Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Who Was Jesus to Say What Marriage Is?

I'm sure that many non Christians have asked this question. They believe he was merely a good teacher or a prophet. What many people refuse to believe is that he was, is , and always will be a part of the Trinity.

Furthermore, Jesus was with, and in, God when Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by fire. He was there when Israel suffered its many punishments from God. And Christ was there when Adam and Eve were created in the first place. Christ was co-author with God and the Holy Spirit of Leviticus and all the other Bible books. So trying to separate Christ from the supposedly vengeful God of the Old Testament doesn't work.

If, as some might argue, Jesus has a different opinion of homosexuality than God and the Holy Spirit, the universe would implode. Where there is disagreement, chaos ensues. Discord in the Trinity would cause this project called creation to disintegrate since God holds it all together.

Furthermore, the Bible isn't a haphazard collection of writings but one continuous story told through many centuries by at least forty people. It's amazingly consistent in its theme and morality. Though these people were from different times and cultures, they were moved by the Holy Spirit to write the eternal message which the Trinity composed.

Therefore, whatever the Bible says is true. Context also must be considered since some of God's commandments, such as eating certain foods or wearing certain clothes, need to be considered as just for those folks at that time. The moral teachings are eternal and cannot be changed by the wicked whims of human beings.

I'll be writing in depth on Bible inerrancy and accuracy in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven?
My heartfelt thanks go to Voddie Baucham for his indirect help in this matter.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Did Christ Ever Mention Homosexuality?

As I pointed out in my last post, homosexuality isn't an innate trait but a sin which God considers an abomination. Moreover, homosexual activists claim that Christ never once mentioned homosexuality so how can we then condemn it? They don't realize that he indirectly condemned it in Matthew chapter five and chapter nineteen.

So, how did he condemn it? Jesus quoted Genesis 2:24 (KJV)which plainly states, "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh." This excludes anything which isn't the wedding of one man to one woman for one lifetime.

The purpose of marriage is for procreation, illustration, and sanctification. Procreation means birthing and raising children. Illustration means the image of Christ to his church being his bride. Sanctification means the growing of the couple toward being like Christ in their behaviour.

Moreover, God is the author of marriage, not humanity. Just as there are fake diamonds which sparkle like the real thing, they're worthless unless they were made by God through his creation. Even lab-grown diamonds aren't worth much because they aren't the priceless gems which God created.

In this way, God is the author of marriage. In fact, we can liken it to a story written by an author and registered with the Library of Congress. Authors, and companies, take great umbrage when their works are pirated.

I remember a CB friend of mine who wanted to be called Jiminy Cricket. He even used the Disney drawing on his QSL cards,. Those are postcards which CB and amateur radio folks use to confirm that they spoke to one another on air. Disney heard of this piracy and threatened the man with a law suit. So he dropped his use of the company's image and name.

God is like that but much more powerful than any human-made corporation. This is why anything which isn't one-man-one-woman marriage is a hijacking of his institution.

I'll be writing more on this subject in my next book, You Think You're Going to Heaven?
Thanks to Voddie Baucham for the information I gleaned for this and future posts.

Bruce Atchison, marriage, Genesis 2:24, fake diamonds, Disney, Jiminy Cricket, Voddie Baucham, QSL cards

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Is Homosexuality Inherited?

Now that I've opened the discussion of inherited sin, some folks might say that homosexuality and transgenderism are innate traits which are on par with physical attributes. If this is true, does it mean that homosexual and transgendered people can still be Christians?

According to the Bible, sinful behaviours are wrong and steadfast persistence in such conduct is an abomination. Leviticus 18:22 (KJV) clearly states, "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination."

Some people might say that we're being choosy about the scriptures. They point out verses such as Leviticus 11:12 (KJV) which says, "Whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you."

But aren't those folks being choosy themselves? There are six verses in the Bible about homosexuality but thousands about marriage. In fact, marriage is the standard upheld by all societies in the past, not just our western culture. Look at what Jesus himself, speaking to the religious leaders of his day, said about the matter in Matthew 19:5-6 (KJV) "And said, 'For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.'" This is a direct quote of Genesis 2:24.

By their own hypocritical selectivity of "clobber" scriptures, homosexual activists condemn themselves as being choosy as well as hypocritical.

I'll be writing more about the contradiction of the "homosexual Christian" in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? 

 My thanks go to Voddie Baucham for inspiring me and informing all of us believers in Christ on this topic.

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Does God Excuse Inherited Sin?

Returning to the topic of dead babies, I need to explain that inherited sin isn't excused by God. David was correct when he wrote in Psalm 51:5 (KJV), "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me." Therefore, we all inherited the sentence of death promised by God to Adam in Genesis chapter three.

Even so, God hates sin but he loves sinners. We know that from Romans 6:23 (KJV) which says, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." This applies to us but what of those who can't even form the words and intention to repent?

We all understand that 1 Corinthians 15:22 (KJV) states, "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." This includes infants who died inside and out of the womb.

Jesus especially loved babies and young children. Look at what is written in Luke 18:15 (KJV), "And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them." Our Lord also likened new believers as babes. This is because infants are helpless and they can't even speak.

But what of Adam's sin which we all inherited? Jeremiah 1:5 (KJV)says, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations." How then can God sanctify an infant in the womb if that person is an unforgiven sinner who can't repent?

I'll be delving much deeper into this subject in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven. This topic is germane to my book's topic as it concerns one's eternal destiny. After all, God would be a monster if he condemned people for being born sinful but without the ability to seek forgiveness.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

How Was Canonicity Determined?

Having dealt with the matter of where infants end up when they die or are murdered by being aborted, some folks might ask how I know the books of the Bible are the genuine Word of God. Canonicity is the science of determining which books are actual God-breathed scriptures. Here are the factors which compilers of the Bible used to choose the New Testament books.

Firstly, the manuscripts must be either by somebody who was with Christ during his earthly sojourn or a close associate of that person. John and Matthew were Christ's disciples, as was Peter. Others, such as Mark, Luke, and James were friends of Jesus' apostles.

Secondly, the writings had to agree with what Christ and his apostles preached. During the second and third centuries A.D., people began writing down their own ideas and passing them off as the manuscripts of Barnabas, Judas, Thomas, and other disciples. Not only were these writings too recent for Canonicity but they disagreed with what Christ said.

Since "canon" means measuring stick, the composition of these books were recognized by their style. The best example of a different writing style from the original author is in Mark chapter sixteen, from verse nine to twenty. Mark apparently received his account from Peter and wrote it in a brief and breathless style. Notice how the eleven final verses are so different in character from the rest of the gospel. What they teach is true but somebody obviously tacked them onto the gospel of Mark.

I could write more on this topic but it would become rather boring for most readers. Suffice it to say that the Bible books weren't altered at any time by a central ecclesiastical authority but have been recovered from many copies which circulated at the time.

I'll be dealing in depth on this subject in my next book which I call You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to know that God's Word hasn't been tampered with but is an exact autograph of what was written during its history.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

What About Purgatory and Limbo?

In my previous post, I wrote about the destination of dead infant souls. Some folks might object that either purgatory or limbo is where those spirits go. Does the Word of God really teach those doctrines?

When people compiled all the sacred writings into one book, The Bible, they used rules of canonicity. That means that every book had to adhere to a certain standard before it could be included in the Bible. I'll deal with this further in my next post.

Meanwhile, I need to explain that the seven apocryphal books in the Catholic Bible don't meet the canonical standards. They were written between Malachi, the last book in the Old Testament and Matthew in the New Testament. These cover the doings in Israel but aren't part of the cannon of scripture as determined by the Reformers.

Nowhere in the sixty-six canonical books of Scripture does purgatory or any sort of holding area appear. As the Apostle Paul plainly stated in 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV), "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

Furthermore, Paul knew that he would be immediately with Christ at his death. As he wrote in Philippians 1:23 (KJV), "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:"

And what is the fate of sinners? The parable of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke chapter sixteen shows that the rich man went to hell and Lazarus went to be with Abraham. There was no spiritual waiting room mentioned. Neither can we buy people out of this unbiblical holding cell. That is a man-made doctrine and foreign to what the Bible declares.

In my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven?, I intend to explain in depth about the instantaneous transportation of our spirits to hell or heaven. The Bible, which we must consult in all matters of doctrine, is our measuring rod and all things must be compared with what  it says.

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Where Do the Souls of Dead Babies Go?

Since I wrote about the genuineness of Christianity, I feel equipped from Holy Scripture to state where the souls of departed infants go. I know this is an emotional question but please bear with me as I explain what I've found out about this from the Bible, the only source that matters.

We need firstly to understand that all souls belong to God and he does what he wants. As Ezekiel 18:4 )KJV) states, "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die."

Furthermore, each person is culpable for their own wilful sins.
Ezekiel 18:20 (KJV) plainly states, "The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him."

As I study the scriptures, I find that there are two types of sin. The first is inherited from Adam and the punishment of it is death. We all die as a result of Adam's transgression. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:22 )KJV), "For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive."

The second type of sin is wilful rebellion. We all know what that is so I need not go into it here. This is the sin which we must repent of.

Since all humanity is infected with the sin virus and all die, the death of babies is the payment for that sin of Adam. Furthermore, infants can't know good from evil so they are able to enter God's heaven.

This is one thorny subject which I plan on tackling in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to realize that there is no neutrality. Either you are the child of Christ or of Satan. That's just the way it is.