Before the main topic today, here is a friendly reminder about our Leviathan Writing Contest. Also, we wrote a third sample story.


 

James 2:1-13
1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, [the Lord] of glory, with respect of persons.
2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment;
3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts?
5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors.
10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point,] he is guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath showed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

We do not want to become “judges of evil thoughts” (verse 4), so we want to resist the temptation to evaluate others based on the quality of their outward appearance. We do not want to transgress the “royal law” (verse 8) by holding others in honour or disdain, on the grounds of how well dressed and groomed they look, having “respect to persons” (verse 9).

So, you may wear a tie to church, if you like, but beware lest it become a snare, tempting you to establish a dress code which excludes those who are not so opulently attired. Many churches have a high standard for dressing modestly. That is good. We must also have a high standard for respect and honour towards those who have a modest clothing budget, whether it is from a lack of money or from a choice to avoid flaunting their wealth.

This is a point where overcompensation is also a danger. The above speaks of those who are tempted to scorn a person because they are dressed in the clothing of the poor and to favour those clothed as if they were wealthy. Some have the opposite temptation, to scorn a person because they are dressed in the clothing of the rich and to favour those clothed as if they were in poverty.

Leviticus 19:15 Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty: [but] in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.

1 Timothy 5:21 I charge [thee] before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.

Proverbs 28:21 To have respect of persons [is] not good: for for a piece of bread [that] man will transgress.

Proverbs 24:23 These [things] also [belong] to the wise. [It is] not good to have respect of persons in judgment.
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling [words,] having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

James 3:16-18
16 For where envying and strife [is,] there [is] confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

Job 32:21-22
21 Let me not, I pray you, accept any man’s person, neither let me give flattering titles unto man.
22 For I know not to give flattering titles; [in so doing] my maker would soon take me away.

Before the main topic today, here is a friendly reminder about our Leviathan Writing Contest. Also, we wrote a second sample story.


 

There is no way to overstate the impact of the resurrection of Christ. It was a cataclysmic shock to the forces of wickedness. They … will … never … recover. Glory to God in the highest! The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus was a triumph so marvellous, so profound, that we can enjoy spending eternity in growing realization of the beauty and majesty of this one event.

If we cannot celebrate the resurrection of the Messiah, then there is nothing we can celebrate. Some say there is nothing we can celebrate. That is between them and God.

You may be imagining Easter bunnies and eggs. That is one celebration we shun completely. Easter just happens to be around the same time of year as the Resurrection. This, and Halloween, are all but removed from the days of the year, for our family.

Really, we celebrate the Resurrection every Sunday, but this article is about the yearly observance. We celebrate Resurrection Sunday with a feast. We usually have lamb roast, succotash, veggie tray with almond dip, and bread rolls. Before that day, we have a series of Scriptures we read, in the preceding days, regarding the passion week. We also have a foot washing service and communion, within our family, on Wednesday evening. You may have been told that communion must be done at church. That is a tradition, not scriptural. Please feel free to limit your participation in communion to within the four walls of a church building, but it would be good to also take care not to cast stones.

Yes, we literally wash each others feet. We each have a turn washing, and being washed. The boys wash the boys, and the girls wash the girls. We don’t make a complicated ceremony out of it. We just do what Jesus said to do, “If I then, your Lord and master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” We can see your point, if you want to interpret this as figurative language, and to be taken as an example to be a humble servant. We agree with that, and follow that teaching. It would be just like Jesus, just like our Heavenly Father, to also mean this literally. Why not practise this as a dramatic lesson? Once a year is not very often.

For each of our children’s first Resurrection Sundays, they receive a lamb stuffie, as a gift. For the second, they get their own Bible story book. After that, each year, they go on a “Papa date.” These dates start soon after Resurrection Sunday. I take each of the children, individually, on a short trip, we have a sack lunch meal, and we talk about the Resurrection during part of the trip. Often our destination requires us to wait for a day with good weather, so it can take some weeks for everyone to get their turn. That is OK, there is no hurry. Some time before Resurrection Sunday, I will have spent some time meditating about the Resurrection, worshipping God. I pray for Him to guide me as we have our discussions during the dates. I also pray for Him to give me a topic of discussion, regarding the Resurrection. We usually talk about this on our way home, so we talk about other stuff before that.

This year, we are planning to go to the Fota Wildlife Park (Cork’s zoo) for our dates. In past years, we have gone to Multnomah Falls (Oregon), Pacific coast lighthouses (Washington), Cork City Gaol Museum, Garryvoe beach, Youghal beach, Gougane Barra park, James Fort, Charles Fort, and tours of Barryscourt Castle, for example.

Each child plans ahead what kind of sandwich they want. I almost always have the same kind of sandwich that they pick. In place of a salad, we have carrot sticks. They get to pick what kind of biscuits (cookies) they want us to have for dessert. There are occasions when I have been able to have two dates in one day, one at lunch time and one at dinner, so I get two desserts that day. We also let them pick out some sort of chips to go with the meal, and they can have pickles too, if they like.

Later, we may try to make a family trip to the same location, so my wife can enjoy them showing her their favourite things about the place.

1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain.

1 Peter 1:3-5
3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

John 11:25-26
25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?

Before the main topic today, here is a friendly reminder about our Leviathan Writing Contest. Also, we wrote a sample story.


 

Job 37:1-5
1 At this also my heart trembleth, and is moved out of his place.
2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound [that] goeth out of his mouth.
3 He directeth it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roareth: he thundereth with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
5 God thundereth marvellously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.

Exodus 20:1,18-20
1 And God spake all these words, …
18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw [it,] they removed, and stood afar off.
19 And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear: but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
20 And Moses said unto the people, Fear not: for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

Hebrews 12:18-21
18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest,
19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] they that heard entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more:
20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart:
21 And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:)

Hebrews 12:25-26
25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape,] if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven:
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.

John 12:27-30
27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, [saying,] I have both glorified [it,] and will glorify [it] again.
29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard [it,] said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

Job 40:6-14
6 Then answered the LORD unto Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
7 Gird up thy loins now like a man: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me.
8 Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?
9 Hast thou an arm like God? or canst thou thunder with a voice like him?
10 Deck thyself now [with] majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty.
11 Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one [that is] proud, and abase him.
12 Look on every one [that is] proud, [and] bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place.
13 Hide them in the dust together; [and] bind their faces in secret.
14 Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee.

2 Samuel 22:14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD [will be] the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Ezekiel 1:24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host:

Deuteronomy 4:12,36
12 And the LORD spake unto you out of the midst of the fire: ye heard the voice of the words, but saw no similitude; only [ye heard] a voice.
36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he showed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.

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We are holding a Leviathan story writing contest. The deadline for submitting your work is the 30th of September, 2015. A prominent feature of your story must be the biblical Leviathan.

There will be separate contest winners for each age category: under 10 years old, 10-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30+

We are seeking those who will want to contribute prizes for our winners, thus promote their favourite organization through our contest. We know some of you will want to enter the competition regardless of the prizes, so we are giving you a head start. Please subscribe to this blog so that you will be notified when we announce the prizes that can be won for each category.

The Job Project must have the coolest dragon ever, as our Leviathan. We cannot skimp, or settle for second best. The Leviathan scene is crucial to this story. Leviathan fans around the world are counting on us to get this right! God speaks for the entire chapter 41, exclusively about this fierce animal. This gives us a lot to work with, plus it gives us time, during His description, so the video can display a good deal of action for this awesome beast.

It would be good to have several independent designs, so that we can choose the best for this production … thus our creative writing contest. We also may be able to combine features from the various designs.

There is no restriction as to when your story was written. If you wrote a story years ago about the biblical Leviathan then, by all means, submit the work as a contest entry. The age category for the contest will be based on your age on the 30th of September, 2015, rather than your age when you wrote the story.

There is no size limit for your entries. If you write a 200,000 word tome, and it is actually about the biblical Leviathan, then our judges will evaluate it along side the other entries. The extra length will not necessarily improve your standing.

Plagiarism will result in disqualification. If you submit “Beowulf” as if it were your own work, we will notice.

There is no limit to the number of entries each person can submit.

All story entries must be written in English.

You are still free to publish your original story that you have submitted. Each submission is a contribution to the project, though you will still hold the copyright. You are granting us the right to use any part of the story in our project, or to revise the story, as we see fit. We will not publish your original story, except with your permission, or except to the degree that we incorporate elements of your work into our project.

Story content limitations:

  • No super-powers, like force fields or magic, except those mentioned in Scripture (armour plating, fire-breathing, invincible, etc.). The power of the real Leviathan is impressive enough, so stick with that.
  • We have no interest in stories that portray Leviathan as a myth, metaphor, parable, or allegory. Your story is a work of historical fiction, not fantasy, mysticism, or folklore. We can trust God’s Word that Leviathan was a real historical creature whose attributes were not fanciful word pictures or legendary fabrications.
  • No offensive language. Yes, we are aware that bad people use bad language and that you may have some bad people in your story. Just tell us that they used offensive language, rather than telling us the offensive part of what they said. Thanks!
  • No disgusting or hideous descriptions. As above, you can give the reader a picture of how disgusting something is by describing how someone reacted to it, rather than giving the graphic details directly.
  • The Leviathan in your story must fit within the biblical limitations. See below for such considerations.

In the Bible, Leviathan is defined as a sea monster, or sea creature. He is big, and he is scary. This creature is a fire-breathing dragon.

Each model must completely fit within the biblical framework and limitations. For example, the question is not whether he was breathing fire, but the question is what that looks like. The question is not whether he was a sea creature, but the question is what that means.

God tacitly states that several activities are not feasible, regarding the Leviathan:

  • Fishing for him with a hook and line
  • Subordinating him with a nose ring or prod
  • Making sport with him
  • Taming him
  • Hunting him for food
  • Domesticating him as cattle
  • Spearing him, or harming him by shooting arrows
  • Fighting with him, especially not winning

God concludes that no one would be able to endure a battle with Himself, since no one would even dare to pick a fight with Leviathan, which He created. So, it is important to emphasise the utter insanity or ignorance of anyone who would even consider attacking the king over all the children of pride, the Leviathan.

Here are some of the features each plan needs to include:

  • Scales and skin like armour
  • Terrible teeth
  • Strong mouth
  • Fire from his mouth, sparks and smoke from his nostrils
  • Strong neck
  • Fearless
  • Tears up the banks of the water
  • Thrashes the water
  • Intimidating

Answers in Genesis has proposed, at different times, both the Sarcosuchus and the Kronosaurus as potential candidates for Leviathan. They are not dogmatic about this, as those are just possible ideas. Both of these creatures are known by their fossil remains. The Sarcosuchus is an absolutely massive crocodilian. The Kronosaurus is a form of plesiosaur.

It seems difficult for Kronosaurus to be in a position to kindle a fire, since he is in the water. Due to his paddle like appendages, it is not feasible for him to get far from the water. Though he certainly would tear up the river banks, whenever he did come ashore, as the Bible’s description of Leviathan indicates. Maybe they came inland to lay their eggs. There is one kindling scenario that comes to mind. Wooden ships would be vulnerable to attack from such a creature, since it would be reasonable to expect that he could paddle in such a manner to hold his head out of the water, while scorching the timbers.

It seems that there has been a change in the size estimate for the Kronosaurus. There is a huge fossil reconstruction of this creature in the Harvard Museum. At the time, little was known about this animal, so some liberties were taken to guess how many vertebrae were needed. Apparently, this was overestimated. So, the Kronosaurus may not be as big as was first imagined.

However, just as there is great variety in the cat kind, in the horse kind, in the dog kind, etc., there is also a family of such beasts of the deep, called plesiosaurs. They all have paddles for appendages. Some have longer necks, some quite short. They all have spiked teeth. Some of the creatures are large, and some are absolutely monstrous. Included in the plesiosaur family is one reputed to be the largest predatory carnivore ever, somewhat dwarfing the land dwellers, such as T. Rex, Ceratosaurus and Spinosaurus. Predator X featured a head two times the size of a T. Rex skull, with a bite that was estimated to be eleven times more powerful. In this family is also the Styxosaurus, with a very long neck, which would fit the “serpent” description of Leviathan in Isaiah. This would also align with many of the legends of the creatures sighted by sailors at sea. With a longer neck, it is much more feasible to lift the head far above the water.

So, it would be reasonable to piece together our monster from the attributes of this family. We could have a mouth big enough to to chomp a few sailors at once, and his body is the size of an island, held rock steady with his powerful paddle legs, so that his head is lifted significantly above the deck of a mid-sized ship. He is also completely armoured with ossified scales, plus flames and sparks and smoke spewing from his mouth and nostrils.

It is easy to understand why Kent Hovind prefers the famed Tyrannosaurus Rex monster as the best possibility for the Leviathan. Who would ever attack such a fierce creature, with daggers for teeth?

The Spinosaurus dinosaur seems like the closest fit for many of the dragon legends. He is even bigger than T. Rex, though his mouth is not bigger, and his teeth are less like daggers. With his long, reptilian neck and tail, he can easily be considered in the broader category of a serpent. In order for him, or the T. Rex, to qualify as a sea creature, they would need to be hunting for prey in the rivers, lakes, deltas, or sea coasts. It seems that they would need to wade in, about hip deep, so their weight is still anchoring them securely to the floor of the water. Since the arms are on the short side, the attack would be mainly with the mouth, though one hind foot may be employed to pin the quarry down. This activity would arguably make the kind of water thrashing described in Scripture.

Then there is the option of a dragon. All of the previously mentioned creatures could be considered dragons, but this would be yet another beast, styled after the legends, rather than fossils. We can learn from the mistakes others have made, when they assumed the animals described in the Bible were always among those we know in current day science.

Other than the book of Job, we also have some information in Scripture that we can consider, regarding the description of Leviathan. Psalm 104 says that Leviathan plays in the sea. Isaiah describes Leviathan as “that crooked serpent,” “the piercing serpent,” and “the dragon that is in the sea.” The meaning of his name is “mourning,” and is translated that way once in the Bible. This one occurrence is none other than Job, himself, lamenting his losses, before his “friends” start giving him “advice.”

In future posts, we plan to share more information, such as the process for you to submit your entries, the judging process, and even some sample Leviathan stories.

Please download this PDF of the document.

To better understand how these colour codes have been established, please see the following five articles:

Statement Of Faith And Doctrine
Folly … In The Bible?
Words Without Knowledge
Audio Drama
Quoting From Job

So, yes, all Scripture is God-breathed, and the book of Job is scripture, therefore it is all useful for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction. For some of the passages in Job, God has indicated that the usefulness is limited to context. We do not want the foundation of our doctrine to be based on a quote from Satan, nor from those passages God condemned as folly or words without knowledge.

Please feel free to use this as a reference, to easily check a quote. You could also read it through to see if there are any verses that you might have been quoting from the “wrong” passages. Of course, the message in that specific verse may be perfectly sound, but it would be better to use another source. It is not that every word is wrong, but every word is questionable, since God censured the passage.

The book of Job is quite often quoted improperly, in sermons, Bible studies, commentaries, etc. One dream for this project is for those who read the novel, or watch the movie, to effortlessly and enjoyably come to a comprehensive understanding of the book of Job. As a result, it will become completely clear how to properly go about applying each verse, in this holy book, to our doctrine, thus to our lives. In order to properly understand the context for each verse, for this particular book, it is critical to understand the book as a whole.

Let’s say I was preparing a sermon. If I was quickly hunting for verses that seem to agree with a point I am attempting to make, it would be quite easy for me to happen across some verses in the book of Job that seemed to fit. Unfortunately, if I am not aware of the context of those verses, I may mistakenly quote verses that God said were folly. Oops. It is insufficient to just read the neighbouring verses in Job to get the context, or even the whole chapter.

Next month we plan to post a colour-coded view of the book of Job to aid in clearly seeing such context.

We hope to inspire exploration of God’s Word, by pointing out the biblical sign posts that direct us in safely navigating the Scriptures. We also aspire to impact society … to change the world for the better. Imagine what it would be like if a good deal more Christians were freed to explore the Scriptures, instead of feeling unsure of how to take the proper safety precautions. This would be like a biblical appetizer, driving a craving for more of His Word.

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Are you in search of the perfect church to attend? There are many opportunities to be disappointed in the congregation each one of us attends. Maybe you don’t like one of the people who visits the services. Maybe your friend does not like some of the doctrines that are being taught. Maybe I don’t like some of the practices at my church.

What is the point of going to church? To worship God with others of like precious faith, to encourage the brethren in their Christian walk, and to be reminded of the Truths from God’s Holy Word. Perfection in congregational methods is not the point. Meeting with perfect people is not the point. Finding people who perfectly agree with your opinions is not the point.

1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:

We want to go to a nearby tolerable church, and pray that our ministry there might be a blessing to someone. If we are looking for fellowship that is not tainted by sinful humans, that is something we can only expect to find in Heaven.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is;] but exhorting [one another:] and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

There are people who attend church that can be bothersome. It is not prudent to assume they are evil. Some are hurting and weakened. They will be overly sensitive, mistaking even a proposed friendly alternative as an attack, and getting defensive. Others are immature, and their naivety can lead them into grossly divergent paths that are quite counter productive. Of course, there are those who simply have poor communication skills, which can cause misunderstandings and incite strife.

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

They all need our love, patience, kindness, and encouragement. If we assume the worst about them, we are no friend. I must measure their behaviour with grace, the way I would want to be measured. Sincerely worship God with them, side by side. This will draw them into a closer relationship with Him. That is what will help them most. That is a blessing we all could use.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Is it reasonable to expect people to be fully capable and mature … every moment? Can we really require a brother or sister to have already learned everything that we have learned? Maybe they have been mislead by someone they trusted. A person cannot learn everything at once. It takes time.

1 Peter 2:20 For what glory [is it,] if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it,] ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Even if they mistreat you, God has allowed this. Trust God that He had a very good reason for this trial of faith in your life.

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, …

Psalm 119:71 [It is] good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

Romans 12:10 [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

God did not promise to preserve the history of the early church, except that which is captured in scripture. The Bible is unique, among records of that age, in that it has been accurately delivered to our generation. So, we won’t be able to find authoritative records of the faith and practice of the early church outside God’s Word. It is suspicious when any teachers claim some special understanding of scripture because of early church history that they have read. That seems like a convenient way to promote heresy, since just about any false doctrine, one might like, can be found in such historical records.

Now that we are in the New Testament, all authoritative revelation from God the Father is only available from God the Son (Hebrews 1:2). And it is only confirmed as God’s Word by God the Holy Spirit, through the Apostles that Jesus chose Himself (Mark 16:20, John 14:26, Hebrews 2:3-4). Those Apostles have completed their mission. Yes, the early church needed to consider, and come to a conclusion, what writings were to be included in scripture. However, the question was not, “Which ones should we choose?” The question they needed to answer, rather, was, “Which ones did the Apostles ordain?” This was settled admirably, and correctly, by the early church. The True Church is in complete agreement with the results, though some other groups have added apocryphal writings several centuries later.

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Luke 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

I cannot take a photograph of the kingdom of God and show it to you. The only way you can see what it is like to be in the kingdom of God, is for you to be here yourself.

John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

You cannot enter the kingdom of God, except through spiritual rebirth.

John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and [of] the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

Have you ever wondered why Jesus’ teachings did not persuade everyone who heard Him? Why did He deliberately veil His glory? On that day when the full glory of Jesus is revealed, every person will know the truth of His majesty, thus they will give Him the honour that is rightfully due to Him.

Philippians 2:9-11
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Before that day, we must have faith. By “faith” we do not mean “blindly gullible.” God has precisely calibrated this world so that each man and woman has a choice. When you stand at the judgment seat, you will have no excuse that you did not know any better.

When we see the full glory of God, it will be too late to make the choice. Faith will no longer be an option, since the choices will be erased by the glaring, undeniable light. The Holy Father wants His children to choose to love Him. Without that choice, there is no true love.

This world gives us the knowledge of good and evil. We can see the beauty and majesty of God’s creation. And we can see that paradise has been ruined by sin. Our loving Provider has made a new paradise where sin will not enter. We can choose life or death, blessing or cursing. Choose life.

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There are some who omit the second commandment from the ten commandments. To help this omission be less noticeable, they split the tenth commandment into two commandments, so there are still ten in total. If you read a copy of the deviant list, you will not find, “Thou shalt not bow down or pray to an image.” But, they pad the list with two commandments for, “Thou shalt not covet.”

Why would anyone make such a change? The answer is so obvious that it seems silly to ask. Those who claim to be Christians, yet pray to images and honour them, would find it quite uncomfortable to find their sin listed among The Ten.

For clarification, God commanded the Israelites to make several images: a serpent, twelve bulls, pomegranates, almond flowers, angels, etc. So, this confirms that the image itself is not the problem, but the way we treat the image. Some rationalize their prayer to statues by saying that it helps them to worship God. However, God told you this is an abomination to Him, so it is not worship at all. When you reject God’s commands, you are rejecting His authority. When you forsake His authority, you are denying His omniscience and benevolence. That is the opposite of worship.

Leviticus 26:1 Ye shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither rear you up a standing image, neither shall ye set up [any] image of stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I [am] the LORD your God.

Isaiah 42:8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

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