One of the great mysteries of creation is the question, “How is man in the image of God?” Even though God became the man Jesus the Christ, and Jesus is fully man, He is a created being made from the eternal God. Read the rest of this entry →
Recently I realized why we change with age. It is the design of God affected by sin. Sin is an archery term that means, “to miss the mark.” In other words, a little off target. Sin in the Bible refers to a flaw in the creation introduced by Adam and Eve in the garden. This crack in perfection was accounted for by God and the provision of salvation was ready at the time of creation. In physics sin is seen in the law of entropy in which everything is in a state of deterioration. Sin is a flaw that begins in the spirit dimension of creation. In another post I discuss the integrity of creation in that the spirit world and the material world are the same creation, but different dimensions of the creation. Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in the spirit happens in the physical world, too. DNA is only an expression of the spirit in the physical world. It is in the spirit that the plan and design of a person resides. Read the rest of this entry →
Joh 4:19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
Joh 4:20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Joh 4:21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
Joh 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
The Samaritan woman asked a question that had been a controversy for many years. Israel was told by Yahweh:
(Deu 12:5) But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:
But when Jeroboam split from Judah, he established a new place in Samaria so the northern kingdom would not be tempted to return to Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:26 – 29). This was why the Samaritan woman asked Jesus her question. The first place that Yahweh chose was Shiloh (Josh. 18:1). But the sons of Eli the High Priest at Shiloh became profane before the Lord so the Lord ended their priesthood (1 Sam. 2:34-36) and removed the place of worship. This was devastating because Shiloh was used to confirm their victories in battle. When Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem he dedicated it to Yahweh, which according to his prayer, was accepted by Yahweh . Read the rest of this entry →
I can not speak for everyone, but I can speak for myself. I have been an angry Christian, and I have also walked in genuine peace and humility. The first thing that needs to be understood is the emotion of anger, which I believe is misunderstood by many people. Emotions are treated as some kind of independent part of our human nature as illustrated by the common definition of the soul – our mind, will and emotions. This definition does a disservice to understanding our human nature, and I think (but do not know) that secular psychology is the cause of this misunderstanding.
Emotions are the expressions of our thoughts, both in our mind and heart, or our conscience thoughts (mind) and sub-conscience thoughts (heart). In other words, our emotions are the result of what we think upon. Film-makers and advertisers understand this and know how to create emotional roller coaster rides through their stories. Emotions, therefore can be controlled by controlling our thoughts, which is the heart of true Christian discipleship. Consider these imperatives from Paul in 2 Corinthians.
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. (2 Cor. 10:4-6 KJV)
In other words we are to watch our thought life and think on those thoughts that agree with God and to stop thinking those thoughts that oppose the way of Christ. Paul gives us more specific instruction in Philippians.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Php 4:8 KJV)
If we keep our thoughts on positive things, our emotions will express this. Anger is not an expression of positive thoughts. This control of our thought life is the meaning of Romans 12:
And 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 KJV) Read the rest of this entry →
We have been taught to believe that the word “anarchy” means “chaos and pandemonium. ” And as it is used today that is what is meant by the speaker. But the meaning of words are not understood solely by current usage. Dictionaries provide current usage and past usage through their etymological definitions so we may see how words have changed through the generations. The word breaks up into two words “an” meaning “without” and “arch” meaning “leader”. More broadly it means without government or hierarchy. Not having a human leader does not automatically mean chaos and pandemonium. That connotation is encouraged by leaders who want to retain their leadership. Read the rest of this entry →
The first time I had heard the term, “blended families,” was in the 1990′s. It was from a father in a family at the congregation my wife and I were attending at that time. He was referring to his children and the children of his second wife living together. At the time he was optimistic. I had learned some 10 years later that they divorced and the families were split apart.
My parents divorced when I was 10 years old in 1964 when divorce was a rare thing. As you may imagine my siblings and I felt like the “black sheep” of the neighborhood. My mother did not remarry until we were all adults. My father, however, married the woman of his affair and raised the two daughters of his second wife. The two daughters were considered our step-sisters. The man my mother married had 5 children of his own. But they, too, were adults when we began “blending” our families through visits and short term living arrangements. Since we were adults, my siblings and I appreciated and enjoyed our step-father’s children. We also grew to love our step father. But not so with my father’s wife and two daughters. My siblings resented his wife, seeing her as the reason for our family split. I had made the decision to accept her as my father’s wife, since it was really beyond my control and there was no sense in creating further angst. I think the resentment for my siblings was increased due to their being children at the time. And as such, from my experience, it does not work with children. My mother’s decision to wait for us kids to grow up before she remarried was a wise decision for it by passed the problems children experience with dealing with step siblings in a blended family union. Blending children together in the new marriage exasperates the feelings that all children have that the divorce was somehow “their fault” and their longing that their parents somehow will still remarry. Read the rest of this entry →
If you read or listen to any of the many websites, podcasts and radio broadcasts from the patriot community, you will hear the expression, “sovereigns” used frequently. The expression tends to be confusing both because governments and kings claim the term in reference to their authority over their subjects and because organized religion uses the expression as meaning the total control of God over His creation as the Sovereign Lord. The term needs clarification for the Church (i.e., the people that are born again) and the people towards their governments.
First, the patriot community rightly understands that governments are not sovereign but the people who create their governments. The American government was created “by the people, for the people” (from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address). It is a logical conclusion that the creator is greater than the created. Thus the people who create the government are greater than the government that was created, and the people have the sovereign rights while the government has privileges granted by the people.
The Creator, Yahweh who became Y’shua, is also the Sovereign Lord who grants us our rights. Unlike humans, God can not take back that which He gives because all that He says and does is eternal. Eternal means from his unchanging nature which has no beginning nor end. Therefore His Word is immutable. So our human rights are not privileges given us from God because what He gives He can not take back (Romans 11:29). Read the rest of this entry →
In an earlier post I wrote about the physical law of entropy being not only the “curse” but the continuation of sin. The Lake of Fire, in my opinion, is not punishment from God, but the continuation of decomposition that we already experience through aging then, finally, physical death. It is decomposition in the spirit. Our human spirits are made of divine substance, according to the Bible, called, “the breath of life” (Gen. 2:7). This substance breathed into the nostrils of Adam came from God, therefore is everlasting. But our spirits became corrupted because of Adam’s sin, along with degeneration through the generations, compounded by our own sins. While the human spirit can not completely die, it will continue in corruption of decomposition in the Lake of Fire. This is our choice when we reject the gospel, which (as Wayne Jacobsen likes to say) is the cure. If you reject the cure, then you retain the disease.
My point in that post was to encourage everyone that this is not the wrath of God (I am not denying that God has wrath), but the Lake of Fire is the consequence of our own choices if we reject the gift of life in Christ. God’s wrath has already been poured out on sin through Jesus on the cross. Furthermore, I want the reader to understand that the fall of Adam affected the entire universe, whereas the redemption of Christ also affects the entire universe. This, then, is the purpose of this post. Read the rest of this entry →
And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. (Matt 23:9 KJV)
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luke 14:26 KJV)
God is my father. I had no problem accepting His Fatherhood in my life when I came to saving faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. Yet, as I have come to know many believers over the last 25 years, I could not understand why so many have difficulty in embracing this truth in their own relationship with God.
For some it is the difficulty of knowing the fatherhood of God because their own fathers were such poor examples. Their natural tendency is to superimpose the image of their earthly father onto their heavenly father. For others it is a theological abstraction that blocks their grasp of the fatherhood of God. For them, only Jesus is the Son of God, and we are merely adopted creatures. To think we are actually the children of God is to imply that we are divine, too, and that would be blasphemous to that theological frame of mind. Read the rest of this entry →
It is a complete misunderstanding to think that Christianity is a religion. It is not. It is biology and physics. Preachers warp it into a religion through thoughtlessness and the needs of running a business. They are ignorant of how Adam and Eve broke the laws of physics and what God did through Jesus Christ to restore those broken laws.
Instead they water it down to mere “personal relationship” with God. I do not say that lightly! Personal relationship with God is the reason we were created. But it diminishes the magnitude of what happened with Adam and Eve and the cosmic work of Jesus Christ Himself.
Adam and Eve Knew Yahweh Their Whole Lives
Sin and judgment are clearly attributes of the the fall and redemption, but they, too, diminish the Truth. Adam and Eve did not just “sin” and lose relationship with God. In fact Genesis 3:21 implies more than it says in that Adam and Eve were given a means to retain their relationship with God all their lives.
The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. (Gen 3:21 NIV)
An animal had to die for the “garment of skin” to be made for Adam and his wife. In Jewish custom the Paschal lamb was kept in the house for three days before it was butchered for the Sedar. The head of the house slit the lamb’s throat. This created a great sorrow in the whole house as they watched the innocent animal die. I have no doubt that Adam had to kill the animal, perhaps a lamb, himself. They saw the horror and felt the grief for the loss of the animal life that was used to make their garments. The implication is clear: this was a blood sacrifice that pointed the way to Christ, which they knew of from earlier in Genesis 3:15. They understood that blood was shed for their sins. The blood sacrifice began with Adam and Eve and has been practiced by cultures throughout all of the world’s history. Read the rest of this entry →