1. Who Is God? What is God like?
God is Father of spirits. God is like Jesus Christ.
2. Can we describe God?
God is Spirit. God is Good. God is love. God is unique. God is Holy. God is perfect. God is life. God is immortal being. God is everlasting Majesty. God is creator of this Universe. God is great designer of this universe. God is Ruler of this Universe. God is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. God is Master. God is Lord of Lords. God is king of kings. God is Father of every spirit. God is Judge of this universe. God is righteous. God is wisdom. God is power. God is glory. God is pure. God is redeemer. God is controller. God is instructor. God is provider. God is healer. God is peace. God is faithful. God is wonderful. God is awesome. God is author of the faith. God is eternal intimate. God is true. God really exists.
We can go on describing God with our knowledge but the reality of God is much greater than human minds can understand or express. The personal presence of God in Jesus Christ and in “Bride the Church” is the central source of knowledge about God. Christ is known today through the personal witness of the Holy Spirit and Church is known today by the personal presence of Holy Spirit. God is the living God and is the only true God. Holiness belongs to God alone. Persons are made holy and perfect by being drawn into intimate relationship with God. Anything said about God must be based on His revelation of Himself to us. God controls the universe. God is never separated from any part of His creation. God is spirit and as Spirit God has perfect capability of present everywhere in the world at once. The loving, redeeming God seeks to set us free from sin. God has purpose and will. God is jealous God and takes himself seriously, and insists others to take Him seriously. God’s presence is Holy and in His presence we experience power, love, and righteousness. God’s glory has weight and influence. God has perfect awareness of what is happening in all His creation. God has power to accomplish His purposes and His will. God is the ultimate standard of right and wrong. God is consisting and unchanging. God defends the defenseless, helpless, victimized and oppressed. God opposes evil. God brings judgment on those who do evil. God redeems people from evil, making salvation possible.
God knows every detail about what is going on in His amazing and complex creation including our life. He is intimately involved in it and always present with us. There is no place we can go to escape the presence of God. This brings comfort to those who know that they need God’s help but discomfort to those who wish to hide from God. God’s presence should motivate us to live a life pleasing to Him. God’s purpose is to seek Him and find Him – for in Him we live and move and exist. God gives life after death. Some people do not believe life after death, they live only for pleasure, thinking that we have only one life and we have to live for this life and enjoy it. There are other people those who believe that God exists in every material object and sought to be peace with the world around them. These philosophies fell short of grasping the true nature of God. God is not just an impersonal force but a being deeply concerned about maintaining intimate relationships with the people He created. We can be thankful that the true God not only created us but also sustains us, loves us, and desires an intimate relationship with us. God loves us. But God’s love is often misunderstood. Many think that because He loves us, He will overlook our sins. But the fact is that, He is also just. We can be certain that our sins must be dealt with, either by accepting God’s gift of salvation through faith or by suffering God’s ultimate judgment. The choice is ours to make, and God desires that all would receive His forgiveness. The most crucial truth of Christian faith is that Jesus Christ, through Him God came to earth as a man, and shown Himself to the people. He lived in Jesus. Jesus is our king in God’s kingdom. Christ is our leader regarding the resurrection, for He defeated death and paved the way for us to one day rise from the dead. Jesus as both man and God, brought peace between His broken and sinful creation and our Holy God. God became our supreme example as Father who lived in Jesus. God, in human form in Jesus experienced hunger, He endured sorrow, He grew tired, He felt the sting of loneliness. He felt the pleasure of temptation. For these reasons, we can be assured that God understands what we are going through in life. God has made Jesus His heir and gave His throne to Jesus. God has given authority to Jesus over heavens, on earth and in seas. At the end time every knee will bow down and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
3. Can we see God?
We cannot see God, because He is Spirit. Spirits are visible to you when you are Holy. Only Godly will see God’s face. What is the image of God? – The image of God is Spirit, without body. God is not limited to body, shape or boundaries. Spirit has no limitations and can be everywhere at once, can hear all, see all, and know all.
4. Can we hear God?
Yes, we can hear the voice of God. He speaks through people and angels and in dreams and in visions.
5. Where does God live?
God lives in Heaven, but He also lives in a man when he is Holy and lowly in spirit and invites God into his Heart. Spirit of God is unlimited and lives in everybody’s heart whoever invites Him. When Jesus returned to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live in those of us who believe in Him.
6. Does God live in hand made things like IDOLS and
No, God does not live in hand made things, for God is Spirit, he lives only in living beings. God has made man to put His spirit in him and to carry out His eternal purposes. The main purpose of creating man is to accomplish His eternal purposes through man.
7. What is a “Church’?
Souls of the elected people together make a church for God, but not the four walls of the building. We the People having the spirit of God in us make the church a Holy place.
8. What are the invisible qualities of God?
Love, Good word, Truth, Gentleness, Perfection, Humbleness, meekness, Peace, Just, Joy, Righteousness, Grace, Self Control, Holiness, Kindness, Faithfulness, Forgiveness, Patience, Compassion, …etc., If these things are in you it means God lives in you.
9. Why God is been called ‘God’?
The word God is derived from the word Good. Because, God is Good, He is been called God.
10. How does God live amongst us?
God lives amongst us in the form of HOLY SPIRIT.
11. What is a sin?
Disobedience to God’s word is sin, which gives us guilty conscience.
12. What is Salvation?
Deliverance from sin is called Salvation.
13. How can we deliver ourselves from sin?
Through the blood of Jesus we will be delivered from sin. During the olden days blood of bulls used to be offered to God for the sins of men as penalty or sacrifice. Now Jesus shed his blood to put a stop to the animal sacrifices and paid penalty for our sins once for all and he offered his blood for the sins of entire mankind. If you believe that the blood of Jesus was shed for your sins, you will be saved.
14. Is Jesus God?
Yes, Jesus is God. God the father of spirits said, “Whoever has been given the spirit of God and the WORD of God, they are called Gods and sons of Eternal God.” Ref- John: , Psalms: 82.
15. Is Jesus Son of God?
Yes, God was pleased to call Him His son, because He was born to a virgin with the Holy Spirit to fulfill His will. Jesus was not born of man but He was born of Spirit.
16. What was God’s will?
God’s will was, to save the world from wickedness, redeem everybody from the bondage of sin, put a stop for animal sacrifices, and give peace to the whole mankind through love and forgiveness shown on the cross. Despite God’s knowledge of our sin, He reached out to offer us forgiveness through the death of His Son on the cross. God wants to establish His kingdom of peace on earth. Jesus chose to take the punishment for our sins because He knew that there was no other way for us to approach a Holy God. The fact that Jesus knew what awaited Him at the cross makes His journey to earth even more amazing. Christ terrible death on the cross reveals the depth of our sin – it was a punishment that we deserved. It also demonstrates God’s overwhelming love for us, our sin drove in the nails, but His love for us kept Him on the cross. If there had been any other way for us to be forgiven, Jesus surely would have found it. But Jesus was willing to suffer this agonizing death for our salvation. Many people do not realize this fact.
17. Can you see Jesus now?
No, we cannot see Jesus now, because He is not in flesh anymore, but He is in the form of Spirit. Whoever experiences the power of Holy Spirit can feel the warmth of Jesus love.
WICKED should become GOOD.
GOOD should become RIGHTEOUS.
RIGHTEOUS should know the TRUTH and become HOLY.
HOLY should become a part of COMPLETE UNITY
PRAISE THE LORD – WHEN YOU BECOME HOLY YOU WILL BECOME A PART OF -
TRINITY: YOU - JESUS - GOD.
Jesus say’s – (John-17: 23) “I in THEM and YOU in ME”. May they be brought to COMPLETE UNITY to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
Did you receive HOLY SPIRIT to become the part of TRINITY?
Jesus say’s - (John-14: 15-21) “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask Father, and he will give you another COUNSELLOR - THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH to be with you forever–The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives in you. I will not leave you as orphans. I will come to you. The world will not see me anymore but you will see me, because I live in you and you live in me. “ON THAT DAY YOU WILL REALIZE THAT I AM IN MY FATHER AND YOU ARE IN ME AND I AM IN YOU” Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me and will be loved by my father and I too will love him and show my self to him.”
Apostle Paul say’s- (Gala-4:6) God sent His son, born of a woman to redeem us, so that we might receive full rights of sons. Because we are sons, God sent the spirit of his son into our hearts. Whoever have received the Spirit of Jesus, will be transformed into his likeness, Spirit of Jesus will never let you to keep away from your brother or neighbor, because He will equip us with everything good for doing his will. If you are not transformed into His likeness and say – “I have received Jesus”, that is a lie. You have accepted Jesus with your lips not with your heart. Jesus say’s “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the
John the Apostle says- (1 John-5: 3) everyone who loves the FATHER loves his SON. Love for GOD is to obey his commands. And HIS commands are not burdensome.
Jesus say’s- (Mark-12: 30) “The most important command is – Love the Lord your GOD with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is – Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.”
John the Apostle say’s - (1 John-4: 20) “If any one says, ‘I LOVE GOD’ and hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. GOD HAS GIVEN US THIS COMMAND-Whoever loves GOD must also love his brother.” The words- neighbor and brother - represent the person except ‘you’, everybody in this world.
NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN GOD, BUT IF WE LOVE ONE ANOTHER, GOD LIVES IN US AND HIS LOVE IS MADE COMPLETE IN US.
SANCTIFY YOURSELVES AND SANCTIFY THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
“Sanctify now yourselves and sanctify the house of the Lord GOD.”
“Carry forth the filthiness out of the
GOD is asking us to sanctify ourselves in order to sanctify the church. We must sanctify ourselves, because as we all the people together make a church. To build this HOLY church, we need all good bricks but not the filthy ones. We are the bricks. You might say we have already cleansed our hearts but, God say’ s – You should become crystal clear and transparent like the sea, in front of our LORD GOD, who sits on the throne in heaven. Your attitude, behavior, intentions of your works and deeds, your words - reflect what you have in your heart. If they are not correct in the sight of GOD you are not clean. Clean your heart because it is a HOLY place where GOD lives. Take out whatever you have in your heart, which GOD doesn’t like. For on the God’s altar nothing filthy should be kept.
IF YOU REALLY HONOR HIM, HONOR HIM WITH A SANCTIFIED HEART IF YOU REALLY RESPECT HIM; GIVE THE RESPECT HE DESERVES, by reflecting Jesus from your heart. Jesus is perfect. Let us be also perfect in HIS sight. The four walls of the church do not make up a church but, the people who go to the church together form a church.
GOD IS ASKING- “A son honors his father and a servant his master.” “If I’m a FATHER where is the honor due to me? If I’m a MASTER where is the respect due to me?” When we enter the building of the church, if we take the hearts filled with unforgiveness, hatred, greed, deceit, lies, boastful nature, fear, falsehood, arrogance and much more…. DO YOU THINK ….GOD LIKES IT? GOD SAY’S- “YOU HAVE DESPISED MY NAME”. YOU MIGHT SAY- “How have we despised your name, O’ GOD? We love you so much that’s why we are here today and came to YOUR church to worship you. We came here to take part in the HOLY COMMUNION, because you have ordered us to do so.”
IF YOU DO NOT LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR (EXCEPT ‘YOU’, EVERYBODY IN THIS WORLD IS A NEIGHFOR) GOD will not accept your offering. GOD SAY’S- “You have offered a polluted offering. When you sacrifice crippled, diseased, and blind sacrifices is that not wrong?”. “I asked you to sacrifice your every thought, work and deed to wipe the tears of others, to love them and give them light in the darkness, to bring good and bad people in a right path which leads to
We are all perfect in reading the Bible and remembering the Word of GOD. We are all well versed with everything that is written in the Bible. This is the time for us to put the Word of Jesus in practice. Without practical exam we are not going to pass the theory exam.
Let us all try to be real followers of the Christ, by real meaning. For man’s wisdom doesn’t take us to the heaven but the wisdom comes from HOLY SPIRIT takes us to the highest. When HOLY SPIRIT is in you, you can do all the works Jesus has done when He was in flesh. Do you have an assurance that the spirit lives in you is, spirit of Jesus?
No ear has heard-–No mind has conceived, what God prepared for those who love Him. But “Praise the Lord” God has revealed it to us by his spirit.
THE BLOOD OF CHRIST CLEANSES OUR SINS
How the blood of Christ cleanses our sins?
During the time of Old Testament people used to have regulations and laws for worshiping the God. God set these regulations, and Moses wrote those and gave to the people. To worship GOD they had a sanctuary. There were two places in a SANCTUARY.
1. THE HOLY PLACE 2. THE
There was a curtain separating
JESUS CHRIST the High Priest did not enter a man made sanctuary. The true one is HEAVEN. He entered Heaven itself, to appear for us in GOD’S presence. He entered the real MOST HOLY PLACE once for all by his own blood. If the blood of goats and bulls sprinkled ceremonially in the copy of the heaven to clean and sanctify the people, so that they are outwardly clean, how much more then the blood of CHRIST cleanse our inner consciences from acts that lead to death. Now, the Priests need not offer blood of sacrifices for our sins every year. CHRIST offered his blood for our sins once for all. This was GOD’S will. God wanted Christ to shed his blood and die for our sins. When Jesus was in flesh, He said, “Here I’m, I’ve come to do your will O’ GOD.” GOD felt proud when Jesus said this and GOD said to him, “You are my Son; I have become your Father today.” By father’s will the body of the Jesus was torn and made an entry to a real
FLESH CAN NOT INHERIT THE
Body is perishable but Spirit is imperishable. Death of the body will be swallowed in victory when Spirit rises. Thanks be to GOD, HE gives us the victory through our LORD JESUS CHRIST. When JESUS rose again, HE swallowed the death and gave the same hope to us. GOD wants to give REST to our Spirits. Therefore – Let us stand firm in faith.
Let nothing move us from GOD
Let us give ourselves fully to the work of the LORD.
Let us make every effort to enter the REST.
Let us all submissive and humble.
Let us surrender ourselves to our faithful creator.
Let us continue to do GOOD and eliminate EVIL.
GOD wants to give us the Spirit of Jesus, the only HOLY SPIRIT in this world, no spirit is holier than the Spirit of Jesus. God opposes the proud but gives his spirit to the humble. Let us stand firm in faith that the LORD’S Spirit lives in us and cares for us. Let us cast all our anxiety on him. When we receive his Spirit, we will suffer a little while, until we are relieved from the worldly bondages. But the Spirit lives in us restore, and make us strong, firm and steadfast. This is true GRACE of GOD. Let us stand fast in it. When GOD is in us – We should be freed from the wickedness of this world and become HOLY through Righteousness. Righteous are, identified, by their faith, words, love, and fruits of Spirit. Whoever is matured with Spirit of Jesus can distinguish GOOD & EVIL. It is impossible for those –
Who have once been ENLIGHTENED
Who have tasted the HEAVENLY GIFT
Who have shared in the HOLY SPIRIT
Who have tasted the goodness of the WORD of GOD
Who have seen the POWER of GOD - fall away from GOD.
If they fall away, to be brought back to REPENTANCE, because to their loss they are crucifying the SON of GOD all over again and subject HIM to public disgrace. Once we receive the knowledge of the truth that the GOD is living in us, we should submit ourselves to the WILL OF SPIRIT in us. When we have done THE WILL OF GOD, we will receive what HE has promised. Let us all live by the faith that the God is living in us, we are God’s temple, and we shouldn’t keep his temple unholy. For of those who believe are saved. The GOD we believe in is FATHER OF SPIRITS. By living in us HE disciplines us for our good that we may share in his HOLINESS. This may be painful in the beginning, but later on it produces a harvest of Righteousness and Peace. Without HOLINESS no one will see the LORD. Love for money leads us to evil ways and keeps us away from GOD. Let us keep our lives free from the love of money and be content with what we have because, GOD has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”. So we say with confidence “The LORD is my helper, I will not be afraid”. JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND FOREVER.WE ARE REDEEMED NOT BY THE PERISHABLE BODY, BUT WITH THE BLOOD WITHOUT BLEMISH OR DEFECT AND WITH THE IMPERISHABLE SPIRIT OF CHRIST. We have purified ourselves by obeying the truth so that we have sincere love for our brothers and love one another deeply from the heart. For we have born again not of perishable body but of imperishable spirit.
SPIRIT FIGHTS AGAINST THE FLESH You say, “I’m always worried and frustrated” God say’s, “Cast all your cares on me” 1 Pt 5:17 You say, “I can’t forgive myself” God say’s, “I will forgive you” I John 1:9 – Roman 8:1 You say, “Nobody really loves me” God say’s, “I love you” John- 3:16 & John- 13:34 You say, “I feel all alone” God say’s, “I will never leave you nor for sake you” Heb 13:5 You say, “I am afraid.” God say’s, “I have not given you a spirit of fear” 2Timo 1:7 You say, “I’m too tired” God say’s, “I will give you rest” Matt 11:28-30 You say, “I can’t go on” God say’s, “My Grace is sufficient” II Cor 12:9 & Psalms 91-15 You say, “I can’t figure things out” God say’s, “I will direct your steps” Pro 3:5-6 You say, “I can’t do it” God say’s, “you can do all things” Phil 4:13 You say, “It’s not worth it” God say’s, “It will be worth it” Roman 8:28 You say, “I can’t manage” God say’s, “I will supply all your needs” Phil- 4:19 You say, “I’m not smart enough” God say’s, “I have given you wisdom” You say, “It’s impossible” God say’s, “all things are possible” Luke 18:27 You say, “I don’t have enough faith” God say’s, “I have given everyone a measure of faith” Rom 12:3 BELIEVE IN GOD’S PROMISES 1) When we worry we believe more in our problems than in God's promises. So do not be anxious about tomorrow - God will take care of your tomorrow. Live one day at a time. Matt - 6 : 34 2) Sometimes the little things in life that determine the big things. For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, there with to be content. Phil- 4:11 3) In serving we receive much more than we could ever give away. Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. Isaiah- 57:15-16, 1Pet- 5:3-4 4) If we try to please everyone we are bound to fail. What count is what God-thinks. For the Lord seeth not as the man seeth. For man looketh the outward appearance but the Lord looketh the heart. 1 Samuel- 16:76 5) Give God your ambitions and dreams then trust him in the outcome. He will not allow your foot to slip. For He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalms- 121: 3 6) To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you. For if you forgive men’s trespasses your heavenly father will also forgive you, but if you don’t forgive men’s trespasses, your father will not forgive your trespasses. Matt- 6:14-15 7) Wealth is measured not by the things we have, but by the things (Faith, Love, Righteousness, Lowly Spirit) we have for eternal life, which nobody can steal from us. For a man’s life consist not in the abundance of the things which he posseth. Luke- 12:15 8) Faith is allowing your soul to go beyond what your eyes can see. For we walk by faith not by sight. 2 Cor- 6:7
SPIRIT FIGHTS AGAINST THE FLESH
You say, “I’m always worried and frustrated”
God say’s, “Cast all your cares on me” 1 Pt 5:17
You say, “I can’t forgive myself”
God say’s, “I will forgive you” I John 1:9 – Roman 8:1
You say, “Nobody really loves me”
God say’s, “I love you” John- 3:16 & John- 13:34
You say, “I feel all alone”
God say’s, “I will never leave you nor for sake you” Heb 13:5
You say, “I am afraid.”
God say’s, “I have not given you a spirit of fear” 2Timo 1:7
You say, “I’m too tired”
God say’s, “I will give you rest” Matt 11:28-30
You say, “I can’t go on”
God say’s, “My Grace is sufficient” II Cor 12:9 & Psalms 91-15
You say, “I can’t figure things out”
God say’s, “I will direct your steps” Pro 3:5-6
You say, “I can’t do it”
God say’s, “you can do all things” Phil 4:13
You say, “It’s not worth it”
God say’s, “It will be worth it” Roman 8:28
You say, “I can’t manage”
God say’s, “I will supply all your needs” Phil- 4:19
You say, “I’m not smart enough”
God say’s, “I have given you wisdom”
You say, “It’s impossible”
God say’s, “all things are possible” Luke 18:27
You say, “I don’t have enough faith”
God say’s, “I have given everyone a measure of faith” Rom 12:3
BELIEVE IN GOD’S PROMISES
1) When we worry we believe more in our problems than in God's promises. So do not be anxious about tomorrow - God will take care of your
tomorrow. Live one day at a time. Matt - 6 : 34
2) Sometimes the little things in life that determine the big things. For I have learned in whatsoever state I am, there with to be content. Phil- 4:11
3) In serving we receive much more than we could ever give away. Honor shall uphold the humble in spirit. Isaiah- 57:15-16, 1Pet- 5:3-4
4) If we try to please everyone we are bound to fail. What count is what God-thinks. For the Lord seeth not as the man seeth. For man looketh the outward appearance but the Lord looketh the heart. 1 Samuel- 16:76
5) Give God your ambitions and dreams then trust him in the outcome. He will not allow your foot to slip. For He who keeps you will not slumber. Psalms- 121: 3
6) To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you. For if you forgive men’s trespasses your heavenly father will also forgive you, but if you don’t forgive men’s trespasses, your father will not forgive your trespasses. Matt- 6:14-15
7) Wealth is measured not by the things we have, but by the things (Faith, Love, Righteousness, Lowly Spirit) we have for eternal life, which nobody can steal from us. For a man’s life consist not in the abundance of the things which he posseth. Luke- 12:15
8) Faith is allowing your soul to go beyond what your eyes can see. For we walk by faith not by sight. 2 Cor- 6:7
JESUS IS THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN THE GOD AND THE NEW COVENANT
GOD sent JESUS as a mediator between the GOD and the new covenant.
The Old Covenant - “Israelites will be freed from the bondage of
The new Covenant - “People will be freed from the bondage of sin, wickedness, and the law of the Old Testament and be given Heaven (Peace & Joy).”
By calling the second one new, God made the first one obsolete, and what is obsolete and aging will be disappeared. Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant, for those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance through Him. He has died as a ransom to set the people free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Jesus has offered his unblemished blood to God, through the eternal spirit, to cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to eternal death, so that we may serve GOD.
If we concentrate on new one, God has promised us the Holy Spirit. In Luke 11:13, Jesus says “Though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more your FATHER (Father of Spirits) in heaven will give the HOLY SPIRIT to those who ask him.” If we are given HOLY SPIRIT, SPIRIT leads us to peace and joy. Whoever believes in Jesus could get the HOLY SPIRIT by asking God, not to sin again and again, which is in GOD’S sight crucifixion of the spirit of Jesus again and again. Once we receive the HOLY SPIRIT –“This is the covenant I will make with them after that time, say’s the LORD,
I will put my laws in their hearts
And I will write them on their minds
I will be their GOD
And they will be my people
No longer will a man teach his neighbor or a man his brother saying know the LORD
Because they will all know me
From the least of them to the greatest
For I will forgive their wickedness
And will remember their sins no more.”
Through this new covenant GOD promised us the SPIRIT of the JESUS, not of the letter, for the letter kills, but the spirit gives life (2co-3: 6). So do not try to search GOD in letters. Once you receive the spirit of Jesus, GOD lives in you, for Jesus has the spirit of God in him. If GOD lives in you, He himself guides your path. The man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. We have been crucified with Christ and no longer live, but Christ lives in us. The life we live in the body, we live by faith in the SON of GOD. We receive the SPIRIT not by observing the law, but by believing in Jesus. We are sons of God through faith in Jesus. Where the spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom, no bondage of wickedness or sin. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the LORDS GLORY, are being transformed into Jesus likeness.
The Glory we receive is ever - increasing, which comes from the LORD, who is SPIRIT lives in us.
WHO CANNOT ENTER INTO THE HEAVEN AND SUBJECT TO HELL?
The dogs cannot enter into the heaven (). The dogs that practice –
MAJIC ARTS, FALSEHOOD, MURDERING, IDOLATRY, SEXUAL IMMORALITY, MOKING, REBELLING, MONEYLOVING, ANGER, MISLEADING BETRAYAL, HATRED, COWARDLYNESS and UNFAITHFULNESS
WHO CANNOT ENTER INTO THE HEAVEN AND SUBJECT TO HELL?
God spoke all these words, saying
“I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under theearth.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them. For I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me. And showing mercy unto thousands of them, that loves me, and keeps my commandments.
Jesus spoke these things saying,” Father, the hour has come. Glorify your son, so that your son also may glorify you just as you gave Him authority over all humanity, so that He will give eternal life to all of whom you have given Him.
And this is eternal life, that they may know you the only true God, and the one whom you have sent – Jesus Christ.
“But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this Temple I have consecrated for my name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all people. And though this temple is now so imposing, all who pass by will be appalled and say “Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?”
People will answer – “Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their fathers, who bought them out of
Paganism or worship of Baal and other gods was brought into
Canaan was son of Ham, one of the three sons of Noah.
Genesis 10:15-20 clarifies the implications of this Hamitic descent in the sons of
Sidon, Heth, the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgasites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zamarites and the Hamathites are called Canaanites with Egyptian sphere of influence.
Canaanite cities include – Jericho, Byblos, Ugarit, Jerusalem, Megiddo, and Shechem.
Canaanites and Israelites melded together, a phenomenon essentially completed by the end of David’s rule.
Canaanites portrayal of the deities and religious perspectives made Israelites to follow Baalism with which Yahweh the only true God was angry.
According to 1Chronicles 5:5, Baal was a descendant of Reuben, Jacob’s first born son, and father of Beerah. Baal was sent into exile by Tiglath Pileser, King of
1) El (god) Titular head – King of gods and creator or fertility god. He is depicted in the form of Bull and was at distance from the people. El’s wife was Athirat or Asherah or Asheroth.
2) Athirat was a mother of deities given birth to 70 gods and goddesses.
3) Baal was Master or Lord. Name Baal means to marry, or rule over, or husband. Cosmos was ruled by Baal. He wears conical hat with horns associated with bull imagery. With right hand Baal holds a club and with left hand Baal holds lightening bolt. He sits on the throne - symbolizes authority.
4) Anat or Anath – Sister and consort of Baal Goddess of love, the perpetual virgin. She is also goddess of warfare whose exploits are cruel.
Baal gradually supplanted El. El’s authority is transferred to Baal. Thus Baal is often depicted with Asheroth rather than Anath.
Second more important gods are 1. Mot – god of sterility. Mot was clearly understood as a power capable of rendering important Baal’s regenerative powers. 2. Yam –
MYTHOLOGY OF PAGANISM
Baal established a supreme power within the Pantheon, built the palace or temple which he merited by virtue of his victory over Yam, and in the third scenario struggled with, succumbed to, and ultimately escaped from the clutches of Mot.
El is portrayed as having been unashamedly afraid of Yam, this chaotic god of sea. El was so frightened that he hid beneath his throne, fearful himself to encounter Yam but encouraging anyone to come forward who would confront this agent of chaos. Eventually, following some negotiations having to do with his role if successful against Yam, Baal stepped formed and proceeded to engage Yam. Baal was successful, bringing Yam under control by dividing him and thus making helpful an otherwise destructive, chaotic force. By this act Baal demonstrated himself worthy of exaltation.
Next Baal was now worthy of his own palace or temple. Given the cyclic view of reality and the recurring danger posed by Yam, it is understandable that Baal did not want any windows in his palace and the master crafts man erected the structure. Baal opened completed palace to the entire pantheon for a type of sacred meal. During the meal, Baal opened one of the windows and bellowed out the window, surely understood as an indication of thunder’s origin, given Baal’s association as god of the storm. All should be well, but Baal had one more enemy to confront, Mot. According to the mythology, the two met in the battle. Baal was defeated, being consigned thereby to the nether world when Baal was separated from Anat, sterility reigned on earth. The wadis dried up, and Anat anxiously searched for Baal, one day she chanced upon Mot. She had with her a blade with which she cut Mot into many pieces, which pieces she then sifted, with the remains being scattered across the ground, probably an allusion to some type of grain festival. Regardless, this action by Anat enabled Baal to escape from his confinement. Rapidly thereafter, fertility returned. Thus the full cycle has been traversed, whether the intent is the annual cycle experienced in the world of nature, the seven year cycle. What is transparent is the cyclic nature of the highly sensual, sympathetic magic worship.
The Israelites were forced to contend with this mythology upon their entrance to
Ahab married Jezebel, a princess from
The Baalistic Canaanites influenced
2. Sacrificial rituals
3. the high places
4. a rejection of any sexual motif as a worship instrument (Deu -18)
5. Yahweh’s splitting of the sea (Yam Suph) rather than a struggle with a mythological Yam (Exo )
The Israelites encountered a people with a proud history and a thriving religion. Historically speaking, that encounter could potentially have led to the elimination of Yahwism. It did not rather, a long historical process led to the eventual elimination of baalism and other elements of Canaanite religion.
The biblical record affirms that Yahweh, the only Lord God of history, has used the reality of historical encounter as a means to bring “TRUTH” was revealed in Jesus. “And this is the eternal life that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou have sent”.