What is the Solution to Mankind's Seemingly Endless Problems?

Does the Bible show any solution on the current problems of mankind like high crime rate, hunger, political upheaval, economic downfall and other major concerns of man?

Of course, the Bible or the words of God in the Bible absolutely have the best solution to every problem of humanity. And the solution is renewal. Renewal.

How will renewal take place? The Bible calls it in different terms, restitution, renewal, regeneration, et cetera. So many terms used in the Bible. But how will it come to pass? How will it be fulfilled? Let us read in the Book of Isaiah Chapter 65:17.

ISAIAH 65:17
For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The verse tells us, “I create new heavens and a new earth.” So it is not necessary that God will renovate the earth or will make this present earth stay. Because this earth has been defiled by transgressions, by murder. This earth was defiled by the blood of men, innocent men, that was spilled on this earth. This earth is now in the process of destruction and ultimately it will be destroyed. So God said, “I create new heavens and a new earth.” Now, will this happen? Let us read the vision that was seen by John, in the Book of Revelations.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The new heaven and the new earth, in the new earth, there will be no more sea. The Jehovah's Witnesses teaches us that this earth will only be renovated, the sea will remain. Therefore, the belief of the Jehovah's Witnesses does not conform with the divine revelation that was given by God to John. Because John is testifying to us no more no less of what he had seen. Let us read 22:18 of the Book of Revelations.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

The testimony of John is a complete testimony. He even has the warning about the testimony he received. A testimony comes from a witness.

John is a faithful witness. He's not speaking of any lie. In fact, he wrote a stern warning to those who will use the book, you must not add, you must not deduct.

The belief of the Jehovah's Witnesses that this earth will remain forever and this will be the paradise is not true. They are witnessing to something they do not understand, that this earth will remain forever and the sea will be there also? No. There will be no more sea in the new earth according to the Bible. How do we prove that this earth and the heaven that we see now will be gone? Let us read the Book of II Peter Chapter 3:10.

2 PETER 3:10
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

“The heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” So, the earth will burn up, the elements will melt, and that's very much possible. By nuclear fission, the earth can be turned into nothing. By nuclear fission, elements will melt and this earth will be no more and it is true, it was seen by John. “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” And thus, confirm or affirm the words of Jesus Christ in Matthew Chapter 24, “heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away.” That is the truth that the Bible says.

What is the solution then? There will be a renewal. Everything will be renewed, it is not just a renovation. It's not a renovation, it will be a creation. "I create new heavens and a new earth," God said. And when He says, He creates, the word "create" is for something to come into existence.

The solution is for God to end everything that is evil, there will be an end to everything that is evil. I'm just sorry that the Jehovah's Witnesses have predicted that end so many times and they failed. They predicted the end to be 1914, then in 1923, then in 1975, then in 1994 and those dates all failed proving to us that the Jehovah's Witnesses or the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is symbolic of false prophets that exist in America and have practically deceived their followers all over the globe.

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is a representation of a false prophet that was mentioned by Christ in the first century. There will be false prophets and false Christ. A false prophet speaks of things that do not come to pass! When the Jehovah's Witnesses predicted the Armageddon will be on 1914, they failed. Then so many more dates followed and finally in 1975 many Jehovah's Witnesses, left their organization because they have realized the lies and the fallacies that are being taught to them.

I'm sorry to say this but it's a part of the truth. It's part of history and I do not just know if we can use this video. I have a video here of former members of the Jehovah's Witnesses telling people that they were deceived really. He was planning to take up law but he did not pursue it anymore because according to their pastor, “It's only 18 months to Armageddon, Brother”, “12 months to Armageddon, Brother”, “6 months to Armageddon, Brother”, that was in 1975. And he left the organization and said, I'm just imagining now how they say it, “It's 12 months after Armageddon, Brother."

I love listening to that documentary of Jeremiah because it exposes the lies of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Now, to that question, what is the solution to all these unpleasant things that are happening to humanity, the solution is, God will end the wicked ways of this world when the Lord Jesus Christ comes and Christ will show an unblemished government for a thousand year. The last probation that God will give to humanity and after the one thousand year period will come the end of this world! After the end of this world, the Apostle John is a witness to that, “I have seen a new heaven and a new earth.” He said because the former heaven the former earth were gone, were no more; there was no more sea. I hope that satisfies the question.

When is the Real New Year Celebrated by Christians?

True Christian New Year

A person who had been to different places could attest that people in different places celebrate New Year at different months, depending on the kind of calendar they follow. The Chinese, for instance, have their own calendar. Hence, they celebrate New Year at a date different from the date being observed by the Catholics who, on their part, follow the Roman calendar. While the Chinese New Year usually falls in February, the New Year of the Catholics is every January 1. It is common knowledge that in a Roman calendar, a year ends on December 31 and the new year commences in January 1.

How about us in the Church of God, do we celebrate New Year and when do we celebrate it?

We do celebrate New Year but in doing so, we use the Hebrew calendar as our basis.

Before the Israelites left Egypt, God prepared a calendar for them. It must be recalled that on their last day in Egypt, God gave a pronouncement to the Israelites (in Exodus 12:1-2):

“And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.”

This was spoken to them fifteen days before they all left Egypt. You see, in the Hebrew calendar a new day begins at sunset unlike in the Roman calendar wherein a new day starts at midnight. For example, if today is Saturday, come sunset it is already Sunday.

The first month of the year in a Hebrew calendar is Nisan or Abib, and its equivalent in the Roman calendar is at mid March 15 to 31, and the first half of April.

It is the Hebrew calendar that we follow because that was also the calendar that our Lord Jesus Christ followed. We do not follow the Roman calendar as our calendar of worship because it was made by the pagan Romans who were worshippers of false gods.

I just find it ironic that many religions like the Protestants, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and the Seventh-day Adventists, who claimed that they departed from the Catholic Church because of their erroneous doctrines, but they continue to follow their equally wrong calendar.

We, members of the Church of God International, adhere to the Hebrew Calendar where Nisan or Abib is the first month of the year.

The Real Story of the Birth of God's Son

The Truth About Jesus' Birthday

There are people who get mixed up concerning the story of the Lord Jesus Christ. In relation to this, one of the most frequently asked questions is, Which happened first, Mary’s conception of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit, or His being begotten from the bosom of the Father?

Biblically speaking, His being begotten from the bosom of the Father happened first of all. Proverbs 8:12 says,

“I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions.”

The wisdom of God is the one speaking in this verse. But who is the wisdom of God? 1 Corinthians 1:24 says,

“But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”

Using the definite article “the”, the wisdom of God being referred to is Christ. And to further prove this, 1 Corinthians 2:6-8 says,

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:”

Who is this wisdom? 1 Corinthians 2:8 says,

“Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.”

So, it is very clear that the wisdom of God is our Lord Jesus Christ. The next question is, when was He brought forth by God? Proverbs 8:22-27 says,

“The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. When he prepared the heavens, I was there:”

Therefore, the wisdom was already there even before the earth was created. To further prove that, John 17:5 says,

“And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.”

He was brought forth from the bosom of the Father before the beginning of the world. Now, He was conceived by the virgin Mary, and He was brought forth as Jesus, the son of Mary. Therefore, it is clear now that the bringing forth of Christ from the bosom of God happened first. John 1:1-3 says,

JOHN 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.

JOHN 1:3 (RSV)
all things were made through him; and without him was not anything made that was made.

There are two ways by which Christ is being referred to in the Bible: He is called as the Son of God and the Son of man. Why Son of God? Because He was the begotten Son of God. However, there are feeble-minded people who would contest, how could God beget when He is a being in the masculine gender. Psalms 94:9 states,

“He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?”

If God created the eyes that can see, the ears that can hear, and the womb of a woman, could He not beget? It is none of anybody’s business to ask how God would do that. If He wants to beget, so be it.

He said, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.” Therefore, it was not Mary who gave birth to that. Which is that? That is the Son of God. In His spirit being, Christ is the Son of God, but in his flesh, He is the Son of Mary. He is called the Son of God and the Son of man. The Son of man is the flesh, but the Son of God is the spirit that dwells in the human body. Colossians 2:9 says,

“For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

It has to be understood that there is a Son of God that dwells inside that body. The son of Mary is the flesh or the physical body. The body is different from the spirit being of Christ. Hebrews 10:5 says,

“Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith . . .”

It implies that He did not originate here; He just came into the world. To continue with the verse . . .

“ . . . sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:”

The body came from the world but, that which entered into the world is not from the world. He is not from the world. The question is, where did He come from? John 6:38 says,

“For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”

That is the secret: He came down from heaven. From where in heaven did He come? John 13:3 says,

“Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;”

John 1:18 says,

“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.”

He came from the bosom of the Father; He was brought forth. And then from heaven, He came into the world; He took a human body which was prepared for Him when He descended. This is the story of our Lord.

Of Shepherds and Snow and the Real Date of Christ's Birth

Is December 25 the real birthday of our Lord

One of the most frequently asked questions from truth-seekers concerns the actual birth of our Lord Jesus Christ (when He manifested Himself in the flesh). Many religions, foremost is the Roman Catholic Church, believe that Christ was born on December 25; hence, they celebrate this date with great lavishness and extravagance.

Appointing and celebrating December 25 as the birth of the Lord Jesus is another false teaching of the Catholic Church; it is merely their invention. This is confirmed in an article about Christmas in The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2, page 607, which states that “the actual date of the Lord’s birth is unknown.” It also stated that, initially, the commemoration of His birth was included in their celebration of the Feast of Manifestation, or the Epiphany, held every January 6.

However, 300 years later, the Church in Rome changed the date. Instead of January 6, they made December 25 as the day of celebrating the nativity. Unfortunately, the date that they assigned as the birth of Christ, coincided with the feast day of the Roman pagan sun god, Sol. This feast was likewise held to celebrate the birthday of their Unconquered Sun.

Indeed, it is a great insult and a blasphemy against the Lord Jesus Christ to schedule the celebration of His birthday on the very same day that they were celebrating a feast for their pagan god!

Biblically and historically speaking, the Lord Jesus Christ could never be born in December. When Christ was born, there were shepherds in the fields watching their flock by night; and it was to those shepherds that an angel proclaimed the good news that the Lord Jesus was born. How could the shepherds be on the field that evening if it was December, when as early as November, the terrain of Bethlehem where the Lord Jesus Christ was born is already covered with snow? How would the shepherds be able to feed their flock on December night? Only foolish shepherds would bring their flock out in the field covered with snow. They, both the shepherds and their flock, would all freeze to death there.

This is what LUKE 2:7-14 (KJV) says,

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes. And laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and there were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

That was what happened during the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. On the eve when Christ was born, there were shepherds in the field watching over their grazing flock. They grazed grasses, not snow. Therefore, Christ’s birth never happened in December; He was not born in winter.

Is Jesus Christ God? Who Should be the Source of Our Answer?

The Godliness of Jesus Christ

A person who thinks wisely should not formulate his/her own belief or interpretation about our Lord Jesus Christ primarily because, belief comes from God. We do not just believe anything that we want to believe in. Our belief must always have a basis.

Faith is belief, and belief is faith. Hebrews 11:1 says,

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

So, faith depends on something we do not see. Faith has a substance of things not seen; it is the evidence of things not seen.

However, does it mean that, simply because there are things that we do not see, we are going to invent our faith? Or, must we listen to Someone who sees everything? Colossians 1:15-16 says,

“Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible,”

Therefore, there are things visible and invisible. But for God, will there be a need to classify the things that are visible from the things that are invisible? No need! Because for God nothing is invisible! Hebrews 4:13 says,

“Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.”

So, as far as God is concerned, nothing is invisible. When the Apostle Paul said that God created everything in Christ, according to Colossians, things that are in heaven, things that are in earth, visible and invisible, he was relating this to humanity, not to angels because angels can see God. Things that are invisible to us, men, are visible to angels, but most especially to God because for Him nothing is invisible. But let me mention also that there are things which are invisible to humans but are visible to animals. The doves, for instance, can see ultraviolet rays, which are not perceived by the naked human eye. But for God, nothing is invisible; everything is visible to Him, as what the Bible says.

Now, if there is nothing invisible to God, what is our conclusion? Is Jesus Christ God? Why did I go first to the invisible? We do not just believe but, we rely on God who sees everything. As already mentioned, to God nothing is invisible; everything is naked in His eyes. If we are to believe, our belief must be based on the information coming from Somebody who sees everything. When we speak of belief and faith we must be dependent on the pronouncement of that Somebody who sees everything so that we won’t be misled.

When the Lord Jesus Christ came down on earth, He told us about things which are invisible, and He must be relied upon by people because He came from the invisible world – from the world of spirits. He came from heaven. He is a reliable source of belief because He sees everything; He sees what we do not see. When we hope, we do not hope for things we already see; and we do not believe on things because we see them. We believe because Somebody very reliable tells us to believe the invisible because He had seen it, and that Somebody is our Lord Jesus Christ. John 3:12 says,

“If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?”

That was the question asked by the Lord Jesus Christ. If I tell you of earthly things, things that are visible to you, things that you can perceive and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you of heavenly things? He could tell us of heavenly things, things that are not visible to us. Therefore, we can believe and have faith in His pronouncement because He is a reliable source of information. The Lord Jesus Christ sees everything; He sees what we, humans, cannot see.

Is Jesus Christ a God? If He is not a God, He would not be capable of seeing everything. BUT does He see everything? John 2:24-25 says,

“But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

According to the verse, Jesus did not commit Himself unto them because He knew all men. And it wouldn’t be wrong if I say He knew all CREATIONS. He knows all angels, all demons, all the angels of satan; and He knows all men. He is privy to every creation of God. Let us read Psalms 147:4, which says,

“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.”

There are stars which are no longer named by astronomers because they have run out of names to give to those stars. So, they just named them as NS25 . . . etc. Sometimes men call them by constellations like Virgo and Big Dipper. BUT God knows the name of all those stars; He calls them by their names.

Now, my point is, the Lord Jesus Christ is not man. HE IS GOD. Why? He sees the heart of men. And that quality belongs to God only. That is why He is a God – one of the Godhead.

What, then, is the Godhead? The Godhead is the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY SPIRIT. They comprise the Godhead – the three powers in heaven and in earth. That is why the Lord Jesus Christ said, “baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” They are the members of the Godhead. In fact, the word “Elohim” in Hebrew is a plural name. It is a singular name that implies plurality. Just like the word family, which is a noun that is singular in form but plural in essence; it is composed of many persons – father, mother, children, grandparents, and grandchildren. The same is true with the word “Elohim”. In Hebrew it implies plurality in it. “Elohim” is the plural of “Eloah,” which means God. “Elohim” is the Godhead. Elohim said, let us make man after our image and likeness. He was speaking to a member of the Godhead. The Lord Jesus Christ is a member of the Godhead so, He is God. I hope that is understood.

Truth Is, Mary Gave Birth to Other Children After Jesus

Biological brothers and sisters of Christ

It is very unfortunate that, due to the wrong teachings of many religions, lots of people today are confused about some religious beliefs – to the point that they have become ignorant of pertinent biblical facts.

For instance, many people, especially Catholic believers, are not aware that, apart from Jesus, Mary had other children whom she also gave birth to, and that Jesus had other siblings by Mary.

Before Jesus was born, there was a prophecy about him. This prophecy is written in Psalms 69:8 which says,

“I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.”

That was a prophecy about Christ, implying that his mother had other children by Joseph. To prove that, Mark 6:3 says,

“Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters with us? And they were offended at him.”

When the Lord Jesus was already preaching, the Jews asked, “Is not this the carpenter?” He was a carpenter, a profession which he inherited from Joseph. His foster father, Joseph, was a carpenter. The verse, likewise, made reference to His other siblings – the children of Mary and Joseph. And this was given confirmation by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 1:19, which says,

“But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord’s brother.”

Therefore, Christ had other siblings, but only maternal siblings because He was not a biological son of Joseph. Before Joseph and Mary got married, Mary was already with a child. Matthew 1:18-20 states,

“Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph thou son of David, fear not to take thee Mary thy wife; for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.”

The angel Gabriel had told Mary, “You will conceive and bear a son.” Mary conceived although she didn’t have any sexual relations with Joseph yet. It is clear that Joseph was only the foster father of Christ; he was His adoptive father. However, what the people knew then was that He was the son of Joseph but, that is not true. Only Mary was His biological parent; Mary conceived Him through the work of the Holy Spirit.

What happened next? Matthew 1:25 says,

“And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn so: and he called his name JESUS.”

Joseph “did not know” Mary until she had brought forth her firstborn son. Meaning, Joseph did not have any sexual relations with Mary until Christ, the firstborn, was born. He was called the firstborn, or prototokos in Greek, because He had other siblings born of Mary.

The teaching that Mary remained a forever virgin is another fabrication. It is not biblical. How can she be a forever virgin after giving birth? A virgin is a woman whose hymen is intact. Medically speaking, a woman whose hymen is no longer intact is not a virgin anymore. She no longer has the token of virginity. Mary had given birth, and she couldn’t have given birth without breaking her hymen.

During the sexual intercourse of a man and a woman, the hymen breaks. That is why a woman bleeds when having sex for the first time. That is the token of virginity. It is attested by medical science and it is also written in the Bible. Deuteronomy 22:13-14 says,

“If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, and lay shameful things to her charge, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came nigh to her, I found not in her the tokens of virginity:”

A man can tell if the woman he had sex with has a token of virginity. Bleeding occurs because the hymen of a virgin, which is intact, gets broken. That is the token of virginity. Although Mary had no sexual relations yet, she had lost her virginity when her hymen got broken as she gave birth to Jesus. But after the birth of Jesus, Mary and Joseph had sexual relations, and she gave birth to other children.

So, to say that Mary remained a virgin forever is not only medically wrong but also biblically wrong.

How to Have Genuine Faith

Many people know that they must have faith yet they do not know how to acquire it; they do not know what they need to do in order to have genuine faith. Others ask if reading the Bible could help them gain faith.

Reading the Bible can lead us to the genuine faith, however, not all people are destined to understand the Bible. Of course, anybody may read the Bible but not all people may understand the Bible because understanding of what you are reading is a gift from God. Acts 8:29-35 says,

29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.
30 And Philip ran thither to him and heard him read the prophet Isaiah, and said, understandest thou what thou readest?
31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
32 The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; And like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.

The eunuch, who happened to be the caretaker of all the wealth of the queen of the Ethiopians, went to Jerusalem to worship. On his way back to Ethiopia, the Holy Spirit urged Philip to join the eunuch in his chariot. And when he ran to be with him, he heard him reading the book of the prophet Isaiah. Obviously, he was reading aloud; he was not doing a silent reading. We may perceive that the eunuch had the intention of letting the other people in the chariot hear what he was reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah. When Philip came close to the eunuch he asked him, “Do you understand what you read?” The eunuch replied, “How can I, except some man should guide me?”

What the eunuch said was right. He was just reading but he didn’t understand what he was reading, not until Philip, the evangelist, came and explained to him that the sheep being referred to was Jesus.

Yes, the Bible can guide one to the true faith IF the one reading it understands what he reads. Unfortunately, not all who read the Bible understand what they read. Mark 4:11-12 says,

11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
12 That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them.

Therefore, not everybody that will read the Bible would understand it; and not everyone that will hear the word of God would understand it either. Acts 16:14 says,

And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul.

Lydia, who was listening to the words of God being preached by the Apostle Paul, needed the divine intervention of the Lord to open her heart for her to understand what the Apostle Paul was saying. If in listening personally to Apostle Paul you need divine intervention to understand what he was saying (like what happened to Lydia), the more that you will need divine intervention when you are simply reading his gospel all by yourself. In other words, understanding the words of God written in the Bible is possible if there is a divine intervention.

The ability to understand the Scriptures is a gift from God. We must realize that the depth of God’s thinking and intelligence is something that cannot be readily fathomed by men. Isaiah 55:8-9 says,

8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

God’s thinking is something beyond measure. It is compared to the distance between the heavens and the earth. No human mind and understanding can penetrate deep into the understanding of God.

The Bible is the embodiment of God’s thoughts, which cannot be fathomed by human mind. To understand the Bible, we need divine intervention, or the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Actually, even a person of authority has to admit that he does not know everything when it comes to religious belief.

What I am trying to point out is, genuine and true faith is revealed by God; it is taught by God; it is given by God. Jude 1:3 says,

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

True faith or genuine faith is delivered by God unto the saints. What is the reason why it should be given? Because it cannot be obtained by reading alone; and neither can it be obtained through human efforts. It is given by God; it is a gift from God. And to have faith you need to have understanding first. You will not have faith without the necessary understanding of the word of God in the Bible. Understanding comes first. When you understand, then you can have faith. Faith is developed through understanding. Ephesians 1:13 says,

In whom ye also trusted, after ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise,

So belief, or faith, comes after hearing and understanding the word of truth. Without understanding or comprehension of the word of God, faith will not be developed. If there is a faith in you without understanding the word of God, then, that is not true faith but a false faith. It is just like the faith of those outside the true Church of God; their faith is not a genuine faith because it is not based on understanding the word of God. Instead, it is a mere fanaticism because, even if they already understand that they are wrong, they continue to cling to it.

The gift of understanding could be given even to illiterates, like Peter and John. Acts 4:13 says,

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.

People who listened to them marveled at the firmness of their faith and at their understanding despite their being unlearned. And they knew that it was because they had been in the company of Jesus, our Lord. In other words, it is never a shame to be led by somebody who is without a college degree or a professional title because when it comes to faith, educational attainment does not count at all. 1 Corinthians 1:19-21 says,

19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

In fact, wisdom of the world, or earthly wisdom, is even a hindrance in understanding the word of God. As written in 1 Corinthians 2:6-8,

6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Both the Romans and the Greeks were regarded as people of wisdom in the early times. They were the most educated people during the time of Christ and the apostles, but none of them had known the wisdom of God. Not even the highest of authorities in the Roman Empire had known the wisdom of God, not even King Herod and Pontius Pilate – both of whom had high educational attainment, because had they known it, they should not have crucified the Lord of glory. So, the wisdom of God is something which cannot be achieved even by the most learned man, all by himself. It is something that is given by God.