Are you a Catholic or Protestant?

This question is not unique to Christianity. Other religions have their own divisions. Muslims have Shia or Sunni. Judaism has Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed and in 1973 Jews for Jesus.

For whatever reason, believers in Christ preferred and are proud to be called Catholics or Protestants, instead of just Christians. But, why do they have to? It is true that the common bond between them is that Christ is the Savior, the “way, the truth and the life”, although in many ways they differ. And, be that as it may, how will this differentiation advance or negatively impact Christianity? Before tackling this subject, a lesson in history may give some perspective and context.

History of Christianity

It goes without saying that before the advent of “man-Christ Jesus” on earth, there were no Christians. At the time of Moses, the Hebrew congregants or assembly that gathered for YHVH-Elohim/Lord-God were called “church in the wilderness”. After the incarnation of YHVH-ELOHIM into “man-Christ Jesus”, believers in Christ were not called Catholics or Protestants. The early ones in the New Testament were called “Greek hagios, or saints but in this particular context, simply means “consecrated to God. The first mention of those who were followers/disciples of Christ, “probably AD 30”, can be found in Acts 11:26 “…The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch”.

And the “group or congregation of believers in Christ were called “church of Christ”, “body of Christ” or “church of God”. The congregants were further identified as to the place where they were, as in church of God at/of Corinth, Thessalonians, or even at prophetic seven churches in Asia, etc.

As it expands to different parts of the known world, the descriptive word “Catholic” came about from Greek “katholikos” sometime about 110 AD. to mean “whole, in general, universal” and first used by St Ignatius of Antioch. “The term (Catholic) has been incorporated into the name of the largest Christian communion, the Catholic Church (also called the Roman Catholic Church). All of the three main branches of Christianity in the East (Eastern Orthodox Church, Oriental Orthodox Church and Church of the East) had always identified themselves as Catholic in accordance with Apostolic traditions and the Nicene Creed. Also, Anglicans, Lutherans, and some Methodists believe that their churches are “Catholic” in the sense that they too are in continuity with the original universal church founded by the Apostles.”

As there was schism in the church. so were there earlier breaks and attempts to reform the Catholic Church—notably by Peter Waldo, John Wycliffe and Jan Hus—but only Luther succeeded in sparking a wider, lasting and modern movement.” The grievances against the Catholic Church led to the formation of Protestantism and others. Hence, Catholics or Protestants became a simple description of believers/followers of Christ.

Unintended Consequences

Without imputing negative motivation, what effect does this differentiation of believers in Christ have. For one, it capitalizes on division and rift among Christians instead of unity and bonding. Moreover, it emphasizes differences instead of common ground. Commonality is marginalized and exclusivity becomes the attraction. “Holier-than-thou attitude” and pride supersede humility, kindness and gentleness. A shame/blame culture develops. Worse, it takes away and distracts from the very essence of Christ’s gospel, it’s message of the “kingdom of God”.

Bottom line, the description as Catholic or Protestant for Christians may prevent unity in the common struggle for preaching the world the “great commission”. Worse, it fosters the saying, “…a house divided against itself, will not stand”.

Summary

Religions have sub-divisions. Christianity is no different; it has Catholic vs Protestant. From Jesus’ time on earth and the apostolic era, it was not so. History confirms believers in Christ were called “Christians”, probably in 30 AD. As to how it evolved, is undisputed and may have unintended consequences. Keeping the original description as “Christians”, is unifying, uplifting and focused as “one entity” towards fulfilling the “great commission”.

This is no place for pontification nor virtue signaling, however we call ourselves. As Paul wrote in Romans 3:23all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”.

And, because of sin of Adam in Genesis that was imputed to all mankind, all of us deserved the consequence of that sin, which is “eternal death”.

But, Jesus took on that death, to be imputed to us all, by being the Passover for all, by the grace/gift and love of God so that he became the Savior, the captain and trailblazer of our salvation through a process of an “ongoing creation”,

Finally, when asked what is your religion, we can just say boldly and with conviction, “I am a Christian”.

God bless 🙏😇👍

Original hyperlink version posted Dec 5, 2020

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Day of Advent

There are many advents, past, present and future. But there is this one popular advent that many look back to, every time; the coming birth of Jesus Christ.

Advent, November 29, 2020.

“In Western Christianity, Advent begins on the fourth Sunday prior to Christmas Day, or the Sunday which falls closest to November 30 (the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle in the Catholic tradition). Consequently, in Western Churches, the First Sunday of Advent can fall as early as November 27 or as late as December 3 in our Calendar. The factual event is narrated by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the New Testament. As factual and crucial that event’s history is for humanity, are there other advents that are ignored?

“Advents” in the Old Testament.

The Creator God/ YHVH-Elohim, the Creator of all “invisible and visible”, the one who subsequently incarnated to “man-Christ Jesus” had many “appearances/advents”.

Abraham gave tithe to Melchizedek who blessed him and Paul identified him as Christ. Lord God/YHVH-Elohim also appeared to Abraham before Sodom & Gomorrah. There were other appearances in Exodus as well as in other books of the Pentateuch.

Jesus’ Post-Resurrection advent

John prophesied that Jesus: “….He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit…”. And he can baptize with the Holy Spirit ONLY AFTER the Father gave this power to him post-death/post-resurrection when he went to the Father in heaven. Jesus will guide us to the truth via this “holy spirit of power”. And, as an advent, he is currently coming into us through the mechanism and process of “in-dwelling” of the Holy Spirit which is “baptism” in itself.

Right now and starting from the disciples, then Pentecost, Jesus is re-creating the “marred clay” and this is an “ongoing creation”.

Thereafter, at the Millenium/thousand years, he is again coming to earth (another advent) with the firstfruits to gather the latterfruits. Towards the end of times, those who did not change using the “power of the Holy Spirit” given to them as a gift, will be thrown in the “Gehenna fire”, in the same way for those who fought against Jesus on his return to start the Millennium.

Summary

The preceding exegesis provided the many advents of Jesus Christ as YHVH-Elohim/Creator God in the Old Testament, as man-Jesus, Son of God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the New Testament.

What advent to we need to celebrate and memorialize ? All his advents have purpose and meaning for humanity that we have to be mindful of. Nevertheless, we have to know where we are in the context of time in regard to “advents”.

But where are we now in the context of time? We are currently in the “sanctification phase” of our re-creation from “marred clay”. And this process is through the “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit” baptizing us into the “body/church of Jesus Christ.”

This current advent of Jesus Christ in us is like having a “Holy Eucharist”, taking in the “bread and wine”, daily for our sanctification.

God Bless and Happy Advent Day🙏😇👍

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Is the parable of talent referring to good works needed to get to heaven?

Is the parable of talent referring to good works needed to get to heaven?

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What do “talents” refer to? The English word “talent” is a translation from the Greek word “talanton” (5007/5342). This means “a balance (as supporting weights), i.e. (by implication) a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather sum of money) or “talent”:–talent.”


  1. the scale of a balance, a balance, a pair of scales
  2. that which is weighed, a talent
    1. a weight varying in different places and times
    2. a sum of money weighing a talent and varying in different states and according to the changes in the laws regulating currency
      1. the Attic talent was equal to 60 Attic minae or 6000 drachmae
      2. a talent of silver in Israel weighed about 100 pounds (45 kg)
      3. a talent of gold in Israel weighed about 200 pounds (91 kg)

Matthew 25:15 Greek five talents … two talents … one talent; also throughout this parable; a talent was worth about 20 years of a day laborer’s wage.

Compare NIV and NKJV about the narrative.

In short, a “talent” is the value of “currency or worth” of labor or gift given to a person. In spiritual essence, it is the “energy/power” given to a person by God through “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit “.

Regarding Matt. 25:14-30,, the servants were given “talents or bag of gold” to use as they please to gain something from it. One didn’t use it to gain and the value stayed the same. The message was to use it for good and not to be dormant. Therefore, this narrative refers to “good works” emanating from the “energy/power” of the Holy Spirit “. Therefore the short answer is, Yes they are required for salvation, that gets to heavenly kingdom of God

But, these good works must not emanate from us, flesh-composed body. They should not be “our” works per se, like Job ( a perfect and upright man who finally acknowledged his blindness) or atheists doing good. But works or “fruits” must come from the empowerment of the Holy Spirit that we merely expressed through and shown by “our works”.

As such, no one will boast (Eph. 2:9). By faith of Jesus, it took his death and resurrection for us to receive (Jn. 14:16) the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit. This is a great gift, by the grace of God, to have and we must show “fruits of the Spirit”(Gal. 5:22-23).

Any good work that anyone can do by himself is as “filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) and not consistent or reliably sustainable as our “flesh is weak(Matthew 26:41).


Eph. 2:10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Notice the example of Jesus at the garden of Gethsemane:
He withdrew about a stone’s throw and prayed, ‘Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will but yours be done’” (Luke 22:41-42). Matthew records Jesus as making his request of the Father twice: “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken away from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will’” (Matthew 26:39) and “He went away a second time and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done’” (Matt. 26:42). Mark records his prayer in a positive way, “‘Abba, Father,’ he said, ‘everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will” (Mark 14:36).

While not “his will”, he expressed the “will of the Father” through his works empowered by the Holy Spirit. Similarly, we are the “vessel” through which the “fruits of the Holy Spirit” will be manifested. The “fruits/works” are of the Holy Spirit, even if we did those “works” ourselves.

Beware, we might be cut off as in:
Matt. 7:19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

Dan. 4:14He called in a loud voice: ‘Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches

See also Matt. 3:10; Lu. 3:9, 13:7; John 15:2, John 15:6;

We need to be overcomers, as in Rev. 3:5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life.

Summary

Yes, the “talents”(metaphor for in-dwelling of Holy Spirit) have to be used and give rise to good works/action guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit. Without these “fruits of the Holy Spirit”, the Holy Spirit will be taken away from us. Without being “overcomers” we will be “cutoff” and will not reach the heavenly kingdom on earth.

God bless🙏😇👍

Hyperlink version revised and posted: November 17, 2020. Note: Original post on 10/20/2015

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Election 2020

People see this election as the most defining and existential that will “fundamentally change” USA. In 2008, POTUS44 famously said this in his victory speech in Chicago that led to Obamacare as “election has consequences”. Whoever wins this year’s election will be regarded differently by people depending upon political affiliation. Some will say great, as others will echo an opposite and belligerent tone; “not my President”. Whatever happens afterwards, life goes on as usual as Ecclesiastes 1:9 says “nothing new under the sun”. All told, does humanity’s destiny really depend on “people’s choice”?

On November 3, voters in USA will elect the new POTUS. Early voting, whether in-person, absentee-ballot or general mail-in, has started and estimated to be over 8.7 millions. Whether Trump/POTUS45 will be re-elected or former VP Biden be the next POTUS, may not be known for days (or weeks) as both political parties are prepared with hired lawyers and an army of volunteers to contest legitimacy of some votes. “This past year, Democratic and Republican lawyers have filed hundreds of election-related lawsuits in state and federal courts, putting this election on track to become the most litigated in history. Moreover, Election Integrity has been questionable because of problems in on-line voter portal as well as failure to confirm the citizenship and signatures of the voter in mail-in ballots and claims of ballot-harvesting.

Multiple issues are confronting every voters’ decision on who to vote for, viz., unprecedented success of Trumponomics in just 47 months vs 47 years of Biden, leadership response to SARS-CoV-2 pandemic originating from WuhanLab in China, law-and-order vs Antifa-BLM protests/violence/looting/burning, border control vs immigration of illegal aliens, lower taxes and deregulation, environmental policies, pro-life vs abortion/Infanticide, Obamacare, school choice, criminal justice reform, international relations, etc.

Counter-intuitively also, claims of systemic racism, inequality, wealth gap, health disparity and even basic moral values, character, honesty, transparency, trust, etc. began to assume emphasis as a strategic move to win. As a result, division along racial lines, ethnicity, gender/sexual orientation and even among religious groups have surfaced with poignancy.

But the bottom line maybe pocketbook issues that affect daily living and survival. Self -interest is a powerful determinant on how people decide as we are all “flesh-composed” with needs, wants, expectations and difference in what is best.

No one knows the future and any prediction or polls that claim who will be the winner in this Election 2020 may just be pure gobbledegook predicated on supposed data, which at best, are expressions of “confirmation bias”.

As to who will win may not necessarily depend on “people’s choice”. May it well be dependent on the supernatural? This maybe a “hard pill” to swallow that our eyes may soon see the light.

Succession of kingdoms prophesied

In Daniel 2, a general prophecy of successive kingdoms/governments was laid out in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream and its interpretation was revealed by God to Daniel. Eventually, “the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.” will replace all those human kingdoms. History confirmed that this succession of human governments came to pass and events are now waiting for its culmination.

There is a principle in play here. God’s choice vs people’s choice was explained by apostle Paul in Romans Chapter 9, that indeed, what happens ultimately depends on the decision-maker. The minute details and permutations of events may happen on their own but the finality will still end up as an expression of God’s will and sovereignty.

Essentially, Paul understood that it is God who ultimately decides “destiny of man”, succession of major kingdoms and even what defines who Israel is. Notice this:

Israel is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Children of promise, God’s purpose in election might stand: not by works but by him who calls does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.God has mercy on whom he wants to have mercy, and he hardens whom he wants to harden.”

Summary

Human kingdoms will come and go. Whether by violent or silent coup, invasion or by peaceful turnover through elections. Election 2020 will be no different. Legal challenges will come as humans can cheat, exercise political gamesmanship, maneuvering and chicanery, which are all expressions of human deficiency/weakness because we are created so, I.e., “flesh-composed” . Expect worldwide market gyrations, political upheavals, ups/downs and “dark winter

Ultimately, the whole human experience on earth will teach us that no man’s hegemony will be the answer, whether benevolent dictatorship, monarchy, socialism, Nazism, communism and not even capitalism or Constitutional Republic.

Humans were not created to develop “flesh-composed” human-kingdoms. Rather, we are a template for ultimately building a “God-kingdom”, an “ongoing creation”, composed eventually of “spirit-composed beingsand manifested at the time of Christ’s 2nd coming on earth to commence the Millennium. We were created “diverse and weak and needs to be empowered by “in-dwelling” of the Holy Spirit” for sanctification to have “oneness with God”.

There is hope for the future as promised and ordained. God’s kingdom/government will come on earth, commencing in Christ’s second coming on earth as prophesied in Daniel 2:44,

In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom (government) that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.”

This return of Christ will takedown the anti-Christs at the battle of Armageddon in Megiddo and He and the “spiritual firstfruits” will reign in the Millenium on earth. An “ongoing creation” for the “spiritual latterfruits” (post-Millenium) will continue to occur and the rest of those who rejected Christ will die an “eternal death” by the “Gehenna fire”. Eventually a “new heaven and earth” will come and God the Father will dwell on earth, welcome by all “spirit-composed beings” the firstfruits and latterfruits, all members of the “kingdom of God”.

All US citizens are enjoined to vote.

God bless 🙏😇

The message of 2020 is for us to see with a vision of 20/20.

Hyperlink version posted on October 29, 2020.

Dedicated to all for Election 2020. Congratulations to all the winners. 🎉🎊

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What is “eternal judgment”, when does it begin, by whom and to whom?

Some people teach that “eternal judgment occurs at the return of Christ on earth, when Millenium starts. Others, think after the Millenium. While some say now, at this current life for all. Notwithstanding, has there been judgments already? Let us all seek for the truth. Otherwise, together will we be “hoisting our own petard?.

Eternal vs ephemeral judgments

It is true that there were many instances and events that were considered “judgments,viz.,

Sin of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:14–24; (Genesis 3:17–18; and they were judged, punished with vanishment from the garden of Eden and eventually experienced death.

Note: The sin of one-man Adam was accounted for all so that one man-Jesus will take on the consequence of sin which is eternal/irreversible death. Romans 8:20–22; (Hebrews 2:9). (Isaiah 53:4–8

The antediluvian world of Noah(Genesis 7:17–24); Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:5–9); ten plagues against EgyptExodus 7—12). And so on.

But these are “ephemeral judgments” as all will have a chance in their future(after their resurrection) to repent of their sins and partake of the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit.

This is in contrast to “eternal judgments” which is final, not temporary nor any more resurrection. Read:final judgment at “Gehenna fire” on the unrelenting wicked and all who reject the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as payment for their sins (Matthew 10:15; Romans 2:2; Hebrews 9:27; 10:26–27). And these “final judgments” also are many, according to how people respond to determine who among them will eventually “end up at Gehenna fire”.

Who is the Judge?

The Bible is clear on this. The Father is the ultimate Judge but he entrusted this function to only one person: the Son of God. Notice the following verses:

A scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom” (Psalm 45:6). “The Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son” (John 5:22).

Psalms 82:8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth, for all the nations are your inheritance”.

Judgement Begins when?

How could a person be judged if he/she doesn’t know good from evil; and how will they truly know right from wrong if not equipped with “tool” to understand?

Remember what Jesus said at the cross: “Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing. Luke 23:34

We are “deaf and blind” to spiritual truth. Our physicaleyes and ears” need to be opened spiritually. And, the ability to empower us to have spiritual understanding only comes from God. And this power can only be given to man-Christ Jesus who had to die first and resurrect.

Notice what Jesus said why he had to die: “But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you. John 16:7

As Jesus had to die and be resurrected to receive this energy/power for us, so we must be accounted as “dead in Christ yet alive in the flesh, to receive it from him. With this “new empowerment”, Jesus can now fulfill his plan as a “Potter” in Jeremiah 18:4 to form (marred clay) into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him” for “ongoing creation”. We are not yet saved but being saved.

The Creator God YHVH Elohim created the angelic beings and 1/3 went against God; not all of them were one with him nor the Father, as planned. So, after creating all things, he made mankind temporarily “lower than angels but later to be “above angels”. But, the “new creation” was planned to be “one” with him and the Father; awesome for mankind’s destiny.

And with that “new energy” for us, that was given by the Father to resurrected Jesus, he then gave that power first to his disciples , then in a general way at Pentecost. And this “new creation” is a process that takes time, like any other natural/physical processes of creation to reach fulfillment. It is being given now to those chosen by God to participate to become “firstfruits”. Then, during the Millenium to others and aftetwards to the rest post-millennial.

The Holy Spirit empowered man-Jesus from the time of in-dwelling at River Jordan that enabled him to overcome Satan, do miracles and ultimately at garden of Gethsemane to “take the cup”.

This Advocate /Comforter/Holy Spirit is the energy/power ( identified as Jesus Christ; NOT another person in the Trinity) that guides us to develop wisdom to choose good instead of evil. This process is for our sanctification through a mechanism not dissimilar but more complex and reflective of physical creation by bonding of 2-strands of DNA.

Along the way, there will be ups and downs. But, God is our patient Shepherd; he forgives; but don’t finally reject the Holy Spirit and commit “unpardonable sin”. Jesus in us through the Holy Spirit will patiently nurture us to grow and develop spiritually with “thy rod and staff they comfort me”. (Psalms 23:4)

To whom do eternal judgments begin?

The time has come to begin judgments to those with the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit as in:

For the time has come for judgment, and it must begin with God’s household. And if judgment begins with us, what terrible fate awaits those who have never obeyed God’s Good News? I Peter 4:17

Judgments are occurring now in the church for: Self-evaluation (1 Corinthians 11:28); to purify the Body of Christ (Matthew 18:15–17). To be more like Christ (Ephesians 4:21–23).”For Divine discipline (Hebrews 12:5–11).

As a father lovingly corrects his children, so the Lord disciplines His own; that is, He brings His followers to a place of repentance and restoration when they sin. In so doing, He makes a distinction between us and the world: “When we are judged in this way by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be finally condemned with the world (1 Corinthians 11:32). Whom Christ loves, He chastens (Revelation 3:19).

Summary

There are many judgments already done in the Bible but were “temporary” and prelude to “final and eternal” judgments that end up in Gehenna fire. Everyone will be judged at their own time as planned by God. First, the firstfruits (with in-dwelling of the Jesus/Holy Spirit)before the Millennium, then those alive but still flesh-composed during Millennium, then to follow are those who died after the Millennium as “latterfruits”,

Like “temporary judgments, these “final judgments” also are for many, according to how people respond to determine who among those with “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit” will eventually “end up at Gehenna fire”, the final/eternal death ( Read also Death, what is?)

Jesus was the only one entrusted by the Father to judge his creation. But, for judgment to exact true justice, the person judged has to truly know and differentiate good from evil. Spiritual truth cannot be understood without “spiritual toolto awaken “physical blind eyes and deaf ears”. This tool is the “energy/power” aka “Holy Spirit” which was promised to be given to Jesus after his resurrection (therefore “Spirit OF Jesus) and subsequently given to those he chose as planned at time appointed(Ecclesiastes 9:11;3:1) Jesus gave this to his disciples and then to others at Pentecost; hence to others.

Judgment “has to begin and has come with us in the household of God as in I Peter 4:17 The “household of God is neither Jew or Gentile as in: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus”. Galatians 3:28

We will experience sufferings in this life as in James 1:12; 1 Peter 1:7, 4:12-13; Job 23:10.

Paul echoes this theme in Romans 8:17: “Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

For those with “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit, beware of repeating your folly/sin and not to “vomit this energy/power” according to the admonition in Proverbs 26:11 Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly.

But, when we sin we have a High Priest (our ADVOCATE/Comforter)to go to and seek forgiveness. Still, remember, “God is not mocked” as in Galatians 6:7

God bless🙏😇

Hyperlink version original post: October 9, 2020.

Dedicated to my beloved on a special day.

Reposted: 4/20/2021

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When does human life begin?

Does it begin at conception? This definition is the “bone of contention” that separates advocates of “pro-life and pro-choice”. To confer “personhood” to a fetus is also not a traditional Talmud law; this teaching allows abortion with limits but still inaccurate as defined by God.

Division emanates from this controversial subject that elevated to and heard by SCOTUS to rule in the infamous Roe v Wade which, in itself, has adherents and detractors even to this day.

Debate on this subject continues that is predicated on one’s interpretation of when human life begins. Does it start when 2 strands of DNA coalesce, at fertilization when zygote(fertilized egg) is formed? At embryonic stage? How about when fetal heartbeat is confirmed by ultrasound? How could these visible actions be ignored as evidence of life, some may ask?

Still, others would disagree even with these obvious intra-uterine activities, as “life”. With our advanced knowledge and understanding, one can correctly argue with the absence of life on metals, although with motion that is by automaticity, (as programmed by the inventor/manufacturer) like self-driving cars, machines, robotics and drones. Are they not “life-forms” just because they are “inorganic matters”?

In that case, consider a well preserved “organic” heart by hypothermia prior to transplant that is not moving, is that dead because of absence of visible contraction? But, when transplanted, re-warmed and begins to contract because of perfusion myocardial automaticity, is that heartbeat not an evidence of when life begins? Yet, when EEG is just flickering or lost of cerebral activity on “circulatory arrest and profound hypothermia” during a cardiac procedure or when a person on ventilator still has cardiac function but with “flat EEG and no pupillary reflex with pupils dilated, is the person still functionally alive or dead? Likewise, the motion in the intricate process of the electron transfer chain, ATP, formation of Vitamin D, chlorophyll, physiologic process, etc. , is that “life”? It is an obvious suspension of disbelief to assume those established activities as “life”.

Similarly, and extending the controversy, when “water moves/separates”as in Genesis 1:6-7 (CSB)Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so.”

Exodus 14:21-22 (CSB) “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea. The LORD drove the sea back with a powerful east wind all that night and turned the sea into dry land. So the waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.”

These verses suggest that mere activities or motions of water are “kinetic energies established, programmed and activated (by God) from potential energies” but not necessarily living entities or “having life”.

As humans have different take on any subject depending on their diverse educational background, can they really define when life begins? For this very important subject, and without endorsing or denying pro-life nor pro-choice, who really should define when life begins? The giver or recipient of life? The Creator God or humans? The answer is obvious to anyone who believes in an “intelligent designer”.

Genesis as a source

As Creator God (YHVH Elohim) and “source-of-life” revealed this definition of life in the book of Genesis, what better place to go back to and understand? Here is what it says in Genesis 2:7

Then the LORD God (YHVH Elohim) formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Notice the 2 components of man based on where it came from:

1. The matter-component comes from the “dust of the ground”. It is “earthly” as confirmed in 1 Corinthians 15:48

2. The non-matter or spirit-component comes directly from Lord God himself, the “breath-of-life”, which is “heavenly” as confirmed in 1 Corinthians 15:48

What defines life or death?

As clear as sunshine, presence of that “breath-of-life”(aka “spirit-of-man”) defines whether a “being” is “alive or dead”, and not motion of cells or activities of organ systems. This concept is further buttressed conversely by what defines death:

Ecclesiastes 12:7 For then the dust will return to the earth, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”

Psalms 146:4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.(i.e. no longer thinking or brain activity stops).

Acts 7:59 “They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!”

From the preceding verse concepts, it is clear that presence of “breath-of-life”(aka, spirit-of-man) makes a living being and it’s separation or absence from the matter-component of man, defines death. By extension, any activity or motion within and by the matter-component of man does not define “life” in the absence of “breath-of-life”.

Mechanism of material creation

Notice the process of how this material creation begins. In a nutshell, there has to be 2 distinct sex-opposite persons from where DNA has to originate as haploid gametes. There are 2 strands of DNA that has to bond as a double helix, with one strand coming from an egg of a female and the other strand from a sperm of a male. The fertilized egg then becomes a zygote which then grows and develops body components in-utero, till maturity and then delivered. The intrauterine movements and responses of the fetus appear to be reflexes and automaticity. Keep in mind that the intra-uterine fetus is not breathing atmospheric air on its own, and blood-respiratory exchanges are through fetal circulatory mechanism via the placenta.

In Genesis, when man was created, the “material/flesh-composition came from organic and inorganic material elements, aka, “dust of the ground”, but did not have life, a “living being”,until God breathe into his nostrils “the breath of life”. That “breath-of-life”, aka “spirit-of-man” did not come from the ground but came directly from spirit-composed God-Creator, by “breathing into the nostrils” and therefore a spirit-component-of-man”. A living person therefore has 2 components: flesh from the ground(earthy)and spirit-of-man(heavenly), without which the flesh is dead. This spirit-component is the only component that survives and goes back to the Creator when a person dies; the “real you” lives as the “rest of yourots and dies.

Harmonizing concepts of “activity” vs “human life“

Conceptually from the preceding, activities/motion do not define “life” nor should it be defined as “beginning of life”. All the changes that come with “union of 2-strands” of DNA by whatever method, nor the complex biochemical processes that come after, are spontaneously programmed into these organic and inorganic materials all the way through growth and development of the fetus in-utero, before the infant is delivered and spontaneously breathe on its own, can be considered “activities” but “not life itself”. They are “kinetic energies emanating from potential energies” established by the Creator God. Only when, the “spirit-component” is “breathe into man”, at which time of spontaneous breathing-in atmospheric air, can the “material component” be called a “living being”.

When an infant is delivered but does not breathe spontaneously even after attempted resuscitations the baby is dead and called a “stillbirth”. But, with breathing atmospheric air on its own, that becomes a “living being”, then learns from its fully developed 5-senses. As to a possible mechanism of learning is, a concept of “holographic DNA” may help in the growth and development of humans.

On the other hand, it is more complex spiritually, the growth and development of the “spirit-of-man” (female strand) by in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit of God (male strand) given to us by Jesus, as a gift from the Father. Nevertheless, the same general mechanism that leads to a change into a “new and ongoing creation”.

Summary

A continuing controversy is “the beginning of life”, at conception or when? This is a head-butting challenge among “pro-lifers and pro-choice abortionists/infanticide”, heightened and aggravated by federal and/or state funding for “women’s health”. This division emanates from humans co-opting God as the definer of when life begins and their failure to recognize the process of human creation with 2 components of man as taught by the “Life giver-God” in the Holy Bible.

God formed the “material component of man” from the inorganic/organic “dust of the ground/earthy” and became a “living being” only when the “breath-of-life/spirit-of-man” is given by spirit-composed “Creator-God/YHVH-Elohim”. Any biological process before this spirit-component (real you) was given to that material component resulted from kinetic energy programmed automatically within potential energy by Creator-God, the ultimate source of anything physical and spiritual. energy.

As the “material human creation” starts with a complex 2 stranded/double-helical DNA, one feminine strand binding with another male strand, so does “spiritual new human creation”. Spiritually speaking, the “spirit-of-man/breath-of-life” is the feminine strand put in man to be a living being.

This then learns from the “5 senses” of the flesh-composed human and becomes the composite of that natural body” from which decision is made to take action confronting him/her. But this “flesh-composed” body is subject to “pull of the fleshand needs a “Comforter/Advocate” (Holy Spirit) to empower it to overcome temptations and falsehood as Jesus learned in the garden of Gethsemane. It is a Genesis human creation that is lacking in spiritual power as planned for good purpose. It is merely a “template/temple “ into which the “male strand of spiritual DNA” (again from God) in-dwells and binds with the feminine-strand, the “spirit-of-man”. Through a more complex process, the “spiritual zygote” then grows and develops through a process of sanctification, learning wisdom to choose good from evil”.

Disclaimer:

This post should not be taken as an indictment of “pro-life” nor an endorsement of “pro-abortion”. No one should act out their beliefs with “criminal behavior”. For those being tempted to “abort”, please consider alternatives like adoption, second-opinion and most specifically, not to engage in sexual intimacy prior to commitments with one another , whether through civil or church venues. For rape and incest, there are laws that govern; we hope and pray that your personal decision will be consistent with what God wants.

This article is not about casting aspersions nor endorsing the merits of either side of the debate, a controversy aplenty. Rather, the goal is to give pause to the animus, make time for reflection and provide salutary perspective.

Some may not like to hear the truth, but somehow, one needs “to tell how the cow ate the cabbage”, a Southern catchphrase. This subject is a difficult one to resolve in its entirety and we will not be able to “carry forests on my back” but at least let us put a “crack” on this “nut”.

People have to muster gumption to tackle this dilemma of “when life begins and ends”. It is a yeoman’s task to venture on finding a balance among different perspectives, biblical or secular, cerebral or emotional they may be. That said, one recognizes the consequences emanating from issues about pro-life/pro-choice and life/death dilemma.”

Moreover, the advice of Paul within the context of I Corinthians 8:4 and in I Corinthians 10:28 can provide direction so as not to alienate others. With kindness and gentleness, try harder not to offend others with personal beliefs.

In responding to these difficult situations, always express the “fruits of the Holy Spirit”, in Galatians 5:22-23 viz.,

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

My hope and goal are to unite, not divide, on “things that matter”. through biblical studies.

***After knowing “when life begins”, does this knowledge justify abortion or infanticide? Can society confer “personhood” to a fetus according to traditional Talmud law; this teaching allows abortion with limits but still inaccurate as defined by God. For the answer, the next biblical research may help and will be posted soon as a follow-up.***

God bless🙏😇

Happy autumnal equinox and Chicagohenge 2020

Hyperlink version original post: September 22, 2020

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September 11,2001, the message?

Today, September 11, 2020, we remember this catastrophic history of “stark evil” against innocent people in New York that reverberated worldwide for its horrific intensity, death and destruction.

The September 11 attacks (often referred to as 9/11) were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda[3][4][5] against the United States on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001. The attacks resulted in 2,977 fatalities, over 25,000 injuries, and substantial long-term health consequences, in addition to at least $10 billion in infrastructure and property damage. 9/11 is the single deadliest terrorist attack in human history and the single deadliest incident for firefighters and law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed, respectively.

From this vicious historical event one can deduce the following 2 incontrovertible facts:

1. There is evil that resides in the “mind”( aka, spirit-of-man). What made these people commit this murder and destruction? Any evil for that matter, what makes it act out? It comes down to what “their mind was taught” all their lives to muster strength and determination to plan and execute. We are all a “product” of our education that provides a composite that makes us who we are. The obvious solution is to “change what was taught” to that “mind”. That “mind” is the “spirit-of-man”, aka, “breath-of-life”, the “real you”, that made man a “living being”. But, how could this “spirit-of-man” (mind) change?

The “good news” is, there is only one way this can be achieved and that solution has been known from the foundation of the world. And that, is the realization that man, on his own, has “weak flesh “, and needs a “helper or advocate” for empowerment.

Everything that leads to action has to have “energy/power”. The modern use of “energy” “dates from around the middle of the nineteenth century, when it was beginning to be realised that the power that drove many different processes could be explained by the concept of energy being transferred from one system and form to another.”

No action happens without energy/power. Before one moves any muscle, a series of action within the process is activated. Chemical, neural, mechanical energies are as real as energies classified as electrical, solar, wind, nuclear, etc. These empower material things to take action, like motor vehicles, light bulbs, wireless networks and the like. But, spiritual things can only be empowered by “spirit-energy/power”.

This “helper/advocate” was promised to be given to resurrected Jesus for us to receive subsequently from him as a gift. This is the energy that empowers and provides strength, guidance, direction, etc. to make the correct decision of choosing good over evil and act on it.

This “energy/power” was given 1st to the apostles then at Pentecost. This will help us to be “one” with the Father as “man-Jesus has proven as a “trailblazer, captain of our salvation”. The essence of the “gospel” is predicated on our “ongoing creation”.

2. Life is like a vapor that is gone in a snap. Whether by accident, disease, natural disaster, drive-by shootings, foreign/domestic terrorism, warsor whatever, death is an ever present risk that lurks at the corner, haunting us constantly. Because we are mortals, all of us are “appointed to die once and afterwards undergo judgment”.

As “life is fleeting”, the focus should be in “life after”, the “legacy that lasts”. And, this “destiny” has been planned from the beginning of time. The “time has come” and the kingdom of God is at hand.

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Labor Day, what message resonates?

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United Statescelebrated on the first Monday in September to honor and recognize the American labor movementand the works and contributions of laborers to the development and achievements of the United States. And so apropos it is to pay homage to the “structure of national life erected upon toil, blood, sweat and tears” of the workforce.

Truly, those who work, whether at home or in any other place of work, contribute much to the progress of the nation. But remember, a worker has to be born first, and mothers’ “labor at childbirth” must also be recognized and revered.

Labor of Christ

But how fitting and timely it would be to also remember on this day the “labor of Christ? For him to be the “trailblazer, author, finisher of our faith and captain of our salvation” is a turning point in the “destiny of man”. What he did on earth as a human may answer the question “Who the Father of Labor Day” is.

Salvation is an arduous process that takes time. The teaching “once saved, always saved is not consistent with the truth. Faith initiated this process and it does not end there, as “faith without works is dead being alone”.

No wonder, man-Jesus started it and all the original apostles followed till their martyrdom. Our current “works” is not actually ours but came to be, as equipped by the empowerment of the in-dwelling Holy Spirit of power gifted to us by God.

On this Labor Day, let us all continue to “walk by the Spirit” till our future martyrdom. Let us be “overcomers”.

God Bless🙏😇👍😊

Original post: September 7, 2020 Labor Day

Dedicated to “all workers”.

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FATHER’S DAY_USA

FATHER’S DAY_USA

Ever since it was championed by Sonora Smart Dodd, Father’s Day has been commemorated throughout the U.S.A. on the 3rd Sunday of June since 1910.

People celebrate this event in many diverse ways annually by tradition and may not be feasible at all times in some areas. We can not play bowling at Pinstripes. Still, fortunately for us and with God’s blessings, we can continue with activities like playing golf around the house, billiard/pool and/or table tennis in the basement, chess or scrabble at the dinette area overlooking the deck and lake but certainly having breakfast, lunch or dinner (home made or take-outs) together with spouse and family, with all its trimmings.

In the Covid-19 era of 2020, these activities are especially challenging due to “shelter-at-home” guidelines of containment and transmission-preventive measures like mask/face cover, social distancing, at least 6-feet away from each other, frequent hand washing, disinfecting contact surfaces and the like. As parents may have co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases, the thought of coming together takes courage and determination because of attendant risks.

Today, nevertheless on Fathers’s Day, what could be more apropos and timely to honor and memorialize it than to know who our spiritualFather” really is? Yes, whether he is the “Lord God” in the Old Testament, the one who “fathered or createdeverything “visible and invisible” or the “Father” referred to at the time of Jesus as his Father in the New Testament and henceforth. Is he the same or different from that referred to in the New Testament? Is the Father in the Old Testament the same as the Father of Jesus in the New Testament? This understanding of the designation “Father” is key to “who to worship” depending on who was referred to. To provide context to these questions and to begin with, please consider a parallel question:

Who is the God of the Old/ New Testament?

Many grew up in a Christian family and were taught that the God of the Old Testament is the Father of Jesus. And, that of the New Testament is Jesus and/or his Father, as they “are one”. It may as easily be interpreted as such, since Jesus and YHVH ELOHIM in the Old Testament “are one” and the same, by incarnation. Does being “one” mean indistinct or inseparable? Are they similar or different? In what way if any or when are they the same or distinct from each other? Is this issue a mere exercise in futility, unnecessary minutiae, pure semantics or “splitting hairs”? More than “academic“, this differentiation is key to many things that predicate from this understanding.

Although not a recent phenomenon, these questions are confusing and distracting to many today. This different intetpretation is not new. Even in mid-second century Rome, a prominent Christian leader by the name of Marcion , who had a thriving shipbuilding business at the time of Justin, was confused including an accomplished scholar and agnostic of today’s Christianity, Bart D. Ehrman who expressed this on pages 34-35 of his book “Misquoting Jesus“.

Does it really matter who is the Father or God of the Old and/or New Testament? Yes, it does for 2 reasons, viz., gives direction to who to worship and what being “one” really means. In fact, about 90 C.E., John who wrote “I and Father are one” also said that life eternal hinges on this understanding:

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent(John 17:3).

The Father, “the only true God” and Jesus are distinct and separate from one another, even when they “are one”; the Father sent him and not that Jesus sent himself. Being “one” does not mean “numerical oneness“.

Always remember what Paul said in Hebrews 11:1,Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.”

We need “assurance” that depends on evidence-based facts, the “substance“, not empty promises, unsubstantiated teaching, nor hope against hope. The answer to these questions may help enhance our understanding of the subject, thus solidifying even more our handle on the truth and fortifying our faith.

Old Testament God

There are many so-called “gods”, and polytheism is more than a phenomenon; it is a reality then, as it is now among other religions. While it is tempting to deny this fact, the presence of manygods” is acknowledged to be true by the Holy Bible (1Corinthians 8:5-6). And yes, this has been a crucial fact in the Old Testament, such that Israel has to be directed away from these known but false “gods and commanded not to worship them. Instead, worship has to be to one particular and specific God. There was/is only one specific God to be worshipped then and now. This is the basis from where developed the Jewish “Shema” doctrine of,

Thou shalt have no other gods before me (Ex.20:3) …above all gods(Ps 95:3; 135:5)(See also this post, “What is God?”

Who, was the God of Adam, Noah, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses?

This question maybe resolved if one accepts the fact that the Creator-God in the Old Testament introduced himself with different names at different times. Strong’s Concordance helps in finding the derivation of the original Hebrew/Greek words translated to English. And, while names are different, they refer to only one proximate Creator, the Creator-God. Getting right to the point, consider this documentation and confirmation:

Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heaven(s) and the earth”.

Here, without doubt, this God was introduced as the “Creator-God“. Furthermore, this particular/specific God was identified and was described as a uni-plural generic “Elohiym” (Strong Concordance 0430/plural form being supreme). But, in Exodus 6:2-3, this God was identified with different descriptive names,

And God (Elohiym 0430) spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD (Yhovah 03068) : And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God (0410 El) Almighty (Shadday/07706), but by my name JEHOVAH (Yhovah 03068) was I not known to them”.

This Creator God was God Almighty/ “El Shadday” to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but to Moses he was known as Lord/”Yahveh:YHVH. Moreover, in Isaiah 45:11-12, this Creator God was also referred to as Lord,

Thus saith the LORD (03068/Yhovah), the Holy One (06918/qadowsh) of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.

That particular proximate Creator God was The Lord God(YHVH Elohim)the Holy One of Israel. Post Old-Testament times, this Creator God was also identified more specifically as the “Word”. In John 1:1-3, he said

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

Notice: it was created “by him“, but the Father planned this creation and execution was “through him” (YHVH-Elohim as proximate Creator) and “for him” as in Colossians 1:15.

John then went further to identify this Creator God to be The Begotten Son, as in

So the Word became human and….And we have seen his glory, the glory of the only Son of the Father” (John 1:14, NLT). (Note: the only Son currently or the first of the firstfruits as there will be moresons and daughters”, children of God, in the future).

To make it even clearer, John reiterated that this Creator God was Jesus, as in

The one who existed from the beginning is the one we have heard and seen. We saw him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is Jesus Christ, the Word of life” (1 John 1:1).

The Creator God was Word God. Paul also testified, that the Creator God was Jesus ,

He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of creation. For by Him all things were created…all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17 NASB). Image in the sense, that like flesh-composed Adam was made in the image of spirit-composed God, this “spirit-composed firstborn from the dead” is also an “image or representation” of the “invisible God, the Father”.

This Creator God, who “fathered” all creation, incarnated into Jesus, the Christ/Messiah, as in Isaiah 9:6,

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, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father(01,ab), The Prince of Peace.

From the preceding verses, one sees the “evidentiary facts” that the same specific and distinct person is known as: God:(Elohiym 0430) LORD: (Yhovah 03068) God (0410 El) Almighty (07706 Shadday) The “Holy One (06918/qadowsh) of Israel” The “Word” (3056/logos) “Begotten Son” (monogenes/3439) The “only Son of the Father” Jesus Christ, the Word of life (3056) First-born of Creation (prototokos/4416) Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The Prince of Peace and being the proximate creator who “fathered all“, hence also called The everlasting Father(01,ab).

Changes in Name, Position and Function

All these descriptive positions, tasks, functions and changes in name at a particular time are no different from our own experience as humans. All of us have been children and have parents and grandparents. As we ourselves became parents, we left our description as children. After we have grandchildren, we are now called grandparents. Our position and function changed but we are still the same person. Likewise, previously, one maybe secretary in an organization, but then can become vice-president or president. That person is no longer addressed as Mr./Ms. Secretary; rather called Mr./Ms. President. The same person but different function, task and time. In general, unless described otherwise, when the word “God” is used in the Old Testament, it refers to El Shaddai/YHVH ELOHIM who incarnated to Jesus, the Word; in the New Testament, it refers to the FATHER of Jesus.

The Creator God and the only one commanded to be worshipped in the Old Testament was “El Shaddai” to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob but to Moses he was “YHVH“. The same person was the “Word Creator” even before there was any creation. Subsequently, he incarnated, dwelt among humans and assumed a different function and name as “Jesus-Yhusuah/Massiach-Messiah, the Redeemer” (John 4:26). As an incarnate/ flesh-composed person, he was “begotten Son”.

This first official introduction ever, of the Father-Son relationship took place at the river Jordan when Jesus was baptized (Matt.3:13-17;Mk 1:9-11; Luke 3:21). The Synoptic gospels testified that the Father introduced the Son, and conversely the Son also “declared” the FATHER (John 1:14,18). And rightly so, as they knew each other from before the beginning of time. As he is the only one who had seen him, he was the perfect person to introduce his FATHER and ours as the “only true God” and commanded us to worship only his Father.

No doubt, this is fool-proof identification of both of them as distinct and separate (I Cor.8:6) , one God and one Lord, even when they “are one”. Subsequently, he was then appointed and “declared Son of God” (spirit-composed) by the resurrection from the dead ( Rom.1:4 ) He is also now “head of the spiritual church…firstborn from the dead (Col.1:18), the “head and elder Brother” (Heb. 2:11) of his “fellows” (Ps.45:7; Heb.1:9 ) , above the other “firstfruits” (I Cor.15:23; Rev. 14:4) (N.B. offered to God (the Father)and the Lamb).

As a Creator God/Word of all that is known, whether angelic spirits, inanimate universe and all living things, this ” Son of God” is now creating from flesh-composed humans, “spirit-composed firstfruits/harvest” to be his “body/church” and subsequently in due time, the ” latter-fruits/harvest”. Indeed, an “upgrade” of position and glory, all given by our “FATHER” and planned from the beginning, much before “time”.

Mechanism of How we are “Saved

The Word/El Shaddai/YHVH has to dis-empower himself, take-off his power, and incarnate as man-Jesus so that by being human, he could die as our “Passover” ( I Cor. 5:7 ). YHVH, being spirit and eternal, could not have died unless incarnated. Jesus’ divine power, being “flesh-blood” was not inherent in him but received spiritual powers/abilities given to him, at baptism in river Jordan, by the Father much like us, humans with measured spirit-power given by the Father through the function of the Spirit ( Compare John 8:28, 19:11; Acts 1:5, 2:4; Luke 4:1 ). Not “inherent” to man-Jesus, as all his divine miracles came only after that “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit” at River Jordan.

As the “FATHER” imputed the sins of mankind on the sin of the first Adam (I Cor. 15:45-50) at the garden of Eden and eternal death to all mankind, so was Jesus’/last Adam’s death (a consequence of sin although he did not sin himself) imputed to all mankind ( Rom.5:12-21). His death was the propitiation/atoning sacrifice for our sins ( I John 2:2 ) and reconciled us to the “FATHER” (Rom. 5:10; Col. 1:20-22 ); putting us in a “position of already dead to sin” to initiate the process for us to become “at-one” with the “FATHER” through the same “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit”, as the “Father and Jesus are one”. His death was only the beginning and he was resurrected with “immortal spirit-composed body” so that “death, where is thy sting?” ( I Cor. 15:55 ), will no longer have a hold on us after resurrection to immortal life.

Having been reconciled, we are now “saved by/through his life” (Rom.5:10 ). But, how are we saved by/through his life? How is this knowledge and understanding “life eternal” as in:

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent (John 17:3)?

Here is how: Now that, from “flesh/human” incarnate, Jesus was subsequently created/ transformed in a “twinkling of an eye”(as future spirit-children will be) by the Father to a spirit-composed “Son of God” by the resurrection from the dead (higher than angelic spirits), Jesus “by/through his life” (after resurrection was given this “creative-power/Holy Spirit”) to now create his “body/church” of fellow “firstfruits“, “sons/daughters/children of God”, and subsequently the “latter-fruits”. All spirit-composed, at an appointed time, as in I Cor. 15:53,

“For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.”

He has to be first, a “Son of God” before he can bring other “sons/daughters” to glory as their “Elder-Brother and “Head of the church”. He is developing us (still flesh-composed) into his “body/church” through the workings of the Spirit in us(in our mind/spirit-of-man) that he could not have sent to empower us, until after his resurrection from the dead, (saved by his life) as in:

When the Comforter comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, he will testify about Me. But I tell you the truth: It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.” (John 14:25,26; 16:7).

This Spirit was sent, in a general sense, at Pentecost (Acts 2) and getting into us to have power to develop into the “body/church” of Christ.

We know about the preview or type of this mechanism in the garden of Eden. Eve was taken from “the rib” of Adam to show that the future church(Eve) will come from the “second and last Adam/ Jesus“, next to his heart. When the human Jesus resurrected from death and became spirit-composed as Son of God, he then sent this Holy Spirit of power (given by the Father) to create the woman/church/Eve in a spiritual way to be his body. As the flesh Adam/Eve “… shall be one flesh”, so shall the spirit Adam/Christ/Son of God shall be “one” with the spiritual church/Eve and be “one body“. And all shall be “onewith the Father. Amazingly, all of these as planned and implemented by God through his “first-born Son of God“, the one who executed, the proximate Creator.

SUMMARY

Jesus performed a pivotal role in achieving the “Destiny of Man”. In the Old Testament, the Father (called so, being Creator God and “fathered” all “visible and invisible creation“) and the specific proximate Creator God that was commanded to be worshipped was the Creator God, El Shadday/YHVH, WORD, who then became incarnated as Jesus the Messiah/Christ.

Since then, in New Testament times, Jesus himself introduced hisFATHER“; and rightly so, as he was the only one who saw the “FATHER“. As incarnate Messiah/Christ, he instructed us to pray to his “FATHER“, but through Jesus and in his name (John 15:16).

Who to worship? In the Old Testament times, YHVH/El Shaddai/Jesus was commanded to be worshipped as he was “above all gods”(Ps 95:3; 135:5) known to all creation at that time. But today and for all of us, the “FATHER” of Jesus, the only one referred to as God in the New Testament, is the only one to be worshipped and prayed to, but “in the name of Jesus”.

The “Father” is the God and Father of Jesus and of us all (Eph.1:17). As the Creator God/El Shadday/YHVH took off that glory, honor, position and spirit-power by incarnating into “flesh” as Jesus/Messiah/Christ, and by so doing, he shifted and directed/introduced all of us to his Father as the only God to be worshipped today. The Father is greater than Jesus; they are not co-equal as in John 14:28

Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away,…for my Father is greater than I.”

Yet, many still will not accept that the Father is “greater than Jesus”. What in “greater” do we not understand? On the side, this particular “FATHER” of Jesus, started a “new creation” (2 Cor.5:17, NKJV), from the human “first-begotten” son man-Jesus (John 3:16) who then became the “first-born from the dead; among many” (Col.1:18; Rom. 8:29) spirit-composed Son of God, by the resurrection from the dead. Indeed, a position of “sonship” which is higher than the angelic category (compare Ps 8:4-6 and Heb. 2:6-18).

Jesus is now the “the first/wavesheaf of the firstfruits” ( compare I Cor. 15:10,20,23 and Ex 34:26, Ezekiel 44:30; Lev. 23:10-12 ). After him, will follow the remaining “firstfruits” (Rev.14:4) at the resurrection to commence the “Millenium”. As the “FATHER” through (I Cor.8:6) Jesus/YHVH/Word (the proximate Creator) created the “first known creation” (all non-living and living things including angels), the “FATHER” (through the Holy Spirit of power) is now creating a “new creationof “sons/daughters and children” of God, first was man-Jesus the “first of the firstfruits“, then again, through the empowerment of Jesus with this Holy Spirit of power, other “fellow firsfruits” will follow “at the last trumpet”(1Cor.15:52) , all of them spirit- composed, higher than angelic spirit-beings, and after the Millenium, the “latter-fruits“.

This is Jesus’ “body” (starting as “flesh-composed” with in-dwelling of Holy Spirit to form them into “spirit-composed” members) the church, being “one” yet with many members that are distinct/separate from each other (I Cor.12:12-20) as we are altogether “one” with a distinct and separate “FATHER“. Numerically one body with many (not 3) members.

As incarnate Jesus/Passover, his death paid off mankind’s penalty for sins imputed to Adam, reconciled us to the Father so we will all be like him. Everyone at their own time , first is Jesus becoming the Son of God (the first of the firstfruits), then fellow firstfruits at this dispensation to be manifested at the start of the Millenium, then subsequently after the Millenium will manifest the “latter-fruits”.( with in-dwelling and overcomers/victorious) all with “life eternal” ( John 17:3 ), all spirit-composed children of God. The timing of in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit is “predestined” but the result is based “on hope“.

Buttressed with these facts, our appreciation of God”s love for all of us, hopefully, will be magnified and enhanced. We can have confidence and trust in God because of these facts. i.e., faith which is “evidence of things hoped for.”

Remember, that this is the plan of God, the “FATHER“, even before the first creation by the “proximate Creator YHVH-Elohim” before any of us have done anything right or wrong; a plan executed perfectly by his Son. Even our will to do good and to act are influenced and empowered by God (Phil. 2:13) so that “no one can boast” (Eph.2:9; I Cor. 1:29). Truly, grace and love manifested. Glory to God, our “FATHER“.

HAPPY FATHER’s DAY.

Original post: 2011

Revised 2014

Revised and reposted 5/3/18

Hyperlink and revised version posted 6/16/19 on Father’s Day. All references as hyperlink, revised and reposted for Father’s Day June 21, 2020

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Trinity Sunday, Who to worship?

Together with many Christians, 6/7/2020 is celebrated one way or another as Trinity Sunday. Like many, we watch Channel 7 in Chicago, the mass at Holy Name Cathedral, in the comfort of our home. This occurs yearly on the Sunday after Pentecost in recognition of the doctrine of Trinity. Cardinal Blasé Cupich is someone that all of us respect and place high regard for his pastoral demeanor, good grasp of the scriptures and love for his congregation. Nevertheless, what could be a better time than today to examine the teaching of Trinity.

Blast from the past

Nothing before and during Christ’s years on earth and in the early church, was there ever this teaching of Trinity. So, how did Christianity reach this conclusion of Trinity in “one God”?

This appears to be counter to a basic doctrine of how many is this God of the Old Testament. It never was understood to be “many” but “one”, numerically. Without doubt, ingrained in Judaism, is this “Shema doctrine” that is based on: Deuteronomy 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.

Notice, this Creator God in Genesis, the “Lord God” was identified specifically as translated from the Hebrew name of that particular YHVH ELOHIM, is “one”, not more than “one”. And in the Old Testament, while there are “many Elohim/gods” there should “no other gods to be worshipped but the Lord God , aka, YHVH-ELOHIM. And this God is numerically “one”, not 2 or 3. Also, that this was the proximate Creator God the YHVH ELOHIM to be worshipped in the Old Testament, among and above “all other gods”.

And, YHVH ELOHIM was also called “WORD” in the beginning because all he had to do was “say the word and things get created”. This WORD incarnated into man-Jesus. But in the New Testament, the YHVH-ELOHIM, aka Jesus Christ, then directed as to the Father, the only God to be worshipped from then on as in John 4:23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”

It was this YHVH ELOHIM who was the proximate Creator God in Genesis, the actual creator who executed the Father’s plan of creation. The Father created all as in Hebrews 1:2 “through him and for him”. He now shows us the truth in John 14:28 that “…the Father is greater than I.” And for that, Jesus is telling us now, those with “in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit of power and truth”, to worship the Father. And, in so doing he was glorifying the Father and vice-versa.

Origin of “Trinity Doctrine”

So, how did we come to get this teaching? At the outset, let us acknowledge that there was a dilemma in the 3rd-4th century about the “nature of Godhead”. It goes to show that, even then, the church leaders can have diverse understanding, to no fault of them. Remember, having different views is not unique as Paul admonished Peter and Barnabas split from Paul. Major historic religious figures like Athanasius and Arius were at odds that they even “excommunicated each other”.

The key determinant of this difference boils down to the question “What is God?”. Further in-depth reading of historical record on the development of “Trinity doctrine” has been posted before in “Trinity Deconstructed”

Summary

With due respect given to all those who adhere to this Trinity doctrine, it becomes clear that the numerical nature of God depends on who was referred to.

In the Old Testament, the Creator God was YHVH ELOHIM, also known as WORD in the beginning, the “God of all gods” and the only one at that time to be worshipped and differentiated from “false gods. The Father was not introduced nor known at the time in Pentateuch. As the other verses show, the Father planned the creation and YHVH ELOHIM /Jesus actually did the creating. The Shema doctrine undoubtedly counted YHVH ELOHIM as “one”, numerically. The same one, incarnated to Jesus Christ , who is also “one”, not 2 or 3.

This “man-Jesus” then commanded us to worship, not him, but the Father, giving him glory and vice-versa. Jesus is the “Son of God” thus establishing this “father-son” relationship, never before revealed until the time of Christ on earth, his death and resurrection. By saying in Matthew 3:17, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased”, the Father/Son relationship was introduced and established. And, there will be more (not limited to 2 or 3) “spirit-composed” sons and daughters being created , as this is an “ongoing creation

The hierarchy in the “kingdom of God” can be seen futuristically in Daniel 7:13 where the “son of man (Jesus) coming towards the “Ancient of Days”(the Father). “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.” See also John 5:26-27 and Hebrews 1:2 And they will “all be one”. See also this post on “I and the Father are one”.

The Father planned and the Son of God Jesus concurred, from the beginning, that the kingdom of God will be expanded to many more “spirit-composed children and never planned to be limited to 2 or 3. The Holy Spirit is the power, not a person, that was never revealed until Christ’s “spirit baptism” at River Jordan. We knew progressive revelation/discovery about gravity power, mechanical, electrical, nuclear, solar, etc. that took time for us to realize and understand. So, it this power called “Holy Spirit”. This Holy Spirit is a new, unique and creative power that is now being used to create members of the kingdom of God from a “marred clay”. It was never inherent with the “proximate Creator YHVH ELOHIM” until after incarnation into man-Jesus’ death and resurrection as “Son of God” declared so “from out of the dead”.

The “kingdom of God was never limited to 2 or 3. In fact, fulfilling the promises to Abraham, it will be innumerable as in Genesis 26:4 and Paul said in Hebrew 2 “ … in bringing many sons/children to glory”,

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Original post: June 15, 2020

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