Standards in Religion

In my personal ministry I have been asked a few times “are standards falling” and “why doesn’t your faith reflect the standards of modern society”?

The truth is society has set it’s own standards and rules for thousands of years and moved away from God’s laws, guidance and principles. So standards are becoming accepted modern practices.

Historically the primary faiths, Catholicism, Anglicans, mainstream Protestant faith groups have been able to control the lives of the population and keep them in line with the brutal regime of the Church. To reject those standards meant a painful and swift end.

However, the Biblical standards are constant!

Jesus explained that we as Christians should master two points Matthew 22: 36 – 40 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”37 He said to him: “‘You must love Jehovah your God with your whole heart and with your whole soul and with your whole mind.’38 This is the greatest and first commandment.39 The second, like it, is this: ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.’40 On these two commandments the whole Law hangs, and the Prophets.”

So love of God and neighbour. In Matthew 7: 12 “All things, therefore, that you want men to do to you, you also must do to them. This, in fact, is what the Law and the Prophets mean.”

Christian Alignment – appeasement

In the most descriptive of language the Bible describes organised religion that fails to recognise Jehovah as the Most High God, as set in opposition to his rulership. Modern churches have aligned themselves with Governments, Commercial practises and capitalised on celebrations, now focusing on pleasure and political appeasement (P & p).

Never confuse those who attend the churches with those who have faith and live by bible principles.

Let’s take one point – 2 Corinthians 7: 1 Therefore, since we have these promises, beloved ones, let us cleanse ourselves of every defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

At first reading this seems easy to accept but let’s just take one aspect – the incorporation of Pagan Holidays (Holy Days) into Christianity.

No where are we informed that we as Christians should embrace other practices – for example the Apostle John stated 1 John 5: 21 “Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.”

At Christmas (a pagan holiday adopted by Christianity) the veneration of the Mother and Child has become common. Scenes of the manger, mother nursing the child and countless representations. An online Bible Research resource (Bible Tools) noted this on the origins of the images used to represent this relationship: “Through the generations, in this idolatrous worship, Nimrod became the false Messiah, son of Baal the Sun-god. In this false Babylonish system, the “Mother and Child” (Semiramis and Nimrod reborn), became chief objects of worship. This worship of “Mother and Child” spread over the world. The names varied in different countries and languages. In Egypt, it was Isis and Osiris. In Asia, Cybele and Deoius. In pagan Rome, Fortuna and Jupiterpuer. Even in Greece, China, Japan, Tibet is to be found the counterpart of the Madonna, long before the birth of Christ!”

From the 431 CE council at Ephesus representations of the Mother and Child (Madonna nursing Christ) have been acceptable.

The origin of the image – Nimrod reborn and his mother – Nimrod is clearly identified as Rebel one who turned his back on God and wanted to do his own thing.

The words are clear – keep yourselves from idols. and yet every church, gallery and most religious buildings we find representations of these abhorrent images

To worship God acceptably we need to ensure we know what is required and maintain those standards. Have standards fallen? No true Christians have always maintained them and died for it. Have the Churches diluted the standards to incorporate pagans and those without faith. Most definitely.

The only way to be certain that you are maintaining Gods standards is study the bible, set that as your benchmark and let the rest get on with their chosen pathway.

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When Will the World End?

People have been taught that the bible says that the will end. They confuse this statement with the idea that the planet will be destroyed and all life on it.

So to understand what the “End of the World” means we need to examine what the Bible meaning of “World”.

Kosmos

In the Bible the word translated as “world” is “Kosmos” [or in English “Cosmos”] which refers to people or society not the planet. For example, Cosmos is the root of Cosmopolitan. Therefore, the early Christians understood that the “End of the World” referred to the people and society.

The Bible is specific in identifying the “world” that is coming to an end as those who have rejected God, his standards and have no desire to recognise him as the creator and rightful ruler.

The biblical example is 2 Peter 2:5 “And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people”

Note that he Peter uses the “world” to identify the ungodly people.

The earth was not destroyed nor did all of the animals die rather God protected his servants, Noah and his family. The Biblical account of the Flood demonstrates that it is humankind who is in line for judgement.

The Biblical Contrast

Psalm 37: 9 – 11 provides a more detailed contrast note the words of the Psalmist – “For evil men will be done away with, But those hoping in Jehovah will possess the earth. ו [Waw]10 Just a little while longer, and the wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.”

In verse 29 the promise for the loyal worshippers of God “The righteous will possess the earth, And they will live forever on it.”

Peace, security, honesty, loyalty and the absence of fear and harm is only achieved by removing the root cause and healing the symptoms. It will take time to repair the damage but the effect of this transformation will last forever.

What would make life worth living then?

We often hear people say “I wouldn’t want to live forever”. Ask them what day would they choose to die? Or remind them that they are not forced or coerced if they don’t want to live without:

  • Pain
  • Sickness
  • Death
  • Famine
  • War
  • Corruption
  • Crime
  • Injustice

The promise of everlasting life is for those who understand the importance of their relationship with the creator. These ones have read the prophetic words at 2 Timothy 3: 1- 5 “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal,3 having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness,4 betrayers, headstrong, puffed up with pride, lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God,5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away.”

They understand we are living in those times right and as it is the “last days” and it is the time that God has chosen to act however, the choice of survival is ours.

The “world” is coming to an end, individuals who don’t want to follow the standards that promote peace will be destroyed note the words in Revelation 11: 18 “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

Those who chose to fight against God – the nations or the world will be judged and those ruining the earth in any way will be brought to their end.

Will we choose to survive the “End of the World”? Prepare to day for survival – Study the Bible and understand that we live in the time of the end.

Enjoy Life Forever

The Creation of Humans

Humanity always portrays itself as the pinnacle of intelligent life on earth. We don’t see the intelligence of other kinds of animal life as competition. Even if these are more effective hunters.

It is almost as if the animals stopped evolving – if you accept the concept of random development and the survival of the fittest.

We take it as read that no other life form will challenge humans for management of the earth. Why when their existence is threatened by the actions of Humanity aren’t the powerful species tackling the issues of climate change, poor land management and ignorance?

Simply explained, they can’t!

If power and strength were all it takes then animals would have taken over long ago.

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The Creation Account

The Bible’s creation account establishes that Humans have a duty of care toward the planet and life on it, note the words at Genesis 1 : 27 and 28 “And God went on to create the man in his image, in God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.28 Further, God blessed them, and God said to them: “Be fruitful and become many, fill the earth and subdue it, and have in subjection the fish of the sea and the flying creatures of the heavens and every living creature that is moving on the earth.”

A large responsibility for the final creation, to look after the planet and the life on it. Evidence has shown the earth has the capacity to self renew through the cycles of the natural world. The air is scrubbed and cleaned, water is distributed across the globe and life can exist in the high places and depths of the sea.

Only as Humanity has wandered farther away from its role has the imbalance threatened the existence of life on this planet.

Humans rejected the role and wanted more, the right to determine everything even the things they did not understand. Human experience demonstrates just how poor we are at governing the impact of our so call progress.

This rejection of role led to an adjustment and made the continuance of life a struggle, again note the words of Genesis in chapter 9: 1through 3 “God went on to bless Noah and his sons and to say to them: “Be fruitful and become many and fill the earth.2 A fear of you and a terror of you will continue upon every living creature of the earth and upon every flying creature of the heavens, upon everything that moves on the ground and upon all the fish of the sea. They are now given into your hand.3 Every moving animal that is alive may serve as food for you. Just as I gave you the green vegetation, I give them all to you.”

So we became the great threat, to our existence and all of the life on this planet. Not content with the damage we have caused here science is looking at colonising space. How ridiculous, damage one planet and then think we can create a habitation that sustains life indefinitely.

Creation has real hope

Doom and gloom, “we’re all going to die in a ball of fire – that’s what the bible says”. This is the response of those who have had look but not focused on the hope and the conditions of salvation.

I’m intrigued by people who need to be rescued who want things done on their terms. I write from experience, in a situation where several lives were involved a couple of people wanted the rescuers to listen to them. They failed to understand that in a tunnel with one end blocked and only one way out you have to follow the skilled direction.

Humanity believes it has the right to determine how it will be saved. Here’s some news, those who don’t follow the escape plan will be left. The rescuers know once everything collapses there isn’t anytime to offer an alternate route and those who didn’t accept the help have made the choice to die.

Stark the choice is ours. Note the words at Revelation 11: 18 “But the nations became wrathful, and your own wrath came, and the appointed time came for the dead to be judged and to reward your slaves the prophets and the holy ones and those fearing your name, the small and the great, and to bring to ruin those ruining the earth.”

Humanity will wage war with the rescuers and oppose the only means of salvation. Why are the rescuers intervening? Because humans are ruining the earth. The final creation (so everything else was here before us) the custodians of the planet are destroying and the creator has to take steps to protect the planet and the rest of creation.

COVID19 has shown how quickly the planet adjusts, however, the global temperature rises have consequences that will take time to resolve. It is as if the planet has become hostile towards humans because we are destroying it. A little like the “Forbidden Planet”.

So what next? Heed the counsel at Proverbs 22: 3 “The shrewd one sees the danger and conceals himself, But the inexperienced keep right on going and suffer the consequences.”

And Proverbs 13: 16 “The shrewd person acts with knowledge, But the fool exposes his own foolishness.

We know the dangers we face, we have an escape route, it isn’t easy but it has an experienced rescue worker to lead those who want to escape so it is time to plan now before the final tipping point.

We can enjoy life as the Creator planned if we accept the offer of rescue, if we’re determined to fight the rescuers then we have to accept the consequences.

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Why Do Good People Suffer?

Many people have asked this question. Perhaps you have? It can cause us to wonder if there is any point in doing good, some express the belief that this is a circle of death and life, where our past deeds shape our present life.

Others, believe it is a punishment from God? Can this be true?

The Bible’s Answer

The Bible clearly emphasises that suffering is not a punishment from God. Often it can be a simple case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Please check the reference at Ecclesiastes 9: 11 “I have seen something further under the sun, that the swift do not always win the race, nor do the mighty win the battle, nor do the wise always have the food, nor do the intelligent always have the riches, nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events overtake them all.”

Another cause for suffering is Sin. Not the wrong acts we perform but rather the sin or imperfection we inherited from Adam and Eve our first parents. They chose to rebel against God, his sovereignty and ignore his guidance. Note the words of King David the Psalmist at Psalm 51:5 “Look! I was born guilty of error, And my mother conceived me in sin.”

In Christian times this inherited sin was acknowledged when the Apostle Paul said at Romans 7: 21 I find, then, this law in my case: When I wish to do what is right, what is bad is present with me.22 I really delight in the law of God according to the man I am within,23 but I see in my body another law warring against the law of my mind and leading me captive to sin’s law that is in my body.

Our sinful nature, that we inherited at birth contributes to both physical and mental flaws, disorders and traits which cause harm to others and ourselves.

The Solution

We have to acknowledge rebellion put us in a position where we are vulnerable, God did not create humankind to suffer, grow sick and old. He cared for humans, placing them in a perfect home and he is intent on restoring that home through his Kingdom where he through his Son Jesus Christ will end human suffering everywhere.

It is important to find out more, the reward is that we get to Enjoy Life on Earth Forever!

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Will we ever see the end of violence and terrorism?

The earth today is plagued by violent acts. Many on a small scale, man mass attacks by armed gangs. Sadly, many have lost their lives through this and many have lost their loved ones.

But does God support or endorse this violence? Psalm 11: 5 Jehovah examines the righteous one as well as the wicked one; He hates anyone who loves violence. look at Isaiah 1: 15 … Although you offer many prayers, I am not listening; Your hands are filled with blood.

The Real Cause

The Bible clearly identifies the real cause of these violent acts in Ecclesiastes 8: 9 All of this I have seen, and I applied my heart to every work that has been done under the sun, during the time that man has dominated man to his harm. By rejecting the laws of our creator and following our own ways humankind has established their own governments, religions and systems of rulership and these continue to disadvantage everyone and create space for these acts of violence.

The Solution

The only real solution for these issues is God’s Kingdom. It will eliminate the cause of violence and the power to undo all of the effects, physical, spiritual and emotional. Through the pages of the Bible we are educated to cope now.

An example is found in Philippians 4: 7 and the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your mental powers by means of Christ Jesus. We are promised that sincere prayer to God will result in Hebrews 6: 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, both sure and firm, and it enters in within the curtain, and that the peace of God will safeguard our hearts.

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Endurance

Christians Require Endurance

Millions of Christians give up, tire out and reject the faith and hope the Bible presents because they lack endurance. “A very bold and sweeping statement!” Why have I drawn this this conclusion?

Open your Bible to Jesus words to the crowds at Matthew 7: “Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it;14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it.”

History demonstrates Christians have not had a easy existence. The first century they were martyred, second century persecuted, by the third century the leaders found ways to dilute Jesus message to become acceptable to the state.

For example: encouraging religious leaders in the congregations and church to get the laity to pay them a salary; how about becoming involved with politics; encouraging tolerance of celebrations and integrating these false practices into the congregation – Christmas, Easter, Saints days, birthday celebrations, accepting the Trinity, Hell fire and the immortal soul.

Impact

The Christians stopped running the race. They no longer understood the things that Jesus had explained were important and what everyone of us were invited to do.

Individual Christians stopped being Christians because they had no reason to endure! They had established their acceptable society where they could impose their personal standards on humanity. This is a disgrace.

By 1830 the ordinary person had access to exactly what Jesus required Christians to do. These New Christians highlighted the critical requirements to bear the name – Christian; these included:

Exposing the false doctrines of the:

  • immortal soul,
  • Hell is the grave not a place of torment – the only torment we have is that we will die because we separated ourselves from truth
  • the trinity

Additionally they identified the need to:

  • Use God’s name as revealed in scripture
  • Assign Jesus his rightful place as the only means for salvation
  • Preach about the kingdom of God
  • Teach honest hearted ones the blessing from God’s Word the bible

The Result

Persecution from so-called Christian Church Leaders, Governments and the wider community. That has confirmed to those of the Christian Congregation that they are blessed and rewarded by God. Not some of the points that enables us to draw confidence and understand the reward now.

Hebrews 12: 1 So, then, because we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also throw off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 as we look intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus. For the joy that was set before him he endured a torture stake, despising shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

2 Corinthians 6: 4 but in every way we recommend ourselves as God’s ministers, by the endurance of much, by tribulations, by times of need, by difficulties,5 by beatings, by imprisonments, by riots, by hard work, by sleepless nights, by times without food;6 by purity, by knowledge, by patience, by kindness, by holy spirit, by love free from hypocrisy,7 by truthful speech, by God’s power; through the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left

James 1: 2 – 4 Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you meet with various trials,3 knowing as you do that this tested quality of your faith produces endurance.4 But let endurance complete its work, so that you may be complete and sound in all respects, not lacking in anything.

Our endurance is evidence of our Christianity.

So what is required of a Christian?

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There is real value in Endurance however, to endure we have to make a stand that indicates we are different. Jesus said those who follow him would be hated by the world. By the people. Today it comes in the form of being branded a a religious bigot. Last week a so-called tolerant individual commented that all those who don’t accept same sex relationships, alternate gender assignment and practices that society accepts should be locked up as religious bigots.

Because Christians don’t involve themselves in politics either voting or joining the army – for example in Russia are seen and branded as Terrorists. A report in the UK published in 2019 stated that Religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses offered a form of passive resistance.

Leave a comment if you think this is extreme but if you are not feeling pressured to fit into the mould of society then are you a Christian.

The End of Suffering –

Paradise is near!

All of us were created for life of earth, we were provided with the perfect home, originally perfect health and the opportunity for endless life.

The biblical account of Adam and Eve explains they chose to disobey God over a small thing. That wasn’t a mistake it was an act of rebellion and they decided to live without God. With that choice came the consequences we inherited.

God Takes Action

Immediately God took steps to restore that paradise home for Adams offspring. The Bible takes us on a journey of revelation, identifying the price that would be paid, the justice required, the one who would balance the account for humans and that paradise would be restored by a Kingdom Ruled by God’s chosen king.

For almost 2,000 Christians have been praying for that Kingdom using the Lord’s or Our Father Prayer Matt 6: 9 “You must pray, then, this way: “‘Our Father in the heavens, let your name be sanctified.10 Let your Kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also on earth.11 Give us today our bread for this day;12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.13 And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the wicked one.’ Possibly you say these words each day. Note verse 10 Let your Kingdom Come!.

Yes you pray from God’s Kingdom and his will or purpose to be completed in heaven and on earth.

This acknowledges that only God’s Kingdom can restore a global paradise, bring peace and good health to humanity.

How is this achieved?

The primary reason it will achieve a global impact is because the ruler is in the heavens, not limited by physical location.

The King of the Kingdom, the resurrected Jesus Christ demonstrated during his human existence that he loved people, cared about their personal needs and this moved him to health the sick, cure those with disabilities, feed the hungry, control the environment and raise the dead!

A global government has no need for boundaries, one global nation united under divine rulership. Revelation 7: 9 “After this I saw, and look! a great crowd, which no man was able to number, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes; and there were palm branches in their hands.10 And they keep shouting with a loud voice, saying: “Salvation we owe to our God, who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

The impact of Divine Rulership is presented in Isaiah 35: 5 “At that time the eyes of the blind will be opened, And the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. 6 At that time the lame will leap like the deer, And the tongue of the speechless will shout for joy. For waters will burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert plain. 7 The heat-parched ground will become a reedy pool, And the thirsty ground springs of water. In the lairs where jackals rested, There will be green grass and reeds and papyrus.” An end to drought, famine, barren land areas due to human mismanagement.

On a personal level what is promised Micah 4: 3 “He will render judgment among many peoples And set matters straight respecting mighty nations far away. They will beat their swords into plowshares And their spears into pruning shears. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, Nor will they learn war anymore. 4 They will sit, each one under his vine and under his fig tree, And no one will make them afraid, For the mouth of Jehovah of armies has spoken.” Real Peace and True Security. You can find it now.

The Promise of something Better

These are the promises found in the Bible, to benefit from the promises an individual needs to make a personal search, investigate the what the requirements are for living in the restored Paradise.

To understand how the progressive revealing of the truth about humankind is explained in scripture each of us has to read the bible, test its accuracy and benefit in our life and then decide like Adam and Eve to serve God or reject the Kingdom established to restore the original plan for humankind.

Where do we begin? Read the Bible – looking for a modern bible or a copy of KJV digital.

An Ethiopian traveling down from Jerusalem made an observation that also helps, when speaking with Philip he asked how he would know these things without someone to explain them to him. So study the bible with an experienced student to draw your own conclusions.