Key precept: Freedom is won through the birth of a baby.
“And the LORD God said unto the serpent…I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise [slam down on] thy head [therefore destroy you], and thou shalt bruise his heel [slow down progress but not destroy].” (Genesis 3:15)
When God calls his Savior “the seed of the woman,” he is obviously leaving out the fatherhood. The meaning would have been perfectly clear to his audience.
Satan, Adam and his helpmeet would have understood that the woman would be a single parent.
After all, single parenting was the only known form of reproduction in the entire universe at this time. God alone had materialized himself as a host of spiritual sons of God and two humans.
“God created [the] man [הָֽ-אָדָֽם, reading the Hebrew letters backwards, ha-adam] in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27)
It is assumed from this reading that at the moment that God created “them”, one of them had male reproductive organs and the other had female reproductive organs. But is that correct? It is also possible, grammatically, to understand this sentence as meaning that God created each of them in his own image as male and female, i.e. as hermaphrodites.
Are you aghast at this idea? This actually has startling implications for understanding our current sexually chaotic social situation, so stick with me. You know the most effective lies have an element of truth. Do you want to cling to what is comfortable and familiar, or do you want to know the truth? Follow along as we study what the Bible says instead of assuming we, or our favorite denomination, already knows everything there is to know.
Think about it. Where did Eve get her femininity if not from God?
“…in the image of God created he…female…” (Genesis 1:27)
We know God’s male characteristics, especially fatherhood, but have we overlooked references to God’s maternal characteristics, beginning with the most obvious?
“Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (Genesis 2:23)
Who was Adam’s mother if not God? Aren’t we wresting scripture to fit our limited understanding if we insist that this verse in Genesis doesn’t really apply to Adam, only future men?
“Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it?” (Job 38:29)
“But Zion said, The LORD hath forsaken me, and my LORD hath forgotten me. Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.” (Isaiah 49:14-15)
“As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” (Isaiah 66:13)
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matthew 23:37)
It is interesting that the Hebrew word yalad (Strong’s Concordance Hebrew 3205)” applies equally to mothers bearing children and fathers begetting children.
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children;” (Genesis 3:16)
“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.” (Psalm 2:6-7)
The documentation of the event of the creation of Adam’s help-meet gives the translation of the word “woman” as it was intended to be understood at that time, not as it is understood by contemporary readers.
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man [ הָֽ-אָדָֽם – reading backwards in Hebrew: ha adam] should be alone;
It is instructive to pause here for a Hebrew language lesson. Its importance will become apparent shortly.
- In Hebrew “ha” = “the”. Notice that the single letter הָֽ combined with a word indicates a unique single entity, translated “the” in English. The same grammatical system is used in English to denote plural by adding the letter “s” at the end of a word.
- This single letter is pronounced as “ha” or “ah” depending on how forcefully you expel a breath from your open mouth. It can be at the beginning of a word, where it starts with a forceful breath, like our word “Huh!”, or the end of a word, where it just trails off by opening the mouth, like “ahhhh!”. It remains the same Hebrew word although the difference in pronunciation is indicated in the English translation as “ha” or “ah”. The same grammatical system is used in English which adds “n” to “a”, while remaining the same word, in front of words that begin with a vowel, in recognition of the altered mouth movement lifting the tongue to the roof of the mouth to more smoothly move between vowels, as in “a dog” but “an elephant”.
I will make him an help[er] meet [appropriate] for him. And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto [the man] Adam [הָֽאָדָֽם ha-adam]…and [the man] Adam [הָֽאָדָֽם ha-adam] gave names [identified the characteristics] to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for [the man] Adam [הָֽאָדָֽם ha-adam] there was not found an help meet for him.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon [the man] Adam [הָֽאָדָֽם ha-adam], and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from the man [הָֽאָדָֽם ha-adam] made he a “Wo-man” [אִשָּׁ֔–ה Is-ah or Ish-ah]. (Hebrew dialects vary in pronunciation, as do American.)
The attribution of the term “woman” to God’s creation at this point in the narrative is a literary devise called “prolepsis” or “flash forward” to a future condition that hasn’t yet happened, but makes the flow of the narrative smoother if referenced at that point. We shouldn’t assume that this reference to “woman” indicates that God created an individual with only female parts as we define the word “woman”. We need to mentally back up to the previous notice that it is Adam who named all the living creatures, including this one. We need to remember that a name signifies characteristics. So taking a close look at the text instead of our Sunday School pictures:
And [the man] Adam [הָֽאָדָֽם ha-adam] said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called “Woman” [אִשָּׁ֔–ה Is-ha or Ish-ha, because she was taken “out of Man” [מֵ-אִ֖ישׁ meh-is] .” (Genesis 2:18-23)
There are many different Hebrew words translated into English as “man”, but pertinent to this passage we find
- Adam, which we treat as a personal name but actually means the prototype man, i.e. humankind and
- Is / Ish, which means “to show oneself to be a man.” This is the first name, i.e. description of characteristics, that Adam gave to the second human.
I am not making this up. Check the references for yourself, like Hosea 2:16 where “ish-i” means “my husband. (In Hebrew the “i” added to the end of a word indicates ownership, like the ‘s in English.)
There is a reason the text takes the trouble to specify “bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh”. The two started out life as one, and for the time being remained identical. This is confirmed by the translation of the Hebrew word “אִשָּׁ֔–ה Is-ah” in Exodus 26 as an identical “one” coupled with another (different Hebrew word) “אַחַ֖ת one”.
Both humans – the one formed from the dust of the ground and the one formed from that one’s bone – were identical. At this point in the narrative this individual is not called “Eve”, and the attribution of “she” referencing this individual is another prolepsis. This individual doesn’t become the mother we know and love today until the fruit incident, but let’s not jump ahead. Stay on track with me.
OK, you say, grudgingly beginning to accept that the two first humans were identical, but! Adam was the “son” of God, so they are male, not hermaphrodites.
Not so fast.
“Son of God” should be understood as defining a relationship of permanent status as child to parent rather than gender. “Son” stands in contrast to “daughter” which defines a temporary relationship that is lost when the father gives his daughter away to her husband in marriage. This is demonstrated in that it is a rare exception to find women included in a record of lineage, such as Jacob’s daughter Dinah.
The inclusion of Dinah in Jacob’s lineage should be understood as a tacit acknowledgement that, due to her defilement by Hamor with consequent extinction of any possibility of making a good marriage outside the family, she was permanently included in the family, i.e. under the Paterfamilias Jacob’s protection and provision. Her permanent entitlement to the family’s resources can be seen in her union by marriage to her (full) brother Simeon, and even more importantly, by sons to care for her in her old age. A righteous woman’s entitlement to the benefits of lifetime protection and provision within family goes well beyond alimony and is so important that it was guaranteed by God’s law.
- The first Tamar was declared to have done what was right (eous) when, after her father-in-law Judah sent her back to her father’s house, in the process denying her “Social Security” in her old age via a son, she went so far as to risk her life to cling to her permanent place in Judah’s family through a son.
- When the second Tamar begged her half-brother to marry her to make up for the damage he had done, like Hamor to Dinah, by raping her, unlike Hamor he only further shamed her. We can conclude that Tamar’s full brother Absalom, while assuming responsibility for her housing, in essence despised her as “damaged goods”, as he did not fulfill a husband’s duty to give her a son to provide for her financial and social needs in her old age. I suspect that Absalom was waiting until he had the throne to make a politically advantageous marriage with a “first lady” of the kingdom, and Tamar would have been an embarrassment.
The understanding of “sonship” as permanent relationship with benefits vs gender goes without saying in Christianity. I am a female, but I become a “son” of God according to every verse referencing the new birth and adoption.
“…as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name…And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” (John 1:12, 10:28)
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:27-28)
We seem to find it easy to accept that there is no female in the new birth restoring humankind’s original mint condition, but the record also states there is no male, at least as we know it. To further prove the point on Christian “gender fluid”, all human sons of God, men and women, become the bride of Christ, the corporate body preparing to unite with Jesus at the end of time/mortality.
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.” (Revelation 22:167-17)
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery…” (Ephesians 5:25-32)
How thoroughly is a man joined to his wife? How does a man love his own flesh when he loves his wife’s flesh? What flesh is this? Male? Or, as the text plainly states, the joining of two into one?Scientifically, there is a known, natural condition of a single individual being both male and female.
The trans-formation of fallen human back to perfected humans accords with the account of the formation of the original perfect woman which states plainly that the woman and man are genetically identical. Jesus’ notice that in the resurrection / restoration to original mint condition there will be no sexual activity supports the understanding that the prototype Adam combines the attributes of perfect masculinity and perfect femininity in one.
“Then come unto him the Sadducees…Now there were seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and dying left no seed…And the seven had her, and left no seed…In the resurrection therefore, when they shall rise, whose wife shall she be of them? for the seven had her to wife. And Yahweh’s Savior/Yeshua/Jesus answering said unto them, Do ye not therefore err, because ye know not the scriptures, neither the power of God? For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.” (Mark 12:18-25)
Pay attention to Jesus’ answer to the Sadducees – and to us! – that we err because we know not 1) the scriptures neither 2) the power / inherent nature of God.
Which scripture – must be Old Testament because it was available to the Sadducees before the New Testament was written – tells us that, when we rise from the dead, i.e. are fully redeemed from the power of sin and death to return to the pure likeness and image of God, that we don’t marry, i.e. raise up seed through sexual intercourse? The only one I know is to understand Genesis 1:27 as stating that God made the first two humans both male and female, and that they were split into separate male and female only after the fall.
This same scripture tells us about God’s power / inherent nature in relation to his resurrected human sons’ sexuality. The Greek word dunamis has a “meaning as an important feature of someone’s nature. It means that this person or God has some “inner strength that does not depend on outward things.” In other words, the nature of God is to be 100% self-sufficient. This is so obviously the fundamental truth of Christianity how do we ignore its application to God as having maternal characteristics?
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: So God created man in his own image…male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:26-27)
In confirmation with this literal interpretation of the Bible, ancient traditions also attribute composite male and female characteristics to their creator god, such as Ardhanarishvara in Hindu tradition. Shakti, the female principle of God, is inseparable from (or the same as, according to some interpretations) Shiva, the male principle of God. The union of these principles is exalted as the root and womb of all creation.”
In the Egyptian creation myth, the creator god Atum was both male and female. He self-produced two offspring, Shu and Tefnut. The sun god Ra also had double-gender nature with the female counterpart Rat. Agdistis was a deity of Greek, Roman and Anatolian mythology, possessing both male and female sexual organs.
With this background, the current transgender movement should start to make sense from a spiritual perspective. Beyond its most basic level, as a denial of reality, AKA, loving and believing a lie, it should be recognized as a specific gnostic, New Age lie which claims that humans tapping into their own godhood – i.e. dunamis – will experience both genders in one.
We should recognize that the spirit entities are driving the thoughts and behaviors of humans under their control as the spirits yearn to express the fullness of their own hermaphroditic being. This is the basic lie of the serpent, twisting the Creator’s truth. Yes, godhood does include liberation to express the best of both male and female attributes, but only in Jesus Christ do we regain that perfect image and likeness of God, which is self-sacrificing love resulting in permanent unions, not self-gratifying sexual perversions abandoning one exploited individual after another.
In our technologically advanced society we should be able to easily accept a literal interpretation of the first two Adams being identical since we now know about cloning. Dolly the sheep was just the first of many cloned – identical – animals.
The account in Genesis of God creating an entire human being from a piece of bone has been validated by science, and has been faithfully transmitted for thousands of years by people who believed what God said despite not understanding all the details, because he has proven his word to be true is so many other accounts, and has never been proven to be false. That’s called faith. How much proof does science give before we believe its claims? That’s called bias.
How much have we studied to confirm the validity of a straightforward reading of the Bible’s statements? Is our belief system based on understanding, or just a matter of what we prefer to believe to feel comfortable?
In this case God presents himself as having cloned the wo-man from-man in order to produced mankind in his image and likeness with both male and female characteristics. The images below give a fair impression of how the first man and wo-man were genetically identical,
Setting aside all the Sunday School images and our assumptions, a straightforward explanation of scripture leads to the conclusion that not only death, but also gender differences, human sexuality and the reproductive process as we know it resulted from genetic mutations triggered by a substance in the fruit. The Bible states as a fact that woman’s reproductive functions were changed as a result of incorporating a toxic substance into her body.
“And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said…I did eat. And the LORD God said…Because thou hast done this…I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…” (Genesis 3:13-16)
Contrary to our casual use of the name, the woman is not called Eve until after genetic changes occurred from eating the fruit. This is because this is the name – not “woman” – that defines her maternal, female characteristics.
“And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20)
The images below of male Brad Pitt and his remarkably similar daughter Shiloh give an impression of physical differences resulting from genetic changes. The next set of images shows a male who experienced feminization resulting from hormone changes in gender reassignment therapy.
But! you protest, Adam and his wife were told to multiply before they ate the fruit, so they must have had the ability to do so. Scientifically not a problem.
Asexual reproduction. The hydra “accomplishes the feat of apparent immortality by reproducing through budding rather than mating.” All the offspring produced by asexual reproduction are identical to the single parent.
Asexual reproduction is exactly how God reproduced himself in the first Adam, how he reproduced the second human from the first, and how redeemed humans are born again in the likeness of Jesus Christ.
“But as many as received him, to them gave he power to act / exhousia “physical and mental power; the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises” to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12-13)
Changeable vs Changeless
Whenever words are used in a professional context, whether it is medical or legal or religious or whatever, they must be understood within the scrupulous definition of the professional context. In the course of my work involving an Emergency Department I once set off a flurry of activity and received a reprimand for, unbeknownst to me at the time, using the word “diversion” in a general sense, not in the specific sense understood by the ED to trigger a city-wide response by other health care providers.
With this in mind, we need to understand that in the context of the Biblical text, the fundamental definition of mortal is not “dies,” but “changes.”
“Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep / die in Jesus will God bring with him. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (I Thessalonians 4:14-17)
“We shall not all sleep / die, but we shall all be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible / change as deterioration must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (I Corinthians 15:51-52).
Logically, the definition of the opposite condition, immortal, includes changeless.
“I am the LORD, I change not.” (Malachi 3:6)
As we shall discover, sexual reproduction of distinctively different individuals is accomplished through a process that includes decay and death, so is not possible for immortals. Since the woman’s process of conception was one of the physical changes resulting from eating the forbidden fruit, it must be that, prior to the fall, procreation of sinless humanity, and immortality of the original Adams, would have been accomplished through a form of asexual reproduction, as described above with the hydra.
Anyone who has enjoyed intimacy in sex should be thinking that the fall wasn’t so bad after all. And here is where we begin to see the unveiling of God’s mysterious rationale for choosing imperfect mankind over perfect angels. The opportunity to love.
In the hugely popular movie Titanic, Jack’s love for Rose is proved, not by his admiration and desire for her, but by giving his life for her. The best and brightest aspects of God’s character can only be perceived in his actions towards humans, and in the actions of his children that reflect their likeness to him.
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.“(I Joh 4:7-11)
Every loving parent should grasp this intuitively. We choose to have children, disrupting and even risking our lives, because we want to experience love with them. It is through human love culminating in childbearing that salvation was brought, not only to the first woman, but to the whole world.
In any form of reproduction the main feat is duplicating the chromosomes – the systems driver and software controlling the functions of each of the body’s cells. DNA is compacted into genes resembling beads then strung into chromosomes resembling twisted rope necklaces.
A set of two matching chromosomes are required for functioning. At the least, this provides backups for any damaged genes. A matched set of chromosomes, which vary in length and genes carried, link together to form the characteristic X shape, with the one exception of the seemingly broken male chromosome which is why it is called Y.
In asexual reproduction – mitosis – the exact full set (referred to as 2N for a matched set) of duplicated chromosomes are passed to the reproductive (stem) cell, producing identical offspring. Since God formed the woman with DNA from the man’s tissue, this confirms that the wo-man, cloned from the man, was identical to the man. The woman could not have gotten the female sex chromosomes of XX from a male with sex chromosomes of XY.
The only way a male or female parent can reproduce a child having a different gender or any of the vast number of characteristics different from either one of the parent, is through sexual reproduction – meiosis. This adds another phase of shuffling the genes across the matched chromosomes, then dividing the sets of chromosomes in half, resulting in cells with only 1N, or half of the full set of chromosomes, each one different from all the other cells produced in this shuffling process. Think of it like shuffling and dealing a deck of cards. Each deal is different. Then, since only half the required genes are provided, the other half must be provided by a second parent.
With this process, each child is different. And this had unimaginable consequences for Satan who had no knowledge of this “new thing” when the Seed of the Woman became the serpent’s nemesis and obsession.
“…and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born…that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan...” (Revelation 12:4,9)
Satan did, in fact, destroy Eve’s first two children – by turning Cain to the dark side and inciting him to murder Abel. No doubt Satan thought, once again, that he had gotten the victory.
“And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.” (Genesis 4:25)
And Seth was so different from Cain. And here is we encounter how valuable differences can be.
Political theory describes methods of applying organized control over a community of humans. The common assumption, portrayed in the many superhero stories, is that the key to overthrowing the oppressor is being the biggest, the strongest, the smartest, or having a unique superpower.
- “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
- and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
- And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen,
- yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:” (I Corinthians 1:27-18)
Hannah Arendt, the foremost political philosopher of the 20th century, based her radical theories on personal experience of the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. According to this secular philosopher, natality – the opportunity for a new beginning through birth – is the condition that triumphs over the evil empire.
Due to their own newness in the world they are born into, humans are both “new beginnings” themselves and are capable of making them by initiating action…This capacity of making new beginnings in the world is the fundamental human capacity to be free – a capacity possessed by each and every individual.
The Adversary learned this lesson. He uses infanticide for the purpose of maintaining control over enslaved peoples.
“And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage…And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him:” (Exodus 1:14-16)
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea…Then Herod…sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently inquired of the wise men.” (Matthew 2)
Abortion is legal in Israel up until the moment of birth, and girls under 17 do not need parental consent….An estimated 2 million Israeli children have been aborted since Israel’s founding in 1948. The country has a population of 8 million…. The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), whose mission is to ‘defend life and family at international institutions and to publicize the debate,’ had nothing to say. The same was true for National Right to Life, Priests for Life, the American Life League and most others….
Interesting when one considers that legalized abortion was instituted for the purpose of ridding society of undesireables, AKA the eugenics program which the Nazis learned from American social scientists. Yes, that’s right. And those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.
New Life Requires Death to Old
Logically, natality – new life – is only made possible by death. This concept is certainly understood by women who make the choice to kill their unborn baby for the purpose of improving their own personal financial and social wellbeing and politicians clearing out undesireables whether by abortion, sterilization, concentration in work or death camps, or mass murder, so the select few can indulge themselves rather than share resources.
Wow, what a twisted marketing campaign. “better future for us ALL.” Obviously not everyone in society is considered “one of us.”
It is patently true that mortality is the very essence of change. But it isn’t all bad. There is a positive side if we are willing to accept responsibility for ourselves rather than blame our problems on others.
The fact that we deteriorate and die gives us the capacity to replace the undesirable parts of ourselves in order to grow and develop, to make a new beginning and a new life for ourselves by our choices. We see this in the physical dimension through the normal daily process of death and regeneration of cells at the rate of about 50 per second, which gives us the option of replacing our unhealthy bodies with healthy.
Generational change – differences between parents and their children – is only possible because only half of each parent’s genes is contributed to the gametes that combine to form the new individual. What happens to the rest? They die.
In the soul dimension, mood disorders like depression and anxiety can be changed by replacing old thoughts with new. This is the basis of psychotherapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and has been the basis of biblical counseling for millennia. This actually results in physically replacing existing neural pathways in the brain structure with new connections.
Change also happens in the spirit dimension, where it seems, as with the physical, mental and emotional, there is no stasis. The decisions we make and actions we take lead us inexorably down a path of a worsening or improving condition. Tragically, it is more common to see people, even proclaimed Christians, becoming more and more firmly entrenched in the devil’s deceptions, and worse, the lies we tell ourselves.
“Broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait [i.e. preventing actions like a strait jacket on a dangerously out-of-control individual in a psych ward] is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life” (Matthew 7:13-14)
Alternately, we can become more and more receptive to God’s truth, beginning with our sorry selves admitting just how self-centered and hypocritical we are, with the ultimate change becoming freed from the destructive forces of sin.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:8-9)
In the section detailing Cain’s spiraling degeneration notice that he was not doomed to follow in his parents’ footsteps. Like his mother, he had the choice to become Satan’s servant, or to be free. Notice how Satan is also called “sin.” Humans are trapped by both defined spirit beings and by abstract spiritual processes. This is nicely portrayed in Frank Perretti’s novel The Oath.
“And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. [This disproves the idea some people have concocted that Satan was the father of Cain. Cain simply chose to make Satan his authority, i.e. father.] And she again bare his brother Abel…And the Lord said unto Cain…if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire…and it came to pass…that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” (Genesis 4:1-8)
“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother…” (I John 3:11-12)
One reason natality is so powerful is that a lost chance is no problem. Another child will be born who is capable, once again, of making a new beginning.
This is what makes natality such a powerful political force. There is always someone on standby with the potential to lead a revolution against the status quo. This concept is illustrated perfectly in the thought provoking novel Making History by Stephen Fry. At any moment of need one individual out of millions has just what it takes to rise above the madding crowd, providing leadership for masses of disparate individuals, each contributing unique skills and resources into one new political identity.
Natality, the idea of a hero inspiring a mass movement to save entire people groups seems to be inherent to the human psyche. This universal theme underlies the most captivating stories across time and cultures. The Star Wars series not only runs on this theme but also incorporates the concept of natality. (Spoiler alert!)
- Episode I – III: Anakin Skywalker is believed to be the Chosen One who would bring balance to the Force, therefore peace and prosperity to the galaxy. However, seduced by the dark side, he transforms into Darth Vader and plunges the galaxy into an era of death and destruction under the control of the evil Empire.
- Rogue One: Jyn Erso risks her life to free mankind from enslavement to the evil Empire.
- Episode IV – VI: Luke Skywalker leads the rebellion that ends the evil Empire’s tyrannical rule, and through love leads his father Darth Vader back to the Force of light and life.
- The Force Awakens – The Last Jedi: Rey brings new hope to a galaxy once again on the brink of war.
A myriad of spin-off Chosen Ones draws literary inspiration from the biblical prophesied child to come. Notice how his birth is presented in the political context of war and peace.
“For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. 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, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.” (Isaiah 9:5-7)
Whoever argues with the biblical concept of a hero savior needs to take an unbiased look at the media, and an honest look at their own life.
- “Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him.
- Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place…
- Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee… (Job 40:12-14)
But God himself couldn’t destroy Satan and take back dominion over creation because “…God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2) to give dominion to humans, and God isn’t going back on his word.
Humans have to take back what belongs to us. What a condundrum, because we have to fight Satan for it, and he’s certainly stronger than any human!
“The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.” (Psa 115:16)
YHVH’s / Anu’s delegation of authority on earth to humans is even begrudgingly acknowledged by the Sumerian pantheon, where Sumerian Enlil is the Hebrew Adam.
Anu…himself withdrew higher and higher into the heavens…distanced from both humanity and the other gods. The only deity who had access to Anu was his [originally immortal human] son Enlil who gradually took on his father’s characteristics and power.
The Book of Enoch provides a powerful example of the LORD God delegating key actions to his human representative, the Melchizedek Priest-King.
And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: ‘Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children…Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing’…And they were in all two hundred; who descended ⌈in the days⌉ of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it.
Then the Lord said to me: Enoch, scribe of righteousness, go tell the Watchers of heaven…Then Enoch, passing on, said to Azazyel: Thou shalt not obtain peace. A great sentence is gone forth against thee. He shall bind thee; Neither shall relief, mercy, and supplication be thine, on account of the oppression which thou hast taught; And on account of every act of blasphemy, tyranny, and sin, which thou hast discovered to the children of men. Then departing from him I spoke to them all together; And they all became terrified, and trembled; Beseeching me to write for them a memorial of supplication, that they might obtain forgiveness; and that I might make the memorial of their prayer ascend up before the God of heaven; because they could not themselves thenceforwards address him, nor raise up their eyes to heaven on account of the disgraceful offence for which they were judged. Then I wrote a memorial of their prayer and supplication, for their spirits, for everything which they had done, and for the subject of their entreaty, that they might obtain remission and rest.
Proceeding on, [note – the following itinerary leads inexorably to one of the most famous pre-flood megalithic pagan temple sites] I continued over the waters of Dan-ba-dan, [Dan in Dan (Knibb, p. 941] which is on the right to the west of Armon / Hermon, reading the memorial of their prayer, until I fell asleep. And behold a dream came to me, and visions appeared above me. I fell down and saw a vision of punishment, that I might relate it to the sons of heaven, and reprove them. When I awoke I went to them. All being collected together stood weeping in Oubelseyael [Baal-bek], which is situated [in the Bekaa Valley] between Libanos [Lebanon Mountain Range] and Seneser [Anti-Lebanon Mnt Range, with likely ancient meaning of evil] with their faces veiled. I related in their presence all the visions which I had seen, and my dream; And began to utter these words of righteousness, reproving the Watchers of heaven. (Enoch 12-13)
Sounds fantastical, mythological, doesn’t it? Like stories of a powerful wizard Merlin or Gandalf taking on the forces of evil. Is this possible?
This is in fact just how powerful one single human can be when connected to all-powerful Most High God. Contrary to New Age claims, there is no evidence at all that a human can achieve godhood with all its associated dunamis / power inherent within the self.
Humanity needs a champion, just one individual who is connected to all-powerful Most High God that enables him to succeed where ordinary fighters fail, who can engage in single combat with the enemy in a duel to the death – winner takes all.
I understand that we are not all nurses and can’t see some body parts without getting flustered, so giving fair warning that in the linked film clip there is a quick glimpse of some of the organ used to establish the universal attribution of manhood as in I Kings 14:10 “I will cut off from Jeroboam him that pisseth against the wall.” You can avoid seeing anything distasteful by closing your eyes when the rider gets off his horse and undoes his fly. I do think this enactment does a great job at bringing the ancient ways to life. If you watch it think of the rag-tag Israelite army coming up against Jericho, one of the greatest fortified cities of that time. Think of David and Goliath.
“And there went out a champion out of the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, of Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span [9 ft 6 in].
- And he had an helmet of brass upon his head,
- and he was armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.
- And he had greaves of brass upon his legs,
- and a target of brass between his shoulders.
- And the staff of his spear was like a weaver’s beam;
- and his spear’s head weighed six hundred shekels of iron:
- and one bearing a shield went before him.
And he stood and cried unto the armies of Israel, and said unto them, Why are ye come out to set your battle in array? am not I a Philistine, and ye servants to Saul? choose you a man for you, and let him come down to me. If he be able to fight with me, and to kill me, then will we be your servants: but if I prevail against him, and kill him, then shall ye be our servants…
And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field.
Then said David to the Philistine…I come to thee [not with staves or metal armor but] in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and…the host of the Philistines…that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly [including the faithless Israelites!]…the battle is the LORD‘s.
David understood that behind the physical manifestation of Goliath, he was engaged in a spiritual battle. He tapped into, IDENTIFIED HIMSELF WITH, BECAME ONE WITH all the power of creation when he declared “I come to thee in the name / characteristics, likeness of the LORD.” This is the same identification and empowerment as a law enforcement officer arresting someone “in the name of the law.” David understood that empowerment comes through the word / Word of God.
And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth…And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled.” (II Samuel 17:4-51)
In both an abstract and a very concrete sense, the name of the LORD is Jesus / Yeshua / YHVH’s Savior and the stone that was used to topple Goliath of Gath. As a giant capable of building megalithic structures, he may have contributed to making the Philistine pentapolis the formidable adversary that it was to Israel, perhaps re-building the gates that Sampson carried away.
“This [Yeshua / YHVH’s Savior / Jesus ] is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.” (Acts 4:11)
All the earth needs one unique individual like David to champion our cause, BUT! more than David, who, as we know, later fell into sin and brought more destruction on his people through his actions than he had initially saved them from Goliath’s. We need someone who can not only rescue us from sin but also maintain that right-eous state of peace with God, like the original Adam before he was himself in bondage to sin and condemned to death.
And we have one.
“Keep / guard yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life…him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory…
How does he do it?
We have a champion who is both God and human. Finish reading the passage.
…the only wise God our Saviour…” (Jude 1:20-25)
Satan thought he only had to wage a campaign against weakling humans. He was dead wrong. In the complete reverse of New Age mentality, God lowered himself to become humble humanity to fight for his children.
The ultimate expression of the political concept of natality / new beginnings through birth is Yahweh’s Promised Savior / Jesus Christ. He is both absolutely 100% the likeness of God in right-eousness therefore can overpower and defeat Satan, and also 100% human, so qualifies to become the designated driver of the Universe. He brings about the destruction of Satan and his evil empire, redemption from sin and death, and restoration to the divine order of everlasting life for everyone who joins him in the new political order of the kingdom he establishes.
The same being identified as the human Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus in the New Testament is identified as God himself in the Old.
“The Chosen Savior / Christ Jesus: Who…equal with God…
- made himself of no reputation,
- and took upon him the form of a servant,
- and was made in the likeness of men:
- And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death…
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Yhvh’s Savior / Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Yhvh’s Promised Savior / Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil 2:8-11)
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.” (Isa 44:22-23)
Trusting in YHVH’s Ordained Redeemer is not a new means of salvation that came into existence when Jesus Christ died on the cross. It is as old as time. God was not taken off guard when his prototype humans used the freedom he gave them to choose to sin, and suffered the consequences in their DNA, passed down to all their descendants. He knows the future, including Satan’s schemes before they happen, and had already planned in advance for a way to get his children back. He had a champion in the wings,
“ye were…redeemed with…the precious blood of the Appointed One / Messiah / Christ…Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you…” (I Peter 1:19-20)
“the gospel according to the power of God; Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:” (II Timothy 1:8-10)
Archeology has uncovered documents recording complex subject matters dating approximately a thousand years before Noah’s flood. Does it make any sense to believe that God waited until 2,500 years after creation and 800 years after the flood for Moses – not Adam or Enoch or Methuselah or Noah or Shem or Abraham or Joseph – to be the first person to record a history of creation, the fall and the plan of salvation?
We can know that Adam and Eve understood the dual nature – God and human – of the promised savior because they shared this information with their descendants. This is unarguably articulated in the account of Job’s account of his life experiences, which predates Moses’ first-hand account of the Exodus. Job provides fascinating insights into the most ancient times not included in Moses’ historically focused treatise.
While you’re at it, note the classic poetic drama medium of Job’s account, still popular centuries later in Greek plays. and even during Shakespeare’s productions. What percentage of the ancient population was literate do you think? Envision a live production as the Epic of Gilgamesh or The Odyssey or Beowulf would have been passed down in the millenia before we had television.
Put some life into it! To help, I’m functioning as the choragos with the italicized headings to the narration, and I’ve left out all the clutter of the chapter and verse references.
Bildad advises Job to find an end to his suffering by consulting the sages from the classical civilization preceding their post-apocalyptic dark age. Obviously, this could only be done through their writings carried through the flood.
Then answered Bildad the Shuhite…enquire, I pray thee, of the former age, and prepare thyself to the search of their fathers / authorities, instructors…Shall not they teach thee, and tell thee, and utter words out of their heart [as we are taught by Job’s words uttered out of his heart and written down]?
Job points out that he can’t confront invisible God to argue his case so why bother?
Then Job answered and said…how should man be just / justified [in any conflict] with God? Lo, he goeth by me, and I see him not: he passeth on also, but I perceive him not.
If God will not withdraw his anger, the proud helpers [fallen angels, even as powerful and equally hyperdimensional as they are] do stoop under him. How much less shall I answer him, and choose out my words to reason with him?
Then Job remembers how the wicked angels got righteous Enoch to intercede for them.
[Hmmmm] Whom, though I were righteous, yet would I not answer – but! [instead] – I would make supplication [have an advocate plead on my behalf] to my judge. [After all,] If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had hearkened unto my voice…For he is not a man, as I am, that I should answer him, and we should come together in judgment.
Job sinks back into self-pity and despair
Not fair! There should be a jury of my peers!
Hast thou [God] eyes of flesh? or seest thou as man seeth? Are thy days as the days of man? are thy years as man’s days?
Enter El-i-hu, “He (hu) is my (i) God (El)”
Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: [unequivocally establishes he is human] against Job was his wrath kindled, because he justified himself rather than God. Also against his three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job...
Elihu reminds Job that God DOES understand the human condition because he is in man.
And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said [pointing his finger in outrage]…there IS a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding…The spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Oh you want an arbitrator, do you? Let’s have at it!
If thou canst answer me, set thy words in order before me, stand up [like a man, you wuss!]. Behold, I am according to thy wish in God’s stead: I also am formed out of the clay.
But I’m taking God’s side – Prosecuting Attorney!
Surely thou hast spoken in mine hearing, and I have heard the voice of thy words, saying, [with lower lip pouting, mocking whiney voice] “I am clean without transgression, I am innocent; neither is there iniquity in me”…[Changes to thundering tone of voice] Behold, in this thou art not just!: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man…
Elihu mockingly throws Job’s words back at him
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not…
But where were YOU when his prophets like Shem spoke for him?!
If there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to shew unto man his [God’s] uprightness: Then he [God] is gracious unto him, and saith,
- Deliver him from going down to the pit: [salvation!]
- I have found a ransom. [redemption!]
- His flesh shall be fresher than a child’s: [resurrection!]
- he shall return to the days of his youth [be born again!]:
- He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: he will render unto man his [God’s] righteousness. [restoration!]
He looketh upon men, and if any say, [unlike anything you’ve said so far, Job!] I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light.
This has been witnessed by HOW MANY HUMANS Job? Aren’t you listening?
Lo, all these things worketh God oftentimes with man, To bring back his soul from the pit, to be enlightened with the light of the living.
You are treading on thin ice, Job.
Job hath spoken without knowledge, and his words were without wisdom. My desire is that Job may be tried unto the end [given time to rethink / repent] because of his answers for wicked men. For he addeth rebellion unto his sin, he clappeth his hands among us, and multiplieth his words against God.
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding…Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? he that reproveth God, let him answer it…Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
Job is put in his place
Then Job answered the LORD, and said, Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further...I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee [in your creation, but most of all in your spirit-filled humans]. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
But wait! There’s more to the concept of God in flesh than spirit-filled humans. God becoming flesh. This next section proves that ancient Job knew about the “Christian” plan of salvation.
“For I know that my redeemer liveth [in the present!], AND that he SHALL stand at the latter day upon the earth: and…IN MY FLESH SHALL I SEE God.” (Job 19:25-26)
In order to grasp the significance of what Job says, understand that four dimensional humans cannot look upon multidimensional God and live.
“And Moses said unto the LORD…if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way [customary condition, looks, like a bride in an arranged marriage unveiling herself to her husband], that I may know thee…I beseech thee, shew me thy glory / face, as in a portrait…
And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live….
Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen.” (Exodus 33:12-23)
The only way Job can state with confidence that in his flesh he will see God is for God to also be 4-dimensional flesh. In the reverse of humans becoming one with God through the spirit dimension, Yahweh’s Savior became one with humans through the physical dimension.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,)” (John 1:1-14)
How did he do this? God produced a uniquely hybrid God-human through sexual reproduction with a human woman.
This is where belief in a Creator becomes so important. So-called Christians who believe in the historical human Jesus Christ and evolution struggle with understanding that God is Jesus’ physical father. Anyone who believes that God created Adam in his image and likeness should have no problem understanding that God also fathered himself as the human Jesus. Jesus would be, like Adam before he became corrupted, the perfect son of God. Where Jesus differs from the first Adam is that he is also the son of a human woman.
The real shocker here is not that God fathered his son, but that a human partnered in the creation of that being.
“Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.” (I Timothy 2:14-15)
“Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children…” (Genesis 3:16)
This verse has been interpreted as describing God’s punishment on Eve through painful childbirth. An alternative way of understanding this single sentence is to see it as describing reality-based consequences that we understand perfectly well in the physics dimension, but not so much in the spirit dimension. Humans were given dominion, which means authority to make things happen.
Our actions trigger irretrievable reactions. What we do really and truly reverberates through our universe and impacts our world – for good or bad. We are not action figures for God to pick up and reposition when we fall. For him to do so would take away our power, our autonomy, our ability to be free individuals and meaningful change agents.
Our interpretation of why the woman suffers in childbearing is based on our impression of God. Is he a tyrant who brutally punishes slaves who displease him, or a loving, faithful, trustworthy father who patiently guides and disciplines his children through their free-will chosen experiences for their safety, character development, personal insight, maturation and ultimate empowerment? God’s actions toward the woman whose sin rocked the universe should be interpreted from the perspective of his faithfulness, love, mercy and forgiveness towards humanity.
The person who was responsible for corrupting humanity is the person God makes a partner in redemption.
That isn’t a curse. That is a blessing.
The fact is, suffering is not a punishment. It is the proof of our love freely given in our choices to stay involved with our loved ones. How many popular movies are based on this premise? The more we mature into giving and caring adults, the more insightful, wise and sensitive we become, the more we suffer – through empathy at the least, and through sacrificing ourselves to save others at most.
The woman who partnered with God in salvation experienced tremendous suffering, not so much in childbirth despite its very real pain and risk of death, as in watching her beloved baby’s destiny play out, whether it was Abel who was murdered because he did the right thing, or Cain, who as the murderer was banished, or Yeshua who endured torture as he died for the sins of the world. She would have, like you or me, traded places with her child if she could have.
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women…for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God…For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her. (Lu 2:26-38)
“Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isa 7:14)
“Now the birth of Yahweh’s Appointed Savior / Yeshua Messiah / Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” (Mat 1:18-23)
This brings us to the main reason it is so important to understand the reproduction of the first man into woman. Because a clone is genetically identical to the original DNA donor, all the genes that Eve received from Adam and passed down to all of her descendants, including Jesus, came from and can be identified genetically as Adam.
Even science has determined (to its chagrin) that every living person can be traced back to one original ancestress through the genes uniquely preserved in the female mitochondria passed down in the maternal egg. The Human Genome Project proved the common ancestry of every human when it discovered that, despite the huge number of mutations that have occurred over thousands of years, “…the genomes [total collection of genes] of any two people are more than 99% the same.” This has tremendous implications.
- Adam, genetically in Yeshua, gets a second chance to defeat Satan.
- All humanity, genetically in Yeshua, can defeat Satan.
- All humanity, genetically in Yeshua, can be masters of the universe.
“For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in The Consecrated One / Messiah / Christ shall all be made alive.” (I Cor 15:21-22)
“And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” (I Cor 15:45)
Note the contrast between the two Adams. The first was made living by God. The last makes living by God. Life was transferred into the first Adam. Life is transferred out of the last Adam, because he is God himself.
Because Yeshua / Jesus got his male-determining chromosome, what we call the Y chromosome, from God, he is indeed the second Adam son of God, a second chance for a human son of God to come into existence as, and remain, holy, sinless, not condemned to death. His innocent death was therefore able to be applied to my account, to substitute for the condemnation and sentencing of my guilt.
“Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus the Son of God…was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:14-15)
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (II Corinthians 5:21)
“Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. “(I Peter 2:24-25)
The first Adam’s nature started out as sinless, but then degenerated, and this corrupted condition was passed down to all his descendants through his seed / sperm / DNA. A human father couldn’t produce sinless offspring. This leads me to conclude that the male sex chromosome, like the female, was mutated at the fall. This opinion is supported in scripture.
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (I Pet 1:23)
Genes provide one vestigial evidence of the changes that occurred in the Adam clones. We know that the human Y chromosome is severely stunted when compared to the other chromosomes, appearing to have lost about 90% of the original genes.
As a hybrid with his Y chromosome contributed by God in its fullness, Yeshua / Jesus undoubtedly did not look like the 100% human men – neither the Europeanized version nor the anthropologist’s. We don’t have a portrait, but we do have a description of both his spiritual identity as God and his physical appearance by the prophet Isaiah in chapters 52-53.
- Therefore my people shall know my name / identity…
- “Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because…he said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.” (John 5:17-18)
- that I am he that doth speak:
- “I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak…whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.” (John 12:49-50)
- behold, it is I / LORD God himself…
Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. Then…a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son / chip off the old block, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Matthew 17:1-6)
- that saith unto Zion, Thy God / Elohayik reigneth!
- “it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he [Pilate] saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!…Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King?…(John 19:3-15) “For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death…And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” (I Corinthians 15)
- they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD / YHVH shall bring again Zion…
- “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.” (I Corinthians 13:12)
- the LORD / YHVH hath…redeemed Jerusalem.
- “Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child [John the Baptist], shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,” (Luke 1)
- The LORD / YHVH hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation / yeshua of our God / Elohenu…
- “the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved...verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.” (Romans 10)
- As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men…
- For he shall grow up before him…as a root out of a dry ground:
- he hath no form nor comeliness;
- and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.
- He is despised and rejected of men…
- and we esteemed him not.
This last section of Isaiah 52-53 is assumed to refer to Jesus’ appearance after he was beaten and crucified. Without question Jesus did display post-resurrection permanent physical wounds. But aren’t they more in keeping with victory trophies than shameful reminders? And what about the part that says “For he shall grow up…as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness…”? Surely that is describing Jesus’ pre-crucifixion appearance.
We need to refocus our earth-bound imagination to the hyper-dimensional heavenly beings. It’s helpful to envision this through the eyes of imaginative science fiction writers and translate biblical terms to “aliens from outer space”.
Most of all, we should abandon our Sunday School coloring pages to take seriously what the Bible reports about the hybridization of hyper-dimensional heavenly “sons of God” and human women. More on this in the next post, but for now consider that we know that they were monsters. Jesus only lived to the age of 33. Would he have grown into a giant like those referenced in Genesis 6 if he had continued to grow? Does he have to live with deformities for eternity because of the mismatch of immortal paternal genes and corrupted human genes (like acromegaly shown below)?
In Jesus’ experience as God crammed into a human body we shouldn’t assume that there were no metabolic and hormonal disorders when God’s perfect DNA could not match up perfectly with corrupted and mutated DNA.
On the other hand, the restoration of corrupt mortal humans to immortals son of God can justly be expected to be a true “superman, the Ubermensch, in German philosophy, the superior man, who justifies the existence of the human race…a term significantly used by [“God is dead” philosopher] Friedrich Nietzsche…This superior man would not be a product of long evolution; rather, he would emerge when any man with superior potential completely masters himself.”
And “completely master himself” is exactly what Jesus did, and what all born again sons of God are to do – male and female – freely, not through oppression, paradoxically master ourselves by submitting ourselves to the will of the Father even to death, because we understand it is the right thing, the only constructive thing, to do. Does this image show Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane or Mary at the garden tomb? Both were prepared to lay down physical weapons in order to defy spiritual evil, and die physically in the process.
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant…Wherefore…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” (Phili 2:5-13)
“Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;” (I John 3:2)
“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Cor 3:18)
Exactly what that image will look like, we don’t know, but it is highly unlikely that it will be our current image of either male or female. Some people get the idea, though.
“Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping…and saw Yahweh’s Savior / Yeshua / Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Yeshua / Jesus [no longer crammed into a body unfit for God]…She, supposing him to be the gardener [who would need to be super strong to wrestle stone doors!], saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. Yeshua / Jesus saith unto her, Mary. [On hearing and recognizing his voice, with a flash of insight into the teaching of resurrection, suddenly remembering the recent resurrection of Lazarus, she has an epiphany and] She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni / My Great Master...” (John 20:11-16)
But belief alone has never saved anyone.
“Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” (Jam 2:19-20)
Yes, we need a champion who can do for us what we can’t do for ourselves. But that doesn’t mean we do nothing. A champion saves us only if we submit to his leadership which means we follow his orders. That means we change our thoughts, values, motivations, and behaviors.
“Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour, and he was the son of an harlot: and Gilead begat Jephthah. And Gilead’s wife bare him sons; and his wife’s sons grew up, and they thrust out Jephthah, and said unto him, Thou shalt not inherit in our father’s house; for thou art the son of a strange woman. Then Jephthah fled from his brethren, and dwelt in the land of Tob: and there were gathered vain men to Jephthah, and went out with him. And it came to pass in process of time, that…when the children of Ammon made war against Israel, the elders of Gilead went to fetch Jephthah out of the land of Tob: And they said unto Jephthah, Come, and be our captain, that we may fight with the children of Ammon. And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, Did not ye hate me, and expel me out of my father’s house? and why are ye come unto me now when ye are in distress? And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, Therefore we turn again to thee now, that thou mayest go with us, and fight against the children of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead. And Jephthah said unto the elders of Gilead, If ye bring me home again to fight against the children of Ammon, and the LORD deliver them before me, shall I be your head? And the elders of Gilead said unto Jephthah, The LORD be witness between us, if we do not so according to thy words. Then Jephthah went with the elders of Gilead, and the people made him head and captain over them: and Jephthah uttered all his words before the LORD in Mizpeh.” (Judg 11:1-11)
Trusting that Jephthah or the LORD will deliver us from evil doesn’t mean that there are no actions required of us. This is totally understood in military units, and nailed down in Moses’ notice that Jesus would come to save us. There are things we must do in order to be saved, to be rescued, to “turn captivity.” It goes back to pro-choice, and whoever we choose to obey, his servants we are.
“And the LORD said unto me…I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto [act upon] my words which he shall speak in my name,
I will require it of him…” (Deu 18:17-19)
“And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee…the curse…And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day…That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee...if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.” (Deu 30:1-3, 10-14)
All humans, not just the mother of the seed, who want salvation must partner with God in salvation. The whole plan of salvation is that humans take dominion over whatever territory God has put under their control, starting with their own body and soul, extending to children and other persons over whom they have some kind of responsibility.
“So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him…And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. And the men of Israel and of Judah arose, and shouted, and pursued the Philistines...” (I Sam 17:50-52) “…and they anointed David king over Israel. (II Sam 5:3)
Truly believing in Yahweh’s Promised Savior, not just spouting a religious creed but proving belief through actions of public confession of faith, allying with God and his people, and a changed lifestyle is what saves. Consider Paul’s Philippian jailor who faced losing his job, being beaten and even being executed for supporting public enemy #1. He proved he really believed in Paul’s gospel, that Jesus Christ would resurrect him from the dead.
“…what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ / Yaweh’s Chosen Savior, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house.And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.” (Act 16:30-31)
Peter demonstrates the necessity for public confession of faith followed by acts of contrition proving true conversion from sinful self-centeredness to a submissive relationship with God through Christ Jesus.
“…whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, Yahweh’s Chosen One / Messiah / Christ of God. And he straitly charged them…Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Lu 9:20-26) And the Lord said, Simon, Simon [Peter], behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me…Then took they him, and led him, and brought him into the high priest’s house. And Peter followed afar off. And when they had kindled a fire in the midst of the hall, and were set down together, Peter sat down among them. But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him. And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not. And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not. And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this fellow also was with him: for he is a Galilaean. And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew. And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And Peter went out, and wept bitterly. (Lu 22:31-34, 54-62)
“And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide. Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand. And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus.” (Act 4:1-13)
Faith in action has always been the means of salvation from sin. This is obvious if you understand “salvation from sin” as the restoration of relationship with eternal spirit God to overcome the power of sin and regain control of our territory.
“If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. [The result of this inner contest of wills is either]
- And unto thee shall be his desire [if you do not well],
- and thou shalt rule over him. [if you choose to do well]” (Gen 4:7)
This is true in the physical resurrection of the body at the Second Coming, but also evident in the spiritual resurrection now.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Ro 5:1-2)
This grace wherein we stand is NOT God overlooking our faults. We are simply oblivious to the ripple effects of damage from our sinful behaviors if we can believe that a loving Father can just brush off our bad behavior as inconsequential. Grace is the insight God gives us to understand the significance of our harmful behaviors and to repent-rethink our values, and the support to change our ways and to reconcile with those we have harmed.
“God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law [of sin and death], To redeem them that were under the law [of sin and death]...” (Gal 4:4-5)
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:” (Romans 8:2-3)
Faith in action is not the same concept as salvation through works. We don’t change our behavior in order to get saved, we change our behavior because we are saved.
“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” (Ro 6:1-7)
The ultimate freedom from sin goes beyond relying on one’s own willpower, and is experienced as the fulness of life under God’s protection and provision, freed from destructive forces of sin, the destroyer by whatever name described.
“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free…Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love [identify with, join] me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me…Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it…He that is of God heareth [agrees with, as when a crowd shouts to a speaker “Hear hear!] God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.” (John 8:31-47)
“I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, [as opposed to being locked up under siege or incarcerated] and find pasture [life as nourishment]. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:9-10)
“Abundant“ life sounds like quite the understatement for what is also called “everlasting” life, but is also a clarification that this is a quality of life far richer than simply length of days.
Living righteously is the reality of salvation, and humans have the free will to choose to experience 1) reality or 2) imagination be it by fictional media, video games, drug induced delusions and hallucinations, the ever popular defense mechanism of denial, emotionally distorted perceptions, or unsubstantiated claims by “science falsely so called.” (I Tim 6:20)
“If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.“ (Ro 8:31-37)
Think about it. A drug addict who goes to church and repents and prays for deliverance from heroin addiction then goes back to his dealer for more smack can excuse his actions on the basis that he is covered by grace, but he’s not saved from the current effects of his sin, is he? What makes you think he is saved from the effects of his sin after death? This addict has to collaborate with God for salvation from heroin addiction by a conversion – a changed heart attitude about the awful effects of heroin on himself and his family, and turning away from his drug crowd and joining a (preferably faith-based) rehab and support group to be successful in maintaining sobriety. Becoming free from nicotine addiction, sexual immorality, jealousy, or any of the destructive forces, AKA sins, involves a personal struggle in which the individual applies the supernatural grace and power of God that has been placed at his or her disposal to use, or not, as the individual chooses. Changes are not just zapped into us without any effort on our part. It’s like a drive-through car wash. It’s easy enough to just sit in the car while the machines wash the outside clean, but at some point you have to get out and vacuum the inside yourself.
This is not legalism, a demand to follow a list of dos and don’ts in order to be righteous. Biblical codes of law were never given to make one righteous. Laws simply clarify which behaviors are harmful to self or society. Even before a law is enacted to impose punishment as a deterrent to certain behaviors – like fines for failure to wear seatbelts – the naturally destructive consequences of those behaviors exist – like injury and death from failing to wear seatbelts.
“For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law.” (Ro 5:13)
Obeying laws simply promotes a good life. This is true across the board for all people, saved or not. Apply the following truth to Adam’s wife’s situation, who was in a perfect relationship with God.
“…the commandment [don’t eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil] which was ordained to life, I found to be unto death. For sin [my own desire for self exaltation], taking occasion by the commandment [here’s the first opportunity to demonstrate my independence from God!], deceived me [using distorted thought processes like denial, rationalization, justification of self], and by it slew me [suicide]. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.” (Ro 7:10-12)
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” (Jam 1:14-15)
Human nature is incapable of obeying all laws all the time. It is simply our nature to take charge ourselves. This totally makes sense when we recognize that’s how God designed us – to have dominion. The key to being able to actually have dominion is to be plugged into the power source. We get into trouble when we disconnect from God. That is the sin / self-destruction – rejecting God’s authority and power in our lives.
The only commandment that makes one righteous is the one that defines how we must relate to God if we are going to be in relationship with him.
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.” (Matt 22:36-38)
The rest of the laws safeguard and improve the quality of life of someone who is capable of obeying them because they are already in a relationship with the LORD thy God, i.e. already accounted righteous.
“Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the LORD your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the LORD thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.” (Deu 6:1-6)
“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 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.” (Jer 31:33-34)
King David was not saved through strict obedience to the law. He was a murderer and adulterer who was justified despite his crimes. He could claim to be righteous “in God’s eyes” because he did not depart from God’s judgments and statutes when he at least acknowledged their existence, their rightness, that he had broken them, and he repented and accepted God’s chastening as a true son. It was only in that context that David, or any of us, can have a right-eous relationship with God. This is the key difference between Saul, who was rejected, and David, who was forgiven. When faced with his sin, Saul denied and blamed others, but David confessed, repented, and did works “meet / appropriate for repentance.” (Mat 3:8)
“Samuel also said unto Saul, The Lord sent me to anoint thee to be king over his people, over Israel: now therefore hearken thou unto the voice of the words of the LORD. Thus saith the LORD of hosts,..go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass…But Saul and the people spared Agag, and the best of the sheep, and of the oxen, and of the fatlings, and the lambs, and all that was good, and would not utterly destroy them: but every thing that was vile and refuse, that they destroyed utterly. Then came the word of the Lord unto Samuel, saying, It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments… And Samuel came to Saul: and Saul said unto him, Blessed be thou of the LORD: I have performed the commandment of the LORD. And Samuel said, What meaneth then this bleating of the sheep in mine ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear? And Saul said…the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy [THY! – NOT MY!!] God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed. Then Samuel said unto Saul…Wherefore then didst thou not obey the voice of the LORD, but didst fly upon the spoil, and didst evil in the sight of the LORD? And Saul said unto Samuel, Yea, I have obeyed the voice of the LORD, and have gone the way which the LORD sent me, and have brought Agag the king of Amalek, and have utterly destroyed the Amalekites. But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the chief of the things which should have been utterly destroyed, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God in Gilgal. And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken [comply with instructions] than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (I Sam 15:1-23)
“And Nathan said to David…Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; And I gave thee…the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things. Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house…And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The Lord also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.” (II Sam 12:7-13)
“Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.” (Psa 51:1-6)
“The LORD rewarded me according to my righteousness: according to the cleanness of my hands hath he recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God. For all his judgments were before me: and as for his statutes, I did not depart from [deny] them. I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity [he didn’t say “sorry!” then go out and repeat the sin because “grace” lets him off the hook]. Therefore the Lord hath recompensed me according to my righteousness; according to my cleanness in his eye sight. ( II Sam 22:21-25)
Years later a similar situation occurred with a woman who sinned, and the Son of God dealt with it the same way that God has dealt with sinners since day one – believe on Yahweh’s Promised Savior/ the Lord Jesus Christ and act on that belief.
“And [the legalistic religious leadership] brought unto him a woman…and…say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now…the law commanded us, that such should [die]: but what sayest thou?...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her…And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst…And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life...If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (Joh 8:3-32)
The desire for a new life free from dismal or destructive forces is what drives the many historic waves of emigration. The Jews’ plight in Nazi Germany provides one of the best examples when hundreds of thousands of German and Austrian Jews tried to escape the persecution of the racist Nazi government. The Nazi government was happy to get rid of them. This was their first solution. Eventually they had to resort to a more costly and complicated final solution because no other country wanted them either. Only 345,000 Jews managed to find refuge, most in neighboring countries, which was only a brief reprieve as Germany quickly conquered those countries. Only about 85,000 beleaguered Jews, out of far greater numbers of immigration applicants, reached their haven of choice, the United States.
In one well-publicized case, the United States refused to admit 908 Jewish refugees who had sailed from Hamburg, Germany in1939. It had already been turned away from Cuba, had no-where else to go, so circled back to Europe, where England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands each accepted some of the refugees. As we know, only England remained free, the others were soon occupied by the Nazis. Of the ship’s 908 passengers, 254, or a quarter of the total, are known to have died in the Holocaust.
People so often imagine they can call out to God in an emergency then ignore him at will. Not so. Just like human laws restrict citizenship privileges to citizens, so spiritual laws restrict spiritual benefits to spiritual beings. So much for calling on a “higher power” in AA. Beware that unnamed higher power doesn’t control organized crime in your area. We only get God’s resources when we belong to his spiritual kingdom.
Even after Nazi policy towards Jews became known, America tightened the restrictions on European Jewish immigration still further, giving as a reason the threat of enemy subversion during the war. Appalling? There was good reason in the politically tense years between the first and second world wars.
Jews have a rich history of involvement in anarchism, socialism, Marxism, and Western liberalism… many Jews worldwide welcomed the Russian revolution of 1917, celebrating the fall of a regime that had presided over antisemitic pogroms, and believing that the new order in what was to become the Soviet Union would bring improvements in the situation of Jews in those lands. Many Jews became involved in Communist parties, constituting large proportions of their membership in many countries, including Great Britain and the U.S…With the advent of fascism in parts of Europe in the 1920s and 1930s, many Jews responded by becoming actively involved in the left, and particularly the Communist parties,
America, England and other democratic countries greatly, and realistically, feared a Communist revolution toppling their governments as had just happened in Russia and China. A world-wide overthrow of the existing forms of government is the explicit objective of Communism and many under-cover agents were actively pursuing that goal.
Many individuals seeking a place in the kingdom of God will likewise be rejected, for the same reason. In a court of law they will be proven to be the enemy of God’s people.
Just like there are legal processes one must undertake in order to gain entrance into an earthly nation, there is a legal process required before being granted access to God’s spiritual kingdom. The document detailing that process states unequivocally that spirit birth is a requirement for entrance into its spirit sphere of political power, resources and opportunities.
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (Joh 3:3-6)
This spiritual birth occurs when God’s seed, the same mysterious life-bestowing essence that called the universe into being, AKA his word, germinates in a receptive human heart.
“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation [lifestyle]...Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” (I Pet 1:14-16, 23)
Hard to comprehend? It shouldn’t be if you believe in a Creator who controls e=mc2 so can transform energy into material substance and vice versa – material substance into energy / life.
“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. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:1-4)
- The incarnation of the first human son of God Adam happened when the Word
- The incarnation of the “last” / i.e. ultimate human Son of God Adam happened when Creator God
- created DNA transcribing his image,
- placed it into a created sperm, and
- placed his energy spirit into it. Notice, this required a human woman’s cooperation which happened when Mary willingly accepted God’s creative word in the form of the material sperm, donated an egg, gestated the embryo – fetus in her womb then gave birth. Result – a unique Son of God who was both human with the capacity to sin but from the beginning joined with God’s spirit with the capacity not to sin.
- The incarnation of any human son of God happens in much the same way. Any sinful human who willingly receives God’s seed / word like Mary did first gestates – develops over time as a fetal immature son of God / composite human in the flesh capable of sinning but with God’s spirit capable of not sinning. But unlike Mary who physically birthed a separate human being, the same individual who was born once physically is born again spiritually. Therefore this spiritual birth is called being “born again.”
“And so it is written,
- The first man Adam was made a living soul;
- the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
- Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural;
- and afterward that which is spiritual.
- The first man is of the earth, earthy;
- the second man is the Lord from heaven.
- As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy:
- and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
- And as we have borne the image of the earthy,
- we shall also bear the image of the heavenly…
- flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
- For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” (I Corinthians 15:45-53)
- The first man Adam was made a living soul;
Both earthy and heavenly births undergo the same process of an agent accepting seed by a donor (sperm by egg in physical birth, God’s word by heart in spiritual birth), the gestation of the tentative new being into a fully formed individual, and finally birth into the environment where independent action is required (breathing, reproduction, spiritual warfare).
“Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
- When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
- But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
- He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
- But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” (Matt 13:18-23
The statement that the new birth in one individual leads to producing seed for more births takes the concept of natality up a notch. In Born Again: Arendt’s “Natality” as Figure and Concept by Jeffrey Champlin, “Hannah Arendt introduces “natality” as a conceptual moment when one is born into the political as the sphere where acting together can create the truly unexpected. [Emphasis added.] I argue that this new conception of freedom in [her book] The Human Condition draws its strength from…theology…”
“Therefore if any man be in The Consecrated One / Messiah / Christ, [not only] he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, [but hey! going beyond himself] all things are become new. (II Cor 5:17)
“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is The Promised Seed / The Messiah / Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.” (I Cor 12:12-13)
There is a reason why we describe the beginning of a new nation as a “birth” and call the individual who formed the new nation, like the Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal, its “father”. We also understand that the “birth of a nation” more often than not occurs with bloodshed. No doubt one reason God refers to the transition into spiritual life as “birth” is that it is bloody and entails a risk of death to the one undergoing the birthing process. How many martyrs died, in addition to the Chosen One / Christ, to bring new life into being?
In 1947, in the wake of the St. Louis failed immigration tragedy, the Haganah, the Jewish underground outlawed by the British rulers of Palestine, packed 4,515 Jewish illegal immigrants onto a scrapped vessel designed to hold 500, for a 7 day run from France to Palestine. It was impossible for that leaky vessel captained by a 23 year old sailor and filled to overflowing with the frail, emaciated victims of the death camps, including women and 655 children, to outrun or outfight the navy that had launched Britain to, and maintained her at, an unprecedented level of world power for 200 years. What were they thinking?
The Haganah also brought onboard Rev. John Stanley Grauel, a Methodist minister who was sympathetic to the Zionist cause, to be a witness to the voyage. According to a Baltimore Jewish Times report from July 25, 1947: Grauel was put on the ship for one purpose — because it was very probable the British were going to be able to take the Exodus. It was the largest effort ever done in terms of movement of refugees. So, if the ship was taken, somebody has to get the information out,” Klinger said. “They said he was a journalist. What his real job was, if the ship was taken, was to tell the story. Because they knew people wouldn’t believe the story if a Jew told it. But what if a Christian told the story? It would be received differently, and that’s exactly what happened…
The immigrants were forcibly taken off and transported to two camps, Poppendorf and Am Stau, near Lubeck. The site of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust being forcibly relocated to Germany caused an international uproar. World public opinion was outraged and the British changed their policy.
The United Nations Special Committee on Palestine was in Palestine conducting its investigation to determine how to resolve the conflicting demands of the Zionists and Arabs. The treatment of the Exodus refugees apparently influenced some members to advocate a solution that would allow Jews to immigrate freely to a state of their own.
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum noted the significance of the Exodus saga: Displaced persons in camps all over Europe protested vociferously and staged hunger strikes when they heard the news. Large protests erupted on both sides of the Atlantic. The ensuing public embarrassment for Britain played a significant role in the diplomatic swing of sympathy toward the Jews and the eventual recognition of a Jewish state in 1948.
Have you ever heard of Rev. Grauel? And yet, because he was willing to risk his life and his career he was instrumental in birthing the modern Jewish state against all odds.
But entering the Promised Land was just the first step in an arduous process of reclaiming lost territory in both political and spiritual spheres.
There is a easy belief system that promises miraculous healing from the consequences of sin in this life and rescue from hell in the afterlife – without requiring any action from the sinner or changes in that person’s lifestyle. Does that even make sense? Psychology calls that enabling someone to keep engaging in self destruction. It is not hard for “soul-winners” whose sense of success depends on high numbers of converts to become co-dependent enablers. “Repeat after me these words…
“Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk [obviously doesn’t mean ambulate, is a euphemism for ‘lifestyle’] in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield [previous to identification with Christ we didn’t have the option, we were servants of sin, now we have the option – we are supposed to take it!] ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. (Romans 6:3-13)
Believing and obeying God’s word is not easy. It means relinquishing everything that is dear and replacing them with the things of God.
“And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him…keep the commandments. He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said…Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? Jesus said unto him [in a direct hit to the lie the young man has been telling himself and just told Jesus about loving his neighbor], If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:16-23)
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (Philippians 3:7-8)
For everyone, believing and obeying God’s word means submitting to Yaweh’s Consecrated Savior as the highest authority, which will inevitably result in conflicts with family, social, and political authorities who want us to submit to them.
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters [renounce family ties if contrary to Jesus] yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross [accept religious and political persecution] and come after me, cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26-27)
This is the only spiritual belief system that has ever saved anyone.
“I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men…For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all.” (I Timothy 2:4-6)
“And as they [Jesus’ disciples] spake unto the people, the priests, and the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them, Being grieved that they taught the people, and preached through Jesus the resurrection from the dead. And they laid hands on them, and put them in hold unto the next day: for it was now eventide…And it came to pass on the morrow, that their rulers, and elders, and scribes, And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or [in other words,] by what name, have ye done this? Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:1-2)
The unique ability of the “[hu]man Christ Jesus” alone to save our souls from eternal damnation is a struggle for many people to accept, as it appears to leave the majority of humanity without a chance of salvation. But consider what the Bible says about this.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
- Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…
- Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when? saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
- And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
- Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” (Matthew 25:31-46)
According to this passage, people who don’t know “Christ Jesus” by name can still be declared righteous. This totally makes sense when we take into consideration that the God-man promised to redeem mankind was not known by the English translation “Christ Jesus” for most of human history. As has been explained in previous postings, “name” defines accomplishments. “Christ Jesus” is the inadequate translation of “The Transcendant I Am / Creator’s Promised Savior”. So let’s revisit what the Apostle Paul, the so-called “founder” of the “new religion” of Christianity, really says about what it takes to be declared righteous in order to gain eternal life in God’s kingdom of Heaven.
“Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel [good news] of God, (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures, Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh, And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead: By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name [God’s Promised Savior]…
the gospel of Christ / The Promised Deliverer…is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1)
This passage has to be linked to the passage in Matthew 25 to be accurately understood. The just – those declared righteous at the end of time when God holds every individual accountable for their actions on earth – shall live – forever – by faith. Faith in what?
“…the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith” is commonly taught by Christians to mean from faith in Judaism with its animal sacrifices to faith in the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is doubtless true, but that is just the surface. There is more. Reading on we discover the ultimate faith is in CREATOR GOD.
The Bible starts with creation because it is foundational to understanding who is the ultimate power and therefore authority for our soul’s existence now and forever.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [Good example being the children of Israel at Mount Sinai making the golden calf.] And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things…Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen…
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.” (Romans 1)
“And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
For there is no respect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another;) In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.” (Romans 2)
But there seems to be a contradiction, because Paul goes on to say:
“…Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
What Paul is saying, clearly and repetitively, is that no-one can claim they have accomplished enough “good deeds” to earn eternal life. FORTUNATELY, no-one needs to accomplish enough, or outweigh the amount of bad deeds with the good deeds.
“But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus / The Eternal I Am’s Promised Savior: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
To declare, I say, at this time his – HIS, GOD’S – righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus / HIS SAVIOR…
Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law...it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision…and uncircumcision through faith.” (Romans 3)
When we overlay the Matthew 25 passage with the Romans 3 criteria, we realize that the criteria for entrance into God’s eternal kingdom is not the doing of good deeds like caring for the sick, poor, and imprisoned in general, but identifying with God in this life by the way we treat his family. “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”
This concept is central to the Godfather saga, of which the first movie in the trilogy is considered by many critics to be the best movie of all time. A crime drama, nonetheless (in a perverse way), Nothing is More Important Than Family. This hugely famous and popular story provides a parable of a sort, of God’s attitude about the respect and loyalty due to him and his children.
When Godfather Don Vito Corleone denies drug baron Sollozzo’s request to invest in his narcotics business and provide protection through his political connections, Sollozzo has the Don gunned down in the street. The Don survives, and his son Michael risks his life to thwart another attempt on his father in the hospital, suffering a permanently disfiguring injury in the process.
- Sonny’s disregard for his father’s authority is his undoing, as he is killed when he tries to assume his father’s position before his father transfers his authority to him.
- Fredo’s lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and pride of life are his undoing as he retreats from his family’s fight for survival to enjoy a life of ease in the enemy’s camp.
- Only Michael, of Vito’s three sons, conceives of and succeeds in a plan to take vengeance and minimize further attacks on their father, because he is motivated solely by love for his father no matter the cost to his own life, and he is guided by his father’s ways and means of accomplishing his objectives.
Near the close of his life the Godfather transmits all his wisdom to his successor, Michael, in a prediction of the future events that will be triggered when the family has lost his direct leadership. Sure enough, at his death, Tessio, a Corleone capo, sets in motion the betrayal that the Don had forewarned his successor, thereby preparing him to deal with it successfully. All goes as planned as, in one day of judgment, Corleone soldiers:
- murder the other New York dons, breaking their power and emerging as the survivors of a long war
- murder Corleone partner Moe Greene in Las Vegas for disrespect and insubordination
- execute Tessio for treachery
- extract Carlo’s confession to setting up his brother-in-law Sonny’s murder and garrote him with a wire.
Although he does wait until after the death of their mother, Michael even executes his own brother Fredo for his disloyalty to their family.
Compare this well-known fictional American plot line to the little-known true-life Israelite plot line.
King Solomon, i.e. the Prince of Peace and the first son of David promised to perpetuate David’s Israelite dynasty, is a type of Jesus Christ, the penultimate son of David. He gives us a biblical sample of judgment day in which how someone shows respect for the king and his chosen heir by how he treats them determines one’s fate in the new kingdom.
“Now the days of David / Don Corleone drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon / Michael his son, saying, I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; And keep the charge of the LORD thy God…That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
- Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.
- But shew kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.
- And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. Now therefore [YOU] hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.” (1 Kings 2)
Zoroaster is a excellent non-biblical example of the fundamental faith in, and respect for, Creator God required by, and available to, all humanity, not just Jews and Christians. Like Judaism and Christianity, there are corrupting elements inserted over time, but the original, basic faith of Zoroaster / Zarathustra can be recognized as being true to the ancient biblical teachings.
Zoroaster proclaimed that Ahura Mazda was the supreme creator, the creative and sustaining force of the universe through True Statement / Word / Asha, and that human beings are given a right of choice between supporting Ahura Mazda or not, making them responsible for their choices. Though Ahura Mazda has no equal contesting force, Evil Spirit / Angra Mainyu (destructive spirit / mentality)…is considered the main adversarial force of the religion, standing against Seven spirits before God’s throne / Spenta Mainyu (creative spirit/mentality)…
Asha (truth, cosmic order), the life force that originates from Ahura Mazda, stands in opposition to Druj (falsehood, deceit) and Ahura Mazda is considered to be all-good with no evil emanating from the deity. Ahura Mazda works in gētīg (the visible material realm) and mēnōg (the invisible spiritual and mental realm).
Job, the main character in the oldest book of our compilation of records known as the Bible, is a prime example of the minimalist faith required for salvation by an individual who has never heard the name “Christ Jesus”. He understands –from the evidence of God’s controlled creation and, in contrast, his own uncontrollable destructive ways – that he needs The Eternal I Am’s salvation / AKA YHVH’s Savior, Jesus.
But Job is also the prime example of the need to act on whatever revelation you’ve received. Your life and the lives of your loved ones depend on your acceptance and application of the truth you have been blessed to receive.
On What Do You Base an Informed Decision?
Trust is an inescapable fact of life in a world marked by chaos and uncontrollable natural, political and personal forces. Each person still has freedom to choose who they will trust for success over insurmountable problems in this life and type of existence, if any, after death.
The Bible is unique among all other religions in providing multiple consistent documents written over thousands of years by multiple authors, providing unparalleled authentication of its evidentiary credibility. It is desperately important to recognize that the biblical Great Master, unlike the Great and Ascended Masters of ancient and New Age religions, the only one who had all the power of creation at his disposal, does not expect us to believe ANYTHING he said on his own. Unlike any other prophet-founded religion such as the Mormons, Seventh-Day Adventists, or Islam.
The testimony of just one single individual is not accepted in a fair trial in a just court of law. If you’ve ever been slandered by someone determined to do you harm you will appreciate this. Unlike the Koran or Edgar Cayce’s or Nostradamus’ prophecies or The Book of Mormon, the Bible’s claims are written down by multiple revelators over thousands of years, yet remain consistent, revealing a common source.
“If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.” (John 15:24-27)
Unlike Joseph Smith, Ellen G. White, or Muhammed, Bible believers are never required to accept at face value anything that Jesus or his apostles were reported to have said as being straight from God. The authors of the New Testament, the basis for Christianity, validated everything they wrote about Jesus Christ by referencing the Old Testament writings. Jesus Christ relied only on the written word of God, a document that can be examined and proven to be true – or false – by anyone to whom it matters enough to check it out.
“If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. And ye have not his word abiding in you…Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:31-39
“And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus…And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him. And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad? And the one of them…answering said unto him…Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people: And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel…Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not The Promised One / Messiah / Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself…And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures? And they rose up the same hour, and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven gathered together, and them that were with them…And they told what things were done in the way, and…as they thus spake, Jesus himself stood in the midst of them, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you….And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.” (Luke 24)
Internally the Bible itself states that the written record is more trustworthy than the voice of God.
“...our Lord Jesus Christ…received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount [like Moses]. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed…the scripture / writings…For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (II Peter 1:16-21)
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand…how that The Appointed One / Messiah / Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” (I Corinthians 15:1-4)
OK, you say. So the New Testament writings are based on the Old Testament writings. But what about the Old Testament then? How is that validated? I have to believe that Jesus himself wasn’t held to a higher standard than Moses when he provided proof of his credentials in writing.
Now, I’m not denying that certain details were in fact personally dictated to Moses by God.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying…make me a sanctuary…According to all that I shew thee, after the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the instruments thereof, even so shall ye make it.” (Exodus 25)
Rather than establishing a brand-new religion of Judaism, it is far more credible to conceive that Moses RE-established the worship of Yhvh practiced by Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Moses’ father-in-law Jethro the priest of Midian in the rustic fashion limited by his pioneer era and in a far more fitting manner by Noah and Shem under Enoch in the antediluvian glory days.
Sound heretical? Isn’t it less heretical / more orthodox to acknowledge that God never changes?
“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the LORD, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant [don’t assume this is the covenant made at Mount Sinai, isn’t it more likely the covenant to send a Redeemer to all humanity?] …and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem be pleasant unto the LORD,
- as in the days of old (prior to the exile to Babylon),
- and as in former years (this can only be the years prior to the flood: Job 8:8; Isaiah 46:9-10, .
And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts. For I am the LORD, I change not…Even from the days of your fathers ye are gone away from mine ordinances, and have not kept them. Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Malachi 3)
“Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now the LORD God, and his Spirit, hath sent me. Thus saith the LORD, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the LORD thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” (Isaiah 48:16-17)
There is a pattern throughout scripture of God’s prophets RE-minding and RE-introducing the original way to approach a holy God, documented in the books of the prophets from Isaiah to Malachi, but most clearly demonstrated by Ezra who, like Moses, led an exodus, this time from Babylonian exile.
He is also called a scribe, well-versed in the law of Moses (7:6), indicating Ezra’s dedication to the study of the Torah, which he sought to make the basic rule of life in the restored community. It was in religious and cultic reform rather than in political affairs that Ezra made his mark as a postexilic leader. Jewish tradition holds him in great esteem. The apocryphal 2 Esdras, sometimes included as an appendix to the Vulgate, where it is known as 4 Esdras, transforms him into a prophet and visionary. The Talmud regards him as a second Moses, claiming that the Torah would have been given to Israel through Ezra had not Moses preceded him…
He gave to his people a cohesion and spiritual unity which helped to prevent the disintegration of the small Jewish community settled in the province of Judah. Had it not been for the intransigence of Ezra and of those who adopted his ideal, it is doubtful that Judaism would have so effectively resisted Hellenism in later centuries. Ezra set the tone of the postexilic community, and it was characterized by fidelity to the Torah, Judaism’s authentic way of life.
We are not caving in to the claims of secular Higher Criticism by recognizing God’s standard practices and patterns of behavior. As the above comparison shows, Moses undoubtedly used previous written records going back to Adam himself as the most valid sources – even by God’s standards – for his history of mankind in Genesis, and organization of religious practices in Exodus – Deuteronomy.
The word of God has always been the power of salvation from sin, experienced as destructive forces now and eternal damnation to come. During the four thousand years or so between God’s promise to provide the seed of the woman and his birth, believing God’s promise – as in “You have my word on it” – was just as much the means of salvation as it has been in the two thousand or so years believing in the fulfillment of the promise since the birth of Christ. Whoever will be saved from the dominion and destruction of sin in this life and after physical death must act on their belief in God’s word, whatever their particular circumstances.
For a certain group of people in a certain set of circumstances, believing and obeying God’s word took the form of killing a substitute animal as God did for the Adams.
“And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt saying,..Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house…and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it…it is the Lord’s passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.” (Ex 12:1-13)
For everyone, believing and obeying God’s word takes baptism, i.e. total immersion / identification with the Savior and his followers.
“Moreover, [Corinthians, therefore Gentile Christian] brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.” ( I Corinthians 10:1-4)
“Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the LORD had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy…So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. [Obviously even then there were Pentacostals whatever they were called in Hebrew. And I’m not being sacrilegious. It’s about letting go and letting God.] Are not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel.” (II K 5:1-15)
“In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight…Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.” (Mat 3:1-13)
“God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:36-38)
God Himself Relies on the Written Word
“In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a thing was revealed unto Daniel, whose name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true...I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man…Then said he…I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince…And now will I shew thee the truth [history of Israel through to the end of time in Daniel 11]…And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book…But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book even to the time of the end: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end…But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” (Daniel 10-12)
“Your words have been stout against me, saith the LORD…Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance…Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. (Malachi 3:13-17)
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works…And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:12-15)
God offers salvation, which is to say the recovering of dominion and victory over all the effects of sin / separation from the source of life and power, simply by reversing the process by which these were lost.
- Restore a right relationship with him by believing and acting on his Word that in him is life, instead of the Lie of the Devil that we can be self-sufficient.
- Accept the salvation offered to us by our Champion.
- Become a new creature by merging our identity with the God-human Savior.
“Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love / unity of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:33-39)