Why do we sin?

Everything revolves around the word “sin”. This dates back at the garden of Eden where Adam and Eve sinned and were driven off paradise as a punishment. Why did they sin when they were created by an “Almighty God”, who never made mistake? Weren’t they created to follow? They were even clearly given the command in Genesis 2:7 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” .So, why didn’t they obey?

Human history is replete with evil people. And Genesis 6:5 highlighted the state of wantonness on earth, as in “The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

As to the person who sinned, everyone blamed him/her and rightly so. After all, action (mental or physical) has to be actuated by the person before anything happens; brain works through the physical body. But, the “blameless and upright Job” proved he did not sin at all, and that therefore Adam did not have to sin. Although, Job did not realize till the end that he still needed (Job 42:1-5) a “Savior” because Adam’s sin was “imputed on him”.

Even the “chosen Israelbroke the covenant made with God and was punished. Theologians look at sin as the reason why Jesus Christ had to spill his blood and die “to reconcile us to the Father”. Like Job on his own, man/anthropos-Jesus did not sin at all and died, although unlike Job, Jesus “came from above” and did not warrant imputed sin of Adam. Will there still be a need for Jesus’ death if humans did not sin?

Yet in spite of all the punishments God exacted on sinners, humanity continued to sin, why?The omnipotent God continued to show humanity, the consequences of sin. But somehow, sin continued, in spite of his admonitions and command, why? In fact, as Paul said in

Romans 5:13 that sin was already there even before the Law was given to Moses at Mt Sinai and that in Romans 5:20, the Law was given to account for and highlight more of these sins. And, by extension, the covenant that was there 430 years before cannot be annulled/set aside by the Law given to Moses at Mt Sinai.

Is God to blame for creating man’s capability to sin or is this an experience in human history to send us a clear message? Really, there are so many questions surrounding this subject of sin that we need answers.

Predicate of the Message

Yes, there is a message that revolves around the predicate of hope. On whom, for what and why?

Jeremiah 17:7“But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence”(NLT). And this was looking forward to the day of incarnation of the Lord Creator, our hope.

Romans 8:20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope”. (NLT).

Galatians 3:13-14 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole. He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.”

Yes, humanity from creation was “subjected to a curse and this for us to look forward to the hope of the coming Savior, the man/anthropos-Christ Jesus; he is at the center of this hope. The prophesied Israel’s redemption has to come first, to open up to the Gentiles, the “blessing to Abraham” And Paul explained why it had to be this particular man in Romans 5:5-21.

And this curse/crucifixion (his death) was accounted for sins of all humanity. Because first-Adam sinned, so the second-Adam’s (Jesus’) death (penalty) was accounted for that sin, and by extension to “all mankind as in Romans 5:12-20. as in “one man sinned that accounted for the sins of all and one man died for that sin but accounted to many sins of all humans.

In due time, YHVH ELOHIM(Lord God) disempowered himself voluntarily and incarnated to human Jesus for him to die in the cross for the purpose of humanity’s reconciliation with the Father because of our sins. And, Jesus having been resurrected, we “will be saved through his life”. But, how so? But, first he had to be alive to receive this gift for us. And having been empowered through this Holy Spirit, then the “clay that was marred” can now be re-molded as prophesied in Jeremiah 18:4

“But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.”

Remember, that Jesus said he had to die so that the “Comforter/Advocate/Holy Spirit” will be given to him after his resurrection, then was given first to the disciples and given to others generally at Pentecost, that same year and henceforth.

Same Strategic Plan

Even if the first-Adam did not sin, the strategic plan for salvation is the same, i.e., YHVH still had to incarnate and die, resurrected, receive the Holy Spirit for us. No need for reconciliation without Adam’s sin; love is still present for planning man’s destiny before we were created. As a human, with limited life span, Jesus would still die; all humans die, even as old as Methuselah.

But, in the course of history, Adam/Eve sinned, thereupon instituted the “accounting of that sin” to the death of Jesus. This same strategic plan to change humans from mortal to immortal did not change, was planned by the Father and has to be executed by YHVH/JESUS. But, why?

Here now is the crux of this plan, an essential point that needed to be resolved. What is that?

Going back to “how man was created”. In Genesis 2:7 it says:”Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Notice that the body came from the ground and therefore earthy and temporal. Also, the whole body/matter that was created was not alive until the “breath of life was breathed-into him through his nostrils. This was the life-giving energy that was “infused into that body” to be alive…”a living soul/being”.

Creation of man was perfect and even angels rejoiced. But, from the time man was created, he was still “weak” in the sense of being temporal or mortal. He was “incomplete or not created fully”. While God’s presence was in the “mobile tabernacles and 2 Temples in Jerusalem, God will “not dwell in the temple/tanernacle made by hands” as in Acts 7:48-49

However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says: ‘Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or where will my resting place be?”

Instead, the prophecy was for the Father to dwell in the mind/spirit-of-man, in due time through the “empowering Holy Spirit”; this happened first to the “first of firstfruits/man-Jesus/wave-sheaf offering, then to the disciples, and henceforth to others as well, depending on their scheduled/planned time.

Moreover, this “weakness” was emphasized 3 x by Jesus regarding his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane. It took him 3x, seeing how his disciples who were determined to be “awake was still found sleeping”, for him to follow voluntarily the “Father’s will”.

Message about Sin

While Job and Jesus on their own human power have shun evil, as humanity, in general, we are “weak” to overcome evil. But we will be empowered to have the requiredfruits of the Holy Spirit”, not “fruits of the flesh” nor “fruits that come from our nature” that the Father/God could not accept as shown by YHVH Elohim. We are “incomplete and temporal”. Indeed, man needs a “Helper/Advocate/Holy Spirit”…. and that is the message about the role of sin to humanity. This is the “power” that had to be given by the Father to Jesus for him to “re-create” humanity, an “ongoing creation”. And this “power” was given only if he died and was resurrected; not before, as planned.

Summary

Our loving Father planned and YHVH ELOHIM/(Lord God)Jesus Christ was tasked to execute the strategic plan voluntarily for humans to change from mortality to immortality. This plan did not change, whether man would sin or not. God foreknew Adam would sin as the “Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.” and commanded him not to. Since Adam sinned, the process changed to accommodate that into the main goal and “imputed Adam’s sin to one man, Jesus”. While Adam was created perfect, he was “incomplete/weak vessel”, although with the ability to choose the path to righteousness, like Job. On his own, he could have done so, but that “righteousness would still be as filthy rags”. The type that the Father required has to emanate from “fruits of the Holy Spirit”. This principle of required righteousness that is “sweet savor”/ “sweet aroma”, was shown to “upright and blameless Job”, who also learned he needed a Savior because of “imputed sin”. And, also learned by the man(anthropos) Jesus who came from above but still had to have “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit” at River Jordan. God decides what offering he likes and this principle was narrated regarding Abel and Cain.

Since Adam sinned, the death/curse/crucifixion of incarnated YHVH ELOHIM into man-Jesus Christ was then “accounted” for the sin of Adam and by extension to the sins of all humanity. The strategic plan stayed the same whether Adam sinned or not. It was the “accounting that was added” in the same way that the “covenant made 430 years before the Law given to Moses” would not be annulled by that Law, even when that Law was “added to amplify the gravity of sin”. Similarly, the “unwritten covenant between YHVH ELOHIM and the Ancient of Days” will not be annulled by the Law given to Moses. Israel’s redemption came to open up to the Gentiles, the “blessing to Abraham” And Paul explained why it had to be this particular man in Romans 5:5-21.

The predicate of sin is for us to look forward to the “hope in Christ, the Redeemer/Savior”. There is a timetable for Christ to come and it came. He died and was resurrected to receive the “empowering Spirit” for God to in-dwell in the spirit-of-man”, the only component of man not “made by hands”. This “new power” will be used for “ongoing creation” and “create a new pot”.

The message that comes forth from sin is that the “perfectly created Adam” was “incomplete/weak”, mortal and has to be changed in the future to immortality. As Paul testified in I Corinthians 15:52-53

“In a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.”

God Bless🙏😊😇

Original post: March 28, 2020

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Chinese virus, xenophobia and blame game

On use of “Chinese Virus”, xenophobia and “blame game”.

Recently, the social media are teeming with comments about POTUS45 calling SARS-CoV-2 as “Chinese-virus” and was criticized. This was apparently in response to Chinese Communist Party’s blaming the USA for this global pandemic. Others in the media also used the same name. Undoubtedly, it started in Wuhan, China, a province of Hubei and deductions as to whether “intentional or not”, maybe “right or wrong”. As practically everyone knows the origin of this plague and as a world-leader, should POTUS45 respond against this propaganda by wallowing in the same mud as the CCP? Nonetheless, does this response make our President xenophobic? Likewise, Guy Sorman, a well-known capitalist and globalist, supportive of Chinese people “called out Pres. Xi “ to be blamed for SARS-CoV-2”. Yet, does his opinion on Xi, make him xenophobic and should be curtailed? Will 1A right be squashed because of “evil people” who may use this pandemic as a justification for violence against Chinese-Americans? Will #blameChina or #blameXi be used as a “trigger for xenophobia expressed in violence”? Yet, this backlash against Chinese in NY subway train because of the virus and others unrelated violence against Asian-Americans are real in our time. While rhetoric cannot be blamed for “actions that cause physical harm”, in a similar vein, is this the time to blame “anyone” for this pandemic that may “stoke the flames of “fear and panic” in this uncertain times?

Indeed, in a time like we are all now facing, let everyone refrain from assigning blame and use the actual identity of this virus, SARS-CoV-2. Instead, let us work together against a common enemy, foster unity not division and put all our weight and innovative enterprise to put this menace behind us. And that, for the love of USA.

God bless 🙏😇

Hyperlink version posted March 21, 2020

COVID-19, what is the message?

Why do we have this Wuhan-virus declared by WHO as a global pandemic? And, for that matter in history, why so many diseases and plagues did humanity suffer from? Progress has been made that “Some spoke openly of a future without infectious disease. “Will such a world exist?” asked one prominent scientist. “We believe so.” Certainly, while it took time, recovery followed and life went on. Only, to face recurring onslaught of other diseases through this 21st century, why?

Hallmarks of human history

Recurring examples and repetitions are hallmarks of human history. Likewise, the Bible often repeats itself to emphasize something and for us to recognise what is really important.

Deuteronomy 6:6-9 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou rises up.And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. (Yes, repeat as a reminder)

Hebrews 3:13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness”

Hebrews 3:7-9 Today, if you hear his voice,
do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
on the day of testing in the wilderness, where your fathers put me to the test and saw my works for forty years”. (
Repeated also in Hebrews 3:15)

Psalm 95:8 Do not harden your hearts as you did at Meribah, as you did that day at Massah in the wilderness,

And “Today” twice in Hebrews 4:7God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.”

Repetitions for what?

These are recurring reminders for us to “achieve the purpose for which I sent” as in getting the message, as Isaiah 55:11 says “so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” Did you get it? What is the message ?

The Message

The recurring theme is well established that even man-Christ Jesus who was “overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” had been shown 3 times to “get it”. This was the narrative that night in the garden of Gethsemane:

Matthew 26:36-46Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”Then he returned to his disciples and found them sleeping. “Couldn’t you men keep watch with me for one hour?” he asked Peter. “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”When he came back, he again found them sleeping, because their eyes were heavy. So he left them and went away once more and prayed the third time, saying the same thing.Then he returned to the disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Look, the hour has come, and the Son of Man is delivered into the hands of sinners. Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Here is the message: “The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” The disciples Peter and the two sons of Zebedee “were willing to stay awake and watch” but were so sleepy, tired and powerless to overcome the limits of their weak flesh”. This human weakness is clearly shown in interrogation techniques. Going back to the message, despite their willingness to “stay awake and watch”, they were powerless, why? Yet, Jesus was empowered, but why only him at that time?

Remember that while they were all humans, the difference of Jesus to them (aside from many) was that he has in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit which was gifted to him by the Father at River Jordan; whereas they did not. Yet, even with this in-dwelling, Jesus was not forced to decide but followed “willingly his Father’s will”. He was showing us how the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit works; it guides, directs, show the right path; it does NOT FORCE it’s will down our throats. But, like any human, even Jesus (coming from above), had to receive this “empowerment” without which, he could NOT have overcome Satan, performed miracles and changed water to wine.

Summary

Much like any disaster, plague, or global pandemic, humanity will overcome and get over it, especially with current mass communication and technical abilities in diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Kudos to progress of humanity. Still, the prophecy that “man shall have rule/dominion over all” will not come to fruition until “empowered” by the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit and salvation comes.

That, while COVID-19 is no one’s fault, like many pandemics before, the message is about how “weak” our mortal bodies are and hence to look forward to our “destiny”. Recurrence in these events is constant reminder of the predicate that comes with the message, which is clearly that, while “the spirit-of-man is willing, the flesh is weak”. We need to be empowered with a “new power”, in-dwelling in the “spirit-of-man, in the “real you”. This new power(never given before), the Advocate/Comforter/Helper , was given to Jesus after his resurrection to eternal life, for him to give it to us, first at Pentecost and onwards

Today, this National Day of Prayer announced by POTUS45, let us hope and pray to overcome this global pandemic as we remember our “weakness” and the message for the future of our in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, on a predetermined time and chance”, that will develop us and eventually change our “physical mortal body into spiritual/immortal bodies”, our attainment of future salvation.

God bless 🙏😊😇

Hyperlink version posted March 15, 2020; National Day of Prayer/COVID-19

Dedicated to all, especially those whose birthday falls on this “ides of March”.

Does Earth need to be saved?

Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest guy, said;“We can save earth”. And, to do this, he launched a $10 Bezos Earth Fund kicking off his own effort to fight climate change, accordingly saving humanity. It goes without saying that his solution to prevent death of humans is to “save the earth” first; and that, with money. While there is nothing wrong with the whole world, in a personal way, to “clean up and not pollute our surroundings”, is this really the way to save mankind?

His solution is a stark distraction from where the focus of humanity should be in attaining salvation. And worse, this is entirely a reversal from what actual process is needed, not with money, for humans to be saved. According to Jesus, the true Savior, what was planned from the beginning and has already been in the “execution stage” from the time of creation, was a process of human salvation from eternal death. Yet, Jeff Bezos, “another false savior”, is focusing on earth’s survival due to “climate change/global warming” to prevent human extinction.

It then begs the question, does earth really need to be protected from CO2 emission, to save humanity? Although questionable, many scientists with 97% consensus, have predicted/prophesied that global inundation will happen leading to death of all living things. Accordingly, heat from earth will be trapped by CO2 concentration in the atmosphere and will cause increasing surface temperature on earth. Brush fires, forest fires and drought will follow. Ice polar caps will melt into water that will cover everything and life as we know it ends. Dr Mark Imisides is leery of this, as he calculated that it takes 6 septillion joules of energy to heat earth’s water up by 1 degree Centigrade.

This human “prophecy” is akin to a well-known and subscribed to by many, who believed in the hoax of a 1960’s best-seller book “Population Bomb by Paul Erlich. This was based on Malthusian theory which predicted death to mankind unless population is controlled. Consequences of this teaching can be understood by how China and India acted on this theory and suffered. Now, in this era of $T companies, climate-change is the “modern Paul Revere”, warning of global catastrophe.

When will humans learn that they don’t know what the future holds? Only the Creator-God (YHVH-Elohim) knows what the “destiny of man is. And that no one, even Jeff Bezos with his $B, needs to “save earth” to save mankind. Global inundation already happened in Noah’s time and God promised with a “sign of a rainbow that there will be no second time that the earth will be covered by global flood.

How then can humanity be saved from “eternal death”? And that, not by “saving earth” first. Unbeknownst to many, the plan has been in execution from the beginning of time. The plan was a “direct salvation of man”, in contrast to climate-change believers who preferred to “save earth”, thus indirectly saving humanity.

God’s plan is a process, based on love, that entails a progressive realization and completion of events planned way back to creation. These steps have been revealed through the Bible, as follows:

1. Creation of the universe and humans as described in Genesis by YHVH-Elohim(Lord God), Jesus-Christ, the creator of the invisible and visible.

2. Experiential developments that leave an incontrovertible and recurring message of human inadequacy. Humans are “incomplete and weak by themselves” to attain eternal life on their own. Human experience has catalogued the ups and downs throughout history. Even Genesis Adam-Eve, King Nimrod, Cain-Abel, Noah family, Abraham-Lot, Ishmael-Isaac, Jacob-sons,“chosen Israel”, King Saul, David, Solomon, Job and all the way down there genealogies were found to be wanting; until Jesus Christ came into being. who himself declared truly that the “flesh is weak. Human kingdoms come and go by the wayside as shown by successive powers in King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and could not establish an “eternal kingdom”, until the Son of God (Jesus Christ) returned to earth to establish it.

3. Incarnation of Creator-God (YHVH-Elohim) into a human Jesus for:

A. In-dwelling of the Holy Spirit which only the Father can give as a “gift” to “ man/anthropos-Jesus. Like Job who did not sin on his own, Jesus’ “own righteousness” was still “as filthy rags, not worthy as a “sweet savor to the Father. But, unlike Job who came “from the ground” (earthy), needed a savior and who also was called “upright , blameless and perfect in his eyes” by God on his own doing, Jesus (by contrast) did not need a “savior” from Adam’s sin as Jesus “came from above as incarnated YHVH-Elohim and therefore “heavenly”. Yet, being human and without miraculous powers, Jesus also needed to have this Holy Spirit of power. As the first human to receive the in-dwelling of the “Holy Spirit” at River Jordan, he was the first of the firstfruits”, the trailblazer”, the “pioneer/captain of our salvation” to be empowered by this “added-on power” (Advocate/Comforter) to overcome Satan and do miracles, with the first being the water-into-wine at the wedding in Cana. Even with this “in-dwelling”, he maintained free-will to choose the “will of his Father” over “his own will” as described in his last night at the garden of Gethsemane. With the “in-dwelling power of the the Holy Spirit” gifted to him by the Father, he followed the “will of the Father” in all respect throughout his earthly life and became one” with him all the way through death by crucifixion.

B. Death of the Passover to reconcile humanity to the Father. Jesus is the “passover lamb” whose death was taken as “atonement of sins of humanity” thereby reconciling us to the Father. As Paul said, Adam sinned and all humans died by imputation; as Jesus (the second Adam) died by crucifixion and this was also acknowledged by the Father and imputed as due consequence of humanity’s past sins, thus debts paid for.

4. He was then resurrected, as a “reward” for what he did, by the Father as promised, and became the “sweet savor”(the wave-sheaf offering) for the whole humanity. It takes a “live person” to receive what was promised. As such, the Father gave him the “gift” of the Comforter/Holy Spirit to then be gifted back to others starting at Pentecost. As the Bible said, we shall be saved through his life”, i.e., he had to be resurrected to life, for us to live through receiving this Holy Spirit of power.

5. The Christ (Savior) is then empowered through the Holy Spirit to in-dwell in the “spirit-of-man”, (the real you) to then guide, develop, nurture humans to be “one” with him and the Father. And this is an “ongoing creation” by the same Creator-God, the YHVH-Elohim who incarnated into Jesus, the Christ working in us individually and directly for our salvation.

Summary:

Salvation of humanity is directly through humans, not save earth first, by the power of the “Holy Spirit in-dwelling” in the “spirit-of-man”(the breath of life). This Holy Spirit of power was first given to the “trailblazer, pioneer,Captain of our salvation”, the “man-Christ Jesus”, to be the “first of firstfruits”. He then followed the guidance and will of the Father with this in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, all the way through Gethsemane and Calvary. After his death that reconciled man to the Father, the only “sweet savor/aroma to the Father, he was then resurrected as promised, to receive the Comforter/Holy Spirit to be given to other humans starting at Pentecost. With this new power which Jesus never had before, he can then “dwell in the temple not made by hands”( that breath of life in us/ the spirit-of-man) to make us “one” with the Father, as Jesus is “one” with him with the goal of all being “one” in this “kingdom of God”.

God bless🙏😇

Original post/Hyperlink version 3/1/2020

Palindrome 02/02/2020?

Some claim that Palindrome 02/02/2020 has not happened for over 900 years and that a major global event may happen today, because of it. Allegedly, the last occurred 909 years ago and the next won’t happen until 12/12/2121 according to Ivanka Trump.

Going through any global event, it is not the global contagion coronavirus, since it started in Wuhan, China sometime ago. It is not even Brexit nor signing of USMCA either. If anything, the only global event today marks Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs. While the Chiefs won after 50 years, there is nothing unique about this, as this is now the 54th Super Bowl.

But while this is the first eight digit palindrome of its kind since 11-11-1111,  There are a total of 38 palidrome dates in the 21st Century, in the month/day/year date format, as calculated by Aziz Inan, an electrical engineering professor at the University of Portland“.

Similarly, whatever global event occurs in today’s palindrome, is there any better time to reiterate the basic solution to human maladies than now?

Human history

From the very first account of humans in Genesis, all that emerges as an inevitable theme of finality is man’s mortality. Everyone dies at their own unique time, whether intra-utero, 70 years or hundreds of years later as Methuselah who lived 969 years. Along the way, human history is a catalogue of sin, aches and pain, sickness, suffering from calamities and worse, our violent past. Humanity has gone a long way since then and that by sheer intellect that made possible lots of progress in inventions, innovations and the ability to be better. Still, whatever man does, goes back to what haunts us, our “will-o-the-wisp” existence. Death does not respect young or old, fame, wealth, pristine positions or material success; everyone eventually dies at their own time. But, cheers to God who created us for a purpose, have planned and is executing the solution to mortality.

Hope for the ultimate solution

As the LIV Super Bowl winner said, “never lose hope“. So should we not lose hope on “destiny of man” and look forward to the completion of God’s plan.

For now, the ultimate goal for humanity is salvation which is synonymous with “eternal life” or “immortality”. And, salvation is a process (not immediate) that has been planned from the beginning of time and came about because of God’s love and grace for mankind. Like any process, the bottom line and execution take time and requisite events must occur, viz.,

1. Creation of humans from the ground and “breath-of-life” breathed into his nostrils to become aliving being“. Without that “breath-of-life” the created matter-composed person has no life until Creator God(YHVH ELOHIM) “breathe” into his nostrils, this life-giving “spirit-of-man” component. A “living being” is composed of “flesh ” that comes from the ground and therefore earthy, + the “breath-of-life” which directly comes from the “life-giving” spirit God-Almighty, the YHVH-Creator, (Lord God/YHVH ELOHIM) and therefore spiritual and heavenly.

2. Through millennia of experience, humanity will see that, on their own and with the best they have, they will still be deficient in their abilities and power to fulfill the promise for them to have “dominion over all” as in Genesis(NKJV) and be in the “kingdom of God“. For accounting/imputation/charging of sin toone man“, the Ten Commandments were given at the time of Moses to humanity. They were written in 2 “tables of stone” to condemn sin in the flesh, for sin to abound(multiply) in its abomination and show how powerless humans with “stony heart” could be to fulfill all. There would be time, as promised and prophesied, when the “deliverer/Yeshuah” (man-Jesus) of this power, will come.

3. The Messiah comes as incarnated YHVH-Elohim (Lord God/Creator God) and named Jesus ( Jehusuah/Yeshuah). This is the human prophesied to be the “trailblazer, Captain, author and finisher“, the “way, truth and the life” towards human salvation. He led a “righteous life” on his own (like Job) but as the Bible said,“…our righteousness are as filthy rags”. The righteousness that comes from “human-Jesus” as “fruits from our fleshly being” is not what God requires as “sweet savor gift/sacrifice” to him. Instead, the righteousness that God seeks, comes from “fruits of the Holy Spirit“. And, to have these fruits, one has to receive it, starting from the trailblazer man/anthropos Jesus. At River Jordan, after coming out of water baptism, John saw Jesus received the full measure of the Holy Spirit that empowered him to overcome Satan and do miracles. Jesus was the “prophesied one” to be the “first” to receive this in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit. And, rightfully, he is the “captain, trailblazer, the wavesheaf (first) of the firstfruits”, the example towards our salvation.

After receiving the empowering in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, he died as propitiation for our sins to reconcile as to the Father. But, even more importantly, he was resurrected by the Father (as promised), to receive the “comforter/Advocate/Holy Spirit” to be given to us for the first time, starting at Pentecost.

4. Predestined time to have the first opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit was alluded to in the narrative about the “firstfruits and latterfruits”. God has chosen who will “be calledat their own time, like in Israel harvest for the “first(spring), and latter summer and fall harvest”. These harvests are opportunities that God provides to receive the empowering in-dwelling Holy Spirit. Jesus was the “first of the firstfruits, Jesus, being the “wave sheaf offering”(NLT), first order of resurrection. From Pentecost through the first trump“, humans are receiving the Holy Spirit of power to guide, protect and sanctify the elect“, the firstfruits, the first (after Jesus) to resurrect as “spirit-composed living beings“. Then the “latterfruits” during and after the Millenium.

5. Growth & Development after receiving the Holy Spirit of adoption. As following the guidance of the Advocate/Holy Spirit and being “one” with Christ and the Father are voluntary and with freewill, having the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit does not equate necessarily to “salvation/immortality“. All will need to grow and develop as genetics and intra-uterine development taught us regarding the “gospel of and about Christ“. We are currently in the “womb of the church” for this process of sanctification, before delivery in a “twinkling of an eye“. This concept of time taken to develop is shown in the life of Abraham, Moses, the patriarchs, Paul, etc. who has to take years to receive the Holy Spirit and develop. The patriarchs did not receive the Holy Spirit but others assumed they did, forgetting that the first recipient has to be the “trailblazer“, the “anthropos/man-Jesus. So did not Job , who was “blameless and upright” in and by himself and not because of the Holy Spirit. . (NB. Even now , Abraham, Moses and patriarchs of old, are still in their graves, did not receive the promises and waiting for the Holy Spirit to be given to them when they get resurrected.) Remember, “the first shall be last and the last will be first“?

Post Pentecost, notice that even the 7 churches of God in Revelations with the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome temptations, were sinning and admonished to change. No wonder, we still have a High Priest(Jesus) interceding for sins we still commit. And , everyone else WITH the in-dwelling of Holy Spirit has “ongoing creation”. Each one of us, has to carry our own crosses daily through “developmental stages”.

Thank God, we have “intercessor” Christ.

Then comes the first resurrection, Battle at Armageddon, Millennial reign of Christ, last battle with human Gog & Magog, latter fruits resurrection, last judgment, new heaven and earth.

God Bless 🙏😇👍

Original Post: 02/04/2020. Please click on hyperlink highlights.

Dedicated to everyone, especially to someone I know who celebrated her 18th birthday on this very palindrome day of 02/02/2020. Also, to:

The Kansas City Chiefs for their “never lose hope” comeback from a 10 point deficit to win Super Bowl LIV, to radio host Rush Limbaugh who announced his advanced lung cancer 02/03/2020, World Cancer Day , to POTUS45 for his SOTU 02/04/2020 and acquittal/exoneration from impeachment 02/05/2020.

“I and the Father are one”, what does that mean?

This verse in John 10:30 “I and the Father are one” has been a bone of contention among religious leaders. This has been used as one of the bases for the Trinitarian concept of the “godhead”. To understand this quote one has to read chapter John 10:24-40 regarding the narrative.

From the context of this narrative, the following become clear:

1. The verse does not mean that Jesus and the Father are equal since the “Father is greater than all”.

Also, it does not mean that they have “oneness of power or essence/substance” as other commentators teach. Remember that when Jesus spoke those words, he was still on earth as a man/anthropos, flesh-composed unlike the Father who is spirit-composed, although man-Jesus was an incarnation of Creator YHVH-Elohim or Lord God. Similarly, it does not mean that the Father and man/anthropos-Jesus have the same knowledge of the future, as saith Jesus in Mark 13:32, “that day and that hour, there is knoweth, not the angels, nor the Son, but the Father only”. Man-Jesus did not have that knowledge as the Father

2. To the Jews of that time, the verse meant to them that he, being man, was “like the Father, is also “god”. That seemed to them to be blasphemy, so they picked up stones. Their reason is here given in express words, “because that Thou, being a man, makest thyself God” (John 10:33). While only God the Father should be worshipped, to the Jews of his time, they cannot believe that Jesus also defined “man as god“,(although not to be worshipped). Similarly, in the verse “Before Abraham was born, I am” the Jews again picked up stones to stone him, as they knew part roar he Abraham was older than him. Yet, Jesus defined man as “god”. What is “god”? is a question that has been explained in another post.

3. Rather, the verse to be “one“, clearly meant by Jesus to be about him, having been given the Holy Spirit by the Father at River Jordan, as in Matthew 3:16. This is the empowering spirit that made him “one” with the Father and from then on, miraculous works of man-Jesus came about(and not before). Notice verse John 10:38 “But if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.”

Summary

John 10:30 has been used to mean anything but the truth to explain it, but unfortunately, with misinformation. It has also been a foundational teaching to Trinity that has been deconstructed. But, the Holy Spirit guides us to the truth as in John 16:13,

Truly, the presence of the Holy Spirit in Jesus made him “one with the Father as we will be “one” with the Father and his Son-Jesus with the Holy Spirit “in us“. This is the energy/power that will empower us to fulfill the goal in “oneness doctrine“.

Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. He is the pioneer/trailblazer towards our salvation from eternal death. And because of him and through him, we will be “one”. As the prophecy in Genesis 2:24 that we “shall be one flesh” , this time with the “ongoing creation” by the Holy Spirit, we “shall be one Spirit”.

God bless🙏😇

Hyperlink version original post: January 25, 2020

Climate Change and the “end of the world”?

Nary a day goes by without being forewarned of coastal inundation by rising seas due to “global warming“. The prospect of global deluge and conflagration leading to “end of the world” is indeed very scary, not only for adults but also for the young generation.

This was highlighted by Greta Thunberg, a schoolgirl climate change warrior with Asperger’s syndrome from Sweden, in her address to the United Nations. Since 2004, so-called “scientists” were pressuring Pres. Bush through the Pentagon to declare an extreme proclamation that “global warming/climate change” is a national security.

Climate Science

The “basics, evidence, impacts and solutions” of climate science have been written and “eventually, entire regions (will) become uninhabitable“, an end-time scenario.

There is 97% consensus on global warming which is overwhelming. But “Only 16% of Americans realize that the consensus is above 90%”

While there are “31,000 scientists (that) say no convincing evidence” to this prediction, this number is questioned by “believers“.

Taking an opposing side, a former NASA scientist, Dr Leslie Woodcock, “laughed off man-made climate change as nonsense and a money-making industry for the green lobby, which approaches the subject with a religious fervor.

Similarly, Dr Mark Imisides, an industrial chemist, logically claimed that carbon dioxide can’t cause global warming. He posits that human influence on our climate, “even if we really tried, is miniscule. He continued:”The problem gets even stickier when you consider the size of the ocean. Basically, there is too much water and not enough air.The ocean contains a colossal 1,500,000,000,000,000,000,000 (1.5 septillion) litres of water! To heat it, even by a small amount, takes a staggering amount of energy. To heat it by a mere 1˚C, for example, an astonishing 6,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (6 septillion) joules of energy are required. To put this amount of energy in perspective: If we all turned off all our appliances and went and lived in caves, and then devoted every coal, nuclear, gas, hydro, wind and solar power plant to just heating the ocean, it would take a breathtaking 32,000 years to heat the ocean by just this 1˚C!” He theorized that the reason for change in climate is the same as that for season changes, i.e., the earth’s tilt towards the sun.

Dr Roy Spencer(former NASA scientist) and Lord Christopher Monckton, 3rd Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, mocked (no pun intended) this global warming hoax.

The controversy of climate change (global warming) is summarized in a nutshell by Dr James Lovelock, who quipped It’s just as silly to be a denier as it is to be a believer. You can’t be certain”.

Where do we go from here?

Not a “denier or believer“, it may well be that the issue is not on the controversial validity of “climate science” championed by those scientists for global warming or those against it? The “root cause” maybe more deep rooted for years. It may well be “religious, not secular” and may properly segue to “who to believe?

It was not long ago, in the 1950’s and 1960’s when there was widespread fear of population explosion and catastrophic events would happen because of the “prophesy/prediction” emblazoned in a best-selling book “Population Bomb” written by Stanford University Professor Paul Erlich and his wife Anne in 1968. It predicted worldwide famine in the 1970s and 1980s due to overpopulation, as well as other major societal upheavals, and advocated immediate action to limit population growth“. Many believed that and responses were China’s one-child policy and India’s two-child policy for population control. Many families in other countries, on their own volition, adopted what was euphemistically called “family planning” which became a “gateway to abortion and what has become a step towards infanticide”. Innovation and technological advances made a mockery of this Malthusian theory.

On a personal note, there was a senior medical student that I met in New York, who decided not to finish medical school because of 1975 in Prophecy written by Herbert W. Armstrong of the Worldwide Church of God. His argument and justification for his action was, “Why finish medical school when the world will end soon?” The year quickly went by and we were still around. Indeed, an interpretation of Biblical events but still a human prediction, nevertheless.

Upping the ante, so to speak as the Bible has a different take on the future, should people believe humans or God? Could this be a continuing debate between “atheists and theist”? Is “global warming” another in a litany of “doom-and-gloom scenario” that may find itself in the dustbin of history? Will there really be another “global deluge”, this time from melting polar caps due to carbon dioxide greenhouse effect? In contrast, what did God promise mankind?

Noah’s flood

To understand this dilemma, one has to go back to the narrative of Noah’s flood. Didn’t God promise and, even with a rainbow sign, that there will be no more deluge on earth? Yet, are people rejecting this by subscribing to “climate change hoax”? Not really on that basis, according to some religious pundits who believe in “global warming” and advanced the argument that Noah’s flood was entirely about a promise not to have “rain” as a cause of earth’s inundation. Was God’s promise really about the cause or not to have global flood, per se, irrespective of cause?

To analyze this proposition by religious experts, let us go back to the Bible’s narrative of Noah’s flood in Genesis. The following are clear:

1. The flood was a punishment for human wickedness, evil mind and corruption that filled the earth with violence, as in:

Genesis 6:5-7And God saw that the wickednessof man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the faceof the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

Genesis 6:11-13Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.

2. This destruction would be for all life on earth, except Noah and his family, as well as representative living creatures:

Genesis 6:8 “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 6:17-22 “..,to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you,and you will enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you.Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten and store it away as food for you and for them.”Noah did everything just as God commanded him.

3. The punishment was: “floodwaters” as in:

Genesis 6:17 “I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth…” NOTE: the warning of punishment was about “floodwaters” and

4. The means utilized were “rain” for 40 days and forty nights andfountains of the great deep broken up” to bring this on, as in;

Genesis 7:4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

Genesis 7:10-12 “And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

5. Here is the promise:waters of a flood

Genesis 8:21And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imaginationof man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.(meaning with floodwaters).

Genesis 9:11 “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth.

From the preceding verses, one can clearly see that God’s promise was to refrain from using “global floodwaters” to punish humanity as a whole. And, a rainbow became a sign/token that sealed this covenant as in Genesis 9:12-17. This rainbow then served as a sign, not just for global floodwaters coming from rain but any source of future deluge or water inundation.

Summary

Whether a “denier or a believer in climate change”, what is more important is the action one takes for the environment. There is nothing wrong with keeping our surroundings clean as we keep our homes “spic-and-span“. That is just “common sense”. But, as a mandated governmental, or worse, global policy, that then borders on extremism. People have to guard themselves from “false prophets of doom“.

Opponents of “climate science” may just be an expression of extremism from both sides of this divide, that requires suspension of disbelief. People can be “believers or deniers” of global warming/climate change. But, this issue may not be secular in nature after all. It may have roots as to who to believe: human prediction or God’s covenant with humanity. His promise will not be broken and any teaching of “global flood resulting from global warming” is antithetical to God’s ability to fulfill his promise since Noah’s flood.

Herein is the choice: fear human prediction or fear of God? Hopefully and prayerfully, we will have wisdom to discern truth from fiction. Let us therefore fear God because “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Quoting Mark Twain: “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t”.

Floodwaters, deluge or water inundation of earth is a delusion. God promised no more “global floodwatersas punishment for humanity, as a whole. The future punishment is in fact lake of fire“(Gehenna fire). Revelations 20:14-15.

God bless 🙏😇

Original post, Hyperlink Version: January 18, 2020

Dedicated to my friends who passionately believe in climate science.