MANKIND’S BASIC FLAW

April 18, 2017

Well, one could say that mankind’s basic flaw is that we sin, because that is surely a basic flaw. However, it is not the “very” basic flaw that we have.

It will sound strange when I state our basic flaw. It seemed strange to me as the Spirit within me led me to this understanding.

Our basic flaw is not that we sin, but that we know that we sin!

As Scripture says, (Gen 2:25 NIV) “The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.”

The idea of being naked is not being physically naked, but spiritually naked. After all, God made them both and He new exactly how they looked naked. He even knew the number of the hairs on their heads (Mat 10:30).

You see, they should have been ashamed, but they did not know good and evil, and because they did not know, they were not ashamed.

God did not condemn them for walking naked before Him, because it would be wrong to condemn anyone if they did not know that they were doing something wrong and God never does anything wrong.

When I first thought about this, I thought that I must know good and evil so that I can do what is right. I said to myself that I must know what is good and what is evil, in order to do good and avoid evil.

I did not even realize that I was arguing with God! God said that it would be wrong to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and yet I was saying that it was right to eat from the tree! First I say that God is always right and then I say that this time He was wrong! It is so easy to be double minded.

As I studied more about the knowledge of good and evil God made it clear to me that it is not necessary to know good and evil.

The two basic commands that God has given us are to love our Father with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and to love our fellow man as we love ourselves. These two commands sum up all of the Law. If we do these two things there is no need for the knowledge of good and evil: no need even for the Law!

Think about it, if we did not have the knowledge of good and evil, we would not, and even could not judge our fellow man: we could not even judge ourselves!

God did not judge Adam and Eve, before they knew about evil, but when they knew the knowledge of their sin separated them from Him.

Perhaps when Jesus comes again and makes everything right, God will take back the knowledge of good and evil. When we live with our brothers and sisters, and everyone loves his or her neighbor and therefore everyone can be trusted, there will be no need to know good and evil: there will be no evil.

The knowledge of good and evil only gets in the way of loving our fellow man. It causes us to concentrate on sin and avoiding it, instead of love and forgiveness!


THE PUZZLE

January 5, 2017

I believe that God has given me an illustration to explain the importance of searching out His Word, which is the Bible.

I am posting this for those who do not follow all of the comments. (I really don’t blame you if you do not)

Our Father has given us a great gift in the Bible, and as one studies it, one of the things that stands out is that we must search out understanding. (Prov 25:2 NIV) “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings.”

You see, God hides understanding and wisdom from everyone. One must search it out to acquire it. That is not too hard to understand if you look at it through the eyes of our Father. He has given us everything that we have. Even the lost has been given all that they have, though they do not grant God the least respect or gratitude. If one doesn’t care to search out wisdom and understanding, then he or she, in my opinion, just doesn’t care very much about God.

I believe that God wants children. Not just any children, but children that want to be His children. Eternal life is one of the rewards of becoming a child of God, but that is a reward, not the goal of becoming a child of God. The goal is to love God and to reach that goal requires understanding God. God is only revealed completely in His Word: the Bible.

Everyone wants to live forever. I believe that it is wrong to turn to God if the only reason is to acquire eternal life. It is true that eternal life is one of the reasons that humans turn to God, because His Word says “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Psa 111:10 NIV) and we all fear death. Even the Muslim that states he loves death shows that he does not, because he wants to live forever in a paradise of his own desires, but the fate of anyone else is of no concern to him. That is not the kind of children God wants. The person that has no regard for others would have no regard for God, when they did not get what they want.

Well, enough of the lead in, here is the illustration.

The Bible, which is the Word of God, is like a jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle is offered to everyone, but those who do not care or appreciate the God of the universe will not even take the gift. Some will take the gift, but will not even try to assemble it!

The picture that is produced when the puzzle is assembled is shown plainly on the box that the puzzle comes in. It is the same puzzle, with the same picture, that is offered to all mankind: each individual. It should be obvious that one does not assemble a jigsaw puzzle in order to discover what the picture looks like, because the picture is on the box. A jigsaw puzzle is assembled to see how the pieces fit together, that is the challenge; not to just see the picture. The picture can sometimes be used as a clue and other times as proof of proper assembly.

God’s jigsaw puzzle is the Bible and the pieces are the verses. The proper thing to do is to take the Puzzle to a quiet place, dump it out and start to assemble the pieces (verses) so that you can understand how they fit together. God even numbered the pieces of the Puzzle and we call the pieces verses.

This blog is an attempt, by me, to show you how I have put the pieces of my Puzzle together. It is only an attempt to help you solve your Puzzle. No one can put your Puzzle together but you.

If I could assemble your Puzzle for you, I would be responsible to do so, but then you would place your trust in me and not the Lord. So God will not allow it, and rightly so, as I am only a man, full of sin, defiled, and not worthy to reveal God to anyone.

So you might say that it is not important to put the pieces together, because you already know the picture. The picture on the box shows that there is a God and that God loves man and saves those who turn to Him. Well, even the lost can see that.

As I assembled my Puzzle I found that oil represents understanding and understanding is worth all that I have.

Then there is the parable, the part of the picture that indicates oil is important. That is Matthew 25:1-12.

Do not be found to be without oil. Get as much as you can.

Consider the part of my Puzzle that God has shown me.

(Prov 4:1-7 NIV) “Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding. I give you sound learning, so do not forsake my teaching. When I was a boy in my father’s house, still tender, and an only child of my mother, he taught me and said, “Lay hold of my words with all your heart; keep my commands and you will live. Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them. Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.” Do not stop at verse seven, but read the rest of the chapter as it supports the first part, “Though it cost all you have, get understanding”.

So, do not look for wisdom in me, or your friends, or your favorite preacher, or any Commentary, or anything but the Word of God. That is your Puzzle and the greatest gift God gives to the living. Appreciate it, study it, live it as best as you can, even if it cost all that you have.

Aw, but what do you own but yourself? Give everything back to God, because you really do not own anything and God will honor your truth and your trust.

The best advice that I can give is for you to go to a quiet place, dump out your Puzzle, and begin to put it together.


SOMETHING OLD AND SOMETHING NEW

December 13, 2016

Well, I have not written anything for a while.

This election has caused a disruption of my thoughts. It has not changed my thoughts, but when I tried to convey my thoughts to you my mind goes in one direction and then in another!

I have had many ideas that I probably have written for your consideration, but my thoughts have always returned to Romans 13:1 and why do my brothers not believe it.

I can only say this about this form of government. If I believed in this government then I could not believe Romans 13:1. This government, this world, says that we choose the president and God says He does. I believe Him, not the world, and it should not, does not make any difference to me if the whole world believes man appoints the authorities.

That was something old now here is something new.

We all wait for the second coming of the Son of God, but do you not see that He has already come and He does rule now? We should be waiting for the third coming! Aw, but He does not come for us, when He comes the third time! He comes to judge the world, but we are not of the world (many verses, you look them up this time).

Scripture states that Christ will reign for a thousand years and those who were/are of the first resurrection will reign with Him, and then Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth. (Rev 20:6-8)

The first resurrection occurred when Jesus died on the cross (Mat 27:52&53). And a thousand years sometimes means only a long time; not exactly a thousand (Psa 90:4).

Jesus came back at Pentecost. He came the first time to obey and establish a way for God’s children to be saved. He came and comes the second time, in love, to teach and guide God’s children. He will come a third time to punish those who refuse to become God’s children.

The Holy Spirit, which is the Son of God, rules me. I am not a very good subject, but Christ is my King and He lives within me, to teach and guide me. He does not rule like any king of this world. However, without a doubt, He is my King and He rules over me and I am greatly blessed because I want Him to do so.

I do not wait for the physical return of Jesus, because it will be a time of great distress (Mat 24:21) and as a Christian I try to live by the two greatest commandments (Love my God, with all my heart, soul, strength, and mind, and love my neighbor as myself). I do not want great distress for myself and so I do not wish distress on others. That said, it will be a time of joy for God’s children. So, I am torn between joy for myself and distress for others.

Is not Jesus your King as well as mine? Listen to Him and let Him reign in your life.


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.