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DID GOD CAUSE THE TEN PLAGUES?

July 29, 2008

 

 KEY SCRIPTURE

In Exodus 7:8-11:10 
Nine of the first plagues directed against Egypt’s deities include:  
 1. Water turned to blood. The Nile River was sacred to the god Osiris, who job it was to bring life out of death. With the Nile turning into blood this 1st plague brought death rather than life. 
2. The plague of frogs. The 2nd plague was against the ugly frog-headed goddess, Heka or Heqet, symbol of good crops (derived from the Nile waters) and childbirth, as well as Isis, another fertility goddess. When the frogs descended upon Egypt they went into the food supply, beds, clothing, everyplace. However, these goddesses were powerless to prevent these symbols of life from becoming rotting piles of death. The Egyptians could not kill them because they were sacred. Interestingly, the Egyptian magicians mimicked the plagues of blood and frogs with their enchantments (Exodus 7:22; 8:7). These could have been simulations, but more likely were demonic miracles, as miracles are evidence of supernatural power, not just of God’s power. God allowed the magicians to add to these two plagues, but not to reverse them!  

 
 
 
 
 

 

3. The plague of lice. The earth-god Geb was worshiped by Egypt. Lice became as many as the sand on the ground. The 3rd plague, of lice (or gnats or mosquitoes) from the dust of the earth, confronted all the gods of the earth (e.g. Akhor). This and the 4th plague, of flies, confronted another favorite, Khepri, the scarab (dung beetle) god. A plague of flies shows failure of the dung beetle god to do its job of burying the dung, which stops flies from breeding in the dung. This god was also associated with rolling the sun across the sky, like dung beetles rolling balls of dung.
 4. The plague of flies. Actually, the flies may have been beetles, for beetles were sacred to the beetle- god, Khepara and to the sun-god, Ra. The beetle, or scarab is prolific in Egyptian tombs, and represented eternal life to the people.
 
5. The plague of murrain. Murrain was a disease that affected cattle, so the 5th plague was against the black bull, Apis, and Mnevis, a bull-god symbol of fertility, as well as Hathor, the cow-like mother goddess, that the Egyptians worshiped. Now murrain, was apparently a disease common to the Egyptian period of time, because no cattle disease today seems to be related to it. However, it is thought by some that murrain is similar to anthrax.
 
6. The plague of boils. This plague was a judgment of the religion of Egypt in general, because it affected the priests. The priests were not allowed in the temple unless they were healthy. With this 6th plague there was no one to serve any of the gods.

7. The plague of hail. The 7th plague was against Nut the sky goddess and made her powerless.

8. The plague of locusts. The 8th plague was against the insect god Khepri. No crops. 

9. The plague of darkness. The 9th plague darkness was against the sun-god, Ra. 

 10. And the tenth plague was the death of the first born. Egyptian belief demanded that the first born of any household or stable belonged to Egypt. The Israelites having been warned, applied blood to their door posts, so the death angel passed by all the homes of those who followed the instruction.  

Did God Cause The Ten Plagues?  

 

 
 
No, according to Greta Hort, whose natural-cause-and-effect theory of first published in 1957–58. In 2003, Hort’s ideas was subjected to independent scientific scrutiny by Brad Sparks. Here’s the highlights of Hort’s theory:
 

 

 1. Water turned to blood. Thought to be caused by a exorbitant amount of red algae and red earth from the Abyssinian plateau after some heavy rains. Fish allegedly died due to the algae de-oxygenating the Nile, and supposedly caused the anthrax bacteria. 
 2. Plague of frogs. Now the frogs theoretically got sick and left the river just to succumb to the bacteria.
 3. Plague of lice. Or mosquitoes, she hypothesized the insects bred in the floodwaters.
 4. Plague of flies. Stomoxys calcitrans, or the biting fly, bred in the supposed decaying plants.
 5. Plague of murrain. Ostensibly anthrax which was believed to be proliferated by the dead frogs.  
 6. Plague of boils. Affected the skin of Man and animals, and may have been proliferated by the flies bite.
 7. Plague of hail. Relegated to a coincidence.
 8. Plague of locust. Purportedly stirred up because of the hail. 
  9. Plague of darkness. Considered the result of a sandstorm known as a khamsin; used no. 1’s red earth.
10. Death of the first born. Translated to be the destruction of the ‘first-fruits’ of the harvest.

  Fatal flaws in Hort’s theory

 11. Her algae – In over 100 years of research, scientists have not found either species of algae (Haematococcus pluvialis and Euglena sanguinea) in the 400 species of algae found in the Nile, nor even in the 1,000 species known to occur in East Africa. These two algae are normally green – not red. Used as “industrial indicators” of snow and ice water temperatures, they are known as ‘rare and fragile ice water species that thrive in sub-arctic cold climates’. They DO NOT cause a Harmful Algal Bloom (or HAB), nor do they taint our drinking water. In fact, these algae are a food supplement for Man and animal.

 12. The fish – Again, these two benign algae does not cause anoxia (de-oxygenation), which only happens after an algal bloom, and this can’t occur in turbid waters. Blood, not algae, killed the fish.

13. Her red mud – The mud of the Nile is brown. Remember, the algae is green; water is not just colored.

 14. Her anthrax – anthrax thrives in soil, not water. It affects grass-grazing mammals, not aquatic animals.

 15. Her biting flies – There are no known cases of anthrax-infected fly bites of Man or animal in history.

16. The Nile in flood – Non-existent (Exo. 7:15, 24).

 17. Mother Nature’ produces hail – why has this sequence of events never repeated?

 18. Her desert storm of red dust – How could a khamsin dry out flooded land in a few hours?

 19. Darkness by dust – Algae need sunlight; mud used for dust flocculates with algae; no algae, no 1.‘

20. Hort’s ‘first fruits’ instead of ‘firstborn’ – Mistranslation of one word? Exo. 11-13:16 details plague!

 Let’s not lose sight

 Though God work through His creation (Natural Laws), He foretells and localizes these plagues. For examples, read Exo. 10:13, 19. Naturalist can’t explain how if Man came from apes, why are apes still here? These naturalist (Hort and others) who try to explain the plagues as a ‘logical and connected sequence of natural phenomena’ lose sight of an Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omni-present God!

Do you believe that nature is infinite? Scientist claim that the universe is only 13.9-20 billion years old, so whatever existed prior to its creation would have to be supernatural! Do you think that an explosion sent Earth to the precise distance from the Sun which prevents death of its population by freezing, or burning, happened by chance? Did you know that our death would occur if we were too close or too far by just 5%! 

Why is it easier to believe that Creation came about by a fluke than by a Creator? Maybe we want “freedom” from having to follow some moralistic code and, like Cain, we are more interested in establishing ourselves as the focus of this life. We have eyes, but we can’t see the ‘end’! Now while he did erect a city and advanced the arts, metallurgy, and music, etc., please note how THIS NATURAL SCIENTIST’S genealogy ended in Gen. 5!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Will you make it to – The End?

December 3, 2007

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 In the very first book of the Bible we see that everything that God does is good; we are enormously blessed that He is the Benevolent Spirit! Moreover, since the beginning we have been tested for obedience (following His instructions – Jer. 7:23), and righteousness (following His examples – Psa. 85:13). God created Man and gave him clear instructions in the Garden of Eden, and by righteousness Man was to give them to his helpmate. This he failed to do, which of course led to an ill-prepared Eve to be tempted by the serpent. When Adam also ate of the fruit of the Tree of knowledge of good & evil, he disobeyed God, introduced sin and death into the world, and thus began the ongoing battle which pits our will against God’s will. Now, instead of wanting all good as was the original design, Man is in a constant fight to overcome evil desires that ultimately leads to his demise. The question is will we submit to God’s plan for eternal life, or continue to live as is there are no consequences to suffer for living in opposition to God’s Will?

Prv. 3:5-6 says to, “trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy path.” What a remarkably simple concept! Yet we find that Man somehow still fumbles the ball so to speak. Instead of maintaining allegiance to an All-Wise Creator who made him good, Man would rather believe a deceptive and destructive serpent’s lie that he’d be a god by eating from the Tree of not only good, but evil as well; thus, he wouldn’t need the pure God.

The first verse of Psa. 14 and 53 both reads, “the fool says there is no God…” These are those smart ones who believe that intelligent life as we know it somehow accidentally came about. Some of the smarter ones will at least admit that this life must have come from a Higher Intellect, but amazingly they are not smart enough to realize that that Intellect is smart enough to convey the reality of Its existence. So they go to great lengths to show how smart they are by espousing a philosophy that minimalizes, or eliminates faith in God while extolling the virtues of Man (read Gen. 4:15-26). They’re SMART! However, by reading Prv. 28:26 we find, “he that trust in his own heart is a fool; but he that walks wisely shall be delivered.”

Fools intensely hate having to follow any instruction (Prv. 1:7); they may even put on a great act, however the thought of yielding their will to even God is repugnant to them. They really aren’t about glorifying Him. They generally don’t know and won’t learn what this life is really about! Prv. 11:18-19 informs us that, “the wicked work a deceitful work but to him that sow righteousness shall be a sure reward. AS RIGHTEOUSNESS TEND TO LIFE; so he that pursue evil pursue it to his own death.”

Therefore, submit yourself to God, resist the devil, and he will flee you (Jam. 4:7).” Since the devil only seeks “to steal, kill, and to destroy (Jhn. 10:10)“, it behooves us to transcend the life-inhibiting “issues” he makes us become overly concerned about so that we can have God’s peace (Php. 4:6-9). Don’t let Satan convince you that such peace is impossible because, “with God all things are possible (Mat. 19:26).” As the Day of the Lord approaches, beware as Man becomes even more apostatized (faith-renouncing), takes pleasure in unrighteousness (II Ths. 2:1-12), and disavows the reality of the First, and Second Coming (Isa. 61:1-2). Vs. 40 of my favorite passage (Jhn. 6:22-71) reads, “and this is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which see the Son, and believe on Him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day .”

II Pet. 2:12 says that fools are, “as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their corruption.” We are not to fear them, but God for though they may kill the body, He can kill the soul (Mat. 10:28); however, let it be noted that God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9). “So… be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God (Rom. 12:2).” Become a better person, a better soul winner, and earn a chance to wear a crown:

(1) incorruptible for those who gained self-mastery (I Cor. 9:25);

(2) of gold for the 24 elders (Rev. 4:4);

(3) of righteousness for the believers of the Second Coming (II Tim. 4:8);

(4) of life for endurers of temptation (Jam. 1:12); and

(5) of glory for pastors (I Pet 5:4).

To receive these rewards take a stand and GET SAVED TODAY  (Rom. 10:9-10)! The scriptures Isaiah 55:6-7 (NKJV) tells us to “seek the LORD while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near: let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the LORD, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

Characteristics of a Good person!

December 3, 2007

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Mat. 19:16 A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?17 Jesus said to him, “Why do you ask Me about what is good? Only God is good. If you want to have eternal life, you must obey His commandments (Contemporary English Version).”

It is significant that we understand that THE standard for good is God Himself, and this criterion entails belief in “the King, eternal, immortal, invisible (I Tim 1:17)!” Jesus said, “God is a Spirit (Jhn. 4:24), to which the Apostle Paul adds in Gal. 5:22,”God’s Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23 gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways.” Therefore, by concentrating on these nine attributes of the Good Spirit we are emulating the Standard for good.

Why don’t we readily jump at the chance to be a god-like person? There are some impediments which trip us up including: Anger, Lust, Greed, Attachments, and Ego (other obstacles include envy and laziness). Again, Paul says in Gal. 5:19people’s desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20 They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21 envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God’s kingdom.”

What the Apostle is saying is that our desires for attributes that are contrary to God’s Spirit is what get us in trouble! When tempted we have strength through Christ (Php. 4:13) to enforce godliness (Mat. 4:10) “go away Satan!” This  Scripture says: “worship the Lord your God and serve only Him.” The Standard for good says to us, “I am the LORD your God, and you must dedicate yourselves to Me and be holy, just as I am holy (Lev. 11:44).” Why should we try to be a god-like person? Well, in Act. 17:28 we are informed that “He gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are. We are His children,’ just as some of your poets have said.” By being god-like we are given the power to live and move eternally because we follow God’s Spirit (Rom. 8:14)!

What about all the people who are rebellious, cantankerous, and/or animalistic? “The LORD protects everyone who lives right, but He destroys anyone who does wrong (Prv. 10:29).” Peter, a disciple, states, “God is patient, because He wants everyone to turn from sin and no one to be lost (II Pet. 3:9).” Obviously sin is not god-like and can not make one a good person. Rom. 6:16 asks, “don’t you know that you are slaves of anyone you obey? You can be slaves of sin and die, or you can be obedient slaves of God and be acceptable to Him.”

What does it mean to be an obedient slave? It means to be righteous, which denotes that one follows the commands of God. “Obey Me, and you will live! Let My instructions be your greatest treasure (Prv. 7:2).” To be a good person involves righteously following God’s commandments – particularly The Great Commandments. Mat. 22:36Teacher, what is the most important commandment in the Law?”37 Jesus answered: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. 38 This is the first and most important commandment. 39 The second most important commandment is like this one. And it is, ‘Love others as much as you love yourself.’ 40 All the Law of Moses and the Books of the Prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Why is love so important to be a good person, or god-like? Once again referring to the Bible we learn that “…God is love(I Jhn. 4:8, 16),” and “that no one who loves others will harm them. So love is all that the Law demands (Rom. 13:10).” Furthermore, we find in I Cor. 13:4 that “love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or 5 rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. 6 Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. 7 Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. 8 Love never fails!

The question we’re now faced with is should we believe in God? Some people believe that they can be a good person without being godly, however that’s metaphysically erroneous (Psa. 14:1, 53:1). To be a good person we automatically project God’s Spirit (see above), and as Christians we are to follow His commandments with our whole heart (Psa. 119:10). Ultimately, it is our heart that determines whether we are, or are not, a good person or morally defiled (Mat. 15:11)! Are we living to just enjoy the pleasures of this materialistic world, or are we interested in becoming a truly “Good Person” in order to receive the gift of eternal life?

Jesus said “you can not serve God and mammon (Mat. 6:24).” To be a good person the focal point of our lives can not be greed, ambition, and/or money. We should be more apt to think qualitatively than quantitatively; more concerned with living righteously than being rich. We should think in terms of the infinite and not just the finite! Mat. 6:19 reads, “don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them. 20 Instead, store up your treasures in Heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal them. 21 Your heart will always be where your treasure is.”

Being a good person requires us to value the treasures of our God more than earthly “booty”. Why? Because Heavenly treasures are endless! However, why should we believe in God? Why not be a materialist who only believe in what we see? If you understand that the universe is only about 14 billion years old, than you’re faced with the question of what Entity existed during the period prior to the beginning of time and space? How do you explain the concept of how “something” came from “nothing”? “Because of our faith, we know that the world was made at God’s command. We also know that what can be seen was made out of what cannot be seen (Heb. 11:3).”

Those who consider themselves to be a “Good Person” as in being god-like may easily accept this verse; however, non-believers may still have a huge problem with it, so let’s take a scientific approach. The belief in atoms, though commonplace now, was initially met with a gargantuan amount of skepticism until Albert Einstein made his discovery in the early 1900’s. Of course since then smaller and smaller particles have been discovered, leading some in the scientific community to surmise the possibility of “something” resulting from nothing! This is significant because there are some who are entertaining the notion of the infinitude of the material plane.

By overcoming our rebellious nature we can admit that there is an existence beyond that of the physical world, and it is where the Spirit of God dwells for all eternity. Just as sure as He is able to create this plane of existence, He is able to convey to us what we must do to be a good person since He is The Standard. The following Five Steps will give us an idea of His expectations.

1. “But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what He wants. Then the other things will be yours as well (Mat. 6:33).”

2. “So you will be saved, if you honestly say, Jesus is Lord,’ and if you believe with all your heart that God raised Him from death (Rom. 10:9).”

3. “Do your best to win God’s approval as a worker who doesn’t need to be ashamed and who teaches only the true message (II Tim. 2:15).”

4. Mrk. 16:15 “Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world.” 16 “Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe Me will be condemned.”

5. “God will bless all who have washed their robes. They will each have the right to eat fruit from the tree that gives life, and they can enter the gates of the city (Rev. 22:14).”

So, what are the characteristics of a good person? According to the Bible, we must be Christ-like! Php. 2:5 instructs us to “think the same way that Christ Jesus thought.” We must be ready to put the needs of others – even before ours sometimes. More importantly, to be a good person we must do the things which pleases the Father.” The Son of Man did not come to be a slave master, but a Slave who will give His life to rescue many people (Mat.20:28).” “Father, if You will, please don’t make Me suffer by having Me drink from this cup. But do what You want, and not what I want (Luk. 22:42).” To truly be a good person we must submit to our Heavenly Father, who is the Standard, and be willing to serve people! I challenge you to take those Five Steps so that you can reap the everlasting rewards for being a Good Person!

The 7-Fold Divine Plan!

November 29, 2007

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Praise the Lord, God bless you! It is good to be alive, and doing the works of God. We all could do the works of God by believing on Him who He has sent (Jhn. 6:29), verbally confessing that Jesus is Lord, and then by believing that God raised Him from the dead thereby granting us salvation (Rom. 10:9). Simple isn’t it?

However, SANCTIFICATION IS THE PROCESS whereby we become holy (I Pet. 1:13-25), and requires that we take on the righteous mind and personality of the Lord Christ Jesus (Php. 2:5, Luk. 22:42). As we journey through this life we get connected, and closer, to the Source of life by patterning our lives to the life of Christ, whose resurrection gives us hope for eternal life (Col. 1:27)!

Isn’t it amazing how some people, who one day just sort of happened to realize that they were alive – think they know all the mysteries of life! Wisdom says, “I was set up from everlasting, from the begining, or ever the earth was (Prv. 8:23).” There are “teachers” among us however, who promulgate or proclaim, that there is no afterlife, and that reality only consist of two realms – the physical and the intellectual. Yet, any intelligent person can’t help but notice that:

(1) eternity is a reality, therefore the Cause for eternity exists, and must be the Source of the physical and mental planes of reality also (no Cause, no existence);

(2) that matter has three states (gas, liquids, solids – represents planes);

(3) and that basically every creation generally includes three stages (conception, planning/development, production). 

The Bible tells the story of our earthly existence from the beginning to the end, despite what dissenters may say! In this life some of us are going to want “the best” it has to offer, some will settle for “just enough”, and the rest will have varying “degrees of apathy”. Similarly, spiritually speaking, the Bible teaches that some people aspire for the idyllic life of The Kingdom, some settle for a “good” earthly existence, and the rest have little or no knowledge about their origin, purpose, or direction (Mat. 13:1-23).

If, however, you are interested in understanding the path to personal fulfillment, this synopsis of the Dispensations (ages, or time periods which God used to sequentially “test” Man’s righteousness with respect to His will) may be of service to you as it is an attempt to reveal the order of God’s will for the inhabitants on earth and in Heaven (Mat. 6:10).

NOTE: I would be happy to discuss any discrepancy with this outline upon notice.

I.    DISPENSATION: Innocence (Gen. 1:28).

            A. Test: Obedience.

            B. Covenant: Edenic (grants conditional life – Gen. 2:15-17).

            C. Controversy: Unanimity (Gen. 2:19)/Duality (Gen. 3:9).

II.   DISPENSATION: Conscience – (Gen. 3:7).

            A. Test: Moral Responsibility.

            B. Covenant: Adamic (humility through work, labor pains – Gen. 3:14-19).

            C. Controversy: Rights (Gen. 4:1-24)/Righteousness (Gen. 4:25-26).

III.  DISPENSATION: Human Government (Gen. 8:15).

            A. Test: Autonomy.             

            B. Covenant: Noahic (No more floods – Gen. 9:1-19).

            C. Controversy: Homogeny/Diversity (Gen. 11:1-9)

IV. DISPENSATION: Promise (Gen. 12:1-4).

            A. Test: Faithfulness.

            B. Covenant: Abrahamic – Conditions for blessings.

            C. Controversy: Task-orientation (Gen. 16)/Purpose-driven (Gen. 21:1-21; Gal. 4).

V. DISPENSATION: Law (or “The Pedagogue” Exo. 19:1; Gal. 3:19-24).

            A. Test: Discipline for following Law.

            B. Covenant: Mosaic – 10 Commandments (Exo. 19:5).

            C. Controversy: Compliance (Prv. 7:2)/Complaints (Num. 14:26-45).

VI. DISPENSATION: Church (Act. 2:1).

            A. Test: Evangelize.

            B. Covenant: PalestinianDeu. 30:3-10.

            C. Controversy: Law (Act. 10:9-15; Gal. 2)/Liberality (Gal. 3:21).

VII. DISPENSATION: Kingdom (Rev. 20:4).

            A. Test: Apostasy.

            B. Covenant: Davidic (II Sam. 7:16; Psa. 89:3-4).

            C. Controversy: LAMB/Beast (Rev. 16:16)

The Eighth Covenant (or New CovenantHeb. 8:8-13) secures the eternal blessedness of the Fourth/Sixth Covenants to all Believers. It began with the Crucifixion and is the final irreversible agreement to Man. God will put His law in our minds and write them in our hearts to forgive us of sin (making it disappear into oblivion).

Overcoming disobedience, irresponsibility, anarchy, idolatry, irreverence, traditionalism, and materialism are some of the lessons we are to learn from studying these Dispensations. We should get an idea of how God is “walking” Mankind to higher levels of spiritual maturity to enrich life on earth. May God strengthen your resolve to have dominion over these evil traits by overcoming “triggers” such as: (1) Anger, (2) Lust, (3) Greed, (4) Attachments (emotional bonds), (5) and Ego, (6) along with Laziness (7) and Envy.

“Verily I say unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.”Mat. 18:3. If you want the opportunity to walk into the Kingdom, you must learn how to attain a Closer Walk in this life! Let each one teach one in the ways of Peace, Understanding, Servitude, and Humility ‘til all of God’s Children are reached!

JOHNNY STILL WON’T READ?

November 26, 2007

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(For many walk of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ. Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is their shame, who mind earthly things)Php. 3:18-19.

Let’s say you just read Col. 3:23 which states, “do everything cheerfully as to the Lord, and not unto men…” Now you’re in church and you see it needs to be tidied up and you do it. The pastor notices the effort and not only pays you a compliment, but, unexpectedly, a little sum of money as well. Johnny sees this and wonders why you’re getting attention, and how can he get paid. Is he being carnal or spiritual? Obviously, he’s being carnal because his focus is not purely on the love of God; his focus is centered on the money. Life’s concerns makes it hard for Johnny to devote time to getting into the Holy Bible the way you do. “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” – Mat. 6:33.

If only he’d read I Cor. 15:35-49 he would learn to care for his more glorious incorruptible spiritual body. If only he’d read I Pet. 1:3-5 he would discover the incorruptible inheritance reserved in Heaven for saints. If only he’d read I Cor. 9:25 he would know gaining self-mastery would earn him an incorruptible crown. Also, if only he’d read Eph. 2:4-10 he would see God’s grace, not his works, gives us the greatest reward which is an undeserved salvation!

O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” – Rom. 7:34-35. To serve the law of God includes doing the works of God, which is to believe on Him who He sent (Jhn. 6:29). In Mat. 11:28 Jesus call for all those “…who labor to come unto Me and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me.” Learning about Jesus, who “do always those things that pleases Him (Jhn. 8:29), makes one royal.

Prv. 25:2 reads, “it is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the honor of kings to search out a matter.” Anger, Lust, Greed, Attachment, and Ego (add Envy and Laziness) are traits that displeases God, which Johnny could overcome by reading! It’s written “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge(Hos. 4:6). In each situation Johnny gets so distracted from one or more of these seven sinful traits that he gives up trying to find life’s purpose, which is to connect to The Source by faith and to grow by studying His Word!

Beat down by the Devil (and, egad, “worldly Christians”), Johnny then becomes estranged from the church. “A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, and contentions are like the bars of a castle (Prv. 18:19).” Now he’s like the Prodigal son (Luk. 15:11-32) and fixates on carnality, until he realizes the need for wisdom.

How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver (Prv. 16:16).” The King of Kings allows to Heaven those who studied, locking out the hedonistic, or heathen (Luk. 13:25). “but ye…are a royal priesthood…” I Pet. 2:9.

POLITICALLY CORRECT, AND FOOLISH!

November 26, 2007

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“Why do ye also transgress the commandments of God by your tradition? For God commanded, saying, ‘honor thy father and mother; and, he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.’ But ye say, ‘whosoever shall say to his father or his mother ‘it is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;’ and honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free.’ Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, this people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” – Mat. 15:9.

Political Correctness can be viewed as conforming with the ideology of those in power. In the Jewish tradition, people were required to financially support their aged parents. However, Jesus pointed out it was politically correct for the Pharisees and scribes to accept this support as a gift to God. How did political correctness evolve? At the core of this process is disobedience, and it involves the need of the spiritual destitutes (i.e. those lacking spirituality) to rid society of God. This truly is the goal of any secularist worth his salt. If you’re blessed without following God, why regard His commandments?

Many people have arrived at the pinnacle (or highest degree) of success without giving God glory. Although Godly principles were used to acquire their wealth, a true seculaist will refuse to admit that (Gen. 4). Just as the Pharisees and scribes circumvented (counteracted) God’s commandment at the top of this paragraph, certain people want to create and maintain traditions that tolerate laxity in obeying God’s law.

For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High” – Isa. 14:13-14. The Evil One wants to be “like the Most High”, and so does his children, thinking that such an achievement is possible without divinity!

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of itJhn. 8:44. The devil’s big lie involves faith in sense perception rather than faith in God (Jam. 3:15). This of course lead the spiritually blind to believe that they don’t have to really follow the directives of a Spirit, thus these souls won’t ever seek salvation! 

Possibly, being a secularist, you think being a “good” person is our only requirement, or that it’s “cool” or “fair” to be godlike – to a point. However, Heb. 12:14 reads, “follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” To be holy is to be sacred, saintly, pure, consecrated, and awe-inspiring. When you’re holy you don’t want to just be godly to a point – you want to be pure. You don’t want to be just a “good” person – you want to be saintly. You don’t want to be just “trying to make it” – you want to be inspiring!  

You don’t put profits over prophets (Prv. 8:11). You make it a habit to thank and praise God so that you can be blessed in His presence (Psa. 100:4). You don’t seek loopholes in God’s authority because you’re a soldier ready for “the battle of that great day of God Almighty (Rev. 16:14)!” So, why then is our Father so patient with “tolerant” people’s disrespect of His righteous commandments?

“Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them; but gather the wheat into my barn” – Mat. 13:30.

ARE YOU SAVED? Then you are more than just a secularist who only politically correctness, which only makes you “good” for a particular region on earth. In fact you are part of “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a pecular people; that you  should show forth the praises of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (I Pet. 2:9).”

THE HOLY GHOST – TRICK OR TREAT?

November 25, 2007

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In (Gen. 1:2) we find the first reference in the Bible of God’s Holy Spirit which moved across the waters. Then comes The Six Days of Creation, each day representing a thousand years (Psa. 84:10, 90:4: II Pet. 3:8). In the summer of ’06, a guy standing in a store line with me expressed his doubts of this Biblical account, citing it defies logic, and that he wasn’t there to witness its occurrence.

That brings some questions to my mind: if there’s no one in the forest and a tree fall, will it make a sound? By logic he refutes an occurrence that some believe transpired six thousands years ago as mentioned in the second scriptural citation above, because, in his words, “he wasn’t there.”

Moreover, if you say that you can’t prove there’s a God because you weren’t there during THE CREATION, what’s the basis for believing what happened millions of years ago (2 Ths. 2:11)? Experts? You mean the ones who say one week coffee is good for you, than the next week it’s bad, only to follow the next week with a good report? “It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in princes (Psa. 118:9).

Furthermore, if you never visit Australia does that mean it doesn’t exist? Likewise, if you haven’t seen God’s Spirit does that prove He doesn’t exist? Just as one basis for believing there’s an Australia is someone’s word, one basis for believing in God is God’s Word presented by a preacher (Rom. 10:14-17). Of course there is another way to know about Australia, and that’s by actually experiencing it. 

Joe. 2:28 states, “and afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. 29 Even on My servants, both men andwomen, I will pour out My Spirit in those days. 30 I will show wonders in the heavens and on the earth, blood and fire and billows of smoke. 31 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. 32 And everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be deliverance, as the LORD has said, among the survivors whom the LORD calls.” 

Additionally, if you plant an apple seed, can you get an ostrich? Sounds insane? Well, some people have no problem believing Man comes from apes! In fact, the extent to which intelligentsia has gone to promote this idea is even more insane. Here’s a thought – if we come from apes why do we still have apes; did they get left behind in the evolutionary process? Seriously, this is another example of how sometimes science, which purports to be about the advancement of Mankind, has been more of an inpediment to the truth (Gen. 1:11-12).

You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created (Rev. 4:11 New KJV).” As scientist divide molecules, atoms, and sub-atomic particles to find the origin of life, they should read: Jhn. 4:24, Acts 2, Rom. 8, I Cor. 2:6-16, Gal. 5:16-26, Eph. 4:25-32, Heb. 11:3, I Jhn. 4. While these verses should give the reader some background information about the Holy Spirit, please note (Eph. 6:17). The Holy Spirit is The Word Of God, and as “we study to show ourselves approved (II Tim. 2:15)” we become filled with The Spirit which helps us to recall the Word (Jhn. 14:26)!

A HEADBANGER!

November 23, 2007

The cheetah lies low watching the herd of antelope as they cautiously graze the grass. Knowing that there is a possibility of danger, they eat fast and then move. Some of the weaker, and younger ones aren’t able to keep up, and become separated from the pack. This is the opportunity the cheetah has been waiting for – the chance to pick off one of the antelopes who can’t defend himself.

As in the above illustration, Satan attempts to get us in isolation so that he can strike us more effectively! God wants to be our Protector, and wants us to be His people.

“…This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing. For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me,” says the LORD, “that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear Jer. 13:1-11.

Isa. 59:2 reads,but your iniquities have separated you from your God; and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that he will not hear. Prv. 1:25-26 states, because you disdained all My counsel, and would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes…”

The Law gave Man a basis for understanding why the sacrificial death of Christ grants us salvation! “…For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law (Gal. 3:21).” After failing to prevent God’s pronouncement in Gen. 3:15 with the death of Abel; The Flood; The Tower; The Enslavement; The Captivity; and the Massacre of the 144,00, Satan wants to confuse us of the need of God’s salvation through Jesus alone (Jhn. 14:6) by undermining the 1st Coming (IJhn. 4:1-6).

By doctrinally dividing those who seek righteousness, The Enemy is able to pick us off (Mat. 12:24-30), and in order to accomplish this, one of his main goals is to keep us froward (Prv. 2:12-15). Now instead of us moving FORWARD in the Lord, the devil tries to keep us stuck in “the good ol’ days.” He wants to convince us that our life was better BEFORE we converted to Christ! God gives us new mercies everyday; Satan tries to trick us into pursuing “old snares” (old habits, philosophies, etc.) in hope of a better result (fulfillment, salvation, etc.). Insanity is when you try to escape a predicament by banging your head on the wall expecting to get through even though all you have to show for your efforts is a bloody head!

You may get through (Heaven) – if Someone (Jesus) opens the door (salvation) and lets you back inside (reconciled) where you can get washed (baptized), bandaged (delivered), and fed (Fruit of the Spirit). “…For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin death (Rom. 8:1-11)…” Are you still banging your head?