The Claim That There Is No God Is an Escape from All Realities (Part 2)

God created everything with purpose

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Although there are hidden and camouflaged evil in every society, it is generally the norm in human society to condemn evil. The teachings of God in the Bible are against all evil. To deny the existence of God is to favor evil. The slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.” implies that there is a struggle deep inside the heart of the formulators of such a slogan.  However, they are trying to shrug it off, because they want to find a way of escape from feeling guilty in their heart due to all the evil they are doing.

ROMANS 2:15 (KJV) 
Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

The formulators of such slogans are trying to escape all these realities because they are not real people:

1. The reality that there is a Creator of everything that exist;

ACTS 17:24 (KJV) 
God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

2. The reality that everything that exists was planned and created for a purpose. (The harmony in the natural and physical universe cannot logically be the product of an accident or a Big Bang.)

ROMANS 1:19 (KJV) 
Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.

ROMANS 1:20 (KJV) 
For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

JOB 34:13 (MKJV) 
Who has given the earth as a deposit with Him? Or who has set the whole world in order?

PROVERBS 8:29 (RSV) 
When he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth,

3. The reality that the Bible speaks of scientific truth even before they were discovered by human science because such declaration came from an existing God.

ISAIAH 40:22 (KJV) 
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

JOB 26:7 (KJV) 
He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing.

4. The reality that present-day happenings were predicted in the Bible thousands and hundreds of years ago before by an existing God.

ISAIAH 46:9 (KJV) 
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

ISAIAH 46:10 (KJV) 
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

MATTHEW 24:3-8 (KJV) 
3 And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 
6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 
7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 
8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.

5. And, the reality of their very existence that the prophecy of the coming of “scoffers” is being fulfilled in their person!

II PETER 3:3 (KJV) 
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Throughout the history of man, those who believed and served God with all their hearts were the greatest men that this world had ever seen. They were the best public servants, the best heroes, the best mentors, the best leaders, and the best neighbors — NONE OF THESE BEST MEN IS AN ATHEIST!

The Claim That There Is No God Is an Escape from All Realities

Denying God's Existence

According to the latest available statistics there are about 15-30% of the world populations that are either agnostics or atheists. Atheists and agnostics are defined as:

agnostic 
ag•nos•tic [ag nóstik] (plural ag•nos•tics) 
noun 
1. somebody denying God’s existence is provable: somebody who believes that it is impossible to know whether or not God exists 
2. somebody denying something is knowable: somebody who doubts that a question has one correct answer or that something can be completely understood 
I’m an agnostic concerning space aliens. 
[Mid-19th century. < a-2 + gnostic] 
-ag•nos•tic, adjective 
-ag•nos•ti•cal•ly, adverb 

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atheist 
a•the•ist [áythee ist] 
(plural a•the•ists) 
noun 
unbeliever in God or deities: somebody who does not believe in God or deities 

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While it is true that there are evil that throughout the history of humanity were done by some people who “allegedly” are believers in the existence of God, the worst of evil were done by those who denied the existence of God.

PSALMS 53:1 
The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.

This was the observation of the psalmist David. The same observation was written by another biblical writer many hundreds of years after David.

In Romans 3:10-18, the apostle Paul categorically stated:

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 
11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. 
13 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 
14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 
15 Their feet are swift to shed blood: 
16 Destruction and misery are in their ways: 
17 And the way of peace have they not known: 
18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

In I Timothy 6:10 (ASV), the Apostle Paul explained that the love of money is a root of all evil:

For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

But Paul was consistent in saying that all evil come not only from the love of money as the verse says, the love of money is “a” root of all evil, not “the” root of all evil, because “the” root of all evil is denying God’s existence or not acknowledging the existence of God.

ROMANS 1:28-32 
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The Godless Hitler murdered millions of innocent Jews. While other tyrants confess that they know God, their acts of cruelty and injustice denies their claim.

TITUS 1:16 
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.

Polpot (an atheist, leader of the Cambodian communist movement known as the Khmer Rouge) has killed probably at least 1.5 million people and it may have been as 3 million. 

Joseph Stalin (an atheist, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee) is a tyrant who murdered millions of people. He began a series of ‘purges’ in which millions of people died. The purges are known as the Great Terror. The Soviet dictator said, “You know, they are fooling us, there is no God… all this talk about God is sheer nonsense.” – (E. Yaroslavsky, Landmarks in the Life of Stalin) 

Adolf Hitler (Nazi leader, no religious inclination) is the one responsible for the murder of some 6 million Jews during the World War II

Sources: 
http://www.localhistories.org/tyrants.html http://www.adherents.com/people/ps/Joseph_Stalin.html

Will the belief in the true God bring evil to humanity?

He said:

“Thou shalt not kill.” ( Exo. 20:13) 
“Thou shalt not commit adultery.” (Exo. 20:14) 
“Honor thy father and thy mother…” (Exo. 20:12) 
“Thou shalt no steal.” (Exo. 20:15) 
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;” (Ephe. 5:25)

Believing in the God who commands all these things will make the human society more humane. There is wisdom and prudence to believe in God as all areas of logic dictates than to deny His existence. Denying God is denying the principle of science and logic that nothing happens without a cause.

ROMANS 1:19-20 
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. 
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

The wonders of the created universe prove the existence of the Most Magnificent Creator. Denying God is denying the dictate of human conscience that there is Somebody greater than us (humans)!

ROMANS 2:14-15 
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 
15 Which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;)

The inability of a man to attain the stature that he perfectly wants to be, proves the fact that he was created by somebody higher in power than him; while understanding the purpose of the Creator, allowing the presence of infirmities in his being, will make him realize how great his Creator is.

ROMANS 9:20-21 
20 Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? 
21 Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?

II CORINTHIANS 12:7-10 
7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

THERE IS PROBABLY NO GOD, IS AN ESCAPE FROM ALL REALITIES.

Why? (To be continued…) Click here for the second part of this blog.

The Truth is the Truth — If it is the Whole Truth

Divine instinct and salvation

I have [once] watched a segment of the famous “Oprah” talk show, and my curiosity and attention was caught when some of the audience members seem to have ‘cornered’ the host when they insisted that the only way to heaven is through the Lord Jesus Christ. What they are saying is ‘a’ truth.

JOHN 14:6 
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

The eloquence and the intelligence of Oprah manifested in her arguments when she said, “How about those people who have not heard of Jesus?”

Oprah was right after all. It just happened that she does not want to enter into religious arguments with her audience but what she is saying is reality. There are now countries, as in the past, wherein even the name of the Lord Jesus is not being heard—His gospel, not being preached. There are countless innocent people who die everyday in these places, who are not lucky enough to have a copy of the Bible or to hear the preaching of the gospel — the True Gospel. More so, there are countries infiltrated by false prophets preaching the false Christ and Jesus.

MATTHEW 24:4-5, 24 
And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. 
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 
24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.


Oprah (middle) known as the “Queen of Talkshow”

Even if you have heard about Jesus, but the Jesus that was introduced to you is the false Jesus or the false Christ, and your religious leader is a false prophet, is there any chance you can go to heaven?

MATTHEW 15:14 
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:4 
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

GALATIANS 1:8 
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

It would have been better if you have not heard of Jesus than to believe in a Jesus or a Christ counterfeited by deceiving and lying religious leaders.

2 PETER 2:21 
For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Oprah asked the audience: “If you were somewhere on the planet and you never heard the name of Jesus, yet you live with a loving heart; you live as Jesus would have had you to live; you live for the same purpose that Jesus came to the planet… you cannot go to heaven, do you think?”

These are valid questions that require honest biblical answers that were ignored by the audience because of their lack of understanding of the Scriptures.

Biblically, there are those who have not heard the law, but will be justified.

ROMANS 2:13-15 
13 For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 
14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 
15 Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.

There is a ‘divine instinct’ in human conscience and heart, parallel with the natural instinct that God has bestowed on our being. In occasions where a person did not have the opportunity to hear the law, but is doing the ‘things’ or the ‘essence’ of the law written by God in the heart of the human family, he will be justified or be saved; therefore can go to heaven. In fact, he may have greater chances of going to heaven than those who, after hearing the law — of Jesus, of God, and do have a copy of the Bible, but does not follow the law.

God is a God of justice, equity, unfathomable wisdom, and loving-kindness. Not so many preachers of our times know this. In fact, due to their ignorance of God’s wisdom, they have misled people to believe that only those who belong to their church will merit salvation or will go to heaven.


This was taken from a Catholic book entitled “Religion Doctrine and Practice”.


This is taken from the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) official publication entitled “Pasugo”.

It is idiotic to claim that while you have not yet reached a particular country, and have not preached about Jesus, and afterwards say that only those who belong to your church or group will be saved. In the Middle East, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), most part of China, India, in Africa, and in almost all continents of the globe, the name of Jesus is not known to billions of people and yet thousands of innocent and kind-hearted people die everyday. Is there not a way for them to go to heaven? The good news is: There is!

While it is true that Jesus said that He is the way, the truth and the life; No one cometh to the Father except by Him, it is true to those who have heard the teachings of Jesus. This statement is definitely ‘a’ truth but to those who have not believed because they have not heard of Jesus (faith cometh from hearing). Romans 10:17 reads, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God… Is there no way for them to go to heaven?

1 TIMOTHY 4:10 
For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe.

I want you to notice the phrase “especially of those that believe”. God, in His justice and omnipotence can save even those who were not able to believe or have not the capacity to believe. Let me give you irrefutable examples:

Babes and small children will go to heaven, although they have not the capacity to believe.

HEBREWS 5:13 
For every one that useth milk is unskillfull in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.

MATTHEW 19:14 
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Reject the ‘limbo’ of the Catholic Church because it is nonsense and is not in the Bible.

To God Be the Glory Forever and Ever!

God deserves all praise and honor

This is a reply to a comment made by a certain Mr. Renato Salvador on my article posted last October 24, 2007 entitled “The Origin of Humankind”. His comment is as follows:

In every way normal for a person who is an admirer of a person, it is hard not to share your testimony and sentiments toward someone you believe is worth the praise. And that is me for Bro. Eli Soriano. I don’t know but it may be too much already to speak this way or even dull the readers of my true positive feeling toward you Bro. Eli. Before, I dismiss those comments and praise I was reading here about you because there are marks that I believe are testimonies of members from your organization. Now, I believe, I cannot blame them. If it is really worth the praise then there is no way I should object that. In reading some of your most personal sentiments here like this recent article you’ve written, it was so clearly written, vivid and probing. It gives me a whirlwind of thought how you’ve come up with such amazing simple story about a piece of your life, and turn it into some kind of miracle, that touches inside of me. Yes, while writing this comments, tears are streaming down my face. I could not stop it. And I believe, only a person sincere enough could move me to tears like you do.

Renato Salvador

Dear Brother Renato,

It is never a sin to praise and honor anybody to whom praises and honor is due.

ROMANS 13:7 
Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Even the inspired writers of the Holy Scriptures like the evangelist Luke used terms in praise to erring man.

LUKE 1:1-3 
1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 
2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word; 
3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,

Certainly, Theophilus, as the name denotes, is a Gentile, to whom, by Hebrew standards, does not merit any praise or honor at all, but the evangelist called him “most excellent”. The “most excellent” here certainly does not mean most excellent of all human beings, but, maybe among his peers. Respect and honor is due to all men by Christian standards.

1 PETER 2:17 
Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.

In the Old Testament, respect and honor was commanded by God to be given to parents.

DEUTERONOMY 5:16 
Honor thy father and thy mother, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee; that thy days may be prolonged, and that it may go well with thee, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Obviously, this commandment was changed when the Apostle Peter wrote to the Hebrews, observer of the Old Testament laws, to “honor all men”, not only parents.

HEBREWS 8:13 
In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.

HEBREWS 7:12 
For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

I cannot see any reason why it will be a sin if members of the Church of God International will honor and respect the person of Brother Eli Soriano.

HEBREWS 13:7 
Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

HEBREWS 13:17 
Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

Now, I am obliged by the situation to teach this part of truth in the Christian doctrine! Never in my fifty-three years in the ministry did I teach nor encourage anybody to treat me like somebody; for the fact remains until now, (this is my belief and God is my witness) I am nobody.

EPHESIANS 3:8 
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;

If the great Apostle Paul believed that he is less than the least of all saints in his times, I believe that I am less than the least of all saints of all times. My conscience is guided by the meekness taught by the Lord Jesus.

LUKE 17:10 
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

If after doing ALL, a servant must confess that he is an unprofitable servant, then after having just started doing what I ought to do, I can say that I am even less than an unprofitable servant. Most of the times, I refused to be called ‘sir’ as other religious leaders love to hear from their members. Sir is an old archaic word which means ‘lord’.

sire [sīr] 
transitive verb (past and past participle sired, present participle sir·ing, 3rd person present singular sires) father offspring: to father young, especially animals

noun (plural sires) 
1. male parent of four-legged animal: the male parent of a four-legged animal, especially a domesticated animal such as a stallion or bull 
2. Sire address to king or lord: a respectful form of address for a king or lord (archaic)

[12th century. Via French < Latin senior]

The whole congregation to whom I speak weekly is the witness to this fact.

When I started writing articles for this blog site, letters with praises keep pouring in, whose writers I do not know personally. I do not even know if they are members (or not) of the Church of God International. I have always wanted to forbid them to neither thank me nor honor me in any manner. I do not feel comfortable being praised or honored by men who look up to me as their leader; but verses in the Scriptures have held my hands to write anything to stop them. For years, I have been practicing to incline my conscience towards the Scriptures.

ACTS 24:16 
And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward God, and toward men.

It is God who said that a Christian must honor all men. I am a man, although ‘nobody’, but the least, still is a man. I do not want (nor ever will want) to have a conscience of offense towards God who permits any man to be honored. God is not a God who grabs all honors. He even knows how to honor and respect men.

PSALMS 138:6 
Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.

But after all things have been said and done, it is our duty as erring humans who know our own infirmities and shortcomings to give back to God all praises, honor, and glory forever. Amen.

1 TIMOTHY 6:16 
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.

To my readers, may I advise you once and for all to always thank and honor God for whatever truth or wisdom you may learn in reading the articles of this blog site, after all, this is the conscience of the great “men of faith” from whom I have learned this virtue of regarding myself as nobody!

ACTS 14:14-15 
14 Which when the apostles, Barnabas and Paul, heard of, they rent their clothes, and ran in among the people, crying out, 
15 And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein:

It is vanity to honor and deify mortal men!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brother Eli

Why Christ is Not Man but God

Christ is not a man but God

No debate would be feasible tackling an issue that Christ is man. “Christ is man” does not even qualify as proposition since Christ had pre-existence. He was not man such that His “manhood” was only a manifestation from a greater form. A proposition is something offered that can be accepted or denied and therefore must be complete in itself.

Granting that Christ was man, it was only true in His earthly body in His more or less 33 years on earth and after having served a purpose, was subject to a resurrection that enabled Him to return to His true form. Such 33 years therefore was only a temporary state. More yet, it was not the beginning of Christ’s existence since He already was before the creation of the world. Therefore, claiming that Christ is man and adding more lies that He was and will remain a man when He comes back is indeed a pack of lies. That is not possible with the frailties of human beings.

Notice this Pasugo of the Iglesia ni Cristo that insists on calling Christ as man: before, now, and later on. On Page 34 of Pasugo dated April 1968 –


To use the word “nature” in describing the being of the Lord Jesus Christ is certainly gross ignorance of the Bible and the meaning of the word nature itself. Before the “nature” that we know existed, the Son of God which will later be called Jesus Christ, existed. And that is according to the Holy Scriptures.

JOHN 17:5 
And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

The Son was with the Father even before the creation of everything that exists.

PROVERBS 30:4 
Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son’s name, if thou canst tell?

He existed with the Father from “everlasting.”

PSALMS 90:2 
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

MICAH 5:2 
But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

The prophesied Messiah whose “going forth have been from everlasting” is undoubtedly Jesus Christ born in Bethlehem of Judea.

One important thing to consider is that the Lord Jesus Christ was born of man, but He was born of God first.

PSALMS 2:7 
I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

It was God himself who had begotten the Son.

This was further confirmed by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Hebrews.

HEBREWS 1:1,5 
1 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 
5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee.

People may say that believers are also begotten of the Father; but what is the difference between Jesus Christ being called the “only begotten Son” and “the only begotten of the Father” and of believers being called begotten of God?

The Son is the only begotten of the Father and the only begotten Son in the sense that He came from the being or “the bosom” of the Father.

JOHN 1:18, 1-2 
18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. 
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.

I TIMOTHY 3:16 
And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

Believers are begotten not in the sense that they came from the being of the Father but rather by the word of God.

I PETER 1:23 
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.

The pre-existence of Jesus Christ is very explicitly recorded in the Bible. When we say pre-existence we mean that before He was born or manifested in the flesh, He had already existed – but at a higher level of existence.

JOHN 8:56-58 
56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 
57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? 
58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

The Scriptures say Jesus Christ taught the prophets of Israel before He was born in the flesh!

I PETER 1:10-11 
10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.

If Christ did not exist before He was born of Mary, how can His spirit guide the prophets of old? He even guided and followed the Israelites in their wandering in the desert.

I CORINTHIANS 10:1-4 
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

The claim of the Iglesia ni Cristo that Jesus Christ existed only when He was born of Mary is a blatant lie! On the Pasugo of the Iglesia ni Cristo of April 1939, on Page 21, this is written [Translation ours].

Was there a Christ in the beginning before the world began? The answer is clear – according to what the angel said to Mary – she will conceive and bear a son and will be called Jesus (Luke 1:31). From the answer of this angel, the Christ started from the womb of the Virgin Mary upon the power of the Holy Spirit., and the child to be born will be called Holy, the Son of God (Luke 1:35). If that is the case, why was Apostle Paul saying that Christ is the first of all things created, under his power all things were made, and all things were subject to him? This teaching of Apostle Paul is true because all things created were subject to Christ. But there was no Christ yet but simply a plan that all things created will be subject to him. That is the reason he was born of Virgin Mary.

Observe the word “plan” used. It is an intentional insertion in the thought it wants to convey and that Apostle Paul is even used to lend credence to this “plan” thing. The word is meant to deny the pre-existence of Christ and mark the start of Christ on the womb of Mary. “Plan” is to reinforce the belief that Christ never existed before. Below is the original version in Tagalog.


But Christ is called in the Bible as the wisdom of God.

I CORINTHIANS 1:24 
But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Such wisdom existed before the creation of everything.

I 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.

The Lord of glory that was crucified called the wisdom of God is the Lord Jesus.

JAMES 2:1 
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

Ministers of Manalo argue that Christ cannot be the wisdom of God because in the Bible, wisdom is being spoken of in the feminine gender. This is another ignorance that is deeply embedded in the minds of the INC ministers. I thought they went to school and had at least some exposure to Spanish and poetry.

Paul E. Koptak, Editor of Living Faith and professor of communication, gave an informed commentary on why Wisdom is referred to as “she.” In sum, he said the use of she was not necessarily driven by any intrinsic femininity of wisdom. His long discussions point out that the practice simply grows out of either of the following: 1) Use of figure of speech called personification, but that Wisdom is not literally a woman because it is not an actual person; 2) Use of genre. What were we reading? A poem of praise? Then we are not reading a technical definition; 3) Gender in language or grammatical gender. He: explains this as follows –

In English, the word wisdom is grammatically neuter, but not so in Hebrew. The Hebrew word is chokmoth, and it is grammatically feminine. In Hebrew, it would have been natural to speak of wisdom as a “she.”

….Solomon used the literary tool of personification to extol the inanimate and abstract idea of wisdom as if it were a real person. By doing so, Solomon communicated a vivid illustration of the blessings of being wise. In personifying wisdom, it was necessary to use the appropriate pronouns. Since a person is not referred to as an “it,” Wisdom as an antecedent requires feminine personal pronouns. The grammatical construction is an artifact of the process of personification. In other words, since the word wisdom is feminine (in Hebrew grammar), Wisdom personified becomes a “she” to satisfy the demands of diction—not to add information to its object. (http://www.gotquestions.org/wisdom-she-Proverbs.html#ixzz34dU8QPaV).

The use of “she” therefore to refer to Wisdom is not a license to refuse to acknowledge Christ as the wisdom of God! It is a lousy excuse and an evil one.

The Iglesia ni Cristo agree and teach that Christ is the rock upon whom the church was built. But do they understand what ROCK means if they insist on looking at Christ as man? Their publication, translated as “Revelation,” Page 33 indicates otherwise. In the form of Q and A, they explain –

The Revelation
How did Christ set up his church? Christ was born a new man. Him and those who believed in him.  How did Christ bear this new man? In Matthew 16:18, this is what is said –

“And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

This is how Christ created a new man: He established his church on a rock. Who is the rock upon which his church is built?  In Acts 4:10, 11, it is said –

10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 
11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.

What is the rock? According to Apostle Peter, Christ is the rock. Therefore, Christ established his church on himself because he is the rock. Christ set up on himself his own church, that is what to himself and what is he to the church? In Colossians. 1:18 this is written –

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.

ANG PAGBUBUNGYAG Page 33


The above is their original version. The rock mentioned in Matthew 6:16-18 in the Greek manuscripts is also in the feminine gender. This is what is written in Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries:

G4073 
πέτρα 
petra 
pet’-ra 
Feminine of the same as G4074; a (mass of) rock (literally or figuratively): – rock. 
(https://archive.org/details/StrongsGreekAndHebrewDictionaries1890)

Whether it is classified in the feminine gender or not, the Bible has its own interpretation of words. In fact Christ likened Himself to a hen. Would you now begrudge His being wisdom of God?

MATTHEW 23:37 (KJV) 
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you that kill the prophets, and stone them which are sent unto you, how often would I have gathered your children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not!

There is no other wisdom of God mentioned in the Bible which existed with God from everlasting except the Lord of glory.

PROVERBS 8:12, 22-31 
12 I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. 
22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. 
23 I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. 
24 When there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water. 
25 Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth: 
26 While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world. 
27 When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: 
28 When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: 
29 When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: 
30 Then I was by him, as one brought up with him: and I was daily his delight, rejoicing always before him; 
31 Rejoicing in the habitable part of his earth; and my delights were with the sons of men.

He was also the wisdom who sent the prophets and the apostles.

LUKE 11:49 
Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute:

It is very clear in the scriptures that the Lord Jesus Christ was the one who sent the prophets and the apostles.

JOHN 20:21 
Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

MATTHEW 23:34 
Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:

If the Son according to the Bible came from the bosom of the Father or from His very being then we are sure that He is not by “nature” a man, but God!

JOHN 13:3 
Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

JOHN 6:38 
For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.

Man began to exist on earth when God formed him out of the dust of the ground. But it was different with Jesus who did not come from dust.

GENESIS 2:7 
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

The Lord Jesus Christ came from heaven, from God more particularly from the bosom of the Father. He was called man when He was manifested in the flesh or has taken the form of a man.

PHILIPPIANS 2:5-8 
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

To believe that Jesus Christ is a mere man from birth up to His coming again is surely denying the truth and salvation.

JEREMIAH 17:5 
Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

The key to honest learning is to be disciplined beginning with terms and respect the terms as categories change. In Philippians, for example, it is said Christ was in the form of God but took the form of man. Therefore, the first was statehood and the second was mere manifestation. Here’s an excerpt from the website of the Iglesia ni Cristo.


http://incmedia.org/content/inc/

God and man are not of the same category no matter how the Iglesia ni Cristo calls Christ as “a very special man but not God.” If you are a man, you are a man. There is no such thing as “a very special man” that sounds like a category between God and man.

The term “angel” also takes on a higher level (for now) than man. You cannot be applying “angel” to a human being. Angels do not do any preaching. Angels are messengers of God, delivering news, and no human beings are commissioned to deliver messages these days. After Christ, we have the prophets and apostles sent by Christ.

Man may lie but not Jesus Christ.

THE ROMANS 3:4 
God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

The Lord Jesus never lied.

I PETER 2:22 
Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

Man may commit sin but not the Lord Jesus. The Lord Jesus is wiser than Solomon – the man whom God declared to be the wisest man. If Christ was a man, He cannot be wiser than Solomon – since God said no one shall surpass Solomon in all his wisdom and understanding.

I KINGS 3:12 
Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.

The unknown Christ is heaped with a pack of lies by those who make merchandise of Him. The key to knowing Christ is to honor Him as He truly is. Jesus Christ as willed by the Father has pre-eminence in everything that exists.

COLOSSIANS 1:15-19 
15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 
19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;

What was called in the Bible as the man Jesus Christ is the body, which He gave as a ransom for sins to mediate between God and men.

I TIMOTHY 2:5-6 
5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

That body was the entity that was born of Mary.

HEBREWS 10:5 
Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

Notice the phrase, “he cometh into the world” implying that He is not of this world, and a body was prepared for Him wherein the spirit Son of God will be manifested.

JOHN 8:23 
And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.

Let us remember that the Lord Jesus Christ never did lie! When He said I am from above, He is revealing the absolute truth about His being. It was affirmed by the apostles.

EPHESIANS 4:10 
He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)

The truth of the matter is that Christ descended (was able to descend) because he originated from above! If you just come from earth, why is there a need to descend?

The Power of Christianity is not by Force but by Peace

true Christian leader

I received an email from Karen Dickens who (I suppose) is from the United States. Here is what she has to ask:

Name: Karen Dickens 
Email: karen42dickens@yahoo.com 

At a church… a preacher preached this message. This is a summary of the message. Can you tell me if you would label this the true church or a cult or what from examining this message preached about the authority in the Church? Jesus gave a ministry unto the church to pastor the body, because we can not pastor ourselves. When we get saved, we have to submit ourselves to the ministry. You can not just submit to Christ, and not His Body. Mt 7:29, People in Jesus’ time were used to reasoning about the scriptures, much like a lot of people do today. They like to pick their favorite preacher, one who agrees with their opinion, pets them, and is always kind to them. Actually our favorite preacher should be the one that does not understand us. Jesus taught with authority and he is able to give authority to others. Those chosen people are supposed to teach, preach or sing with authority. If you are not sure what you do or do not know if you are able to, you should just not do it. 1Co 12:28, Jesus gave gifts to the church, a government, where He sets the members. He doesn’t ask you or anybody. He just puts the members, as it pleases Him and we have to be obedient, Mt 22:13; Mt 16:18-19; Mt 18:18 The Lord gave authority to the ministry in the church to bind and to loose things. They’re not just able to put judgment on cigarettes, alcohol or rap music, but they have the authority to tell you in your experience what you really have and what not. (John 20:23) This is a side that is peculiar for the Church of God. The ministers recognize, if someone is out of order and have to put it in order and the church is supposed to support that. They have the key, which is the spirit and the word, and they are not going against the key. Through this power, that God has given them, there’s a lot of security for the church, thank God for this precious place.

Dear Karen,

This kind of preaching comes from a preacher who wants to have a hold on you as a lord to his servants; not giving them the benefit to ask questions. This kind of authoritative leadership is prohibited by the Bible (1 Peter 5:2-3).

“Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being examples to the flock.”

Christians must submit themselves to their leader willingly and not by force (Ephesians 6:6).

“Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart…”

Even in contributing to the finances of the Church, Christians must do it without intimidation (2 Corinthians 8:3-5).

“For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves; Praying us with much entreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints. And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God.”

A Christian authority must not force himself to you. Instead, you must submit yourself to him as this is the essence of the Gospel (Luke 16:16).

“The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.”

We have so many members in the Church of God International, where I am the overall servant; but never did I force anybody to accept my leadership (2 Corinthians 13:7).

“Now I pray to God that ye do no evil; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates.”

Leaders of the First-century Christian church ‘beseeched’; they did not force members to submit themselves to them (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13).

“And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.”

The word ‘beseeched’ used in the verse is er-o-tah’-o in Greek, which means, by implication, to request. What they do is to give examples of obedience and not force anybody to obey (1 Peter 2:21).

“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps…”

(The Acts 20:35 NLT) 
And I have been a constant example of how you can help the poor by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: `It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

The ministers given by God the authority to bind and to lose are those that have the keys. The keys are symbolic of understanding: understanding the word of God. A key is a device used to open something that is locked. The words of God are shut or locked (Daniel 12:4).

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

The wise, with their understanding will unlock or understand the words (Daniel 12:9-10).

“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.”

The kind of preacher and his preaching you are telling me implies that he has no understanding of the scriptures. The connotation that “our favorite preacher should be the one that does not understand us” is blatantly wrong and unbiblical. A pastor or a shepherd must fully understand the plight of his flock (Acts 20:28).

“Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

God Bless.

Brother Eli Soriano

The Origin of Humankind

biblically scientific origin of mankind

As I travel to different places of the world, I noticed not only the difference in skin colors, but also, the shape of nose, the shape of the eyes, the height, and the hair of people in four continents of the earth that I have reached.

I am a man of many questions in my mind because I am a keen observer of almost everything that I have been privileged to see. I believe my curiosity is one of the factors that led me to a deeper search of truth that I satisfactorily found in the Bible.

If the entire human race came from one family, why is it possible that there are races that stand taller than others having eyes, noses, and hair very much different from another?

The answer to these questions is very well elucidated both in the Bible and in Science. Biblically, the ordinary human can produce ‘giants’.

GENESIS 6:2-4
"That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be a hundred and twenty years. There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown."


The cross-breeding of the sons of God with the daughters of men produced these giants!

Scientifically, giants or men of extra-ordinary height and size can be caused by what is called pituitary growth hormone excess, also known as “pituitary gigantism”.

The human body is an adaptable organism. It can adapt even to extremes in the environment. This ability to adapt itself to a given environment helps in the ‘shaping’ of his physical body. It can be noted that there are places where natives are noticeably with long protruding noses, while the opposite is very much apparent in other places of the globe.  

Quick Facts:

Climate clearly has put its imprint on the tint of our skin, the size of our noses, and other physical traits…

…Amid such discussions, however, a consensus exists that climate has influenced the evolution of the human physique.

Skin color, for example, is determined largely by the amount of melanin, a dark pigment, in the outer layer of the skin. (Carotene imparts a yellow tint.) In sunny climates close to the Equator, natural selection has favored dark, melanin-rich skin, which protects its owner by absorbing harmful ultraviolet rays before they penetrate to lower layers. But some ultraviolet light must penetrate the skin so that the body can produce Vitamin D. Thus, at higher latitudes, where sunlight is less intense, pale skin with little melanin is the norm.

Among dark-skinned people, moreover, there are great variations in skin color. The drawback of dark skin is that, like dark cloth, it absorbs more heat from the sun than does lighter skin. In prehistory, anthropologists explain, those who roamed the savannah “traded off” some protection from ultraviolet rays for the reduced heat retention of lighter skin. For forest-dwellers, living in less extreme heat, a darker complexion was an evolutionary advantage.

Melanin also determines eye color. The human eye appears blue when there is no melanin in the outer iris, and turns darker as melanin increases. In the iris, as in the skin, melanin absorbs light, protecting the eye from glare. Thus, dark eyes are generally favored by nature. In Europe, however, almost 50 percent of the population has blue, green, or gray irises, Such people may see further in dim light, but scientists still do not fathom the evolutionary logic of blue eyes – or blond hair, for that matter. The eyes of the Chinese, Japanese, Eskimos, and other people of Mongoloid descent – one third of the world’s population – are protected by epicanthic folds. These folds, composed of fatty tissue, probably evolved among their forebears inhabiting the Arctic in order to insulate the eye against freezing, and to provide an additional shield against glare from snow and ice. Even the human nose adapts to climate.


Inside the nose, a series of wet, mucus-lined air chambers “conditions” inhaled air before it reaches the throat and the delicate air sacs of the lungs, warming it to about 95 degrees Fahrenheit and raising its relative humidity to 95 percent. Humans in cold climates – or in hot, dry ones – thus have the greatest need to condition the air they breathe. Natural selection in such climes generally favors larger noses with more mucus lining: flattened, to protect against frostbite, in frigid environments; long and narrow in arid regions. In a like manner, the size and shape of the human form help the body regulate internal temperature. Over thousands of years, cooler climates tend to produce larger people. The reason: Their extra mass helps them retain heat. Although large people also have more skin surface from which heat can escape, the tradeoff still works to their advantage. As the body grows larger, mass becomes greater relative to skin area. The Alakaluf Indians on the frigid southern tip of South America, for example, are 25 percent taller than the Ituri Pygmies of Central Africa. Yet, the Alakalufs are more than two times heavier – and thus store much more body heat. Variations in body shape complicate the picture. A tall, skinny man has more surface area – and heat loss – than does a shorter, huskier man of the same weight. Thus, cold territories closest to the North and South Poles tend to be populated by stocky folk. In southern Africa, Pygmies, the world’s shortest people, dwell very near the Nilotic tribes (e.g., the Dinka), the tallest. But the Nilotic tribes live in the dry, open savannahs, the Pygmies, in the shaded forests. The Nilotics’ environment puts a premium on having more skin surface to release heat, thus their extremely tall, slender build. And, occasionally, there appear uniquely adapted humans, A notable example: the Khoikhoi women of the open African savannah, who have thin torsos suited to the hot climate, but also protruding buttocks (steatopygia) containing storehouses of fat to draw upon in times of famine. Just as it is difficult to prove a correlation between past climatic change, and, say, the demise of an ancient civilization, so today’s anthropologists are not certain that all their inferences about climate and human evolution are well founded. Very few of the world’s peoples in all their variety now inhabit the same territories where, long ago, their ancestors presumably developed certain characteristics in response to climate. Often, notes Grover Krantz, anthropologists resort to “pulling people out of areas where their… traits don’t fit the environment and putting them back where they do fit”. 

http://eng.1september.ru/2003/29/1.htm

The information that was written in the Bible that the human race came from only one family is very much scientifically true. The scattering abroad of the family of Noah in different places of the habitable earth eventually and gradually produced different physical features among them depending on the kind of environment they settled to live.

ACTS 17:26
"And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation…"

Many theories including the infamous Darwinian Theory of Evolution was taught and believed even by reputed scientists; but a fact remains — that we were created by a great God, from the first man and woman; we came from one family (not from apes); with only one language and tongue, which was later confounded by God, for His will to populate the earth with humans be fulfilled.

GENESIS 3:20
"And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living."

God is not the author of confusion, but is a God of order and truth.

I CORINTHIANS 14:40
"Let all things be done decently and in order."

To believe in the theory of evolution is to believe in accidents, for the theory of evolution can only be explained by accidents that allegedly happened in nature, and perhaps in the brains and minds of evolutionists!

To God be the glory!

Sincerely in Christ,

Brother Eli Soriano