May 18, 2009

I have been reading Genesis lately because I have been trying to find a better way of explaining the sin of eating from the tree in the middle of the garden. As I study, the Spirit that God has given me will sometimes point out something that I was not even considering. The teacher chooses the subject not the student.

When I read Gen 2:9 (NIV) “And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” I suddenly realized that the two trees were symbols of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! They are the two witnesses and they are identified in the very first part of the first book in the Bible!

Jesus is the tree of life. There is no other way for man to acquire eternal life with God accept through Jesus. (John 14:6 NIV)  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

The tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the Holy Spirit.

(John 14:26 NIV)  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

A teacher that is qualified to teach all things would have to know all things. Mankind had to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil before we could even know we are evil.

The two witnesses are symbolized as two olive trees in Zechariah. When God told Zechariah what they were He said, “Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit”. That is the identity of the two witnesses hidden in the description, not by might nor by power is Jesus, the first witnesses and but by my Spirit is the second witnesses, the Holy Spirit.

(Gen 3:24 NIV)  After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

That sword is the Word of God and it will take the life of anyone who wants to eat from the tree of life. After that person admits that they deserve death for their deeds they are indeed slain, buried with Jesus, and raised a new being that can go in and out, past the sword. And then they can eat from the tree of life! Pity the one who will not plead guilty and admit they deserve death.

I have learned that the entire Bible fits together like a jigsaw puzzle. God told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because it would result in their death: not because it was a sin to eat from the tree!

(Gen 2:16 NIV)  And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;

If they were free to eat from any tree in the garden then they were free to eat from both trees in the middle of the garden. Though it resulted in the death of all mankind it was not a sin against God to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.


May 12, 2009

This has been an enlightening experiment for me, but it is time to change. I thought a blog would be a good format with which to learn more about Scripture, but it hasn’t worked very well for me.

Not long after I came to my senses and asked Jesus to save me I began to study the Bible. I read that Solomon was given great wisdom because he asked God for it. So I also asked God for wisdom. I knew I could never have as much wisdom as Solomon, because God said there had never been any like Solomon nor would there ever be. But I wanted all wisdom that God would give me. I have to admit that unlike Solomon’s request mine was selfish. I wanted it for myself. Even though I knew enough to understand I was not going to receive all wisdom, I asked for all of it anyway.

If anyone wants to know wisdom they should read and contemplate what the Bible says in Proverbs about it. Basically it says that if you want it then search for it: so I did. The second chapter of Proverbs is a guarantee that wisdom is there for the taking. It is a personal offer from God to anyone that wants it. No man can obtain it and then give it to someone else. If that were possible Proverbs would not be perfectly true; and it is. Proverbs says the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. (Prov 2:6 NIV) It is plain that man does not give knowledge and understanding.

I reached a point where I knew that God had given me understanding and I began to feel like the lepers in Second Kings chapter seven. When they found great treasure they realized it was not right to keep it to themselves and not tell others about it. They didn’t go tell the people that they were special and they knew the way to riches. They just told it as it was. It was up to the people to find out for themselves if what the lepers said was true.

So, like the lepers, I would like to tell you about real treasure, but you must go outside the gate yourself to get it. Wisdom does not come from my mouth and I can not give you any of what God has given me. There is no need for me to give you any of mine. There is more than a man can handle for anyone that wants it enough to search for it and the truth is that it is not hard to find. I am not the way to understanding I am only telling you where I found it and that you can and may find it also.


Look at wisdom as a jewel and I am showing you the jewel that God has guided me to and let me find. If you want a jewel like it you will have to find your own.

The Bible says that we are not to be called teacher, because we have only one Teacher, so I correctly refer to myself as a student. I have asked everyone that if they see error in what I say to comment on it. This has led to much confusion rather than clarity.

When I answer a comment that disagrees with me it seems to them as though I think I know everything. I am sure that I do not, but it must seem that way, because I have been accused of it. There seems a double standard. Others are free to say I am wrong, but I am not free to say otherwise and if I argue then I am accused of teaching and being a know-it-all.

Truth is I do not have much trouble speaking with fellow students, but “some” of those who call themselves teachers are a different story. It seems to me that there are two important things that cause strife between us: pride and money. If someone thinks of themselves as a teacher of those who have already turned to God and it were possible, then wisdom would come from their mouth as well as God’s, but the Bible says wisdom comes from the mouth of God. It does not say from the mouth of man. Those who think of themselves as teachers and have taught something that I say is not true would have to humble themselves if they were to agree with me. I have found very little of this.

Then there is money. If a man accepts money for teaching and then a mere student points out something that they should have already understood others might question their competence and that does little their job security. Truth is if the Bible says we are not to be called teacher and if anyone accepts that title then they are wrong from the “git-go”.

I am not saying that we should not teach the Gospel. We must teach the unsaved that they are just that and that there is a way to be reconciled to God, but after someone admits they are a sinner and they let themselves be baptized, they are given the Mind of Christ to teach them all things. They have “The Teacher” to teach them all things. All they need are the questions.

If in your mind, you assign the position of teacher to anyone other than God you will receive the teaching of man; not God. Your teacher might use the Bible to add creditability to his words, but wisdom does not come from the mouth of man. Yes that includes my mouth. Check scripture to see if what I say is true and if you find it is, then do not think that I know because of my ability to figure out Scripture. Any understanding that I may have is a gift from God though I have done my part by searching for it. I do not even claim that I worked for it. For me it has been like an Easter egg hunt, pure pleasure with reward after reward.

Well, anyway, when I try to show others why and how I believe what I do, it only promotes arguments and unchristian conduct from both of us. It is as much my fault as it is anyone else’s. I have no desire to cause anyone to sin and that has been the result of some of our comments.

This has caused me to consider ceasing to post and erasing my entire blog site. But then I wonder who will say anything different than those who call themselves teachers. All men are imperfect and therefore no one man could teach perfectly. If I go away then who would be left to say some teacher is wrong?

In the past I have tried to answer all comments from my point of view. The first comments from others are usually civil, but if I do not agree with them the exchange becomes somewhat less than Christian and leads nowhere.

I am going to try a different approach. If I do not allow comments then arguments can not in sue. However I think an exchange of ideas is beneficial: that is why I started this site. So I will no longer continue to exchange comments with someone about a subject when it begins to sound unchristian.

Like a talk show, I have the button that stops anyone else from commenting any further. I hear callers to talk shows where the host hangs up on them and then proceeds to act like the caller is still there whereupon the host has his say and it seems like the caller has no answer. That is misleading and basically wrong. So if I hang up on you I will try to explain to everyone that we can not reach an agreement and it is becoming a shouting match which helps no one.

(Mat 23:10 NIV)  Nor are you to be called ‘teacher,’ for you have one Teacher, the Christ.

Beware of the teacher. “O” and the student also!

WHAT CALVIN DIDN’T UNDERSTAND and you probably didn’t either.

May 4, 2009

Calvin has been put on a pedestal by some. It should be understood by anyone that knows the God that created everything, that no man except Jesus should be viewed as a hero. Calvin especially should not be viewed as a hero, because he paints a picture of an unfair God. The more one learns about the one true God the more it becomes obvious that our Father would not be unfair to anyone. Perfect justice demands perfect fairness or it is not just at all.

I have found that most people do not understand the very basics of the Word of God. I suppose that is the result of listening to others and believing what they say without carefully comparing it to Scripture. Look what God recommends that any student do. (Acts 17:11 NIV) “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

Paul had even worked miracles and yet it is said that those who doubted him were of more noble character than those who did not. Be noble of character and doubt what I say, but do not stop with me. Doubt what any man says about Scripture, no matter his or her position in the Church. What man in the Church could be more important than Paul? Compare everything, everyday to Scripture to see if what anyone said is true.

OK, so what did Calvin say that does not agree with Scripture? Many things, but I will show you just one basic thing today: more later.

Calvin said that the original sin was imputed to all mankind, but the truth is Calvin didn’t even know what the original sin was. Most teachers teach that the original sin, or first sin happened when Eve ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and most students, not being Bereans just accept what is said, because it sounds right. Student, it is time to get more noble.

First, notice that the tree is called “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. God told them that when they ate from it they would surely die. They did not have the knowledge of good and evil, and they did not until they ate from the tree, in other words they did not know right from wrong and because they didn’t know God did not condemn them and they lived. But when they knew God did condemn them, what could be fairer than that? “O” it would only be fairer if God had warned them and of course He did!

When they ate from the tree and acquired the knowledge of good and evil, they hid from God. When God called to Adam, “Where are you”? Adam didn’t say ‘We hid from you because we disobeyed you by eating from the tree in the middle of the garden. He said “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked”.

If you think about what I said it is clear that Adam had already sinned by being naked before God. (Gen 2:25 NIV) “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.” They should have felt shame because they were sinning. Though it was a sin to disobey God by eating from the tree it was not the first sin.

The first sin is being uncovered before God. It is the unforgivable sin and the whole Word of God is about the Spiritual covering that God made, how and where to find it, and how to put it on. And of course when the need for it is understood, and it is found, only a fool would not put it on.

Adam was free to eat from the tree and free not to. God only warned Adam and Eve. He did not make either eat or not eat, but when they did, and yes He knew they would, He condemned them both. He did not condemn one and not the other. It would not have been fair or just to condemn one and not the other for the same thing.

Calvin’s exegesis is dangerous because he comes close to truth like the serpent did in Genesis when he said (Gen 3:4 NIV) “You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” It probably seemed to Adam and Eve that the serpent was right because they did not immediately die and they did both know good and evil.

Calvin said the first sin was imputed to all mankind and he was right in that all mankind need a covering for their sin, but that covering is for their own sin and not the knowledge of sin and not the sin of Adam or anyone else. The knowledge of sin is what allows us to understand that we need the covering. The knowledge of sin comes from the Law and just as everyone shares the same breath of life that God breathed into Adam we also share the knowledge of good and evil. No one will be able to claim ignorance of the Law at the end of time.

Calvin claims God chooses some to be saved and others not to be, but God says it is sin that separates man from Him. If Calvin would be right then God would be unjust to those who will not be allowed to don the Covering that God made. If I am right it is the man that condemns himself and God is not guilty of anything unjust: and rest assured I am right, God is not guilty of anything unjust.

Calvin claims that when a child dies it is condemned, but if the child has yet to sin it needs no covering. And just like Adam and Eve, if the child does not yet understand even though it has sinned, it will not be condemned.

I have more to say, but that is enough for now. Be like a Berean and test what I said against Scripture to see if what I said was true. Be wise and do not test it against what Calvin said or even worse what some man said that Calvin said.