The Great Differences of Christ and Man

How is Christ different from humans

Paul did not receive his apostleship from man, but from Christ. So, He (Christ) is not man.

GALATIANS 1:1 
Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised him from the dead;)

The gospel Paul preached did not come from man, but by the revelation of Christ. Christ is not man.

GALATIANS 1:10-12 
10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 
11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 
12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Worship of anybody who is not God is idolatry.

GALATIANS 4:8 
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.

It is God the Father who commanded that Christ be worshiped.

HEBREWS 1:5-6 
5 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? 
6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

1 PETER 3:15 (NLT) 
Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if you are asked about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

All men have sinned. Christ did not.

ROMANS 3:23 
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

1 KINGS 8:46 
If they sin against thee, (for there is no man that sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them to the enemy, so that they carry them away captives unto the land of the enemy, far or near;

There is not a just man on earth that sins not.

ECCLESIASTES 7:20 
For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Christ did not sin.

JOHN 8:46 (RSV) 
Which of you convicts me of sin? If I tell the truth, why do you not believe me?

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

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.

No man has seen God.

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

But Christ has seen Him.

JOHN 8:38 
I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father.

Man came from the dust of the ground.

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.

Christ came from above — from God.

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

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;

Christ can see the heart and the mind; man can not.

MATTHEW 23:27 
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees,hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

JEREMIAH 17:9-10 
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

Christ directly talks to the Father; man can not.

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.

JOHN 12:28 
Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.

JEREMIAH 30:21 
And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.

Christ has life in Him; He can give and take it away.

JOHN 10:17-18 
17 Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again.
18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

Man has not power over death. Christ has.

ECCLESIASTES 8:8 
There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

JOHN 11:25 
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Christ came from eternity.

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.

God bless!

The Rationale Why God Created Woman

Biblical reason for the creation of women

This is a partial reply to a comment made by my reader, Scott Fogg, regarding the article entitled, “The Church Of The Bible: The Only 100% True Church”. In the first part of his comment, Scott wrote the following:

“I’m confused. If Esther, as Queen, was not a leader, what do you consider her? She was, by rank and title, a nation’s leader, was she not? Was she not the one that Mordecai went to, to bend the ear of the king, to save the Jews from slaughter? Did she not lead others in prayer?

Moreover, it does not seem God would discriminate indiscriminately. I seem to recall a time when He even enlisted in the help of a mule to talk one of His prophets into doing his will. Now, I don’t think it’s God’s M.O. to appoint animals into leadership positions, but He always seems to use those that are willing and able. So if God can and will talk through a donkey, why would He not send a vision to a woman? For that is all we claim Ellen White to be or have been, a prophet — one who received a direct, divine message…”

Dear Scott,

There is a saying that, “Behind every great man is a great woman”. Esther is not a leader, but an influential figure to Mordecai, the chief minister of King Ahasuerus, and to the King himself. She is not a prophetess as Seventh Day Adventists claim for Ellen G. White.

Understanding the Bible in its context will teach you that women are not intended to be leaders of God’s people. Consider the following reasons:

Throughout the history of God’s people, the Israelites, it is God’s will that His chosen nation or people be perpetually led by a man.

1 KING 9:5 
Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

1 KING 8:25 
Therefore now, LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that thou promisedst him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit on the throne of Israel; so that thy children take heed to their way, that they walk before me as thou hast walked before me.

2 CHRONICLES 6:16 
Now therefore, O LORD God of Israel, keep with thy servant David my father that which thou hast promised him, saying, There shall not fail thee a man in my sight to sit upon the throne of Israel; yet so that thy children take heed to their way to walk in my law, as thou hast walked before me.

JEREMIAH 33:17 
For thus saith the LORD; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;

Such principle was applied to the people of God in the New Testament times.

1 TIMOTHY 2:11-13 
11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 
12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 
13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

Consider the rationale for the creation of the woman.

GENESIS 2:18 
And the LORD God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help meet for him.

1 CORINTHIANS 11:9-10 
9 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 
10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

By this, God does not “indiscriminately discriminate” women. He is just standing on His principle and the original idea of creation. Authorities of the New Testament understood this.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:34 
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

In the Church of God, we have a high esteem and respect for our women brethren; but we stand to the divine principle outlined by God in the Bible, and we respect God above our women.

There are collateral realities to consider. Women have caused the fall of some of God’s great men in the Bible. Adam, the best example, was convinced by Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. Solomon was separated from God by his women. Samson fell prey to the Philistine through Delilah.

ECCLESIASTES 7:26
And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

There are also prophetic realities to consider:

ISAIAH 3:12
As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.

Just the thought of a woman leading God’s people spells destruction.

JEREMIAH 51:30
The mighty men of Babylon have forborne to fight, they have remained in their holds: their might hath failed; they became as women: they have burned her dwelling places; her bars are broken.

For God’s will to be fulfilled that His people or chosen nation be led perpetually by a man, He proclaimed the coming of an eternal leader in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

ISAIAH 9:6-7
6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Remember, as promised by God, the throne of David will be ruled by men, not by any chance, a woman!

1 KING 9:5
Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.

I welcome your notion that God has the right to use those that are willing and able to be instruments in making His will be known unto people. But I am sorry you gave a wrong example when you mentioned that a mule was used by God to speak to one of His prophets. For your information, Balaam is not a prophet of God. Neither the mule is willing nor able because animals were not given the free-will like men, to be willing to obey God. They are always subjective to God’s will, whether they like it or not.

JUDE 1:11
Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Korah.

For your information, Balaam is a Mesopotamian prophet for hire! He is not an Israelite and his home was Pethor, near the Euphrates River in Northern Mesopotamia.

It would have been better if you used Luke 19:40.

LUKE 19:40
And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

Even stones can be made by God to cry out or to speak God’s will, but that is if and only if the apostles will “hold their peace” and keep silent.

See the point?

God Bless!

The True Sabbath of a True Christian, According to the Bible

True Meaning of Sabbath in Christians

This is my reply to Mr. Scott Fogg, a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), who posted a well-appreciated comment on my article entitled, “The Church Of The Bible: The Only 100% True Church”.

Dear Scott,

I noticed in your reply that you falsely accused the Church of God of not holding fast to Jesus’ preaching and teachings, claiming we largely ignored the fourth commandment — which is the keeping of the Sabbath. That’s why you concluded that we are not 100% upholding the truth of God’s teaching. I am sorry to say that you are wrong. If we do not keep the seventh day Sabbath, it’s not because we “largely ignored” one of God’s own commandments, as you say. You even cited Matthew 5:18, which I am quoting hereunder:

MATTHEW 5:17-18 
17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 
18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

You were falsely carried away by the leaders of the SDAC or Seventh Day Adventist Church’s misinterpretation of these verses. When the Lord Jesus Christ said that, He has “come not to destroy the laws and the prophets, but to fulfill”, authorities of the SDAC recklessly interpreted that the “laws” and the “prophets” meant by the Lord are the Ten Commandments. But this is not so!

To give you a brief background, our Lord Jesus Christ came to earth to fulfill the “laws” and the “prophets” intended exclusively for Him by God the Father.

HEBREWS 10:7 
Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Note the phrase “written of me”, which means the will of God for Him to accomplish. Does it mean the Ten Commandments?

LUKE 24:44 
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Note again that He is going to fulfill those that were written in the Law of Moses, in the prophets and in the psalms concerning Him.

But why not the Ten Commandments? Because the Ten Commandments were not meant for Christ!

1 TIMOTHY 1:9-11 
9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 
10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 
11 According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

Consider that the Ten Commandments were not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient! Jesus Christ is righteous and obedient.

HEBREWS 5:8 
Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered;

Jesus Christ is obedient because He fulfilled all the laws and the prophets have written concerning His person and exclusively for Him. SDAC argues that the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilled the Ten Commandments and observed the seventh day Sabbath by going to the synagogues on Sabbath Day. But did He enter the synagogue on Sabbath day to keep it?

LUKE 4:16-19 
16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read. 
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, 
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

LUKE 4:28-30 
28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 
29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 
30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,

If you look closely, Brother Scott, the Lord Jesus Christ went into the synagogue, not to keep the seventh day Sabbath, but to preach the gospel (not the 10 commandments); and when the Sabbath keepers heard His preaching, they rose up against Him, wanting to destroy Him. Why then would the Sabbath keepers destroy a fellow Sabbath keeper? We do not only apply logic here, but verses to prove that Jesus Christ did not keep the Sabbath being kept by the Jews.

JOHN 5:18 
Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.

After all, Jesus Christ is not under obligation to keep the Sabbath or to follow the Ten Commandments which are meant for the “lawless”, and not for a righteous person like Him. Why do I say that He is not under obligation to keep the seventh day Sabbath?

MARK 2:27-28 
27 And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: 
28 Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

Notice that He is Lord, also, of the Sabbath. The Lord is not under the Sabbath but, Sabbath is under Him. The verse said that the Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath.

Sabbath made for man = The Israelites (Deuteronomy 5:15)

Not man for the Sabbath = Meaning not all men are obliged to keep the Sabbath

The Son of Man = Lord of the Sabbath = Not under the Sabbath

Nowhere in the book of Acts (which discloses the activities of the first century Christian church), can you find a verse that the disciples congregate in keeping the Sabbath. The Apostle Paul had been recorded to have entered the synagogue every Sabbath to persuade the Sabbath keepers, and as a result, they opposed him and blasphemed. Again, why should a Sabbath keeper be opposed by a fellow Sabbath keeper?

ACTS 18:4, 6 
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. 
6 And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed, he shook his raiment, and said unto them, Your blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go unto the Gentiles.

Records in the gospel inform us of the truth that the disciples did not keep the seventh day Sabbath.

MATTHEW 12:1-2 
1 At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck the ears of corn, and to eat. 
2 But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

You must remember that it is prohibited for Sabbath keepers to do any work on the seventh day. That is why the disciples and the apostles were charged by the Jews for not keeping their Sabbath.

It is also not lawful to kindle fire on the Sabbath.

EXODUS 35:3 
Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day.

Can you imagine the apostles eating corn, raw? It is very evident that they broke the Sabbath because they understood that it was not for them.

There is a holy day for Christians; it was not like the day regarded as holy by the Israelites. The Apostle Paul speaks of it to former 7th day Sabbath keepers who were converted to Christianity.

HEBREWS 4:4, 8 (KJ21) 
4 For He spoke in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested the seventh day from all His works.” 
8 For if Joshua had given them rest, then He would not afterward have spoken of another day.

Note that God first spoke of the seventh day in verse 7, which Joshua, who was leading the Israelites to the Promised Land, administered unto them. But on verse 8, He speaks of another day, which means a day other than the seventh day. Paul gave us his basis for this ‘another’ day. He mentioned the Psalms of David.

HEBREWS 4:7 
He again marks out a certain day, saying in David, “Today,” (after so long a time). Even as it is said, “Today, if you will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.”

This day of rest is what ‘remaineth’ for the people of God in the New Testament.

HEBREWS 4:9 
So then there remains a rest to the people of God.

Notice meticulously the terms being used by Paul:

1. another day 
2. certain day 
3. a rest or a Sabbath

Definitely, these terms do not mean the seventh day Sabbath. There are so many seventh days in a year. The New Testament mentions of a certain day (singular), another day (singular), a rest (singular).

What is this day?

It is mentioned in the Psalms of David, according to Paul.

PSALMS 118:20-24 
20 This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter. 
21 I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. 
22 The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 
23 This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. 
24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.”

This is a Day with voice! If you hear His voice, harden not your hearts, the verse said. This Day is the gate where the righteous will enter. It is the stone which became headstone of the corner. This is the Day that the Lord hath made (emphasis mine).

This Day is Jesus Christ: the true Sabbath or rest of Christians.

MATTHEW 11:28-29 
28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Regardless of the literal day, Christians do congregate; the Day that the Lord has made is with them. Christ is with them. Peace is with them. They are in God’s rest or Sabbath.

MATTHEW 18:20 
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Where the spirit of Christ is, there is peace; there is rest; there is Sabbath.

JOHN 14:27 
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Where there’s no peace there’s no rest; and where there’s peace there is genuine rest or Sabbath.

Brother Scott, I hope and pray that you and I may rest in peace — in the real Sabbath of the Lord. Remember the Lord Jesus is the Lord, also of the Sabbath or ‘rest’.

God Bless!

Peter Was Never the Rock upon Which the Church of the Bible Was Built


The teaching that Peter was the rock upon which the church was built surely came from either an ignorant mind or a polluted one.


MATTHEW 16:18 
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.

I hate to base my explanation on grammar because it is not what I believe as the bastion of truth. But simple grammatical knowledge might help us see the way to logical truth.

If Peter was the rock, then it should have been written ...

1. “Thou art Peter, and upon you I will build my church”; or 
2. “Thou art Peter, and upon this rock, which is you, I will build my church”; or 
3. “I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, a rock, and upon you I will build my church”

Aware of the way the Lord Jesus Christ constructed sentences throughout all His sessions of teaching, we will not, in our wildest dreams, think that the Lord Jesus has a propensity of making ungrammatical and nonsensical statements.

Take for example the Sermon on the Mount:

MATTHEW 5:1-12 
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: 
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, 
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The foregoing sermon can be considered scholarly constructed with utmost literary style and beauty. 

No learned scholar can accuse the Lord Jesus Christ of speaking nonsensically nor ungrammatically at any instance in the Holy Scriptures!

Biblically speaking, Peter cannot be “the rock upon which the church was built” simply because he was part of the church, built upon the foundation stone who is Christ.

EPHESIANS 2:20-22 
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: 
22 In whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

The apostles (one of whom was Peter) were built upon the foundation: Jesus Christ himself. There is no other foundation than Christ!

I CORINTHIANS 3:11 
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

An erring human, even an apostle, cannot be a sufficient foundation of the universal institution of divinity — the church. The church must have an unshakable foundation.

Somebody who cannot be affected by sin!

COLOSSIANS 1:23 (MKJV) 
If indeed you continue in the faith grounded and settled, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard and which was proclaimed in all the creation under Heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister,

Something that can be shaken cannot be permanent.

HEBREWS 12:26-27 
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 
27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

Peter, as man, is prone to error and mistakes. The doctrine of the Catholic Church that the Pope is the successor of Peter is infallible; ex-cathedra is a great error, even greater error than the St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.


When Benedict XVI proclaimed that limbo does not exist, it implied that all his predecessors were lying when they taught that children who were not baptized before death will go to limbo!



Believe in John Paul II and you will deny Benedict XVI, or believe in Benedict XVI and you will deny all the previous authorities of the Catholic Church. But I would rather believe Peter, a true apostle even if he committed mistakes, errors and sins in some of his decisions and actions because he taught only what God wanted him to teach – no more no less!

THE ACTS 5:27-29 
27And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, 
28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. 
29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

Peter and the other apostles never taught any doctrine coming from their own thinking and inventions!

II PETER 1:16 
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

JOHN 7:17-18 
17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 
18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.

To this, I believe, Peter will say, “TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!”

AMEN!

The Glorious Day that Christians Will See Jesus Christ

Coming of Christ in the Last Days

These imaginary idiots are asking:

“How do we explain the fact that Jesus never appeared to you?”


This question was addressed to an intelligent Christian but obviously the one or the group asking this question are not intelligent! Under the law on evidence, the credibility of a witness is determined by considering “whether he is capable of knowing the thing thoroughly about which he testifies.” Let us read the following information on what a credible witness is:

CREDIBLE WITNESS – A credible witness is one who is competent to give evidence, and is worthy of belief. In deciding upon the credibility of a witness, it is always pertinent to consider whether he is capable of knowing the thing thoroughly about which he testifies. 2. Whether he was actually present at the transaction. 3. Whether he paid sufficient attention to qualify himself to be a reporter of it; and 4. Whether he honestly relates the affair fully as he knows it, without any purpose or desire to deceive or suppress or add to the truth.

[Source: http://www.lectlaw.com/def/c328.htm]

These enemies of the Bible cannot be considered as credible witnesses because they are claiming something, which they cannot thoroughly know or prove. How do you know that Jesus never appeared to a Christian? Have you investigated all Christians? Are you omnipresent to know what is happening in the entire world? Where did you get such a lie that Christ never appeared to any Christian? Here is a food for thought for you (if you have any).

The Bible which you use to malign my God has the answer! After His resurrection, He appeared to so many people before ascending into heaven.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:3-8 (RSV) 
3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, 
4 that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures, 
5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 
6 Then He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 
7 Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 
8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, He appeared also to me.

In the preceding verses, He appeared to about six hundred people! Before ascending into heaven, He promised the Christians in the first century Church that He will again come at the end of the age to resurrect them and be with Him in paradise.

JOHN 14:1-3 
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

When will He be coming to resurrect the Christians?

JOHN 6:44 
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

He will be coming at the last day! That day, He will appear!

TITUS 2:13 
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ;

The first century Christians and Christians nowadays know fully well that the appearing of the Lord Jesus Christ will happen at the last day. No intelligent Christian now will ask Christ to appear to him NOW. He understands the Scriptures that the appearing is yet to come and no Christian will ask the untimely appearing of his Lord!

2 PETER 3:9 
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Above this, the Lord Jesus Christ, before ascending into heaven, has warned Christians not to believe to impostors that will claim that they are the Christ!

MATTHEW 24:23-27 
23 Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. 
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. 
25 Behold, I have told you before. 
26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. 
27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

These stern warnings are understood by an intelligent Christian. He will not expect Christ to appear to him before the appointed day. The coming of Christ at the last day will be seen by all eyes:

REVELATIONS 1:7 
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

It will be an event that will not be done in secret. It will be known. It will be noticed, and that day will mark the end of this age!

Do you realize how foolish these imaginary people are?

It is up to you to decide.

God Bless,

Bro. Eli Soriano

Can We Really See the Future?

No man can see the future

Bro. Eli,

I have this mysterious question in my mind. I only realized I have proven this ability to foresee things to happen exactly as they are even before year 2004-2005. But it happened so often only lately that I realized what I was foreseeing before has come true. I never had confidence or trust in myself whenever I foresee things that will happen. I would only realize that those thoughts and visions were real after they occurred exactly. One example was 3 years ago every time I pass by a tower I could see myself working there and wishing and praying it will come true and it happened. Another was last week, I heard several compliments of my skin and I foresee I will suffer terrible skin allergies, and after a few days I woke up exactly what I’m seeing has occurred. This afternoon, while I was cooking I said to myself the stove will run out of gas, then after a few minutes I checked the stove and it has no fire anymore. Another was last few weeks ago. I was having thoughts that one of my officemates will be terminated, after one week it happened. These are only some instances among which I have experienced. I would like to know why I am having this. I don’t believe in them at all until they happened. I am not even worthy as like those who have gifts like the prophets. I appreciate that your answer will grant me peace. Thanks and God bless!

Aplgreenlass

aplgreenlass@hotmail.com

Dear Aplgreenlass, 

Generally and biblically speaking, no human being has the capacity to see what exactly will happen in the nearest future. Of course, the nearest future is tomorrow.

PROVERBS 27:1 (MKJV) 
Do not boast yourself of tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.

In fact, tomorrow can outlive us.

JAMES 4:13-14
13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 
14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

As one saying goes: “There is no rule without an exception.” Prophets and seers in the Bible, through God’s spirit, were able to see dreams and visions foretelling exactly things that will happen in the farthest future. In the Bible, the end of everything was predicted.

1 SAMUEL 9:9 
Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.

REVELATION 1:19 
Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

Other people claim that they have the power to foresee a forthcoming event because of ‘ESP’ or “extrasensory perception”; but most of the times, things happen because of mere coincidence.

May I ask you something? And I hope you will be honest to yourself in answering my question.

Have all the things which you have foreseen happen exactly without fail? If your answer is yes — and since only God knows the details without amiss of all things that will happen in the future — then, maybe, you are being inspired of God. But if your honest answer is that not all that you predicted happened 100 percent, then, there is no special calling on you. Instead, what is happening is subnormal but not supernatural; and you must not bother yourself thinking about this.

Did you know that sometimes even the predictions of false prophets happen? God allows them to happen to test if we love Him and believe in Him with all our hearts and soul.

DEUTERONOMY 13:1-3 
1 If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, 
2 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; 
3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

Hence, we can conclude that not because something perceived did happen we will already assume it has any supernatural importance.

The devil’s agenda is always, and will ever be, to mislead people in their belief about the Almighty God. We must be completely aware that Satan is the archenemy of God. He is the cause of all confusions in this present world. God is not a god of confusion. So, it is Satan that causes them.

1 CORINTHIANS 14:33 
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

The devil or Satan can pollute the minds of people.

2 CORINTHIANS 11:3 
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.

Satan also has the power to perceive what might happen in the future. He has long been with mankind, and has mastered the ways of men, and can even mathematically compute what will happen in the near future. Satan can be a possible perpetrator in the minds of people to perceive what may happen and then mislead people from their belief and trust in the true, faithful God. Remember, the Bible tells us of the subtlety of Satan the serpent.

GENESIS 3:1 
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

REVELATION 12:9 
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

A person’s mind may think of something which is not proper for him to think, thus, the Apostle Paul admonished the Christians and the first century Church to think soberly.

ROMANS 12:3 
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

Human mind is far reaching, and may even think of things which is not reachable and achievable by the human body. Perhaps, this is the reason why there are those who call themselves ‘free thinkers’. Maybe, they have an uncontrollable mind so God said that the minds and the thinking of men are vain and nothing.

PSALMS 94:11 
The LORD knoweth the thoughts of man, that they are vanity.

I pray that you may put your trust in the power of God, and ask for His guidance that you may perceive and see the truth.

God Bless,

Bro. Eli Soriano

God is Not the Author of Confusion


1 CORINTHIANS 14:33 
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Would you believe that in order to execute God’s will for mankind to populate, fill, and subdue the earth, God ‘confused’ the only one language of people living on earth in those times? This is how the story goes —

GENESIS 11:1-8 
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 
2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 
3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 
4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 
5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men built. 
6 And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 
7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 
8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

God’s command to the family of Noah to repopulate or replenish the earth is ecologically sound. People must not only inhabit a particular place and let the other places of the earth become dominated by beasts and wild animals. Humankind, not beast, must subdue the earth.

EZEKIEL 14:13, 15 
13 Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: 
15 If I cause noisome beasts to pass through the land, and they spoil it, so that it be desolate, that no man may pass through because of the beasts…

Due to their apparent resistance to God’s will, God confused their language. This event that happened in the Tower of Babel saw the birth of different nations and languages in the human family. The rest is history.

Historically, there are four groups of ancient languages.

QUICK FACTS

Linguists divide the Semitic languages into four groups. The North Peripheral group is represented by the Assyro-Babylonian language, or Akkadian. The oldest attested Semitic language, with the oldest Semitic literature, Akkadian was spoken in Mesopotamia between about 3000 B.C. and 600-400 B.C. and used as a literary language until the 1st century ad.

The North Central group includes the ancient and modern Hebrew language; ancient tongues such as Ugaritic and Phoenician; and the Aramaic language, including Syriac, or Christian Aramaic.

The South Central group consists of literary or Standard Arabic and the modern spoken Arabic dialects (see Arabic Language). Maltese, an offshoot of Arabic, is spoken on the island of Malta and, because of its location, has been heavily influenced by Italian.

The South Peripheral group consists of the South Arabic dialects, now spoken in parts of the southern Arabian Peninsula (and in ancient times by peoples such as the Minaeans and Sabaeans); and the languages of Ethiopia. The latter include Ge’ez, or classical Ethiopic, now surviving only as a literary and liturgical language; Amharic, the official language of Ethiopia; and regional Ethiopian languages such as Tigré, Tigrinya, and Gurage.

Source: Encarta 2007

Because of the confusion that happened, the human race were forced to scatter in all the habitable face of the earth. As a result, a group that does not understand the language or the speech of another group was forced to depart and separate from the other groups.

But there is another question that emerges: If humankind came from only one family, why do people differ in terms of color, physical features, etc.?

The Bible tells us the root-cause and not necessarily the results. The results can be obtained in reality. Apparent reality can be traced back to the root-cause.

Mathematically, the more than seven billion people that now populate the entire earth came from a much smaller stock in the early 19th century, about six hundred million, and further, from eight souls that survived the great flood.

1 PETER 3:20 
Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.

Is there, by chance, a possibility that a family may grow up to a huge global population of different colors, breeds, cultures, and physical features? The answer is, reality; but how?

The color of the skin is influenced by the environment. In places where there is an abundance of scorching sunlight, the skin of the people there can turn darker.

SONGS OF SOLOMON 1:6 
Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother’s children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.

It may take a thousand years for the skin of particular race to achieve a complete blackening of the skin. No wonder we have dark-colored people because the human family have existed on earth for many thousands of years.

QUICK FACTS

Jablonski and Chaplin proposed an explanation for the observed variation of untanned human skin with annual UV exposure. By Jablonski and Chaplin’s explanation, there are two competing forces affecting human skin tone:

1. The melanin that produces the darker tones of human skin serves as a light filter to protect against too much UV light getting under the human skin where too much UV causes sunburn and disrupts the synthesis of precursors necessary to make human DNA;

versus

2. Humans need at least a minimum threshold of UV light to get deep under human skin to produce vitamin D, which is essential for building and maintaining the bones of the human skeleton.

Jablonski and Chaplin note that when human indigenous peoples have migrated, they have carried with them a sufficient gene pool so that within a thousand years, the skin of their descendants living today has turned dark or turned light to adapt to fit the formula given above – with the notable exception of dark-skinned peoples moving north, such as to populate the seacoast of Greenland, to live where they have a year-round supply of food rich in vitamin D, such as fish, so that there was no necessity for their skin to lighten to let enough UV under their skin to synthesize the vitamin D that humans need for healthy bones.

Source: https://humanskin.wordpress.com/healthy-bones/

The question about the different skin colors of mankind can biblically and scientifically be explained; but what about the different physical feature? To learn more, read: The Origin of Humankind.

Sincerely in Christ,

Bro. Eli Soriano