JESUS WEPT

September 8, 2016

Almost everyone has heard that John 11:35 is the shortest verse in the Bible and many have explained it, but as you know I usually have a slightly different view and this is no exception.

Most say that Jesus wept over Israel and I would agree that it was part of the reason. However, I think there was more to it.

When everyone else is crying it is very easy to be caught up in all of the sadness and Jesus was no exception, as He was man as well as God.

Jesus was sad because Mary was weeping and He knew that she was upset because her brother had died. Then many, if not most, of those who were following Mary were lost and would not turn to God; even though Jesus was going to die for them. This must have greatly saddened Jesus, as there was nothing more that He could do for them.

Imagine how Jesus must have felt when He considered this. If I were Jesus I would have just got mad at them, but Jesus is like our Father and is so full of love that there is no room for hate in His mind.

There is one thing that I see that others have not mentioned. Perhaps it is common knowledge and I just missed it, but just in case it not common knowledge. I will try to explain it.

We look at the miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus as a wonderful thing and it was, when viewed from the lesson that was taught by it. However, let us view it from a different angle.

Lazarus had died. He had gone through the agony of death and was safe from the world. Jesus was about to raise him from the grave and place him right back into the world, where he was again in danger of Satan.

Then there were the chief priests and the Pharisees.
(John 12:9-11 NIV) “Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.”

The method of operation of the Pharisees was to convince the Romans the person, that they wanted murdered, was a criminal and then, when they were convinced, the Romans would execute the person by crucifixion. .

Imagine that you are Jesus. You are about to raise someone that you love, from the depth of safety, placing that person in great danger, facing the same kind of death on the cross as you face. And for what? Even though both will die, only a few will understand and turn to our Father!

No wonder Jesus wept.


(Mat 7:1 NIV) “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.”

August 30, 2016

I have not written anything for a while, because I have been told that I have been wrong about telling my brothers that they sin by exalting this country (USA), and the Founding Fathers, and then by voting. I believe that if one is told that they sin, or are wrong, they should consider carefully if the charges are correct and act accordingly, and I apply that to myself as well as others, so I have been thinking about this charge.

First, I must say that pointing out the sins of others cannot possibly be wrong. I know Matthew 7:1 seems to say that it is wrong, but we are commanded to point out the sins of our brothers.

(1 Cor 5:12&13 NIV) What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. “Expel the wicked man from among you.”

It seems as though we have an oxymoron here, but I am quite sure there are no oxymorons in God’s Word. I believe the answer lies in the definition of the word “judge”.

The American Heritage Dictionary
judge (j¾j) v. judged, judg•ing, judg•es. –tr. 1. To form an opinion or estimation of after careful consideration: judge heights; judging character. 2.a. Law. To hear and decide on in a court of law; try: judge a case. b. Obsolete. To pass sentence on; condemn

Notice that the word used to mean “b. Obsolete. To pass sentence on; condemn.” When the Bible was first translated into English the meaning of the word “judge” was “To pass sentence on; condemn” Of course, it is not possible to pass sentence on, or condemn someone without careful consideration, but I believe the original meaning was “do not pass sentence on someone.”

If you will allow me to explain how this flaw in understanding came about, I will try to explain what I believe happened.

God protects His Word and will not allow Satan to change it in any way. However, Satan is crafty (Gen 3:1) so, because he cannot change the Word, he has changed the meaning of the words it is written in.

When I say my brothers are sinning and they apply the first definition to the word “judge” then it seems as though I am sinning by pointing out the sins of others. I am not. I am obeying the second greatest command, which is (Mat 7:12 NIV) “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” If I am sinning and do not understand that I am, I want it pointed out to me, so that I might change. I am a firm believer in tough love and I want it applied to me, just as I apply it to others.

I have to laugh, because those that accuse, or say that I am wrong, do not really believe that it is wrong to point out the sins of others, because they would not attempt to point out my sins if they really believed it was wrong to point out the sins of others! Well, I think it is funny anyway!

That is not to say that I do not appreciate their concern. I believe that we should all attempt to point out the sins of others, especially my sins, as they are many.

Consider Ezekiel 3:16-21 where God said, “Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel”. You see He did not say Ezekiel, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel, but He said, “Son of man”. We are all the “Son of man” whether we are male or female and as I understand the verses we are all charged with the responsibilities of a watchman. That is to warn both the wicked, as well as the righteous. And that is what I have attempted to do.

God does not hold me responsible for the outcome of the warning, only for the warning itself (Verse 27).

Along the same lines consider 1 Corinthians chapter 5, where Paul said to, “Expel the wicked man from among you.” Is that possible if we do not form an opinion of right or wrong and apply it to others, as well as ourselves?

Satan has deceived us and the Church as been corrupted because we have been deceived. We have not expelled the wicked men from us, because we have been deceived into believing that we should not judge them, and so we have been corrupted by those we should have expelled.

I am only a man and therefore cannot defend myself against accusations of wrong doing (sin). However, I believe that I have been charged with the responsibilities of a watchman and I fear the consequences of not obeying, more than the ridicule of my peers.

I managed my own business for a while. I also managed part of a business for others for a time. At times I had to terminate an employee and it bothered me, but after thinking about it, it no longer bothered me. You see, the employee needed to find an employer that appreciated his or her talents and we needed an employee that preformed as we wanted. It was a “win-win” situation for both parties, though it did not seem so at the time.

I view the responsibilities of a watchman along the same lines. If there is a righteous man, who sins and does not want to change, isn’t it is better for all that he be expelled? Isn’t it a win-win situation for both parties? The sinner that refuses to change is handed over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord (1 Cor 5:5), and then we are not corrupted by his sin. However, it is not possible to expel that man, if we believe that it is a sin, to point out that he sins!

Just so you know, I do not think loving this Country is a sin worthy of being put out of the Church, but it is a sin and should be identified as such.

You, son or daughter, are also a watchman. What will you do?


THIS GREAT NATION!

July 27, 2016

I have not written a post for a while, because the events of this point in time are annoying me.

I hear this phrase ‘This great nation’ all of the time, especially now, before an election. But what does God say about this nation?

(Isa 40:17 NIV) “Before him all the nations are as nothing; they are regarded by him as worthless and less than nothing.”

I seem to have a problem with everyone around me. I have determined to believe God and that, quite often, requires that I do not believe man. This is one such example. God says all nations are less than nothing and man says ‘This great nation’! It does not matter to me if the whole world says this is a great nation, I am going to believe my Heavenly Father: it is “less” than nothing.

As I consider Scripture and what God says about this nation, I see that it was formed in rebellion to Him. Those around me say the Founding Fathers were heroes and gave up all that they had so that this nation could be formed, but look what God says about it.

Romans 13:1&2 (NIV) “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.”

The King of the Colonies was also the King of England. If one believes God, then God established him as that authority. The Founding Fathers rebelled against the king that God established and they lost everything that they had because they did so. If one believes God it is plain that, in His eyes, the Founding Fathers are zeros, not heroes.

The Founding Fathers would not pay any taxes to England, but God says pay your taxes. Romans 13:7 (NIV) “Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” The Founding Fathers owed taxes to England and disobeyed God by not paying them.

The Founding Fathers went beyond rebellion and disobedience and created a system to attempt to remove God from the process of establishing the authorities!

It seems as though everyone around me believes that we vote someone into office! God says that He establishes the authorities and yet those around me say we establish the authorities! Someone is wrong and I am going to believe God, not man.

This is a great example of the blind leading the blind! If God said man should choose the authorities I must have missed it. Can someone point that verse out?

Then I have to ask myself, “If I prayed, would God give us a great president?” But then I have to ask myself “Why would He?” If we error by not believing God and try to do it our way, then why would He reward us? Isn’t it about like a bank robber asking God which bank to rob?

I was physically born in the United States, but later I was spiritually born in the Nation of God. I died to this world and everything in it. I am still here, but now I serve as an ambassador to this world. A proper ambassador would not meddle in the affairs of the country that they are assigned to and I strive to be a proper ambassador, so do not think that I am trying to influence you in any way.

I will not vote and I recently had a brother ask me “If everyone did as you do, how long would this country last?” and I must say that it will last as long as God wants it too. The only difference it makes to me is whether or not I believe my Father.

I am not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, but I feel like one. Everyone around the prophets in the Old Testament said they were wrong, but they believed God and God credits belief as righteousness.

I believe God.


THE ONLY TRUE COMPASS

June 28, 2016

If you have not noticed, comments on this blog lead to lengthy discussions and can get rather boring so I do not blame anyone for not following them.

For those who do not follow all of the comments I have something to share with you.

This blog is a Bible Study by a student and not a study of any other source.

I have an analogy that might help everyone when it comes to the study of Scripture.

There was a group of ultralight aircraft pilots that were attending a fly-in. They had flown there from basically the same area, but they took off at different times, from slightly different places. When the fly-in was over, they decided to fly, in a group, to a small airport that was close to their homes. One of them stated that he knew the way home very well and wanted to fly the lead. The other pilots, though far from home, were pretty sure they knew the way also. After all, they had flown from home to the fly-in and although they were in a strange area, they all had compasses to guide them.

Just so they could all fly in a group they decided to let the one pilot lead. So they took off, one by one, gathered together in the air, and then headed for home.

It did not take long for the pilots to begin to realize that they were headed in slightly the wrong direction, but the leader had boasted that he knew the way and there is always some doubt in everyone’s mind about everything and anything. So the group followed the leader and the error grew by the minute.

Ultralights, in this Country, are only permitted five gallons of fuel and that limits the time they can fly without landing. Two and a half hours is about the limit for most of them and after a little over an hour one of them decided to follow his own compass, combined with his own experience, and he broke with the group to head in the direction he was sure, in his mind was right.

It did not take long before the others, one by one, also turned and headed in the right direction. The previous leader, after seeing no one was following, finally rejoined the group and followed the new leader.

They all landed at the small private airport that was close to their homes and they asked the first leader why he had set a wrong course.

His answer was hilarious!

It seems as though he thought that his compass was not reading correctly, so he mounted another compass on his aircraft to check the first one!

As you know, a compass is a small magnet that is attached to a display. It is attracted to the earth’s magnetic pole which causes the display to show the direction of the magnetic pole. If one places two compasses close to each other they tend to point at each other, because they both have magnets. Not directly at each other, because of the earth’s magnetic field. However, neither compass will be accurate.

I use this story as an analogy. However, it is a true story, as I was one of the pilots.

My point is that we should only have one compass. Our compass for spiritual understanding is the Bible. If one chooses to have more than one compass, then even the true compass will not indicate an accurate reading.

Your favorite Bible may be a different translation and use different words to display the way, but the direction is the same. North is still north, no matter if the compass uses the letter N or the number zero to indicate north.

If you place the same importance on some other writing, as you place on the Bible, even the Bible will not show the way. That writing may have been recent or ancient, many might claim it authentic, or many may claim it false: it does not matter. The only thing that matters is it is not the Bible and therefore it will not show the way. It will only confuse the way. Do not place the same importance on anyone’s writing, especially mine, that you place on the Bible.

I have the perfect Teacher (John 14:26), the perfect Navigator, that keeps tapping me on the shoulder and pointing toward the only true compass, the Bible, to keep me on the right course.

You have the same Navigator, listen to Him.


WHY GOD DOES NOT REVEAL HIMSELF

May 26, 2016

First, know that this is an opinion. Scripture does not explain why God does not reveal Himself. It is a question that, it seems to me, we all wonder about at some point.

I have given it some thought and I believe God has answered me. So, because I have a big mouth and can’t keep anything to myself, I would like to share my understanding with you.

The first thing is that it is obvious that God does not openly reveal Himself. It seems strange to us that He does not do so. Because we, as Christians, know in our hearts that there is a God we wonder why He does not show Himself!

It seems to us that it would be logical for God to reveal Himself so that everyone could see Him, turn to Him, and be saved. If anyone could see God they would realize how wonderful, good, and loving He really is and they would immediately want to live with Him for all eternity.

Because God wants all to be saved (Isa 45:22, 1 Tim 2:3&4, &Mat 18:14) it seems rather illogical for Him not to reveal Himself. However, God is logical and when we understand and consider His plans it all makes sense.

I believe that the goal of our Father is that He wants children. Not just any children, but children that are like Him (1 John 4:17). I mean children that love Him and also love all of the other children that belong to Him. God is love (1 John 4:8 & 16), so when His children love, they are like Him.

It would not be logical to want to live with those who do not love you. There could be no peace when those who surround you do not love and trust you. When they decide they want something that belongs to you, and they do not love you, they will take it. This world attests to this and there is no peace here.

God can do anything, so He could have made children that had no choice but to love Him. It seems obvious to me that love, true love, can not be mandated; it must be given because we want to give it. We had to have the choice whether to love God or not, and not too is wrong (sin).

Therefore, it seems to me that God must not do anything other than to tell man what a good and awesome God He is and tell us when something is wrong.

We must only know what is right and what is wrong and God has given us a conscience so that we know when something is wrong. When we do something wrong, our conscience does not say to us ‘God says that is wrong’. It only declares it wrong and it does so without words.

If we did not have a conscience the test would be unfairly biased in favor of Satan, because Satan has the power to reward, with the things of this world, those who choose to follow him. You see, God is absolutely fair; even with Satan!

So, it seems to me that God must hide Himself from us, so that the test is absolutely fair and just.

You may, or may not, agree with me as to the reason God does not reveal Himself, but you know there is a God and you also know that He has hidden Himself from mankind. So, what do you think is the reason?


I AM A HERETIC!

April 12, 2016

her•e•tic (hµr“¹-t¹k) n. 1. A person who holds controversial opinions, especially one who publicly dissents from the officially accepted dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. (The American Heritage Dictionary)

Actually, I am a complete heretic as I not only do not accept the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church, I do not accept the dogma of any Church that I have or do attend!

1. The Tithe – Every Church that I have attended taught that the Israelites in the Old Testament were to give ten percent back to God every year. That is totally false and a study of tithing, using only God’s Word and not anyone else’s word will prove me correct.

2. The Trinity – Then there is The Trinity. God says over and over that there is only one God. Men, who do not yet understand the Word of God, and do not admit they do not yet understand, have invented a way to say there are actually three Gods! It is true that the concept can be argued, but not if you believe the Word of God, when it/He says there is only one God.

(Isa 43:10-11 NIV) “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior.
(Isa 43:15 NIV) I am the LORD, your Holy One, Israel’s Creator, your King.”
(Isa 45:21 NIV) Declare what is to be, present it– let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the LORD? And there is no God apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me.

3. Prayer – Scripture says do not pray in public, but I am surrounded with people that pray in public! They seem to think that they know more than God! They do not realize that praying, when done properly, is really listening to God, not talking to Him! It is a conversation with God and we should listen much more than speak. Public praise for God is certainly correct and should always be done, but that is praise and should be called what it is and not called prayer.

4. Country – I live in the United States. Almost all of my Christian brothers and sisters believe that we must determine the best candidate and vote him or her into office or the Country is lost! God says that He is in control of the kingdoms (governments) of this world and that He sets over them the lowliest of men (Dan 4:17 & Rom 13:1). My brothers do not believe God!

5. Teachers – God says we should not be called teacher (Mat 23:10), but every preacher claims to be one. The flock listens to the preacher, but no one understands everything and so the flock is led astray.

6. Baptism – There are those that say baptism is not necessary for salvation! I would ask the same question Jesus asked “baptism—where did it come from?”

7. Vows and pledges – God says it is better not to make a vow (Deu 23:21-23, Eccl 5:4&5), but my brothers say that we should make vows to give money to the Church!

8. Iron sharpens iron – Only a Christian with no understanding of the art of sharpening would say that iron sharpens iron. They would be laughed out of any place where swords are sharpened. By the way, I spent seven years trying to teach that iron does not sharpen iron and was not successful one time, so do not try to convince me that it can, because I will not respond. I will remove any comment that tries to, so that the error is not spread. At least not by me.

9. Politics – same as Country, God is in charge and for me to vote would prove, by my actions, that I did not believe Him. I do believe my Father, therefore I will not vote.

10. Church – My brothers and sisters place their faith in church, but the church is only people, not God. The church can save no one. Only God can save.

11. Understanding – (Prov 4:7 NIV) Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
Understanding is not given from the mouth of a man. (Prov 2:6 NIV) For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

We were given the Holy Spirit when we were baptized to teach us all things (1 John 2:27- John 14:26). God speaks to us through Scripture, not through man.

Yes, I am only a man, but I am not saying that I have the answers. I have only questions, but if you consider my statements, using Scripture, not man, to guide you. You will sound just like me.

Do what God says (Prov 2:1-6 NIV) My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.

I wish there were more heretics in this world.


MY WALK WITH GOD

March 10, 2016

I do not usually write about myself, but I have reached a point in my quest for understanding that I believe it is necessary to explain how I reached this point.

When I was very young my mother sent me to church every Sunday. I only had to attend what we called Sunday school. I did not stay for the regular church service, because it was not required by my parents. They did not attend, because my father was not a believer and he wanted my mother to be home, to prepare his breakfast. So, I was taught some understanding of the Bible.

When I reached an age that I could rebel and stop attending Sunday school I did.

Much later in life I began to wonder if there really was a God and I started to listen to sermons on the radio while I was driving. There was a radio station that actually read from the Bible, but it stopped, probably because there was no money in/for it.

One program invited anyone that listened to attend the regular church service and I thought it a good idea, so I began to attend.

It seemed as though every sermon was directed to me. God was using the preacher to reach me and I came to the conclusion that I should be baptized.

After I was baptized the sermons no longer seemed directed specifically at me. I know now that it was because I had been given the Holy Spirit to teach me all things and I no longer need a man to teach me. (John 2:27) Actually the preacher did not teach me anything, but convinced me that I needed to repent and be baptized.

Then a very enthusiastic prophecy teacher came to the church that I was attending and I attended every one of his sermons. If I remember correctly he gave a sermon everyday for four days and at the end of the last one he could barely speak. His enthusiasm was contagious. I had not even considered the Old Testament and the teacher’s words and understanding amazed me.

This started me on my quest to understand everything about God and His Word that I could. I told my Father that I wanted to know everything and asked Him to teach me everything. At that time I did not know that He had already given me The Teacher to do just that!

I have head my brothers indicate and even say they do not want to know everything! To that I can only say, “What a complete waste of the gift of the Holy Spirit.” If God did not want us to know everything, He would not have given us a Teacher to teach us everything.

Now, hold on to your hats, because I am about to say something that you have never heard before and if you are not patient you will stop listing and you may not understand what I am about to say.

When I was only a man, before I was baptized, my beginnings could be traced back to Adam and from Adam to dust. Now, dust is only a nice way of saying dirt. But when I was baptized God planted His Seed in me. It was only a Seed and unless it grows it will not be the mature Seed that He wants.

When a seed is planted it should be watered and I was born of the water and the Spirit. (John 3:5&6)

Any seed needs good ground in order to mature and even bad ground can become good if it is fertilized. The Word of God is the only nutrient that a Spiritual plant will accept and I have continued to ingest the Word and the Spirit that lives in me and is part of me has grown. At the same time the dirt that was me has been replaced with the Spirit; the Spirit has increased and the dirt has decreased.

One day, in the near future, my Father is going to harvest me. He is going to lift me up and brush away the remaining dirt from me and I will be the spirit that He has wanted since the time He made me. I will be like Jesus (1Peter 2:4&5).

The first time I was born, I was born a human being and I was called a man. The second time I was born I was born of the Spirit. (John 4:24) If I was called a man, because I was born from man, then what would you call me if I was born from God? Would you call me a god? God does call me a god (Psalms 82 & John 10:34&35). The Word of God has come to me and I am a god.

That is not to say there is more than one God. The one God is in me and that makes me a child of the one God and therefore a god, but it does not make me God.

Daniel asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” and he was told, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.”

This is the time of the end and the Word is no longer sealed. Now we can know all things. That is if you believe that you can. After all you were given the Holy Spirit to teach you all things, so believe that you can and search all things out.