Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Error of Praying to Saints

I realize that this will upset Catholics but there is no biblical requirement for believers to pray to the saints. If there was, I would do so. Here, from the Bible, is who we must pray to.

Jesus himself told  his disciples to whom we must pray in John 16:23 (KJV). "And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you."

Jesus also told his disciples, and us as well who follow him, in Matthew 6:6 (KJV) how to pray. "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

We can also see that we pray for saints, not to them, in 2 Timothy 1:3 (KJV). "I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;"

In the Old Testament, we see that it's God who grants our requests, not saints and prophets. Psalms 20:5 (KJV) says, "We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions."

The New Testament says in 1 John 5:15 (KJV), "And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him."

But Catholics believe that God and Christ are too busy to hear from us mere mortals. That isn't so because Jesus told us to ask our heavenly Father for whatsoever we need.  The only mediator we need is Jesus. As Paul pointed out in 1 Timothy 2:5 (KJV), "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;"

I plan to point this out in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Saints can't save us and neither can Mary be our go-between. Sadly, the human traditions of the fathers still damn seekers to hell and close the door of the Kingdom to people.

Monday, 16 April 2018

The Pantheistic Error

Pantheism is the belief that God is in everything and everything is God. But we see in Scripture that he is above and outside of his creation.

For example, how could God move upon the waters and be in them too? Genesis 1:2 (KJV) clearly says, "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."

And if God is in us all, how could this be? Deuteronomy 4:7 (KJV) quotes Moses as saying, "For what nation is there so great, who hath God so nigh unto them, as the LORD our God is in all things that we call upon him for?"

The phrase, "in all things," doesn't mean that God is in everything but that he arranged all the events and heard all the requests of his people.

Moses also said he is near, not in, his people in that instance. The only way God is in people is through the Holy Spirit which not everybody has.
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And can God be contained in this universe? Solomon said in 1 Kings 8:27 (KJV), at the temple dedication, "But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?"

But some pantheists might quote Ephesians 4:10 (KJV) which says, "He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)"

The phrase, fill all things," doesn't indicate that Christ will be in every atom of creation but that everything will be put under his rule. Look at the context and it becomes obvious what the verse actually means.

The tragic truth is that wrong doctrines are always infiltrating the church. That's why I feel compelled to write my book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Satan sabotages the Lord's churches in order to turn people from the narrow way. I hope to prevent as many people as I can from straying into malicious lies.

Saturday, 14 April 2018

Saturday Song: Aqua Fragile, "Mass Media Stars"

Never before has humanity had so few people influencing so many. Through mass media outlets, we receive all our news andopinions. Advertising also shapes us, creating cravings for products we didn't know we needed.

One album which I never knew I needed was Aqua Fragile's album called Mass Media Stars. But instead of hearing this Italian band's songs on my local radio station, I discovered their record at the public library. The song I loved the most is the title track.

Listen to "Mass Media Stars" here.

Back in the first century A.D., there was no mass media. Even so, word-of-mouth spread rumors and gossip quickly. That's why Christ asked his disciples an important question. Matthew 16:13-17 says, "   Now when Jesus had come into the parts of Caesarea Philippi, he said, questioning his disciples, 'Who do men say that the Son of man is?' And they said, 'Some say, John the Baptist; some, Elijah; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.' He says to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' And Simon Peter made answer and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' And Jesus made answer and said to him, 'A blessing on you, Simon Bar-jonah: because this knowledge has not come to you from flesh and blood, but from my Father in heaven.'"

Christ was pleased that Simon Peter spoke inspired words. Those are the only ones we ought to heed. Since the Bible is "god breathed," it's the most authoritative communication in human history. Therefore, we can base our lives upon what God has said.

So, what do you think of this song and what I've written? Please feel free to leave me your reply.

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Does AntiTrinitarianism Damn Folks?

s it a sin to believe that the Trinity doesn't exist? After all, non Trinitarians say they believe in Christ.

One point to ponder is this: why did Jesus tell his disciples to believe in him as well as God? John 14:1 (KJV)quotes him as saying, "Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me."

The word "also" indicates duality of persons. If God were a modal being who manifested himself in three different kinds of being, why would he ask people to believe in him twice? It doesn't make sense.

And why did Jesus keep saying that his disciples should pray to the Father if he was formerly the father. As Mr. Spock would say, That's highly illogical."

Believing in Christ is obvious from Scripture. It's a far cry from believing about him or just liking his teachings. Believing means trusting in him to be one's God and saviour. As Paul pointed out in Romans 10:14 (KJV), regarding the gospel, "How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?"

We can see from Christ's baptism that all three members of the Trinity were there. Therefore, believing in a modalistic God is illogical.

Neither was Christ a created being, as Jehovah's Witnesses believe. So believing this doctrine is believing a lie since the Bible is true.

We can see by what Jesus said that lies belong to the Devil. He told the Pharisees, those supposed to be teaching truth to their followers, in John 8:44 (KJV) that, "Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it."

Believing in, or on, the name of Jesus means having total trust in his ability as God and saviour to provide one's imputed righteousness. Trusting in one's own righteousness is therefore unacceptable. As 1 John 5:13 (KJV) says, "These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."

I conclude from all this that non Trinitarians don't give credit to Christ as the saviour and son of God who is co-existent with the Father and the Holy Spirit. But there might be those in their churches who love Christ and sincerely gave their hearts to him. Only God knows who they are. I pray they find out that antitrinitarianism is a lie and they'll adopt the truth.

I also hope my next book will help people learn the truth. It's called You Think You're Going to Heaven? God hates lies because they damn people to hell. He loves humanity and wants everybody to be saved from that awful fate. But he lets people choose between himself and Satan. I hope he uses my writing to save somebody from that horrid place.

Monday, 9 April 2018

The Swoon Theory Error

Some liberal theologians still believe in the swoon theory. According to them, Christ just fainted on the cross. In the coolness of the tomb, they claim he revived and escaped. I've heard that there are people who figure he went to India and lived out his life there.

The Bible is quite clear about Christ dying on the cross. First of all, he underwent severe torture. Matthew 27:26 (KJV) records, "Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified."

In those days, they used whips with bits of sharp bone and mettle embedded in them. Those objects ripped away flesh from the victim. People died from such scourging due to blood loss. It's a miracle Jesus didn't perish.

Furthermore, crucifixion is the most brutal method of execution. The victim has to push up on his or her impaled feet to get a breath. Muscle spasms and cramps added to the torture. Victims often lived for a few days in this agonizing condition. And Christ's gashed body rubbed up against the splintery wood of the cross, adding to his agony.

The proof which explodes the swoon theory is in John 19:34 (KJV). "But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water."

The Roman soldiers were experts in killing people. They wouldn't be fooled by an unconscious victim. And the blood and water coming out of the Lord's side proves that the spear went into his heart which had stopped beating. No one would survive that.

In Matthew 27:60 (KJV),  Joseph of Arimathaea took Christ's body , "And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed."

Adding to the exploding of the swoon theory is that Christ couldn't have rolled the stone away from the tomb's mouth by himself. So how did he exit it? Matthew 28:2 (KJV)says, "And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it."

Additionally, the Roman soldiers would have been executed for sleeping on duty. The Pharisees paid them a large amount of money and instructed them, as Matthew 28:13 (KJV) records, "Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept."

Whole books have been written about Christ's crucifixion and resurrection. I won't reinvent the wheel, so to speak, but I'll add this post to my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People, especially intellectuals, refuse to believe the eye witness evidence provided in Holy Scripture so they invent excuses to salve their guilty consciences.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Saturday Song: Albert Hammond, The Free Electric Band

This song was a hit in the spring of 1973. It's about how people expect us to do what they planned but we desire to do what we feel passionate about. Though I enjoyed the song, one line made me feel uncomfortable.

Because I had heard about how atheistic universities had become, even back then, the line about analysing a woman's mind for "deep-rooted attitudes and morals," gave me an uneasy feeling. I never liked being scrutinized by fully-sighted folks and I disliked the thought of others suffering the same fate.

Here Albert Hammond's song here.

This is one unfortunate aspect of being human. Anybody who is different in some way becomes an unwelcome problem to groups sharing similarities. Skin colour is one division in human society. So are languages, religions, genders, and disabilities.

I'm glad that Christianity includes anybody of any ethnic background or other superficial differences. It isn't a "white man's religion" as some people think and neither is it only for westerners.

Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 3:28 (KJV) regarding artificial divisions. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

This is why I love Christians no matter where they live. We're all adoptees in the family of Christ. What a privilege!

If you'd like to comment on this song and what I wrote, please feel free to do so. And if not, have a wonderful weekend anyway.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

The Soul Sleep Error

Believe it or not, some churches teach that faithful Christians don't go directly to heaven but sleep in the grave. Some Bible verses seem to teach that doctrine.

One verse which seems to say that our soul sleeps is Daniel 12:2 (KJV) which says, "And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."

What these preachers of soul sleep don't realize is that sleep is a metaphor for death. We see this clearly explained in John 11:11-15 (KJV). "These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, 'Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.' Then said his disciples, 'Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.' Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, 'Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.'"

The Apostle Paul wrote that we don't sleep but our spiritual selves are awake in heaven. 2 Corinthians 5:8 (KJV) says, "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."

Furthermore, John saw in his vision on the isle of Patmos that believers are in heaven under God's throne. Revelation 6:9-11 (KJV) plainly shows this to be true. "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, 'How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?' And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled."

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

These verses alone show that we don't become unconscious but we go to be with the Lord at death.  Martyrs throughout the church's history have held onto this blessed hope. They never felt that they'd just go to sleep like the soul sleep believers think.

I'll be writing more about our eternal destination in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Since there's no "do over" when we die, each one of us must make sure we'll be in the presence of Christ forever. Otherwise, the only other destination for us is hell.