Questions by non-believers

1. If God is good, why is there evil in this world?

Free will – choice. God gave us dominion over the earth. The evil that continues is because of man. As such, a man asked God, “Why so much suffering and pain on earth?” and Jesus said, “Funny! I was going to ask you the same question.”

2. I’m a good person, so why do I have to accept Jesus to go to heaven?

Bad eggs in flour make bad bread. We are born tainted, so there is no “good person;” see the first question.

3. If God is so loving, why would He send someone to hell?

God sends no one to hell. It’s their choice. Jesus died paying for our penalty of sin (death), but we choose to not to believe and accept the free gift.

4. How do you know that God is real?

How do you know He’s not real? Proof of His existence is everywhere. One only need to seek Him out and have a teachable heart.

5. What about evidence in the Universe for the Big Bang?

The Big Bang is a scientific explanation against what the word of God says. The word of God says that the universe is like a fabric stretched out. Science is extrapolating what is visible rather than knowing all the conditions at Creation. Scientists are trying to reverse engineer the universe which is like a one-year-old child reverse engineer a Ferrari.

6. Why did God create this world?

For His pleasure. Why do you write music or paint a picture or write a poem?

7. Who created God?

God isn’t temporary like us, the created, so He has always been. No beginning, no end.

8. Why can’t you prove there is a God?

The proof is everywhere. What is the proof you seek? Adam was sinless and walked and talked with God, yet Adam still did not believe God. King David had all he could ever want and yet he was a murderer after God called him the apple of His eye. Proof of God is not what you seek. If you had it, you still would not believe. One has to believe in the possibility of something in order to discover it. Only a teachable heart can find the truth. 

9. Why do you say homosexuality is wrong?

Because it causes confusion. The same goes for fornication and bestiality. The homosexuality of the 1980s birthed the genderless push of today. Confusion and chaos.

10. What is “sin”?

To miss the mark as in arrows and target. A means of measuring that comes up short. You need a gallon, but you only have a quart. You owe $100 and you only have $1. Salvation is where God came to give you not $99, but $1 trillion.

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Evolution or God’s Word

My point to get Christians to stop questioning the word of God. Thomas doubted too. He didn’t believe Jesus’ own words, nor those of his fellows. In the end, history calls him Doubting Thomas. Every scientific advancement only proves the word of God correct, and literal. I’m not being passive aggressive, I’m pointing out man’s foolishness. Many many people believe man over God just because they provided information their itching ears were content with. There are so many things that can explain why things look the way they do, but instead of giving God the benefit of the doubt, these guys say “Reality doesn’t line up with the word of God” and I find that reprehensible, arrogant, and sad, because to question any part of the legitimacy of the word of God throws out the rest. If Genesis 1 did not happen as God said, then why does anyone have to believe that Jesus, born of a virgin, had to come and live as a man in the flesh to condemn sin so we can live. That’s exactly what’s happened. Darwin repented of his “findings” admitting he was angry at God for “taking” his child. The devil took his work and ran with it.

Today, hardly anyone believes in Creation. No Creation, no Adam and no Eve, no Adam and no Eve means no original sin, and no original sin, no need for Jesus. It’s that simple. The precision of the word of God is impeccable and amazing. It’s a mathematical wonder, with Pi in Genesis 1:1 and Euler’s Number in John 1:1, and it’s an awesome and accurate history book, and explains everything because nothing is new under the sun. It’s only the continued arrogance of men to question God.

Look at modern history with just 200 years of advancements, but then think about someone living 800-900 years. Those before the flood were far more advanced than we are today. This is why Noah was chosen because his line was the last pure human and just like in the days of Noah, we are messing with God’s image. Designer babies, manipulated crops, and glow-in-the-dark pigs/chickens/dogs. The list just goes on and one. God said “all flesh had corrupted his way” implying genetic manipulation, just like today. But that’s just insane to believe right because it’s just not possible. But there it is. Even dark matter is in Genesis 1 when you understand that the light spoken of was energy not just visible light. Visible light wasn’t even made until the fourth day. The earth is going to break orbit and its rotation is going to speed up in the last days, and it’s all right there in the word of God. Before 1948 almost all Christians believed Israel would never return, but the word of God said it would. We’re going to see the temple rebuilt because the word of God says so. Every prophecy is fulfilled 100% literally.

To see it and believe it requires a strong conviction. The word of God means what it says and says what it means. If you question Creation, you question Kingdom Power. If you don’t believe in Creation, you’ll never believe in God’s promises. If you don’t believe in God’s promises, then the gifts of the Spirit are taught that they only belonged to the apostles. If you don’t believe in the gifts of the Spirit, 100’s of people can pray and nothing happens. They all have no faith. Begging God is to doubt God. He said twice, “By his stripe you were healed!” Believe. Trust. Have a strong conviction. It’s not about prayer, it’s about believing God, and taking the promises by force. The devils believe IN God and tremble, but men do not believe God nor fear Him. The fear (awesomeness) of God is the beginning of wisdom. That is why evolution is so wrong, and no evidence will change the word of God into a lie.

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Faith and Healing

Everywhere I turn I see a need for healing. Yet, when the word of God is presented, people get greatly offended, Matthew 11:6. There is a cause and effect for just about everything, Deuteronomy 28(!). When we sin and don’t repent of it, it will manifest itself physically over time, James 1:15. Hidden sin eats away at the person. For example, hatred for another, cancer, bitterness, arthritis, anxiety (lack of peace) heart disease. This is the issue, dis-ease, i.e. not at peace. We’ve all been there. This is why James says to believe and confess, James 5:15-16. Believe what? All God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” (Greek and Hebrew), 2 Corinthians 1:20. Confess what? Our sins, 1 John 1:9. First, we MUST MUST MUST understand Who God is. He is love, 1 John 4:8. Evil doesn’t befall us because of Him, but because of our actions and stupidity, Deuteronomy 28. We are under His protection when we obey Him, Psalms 91.

The issue is the belief, not so much confession, but that’s equally as important. To believe something is to have a strong conviction about the subject. If I say “The sun will NOT rise tomorrow.” How many would have a strong conviction that my statement is true? No one. Yet, the word of God says someday it won’t, Isaiah 24:19-20. We live in a fallen world and all the information we gather is based on that fact. The truth is in the word of God which says we live in the shadow of the real, Hebrews 8:4; Colossians 2:7; 1 Corinthians 13:12. What is the real? The things not seen, the invisible, not the unknown, Hebrews 11:1

So, to quote Pilot, “What is truth?” John 18:38. Jesus and the word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit, John 16:13; 1 John 2:27. This question is linked to “What is faith?” Faith isn’t blind, Isaiah 1:18-20. The word faith doesn’t show up in the Hebrew Scriptures because it means actually “trust,” Habakkuk 2:4. In the Greek, it means to have a “strong conviction.”

Immovable Faith is:

        • Faith is NOT blind

        • Faith is NOT taking a leap into the unknown

        • Faith has to do with the invisible not the unknown

               ○ Faith is seeing you pay your bills on time

               ○ Faith is seeing yourself healthy

               ○ Faith is seeing yourself full of energy at the end of the day

Faith is a strong conviction that the things we do not see (health and peace) are there, we just need to take it, Matthew 11:12; Isaiah 53:5, 1 Peter 2:24. Faith is built up like anything else, Romans 10:17. If we are to be good a mathematics, we must work out the problems. The more we do the better we get. To run a marathon, we must build up our stamina, Romans 1:17. The issue with Christians is they want microwave Christianity. We find out we’re sick and we want instant healing. If we have the faith, it’ll happen, if not, we need to build up that faith. To build up our faith is by hearing the word of God, Romans 10:17.

Every coach and motivational speaker has the proper understanding – see in our mind’s eye of being healthy. This isn’t easy believism, it’s changing our mind to execute what we believe based on the promises of God, Philippians 4:8-10. Imaging it helps us solidify the truth, Proverbs 23:7; Genesis 6:5. While the world says “Seeing is believing” in the scriptures is “believing is seeing.” If this were not so, the placebo effect would not be real. If you believe, you can change. This is based on the scriptures I’ve already posted above. But it’s also a choice. If we cannot get over the world view, we’ll never take by force the spiritual.

Miracles are not for the perfect, but for the believing, Matthew 9:29. Hope is confident expectation of good. If we maintain hope of being healed, we create the capacity to see the evidence that it’s possible, Romans 5:2-5. If we confidently expect to prosper, our mind will begin to work in such a way that we will begin to see the evidence that it is indeed possible. But if we think we’re going to fail, then we’ll see all the evidence pointing to failing. The evidence is there that we’re going to succeed, and the evidence is there that we’re going to fail. Literally, the tongue holds life or death for the path we choose, Proverbs 18:21; 1 Peter 3:10. It is just that simple. Believe the evidence based on the word of God and the finished work of Jesus or not. Our choice is whichever evidence we recognize for the outcome we expect. It’s not that the “other” evidence isn’t there. If we’re not alive to the evidence for sickness, then sickness withers up and dies. If we’re not alive to destructive things they eventually become unrecognizable in our environment. It’s not that they don’t go away if just that they’re not going to have an effect on us.

Remember something else about faith. Doubt is not the absence of faith. Doubt is the persuasion and deep belief in the evidence that is contrary to faith. Our problem isn’t we don’t have enough faith, our problem is our attention is on the evidence that proves it’s not going to happen. When we have our attention on the evidence that says “I’m never going to get out of this,” that’s what doubt is. Faith is when we have our eyes on the evidence that says “I’m coming out of this!” This is how one becomes fully persuaded like Abraham, Romans 4:20-22.

Finally, faith is not blind. We need to gather evidence of things. The greatest misconception is “Just take it by faith – blindly”. Isaiah says “Come let us reason together” which is what God wants to do and why we have 66 books in the scriptures written by 40 penmen over thousands of years. It’s to prove God’s work through His promises. When people say “take it by faith” they’re saying “just take it without evidence.” If God says we can reason (to prove, decide, judge, rebuke, reprove, correct, be right) about our salvation, we can reason about everything else – get the evidence. Faith is not blind. Faith is based on very specific evidence.

At Creation, God knew what He wanted and decided the outcome before He spoke anything. The process is understanding the desired outcome in your mind’s eye, believing it in your heart and then speaking it into existence. We’re made in God’s image, and whatever we imagine, all things, if we believe, and ask for, it shall be given.

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Romans 8:31-32
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

The choice is ours to believe or not. Period. Any ifs, thans, or buts, are just us not believing the plainly written word of God, Galatians 3:7; 3:26; Hebrews 11.

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Assumption – Science or the Scriptures

An assumption is “a thing that is accepted as true or as certain to happen, without proof.”

Right off, we assume we know everything. Those things we do not understand we throw out assumptions to cover it up. Over and over the word of God is proven true, factual, and literal. For example, Paul says the word of God is written on our hearts. Until Watson and Crick published their findings in the 1950s that was just a metaphor. Today, we know that DNA is information, and it stores experiences up to 4 generations, just like Exodus says. Study after study has proven we are born knowing right and wrong, and science says we’re bent towards wrong 87% of the time. So why fight it? It’s just our nature they say. Making good evil and evil good – which is happening today.

With every new discovery, science keeps changing their assumptions. The evidence is so overwhelming that they clearly admit to a Designer, so instead of billions of years, it’s now billions of light years – aliens seeded us. Since their fallacy of billions of years is now defunct they’re moving to outer space. Now who has absurd faith?

Another assumption is that something observed today is the way it was thousands (or millions, in their case) of years ago. Everything observed on the globe was changed by the flood. Oh wait, they believe it to be a myth. So see, the bents everyone has is based on their beliefs. Atheists do not believe the word of God so they dismiss any “coincidence” pointing to the fact the word of God is true.  Bible-Beliving Christians, as someone said, choose to believe the word of God and are branded as ignorant. Someone on a thread said, “why would God lie in one book and have it different in His workbook.” That person will not listen to reason.

More assumptions are that constants are constants. The speed of light is not a constant, but academia rejects that fact and excommunicates anyone who proves it like the four physicists from Australia and the UK. They also assume the atmosphere has always been the same since – all time. Archeologists also reject reality because it’ll point to the word of God being true. The facts are, both sides state the “facts” and there can only be one, and that is the word of God.

There was a man who God made, and from his rib made a woman. They sinned. Because of that, Jesus had to come and die as a man to buy us back. Without a literal Adam and a literal Eve, there’s no need for a literal Jesus. Evolution is the antithesis of the word of God. No amount of scientific discovery can change that because there is one logical reason for the fallacy of evolution: why did it stop? I mean, if we have macroevolution, where are all the billions of transitions? There are none because there never were any. No one will answer these last two questions when/if they respond to my comment. I love science. I wanted to be a biochemist but was lured into computers instead. Both require the same thing to work: information. And Who put that information into our DNA? The Designer. The proof of a Designer is so overwhelming, some scientists are stating that we are indeed living in a program.

The way to prove the word of God is to first believe it is speaking the literal truth. All the answers are there. Just ask Matthew Fontaine Maury.

First, the word of God says that God made everything from the ground so it wasn’t aliens or a meteorite. Next, carbon-14 dating requires a constant flow of carbon-14 which the flood reset the baseline making things appear much older than they are. The current 1 part per trillion is a result of an absorption rate that was changed in the flood, killing off all living things. With less carbon-12 to dilute the carbon-14, the ratio of c-14 to c-12 would slowly begin to increase. If the ratio were doubled, everything measured would show it 5370 (half-life) years older, if it’s quadrupled, all organic material would appear 11,460 years older. Therefore, a radiocarbon year would not represent an actual year. Finally, the Flood would have released much of the trapped CO2 adding to the c-14 ratio, artificially increasing the “age” of an organic item. This is why the Flood is rejected, because it disproves organic material from being so old. Think about it. If the specimens were millions of years old, there wouldn’t be any c-14 left to identify any age. In the 1980’s they found that the radiocarbon is forming 28-37% faster than it is decaying. In other words, c-14 dating is eliminated as a choice for age dating.

Since the speed-of-light isn’t constant, then the star “billions-of-years away” may not be. In fact, the distance-to-time measurement of the speed of light has decreased so fast, experimental error cannot explain it. In fact, to date, there has never been an increase in the speed of light when using the same equipment to measure distance-to-time speed, but 100% of the time a decrease is recorded. Furthermore, extrapolating the decrease backward shows that the speed of light was ten billion times faster at zero than today. This makes sense when you see extremely distant galaxies have the same twist as nearer galaxies. The further away the observation, the more in slow motion it seems.

As to the billions of transitions, I’m sorry, they do not exist. I want to see all the steps between a fruit-fly and a human. They do not exists nor will they ever. Time is irrelevant if the process even exists. Many mix adaptability with macro-evolution, which goes from goo to you. I want to see the fruit-fly turn into a house fly. They can’t produce it and they’ll give some genetic reason, but the fact is, there are no hybrids of all the transitional states to observe. Evolution is based on a lie and is a lie. You have to make more assumptions about evolution than just to believe the word of God.

Anyhow, I believe Genesis 1-3 as literal, and as a scientist, I can see how it happened too without billions of years. We cannot equate God to man. If a man can make a clock and it appears older than it is, why can’t God. He did so in order for you to believe Him and His word trusting Him without all the knowledge. The more we study the more things we discover, and every discovery proves the word of God correct, and we adjust our beliefs. Before the 1950s there was no beginning of the universe. Scientists then said, “the word of God is wrong, there was no beginning” today, they admit through extrapolation, that indeed the universe had a beginning. Scientists still say “the universe is trillions of years old, the evidence is clear” but what if it isn’t. You see what you’re allowed to see. There are particles that affect things in ways we don’t even understand yet. Dark energy and dark matter were dismissed for years, but now it occupies 87% of the known universe! And it’s right there in the word of God in Genesis 1.

In a word, the more we learn about God’s creation the more complex it gets. It’s a fractal understanding by definition and in reality. In quantum physics, scientists have already discovered the scriptural definition of faith. In fact, Niels Bohr said, “An independent reality, in the ordinary physical sense, can neither be ascribed to the phenomena nor to the agencies of observation. ” Heisenberg once said, “The existing scientific concepts cover always only a very limited part of reality, and the other part that has not yet been understood is infinite. Whenever we proceed from the known into the unknown we may hope to understand, but we may have to learn at the same time a new meaning of the word ‘understanding’.” And Bohr expresses the same idea as follows: “As our knowledge becomes wider, we must always be prepared…to expect alterations in the point of view best suited for the ordering of our experience.”

The point is, we base so much on what we believe, the outcome of our observations skew the results. In other words, Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but Yahweh weighs the hearts.” Since we’re so biased, what frame of reference for the truth can we go to except the word of God.

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Someone stated that we need to stop reading into the Greek and Hebrew and just accept the “bible” as is. What a lazy Christian!

The problem is that biases are entered into translations. This is proven over and over in every translation. There is no “666” in the plain text, but you wouldn’t know that unless you go to the Greek. The most significant mistranslation isn’t the χξς though, but Sabbaton – meaning Sabbath. In 363–364 AD, at the request of Constantine, the Council of Laodicea (how apropos) met and codified many of the Christian beliefs without using the word of God. This is the birth of the Catholic church. They agreed upon 60 cannons and published them. Here are three of note:

Canon 29

Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord’s Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema [cursed] from Christ.

Canon 37

It is not lawful to receive portions sent from the feasts of Jews or heretics, nor to feast together with them.

Canon 38

It is not lawful to receive unleavened bread from the Jews, nor to be partakers of their impiety.

In other words, they changed the scriptures to excise the “church” from the Jews and implemented the Lord’s day as Sunday instead of Saturday. When the Reformation came, the Protestants were already well-established in tradition over the word of God. Therefore, if you want to know the truth, you must go back to the Greek and Hebrew to correct a lot of traditions. Until the Geneva Bible (1587) and the King James Bible (1611) (both after the Reformation and more Catholic than previous versions), Matthew 28 read as “first Sabbath”, not “first day of the week” thereby keeping with the commandment of Leviticus 23:15 and count the Sabbaths. Like most Americans who have never read the Constitution and know their rights, those that do not do their own homework are liable to get the answers wrong when the Teacher comes to grade us.

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Sabbath vs. First day of the week – Part II

Here are the verses with “σαββασ” in it. The word is just part of the whole word so that the search included all the suffixes and prefixes like:

run* will give you run, runs, running, etc.

Finally, I invite you to see for yourself when the exact same word is translated one way versus the other, Sabbath vs. first day of the week.

After the verse I put the KJV translation.

Matt 12:2 Sabbath –
οι δε φαρισαιοι ιδοντες ειπον αυτω ιδου οι μαθηται σου ποιουσιν ο ουκ εξεστι ποιειν εν σαββατω
But when the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath.”

Matt 12:5 Sabbath – Sabbath –
η ουκ ανεγνωτε εν τω νομω οτι τοις σαββασιν οι ιερεις εν τω ιερω το σαββατον βεβηλουσι και αναιτιοι εισι;
Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

Matt 12:8 Sabbath –
κυριος γαρ εστι και του σαββατου ο υιος του ανθρωπου
For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

Matt 24:20 Sabbath –
προσευχεσθε δε ινα μη γενηται η φυγη υμων χειμωνος μηδε εν σαββατω
But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day:

Matt 28:1 Sabbath, first day of the week –
οψε δε σαββατων τη επιφωσκουση εις μιαν σαββατων ηλθε μαρια η μαγδαληνη και η αλλη μαρια θεωρησαι τον ταφον
In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.

Mark 2:27 Sabbath – Sabbath –
και ελεγεν αυτοις το σαββατον δια τον ανθρωπον εγενετο ουχ ο ανθρωπος δια το σαββατον
And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath:

Mark 2:28 Sabbath –
ωστε κυριος εστιν ο υιος του ανθρωπου και του σαββατου
Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Mark 6:2 Sabbath –
και γενομενου σαββατου ηρξατο εν τη συναγωγη διδασκειν και πολλοι ακουοντες εξεπλησσοντο λεγοντες ποθεν τουτω ταυτα; και τις η σοφια η δοθεισα αυτω οτι και δυναμεις τοιαυται δια των χειρων αυτου γινονται;
And when the sabbath day was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were astonished, saying, From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?

Mark 15:42 Sabbath –
και ηδη οψιας γενομενης ( επει ην παρασκευη ο εστι προσαββατον )
And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

Mark 16:1 Sabbath –
και διαγενομενου του σαββατου μαρια η μαγδαληνη και μαρια η του ιακωβου και σαλωμη ηγορασαν αρωματα ινα ελθουσαι αλειψωσιν αυτον
And when the sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him.

Mark 16:2 first day of the week –
και λιαν πρωι της μιας σαββατων ερχονται επι το μνημειον ανατειλαντος του ηλιου
And very early in the morning the first day of the week, they came unto the sepulchre at the rising of the sun.

Mark 16:9 first day of the week –
αναστας δε πρωι πρωτη σαββατου εφανη πρωτον μαρια τη μαγδαληνη αφ ης εκβεβληκει επτα δαιμονια
Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

Luke 4:16 Sabbath –
και ηλθεν εις την { ναζαρετ}{ ναζαρεθ} ου ην τεθραμμενος και εισηλθε κατα το ειωθος αυτω εν τη ημερα των σαββατων εις την συναγωγην και ανεστη αναγνωναι
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.

Luke 6:1 Sabbath –
εγενετο δε εν σαββατω δευτεροπρωτω διαπορευεσθαι αυτον δια των σποριμων και ετιλλον οι μαθηται αυτου τους σταχυας και ησθιον ψωχοντες ταις χερσι
And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.

Luke 6:5 Sabbath –
και ελεγεν αυτοις οτι κυριος εστιν ο υιος του ανθρωπου και του σαββατου
And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Luke 6:6 Sabbath –
εγενετο δε και εν ετερω σαββατω εισελθειν αυτον εις την συναγωγην και διδασκειν και ην εκει ανθρωπος και η χειρ αυτου η δεξια ην ξηρα
And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.

Luke 6:7 Sabbath –
παρετηρουν δε αυτον οι γραμματεις και οι φαρισαιοι ει εν τω σαββατω θεραπευσει ινα ευρωσι κατηγοριαν αυτου
And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.

Luke 13:14 Sabbath – Sabbath –
αποκριθεις δε ο αρχισυναγωγος αγανακτων οτι τω σαββατω εθεραπευσεν ο ιησους ελεγε τω οχλω εξ ημεραι εισιν εν αις δει εργαζεσθαι εν ταυταις ουν ερχομενοι θεραπευεσθε και μη τη ημερα του σαββατου
And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

Luke 13:15 Sabbath –
απεκριθη ουν αυτω ο κυριος και ειπεν υποκριτα εκαστος υμων τω σαββατω ου λυει τον βουν αυτου η τον ονον απο της φατνης και απαγαγων ποτιζει;
The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

Luke 13:16 Sabbath –
ταυτην δε θυγατερα αβρααμ ουσαν ην εδησεν ο σατανας ιδου δεκα και οκτω ετη ουκ εδει λυθηναι απο του δεσμου τουτου τη ημερα του σαββατου;
And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

Luke 14:1 Sabbath –
και εγενετο εν τω ελθειν αυτον εις οικον τινος των αρχοντων των φαρισαιων σαββατω φαγειν αρτον και αυτοι ησαν παρατηρουμενοι αυτον
And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

Luke 14:3 Sabbath –
και αποκριθεις ο ιησους ειπε προς τους νομικους και φαρισαιους λεγων ει εξεστι τω σαββατω θεραπευειν;
And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

Luke 14:5 Sabbath –
και αποκριθεις προς αυτους ειπε τινος υμων ονος η βους εις φρεαρ εμπεσειται και ουκ ευθεως ανασπασει αυτον εν τη ημερα του σαββατου;
And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?

Luke 18:12 twice in the week –
νηστευω δις του σαββατου αποδεκατω παντα οσα κτωμαι
I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.

Luke 23:54 Sabbath –
και ημερα ην παρασκευη και σαββατον επεφωσκε
And that day was the preparation, and the sabbath drew on.

Luke 23:56 Sabbath –
υποστρεψασαι δε ητοιμασαν αρωματα και μυρα και το μεν σαββατον ησυχασαν κατα την εντολην
And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Luke 24:1 first day of the week –
τη δε μια των σαββατων ορθρου βαθεος ηλθον επι το μνημα φερουσαι α ητοιμασαν αρωματα και τινες συν αυταις
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.

John 5:9 Sabbath –
και ευθεως εγενετο υγιης ο ανθρωπος και ηρεν τον κραββατον αυτου και περιεπατει ην δε σαββατον εν εκεινη τη ημερα
And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

John 5:10 Sabbath
ελεγον ουν οι ιουδαιοι τω τεθεραπευμενω σαββατον εστιν ουκ εξεστι σοι αραι τον κραββατον 
The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

John 5:16 Sabbath –
και δια τουτο εδιωκον τον ιησουν οι ιουδαιοι και εζητουν αυτον αποκτειναι οτι ταυτα εποιει εν σαββατω
And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day.

John 5:18 Sabbath –
δια τουτο ουν μαλλον εζητουν αυτον οι ιουδαιοι αποκτειναι οτι ου μονον ελυε το σαββατον αλλα και πατερα ιδιον ελεγε τον θεον ισον εαυτον ποιων τω θεω
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

John 7:22 Sabbath –
δια τουτο μωσης δεδωκεν υμιν την περιτομην ( ουχ οτι εκ του μωσεως εστιν αλλ εκ των πατερων ) και εν σαββατω περιτεμνετε ανθρωπον
Moses therefore gave unto you circumcision; (not because it is of Moses, but of the fathers;) and ye on the sabbath day circumcise a man.

John 7:23 Sabbath – Sabbath –
ει περιτομην λαμβανει ανθρωπος εν σαββατω ινα μη λυθη ο νομος μωσεως εμοι χολατε οτι ολον ανθρωπον υγιη εποιησα εν σαββατω;
If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?

John 9:14 Sabbath –
ην δε σαββατον οτε τον πηλον εποιησεν ο ιησους και ανεωξεν αυτου τους οφθαλμους
And it was the sabbath day when Jesus made the clay, and opened his eyes.

John 9:16 Sabbath –
ελεγον ουν εκ των φαρισαιων τινες ουτος ο ανθρωπος ουκ εστι παρα του θεου οτι το σαββατον ου τηρει αλλοι ελεγον πως δυναται ανθρωπος αμαρτωλος τοιαυτα σημεια ποιειν; και σχισμα ην εν αυτοις
Therefore said some of the Pharisees, This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the sabbath day. Others said, How can a man that is a sinner do such miracles? And there was a division among them.

John 19:31 Sabbath – Sabbath –
οι ουν ιουδαιοι ( { επει παρασκευη ην} ινα μη μεινη επι του σταυρου τα σωματα εν τω σαββατω { επει παρασκευη ην} ην γαρ μεγαλη η ημερα εκεινου του σαββατου ) ηρωτησαν τον πιλατον ινα κατεαγωσιν αυτων τα σκελη και αρθωσιν
The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.

John 20:1 first day of the week –
τη δε μια των σαββατων μαρια η μαγδαληνη ερχεται πρωι σκοτιας ετι ουσης εις το μνημειον και βλεπει τον λιθον ηρμενον εκ του μνημειου
The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre.

John 20:19 first day of the week –
ουσης ουν οψιας τη ημερα εκεινη τη μια των σαββατων και των θυρων κεκλεισμενων οπου ησαν οι μαθηται συνηγμενοι δια τον φοβον των ιουδαιων ηλθεν ο ιησους και εστη εις το μεσον και λεγει αυτοις ειρηνη υμιν
Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you.

Acts 1:12 Sabbath –
τοτε υπεστρεψαν εις ιερουσαλημ απο ορους του καλουμενου ελαιωνος ο εστιν εγγυς ιερουσαλημ σαββατου εχον οδον
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day’s journey.

Acts 13:14 Sabbath –
αυτοι δε διελθοντες απο της περγης παρεγενοντο εις αντιοχειαν της πισιδιας και εισελθοντες εις την συναγωγην τη ημερα των σαββατων εκαθισαν
But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down.

Acts 13:27 Sabbath –
οι γαρ κατοικουντες εν ιερουσαλημ και οι αρχοντες αυτων τουτον αγνοησαντες και τας φωνας των προφητων τας κατα παν σαββατον αναγινωσκομενας κριναντες επληρωσαν
For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the voices of the prophets which are read every sabbath day, they have fulfilled them in condemning him.

Acts 13:42 Sabbath –
εξιοντων δε εκ της συναγωγης των ιουδαιων παρεκαλουν τα εθνη εις το μεταξυ σαββατον λαληθηναι αυτοις τα ρηματα ταυτα
And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

Acts 13:44 Sabbath –
τω δε ερχομενω σαββατω σχεδον πασα η πολις συνηχθη ακουσαι τον λογον του θεου
And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city together to hear the word of God.

Acts 15:21 Sabbath –
μωσης γαρ εκ γενεων αρχαιων κατα πολιν τους κηρυσσοντας αυτον εχει εν ταις συναγωγαις κατα παν σαββατον αναγινωσκομενος
For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day.

Acts 16:13 Sabbath –
τη τε ημερα των σαββατων εξηλθομεν εξω της πολεως παρα ποταμον ου ενομιζετο προσευχη ειναι και καθισαντες ελαλουμεν ταις συνελθουσαις γυναιξι
And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither.

Acts 17:2 Sabbath –
κατα δε το ειωθος τω παυλω εισηλθε προς αυτους και επι σαββατα τρια διελεγετο αυτοις απο των γραφων
And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,

Acts 18:4 Sabbath –
διελεγετο δε εν τη συναγωγη κατα παν σαββατον επειθε τε ιουδαιους και ελληνας
And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.

Acts 20:7 first day of the week –
εν δε τη μια των σαββατων συνηγμενων των μαθητων του κλασαι αρτον ο παυλος διελεγετο αυτοις μελλων εξιεναι τη επαυριον παρετεινε τε τον λογον μεχρι μεσονυκτιου
And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.

1Cor 16:2 first day of the week –
κατα μιαν σαββατων εκαστος υμων παρ εαυτω τιθετω θησαυριζων ο τι αν ευοδωται ινα μη οταν ελθω τοτε λογιαι γινωνται
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

Col 2:16 Sabbath –
μη ουν τις υμας κρινετω εν βρωσει η εν ποσει η εν μερει εορτης η νουμηνιας η σαββατων
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:

Heb 4:9 rest –
αρα απολειπεται σαββατισμος τω λαω του θεου
There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

So here we have all these verse and the only pattern to translating Sabbath to “first day of the week” is to separate the Christians from the Jews.

Note how Luke 6:1 makes more sense now that you know “first” of seven Sabbaths to be counted, that Jesus was in the corn field the Second Sabbath of seven! :)



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Sabbath vs. First Day of the Week

First, I need to be verbose because I want to show that I did not arrive at this conclusion lightly or quickly.

Years ago I read a book that claimed that from the commandment to rebuild the city of Jerusalem (Daniel 9:25) to the birth of Israel was exactly this or that many days. I thought, “How on earth did they come up with that?” How little did I know the impact in my life that little inquiry made.

Ten years later(!) I wrote my chronology study. How many amazing gems are within the letters, words and pages of the word of God! While I was confident about the years, and the day Jesus died, no matter what I did, I could not rectify “three days and three nights” from Wednesday to Sunday, nor Friday to Sunday. We all rationalize away these discrepancies to our theology by amending our theology. But God is never changing and cannot lie, so where’s the problem. I resorted to all kinds of things like using Excel to equate a cell for each day, then slice it into two for “day” and “night.” I prayed and formulated, and I just couldn’t get it to work out. I attacked Google like a madman seeing if anyone else had the answer. Nothing. Another ten years goes by and *bloop* the answer appears. That still small voice that kept telling me to return to the originals got loud enough to get my attention. Oh, to have listened 20 years ago!

Knowing Spanish and Italian pretty good, I knew about the issues of translations. No matter how pure my heart is, I still interject my thoughts and beliefs into translations. It’s the sin in us that keeps us in the dark, 1 Corinthians 13:12. Since I learned Italian first, I then married a Spaniard and after 13 years, I got a job in Spain. Though we spoke English, I tried to get beyond “kitchen Spanish,” that is, day-to-day repetitive home conversations. The Spaniards would chuckle at me so I asked them why. They said I was mixing Italian in with my Spanish. I asked my wife why her and her family didn’t correct me. “We thought it was cute,” she said. The point is, there are issues with what we know and how we come to know it. This is what traditions do to us, Colossians 2:8.

With that said, I’ve been a KJVer most of my Christian life. It dawned on me that maybe the Christians who were translating the Greek and Hebrew might have inadvertently introduced some “Italian” into their “Spanish,” that is, their theology. So, I started down the path to learning these ancient languages that honestly don’t match word-for-word their modern cousins. I found out I don’t have to! Part of learning a language is understanding the culture. Since the biblical times and cultures are not present today to study, then I can make do with the plain English, dictionaries, lexicons and morphology tools (verb tenses, noun gender, etc.)

Hebrew is very creative and is thematic in nature, that is, a word-for-word translation isn’t really possible on the whole no more than me being concise. :) What I mean is that each letter has its own meaning and the combination of those letters form new meanings in words and links them to other words. Greek is more precise in its meaning much like we do in English. For example the word for word (דבר debar) is the same as the word thing in Hebrew and the female version of word is a bee Deborah. What does word, thing, and bee have in common? One of my favorite phrases, “Like an arrow, when a word is released, has its own power, and just as hard to take back.” God spoke everything into existence, so it make sense that word and thing are related. It also give proof to the strong conviction we call faith. So the spoken word is its own thing with its own power and by word of mouth, the Good News is spread like a bee. Each letter of דבר (debar) means: door, in, man. A door in a man is his mouth which speaks דברים debarim) words. Now you can begin to understand Jesus’ words:

Matthew 15:10-11
He summoned the multitude, and said to them, “Hear, and understand. That which enters into the mouth doesn’t defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

Ok, enough history. Here’s what I found. Young’s literal translation says:

Matthew 28:1 (YLT)
And on the eve of the sabbaths, at the dawn, toward the first of the sabbaths, came Mary the Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see the sepulchre,

I thought, how can it be the evening of the sabbaths and yet be toward the first of the sabbaths? It doesn’t make sense – to me. Having read so much, I remembered a verse:

Leviticus 23:15
You shall count from the next day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven Sabbaths shall be completed:

Ok, so the day after the Sabbath after the sheaf offering. Well when is that? The day after the 15th of Nisan (the first day of Unleavened Bread), Leviticus 23:6, which is the day after Passover, Leviticus 23:5. The first and last days of Unleavened Bread are Sabbaths, that is:

Leviticus 23:7
In the first day you shall have a holy convocation. You shall do no regular work.

So, verse 15 is talking about the day after the Sabbath of Unleavened Bread, the next day is the sheaf offering, and then the counting of the seven weekly Sabbath to Pentecost. Now we can understand the literal translation of Matthew 28:1 as

In the evening after the sabbath, at the dawn, toward the first of the sabbaths, came Mary the Magdalene, and the other Mary, to see the sepulcher.

Let’s break it down. I’m using Thayer’s and Mickelson’s dictionary. Here’s what the first part of the verse look like in Greek:

οψε δε σαββατων τη επιφωσκουση εις μιαν σαββατων

– Transliteration: Opse
– Phonetic: op-seh’
– Definition:
1. after a long time, long after, late
a. late in the day, i.e. at evening
b. the sabbath having just passed, after the sabbath

– Transliteration: De
– Phonetic: deh
– Definition:
1. but, moreover, and, etc.

– Transliteration: Sabbaton
– Phonetic: sab’-bat-on
– Definition:
1. the seventh day of each week which was a sacred festival on which the Israelites were required to abstain from all work
a. the institution of the sabbath, the law for keeping holy every seventh day of the week
b. a single sabbath, sabbath day

– Phonetic:
– Definition:
1. He who is, and was, and is coming

– Transliteration: Epiphosko
– Phonetic: ep-ee-foce’-ko
– Definition:
1. to grow light, to dawn

– Transliteration: Eis
– Phonetic: ice
– Definition:
1. into, unto, to, towards, for, among

– Transliteration: Mia
– Phonetic: mee’-ah
– Definition:
1. only one, someone

– Transliteration: Sabbaton
– Phonetic: sab’-bat-on
– Definition:
1. the seventh day of each week which was a sacred festival on which the Israelites were required to abstain from all work
a. the institution of the sabbath, the law for keeping holy every seventh day of the week
b. a single sabbath, sabbath day

Yes, I left off the definition “seven days, a week” because it’s a new addition (albeit from ~180 AD). Here’s the problem: σαββατων is the Greek word for Sabbath(s) and appears 62 times in the New Testament. In ALL cases, except when referring to the Resurrection, it’s translated “Sabbath” and “first [day] of the week” when pointing to the Resurrection with the one exception of Luke 18:12 which could be translated, “I fast twice on the Sabbath.” After all, there are multiple meals a day, so it’s plausible. The actual Greek word for week is εβδομάδα (evdomáda) and it does NOT appear in the word of God at all. The rabbis translated the Hebrew scriptures into Greek (called the Septuagint) and in Daniel 9:27 they use εβδομάδα (evdomáda) for week and not σαββατων (sabbaton) as an example.

So why is it that sabbaton is translated week today? There’s not real answer and can only be attributed to the Gentiles rejecting Jewish heritage after the apostles all died. Furthermore, never before 100 AD has Sabbaton meant week. The web site Torah Times ( states:

“They added the definition ‘week’ to the lexicons on the basis of their own tradition. However, there is no independent confirmation of this addition to the lexicons from ancient sources contemporary with the Apostles. There are no papyri or manuscripts showing this. There are no letters, no comments. There is nothing! The trail of their chain of ‘authority’ goes cold in the second century A.D. They cannot trace farther back than this time which was known to be an era of great apostasy and heresy.”

These issues continue in translations like in Act 12:4 is translated “Easter” when that word in Greek is found, the other 26 times is translated Passover! Why would this happen? Because the devil wants us to be divorced from the Jews! And the modern church swallowed it up! The book of James is actually the book of Jacob! Many substitutions for traditions.

So what impact does it make to move the Resurrection from Sunday to Saturday? None according to Paul:

Colossians 2:16-17
Let no one therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s.

However, the truth is the truth and it’s there for some significance. So, I inquired of the Lord and His word. Think about what the Sabbath is. It was instituted by God for Himself to accentuate the completion of His creative work. The exclamation point if you will. He “ceased” from His work, not “rested.” But even that distinction is helpful because you stop what you’re doing and by de facto, rest. Since the last word spoken by Jesus on the cross τετελεσται is translated “It is finished” it is literally the stamp on your bill “paid in full.” After His preaching to the captives, rose from the dead on the Sabbath showing He ceased from His work of Redemption (Grrr! Buzzwords!) meaning “paying the ransom”, or “delivering” us from penalty (of sin). If each day of Creation represents one day of history, when Jesus comes again and rules for a day (1,000 years – six verses(!) in Rev 20 and 2 Peter 3:8 making seven!) then the world will have “rest” from the curse and the devil – a Sabbath. The whole 6,000 years idea comes from the very first verse. Here it is in Hebrew:

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

The six red letters are the letter alef, the first letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Not only do each letter have its own meaning, it also has a number assigned to it. A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. something the Jews didn’t do until around 300 BC after the Greeks same method. What that decision did was unlock a whole lot of gems in the word of God. Anyhow, alef is the only letter with two numeric meanings: one, and thousand.

Every word in the word of God, or as Jesus put it, every “yod and tagin,” Matthew 5:18, of the word of God has a purpose. “Yod” is the 10th and smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet and represents the work of a man’s arm and hand, Psalms 98:1, and the “Tagin” are the crowns on the flowery version of the Hebrew letters, which the hand written version of the Hebrew scriptures holds many amazing mysteries that are lost in translation (even into computer type).

There you have it. There are so many wonderful things in the word of God. Just as complex is the universe and how simplistically beautiful it is, so is the word of God.

I hope you made it this far and enjoyed it. (Continue to Part II)

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Mysteries of Life

When I was a kid, I noticed that one day the calendar read: 2:34 5/6/78 Ever since then I see the other patterns in the calendar. While there are many, each one happens only once a 100 years. It’s part of the gift the Lord has given humanity: pattern recognition. It’s also why we love puzzles and want to solve mysteries. It’s part of who we are, to seek and find. Even kids play (or at least they used to) hide-n-seek. To me, it’s the hole left by having sin in us that only God can fill.

The Creator put all around us amazing puzzles and mysteries so we can seek Him out – the ultimate Mystery. By doing so, we get a sense of euphoria when we solve it. This base compelling desire to solve things is why mystery novels, plays, games and shows revolve around solving something. Sherlock Holmes, Rubik’s cube, Sudoku, conspiracy theories, etc. My greatest euphoria is the filling of the Holy Spirit and finding things in the word of God. Some of my favorites are finding mathematical Pi small_pi.png in Genesis 1:1,  Euler’s number euler_num.png in John 1:1 (which contains small_pi.png), or all the evil that befalls the Jews on 9 Av, or the equal-letter-sequence discoveries throughout the Torah. In fact, small_pi.png is so amazing by itself, any sequence can be found in it. Everything points to Jesus and His might!

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Recently online, a heated discussion about Calvinism vs. Arminianism ensued. One that really surprised me was a thread about a flat earth according to the bible. Such hogwash. I’m reminded of Paul:

Titus 3:9 (KJV)
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.

The devil loves putting things as black and white and stuffing it into a controllable box.  That way we don’t have to think about God, or what He wants, if He’s telling you to be responsible for your own actions. Also, with such rigidity instead of learning to love and trust God, you start to despise His “unyielding law” and hating Him. So you end up creating theology to deal with it. “I’m a sinner so I can’t stop sinning so why try!” or “I’m not as bad as my neighbor.” When someone wants to slap a label on something, rip it off. If they want to stick you into a box, break out of it. With every heresy there’s a grain of truth. Some quick proofs:

  • “Meditation is Hindu guru junk”

Yet, God says to meditate on His word day and night, Joshua 1:8.

  • “Money is the root of all evil”

Money isn’t the problem, the love of money is the root of all evil, 1 Tim 6:10.

Deu 28 shows we have free will. When someone throws in the definition “without external influences” they’re lying to themselves. We’re influenced by things we don’t even know exist. Just because we can’t feel or sense x-rays doesn’t mean they don’t have an effect on us. Everyday we’re bombarded by cell phone signals and WiFi yet we can’t sense it physically, but is it doing us harm? Only God knows for now.

I was reading about some football player that had died and when they did an autopsy of his brain they saw it filled with dead cells that had died long before he did. They now believe that his violent actions off the field might have been because of his unknown condition. By everyone’s account, he was an evil dude, but internally, he was influenced by not having a healthy brain.

The point is, these labeling exercises only help put people back into a box or allow for the dismissal of a truth because it’s lumped in with other junk. Paul say he doesn’t judge his own self because he knows he doesn’t have all the facts about what influences him.

1 Corinthians 4:3-5 (KJV)
But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self. For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

Yet, every single day, if not every single moment, we judge one another and ourselves. To say “I’m right” is judging yourself. Stick to the word of God, all of it, not “man-ology” as someone so rightly stated, otherwise, we fall under the spell of silver-tongued devils.

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Act of Mercy of God

Throughout the scriptures, legal words and titles are used over and over again. “Satan” comes from the Hebrew hasatan – “the accuser” or “the adversary” or in today’s legalese “plaintiff” – and some of Jesus’ title are Advocate, 1 John 2:1, Counsellor, Isaiah 9:6 and of course Judge, John 5:22. We’re to enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise, Psalms 100:4, and boldly come to the throne of grace, Hebrews 4:16.

Deuteronomy 28 spells it out really. As I see it, and the word of God shows that the devil is the enforcer, the bringer of death and destruction and loss. But instead of being sent to enforce, God simply removes His protection thereby allowing the devil to destroy. This is exactly what happened with Job. Job sinned not with his mouth, but his actions were one of fear for his children, trying to atone for their possible sins. It was a prison of his own making. This allowed for God’s protection to be removed to a point because Job didn’t trust God. In fact, Job called for the Advocate!

Job 16:21 (KJV)
O that one might plead for a man with God, as a man pleadeth for his neighbour!

It’s all very legal if you see it for what it is. Think of it this way, you speed, you get stopped by a cop, and you have to go before a judge. But if before all that you speed and hit a tree and die, whose fault is it? There are tons of degrees. Another, which we can’t fathom, is when others sin and the innocent pay like the miscarriages and diseases from the Flint water contamination or Three-Mile Island or war. Why would God allow this? To fill up the cup of wrath on those responsible. You see it throughout the scriptures. Besides, if God stepped in for every sin we commit immediately, we wouldn’t even exist because Adm and Eve would have died instantly and we wouldn’t even exist. Free will is a powerful gift from the Lord and as such, comes with great responsibilities. Which brings us back to Deuteronomy 28.


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