VIEWING SIN FROM THE EYES OF GOD

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).


IS JESUS GOD?

February 18, 2019

This is a question that every one except an atheist asks. That was my first thought when I decided to give my answer to this question. When I say my answer I mean the answer that God has given me, as I do not believe that I or anyone is wise enough to solve any of the questions that the Bible raises. I just keep asking and eventually God gives me the answers. You can see this by my first statement in this paragraph. That was my first thought, but I stand corrected, because a true atheist has asked this question to himself!

The Bible, both the Old Testament and the New Testament, is the Word of God to all men and women. As such every statement is true and accurate. There can be no false statements in the Bible. If there are statements that seem untrue to you, then you just do not yet understand.

God’s Word says that there is only one God (Isa 45:22) and yet Jesus claimed to be the Son of God (Mat 26:63&64) and to those who do not yet understand this seems like an oxymoron. If you consider humans you can see that there are many humans, because they have had many sons. So, if you consider God and God states that there is only one God, then it seems wrong to say that Jesus is the Son of God, because then it would seem to say that there are two Gods: three if you consider the Holy Spirit.

Again I say that the Bible is the Word of God and every statement is true and accurate: there can be no false statements in the Bible. Remember this as I try to convey the understanding that God has given to me.

God has given us a clue to understanding the Son of God in the creation of Eve. Eve was created, made, born, or any verb that you wish to describe the beginning of Eve, from Adam. God took a rib from Adam and made Eve from it. Eve was not made from anything else. Therefore you can consider Eve as a part of Adam, or in the purest sense Adam, if you look at her from that perspective. You also can, as all people do, view Eve as a separate individual. Both interpretations would be correct, depending on the angle of the one that is viewing Eve at the time. I mean from the prospective they are considering Eve as a separate person or just part of Adam.

This is the same for the Son of God. The Son of God was born of God before anything else was made, even before God created time. Consider John 1:1 (NIV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” If you consider that the Son of God was born, made, or created from part of God, then you can see that He is God: an extension of God, just as Eve can be considered an extension of Adam. Also if you know that the Son of God was born before time began you can understand (John 8:58 NIV) “”I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!”” One can also understand John 1:1.

I see that God separated part of Himself to teach man that all men are corrupt and not like Him in that way. Then He became a man so that we might be saved from our corruption.
The One became two in order to teach and then the two became one through Jesus to save us from what was taught.

I will add something that seems relevant to me. Eve was made from the part of Adam that covered his heart and I believe that the Son of God was created from the part of God that covers His heart as well.

One can see that there are many names for Jesus. One name is the Holy Spirit. That makes sense, because He was born of God who is Spirit and He is holy, so it is logical to refer to Him as the Holy Spirit. He later became one with the son of David and was named Jesus by God. Jesus is both the Son of God and the son of man. (Again think about Matthew 26:63&64) When He was asked if He was the Son of God and He answered “yes” and then went on to say that they would see the Son of Man coming back to earth. You see that He was/is both the Son of God and the Son of Man.

I wrote this as clearly as I can. So, before you tell me that I am wrong, and many will, ask God to give you understanding of the question “Is Jesus God” and consider what I said before you berate me. Then go ahead and let me have it.


THE LAW OF MOSES AND THE LAW OF JESUS

January 16, 2019

The Law of Moses and the Law of Jesus is different! They are very close when viewed from a Jewish position, but not so close when viewed from a Christian position.

What started me thinking about this is that the Church that I attend has a large stone with the Ten Commandments engraved on it, standing near the main entrance. I have stopped and read that stone a few times and agreed with it. However, it dawned on me that the two greatest commands, affirmed by Jesus, are not even on the stone! If that is not enough, we as Christians do not obey the command to keep the seventh day holy!

After a great amount of thought, I believe that I understand the Law of God a bit better, so I will try to explain my understanding.

First I claim to be a Gentile, not a Jew, so the Law of Moses was not given to me. The Ten Commandments are the human side of the convenient that God made with Israel. If they kept those requirements He said that He would bless them, but if they did not He would curse them. They did not and to this day they live under a curse.

God is always fair and just, so if you think that God is cursing the children because of what their fathers have done, then you are wrong. Every Jew violates the command about the Sabbath and they do not know enough about God’s Word to even understand this!

In Geneses it is said that God entered into His rest. (Gen 2:1-3 NIV) “Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.”

Does no one else see that this is prophetic? God has yet to enter His rest! There are babies being shaped in the wombs of mothers, people being called to Heaven and Hell, people being saved and lost, authorities being enthroned and dethroned, and that is just to name a few things that prove God has yet to enter His rest. If that is not enough Scripture says that God is still working (John 5:17 NIV) “Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.””

The seven days that are described in the first of Genesis are God’s time, not like our time frame. God’s days are numbered by His accomplishments, not by a set time, as man’s days are. As I understand, the Seventh Day began when Jesus died on the cross, because He said it is finished (John 19:30). That is to say that all of the work of salvation was done.

Because it is the seventh of God’s days, if anyone tries to do any work for their salvation they violate the command that God gave about the Sabbath. In other words, if one attempts to reach God by obeying the Law of Moses, they are claiming they are good enough to stand before God and not be judged. They are working for their salvation.

If you do not understand me then consider Job. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East and yet He could not justify himself when he stood before God. Are you grater than Job?

The Law of Jesus is greater than the Law of Moses. It is based on love, but the Law of Moses is based on obedience. God knows that we are not perfect and are not able to obey the Law, so He gave us a way out. God is a jealous God and He will not share His glory (credit) with anyone. It is the Son of God that suffered and died for our sin. It was a great price that He paid and when anyone attempts to add to that price by claiming to be without sin it angers Him; and it should.

Here is the Law of Moses, written as man writes it.
Ten Commandments list
1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
2. You shall make no idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
4. Keep the Sabbath day holy.
5. Honor your father and your mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.

Now here is the Law of Jesus, written as God writes it.
(Luke 10:25-28 NIV) “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus.”Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”” “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

(1 Cor 13:13 NIV) “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Do you understand that if you obey the Law of Jesus you automatically obey the Law of Moses?

Think about this using the Word of God to guide your thoughts and make up your own mind.

As for me I feel that I must, or rather want to, obey (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.”


DO CHRISTIANS WORSHIP THREE GODS?

December 4, 2018

The Son of God is the Holy Spirit and He was created before anything else was made. The second verse in the Bible says, (Gen 1:2 NIV) “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” You see that He already existed. The verse doesn’t say “Holy Spirit”, but it should be apparent that it is the Holy Spirit.

The Spiritual birth of Jesus was when the Holy Spirit became one with a man. That man was the son of David. (2 Sam 7:12 NIV) “When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish his kingdom.” That offspring is Jesus the son of man and that man became one with the Son of God, who is the Holy Spirit. So, it is better to name Jesus as Jesus Christ (Jesus (the son of David) and Christ (the Son of God)). Jesus was born of the Spirit when he was baptized (Matthew 3:16); just the same as we were (Acts 2:38&39).

Those who do not understand say that we worship three Gods, because we say that God has a Son and we baptize in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, which seems to say that we claim there are three Gods. I have to admit that this accusation puzzled me for quite some time. Scripture states many times that there is only one God (Deu 4:35&38, 1 Kings 8:60, Isa 44:8, 45:5&6, 45:18&22, 46:9, Joel 2:27, Mark 12:29, and I probably missed some). God had not made this clear to me, so I did not have an answer to this accusation.

I was given the Holy Spirit to teach me all things (John 14:26), so every now and then, I would think about this question and the Spirit finally gave me the answer that satisfied me.

I will try to explain the answer that I have, but first let me state something about God that, it seems to me, everyone agrees with and that is “God is everywhere, at all times”.

I live in America and when I pray I am sure that God hears me. If I am praying at the same time one of my brothers in China is praying I believe that God hears both of us. There are probably millions of Christians that pray at the same time and I believe that God hears each and also hears them clearly. I don’t think that anyone would disagree with that understanding. Even if one doesn’t believe in God, they would have to admit that if there was a God He would have to be able to accomplish that feat.

Now, here is a parable, or allegory that I believe God gave me so that I might understand the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as the same God.

Suppose that you have a golden bowl and it is filled with water. Then there is a golden cup made and that cup is dipped into the water and filled with it. So, the water in the cup and the water in the bowl are the same water. Then some of the water in the cup is poured into an iron cup. Is not the same water in all of the containers? Is it not only one water?

I see the golden bowl as a symbol of God our Father, the golden cup as the Son of God, and the iron cup as the son of David. If you visualize the water as a metaphor or symbol of the Spirit of God, then it should be clear that the same Spirit is in all three containers. God is Spirit (John 4:24) and all three are filled with the same Spirit: one Spirit, one God.

If you can visualize God as being in more than one place in any point in time then it should not be difficult to visualize God as being in all containers at any point in time. I say all containers, not just three, because God, the Holy Spirit is in all of His children: given to them when they were baptized (Acts 2:38&39).

I hope this allegory helps you understand as it has helped me. I know that you were given the Holy Spirit to teach you all things, so listen to the Spirit and I am sure that He will make it clear to you in a way that you can also understand.

We do not worship three God’s.


WHY HITLER?

November 20, 2018

I am a student of the Bible. I believe that the entire Bible is true. I try not to pick and choose only verses that support what I believe that is true. This leads to questions such as ‘Why did God say that?’, or ‘How does that fit with the rest of God’s Word?’ and then, when I ask, God usually gives me the answer. Well, God always give me the answer, just sometimes later than I would like.

One of those verses is Romans 13:1. (Rom 13:1 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.”

I quoted this verse in a small Bible study group and one member of the group, because he was not prepared to accept this part of God’s Word, pointed out Hitler! Well, because I had not devoted any thought to Hitler, I was not prepared to give a really good answer. My only thought, at that time, was that the Bible says God appoints the authorities and Hitler was an authority, so yes God appointed Hitler and it did not matter whether, or not, I understood.

After some thought I realized, or better said, God pointed out to me that Hitler was the easiest of evil authorities to understand!

We all know that Hitler was responsible for the deaths of many Jews. Killing Jews was his second greatest passion: the first being to rule the world. But then if he had become the ultimate authority he would have killed all of the Jews, so maybe killing Jews was his greatest passion!

Because I believe that God knows all things, I believe that He knew what Hitler would do to His chosen people Israel. Not only that, but that He formed Hitler in the womb to do it!

In order to understand why God appointed Hitler as an authority, one has to consider Israel’s past. God chose Israel and made them a great nation. He gave them everything that they could ask for, but over and over they would reject Him as their God and when they did He would send a nation of gentiles to decimate them and make those who were still alive slaves to their captors. God would leave them slaves until they came to their senses and ask for forgiveness. Then He would send a prophet to lead them back to their promised land.

Israel did not learn from their actions and so God finally almost stopped sending a prophet to lead them back home. I say almost, because He sent one more prophet to lead those individuals who properly honored God to Him. That is to say not all of Israel, because all of Israel are not God’s people (Rom 9:6); some are and some are not.

The last thing that God said to the nation Israel are the last two verses in the Old Testament. (Mal 4:5&6 NIV) “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

Well, He sent John the Baptist as the prophet Elijah and Israel was not willing to turn their hearts to God, their Father. So, He struck the land with a curse. He turned the land into a desert and ejected Israel from it.

Israel, to this day, will not accept God as their Father. They do the same things that they did when Jesus came. They rely on themselves as their own savior. They believe that they if they abstain from what seem to be the greatest transgressions of the Law that God will forgive the least infractions. It doesn’t seem to matter that God’s Word does not support that view. They commit the unpardonable sin. That is to reject the sacrifice of Jesus for their sins, substituting their own righteousness in place of God’s Sacrifice.

It is easy to understand God’s anger when you consider that God became a man, so that He could die in the place of anyone that would accept His love offering and then have someone reject that gift.

The nation Israel is still under that curse and because they are cursed, God, when the time came for Israel to return to the land, did not send a prophet too quietly and peacefully lead them back. He sent Hitler to drive them back.

Jews condemn Hitler for the atrocities that he was responsible for; and rightly so. However, if they examined their own actions as closely as they examine Hitler’s, they might understand that their sins, or the greatest sin that anyone can commit, which is to reject God’s Sacrifice, caused God to send Hitler.

You would be wrong if you think of me as an anti-Semite. I am just the opposite as I would love to see all of Israel turn to God, accept His Sacrifice, and live.


NO MAN “EVER” PAID THE TITHE

November 2, 2018

Lately God has been teaching me about His Tithe. It is nothing like the understanding that man has, and is trying to teach you and me There is always an exception, but most of us have been taught that God gave the increase of the land to the Israelites and then demanded that they give 10% back to him. That is a total corruption of Tithing.

Most teachers believe that the Church needs money to exist. That is what the world teaches and we are a product of the world so it seems logical to us. However, if we believe that, then we place money and our own ability to handle money above our trust in our Father.

So, you ask, or you should ask “What do you mean when you say no man ever paid the tithe”?

The basic misunderstanding is thinking that God gave 100% of the increase of the land to His children. God said that ten percent “Belonged to Him”. He only gave Israel a method to determine what He wanted marked as His so that it could be kept separated from what was theirs. We are taught that God gave 100% to Israel and then demanded that they give 10% back, but He actually gave 100% of what was Israel’s to Israel and kept 10% of the increase of the land for Himself.

(Lev 27:30 NIV) “‘A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.

You see that it never belonged to anyone other than God. It was not Israel’s that they could give it to God. It belonged to God and never belonged to Israel.

Actually, it was God that gave the Tithe.

The first two years God took all that was His (The Tithe) and spent it on a feast for His children. God only relied on His children to properly take care of the Tithe that belonged to Him.

The third year God’s Tithe was to be taken to the store house, so His priest and everyone else could share in God’s wealth.

So you see that no man ever gave the Tithe. Also, if you think about it the Tithe is no longer required to be counted, because God has cursed Israel, so He would not continue with a ritual that was created to show them how good He was to them.

You see that the purpose of the Tithe was to show Israel that God would give 100% of everything that He kept for Himself to them, if they would only believe in Him! They did not believe, so God no longer gives “His Tithe” to them.