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Ashamed/Bored/Indifferent of the Old Testament? If so, You’re Denying Him!

Many of today’s Christians in the Middle East and Asian countries ARE in “hiding/underground” due to the “hostile nature of living in a “non-democratic society” (though Egypt & Iraq could be possibly be considered “partially democratic”?). 

But here in America & around the world (as far as Western/Democratic/European nations go), it seems as though “Christians” have made some sort of “Mass Exodus” from society. It would seem that they are “in hiding”. They (as a whole) are trying to hide from having any outside identifiable mark of being a “BIBLICAL Christian” while also trying to hide their “hearts” from Jesus, as well! 

Back around the 90’s to early 00’s, homosexuals were “hiding in the closet”, sort’ve speak, while Christians were hanging about in the open, public square, unafraid of Jesus and/or their religious affiliations. In fact, it was even considered a “good time” to be a Christian, then…..The Left Behind Series by Jerry B. Jenkins & Tim LaHaye was really taking off and getting people to consider/question their “Eternity”, while no “Christian businesses” were getting sued for this or that. 

But here in the year 2017, things have changed. NOW – due to the anti-Christian rhetoric swirling about in today’s world from the radical left – many Christians are now currently “living in fear” and “hiding in the proverbial closet”. This is tragic.

Luke 9:26 in the New Testament states: For whosoever shall be ashamed of me [Jesus Christ] and of my words [the bible], of him shall the Son of man [Jesus Christ] be ashamed, when he [Jesus Christ] shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels”

Translation? If YOU, as a “Christian”, are ashamed of Jesus Christ and/or his words – ANY of his words (Old OR New Testament) – Jesus Christ will be ashamed of YOU during the Great White Throne Judgement/Judgement Day IN FRONT OF THE PRESENCE OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER AND HIS HOLY ANGELS!

Now think about it for a minute. Think about what that truly means. Let it sink in for a bit………

“If I, a Christian, am ashamed of Jesus Christ and/or ANY part of his gospel (Old OR New Testament), then Jesus Christ will be ETERNALLY ASHAMED of ME, on Judgement Day, in the presence of the Heavenly Father & His Holy Angels!” 

Matthew 10:33 echoes this sentiment: “But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven”

Conclusion? To have Jesus Christ condemn an unfortunate soul to “the lake of fire” for denying him – on Judgement Day – is ONE thing. But for him to do it IN FRONT OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER & HOLY ANGELS? It’s more like a PUBLIC SENTENCING/ EXECUTION, FOLKS!

In the New Testament, we read the case of the apostle Peter denying Jesus 3 times. But afterwards, Peter repented and went about preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

So does that mean if you deny Jesus ONCE before someone, that that means you’re automatically going to the lake of fire after you die? No, ofcourse not, ESPECIALLY if you quickly repent and vow to never deny Him again! What it means (in that bible passage) is that a person PERPETUALLY denies Him before others (rather that person denies Him in their heart or not is besides the point), and is PERPETUALLY ASHAMED of the gospel (ANY part of the gospel, be it Old or New Testament or BOTH!) 

Some Christians, sadly, probably feel “ashamed” about the Old Testament, since in it, there’s lots of warfare and because Eve converses with a “talking serpent” in the Garden of Eden. They might even go so far as to say/think: “Adam & Ever didn’t REALLY happen……….it’s just *allegory* of sorts”.

And YES….this same type of theoretical person might proudly proclaim the name of Jesus everywhere they go and be “proud” of the New Testament, even testifying OF/ABOUT the New Testament to others……..But IF they’re “ashamed” of the Old Testament in ANY type of way, (either in the depths of their hearts/minds/souls and/or among other people), then they are, in effect, ashamed of PART of the gospel since the Lord is the same yesterday, today and evermore; He’s everlasting!

John 1:1-3 states: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was GodThe same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made”

Therefore, if a Christian is all in love with the New Testament but despises/is ashamed of the Old Testament, then essentially, in a nutshell, that Christian is LITERALLY metaphorically saying to Jesus: “I like you in the New Testament but I don’t like you at all in the Old Testament”.

Newsflash: JESUS WAS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT! In Luke 9:26 and Matthew 24:30 in the New Testament, he calls himself the Son of Man, right? Guess what?

Daniel 7:13-14 in the OLD TESTAMENT says: I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed

1 John 5:10 and Romans 1:4 in the NEW Testament, respectively, proclaim: “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son” —-“And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead”

While Daniel 3:25 in the OLD Testament reads: “He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God

Denying the Old Testament (or being “ashamed” of it), is really no different than metaphorically saying to Jesus: “I like your white garment but I HATE your sandals!” Or “I totally dig your sandals but your white garment is something no self-respecting individual would wear”.

THE BIBLE IS NOT A CAFETERIA, FOLKS! JESUS’S WORDS ARE NOT A “CAFETERIA!” 

And just like Peter, there’s many Christians today who proclaim: “No Jesus, I’d NEVER deny you!” 

So why then do they reject the Old Testament and see it as “no longer viable or relevant?” Why do they treat Jesus’s words AS IF they’re a “cafeteria” where they can just pick and choose which words they like (Old Vs. New Testament) and which words they don’t?

There’s even Christians out there today who pick apart the Old and New Testaments THEMSELVES, such as: “Well……I like THIS part of the Old Testament but I hate THAT part of the Old Testament” or “I like THIS part of the New Testament but DESPISE THAT PART”. THE BIBLE IS NOT A SHOE STORE WHERE ONE CAN JUST “PICK OUT” WHAT SHOE FITS AND WHAT SHOE DOESN’T!

JESUS’S TRUTH DOESN’T REVOLVE AROUND *FEELINGS & EMOTIONS* AND WHAT *FEELS/SEEM RIGHT*! THE BIBLE AND JESUS’S TRUTH SIMPLY **IS** AND THERE’S NO TAMPERING WITH IT! 

THE BIBLE’S TRUTH (JESUS’S TRUTH) IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY AND EVERMORE. IT’S EVERLASTING!!!!

What ALOT of Christians don’t realize today is that Jesus Christ was PROPHESIED OF in the Old Testament, while ALSO simultaneously making “pre-flesh appearences” IN the Old Testament – known as “Christophanies” – (look it up on Google). So essentially, that’s WHY people are – in effect – actually DENYING JESUS *when* they deny/ignore/are ashamed of the Old Testament! 

In fact, let me take this a step further. There’s OVER 333+ Messianic Prophecies in the Old Testament, foretelling of a coming (in-the-flesh appearing) of a “Jewish Messiah” that were SUCCESSFULLY FULFILLED BY Jesus Christ in the New Testament: https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/m/

Therefore, the New Testament is “Volume 2” of Jesus’s Words, a CONTINUATION of the Old Testament. So who are WE to DENY “Volume 1” of God’s Truth that FORETOLD of “Volume 2?” 

[NOTE: Rather or not you accept the Apocrypha (The “Middle Testament”) to be God’s Truth or not is between YOU and Jesus (although I myself personally DO see it as part of the Lord’s Truth). Therefore, using the same analogy as above, the Apocrypha would be theoretically known as “Post-Volume 1, Prequel to Volume 2”].

So I leave you all with THIS question: Do YOU believe the bible (the COMPLETE bible – Old + New Testament) – is the FULL written Word of God? If not, why? Because HOW you answer that question will determine your fate before Jesus on the Day of Judgement! I pray that any person who reads this WILL accept the COMPLETE written truth of Jesus!

Note: If you’d like a KJV bible + Apocrypha, I’d HIGHLY recommend the “Holy Bible: King James Version + Apocrypha” by Derek A. Shaver! It’s basically the 1611 KJV in modern spelling, with the Apocrypha situated BETWEEN the Old and New Testaments.

middle-testament 

And if you already have a KJV bible and just want an Apocrypha by ITSELF, I’d recommend: “The New Oxford Annotated Apocrypha: New Revised Standard Version” by Michael D. Coogan and Marc Z. Brettler

annotated-apocrypha

[Please note: IF you live in a country or region where ONLY the New Testament is available or ONLY the Old Testament is available, or where practically NO bibles are available, don’t fret, Jesus knows! Although you should try to do everything in your power that you possibly can TO GET access to BOTH Testaments, Old and New, and if you can, the Apocrypha (Middle Testament). Jesus will HONOR your quest for The Truth! 😉 And remember: to die for Christ is GAIN, while to live for the Devil is SPIRITUAL FOOLISHNESS!]. 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unanswered Prayers: “Does the Lord have it out for me?”

Many of us have prayed for certain things in our lives. And prayed and prayed and prayed for that person/those things/that one thing, until we felt as though we could pray for it/them/that person no longer.

“Did the Lord even HEAR my prayer? Does he EVEN CARE?”, many of us have wondered.

And the truth is, sometimes the answer we receive back from the Lord is not exactly the answer we’d like to hear.

And at first, we might feel despondent, hurt, angry and betrayed. But we humans ALL have to remember something and that’s THIS: The Lord knows what’s best for us!

Okay ladies: think back to the time of the 7th or 8th grade, high-school or even college. Chances are, there was likely this “one guy” you PRAYED for to be yours, night and day, day and night. And chances are, that “guy” eventually moved on to someone else and left you feeling “crushed”.

And guys: lets face it. Most of you probably had that “one girl” in your life that you had always held up on a pedestal, considered to be your “dream girl” and that you wanted to possibly have babies with someday. And like most guys, when you didn’t make a move on her (because you were intimidated by her beauty) or she was just too shy/nervous around you, period or the Lord just decided he had other plans for her life, that probably left you feeling “devastated” and as though your very heart were bleeding to the ground!

And then you began to feel like the Lord Jesus had it out for you, that he was somehow punishing you for something, since he wouldn’t give you even just ONE chance with this “dream person” you wanted so bad, am I right?

And then, more than likely, you began to silently beat yourself up over it as in, “IF ONLY I hadn’t been so shy and scared to give this nice guy a chance” (women) or “if only I had developed a pair and asked her out and/or asked her to hang out as friends at first so she wouldn’t be so shy around me” (guys). And you began to OBSESS over it, over and over again, asking yourself (as well as the Lord above): “What could I have said or done differently to change the outcome of events? Does this person hate me or something? Is there something wrong with me? And/or what is so and so (people that are already engaged/married to/dating their “dream person”) doing right that I myself am doing so wrong?”

Or perhaps you or someone else you know has some sort of physical ailment/disease that you WISH SO DESPERATELY that the Lord Jesus would CURE! And then, when that ailment/disease DOESN’T get cured, you start to get so angry and despondent against the Lord, wondering if the Lord Jesus CARES AT ALL about you! You began to think thoughts like: “yeah well, if the Lord actually CARED about me, he wouldn’t let this thing happen and he’d cure it outright!”

But we all got to remember something, here and that’s this: EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!

Okay ladies, so maybe that cute guy from High-School, college or middle school DIDN’T notice you. And while it might’ve hurt like HECK at the time, guess what! It ONLY means that the good Lord above has or had a MUCH BETTER GUY in store for you!

And besides, if you were to now re-examine that old crush of yours today, chances are, he’s the type of guy you wouldn’t even want to be with these days, anyhow! So remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was just saving you from a potential “wrong-for-you” type of guy!

Think of any “nice guys” you’ve run into, lately. A male friend who’s been your shoulder to cry on whenever a guy’s been a jerk to you, a nice nerdy guy that’s most recently admitted his feelings for you. This “unconventional nice guy” may just be THE GUY that the Lord has in store for you, ladies! So give that poor sweet guy a chance! You’ll most likely be glad you did! 😉

And guys: if that “dream girl” never noticed you, that can only mean one or two things: either the good Lord has or had a MUCH BETTER woman in store for you, or you blew your chance with the girl by not manning up and asking her out.

But beware: Sometimes when a girl is shy, she might SAY that you’re not her type BECAUSE she’s super super nervous around you. So ask that girl out TWICE. If she says no the 2nd time in a row, then I think the good Lord has given you your answer on her.

And ladies, if a guy rejects you or tells you the classic line: “I’m not looking for a relationship right now”, take him at his word and move on. I haven’t personally heard of ANY guy on the Earth that’ll reject a woman he really likes (unless he’s a prideful jerk of sorts, and if THAT’S the case, you wouldn’t want the guy anyways, trust me on this!)

And no, it might not be the answer you want to hear but know this: the good Lord DOES have a woman in store for you (guys) or a man in store for you (ladies). You just have to recognize that person when you see them. It could be that cute person next to you in the line at Starbucks, it could be that female friend (guys) or that male friend (ladies) who’s had a thing for you for YEARS! Basically, he/she could be right underneath your nose and you won’t even know it unless you “let go” of the “idea” of the “dream girl” (guys) or “dream guy” (ladies).

And for all the people out there who prayed to have their own or someone else’s physical disease/ailment healed and the Lord Jesus didn’t seem to answer, it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t care. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! Jesus Christ cares more about you than you EVEN realize! He loves all of his creation and wants what’s best for it! But when the human creation acts up and thinks they “don’t need God and/or redemption”, he has NO CHOICE but to pull back a little from their lives and let them hit rock bottom before they realize their NEED for a Saviour!

Sometimes when the Lord Jesus gives us or someone around us a physical disease/ailment or financial disaster, or some sort of other “life crises”, he does that IN HIS OWN MERCY in order to HUMBLE US and to draw us back closer to HIM! Because lets face it, when we have everything we need, that’s the time in our lives when we think we don’t NEED God! BUT….when something bad happens to us or someone around us, THAT is when we start crying to God and praying to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, am I right?

So maybe you didn’t get that job or promotion you so desperately wanted. So what. It’s not the end of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ actually has a MUCH BETTER option waiting for you, if you would just wait on him and trust in HIM and HIM, ALONE!

Going back to the “old school crush”, ladies: maybe the Lord Jesus Christ knew way ahead of time that that particular guy was going to turn into a hateful, spiteful, drunken, violent drug addict someday and he didn’t want you going through the pain of dealing with that. Or perhaps he’s currently married with 3-5 kids and has completely OPPOSING viewpoints from you when it comes to politics, religion, foreign policy, etc.

Basically, there was a REASON the Lord knew ahead of time that the guy wasn’t right for you. And so essentially the Lord Jesus was (in the long run) just trying to save you from ending up with the wrong guy someday. While you might’ve been mad about it at the time (the guy rejecting you or going for some other chic who was outgoing), chances are, you likely realize now, looking back, that it was never meant to be between you and Mr. Hot Stuff.

And guys: maybe the Lord Jesus knew that your “dream girl” was gonna be full of emotional baggage/trauma/severe depression/health problems and was just trying to save you from that. Or perhaps it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t want you to be with your “dream girl”, perhaps the Lord Jesus wants to heal her pain/trauma/depression FIRST, and THEN later have her be with you when she’s in a more better state of mind.

As for relationships that didn’t work out (men and ladies?) I guess that’s just the Lord’s way of giving us a sort’ve “test run” and preparing us someday for what will eventually become *THE RELATIONSHIP/MARRIAGE* someday when we DO meet the right person! Because you have to admit it: good relationships and good communication skills are learned by EXPERIENCE! 😉

But going back to the main topic at hand, here: when we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ about something and the prayer is truly genuine, Jesus Christ IS going to give an answer (even IF the answer is no answer).

And the answer we get back from the Lord on a certain prayer is gonna be one of 8 things:

  1. YES
  2. NO
  3. MAYBE
  4. NOT RIGHT NOW
  5. I’LL THINK ABOUT IT/WE’LL SEE
  6. IF YOU EARN IT/WHAT WILL YOU BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE IN YOUR LIFE IF I DO THIS FOR YOU?
  7. IF X,Y, AND Z HAPPEN FIRST
  8. I DON’T KNOW/NO COMMENT/CAN’T GIVE A SUFFICIENT ANSWER RIGHT NOW

And sometimes, the Lord Jesus can later change his mind on his answer, depending on the extenuating circumstances. But for the most part, his answer is solid and we must learn to live with whatever answer he gives us.

Remember that what originally appears to be a downfall in our lives may later turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Case in point: I was always the “shy girl” that never really seemed to fit in with the “cool crowd” back in middle school and high school. But now, looking back, I feel FOREVER BLESSED that the Lord Jesus made me shy since it’s kept me out of trouble! Since I was never invited to any “parties”, I never got into the drug scene, smoking, sexual promiscuity or that sort’ve thing. In fact, it has helped me to remain more “pure” for my future husband someday! 🙂

And yes, at the time, it really hurt, not really fitting in with all the other “cool kids” and being made fun of and laughed at all the time for being so “shy” and “innocent” but looking back, I absolutely LOVE who I am today, and wouldn’t change it for anything in the world! 🙂 And I will be ETERNALLY grateful that he actually SPARED me from all from the “spiritual destruction” that goes on during “parties”, etc.

{{And true, I’m not perfect at all. Just like the rest of YOU on here (dear readers of this blog), I HAVE made some mistakes in life and have sinned from time to time in my life just like the rest of you. However, I can be rest assured in the fact that WITH the Lord Jesus Christ, anything is possible and that I’m more than capable of overcoming any and all sin(s) in my life. Hint: The easiest way to overcome greed is to donate to others less fortunate than us!}}

But getting back on the subject of unanswered prayers: there’s even an old country song with the lyrics: “sometimes I think God for unanswered prayers, just because he don’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care” and I think that pretty much says it all.

You can listen to the song here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsl_a3Cu4OQ

The answer we hear back from the Lord may not always be the answer we want to hear but it is an “answer”, nonetheless. And lets face it, sometimes no answer IS the answer. But in MY humble experience, no answer usually means “no” on the Lord’s part. We can beg and beg and beg the Lord for things/people. But in the end, only the Lord himself knows if that thing/those things/those people are actually right for us or not.

We draw from our own limited human (mostly sinful) understanding but the Lord Jesus Christ draws from his own spiritual understanding. We HAVE to remember that he’s already well-versed in space and time. He knows everything that’s already happened in our lives, what’s going on in our lives right NOW, and what WILL happen in our lives. And he knows way, way ahead of time what person/thing/things are going to be good for us and which ones aren’t. We just need to TRUST HIM!

Sometimes trusting the Lord Jesus Christ is hard. We look at those around us and think they have it made. But we have to remember: another person’s “success” has absolutely nothing to do with YOU! You are your own unique/distinct individual in the name of the Lord! And if anything, another person’s “success” should give you HOPE! Cause think about it: if it could happen for THEM, it could someday happen for YOU, am I right? 😉

You might think or feel that the Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t care about you sometimes (especially when it seems the Lord Jesus is already “too seemingly” busy providing for/blessing EVERYONE ELSE and not YOU!) But let me tell you something: He cares about you more than anything in the world! And he wants to have a true/deep spiritual relationship with you! But he can’t do that if you won’t let Him!

Ever had one of those days where you felt like the Lord Jesus Christ had forgotten about you, down here on this Earth? I’ve had one of those days most recently (in all honesty). And this is the first song that came on the car radio (and I got my answer); when I very first heard the introduction to the song, I knew I had heard the song once before at work when I was feeling “sad”, so I turned it up so I could hear it a bit better and here’s the answer I got from the Lord and trust me, I was in sentimental tears in SECONDS! lol 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAyfcO-X3k

Please note, however: while you may get the “impression” that the Lord above approves of all “pre-recorded music” and finds it “pleasing to His site”, let me assure of you of ONE thing: in all honestly, the good Lord’s not really much of a fan of “pre-recorded music” in and of itself! Why? Because to HIM, it’s fake, it’s too commercialized, it’s generic, and it’s not straight from the soul. Secondly, oftentimes, it doesn’t praise HIM, the Lord of all creation, the Lord who gave each and every single one of us LIFE! However, he can USE that same “pre-recorded music” from time to time to REACH PEOPLE with HIS holy, divine messages, as was the case with ME several times!

The Lord above (like it or not) knows us inside and out. He created each and every single one of us in our mother’s wombs. He likely knows our every single DNA cell BY NAME! (For if he knows every cosmic STAR by name, doesn’t it also stand to reason that He likely knows every single individual CELL by name, too?) And he also knows our personalities and our habits. He knows us human creatures can be quite stubborn at times!

He knows we want what we want when we want it (it’s human nature). Just like he knows that we human creatures sometimes “stubbornly” insist on listening to the car radio while driving to work (ahem….guilty, here) and when his “messages” don’t get through by OTHER means, (a Christian documentary, bible passages, messages said through a friend, a dream, etc.), he sometimes USES our own “devices” in order TO reach us with HIS holy, divine messages!

So essentially, it’s not the pre-recorded music he approves of in and of itself but the MESSAGES behind some of the music lyrics that he approves of and can use to communicate to people. He’s quite honestly used music to communicate his holy, divine messages to me more than once. Now, I know some stubborn soul(s) out there is/are going to see this post and say to his/herself: “hey, I heard a song about such and such sin today, that MUST mean the Lord approves of this!”

But the reality is, WHEN a certain song comes on the radio (and the Lord’s trying to communicate a holy, divine message to you), you will simply KNOW it, there will simply be NO DOUBT in your mind! And the message of the song will most definitely line up with the bible and ALL scripture! The song that the Lord used to communicate with me that day is scriptural……Hebrews 13:15 “ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee is what came to my mind immediately afterwards.

And take THIS SONG, for instance. “Silent Running” by Mike & the Mechanics. Even as a small child back in 1987-1988, I KNEW there was something *quite unique* about this song, though I couldn’t quite figure out at the time what it was. It was only most recently that I FINALLY figured out what the *significance* about this song IS/WAS! For more info., please read the following post that breaks apart the lyrics of this song and talks about the BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE of them!

https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/song-from-the-80s-hints-at-future-wwiii/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Jesus Christ & Salvation.

While some might write the fact off as “mere coincidence”, it’s still amazing that not even ONE person in the whole entire world since the time of Christ (that I’m aware of, anyways) has ever referred to Jesus as “the late Jesus Christ” and/or “the late, great Jesus Christ”. Wow….On the other hand, several atheists etc have mocked his name in the last few centuries or so.

But think about it. Why hate or mock or fear something that “doesn’t exist”? That would be the same as me going on a constant rant about the “flying sphagetti monster”. No archaeological evidence, historical evidence/eyewitness accounts, miracles, near-death experiences, actual documented demonic possession (according to psychiatrists, even), dreams/visions, fulfilled bible prophecy concerning the nation of Israel and Jesus, etc can be tied to the NON-EXISTENT “flying spaghetti monster” but yet, all those things can be tied back to Jesus Christ.

So personally, I think those people KNOW Jesus Christ exists, they just don’t want to admit it, since it would force them to acknowledge that heaven and hell and the afterlife exist and that God’s Judgment exists, which would then therefore force them to have to change their lives around, in order to receive forgiveness for their sins, etc.

Some of those self-proclaimed Atheists/Agnostics “hesitantly” admit that Jesus Christ is real, and say things like “well, a *loving* God won’t send someone to hell”. Well, again, not true…..Those poor folks haven’t read John 14:6 in which Jesus Christ said “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No-one comes to the Father except by Me”.

Or how about Matthew 7:13-14 which statesEnter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it”. 

Plus, lets not forget the passages in Revelation 20:12 & 20:15 in the New Testament! God gives some VERY dire warnings about all those who don’t put their faith, trust and love into Jesus Christ! So in short, ALL those who don’t put their faith, trust & love into Jesus Christ before they die will be cast into HELL and/or ETERNAL CONDEMNATION. For ETERNITY. And in hell and/or eternal condemnation, there are NO 2nd chances. NO. WAY. OUT. FOREVER. 

But the sad reality is that many “Christians” will end up eternally condemned, someday! (Yes. You heard me right. CHRISTIANS). “Why is that?”, you may wonder. And the number one reason is because today’s “Jesus” worshiped in the modern-day Christian churches is a NON-BIBLICAL/PAGAN ONE! In fact, I’ll even take it a step further, here. Today’s “Jesus” worshiped in the Christian churches is a COMPLETE MOCKERY of the true, BIBLICAL Jesus Christ in the bible!

For example:

Today’s modern “Jesus” worshiped in churches: 

  • is worshiped on SUNDAY, venerable worship day of the SUN
  • doesn’t have anything to do with the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts (Passover, Tabernacles, etc.)
  • is celebrated with “Paganized holidays” such as Christmas & Easter
  • seems to have no true “Jewish descent”

The true, BIBLICAL Jesus:

  • was known by his disciples and followers as God in the flesh, the one and only true Messiah
  • celebrated IN and was the EMBODIMENT of the Lord’s 7 Annual Feasts (Passover, Tabernacles, etc.)
  • came from a strong line of “Jewish descent” of King David from his mother’s side
  • was and is worshiped on the true, biblical 7th-day Sabbath, SATURDAY! (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown, remember that a Jewish day begins at sundown the night before!) 

And Jesus had SEVERAL things to say about people who worshiped him in vain! Including but not limited to:

“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from meMatthew 15:7-9

“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men” – Isaiah 29:13

The truth is that only a select “few” will receive Eternal Salvation by Jesus Christ Almighty. Because like Matthew 7:13-14 states, the path to life is NARROW. 

I’ve created this Youtube video in an attempt to produce a “visual study” of just what the passage in Matthew 7:13-14 really means! (And true, I wanted to include much more, but I could only fit so much in for a 20 minute video). 

Who Can Name The 10 Commandments?

I saw an episode of David Letterman or Jay Leno a few years back where he and his crew went out on the streets and asked people if they knew what the 10 commandments were. Most people could only name two of them and one person didn’t even know what the 10 commandments even were!

They then went on to ask about the 7 deadly sins and most people had never even heard of the 7 deadly sins, either (and I’ll admit that even “I” didn’t know about the 7 deadly sins until watching the movie “Seven”, starring Brad Pitt).

1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me (this includes movie stars, athletes, musicians, money, etc.)

2. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image (a carved image of Jesus Christ or a statue of the virgin Mary for example)

3. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain (saying “Jesus Christ” or “God” in any type of sentence that is NOT talking about God, including say “J!”, “J Christ!” or “God D-It!”)

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy (the actual Jewish Sabbath is Saturday and is from Friday sundown to Saturday sundown).

5. Honor thy mother and thy father (respect their advice, age and heritage)

6. Thou shalt not kill (that includes killing your self, since your body is supposed to be your “temple”, therefore, you mustn’t do anything to defile it).

7. Thou shalt not commit adultery (even to lust after someone is to commit adultery in your heart!)

8. Thou shalt not steal (even if it’s just 1 penny or something as simple as a paper clip, etc.!)

9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor (no lying, cheating on a test, etc.)

10. Thou shalt not covet anything that is thy neighbor’s (no envying of things/talents that belong to others)

The 7 Deadly Sins (evident in the Brad Pitt movie “Seven”):

1. Greed (think ENRON scandal or making ethanol fuel out of corn, when millions of people across the world are STARVING!)

2. Sloth (laying around, laziness, not doing anything for days on end)

3. Envy (wanting what others have: the ONLY exception is “righteous envy” is which a person wants to have more faith in God)

4. Gluttony (over-eating)

5. Pride (thinking our gifts in life – be it writing, painting, etc. are from ourselves and not God)

6. Lust (looking at someone in a sexual manner, outside of marriage)

7. Wrath (severe anger and/or hating God or hating someone in general without cause)

And in the following video, it would “seem” as though they are “having a party” at mocking the  7 deadly sins…….

And back in the day, the ancient Jewish people had over 600+ ordinances that they were expected to comply with (including Kosher dietary laws, temple laws & regulations, etc.) The 10 commandments were SEPARATE from the 600 or so “ordinances”. The 10 commandments were written by God himself and given to Moses on tablets while Moses was the one who wrote the 600+ ordinances, as ordained by God. And the 7 deadly sins are a summary of the sins addressed in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in the New Testament, book of Matthew, chapters 5 to 7.

Why Did God Allow “Sin” Into the World?

Many people ask why God even put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden to begin with, if he didn’t want Adam & Eve eating of the fruit from it. The answer is that he wanted to give them, like his angels in heaven, free will; the chance to CHOOSE to love him willfully, rather than to be their *dictator*, if you will….

It’s also a part of WHY he allowed sin to come into the world…….So people would have free will and could CHOOSE if they wanted to love God and follow LIFE/LIGHT (a life of obedience to God) or darkness/spiritual depravity (a life of disobedience to God). Think of parents and their children for example. Parents don’t FORCE their kids by sheer force to love them or be good 24/7. Yet, if their children are bad, they are punished. And if they are permanently bad beyond repair, and CHOOSE to be, the parents throw the kid out and disown them. So it is with God.

“So how DID sin come into the world?”, one might ask. 

In the beginning of time, in the Old Testament, in the bible [GENESIS 2:18-25 to GENESIS 3:1], we read about how “sin” came into the Earth. God made Adam from the dust of the ground and from one of Adam’s ribs, he made Eve. God said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree of fruit in the Garden of Eden (Paradise) except from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. God said that IF either of them ate the fruit of that Tree, that they would both surely die.

One day as Eve was near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, a serpent approached Eve and tempted her to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. He told Eve that God wanted to keep the best things away from her and Adam and that if her and Adam ate the fruit from the tree, that they surely wouldn’t die, only that they would have their eyes opened and be LIKE unto God, having the knowledge between Good and Evil. So Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam to eat, too. [GENESIS 3:4-6]

When God came through the Garden later that night and called “Adam, where art thou?”, Adam replied “I hid because I was naked and I was afraid”. God said to Adam: “why is thou naked? Hast thou eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of which I told you not to eat?” But immediately Adam tried to blame Eve by saying “the woman that thou hast given me, she gave me of the fruit and I ate”. Then God turned to Eve and said “what is this evil thing you have done?” and Eve replied “the serpent tricked me into eating the fruit and I ate”. [GENESIS 3:11-13]

Then God turned to the serpent and said “Because thou has done this, thou will be cursed of all domestic animals and of all wild beasts. Thou shall crawl on thy belly and eat dust all thou’s life. Also, I will put enmity [hatred] between you and the woman; also between your offspring and her offspring; he will crush your head and you will crush his heel”
[GENESIS 3:14-15]

To the woman (Eve) God said “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” [GENESIS 3:16]

To the man (Adam) God said “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you ‘You shall not eat of it’, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of you were taken and you are dust, and to dust you shall return” [GENESIS 3:16-19]

God threw them out from the Garden of Eden and put a flaming sword in every direction to guard the path to the tree of life. [GENESIS 3:24]

Later on, Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a sheppard while Cain was a tiller of the fields. One day, Cain brought an offering to God from the soil while Abel brought an offering from the firstlings of his flocks, especially from their fat portions. 

God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not Cain’s and so Cain became angry, with his face downcast. God said to Cain “Why is thou angry and why is thy face downcast? If thou does right, will there not be a lifting up? But if those misbehaves, sin is crouching at the door; its intention is towards you, and you must master it” [GENESIS 4:5].

Not much longer after that, the biblical account continues and we read in the bible of Cain “luring” his brother out into the field and then killing him, DUE to his total jealousy and rage that God accepted Abel’s offering to God on the altar of praise/thanksgiving but not Cain’s! God then later came back at Cain and said where is thy brother Abel?” to which Cain responded “I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?” to which God responded back “Cain, your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!……….”

God then proceeded to punish Cain by making him an outcast and a vegabond, etc., Cain cried out to God and said “my punishment is more than I can bear, every man seeing me will try to kill me, and thou hast driven me out from my people!” God then had a little “mercy” on Cain and placed a special mark on him so that whoever tried to kill him wouldn’t be successful in doing so, is sort’ve the jist I get from that. And Cain later moves on OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (and remember, this is very significant, here) and moves to land of Nod with his wife. [And yes: I believe God “spliced” more people from Cain and Seth on until he didn’t need to “splice” them anymore].

So that’s where the two accounts of “original sin” and “death” come in, as it pertains to the Earth (Eve, the first woman, eating of the forbidden fruit and then giving some to Adam to eat and then later on of Cain killing his brother Abel). And so it has been ever since (humans being sinners).

So what is sin, essentially? And why did God allow for it to come into the world?

Sin is technically classified as anything that *separates us from God*. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit God told them not to and when Cain killed his brother Abel…. not only were they condemning themselves to die (for if they had never sinned, they would’ve lived forever in Paradise with God), but they were also *separating themselves* from God since God is a holy, pure God and can not look upon any *sin*. And remember that NO human is perfect, save for God. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

Lets take a look at the 10 Commandments & other sins to get a good idea of what God calls “sin”:

10 Commandments:

1. Thou shall have no other gods before me. (This doesn’t just apply to “literal” gods other than Elohim {God, the Heavenly Father} but can also be things like money, music, alcohol, drugs, pornography, a celebrity or political leader or basically just ANYTHING that would conceivably make a person love something or someone else more than they love God!)

2. Thou shall not make unto thee any idols or graven images. (Similar to the 1st commandment, this is basically telling us not to worship paintings, pictures, statues, wood carvings, molded/wax images, celebrities [music, tv/movie/radio/internet/sports stars, authors, preachers, money, etc.]

3. Thou shall not take the name of thy Lord in vain. (It’s not just saying G-d it or “J!” or “J Christ!” that can get you in trouble with God but also things like “oh my G-d…”, or “oh G-d…” or “G-d that sucks” or “so help me G-d/G-d as my witness” [spoken in a non-religious context] or “G-d, you’re so rude” [when talking to another person and not God himself] or basically just any SENTENCE in general that uses God in a non-religious, non-humble way).

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. (Ancient BIBLICAL times place the Sabbath Day on Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) while CONSTANTINE was wishing to live in harmony with the Pagan Roman Empire, thus declaring the Sabbath Day to be Sun-Day, which Pagans used to worship the SUN, not THE SON of Almighty God! Therefore, Sun-day is a FALSE Sabbath and Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE, BIBLICAL SABBATH and is used to served as a SIGN of the “covenant” between God and his people!

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy, however, technically means to not do any work during the Day and to give the full day up to worship God and pray/praise Him for all he’s done for all of mankind and in one’s life, essentially. The 7th day Sabbath is not a “Jewish Sabbath” per say, but rather, it’s a BIBLICAL Sabbath to be observed by ALL of God’s people, not just SOME of God’s people! Cause afterall, think about it: why would the Lord God Almighty himself create in 6 days, then CONSECRATE and make holy the 7th day, only to ALLOW Constantine (a mere human MAN) to CHANGE his holy consecrated 7th day Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? Answer: He wouldn’t!!!!!!

5. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. (This means to not only respect one’s own parents but to love them unconditionally and respect their parental advice/ancestry/etc.)

6. Thou shall not kill. (Put simply, it means don’t murder other human beings or oneself, accept in cases of self-defense. Jesus said Matthew 5:22-25 that “whoever hates their brother/sister without cause has committed murder in their hearts”. But it can also mean don’t kill animals just for “sport”. This is seen as unclean in God’s eyes).

7. Thou shall not commit adultery. (This means not to have sexual relations with someone who’s married/engaged to someone else OR divorced…..because to remarry with a divorced person is seen as adultery in God’s eyes. And God says in Matthew 5:27-28 that when a man looks at a woman to lust after her or when a woman looks at a man to lust after him, they have committed adultery with that person in their hearts. However, if a spouse dies, then it’s okay to remarry and no sin of adultery has been committed). It also means not to have sex before marriage.

8. Thou shall not steal. (This can literally mean ANYTHING that belongs to someone else, even if it’s just a single penny, pen, piece of writing, etc.)

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (In short, don’t lie….no matter how hard it is to tell the truth…..for the Lord God Yahweh (God, the Heavenly Father) hates ALL lies, no matter how small they are and no matter WHAT the reason is. God doesn’t care. Sin is sin to him. He makes no distinction). In the special case of lying to protect one’s feelings, God STILL hates lying. The truth is ALWAYS the best, even if it hurts. It may hurt for awhile, yes, but God is a God of healing. He can heal that person’s hurt. It’s better for a person to know the truth now, rather than to find out the truth later. The truth will hurt SO much more when and if it’s delayed.

10. Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbors. (In short, it just simply means don’t be jealous/envious of things/talents/people that belong to someone else. Unless you want to have something like *more faith*. That is the ONLY type of jealousy that I can personally conceive in my mind as being considered as *righteous jealousy* in God’s eyes. All other jealousies or “I wish I had what so and so has” is un-righteousness and sinful.

The only exception I can think of to this would be if someone *lets* another have what they have or once had. Then it’s technically not coveting/envying on that person’s part….? Although the Lord still might not totally like the fact that person A WANTED so badly what belonged to person B, initially……(ESPECIALLY if the “thing” in question was NOT a *righteous thing* such as “more faith”, etc.)……EVEN if person B actually GAVE what they have/had to person A……so be careful, folks! If you’re gonna be “jealous” of anything at all towards anyone, make sure it’s a 100% RIGHTEOUS JEALOUSY such as “Lord, give me more faith like THIS person has” or “Lord, give me the type of faith that King David had!” 😉

Other sins:

1. Sloth – being lazy, doing nothing, laying in bed all day
2. Greed – not giving to the poor or helping others in need, only thinking of one self
3. Pride – putting oneself above others and above God
4. Anger/Wrath – holding grudges/having severe hatred for someone
5. Gluttony – overeating or more than is necessary for one meal

But the truth is, NOBODY is perfect and we are ALL going to fall short of the mark, on these. And God knew that ahead of time. That’s why he made Jesus Christ pay the “penalty” for mankind’s sins on the Cross. So that “through” Jesus Christ, we may believe and our souls may become “clean” in God’s site. For God is a holy, pure God and can’t let any “unforgiven sin” into paradise/the earthly heavenly realm talked about in Revelation chapter 21-22.

However, if we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord & Savior of mankind, pray for forgiveness of our sins, repent of our sins, become IMMEDIATELY full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ upon VERY FIRST believing in him (because remember that the people in Jesus’s time got immediately baptized with little or no delay after very first believing in him — which no doubt made their baptism all the more powerful & life-changing), and then CONTINUE to live our lives for Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty by APPLYING HIS mandates/commands to OUR everyday lives, we are “made clean” in God’s eyes! We are then forgiven for all of our sins and can enter His Eternal City called “New Jerusalem” [Revelation, chapters 21-22], someday! 😉 

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:16]

Jesus Christ Is The ONLY THING That Satisfies!

With the world being so “crazy” today, many people are searching for answers. They feel empty inside and are trying to search for the one thing or things or people that they think will make them feel “complete” or “happy” in life. Many famous music and movie stars turn to things such as money, publicity stunts, religions like Scientology or Kabbalah (a form of Jewish Mysticism) to try to fill that “empty hole” in their lives. Other people turn to alcohol/partying, sex or drugs. Yet others find themselves turning to food, entertainment (music, movies, books, television, videgogames, etc.) or “new age spirituality” for comfort.

But they are overlooking one simple thing. Jesus Christ is the ONLY thing that satisfies and makes one feel “complete”! (That is, when one fully gives themselves over to Jesus Christ and surrenders their life and heart to Him!)

I know it sounds clique but it’s true.

God is the one who created us, who knew us before we were born, who knows our future and of whom can even count the numbers of hairs on our head.

Therefore, he knows each and every single one of personally (personality traits and all) and knows what’s best for us. His divine love satisfies better than ANY amount of money, sex, drugs, food, partying, entertainment or “new age spirituality” EVER could!

So for those people out there in the world who have resisted Jesus Christ/God, turned their back on Him, or don’t believe in Him, give God a chance. Get to know Jesus Christ today. Jesus Christ loves EVERYONE, regardless of race, gender, culture & no matter WHAT they’ve done so far in life! (There is NO hidden catch! God’s love is FREE to all who accept it!) God loves you, each and every single one of you and He wants to get to know you!

However, Jesus Christ can not help a person that REFUSES to get help, REFUSES to believe in him, REFUSES to have faith & trust in him, REFUSES to repent/give up their sins. Jesus Christ (at Judgement Day) will judge ALL those who turned their backs on him while they were living or those that “profused” to believed in him but followed their OWN ways, instead of God’s ways.

However, if you cry out to Jesus Christ in prayer (& mean the prayer with all your soul, all your mind, and all your heart & all your strength & BELIEVE that he has the power to help you/save you for eternity), He WILL change your life for the better, if you ask Him to! He WILL cleanse you from all sin & “negative baggage” and allow his Holy Spirit to bring peace & joy over your spirit and in your life! Peace & joy that you’ve never known before!

So, you may think that you “gave God” a chance once and that you didn’t feel Him working in your life, but let me ask you this. Have you TRULY given God a chance? Did you TRULY surrender your heart and your life to Him and lay all your hopes/dreams/worries at his feet?

It doesn’t matter WHAT you’ve done in your life so far, God’s love is free & accessible to ALL who desire it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve killed 5 people or 50 people. It doesn’t matter if you’ve robbed a bank or dealt drugs. It doesn’t matter if you were once involved with or even currently involved in porn. It doesn’t matter if you’re a man who walked out on your wife/ex-wife and kids & hadn’t made child support payments in a long time or if you’re a mother who abandoned your kids and/or your husband. It doesn’t matter if you once stole a huge sum of items from the mall or the grocery store or if you used to mercilessly bully someone while you were in grade-school, middle school or high-school.

Jesus Christ LOVES you and he wants to give you a 2nd chance in life! He wants to renew your mind, heart, body and spirit and make you a new creature and give you a brand new life in him! 😉 He can take what’s UNRIGHTEOUS in a person and make them RIGHTEOUS! But they have to want it. They have to feel SO much REMORSE over what they’ve done in life so far, that they’d be willing to do almost anything to change it. And that’s where Jesus Christ comes in. Once a person BELIEVES in him, CALLS OUT to him in prayer, REPENTS of their sins and then GETS FULL-WATER-IMMERSION-BAPTIZED in his great heavenly name, they are MADE NEW in his site! 😉

See, that’s just the thing. Jesus Christ died on the cross over 1976+ years ago at the Place of Golgotha so that you and I and all of mankind could be forgiven of all our sins. ALL of our sins. Not just SOME of them, but ALL of them. And many people today are even WANTING a 2nd chance in life and WANTING to start on a fresh, clean slate, as it were. I can’t tell you HOW many times I’ve heard people say or mention on forum boards online that they wish they could “do life all over again”. Well, with Jesus Christ, you CAN start your life all over again and live a brand new life! And like I said, it doesn’t matter WHAT you’ve done in life so far, who you are, where you came from. Jesus’s FREE gift of salvation/forgiveness of sins and everlasting life is open to ALL who accept him, trust/believe in him, get baptized in his name and consequently, live their lives for him.

Jesus was crucified, then later taken down and placed into a tomb by Joseph of Ariamathea, etc. The Romans placed guards outside the tomb and placed a heavy stone in front of it so that no man could steal the body. Three days later, Jesus was resurrected from the dead, just like he said he’d be, and the heavy stone had been rolled away. His linen cloths were laying there where his body once was but Jesus’s body was no longer in the tomb. And then he appeared (with the marks through his hands and feet) to his apostles, etc. And 40 days after that, he ascended up to heaven to be on the right hand side of God, the Almighty Heavenly Father and there are even NON-CHRISTIAN historical accounts of this!

http://factreal.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/jesus-resurrection-proven-by-early-non-christian-writers/

Jesus Christ is 100% real, people! I’ve seen him with my own two eyes during a near-death experience when I was around age 2 or so. His voice has the ability to shake the Earth and the waters. Plus he also showed me the holes in both his wrists and near the tops of his feet.

Therefore, it stands to reason. If Jesus Christ is real (and I KNOW for 100% fact he’s real, so help me God, so help my spirit!), then Satan is real. And if Satan is real, then hell is real. And if hell is real…………well, you get the picture.

Notice the people around you. Examine real closely how they’re living their lives. And slowly over time, you will start to see that the people that “claim” they believe in God but don’t want to live their lives for him/serve him and the people who are nonbelievers or believers of false religions seem “lost”. You can see it in their eyes. They act all happy on outside but you can tell that deep, deep down inside, they are restless, never happy, never satisfied but they can’t fully figure out why. So they try the partying thing, the New Age thing, etc. and you will notice that they STILL aren’t satisfied and again, they STILL can’t figure out why. Just look at all the music and movie stars that are burned out, on drugs, alcoholics, etc. Fame and fortune most certainly has its price. And it’s not JUST the “living under the microscope” price, but rather, an EVEN MORE heftier price than THAT……rather, an eternal price!!!!!!!

Many of them even tried selling their soul to the devil in exchange for money and fame. But ya know what? Even then, there’s still hope for some of those poor people, as the following case demonstrates:

Unfortunately, some celebrities aren’t so lucky……..they don’t realize that Satan’s the great deceiver who actually HATES them and ALL of humanity……and that he never permanently upholds his end of the deal……..and many of them buy into the lie “well, I’ve sold my soul to devil, that’s it, there’s no more hope for me”. False! There IS hope for them. And that hope is the Lord Jesus Christ. If they humbly and SINCERELY come to Jesus Christ in prayer, and seek to UNDO the “soul selling to devil”, then I believe that the Lord will forgive them. I have no reason to believe otherwise. For our souls aren’t even ours to begin with, for they belong to God and God alone and it’s Jesus Christ who will decide where each soul spends eternity, NOT Satan!

Sadly, many celebrities and non-celebrities alike die without the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and are placed in hell immediately upon their deaths. And for them, THE MOST painful revelation in hell is the fact that they COULD’VE avoided all that eternal pain and suffering had they submitted themselves and their lives and hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ before it was too late (meaning, before they passed away and died in their earthly mortal lives). Cause afterall, the gifts of salvation/forgiveness of sins and eternal life are FREE to all who accept/trust/serve Jesus Christ.

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” – Mark 8:36 (book of Mark, chapter 8, verse 36)

Why Will God Do Or Not Do Something?

Many people, over the course of their lifetimes, have asked themselves why God WON’T do certain things. Questions like “why didn’t God cure this little boy’s cancer?” or “why did God allow for such n’ such to happen in this person’s life?”

But when we ask questions such as these….. a) we are limiting God’s power b) we are trying to make God work on OUR terms, instead of his own and c) we have “half-hearted” faith in our hearts when we ask such things!

The first answer to the question “why DIDN’T God do such n’ such?” or “why DID God do such n’ such?” has to do with our own personal understanding (or LACK of it, for that matter) of him and his true nature. God is a Sovereign God, first of all. He doesn’t work on OUR terms, but rather his OWN terms. We didn’t create HIM, HE created US!

And because God is a Sovereign God and not a “okay-peeps-whatever-you-say-yo!” type of God, He goes by his own divine plans and own divine reasoning. God’s plan is like a wind-up toy. It’s already been set in motion and it’s not gonna ever change. Once the wind-up toy is set to unwind, it’s gonna unwind exactly and according to “plan”.

So, going back to our first 2 theoretical examples up above……..God didn’t cure the little boy of cancer because it was just the boy’s time to go. God wanted the little boy to be with him in eternal paradise. As for why God ALLOWS certain things to happen? That’s a two-part answer.

First of all, God allows things TO happen in order to show us that he is God and that our lives are NOT in our own hands. The 2nd reason God allows things to happen is for spiritual growth. I know it sounds clique but think about it. When we have everything going on in our lives (great friends, great job, great house, lots of money, great car(s), etc.) we, in our own human vanity, have a tendency to think that we don’t need ANYTHING or ANYONE (God, especially!) and that we somehow got to that great point of success “by our own hand” and not by God’s.

So we neglect God and put him on the back burner or don’t acknowledge him at all for our “gifts, talents, monetary success”. So God then gives us suffering as a way to draw us back closer to Him again, to make us realize how much we truly need him in our lives! (And when God creates suffering for TRUE Christians, it’s so we WON’T take his goodness for granted and so we will CONTINUE to draw forever closer to him in prayer and in spirit!)

There are some people out there in the world today asking why God won’t heal certain conditions. And yet others who say “if God gives this person his hand/etc. back, THEN I’ll believe”.

The people during Jesus’s time felt/asked many of these same questions as well and Jesus responded with “how many more signs must you see, in order to believe?” [believe that he is the Son of God, that is]? The point I’m trying to make is that if several people ask God to do something (that by OUR standards seems totally impossible), and he does it, then all the people who’ve witnessed the event will think that God can be easily manipulated into working on our terms, instead of his own. They will ONLY believe because they have seen an event, and not because they had a true desire in their hearts to truly get to know God.

[[[[Jesus addressed that very issue in John 20:29 (book of John, chapter 20, verse 29)
Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”]]]]

And if God doesn’t do it, then people get all mad at him, not understanding that maybe he has a divine purpose for it. Maybe he has a special plan for that person (as in the case of the following guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXlCeKBWfaA

or perhaps God plans to do the “unthinkable miracles” in the near future, so that people may believe. But if/when he did perform an “unthinkable miracle”, you’d still have those people out there that would try to say it was anything but God that did it. So please keep that in mind.

The truth is, God has “already” given mankind lots of signs and wonders to show that He is God. First of all, we have the Holy Bible (which biblical archaeology is proving to be true, as the days go by). Several things talked about in the bible have already been found. Then there’s the fact that 324 Messianic prophecies from the Old Testament were *fulfilled* by Jesus Christ in the New Testament.

The statistical chances of even just ONE man fulfilling only 48 of these prophecies is 1 in 10[ ]: that’s 1 followed by 157 0’s after it! And then you have the Shroud of Turin (highly believed to be Jesus’s official burial cloth), next to people’s Near-Death experience accounts of Jesus, the non-Christian historical accounts of Jesus’s crucifixion, resurrection and consequent ascension into heaven, etc. [http://factreal.wordpress.com/2013/03/29/jesus-resurrection-proven-by-early-non-christian-writers/]

Not to mention that fulfilled bible prophecy is actually HOW God proves he is who he says he is (the creator and maker of it all), and that the bible is what it says IT is (a true written testimony of the Word of God — the Word of God being Jesus Christ himself). And anyone who has studied astronomy, physics, cell genetics, etc. IN DETAIL has no doubt of the total “complexity” of such things. In fact, even Charles Darwin himself is noted as saying something along the lines of “if no intermediate fossils are found, then my theory if false”. (Intermediate fossils have NOT been found to date and the ones that “claimed” they discovered an intermediate fossil were quickly proven as liars and frauds.

http://www.gotquestions.org/missing-link.html

http://scienceagainstevolution.info/v13i8f.htm

http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/scientific-american-quietly-disowns-ida-missing-link-fossil/

He also said something along the lines of “if a complex organ can be found in simple organisms, then my theory is false”. Well, welcome to the complexity of the human eye, etc.

http://www.darwinismrefuted.com/irreducible_complexity_02.html

But in conclusion, I would like to share with you guys a story. A story about a man who kept asking God “why did you make me born this way?” and finally got his answer about his goal, mission and purpose in life. It is TRULY remarkable and TRULY inspiring!

http://christlikenature.blogspot.com/2009/08/life-without-limbs.html
Nick’s Journey with God – TRULY INSPIRING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.lifewitihoutlimbs.org
Nick’s story of speaking to the people in India about his ordeal, etc.