When People Cheat we must Tax Sin

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This is not an Ideal World

Ever since Adam and Eve sinned and were cast out of the Garden of Eden life for humans has not been easy: we have great capabilities in intelligence, skills and adaptability but use our free will for evil as well as good. Some times we find ourselves stuck in paradoxes and even the best of us can only guess at a solution to a problem.

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Yes, if all people were obedient to GOD all would be much better here and now.  Yet, even if only all Christians were perfectly obedient to Christian Ideals unsaved nonbelievers would still need some kind of help in order to live in this world successfully, as we strive to lead them to The Lord.

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There Just are not Enough Christians Living in Obedience to GOD.

 

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Of course if it were to happen that all people are saved and know Jesus as their Lord and Savior then the work of The Great Commission would be finished.

 

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The World would be a different place: no suffering, no mistakes . . . etc.  Or would it?  We still are living in the fallen world tempted and subject to deception and our own weakness.

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When the people of GOD fail to be their brother’s keeper, care for widows and orphans and, support Christian principles fully, human logic may then lead us to tax wrong things instead of opposing them and, fail to call them what they are in the sight of GOD: SINS.

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Therefore,  GOD’s Revelation will be fulfilled nevertheless.

Revelation 20:11-15 ESV

Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

So, what can we do fellow Christian?

Wisdom
Wisdom

We as Christians are living in a flawed physical world that is ruled by a Fallen Angel; we accept Jesus, study GOD’s Word and become as obedient as possible to GOD.  Each day that we are alive is a day closer to the return of Jesus Christ.  Each day that we are alive we should grow in our Christian Walk and become more Christ-Like.  We can only strive to do what is right and good. Keep up the Good Fight. Without GOD we cannot become Christ like but we must try.

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SCRIPTURE:

Genesis 3:17-19 ESV

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain 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, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Mark 16:15 ESV

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Luke 14:13 ESV 

But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

 

AMEN

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About Your Vote

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You May Think There Are No Good Choices . . .

 

. . . and perhaps from a human perspective you may seem correct.  Again, I say GOD knows all about it and, GOD is in control.

Romans 13:1 ESV 

Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.

 

Anything can happen at anytime, yet humans tend to project the worst that could happen (admittedly I am guilty of that).  If you research the history of elections you may discover unusual outcomes or what actually occurs during a victors term.   Suppose the political rhetoric turns out to mean nothing at all? Suppose a candidate wins but acts totally different than what was expected?   Suppose a winning candidate resigns while in office?  We cannot see the future but GOD does know all about the future.  GOD is in control.

Titus 3:1 ESV 

Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work,

As a Christian I do not see any candidate representing me at this time.

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As a Centrist  I do my best to select someone who comes close to representing my beliefs and preferences.  However, there are a few issues I cannot compromise on: 1) I favor Pro-life 2) I believe in what GOD’s Word teaches us  about right and wrong and 3) I cannot support greed (or greed’s agenda), abuse of power or disregard for the common good.

 

So What Can I Do? Pray, Pray, Pray

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I pray for GOD’s guidance and that GOD’s will, will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.

Daniel 2:20-21 ESV

Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;

Romans 13:7 ESV

Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.

1 Peter 2:13-17 ESV 

Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.

AMEN

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Contentment

 A Place of Peace and Safety.

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Contentment is not easy to achieve and it can easily be misconstrued.

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Contentment may almost seem un-american; not striving for more is not good for business it would seem.  Here in The United States of America we are bombarded with commercials everywhere telling us we need this or that.  Do we?  Of course not.  We may want it or even crave it but when we really get down to the facts we probably admit we can live without whatever it is.

Luke 12:15 ESV

And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

So, having all our genuine needs met, serving others, in good health and safe is really having it all.  Not that a big house, fancy car, latest electronic device or traveling to interesting or even luxurious places is wrong intrinsically:  it becomes a problem when the quest for all of these dominates our life, perhaps becoming our god and religion.

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What does GOD’s Word Say about this?

The Apostle Paul said he was content even in prison.

Philippians 4:11 ESV

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

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Some people never have enough.

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Some people are content with very little.

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Here are some excerpts from Holy Scripture that illustrate it:
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1 Timothy 6:6-8 ESV 

Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

Hebrews 13:5 ESV

Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Matthew 6:33 ESV 

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

AMEN

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Invisible Glue

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What is holding this flawed world together?

Since no one can claim to be perfectly sinless and sin is counter productive and even worse, just a small percentage of any population inspired by pure evil can do a great deal of harm, how does the civilized world even exist?

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Furthermore, from my experience in living a long life rich in diverse experiences I suspect even the best people, families or nations are dysfunctional to some degree, again, how do many people live in relative peace and safety, have adequate shelter and at least sufficient food to survive? GOD.

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A fellow Christian once said to me The Holy Spirit sustains whatever level of civilized life we currently enjoy.

Humans like to say things are relative: this person is relatively good, that event seems relatively bad or despite flaws our United States of America is the best place to live in the entire world relative to a number of selected less fortunate nations.  Yes I live in The U.S.A. and experienced a few other countries and I tend to agree that we have it good; more important though is our Nation’s influence upon the rest of the world. Advances in human rights, healthcare and freedoms are just some of these influences – this despite imperfection in some places of our land. So how did and continues to be the case? GOD.

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GOD’s blessings and help from GOD’s Holy Spirit

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. . . sustains a Nation that once conducted itself more in accordance with GOD’s standards than it does today.  GOD is patient. GOD is forgiving. GOD is just.  GOD will not tolerate a decline in the number of believers, back-slidden  believers or the increase of deliberate sinning forever: note the Biblical history of the Hebrews in The Old Testament.

 

It may not be the end times that destroys us.

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The cycles of obedience and disobedience and the ultimate handing over of Israel and Judah to conquerors indicated GOD will not be mocked and there are consequences for sin for Nations as well as for individuals.

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It is not too late for our Nation and our people to repent undo the disobedience and give GOD a reason to continue to bless The U.S.A. instructing The Holy Spirit to hold us together still.

Romans 8:26 ESV

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.

2 Corinthians 3:17 ESV

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

John 14:15-17 ESV

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

AMEN

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GOD Knows

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“GOD Only Knows . . .”

That trite quip is so much more than a phrase uttered in a desperate moment: GOD is omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.  One thing GOD is not is a riddle.  It is true that humans have always wondered just who and where GOD is but, what are the only things that has changed through the eons? What many people assume about GOD.  Yet for believers that accept The Holy Bible as The Word of GOD nothing has changed; what is important to know about GOD is contained there in.

What is important to know?

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So much speculation about GOD, improvised gods, our existence and the Universe is really not important.  Think about it in this way: when people increase humanity’s medical knowledge, suffering is lessened and people are healed this is an obvious benefit derived from having intelligence and a mind because GOD created a marvelous organ: our brain.

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Yet such as it is this marvelous organ also contemplates evil, plans evil and executes evil; this is an outcome of free will and part of our very nature.  The magnificent abilities to know, discover and fabricate so much demonstrating worthwhile accomplishments, can also produce dubious actions, false knowledge and bad ideas.

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Somethings Humans do Seems Fruitless.

 

Knowing whether there are infinite universes, parallel dimensions or what exists several billion light-years across the cosmos seems only to satisfy the human brain’s innate thirst to know and may furnish dubious benefits in everyday life .  OK, this may not be evil and we may not determine its value at this moment aside from satisfying curiosity but, the Holy Bible teaches this about knowledge:

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

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And so what does GOD Know?

1 John 3:20 ESV 

For whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything.

Psalm 147:5 ESV 

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

Jeremiah 17:10 ESV

“I the Lord search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.”

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The Art of Deception

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People Deceiving Each Other is Part of Life

It would seem that there are cases when one person or a group deceiving another person or a group is an acceptable or even good thing but, is it? Strictly by GOD’s standard it is a sin (Is it not?):

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Exodus 20:16 ESV

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.  . . .”

Most people interpret this verse to forbid lying.  So why did a number of instances in the Bible convey a situation when a form of lying seems to produce a positive result?

David feigned madness

1 Samuel 21:13-15 ESV 

So he changed his behavior before them and pretended to be insane in their hands and made marks on the doors of the gate and let his spittle run down his beard. Then Achish said to his servants, “Behold, you see the man is mad. Why then have you brought him to me? Do I lack madmen, that you have brought this fellow to behave as a madman in my presence? Shall this fellow come into my house?”

 

Rehab hides the spies

Joshua 2:3-4 ESV

. . . Then the king of Jericho sent to Rahab, saying, “Bring out the men who have come to you, who entered your house, for they have come to search out all the land.” But the woman had taken the two men and hidden them.  . . .

 

Gideon deceives the enemy

Judges 7:19-21 ESV

 

19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch. And they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars. They held in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow. And they cried out, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!” 21 Every man stood in his place around the camp, and all the army ran.

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The Explanation?

I could say context, purpose or justification but, the real explanation is simpler than that in my opinion: “We are living in a sinful world ruled by Satan.”  In this era deception may be the only way that the righteous can out wit the schemes of the great deceiver Satan.

 

Ephesians 6:12 ESV / 90 helpful votes

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

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Some Bible Verses:

Proverbs 19:5 ESV

A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who breathes out lies will not escape.

Proverbs 21:6 ESV

The getting of treasures by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a snare of death.

Leviticus 19:11 ESV

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

AMEN

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Our Brain: Life Long Modification

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Do you realize our human brain never stops adapting, self-correcting and learning?

Once it was thought that the human brain was pretty much set to what it would be for life by the time a person approached the thirty year old mark but, that is probably too simplistic a view.  Changes continue past this age and while not as rapid or dramatic as when developing from childhood to adult hood, nevertheless a life long process.

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Science seems to validate Biblical guidance for us

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Some scientists think the brain starts out with more neuron connections and discards unused ones instead of creating new ones establishing the lion’s share by about twenty-six years old. This may explain observed individual traits such as linguistic accents, harder to acquire certain skills such as playing a violin

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as we age or the difficulty adults can have altering their destructive behavior.  So what do I gather from reading about current neuron science? I am convinced what GOD teaches us in the Bible is being verified by science in this era.

 

Instructions and wisdom in The Word of GOD taught how to develop and maintain a well-balanced person long before scientist explained how our brain develops and works.

 

First: what milieu we are immersed as we go though childhood

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has a great effect upon who we become; change can come later in life but it requires a greater effort to experience improvement than if we developed it earlier in life.  Next: The brain can be rewired and respond to rehabilitation after a stroke or, overcome physical damage or disease with proper rehabilitation.  Some studies seem to even suggest that a person with a brain under attack from diseases that are manifested in older people actually can “rewire” itself around areas that have been damaged. What to I believe about all this information?

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I believe guidance for a healthy brain is found in The Holy Bible: 1) Children nurtured, loved and taught  right from wrong have a better chance to become good people within their society; 2) An adult trying to overcome a negative start in life must work hard to undo the negative affects but he or she can do it; 3) Learning what is right and good is a life long process for the human brain: it never stops requiring input, adaptation, integrating new information, assimilating new experiences and updated self meaning.

Here are some Bible quotes that reinforce my belief: 

Proverbs 1:5 ESV 

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance,

Proverbs 1:7 ESV

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Proverbs 22:6 ESV

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

1 John 4:1-3 ESV 

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

Hebrews 4:12 ESV 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

AMEN

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Truth in Business

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Some people attribute some questionable business practices as just part of reality.

A Christian brother who was the leader of a discipleship group explained how a Christian business person could be easily be distinguished from a “worldly” business person: “The Christian business person set his or her price as fairly as possible openly so a Christian brother or sister should not expect a discount (granted favoritism); the “worldly” business person may offer ‘special’ deals to ‘certain’ customers because of the way he or she sets their prices.  A business is a business and being such it must make a profit in order to stay in business.  The amount charged for goods or services must cover expenses and provide a living for its proprietor. Cost for premises, utilities, goods, shipping and so on must be paid before the business person earns enough for themselves (enough to raise a family as well in most cases).

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I expect a good quality product or service from a Christian business person as well as from a non-Christian business person.

To expect “more for less” just because you and the proprietor are Christians is not fair to them.  The Bible does address a number of issues pertaining to doing business according to GOD’s standards:

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Excerpts from GOD’S Word:

Leviticus 19:11 ESV

“You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.

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Proverbs 11:1 ESV

A false balance is an abomination to the Lord, but a just weight is his delight.

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Mark 8:36 ESV

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?

 Romans 12:2 ESV 

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

 

AMEN

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Population and Daily Life

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More People More Problems

When Moses acted as preeminent leader and directed the Israelite Nation out into the desert as GOD instructed he came upon a reality: More people to lead meant more problems and he needed help in order to accomplish his job. His father in law (Jethro) observed a problem that Moses faced: As only leader set before the people Moses was overwhelmed by mediation requests and the back up of those needing a hearing tired the people also.  Jethro advised Moses:

Exodus 18 ESV

14 Jethro saw Moses judging the people. He asked, “Why are you doing this? Why are you the only judge? And why do people come to you all day?”

15 Then Moses said to his father-in-law, “The people come to me and ask me to ask for God’s decision for their problem. 16 If people have an argument, they come to me, and I decide which person is right. In this way I teach the people God’s laws and teachings.”

17 But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “This isn’t the right way to do this. 18 It is too much work for you to do alone.

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Serving the people meant delegating

Moses delegated the task of judging situations that the people under him had need for resolution to leaders and elders and numerous levels. The easiest decisions made at the lowest levels and only major or difficult judgments need be presented to Moses himself.

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And so with global population increases administration of service tasks also increases.

The human experience on planet Earth thus began in such a way as heads of families then clans could provide leadership and judgments up to this day vast populations require ever increasing specialized jobs to serve the people.

(C) James Halifko
(C) James Halifko

Yes, the challenge is great but GOD’s standards still prevail to all people everywhere

 

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Beginnings and Endings

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Creation – image from pixabay.com

Humans Understand Beginnings and Endings

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Life Cycle – images from pixabay.com

Birth and death of lifeforms, Nations and even stars are all easily grasped by the human mind but, what about eternity? The Bible teaches GOD always was and always will be can we really understand what that means? I cannot claim to know how to answer that; my perspective is pretty limited when one considers all of human history and all the people who have lived or, even contemplating the reality of seven billion plus humans alive right now. Perhaps some understand this concept of infinity better than others; can any temporal being envision what eternal means.

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Final Stop? – image from pixabay.com

Christians gain eternal life when accepting Jesus

Eternal life sure makes us feel better than the alternative: the second  and complete death after the judgement.  On that basis alone people should consider Jesus’s offer if for no other reason.  Can you imagine being nothing? Can you imagine the eons before you were born?  I find it extremely difficult to contemplate the oblivion of nothingness I could have faced if I had died and, I had not secured eternal life by accepting Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

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Earth – image from pixabay.com

GOD Knows How We Think

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Earth Ends – image from pixabay.com

GOD expresses things in terms of beginnings and endings for our benefit: Jesus was born and died for example.  Yes, in GOD’s Word we read about eternal things but most of the Bible introduces us to people who were born, lived and died.

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Human Life – images from pixabay.com

The process of living, in terms of beginning our lives in ignorance as a baby, acquiring knowledge and experience as we grew, and the use of free will to determine our ultimate destiny.

 

 

The Bible Reveals How We Can Gain Eternal Life Before Death

Excerpts from the bible esv

John 3:16  ESV

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

 Genesis 1:1  ESV

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Matthew 24:21  ESV 

For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be.

2 Timothy 3:1-5  ESV

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

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