Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pray For My Friend Who Is Paranoid And Delusional







Will Our Prayer Affect Positively Those Indulging In Occult Activities To Turn Toward God?


Question: My friend is paranoid and delusional. She is a trauma survivor and may be schizophrenic. She has been meddling with new age things, Buddhism, the secret, and angel cards. She talks about magic and hexes. Please pray.

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name! I don't know how much truth your friend has come to know about the true and living God who rules over the whole of mankind, yet it has been clearly revealed in the Bible that, "9 "When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the Lord your God." (Deut 18:9-13). In other words in our New Testament times, we do not come in to a physical land of Canaan, instead God has promised to send the prophet and Messiah Jesus to us, and through Him has promised an abundant life of Canaan to live on earth always rejoicing in Him like in heaven (Deut 18:14-21; 11:21; John 10:10). This kind of spiritual Canaan life is given to us by God after we are born again or in other words, born from heaven by the will of God through believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior of our life (John 3:3, 7; 6:39-40; 1:12-13).

Every child of God who indulges in these abominable things that God has cautioned against will lose the abundant life that Jesus provides, and may get caught severely in the deceit of the enemy. God has revealed that in the end times, many people will be deceived by lies of the devil who works false signs and wonders to mislead those who are perishing, and God will give them to deception because they have no love for the truth but rejoice in wickedness (2 Thess 2:9-12; Matt 24:24; Mark 13:22). All those who do not have love for the truth but rather dabble in the occultist activities after being born again, will come to realize about the Satanic deception only after the rapture of the Church will take place, and so they will have only one option, that is to die as martyr for the Lord during the Great Tribulation. This will come to them as a result of not keeping themselves alert and pure for the Lord, and they will have to endure to the end which they will by the strength of the Lord (Rev 13:7-8; 3:10; Matt 24:13).

If your friend is a Christian and is indulging in satanic activities for fun, God has revealed, "16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death. 18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him." (1 John 5:16-1). In the above verses we see that if a born again person who is a friend of us is committing sin that leads to death, apostle John says not to pray for that person. But if he is committing sin that does not lead to death, we should pray for him so that the Lord may give him life abundant again to enjoy in his earthly life now and forevermore. If we ask the question, what is the sin that leads to death? The answer is, all unrighteousness is sin, but the sin not leading to death is the sin we do out of our weakness rather than willingness on our part (Rom 7:8, 11, 15-23). A born again person cannot enjoy sin for a long time and will not plan to sin, because the conviction of the Holy Spirit and His goodness will lead him to conviction and repentance (Rom 2:4; John 16:7-15). But those who harden their heart to start to enjoy sin and willingly go against the conviction of the Holy Spirit to practice sin like as a unbeliever (1 John 3:9), will end up in a state of lack of repentance and are therefore will get caught in the bondage of sin to reap the wages of it which is lack of any fruit to live in an unrepentant state of condemnation (Titus 3:11; Jude 1:18-19), serious chastisement through demonic torturers from the Lord (Matt 18:34), and even death physically as judgment upon them for their lack of repentance (Heb 6:4-6; 10:26-31; 1 Peter 4:17; 1 Cor 11:28-32).

The life of Saul the king has been a great example to all of us of what can happen in a believer whose life has been misled by rebellion and disobedience to God's voice and command through indulging in fleshly life (1 Sam 15:23), the once great king who terrorized witches by the power of the Lord had started to continue this activity later to gain favor from God and gather people for war (1 Sam 28:3, 4-6), but to no avail before finally he had come to a sad fallen state to finally approach a witch among them to hear their lies and be led to death as a result of such rebellion against the Lord (1 Samuel 28:7-25).

So dabbling with occult and playing with the abominations that our Lord and Savior Jesus hates, should not be entertained in the life of any believer as it has some serious consequences. So if a friend is really going through a struggle because of the weakness of sin nature, we ought to pray for them and help them get out of such abominable sins that God hates, to help them regain the life of God which they are entitled to enjoy as the child of God. Remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins (Jam 5:20).

Matthew Henry the great man of God says, "For six thousand years He has been multiplying pardons, and yet his free grace is not tired nor grown weary. Certainly Divine mercy is an ocean that is ever full and ever flowing. May the Lord give us a part in this abundant mercy, through the blood of Christ, and the sanctification of the Spirit." We are partaking in the ministry of reconciliation along with Jesus, to bring back people to the streams of the mercies of God which leads to the ocean of living water and abundant life (John 7:37-39), may we do it willingly and bring pleasure to the heart of God through our acts of faith to release His abundant mercies through our prayer of faith (2 Cor 5:18; James 5:15-17).

I will be praying for your friend to get out of this delusion and lies of the evil one, so that he or she may comes to his/her spiritual senses to become a great testimony for the Lord to help many more people to stay away from such occultic abomination that brings great curses upon a child of God. Never play with the devil, because he is a snake who will seem to play and dance to ones tune until a person gets so lulled to sleep for him to safely bite and inject with the poison of sin and consume their life before they even become a threat to him and his kingdom. May the Lord show his mercy to your friend. If your friend is a unbeliever, do not continue to have intimate friendship and close communion in any way with him or her that causes you to be influenced and compromise in your walk with the Lord as this may start to affect your life in a negative way (2 Cor 6:15-18; 1 Cor 15:33). I mean I do not say not to have any contact at all with a unbeliever, for that to happen we cannot live anymore in this world, and it will happen only when we enter Heavenly Jerusalem one day to be with God and the saints forever (1 Cor 5:9-10; Rev 21:1-8). In fact, God desires all unbelieving humans to be saved in this world and includes your friend if he is a unbeliever (1 Tim 2:4-5, 1). By doing this, you are fulfilling God's desire and He will reward you at the right time (Matt 6:6; Luke 11:5-8). Your contact with an unbeliever is to show the unconditional love of Christ to them, share with them the gospel and pray for them to get saved. We never know, when they might get saved by the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but something will happen in the spiritual realm to influence your friend for salvation (1 Peter 2:12; 3:1, 2). May God bless you for your concern for your friend! May he get saved if he is a unbeliever, so that he could get saved from sin to stay away from the sway and wiles of the devil (1 John 5:19)

Much Love and Blessings....




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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Where Is The United States In Bible Prophecy?







Is The U.S. Discovered In The Bible?

Question: Many people have pointed to Daniel 7:2-4 and have speculated it to be the USA as being present in the Bible? What is your thought about it?

Answer: Greetings to you in Jesus wonderful name! Even though Daniel 7: 2-4 is a exciting prophecy to think as though it is USA, it is not a discovery for sure as many have already debated about it for a long long time based on the symbolic message that it conveys which is very close to the present situation we see in our times. Daniel 7:2-4 says, "2 Daniel spoke, saying, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, each different from the other. 4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it."


Four Beasts Of The Earth

The four great beasts of the earth are four empires or kingdoms that God pointed to Daniel and said that they will rise from the earth to rule it (Dan 7:17), but at the end the saints of the Most High will receive the Kingdom and will posses it forever-yes forever and ever which will happen after the war of Armageddon (Dan 7:18; Rev 19:11-21). We know that Daniel wrote these things around 550 B.C, yet at the end of these writings he said that "no one would be able to understand these prophecies until the time of the end" which means to me that there are hidden nations of old that will continue to hold that place of prophetic positioning until the prophecies get fulfilled later during the end time in which it shall be revealed how those nations of old will fit the prophetic time line to align themselves at the right time to fulfill the prophecies of the Bible (Daniel 12:9). Most traditional commentaries teach that the Four Beasts of Daniel’s dream are the same four successive empires represented in Nebuchadnezzar’s statue: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome, to the extent we look in to the Scripture according to the context, it is absolutely true, but the point we can see is that these kingdoms or empires exist until Jesus returns to defeat them during the final war of Armageddon to them establish the saints of his heavenly kingdom to rule the whole world with Himself as the King of kings. This interpretation can be verified through Daniel 7:12, where Daniel saw that the other beasts “had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.” In other words, the fourth beast will be still in power when Jesus comes with the saints, because “little horn” on that beast, “made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.” (Daniel 7:21-22).


Are The Modern Nations Represented in the Bible?

First of all to say we can identify the modern nations represented by the Russian bear, the German leopard with wings of a fowl, the French Rooster, and Daniel’s dreadful Fourth Beast, the last superpower on earth, and continuing to say that in modern times, the lion, the first Beast is associated with Great Britain and further saying that the British Lion is universally recognized in the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom and several national emblems, flags and British coins is very speculative and overblown as what we are trying to do is to relate to the Scripture by imposing it with our idea of what we see in our present times. The basics we should maintain in interpreting the Scripture should be to, interpret the Scripture by the Scripture in other part of the Bible to explain itself. The basic rule to interpret the Scripture is to interpret all of it first literally, if still it makes no sense, interpret it symbolically and typologically, but still if it makes no sense at all, interpret it spiritually. 

But still we can come to conclude that the geographical places of the old empires described in the Bible still stays the same, through identifying it, we can at least come to know that the change of names given to those nations and empires makes no changes to the prophecy that the Bible points to will happen in our times.

For example we can take the nation of Egypt, Assyria (The Assyrians typically lived in Northern Iraq, Iran, Southeastern Turkey, and the eastern borders of Syria), Babylon (Iraq), Medo-Persia (Iran), Greece, Roman Empire (Italy, Vatican, Europe, extended in to many nations of today), Revived Roman Empire (European Union and its extended control over the world which includes Turkey and many other Arab nations). Interestingly, the modern-day nations that were once a part of all four kingdoms in Daniel [lion=Babylon, bear=Medo-Persian, leopoard=Grecia, beast=Roman] are Israel, parts of Turkey, Armenia, parts of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. We see the modern day Israel and Palestinian problem are projected to be the thorn in the flesh of all the nations we see above. So mapping the nations in the prophecies of the Bible, we can at least come to the rough idea of a revelatory picture of what will happen in our times before Jesus will come to take over this earth to rule it for a thousand years period (Rev 20:4-6).


What About The Eagle’s Wings That Were Plucked?

Some people would like to see Dan 7:4 in this way saying, the American Eagle can easily be associated with the British Lion because the United States of America was plucked up from the British Empire when the citizens of the thirteen original American colonies declared their independence from King George III in 1776. Can this interpretation be true? In other words, did Daniel see prophetically the Declaration of the Independence of American colonies, one of the most important documents ever written in the history of mankind?

Let us see from the Bible that the same four empires or kingdoms that God pointed to Daniel as four individual beasts to come up in the earth to rule all over it, is also described in one other place in the New Testament in Revelation chapter 13, where the Apostle John saw a vision of one beast instead of four. The one beast was described as having the body of the leopard, the feet of the bear, the mouth of the lion, and the ten horns of the ten-horned beast.

If "eagle's wings" as America of the present day is read in to text of Dan 7:4, then geographically the lion in the same verse points to Babylon which is the present day Iraq which it further explains as "the first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it". So the question we ask here is, in what way present day USA can be related to the olden days empire of Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar? We can see a lot of similarity, but what about the literal geographical area of it that Babylon represents? We know that today Iraq is under the control of USA and nobody knows how this connection in 2017 may work out to become! Will those in the nation of Iraq under the control of America, will they play an important role in the time of the end? Only God know how it will play out, but we can establish a connection here to it. But still based on exegetical standards, we are reading in to the text certain speculative ideas which may happen or may not happen the same way we expect. The Scripture "I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth" can be interpreted as, once America withdraws its support after rebuilding the nation of Iraq, the Antichrist may come out of this place so that it will be lifted up from the earth to the place where it rules the entire earth just like Nebuchadnezzar started to rule the entire earth from Iraq of the olden times. And this government was made to stand on its feet like a man with a man's heart, but still he is a beast, as it was given to it does mean that Antichrist will start to use the cleverness from the friendship he will have had with the nation of Israel which is the earth symbolically and the false prophet's from Israel whose persuasive supernatural power which is denoted in the Bible will be used to influence the world to take advantage and gain control over the whole world (Rev 13:11-12). In other words, once America leaves in to "America First" isolationism, then Israel becomes a world wide power to reckon with, after which the Antichrist from Babylon of the present day Iraq will act like a man rather than presently as a donkey (Gen 16:12), then will lift himself up from the nation of Israel through deceitful influence of the false prophet from the nation of Israel and will finally come against the nation of Israel to destroy it.

In short, the beast of Revelation 13 which is depicting the end time world government of the Antichrist which is the unified beast contains all of the beasts in Daniel chapter 7 which has all got merged into this one unified beast…except for one which is the "eagle's wings" which were plucked off before the end. When the eagle’s wings are not mentioned in the description of the world government beast, but rather in the place where Daniel explains by dissecting the single beast in to four beasts, why not we delve deep in to the symbolic meaning and try to understand what it means to us in the present time? Remember, New Testament is Old contained, Old Testament is New explained. So it is not wrong to see this way as we have backed it up from the Scripture, but to a serious literal student of the Word of God, he might deduce it as a bit speculative.


Will The United States Be Destroyed At The End?


We know from Revelation 9:13-21, at the time of the end it depicts a war that will wipe out one-third of mankind. Is there a chance that the United States of America will be wiped out in this war that is going to kill 2.3 billion or even more people?

We can see that being a super power of the end time, USA has played a very important role in protecting the nation of Israel right from the inception of its birth to this very day. Now in the very end as we see from the President Trumps call for "America First" Isolationism that has made it to withdraw itself from the New World Order of all nations [e.x. Paris Accord recently], perhaps the United States may have got awakened to what has been happening in our world, [i.e. the sinister scheme of the antichrist’s one-world governmental system that is coming] and might have pulled back in to isolationism and even might have revival of the Christian principles that have once ruled this nation and have lifted it to the top of the world to become a "city on a hill" to all the nations around the world (Matt 5:14).

Is there any evidence in the Bible that the United States is still here after World War III which might cause a Nuclear Holocaust which also might make the world to come together in the midst of chaos to root for peace and safety through which Antichrist will establish himself over the world (1 Thess 5:2-3), which the Bible describes as the Euphrates River War in Revelation 9:13-21?

Yes indeed, there is a chance that the moment the "eagle's wings" of USA be plucked off by force from the outside world of the New World Order of the Antichrist from Babylon of Iraq of the modern times, immediately as usual, "the woman [of the nation of Israel] were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." (Revelation 12:14). In Rev chapter 12, the woman was the people of God which was the nation of Israel which gave Jesus Christ to the world, but then the Church takes over that place until the abomination of desolation takes place in the temple of the Holy Place in the nation of Israel (Matt 21:43; 23:39), after this mid-point when the Church will be raptured anytime after this, the people of God as woman on earth the nation of Israel will become again by God's providence (Matt 24:15-16; 2 Thess 2:3-4; Rev 3:10). In other words, once USA becomes Isolated but still powerful enough to continue as a prominent nation in the world but no power to influence the world to come its way, it will start to defend the nation of Israel to the end because of its immovable friendship with Israel which might end only at the time of the coming of Jesus in which seeing Antichrist go against Israel, USA will have no power to oppose the world army under Antichrist and so it might stay rather quiet during the time towards Armageddon.

But hurray, Jesus with His supernatural army of heaven will come and defeat Antichrist during the Armageddon war after which He will rule the earth with the saints for a thousand years. O Lord Come!

Thus this hypothesis which is based Daniel 7:4 and Revelation 12:4 is not quite as explicit but rather implicitly points to USA being a Christian nation to fulfill the intended purpose of its existence to the end till Jesus comes to rule the whole earth for a thousand years. Hallelujah!

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Does God Have Anything To Do With Having More Kids?







Why God Gave More Kids Yet I Can't Take Care Of Them?

Question: I'm a father of 10 kids and 1 grand child and currently not having anything to show for the past 40 years of my life. No house and currently living on the street. Can't pay school fees and feed my kids properly. My family is not even aware I'm staying in my vehicle as I can't afford rent. Truly frustrated, and living a life of lies as I pretend that I'm ok when I pitch to work as I arrive very early at work and use the work facility to shower properly. No money nothing to show. Why did God give such responsibility to have more kids yet I can't take care of them?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name! I understand how you feel when there is nothing that you can save for you and your children due to the size of your family that you have to feed. I can tell you that God made the rich and the poor alike (Prov 22:2), to me that does mean, it is not wrong to be born poor but to stay that way till the end of life is a crime. A diligent hand makes a man rich the Bible says (Prov 10:4). In other words, God has made all humans alike with an equal opportunity to prosper in life, even though all do not have the same resources with them to prosper in the same way as the other, and also there are injustice in the world that makes a rich man richer and keeps the poor man to be poorer.

The question, "Why did God give such responsibility to have more kids yet I can't take care of them?", is not a practical question, rather I would tell you, God gave you so much brains to decide how much is enough, but by your free will you have decided ten is enough. That means God has honored your decision to go for ten children and have blessed you with enough. You must be first and foremost be forever thankful for them all, when people are not able enough to have even one kid in their life with so much wealth with them which they leave to no one but to strangers when they die which I have seen in my life, time and time again with so many people. Vanity of vanity, when they do not know who is going to utilize their wealth with them having no children (Eccl 4:8)! But thank God that He has given you all the children as a great wealth to you. They are your inheritance that you will pass on to glorify God at the end of your life, so bring them up in godliness and fear of God (Psa 127:3-5; Prov 22:1). Rejoice in what you have with you rather than depress yourself with for what you do not have, and use the same as a weapon to destroy the poverty of the spirit within the mind which causes poor people to be poorer when they have a rich God over them who will honor them somewhere down the line if they are rich in faith (Jam 2:5). Teach faith for all your children, they will become a blessing to the world.

Most of the times either we do not plan things or take decisions without thinking of the consequences, then when we find our going difficult we blame God and not take responsibility for our faulty decisions (Prov 19:3). That is what our forefather Adam did after he failed to obey God and took his own decision for himself unthinkingly to later fret and fume against the Lord God whom he accused against to have given a wife who did influence him to take such a bad decision, when in fact it was Adam's disobedience to God that brought such a evil curse of sin upon himself and his children forever (Gen 3:11-12; Rom 5:12). Take responsibility for your own decision and act as a true man of God and a believer, then God will help you come out of the mess you are in right now.

Also it is not wrong to have ten or more kids in our time and age, but looking to the economy we can easily know that, having one or two kids itself bring a lot of financial commitment to us to feed them and supply their need fully than have a lot of kids and supply the meager to sustain them in their life. I understand that in those days past, it was wise to have a lot of children because by the time they all grew up, due to lack of medicine and technological advancement, many children would die due to the high mortality rate so that at the end at least whatever children left will live to old age to keep the name of the family. But now in our days it is wise to go for family planning and a smaller family which we can manage with the income that we get. Jesus said, "28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29 lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32 Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace." (Luke 14:28-32). Here in the above verses we see Jesus telling people to plan much before executing a plan, or else the plan becomes a failure because of lack of planning. A plan always equates the execution to the resources available, and cuts the excess to make things happen practically according to the ability of each person. In having godly counsel and guidance, there is always victory and security (Prov 11:14). You could have planned it differently with godly counsel to manage your family better, but now that you decided to have a large one, I can say that it is also a blessing if you could change your mindset and trust God for all the provisions in your life. Only when you have a lot of children, you can have enough to be around your table like a olive tree in a garden (Psa 128:3).

Though you may be working hard to make your children grown, all the hard work will pay off when your children will grow in the fear of the Lord, and then they bring in a lot of money through the hard work they have learned from you when they see you work so hard to make them survive. "As wine makes the heart glad, and bread strengthens the heart, so does oil make the face to shine." (Psalm 104:15). The olive oil [i.e. resources and riches] that your children will produce will make your face shine in the coming days. Olive trees develop deep roots, last a long time, and produce fruit for years, so in a godly family, the children are like olive plants, sturdy and strong and productive to last a long time of a lifetime of achievement (Jer 11:16).

Now the call of the New Testament is not to amass wealth in this world, rather to amass wealth in heaven that will stay with a believer for eternity ahead, and not just temporarily in this earth (Matt 6:19-24). You could live a miserable life just on earth for a while, but if you could end up in the bosom of Father Abraham just like Lazarus in Jesus Parable, it will be worth the living through all the miseries on earth which is only a while compared to the unending eternal riches of eternity of heaven (Luke 16:19-31; 1 Peter 5:10). According to the Scripture, the poor are the humble and afflicted within the world who turn to God in great need and seek His help, they learn to be content with what they have on earth and look forward with great faith by doing good deeds, generosity and willingly sharing with those in need what they have, they continually seek for heavenly provision and wealth that God is going to give them in the future (John 14:3; 1 Tim 6:17-19). These poor are truly rich in faith (Jam 2:5). So first make sure you and your family learn to become rich in faith with the circumstances that God has allowed in your life, then automatically God will bless you all with riches materially and in all other aspect so that you can continue as a family to be a blessing to many many people in the coming days (2 Cor 9:8; Jam 5:10-11; Matt 6:33).

So I encourage you and your family to seek and love the Lord in faith (2 Cor 5:7), you need to walk by faith because you cannot see with your natural eyes what good God has in store for you and your family through this suffering, lack and need that you experience in this life and wait in hope for a rich and a best future from God who rewards without fail all those who live by faith (Rom 8:24-25; Heb 11:1; 2 Cor 2:9). Even apostle Paul went through extreme suffering that God allowed in his life, to make him a eternal excellency of blessing to all generations thereafter (2 Cor 11:23-26, 27; Isa 60:15). As a son of missionary and as a faith worker in the Lord's Vineyard I know what it is to go through all the need and lack in my own family and in my life. But when I look behind to see the great spiritual heritage I have gained to bless my family and the whole world, I thank God and praise the Lord for taking us through it all to teach faith to us unlike other families that had it all, and lost the faith equivalent to the lack of need in their lives. So rejoice in the Lord always, no matter what, again I say rejoice (Php 4:4). Something good is in store for you and your family, wait patiently for the Lord and He will bless you and your family in the right time which He has already planned for you all ahead.

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Does Christian Marriage Has No Exit Out At All Till Death?







Does "Death Us Do Part" Is From The Bible Or Not?


Question: Does "death us do part" which is used as the basis of the promise we make in the Christian marriage ceremony and thereafter keep it in our married life is from the Bible or not? Also is it a physical death that it conveys or a emotional death of severing of oneness that has been just spiritual joining of two people?

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name! The biblical basis for the phrase in the wedding vows that state, “till death do us part,” is based on the first declaration of vows God pronounced over in the first marriage ceremony He conducted saying, "24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed." (Gen 2:24-25). We can infer from the fact that when God first joined a man and his wife as one flesh before Him through the way He sees them, it is forever as Jesus Himself referred to this marriage conducted by God in the beginning, and further said " 4 ..., "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,' 5 and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate" from which we can infer that before sin came in to this world God wanted marriage to be a eternal union, but because of sin it rather became a physical union and even divorce has to be given because sin have come to affect the union of marriage by hardening men and women's heart to depart from each other even before death (Matthew 19:4–6).

In other words in Matt 19;4-6, Jesus says that since God has joined a husband and wife together they should not separate. Because God wants eternal union by His original intent, God hates divorce of any kind for any reason (Malachi 2:16). To explain in a simple way, if Adam and Eve had not eaten the forbidden fruit, then they would have lived forever and their marriage would have been eternal. However, they ate, and divorce is a result of living in sin-cursed world. God’s original plan for marriage was for it to be a permanent relationship between a husband and wife forever.

When a marriage is conducted by a priest or a pastor, the vows spoken by them are commands to be repeated by the couple which are meant to be obeyed when it is repeated in the Presence of God before all people. Marriage is a commitment, a covenant, a promise that we make to our spouse and to God who is present in all the marriages that take place in all the earth first and foremost, and also we make it before people who witness it during marriage so that they can become a witness for or against us when we keep it or break it unfaithfully. Whether it is a ceremony that is conducted or just a joining of two people in relationship with no one but them to witness it before God doesn't matter. But marriage is kept before witnesses at least two or three, so that the couple cannot take marriage lightly as it is the institution of God, and that they are accountable to the God who they do not see and also to the brethren whom they see around them during marriage (1 John 4:20-21), so that in case of any broken promises, they can be taken to court of law before those who have witnessed the marriage, to keep them accountable before God and men.

We now know that in Christian marriages the vows are based on inferring from the above doctrine of first marriage conducted by God, and are usually phrased like the following for the couples to repeat, "I _____, take you ______, to be my wedded wife/husband. To have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness or in health, to love and to cherish till death do us part. And hereto I pledge you my faithfulness." So we know that the very word "till death do us part" is not taken directly from any Bible verse but rather from the idea of the first marriage conducted by God whose institution is marriage till today.

We also know from Scripture that the phrase in the marriage vow "death us do part" is not just spiritual oneness but essentially physical oneness that it talks about because apostle Paul said, "2 For the woman who has a husband is bound by the law to her husband as long as he lives. But if the husband dies, she is released from the law of her husband. 3 So then if, while her husband lives, she marries another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man." (Rom 7:2-3).

Therefore Paul also says that, "Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge" (Heb 13:4), which in other words means, because God is the one who stood at the time of marriage commitment made by a husband and wife, He is the one who will judge the person who unfaithfully will break the promise between them which is "death do [them] part" physically restraining their accessibility to their partner. If one of the partner in marriage dies physically, the other partner is freed from the promise of the earthly marriage, and are free to marry anyone in the Lord which means marry any other Christian, as their spouse will be no more (1 Cor 7:39). So in a Christian marriage even though the promise "till death do us part" is primarily a physical vow, it also includes the spiritual aspect of their partner as the oneness is a union of two spirit, soul and body which becomes one in union in marriage through God who makes it to become one in every aspect as they keep God in the center of their marriage life and living.

In today's world even Christians wants to divorce a husband or a wife, for reasons other than adultery or fornication by saying that if you feel emotionally, intellectually, or mentally “dead” towards your spouse then it’s okay to divorce them (Matt 5:32), remember saints, God considers such cases as unfaithful breaking of covenant, adulterous and fornicative act against God. He will be the one who will judge such person at the right time in their life, be they a preacher, teacher of the Bible or any great gifted man or a woman, or a saints whom nobody knows except God. Also the great apostle Paul clearly repeats the same saying in 1 Cor 7:10, "To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband".

Jesus said, "And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” (Matt 19:9), in other words, only when a husband or wife has been unfaithful to keep their promise of staying in chastity and are involved in adultery, the other spouse can divorce him or her Biblically. The only other reason a husband can let go of his wife is when she doesn't want to live with him voluntarily because of his faith in the Word of God which she doesn't believe, and has no regard towards his faith, in this case he can let go of the unbelieving spouse for God has called the believer to live in peace and not in turmoil of peacelessness (1 Cor 7:11-13, 14, 15-16). If the wife is a believer, we know that the "wife is not to depart from her husband. But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife." (1 Cor 7:11). The husband must learn to love her believing wife like Christ loved the Church (Eph 5:25), which is 'while the saints were still sinners Christ loved them' (Rom 5:8), so that they could be saved by His love (John 3:16). In other words, God says that while a Christian wife still has so much of failings in her and is not perfect in her submission to her husband, the husband as a man under the authority of Christ should learn to love her and accept her in her imperfection. How long can a Christian wait if the believing wife separates herself from the believing husband or vice-versa? It depends upon whether the wife is really a believer who has a Christian world view and conviction or a name sake Christian who has no regard for the Word of God and the faith which the believing husband holds, so that she openly declares that she has no intention to cohabit with the husband and says she will not live with the husband for no valid reason she has against the husband except his faith and work he does for God which he is called to fulfill by God (1 Cor 7:12-13). Also it depends on whether God has shown the husband whether the wife will return back in a dream or a vision and confirmed it with others too who work for the faith of yours to grow, like the Pastor or a spiritual guide who mentors you as a Father (Acts 2:17-18). Finally it also depends on whether the husband without the wife, can control himself sexually and not burn with passion so that Satan tempts him to fall in to adultery when the wife is not willing to come back to live with the husband for years together (1 Cor 7:5). In such cases, the husband should carefully under the guidance of some godly counselors and the conviction of the Holy Spirit, should let God guide them to fulfill His will for their lives (Rom 12:1, 2; Prov 11:14; John 16:8; 2 Tim 3:6-7; 1 Tim 5:11-16).

So a Christian marriage being a institution of God directly under His control, we as believer in Christ Jesus should carefully in all fear of God and with all due respect to God we should deal these matters that are related to marriage. Through marriage our intention should always be to glorify God within this institution appointed by God. The highest of our desire should sanctified within marriage to make it more than a physical existence, that is, to make it a existence of divine glorious oneness in spirit, soul and body, through God becoming the glue between the husband and wife to gel them together to fulfill God's plan and purpose for their lives within that divine oneness.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Question For You Regarding Differently Abled People?







What About The Salvation Of Differently Abled People Of Severe Mental Handicap For Life?



Question: I have a question for you, I often think about an important issue: "How does God deal with disabled people or people with learning difficulties and mental handicap, and people who cannot read and write, or have severe mental health problems for life, who cannot understand or even read the bible, or be able to learn. Are these people responsible for their sin nature, or are they not, and if they do understand a little, but cannot read the Bible, how do you think they fare with in the great scheme of things.

Thank you in advance for answering this question. I personally not sure about this at all because every person is an individual, and only God knows who we are, so I cannot find an answer.

God bless you

Answer: Greetings in Jesus wonderful name! I am sure you have thought a great deal about salvation and its effect on mankind, that this has come to your mind and that you need an answer. I appreciate your sincere desire to know the Word of God more and more in depth. The Bible has all the answers.

First of all God's will for Adam in the Garden of Eden was not for him to eat the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Gen 2:9; 2:15-17), to thus disobey God and fall in to sin himself and his wife to push all humanity in to sin, rather it was God's will that they should overcome the test and be prosperous in the Garden of Eden (1 Tim 2:11-15). When Adam failed to teach Eve the laws of God rightly and keep her in submission through himself being submitted to God through working and taking care of the Garden of Eden which was God's mandate for him, Adam failed by reversal of role through hearing his wife's voice rather than God's voice in the test God has kept, and sin came in to humanity to rule over them (Eph 5:23; 1 Cor 11:8-9; 14:34-36). So God did not intend death, sin, disability to be experienced by humans, but it came as a result of our forefathers disobedience to the Word of God (Gen 3:6, 12; 4:7; Rom 5:12).

Did not God know that these things will happen by His sovereign omniscience? Yes indeed, He knew it all, but had His own genius idea before time in Christ to redeem all humanity (Rev 5:9; 5:12; 13:8; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; John 1:36; 1 Peter 1:19). In fact, God is like a Movie director who sits outside and watches the movie but doesn't influence the actors in any way but give to them the moral choice to decide and take part in the way they choose which is the greatest ability of liberty that God has given to humans (2 Cor 3:17). But as God is omniscient and knows all things beforehand, he knew that Adam will fall in to sin and therefore He had the great idea of revealing Christ Jesus to all nations to redeem all mankind and bring them back in to friendship with Himself.

This is what the apostle Paul revealed regarding the coming of Jesus to the earth, "[At the appropriate juncture, in due course...] 4 ...when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law [(i.e.) Jews under Mosaic Law and Gentiles under the Law of God written in their hearts (Gal 3:19; Rom 2:14-15, 12)], that we might receive the adoption as sons [i.e. by faith in Christ Jesus (Gal 3:26)]. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" (Gal 4:4-6).


Think About It!

Some people easily throw words at God saying, 'Why should God judge all as sinners, why should I be affected by the sin of my forefather?' But little do they realize, that if God had begun to judge us individually with our sin, who on earth could ever be justified from sin (Psa 130:3)? Who on earth could go to heaven with their own righteousness which is compared to a filthy rag and not a dress of royalty which God expects us to wear before Him (Isa 64:6; Zec 3:3, 5)? Who on earth could ever stand before God and have friendship with such a God of purity and righteousness (Psa 76:7)? In fact, the Bible reveals that by saying, ""Who can say, "I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin"?" (Prov 20:9, NLT). The Bible itself gives the much needed answer to this question by saying, "Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins." (Eccl 7:20, NLT). Even if we say that we have 99.9 percentage of righteousness in our religious works towards God, and just 0.1 percentage of sin, we still fare equally with a sinner who has scored a big zero in righteousness and are disqualified in our friendship and qualification for heaven. As the Bible declares that none as humans can ever score 100 marks of righteousness that God expects, "If we claim to be already free from sin, we lead ourselves astray and the truth of the Bible that says that we are all sinners with no hope of achieving perfect righteousness except through Jesus' righteousness has no place in our hearts." (1 John 1:8).

So we can come to the clear conclusion in this matter, that the genius mind of God planned all to be declared as sinners in our forefather Adam, so that in the last Adam Jesus Christ all could be declared as righteous in the sight of God (Rom 3:10; 5:12-21). Paul the apostle beautifully reveals "All this [i.e. fall of Adam in to sin, resulting death, severe mental health problems for life, disabled people or people with learning difficulties and mental handicap who cannot read or write, sickness and diseases which lead to death, etc...] happened so that just as sin ruled by means of death, so also grace might rule through causing people to be considered righteous, so that they might have eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord." (Rom 5:21).

In the above verse we see the key to justification of all disabled people by God when it says, "grace might rule through causing people to be considered righteous, so that they might have eternal life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord," in other words, God saves every individual by His grace through faith and not by their works that they might be tempted to boast before Him (Eph 2:8-9). The disabled or differently abled people with severe mental problems should be given the gospel as much as possible by us, which we should not neglect on our part, but on God's part He will see our faith to save our household member and heal their spiritual sickness or even the physical one to bring glory to His name (Luke 5:20; Matt 9:2; Acts 16:31).

In other words, God sees the ability of the disabled in their capacity to understand the Gospel or reject it by their own choice, and then will save them through the blood of Jesus which comes under the grace of God to give them eternal life as a gift and not as a goodness achieved based on their merits of righteousness. Paul said, "At one time I was alive without any connection to the Law. But when the rule [of Law] was revealed, sin sprang to life." (Rom 7:9, ISV). From the above verse we come to understand that babies, children and other disabled or differently abled people with severe mental problems are automatically saved by God as they are alive without any connection to the Law before the age of accountability which actually varies according to the travel ability and knowledge of each individual generation (Deut 1:39; Num14:31; Luke 21:23; Matt 24:19; Dan 12:4). When the first baby of David who was born to Bathsheba died because of the sin of adultery and murder, the man of God understood this deep doctrine of God and uttered these wonderful words, "But now that he has died, what's the point of fasting to bring him back to life? Can I bring him back again? No because God has already decided, rather I'll be going to be with him in heaven, but he won't be returning to me for earthly living again." (2 Sam 12:23, Paraphrased). Yet they are admitted in to heaven based on the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ who had died for them on the Cross to justify all of them from sin and give them a place in heaven to grow and glorify Him in the life to come. Glory to God!

God is a righteous judge, that is why Abraham had the audacity to ask God as His friend the following question, "Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?" (Gen 18:25). In fact, God was willing to show his mercy and grace to those undeserving people of Sodom and Gomorrah until Abraham stopped praying to the Lord. This shows that God as a righteous judge had never faltered or will never falter in his judgment any time in the future. Does God pervert justice? Or does the Almighty pervert the right? (Job 8:3). The Bible reveals, "The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love." (Psa 33:5) and further it says, "God is a fair judge, a God who is angered by injustice every day." (Psa 7:11, GWT). As a fair judge over all the earth, God will not make the babies or children before the age of accountability or the disabled or differently abled people with severe mental problems to make a conscious decision for Christ when they are in fact do not have the capacity to make a conscious voluntary decision for Christ or against Christ.

Also Jesus told, "But the one who did not know and did things deserving of blows will be beaten lightly. Much will be required of everyone who has been given much. And even more will be expected of the one who has been entrusted with more." (Luke 12:48, HCSB). God's standard of judgment will always be based on what has been revealed to those who know Him, rather than what they do not know about Him (Rom 1:21-32). God's perfect judgment always gives to people what they deserve, not what they actually need to get for what they might have done. In short, God loves to show His mercy to the undeserving rather than His judgment (Mic 7:18). That is why Jesus was first sent to save the sinners, and then those who reject the rescue of God accomplished through the righteous judgment of sin of humanity for which Jesus was judged by Him, finally supplies them with justice that they deserve from Him as a God of justice. That is why God has told all humanity to consider the "goodness and severity" of God (Rom 11:22). They will be judged according to their works on the final day of the White Throne Judgement which cannot justify them 100% of time as those religious righteous works done by them are all filthy rags before Him (Rev 20:11-13). These people by their own choice will be sent to hell fire on that day (Rev 20:14-15).


Did Not God Know That Sin Will Cause Such Disability? Then Why Allow?

The Bible says, ""Two sparrows are sold for a penny, aren't they? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father's permission." (Matt 10:29, ISV). Thus we come to know that nothing in the entire universe happen without the knowledge of our God and Heavenly Father. If it is so, then we deal with this question, 'Did not God know that sin will cause such disability in humans and great innumerable suffering? Then why allow and give permission for that to happen? As I have already told previously, sin is real and the disobedience of our forefather is very real against God, thus he became a rebel and a enemy of God through inheriting the very nature of sin to let themselves be controlled by it (Rom 6:16, NIV). God thought that letting mankind in their own way of free will to choose is much more important to reflect the image of God, than in containing them to do what He wants in order they may exhibit the very nature and characteristics of God as his sons and daughters of God by their own voluntary choice. So God took the risk and also the risk is to go to the extend of sending His only begotten Son Jesus Christ in to their future as a Lamb to be slain in order to redeem the mankind He wanted to forgive and show His love to them (Rev 5:9; 5:12; 13:8; Isaiah 53:7; John 1:29; John 1:36; 1 Peter 1:19). So God did not just run away from the mess of sin that caused havoc on the entire earth and untold human suffering, instead He voluntarily by His own choice entered in to it to clear the mess and take mankind in to His divine eternal blessing once again. Here is how God took the responsibility for the devastation that sin had caused by saying, "The LORD said to him, "Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD?" (Exo 4:11). Here we see in this verse the God of justice and righteousness, who took charge of humanity and claimed responsibility for all the disability in His righteousness.

What good thing does disability produce? We know that a family with at least one person who is disabled will have a soft heart of compassion that will be missing towards the disabled in the other normal families. Thus God's heart is revealed through it to show special compassion to the weak and the lonely. A person like Nick Vujicic in our present generation is such an amazing soul, born with no arms and no legs, Nick had two choices in life: stay depressed and helpless for the rest of his life, or not see himself and unable to do all the things he wants to in life. But thank God he became an inspiration to millions of people to what Jesus Christ can do in such a differently abled person's life. Nick had no self pity for himself, but lifted himself up by the grace of God from all depression and got married even to have two kids to live for the Glory of God. I personally think that this testimony is worth more than a person with no disability glorifying God. What about Helen Keller? Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. She is remembered as an advocate for people with disabilities, amid numerous other causes. The Deaf community was widely impacted by her. She traveled to twenty-five different countries giving motivational speeches about Deaf people's conditions. GLORY TO GOD! These testimony of people like Helen Keller doesn't end, it keeps on going through many such lives who bring more glory to God than the normal people with all faculties could normally bring with their lives. Glory to God!

It is worth it all for God to allow such disability, who become differently abled by the power of God so that according to the Word of God to prove it that says, "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." (1 Cor 1:27). The disabled people prove that to us, Nick Vujicic said, “In life, if you don’t know the truth, then you can’t be free, because then you’ll believe that the lies are the truth. But once we realize that when we read the Word of God, and you know the truth of who you are, then I’m not a man without arms and legs. I am a child of God.” God can much more be glorified in the weakness of people, but never in their strength as it is impossible to stay humble headed and level headed with all gifts at their disposal.


Disobedience To God's Voice The Cause Of Disability?

God said to humans in the beginning, "Multiply and spread to fill the earth and subdue it, and rule over every living creatures...." (Gen 1:27-28). But we know that disobeying the command of God, they began to build cities and then a tower of Babel to worship their own might and glory in their own strength and in the creation of their hands to intermarry to settle in one place when God wanted them to spread in all the world (Gen 11:1-9). Then God scattered them in all the earth, after this God gave laws to Moses to prohibit the marriage of very close blood relations or keep those close relationship sacred as the sinful fallen DNA of what is at lack with diseases in it, could get copied and get aggravated if there is any kind of disobedience to the laws of God. Even in today's world, we see those people who marry their blood relative and inline breeding causes disability in some of their children or in all of them (Lev 18:1-30). So in a way disobedience to the voice of God and breaking of His laws can cause disability in a child.

Idolaters were traitors to God’s theocracy. Besides the abhorrent practices which accompanied idol worship in the Old Testament (Deut 12:31), idolatry had a way of ingraining itself in a culture. Children raised in such an environment would keep the tradition going and practice similar idolatry, thus falling into the established pattern of disobedience. The tendency to repeat the mistakes of history is especially strong in an idolatrous culture and that is what God says as, "I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me" (Exo 20:5). In others words, disability may also be caused due to such curse that God sends upon people who are in idolatrous rebellion against Him (Deut 27:15-26; 28:18, 64).

At the same time not all disability are due to sin and curse of God, one time seeing a blind man the disciples of Jesus asked Him saying, "Rabbi [i.e. Teacher], who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:2), Jesus' answer amazed the disciples who believed otherwise. Here is what Jesus answered, "Neither this man nor his parents sinned. Instead, he was born blind so that God could show what he can do for him." (John 9:3). Then Jesus spit on mud and placed it over the blind man's eyes to make him wash him in a particular pool, as he obeyed the words of Jesus, his eyes opened to see the whole world in a new light that Jesus gave. Sometimes the reason God allows disability in people is to show that He can heal them, or He can use them for His Glory with it having no power over them. Praise the Lord!

Thus we come to the conclusion that God has his own reason for allowing anything and everything in this world, be it a disability, a sickness, a weakness, a pain, a disease, etc...and He has the right to allow it all because He has the power to turn it in to something good for the person who trust in Him (Rom 8:28). Only God has the power to turn a curse in to a Blessing (Deut 23:5; Nehemiah 13:2; Matthew 5:44).


Conclusion:

No matter what are the reasons for disability of people, yet God has a way out through His grace to let you carry on through your suffering as He will start to carry you through your weakness and disabilities (Isa 46:4). Without an iota of doubt, as we have seen previously, with in the great scheme of things God saves the babies, children under the age of accountability, and people with differing disabilities, then He lets them know of the Gospel, and begins to use them for His Glory with His strength if they trust Him and are positive enough to be blessing to others.

Much Love and Blessings....



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