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Cosmic Restoration 2

Posted on April 18, 2012 by Alexander
Jesus transforms the universe

The resurrection transformed all creation

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 →

Christianity is Physics Not Religion 8

Posted on July 06, 2011 by Alexander

The ultimate corruption

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 →

Jesus of Nazareth: the Last Old Testament Prophet 2

Posted on May 03, 2011 by Alexander

Jesus was the last Old Testament Prophet

We usually do not think of Jesus as an Old Testament prophet because He is both God and the Savior of the world through the New Testament. The gospels are part of the New Testament canon because they show how the New Testament came into being, but the New Testament did not come into being until His death and resurrection, which are the end of the gospel narratives.

The writer of Hebrews (I believe to be Paul) makes this point, too.

Heb 1:1-2
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, (KJV)

As you can see,  Jesus, as the Son of God, is listed as the last Old Testament prophet.  Which means that we should view the gospel narrative as the last instruction of Yahweh to the Jewish people still under the Mosaic Covenant.  This is what Jesus meant when He said:

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. (Matt 5:17 KJV) Read the rest of this entry →

Salt of the Earth 0

Posted on March 04, 2011 by Alexander

Creating Thirst

Jesus said,

Matt 5:13
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. (NIV)

For years I have heard that salt is a preservative and that we are the preservative, I assume, of righteousness.  To interpret this meaning into what Jesus said, however, fails as a metaphor.  As a preservative, salt prevents spoiling of meat.  To say that the Church prevents spoiling of society, by extension,  lacks any fundamental change in society.  Is the gospel so weak that all it can do is retard decay?  Of course not!  The gospel transforms a person into a new creature.  Therefore, to assume that Jesus is using salt as a metaphor for preserving society is error.

It has also been said that salt adds flavor, therefore, by implication, the Church adds flavor to society.  Once again, this falls short of the Lord’s intention.  Adding flavor does not change, only modifies,  the other ingredients of society.  The other ingredients of a meal remain the other ingredients and are not changed.

Salvation has only one way of reception: voluntarily.  A person receives the new birth because that person asked for it.  There is only one interpretation of salt that fits the gospel message:   thirst.     Eating salt creates thirst.  Thirst motivates a person to drink water.  No one can be forced to drink water.  They have to want to drink.  No one can be forced to accept salvation.  They have to want to be saved.

Everyone knows that taverns and bars provide salted peanuts free of charge for a simple reason.  They know that the salted peanuts will create thirst in their patrons, who will then spend money voluntarily for more beer.  Of course, the more they eat the salted peanuts the more beer they will buy in an never ending cycle.

This is the saltiness that Christians in America are losing.  The living water of Christ should flow freely from our bellies.  Our lives should be such that people around us want to have what we have.  A thirst for Christ should be stimulated in those around us because of the saltiness of Christ in us.

The problem is works.  If we try to be like Christ through human effort, we lose our saltiness, because we can not be like Christ.  The only way the saltiness of Christ is experienced by the lost is when we die to self and let Christ live through us instead.   We don’t try, we let Christ have His way in us by accepting His will.

Paul said,

2 Cor 2:15-16
15    For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing.
16    To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? (NIV)

When we die to self we are a  fragrance of life to the lost.  We can not be a fragrance of life through our own efforts.  Only when we die to self.   There is our saltiness.  To continue in works trying to be like Christ is to lose saltiness, thus to be rejected by the world and to be trampled underneath.   Organized religion has encouraged saints to live by the arm of the flesh,  thus they are losing their saltiness.

The good news is that we can stop trying right where we are.  We can let Christ have His way in whatever circumstance we are in.   If God can transform the prostitutes and drug addicts, don’t you think He is still capable of transforming a saltless believer? Of course He can.  He can restore our saltiness immediately.  All we have to do is let go  and let God. Be the salt of the Earth.  Jesus Christ alone is the salt.  Let Him live through you instead of imitating Him.

The Body of Christ is NOT Divided 4

Posted on January 22, 2011 by Alexander

There is a difference between the children of God and the body of Christ

Is God incapable of taking care of Himself? Obviously not.   Yet the claim that the body of Christ is divided is universal.    The body of Christ is not only not divided, it can not be divided.   One would think that Paul was saying that the body of Christ could be divided.

Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? (1 Cor 1:13 KJV)

Paul, however, is not saying that Christ is divided.  Rather he is being rhetorical.  Christ can not be divided.  So,  what is meant by the claim?  The confusion is created by not understanding the difference between the body of Christ and the children of God.  This confusion exists because we are both the body of Christ and the children of God. Read the rest of this entry →

Capitalism is Not a Christian World View 4

Posted on December 19, 2010 by Alexander

Capitalism is not part of Christian discipleship

If you wish to listen to a reading of the post, click on the podcast link.

It seems that every conservative Christian I meet thinks that capitalism is congruent with Christianity. It is not. Neither is communism for that matter. My step father once made this argument regarding Christianity and Communism.  But there is a significant difference.  In Communism the state owns everything and decides how to distribute it all.  But in Christianity, God owns everything and has given us stewardship responsibility of the things He gives us. We have the freedom in that stewardship to do with those things as we decide.

Which brings us back to Capitalism.  It is argued by some Christians that we should be capitalists so we have more to pass on to others.   It would seem from the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) that the Lord rewards those who increased their talents, particularly in verse 28 when He gave the one talent from the slothful servant to the one who had earned 10 talents.  But as stewards of the Lord’s wealth we are free to do what we want with it.   Consider what Peter said to Ananias and Sapphira when they sold their property and pretended to give it all to the apostles: Read the rest of this entry →

Ethics or Morals? 1

Posted on August 08, 2010 by Alexander

Morals are not the same as ethics.

There is no difference between the meanings of the two words, ethics and morality from an etymological view. They are from two different languages: ethics being a Greek word, and morality being a Latin word, which means manner and customs of people. Ethics, however, carries the additional connotation of internal standards because of Aristotles’s philosophical treaties on ethics, “Nicomachean Ethics“.   Morals, on the other hand, tends to lean in meaning towards the mores of a people or the outward manners and customs of a people just as the word customs is the root to the word costume.

The technical distinctions aside, words have a predominant meaning by the current usage.  In deed, most words are used by people without regard to the etymological meaning.  For example, the word “blessed”  has moved beyond Christian usage and is used by people of all faiths to mean privileged and favored, with happy circumstances.   The etymology of blessed is uniquely Christian, however, because it literally means “blood-covered”  (bled-sion) and comes from Medieval Catholicism.  To be covered in the blood means to be in covenant with God through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Consequently, such a covenant brings favor and privilege in happy circumstances.  But the word is used without any regard to its origin.

Likewise, I wish to elaborate on the deeper differences between our subconscious usage of the words “ethics” and “morality” which merit having two different words from two different languages grafted into English usage.   Ethics, in my opinion, leans more towards decisions of the conscience, whereas morals leans towards accepted public opinions and customs.  As such, ethics are expressions of God’s will, and morals are the expression of man’s will. Read the rest of this entry →

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