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.


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.”


WHAT GOD WANTS FROM ME.

April 12, 2012

Before I tell you the answer, I would like everyone to stand up. If you do not half of you will knee yourself in the chin from your knee jerk reaction to my statement. OK, are you ready?

GOD WANTS ME TO OBEY THE LAW.

Well, you cannot say that I didn’t warn you.

Before you post your comment, listen to why I said what I said.

First, we are told to be like our master. Mat 10:25 (NIV) “It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!” My master is Jesus Christ and he perfectly obeyed the law. So, if I am to be like him, then I also must obey the law. Of course, I cannot, but that does not relieve me from trying.

Mat 22:36-40 (NIV) “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Tell me, which of these commandments; because I am a Christian, am I released from? Which of these commandments do I want to be released from? Do you want to be released from either one of them?

If one obeys just these two commandments, he will obey all of the law.

I am a slave of God. I want to be the slave of God. I am a Bond Servant. Not one that “must” be a servant, but one that “wants” to be.

I am released from the penalty of the law, but I am not released from the law, nor do I want to be.