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In this section we will be including short articles on a wide range of topics
that are designed to give you something to think about.
Some reference widespread beliefs or ideas, while others might prompt
you to ask yourself "does this make sense".
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We don’t go to heaven  NEW

There are only a few verses about going to heaven. Let us see what they really mean.
Philippines 1:23 says “having a desire to depart and be with Christ......”Death is a sleep passes without notice. (Psalm 13:3) Those who die appear to be with Christ right away because sleep passes without notice. We will be with Christ after the resurrection.(Hebrews 11:39-40, 2Timothy 4:1)

The gospel of Matthew was written to Jews who do not say “God” It calls the kingdom of God “the kingdom of heaven” as God dwells in heaven. “Of heaven”does not mean “ in heaven”

1 Peter1:4 says your reward is reserved in heaven for you. This does not mean that we will go to heaven to get the reward instead the reward will come from heaven to us. Revelation 22:12 says “Behold I am coming quickly and my reward is with me.

John18:2 says “ In my Father’s house are many dwelling places.........I go and prepare a place for you.” Is heaven an unprepared place? We will get the reward when Jesus returns with it for the next verse says,” And if I go and prepare a place for you I will come again and receive you to myself that where I am, there you may be also.

So we see that the Bible does not support going to heaven.

All Bible quotes from the NASB.

 

The Jews  NEW

In this page we will look at Gods relationship with the Jews. “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew” (Romans 1:2). The reason for this is”......they (the Jews) are beloved for the sake of the fathers......” (Romans11:28) The fathers are Abraham, Issac and Jacob who founded the Jewish race.

Jews have often worshipped idols and broken Gods laws but there was a purpose in it all. “......they did not do so that as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles......(Romans 11:11)

When Jesus returns the Jews will recognize him as their Messiah and will thus merit their standing with God. “And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and of supplication so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son...”

God did not cast off the Jews who are beloved for the fathers sake. They will recognize Jesus as the Messiah when he returns.

All quotations from the NASB Bible

 

Immortality

The lie of the serpent is “you surely shall not die” Genesis 3:4. Not only was it believed by Eve but most people believe it too in believing an immortal soul goes to heaven or hell or believing in reincarnation.

The words “immortal soul” never appear together in the Bible. In fact, Ezekiel 18:4 says “the soul who sins will die.” The Bible does not say the soul is immortal.

The most well known verse in the Bible says eternal life is a gift to those who believe. “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” John3:16. The verse does not say they should not go to hell but rather go to heaven. Those who do not believe perish!

Immortality is something to put on as we do not have it naturally. “For this perishable must put on the imperishable, and this mortal must put on immortality” 1Corinthians 15:53.

Indeed, immortality is a gift and not a right. “For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ Our Lord” Romans 6:23.

Most people prefer to believe the lie of the serpent, and ignore the fact that souls die. Those who do not believe perish, while immortality is a gift.

Quotations from the NASB Bible.

 

It's all about the punctuation

The Bible has no punctuation in the original Old Testament manuscripts. This means that Luke 23 : 43 can be translated, "Truly I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”(NASB) or “Truly I say to you today, you shall be with me in paradise” (The Sacred Scriptures Bethel Edition). In other words, the location of the punctuation marks can either mean that either:

1)   Today is the day on which I am telling you the following… or,

2)   This is the very same day on which you will be with me in paradise.

The first option is correct. Confirmation can be found in John 20:17 where Jesus said to her (Mary) “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father...” Given that Jesus said this to Mary three days after he died he clearly could not have gone to heaven on the day of the crucifixion. Thus, Jesus was clearly telling them that they would be with him in paradise with, no indication as to when.

 

Overcoming Sin

The first step in overcoming sin is knowing its source. Sin comes from human nature and not from a fallen angel.

James 1v14-15states this clearly, “ But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived it gives birth to sin, and when sin is accomplished it brings forth death.” Mark 7: 20-23 agrees with this saying,” That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting, and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. All these evil things proceed from within and decile the man.”

You might object, saying when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness the devil tempted him, but the devil here was the promptings of his own mind. Hebrews 4:15 says that Jesus was tempted just as we are tempted. When we are tempted, the devil with horns and a pitchfork is not standing there urging us to sin. A close look Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness reveals that Jesus was not tempted that way either. “Again the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.....” Because the earth is round it would have been impossible for the devil to physically do this. Thus it must have been a temptation within Christ’s mind.

Temptation comes from within. We have nobody to blame but ourselves for our sins.

 

 

Bible Terms

One reason the 12 apostles would not consider modern Christianity as valid is that some biblical words do not have the same meaning today as they did in their original form.

The word ‘cross’ is an example. Originally it meant a single pole, with no additional cross bar, on which criminals were nailed. The two beamed cross that we see outside churches today had its origin in the worship of the God Tammuz. In the middle of the third century the two beamed cross was used by the early churches to attract pagan converts.

‘Baptism’ comes from the Greek word ‘baptizo’ meaning to dip, as in the dyeing of cloth which required full immersion. It never involved pouring or sprinkling.

‘Hell’ had several meanings depending on what Greek or Hebrew word was used. The only Hebrew word for Hell in the Bible is ‘Sheol’ which is translated grave as often as it is used for hell. It means the place where everyone goes at death. Turning to the Greek word ‘Hades’, this has the same meaning as ‘Sheol’ in Hebrew. We also have the Greek word ‘Gehenna’ which is often translated Hell, and means the garbage dump of Jerusalem where fires always burned the rubbish and maggots thrived. Gehenna means the disgraceful end of those condemned at the judgement day.

‘Nephesh’ in Hebrew and its associated Greek ‘Psuche’ (translated as soul) both mean breathing creature and can refer to animals as well as people.

The Hebrew ‘ruach’ and its counterpart in Greek ‘pneuma’ which are translated ‘spirit’  means wind, breath or mind.

To ensure you get the true meaning of biblical terms look up the original definitions in Hebrew of Greek. These can be found in Vines commentary or Strongs/Youngs concordances each of which provide details of the original meanings. Many on-line Bibles also provide a quick and easy option to find the original meanings which enable you to compare original with todays meanings.

 
   
 

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