus! Which is the why HIS reward is with Him, being all those who have overcome sin by the unctions of the Holy Spirit!

HELL.

     There is NO such a thing as hell nor hell-fire today, it all from Paganism in adopted by the church of Rome, as has many such ideas and superstitions, TAKEN  from Babylon to present. 

     2 Peter 2:1-7  "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:"

      Revelation 21:8  "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

 Note: All those within whom dwells the Holy Spirit, will taste death but one time, all others will die twice, and some even three times!
     " Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."

Note: So much for the "Secret Rapture" right? all those who were involved in His death at the cross will also see Him at His Return, only to perish at the brightness of His coming.

   Revelation 14:9-10 " And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:"

Note: The first time God purified earth was with water, the second and LAST time will be with Fire, the Lake of fire's only and one time use, to turn to ashes all sinners, and death itself, this to remove all traces of human civilization and its pollutants!, in preparation for the New Eden world-wide right here on earth  ....

    Matthew 5:5  "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth."

PURGATORY:

        There's not one word of this in the Holy Bible!  Again, but a figment of human imaginations, dating back to the Greeks inherited by Pagan Rome to present Rome!  The Vatican found out in the 14th century that people believed in this and that they were willing to pay much,  [one reason why this church is the most richest of all, it's wealth is more than many large corporations! ] to "Help" their passed on loved one out of this semi-hell! It is pure tradition of men!
  One of the reasons the Vatican stood against Martin Luther, and wanted him dead, was his stand against Indulgences! One Monk, Tetzel, by name, told many that at the sound of each coin into his indulgence box, meant another soul fleeing from purgatory to heaven! This was during the construction of St. Peter's Basilica!When a great deal of money was needed!  Please think! This could, in the Vatican mindset, even include cash for PRE-PAYMENT OF SINS!

I guess this goes to show us that only God's love is free and no cost to us!

LIMBO;

     Again man-made tradition. In the Bible the words soul, spirit, mean the same and are used interchangeably! 

      Ecclesiastes 12:7  "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
Note: IF we can say that God resided in Limbo, then..... But wherever God's Throne is, Heaven is also!

Eternal Punishment

     This is a gross misapplication of the Word of God. "A text taken out of context, is nothing more than a pretext!

      Exodus 21:6  "Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever."
Note How can anyone serve another after death?
Thus Biblically, for ever and ever, means a set span of time to accomplish God's purpose and will! Besides please read closely, "The Punishment applied will have permanent results, BUT the Punishing is not forever! From the second death, there is no come-back no resurrection possible!
    To say that God has punishments for for a person, that is then to tortured for ever is so unspeakably wrong and makes god worse of an evil being than Satan!


                           SABBATH-----SUNDAY......FRIDAY.....ALL 3 ARE HOLY TO MANY.. WHY?


SABBATH:  

     Genesis 2:1-3 " Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made"

Note: The Sabbath is written of some 61  times in the O.T, and 56 times in the New Testament.;. 

     Exodus 31:18  "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God."

Note: Y O U don't suppose even for second, that God would write this on stone with His own finger, so that men could change it at will,............ do you? 

    Isaiah 58:13 "If thou turn away thy foot from the Sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the Sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honorable; and shalt honor him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:

     Luke 6:5  "And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the Sabbath."

LORD'S DAY.

     2 Peter 2:9  "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:"
    Acts 2:20  "The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:    [This is now history...Google it!] 
      1 Corinthians 5:5  "To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus."

Note: This denotes the end time woes, during which God pours out His cup of wrath upon sinners and non believers alike.  Not anything, but a loud call to rest in Him in worship and remembrance of Creation days, right?

THANK Y O U  for your time.
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BROTHERS--SISTERS---CAN Y O U SEE?


     SADLY, many of us are too busy coping with daily life, that our views become myopic, even short-sighted, as we lose the view that our Creator has instilled into each and  everyone of His children!

     We are so busy, so concerned with life's problems, that we have forgotten our Father which art in Heaven! For this is THE reason of the title as God Our Father, of us all, that made us,  thus, in point of fact, brothers and sisters.  Yet, most of us live this life, as if we are all enemies of each other!  Look at was was forecast...

     In "Tomorrow's Newspaper. . . Today" !......


     2 Timothy 3:1-7  "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,  Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth"

Note:   Please read the above, again, and think of how common all these "short-comings" are today! Think, you. . . .that there is a purpose behind all the mannerisms?  Please,...think. . .of this fact more than 80% of all Bible prophecy has come to pass, as written, and on time. So why think that the rest of it will not happen? Revelation and Daniel must be studied together, or Revelation will not reveal itself to you. But in a nut-shell this is what it means......

     Ecclesiastes 1:9-10  "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us."

     This is where we have "History repeats itself ", saying just look at the Church history during the Dark Ages, it was called dark because the the Bibles were kept from the people, "You can't know it's meaning, let your Parish Priest interpret it for you", was their reason, but God truth or Light was kept from the people, hence Dark Ages, that produced all the Inquisitions, where ever Catholics ruled, in fact the last Court of Inquisition closed its doors in Quito, Peru only in 1890's! Plus the present Pope, Francis, a Jesuit Priest, told his family that his older brother, a Seventh day Adventist, for 53 years, and who taught his younger brother all the Bible,  who, when he joined the Jesuits, he told his family to think of his older brother as being dead!
    How about him preaching what he  himself practices, unity in Christ, indeed.....

   Matthew 5:22  "But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire."
    So.... Pope Francis, reconcile with your brother, while you still can!

    John 9:1-2  "And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?"

Note:  When one studies the Holy Bible,  study it not just speed read it, which avails nothing, we must keep in mind the social norms for that time. The Hebrews all thought that if a man was poor, or sick, or crippled, it was because of some sin against God. The worse the loss, the greater the sin had to have been,  we, see  this in the question: "Who did sin...."  it was also for this reason Christ spoke....

    Matthew 19:24  "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." [Mark 10:25; Luke 18:25]

Note: Most villages, had a surrounding wall, with a heavy gate facing the road. Most larger towns and cities would have had a small gate, which a unladen camel could get through, but one had to unload it, pass through, and carry all the goods through, load it back up to go home! That's a lot of work and effort, and so it is for a rich man, not to place his wealth on par or above God! That little gate was called the Needle gate or eye gate. {Because they had a small hole, for the guards to look through hence the eye gate!}

     John 9:3-4  "Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work."

      Remember Ecc.1:9  "no new thing under the sun" above?  Well the" Believe as I say, or die" bunch of the Vatican,, during the Dark ages shall come again, and for God's Light/Truth it will become as dark , once again!.....

    Revelation 13:11-18  "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

     Daniel 7:23  "Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces."

Note: Reading Daniel, learn that earthly powers guided by Satan, yet under the overall control of God, were Babylon, the head, Medo-Persia, the silver arms and chest, the Greeks of the bronze belly, and the terrible beast being Pagan Rome. God did not have Daniel name Rome for it had the power and the organization skills to wipe out the Bible. which its successor the Church of Rome inherited!...Pagan Rome became the Holy Roman Empire!
      Daniel 7:24-25  "And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.25. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Note: shall arise after them...Rome under the emperors lasted until the late 3rd century, when the Church and the Popes began to exercise their powers. In A.D.493 the Heruli were uprooted , Vandals in 534 and Ostrogoths in 538 A.D, Rome ruled as Church and state as one!

      Daniel 7:8  I considered the horns, and, behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

Note: Speaking great things.......
      The Popes are called ," Our Lord God, the Pope".  Pope Julius 2nd. in the Lateran Council, was told, " Take care that we lose not that salvation, that life and breath, which thou hast given us, for Thou art our shepherd, Thou art our Physician, Thou art our Governor, Thou art our Husbandman, Thou, finally art another God on earth".The Bible refers her to the Little Horn Power" in Daniel but as the Beast as well meaning church and State-- ruling as one!

From the Catholic National, July, 1895. :The Pope is not only the Representative of Jesus Christ, but he is Jesus Christ Himself, hidden under veil of flesh."

Note: Would Y O U and God call these great words, against the Most High? HE did and  I do!

    John 9:5-7  "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay,  And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing."

    John 9:8-12  "The neighbors therefore, and they which before had seen him that he was blind, said, Is not this he that sat and begged? Some said, This is he: others said, He is like him: but he said, I am he. Therefore said they unto him, How were thine eyes opened? He answered and said, A man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, Go to the pool of Siloam, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight. Then said they unto him, Where is he? He said, I know not."

Note: How do Y O U think you'd react witnessing a true miracle?  I have, my  friend whose wife was in a hospice for two years, constantly loosing weight, when she got to 43 pounds, the MD's and the State of Oregon, all told him, let's stop food and water, and let her die! Well he took her home, after much prayer, and he began a strict vegan diet, blending everything into a pudding like state. Well today she is walking with a walker and her weight is back up to near normal! By the way both are now into the mid 80's!  But look at the Temple leaders....

     John 9:13-17  "They brought to the Pharisees him that aforetime was blind. And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes. Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed, and do see. Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them. They say unto the blind man again, What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes? He said, He is a prophet."

Note: "..and there was division among them..."  Is this not a fact among people today? Some believe, most say they do, but live as non-believers, yet call self Christian, right?

   
      John 9:18-21  "But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind, and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? how then doth he now see? His parents answered them and said, We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: But by what means he now seeth, we know not; or who hath opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself."

     NOTE: Who can not see, that this man, born blind, now able to see, bringing God the glory?  Some may say, "That's awful of God, to have done this, right?' But we are in the flesh bodies but a few years, compared to time eternal, available to all,  so that lessens the pain, but God knows the future for each, and we do not know what pain this man avoided by being blind! God did and does all the weighing, good vs. the bad.

      John 9:30-34  "The man answered and said unto them, Why herein is a marvelous thing, that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes. Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. Since the world began was it not heard that any man opened the eyes of one that was born blind. If this man were not of God, he could do nothing. They answered and said unto him, Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us? And they cast him out."

Note: Yes, it is difficult to unlearn what one has been taught, and accepted as truth, but these people rejected living proof of  the truth, in Christ.

     John 9:35-41  "Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshiped him. And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth."

Note: Seven miracles, all 7 on the 7th day Sabbath! What is this pointing towards?

    Genesis 2:1-3  "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made"
    .Exodus 20:8-11 " Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it."

Note: Do not the bulk of Christians follow the dictates and laws of men in Rome and worship on the SUN-god-day? YES they do! They follow the Laws of men and not law of God!
    Many will reach for the excuse, "Well the Sabbath is for the Jews, only!" Right?  But.......

     Mark 2:27  "And he said unto them, The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath:"

Note: When the Bible speaks of man it usually speaks to all of mankind! So DO Y O U see the word, Jew or Hebrew, in Mark's passage? God's LAWS applies equally to all humanity! Beside just how arrogant must men be, to think they can change God's Laws? Teaching men falsely?

   2 Peter 2:1-2 " But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of."

Note: The Vatican II of 1999 has seen the singing of most of the world's religions, in their head long rush back to the "Mother" church in Rome. This, sadly included not only all of the "Eastern Religions" but also nearly all of the Protestant faiths, who now joined the Pope and kissed his ring, holding that it is HE, who has world-wide authority over all things religious and it is HE that decides what is heresy and and who are heretics, and this power system still holds the right to exterminate all heresy and heretics! Hence this verse...

     Revelation 13:15-18  "And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:  And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six."

Note: Sorry but 666 is NOT Satan's number! It is a number of a man, which Satan certainly is not!
        Many have seen the pictures of the Popes wearing the Triple Crown, signifying heaven, earth, and hell!
Plus it has the wording , "VICARIUS FILII DEI  ... Latin for "The Vicar of Christ", but when taken this to the Latin, or the Greek-Lateinos or the Hebron- Romijth into numerical values in all three they add up to 666!

     Revelation 14:6-11  "And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name."

Note: The above is not a threat, but points of fact! God wants your love, all of it, and He's not willing to share you with any other being, but Jesus Christ. It is for this reason that God died for Y O U and your sins, and why HE'l;l reach out to Y O U even if all you can lift in your little finger!

 
        2 Peter 3:9 " The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance."

Note: But what about, all those "ENTERTAINMENT 'Preachers' " in the Mega churches today?

    2 Peter 2:9-12  "The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished: But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.  Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.  But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; "

     Matthew 6:5  "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward."

Note: Indeed they have their reward, in what they wanted, the adulation of men, rather than the love of God, and His love ,returned to Him!

Thanking Y O U for your time.

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

WHAT IS A "S O U L "?


    MANY THANKS TO ED DICKERSON AND SIGN OF THE TIMES MAGAZINE AUG.2014 ISSUE.


    SOME PHILOSOPHERS AND SCIENTISTS BELIEVE THAT OUR VALUE AS HUMANS IS NO GREATER THAN THAT OF ANY OTHER ANIMAL. Ed Dickerson responds to this claim.

NOTE: (j.b.) That's the same kind of thinking the Hindus employ in their religion. They will not conscientiously, step on a insect, as it may be an ancestor!

      "There is no rational basis for saying that a human being has special rights. A rat is a pig is a dog is a boy. They are all mammals."  So said Ingrid Newkirk, President of P.E.T.A. [People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals]
      Think that's extreme? Actually, some object that Newkirk's statement gives special status to animals. Michael W. Fox, former vice president of the Humane Society, made it stunningly personal: "The life of an ant and the life of my child should be accorded equal respect."

Note (j.b.) I wonder how his child felt about that remark? Image your Father placing you on par with one ant!

     IF, you are tempted to dismiss such sentiments as mere ravings of activists or shock statements for an organized agenda to gain publicity, meet Peter Singer, considered by some, to be the most influential bioethicist,  [ (j.b.) a "specialty", less than 100 years old!] alive. Singer declared, "The notion that human life is sacred is just because it is human life is medieval."

      WHAT does the Holt Bible teach us?....
      Psalms 8:4-5  "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor."

Note:  (j.b.) ONE Angel at Christ's tomb, was enough to make 100 roman soldiers act as dead men! So obviously none of the above mentioned people have held a Bible in their hands for very long!
    Only a few centuries ago, William Shakespeare could still declare, "What a piece of work is a man!.... The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals."

      SO, how did human value plummet from being "The beauty of the world! The paragon of animals!" to what R. Buckminster Fuller described as "a self-balancing 28 jointed adapter-base biped, and a electro-chemical plant"?

                                  HUMANS AS COMPLEX MACHINES.

      THE great moral issues of the past 150 years-- genocide, slavery, abortion the role of woman, euthanasia--- all focus on the nature of human beings, (would Y O U agree?)
      In every case, some human beings claim the right to destroy, enslave, or deny dignity to other humans, whom they (j.b. must) regard as inferior!                  (Would Y O U agree?)

      If human are more than complex machines or animals, we protest in vain, when misogynists carry out their natural instincts, in fulfillment of their predatory natures! (would you, again, agree?)

      IF,  these views reflect our reality--- if humans are just another animal species among many---why should we care, if some, or even one human gets mistreated? Within or without the womb?

      Strangely, environmentalists and animal rights activists and ethicist such as Peter Singer, while contending that humans deserve no special consideration above animals, insist that humans take an active role in protecting the rest of nature !{ (j.b.) as Evolutionists, insist we are descended from Apes, thus humans are part and parcel of nature right?] That demand resonates with our sense of responsibility. They would be amazed and astonished to learn the concept of humans as nature's caretakers comes from the Holy Bible!!!!

                               HUMANS AS BREATHING CREATURES.

     PERHAPS, surprising to some, the Bible agrees with science on our human similarity to all living creatures. [(j.b.) How does this simple fact not point to a single, Creator?]
     The word for SOUL in the Old Testament, comes from the Hebrew NEPHESH, which means literally a breathing creature......
   
     Genesis 2:7  "And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. "

     Rather than separating humans from the animal kingdom, this word links us to it, for more than 20 times, the word nephesh, in the bible refers to creatures other than humans. [Genesis 1:21,24, 2:19; 9:10,12 Leviticus 11:46,47,; Deuteronomy 12:23]
       Sometimes nephesh refers to both humans and animals at the same time.. [Gen. 9:15,16; Numbers 31:28] Of course, a "breathing creature," can stop breathing and die, which the old Books affirms more than 30 times. For example, when Joshua conquered the city of Makkedah, he killed "everyone", {nephesh}within it. [ Joshua 10:28; also 10:30,32,,35,37, 39; 11:11; Ezekiel 13:19;22:25,27.  So taken together, the many repetitions of this word nephesh in the Old Testament confirms humanity's similarity with animals, not our differences from  them.

    BY the time of the New Testament, the language and culture of the Greeks dominated the world. Thus, the New Testament writers substituted the Greek word Psuche [SUE-Kay']  for the Hebrew word nephesh  And, again psuche can refer to both animals and humans, and it can die or be killed... {Revelation 8:9 and..

    Revelation 16:3  "And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul died in the sea." 
    Romans 11:3  "Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. "

                           
                             HUMANS AS MORTAL, BEINGS.

      THE Bible clearly teaches that immortality belongs only to God, look at how Paul contrast this with God and humans...
       Here we see the human imaginations at work.....Romans 1:20-22  "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, "

Note (j.b.) Now you also learn just what God thinks of these human ideas, right? But read on....

     Romans 1:23-25  "And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."
NOTE: did Y O U catch that? "Who worshiped and served the creature more that The Creator..."  THINK!

    We human, for the most part, do seek immortality, but the gift of eternal life belongs to god to bestow upon those who have a relationship with Him founded upon loving obedience! Until Christ's return, all shall "rest" in the graves, until He calls us forth, either to righteousness or to condemnation, 1000 years latter!

     1 Corinthians 15:52-54  "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory."

    1 Timothy 6:15-16  "Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen."

   Even in the earliest accounts of O.T. shows any honest reader, that we are NO LONGER immortal, because of sin. It is only due to many humans accept and teach that Satan's lie, that we even need to address this question! ...
     Genesis 3:3-4  "But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

Note: "Ye shall surely NOT die"  Well God meant for them to live forever, yes, but they rebelled, as He knew they would! Yes He could have removed Adam and Eve, and begin over, but that's not how God's love works!

     Genesis 3:22  "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:"

      So He removed them from the garden of Eden.

     SO, if we humans do not possess an immortal soul that distinguishes us from other creatures, does this validate the viewpoint that gives us the same moral status as ants and slugs? Obviously NOT!  As virtually every detail of the Creation account testifies to the unique status of humanity.
     I n Genesis, God brought the entire plant kingdom into existence by speaking. On the fifth day, He populated the waters and the skies by saying the words.But when it came to creatures with breath...

     Genesis 1:24-25  "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good."
Note: God made.... 'ASAH [aw-saw'] to do, or make.

                                     HUMANS AS "SCULPTED BY GOD. 

     Genesis 1:26-27  "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."

     As, previously shown in Gen.2:7 above, God formed man from the earth's dust, then "BREATHED"  into his nostrils, His "breath of life." Thus man became a living soul. If this was any easier, He's have to use pictures, right? Sadly few are they that study, not just read, but study His word. Must be better to let other tell us what in it, right? Of course no man ever lies right:?   Is this the why of this...

    Matthew 24:4  "And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you."

    Note Please read all this 24th chapter, but please do not, NOT compare this to the world-wide news, you just may wake up if you do!

      Genesis 2:7  And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Note: read the above over several times and close your eyes,. Now, who is so jaded, that they can NOT see God cradling Adam's head in his arms, while giving him the "The Kiss of Life"?   Plus who can fail too see, that God invested our own, creation with the same personal attention He gave Adam, because HE created us all into His own image?
     In God's own image, as His stewards, Adam and Eve received the responsibilities, and dominion over, the rest of  this earthly, creation...
   
     Genesis 1:26-28  "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

     WE, still feel that sense of responsibility, and why the environmentalists, animal rights activists and philosophy professors can all still philosophize on this matter, and it still touches us!

                                               SO. . . .WHAT IS MAN?


     THE  Bible clearly portrays human beings as the special object of God's love and care, as His crowning achievement of Creation, the caretakers of the planet!
    Yet, our rebellion against Him only reveals a greater depth and scope of the Creator's  unimaginable love,  when He sent His, Son, Jesus to be our payment for our sins, His pure life for our fallen natures.

     Matthew 10:29-31  "Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows."

Note: Please allow me to add this... for this sums up the Bible...

 

      1 John 4:6-9  "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him."


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