7) Forgiveness of Sin

Key precept: Humans are not action figures  –  the results of our actions reverberate through our world.

“For when we were yet without strength, in due time The Chosen One/ Messiah/ Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, The Chosen One/ Messiah/ Christ died for usMuch more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.” (Ro 5:6-9)

To understand how Messiah’s death saves us from sin, we need to understand what sin is, and what it had to do with death being imposed on humanity just because they ate the fruit.

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8) Redemption and Restoration

Key precept: Freedom isn’t free.

Remission and atonement allows us to re-establish a relationship with God.  But what about that relationship humanity established with Satan when our ancestors chose to follow his lead into rebellion against God? Human freedom, ownership and dominion had to be bought back, or redeemed, from the one to whom it was sold.

“Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us…And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. ” (Heb 9:12-15)

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9) The Seed of the Woman

Key precept: Freedom is won through natality – the birth of a helpless infant.

“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].” (Gen 3:15)

The Seed of the Woman became the serpent’s nemesis. Destroying it, his 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...” (Rev 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.  Not so.

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.” (Gen 4:25)

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11) God is Pro-Choice

Key precept: Freedom is the ability to choose one’s actions, not to escape the consequences of those actions.

People are quick to blame God when things go bad, even faulting him for having the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden because, being omniscient, he knew full well that human beings would eat the fruit and become captive to sin. The reality is that the tree gave gave us freedom – defined as “the power to determine action without restraint.” Without the opportunity to choose, humans would have been drones, always controlled by an outside authority.  There is always the most basic toggle option to every decision we face. 1) Submit to the Creator’s authority and be right-eous, 2) or not.

What pro-choice doesn’t mean is freedom from the consequences of breaking unchangeable laws.  Knowing and following spiritual laws that define right vs wrong, like knowing and following the laws of physics, prevents chaos and saves lives.

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life…” (Deu 30:19-20)

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12) Sin City

Key precept: Humans are intrinsically self-centered, we simply can’t stop ourselves from ruining essential relationships thus causing self-harm.

There is none right-eous [always doing the right thing], no, not one: There is none that understandeth [always rational, we are often controlled by our emotions or physical desires despite awareness of negative consequences of actions], there is none that seeketh after God [wanting to be morally correct]They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyesFor all have sinned…)” (Letter to the Romans 3:10-18, 23)

That word sin has become unpopular in current society, especially when applied to specific behaviors that are no longer illegal or considered harmful. I propose that we define “sin” as any behavior that an individual engages in, or fails to undertake, at the expense of others. This is why any size group of individuals need laws, from as small a group of two with a safe word and process of conflict resolution to the whole world, to safeguard and balance the rights and needs of individuals who depend on each other.

Four primary functions of law.

Laws serve to protect people from evil. Every society has individuals willing to harm others. Law creates a framework for reducing crime. First, it lays out the nature of proper and improper human conduct. It proscribes punishment for delinquency as a deterrent, and establishes the creation of enforcement mechanisms, such as police, that both prevent crime and enact punitive measures.

Law also promotes the common good. Humans tend to act out of self-interest. However, there are cases in which everyone benefits by pursuing a common interest and working together in cooperation. Anti-pollution laws, for instance, limit peoples’ freedom to dispose of waste as they please to promote the common good of a clean environment and resultant health benefits.

Laws provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes. Without legal processes for settling differences, people would act against one another in aggression. Laws create peaceful processes for conflict resolution through the court system.

Laws and rules help people develop good behavior. Often, people initially obey rules due to fear of punishment. However, consistent behavior causes them to internalize lawful conduct and eventually do it, even when they are not being watched.

The Bible records that all humanity was affected in the exact same way by the original sin, described in a previous post as triggering genetic changes passed down to all of Adam’s descendants. This is observable in the sin nature that exalts self while destroying essential relationships and rebels against authority while losing essential protection, as well as the inevitable deterioration and death of the body. 

If you find this judgmental, consider your own experience of the behavior of people when there are not enough lawmen around to maintain security and order. We lock our homes and cars for a reason. Robbery and murder weren’t just in the American Wild West. The military is called in after disasters to minimize the inevitable breakdown of social order during which the weak suffer at the hands of the strong.

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13) Days of Noah

Key precept: Hyper-dimensional aliens need human collaborators to function in the lower four dimensions.

Noah 1056 AM – 2006 AM

“And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Gen 6:12-13)

It didn’t take long for humanity to come to the brink of extinction. Just six chapters covering roughly 1,500 years record human history from Creation to the Flood.  There has been roughly 4,500 years since the flood, i.e. triple the amount of time of the pre-flood civilization. Despite numerous empires demonstrating appalling evil against mankind, we have not yet reached the utter depths of depravity of Noah’s days resulting in the end of God’s patience.

What characteristics of the pre-flood human society brought about the end of that era?  We need to know, because the end of our era will be brought about by the same catastrophic circumstances.

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37)

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