OPEN: Hey, good morning, and welcome to Straight Talk about God, Iím Jack. I want to try and bust through some traditional thinking today. Jesus said, ďYou make void the word of God with your traditions.Ē The Church has been turned down the wrong path and Christians are working in the wrong places. But they are being taught that their efforts are the way Home. So just to be provocative, Iíve titled the three parts of this discussion, Christianity, the Great Pretense, Jesus Doesnít Save and Jesus Didnít Die For Me. But first--->
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Christians have one goal and only one. Some wonít admit this, but itís there anyway. They want to be saved. Their salvation is the most important thing. And they do a ton of pretending to reach that goal. Christianity, the great pretense.
I know of a man who, once a year, goes to his herd of sheep and searches diligently for the best looking, healthiest, fattest lamb. He cuts the lamb out of the flock and brings it to another man that works inside a big space enclosed by a seven and a half foot curtain; like a big circus tent with no top. The herder waits 'till the other man comes out. The other man was to take the lamb, kill it, do something with the blood, then cut it up and burn it. Returning out to the herdsman, the man would tell him that all the bad things the herdsman had done in the past twelve months were all forgotten and he was free of guilt.
Try that in New York City sometime and you'll wind up in Bellvue; the Funny Farm. And yet, it's that same insanity that Christians practice all the time. They've, thankfully, gotten beyond killing lambs, but the substitute may appear even crazier.
Nowdays, every so often, they drink a little glass of grape juice and receive the same forgiveness(they say) for past transgressions; but that's only half the story. They must pretend also that the juice is the blood of a man who died two thousand years ago. Get out the crayons and basketweaving grass.
Drinking that fruit juice, or sometimes wine, is only one of the "Big Three" pretenses Christians engage in. There is also Prayer and Giving. Let's take a closer-than-usual look at Prayer. Sure, we all know what prayer is. A vast majority of us pray to something we feel to be a Higher Being. Some people Concentrate, others Meditate or Think Positively, but we can lump all those kinds of actions into the category of praying.
Prayer really means: you, acting a certain way, while pretending there is some other Being that's watching, listening, and going to honor your words or requests. There is simply no way that you can prove the existence of the Being. You can't say to someone nearby, "Did you hear that?" Of course he didn't, and those things you hear in your head he can very easily put down to your imagination. Remember too, he can't see anything either. Let's face it, ninety-nine percent of all Pray-ers know inside that they'll never hear (with ears) the voice of their prayer object; much less see anything. That being the case, you can easily say that pretty near the whole world is nutty. But wait, you ain't seen nuttin' yet!
You want nutty? Try Giving. I have to go slow here to lay a bit of ground work. Christians are told by the Bible, which they view as the Word of God, that they don't really own all the good things they have or get. God owns everything. Also, that God is nice enough to supply all their needs IF they'll only give back to Him a part of what He lets them use. That same Book says that a God-believer should take out up to twenty-five percent of what comes in and give it back to God. Ten percent should go to the folks who teach/enlighten him spiritually, and he is to give a tenth on the income of the remaining ninety percent.
Three times a year they are to journey with part of the second ten percent to a place where they can have a party for/with God; they can buy there, anything with that money from cattle to booze--yes, it says "hard drink." On top of these three so called "Tithes", Christians are expected(by that silent invisible God) to make additional offerings; these can come to another five percent. One offering is called First Fruits. The name applies to the first gain in ANY endeavor: the first bushel of apples from your tree, your first paycheck on a new job, your first-born goat or child. Yes, this God wants a Christian's first baby--or the equivalent in money. He tells how much. Well, enough groundwork.
As if the schedule of Giving wasn't crazy enough, that believer now has to pretend that God will not only match, but give back lots more than the total offering. In essence, this Invisible Mute, has promised through the writings (and translations) of some long-dead men, that if you give away a bunch of your money, he'll see that you get back more than you gave. Oh, here's a cute little part of the bargain: you're not suppose to let anyone else know that you're doing all that! A Christian is told to give in secret!! That means he can't even take it off his income tax!!
Christians have just got to be the craziest bunch of pretenders in history. BUT! Here there's a long pause. BUT! The thing that tops all the craziness is the inexhaustible number of stories that they can tell you about how the Pretense has enriched their daily lives. They tell of miraculous healings, answers to prayer, doubling of income, new happiness, friendship and love in their lives. In fact, don't get a practicing Christian started on the subject of his Pretenses. He'll never shut up.
What we must do at this point is examine those examples of enrichment and decide whether we can discount them as Blathering and coincidence, or must take them as actual evidence that this pretending really works. Without this fair examination, our opinion of this Pretense is less grounded than the Christian's and we'll come off looking very silly and close-minded. Where most "examiners" go wrong, is in not adding up the total evidence available. You see, any single incident of "blessing" claimed by a Christian, because of his pretending, can be easily explained as coincidence or "luck." The key lies in the overwhelming number of these coincidences. Maybe I should have called this article, Christianity: The Great Coincidence.
Pretending might seem a kids game that you feel you've outgrown, but there are millions of grownups called Christians who virtually spend their whole day pretending something or other is being done for a God they freely admit they can't hear or see. In fact, nearly one hundred percent of them can't even begin to prove that Being's existence.
They call their pretending Faith, claiming that whether you're Faithing in God's direction or not, it's the way He made the world to work. Why, you can Positive Think yourself a raise, a better job, a younger image, just about any selfish thing you desire. When God makes something, it really works.
A bit fuzzy on how Faith works? Look in the Good Book. Supposedly, the Whole Bible is one gigantic volume that teaches this "Faithing" over and over in different ways.
Right here there's another one of those long pauses.
Hey! Want to Pretend a little?
But most Christians believe that Jesus saves them. Some have elevated Jesus above God. To me, thatís ego driven. It isnít Jesus that saves.
Jesus doesn't save. His death two thousand years ago has no effect what so ever on what I do today. What happened at Calvary won't help me get rid of the smallest sin I committed yesterday, today or tomorrow. That's the most radical statement a Christian
can make. I know many eyebrows are already up. That's exactly what I wanted to happen. Don't misunderstand. I'm not going to recant, or say I was fooling around. I truly believe that Christ's death is not the thing that saves me.
This idea hinges on the fact that one can view Jesus' martyrdom, if we can call it that, as an act of Good Works. I can imagine someone rationalizing martyrdom by saying, "These people need an example of humility and love for their fellow man." Jesus can not be put into that category. He was not a martyr. He was a teacher. That in no way lessens His suffering or pain. Neither should we believe that He didn't suffer or view the stories of His trial, beatings, and persecution as untrue.
Still, none of Jesus' acts back then has any effect on me today. But my salvation depends solely on His existence, death and resurrection. Sounds like double speak, but see how it all fits.
Although His coming means our salvation, Jesus didn't come to save us. He came to teach us the process by which we may CHOOSE God's salvation. Christ's message was forgiveness and justification through, or because of, Faithing. And I'm not, as
some might think, just making a play on the words in order to be provocative. True, I love being provocative and take every chance I get at it. This, nevertheless, is Truth
Check your Bible. See if you don't find that most every time Jesus healed someone He said, "Your faith has made you whole." Your faith; not me is implied. He was merely reporting what the person had done to get that healing. They acted in belief of Christ's healing power, with the confidence that the belief was true. When the woman touched His garment, she believed that just that simple action on her part would cause her healing. It wasn't Jesus who healed. His healing power was let in by the trusting acts of the people that were healed. They were made whole. By their "faith."
The tricky part comes when we try to get a firm grip on the word faith. Most preachers I've heard never say anything about acting in trust of God's word. They treat the word faith as though it was a noun. If you go check the original Greek you'll see that every time we find the word faith, it's being translated from the root word: pi--P,iota--I, sigma--S, tau--T. The root of the Greek word for faith is not a noun, but a verb. Faith contains movement of some kind. You can sit around all day and believe, but faith must include movement to be complete. Now what?
My Bible teacher, Dr. Gene Scott, has coined the word Faithe. When you act in trust of a belief, you Faithe. The difference between faith and Faithe is something like bath and bathe, only with Faithing we're talking about cleaning up your soul, not your
body. Every time the word faith comes along now, we can read it as Faithing. In fact, the same thing applies to almost all the times in the New Testament that we find the word believe or any of its cousins.
Now we've got a whole new kettle of fish. We can easily see that if the woman with the issue of blood had stayed home and just believed that touching Jesus' hem would heal her, she might be there still. What healed her was that act of touching the hem in the confidence that the belief in healing was true. Here's a passage of scripture I made up that's a good example of that. It's Jax 2:17 thru 23:
- 17 And it came to pass that there was a man of that town who was
lame from his birth; he could neither walk nor stand.
- 18 And his neighbor came to him and said, He that heals is in
the market place. There he causes the blind to see, casts out
devils and cleanses lepers.
- 19 And the man rejoiced to hear this, and praised God.
- 20 Straightway the man sat up in his bed and believed that Jesus
could make him whole.
- 21 All that day and the next the man sat in his bed and
continued greatly in his belief of Jesus' healing power.
- 22 And the townspeople marvelled at the man; for at the end of
two years, still he sat in his bed believing with all his heart.
- 23 Some say he is there yet.
So, faith is: an Act , based on a Belief, sustained by the Confidence that the belief is true. The process of Faithing is extremely simple to understand. In most cases it's automatic in our everyday lives. I'm speaking mainly of actions that are based on beliefs outside of the realm of God's word or promise. You see, you Faithe just walking down the stairs. You put out your foot to step down (that's the action) in the belief that gravity won't be extra light that day and let you fly off into the air.
The action is sustained by confidence built up over all the other times you've stepped off one step and had gravity help you down to the next one. When we really start investigating the Faithing process, we find that every action we take is based on faith in something.
No, I've not forgotten about Jesus not saving. Now that we have a firmer grasp of the word faith, as it's used in the Bible, we can look at Jesus with more understanding. Mostly in the Bible we see and read about the Faithing of others. Yes, we can find a few times when it's clear that Jesus was Faithing. Perhaps walking on the water was one example, but Peter Sellers did that in the movie "Being There." The big difference between Jesus and Peter Sellers was when Sellers died, God didn't raise him from the dead.
Christ's crucifixion was His greatest act of faith. God had said that He'd raise Jesus from the grave after three days. God couldn't keep that promise if Jesus hadn't let himself be crucified. Giving His life was the way Christ showed how He
Faithed. I'm glad God doesn't require that much trust of me. Jesus Faithed and God put His Spirit in Him. The same thing happens for us. If we Faithe, God puts His Spirit in us, too. We're raised just like Christ.
In that light, Jesus came to give up His life to show us the process of Faithing. Act in trust on God's word and He'll put His Spirit in you. That's where we get all that stuff about Good News--the Gospel. All the word Gospel really means, is good news. So, for Faithing, we are made whole. We are also seen by God as sinless. Doing good deeds around town carries no guarantee that God will forgive the bad stuff we do or think. Faithing does. It guarantees forgiveness, justification and the indwelling of the Spirit. It's Paul's constant message.
Let's consider Abraham for a minute. He lived four hundred years before the ten commandments and didn't have that law to tell him all the good works he should be doing. He also was a bold-faced liar, and at times acted like he knew how to do something better than God. God let all that pass because Abraham acted in faith or trust of God's sword at other times. "And it was counted unto him as righteousness." He never heard of Jesus. According to some people, if you haven't heard of Jesus you're on the way down. Those of you who wind up in Hell, say hello to old Abraham--if you can find him.
It seems obvious to me that if God will let Abraham off for Faithing, He'll do the same for me. In fact, that's why Jesus was necessary. God wanted to make sure that we were given a clear message of how we could secure for His salvation. All humanity being imperfect, there was no way for any of us to keep God's Good Works Law perfectly. At the same time, I'm sure that if there could be a person that could keep that Law perfectly, God would give him salvation. But who do you know that's perfect?
In the true sense of the word "merely", Jesus' death was "merely" an act in trust of God's word. We know He said, "No man forces me, I go willingly." He willed it. In fact, I can't read any story in the Bible that doesn't try to teach that same message. It looks to me like God is looking for people who will trust Him no matter what, and those who try, by Living Right, to show spirituality or righteousness are off on a side track. Don't get me wrong. Helping out where you see a need is commendable behavior. We've all done that. I just don't try to fool myself (and others) into thinking that it's going to get me eternal life.
So, screw up your courage and start Faithing. Why courage? Go back to Jesus' example. I guess you know it took extreme courage to go through with His own crucifixion. Faithing is ninety percent courage, nine percent tenacity and one percent all the other stuff. A good way to check on your Faithing is to see if you have to overcome some amount of fear; no matter how small. No Fear, no Faithing. God's looking for Faithers.
And here's my own guarantee. If you start Faithing, the Spirit comes in, and you'll start doing all that good stuff whether you want to or not. You see, the Spirit can only work Good. It never stops, where ever It is. Start Faithing, you're in for a changed life.
But 99% of all Christians will tell you that Jesus died for them. He washed away their sins with his blood. Iím part of the 1% that says that Jesus didnít die for me.
He didnít save me and he didnít die for me.
One of the universal messages of the church is that Jesus died for us. He washed away our sins with his blood. One preacher even said that if he was the only person alive on the planet, that Jesus would have gone to the cross just for him. Now, that part, I believe. Not because of the person, but because of Jesusí mission. Jesus didnít die for me.
Jesus died for God. And it wasnít out of obedience that he gave up his life for God. God didnít give him the task of going to the cross. He only struck a deal with Jesus that if heíd let himself be murdered that God would raise his dead body from death, after 72 hours; which was when the Law recognized a death. Legal death took three days, not a day and a half.
No, being crucified wasnít part of Jesus mission on earth. It was only a request from God, not a mandate. Thatís made plain by the different accounts about the prayer in the garden. Jesus said that heíd done everything God had given him to do. He asked to be restored to his original estate as part of the Godhead.
If Iíd been there, I might have heard Jesus ask God if He had changed His mind about going to the cross. ďOh, BTW, LORD, did anything change regarding my crucifixion?Ē Then the scripture continues, ďIf it be possible, let this cup pass from me, but your will not mine.Ē
Jesus went to the cross because God needed someone to do that particular thing, and the Someone had to be of the very essence of God Himself. Jesus. Itís much debated that Jesus was or couldnít be all man and all God at the same time. I donít know why thereís such a fuss, unless it has to do with the egos of the speakers.
Jesus was all man, as in human being. He was all God in Spirit/Consciousness. Any time he wanted to, he could have flown around like Neo in the matrix. He could have waved at a mountain and flattened it. His all God Consciousness knew how to manipulate the universal God-Energy of physical things. Satan brewed up a hell of a storm out on Galilee. It had those seasoned fishermen in terror. Jesus only had to say a few words and the storm quit. Didnít he say that he could call legions of angels to fight for him?
So, when God made it clear that He hadnít changed His mind, that He still needed someone of His own Essence to die, Jesus elected, he decided, it was his decision, out of love for the Father went to his death. He died for God, not me.
The problem with the church is that they all want to stay right there. You see, they are clinging hopelessly to the little truth, the by-product of Jesus death. The Truth is, that because Jesus, of Godís Essence, died, that reopened the door to God. It allowed God to open that door and start interacting with certain people again. Jesus didnít die to save the world. It wasnít his idea to die. It was Godís. God had a good reason for having ďHimselfĒ die.
He wanted to get on with His Original Plan for the universe.
Now, I donít ever remember God changing His mind without expressly telling the affected people. Even then I canít think of more than one time off hand. That was with the High Priest Eli. His kids were doing women in the Temple, and he knew it. God cut off his bloodline.
Just to make it very clear how God meant people to live, he gave the Israelites a bunch of rules to follow. Then He gave them a bunch of ways to trust Him. He gave them the Ten Commandments and then the Mosaic Law. The only way that Law has changed is that itís gotten more complicated as egos got in the way of Justice. God didnít add or subtract. In fact, He expressly told them that they couldnít add to or subtract from the Law that Heíd given them. God doesnít change His mind, because that undermines His credibility. Who can count on someone who changes his mind? God has to keep His Law.
With Jesusí death, God was dealing with several of these Laws. Again, Laws that He Himself had given. The laws of divorce. The laws of marriage. The laws regarding redeeming someone and the laws of the perfect servant.
God was always having to deal with the Israeliteís rebellion. They just wouldnít sustain their walk with Him. Just like us, right? So, Heíd send them hints and reminders that they were off track. One of those was pretty serious.
By way of background, when Solomon died, a prophet told the new king of the northern ten tribes, the House of Israel, that if he did Right, heíd wind up like David. The minute that the devil heard those words he went to work on that northern kingdom. In 200 years, they never had a good king. They started right out worshipping the pagan gods around them. God sent them word. Prophets came and said that theyíd be conquered and taken completely out of the land and even forget where they came from.
Along the way, God also told them if they didnít do Right Heíd divorce them. God considered the North and South kingdoms as His wives. And sure enough, Jeremiah says that God did divorce that Ten Tribes. Divorce puts one in a very precarious position. Thereís a very narrow exit from divorce. Itís tied to the laws of marriage.
Practically all the usual ways we see after a divorce turn into adultery, according to the way God says things should be. The only out for someone who wants to remarry is for the mate to die. If the husband doesnít die, the woman canít remarry. I think you can see where that goes with Jesus.
When Jesus died, God died. Now divorced Israel can remarry God. Thereís something about those 12 tribes that God keeps after them. And the reason has to be bigger than ďGod wants something good for themĒ. Itís not about them. Itís about what God wants to do.
Jesus also fulfilled Godís law of the perfect servant. It relates to the story of the Garden prayer. The law said that at a certain time a servant, bond servant, could go out after he did his time, but he had to go out as he came in. If he now had a wife and five kids, he had to leave them. But out of love he could commit to a lifetime of service and stay with his family. This guy would have an awl stuck through his earlobe and onto the doorpost, signifying his eternal obedience to the master of the house. It was his decision. Return to his original estate or do what his master wanted him to do. Servants like that usually wound up running the whole house for the master. Remember Joseph running Potipharís house? Then he wound up running Egypt!! Of course, in Jesusí case that would mean that he would rule Godís house. Along with his family, the Believers.
But interwoven here is the law of the kinsman redeemer. Thatís spelled out in the book of Ruth. You donít just walk in and redeem any old body. They have to be family. You have to have the price, do it willingly, and be family. Jesus wasnít family up in heaven. He was God. He was a part of God that got ďindividuatedĒ and given the blueprint for a physical body. He was Godís way of moving around on the earth and interacting with humans; something God couldnít do without causing their instant death. You can talk face to face with Jesus, not with God. Not yet, anyway. You have to be covered with Godís Spirit when you talk to Him. Then, He sees you as Himself. It must be lonely being God. Nobody to talk to but Himself.
Jesus paid willingly. He was a human being, so he was our kind, our kin. What about that price? How is it that his death paid the price for all humanity from Adam to the end of the future? Itís rightly taught everywhere that Jesusí death covers everyone of all time. I even believe that Jesusí death covered all the animals and trees and mountains and bugs.
What was/is Jesus? God. What is God? The sustainer of the physical universe. The whole place is made out of God-Energy. If God dies then so does all Creation. Wow! Now it wasnít Jesus that died for me, it was God! No, God didnít die for me. He died to get on with His universal plan. Heís been having to fix up our fiddling for thousands of years to get us to the place He had in mind all along. This stuff was planned out before Adam was created.
Itís simple to understand. Say you wanted to open up a shop. Youíd cut hair for cheap. Charge half the going price. Nothing fancy, just everyday cuts. Simple, in and out, five bucks a shot. You sit around for two weeks before you get your first customer. So you decide to put a barber pole outside the door. Next week you get three new customers, so you decide to put an ad in the paper or on the local radio. You get it? You advertise. You let people know what a good deal youíll give them. Thatís why God created Adam. Adam was an Adman. Well, not really, but he and all his descendents after the fall were Admen.
God has one objective in mind to the human race. He wants them all to know that he is going to set up a kingdom here on earth. From Adam to the present, God has called out certain people to interact with the rest of humanity, telling them about the coming kingdom. Thatís what itís all about. Thatís what itís always been about. Godís coming kingdom.
When Jesus said that he did what God gave him to do? He was talking about telling folks about the kingdom. Jesus didnít come to save anybody. God didnít send Jesus because he was trying to save anybody. Jesus began a two thousand year plan to tell the world about the Kingdom. Salvation is a by-product. Jesus preached the kingdom. He taught Paul to do the same.
Paul can be confusing, because of what he wrote. Iím convinced that Paul preached the kingdom, just like Jesus. You can see it in one of his mission statements. And one other place where it actually says he preached the kingdom. That was his job. He wrote all those letters explaining to Believers how to live the Christian life. How to get and stay saved. He preached the kingdom and then wrote down how to get in. And he used for his proof the resurrection. That was the main point in his argument with the philosophers on Mars hill in Athens. You remember how he was explaining to them about their Unknown god.
Itís always been about the kingdom. As there became more people, God picked out more tellers. A couple centuries after the Flood, the world population was growing and God started up His own nation of people to be His oracles. He started with Abraham and four hundred years later, He had a wandering nation of millions that beat up everybody on their way to the Promised Land, and then everyone there, too.
The greatest Adman came to be Solomon. Solomon showed the whole world what it was like to do it Godís way. But by the time of Jesus, the human side of Godís plan was in a shambles. The house of Israel was scattered all over north western Europe and the British isles. The few Jews, who returned from the captivity in Babylon, soon adopted their perversion of the Torah, the Talmud. It was all inversion after that. By Jesus time, there was only one small group of people who God paid any attention to, the Jews. No one else had any chance of being saved. That was reserved by God strictly for the Jews.
So, there was God, starting over again. But He was still using His original choice to do the work, that House of Israel, the ones that were lost to history and didnít even know that they were connected to the Bible people. But by now, the world population was even bigger. Jesus was the trigger that sent the message of Godís kingdom around the world for the next 2000 years. It started immediately after the resurrection.
First Jesus sent those eleven Apostles and Paul. But He didnít send them to the world. 12 people canít reach very many. God sent the Apostles to those Lost Tribes, all the places that they had settled after being taken out of their land seven centuries ago. The capital of the Ten Tribe Kingdom, Samaria, fell in 721 BC. On their long trek over those centuries, the major portion of them finally settled in northwest Europe and the British Isles. But along the way across the northern Mediterranean, many smaller groups set up communities. Britain was the hub of the whole scenario. This was because of the birthright promises to Joseph, way back in Egypt around 1850 BC.
Jacob, who then was called Israel, gave practically everything to Joseph. He got everything but the right to rule the family. He got Abrahamís promise of a company of nations. Thatís a world empire. Josephís preeminent son Ephraim was the nobility of the House of Israel. Most of the kings came from the tribe of Ephraim. Ephraim settled in Britain. But it wasnít until 1800 AD that those birthright promises kicked in. They didnít get any of those promises in the Holy Land. It had to do with something in a deal that God made with the whole twelve tribes.
He told them that if they lived by His laws theyíd do ok. But if they didnít Heíd punish them seven times. When you do the math, seven times turns into 2520 years. The House of Israel didnít do right and Godís punishment started when they completely lost their kingdom and were taken out of the land. There are earlier dates that can also be shown to conform to the 2520-year period, but with the fall of Samaria the ďofficialĒ time began. If you add 2520 to minus 721 and take off one year for crossing over the BC/AD line, you reach 1800. The British Empire started to take place at that time. Up till then, they had a lot of colonies and outposts, etc. But there were nations emerging under the control of Britain. Britain was becoming a ďcompany of nations.Ē
Just as an aside, let me remind you that the USA is and has always been under British control. The buck stops with the Rothschildís, headquartered in Britain.
Now God was ready to reach out to the rest of the world. Britain and the United States have been responsible for telling most of the rest of the world. Despite what Satan has tried to do over the last two thousand years, practically everyone has heard about God. And the message of salvation has always included Jesus return to set up Godís kingdom on the earth. But Godís not doing that for me, or you. Heís doing it for his own agenda. We just get to go along for the ride.
Things donít all come to a stop after the Millennium. The Millennium is the earthly kingdom. So the final idea behind humanity is beyond the Millennium.
If salvation isnít Godís main reason for dealing with us humans, what is? The creation of the Universe. God is still working His original plan of making up the universe and assigning people with jobs in that creation. Weíre creators right now. We just canít really get a handle on it. We are responsible for creating our bodies moment by moment. Our higher Self arranges the God-energy to make up what we see in the mirror. God wants us to end up like Jesus. Jesus, as I said above, had the conscious ability to create. He was God, after all.
At a certain time in a Believerís existence, s/he will be changed into a glorified being that can do all the things that Jesus can do. And thatís more than any angel can do. The Bible says weíll be better than angels. Satan is no more than a created angel. So is Michael.
God started out with a certain number of angels. He gave a bunch of them to Lucifer so he could use them to enhance the created earth. Well, Lucifer could create so well, that he fooled one third of the angels into thinking he was as good as God. Thatís the only explanation that fits the facts. Why would any being, having come into direct contact with God, knowing that it was created by God, stray away from that foundation? He didnít order them to follow him. To them he appeared to be as good as God. They were both beautiful, and powerful and Gracious, and Loving. What difference? Follow God or follow Lucifer. Itís all Good. So, with just a little verbal help from Lucifer they were persuaded to follow him. And the moment they made that decision, war broke out and they were ďlightning-boltedĒ out of heaven..
Godís still working on His Plan of universal Creation, started in Gen 1:1. In order to do that, Heís had to Redo after Lucifer fell. In order to replace those of Luciferís band who went with him, God instituted the Adam Backup Plan. This plan included reproducing Himself in as many Parts as the number of angels who fell. God had to Redo when Adam fell. That Redo was the setting up a Kingdom here on earth. This Kingdom would be the culmination of the Jesus Backup Plan. The Plan started up with the pre-Flood Patriarchs setting the foundation. Then came the Prophecy era that predicted Godís earthly Kingdom and itís Ruler. As confirmation of the prophecies, Jesus incarnated and launched the next phase of telling the world. The next part, which is almost now upon us, will be the actual Kingdom, the Millennium. At the end of the 1000 years, the ďReplacementsĒ will get on with Godís original Plan to Universal Creation.
Jesus didnít die for me. God didnít die for me. Boy! And am I glad. If God had been a ďrespecter of personsĒ like that, He may have decided to not let me in.
WRAP: 1-What we need to do is focus on what God has told us via the Bible. We need to understand the larger picture of Godís dealing with people.
2-You canít do that without extensive Bible study. You wonít find out by looking up at the clouds or in a sensory deprivation tank. Only an objective source, something outside of our own thinking, a source that will hold up in any court of law, will be enough to help us change our lifestyle and choose the hard options.
3-If you want to talk about the Christian Walk and anything else, Straight Talk about God is a comfortable place to do that. Weíre at 88 Briceland Rd. in Redway. The number is 707 923 ALLY(2559) or on the web at stag.ws. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-Iíll be back here next year on the first day of January. I hope youíll be able to tune in.
5-The God-way is almost always the hardest option. But that wonít stop any Believer. The Believer knows that God is real and does what He says Heíll do.
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