Is God’s Judgement of Zero Tolerance for Sin Righteous?

God is Love (1 John 4:8)

Some people tend to believe that their sins will be overlooked because “They’re not that bad”; “There are a lot worse people than me”; Or, “I’m basically a good person”; “Hey, I never killed anybody”; or “I didn’t hurt anybody but myself”…

Imagine this scenario: You have been arrested for a relatively minor offense – say shoplifting. The judge gives you jail time. As you are handcuffed and hauled away to jail, would any of those arguments work? You would not even dream of it, would you?

Sin breaks God’s Heart

Now, imagine the saddest situation you can think of. How about a mother clutching her dying baby to her chest with no way to help. Remember, God is Love – not that he has Love – Love is His very nature. God has been watching things like this happen for thousands of years. If we, being mere humans are grief stricken, imagine how a scene like that breaks His poor old heart.

God’s Wrath

How can God feel anger if He is love? Imagine another scenario. You are walking down the street and you see a poor old lady being robbed… Would it not make you furious? You are furious because even though you may not know the lady, you have a certain measure of love in your heart. God’s wrath is clearly justified.

Victimless crimes (or “I never hurt anybody but myself”)

All sin has consequences. How about alcohol and drug abuse? According to the book, Alcoholics Anonymous, the alcoholic is like a tornado roaring through the lives of others. Even people who drink alone affect people other than themselves: Their employer, family and so on… Pornography, for another example. Looking at porn has consequences for you, and the person who posed for it. And whether or not you believe it him, it twists your mind and opens the door for Satan. Here is an excerpt of a study on pornography’s effect on the mind.

Internet pornography is the new crack cocaine, leading to addiction, misogyny, pedophilia, boob jobs and erectile dysfunction, according to clinicians and researchers testifying before a Senate committee Thursday.

Witnesses before the Senate Commerce Committee’s Science, Technology and Space Subcommittee spared no superlative in their description of the negative effects of pornography.
Mary Anne Layden, co-director of the Sexual Trauma and Psychopathology Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Cognitive Therapy, called porn the “most concerning thing to psychological health that I know of existing today.”…

Pornography addicts have a more difficult time recovering from their addiction than cocaine addicts, since coke users can get the drug out of their system, but pornographic images stay in the brain forever, Layden said…

http://www.wired.com/science/discoveries/news/2004/11/65772

What about Grace?

God’s grace is not a license to sin. God wants to help release you from sin through grace. If you have given your life over to God, your whole perception on sin will change over time. I used to enjoy and actively pursue sinful pleasures. And at some point, if you are honest with yourself, you will find that you did, too. Or if you have not been baptized, you still do. But if you turn your life over to God, his Holy Spirit will “quicken” your spirit to life. Your whole perception will change. Now you will regret your sins and try to get rid of them. You may never completely get rid of them, but you will want to. You are not suddenly better than anybody else, and with cooperation from God, you will not become hypocritical and look down upon people who are still lost in sin – you will feel sorry for them and try to help.

Don’t you know that someday we Christians are going to judge the world?… Don’t you realize that we Christians will judge angels?… (1 Corinthians 6:2a,3a NLT)

On Judgement day, which side of the bench do you want to be on?

What is “Good Friday”? What Does Easter Celebrate?

Good Friday is actually very important. Good Friday has been described as the crux of time, itself. Good Friday is the day that Jesus was crucified. Easter is not about Easter bunnies and Chocolates… It is the day that Jesus rose from the dead – never to die again.

Did you ever notice that Easter varies so much as to what time of year it is celebrated? Easter is actually determined by Good Friday – not the other way around as you might suppose. Easter is the first Sunday after the first Friday after the first full moon after the Spring (Vernal) equinox. Good Friday came within one day of being as early as is possible in the year 2008 because the full moon and the spring equinox fell on the 21st. This will not happen again until 2106. The earliest possible Easter is March 22. The next occurrence of the earliest possible Easter will be March 22, 2285. The last time it fell on the 22nd was in the year 1818. The latest possible Easter is May 10. Easter has not fallen on the 9th or the 10th ever in history. The first time in history that it will fall on the 9th will be the year 2173. We will not see a May 10th Easter until the year 2268. The dates listed above may be verified at timeanddate.com

A lot happened on Good Friday. It is also known as Holy Friday and several other names.

On the original Good Friday, Jesus was convicted of blasphemy in front of a kangaroo court. He admitted to being God Incarnate (God in a human body so to speak) and that was the last straw! They did not throw Jesus in an insane asylum like they might, today — the religious leaders demanded his death! Jewish leaders did not have the authority to execute people under Roman Law so they took Him to Pontius Pilate. Pilate wanted to release Jesus badly — especially since Pilate’s wife had had a disturbing dream about Jesus. But the Jewish people would not hear of it. Instead of letting Jesus off the hook, they let a rebel named Barabbas walk.

Pilate had Jesus scourged. This is the most heinous thing you can imagine. The whip was tipped with bone and iron shards so it cut through both skin and muscle. Many people did not survive a scourge. This did not satisfy the people. They want Jesus dead.

On the third day (early Sunday morning — Approx. 36 hours after He died — if the Good Friday model is correct. Jesus was actually dead only one full day: Saturday. He died Friday evening and was raised sometime before sunup on Sunday morning.) some people went to Jesus’ grave but he was gone. He had been resurrected! And He still lives! This is now known as Easter.

Jesus was taken up to heaven approximately 40 days after He was resurrected, and now rules at God the Father’s right hand.

The angels that attended Jesus’ ascension told us that Jesus will be coming back in the same way He was taken to Heaven.

And He’s coming back soon!

Maranatha!

How to Be Good Enough to Get to Heaven

Why we can’t save ourselves

Yesterday, I was reminded of something that I’d noticed a few months ago. There was a wasp in my car trying to fly through the glass. I rolled down a window so he could fly out, but the only way he could see was through the window that would not roll down. I even tried to coax him over to the open window but he became even more determined to fly through the glass.

Also, yesterday, our dog had her cable jammed under the tire of a car. Had she pulled left instead of right she would have been free. But she pulled so hard in the wrong direction that it became terribly jammed under the tire. And she was immobilized.

God told me that we are the same way. We see only one way to a solution, but that solution will never work. And when it fails we try even harder… accomplishing nothing at best — or at worst, getting ourselves really jammed up.

But if we let go, and do what God leads us to do, no matter how ridiculous it may appear to us, we can fly right out of that glass prison.

It was that way with me and the 12-steps. There is no way the human mind can go from reading the 12-steps off the wall to understanding how doing these things can make it possible to stay sober. But once you do the steps, it just works. As simply as flying out the open window.

Stop beating yourself against the glass and let God guide you out.

The Healthcare Bill – One Step Closer to the End Times

Obamacare Is Not About Health Or Care

… It is about control. Some my think I’m crazy, but hear me out. Obama never made any secret of his plans to socialize the United States during the campaign. And his extreme far left friends and mentors are proof. Google these people:

  • Frank Marshall Davis
  • Saul Alinsky
  • Gregory Galluzo
  • He received the endorsement of the Chicago branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) http://www.dsausa.org/dl/Summer_2008.pdf also, the Socialist International, and the Workers International League, and the Communist Party of the USA.

His voting record during his brief tenure in the senate was left of even the late Ted Kennedy!

Obama is not stupid. He knows full well that our economy cannot handle another burden. He should also just be able to look around him and see that the government cannot even handle the job they have taken on in the past such as Social Security and Medicare. How can anyone dream that they will handle an exponentially larger task?

Face it, he has no intentions of helping anybody. He wants government to control every aspect of our lives. An economic collapse is the best way for a dictator to take power. Remember how Adolph Hitler gained power? This is just the first step. Ronald Reagan saw this in the 1960s. You can hear his speech on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRdLpem-AAs 

 

But the “Public Option” has been removed from the bill!

Sure the express public option language has been removed, but the way it is set up, it will have no choice. Think about this. Insurers are going to be forced to accept people with “pre-existing conditions” they do not do it now because it is good business sense. They would go bankrupt covering people who have not paid them a dime then suddenly draw hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in “benefits”. Healthcare insurers are going to go belly-up so fast it will make your head spin. The government of course cannot allow this to happen, so they will be “forced” to step in.

 

Government control is written in.

The way it is written now, the IRS will be tasked with checking to be sure that everyone is covered by government “approved” health care insurance. Your will be checked every month to be sure you are in compliance.

 

But we want to help people who can’t afford health care.

Who doesn’t? There are ways to get health care prices down so more people can afford it. The state of Mississippi has had enormous success simply by Tort reform — making it more difficult to sue doctors for malpractice frivolously.

Since passing tort reform in 2004, Mississippi has seen the number of medical malpractice claims plummet by 91 percent from its peak. The state’s largest medical liability insurer dropped its premiums by 42 percent, and has offered an additional 20 percent rebate each year since tort reform went into effect.

Bob Parks http://www.canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/14958

This one act of tort reform by itself would make health care a non-issue… If it were even about health care in the first place.

In the end times, there is prophesied that a one-world government and one-world economy will be in place. We see it happening before our very eyes. Make no mistake. If one part of this passes, our freedoms and the American way of life are history.

 

How the 12-Steps Work and Why They Are so Effective

Unless this person can experience an entire psychic change there is very little hope of his recovery (Dr. William Silkworth, M.D. “The Doctor’s Opinion” – Alcoholics Anonymous page xxvii)

The Problem

Your mind can only handle so much negative emotion. At some point your mind snaps unless you do something about it. Some people pass the breaking point and have a nervous breakdown. Some abuse food sex, money, gambling, alcohol, drugs, etc. as a way to relieve their problems. Some become “workaholics”. To keep the reading smooth, I am using the words “alcoholic” or “addict”, but these principles apply to any problem that the 12-steps address such as Overeaters Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, SLAA, etc.
Though sometimes addictive activities may appear to relieve the suffering, they are always incomplete and temporary. The problems are still there. In fact, the abuse of their “crutch” usually adds to the problems instead of relieving them.
Inside the mind of every person are varying degrees of negative emotions. Fear, guilt, shame, remorse, anger, resentment, low self-esteem, and so on. In an alcoholic and drug addict’s mind these are usually aggravated more than in most people’s because alcohol reduces inhibitions and the drinking alcoholic will do things they would never do sober. Also, in order to fund their habit the addict/ alcoholic will do things they would not ordinarily do. Also lost jobs and productivity usually lead to financial despair if the addiction is left untreated.

Why can’t they “just” quit?

 

No room for any more shame, fear, anger, guilt, and remorse

No room for any more bad stuff, crises, etc.

One problem with trying to “quit” without the aid of a 12-step program is that whether you are aware of it or not, the negative emotions are still there in the back of your mind — if not in the forefront — every waking moment (And sometimes in your sleep, too – especially in late stages). Life’s problems are like a water faucet that drips new problems and aggravations into the sufferer’s mind. There is already very little room in your brain for more bad things because of years of accumulation (remember your “crutch” has never relieved the problem, it just took your attention away from it temporarily — if you were lucky.) These new problems add to the already accumulated feelings of fear, guilt, self-pity, remorse, etc. until finally the breaking point is reached… and the addict reaches for the only solution they know of. Their “fix” – whatever it may be.

The Solution

The 12 steps help a person deal with the day-to-day stresses of life without your mind ever getting to the snapping point. (“Living life on life’s terms”) The addict/ alcoholic through the 12 steps, with the help of some activity (“working the steps”) the help of other people, and their higher power (usually God), the guilt fear, shame, anger, and remorse gradually begin to be replaced by serenity and positive emotions and thoughts such as love and real happiness — things the alcoholic has not found important for much too long.
As an added bonus, any new stresses that the faucet of life drips in do not immediately add to the remaining problems, they now “filter” through the renewed mind – and often are dissipated before ever being added to the current problems. The same event that use to be very stressful and emotional no longer seems like such a big deal.

Bad Emotions being replaced by Serenity

Bad Emotions being replaced by Serenity

The guilt, fear, shame and remorse never go away completely. But as the good things keep coming in, there is no longer room for the bad things. They go away. Unlike when actively abusing the crutch, which only seems to temporarily distract the sufferer’s mind from the problem.

The 12 Steps Overview

In Steps 1-3 The sufferer realizes that they have a problem and that there is a solution, and choose to pursue the solution.
Steps 4-9 begin to remove the “bad” emotions by listing, discussing and analyzing their “defects of character” with the help of another person. By step 9, the alcoholic begins to make amends (restitution) to anyone whom they have harmed. These steps are very effective. Many people get the feeling that the drink problem has disappeared by step five. (Alcoholics Anonymous page 75)
By step 9, if they work thoroughly, the alcoholic has usually already started to get a whole new outlook on life. The guilt, shame, remorse, resentments, etc. are starting to vanish and be replaced with positive thinking — emotions and actions that most of us have never had to any significant degree. After step 9, some really amazing things begin to happen. Anyone who has not had an amazing experience of mind renewal (“Spiritual experience”) after step 5 will usually have it at step 9.
Steps 10-12 are the growing steps. They keep us on the right path day to day – these are essential to maintain sobriety. These last three must be worked continuously because left untreated, our minds will eventually slip back to the state they were in… and we may drink. And for many of us, to drink is to die. (Alcoholics Anonymous page 66)

Armageddon and World War 3

Armageddon and World War III

 

Armageddon

There is a lot of confusion about the war of Armageddon. It appears to be almost universally accepted — even by people who teach end-times prophecy — that it is going to be an all-out war-to-end-all-wars between people or nations. The thought is so prevalent that I feel I need to discuss this.

The war of Armageddon in the end times is going to be when Satan and his allies team up to do battle against God:

Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. “Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed.” Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon. (Rev 16:13-16 NIV)

The kings are gathered together at Armageddon – but notice no battle has taken place — until chapter 19 — (because chapter 16 continues with the next judgement)

The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, “It is done!” (Rev 16:17 NIV)

Now we see the kings gathered together in chapter 19:

Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh (Rev 19:19-21 NIV)

So where do we come up with the idea that the battle of Armageddon is going to be a war between people?

World War III

There is going to be a “World War III”. Several “Kings” (Governments) are going to gather together to try to do away with the little nation of Israel… and there is going to be a bloodbath. People from Russia and various middle Eastern countries are going to swarm on Israel — and be wiped out by the hand of God. Read the entire chapter of Ezekiel 38.

Concession

In Revelation, it is written about a 200 million person mounted army coming from the East. That can only be China. Clearly, when you make war with Israel, you are making war with God. Therefore “Armageddon” could look like a war between nations from down here. Satan is the prince of this earth and his demons run governments (in Daniel 10:5-13, an angel who was sent to Daniel was delayed by the “prince of Persia” – a being powerful enough to stop an angel for 21 days – sure could not be an ordinary “human” prince – it was a powerful demon) . Things will be much different than they are now (in 2010) on the earth before Armageddon…

When will World War 3/ Armageddon happen?

It is only a matter of time before Satan declares all-out war on God. But it is still a long way off. As of 2010, much still has to be done. If you read Revelation chapter 16, you will see that life will be very very different than it is now. People are going to be supremely wicked and will not repent of their ways. God will be pouring out vials of wrath, and people will curse God instead of repenting. There must be a mark of the beast, people who get the mark will get terrible sores… on and on and on – before Armageddon.

Will the rapture happen before Armageddon?

I am “mid-trib” meaning that I believe the rapture of the church will happen before God starts pouring out his wrath on the world. The church will be taken away from the earth before God begins pouring out His wrath.

According to the Lord’s own word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left till the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.  (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17 NIV)

But I do not believe that Christians will be spared the entire “tribulation” period. The saints (Christians) will be persecuted by the antichrist – and things are going to get very uncomfortable. It will not be convenient or “cool” to be a Christian. We will have to go underground. I hope I’m wrong, it would sure be nice to miss all of that… But it does not seem to be in the cards. Here is why. Notice that already four seals of judgement have been opened, and yet saints remain:

When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, “How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?” Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed. (Rev 6:9-11 NIV)

God bless you all

Deathbed Conversions – Can Seriously Wicked People Like Mass Murderers and Serial Killers Get Saved?

Deathbed conversions are entirely possible, according to scripture (The term “Scripture” now applies to both the Old and New Testaments, though when the New Testament writers referred to Scripture, it referred only to the Old Testament until the time when Peter compared the writings of Paul and the “other scriptures” in 2 Peter 3:15-16)

God does not make too hard terms with those who seek Him (Alcoholics Anonymous Page 46)
All that is required to get to heaven is to believe. (John 3:18)

There are still a few people out there who believe that you must be baptized to get to Heaven. And I have argued until I am blue in the face. Yes, baptism in the common circumstance is indispensable. Once you believe go get baptized immediately! But on the same token, for instance on a battlefield, somebody laying there dying sees the light, I do not see God turning him away. So God inspired John 3:18. God is willing that none should perish. God is love. (1 John 4:8) Not that He has love, but He is love. God has more love in his little finger than any of us will ever have our entire lives.

If it is as easy as believing, can’t everyone go to heaven? What about seriously deranged people like mass murderers and serial killers? Will they see the light at the end of their life and get saved?
I am sure there will be many people in heaven that will surprise a lot of people. However, it is not so easy to see the light. It is simply not possible with the unaided human mind to discern God. Jesus said it (Matthew 16:17) and I have confirmed this in my own personal experience. There is ample proof in both the Old and New Testaments. Think about this. Peter and company followed Jesus for three years, seeing miracle after miracle, and they were still basically as spiritually blind as bats. And think about the ancient Hebrews. How could anybody be delivered by miracle after miracle, walk through the Red Sea, and all that and still make a golden calf to worship?
And in my personal experience, I have debated with atheists until I was blue in the face… and it just cannot be done. You must seek God, and God must call you in order to find Him.

God made it as easy as believing to get to Heaven, lest any man should boast (Ephesians 2:9). At the same time, going from belief to unbelief is an infinite chasm that cannot be jumped by human power. Most of what God is and stands for makes no sense at all to the unbeliever. This is further exacerbated by the devil, explained below.

Some People Cannot Be Saved

God wishes that every man would come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9) However, He knows that many will not. Jesus said that there are children of the devil and children of God (1 John 3:10). This is by the individual’s choice. There are some people who hate God and everything he stands for. Sad but true. And these people will never see the light. I am sure there are a lot of people reading this aghast… So a word of explanation is in order.
Satan is the god of this world system. Back when Adam ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, he gave title deed of the planet over to Satan. Note that Eve was deceived, but Adam flat-out disobeyed. Adam had been given title deed to the earth. (Genesis 1:26) Adam, by his disobedience gave title deed over to Satan. Your God is whom you follow (Romans 6:16). Adam followed Satan and made Satan his god. Sad but true. This is how Satan was able to offer the kingdoms to Jesus, if Jesus would just worship him. But in the same way that one man’s disobedience plunged us into this system of pain and tears, another man’s obedience (Jesus) wrested it back.

God allows the “god” of this world to keep the spiritual eyes blinded of people who do not love God and God’s ways.

I said all that so that this Bible quote might make sense.

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:3-4 NIV)

And Satan’s best deception of all? That you have to be good enough to get to heaven. The Gospel makes no sense to unbelievers who are trying to work their way to heaven (1 Corinthians 1:23 ) But there is no such thing as earning your way to heaven. It is simply not possible. We cannot even comprehend what it would take to be “good enough” much less have any hope of achieving it.

For no human being will be justified in his sight by works of the law, since through the law comes knowledge of sin. (Romans 3:20 NASB)

God has a sense of justice that far surpasses ours. As much as He hates to destroy anyone, He also gave us a free will and He is not going to ram His ways down our throats. And by allowing Satan to keep people blinded, He is unlikely to allow unrepentant seriously wicked people into the kingdom of heaven.

Levels of Christian Discipleship and Taking Up Your Cross

And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow me cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:27 NIV)

There are various people in the world back in Jesus’ day as there are today. There were sometimes vast crowds (“multitude” In the KJV) of people numbering in the thousands. (Luke 12:1) The size of these crowds of people apparently ebbed and flowed. Sometimes there were just a few followers, and sometimes it was in the thousands.

Then there were the unnamed disciples. These apparently sometimes numbered in the hundreds. (John 6:66-67, Luke 6:17 NIV)

Then there were the twelve. (Matthew 10:1-4)

Then out of the twelve, there was an “inner circle”: Peter, who was given a promise that nobody else was given — namely that he would be the rock that Jesus would build His church upon (Matthew 16:18). Then there was James and John, the disciple that “Jesus loved” who were the only disciples present to see the transfiguration. (Mark 9:2)

Present day is little different. We all have different stations. There are evangelists, such as Billy Graham, teachers, like Joyce Meyer, and pastors of huge churches like Pastor David Yonggi Cho, and pastors of small community churches. There are elders and deacons and the congregation. There are people minister to youth, and the little old lady who brings the wonderful dishes to the pot luck dinners… All the way down to people who only go to church on Easter and Christmas.

Notice also that Jesus made promises and demands of the general populace that are different than the promises that he made to his closest disciples. The sermon on the mount was for everyone including the disciples, but the command to Peter to “feed my sheep” was directed at Peter. Sure it applies at some level to all of us. But God is very smart. Why would he make the same requirements for the poor old blue-collar worker as he does for an internationally-known evangelist? That would not make sense, would it?

Bloom where you are planted. Do not lay a greater burden upon yourself than even God does. You know your station in life and you know God’s requirements. You will do well to fulfill those and don’t expect to be able to walk on water — at least before your time.

So. How strong of a walk with Jesus do you want? It is up to you. Though God calls many, He is very polite. If you are among the called, He leaves it up to you how close you want to draw to him.

Sure it sounds great in theory – but in practice, you will find there is a cost. Sure the reward is great but so is the cost. And the devil will remind you of all the things you are “missing out on” in hopes of discouraging you.

You have to take up your cross. Not a fun task as anyone who has seen or heard about Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ will know. What is the “cross”? I misunderstood this for years. Your cross is not suffering for your own sins – though you will reap what you sow – everyone, believers or not, will in some fashion will reap what they sow. The cross that Jesus carried was a burden that he carried for others. If you take up burdens for other people, you are bearing your cross.

Remember Love is a choice of behavior – not a warm fuzzy emotion. Emotions go away. Love is eternal.

By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.(John 13:35 NIV)

Why Prayer Makes The Demons Tremble

Demonic forces come to attention when people get into God’s Word, but they have a greater fear than Bible study. They shudder when God’s people begin to pray.

Chip Ingram The Invisible War Chapter 13

 

Why is prayer so powerful?

As everyone knows, Bible study is indispensable. You have to know God’s word before you can wield it (See Ephesians 6:17). But Satan has been around for much longer than the Bible has. He knows the Bible better than you do, and he is much smarter than you. Left alone with your knowledge of the Bible – strong as it may be, Satan will run circles around you — laughing. You don’t stand a chance.

But prayer to God is like having radio contact in combat with a general who has a spy satellite. The General (God) can see the big picture. He can see where forces are advancing and see weak points in the adversary’s positions. God is much smarter than Satan (God runs circles around him. The Old Testament prophets had told the world including Satan that Jesus would be crucified — hundreds of years in advance, yet Satan could not figure out what was really going on, and went ahead and crucified Jesus anyhow… sealing his fate.)

Better than a general, God spans time and space. He knows what is going to happen before it happens and He is much smarter than the devil. (Imagine how smart God is to have designed the eye that connects to the brain, which can interpret what it is seeing… and you will get a small glimpse of how smart God is. It is overwhelming.)

If you have direct “radio” contact with God, you can cause some serious damage to the enemy. The demons know that so they will try a million tactics to keep you from praying. They can make you feel tired, too busy, any number of things. But pay no attention pray anyhow. No matter what worldly thing you have before you. No matter how urgent, if you want to make a difference for the Kingdom of God — and in your own life, and the lives of your friends family, and the church as a whole, your little tasks suddenly pale in comparison. Nothing is more important than your prayer life.

Remember to strengthen the things that remain (See Revelation 3:2). The things of this world will be burned with fervent heat. But the things that will not burn you will be rewarded for all eternity — other people. If you are instrumental in saving other people, they will not burn, and you will get a reward (See 1 Corinthians 3:13-14). All else is vanity.

Do we get a second chance to go to heaven after we die?

Do we get a second chance to go to heaven after we die?

This is of course a sensitive subject. Especially if you have lost a loved one, or about to lose a loved one who is unsaved.

And it is also complex and difficult to explain.

Firstly, there is a difference between Eternal Life and Salvation. Technically they are not interchangable. I am not going to go into the details here, but for purposes of this discussion, “salvation” or being saved, means you are going to heaven.

Eternal Life is not something  we “do” or earn. It is a free gift from God. If you believe in your heart that Jesus rose from the dead, and confess this with your mouth, you have eternal life. You cannot be good enough to get to Heaven. God knows that, so He gave us a free gift. All you have to do is accept it like a child accepting a Christmas present. Smile, hold your your hands and say thank you.

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. (John 3:16 KJV)

Our spirits are immortal. (The term “immortal soul” is not technically correct – it is the spirit that is immortal) And I have it on good authority that when our hearts stop beating, it is not the end.

One thing God told me was so opposite to my theology that it was hard for me to adjust my understanding to the actual facts. I have preached that once you quit breathing, if you are not saved, and do not know God, you have missed heaven. God said that was not necessarily so. He said that there is a spot where the spirit of mankind may linger for a little time before going on to their permanent abode. Many people who have been clinically dead know they have had this experience.
Angels on Assignment Page 59 (1979) By Roland Buck Hunter Books.

I am not going to argue with you if this book is true revelation from God. I am strongly convinced that it is. The book is no longer in print, but his family has made it freely available online in HTML and PDF formats. Read it for yourself — don’t depend upon other people, even me.
Ask God to reveal if it is the truth or not.  http://www.angelsonassignment.org/

God is very merciful and wishes that none should perish. (2 Peter 3:9) He literally bends over backwards to get people saved. I know it grieves his wonderful heart to see anyone reject Him…

So, does it do any good to pray for the deceased? Does deathbed salvation occur? I don’t think any prayer is wasted. I believe just about anybody has a chance. I believe God won this war, and that Hell is going to be a mighty empty place!

Is Barack Obama the Antichrist?

Who is the Antichrist?

God is keeping certain things secret, and almost everything very obscure so Satan cannot foil God’s plan. Things are revealed over time, and they have been getting revealed at lightning speed these past few months.

In the end times, there is going to be at least one prominent figure — a king of the world — literally:  The antichrist (aternatively called the man of sin, or the beast)
A one-world currency will be implemented. Then in order to buy or sell anything, people will have to take a mark in their hand or forehead. You have to swear allegience to (worship) the “beast” to get this mark, and it is a one-way ticket to hell. There will be no forgiveness for anybody who takes the mark. The mark is the number of a man. Most manuscripts think it is the famous 666. But the original text is actually unclear. It may also be 616 or 555. In either case, if you have to get a microchip or something implanted to buy or sell… Better plan on letting God provide for your needs!
It’s a pretty sure bet that the EEU and the Euro is the jumping-off place for this one-world government and currency. The stage is already being set, and Obama is taking us in that direction very rapidly.

Clearly, judging by the way the mainstream media and so many public figures and private individuals are fawning over Barack Hussein Obama, the American mentality is ripe to worship a charismatic leader; but it is still too early for the appearance of any of the major players of Revelation.

The Beasts: Firstly, a beast in prophecy represents some sort of power: a kingdom, alliance of Kingdoms, or government(s). Horns on beasts represent the kingdom’s ruler(s). For instance, Daniel’s vision of the Greek Empire was represented by a goat (Daniel 8:5-8) The prominent horn of the goat represents Alexander the Great.

There are actually three “Beasts” in Revelation.

The First Beast: The beast that rises out of the sea in Revelation 13 has seven heads and ten horns. One of the heads survives a fatal wound, and the dragon gives it power. Prophecy scholars are pretty much unanimous that this beast represents the European Economic Union (EEU). Unless he somehow manages to get empowered in the EEU, Barack Hussein Obama does not fit this description.

The Second Beast: This beast rises out of the dry land. He does great wonders and causes people to worship the first Beast.

The Image of the first Beast: The second beast makes an image of the first beast, then brings the image to life. The image of the first beast commands people to take the 666 mark in order to buy or sell.

The Third beast: A scarlet colored beast also with seven heads and ten horns upon which a woman rode who was drunk with the blood of the saints. The seven heads are seven hills. (Rome is the city of seven hills)

The scarlet beast that was alive and then died is the eighth king. He is like the other seven, and he, too, will go to his doom. His ten horns are ten kings who have not yet risen to power; they will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast. They will all agree to give their power and authority to him. Together they will wage war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord over all lords and King over all kings, and his people are the called and chosen and faithful ones.” (Revelation 17: 11-14)

The False Prophet: The false prophet that wrought miracles before the Beast. Not much is said about the false prophet, except that he is thrown alive in the lake of fire, so whatever he does, must be very evil. Unless Obama has something up his sleeve, I doubt he is the false prophet.

The Antichrist: So, bottom line, who is “the” Antichrist? This is probably the Scarlet Beast. He and “Man of lawlessness” from 2 Thessalonians are probably describing the same person:

Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed–the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God… And you know what is holding him back, for he can be revealed only when his time comes.
For this lawlessness is already at work secretly, and it will remain secret until the one who is holding it back steps out of the way. Then the man of lawlessness will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will consume with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming.
This evil man will come to do the work of Satan with counterfeit power and signs and miracles. He will use every kind of wicked deception to fool those who are on their way to destruction because they refuse to believe the truth that would save them. So God will send great deception upon them, and they will believe all these lies. Then they will be condemned for not believing the truth and for enjoying the evil they do.
(2 Thessalonians 2:3-12 NLT)

In summary, probably not. Obama does not seem to fit the picture. At worst, it appears he may be be a forerunner — maybe like a “John the Baptist” for the antichrist. But I see no evidence at present that he is the man of lawlessness.

Is Islam a religion of Peace?

Let the Ayatollah Khomeini tell you in his own words

“…Islam makes it incumbent on all adult males, provided they are not disabled or incapacitated, to prepare themselves for the conquest of [other] countries so that the writ of Islam is obeyed in every country in the world. . . . But those who study Islamic Holy War will understand why Islam wants to conquer the whole world. . . . Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those [who say this] are witless. Islam says: Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Does this mean that Muslims should sit back until they are devoured by [the unbelievers]? Islam says: Kill them [the non-Muslims], put them to the sword and scatter [their armies]. Does this mean sitting back until [non-Muslims] overcome us? Islam says: Kill in the service of Allah those who may want to kill you! Does this mean that we should surrender [to the enemy]? Islam says: Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qura’nic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.”

These are not the words of a “Wahhabi” extremist, but of a learned Shi’a theologian. He says nothing that does not have complete support in Islamic theology and ideology. No one has been able to show that Khomeini misuses the Qur’an, Hadith, or Sira — for he does not.

http://www.iranian.ws/cgi-bin/iran_news/exec/view.cgi/6/13539

The Agnostic Professor

The arguments have flaws, but it is a classic!

The story, below, was emailed to me. It has been circulating for years. I do not know who wrote it.

‘You’re a Christian, aren’t you, son?’
‘Yes sir,’ the student says.
‘So you believe in God?’
‘Absolutely.’
‘Is God good?’
‘Sure! God’s good.’
‘Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?’
‘Yes.’
‘Are you good or evil?’
‘The Bible says I’m evil.’
The professor grins knowingly. ‘Aha! The Bible!’ He considers for a moment. ‘Here’s one for you. Let’s say there’s a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?’
‘Yes sir, I would.’
‘So you’re good…!’
‘I wouldn’t say that.’
‘But why not say that? You’d help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn’t.’
The student does not answer, so the professor continues. ‘He doesn’t, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?’
The student remains silent.
‘No, you can’t, can you?’ the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.
‘Let’s start again, young fella. Is God good?’
‘Er…yes,’ the student says.
‘Is Satan good?’
The student doesn’t hesitate on this one. ‘No.’
‘Then where does Satan come from?’
The student falters. ‘From God’
‘That’s right. God made Satan, didn’t he? Tell me, son. Is there evil in this world?’
‘Yes, sir.’
‘Evil’s everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything, correct?’
‘Yes.’
‘So who created evil?’ The professor continued, ‘If God created everything, then God created evil, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then God is evil.’
Again, the student has no answer. ‘Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things, do they exist in this world?’
The student squirms on his feet. ‘Yes.’
‘So who created them?’
The student does not answer again, so the professor repeats his question. ‘Who created them?’ There is still no answer. Suddenly the lecturer breaks away to pace in front of the classroom. The class is mesmerized. ‘Tell me,’ he continues onto another student. ‘Do you believe in Jesus Christ, son?’
The student’s voice betrays him and cracks. ‘Yes, professor, I do.’
The old man stops pacing. ‘Science says you have five senses you use to identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen Jesus?’
‘No sir. I’ve never seen Him.’
‘Then tell us if you’ve ever heard your Jesus?’
‘No, sir, I have not.’
‘Have you ever felt your Jesus, tasted your Jesus or smelt your Jesus? Have you ever had any sensory perception of Jesus Christ, or God for that matter?’
‘No, sir, I’m afraid I haven’t.’
‘Yet you still believe in him?’
‘Yes.’
‘According to the rules of empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your God doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?’
‘Nothing,’ the student replies. ‘I only have my faith.’
‘Yes, faith,’ the professor repeats. ‘And that is the problem science has with God. There is no evidence, only faith.’
The student stands quietly for a moment, before asking a question of His own. ‘Professor, is there such thing as heat?’
‘Yes,’ the professor replies. ‘There’s heat.’
‘And is there such a thing as cold?’
‘Yes, son, there’s cold too.’
‘No sir, there isn’t.’
The professor turns to face the student, obviously interested. The room suddenly becomes very quiet. The student begins to explain. ‘You can have lots of heat, even more heat, super-heat, mega-heat, unlimited heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat, but we don’t have anything called ‘cold’. We can hit up to 458 degrees below zero, which is no heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold; otherwise we would be able to go colder than the lowest -458 degrees.’
‘Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-458 F) is the total absence of heat. You see, sir, cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat we can measure in thermal units because heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.’
Silence across the room. A pen drops somewhere in the classroom, sounding like a hammer.
‘What about darkness, professor. Is there such a thing as darkness?’
‘Yes,’ the professor replies without hesitation. ‘What is night if it isn’t darkness?’
‘You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is not something; it is the absence of something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light, flashing light, but if you have no light constantly you have nothing and it’s called darkness, isn’t it? That’s the meaning we use to define the word.’
‘In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?’
The professor begins to smile at the student in front of him. This will be a good semester. ‘So what point are you making, young man?’
‘Yes, professor. My point is, your philosophical premise is flawed to start with, and so your conclusion must also be flawed.’
The professor’s face cannot hide his surprise this time. ‘Flawed? Can you explain how?’
‘You are working on the premise of duality,’ the student explains. ‘You argue that there is life and then there’s death; a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought.’
‘It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life, just the absence of it.’
‘Now tell me, professor. Do you teach your students that they evolved from a monkey?’
‘If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, young man, yes, of course I do.’
‘Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?’
The professor begins to shake his head, still smiling, as he realizes where the argument is going. A very good semester, indeed.
‘Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you now not a scientist, but a preacher?’
The class is in uproar. The student remains silent until the commotion has subsided.
‘To continue the point you were making earlier to the other student, let me give you an example of what I mean.’
The student looks around the room. ‘Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the professor’s brain?’ The class breaks out into laughter.
‘Is there anyone here who has ever heard the professor’s brain, felt the professor’s brain, touched or smelt the professor’s brain? No one appears to have done so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol, science says that you have no brain, with all due respect, sir.’
‘So if science says you have no brain, how can we trust your lectures, sir?’
Now the room is silent. The professor just stares at the student, his face unreadable.
Finally, after what seems an eternity, the old man answers. ‘I guess you’ll have to take them on faith.’
‘Now, you accept that there is faith, and, in fact, faith exists with life,’ the student continues. ‘Now, sir, is there such a thing as evil?’
Now uncertain, the professor responds, ‘Of course, there is. We see it everyday. It is in the daily example of man’s inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil.’
To this the student replied, ‘Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself.. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God’s love present in his heart. It’s like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light.’
The professor sat down.

Is There a God?

Is God Make-Believe?

Many people – as did I most of my life – believe that God is imaginary. That some sort of explanation for our existance is required because ancient man was powerless to explain how the universe got here, so they dreamed up a buch of superstion to explain it.

If there is a God, why can’t I see Him?

As you can see, in the image below, visible light is only a tiny fraction of the Electromagnetic spectrum.

If anything is outside the narrow band labelled “visible” we cannot see it.

Actually, the electromagnetic spectrum is in all practicality, infinite. If the chart below were stretched out billions of miles, it still would not cover the actual spectrum.

Therefore, as you can tell, we can only “see” what is a tiny microscopic fraction of the spectrum.

However, just because we cannot see, doesn’t mean something doesn’t exist.

We cannot see microwaves (The acual microwave, not the oven, of course) because otherwise, how would we explain how our coffee heats up when placed in a microwave oven?

The practical individual of today is a stickler for facts and results. Nevertheless, the twentieth century readily accepts theories of all kinds, provided they are firmly grounded in fact. We have numerous theories, for example, about electricity. Everybody believes them without a murmur of doubt. Why this ready acceptance? Simply because it is impossible to explain what we see, feel, direct, and use, without a reasonable assumption as a starting point.

Everybody nowadays, believes in scores of assumptions for which there is good evidence, but no perfect visual proof. And does not science demonstrate that visual proof is the weakest proof? It is being constantly revealed, as mankind studies the material world, that outward appearances are not inward reality at all. To illustrate: The prosaic steel girder is a mass of electrons whirling around each other at incredible speed. These tiny bodies are governed by precise laws, and these laws hold true throughout the material world, Science tells us so. We have no reason to doubt it.

When, however, the perfectly logical assumption is suggested that underneath the material world and life as we see it, there is an All Powerful, Guiding, Creative Intelligence, right there our perverse streak comes to the surface and we laboriously set out to convince ourselves it isn´t so. We read wordy books and indulge in windy arguments, thinking we believe this universe needs no God to explain it. Were our contentions true, it would follow that life originated out of nothing, means nothing, and proceeds nowhere.

Instead of regarding ourselves as intelligent agents, spearheads of God´s ever advancing Creation, we agnostics and atheists chose to believe that our human intelligence was the last word, the alpha and the omega, the beginning and end of all. Rather vain of us, wasn´t it?

We, who have traveled this dubious path, beg you to lay aside prejudice, even against organized religion. We have learned that whatever the human frailties of various faiths may be, those faiths have given purpose and direction to millions. People of faith have a logical idea of what life is all about. Actually, we used to have no reasonable conception whatever. We used to amuse ourselves by cynically dissecting spiritual beliefs and practices when we might have observed that many spiritually-minded persons of all races, colors, and creeds were demonstrating a degree of stability, happiness and usefulness which we should have sought ourselves. (Alcoholics Anonymous pp. 48,49)

 

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Jehovah’s Witnesses vs. Christianity

The Jehovah’s Witness people are some of the most devout people you will ever meet. Sadly, they do what they do with such zeal not out of the love of God, but out of fear. But that will be covered later.

The problem is with the Jehovah’s Witness religion. They do not believe in the Trinity[1]

– the fact that The Father, Son and Holy Ghost are all God, and all One.
They call the concept of Trinity polytheism. Though the actual term Trinity is not actually in written in the Bible, the Bible makes it clear that the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are one (Mat 28:19). They are all divine. They are different parts of the same God so to speak.
Though the Jehovah’s Witnesses have respect for Jesus, they deny Jesus’ divinity. But the Bible says that the Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14).
Jesus even claimed equality with God. That is what got Him crucified. Jesus also infuriated the religious leaders by clearly claiming divinity when he said, “Before Abraham was, I AM.”
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by. (John 8:58-59 KJV)

The New World Translation

I have struck this from the post pending further investigation. Charles Taze Russell may not have been personally involved in making the “New World Translation”. But whoever translated the Bible to make it conform to the Jehovah’s Witness theology is probably going to be in big trouble come judgement day.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to save themselves

Though Christians believe that it is impossible to save ourselves – Salvation is a gift from God, the Jehovah’s Witnesses have a complex, impossible, and completely unscriptural belief about how to get to Heaven.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses have a caste system. 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses will be the “Ruling Class” Then there is the “Earthly Class” – everyone else who manages to save themselves. [3]

The 144,000

The 144,000 from the book of Revelation is very big with the Jehovah’s Witnesses. They get the number 144,000 from the book of Revelation. They seem not to notice that in the very next sentence after mentioning the 144,000 in Revelation, the Bible proceeds to spell out exactly who the 144,000 are: the 144,000 are Jewish! 12,000 from each of the twelve tribes of Jacob… No mention of any gentiles (Non-Jews) whatsoever! (Revelation 7:4-8)
Jehovah’s Witnesses say that We must worship God properly and live in a way that is acceptable to him[4]. Then four pages later, a brief paragraph saying that Jesus is the way to Salvation[5].

1 What Does the Bible Really Teach?
Chapter 15 Paragraph 17 (2006 printing)
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc

2 Jehovah’s Witness History
Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry
http://www.carm.org/jw/history.htm
3 Jehovah’s Witnesses: Salvation Through Works
The Watchman Expositor
http://www.watchman.org/jw/worksjw.htm
4 What Does the Bible Really Teach?
Chapter 15 Paragraph 4 (2006 printing)
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc
5 What Does the Bible Really Teach?
Chapter 15 Paragraph 11 (2006 printing)
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc.

What Makes Cults Different?

What Christians Believe

Virtually all mainstream protestant denominations believe that you come to Jesus as you are. No matter how bad you think you are. His Holy Spirit will quicken your spirit (bring it to life) and with your cooperation, God will help turn you into the best person you can be.

Most cults and even most religions that are not even remotely Christian, believe that you must modify your behavior to be acceptable. You must be “good enough” or do enough “good deeds” to get to heaven.

Many people have gone to an early grave trying to do the impossible — be righteous by their own goodness.

The Bible has proven time and time again that self-righteousness (trying to be good by your own power) is impossible.

Jesus will take you as you are and make you into the person you always wanted to be. And beyond!

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Confess (tell people out loud) that Jesus is Lord.  If you believe in your heart that Jesus was raised from the dead, you are saved! You’re going to Heaven!

But salvation is only the beginning. Ask Him to come in to your life in your own words — from the heart — then go get baptized as soon as possible. (You do not have to get baptized to go to heaven. But you will need to be baptized to have much success on earth.)  The Holy spirit will quicken your spirit – will bring your spirit to life. He will turn your heart to a heart of flesh (This is promised in Ezekiel 36:26). This is a process. Some processes will take longer than others, but one day when you look back, you will notice that you have made remarkable progress — progress that you never could have made on your own.

See the page on Salvation for more information on getting to heaven and baptism.

The Names of God

The Names of God

In the culture of the Old Testament, and still in some cultures today, a name was much more than just a “handle” or tag that differentiates you from other people.
A name described who you are or what you do so to speak. When the patriarch, Abram, displayed his great faith and obedience, God gave him a new name, “Abraham”.
And when Jacob (which means “supplanter” because he was holding his twin brother’s heel while they were being born) wrestled with an angel all night, the angel told him he had earned a new name, “Israel”

In the New Testament, the apostle Paul’s name he was born with was “Saul”.

The names of God are like this. God’s names describe who He is. Since God is so awesomely awesome, he has more than one name. Many more!

If you are looking for a word that I do not have listed, please email me.

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Note: Many of the transliterations of these names are from the world acclaimed Strong’s Concordance. I have heard the Name of the LORD spelled, “Jehovah” and “Yahweh”. Strong’s spells it Yehovah. (Yeh·ho·vä’) Since Strongs is the resource I am going to use to arbitrate, when the differences are significant, I will use that without the diacritical marks for readability. I trust that everyone understands, and will make allowance in their hearts for the difficulty of translating from Hebrew and Greek to English. God bless.

  • Adonai — Lord (Genesis 15:2) Or LORD (Spoken by the Jewish instead of saying Yahweh out of reverence. Lest they mispronounce His name, or feel presumptuous to be on a first-name basis so to speak. For example, most of us would be reluctant to call a president or king by his first name.)
  • ‘El — God, god-like one, mighty one (Genesis 46:3)
  • El Elyon — The most high God
  • ‘El Shadday (El Shaddai) — Lord God Almighty (Genesis 35:11) All-Sufficient One.
  • Elohim (‘elohiym or el·o·hem’)(plural intensive – singular meaning) — God. (Genesis 1:1)
  • I AM THAT I AM (hä·yä hä·yä) — to exist, be in existence (Exodus 3:14)
  • Yehovah (or Jehovah, or Yahweh) — The EXISTING ONE. The proper name of the one true God (Exodus 6:3)
  • Yehovah Jireh — Jehovah sees (Genesis 22:14) That is the name that Abraham gave to Mount Moriah when God provided the ram for the sacrifice.
  • Yehovah Nissi — The LORD Is My Banner (In Exodus 17:15 after The Lord gave them victory as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ arms.)
  • Yehovah shem Qanna’ — The LORD, whose name is Jealous (Exodus 34:14)
  • Yehovah Rapha’ — The LORD Who Heals (Exodus 15:26)

Ida and Other “Missing Links”

Is “Ida” a missing link?

Isn’t the newly publicized Darwinius masillae a transitional life form?

According to the Institute for Creation Research, no. Ida has no transitional characteristics. She is an extinct form of monkey at best. Read their story at http://www.icr.org/article/4637/ (besides, Ida has a tail. Apes do not have tails.)

What about other missing links?

There are also no missing links between fish and amphibians. No half-amphibian-half-reptile, no half-reptile-half bird (archaeoptryx is wishful thinking. It is all bird) no half-reptile-half mammal.
And we can no longer blame the scarcity of the fossil records. The fossils have been found. The book of Genesis was clearly right:

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. (Genesis 1:25 KJV)

Man Did Not Evolve from Apes

Misconception 1: Man evolved from Apes

So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27 KJV)

Just about anyone in the “civilized” world has seen the little chart showing man looking like an ape, hunched over, and gradually standing more upright, losing his hair and looking more like a man. You have also most certainly heard of the “missing link”

What is the problem with that? Well, when Darwin postulated the idea of evolution, there was a scarcity of fossils. He expected that as time progressed, archaeologists would find transitional life forms (Missing links).

“Geology assuredly does not reveal any such finely-graduated organic chain; and this, perhaps, is the most obvious and serious objection which can be urged against the theory. The explanation lies, as I believe, in the extreme imperfection of the geological record.” [1]

Conception of Man's Evolution from Apes

The problem? In the approximate 140 years since Darwin wrote, archaeologists have found not one “missing link”.

Not one.

 


 1 The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection or the Preservation of the Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life (1872)
Page 293
Charles Darwin

Mutations Cannot Explain Complex Life

Misconception 2: We evolved over series of Mutations

  1. How do you suppose that both male and female mutations were formed exactly the same way and found each other within their lifetimes to reproduce? (And this had to happen for millions of life forms!)
  2. Animals kill their mutated offspring
  3. Even if they live, mutations do not ‘improve’ the species they are destructive. No viable exception has ever been found.
  4. A change from one life form to another involves a dramatic change in DNA. And if you’ve ever seen DNA being replicated you would realize this is impossible.
  5. If you can watch the above video and still believe that life is just an accident, you have more faith than I do!
  6. Not only does the DNA replication process (above) make this impossible, but DNA is continously being repaired.

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