“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – James 4:7
“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.” Isaiah 14:13
‘The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peters 3:9
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and LET THEM have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over ALL OVER THE EARTH, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” – Genesis 1:26-28
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [satan] said unto the woman [Eve], Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” Genesis 3:3
Eve tells satan: “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”
Satan’s response? “Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4
The purpose of them mingling with the earthly women was to corrupt the human DNA so Jesus Christ couldn’t be born. God is just. There was not only wickedness, but DNA corruption so God had sent a flood to destroy MOST of mankind and creation.
God spares those who accepted Him and because the earth was filled with so much wickedness that only eight souls out of entire world was spared: Noah and his family.
God does not kill people because he is a tyrant. God is just and when we disobey our parents, there are consequences. You might think, “well, God is still cruel! He destroyed cities and people.” Let me rephrase what I said earlier: God does NOT kill, nor forsake those who accept Him. Noah and his family were saved because they were right with God despite of being equally sinners while the rest of the population disobeyed and worshipped their own made-up idols and did wicked things, satisfying their own carnal lusts.
Think of human cells: not all cells are good. Some can turn into cancerous. And likewise, humans can be truly evil and cause and have caused havoc among our nations. So, if it weren’t for God taking actions against the hybrids and the wickedness, earth would probably not exist or worse, God could permanently have us destroyed along with satan and his demons and be done with. But with God’s grace and mercy, we are given salvation: the shedding of the blood of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. It is up to us to accept this free gift of salvation or not, but what we decide, seals our eternal fate: No one goes to heaven or hell against their own free will: if a soul wants to deny Jesus Christ, they’re basically saying, “I don’t want anything to do with you, God,” and God will honor that: be separated from God eternally. In doing so, you forfeit every blessings, gifts, all the good God wants to bestow upon you.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” – Hebrews 9:27
You say you have hard time believing that the evil exists, but this should be the least of your concerns.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12
Our battles is not about wondering if satan exists—even though satan is very real—it is the battle for your soul, not your flesh. As long you don’t accept and believe that Jesus Christ died for your sins, then satan has already won over you and it’ll move onto the next soul it can devour:
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8
This is NOT to scare you but to let you know God provides us a way out:
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13
We are all equally sinners and deserve to die, but this is what God says to you, Dad:
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” – Romans 6:23
We live in a fallen world. It’s truly upsetting many people commit heinous crimes and get away with it, but let me tell you that God knows what we’ve done. Nothing is secret to Him. All the wrong-doings people have done and never repent, Christ says this:
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In the meantime, while it’s hard to forgive others, especially the severity, Christ reminds us to do your best to forgive others, even love your enemies. The love I think He’s referring is to rather than wish someone to die in their own sins, but pray that they may repent and seek Christ so that they may live.
People have made receiving salvation very hard, but it’s simple: acknowledge you’re a sinner, thank God for the good things that have happened in your life, confess your sins to the Lord, repent, and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to come into your life because this is what Christ is telling you also, Dad:
“The thief [satan] cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10
The media likes to shake their fists and point fingers at Christians as hypocrites. And what I mean by that is just because we’re a born-again follower of Jesus Christ doesn’t make us better than non-believers, or awesome and holy. I still need the Lord, I still stumble daily (sinning). This is a perfect reminder for us:
“Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” – Romans 3:20
“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” – Galatians 2:16
We are in our flesh in a tug-of-war with our spirit: we want to be pure but our flesh is so over-powering we succumb to it and sin, sin, sin, which brings us to this next beautiful passage:
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” – Hebrews 8:12
If you confess your sins, repent sincerely with your heart, and accept Jesus Christ as your savior–as God knows you more than you know yourself—He will not only forgive you and remember your sin no more, but you have gained salvation! Remember, it is better to sin and feel guilty than to sin and take pleasure in doing so.
And finally, the morality issue. First, we must understand our definition of good and compare it with God’s definition of good. As humans, we view “good” as not stealing, killing, lying, cheating, provoking fights, etc, but rather help others and be civil, right? Right? Well, if that were the case, then, we have a problem with this verse:
‘For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
We must be careful not to think being moral and doing good to others is another way to salvation.
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But none of us ever truly went out of our ways to be evil you might say. We are so blind on what God’s definition of good is. You’ve mentioned Dalai Lama, but ask yourself where did morality came from in the first place? Humans didn’t invent morality, let alone nature. God did. Corrupt men just borrowed the 10 Commandments and tries to credit the goodness as their own.
Here are the 10 Commandments we all disobey daily and what’s scary, it doesn’t involve us actually murdering people.
1.) “You shall have no other gods before me.” If we didn’t create our own idols, we wouldn’t have so many false gods to confuse people in the first place. Did you know despite of God’s physical super-natural demonstration, His own people still formed their own idol like melting gold and sculpting into shape as an ox and worshipped it? In Roman Catholic, it is a custom to worship Mary but God clearly says the only mediator between you and God is Jesus Christ only.
2.) “Thou shall have no grave images.” Based on my experience, all the Catholic churches I’ve gone to have myriad of Madonna and baby Jesus statues, ostensibly to worship them, but it is a pagan worship of Ishtar and Tammuz in disguise. It inspired the Egyptian mythology, Osiris and Isis.
3.) “You shall not take the Lord’s name in vain”. How many times have we said God damnmitt or Jesus Christ in a fit of rage?
4.) “Keep the Sabbath holy.” I’ve worked on Sabbath days. Do you think work is going to allow me to have Sundays off? If they have to comply based on my belief or be sued for discrimination, they will find any excuse to fire me in a heart beat. I had to choose and I chose work over God.
5.) “Honor your father and mother.” This isn’t just commanding children to obey parents, it’s also for the young to honor those who are older than them in general. Now we see rampant disobedience of kids talking back, if not, probably physically assaulting.
6.) “You shall not kill”. Thoughts are just as bad actions. In proverbs, God says, “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, and let not your heart be glad when he stumbles.” If there’s someone who ticked you off and thought of hurting or dreaming of killing them, that’s still committing murder.
7.) “Thou shall not commit adultery.” – Like the 5th Commandment, looking at another man or woman with lust while married is committing an adultery, even when no actual adultery took place. I’m just as guilty as billions. What’s worse, having sex outside of marriage, even if you’re single, is committing an adultery. We wouldn’t have so many unborn babies aborted. Promiscuity is going very rampant.
8.) “Thou shall not steal.” – self-explanatory. If people didn’t steal, we wouldn’t need lock smiths or businesses that allegedly promises to watch over your credit scores from thieves.
9.) “Thou shall not bear false witness.” Do you know how many reputations got destroyed or innocent people in-prisoned by slander? Even worse, government using propaganda to convince citizens it’s justified to invade another country is bearing false witness.
10.) “Thou shall not covet.” Like stealing, if we envy and hold grudges against someone who has something we badly want, that’s coveting. There’s nothing wrong with being envious. But being envious can only go so wrong when you decide to hold grudges or hate the person for possessing something you wish you could have. If we didn’t covet, no one would steal or kill.
Now, tell me, have any us disobeyed these Commandments? If not, then you are exactly like Jesus Christ who never sinned! If we have disobeyed any of these Commandments–and all of us but Jesus Christ have–then, we are guilty of sin, have fallen short, and deserve death. Following these Commandments is impossible. That’s why God sent Jesus Christ to take our place so we wouldn’t face the second death. Salvation is easy: believe in Jesus Christ for what he did for us. None of us are perfect and can’t be like Christ while in flesh, so, we are bound to sin. As Pastor Murray from the Shepard’s Chapel said many times–God bless him, “satan likes to put us in a guilt trip.”
We sin incessantly. But our Father wishes us to search for Him despite of our transgressions should tell you even though we sin…a lot, God is willing to forgive us and want all of us home. Believe in what Jesus Christ did for us and you will be home with the Lord, and eventually, dwell with the Father! If giving us an opportunity to share God’s kingdom eternally despite of our transgressions–even with Christ saying while on the cross, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing,”–and wishing all sinners to come to repentance and have an ever-lasting life doesn’t convince you that this is the ultimate unconditional love, then, I don’t know what is!
“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” –