March 27, 2019

You may think that I am not God so I cannot view sin from His perspective and of course you would be right about the first part: I am certainly not God. However, when I decided to be honest with God, and admit that I was a sinner, and ask for His mercy He not only forgave my sin, He also gave me His Spirit and He gave me His Spirit to teach me all things (John 14:26).

You see, I have the mind of Christ, just as you have. That is if you also have plead guilty and been baptized into the Family of God.

(1 Cor 2:9-16 NIV) “”However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”–” but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

As humans our problems began with Adam and Eve. Before they ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil they did evil (Gen 2:25) and because they did not know it God did not condemn them. However, as soon as they knew, they died spiritually. They separated themselves from God; or rather their sin separated them from God.

Just as the life that we have came through Adam so also comes the knowledge of good and evil. Because we are not God and therefore cannot see the future, we cannot avoid evil. The knowledge of good and evil can only be used to condemn. In truth, because we know the difference between good and evil, we must condemn ourselves. We know that we have sinned and every now and then we still do sin. We also view others with a critical mind and condemn them also. God says do not judge, but because we know good and evil we judge: we not only judge ourselves, but everyone around us.

When I first started to seek understanding from the Bible I thought it was a good thing for me to know good and evil. I said to myself, “I must know good and evil, so that I can do good and avoid evil”, but that was only the man in me thinking with the logic of a man.

In my mind I completely rejected the knowledge that God did not want mankind to know good and evil. God was very clear when He said, “but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” (Gen 2:17 NIV) I did not understand that He meant die spiritually. Death is separation, the first death is separation from the earth and everything in it and the second death is separation from God, so to die spiritually is to be separated from God. It is our sin that separates us from God and because we have the knowledge of good and evil we cannot plead innocent in the matter.

Knowing good and evil only stands in the way of what our Father wants from us! Our Father wants us to love Him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and then to love everyone else that He has made in His image.

Think about Hitler. Hitler did evil and we know he did, because we have the knowledge of good and evil. Our knowledge causes us to judge and then condemn Hitler, but it is wrong to judge and not our place to condemn anyone. That goes against the grain of any man, because we know good and evil, but when I think about Hitler I have to ask myself, “What did Hitler do to me?”, and the answer is nothing. So, is it right for me to condemn Hitler?

Personally I believe that God chose Hitler and gave him the power to drive the Jewish people back to their land. He is disgusted with Israel and rightly so. He has done everything short of taking their free will from them and making them slaves in order to save them. That is to say He planed a way to save them and then He worked His plan, but they will not accept His display of perfect love. When God decided that it was time for Jews to go back to their land that He gave them, would it be right for God to lead them back to their homeland, or to drive them back?

Just to be as clear as I can, I am not claiming that Hitler is innocent and will not face judgment for his actions. I have the knowledge of good and evil, so I am sure he will face a sentence that will far outweigh his sins. I am sure that God chose Hitler (Rom 13:1), because that is what Hitler wanted to do. God does not “make” one do evil, but if it is in His plan, He will enable those who would do evil to do so.

We are saddled with the knowledge of good and evil, but we must try to avoid practicing it. Instead of condemning those who do evil, we should have compassion for them, because God will condemn them and then they will be thrown out of His presence.

The truth, as I understand it, is they will get what they wanted. They do not want God as their master and God will give them what they wanted.

Pity the sinner that will not be honest with God and do not condemn them. God will punish them. They will want to die to avoid their punishment, but God will not permit it.

Love your enemies (Mat 5:44-48, Luke 6:27-37).

Have you ever thought this way? If someone steals something from you, have they really stolen from you? Doesn’t God own everything, so haven’t they sinned against God, not you? God has only let you use what is His and by stealing from you they have sinned against God’s wishes. Pity them and do not curse them. Do not practice your knowledge.

How I am able to understand Two Gods

March 16, 2019

First I must say that I did not deduce any of this. I only keep asking God for understanding and God, being a God of love, just keeps adding to it.

So, I have an analogy that God has given me so that I might understand verses of the Bible that seem to contradict other verses. Verses that say there is only one God and then verses that say there is a Son of God and which seem to say there is more than one God.

Here is the analogy and then I will try to explain it as best as I can.

I am standing in the middle of a room with people sitting around me. A man bursts into the room with a large, very sharp sword in his hands. Seeing me he runs to me and as I raise my arms to defend myself, with one mighty swing he severs my right arm and then he runs away.

At this time the view of those who surround me can be verbalized as, ‘There stands astudent and his arm is lying on the ground’.

Then God rushes in and seeing my wound He closes it up with flesh, just as He healed Adam when He created Eve. He sees my arm lying on the ground and not wanting any of me to die He closes up the wound in my arm as well.

At this point in time those that surround me still have the same view. That is to say ‘There stands astudent and his arm is lying on the ground’.

Now God knows that my arm will die if it has no heart, or lungs, or brain, which are all of the things that I possess, that helps to sustain my existence. So, He gives my arm a heart, and lungs, and a brain. He gives my arm everything that I have and when He has completed His work, my arm no longer looks like my arm: it looks just like me.

Some of those who surround me, that have seen everything, may say to themselves, “There stands astudent and his arm stands beside him”. Others may have closed their eyes, because of the bloodshed and not seen everything and so they might say, “There stands astudent, God has created a twin of him and his twin is standing beside him”.

Now, let me try to explain how this analogy helps me better understand the Bible.

Both views of the people that surround me are correct from their understanding. That is to say that if they view everything from the very beginning they know that it is my arm that stands beside me. However, if they do not know everything they will say that is my twin that stands beside me. They would be proved right in their own mind when I and my arm go separate ways and do different things, and yet it would still be my arm to those that know the whole story.

All of this can be said about Adam and Eve. Eve is the rib of Adam and can be viewed as such. However, Eve no longer looks like Adam’s rib and is no longer a physical part of Adam. Eve went separate ways and did separate things, but when you understand you know that Eve was formed from the rib of Adam and therefore can always be viewed as such.

As I have said in previous posts, understanding the creation of Eve can be a great help in understanding The Father and His Son.

The Son of God was created from a part of God and therefore can always be viewed as God. So, when a verse refers to the Son of God, as God, it is correct to those who know the beginning. However, it confuses those who do not understand where or how the Son of God came about.

Now, if you do not understand my analogy that is alright. It is my analogy, not yours. That is to say that God gave it to me and not to you. It works for me and so when I read (John 1:1 NIV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” I understand it and I also understand (John 1:18 NIV) “No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”

I am not a teacher. I am only a student. I am quite sure that the Teacher that is one with every believer who has been baptized, does not need any help from me. However Scripture says, (Mat 10:27 NIV) “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs.” and the web can be viewed as a high place, such as a roof top, so I am proclaiming this analogy in the hope it will help you with your understanding.

By the way, the arm of the Lord is another name for our Savior (Isa 51:9, 53:1, 59:1, and John 12:38).