What I Believe
You know, when I study the Bible to prove something I was always taught is true and then find out it isn’t (i.e. that Lucifer was never an Archangel that became the Devil and believers were saved in the Old Testament just as they are today) these things are fascinating, and I have no problem accepting what the Bible proves is true. However, when it came to discovering the ‘Person’ of God, overcoming the teaching that God is three 'distinct' or 'separate' persons, each of them not being the other, but ‘equally’ God, that was a tough one! I mean, just look up the synonyms for 'distinct' and 'separate'. Then, look up the antonyms for the same. I believe in the antonyms of these words when it comes to God being one Person. I didn’t ‘learn’ this by any church or doctrine, but by reading the Bible and comparing scripture with scripture. The more questions I had of the LORD, the harder the struggle to receive the answers and realize I had to break out of my indoctrination. Once I wrote about these things, I searched to see if I was the ‘only one’ who knew God in this way. Was I bonkers? Was I all alone? I found out I definitely was NOT alone. I didn’t even know this belief had a ‘label’, a ‘name’ = “Modalism” or “Oneness”. Well, I don’t necessarily agree with other parts of modalism or oneness theology, but I do believe God is ONE Spirit and Person. Bear with me, if you will…
I believe the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit is ONE (the same) God. The only visible ‘Person’ of that One, invisible God is in spiritual form (the Angel of the LORD) or human form (the Greek word is morphe), whether immortal (as when the LORD visited Abraham) or mortal (Jesus Christ).
Testing Traditional Teaching
I recently wrote a hub that had to do with Abraham and Isaac. The latter-day RCC (Catholic) and the protestant churches that broke away from ‘her’ use this story to propagate the doctrine of the Father being a separate ‘person’ from the Son, because Abraham represented the ‘Father’ and Isaac, the ‘Son’. They were two separate persons. Truly, the type of sacrifice Isaac was to be was NOT a sin offering, but a burnt offering. I invite you to read my hub “The RAM for Abraham” to go deeper into that subject. To summarize, the burnt offering is fully consumed by fire. While this represents a holy fire, there was yet another fire burning outside the camp. That’s where the refuse of the sin offering (bulls and goats) was burned to ashes. In this sense, the holy burnt offering symbolizes the baptism of fire (the Holy Spirit) = imputed righteousness, while the unholy fire represents that doctrine people HATE called ‘Hell’. If you’d like to read and learn more about my studies on ‘Hell’, just click on the word.
The point is, Isaac represented ‘Abraham’s offspring’, not the “only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16). Abraham was the ‘father of faith’ and like his father, Isaac evidenced that faith by obeying the voice of the LORD (1 Sam 15:22). They both were willing to do what the LORD asked them to do. Faith: it is by grace we are saved through faith (Eph 2:8-9). Our sins are atoned for by the shedding of blood (sin offering) and then we are baptized with fire, the imputed righteousness of God (burnt offering) - both provided by Jesus Christ Himself. The provision by the LORD that saved Isaac’s life and the lives of his offspring was…the RAM. Rams were only used for burnt offerings (Leviticus 1).
Here’s the main question I am addressing in this writing: Does God ordain child sacrifice? How about child sacrifice as a burnt offering (completely consumed by fire)? If so, why would He contradict His own Word by asking Abraham to sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering? He NEVER intended for Abraham to do so. This wasn’t about the sacrifice of Isaac, but the FAITH of Abraham and Isaac…and the resulting salvation of Isaac’s life by the RAM of Righteousness…spiritually speaking, Jesus Christ!
Okay, so you have no problem believing Jesus Christ came in the flesh (eternally begotten (born) with no beginning), while the Father stayed on His throne…If you were asked to slaughter and burn your own child by fire, would you do it? Would the God you love and worship expect you to do this? What if you had to give your own life to save your child? You would do it! That IS the heart of God and that is what He did!
Do You See What I See?
Even traditional ‘Trinitarians’ teach and believe the ‘Angel of the LORD’ was the Word (Messenger) in the Old Testament (Ex 3:2). Therefore, I challenge them to re-read the LORD’s directive given to Abraham. Notice WHO spoke to him and to WHOM the burnt offering was to be sacrificed?
Gen 22:6 “Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife.”
Gen 22:11-12 “But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
Furthermore, this usage of “only son” has nothing to do with God’s only begotten (born of Mary) Son; Abraham had another son before Isaac. It was Isaac who would father Jacob, renamed Israel. It is Israel that is the ‘only son’ of Abraham that Isaac represented! Ex 4:22 “Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the LORD, ‘Israel is My son, My firstborn.’” So the gospel is paramount here, know that all (Jew or Gentile) who are saved by faith in the LORD Jesus Christ, are Abraham’s offspring! (Rom 9 and 11)
'Biblical' Child Sacrifice
I looked up the sacrificing of sons and daughters in the fire to see what the Bible had to say about it:
Let’s just start out with Jeremiah 7:31; 19:5 and 32:35 (NLT) “They have built pagan shrines at Topheth [to Baal – 19:5], the garbage dump in the valley of Ben-Hinnom, and there they burn their sons and daughters in the fire. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing!”
Wait a minute? I thought God expected Abraham to burn his son in the fire on this altar to God? See, THAT is not the picture! God would NEVER do such a thing!
Leviticus 18:21 “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” If you know anything about the sacrifices to Molech, it involved sacrificing to him by burning their own children in the fiery flames!
2 Kings 17:17 “They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking Him to anger.”
2 Kings 23:10 “He desecrated Topheth, which was in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, so no one could use it to sacrifice his son or daughter in the fire to Molech.”
Psalm 106:38 “They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood.” Okay, so we don’t see fire here, but do you think God even wanted Isaac’s blood shed on that altar? Jesus was innocent, right? Would God sacrifice His innocent Son as a burnt offering, likened to Isaac? Never!
I can hear some of you now, thinking “Well then, God certainly would NEVER send anyone to ‘Hell’!! Let’s go on to Isaiah 33:3 “Topheth has long been prepared; it has been made ready for the king. Its fire pit has been made deep and wide, with an abundance of fire and wood; the breath of the LORD, like a stream of burning sulfur, sets it ablaze.” Remember the refuse of the sin offering that was burned up outside the Camp? Guess what ~ those who burned their children in the fire will be sentenced to the same…and it is NO SACRIFICE to the LORD! Jesus prophesied in Mat 25:41, “Then He will also say to those on His left, 'Depart from Me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels;”
Let’s go on: 2 Chronicles 28:3 “He [Ahaz] burned sacrifices in the Valley of Ben Hinnom and sacrificed his sons in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites.”
Ezekiel 20:30-31 “Therefore say to the Israelites: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Will you defile yourselves the way your ancestors did and lust after their vile images? When you offer your gifts—the sacrifice of your children in the fire—you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. Am I to let you inquire of Me, you Israelites? As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will not let you inquire of Me.”
With HIS OWN BLOOD
Doesn’t this seem a teenie bit contradictory to you? Well, it’s not. What’s contradictory to the LORD’s Word is that we even ‘think’ that God would require the life of Isaac in that way! Let alone, to ‘think’ God would sacrifice His innocent child, not only as a sin offering, but a burnt offering! He sacrificed Himself!
Let’s get to Acts 20:28 now: “Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.”
This brings us back to the ‘Angel of the LORD’ (the Word of God). John 1:1 tells us in Greek,"God was the Word" [Θεος ην ο λογος]. John 1:14 tells us the Word became flesh. Cross-reference this with Acts 3:15-16 which clearly, in context, tells us the Living God was manifest in the flesh. Isaiah 9:6 says the son born would be called ‘Mighty God’ and ‘Everlasting Father’. The LORD, YHWH is called “God and Savior” (Is 45:21; Titus 2:13; 2 Pet 1:1), “Redeemer” (Is 47:4; Jer 50:34; Gal 3:14; Rev 14:4), “Alpha and Omega”, aka “First and Last” (Is 44:6 NIV; Rev 1:17). Any wonder why these exact titles are those of Jesus? Phillip wanted Jesus to show them (the disciples) ‘the Father’ ~ just show them! (John 14:8) What don’t we understand about Jesus answering him, “Have you not KNOWN Me, Phillip? If you have seen Me you have seen the Father” (vs. 9)…
In verse 22, Judas (not Iscariot) asked the LORD, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?"
Someone recently posted a forum about how we should bypass Jesus and pray to the Father! Why is Jesus the ONLY Way to the Father? Is it because He’s a bully? Does He choose to stand in the Way? NO! It’s because it is impossible! If we can’t ‘see’ that Jesus is the Father, we cannot deny Him and expect we will somehow ‘see’ the Father! Do you expect to see another ‘Person’, as Phillip did, when you are before Almighty God, the LORD Jesus Christ (Is 6:3; Rev 4:8)? Let’s go back to understand what Jesus said in John 4:7 “If you really KNEW Me, you would KNOW My Father as well. From now on, you DO KNOW Him and have SEEN HIM."
I AM the WAY
Oh, LORD ~ Open our eyes that we may see. Please know that accepting the fact that Jesus is YHWH (1 Cor 12:3) does not deny the Son! God is invisible spirit ~ the written Word tells us this clearly (John 4:24)...and, just as a particular ‘cult’ translates John 1:1 "God was the Word" as "the Word was a god"…the KJV isn't much better when it comes to translating John 4:24: ‘God is a spirit’, when the Greek translates "God is Spirit". He is the Holy Spirit! 2 Cor 3:17 confirms, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty"! Jesus is God’s visible image ~ always has been and always will be (Col 1:15). Even Jesus appeared to Saul (renamed Paul) as invisible Spirit on the road to Damascus! (Acts 9:4) The immortal flesh that visited Abraham (YHWH) could not shed blood (1 Cor 15:50) and without the shedding of blood, there can be no remission of sins (Heb 9:22). Truly, it is impossible for the blood of bulls and rams to suffice! (Heb 10:4) YHWH took on a body of His own creation to redeem His creation. With God, ALL things are possible.
- The Ram for Abraham
God told Abraham his descendants would be as numerous as the sand of the seashore. Abraham believed God. It was because of great faith, Isaac’s life was saved ~ by what? The RAM. How often do we focus on the ram? It’s time we do.
- The Eternal Son?
“Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:” If God is three persons, and each is not the other, was the incarnation of Jesus Christ that of the eternal Son or the eternal Father?
Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on May 30, 2013:
I do love AGAPE LOVE. What benefit is to argue with wrong?
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on May 29, 2013:
Hi BlueKnight! So good to see you again! I am blessed that you have been blessed by reading this hub! Praise God!
To answer your question, to elaborate on my comment "the immortal flesh that visited Abraham (YHWH) could not shed blood":
I asked the LORD why He did not just appear in human form as He did to Abraham, but rather chose to be born of the flesh. He answered that His form to Abraham was immortal and could not shed blood, and blood was necessary to take away sin (the New Covenant in His blood).
I recently asked Him why blood was necessary to take away sin, and He answered "The LIFE is in the blood." Consider Gen 4:10 "And He said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto Me from the ground." (see Gen 9:4-5; Deut 12:23; Lev 17:11, 14; John 6:53-54). I will do a further study on this soon and write about it. HalleluYah!
From the foundation of the world, God designated an appointed time for Him to come in human flesh to shed His holy blood to ratify His eternal Covenant. All the laws of circumcision, blood sacrifices, as well as the rest of the Laws (feasts, Sabbaths etc.) were 'shadows' of the reality found in His Christ, the LORD Jesus (Col 2:16-17).
What is a shadow? If you stand with your back to the Light, you face your OWN shadow, the shadow of YOU. If you turn around and face the Light, you no longer walk into your shadow, but your shadow is behind you and you walk in the Light. This analogy came to me directly from the Holy Spirit, amen.
Let's first go to Heb 10:1 "For the Law, since it has only a shadow of the good things to come and not the very form of things, can never, by the same sacrifices which they offer continually year by year, make perfect those who draw near."
Now, let's go to the 'appointed time' designated by our Creator:
Planned from the foundation of the world: Rev 13:8 "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him [Antichrist], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world."
Heb 9:13 & 26 "Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His OWN blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us"...."Otherwise, He would have needed to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now once at the CONSUMMATION OF THE AGES He has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself." Did you know that a thing can only be 'redeemed' by its original owner? Awesome!!
Heb 10:4 "For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins."
Speaking of knowing our LORD, YHWH His promise is fulfilled to those who love Him! Jer 31:34 "And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."
John 14:17 "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you [present tense], and shall be in you [future tense - the Day of Pentecost]." HalleluYah!
I hope this blesses you even more, BlueKnight. I would also like to recommend my hub entitled "The RAM for Abraham" (the link is at the base of this hub) - it is just incredible to receive of the Spirit and share these beautiful truths with all who will receive.
BlueKnightt on May 29, 2013:
What a beautiful testimony and scriptural demonstration of Christ Jesus as the human incarnation of the Spirit of our Creator, The very Eternal Father. You also open up (for me) new awareness such as the term “the angel of the Lord” being synonymous with “The Lord”.
Would you elaborate on your comment “the immortal flesh that visited Abraham (YHWH) could not shed blood”? In Ge 15 God walked amidst the halved pieces of animals as “a smoking firepot with a blazing torch” when animal blood was used to seal this initial blood covenant w Abram. Then in ch. 17 Abram’s own blood is used (circumcision) as the covenant is expanded into an “everlasting covenant & promise” & his name is changed to Abraham. So here human blood (Abraham’s) is used to seal the covenant. Are you hinting that because the Lord’s immortal Body had no blood with which to seal this “everlasting covenant” with man, that there was a final sealing which would have to take place? If so, the mystery (to me) is: “why was blood needed in the first place to seal a covenant between man and God?”
Reading this hub along w the scriptures you have referenced is a powerful witness of the true nature of The Lord, God as revealed in Christ Jesus. I have struggled at times to reconcile the sometimes harsh God Who spoke via the O.T. prophets w the wonderful, compassionate, empathetic, God revealed in the Lord, Jesus. But the scripture you cite (Jn 14:9 ) “ have you been so long with me and yet have not known me” really pings my heart! Perhaps the heart knows what my human mind is, as yet, unable to able to understand. After all that can be said, “what more could He possibly have done to show Himself to us?
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on December 14, 2011:
Hello Vladimir, perhaps you should read my hub called "Is Lucifer the Devil?" (you can click on the blue link "Lucifer was never an Archangel" in the first paragraph of this hub, too). The king of Babylon in Isa 14 and the king of Tyre in Ezek 28 were fallen cherubim. Satan was never an angel of any sort, but is "the Dragon, the Serpent of Old, the Devil and Satan" who was "a murderer FROM THE BEGINNING." The point is, we've been so indoctrinated by the traditional teachings of men, we have a hard time accepting that some of these things simply are not supported by the Bible itself. Come on over to that hub and I hope you enjoy it. God bless.
Vladimir Uhri from HubPages, FB on December 14, 2011:
Hello JD. It is true Satan was not Archangel, it would be not biblical. He was originally angel from the "tribe" of cherubs.
God agape you.
Betty Bolden from Bucyrus Ohio on December 14, 2011:
awe thank you sis so much..God bless you and Merry Christmas sis..
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on December 14, 2011:
Bless your heart, jesusmyjoy! I LOVE sharing the Living Water with you and you with me ~ all glory to the One who gives so freely. God bless you as you have blessed me, sister!
Betty Bolden from Bucyrus Ohio on December 14, 2011:
this is good sis so good.
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on October 29, 2011:
I am so blessed to see you Highvoltagewriter! I appreciate your willingness to read and study the Word; I definitely know the Spirit of the LORD reveals His Truth to you, based on what I've read in some of your writings (I have yet to read more!). I'm glad we have connected here on HubPages and in the LORD, Jesus Christ.
William Benner from Savannah GA. on October 29, 2011:
Wow, this is a very insightful hub, the kind you want to read over to truly grasp its depth- I absolutely agree that that God would never condone a sacrifice of a human. It was a demonstration of faith. I will reread it and comment more later. I also will read some of your other work and follow you into the future.
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on October 19, 2011:
Yes, I appreciate addressing my question. I actually wrote a hub about whether or not God hardened Pharaoh's heart. After my study of the original language, it was God who 'allowed' Pharaoh's heart to be hardened, for He gave him over to his own heart's desire to rebel against God and His people. In that case, it was because Pharaoh had been a tyrant over God's beloved for so long. This was a type of judgment on Pharaoh, bringing destruction upon him and his people.
Satan only 'blinds the minds of the unbelieving' and those who haven't yet seen the 'Person of God' claim to believe, as they know how to believe, right? Or are they considered the 'unbelieving'? That's a deep question. I guess we have to look at the Jews who completely missed Jesus, their God and Messiah, though they claimed to know Him. (Is 6:9; Mat 13:14) "He said, 'Go, and tell this people: 'Keep on listening, but do not perceive; Keep on looking, but do not understand.' Render the hearts of this people insensitive, Their ears dull, And their eyes dim, Otherwise they might see with their eyes, Hear with their ears, Understand with their hearts, And return and be healed." Acts 28:27 states it is the people who close their ears and eyes. I do believe that God desires all to come to the knowledge of the Truth (2 Tm 2:4).
There is a prophesy of the last days, found in 2 Thes 2:10-12 "They perish because THEY REFUSED to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason GOD SENDS them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the LIE and so that all [that believe the lie] will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness."
When it becomes as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, I can know Noah preached right up until God shut the doors of the ark - no one listened to him; no one 'heard' or 'saw' his message. That was the 'sign' that the end was near. I'm certain neither Noah or Lot took pleasure in the death of them, just as God has no pleasure in it. Ez 33:11 "Say to them, 'As surely as I live', declares the Sovereign LORD, 'I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live.'"
God is the one and only Sovereign LORD and that God is Jesus "They are godless men, who...deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord." (Jude 1:4) He will judge righteously those who are merely ignorant of and those who refuse the Truth. I just wonder if the judgment of delusion is already manifest. I may actually write another hub on this topic ~ so much flooding through my soul right now.
The Spirit of God moves ~ yes, His yoke is easy and His burden light. I will yet pray for all those who receive the seed of Truth, that it fall on fertile soil, take root and grow to the glory of the LORD, Jesus Christ. I love you dearly in the love of the LORD, Jachda. Always ~ JD
James from Evansville, Indiana on October 18, 2011:
You are so welcome, and I also must thank you for pressing on and doing what you can to express from your heart the wisdom and truth that God has granted you through His Word and by His Spirit.
To answer a question you asked, "Has the Sovereign LORD blinded the masses as a judgment against them?"
No, He hasn't blinded anyone. He does everything in His power to open the eyes of the blind so that they may see; their ears so they may hear, and their hearts so that they may receive the truth and be set free.
I need not remind you of the Scripture in II Corinthians 4:3-4. We see that it is the god of this world, the worm, satan, who blinds and deceives.
We are messengers who spread a message to all who will hear, and this message is the truth as outlined in the Scripture. Some will receive and be delivered, others will not receive and remain captive. But I assure you with every ounce of my being that God is doing everything He can to deliver everyone of us, and if we will just hear His call, and be true to that call, more will be delivered into the glorious Light of that Truth.
Follow the call of obedience that the Lord has placed upon your heart, and allow Him to minister through you, and you will truly discover that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light. The key is that He minister's through you - do you see that?
The burden of lost or unsaved souls is His, and it is a burden we could never carry, if we try it will cause us to grow weary. Out burden is simply to follow Him, and allow Him to work through us to accomplish His work.
That is why He wants us to cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us.
God Bless You, and may He continue to work through you in everyway.
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on October 18, 2011:
You've so ministered my heart, dear Jachda! You have suffered the same and out of your heart flows the COMPASSION of the LORD God toward me...toward all who have been shown the truth and hold to it. OH, the pressing in of the masses; the abandonment of those who refuse to hear...as it was in the days of Noah and Lot! There will be fewer and fewer who will embrace the truth, flushing out the muddied water with fresh, spring water from the Living well! When I finally 'saw' the Truth and then received it I am pressed in and abandoned by the masses...and yes, I, you and those who have received, must hold fast to it and not 'give in' to the majority. All the variations of the lie are of the same LIE and of the same Liar. God knows those who are ignorantly deceived and those who are willfully deceived. Has the Sovereign LORD blinded the masses as a judgment against them? My call of obedience is to continue pressing into Him, opening my mouth, writing of my heart, even if it seems few can 'hear'; few are able to understand or 'see'. How very discouraging!
I could only think about the LORD, coming with the New Covenant in His blood and His own not receiving Him ~ not even knowing Him! He had to choose those that knew NOTHING and start from scratch. Those who 'knew' so much knew nothing. Those that knew nothing received the Truth! Look at the Apostles, Jews with the gospel message ~ persecuted and killed by those who called themselves by the name of the LORD! Were they not discouraged? They KNEW they had to get the Word out and gave their lives to do it. I have to believe by faith that whatever I share will reach those who are meant to be reached; encourage those who feel alone that need to be encouraged; know that when I stand before my Almighty LORD Jesus Christ I have done what He's called me to do...just like you, dear Jachda. Just like you. One plants, the other waters, and neither are anything. It is truly God that brings the increase. If even one 'sees' and 'hears', that's one more all of heaven rejoices over!
The Truth is yet buried for the masses; and alive for those who will receive it, live it, breath it, and share it ~ all unto His glory. Thank you, from the depths of my soul. Thank you.
James from Evansville, Indiana on October 18, 2011:
I am a searcher. I search for the truth. I search for it as if it were fine gold, carefully picking out any particle that would defile the purity of the gold, and carefully storing the pure gold in my heart where it remains safe and secure. In the vault of my heart there is nothing but the truth that I have found and this truth is more precious to me than anything else. No robber can enter this vault by might or force for there is no lock to keep them out. The door is wide open yet the truth remains secure.
I am convinced beyond any shadow of doubt that the Word of Almighty God is the truth, and I store this truth in the vault of my heart so that this treasure will be a part of me. I have come to the point where it is not enough to merely store the truth, but to share the truth with all those who have the same desire for truth as I do.
Anyone who sets their heart on finding the truth will come against a great adversary, and this adversary is the lie. The lie will do everything in its power to keep the truth from being known, and will try to detract from the truth in ways that are hardly even imaginable. The lie does not desire the truth and that is why no locks are needed to keep it safe. The lie sees no value in the truth and will not try to steal the truth only to cast doubt on the truth in an effort to get the one holding the truth to let it go.
There is no journey in life more difficult, no quest more demanding, than the search for truth, especially in the day in which we live. Equally as demanding is the application of truth once it is discovered, and this is the key that enables or disables a person from being either successful or unsuccessful in life. I say truly that a person’s life, the quality of life, is in direct proportion to their commitment to the discovery of truth and the application thereof.
What is truth?
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or whether it is evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 KJV)
This truth defines our place and grants us a proper perspective from which to operate. We are the created and God is the Creator, and anything that seeks to go beyond this is a lie. As long as we, the created, operate in the confines of what our Creator has established we shall do well. When we seek to assert ourselves above and beyond what God has established we err, and err greatly.
Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:6-7 KJV)
The lie has many more followers than the truth. The ones in truth appear to be surrounded by the lie, with no escape route available, but this is not so. Do not forget how the Israelites were stopped with their backs to the sea as the Egyptians came headlong in pursuit. The Egyptians must have thought the God of the Israelites to be a poor general indeed to trap these Israelites with their backs to sea. Oh, but then the winds came, softly at first, and increasing as Moses lifted the staff over the water. A pillar of fire from the heavens halted the advance of the madmen, and the sea split wide for the ones who appeared to be trapped. God made a way where no way could be found, and the children of the Lord walked across that sea bed on dry ground.
When the enemy advances and the lies seem to overwhelm and prevail do not be discouraged or have faintness in your heart, but lift up that standard of truth, and like a flood the Lord, even the One and Only True God, shall prevail against them.
Judah's Daughter (author) from Roseville, CA on October 17, 2011:
I'm blessed you came to read, brother Dave. I will continue to spread the gospel, the true gospel. Our Creator loves us soooo much. God is not some distant 'Father' we will someday meet, nor can we pray to Him or sit on His lap and call Him 'Daddy' (Abba). He is our personal God and Savior, who shed His OWN blood for our sin and baptizes us with His own Spirit so that He is in us and we in Him ~ there's no greater intimacy ~ no greater love. God bless you, in His love.
Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on October 17, 2011:
Judah's Daughter, dear sister: You bring out much truth here. I am thankful that Our Lord has requested you to teach these lessons of faith for all to learn, helping them to better understand God's Holy plan.