The Darkness Can Not Comprehend

This has been covered before, but now with a little different aspect. There are very few subjects in scripture that have a simple one line answer. It is too bad that when one is asked to defend a non politically correct doctrine that all one is really permitted to give is not much more than a one sentence answer. Keep in mind they won’t understand it anyway.

John 1:5 “And the light shines in the darkness; yet the darkness comprehends it not.”

Light vs dark, good vs evil. The potter has His purpose. Who are we to question Him.

Romans 9:13-16, 21 “Even as it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? May it never be! For he said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who has mercy.” “Or hasn’t the potter a right over the clay, from the same lump to make one part a vessel for honor, and another for dishonor?”

This teaches several things, one of which is that we are not all created equal. The concept of equality in scripture is only found in Christ. Thus the equality is limited to those who are Christians. Churches teach it or imply that all are equal, but scripture never places all people everywhere on a level playing field. This is also backed up by the following.

2 John 1:9-11 “Whoever transgresses and doesn’t remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn’t have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you, and doesn’t bring this teaching, don’t receive him into your house, and don’t welcome him, for he who welcomes him participates in his evil deeds.”

Unfortunately few take the above scripture seriously. No fellowship is permitted for those who fit the description above and below. The sad part is that some Christians can’t hear what scripture says here.

2 Chronicles 19:2b “Should you help the wicked, and love those who hate Yahweh? Because of this, wrath is on you from before Yahweh.”

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Noah’s Flood

There was a world wide flood in Genesis 1.

Genesis 1:6-7 God said, “Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.

Genesis 1:9-10 God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;” and it was so. God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.

Consider the possibility that Noah’s flood was a local flood. The Chinese wrote about the extent of the flood waters at that time. The world wide flood was in Genesis 1.

Here is an interesting article by a friend.

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Only One Morality

Unless your morality comes from someone greater, like Yahweh God, then your morality is just your opinion. Others sharing it doesn’t make it right or better.

There is only one morality, one source of right and wrong, Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

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In the Matter of Balaam

Consider this personally and nationally.

Amos 3:6b “Does evil happen to a city, and Yahweh hasn’t done it?”

We have a lot of enemies who do not want to be at peace with us now.

A lesson from the time of Balaam. Balaam could not curse Israel. The only way to curse Israel was to get Israel to disobey Yahweh’s Law. Yahweh would then punish Israel in her disobedience.

Revelation 2:14 “But I have a few things against you, because you have there some who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to throw a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.”

What better way for an enemy to deal a blow to Christians than to have it taught that God’s Law is no longer valid. We can never please our God if we do not follow His commandments.

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.”

Contrapositive statement of John 14:15

“If you do not keep my commandments, you do not love me.”

Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways please Yahweh, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”

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Anti-Christs are Not Our Brothers

1 John 2:22 “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the Antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son.”

Are we to love Anti-Christs?

2 John 1:7-11 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who don’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the Antichrist. Watch yourselves, that we don’t lose the things which we have accomplished, but that we receive a full reward. Whoever transgresses and doesn’t remain in the teaching of Christ, doesn’t have God. He who remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you, and doesn’t bring this teaching, don’t receive him into your house, and don’t welcome him, for he who welcomes him participates in his evil works.

We are not to receive him into our house.
We are not to greet him nor welcome him.
We are not to love nor help him.

John 15:23 “He who hates me, hates my Father also.”

There is no change between the old and new testaments in this matter.

2 Chronicles 19:2b “Should you help the wicked, and love those who hate Yahweh? Because of this, wrath is on you from before Yahweh.”

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Sin Unto Death

Under the Law of Yahweh God there are some sins that have a judgment of death. For years I have heard them referred to as death penalty sins.  These sins are also referred to in the new testament under God’s Law.

1 John 5:16 “If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin not leading to death, he shall ask, and God will give him life for those who sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I don’t say that he should make a request concerning this.”

There has been a misunderstanding with the following verses.

Romans 10:5 “For Moses writes about the righteousness of the law, “The one who does them will live by them.””

Galatians 3:10-12 “For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse. For it is written, “Cursed is everyone who doesn’t continue in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” Now that no man is justified by the law before God is evident, for, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not of faith, but, “The man who does them will live by them.””

Paul was trained in the Law. God’s Law is written very precisely as are legal documents. When the Word says “live by them”, that is to be understood as live. This is compared to the other option of not living, being dead. Think about living happy and well as opposed to not living at all. Also notice that Paul said that Moses wrote about how the law was righteous. Paul also quoted the Law stating that anyone who did not obey the Law was cursed. Reread the verses above.

We read many verses with a negative understanding that were intended to have a positive understanding. The point is that no one can perfectly obey God’s Law. Those with faith no longer have to concern themselves with the Law’s judgment of death.

Romans 10:4 “For Christ is the fulfillment of the [judgment of death] law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”

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Never in Bondage

John 8:33 “We are Abraham’s seed and were never in bondage to anyone.”

Obviously they were proud of their ability to say they descended from Abraham. However it is a curious statement to say that they had never been in bondage to any man. All of Jacob’s children were in bondage in Egypt. After Egypt the nation of Israel was in bondage many times during the times of the Judges of Israel. Since all Israel had been in bondage many times these people were likely not of Israel.

It is important to know the make up of the people who inhabited Judea during the time of Christ. John Hyrcanus had conquered Edom and forced them to adopt their religion. However, it had been corrupted during the house of Judah’s stay in Babylon. This was a bad choice on the part of Hyrcanus. Within a very short time those Edomites had taken over the government of Judea. By the time of Christ they were a vassal state of Rome. It was more complicated than that, but the results were that even the Sanhedrin was run by many Edomites. Only a few actual Israelites of the house of Judah sat on the council. Many of the rulers in Jerusalem at the time of Christ were of Esau/Edom.

John 1:11 “He came into His own land, and the men of the country received Him not.”

This makes more sense when one realizes that the men of the country of Judea were mostly not Israelites. There were many different peoples living in Judea. They did not receive Christ because they had no kinship with Him. That is why Christ spent most of His ministry in the North around Galilee.

Matthew 15:24 “I wasn’t sent to anyone but the put away and punished sheep of the house of Israel.”

When one sees the word Jew in the new testament it almost always has the meaning of Judean. That is as in any people living in that country. The modern day Jews still follow a modified form of the corrupted Hebrew religion from the time of the new testament Pharisees. Their holy book is the Talmud, not old testament. Of course most of today’s Jew’s ancestry did not become a part of Jewry until 740 AD or later. A small portion of the modern day Jews can trace their lineage to the Edomite Pharisees of the time of Christ. Several years of the Jewish Encyclopedia state this fact with “Edom is in modern Jewry.”

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Who Can Marry

No one even thinks about it. If someone wants to get married they go to the government to get a license to do so. It was not always this way. Government’s “marriage” was originally designed to give approval for man made types of “marriage” that God would never allow. Should we expect it to be any different today?

Yahweh God’s marriage has existed since the creation of the world. God’s marriage is based on his moral laws. For the Christian, God’s marriage is the only marriage that has validity before God. There are only a few rules for God’s marriage.

  • One must marry someone of the same general kin or race.
  • One must marry someone of the opposite physical gender.
  • One must marry someone who is also a Christian.

Exodus 20:14 “You shall not commit adultery.”

In both the Greek and Hebrew the word adultery includes the idea of miscegenation. God does not recognize as valid a union between people of different races.

Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man will leave his father and his mother, and will join with his wife, and they will be one flesh.” Also see Matthew 19:5, Mark 10:7 and Ephesians 5:31.

In Genesis 2:24 the Hebrew word for man has a masculine gender. In the Hebrew the word for wife is of feminine gender in the possessive case and actually is the word woman.

2 Corinthians 6:14 “Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers, for what fellowship have righteousness and iniquity? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?”

God does not recognize a union between a Christian and a non-Christian. For those who already have a union of this type, they may stay together if it is desired to do so. The Christian is however free to leave and marry a Christian. 1 Corinthians 7.

Exodus 21:10 “If he takes another wife to himself, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marital rights”

A marriage recognized by Yahweh God is strictly between one man and one woman. Although it is very unpopular and not politically correct today God does allow a man to have more than one of these marriage relationships before God. The man must continue to provide for previous wives as before. The first wife also has a special place as the wife of his youth.

Deuteronomy 25:5 “If brothers dwell together, and one of them dies, and has no son, the wife of the dead shall not be married outside to a stranger. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her, and take her as his wife, and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her.” Also see Deuteronomy 25:6-10.

This is commonly referred to as Leverite marriage. The reason is spelled out in the full quote as to protect the future lineage of a man in Israel. The term brother in Hebrew has a broader meaning than the English word and can include any close male relative.

Scripture has much more to say about marriage. The intent of this article only concerned who can marry. The only approvals a Christian needs for marriage is Yahweh God’s, the father of the virgin woman and the woman.

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Real Bible Study

True Bible study really starts when you realize that much of what you were taught about the Bible might be incorrect.

Cognitive Dissonance is the concept that one holds two contradictory beliefs at the same time. A very simple example is John 3:16.

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

As stated before most understand the word perish as “have everlasting life in torture“. The word means perish and that meaning is backed up in several other verses. Word studies can be helpful.

Don’t reject truth for church doctrine. Let the scriptures teach what they say.

2 Thessalonians 2:11 “For this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie”.

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Who Does the Potter Save

John 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.”

God saves whom He wills.

Romans 9:15 “For he said to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion”.

Remember this next time you hear someone say that all who want to be saved can be saved. Who are we to question the potter?

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