March 26, 2013

Though it seems preposterous, I am not kidding. The Maker of everything wants to talk to you, one on one, face-to-face, up close and personal.

This is the most important post that I have made and probably the most important one that I can make. It is also the reason that I cannot get along with preachers and teachers.

I understand the desire to share understanding of God’s Word. That is why I write these posts. However, I do not want anyone to call me a teacher (Mat 23:10). I only understand what God has let me understand: no more and no less. My understanding is not something that I earned through any study or effort and not because I wanted to help someone else. I started with a very selfish desire to understand everything about God and His Word. That is what I asked of Him. I did not ask so that I could help anyone else understand, however I began to feel guilty for hording, or not sharing, the understanding that God gave me.

The unsaved need a teacher, but after one realizes, or admits to themselves that there is a God and that they have sinned against that God, and they allow themselves to be buried with Christ and raised a new being, then they no longer need any one to teach them (1John2:27).

We do not need anyone to teach us, because we have an anointing from God (1John2:20) and that anointing is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). We have the mind of Christ (1Cor 2:16) to instruct us.

Both teachers and students become accustom to the system that produced the new Christian. The teacher taught and the student listened. However, after the new Christian has received the mind of Christ and no longer needs a teacher, the teacher begins to stand in the way of the new Christian. It is usually not the desire of the teacher, but never the less, it does happen. God gets third-partied. The student thinks that the teacher knows more than he does, or she does, and they must still listen to the teacher. They become dependant on the teacher, instead of dependant on God.

This attitude, or way of thinking, has led the Church to rely on teachers instead of on God. The church has become lukewarm, just as we are told the last church will become (Rev 3:16).

Do you understand the lesion of Acts 20:7-9? It is used by preachers to get a laugh about preaching too long, but it is not in God’s Word just for a laugh.

Eutychus (the young man) was a new Christian and he was listening directly to the apostle sent to the gentiles. There could be no greater preacher among men, to gentiles, and yet he went to sleep and fell to his death.

Does no one else understand that too much listening to man, instead of God, leads to death?


March 14, 2013

This is a basic question and a standard excuse for atheist to be atheist. They see themselves as more moral than God, because they would not allow the innocent to be hurt. However, they do not understand God, or why He allows sin and because they have decided not to honor God, they cannot understand.

As I have said before “God lives by His own rules”. I would use the word “laws”, but that word brings a knee jerk reaction among Christians that have not yet contemplated God’s law.

A long time ago, when I was young, someone (I do not remember who), told me that if I wanted to understand something that someone else said, or believed, or even did, that it would help, if I tried to think as they do. You have probably heard it said as “Walk a mile in their shoes”. I have found it to be very helpful, not only for understanding others, but also for understanding God.

Now, before you go off on a tangent and say that we cannot understand God, and what He does, I must point out that He has given us a manual and a teacher, so that we can understand. That is how I know that He lives by His own rules and when you contemplate His Word and listen to the Spirit that lives within you, then you will also understand. Not because I said anything, but because you searched it out yourself: with the help of the Spirit.

God’s rule for dealing with others is “Do to others as you would have them do to you” It is a plain and simple rule that fits all interaction among people. If anyone follows the rule, or obeys it, then it should be obvious that we do not need the Ten Commandments. All of the law hangs on this Command. If we obey the second most important rule, then there would be no murder, thefts, or any other sin.

OK, so you ask ‘How does this relate to why God allows sin’?

Do you want anyone to force you to do anything? Of course not, so keeping the second greatest command in mind, then you should not force anyone to do anything.

God does not want anyone to sin, but He lives by His own rules and His rule prevents Him from stopping anyone from sinning.

Those who do not know God only see the physical world and do not understand that God made us to exist forever, so if someone is mistreated in this world, it seems to them as a terrible thing: and it is. However, we will go on to the life after this part and we will understand that all sin is really against God, more than against the person.

If someone should steal everything that you have, did they really steal anything from you? If God owns everything, and He does, then what can anyone steal from you?

The same goes for your life! Did you give yourself life, or did God give it to you? Anyone that steals, or murders, sins against what God has created. That is not to say that we do not suffer because of sin, but it helps to know that God will dry our tears and make us forget the sin of this world.

Do not look for your reward in this life. Have faith in your Father. Hebrews 11:39&40 (NIV) “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”

Everyone, that God saves, will live by His law and there will be perfect peace in Heaven.


March 7, 2013

Don’t panic, I am not saying that God doesn’t have the power to do something.

I am saying that God would have to violate His own law, in order to die for us.

God’s law consists of only two rules, which are, Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” and Matthew 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.”

By now, you are probably asking how God would violate either one of His rules by dying for us. Well, He would be violating both rules. Job 34:12-15 (NIV) “It is unthinkable that God would do wrong, that the Almighty would pervert justice. Who appointed him over the earth? Who put him in charge of the whole world? If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all mankind would perish together and man would return to the dust.

Do you see that if God died, or withdrew His spirit, that we would all die or cease to exist? God would violate His second rule by causing us to die.

I do not want to die, so doing to others as I want them to do to me, I do not want to kill anyone. God, living by His own rules, will not kill His children, so He ties His own hands, and cannot die for us. However, being God and able to do anything, He devised a plan and worked that plan, that we might be saved.

The violation of the first rule is not as easily understood, because it is not said plainly, but I believe that God loves us with all His heart, soul, and strength! I do not believe that I am adding to the Word of God by making this statement. Considering all that the Bible says about God and His relationship to us, I cannot see how this cannot true.

I know that when we are faced with trouble in this world that it is difficult to believe that God loves us so much, but He tells us to be patient and promises eternal bliss after all of the test that we must face.

Be patient and believe God. He loves you so much, that if it were possible He would die for you. That is what Jesus did and he was the perfect representation of God.

John 5:19 (NIV) “Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”
John 14:31 (NIV) “but the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.” Come now; let us leave.”
John 12:49 (NIV) “For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.”
John 12:50 (NIV) “I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.”