Biblical Answers to Questions About Lust, Money, Idol Worship, and More (Part 1)

5/26/2018 , 1 Comments

answering questions biblically

I would like to take this opportunity to answer some of the overwhelming number of questions sent to me by email from various people around the world; brethren and non-brethren alike. So, here we go…

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Question #1:

Name: Edjakiel
Email: edjakiel@yahoo.com

Bro Eli, I was a catholic before and we used to have a lot of idols and all these images stuck to my mind. But I love to think about God and the Lord Jesus, their majesty and glory. But these images keep getting in my mind, I know this is wrong so I try really hard to get it out of my mind especially when I am praying. What is the best thing to put in my mind when I am praying? Whenever I say the name of the Lord Jesus, these images we used to have get into my mind. What do I do?

Answer:

Dear Edjakiel,

It will take some time before something imprinted in the cortex of the mind may be forgotten. The best thing to do is to look at nothing in the mind. Realizing that God is in eternity, look at eternity. Look at the things which are not seen (Isaiah 57:15; 2 Corinthians 4:18).

ISAIAH 57:15 
For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

2 CORINTHIANS 4:18 
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

God is invisible. His picture is invisible (Colossians 1:15).

COLOSSIANS 1:15 
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature…

Anyone who prays to and worships God must worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24).

JOHN 4:23-24 
23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 
24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Bro. Eli Soriano

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Question #2:

Name: Rose Mae
Email: rmae_4teen@yahoo.com

How can I turn away from pride, money and lust?

Answer: 

Dear Rose Mae,

It is good to turn away from pride. 1 John 2:15-16 tells us not to love the world; and pride of life is a part of the world. We do not turn away from money because we need it in doing good (Ecclesiastes 7:12).

1 JOHN 2:15-16 
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 

ECCLESIASTES 7:12 
For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

What is prohibited in the Bible is the love of money (1 Timothy 6:10-11).

1 TIMOTHY 6:10-11 
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Money per se is not evil. We need it to give alms; to buy food; and feed the hungry. Money is also used in the propagation of the gospel (2 Corinthians 9:12-13).

2 CORINTHIANS 9:12-13 
12 For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God; 
13 While by the experiment of this ministration they glorify God for your professed subjection unto the gospel of Christ, and for your liberal distribution unto them, and unto all men…

We do not also turn away from lust. We have it in our being (James 1:14).

JAMES 1:14 
But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.

A Christian controls his lusts. He lives in moderation (Titus 2:12; 1 Corinthians 7:3-5).

TITUS 2:12 
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world…

1 CORINTHIANS 7:3-5 
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. 
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife. 
5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

It is an excellent thing if the lust of our flesh will totally banish from our being (Ecclesiastes 11:10; 2 Corinthians 7:1).

ECCLESIASTES 11:10 
Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

2 CORINTHIANS 7:1 
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

Bro. Eli Soriano

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Question #3:

Name: Antenedo E. Milloren
Email: coplas@lycos.com

Good day brother Eli…I heard from you and read from the bible as well that God the Almighty is a spirit and we have to pray in spirit…my question is: how do I know I am praying in spirit when I can always imagine the icons that was introduced to me from the day I can comprehend images… I am a catholic, and yes I heard in one of my distant relative who was a “seminarian” but failed to continue and become a priest, that the “mass (misa)” is tainted with the pagan practices…can you elaborate on this? 

Answer:

Dear Antenedo,

(Please refer to my answer on question #1.) What is pagan in the mass of the Catholic Church is the worship of images made by the hands of man (Acts 17:29; Romans 1:21-25).

ACTS 17:29 
Forasmuch then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man’s device.

ROMANS 1:21-25 
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 
23 And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonor their own bodies between themselves: 
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

Bro. Eli Soriano 

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Question #4:

Name: Antonino N. Geniston
Email: tonygeniston@yahoo.com

Bro. Eli Soriano, I have watched your TV program, I think your understanding of the bible is God-sent to mankind. What do you wish as result of your efforts? For more people to join you? Or for other churches to rectify themselves? What other religion, if any, do you see also as righteous? Thank you for your time in answering this. More Power!

Answer: 

Dear Antonio,

My desire is that the prophecy in the Bible be fulfilled (Daniel 12:3-4; 9-10).

DANIEL 12:3-4; 9-10 
3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever. 
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. 
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. 
10 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.

It is not my intention that people join me. After all, who am I? I want them to join the church in the Bible: The Church of God (2 Corinthians 1:1).

2 CORINTHIANS 1:1 
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia…

It is the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18).

COLOSSIANS 1:18 
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.

It is where Gentiles like us must be members of (Ephesians 3:6).

EPHESIANS 3:6
That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel…

It is the only true church (Ephesians 4:4).

EPHESIANS 4:4 
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling…

It is where Christ reigns. (Colossians 3:15).

COLOSSIANS 3:15 
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

True righteousness does not have an alternative. Shying away from it means establishing your own righteousness (Romans 10:2-3).

ROMANS 10:2-3 
2 For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. 
3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

What we are commanded is to seek the kingdom and the righteousness of God (Matthew 6:33).

MATTHEW 6:33 
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

It is in the gospel (Romans 1:16-17).

ROMANS 1:16-17 
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 
17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. The just shall live by faith.

It is being taught by the apostles in the true church (1 Timothy 2:7; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2).

1 TIMOTHY 2:7 
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

1 CORINTHIANS 1:1-2 
1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours…

Bro. Eli Soriano 

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Question #5:

Name: Noel T. Arellano
Email: budys143@yahoo.com

Sa matthew 25:1-12. Iyong gabi ay ibig sabihin ba ay panahon ng kasamaaan, kasiyahan, gaya ng panahon ni Noe at abraham? pls. correct me if im wrong. (In Matthew 25:1-12, does the ‘night’ mean days of wickedness, happiness, like in the days of Noah and Abraham? Please correct me if I am wrong.)

Answer:

Dear Noel,

No. It does not necessarily mean so. Night may imply the time to sleep or to rest (Matthew 13:25).

MATTHEW 13:25 
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

It may also denote the time of tribulation where someone may stumble (John 11:10).

JOHN 11:10 
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.

It may, in the verse that you have given, denote also the unexpected coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 5:2).

1 THESSALONIANS 5:2 
For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

Bro. Eli Soriano

To be continued...

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Greatest Religious Crime

5/19/2018 1 Comments

failed prophesies

The date May 21, 2011 will be long remembered like the fall of 1975 when the Jehovah’s Witnesses, through the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, predicted the coming of the Armageddon. Predictions by self-appointed prophets are old stories being repeated again and again.

ECCLESIASTES 3:15 
That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

The saying “history repeats itself” is true. Human beings may die but the spirit of error since its inception to the world is still here!

I JOHN 4:6 
We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.

Such spirit of error dwells in people who love to believe a lie more than the truth.

II THESSALONIANS 2:11-12 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The spirit of error which provoked the Seventh Day Adventists to predict that the coming of Christ will be on March 21, 1844 and then again on October 22, 1844 which both failed, is the same spirit that is now working within the group of Harold Camping that says that 21 May, 2011 is the end of the world!

I do not know if I will still be alive on May 21, 2011 but one thing is sure: this is another deception from the spirit of error that worketh in the children of disobedience.

EPHESIANS 2:2 
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Maybe most of you will still be alive come May 21, 2011 to see the fulfillment of one of the most important predictions of the Bible:

I JOHN 4:1 
Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

MATTHEW 24:24 
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.

Part of obedience is to believe on what we are taught to believe. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the author and finisher of Christian belief or faith, once said:

MATTHEW 24:36 
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Christian faith must be firmly established on the revealed truth, the word of God taught by the Lord Jesus Christ.

JOHN 17:17 
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

The truth is, “regarding that day and hour knoweth no man, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only!” Anybody giving an exact date on this God-appointed day will fail!

THE ACTS 17:31 
Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

THE ACTS 1:7 
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

Heeding to these teachings of the Lord, a God-fearing preacher will never set a definite date for the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.

These are false prophets!




William Miller initially set the day for the return of Jesus Christ in 1843. When the second coming failed to occur, he set another date for March 21, 1844, which also failed and then another date for October 22, 1844, which again failed. The effect on the Millerite movement was a major disaster, and the failure of the return of Jesus Christ to appear was called the “Great Disappointment.” The failed prophecies of William Miller proved that he was a false prophet, not only because of their failure, but also because of the fact that he contradicted Scripture which says that only God knows the time of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. 

(Source: http://www.ondoctrine.com/10sevadv.htm)

“End of the World” Prophecies 

1914 was one of the more important estimates of the start of the war of Armageddon by the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society). They computed 1914 from prophecy in the book of Daniel, Chapter 4. The writings referred to “seven times”. The WTS interpreted each “time” as equal to 360 days, giving a total of 2520 days. This was further interpreted as representing 2520 years, measured from the starting date of 607 BCE. This gave 1914 as the target date. 1914, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975 and 1994 were other dates that the Watchtower Society predicted. 1975 looked likely as it was computed as the 6000th anniversary of the creation of Adam in the Garden of Eden in 4026 BCE. They interpreted Psalms 90:10 as defining the length of a generation to be 80 years. Since 1914 plus 80 equals 1994, they predicted Armageddon would occur around that year. The latest estimate was 6000 years after the creation of Eve, for which no date can be determined with any accuracy. 

(Source: http://www.preteristarchive.com/StudyArchive/t/theory_false-prophets.html)

DEUTERONOMY 18:22 
When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

The word translated here presumptuously is זדון – zâdôn which means arrogance.

It is the height of arrogance or boastfulness to directly contradict the written word of God in the Bible! William Miller, Ellen G. White, The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Bang-Ik Ha, Harold Camping and many more are a gang of false prophets committing a syndicated crime which can be considered as the Greatest Religious Crime in the history of humanity!

Why do I believe that such false predictions constitute the greatest religious crime? It is because of these false preachers and prophets that there will be blasphemers and scoffers!

II PETER 3:3-4 
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

Those who slaughtered the Jews and Christians in the past have committed an abominable crime against God and humanity, but the souls of the murdered Christians were not imperiled! But the greatest crime that can be committed by religious teachers is to endanger the salvation of souls due to misleading doctrines and beliefs!

The rise in number of scientists that reject the Bible is due to these scientists’ frustrations in false religions led by these false prophets. The increasing number of atheists worldwide is also caused by the imprudent interpretations of the Scriptures by these blind religious leaders! Is there any other crime greater than these crimes against God and humanity?

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.

It would have been better and harmless if Harold Camping went on just camping rather than preaching!

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Karl Marx's Unwise Definition of Religion

5/12/2018 , 1 Comments

Karl Marx false teachings

Good evening Bro. Eli,

I have read this blog and is consistently watching your “Ang Dating Daan” (The Old Path) program. I am a Protestant and is currently a member of the opposition in the Philippines (in 2007), “Bayan Muna” (County First). I am an activist studying in University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman (in 2007). 

I believe in God. However, when a person gets so much involved with activism, they believe in Marxism (Karl Marx) which then believes in materialism and that there is no God. 

I am confused. I would like to continue being a leader of mass organization which caters for the poor. I would like to deliver the wrongdoings of this administration in rallies. I would like to help the workers attain their P125 increase in salary and to defend the farmers from the greed landlords in our country. I know you share the same loving mercy for the poor. But I don’t want to give up my faith in Christ. I know there is God, but I don’t want to stop myself from shouting for justice and peace in our country. 

I want to ask you Bro Eli, what is your stand regarding New People’s Army? I know it’s wrong to kill, but if they kill because of their belief, would it be right? What does your religion say about rallies and demonstrations? If I join your religion, can I still fight for these people’s right: An advocate of God and yet in a leftist group? What is your stand regarding opposition and their programs for the poor. 

Please help me Bro Eli, I am confused. My pastor tells me my question is hard and he can’t answer me. I don’t want to trust that pastor anymore, if he can’t answer a simple question, how can I trust him my very own salvation! I trust you Bro. Eli to answer my question. And if I have follow up question, how can we reach you? 

Thanks be to God. 

Pamela

Dear Pamela,

I respect the idea of the name of your group “Bayan Muna” (Country First). For me, it sounds very patriotic, compassionate, and caring. How I wish someday I will know your organization not just by name, but by principles.

I admire your frankness and appreciate the doubts that spring within you; being caught between two conflicting ideologies. I also respect the rights and freedom of those people who believe in Marxism because my Bible tells me so.

1 Peter 2:17 (NIV) 
Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

I am happy to hear from you that, in spite of your leaning to the ideas of Karl Marx, you said you believe in God.

In this life, we have to believe in things beyond the material reality that our material eyes can see. As the saying goes, “there is more than meets the eye”. The material universe is up to now unfathomable and beyond human understanding. There are scientific guesses which are still to be investigated and proven; but humanity, in its long history of existence, even the most intelligent persons who ever lived on earth failed to understand the totality of existing realities.

ECCLESIASTES 8:17 
Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labor to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

If you have noticed the verse, it speaks of the work of God, which can not be totally understood by man. Our failure to discern and to discover every reality that exists proves the existence of God that Marxism denies. God has a signature authenticating His words in the Bible.

ISAIAH 55:8-9 
8 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

If the preceding statement came from an ordinary human being that was said and written almost three millennia ago, it should have been proven false by the advancement of human knowledge in every field of science. But advancement in science, like the putting up of the Hubble telescope in space, proves further the vastness of the universe and the heavens confirming what God has said, that His ways and thoughts are higher than ours as the heavens are higher than the earth. This is God’s authenticating signature over His words in the Bible.

If we can find wisdom in simple and small realities in life, and at the same instance there are small things we can not comprehend, everything unexplained by human mind and understanding, confirms the existence of that Someone who created such things and made them existing realities.

ROMANS 1:19-20 (NIV) 
19 Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

There is no excuse for those who will not acknowledge the existence of a Creator or God. If you are certain that there really is a God who created everything and every human person, you must consult Him if, within you, there is a desire to care for the humblest and the poorest of His creations. The Creator is the absolute authority over His creation. He knows the capabilities and the infirmities of every created being just like the manufacturer of a diesel engine that knows the powers and the limitations of their product. Nobody that exists can be more compassionate and caring for humans than the Creator Himself.

PSALMS 103:14 
For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

If your organization really cares for the poor and the less fortunate, it is not God’s will to be an activist —which sometimes indulges in violent actions — that sometimes harm the poor policemen whose only perceived fault is to maintain peace and order in society.


I will not argue with you if you believe that there are corruptions in the government. Although being denied, irrefutable informations like, news of journalists disappearing without traces, a host of political detainees, and news about innumerable human rights violations (of which I am also a victim) clearly testify to the fact that there are corruptions and misdeeds in the government; but I have to emphasize that if we believe in God, violence and activism are not the solution to this social ill in our country. Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. Unrighteousness can be conquered by righteousness. Evil can be conquered by good — and not by another evil. If the efforts and the money being spent by activists to voice out their grievances that will only fall on deaf ears, were used to feed the hungry, at least their grief was alleviated for a given hour. Whatever you do, and whatever you say will not be heard by those who are hungry and greedy for power and money; and on situations like these, God, the Creator of the poor, can make an intervention if we trust in what He can peacefully do — sparing the lives of innocent people.

DANIEL 2:21 
And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding…

PROVERBS 8:14-16 
14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. 
15 By me kings reign, and princes decree justice. 
16 By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

If any ruler or government does not rule with sound wisdom and understanding, God, by the strike of a virus or bacteria, freed His people from the hands of the cruel pharaoh in Egypt — by the death of the king’s first born son: successor to his throne… meaning, the fall of his government. There is time for every purpose. God is never late. If He allows iniquity and evil to be perpetuated by the evildoers, it does not mean that He is pleased in tolerating them, but is giving them ample time to repent or, if they will not, to satisfy the justice and punishment reserved for them.

ECCLESIASTES 3:1 
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…

ECCLESIASTES 8:11 
Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

2 PETER 3:9 (NIV) 
The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

Karl Marx’s belief about God and religion is not even fit to sound materialism. Sound and sane materialism do not require total equity in volume on everything or on every individual. A ‘material fly’ feeds and enjoys filth, but is hated by a ‘material mosquito’. Mosquitoes sip the priceless blood of a monarch or a royalty; but the bees are content in collecting very small amount of sweet available in every small flower, but they all survive equally. If Marxism is sane materialism, leaders of communist countries should not enjoy the luxuries which their subjects or the common people are deprived of. Thus, a Christian leader said:

2 CORINTHIANS 12:14-15 
14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you: for I seek not yours, but you: for the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 
15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

1 CORINTHIANS 4:8, 11-13 
8 Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you… 
11 …Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwelling place; 
12 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: 
13 Being defamed, we entreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

If you have noticed in the verses above, the leaders of the Christian faith experienced hunger, while the members are full — the latter are rich, but the former were filth and were like garbage; while in Marxism, leaders enjoy all the luxuries in life at the sufferings of their subjects.

Karl Marx’s definition of religion is unwise and uncalled for; although in some aspects, I do not fully blame him because, maybe, the religions that he has known in his lifetime are false religions and not true Christianity.

Many pretending religions and monstrous religious leaders really take advantage of the ignorance of their subjects. This was prophesied in the Bible.

MICAH 3:11 
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? None evil can come upon us.

No wonder, these are the kind of religious leaders that he observed which made him conclude “that religion is an expression of material realities and economic injustice”. I am very much sorry for him — and his believers. If he said “that religion was used by oppressors to make people feel better the distress they experience due to being poor and exploited”, and concluded “that religion is the opium of the people”, I sympathize with him and with you, because I know that this was due to his ignorance of true religion in the Bible.

True religion cares — especially for the less fortunate.

JAMES 1:27 
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

In the practice of true religion, nobody will die of hunger and disease being left uncared for.

1 JOHN 3:17 
But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

True Christians do not kill — even the most bitter of their enemies.

MATTHEW 5:44-45 
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Christians feed and not kill their enemies.

ROMANS 12:20 
Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Karl Marx said that, “religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature” — to this, I vehemently disagree!

I am not oppressed when I embraced Christianity. It is not because of hunger that I believed in God. I am not exploited when I joined the Church of God. I am in control of all my faculties when I received the Christian doctrine. Christianity is the religion of my choice. It is the wisest thing I believe I have ever done. And for these things, I praise and thank God. In my religion, I have learned to care for others — whether rich or poor. I have learned the virtue of self-sacrifice and control. I have learned compassion and pity; and I have accepted to be defrauded and deceived by the opportunistic people of society. Belief in God and His doctrines made me a better person than I was before.

I will suggest something which I think sounds better, “Dios muna bago ang lahat” (God first before everything).

May my God bless you.

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Feeding the Spiritually Starving People with God’s Word from the Bible

5/05/2018 1 Comments

God is not to blame for poverty

This is a response to the questions posted on: www.godisimaginary.com

May it be understood by my readers that I am answering questions even of imaginary people, to give them the benefit of the doubt, on the presumption that other misled people who have brain enough to understand, might be having the same question. Of course, I will be using the Bible as the main authority for my answers, because I believe in the God who said these words. The questions go like this:
“Why are there so many starving people in our world?”

“Why would a loving God be worried about someone getting a raise; while at the same time, ignoring the prayers of the ‘desperate’ and the ‘innocent’ children?”

The question is being asked to intelligent and educated Christians. I do not claim that I am an intelligent, nor an educated Christian having any college degree, but I am a Christian, and I am proud to be one! As much as they are expecting answers from intelligent Christians, we must presume that these people are also intelligent. And if they are intelligent, using only 5-15 percent of their brain power, they should have discovered the fact and the true reason why there are so many starving people on our world today. Is it not foolishness to blame an imaginary God, whom they think does not exist, for the starvation of countless people in the world? If they are intelligent, which I perceive they are not, and considering that they believe in science and statistics, and they do not believe in God, it will be intelligent, fair, and just to look for scientific reasons and realities, rather than blame God whom they believe does not exist. Foolish, is it not? But I do not wonder because there really are foolish people; and they are those that do not believe in 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.

Statistics tells us that there are now about eight hundred million starving and malnourished people on earth.

World Hunger and Poverty: How They Fit Together 

• 854 million people across the world are hungry, up from 852 million a year ago.

• Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes–one child every five seconds.


Also, more than one billion people are overfed and obese.

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight – at least 300 million of them clinically obese – and is a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. Often coexisting in developing countries with under-nutrition, obesity is a complex condition, with serious social and psychological dimensions, affecting virtually all ages and socioeconomic groups. 


This simple research (simple because you can just ‘google’ it or you can just even ‘stumble upon’ it) tells us the scientific fact why there are so many children that starve to death. Instead of blaming God, whom to them is imaginary, they should have posted an appeal in the internet to people who, like them, do not believe in God because God said that believers should feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, and be compassionate to the plight of the poor.

MATTHEW 25:32-41 
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. 
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…

Even enemies of a believer should be taken cared for.

MATTHEW 5:44
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you…

And in Romans 12:20,

Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink…

Had they believed God, not one person on earth would starve to death. The conclusion is: Why are there so many starving people on earth? The answer is: Because of those people who do not believe in God — like YOU!

Greed in money, wealth, power, and everything earthly is the cause of all evil in this world. It is not God’s fault.

1 TIMOTHY 6:10-11 
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

It is unfair and impertinent to blame God who, for you, does not exist. Why not rather look for reasons behind realities? It only takes one man, it will not need two (2) to feed and house all those unfortunate people. The richest man on earth, or even the second richest man, if he acts in compliance with God’s commandment can alleviate the sufferings of all poor people on earth!

According to recent statistic, the earth can sustain the needs of 10 billion people at a time; and that idea comes from an intelligent and real God. It is widely agreed that enough food is produced worldwide to feed a global population of 8-10 billion people. 


GENESIS 1:27 
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

In conclusion, I appeal to my readers for prayers so that these people may be enlightened, and be more intelligent and smart (more, if they have some) to act and think scientifically with prudence; not to blame somebody which, for them, does not exist and imaginary. And find ways to feed and clothe one of those starving children on earth.

Praise be to God. AMEN.

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