It has been suggested that this speech be circulated to all country leaders, especially Canada and The United States.
This is the last chapter of this book so tomorrow we will start with…
1 John 5
Faith Through the Son
1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God” – faith in Jesus as the Christ is a sign of being born again.
2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
“His commandments are not grievous” – not because the commands themselves are light or easy to obey but, as John explains in v. 4, because of the new birth. The one born of God by faith is enabled by the Holy Ghost to obey.
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
“Overcometh” – to overcome the world is to gain victory over its sinful pattern of life, which is another way of describing obedience to God.
Such obedience is not impossible for the believer because he has been born again and the Holy Ghost dwells within him and gives him strength, as Jesus had needed strength when He was crucified.
John speaks of two aspects of victory: (1) the initial victory of turning in faith from the world to God (first “overcometh”); (2) the continuing day-by-day victory of Christian living (second “overcometh”).
This does not mean there will no longer be hardships, and actually it could increase them. But once you truly give your life over to Christ nothing matters because you know how petty this life is and that a much better one is coming. Here’s an example:
Let’s say you are six years old and it is Christmas morning. You are excited, but there is a sheet draped across the opening of the living room where the tree and presents are, and you are not allowed to enter.
That is quite the hardship for a child, especially since they are excited to get to the presents. Yet, you will continue to wait and endure this hardship until you are given permission to enter, rather than going to your room frustrated.
Finally mom and dad say you can go in, but you have to wait until grandma and grandpa show up before you open the presents – another hardship.
You are so close to the prize, but not yet. Your parents then tell you that you can go outside and play and they’ll let you know when it’s time because grandma and grandpa may not show up for hours.
You prefer to sit and wait because you don’t want to take a chance of missing out on the prize.
If you ever get so frustrated that you want to throw in the towel because you startdoubting Jesus, remember that if you go out and play, you might miss the prize.
5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
Water symbolizes Jesus’ baptism and blood symbolizes His death. These are mentioned because Jesus’ ministry began His baptism and ended at His death.
John is reacting to the heretics of his day, but it pertains to those of today as well, who said that Jesus was born only a man and remained so until His baptism. At that time, they maintained, the Christ (the Son of God) descended on the human Jesus, but left him before his suffering on the cross so that it was only the man Jesus who died.
Throughout this letter John has been insisting that Jesus Christ is God, as well as man (1:1-4, 4:2, 5:5).
“The Spirit that beareth witness” – the Holy Ghost testifies that Jesus is the Son of God in two ways: (1) the Spirit descended on Jesus at His baptism (Jn 1:32-34), and (2) He continues to confirm in the hearts of believers the apostolic testimony that Jesus’ baptism and death verify that He is the Christian, the Son of God (2:27; 1 Cor 12:3).
7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.
10 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.
11 And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
13 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.
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
“Sin unto death” – in the context of this letter directed against Gnostic teaching, which denied the incarnation and three off all moral restraints, it is probable that the “sin unto death” refers to the Gnostics’ adamant and persistent denial of the truth and to their shameless immorality.
This kind of unrepentant sin leads to spiritual death. Another view is that this is sin that results in physical death. It is held that, because a believer continues to sin, God in judgment takes his life (cf. 1 Cor 11:30). In either case, “sin which is not unto death” is of a less serious nature.
17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.
18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
“Idols” – keep yourself form false teachings and hence from false gods, e.g., idols.
Australia and the Muslims
Yesterday, I had told you that sometime around August of 2013, I received an email about what Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard had to say about the Muslims, but today (3/26/14) I see online that many are saying it was a hoax. Yet, she has done this twice, so are there two hoaxes?
But I’m not so sure that it is because what she says is very similar to what Putin said in hisspeech I had posted yesterday.
Hoax or not, everyone should listen to it and what Putin said.
QUESTION: What do Australians think of these Australian Muslims calling for the overthrow of democracy in Australia?
ANSWER: You shouldn’t be at all surprised …look what’s happening throughout Europe where they are claiming control & ownership of suburbs & even towns & cities in the UK for example where large parts of cities are now almost 100% Muslim controlled !
It started in a small way there as well but grew through migration.
Can’t happen here? Wait & see!
Below is the so-called hoax by Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard telling Muslim immigrants they must learn to speak the English language and adapt to Australian culture or leave the country.
The people calling this a hoax is probably Muslims and/or atheists, but they won’t call Putin’s speech a hoax because he’s a man so they fear him. Muslims treat their cattle better then they treat women.
She’s done it again. She sure isn’t backing down on her hard line stance and one has to appreciate her belief in the rights of her native countrymen. A breath of fresh air to see someone lead. I wish some leaders would step up in Canada & United States.
Australian Prime Minister does it again!! This woman should be appointed Queen of the World. Truer words have never been spoken.
It took a lot of courage for this woman to speak what she had to say for the world to hear. The retribution could be phenomenal, but at least she was willing to take a stand on her and Australia’s beliefs. The whole world needs a leader like this!
Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law were told on Wednesday to get out of Australia, as the government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
Separately, Gillard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying she supported spy agencies monitoring the nation’s mosques.
Immigrants, not Australians, must adapt. Take It or Leave It. I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on Bali, we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Australians.
This culture has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom
We speak mainly ENGLISH, not Spanish, Lebanese, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society. Learn the language!
Most Australians believe in God. This is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.
It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.
I do believe our country is doomed because the so called geniuses of our country kicked God out of the schools and the courts. When Jesus comes back I’ll be standing with God laughing at the idiots:
“Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.
For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them.
But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” (Prov 1:24-33).
We will accept your beliefs, and will not question why All we ask is that you accept ours, and live in harmony and peaceful enjoyment with us.
This is OUR COUNTRY, OUR LAND, and OUR LIFESTYLE, and we will allow you every opportunity to enjoy all this.
But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about Our Flag, Our Pledge, Our Christian beliefs, or Our Way of Life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great Australian freedom, “THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.”
If you aren’t happy here then LEAVE. We didn’t force you to come here. You asked to be here. So accept the country YOU accepted.
Sometime around August of 2013, I received an email about what Australia Prime Minister Julia Gillard had to say about the Muslims, but today (3/26/14) I see online that many are saying it was a hoax.
And it could be a hoax, yet, what she allegedly said is very similar to what Putin said and her reason for saying it, if she did, is due to the way the Muslims behave, and it is true that the Muslims are slowly but surely taking over small communities.
1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
“Spirit” – a person moved by a spirit, whether by the Holy Ghost or an evil one.
“Try the spirits” – cf. 1 Thess 5:21.
“False prophets” – a true prophet speaks from God, being “moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet 1:21). False prophets, such as the Gnostics of John’s day, speak under the influence of spirits alienated from God.
Christ warned against false prophets (Matt 7:15, 24:11), as did Paul 1 Tim 4:1) and Peter (2 Pet 2:1).
I believe that Jesus was the last prophet because since He came we don’t need prophets; we have the New Testament and the Holy Ghost.
“Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail…” (1 Cor 13:8).
“These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received words with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” (Acts 17:11).
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams” (Acts 2:17).
But if anyone says that God said that people are supposed to give money to their need or their church or whatever, that’s a flat out lie. That is one of the false prophets that Jesus talked about.
That does not mean you should not give at your church I’m talking about false prophets like Bishop Hilliard who claims God told him it was time to upgrade his helicopter and the people were to give extra.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
“Confesseth” – not only knows intellectually – for demons know, and shudder (Jas 2:19; cf. Mk 1:24) – but also confesses publicly.
3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4 Ye are of God, litt
“He that is in the world” – the devil. In v. 3 “world” means the inhabited earth; in vv. 4-5 it means the community, or system, of those not born of God –like the Jews, the Muslims, the Mormons, the Oprahs, the United States Congress, etc.– including the antichrists.
5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
4:7-5:3 – the word “love” in its various forms is used 43 times in the letter, 32 times in this short section.
8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
“Knoweth not God” – only those who are to some degree like Him truly know Him.
“God is love” – in His essential nature and in all His actions, God is loving. John similarly affirms that God is spirit (Jn 4:24) and light (1:5), as well as holy, powerful, faithful, true and just.
9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
“No man hath seen God at any time” – since our love has its source in God’s love, His love reaches full expression (is made complete) when we love fellow Christians. Thus the God whom “no one has seen” is seen in those who love, because God lives in them.
13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God and God in him.
17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
“No fear in love” – there is no fear of God’s judgment if you love Him because genuine love confirms salvation.
19 We love him, because he first loved us.
All love comes ultimately from God; genuine love is never self-generated by His creatures.
20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
See Jn 13:34.
Vladimir Putin on Muslims
No wonder he was selected by Forbes as the most powerful person in the world!
This is one time our elected leaders should pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin.
I would suggest that not only our leaders but every citizen of United States should pay attention to this advice. In addition, all of Europe should listen as well.
How scary is that? It is a sad day when a Communist makes more sense than our leaders but here it is!
Vladimir Putin’s Speech Shortest Speech Ever
On August 04, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about the tensions with minorities in Russia:
In Russia, live like Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, it should speak Russian, and should respect the Russian laws.
If they prefer Sharia Law, and live the life of Muslim’s then we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.
Russia does not need Muslim minorities. Minorities need Russia, and we will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’.
We will not tolerate disrespect of our Russian culture. We had better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and France, if we are to survive as a nation.
The Muslims are taking over those countries and they will not take over Russia. The Russian customs and traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the primitive ways of Sharia Law and Muslims.
When this honourable legislative body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the Russian national interest first, observing that the Muslims Minorities Are Not Russians.
The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a five-minute standing ovation.
What is the Muslim view on Vladimir Putin?
#1 He’s an aloof guy, so nobody really knows him well enough to have any valid opinions of him. Guys an ex-KGB agent – not even the NSA screw around with guys like that.
#2 – He is a very evil guy.
#3 – Like it or lump it for all the reasons applicable to Russian culture Putin is showing who is boss, there won’t be any soft deals for troublemakers and just see what happens to Dagestani insurgents.
#4 – He is as ruthless as Russia requires it. And he is no Moslem.
#5 – I like the guy. Puts people where they belong.
#6 – I don’t think that Putin should be viewed from any religious point of view at all. I personally think that he is a great man/leader.
I am not stating that in any sense to any humanity or religion or ethics etc. I am stating that in the frame of nationalism and the challenges that he has not only met, but the wisdom and knowledge and prudence he has exhibited in dealing with the challenges.
Soviet Union was almost history. The financial breakdown had almost put it to an end. Though the present Russia is now still ruled by KGB. All the top industry owners were once KGB agents. They may still be.
Putin was very nasty and tricky when he first enjoyed everything as president and then made some constitutional changes and then became the prime minister and started enjoying the same authority there. So all in all, one can say that he is a full time dictator and power hungry person.
But on the other hand, one has to see, what he has done for the country and the economy and thus the people of that country. He has done a great job!!!
Also although now he has brought Russia back to the same level or even surpassing the United States in military might etc. BUT he has NOT behaved in an irresponsible way as the Americans have been behaving for the last 20 years.
He is the person who has taken steps to avoid the 3rd world war, while confronting America, in a very tactful and yet assertive and forceful way. He allowed them to retreat in a somewhat respectful way over the Syrian Crisis.
Else very few can realize that the whole world was sitting on a nuclear conflict at that moment of time. And the way the Obama sounded like a stupid idiot, was too much.
But the Putin’s response to his speech was by far very, very responsible and mature and yet very logical and depicted a person who was really very knowledgeable and immaculate.
So as a leader, I would rate him great.
#7 – Salam I know him as the president of Russia and he is a disbeliever.
#8 – Hey, I am Muslim. I believe Putin is an idiot. As is the pathetic country of Russia still living in the Dark Ages, oppressing homosexuals and religious people.
#9 – At first I didn’t like Putin because he turned a blind eye to the skinhead attacks on non-Europeans in St. Petersburg and elsewhere. But I’ve grown to respect him.
I like that he described the collapse of the Soviet Union as the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century”.
I recognize that Muslim capitalist Alisher Usmanov is a good friend of his so he’s not against a person purely because of their religious or ethnic heritage.
I also respect that he refuses to obey America and slot into the New World Order like so many other countries (especially English speaking countries).
I greatly admire the Soviet Union and its heritage. Despite the horrible excesses of Stalinism, it was, on the whole, a noble experiment.
#10 – Same view as with rest of the World’s invaders, including the United States one too, and the biggest one!–
#11 – He needs to give Chechnya freedom.
#12 – I don’t care.
#13 – He is a disbeliever who rules by falsehood. And lately, he seems to be following in Bush’s steps. Recent events.
I had talked about the Muslims a couple days ago when we read 2 Peter 2 (The Muslims Are Coming, the Muslims Are Coming) and when we read 2 Peter 3 I had talked about Muhammad and The Koran.
Did you know that the Russians aren’t that fond to the Muslims either? Tomorrow we’ll look at…
1 John 3
Obedience and Love
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
We will continue to be the “sons” of God, not gods. If the Mormons want they can be gods in hell, or they can wake up and smell the coffee.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
“Hope” – not a mere wish, but unshakable confidence concerting the future.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
“Sinneth not” – John is not asserting sinless perfection, but explaining that the believer’s life is characterized not by sin but by doing what is right – not sinning willfully.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
See Jn 8:44.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
“His seed” – the picture is of human reproduction, in which the sperm (the Greek for “seed” is sperma) bears the life principle and transfers the paternal characteristics.
“Cannot sin” – not a complete cessation of sin, but a life that is not characterized by sin.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
“From the beginning” – see 2:7.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
“Cain” – see Heb 11:4.
13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
“Hateth” – see 2:9-10.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
3:17-18 – see Jas 2:14-17.
“Love of God” – God’s kind of love, which He pours out in the believer’s heart (Rom 5:5) and which in turn enables the Christian to love fellow believers. Or it may speak of the believer’s love for God.
18 My little children let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
This command has two parts: (1) Believe in Christian (see Jn 6:29), and (2) love each other (see Jn 13:24-35). The first part is developed in 4:1-6 and the second part in 4:7-12.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
Mormonism is the predominant religious tradition of the Latter Day Saint movement of Restorationist Christianity. This movement was founded by Joseph Smith, Jr., in the 1820s.
During the 1830s and 1840s, Mormonism gradually distinguished itself from traditional Protestantism. Mormonism today represents the new, non-Protestant faith taught by Smith in the 1840s.
After Smith’s death, most Mormons followed Brigham Young west, calling themselves The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).
Other variations of Mormonism include Mormon fundamentalism, which seeks to maintain practices and doctrines such as polygamy that were abandoned by the LDS Church, and various other small independent denominations.
The word Mormon is derived from the Book of Mormon, one of the faith’s religious texts. Based on the name of that book, early followers of founder Joseph Smith, Jr. were called Mormons, and their faith was called Mormonism.
The term was initially considered pejorative, but is no longer considered so by Mormons (although other terms such as Latter Day Saint, or LDS, are generally preferred).
Mormonism shares a common set of beliefs with the rest of the Latter Day Saint movement, including use of, and belief in, the Bible, as well as other religious texts including the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants.
It also accepts the Pearl of Great Price as part of its scriptural canon, and has a history of teaching eternal marriage, eternal progression, and plural marriage, although the LDS Church formally abandoned the practice in 1891.
Cultural Mormonism includes a lifestyle promoted by the Mormon institutions, and includes cultural Mormons who identify with the culture, but not necessarily the theology.
Relation to Judaism
Although Mormons do not claim to be part of Judaism, Mormon theology claims to situate Mormonism within the context of Judaism to an extent that goes beyond what most other Christian denominations claim.
The faith incorporates many Old Testament ideas into its theology, and the beliefs of Mormons sometimes parallel those of Judaism and certain elements of Jewish culture.
In the earliest days of Mormonism, Joseph Smith taught that the indigenous peoples of the Americas were members of some of the Lost Tribes of Israel.
Later, he taught that Mormons were Israelites, and that they may learn of their tribal affiliation within the twelve Israelite tribes. Members of the LDS Church receive Patriarchal blessings which declare the recipient’s lineage within one of the tribes of Israel.
The lineage is either through true blood-line or adoption. The LDS Church teaches that if one is not a direct descendant of one of the twelve tribes, upon baptism he or she is adopted into one of the tribes.
Patriarchal blessings also include personal information which is revealed through a patriarch by the power of the priesthood.
The Mormon affinity for Judaism is expressed by the many references to Judaism in the Mormon liturgy. For example, Smith named the largest Mormon settlement he founded Nauvoo, which means “to be beautiful” in Hebrew.
According to LDS Church general authority Monte J. Brough, “Mormons who baptized 380,000 Holocaust victims posthumously were motivated by love and compassion and did not understand their gesture might offend Jews… they did not realize that what they intended as a ‘Christian act of service’ was ‘misguided and insensitive'”.
Mormons believe that when the dead are baptized through proxy, they have the option of accepting or rejecting the ordinance.
Relation to Islam
Since its origins in the 19th century, Mormonism has been compared to Islam, often by detractors of one religion or the other.
This epithet repeated a comparison that had been made from Smith’s earliest career, one that was not intended at the time to be complimentary.
Comparison of the Mormon and Muslim prophets still occurs today, sometimes for derogatory or polemical reasons but also for more scholarly (and neutral) purposes.
While Mormonism and Islam certainly have many similarities, there are also significant, fundamental differences between the two religions.
Mormon–Muslim relations have been historically cordial; recent years have seen increasing dialogue between adherents of the two faiths, and cooperation in charitable endeavors, especially in the Middle and Far East.
Islam and Mormonism both originate in the Abrahamic traditions. Each religion sees its founder (Muhammad for Islam, and Joseph Smith for Mormonism) as being a true prophet of God, called to re-establish the truths of these ancient theological belief systems that have been altered, corrupted, or lost.
In addition, both prophets received visits from an angel, leading to additional books of scripture. Both religions share a high emphasis on family life, charitable giving, chastity, abstention from alcohol, and a special reverence for, though not worship of, their founding prophet.
Before the 1890 Manifesto against plural marriage, Mormonism and Islam also shared in the belief in and practice of plural marriage, a practice now held in common by Islam and various branches of Mormon fundamentalism.
The religions differ significantly in their views on God. Islam insists upon the complete oneness and uniqueness of God (Allah), while Mormonism asserts that the Godhead is made up of three distinct “personages.”
Mormonism sees Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah and the literal Son of God, while Islam insists that the title “Messiah” means that Jesus (or “Isa“) was a prophet sent to establish the true faith, not that he was the Son of God or a divine being.
Despite opposition from other Christian denominations, Mormonism identifies itself as a Christian religion, the “restoration” of primitive Christianity.
Islam does not refer to itself as “Christian”, asserting that Jesus and all true followers of Christ’s teachings were (and are) Muslims–a term that means submitters to God–not Christians as the term is used today.
Islam proclaims that its prophet Muhammad was the “seal of the prophets”, and that no further prophets would come after him.
Mormons, though honoring Joseph Smith as the first prophet in modern times, see him as just one in a long line of prophets, with Jesus Christ being the premier figure of the religion
Mormons have a scriptural canon consisting of the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and a collection of revelations and writings by Joseph Smith known as the Doctrine and Covenants and Pearl of Great Price.
Mormons however have a fairly open definition of scripture. As a general rule, anything spoken or written by a prophet, while under inspiration, is considered to be the word of God.
Thus, the Bible, written by prophets, is the word of God, so far as it is translated correctly. The Book of Mormon is also believed to have been written by ancient prophets, and is viewed as a companion to the Bible.
The Mormons also believe that:
* faithful Mormon males and females can become Gods and Goddesses, eventually, after a long (almost evolutional) learning curve.
* God, Our Father and His Son, Jesus Christ have resurrected bodies of flesh and bones, not spirits.
* we are literal Sons and Daughters of God, not created beings.
* God operates from the basis that “Knowledge is Power,” rather than love.
Wow, after reading that it really makes you wish you were a Mormon, doesn’t it? I was being sarcastic and I forgot who I was talking to.
Since Romney was unable to defeat Obama in the presidential campaign in 2012 I doubt he will ever be able to become a god.
Yet, maybe Obama will want to change from being a Muslim to a Mormon and they’d let him become a god or maybe, because the way he is, a goddess.
Wouldn’t matter, all Mormons and Muslims are going to hell anyway.
When Obama was president he had bent over backwards to prove to the world that humans make mistakes, sometimes huge stupid mistakes. I had voted for Romney, not because I thought he would be a good president, I just thought he would be better than Obama. We didn’t have much of a choice on who to vote for – it was Laurel or Hardy.
America was probably better off with Obama then Romney. And Obama, no matter how horrible he is, he is better than McCain, would have been. McCain is a duplicate of Malcom X, but without the intelligence and courage.
Obama does not seem to be that bright, but Romney, being a devout Mormon, believes that he will someday become a god. I wonder how he can think that, I mean, he was unable to take the presidency away from a Muslim, and he thinks he can become a god?
Since we are on that subject, tomorrow we will take a deeper look into…
1 John 2
Fellowship Maintained by Christ’s Advocacy
1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
“Advocate” – the Greek word refers to someone who speaks in court in behave of a defendant.
In other words, Jesus is our advocate and he defend us before the judge (God).
“The righteous” – in God’s court the defender must be, and is, sinless.
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
“Propitiation for our sins” – propitiation refers to turning away God’s wrath. God’s holiness demands punishment for man’s sin. God, therefore, out of love, sent His Son to make substitutionary atonement for the believer’s sin.
In this way the Father’s wrath is propitiated (satisfied, appeased); His wrath against the Christian’s sin has been turned away and directed toward Christ.
We have to wonder, why would God do all this when since He’s God and can do anything He chooses? I think I know God rather well, but not good enough to understand why He does certain things, such as this.
Yet, I do have an idea and here it is. I know God is fair, more than fair, and He doesn’t want a family of robots, but one of people that have the choice to love Him or despise Him, so He gives us freewill.
Those that don’t believe in Jesus or those that do believe in Jesus but lives their evil ways despise God and will spend eternity in hell. Those that believe in Jesus and live life the way He did love God and will spend eternity in heaven with Him.
3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
This is another verse that people would like to use to say that they will become a god, i.e., “the love of God perfected.”
6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
Hating someone is not a sin, we cannot control our feelings, but acting in a hateful way is a sin.
12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
“World” – not the world of people or the created world, but the realm of sin in the world, which is controlled by Satan and organized against God and righteousness.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
This is how the devil tricked Eve.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever.
God’s children will go to heaven and the New Agers, the perverts, the Oprah’s and the like will bed down in hell.
18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now are there many Antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
“Last time” – meaning that this is everyone’s last chance to get right with Jesus, because he Jesus returns it is the end of the world.
I am uncertain on when Jesus’ final return will be, nor does it matter to me. I know, without question, that Jesus will be here on the day that He has chosen and afterwards I will be with Him for eternity. That is all that matters.
Some say that the Rapture is not Jesus’ Second Coming:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:16-17).
Since Jesus does not set foot on earth some believe that this would not be His Second Coming, but the beginning of the seven year tribulation, and after those seven years the Second Coming and the end of the world comes.
The Book of Matthews says that the seven year tribulation will begin and sometimes during it will be the rapture:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:
And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other” (Matt 24:29-31).
So it could be possible that Christians will experience the first 3½ years of the tribulation and then the Rapture occurs, and then comes the “Great Tribulation” which is the last 3½ years of the seven year tribulation. This is when Satan makes his appearance (Rev 13),
Nobody knows for certain, and don’t believe anyone if they say they know (Mk 13:32) and like I said, it doesn’t matter. We don’t have to try and figure it out or anything for that matter. I learned back in 2009 that life is so simple and easy if you let Jesus run your life for you.
Life can still be frustrating and disappointing, but it’s a walk in the park when Jesus has the reigns.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.
“Unction” – or “anointing,” i.e., the Holy Ghost.
“Holy One” – Jesus Christ or the Father.
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.
26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.
27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
Can We Become Gods?
I don’t know how many different religions or beliefs that people believe in that say that in time, as long as you do things as needed, some will be able to become a god.
The Mormons have the cockamamie idea that they can become a god and the New Age theory is more bizarre than that, which I will show in a bit.
Here is a verse that a lot people twist:
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 Jn 3:2).
The catchall is “we shall be like him.” Well, since Jesus is God and we’ll be like Him then we’ll be gods, right? Not so. We are “created” spirits, nothing more.
The “we shall be like him,” phrase means that we’ll have the faith that He has, we’ll have the loving heart that He has, and we’ll be holy like He is.
I can’t imagine being able to love “everybody” like Jesus does. I don’t think I could handle such a heart, I mean, then I would love Obama, Oprah, Gates, Warren, and the like. Since I’m human, if I had a heart like Jesus I think I would truly go bonkers.
As I said above, we are spirits and that is what we will always be. We don’t know what bodies we may have, but we will always be “created” spirits.
The non-believers will also always be “created” spirits, but while we are enjoying God and life, they’ll be whining and crying in hell for eternity like burnt toast.
The Mormons, like the Catholics, have their own Bible and the scriptures in their Bible declare that the ultimate goal of a Mormon is to become a god and procreate for all eternity. For example:
The Doctrine & Covenants states:
And again, verily I say unto you, if a man marry a wife by my word, which is my law, and by the new and everlasting covenant, …Ye shall come forth in the first resurrection; …and shall inherit thrones, kingdoms, principalities, and powers, dominions, …and they shall pass by the angels, and the gods, which are set there, to their exaltation and glory in all things, as hath been sealed upon their heads, which glory shall be a fulness and a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.
Then shall they be gods, because they have no end; therefore shall they be from everlasting to everlasting, because they continue; then shall they be above all, because all things are subject unto them. Then shall they be gods, because they have all power, and the angels are subject unto them.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye abide my law ye cannot attain to this glory.
For strait is the gate, and narrow the way that leadeth unto the exaltation and continuation of the lives, and few there be that find it, because ye receive me not in the world neither do ye know me (Doctrine and Covenants 132:19-22).
Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr. (July 19, 1876 – July 2, 1972) was the tenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1970 until his death in 1972.
He was the son of Joseph F. Smith, who was the sixth president of the LDS Church, and grandson of Hyrum Smith, brother of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith.
Joseph Smith taught a plurality of gods, and that man by obeying the commandments of God and keeping the whole law will eventually reach the power and exaltation by which he also will become a god.
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.69 – p.70:
THE STRAITNESS OF THE WAY. Mortality is the testing or proving ground for exaltation to find out who among the children of God are worthy to become Gods themselves, and the Lord has informed us that “few there be that find it.
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.1, p.97 – p.98:
ALL EXALTED MEN BECOME GODS. To believe that Adam is a god should not be strange to any person who accepts the Bible. When Jesus was accused of blasphemy because he claimed to be the Son of God, he answered the Jews:
Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; Say ye of him, whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, Thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God?
Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., Doctrines of Salvation, Vol.2, p.9:
What is eternal life? It is to have “a continuation of the seeds forever and ever.” No one receives eternal life except those who receive the exaltation. Eternal life is the greatest gift of God; immortality is not.
There are many more foolish scriptures, you can read some of themhere.
The New Age
Here are a few beliefs of the New Age:
#1 – Jesus was not and is not the only Christ, nor is he God.
The New Ager understands Christ as a reincarnated avatar, Messiah, or messenger sent from the “hierarchy” to give the living on earth spiritually advanced revelation. The New Age accepts that Buddha, Mohammed, Confucius, Jesus, and many others were “Christ”.
#2 – God is impersonal, cosmic, a God of energy forces.
All things, including man, constitute, the ONE – called Universal Mind, The Source, Universal Self, Cosmic Consciousness, Universal Presence, or The Force – your Inner Voice, Higher Self, or Intuition.
God is an impersonal energy; force, immanent in all things (including man). God can be referred to either as she or he, mother or father, god or goddess. Do not be deceived! New Agers do not mean God or Jesus Christ of the Bible.
Most New Age teachers hold that Mother Earth, the sun, the moon, and the stars, indeed all of Nature can be worshipped as God.
#3 – Man is himself God, for he consists of and is the creator of “the forces.” Man already exercises the powers inherent in his divinity and needs only to awaken to this fact.
New Ageism embraces supernaturalism, but ascribes it to the creature, not the Creator (as in Rom 1:22-24).
They flaunt the “I am God” concept as it naturally appeals to man’s ego and thirst for power, an appeal as old as the Garden of Eden.
Satan promised Eve: “Ye shall be as God.”
#4 – Man should seek and accept spiritual instruction and direction directly from the spirit world.
The lure of the occult is almost always on the basis of acquiring knowledge or power. [Neil T. Anderson, The Bondage Breaker, pg. 114] We crave a knowledge that is esoteric, not normally available to the ordinary person.
We want to experience a power that is spiritual and supernatural in origin. People don’t seem to want to hear what God has to say, they want information and direction from someone else who “knows”; a psychic, a channeler, a palm-reader, a card-reader, Ouija boards, astrology, magic charming, automatic writing, or the spirit of a dead friend of relative.
In a sense these are God-given desire, but they are intended to be fulfilled by the knowledge and power which comes from God. However, Satan is busy trying to pass off his counterfeits for God’s knowledge and power as the real thing. If he can get us to accept his versions of knowledge and power, he has a foothold in our life.
#5 – All religions and religious teachings lead to the same goal. All are equally of merit.
Satan’s primary tactic in opposing God is not to foster atheism but religion; not to prove there is no God but to be worshipped as God. “I have not come to found a new religion,”
Lord Maitreya says. “I have come to teach the art of Self-realization,” something which is neither an ideology nor a religion, but benefits people of all religions and those who have none. “I come to you ‘like a thief in the night.'”
He tells us, “so that you will not become too excited. Slowly, as you become aware, you can ‘digest’ what is ‘eaten’. In awareness you will know Me. In ‘isms’ you will fight against me”.
#6 – The “ancient wisdom” of Babylon, Egypt and Greece – not the Bible – is the basis of all truth.
Vice President Albert Gore in his book Earth in the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit, reveals himself as a person who believes we should have a “mother goddess” that we can worship.
He points back to ancient religions and Hinduism and says that they have something good in their worship of “mother earth,” and claims that our modern slogan should be the worship of “mother earth”; that man and nature are one, and that God is part of nature, and nature is part of God.
On pages 258 through 259 of his book, he shows where he departed from the Baptist faith and entered in to the New Age Religion.
Gore also says:
The richness and diversity of our religious tradition throughout history is a spiritual resource long ignored by people of faith, who are often afraid to open their minds to teachings first offered outside their own system of belief.
This Pan-religious perspective may prove especially important where our global civilizations responsibility for the earth is concerned.
Native American Religions for instance offer a rich tapestry of ideas about our relationship to the earth. [Al Gore, Earth In the Balance; Ecology and the Human Spirit, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992.]
I remember Gore had also said, and it’s in his book, that Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas is the main cause for the thinning of the Ozone. It is due to all the methane gas that the cows let out.
I have also heard that Gore had once been at a museum in Philadelphia, looking at the paintings of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and he asked the employee there who they were.
One might wonder, “How did he ever become Vice President? But then when you realize that Bush was president at the time it makes complete sense.
#7 – Sin and evil do not exist. Peace and love are the ultimate realities.
New Agers deny the existence of a hell (Gehenna fire) and a judgment. They also deny that sin and evil exist. God (The universe) is alleged to be beyond good and evil.
The Bible does not teach multiple gods, eternal marriage, or endless children?
There is only one God, who has eternally existed:
“Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior” (Is 43:10-11).
“Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God” (Is 44:6).
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else” (Is 45:22).
“The Bible never equates eternal life with marriage and parenthood. It is promised to all who have come to Christ for salvation.
He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” (1 Jn 5:12).
“But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:
Neither can they die anymore; for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection” (Lk 20: 35-36).
We are not children of God by procreation but by spiritual adoption.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (Jn 1:12).
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26).
It is a ridiculous thought that we will become gods. Satan had the same idea and he’s much more powerful than us, but look what happened to him – Is 14:12-17; Eze 28:3-19.
“For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God” (Ex 34:14).
“(For the LORD thy God is a jealous God among you) lest the anger of the LORD thy God be kindled against thee, and destroy thee from off the face of the earth” (Deut 6:15).
“I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images” (Is 42:8).
I hope the below information answers any questions, if you have any more feel free to contact me and hopefully I will have the answer for you, but I don’t know everything.
There is a question that I did not include with those below because to many it is not a question but a goal they think they can reach, such as those of the New Age, so tomorrow we will look at…
1 John 1
The World of Life
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1:1-4 –says almost the same thing in Jn 1:1-4.
“Was from the beginning” – has always existed.
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
“The life…that eternal life” – Christ. He is called “the life” because He is actually the only living being who has life within Himself by Himself. He is also the source of all life and sovereign over life.
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
False teachers, such as Rick Warren, Oprah; evil organizations such as the Catholics and the Mormons. Anyone or anything that does not accept Jesus as their Savior.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
This does not mean we cannot sin, because we are unable not to sin, we cannot be as holy as He is. But if we sin “willfully” then we live in the dark and do not have fellowship with Jesus.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23).
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom 10:9).
“Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all they diseases.
The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
As far as the eat is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Ps 103:3, 8, 12).
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
“We have not sinned” – Gnostics denied that their immoral actions were sinful.
One of the Mysteries of God and
Answers about Jesus
Here are a couple of questions many ask, the Yes/No answer is immediate, but the more explained answer is below:
1. Was Jesus a regular person like us? Yes.
2. Was Jesus the Father? No.
3. Was Jesus the Holy Ghost? No.
4. Was Jesus the Son of God? Yes.
5. Is Jesus God? Yes.
6. Did Jesus know He was God? Not at birth.
7. Did Jesus have the miraculous power of God when he was on earth? No..
8. Was Jesus abnormal, a freak of nature? Yes.
9. Was Jesus Satan’s brother? No.
10. Was Jesus a Christian? No.
11. Did Jesus go to Church? No.
12. Did Jesus Sin? No.
13. Was Jesus married? No.
14. Who or what is the Trinity? God.
Before we answer these questions, let’s explain who God is?
First off, God created us in His image and likeness.
“‘And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” (Gen 1:26).
(The “our” makes it clear that Jesus and the Holy Ghost have always been here too).
That does not mean we are also gods, like some idiots proclaim. But God wants us to be His children and to do that we need to trust in Him, in Jesus Christ.
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus” (Gal 3:26).
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world” (Phil 2:15).
The Jews like to think they are the children of God, but only His children are only those that have faith in Jesus.
“In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1 Jn 3:10).
At that time, the Khazarian people felt a vulnerable people as they had Muslims on one side of them and Christians the other side of them, and thus constantly feared attack from either side.
Furthermore, the Khazarian people were of neither faith and instead practiced idol worship, which made them ripe for invasion by a people who wished to convert them to an established faith.
The Khazarian King, King Bulan, decided in order to protect themselves against attack, the Khazarian people must convert to one of these faiths, but which one? If they converted to the Muslim faith they would risk attack by the Christians and if they converted to the Christian faith they would risk attack by the Muslims.
He had an idea. There was another race that he was aware were able to deal with both the Muslims and the Christians either side of him, predominantly in matters of trade.
A race which also dealt with Khazarians in the same manner. That race was the Jews. King Bulan decided if he instructed his people to convert to Judaism he could keep the Muslims and the Christians happy, as they were both already willing to trade with the Jews, so this is what he did.
King Bulan was right. He would live to see his country unconquered, his people convert to Judaism enthusiastically and adopt the principles of the most holy Jewish book, the Talmud [which is the most evil book of all, it is worse than the Koran].
He would not live to see many things, things he hoped would be good, nor would he live to experience the bible prophecy, as the, “Synagogue of Satan.”And Jesus is clear on pointing this out.
“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of tem which say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan” (Rev 2:9).
We are spirits created by God and placed inside human body/shell/tent, a fabrication also created by God and we need to act and behave like Him. A quick summarization is:
God is A Spirit – “God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (Jn 4:24).
(Throughout the entire Bible God’s Spirit, whether it is talking about the Holy Ghost or just God’s Spirit, i.e., the Trinity (1 Jn 5:7), will always be capitalized. When our spirit is mentioned it will be in lower case).
God is holy – “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation” [conduct/behavior] (1 Pet1:15).
God is Love – “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 Jn 4:8).
And this is the type of person God is and we are to follow suit –
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law” (Gal 5:22-23).
God is the creator of all things:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen 1:1).
“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him” (Col 1:16).
“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (Jn 1:3).
God created everything and He created it for Him to enjoy, whatever pleases Him He does.
“Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure” (Is 46:10).
God answers to no one, He can do anything:
“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Lk 1:37).
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Is 45:7).
God loves everyone the same (Rom 2:11), but does not mean He treats everyone the same way, as He told Moses:
“And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy” (Ex 33:19).
1. Was Jesus a regular person like us?
Yes He was and He did not know that He was God until later (this is explained in question #6).
The only difference between Jesus and us is that His mother, Mary, was still a virgin when He was born. How that is possible is that she had been impregnated by the Holy Ghost, her hymen was still fully intact.
“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost” (Matt 1:18).
“…the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph…fear not…for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghos”t (Matt 1:20).
And her husband, Joseph, did not have intercourse with her until Jesus was born (Matt 1:25).
No, the Holy Ghost was the Comforter that comes to us when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever” (Jn 14:16).
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you” (14:26).
4. Was Jesus the Son of God?
Yes, but He was also known as the “Word” and the “Lamb of God” because He was the sacrificial lamb on Pentecost to save us from our sins (1 Pet 1:19).
The need for a sacrificial lamb without blemish began at the beginning of time (Ex 12L5).
“And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he [John the Baptists] saith, Behold the Lamb of God” (Jn 1:36).
“The next day John [the Baptists] seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (Jn 1:29).
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession” (Heb 4:14).
The demons also knew that Jesus was the Son of God:
“When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not” (8:28).
“And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not” (Mk 5:7).
5. Was Jesus God?
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (Jn 1:1, 14).
“And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” ( 1 Tim 3:16).
6. Did Jesus know He was God?
The Bible does not explicitly say if He did or not. I say He didn’t until He was around 12 years old because of the following reasons:
Every year Mary, Joseph and Jesus went to Jerusalem for the feast of the Passover. When they went and left Jerusalem they did in a group. This particular time when Marry and Joseph left for home they didn’t see Jesus, but thought He was with friends somewhere in the crowd.
After a day they still had not seen Him and no one else did either so they returned to Jerusalem and three days later they found Him…
“…in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both bearing them, and asking them questions.
And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? Behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.
And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? Wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Lk 2:46).
But that is not the only reason I say Jesus did not know He was God right away, the other reason is that, according to the Bible, Jesus was not filled with the Holy Ghost until John the Baptist baptized Him.
“Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”(Matt 3:13-17).
But John the Baptist, who was Jesus cousin and six months older (Lk 1:36), knew of God and he knew who Jesus was because he was filled with the Holy Ghost before he was even born.
“And there appeared unto him an angel [Gabriel v. 19] of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elizabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and may shall rejoice at his birth.
For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb” (Lk 1:11-15).
The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation over 3,300 years ago by God from slavery in ancient Egypt that was ruled by the Pharaohs, and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.
It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible, especially in the Book of Exodus (chap 12), in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
Passover commences on the 15th of the Hebrew month of Nisan and lasts for either seven days (in Israel) or eight days (in the diaspora).
In Judaism, a day commences at dusk and lasts until the following dusk, thus the first day of Passover only begins after dusk of the 14th of Nisan and ends at dusk of the 15th day of the month of Nisan.
The rituals unique to the Passover celebrations commence with the Passover Seder when the 15th of Nisan has begun.
In the Northern Hemisphere Passover takes place in spring as the Torah prescribes it: “In the month of [the] spring” (בחדש האביב Ex 23:15). It is one of the most widely observed Jewish holiday.
In the narrative of the Exodus, the Bible tells that God helped the Children of Israel escape from their slavery in Egypt by inflicting ten plagues (Ex 7:14-11:10) upon the ancient Egyptians before the Pharaoh would release his Israelite slaves; the tenth and worst of the plagues was the death of the Egyptian first-born.
The Israelites were instructed to mark the doorposts of their homes with the blood of a slaughtered spring lamb and, upon seeing this, the spirit of the Lord knew to Passover the first-born in these homes, hence the name of the holiday.
Samaritans still make this pilgrimage to Mount Gerizim, but only men participate in public worship.John, even as a fetus, knew that Jesus was God and due to his actions so did Elisabeth and Mary, but unless one of them told Jesus He did not. And even if they had that would be a hard pill to swallow.
“And [Mary] entered the house of Zacharias and saluted Elisabeth.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit:
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord” (Lk 1:40-47).
7. Did Jesus have the miraculous power of God when he was on earth?
No, He, like us, prayed and fasted. He also spent a lot of time talking to the Father, which we should all do, but we can talk to all of them at the same time, which will be explained in question #14.
“Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered” (Matt 4:1-2).
“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed” (Mk 1:35).
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God” (Lk 6:12).
John 17 is one big prayer – Jesus is praying for us.
8. Was Jesus abnormal, a freak of nature like some people say?
You bet He was, He was the only person that ever lived without sin, I would say that is definitely abnormal and freakish, I wish I was such a freak.
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor 5:21).
“For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (4:15).
“Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth” (1 Pet 2:22).
9. Was Jesus Satan’s brother?
No, Satan is a fallen angel. Jesus actually created Satan, as He did all the angels.
“All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made” (Jn 1:3).
Satan had been the greatest of all angels, and he was beautiful and extremely intelligent. His beauty and intelligence filled him with pride and he sinned.
Know that God has not taken anything away from Satan aside from his residence and his authority over the other angles in heaven. That is why Peter warns us to stay away from Him:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8).
And Jesus told us how wicked he is, as well as the non-believers of the world, and what he/they will do to us (Jesus is talking to the Pharisees, the Jews, here):
“‘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” (Jn 8:44).
What Jesus says above tells us how dangerous Satan is, and God explains what happened in heaven:
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms;
That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners? (Is 14:12-17).
Behold, thou art wiser than Daniel; there is no secret that they can hide from thee:
With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
By thy great wisdom and by thy traffic hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast set thine heart as the heart of God;
Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.
Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffic; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more”(Eze 28:3-19).
10. Was Jesus a Christian?
No. Jesus is not a religion, He is God. And He did not call his disciples or anyone a Christian, the people of Antioch (Acts 11:26) started calling the disciples Christians after Jesus was crucified, resurrected and gone because even in Jesus absence they continued to live the, per se, Christian way.
Today the term “Christian” does not mean much because the new definition, according to today’s dictionaries, such as Dictionary.com:
1. a person who believes in Jesus Christ; adherent of Christianity.
2. a person who exemplifies in his or her life the teachings of Christ: He died like a true Christian.
3. a member of any of certain Protestant churches, as the Disciples of Christ and the Plymouth Brethren.
Catholics call themselves Christians and it fits in the above definition, but they are not, they are of the synagogue of Satan (Rev 2:9).
11. Did Jesus go to Church?
No, but He did go to temples and synagogues to correct the priests of their evil ways.
Jesus is the head of the church and we, the followers, is the church.
“Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ” (1 Pet 2:5).
“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt 16:18).
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor 6:19).
“But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet 2:9).
“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence” (Col 1:13-18).
12. Did Jesus Sin?
No, see question #8 for explanation.
13. Was Jesus married?
No. There is no place in the Bible that says He was or was not. I am sure that if He had been married it would have been written.
14. Who or what is the Trinity?
The Trinity is God, which is the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. Yet, even though it is one God, these are three different people. That does not make sense to us, but neither does God.
This is why I had said in question #7 that we don’t pray to the Father, we pray to all of them, to God.
“For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one” (1 Jn 5:7).
A Few Other Questions
Where did God come from?
Nobody knows, but Jesus tells us that He has always been:
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev 1:8).
Can God create a rock so heavy He can’t lift it?
That is a ridiculous question, but the answer is yes.
“But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible” (Matt 19:26).
“For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Lk 1:37).
If God created everything, who created God?
Nobody, He has always been (Rev 1:8).
“I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no savior” (Is 43:11).
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me” (Is 45:5).
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things” (Is 45:7).
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; (I am God, and there is none like me” (Is 46:9).