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It’s hard to imagine the suffering Jesus went through in both the garden of Gethsemene and on the cross. It’s also hard for many to imagine why he had to do so. For some, it was a cruel act, perpetrated on Jesus by a cruel God. Many have turned away from Christianity because of this one seemingly cruel act.

Even so, I would like to make an attempt at trying to explain this seemingly awkward scenario, if I can. However, rather than dive right into the New Testament account of this event, we must go all the way back to Adam and Eve, if we are going to begin to understand this two-thousand-year-old mysterious event.

When Adam and Eve were created, they were created immortal. That is, they could not die, as death had not yet entered into the world. This is attested to by the pronouncement of God himself:

“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” (Genesis 2:17.)

If death was in the future tense, then death could not be in the present tense. Thus, Adam and Eve were immortal and could not at the present time die, as death had not yet entered into the world.

As it turned out, and as all believing Christians know, Adam and Eve did partake of that forbidden fruit, whatever it may have been. This indeed did bring forth that prophesied death into the world, albeit 900 plus years later, bringing into focus that a day unto the Lord is equivalent to a thousand years of man (2 Peter 3:8).

That act of disobedience also brought sin into the world. And here, we must understand that sin, in the context of the Bible, is simply disobedience to God’s commandments—nothing more, nothing less. No one outside of Christianity appreciates the concept of sin. Even for many Christians, the idea of sin has a somewhat sinister connotation.

However, in addition to this physical death of which God spoke, Adam and Even underwent another kind of death—a spiritual death. This spiritual death occurred when Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden eastward in Eden and thus were separated from the physical presence of God. Previous to this, they both walked with and talked to God. Hence, they were literally in the presence of God when they were in the garden in Eden.

As mortals living in today’s world, we continue to suffer from these two deaths—physical and spiritual. Our physical bodies die and molder in the ground, or would, were it not for the embalming process. On the other hand, our spirit bodies leave our physical bodies, which, ultimately, is the real cause of death, although illness and old age hasten that finality.

Without our spirit bodies, our physical bodies have no life in and of themselves. And in dying, we continue to be separated from the presence of God. That is, we would were there no atonement and resurrection of Jesus Christ. But we’ll get to that.

So, thousands of years later, we continue to suffer from these two deaths because of Adam and Eve’s transgression. However, we are not born in sin, as many Christian religions believe and teach, due to Adam and Eve’s transgression. We are each responsible for our own sins and no one else’s. That is what the scriptures teach us, although there is one verse that suggests that we are born in sin. However, this is not supported by the rest of scripture, so I have to assume that some self-serving copyist inserted that one verse. You may, of course, believe as you have been taught, but I tend to view the scriptures as a whole, rather than a single verse, with very few exceptions.

What it all boils down to is this: we as mortals are all subject to sin or disobedience. All have sinned.

“For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.” (Ecclesiastes 7:20.)

And if there’s not a just man living on the earth who does not sin, then we can assume that those whom God considers unjust also sin.

And I’m sure it’s commonly believed that no unclean thing can enter into heaven, else heaven becomes polluted and unclean. If that’s not in the Bible, it should be because it’s true.

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Here is an important question to consider: Why not forever marriage in heaven? Why does it seem so offensive to many?

Think about it. We make close, intimate ties on earth with our spouses—okay, some of us do. Nevertheless, does it make sense that God would take two loving, intimate spouses, then tear them apart to live singly for eternity just because they died? That would be akin to some kind of hell, I would think—a hell in heaven!

Michael Martin Murphy put it this way, “And if love never lasts forever, tell me what’s forever for?” Or to put it another way, “And if marriage doesn’t lasts forever, what’s marriage for?”
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This idea of forever marriage speaks deeply of the importance of marriage in eternity. This would suggest that marriage is apparently more than a mere temporary arrangement—in other words, not “Till death do you part,” which is a temporary arrangement.

The question can then be asked: If God would have his children be married—i.e., not just married, but married forever!—then what about God himself? Would it be of any less importance to him? Modern thinking would have us believe so.

What purpose would it serve God, if all his children had forever spouses and he did not? His children would then be in possession of something that he himself did not possess! Pretty unthinkable, I would imagine.
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Remember what Jesus said? God did the joining. Let no man put it asunder. Man cannot break what God has joined together. That sounds pretty forever to me!

Yet, how easy we break those marriage vows here on earth. Divorce is rampant, even among professed Christians. I, myself, have been divorced three times! Not that I’m proud of the fact; I’m not.

Originally there was no divorce, but as Jesus said:

“Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.” ( Matthew 19:8.)

This means that God originally, and still does, intend marriage to last forever. And here’s something else to remember:
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If there were no Mother in heaven, then God, the Father, would be forever single. Of course, this is how 99.999 percent of all Christianity view him anyway (guesstimate mine).

But if God were forever single, then why would he care if his children were married or not? What purpose could it possibly serve?

If man were modeled after God, and the scriptures tell us he was, then why would he require his children to do something he himself was unwilling to do—i.e., be married?

Remember, in the Lord’s Prayer Jesus addressed the Father:

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10.)

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Finally, I cannot believe that God, the Father, could be both male and female, that both could be created in his own male likeness and image. To me, this goes beyond all good sense and reason. And remember, God does use the pronoun “us” in his proclamation of intended and actual creation. (See Genesis 1:26-27.)

In short, I believe in a God of order who works by natural laws—eternal laws! Look around you. His creations speak—no, shout!—of order. And to create a female out of a male does not speak to me of order or of any natural law.

Even cloning, as abhorrent as I think it is, duplicates the DNA. Thus, a clone will have the same sex as its source.

Also, if you look at the fact that man and woman are inherently different in form and in nature, you should be able to see they both could not be modeled after the same personage. All you have to do is compare yourself with your spouse or significant other . . . whatever that is.
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If the man Adam looked like God in form, and if man was modeled after God’s own being, to be a shadow of himself, then surely the reverse is also true: God, in form, looks like the man he created after his own image. Stephen’s pre-death experience would certainly lend credence to this idea (see Acts 7:55-56).

The same idea may be implied in the relationship between our asserted Mother in heaven and the woman.

In regards to the man, the same language used in Genesis 1:26-27 was used later when Adam was compared with his son Seth:
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