Freedom from Oppression

Historically there is evidence to suggest that as one form of oppression wanes another form starts, it has become like a fashion.

Since the dawn of civilisation others have decided they will dominate their neighbours. Often exploiting the fact that the majority do not stand up for themselves.

There is a parable that comes to mind – there are two wolves locked in a bitter struggle, fighting everyday, which one will win – the one you feed most. We can see that governments, religions and poswerful commercial elements have fed oppression. Why? because the oppressor has one goal to dominate another person and cause harm. Note the words at Ecclesiates 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.”

Is Freedom really possible?

Wherever we live on this planet we are controlled and our lives are managed by authorities, businesses and the propaganda that bombards us all. We are trapped in a cycle of allowing others to set the standards for us.

This week in the USA the great debate continues over abortion, who has the right to terminate the life of the unborn child? Does the unborn child have rights? Does the mother have an overriding say in the freedom to do what she wants with this life?

The way we live now has placed so many conflicting demands on all of us that the result is we can only look at short term solutions. Seek what is best for us as an individual. This is a real conflict. It exists because we die, always too soon and with so much unfulfilled. Therefore taking 20 years out to look after an unplanned child, or having a support circle that can help with raising the child is challenging to find.

The dilemma of true slavery. We are not enslaved or held captive by people but by death! An often quoted statement is there are two things certain in life – death and taxes are as accurate today as when they were first spoken.

We need freedom from Death to End all forms of Oppression!

Weare slaves of sin. The wages of Sin are described as death, therefore, death is the enemy. Once we have clear understanding of the real issues we see the importance of the Apostle Pauls words to the congregation in Rome. Romans 6: 6 “For we know that our old personality was nailed to the stake along with him in order for our sinful body to be made powerless, so that we should no longer go on being slaves to sin.”

So relief from oppression begins with us. We have to change our personality, to discover the real freedom that Jesus spoke of the freedom of the sons of god we need to examine the bible for ourselves.

Be clear oppression, being oppress is a choice, we can opt out. How well refer to the Bible Teachings or review the study aid “Enjoy Life Forever” know the truth and the truth will set you free Jesus stated and that is the beginning of freedom from oppression.

End of Suffering – the end to hatred

All over the earth, great trouble is caused by HATRED!.

We can be taught to hate others of different, races, skin tones, ethnicity, country, religion, political or social group, the list of differences that can be used as excuses for hatred seems to be unlimited.

The Cause of Hatred

The Bible identifies three major causes of hatred:

  • Satan the Devil. His corrupt, hate-fuelled world run by corrupt politicians and religious leaders exploits the reasons for hatred, whilst using inclusivity as a tool.
  • Our inherited weaknesses originated with our common ancestor Adam the father of those living. He began by willfully disobeying God, promoting his own selfish desire, this led to his son Abel being the first victim of envy and hatred when his brother Cain took his life.
  • Intolerance, our world fuels hatred by promoting specific personal “rights”, “freedoms” and inclusive practices. This attitude is harmful, promoting extreme behaviour, bullying, insulting speech and victimisation. Why? 1 John 5: 19 “but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” Identified as Satan the Devil, humans have allowed society to be driven by his corruption and hatred.

The Bible tells us the answer

It not only helps us to eliminate hatred from our lives now, but shows how in the near future hatred will be eliminated forever.

God’s Kingdom Government ruled by Jesus establishes a righteous government, focused on justice, love, peace and kindness.

The cause of Hatred has been removed and replaced with God’s righteous standards. The impact is confirmed in Psalm 72: 7 “In his days the righteous will flourish, And peace will abound until the moon is no more.” all of us will live in ideal conditions, all will show genuine love for neighbours and will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace (Psalms 37: 11 But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.)

For more information on how to deal and cope with hatred now and information on what is in store for us in the future please read Breaking the Cycle of Fear

The Bible gives us real hope and the promise of a life that is free from suffering and those who it. Research the Bible and join the millions studying the Bible using the course “Enjoy Life Forever”

There Is So Much More to Life!

There is a reality that we all come to understand at some point in our lives. As an individual, we can make sense of the conclusion recorded in

Ecclesiastes 1:14, 15

14  I saw all the works that were done under the sun, And look! everything was futile, a chasing after the wind.a15  What is crooked cannot be made straight, And what is lacking cannot possibly be counted.

There is a futility in our existence, we come into the world with nothing, what we acquire through family and education can lead to the accumulation of wealth, property and influence, it can be snatched away at any time and when we eventually die we leave with nothing. We can take none of the things we own with us.

Give it a few weeks and life has carried on without us, we start to slip from the memory of friends and acquaintances.

In life, there are two constants – uncertainty of how long it will last and the certainty of death.

The future of the Human Race

The analysis of all forms of government, all economies, environments, communities, major religions and philosophies live precariously on the brink, science and technology move us all closer to extinction and the beauty of this is we can all watch it wherever we are. As never before globalisation enables us to realise that the planet, society and individual existence of all life is threatened and our survival is at stake.

Should we be bothered? “Life finds a way” as the famous quote from Jurassic Park sums up the attitude of many. The issues in Ukraine have brought home to Europe just how tenuous peace is, something that Africa, Asia, South and Central America already know. But “I’m alright Jack so pull up the ladder” or burying our heads in the sand won’t work anymore. These issues and concerns are touching all of our lives.

Governments speak of peace, have conferences, sign treaties and make great promises but what we know is just one Leader can change all of those proposals and the rest weakly stand by and do little.

Science established a way of coping with COVID but can’t cure it or eradicate it, the truth is that Governments do not want to look at how it became so prevalent, was it a mistake in a Lab? Human contact with diseased animals? Who gets a vaccine is determined on the basis of how much Money a Government has, the largest population centres are often the last to receive these vaccines and life-saving treatments. 500,000,000 people have contracted Covid 6,259,000 have died. The daily death rate has been reduced but not all the figures have been collected. Look at the Data listed on Worldometer to review the staggering impact humans have on this planet as we race towards a population of 8 billion. Then recognise that 12 nations have the capacity to kill everything on the planet in less than 24 hours. Humanity must realise just how futile life is. Like trying to control the tide.

Christian religions

They speak of peace but bless weapons of war, tell people that God is on their side and he fights for them. What outstanding hypocrisy! Hope does not originate with the peddlers of their own importance.

The Christian leaders are clearly instructed to “Seek first the ‘Kingdom'”. The Kingdom they have taught Christians to repeatedly pray for in Matthew 6: 9, 10 “Thy Kingdom Come!” is God’s Kingdom.

We inherited the problems we face today, the human condition, alienation from God, a lack of real understanding. The Bible explains what happened, why it happened and when things are set to change! To find the real meaning or purpose of life we need to address these issues.

In law, ignorance isn’t a defence because we have a responsibility to find the information, establish the facts and apply them. Yet so many settle for the word of others. In a recent conversation, it was made clear to me that Bible accounts were as accurate as Greek and Roman Myths and local legends. So the first question was which had the person read the Bible or Homer? Unsurprisingly the person responded with neither.

The conclusion they had drawn was based on what others had told him. How foolish, note the words of the proverb “When anyone replies to a matter before he hears the facts, It is foolish and humiliating.”

We have a real choice today, find out what is really going on and be ready for the consequences or just let things carry on as normal, hoping that some miracle will happen and humans will learn to live in peace without the threat of extinction.

The clear point of this post is that if you agree that there should be so much more to life then don’t wait for someone else to tell you, Study the Bible, get to the truth of why things are the way they are.

Establish for yourself that there is more to life now and that the future is full of hope, we continue to pray for God’s will to be done on earth, research what that will is and how you are already in line for access but more needs to be done.

You can Enjoy Life Forever and that life is full of meaning and opportunity. First, you need to discover what is required to line up with the millions looking forward to God’s Kingdom Government led by Jesus Christ

Response to the assertion that: God Both Causes and Punishes Sin

I recently read the Blog Perfect Chaos by Stephen Colborne the London Based philosopher – I found the title intriguing and the reasoning disturbing until I reread it. This is a post that covers the personal conclusions reached after years of study.

Interestingly, I began my personal search for understanding the reasons for Sin and the punishment, really the outcome, death. This led me to a very different conclusion.

God Does not Cause or Punish Sin!

The source material for this conclusion is not philosophy or personal enlightenment it is the product of studying the Bible. Let’s begin with the notion that God is Omnipresent not to be confused with Omniscient (all-wise).

The Bible clearly states in Hebrews 4: 13 “And there is not a creation that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and openly exposed to the eyes of the one to whom we must give an account.” He sees all things. However, there is no evidence to support the conclusion that God is Omnipresent – is present everywhere, in all things.

The Bible clearly identifies that God has form, is a spirit and has a dwelling place. Just start the research with John 4: 24 “God is a Spirit” The bible also identifies that there are millions of spirit creatures in heaven – the residing place of God 1 Kings 8: 30 “his dwelling place in the heavens”.

Sin

Sin had a beginning. The bible explains how it came about in 1 John 3: 8 “He who carries on sin originates with the Devil, because the Devil has been sinning from the beginning.” Sin originated not with humans but in the spirit realm with the Slanderer and Resister Satan the Devil.

James 1: 14, “But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed* by his own desire. 15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile,* gives birth to sin; in turn sin, when it has been carried out, brings forth death.” Satan wanted something he couldn’t have and he exercised his free will to rebel. Not content with the personal separation from God he decided he would take others with him, in the heavens and here on earth.

Eve was deceived and Adam followed by taking a side against God and rebelling. Again exercising free will.

The outcome? is recorded in Romans 6: 23 “For the wages sin pays is death,..”

Sin is defined as falling short of the mark or standard, in this case, God’s standard. Therefore, we have another choice do I perpetuate the outcome of sin or do I seek salvation? Simple enough.

The disciple James came to this conclusion about God and answers the point is God the cause of our sins and our suffering? note the words in James 1: 13 “When under trial, let no one say: “I am being tried by God.” For with evil things God cannot be tried, nor does he himself try anyone.14 But each one is tried by being drawn out and enticed by his own desire.15 Then the desire, when it has become fertile, gives birth to sin; in turn sin, when it has been carried out, brings forth death.” Clearly, the half brother of Jesus understood that God neither causes sin nor tempts us with sin to test us.

Punishment for Sin

It is strange how unequivocal the Bible is about the outcome of sin. Go back to to the original response from God for both Satan and Adam in Genesis 3: 3 “But God has said about the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden: ‘You must not eat from it, no, you must not touch it; otherwise you will die.’” Only outcome death! Genesis 3: 15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring. He will crush your head, and you will strike him in the heel.”

There’s never a discussion about God punishing us, the Bible points to another being the ruler of the world in 1 John 5: 19 “We know that we originate with God, but the whole world is lying in the power of the wicked one.” This individual veils the message of salvation notice the point at 2 Corinthians 4: 4 “among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.”

In conclusion a study of the Bible and allowing the Bible to explain itself we can clearly determine that there is much more to the human state and we have personal responsibility for how our future looks.

The Bible describes God as Love therefore, why do we suffer, why do we have trials and problems? why do we die? those questions are answered using the Bible Study Aid Enjoy Life Forever. Download a personal copy along with a bible and start your research.

Spiritual Values

Over the course of human history, every generation has felt some need to answer the question “what are spiritual values?” Do you think it really matters if you believe in a God? Or, that God has communicated with us through the acts of creation?

Millions of educated and academic people today have rejected the concept of “God” and looked at the idea that all things have spirituality, or there is only the current reality and nothing else to look forward to.

For those who believe in God as something or someone note the words of the Disciple James 2: 19 “You believe that there is one God, do you? You are doing quite well. And yet the demons believe and shudder.”

For those who don’t believe in one God the words of the Psalmist come to mind in Psalm 10: 4 “In his haughtiness, the wicked man makes no investigation; All his thoughts are: “There is no God.”

For many the view is expressed in Malachi 3: 14 “You say, ‘It is of no value to serve God…”

The person with Spiritual Values

However, for those still trying to determine things and the future who have real questions they want answered note the words in 1 Corinthians 2: 15 “However, the spiritual man examines all things, but he himself is not examined by any man” Spiritual values begin by asking questions, examining all things.

Therefore, we need to immerse ourselves in the study of God, the dealings that humanity has experienced and the reasons fo0r our current state.

  • Do you believe God is to blame for the world we live in?
  • Do you think he is intent on torturing people for eternity because of their failings over a short life span?
  • Have you set the date on which you wish to die?
  • Do you have deep questions about why we exist? Why the battle between good and evil?

All of these questions bother someone with spiritual values. The suffering of others is wrong and it is unnatural to look on and do nothing. Yet, governments talk about peace but leave the people of Yemen, Ukraine and so many other places to suffer at the hands of violent rulers.

The governments talk about global warming but again fail to make the simple cuts that would benefit the planet and generations to come.

People get rich on the exploitation of others, does this reflect who we are? I have asked many people if they would do something if they could and 90% have always said: “of course”. So the person with spiritual values realises that God is not ignoring the plight of individuals, he will step in a do something.

Daniel 2: 44 “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed. And this kingdom will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it alone will stand forever,..” The global destruction of governments and then replacement by one Kingdom. Intervention at a specific point in time. What does this achieve? 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.”

God’s Kingdom allows the Human Governments to wage war with his government, this leads to the cleansing of the earth.

Now the person with spiritual values asks who will be saved? and can my family and I be among them? The answer is yes, however, Jesus explained what is required John 17: 3 “This means everlasting life, their coming to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.”

Once we have come to know God and Christ Jesus Romans 10: 10 “For with the heart one exercises faith for righteousness, but with the mouth one makes public declaration for salvation.” and Psalm 25: 5 “Cause me to walk in your truth and teach me, For you are my God of salvation. ו [Waw] In you I hope all day long.”

So the person with spiritual values is being taught by God’s Word, accepts there is only one God, that Salvation is through Jesus who gave his life for humanity and we walk in the truth. For we know the truth and it sets us free.

Our God is loyal, just, and righteous, the time has come for the nations to be judged and the person with spiritual values is making an earnest effort to live by God’s standards.

Look who the Secretary was told to mark for salvation in Ezekiel 9: 4 “Jehovah said to him: “Go through the city, through Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who are sighing and groaning over all the detestable things that are being done in the city.”

Spiritual values set us apart from the crowds, so life will be lonely and it will be a challenge to follow those values but the words of Jesus resonate for us in Matthew 24: 13 “But the one who has endured to the end will be saved.”

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Skinned and Thrown About

When looking at the nation of Israel Jesus described them as sheep without a shepherd, skinned and thrown about but in what way and by whom?

The account in Matthew 9: 35 “And Jesus set out on a tour of all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and preaching the good news of the Kingdom and curing every sort of disease and every sort of infirmity.36 On seeing the crowds, he felt pity for them, because they were skinned and thrown about like sheep without a shepherd.” He was on a preaching tour, yes people were under pressure from the Roman Taxes and the local social structure but Jesus was discussing the spiritual condition of the people.

Notice how he described their shepherds in Matthew 23:13 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut up the Kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on their way in to go in.” and verse 15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you travel over sea and dry land to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him a subject for Ge·henʹna twice as much so as yourselves“.

Their hypocrisy created a stumbling block for the nation. Preventing them from seeing the Messiah or Christ, they failed in their self-appointed role as custodians of God’s Law.

Sheep without a shepherd distracted by everything

Jesus Compassion

He expressed his care for the individuals in the crowds, they needed physical healing but more importantly, they needed comfort from the scriptures and real hope. That is why he said in Matthew 9: 37 “Then he said to his disciples: “Yes, the harvest is great, but the workers are few.38 Therefore, beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.”

People needed the care of the Kingdom promised from the founding of the world, the life of Abel the first faithful human.

Literally today we are in a similar place. Those so-called self-appointed custodians of truth and faith the Churches and their leaders trap individuals into a notion that we have to die and go to heaven to experience “real life”, to be in a place of true safety.

Is this what Jesus sacrificed his life for? So those people already destined for heavenly life because of their immortal soul could somehow balance an unnecessary scale. It makes absolutely no sense. If I’m going to heaven to be with Christ why do I need a redeemer?

Christian Truth is very straightforward, but just like sheep who are left unattended to wander from pasture to pasture and never get close to the lush pastures prepared for them, they are skinned, unloved, uncared for spiritually and they are dying without intervention.

So why did Jesus have to Die?

Let the Apostle Paul answer that at Romans 5: 12 “That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned” Adams sin brought death to Humanity but note the contrast in verse 19 “For just as through the disobedience of the one man many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one person many will be made righteous.” Paul also makes the point at 1 Corinthians 15: 21 “For since death came through a man, resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.22 For just as in Adam all are dying, so also in the Christ all will be made alive.”

If we had immortality in ourselves through a soul this statement confuses a Christian but attending the commemoration of Jesus’ Death this April on the 15th after the sun has set where you are. Join one of the Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses to hear an explanation of why Christ Died and that although close to the end of the period of harvest we are assured that there is still time to experience the compassion of Jesus Christ as we continue to be Skinned and Thrown About as sheep without a shepherd.

Studying God’s Word, his promise and understanding his plan for humanity has never included suffering and death but this is a consequence of our own human parents rejecting the source of life. Literally, they pulled the plug on their own life support. Hence the shared human condition.

Will you be a survivor?

The situation is perilous and there are so many reactions to what is happening around us it reminds me of the Titanic.

  • You had those who believed it couldn’t sink!
  • Those who resigned themselves to die!
  • Those who were trapped and had no way to safety!
  • Those who fought for access to lifeboats by denying access to others but ultimately lost their lives
  • The crew who had to go down with the ship if they weren’t in control of the lifeboats
  • The survivors

Survival was really a bit of a lottery. But what it highlights is the reaction to news of impending disaster.

  • Bury your head in the sands
  • Carry on regardless and take your chances
  • See the signs and prepare to survive.

There are many examples of understanding the signs and heeding warnings, none better than the threat of a Giant Tidal Wave (Tsunami). There have been examples where families have headed down for a day at the beach only to get there and find the tide has taken the sea a long way out, sometimes out of sight completely.

The Ocean Drawback before the wave

Vast amounts of new sand exposed aren’t a sign of freedom but disaster.

Knowing this phenomenon is a precursor to the superwave of water rushing towards them the ones who knew the sign turned and started running back to higher elevations and safety. They shouted warnings but others just stood and watched until it was too late. Then survival became another lottery.

Are we in that position?

Just reflect there are those that are saying things are going on as they always have, others who think we can’t avoid the fate of the planet and we just have to hope we’re not around to see the end. This list goes on.

However, reading the full account at Matthew 24: 2 through 22 we can see signs unfolding before our eyes. This world is unstable, hurtling to events beyond its control and those who live here are passengers.

There are life preservers and tools that we can use to ensure that we use them effectively. As a climber in the past I know it is easy to have all the right gear but if you have no knowledge of how to use it properly it is as useful as a chocolate teapot – looks great but the first sign of heat it’s gone.

We are facing a point in time where we can choose to be ready to survive or take a losing ticket in the life lottery.

What do we need to do?

Read the life saving information, just as you get on a plane and read the safety leaflet we need to read the Bible, it is the manual for those who want to survive.

Then what? We need to follow the instruction 2 Peter 3: 11, 12 “Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion,12 as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah,”

Holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion how do these separate us for the rescuers to see? Note 2 Peter 3: 14 Therefore, beloved ones, since you are awaiting these things, do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished and in peace.

We are clearly marked for survival, that bright yellow toilet seat cover we have on (life vest) the whistle to attract and light to attract the rescuer’s attention.

Note the further words of 2 Peter 3: 17 “You, therefore, beloved ones, having this advance knowledge, be on your guard so that you may not be led astray with them by the error of the lawless people and fall from your own steadfastness.”

We have the warning the tide is a long way out, now is the time to prepare for survival not when we can see the wall of water because we won’t outrun it. Our lives depend on being visibly ready for survival.

Remember the world is lying in the power of Satan the Devil, he has no concern for you or I, for anyone of any age. But as you know the truth, heed the warning yourself you are compelled to shout the warning to everyone else.

Great ready to survive now and don’t wait for the lifeboats to hit the water it is far too late. Holding on to the wreckage of this way of life gives us no chance of survival.

How many can survive? As many as want to, the door to rescue isn’t closed until disaster is imminent.

Choose to Enjoy Life Forever and prepare for survival now.

Beyond Redemption?

Are any of us beyond redemption? Surprisingly the answer is both yes and no! Because the choice is ours.

Jesus’ death provided the payment in full but there are those who are so attached to the captor that they have a form of Stockholm Syndrome.

2 Corinthians 4: 3 If, in fact, the good news we declare is veiled, it is veiled among those who are perishing,4 among whom the god of this system of things has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, so that the illumination of the glorious good news about the Christ, who is the image of God, might not shine through.

The ruler of this world is successfully deceiving millions in thinking:

  1. there is no God
  2. there is no Devil
  3. Humans have no need for a ransom
  4. Humans are accountable only to history when they are long dead

The list could go on. What this demonstrates is like the first woman Eve – many have been deceived, enticed by the idea that a short lifespan without God is to be preferred over eternity.

The search begins with a reliable source of information

The Choice

Jesus explained what we are faced with when he is quoted at John 8: 44 “You are from your father the Devil, and you wish to do the desires of your father. That one was a murderer when he began, and he did not stand fast in the truth, because truth is not in him. When he speaks the lie, he speaks according to his own disposition, because he is a liar and the father of the lie.” Succumbing to the Devil’s propaganda sadly aligns us with his outcome.

How do you distinguish truth from lies? Personally, I look for a reliable source of information, cross-check the facts they refer to and establish the honesty and accuracy of the source.

It is simple to read or see something today and believe it. For example, millions were convinced that a face mask would not provide any protection for themselves or others from COVID19. The Government, Media, education, religion and science intentionally deceived the public because it was for the greater good. Being honest may have saved millions from infection and debilitating illness possibly death.

Yet this same set of sources explains that God forgives all and that he accepts all regardless of their behaviour.

What happens in a hostage situation where some of the hostages refuse to believe they are being liberated, often they side with the captors and lose what had been redeemed.

Consequently, we need to find accurate information about God, his purpose and why the ransom was paid. None of us is beyond redemption right now but we need to search for God, set matters straight with God, exercise faith in the Father of tender mercies and of course recognise that through Jesus’ death we have been set free.

So beautifully summed up by the writer of Ecclesiastes 12: 13 “The conclusion of the matter, everything having been heard, is: Fear the true God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole obligation of man.14 For the true God will judge every deed, including every hidden thing, as to whether it is good or bad.”

Act now to Enjoy Life Forever, find out more about the ransom and what it means for us and why it is the hostage that needs to make the change to benefit from the redemption.

One of the great deceptions used in WW2 was the fighting forces appeared to be in greater numbers because they ensured that their captives looked like the troops or militia, the human shield, is still used today, we need to accept that we could be part of that shield because we have no idea where we stand. Search for Truth because the Bible explains that salvation is not far from any of us.

Is Hell a place of torment?

Luke 16 introduces the Rich Man and Lazarus where in verse 23 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.” For many, this explains the difference between Heaven and Hell.

Jesus’ words are very clear, two locations separated by a chasm that cannot be breached or crossed. Hell is depicted as a place of torment. In the original Greek, this is translated as Hades the place of the dead which is translated from the Hebrew Sheol. Bible scholars agree that the meaning of the word is the “Grave” or “Pit”.

The condition of the Dead – Old Testament

The Douay Version of the Bible renders Ecclesiastes 9: 10 “Neither work, nor reason, nor wisdom, nor knowledge, shall be in hell.” and the words of the Psalmist in 31: 17 “Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave [hell, Douay-Rheims].”

So a place of silence and no activity, Psalm 146: 3 “Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation. 4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish.”

Ecclesiastes 9: 4 There is hope for whoever is among the living, because a live dog is better off than a dead lion.5 For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing at all, nor do they have any more reward, because all memory of them is forgotten.6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they no longer have any share in what is done under the sun.” is more specific they have no share. Consequently, we are instructed in verse 9 “Enjoy life with your beloved wife all the days of your futile life, which He has given you under the sun, all the days of your futility, for that is your lot in life and in your hard work at which you toil under the sun.10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do with all your might, for there is no work nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom in the Grave, where you are going.”

The conclusion to be drawn is – Death is the opposite of life, non-existence. Therefore, we are alive and breathing, we die ceasing to exist and our body is placed in the ground – a grave, pit, hades or hell.

What about the New Testament

Let’s start with a simple statement made by the Apostle Paul in Romans 6: 23 “The wages sin pays is death.” the consequence of death he explains in Romans 6: 7 “the one who has died has been acquitted from his sin.” Those who have died have paid the price for the sins of their life. Not a mention of torment.

The Gospels also explain that we are drawn to God by his love not fear of torment or punishment.

There is another point often lost on those who believe in hell and everlasting torment Acts 2:31: “He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell.”—King James Version. Meaning that Jesus Christ went to hell (the Grave) when he died. It is unthinkable to conclude that a righteous man would be tormented forever in Hell for sins he didn’t commit.

Hope for the those in Hell

Revelation 20: 13 “Death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them.”—King James Version. Therefore, all those in hell are dead. They will come back to life by means of the resurrection. So where will the torment continue? How could they pay a price, then be asked to pay more?

Eventually, hell will be destroyed according to Revelation 20: 14 “Death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.”—King James Version.

So Luke 16 cannot be referring to a literal place or people. It was a parable, a story with a meaning. Jesus was explaining the religious divide between the leaders in Israel and the ordinary people.

For the account to be literal it has to fit the theme of the bible which it doesn’t, therefore, we recognise that the Bible has never taught that Hell is a place of eternal torment because the dead know nothing, feel nothing and have paid for their sins. Jesus went into hell but was raised and he hadn’t experienced or deserved to be tormented. Finally, hell is to be destroyed in the future which enables us to conclude that the doctrine originated elsewhere.

When the apostasy set in many pagan beliefs moved into Christianity and polluted the truth. Job wanted to die and go to Hell, others prayed for death also and we know that God does not torment the righteous or the unrighteous.

So we need to find the truth of the Bible and allow the Truth to clear our thinking and set us free.

Jesus’ Life, Ministry, Death and resurrection teach us much about the love of God remember the words of John 3: 16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life.17 For God did not send his Son into the world for him to judge the world, but for the world to be saved through him.18 Whoever exercises faith in him is not to be judged. Whoever does not exercise faith has been judged already, because he has not exercised faith in the name of the only-begotten Son of God.” Also, part of that process is described in John 5: 25 “Most truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who have paid attention will live.26 For just as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted also to the Son to have life in himself.27 And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man.28 Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.30 I cannot do a single thing of my own initiative. Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous because I seek, not my own will, but the will of him who sent me.

Choose Life without end, everlasting life in Paradise is more than a dream it is a promise from God.

Refugees

Compassion, pity and love of people moves us all to want to do something tosupport the refugees around the world.

Why so are so many people on the move? The indiscriminate destruction of life, individuals grasping something that they don’t own. The reality of most Political Leaders is a reflection of the world where they are the most dominent.

The Nationalism of every country is reflected in the media coverage, encouraging citizens to take sides with their government. Country Right or Wrong!

There is a greater Refugee Wave going on now and we need to make our own decision about joining those fleeing the pending conflict.

What is a country?

An arbitrary line on a map. Humanity transcends borders and social differences, as children we neither see the colour of skin or the cultural differences. We are conditioned to see every other nation as inferior or a threat.

We can share the same language, moral code and heritage but the line on the map divides families, communities and nations. National superiority empowers the idea that we have the right to impose our aims and passions on others. How very shallow and flawed.

The bible principle explains that Jeremiah 17: 9 “The heart is more treacherous than anything else and is desperate. Who can know it?” If the inner person is set to decieve us how can we trust our own judgement. Note the consequence 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.”

Assured failure is the outcome notice one simple reason Psalm 146: 3 “Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation. 4 His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish.

Assured Destruction

The Cold War ERA was marked by MAD – the concept of political stalemate but the next great war is one that Human rulers can not win. They have chosen to oppose God’s Kingdom and his King. Described in Psalm 2 the Political rulers amass against God. In Daniel 2 those Kings will face the righteous King Jesus Christ and his rulership will crush all governments.

Will any governments escape? No as Ezekiel describes their end as a beast with hooks in its nostrils being drawn towards the battle.

Human systems of rulership will come to an end.

Those who read the signs recognise now is the time to act. To become Refugees from this wicked and cruel world, its despotic leader Satan the Devil.

Jesus explained in Luke 21: 20 “However, when you see Jerusalem surrounded by encamped armies, then know that the desolating of her has drawn near.21 Then let those in Ju·deʹa begin fleeing to the mountains, let those in the midst of her leave, and let those in the countryside not enter into her,22 because these are days for meting out justice in order that all the things written may be fulfilled.

When we see the final fulfilment of this prophesy we have to begin fleeing to God’s Kingdom, becoming refugees or “no part of this world” as the Apostle John quotes Jesus saying in his final prayers on the night he was tried.

Refugee Support

Are there camps, food, sanitation and education services for these spiritual refugees? Yes, Jesus explained that during this time their would be a body of people who would care for his sheep, those who had fled the world under Satanic control and adopted God’s Kingdom as their home.

The temporary accommodation we have today will be replaced by the new government in the hands of Jesus Christ and he will satisfy the needs of everyone. So now is the time to read the signs effectively, make a personal choice, if you want to stay then accept the conditions we live in, if you see the warning signs begin to flee.

Jesus life, ministry, death and resurrection provide the assurance that we have a real hope, we are in control of the outcome, become and refugee from this world and live. Enjoy Life Forever by establishing the truth in the prophesy that continues to unfold in front of us.